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Man arrested twice in 14-hour span

IMMOKALEE — Authorities in Collier County say a 20-year-old Immokalee man was arrested just 14 hours after deputies booked him on a charge of fleeing an officer this weekend.

Alvaro Cerda now also faces charges of burglary of an unoccupied vehicle, resisting arrest and theft.

A deputy reported that Alvaro Cerda led him on a chase in Immokalee early Saturday morning. Cerda was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding an officer and reckless driving after his truck broke down during the chase. Bond was set at $5,500.

Cerda posted bond but was arrested again hours later, after a man told investigators that Cerda rummaged through his unlocked pickup truck and refused to get out of the vehicle.

No takers for Alligator Alley lease

TALLAHASSEE — Alligator Alley will remain under state control.

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Monday that a proposal to lease the 78-mile stretch of Interstate 75 failed to draw any bidders.

Officials hoped leasing the highway across the Everglades would generate more money for the state.

Critics saw the lease as a giveaway of taxpayer assets although the state would still own the road and regulate tolls.

Report: Fla. schools lag in biology

TALLAHASSEE — A new study shows that Florida’s public school students are behind most other United States students when it comes to their comprehension of biological sciences.

The study released Monday divides the states into four categories and Florida is one of 10 states in the lowest group.

The ratings are based on national eighth grade tests in 2005 and high school advanced placement and ACT tests in 2008. Average scores showed Florida students ranked from 36th to 49th nationally in biology and overall science.

USF graduate missing in Costa Rica

TAMPA — The University of South Florida says a 21-year-old recent graduate has gone missing in Costa Rica.

According to a USF news release, authorities in Costa Rica have been searching for Aly Lakdawala since Saturday. Lakdawala went missing while he was swimming in the Pacific Ocean.

Lakdawala earned his degree this spring. He double majored in international studies and philosophy.

Lakdawala is participating in a community service trip in Costa Rica with other USF students.

USF Dean of International Affairs Maria Crummett was flying to Costa Rica to help in the search. Other university staff are already on the trip.

— Herald wire reports

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