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Florida News June 2: Tourist Dies in Car Accident; Stranded Whale; Trucker Used Fake Plates

By: AP
By: AP

NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Massachusetts woman visiting the Florida Panhandle has died in a traffic accident involving a 15-year-old driver.
Margaret Catyb of Dracut, Mass., had traveled to Navarre to see her grandson graduate from high school.
Catyb died Thursday after the teenager pulled her vehicle into the path of the car driven by Catyb's son, Alley Catyb II, also of Dracut, Mass.
Margaret Catyb died at a hospital. Alley Catyb and the teen were treated for minor injuries.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Steven Preston tells the Pensacola News Journal that the teen violated her driving learner's permit, which required her to have someone 21 or older in the car with her.
FHP says alcohol was not involved in the crash. Preston says charges are pending.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- Biologists say a whale that stranded on a northeast Florida beach will likely die, despite efforts to save it.
A kayaker spotted the pygmy sperm whale circling near a St. Augustine creek Friday night.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Nadia J. Gordon tells the St. Augustine Record (http://bit.ly/Lj2ArW ) that many pygmy sperm whale strandings are caused by a heart condition.
Last year, there were four such strandings in northeast Florida.
The whale was lifted from the water to a truck for medical care. Gordon said the whale would be sedated and it would likely die.
A necropsy would be performed after the marine mammal dies.

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) -- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says its police have caught a Florida trucker who allegedly used fake license plates -- from different states -- to evade tolls.
Port Authority spokesman All Della Fave says 32-year-old Michael Krasozski of Sunny Isles Beach was driving a car carrier with 10 vehicles when it was stopped around 10 a.m. Saturday on the George Washington Bridge.
Della Fave says officers Michael Brennan and Jason Malice were in an unmarked car when they noticed problems with the carrier's license plates. After stopping the vehicle, they found the plates apparently were made by hand -- and that one was a Maine plate and the other an Arizona plate.
Krasozski was charged with theft of services and falsifying and tampering with public records.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- An annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest in the Florida Keys is seeking entries online.
The Virtual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began Friday on the Florida Keys tourism council's Facebook page.
Stocky, bearded men who resemble Hemingway can submit photos through June 22. The author lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s.
Public voting is scheduled June 23-29 to choose 10 finalists.
The winner will win a trip to Key West to compete in a preliminary round of the 2012 Sloppy Joe's "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar takes place during Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, set for July 17-22.
Hemingway Days also features a marlin tournament and a short story contest coordinated by the author's granddaughter, Lorian Hemingway.


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