MIAMI — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a sport utility vehicle for more than an hour in South Florida.
Miami Dade Fire Rescue reports that the boy was found Friday in a Ford Expedition parked outside his family’s home. Rescuer workers took the child to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but he later died.
Police were reportedly called to the home after a young man was pounding on the outside of a trailer, yelling at a woman inside.
Backpack with about 120 sea turtle eggs found
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JUNO BEACH — Authorities are reburying about 120 sea turtle eggs after they were found in a backpack in South Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday the backpack belonged to Kenneth Coleman, who was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after he fled on a bicycle when stopped by an officer. He is in jail on $6,000 bond.
Authorities say federal sea turtle poaching charges are also pending against him.
The eggs are being reburied in the hopes that they will hatch.
Teen accused of planning school shooting
TAMPA — A 17-year-old Tampa student has been arrested for allegedly trying to organize an attack to surpass the country’s worst cases of school violence.
Austin James Cook was arrested this week just before classes began at Leto High.
He’s being held without bail, and investigators want Cook tried as an adult on charges of solicitation to commit murder and threatening to discharge a destructive device.
A witness told investigators Cook said he wanted to “break the record” of the 1999 Columbine, Colo., and 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampages.
Cook told deputies he was only joking, and his mother calls the allegations ridiculous.
A .22-caliber rifle was seized from Cook’s room, but the boy’s mother says it’s a rusted old family heirloom.
Florida woman admits stealing $20K for implants
FORT LAUDERDALE — A 29-year-old South Florida woman says she stole someone’s identity and rang up $20,000 because she needed to fix defective breast implants.
Shatarka Nuby also told a federal judge Thursday she had to furnish her new condo.
Nuby pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to use unauthorized credit cards. She faces up to seven years in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 16.
Coast Guard finds cocaine shipment in hay bales
MIAMI — Five men from Honduras have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 2,500 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of hay bales.
A Coast Guard cutter on patrol encoutered the men on a fishing vessel. A crew boarded the ship and first found 11 hay bales on the desk. A further investigation turned up 77 more.
The men, ranging in age from 34 to 44, all face drug-trafficking charges.
Unclaimed property auction nets $1.1 million
ORLANDO — The state of Florida made more than $1.1 million at its annual unclaimed property auction in Orlando.
The proceeds from Saturday’s event go to Florida’s Public School Trust Fund.
Leading up to the auction, the state’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property pushed Floridians to check for unclaimed property at www.FLTreasureHunt.org. Residents were able to claim $28.3 million from more than 35,000 accounts in just 13 days.
About 40,000 items, contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes, were up for bid. Even after the sale, rightful owners can still claim the amount the item was sold for in cash.
In 48 years, more than $1.6 billion has been returned to Florida residents, including a record $188 million in the past year.
— Herald wire services