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Workers rescued from drawbridge in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH — Four workers are safe after getting stuck on a drawbridge fixed in the air in Pompano Beach.

City spokeswoman Sandra King says hydraulics failed on a bridge under reconstruction late Wednesday morning, causing it to rise while Department of Transportation workers were still on it.

Three workers were harnessed and brought down, but a fourth was left trapped in the air over the Intracoastal Waterway.

Live television footage showed the worker clutching a guard rail before being rescued by firefighters.

Fla. attorney pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme

MIAMI — A well-known South Florida attorney has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in what federal prosecutors say was a $2.5 million embezzlement scheme.

Attorney Lewis Freeman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to mail fraud conspiracy. Freeman’s 30-employee firm was dissolved shortly after an FBI raid in October.

Prosecutors say Freeman stole from 250 clients, hiding it with fake court filings.

The 60-year-old faces a maximum 20-year prison term at his May 19 sentencing.

Unruly passenger removed from Chile-bound flight

MIAMI — A flight from Miami to Chile has returned to an airport gate because of an unruly passenger.

Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin says American Airlines flight 683 made its way to the runway at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, but the pilot was soon forced to turn around.

A Miami-Dade Police Department spokeswoman said the passenger was been removed from the flight.

Accused military deserter picked up in Florida

OCALA — Ocala police say they arrested a wanted U.S. military deserter after he brought his battered child to a hospital.

Ryan Lee Hunt was allegedly ordered to ship off with the U.S. Navy in December, but went home to visit his newborn and never returned.

Doctors found the child with a fractured hip and three broken ribs. Hunt’s girlfriend said he hurt the child and repeatedly battered her as recently as Friday.

The officer noted finger marks and bruises on the woman’s chest, neck and arms.

Brevard Zoo welcomes a new baby giraffe

MELBOURNE — The Brevard Zoo has a new baby giraffe.

The zoo reports that a Masai giraffe named Johari gave birth to a male last Wednesday. The father’s name is Raffiki.

While the baby and its mother remain separated from the rest of the herd, zookeepers are gradually introducing the infant to the other giraffes. The zoo plans to put the mother and baby out on exhibit in the next two or three weeks.

— Herald wire services

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