Regional News: Slain Toddler's Mother Identifies Killer; Another Sinkhole

By: AP
By: AP
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Authorities investigate the scene of shooting in Brunswick, Ga. on Thursday, March 21, 2013. A young boy opened fire on a woman pushing her baby in a stroller in a Georgia neighborhood, killing the 1-year-old boy and wounding the mother, police said. The woman, Sherry West, told WAWS-TV that two boys approached her and demanded money Thursday morning. Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green said the boys are thought to be between 10 and 15 years old.(AP Photo/The Morning News, Terry Dickson)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- The mother of a baby boy shot dead in his stroller says police have their man.
Sherry West took one look at a teenage suspect's jailhouse mugshot today and said he was definitely the killer. Yet an aunt of the teen said he was eating breakfast with her when the slaying took place.
Despite the conflicting stories, police in Brunswick, Ga., have charged 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins with murder, along with a 14-year-old suspect whose name has been withheld because he's a juvenile.
Brunswick police spokesman Todd Rhodes says even though Elkins' aunt provided an alibi, authorities have good reason to bring the charges. Rhodes says "the evidence we're looking at says something else."
Also, police have released 911 recordings from neighbors who sobbed and pleaded for help right after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot in the head a few blocks from his mother's apartment.
Two teddy bears, a vase of flowers and a decorative cross has been left against a wooden fence near the shooting scene.
---Neighbors of a Georgia woman whose baby was fatally shot in his stroller made frantic calls to 911. Brunswick police released recordings of three callers on Saturday. One woman wept, while another solemnly told an operator the baby wasn't breathing. Two teenagers have been charged in the case.

ATLANTA (AP) -- A plan to send extra water down creeks and streams in southwest Georgia is creating conflict in the General Assembly. The bill would allow water to be stored in aquifers so it could then be pumped into streams during droughts. But environmentalists worry the proposal would undercut water rights because it would trade that pumped water for greater water use in metro Atlanta.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say a woman and two children have been found safe after being carjacked near Turner Field. Police spokesman Carlos Campos says the woman and her two children were found safe at a shopping mall. He says they were not hurt.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Airport officials looking into why a flight information panel fell on a family and killed a 10-year-old boy have taken down an identical sign.
Officials at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport removed the panel Saturday. It displayed arrival and departure times for travelers.
The other sign fell Friday, killing Luke Bresette, of Overland Park, Kan. His mother was severely injured and two of his siblings were also hospitalized.
The children were being treated at Children's of Alabama. Their mother, Heather Bresette, was taken to University Hospital, where spokeswoman Nicole Wyatt said she is in critical condition.
Firefighters estimated the panel that fell weighed 300 to 400 pounds. It was located in a recently renovated terminal that includes two concourses. The terminal opened about a week ago.
Toddler dead, woman injured in Ala. shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Birmingham say a 2-year-old boy has died after being shot by his uncle during a domestic dispute.
Authorities say they responded to a home and found an unidentified woman and her 2-year-old son both suffering from gunshot wounds early Saturday morning. Police say the boy died at Children's of Alabama Saturday afternoon and his mother was in serious condition at UAB Hospital. Authorities say the gunman is the woman's brother.
The man accused in the shooting was taken into custody in Prattville, and authorities Saturday afternoon were preparing arrest warrants for him.
Details on the circumstances that led to the shooting were not immediately available

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a sinkhole has opened between two homes in Seffner and the houses have been evacuated as a precaution.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said the hole was estimated at 8 feet across and 10 feet deep. It opened about 7 p.m. Saturday.
Seffner was also the site of a massive sinkhole that swallowed a man in his bedroom, killing him about a month ago.
Skydive instructor, student killed in Florida jump

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a skydive instructor and a student who jumped separately have died in Florida.
The skydivers, both men, were part of a jump Saturday in Zephyrhills, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa. Authorities say the plane took off about 10:30 a.m. and 22 people jumped. When only 20 returned, authorities started searching for the missing men.
The bodies were located about 7:30 p.m. in a wooded area south of the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. They were found near each other.
Pasco County sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow would not comment on whether their parachute's had opened, saying that was part of the investigation.
The skydivers were part of a jump through Skydive City in Zephyrhills.
Snow says authorities will release the names after next of kin are notified.
Daytona Beach spring break crowds worry businesses

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Some local businesses in Daytona Beach are worried they are losing much needed revenue as spring break crowds dwindle.
Daytona Beach was a spring break haven for hundreds of thousands of college students for years, peaking in the 1980s and injecting an estimated $120 million into the local economy.
Jeffrey Hentz, president and chief executive officer of the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the spring break market has "high risk and limited reward".
But the owner of Maui Nix Surf Shop, George Karamitos, says the city has turned its back on a high economic generator and hasn't replaced it with anything.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that tourism officials estimate 250,000 spring breakers will head to Panama City while only 15,000 will visit Daytona.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A new plan to provide tax money for restoring the Everglades is quickly advancing through the Legislature. The bill calls for spending $32 million a year for the next 10 years and keeps a tax on farmers intact through the year 2036.


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