CLEARWATER — The bodies of two Hispanic men have been found floating in a lake in downtown Clearwater.
Clearwater police said the bodies were discovered at Prospect Lake Park on Thursday morning.
The men have not been identified. Police said the cause of death is not obvious. Autopsies will be performed.
Police said the men appeared to be in their 30s.
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A man riding his bike by the lake discovered the bodies floating in the water.
Autopsy to be done on Florida child killer
TALLAHASSEE — An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted on child-killer John Evander Couey.
Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger also said Thursday that a relative has claimed the body.
Couey was awaiting execution for kidnapping, raping and burying 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford alive in Citrus County four years ago. He had been ill for some time and was taken to a Jacksonville hospital Aug. 12. He died there Wednesday.
Plessinger said officials didn’t have any information on the exact cause of death but that Couey had been ill for some time.
No charges planned in CO poisoning incident
ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities say a St. Petersburg woman will not be charged after leaving a sport utility vehicle running in an apartment complex garage, which led to three people being hospitalized.
A St. Petersburg police spokesman said Wednesday that no crime was committed.
Fire crews were called to the Promenade At Carillon Apartments Sunday morning, where they discovered a total of three people showing signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Firefighters evacuated the complex and used a thermal imaging camera to find the source of the poisonous gas. Crews focused on one garage, cut open the door and found a vehicle inside with the engine running.
Firefighters say the vehicle had been left running by 56-year-old Sherri Diamond.
Man posing as Miami Beach police officer arrested
MIAMI BEACH — Authorities say a man posing as a police officer robbed a woman at her Miami Beach apartment.
Police said Wednesday that 43-year-old Mark Picozzi is charged with robbery, kidnapping and falsely impersonating an officer.
An arrest report shows that Picozzi showed up at an apartment that was being advertised for rent. Investigators say Picozzi then told the woman that he was a police officer.
Authorities say he ordered the woman to sit down and stay quiet because he wanted to search the apartment for drugs. He is accused of stealing the woman’s identification, a ring and $605.
Detectives found the suspect in nearby Coral Gables and say the victim identified him in a police lineup. Picozzi did not immediately have an attorney.
Man gets 6 months in jail for courtroom outburst
WEST PALM BEACH — A man has been sentenced to nearly six months in jail for an outburst in a West Palm Beach court in which he declared a man on trial for murder as being innocent.
A judge on Tuesday handed down the sentence to 23-year-old David A. Coole on a contempt charge. Courtroom observers said that after Coole’s testimony in the trial of Patrick “P.J.” Melehan, he said “P.J. is innocent” as he left the courtroom.
The judge asked Coole why he shouldn’t be held in contempt, and apparently his answer didn’t satisfy. Coole was given the maximum penalty for contempt — five months and 29 days in jail by Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown.
Attempts to find an attorney for Coole seeking comment were unsuccessful.
Iguana bites 7-year-old girl, tearing away tendons
OAKLAND PARK — A 7-year-old South Florida girl is recovering after a 6-foot iguana bit her foot and tore away tendons.
Authorities say Madison Wells was dropping strawberries on the ground for the iguana Wednesday when the animal struck. The girl said she thought the iguana would lick her feet.
The iguana clamped its jaws around Madison’s right foot. The damage required 23 stitches and is keeping her from wiggling four of her toes. She is scheduled to have surgery soon to repair her tendons.
Wildlife officials said iguana’s are not prone to attacking humans and are not typically aggressive. They say it’s likely the iguana thought Madison’s foot was one of the strawberries on the ground.
— Herald wire services