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Wildfire smoke closes stretch of 95

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Authorities have closed a stretch of I-95 due to heavy smoke from two wildfires near Port St. Lucie.

Fire officials said they had fully contained a 30-acre wildfire and a 10-acre blaze in the median Saturday.

Shifting winds have hampered their efforts and created more spot fires.

The median fire was still burning within control lines late Saturday because a heavy layer of pine needles, leaves and twigs were fueling it.

Mom questioned after baby’s body found in woods

FORT MYERS -- Authorities are interviewing the mother of a newborn baby whose body was found in the woods in southwest Florida.

Lee County sheriff’s deputies said Saturday they had located the baby’s mother but de- clined to give details. The baby’s body was found Friday afternoon. Authorities said it is a “full-term newborn.”

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Man gets into Broward courthouse with gun

FORT LAUDERDALE -- A man distraught over child support payments snuck into the Broward County courthouse and held a gun to his chin.

A deputy chased Marin Stroia upstairs Friday where he sat on the floor -- a single bullet in the gun. Judge Joel Lazarus pleaded with Stroia to put the gun down so they could talk. The 59-year-old surrendered and was charged with aggravated assault.

Lazarus said he was upset about his divorce and needed someone to listen.

Witnesses said earlier they watched Stroia step out of line and try to bypass courthouse metal detectors. He slipped through the exit door as someone was leaving.

Court deputies say they frequently stop people from trying to enter through the exits.

They’re advocating to have lockable, one-way revolving exit doors installed.

Man sentenced to life forPanhandle fatal robbery

PENSACOLA -- One of the men accused in the deaths of a wealthy Florida Panhandle couple with nine special needs children has been sentenced to life in prison.

An Escambia County judge sentenced Wayne Coldiron to two life terms Friday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Coldiron is one of several people charged in the July 2009 fatal robbery of Bryd and Melanie Billings.

Tampa jail deputy injured in inmate fight

TAMPA -- A Tampa jail deputy is recovering after breaking his leg while trying to break up an inmate fight.

Thirty-five year-old deputy Greg Brown tried to radio for help after two inmates began fighting Friday. Authorities said Brown tackled one of the inmates to the floor and broke his leg in the process.

The inmates were removed from the general population. Detectives are investigating to see whether to file charges against the inmates.

Brown was taken to the hospital and may need surgery.

Man shot during golf course robbery attempt dies

DEERFIELD BEACH -- A South Florida man has died after being shot during a robbery attempt at a golf course.

Authorities say 35-year-old Lataurus Randall was shot in the back Thursday evening by two masked men on the 17th hole of the course at the Deerfield Country Club. Randall died Friday from his injuries.

Police say Randall was playing alongside another man when two men in ski masks approached and attempted to rob them. Randall was shot by one of the men during that altercation. Randall’s golfing partner was unharmed.

The suspects fled into a nearby neighborhood.

Police continue to search for both assailants.

-- Herald wire services

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