Florida News: Trooper Slain in Haiti; Dead Birds, Gators

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper killed in Haiti is being remembered as a provider for his family and the community.
Dozens of Florida Highway Patrol troopers gathered Saturday with the family of Jean Barthelus for a funeral service in Miami.
Barthelus was shot and killed June 8 in Port-au-Prince where he was visiting his ailing wife. Officials say two men flagged him down and opened fire on his car. The 47-year-old Barthelus was an eight-year veteran of the highway patrol.
North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre told WTVJ TV that Barthelus was the sole provider for his family. The city has pledged to donate $10,000 to help the family.
A fellow trooper described Barthelus as someone who helped during investigations involving the Haitian community.

PALM SHORES, Fla. (AP) -- Harsh weather is being blamed for the 150 young migratory seabirds that washed up exhausted or dead this week on beaches in Brevard County.
Florida Today reports that tests show the deaths were caused by the recent bad weather that hit the birds during their migration. Biologists say the greater shearwaters were immature and had no food in their stomachs.
The birds were on their annual long migration from a remote group of islands in the South Atlantic to Canada when strong winds took a toll on some of the birds. The winds apparently blew them ashore.
Of the 100 shearwaters taken to the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary in Palm Shores, only a few are expected to survive.

MIAMI (AP) -- Python, wild boar and lion fish will be on the menu this weekend in Miami.
Three local chefs will participate Saturday night in a cook-off competition using the invasive species as key ingredients. The goal is to raise awareness about how the animals impact South Florida's ecology -- and perhaps even generate an appetite for them.
Haven Gastro-Lounge executive chef Todd Erickson will be cooking braised python. He told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/MMY33e ) the event will show how these animals can be a "viable food source."
The other chefs cooking to be named the "Best Invasivore Chef" are: Bradley Herron of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.
Funds will also be raised for Fertile Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting environmental awareness.

GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. (AP) -- Wildlife officials are asking drivers to be cautious after six alligators were found dead along a major road in Collier County.
The Naples Daily News reports that despite the rains, southwest Florida is experiencing a drought. And that has gators on the hunt for a new habitat. Some are crossing Immokalee Road to a quarry and are being struck and killed by drivers who don't see them.
Jason Lauritson is with the Audubon of Florida Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. He says as swamps dry up, alligators pick up the scent of the quarry. The sixth gator was found dead Friday.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Tony Young says the migrations should cease with the rainy weather and the alligators should be able to find new habitats.

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