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Parents of abandoned baby sought

OCALA — Police are still trying to track down the parents of a baby who was found abandoned in a box in Ocala.

It’s been about two weeks since a driver reported finding the baby in a cardboard box beside a dirt road. Doctors say the baby was less than a week old when she was found.

Authorities say they’ve received about a dozen tips in the case so far, but aren’t any closer to figuring out the girl’s identity.

A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman says the baby girl is in good health and isn’t up for adoption yet.

Bear trapped, euthanized in central Florida

ORLANDO — A spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a bear that was trapped at a central Florida campground last week has been euthanized.

Agency spokeswoman Joy Hill says an assistant park manager at the Wekiva Springs Campground told officials that the bear was becoming aggressive around food but hadn’t yet harmed any people.

Hill says the bear was spotted shaking cars that contained food and sniffing around tents. She says that was “bold, aggressive behavior for a bear.”

Teen drives car into couple’s pool

CORAL SPRINGS — A South Florida couple had to start their honeymoon a little later than expected after a teenager drove a car into their pool.

Stacy and Robert J. Lazdowski spent hours cleaning up debris Friday after the blue 2005 Acura plunged into the pool. The couple, who were married in December, eventually took off for their three-day honeymoon in Key West.

No one was hurt in the crash.

Police Sgt. Joe McHugh said the driver told authorities he swerved to avoid hitting a cat and wound up driving off the road.

Cat killings prompted community meeting

MIAMI — Residents and local officials of a South Florida community are gathering to discuss a recent string of gruesome cat deaths.

Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn was expected to attend Saturday’s meeting on the cat deaths. Members of the local village council, police and local animal organizations were also scheduled to attend.

Pet owners in Palmetto Bay and another South Florida neighborhood have been finding their animals killed and mutilated for the past month. Police say some of the dead cats were missing fur and appeared to have been cut with a sharp, straight instrument.

Horse causes crash in Escambia County

PENSACOLA — Authorities say three people were injured when their vehicle hit a horse wandering around northern Escambia County.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a van was traveling north on U.S. 29 Thursday night when it hit the horse, causing the animal to roll over the top of the vehicle. After the horse landed back in the roadway, two more cars hit it.

The driver and passenger of one car, which flipped over, were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the van was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Brit convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend

SANFORD — A British man has been convicted in central Florida of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2006.

The jury returned a verdict Friday for 37-year-old Darren John Bridgeman of Worchester, England.

Bridgeman’s former girlfriend, 33-year-old Tracy Bennawit, was shot and killed in her driveway on June 24, 2006. Her new boyfriend was wounded in the chest during the same attack. He told Seminole County deputies that Bridgeman was the gunman.

— Herald wire services

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