SUSPECTED MENINGITIS DEATH
Boy, 4, may have died of bacterial meningitis
HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) - Health officials are trying to determine whether a 4-year-old Florida boy died from bacterial meningitis.
Amonti Saunders died at a hospital Sunday hours after falling ill at his home in Holiday. Officials at the Pasco County Health Department say tests results are expected soon.
As a precaution, the day care center the boy attended closed on Monday for cleaning children who were in contact with the boy received vaccinations. Safari Christian School reopened on Tuesday.
Family members say the boy's head started hurting on Saturday. Then he came down with a fever and his legs started hurting. By morning he had purple splotches. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died. No one is sure where he contracted the disease.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache and stiff neck.
Deputies search for man after relatives found dead
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a 24-year-old man after his mother and brother were found dead in their southwest Florida home.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office reports Steven David Tompkins may be armed with a handgun and traveling in a 2004 green Ford pick-up truck with Florida license tag BFK T59.
Deputies discovered the bodies of 55-year-old Shelley Tompkins and 22-year-old Daniel Tompkins at their home in Lehigh Acres Tuesday at about 7 p.m.
Steven David Tompkins lived at the home with his mother and brother and could not be found when deputies arrived. He is described as a person of interest in the case.
Anyone with information on Steven David Tompkins' whereabouts or has information about the crime is asked to contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.
Universal adding 8 new restaurants to CityWalk
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Universal Studios is adding eight new restaurants to its CityWalk dining and entertainment area in 2014, including a North Carolina-based burger and sushi fusion restaurant.
Universal executives made the announcement Thursday. They also discussed the much anticipated Harry Potter-themed area being built at Universal Studios Florida plus a large new resort. Both will open in 2014.
The first of the new eateries, Red Oven Pizza Bakery, has already opened. Other original concept restaurants include Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, The Bread Box, Pranzo Italian Kitchen and the Hot Dog Hall of Fame. A sixth, named The CowFish, is a North Carolina-based restaurant that serves burgers and sushi. Cold Stone Creamery ice cream and Menchies frozen yogurt will also be added.
Starbucks will move and open a 130-seat coffee house.
SOUTH FLORIDA OFFICER SHOT
Police release robbery video before fatal manhunt
MIAMI (AP) - Miami-Dade police have released surveillance video of an armed robbery that led to a manhunt that ended two dead suspects and three injured officers.
The video police released Thursday shows 27-year-old Adrian Montesano holding a woman while pointing a gun at her.
Authorities say the countywide manhunt started on Tuesday when officers responded to the armed robbery. Montesano fired at one officer and stole his police cruiser. The car was abandoned in Hialeah where he and a second suspect got into another car, firing at officers pursuing them. .
Montesano was shot by officers. He died at the scene. The second suspect died at the hospital. That person has not yet been identified by police.
The officers were not seriously injured.
1 killed in fatal fire at RV park in Port Richey
(Information in the following story is from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com )
PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - One person has died following a fire at a trailer in Port Richey.
The Tampa Tribune reports firefighters found the body about 2:15 a.m. Thursday.
The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the Oaks Springs RV Park. They say the fire was spreading to trees and brush near the trailer, prompting them to evacuate nearby home.
Investigators say there was no sign of foul play. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
The name of the victim hasn't been released. The newspaper reports dental records will be used to make a positive identification.
NASA suspects bad valve for space station trouble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is scrambling to figure out what's wrong with a key cooling unit on the International Space Station.
On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect a bad valve.
Mission Control ordered the six-man crew to turn off some science experiments and other non-critical equipment. Those instruments stayed off Thursday, while the astronauts remained safe and comfortable.
The suspect valve is in a pump that was replaced by spacewalking astronauts three years ago. Flight controllers are looking at ways to fix the valve. A software repair would be the easiest option, a spacewalk the most complicated.
Jury finds Lakeland man guilty of manslaughter
(Information in the following story is from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com )
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A 53-year-old Lakeland man faces up to 30 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of another man during a neighborhood gathering.
Jurors took about an hour Wednesday to find Clarence Montgomery guilty of manslaughter in the death of Louis Matos Jr. just before Christmas last year.
He was charged with second-degree murder. A sentencing hearing was set for Jan. 23.
The Ledger of Lakeland reports Matos' wife Felicia Matos testified that Montgomery had threatened to kill her husband four days earlier. She says her husband was trying to collect a debt from one of Montgomery's friends.
Assistant State Attorney Roberty Antonello told jurors Montgomery was still upset when he saw Matos at the party. He stabbed him in the heart.
Montgomery said he didn't intentionally stab Matos.
St. Pete woman accidentally shot boyfriend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 20-year-old woman faces manslaughter charges after police say she accidentally shot and killed her boyfriend with a gun that was treated like a plaything.
St. Petersburg police say 23-year-old Michael Ward was shot in the chest by Many Avis on Wednesday evening at the home they shared with another couple.
Police spokesman Mike Puetz says Ward recently purchased the firearm. Avis apparently believed the gun was not loaded when she picked it up, pointed it at Ward's chest and pulled the trigger.
Ward was taken to a St. Petersburg hospital, where he died.
Police say the other residents of the house told them Ward and Avis were not fighting when the shot was fired.
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