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Area News: Court Wants Restitution in Tree Poisoning; Free Fishing Dates in Fla and Ga

By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama officials are alerting residents to be ready as hurricane season begins, even though it's been nearly a decade since the state took a direct hit from a storm. The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season began Saturday and runs through Nov. 30.

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) -- Court officials want the man who pleaded guilty to poisoning oak trees at Auburn University to pay about $1 million in restitution. The figure is based on costs Auburn University absorbed by trying to save the oaks and the estimated cost of their planned replacements.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Wildlife officials will be on hand at several boat ramps and docks to talk about the license-free fishing days in Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is celebrating a saltwater license-free fishing day on Saturday and a freshwater license-free fishing day June 8. Residents and visitors can cast a line without a license on those days.
Staff will be at the docks and other locations to talk about how to handle fish, use dehooking tools, general boating safety and more.
The FWC also made Sept. 1 a license-free saltwater fishing day, which not only falls on a holiday weekend, but is during the popular bay scallop season.
Each year, the first Saturday in April and second Saturday in June will be license-free freshwater fishing days.

DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say no one was injured when a fifth-grader brought a loaded gun to a South Florida school. Officers say the boy had the semi-automatic handgun wrapped in a blanket in his backpack at John I. Smith K-8 Center in Doral yesterday before taking it out to show a classmate. The classmate told their teacher.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A former Florida A&M University band member has agreed to plead no contest to felony hazing in the 2011 death of fellow drum major Robert Champion. The agreement by 27-year-old Shawn Turner averts a pending manslaughter charge.

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a patient at a metro Atlanta hospital stole an ambulance with two paramedics in the back and sped away before crashing into a building.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports both paramedics escaped without serious injury Saturday when the stolen ambulance crashed into a chiropractor's office several miles from Emory University Hospital.
DeKalb County fire Battalion Chief Christopher Morrison Jr. says the paramedics were outside the hospital doing paperwork in back of the ambulance when a patient dressed in a gown and rubber gloves jumped in the driver's seat and drove away. Morrison says the ambulance thief looked at the paramedics and told them to "be quiet and hold on."
The suspect jumped from the ambulance and fled before it crashed. Authorities were still searching for him Saturday afternoon.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former NBA All-Star guard Daron "Mookie" Blaylock has been upgraded to serious condition a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman. Police say Blaylock was driving Friday in the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro when his SUV crossed the center line.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering several opportunities for families to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week. The department is offering free fishing days this Saturday and next. Georgia residents won't need a fishing or trout license to fish on a public lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.


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