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Regional News: Okaloosa county Whooping Cough Outbreak; Bicycle Rider Arrested for 'RUI"?

By: AP
By: AP

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A grand jury has charged a crane driver with murder over a crash that killed two people. A Mobile County grand jury indicted John D. Lopez on a count of murder Friday. He had previously faced a charge of vehicular homicide.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) -- Forecasters say there's a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents along the Gulf Coast during the Labor Day weekend. Thousands of people are heading to the beach for the holiday, but the National Weather Service says rip currents are likely in the surf.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State troopers say they're planning extra patrols during the Labor Day holiday to find drivers who shouldn't be on the road. Public safety officials say the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will last through midnight Monday. It began Friday night.

Whooping cough outbreak in Okaloosa Co. totals 13
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Health officials say there's an outbreak of whopping cough Okaloosa County, which has had 13 cases so far this year.
The Okaloosa County Health Department has announced the outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, on Friday. Two infants and eight children are among those suffering from the contagious disease, as well as adolescents and adults.
Health Department Director Dr. Karen Chapman told The Northwest Florida Daily news that whooping cough is spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing.
Public health officials urge residents to have their children immunized against the disease to "protect the health of the whole community."
All patients with confirmed cases of whooping cough have been treated and are recovering.

Man jailed for riding bike intoxicated, fleeing
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- A Naples man remains behind bars after authorities say he rode his bicycle while intoxicated and refused to pull over.
Collier County jail records show 46-year-old Mark Anthony Weeks was arrested Thursday night on several charges including DUI, resisting arrest without violence, refusing a breath test and eluding deputies. He's being held on $24,000 bond and his next court date is scheduled for Sept. 23.
It's not immediately known if he has an attorney.
The Naples Daily News report that Weeks told deputies he has a hearing problem and didn't notice their sirens as he pedaled home.
Jail records show this is his fifth DUI charge.

Nyad tries daunting Cuba-Florida swim again
HAVANA (AP) -- The Florida Strait has stubbornly resisted Diana Nyad's repeated attempts to conquer it.
But the Florida-raised endurance athlete is back in the water again for her fourth try to become the first to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage.
She expects to take about 80 hours to arrive somewhere between Key West and Marathon, more than 110 miles (177 kilometers) from Havana.
The 64-year-old Nyad tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her last attempt was cut short amid boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents and toxic stings from box jellyfish.
Amid shouts of "Onward, onward!" she jumped into the warm waters off Havana on Saturday to begin what she says is her last attempt at the crossing.
She said the adrenaline was "pumping very hard."

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a baby in a stroller in coastal Georgia. Jurors deliberated about two hours yesterday before finding De'Marquise (deh-mahr-KEES') Elkins guilty of the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say a father faces a felony murder charge after his 18-month-old boy was shot with a BB gun and later died of his injuries. Officer Kim Y. Jones says the boy's father, 23-year-old Jesse L. Sellers, was arrested Friday. Police say the boy was taken to Grady Hospital and later died.

N. Fulton student accused of taking gun to school
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) -- A student has been accused of bringing a loaded gun to a Sandy Springs middle school with the intention of shooting someone.
WSB-TV reported that an assistant principal confronted the 13-year-old student on Monday after classmates alerted school officials that he had a gun.
Police said in an arrest report that the 9 mm weapon was loaded and that the student was carrying extra ammunition. The student told police that he was part of a street gang and needed protection. The teen, whose name was not released, has been removed from the school and faces felony charges.
Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said the district is investigating why an assistant principal confronted the student instead of an armed police officer, as required under district policy.

ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) -- Residents in rural south Georgia are suing their tiny city over a particularly icky problem -- raw sewage that backs up and floods in their yards during heavy rains.
Rochelle Mayor James Rhodes calls the waste bubbling up from manhole covers and relief valves outside people's homes "an act of God." He blames unusually wet weather for flooding the city's sewer pipes.
But some residents say flooding sewage has been a problem for years. Eight residents filed a federal lawsuit Aug. 13 saying the city's faulty sewer system is polluting nearby Mills Creek in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
The issue is more personal for Monesa Coney, who's had sewage pooling in her yard. She bought her children a videogame console to keep them from playing outside.


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