BROOKSVILLE -- A convicted felon who led Tampa Bay-area law enforcement officers on a four-county chase has been charged with felony murder in the death of a Hernando County sheriff’s deputy who crashed.
Michael James Anthony was in custody Tuesday in Pinellas County. The 35-year-old also faces a charge of fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and a probation violation.
Authorities say Anthony was spotted driving recklessly early Sunday in Brooksville. He eventually surrendered in Pinellas County. Two Hernando County deputies lost control of their vehicles and crashed while pursuing Anthony. One suffered minor injuries. Deputy John Mecklenburg died after a fiery collision.
25 injured when tanker truck rear ends transit bus
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MARGATE -- A collision between a South Florida transit bus and a gasoline tanker truck has left 25 passengers injured. The tanker truck rear-ended the Broward County bus Tuesday morning.
Rescue crews took 22 people to hospitals, one with serious injuries.
2-year-old boy drowns in Florida hotel pool
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- Police say a 2-year-old boy died in a central Florida hotel pool. Gabriel A. Guzman of Orlando was swimming with family Monday at the Oceanside Inn. Police say surveillance video shows no one noticed the boy underwater for nine minutes.
-- Associated Press