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Fort Pierce officer shoots, kills motorist

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a 21-year-old motorist dead and a Fort Pierce Police Department officer injured.

The sheriff's office said in a statement Sunday afternoon that just before midnight Saturday, two Fort Pierce officers conducted a traffic stop near Avenue G and N. 19th Street.

The driver, who has been identified as Demarcus Semer, 21, ran over one of the officers, injuring the officer's leg, sheriff's deputies said.

In an attempt to stop Semer, the second officer was trapped inside the vehicle and fired his weapon, killing the driver.

Semer was pronounced dead at the scene. He had no prior arrests in St. Lucie County, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.

The officer was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney requested the St. Lucie sheriff's office investigate the shooting.

School grieves after teacher, 2 children die in house fire

TALLAHASSEE -- A Tallahassee elementary school teacher and her two children that attended the same school died in an early morning fire.

Firefighters responding to calls about smoke on Friday found 37-year-old Rajames Scott along with her 7- and 6-year-old daughters. The Tallahassee Fire Department said that Anisha and Aniyah Scott were taken from the house but they died later that day at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that the Leon County school district sent teachers and counselors to Sabal Palm Elementary after learning about the tragedy. The newspaper said that school officials made a decision to tell parents about the deaths on Friday, but they did not plan to inform students until Monday.

Sabal Palm Elementary has about 500 students.

Mayport could be new home to drones, 400 more sailors

The U.S. Navy has announced Mayport Naval Station is one of three possible bases for a squadron of unmanned surveillance drones.

In addition to Mayport, Key West Naval Air Station and the NASA Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., are being considered.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wrote Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, arguing in favor of the Florida bases.

The Navy intends to have five bases around the world for the drones.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office projected the drones would go into production in May.

The MQ-4C Triton drones can fly more than 24 hours at a time and survey 2.7 million square miles in a single mission. They can be used for surveillance and search-and-rescue missions, Nelson's office said. The eight drones in the squadron would also bring 400 sailors and their families, a potential economic boon to whichever base is selected.

-- Herald wire reports

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