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Regional News: New Info on UPS Crash; Samaritan, Fla Motorist Killed; Sea Turtles Rescued; High School Athlete Dies; Trial Starts of Baby Murdered in Stroller

By: AP
By: AP
NTSB: No problem with controls in fatal UPS crash... Ala family rescued from overturned kayaks... Good Samaritan, stranded motorist killed in Fla... 352-pound loggerhead released into Fla. waters... Emaciated sea turtle found on Tybee recuperating... Atlanta high school football player dies after scrimmage... Ga man faces trial for killing of baby in stroller...

Investigators search through debris at scene of a UPS cargo plane crash at the Birmingham International airport in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Federal investigators haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.
National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the cockpit controls in the A300 aircraft appeared to be working before the crash, and they matched the positions of the airplane's flaps and rudders.
Sumwalt's comments came during a news conference Saturday at Birmingham's airport, where the jet went down early Wednesday about one mile from the runway.
Investigators previously said they don't see any problems with the plane's engines, but that a cockpit warning went off seconds before the crash indicating the plane was descending faster than normal.
The plane's data recorder shows the autopilot was engaged, but Sumwalt says that's not unusual.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Firefighters in Prattville rescued three children and a woman from a creek after their kayaks overturned. The children, who range in age from 8 to 10, their mother, and an adult man hit rough water in Autauga Creek on Friday morning. No one was injured.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A Good Samaritan who stopped to help a stranded motorist was struck and killed by a car along a busy highway in central Florida. The stranded motorist was also killed.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said 26-year-old Orlando resident Nicole Azrig's car struck a guardrail early Saturday along Interstate 4. Forty-seven year-old Robert Webb of Kissimmee stopped to help her. Both were standing in the emergency lane on the highway when driver Jescycka Cater of Orlando swerved to try to avoid the crash and veered into the emergency lane. Both victims died at the scene.
FHP officials said the area is not lit and that the lights on Azrig's car were off after the accident.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- A 352-pound, female loggerhead sea turtle has been released back into the ocean in South Florida after recovering from a minor injury.
The turtle, known by rescuers as Big Mama, was discovered last week in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal.
The 80 or 90 year-old turtle had a hole in its upper shell that reached inside her body near her lung. Loggerhead Marinelife Center medical staff fixed the hole and gave the animal antibiotics.
It took 12 staff and volunteers to life the massive turtle from a holding tank and into a cart to take her to the ocean. A crowd of people cheered as she was released.
The Palm Beach Post (http://www.ittybittyurl.com/2AVN) reports that Big Mama may have just nested. Rescuers discovered she was carrying eggs.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A 37-year-old Jacksonville man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2009 death of a 16-month-old girl he was babysitting. An autopsy showed that the child received multiple blunt-force blows to the head.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A 24-year-old southwest Florida woman is facing several charges after authorities say she fled the scene of a crash and intentionally struck one of the officers pursuing her. Charges against Nicole Syphers include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

ATLANTA (AP) -- A high school football player in Georgia has died after being injured during a scrimmage.
Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County medical examiner's office, says 16-year-old Deantre Turman was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta at just after 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Local media reports say the Creekside High School junior died after being injured during a game at Benjamin Banneker High School in south Fulton County.
Hauptle said she couldn't release any details of Turman's injuries until after an autopsy was completed Saturday and family members were notified.
Fulton County schools spokeswoman Samantha Evans told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the district's hearts and prayers go out to Turman's family. She said Turman's death was "truly a horrific way to begin a school year."

JECKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- An emaciated loggerhead sea turtle is recuperating at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center after washing up on the south end of Tybee Island.
The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/14RFtng ) the Tybee Department of Public Works spotted the 50-pound animal Thursday morning. Three lifeguards swam out to the sandbar where the animal was seen with a rescue board and brought the turtle to shore.
Mark Dodd is a senior biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He says the turtle's concave bottom shell and atrophied muscles are indicators of poor nutrition.
The turtle had no obvious injuries but a veterinarian says it may have a blockage in its gut from something it ate. The sea turtle center gave the animal antibiotics and fluids and cleaned its shell.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Five months after a Georgia toddler was killed in his stroller by a gunshot to the head, a teenager charged as the gunman is scheduled to stand trial.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the murder trial of De'Marquise (deh mahr-KEESE) Elkins. He's charged with killing 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick on March 21.
Police say 18-year-old Elkins opened fire during an attempted robbery after the child's mother refused to give him cash. A 15-year-old boy charged as an accomplice, Dominique Lang, told police Elkins fired the gun and is expected to be a key witness.
Elkins' defense attorneys have suggested in pretrial motions that the toddler was killed by his parents.
A judge moved the trial 325 miles away to an Atlanta suburb because of pretrial publicity.


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