JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say at least three teens were killed and six others were injured after the sport utility vehicle they were riding in crashed on Interstate 295 in Jacksonville.
Police say the teens, most of whom attended Ed White High School, were heading to the beach Friday morning to celebrate the end of their school year. Authorities say 15-year-old Brandon Hodges, the only teen wearing a seat belt, was driving a Ford Explorer down I-295 when he lost control and flipped three times.
The eight passengers were all thrown from the vehicle, which traveled about 300 feet and hit a light pole.
One of five Watergate burglars buried in Miami
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MIAMI — A Cuban-born man who was one of the five Watergate burglars has been buried in Florida.
Bernard Leon Barker, a former CIA operative who also participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion, was buried Saturday at Graceland Memorial Park North in Coral Gables.
Barker was one of five men who broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington.
They were caught in the act and arrested June 17, 1972, setting in motion events that would topple Richard M. Nixon’s presidency.
Barker was sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection with the break-in and served 13 months.
He died Friday at the age of 92.
His family said he had lung cancer and had also suffered from heart problems.
Former drug ship sunk off coast of South Florida
DEERFIELD BEACH — A 165-foot ship siezed by customs has been sunk off the coast of South Florida to create an artificial reef.
The boat took just nine minutes to sink Saturday to its permanent location about a mile off Deerfield Beach. The ship — formerly called “Miss Lourdies” and renamed “Miracle of Life” — is expected to lure eels, nurse sharks and grouper as well as divers in its new life as a reef.
Documents in informant slaying case released
TALLAHASSEE — Two men accused of killing a college student working as a confidential informant got their getaway car stuck in a ditch less than 30 minutes after police lost contact with her, then fled in her car, according to state documents.
Nearly 250 pages of documents were released Friday by the State Attorney’s Office in the May 2008 death of Rachel Hoffman. The documents provide more information about investigators’ search for her and the whereabouts of suspects Andrea Green and Deneilo Bradshaw in the hours after Hoffman went missing.
Gainesville names plaza after Bo Diddley
GAINESVILLE — Officials in Gainesville renamed the city’s downtown plaza after rock ’n’ roll legend and former Florida resident Bo Diddley.
Diddley died in June 2008. Officials honored him Friday by unveiling a mural and renaming the downtown space the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Diddley lived in Archer, a few miles southwest of Gainesville, and played at the plaza in 2006.
At a ceremony Diddley’s grandson Garry Mitchell thanked the city, and he and other family members gave city officials one of Diddley’s guitars.
Man gets six months for killing a bald eagle
TAMPA — A Florida man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for shooting and killing a bald eagle.
Jesse Barresse was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge in Tampa on Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said he killed the bald eagle Jan. 13, 2008 while illegally duck hunting in Ruskin.
Pedestrian killed by car on Interstate 275
JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say a Jacksonville man walking in highway traffic died after he was hit by a car.
The Florida Highway Patrol says 68-year-old Louis Major was walking in the inside lane of Interstate 295 Thursday night when he was hit.
His body was thrown into the grass median, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
— Herald wire services