Regional News: 3 Small Plane Crashes; Spring Breaker Hit-and-Run; Fla Toddler Shot; Fla Officer Killed; Goodwill Ammunition

Official: No survivors expected in plane crash
MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities believe there are no survivors after a small plane crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado.
Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says five people were believed aboard the single-engine Socata TBM700 headed from Bartlesville, Okla., to Montrose, which is about 180 miles southwest of Denver.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says it crashed south of Montrose just before 2 p.m. Saturday. He says he didn't yet know the cause of the accident.
Whitmore says search and rescue operations were suspended Saturday night, but no victims have been recovered. No identities have yet been released.
She says the aircraft crashed in 60 to 90 feet of water.
The plane is registered to an Alabama corporation. Messages left for the company Saturday evening weren't immediately returned.
Whitmore says recovery work will continue Sunday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says an education budget compromise will put more money into health insurance so employees will not face large increases in their premiums. Bentley announced the agreement yesterday, saying employees' take-home pay should not be reduced by inadequate insurance funding.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) -- Police say a hit-and-run crash has claimed the life of an Oklahoma State University sophomore visiting Alabama's Gulf Coast on spring break. Gulf Shores police say 19-year-old Kasey Waychoff died Friday around 1:45 a.m. after being struck by a vehicle while walking in a bicycle lane with some of her sorority sisters along West Beach Boulevard.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle man has been charged with negligence in the death of his toddler son.
The Pensacola News Journal reports Escambia County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Sheldon Cleavon Salter on Friday.
Salter told deputies he was with his 2-year-old son and the child's mother watching television at home the day of the shooting.
As the parents sat on the couch, they reportedly asked the child to get a fresh diaper from the bedroom. When the child entered the bedroom, authorities say he found Salter's loaded Glock pistol between a mattress and box spring.
Investigators say Salter heard a gunshot as he went to check in on him. The child was lying on the bed with a gunshot wound to his head.
Salter has been released on $17,500 bond.

Hurricane `cone of uncertainty' shrinks a little
MIAMI (AP) -- The National Hurricane Center says its storm track forecasts keep improving, helping to shrink the so-called "cone of uncertainty" a bit in forecasts this year.
Coastal residents won't notice much of a change in the forecasts showing the probable path of the center of a tropical storm or hurricane. In fact, forecasters worry that people mistakenly believe that the cone shows all the areas at risk for storm damage.
A storm's winds and storm surge can extend well beyond the forecast track. This year, forecasters are trying color-coded maps to show people where storm surge could happen during storms.
Hurricane forecast operations chief James Franklin says forecasters also are considering making the cone much bigger in future hurricane seasons to help people understand how far a storm's winds can reach.

Small plane crashes behind north Florida Lowe's
PALATKA, Fla. (AP) -- A pilot and passenger were injured when their small plane crashed behind a Lowe's Home Improvement in north Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 2008 Cessna 400 hit the embankment of a retention pond behind the Palatka store late Friday morning. Authorities say the plane's owner and pilot, 73-year-old Richard Carrara, suffered minor injuries, but his passenger, 71-year-old Malcolm Clevenstine, was critically injured. Both men were taken to a Gainesville hospital.
Carrara told investigators that he was attempting to gain altitude from a touch-and-go landing at nearby Kay Larkin Airport when the aircraft's engine stalled.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

1 dead after small plane crashes in Fla.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- One person is dead after a small plane en route to Florida from Chicago crashed near Tampa.
Authorities say the single-engine plane crashed at about 4 a.m. Saturday in Clearwater.
According to the Clearwater Police Department, the aircraft came to a rest on the median of a six-lane street. Firefighters responded and extinguished several small fires from debris on the road.
Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Bronken was killed in the crash. Fifteen-year-olds Katherine Bronken and Keyana Linbo were injured and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for treatment.
All three are from Round Lake, Ill., about 50 miles north of Chicago.

WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) -- A police officer has been shot and killed in central Florida.
Authorities say Windermere Police Department Officer Robert German was killed early Saturday after stopping two people on foot and calling for backup.
Officers responding to the scene found German on the ground. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
German had been with the department for five years.
Investigators say two individuals matching the suspects' description were found dead nearby after the shooting. They are believed to have committed suicide.
The investigation is ongoing.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Legislature is proposing to give $1.15 million to settle a case with a former Panhandle pig farmer who sued the state.
The House and Senate include the money in initial drafts of a new state budget released Thursday night.
Stephen Basford closed down his farm in Jackson County after voters in 2002 approved an amendment that prohibited the tying up or confining of gestating sows in enclosures too small for them to turn around freely.
Nearly 55 percent of the state's voters approved the amendment. The measure applied to just two farms in the state.
State legislators attempted to compensate the two farms but then-Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed the funding. Basford sued the state in 2010 for the cost of the barns and other equipment he had used for his farm.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Goodwill stores near Augusta are donating unwanted ammunition to the Richmond County Sheriff's office.
Store employees tell The Augusta Chronicle ( ) that that they have found an increasing amount of firearms ammunition mixed in with the clothes, toys and kitchen equipment that people donate. On Friday, one store donated more than 1,100 rounds to police.
The ammunition will be used in officer training or properly disposed.
Goodwill spokesman Barry Paschal said the store is happy to have the ammunition off its hands.
Sheriff's office Lt. Lewis Blanchard said the boxes of shotgun shells donated Friday will be useful during training and help the department save money.

Georgia professor turns himself in to face charges
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A lawyer says a University of Georgia professor accused of asking a student to buy prescription drugs for him while the student visited Mexico during spring break has surrendered to authorities.
Psychology professor Charles Eugene Lance of Lawrenceville was released on bond from the Clarke County jail Friday afternoon. He faces a charge of criminal attempt to obtain a dangerous drug through fraudulent means.
Lance's lawyer, Elizabeth Grant, says the charges involve "common prescription drugs" and are not controlled substances. She said a medication marketed in the U.S. as Wellbutrin is the drug involved in the Mexico allegation.
Grant added that Lance intends to appeal his suspension from the university.
University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the student faced potential trouble with authorities in Mexico and the United States

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