HOMESTEAD -- Authorities are investigating after a small plane crashed at a South Florida airport, killing both people on board.
The Federal Aviation Administration tells Miami’s WFOR-TV that the single engine aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances Saturday morning at the Richards Field Airport in Homestead.
The FAA says the owner of the plane is from Miami.
Police seek public’s help in finding missing K-9
CUTLER BAY -- Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a narcotics search dog.
Officials tell Miami’s WSVN that Lobi, a German shepherd, disappeared from her Cutler Bay home last week.
The dog is owned by a police officer who believes someone may have stolen her while he was out with his family. Lobi is a former police K-9 and was supposed to return to work with detectives as a narcotics search dog.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Florida woman, 87, accused of stabbing husband, 93
LAKE PLACID -- Authorities say an 87-year-old central Florida woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her 93-year-old husband.
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Nell Hays says deputies found Chester Smith suffering from multiple stab wounds when they responded Wednesday to a 911 call from a Lake Place home.
Smith was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Hays told The Tampa Tribune that deputies found Smith’s wife, Doris, to be “distraught and disoriented.”
Doris Smith also was hospitalized. Hays says that “over the next few days information developed which resulted in the arrest of Mrs. Smith.”
Jail records show Doris Smith was booked without bond on the murder charge Friday afternoon. Hays says she remains hospitalized under the supervision of detention personnel.
Hunter’s fatal fall from tree stand ruled accident
JACKSONVILLE -- Authorities say a northeast Florida man died after falling from his hunting stand in the woods near Jacksonville.
Police tell The Florida Times-Union that 64-year-old Ivy Lee Thomas of Baldwin was found dead Thursday by friends who went looking for him after not hearing from him for several days.
Police say Thomas’ friends found his body under his tree stand about a mile south of Interstate 10. Thomas’ death is considered accidental.
Indiana man drowns in Gulf off Panhandle
PHILLIPS INLET -- An elderly man from Indiana apparently drowned while swimming along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Panama City Beach’s WJHG reports 70-year-old Phillip Gordan of Indianapolis went swimming Friday in the Gulf at Carillon Beach near Phillips Inlet. Witnesses told deputies they saw him swim in chest-deep water, yell and then fall down in the water. He was brought to shore and pronounced dead at the scene.
Gordan’s death has tentatively been ruled as an accidental drowning, though the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
2 get prison in schemes to defraud charter airline
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Two men have been sentenced to prison as part of a federal investigation into fraud and anticompetitive conduct in the airline charter services industry.
Prosecutors say each man pleaded guilty in August in Fort Lauderdale to participating in separate schemes to defraud Rockford, Ill.-based Ryan International Airlines. Prosecutors say the schemes involved kickback payments to a Ryan executive in exchange for business.
In a statement Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice said a former owner and operator of a Florida aviation fuel supply company was sentenced to 23 months in prison. A former owner and operator of an Indiana flight management services company was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Ryan provides air passenger and cargo services for corporations, private individuals, professional sports teams and the U.S. government.
-- Associated Press