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Regional News: Cold Weather; Child Run Over; Boy Killed in Robbery; Woman in Wheelchair Shot; Turkey Frying Fire

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Colder weather is on the way to Alabama, and forecasters say things could turn wintry early next week. A blast of cold air is supposed to move across the state today, bringing low temperatures in the 20s and 30s, and highs in the 40s and 50s tomorrow.

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities in north Alabama have charged a Florida man in a killing that occurred nearly eight years ago.
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said investigators in Santa Rosa County, Fla., uncovered information that led to an arrest. He said 59-year-old Garry Ray Lindsey was arrested Thursday at his home in Milton, Fla. He's charged with murder in the shooting death of Roy Oliver at his home in Moulton in February 2006.
Lindsey waived extradition to Alabama and has been booked into the Lawrence County Jail on Friday. Court records don't indicate if he has an attorney yet.
The sheriff said Lindsey was a suspect early in the case, but there wasn't evidence to charge him then. He said Lawrence County worked with Santa Rosa County authorities for the last five months.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida authorities say a 14-month-old child is in critical condition after a family member accidentally backed over him with a car.
Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater says the child was struck by the car being backed out a driveway Saturday morning by a 24-year-old family member.
Slater says a 5-year-old boy playing with the toddler pulled him from beneath the car. The family member then drove the toddler to a hospital.
The names of the child and the driver were not released. Slater says charges may be pending.

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- A giraffe at a central Florida zoo has been euthanized after suffering "chronic lameness" for more than two years.
Duncan was the tallest giraffe at the Brevard Zoo. The 18-foot-tall reticulated giraffe was 11 years old.
Zoo officials tell Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/IlIIIF ) that Duncan's illness affected his front legs and was life-threatening. It was treated with anti-inflammatory medications and rest, but officials say Duncan's condition had become worse recently with abnormal hoof growth.
On Wednesday, Duncan collapsed after a procedure in a "restraining chute." Officials say they determined the animal was suffering from a stress-related condition that destroys muscle tissue, and that Duncan would not recover.
The giraffe was euthanized.

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- The National Park Service plans to label Florida's iconic Silver Springs as threatened in an upcoming report on the country's natural landmarks.
U.S. Department of the Interior spokesman Mike Litterst says it's the first time the park service has needed to call attention to the springs' decline.
An inspector with the National Natural Landmarks program tells the Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/IbqDh9 ) that her findings of elevated levels of contaminants and depleted water flow in the springs won't be a surprise to local and state environmental regulators, water managers, geologists and engineers.
Carolyn Davis says the designation as threatened "says you've got something very important, so let's see if we can turn this around."
Budget cuts have made such inspections infrequent. Silver Springs had not been inspected since the early 1990s.

MIAMI (AP) -- Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed during a robbery at a Miami nail salon.
According to Miami-Dade Police, two armed suspects entered the salon Friday night and shots were fired.
Hai Vu and his son Aaron were struck by the bullets. Both were taken to a hospital, where the 10-year-old died.
Police are searching for the suspects, who may have fled in a black Dodge Ram pickup truck.

MIAMI (AP) -- An elderly South Florida woman in a wheelchair has been shot and wounded inside her own home.
The Miami Police Department said the 70-year-old woman was watching television Friday morning when a gunman appeared outside her door and began shooting into the house. Police say the woman was hit several times.
The woman's 26-year-old granddaughter was also in the home and was also wounded by gunfire.
Both women were being treated at a local hospital. Their names were not immediately released. The elderly woman was listed Friday afternoon in serious condition and her granddaughter was in stable condition.
Police say the older woman was not the target of the shooting but they released no other details

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- Two veterans from Florida will receive special honors for fighting alongside France in World War II.
The French Consulate will award the veterans the insignia of the "Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor," the highest distinction that can be bestowed upon a French citizen or foreigner.
The ceremony will take place Saturday in Safety Harbor.
The Legion was founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Philippe Letrilliart, the Consul General of France in Miami, said during a Veterans Day ceremony that France decided about a decade ago to grant the honor to all the U.S. veterans who fought on the French side.
Notable Americans who have received the award include: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- From the outset, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel has been a darling of the political right determined to make a name for himself. But just 10 months after being sworn in, the Republican pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, took a leave of absence from politics and checked into a rehabilitation center.
It was his cocaine purchase from an undercover officer last month that caused it all to unravel. He became the first sitting member of Congress charged with a drug offense in more than three decades.
The unseemly distinction has derailed a promising career and divided his Florida district, a quiet stretch of golf courses and retirement communities. Newspapers and a growing number of Republican leaders are demanding his resignation, and potential challengers are openly weighing primary bids.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- An attempt to fry a turkey got out of hand in Savannah.
WTOC-TV reports that the owner of a house on Nottingham Drive was trying to deep fry a turkey about 3 p.m. Saturday when he took a walk down the street. Then neighbors and his wife heard an explosion. Two vehicles near the turkey fryer caught fire and exploded. A nearby shed also caught fire.
Savannah firefights extinguished the blaze.

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- City officials on Tybee Island want to know where their tourists are coming from, precisely when they arrive and how long they stay at the beach getaway near Savannah.
But some say the island city is going too far with plans to spend nearly $29,000 on a pair of computer-linked cameras designed to read and record the license plate number of every car and truck that comes and goes on the island. Barry Brown, the only member of Tybee's City Council who voted against installing the car tag scanners Nov. 14, says it invades the privacy of residents and tourists.
Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman (BELL-tuhr-man) says the city government mostly wants car tag data for a tourism study to help secure state and federal funding for beach maintenance projects.


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