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Florida News Roundup Jun 10

By: AP
By: AP

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) --
Flooding is the problem along parts of the central Gulf Coast. A record amount of rain has fallen there causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone. The National Weather Service says 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola on Saturday. More rain is expected overnight and more intense rain again on Sunday and into Monday.

TWO DEAD
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Deputies are investigating after finding the bodies of two men inside a southwest Florida home.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies said the men died of gunshot wounds and the deaths appear to be domestic related. The bodies were discovered Friday night.
The names of the victims were not released.

DEPUTY CHARGED
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A Broward Sheriff's Office lieutenant is in custody after authorities say he was moonlighting at other jobs while he was supposed to be on duty.
Fifty-year-old Eric Wright is a supervisor in Weston. Investigators say on 14 occasions Wright worked at a high school, restaurant or was absent without permission while supposedly on duty.
Wright surrendered Friday and was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud and 14 counts of grand theft.
Investigators caught on to the alleged scam after a routine audit revealed Wright was working shifts for other employers at the same time he was scheduled to be at his main job.
The Sun Sentinel reports the alleged scam cost taxpayers more than $10,000.

PROSTHETIC LEG FOUND
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A shrimp boat captain got a surprise when he found a prosthetic leg while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, but its unique designs helped to track down the owner.
Fisherman Matt Willingham went to the local media and contacted the manufacturer about finding a leg that was painted with the University of Kentucky logo and the team's wildcat mascot.
Fred Robinson, a former University of Kentucky running back in the 1980s, told WKYT-TV in Lexington he was shocked when he found out someone found his personalized $30,000 prosthetic leg.
Robinson, who now lives in Florida, said he lost the prosthetic while swimming over the Memorial Day weekend. He said he is planning to thank the fisherman for recovering the prosthetic.

PARENTS ARRESTED
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of a 4-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in the chest after finding a gun on the couch have been arrested.
Florida Today reports Leshumbia Stokes was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence. Marie Buskey was charged with child neglect causing great bodily harm and culpable negligence. They were arrested Wednesday while visiting her at an Orlando hospital.
Police say the girl found a handgun on May 12 and shot herself in the chest while her parents were in another room. Doctors brought her out of a medically induced coma but said she faces a long recovery.
Her parents rushed her to the hospital but police said Stokes allegedly returned home to dispose of the handgun before investigators arrived.

CAMPAIGN ADS-HISPANICS
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama's re-election team is running upbeat ads on Spanish-language stations in pivotal election states -- a sharp contrast to the hard-hitting commercials in English that the incumbent's campaign is airing against Republican rival Mitt Romney.
With the lighter tone, Obama hopes to shore up what polls indicate is a large lead over Romney among Hispanics. They are the nation's fastest growing minority group, usually a reliable Democratic voting bloc that's causing consternation for Republicans trying to position their party for the future.
Privately, Republicans say Romney isn't likely to carry the Hispanic vote in swing states. But they insist he can take them by, in part, trimming Obama's margin among Hispanic voters rather than winning it outright.


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