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Published: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 11:56 p.m.
Three die after SUV submerges in canal
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Chuck Griffith said the Friday night crash killed the driver, Jeremy Charles, 21, of Melbourne; Autumn Noel Gomme, 15, of Palm Bay; and Michael Reinertsen, 16, of Melbourne.
Another passenger, Kathleen Ramsey, 17, of Melbourne, escaped just before the SUV sank into the 6-foot-deep canal and began filling with water and mud. The Jeep Grand Cherokee came to rest with just a portion of its rear tires visible above the water line.
Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a cell phone, but it's unclear who placed the call, District Chief Rich Wiederhold of Brevard County Fire-Rescue said.
Brian Herndon of the Brevard County Fire-Rescue said he broke the rear window of the SUV and found the three in the rear of the truck. He and others pulled the victims out of the car and up a muddy bank.
Virus sickens 116 on Caribbean cruise
The mass outbreak of a Norwalk-type virus aboard the Enchantment of the Seas was traced to a man who had symptoms two days before boarding the ship Monday, company spokesman Michael Sheehan said. A special cleaning of the 1,950-passenger ship was expected to delay Saturday's scheduled departure no longer than a few hours.
Passengers preparing to board were given letters explaining the cleaning delay and were cautioned about the need for proper hand-washing during the cold and flu season.
Man says he was paid to get absentee votes
Ezzie Thomas, who has been given immunity, is a specialist in getting out the absentee vote and has been hired for this service since 1998, attorney Dean Mosley said Friday.
''The problem is that you're not supposed to be paid to collect absentee ballots,'' Mosley said.
Thomas worked on the campaigns of Martinez when he served as Orange County chairman; Glenda Hood, former mayor of Orlando and current Florida secretary of state; Democratic Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando; and Circuit Judge Alan Apte.
Thomas gave his statement to prosecutors four months ago as part of the investigation into Dyer's re-election in March.
- Compiled from
The Associated Press
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