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Published: Monday, January 7, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 7, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

I-10 car crash leaves 1 dead and 2 injured

A man from Maryland was killed and another passenger seriously injured when the driver of a Ford Escort fell asleep on Interstate 10 near Live Oak in Suwannee County.

The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, when Carlos Wilkins, of Washington, D.C., fell asleep while driving west on I-10.

The driver-side passenger, Cornell Wedge, told troopers that he tried to wake Wilkins, and that is when the car spun out of control and overturned striking two pine trees.

The driver sustained minor injuries, while Wedge was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The third occupant Antoine C. Gordon, of Bowie, Md., died at the scene. The highway patrol didn't have the ages of anyone involved, but said Gordon was a young adult who had been sleeping in the back seat without wearing a seat belt.

- Megan Rolland

Final input session for zoning tonight

The final public input session for proposed high school attendance zone changes is at 6:30 tonight at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 SW 75th St.

One proposal affects the high school attendance zones for five different geographic areas, which can be viewed by clicking on Notice of Potential Zone Changesat

Another proposal would change the zoning of several neighborhoods from Ft. Clarke Middle School to Westwood Middle School.

A separate public input session is scheduled for a proposal to move the fifth-grade class from Newberry Elementary School to Oak View Middle School. That meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Oak View Middle School, 1203 SW 250th St.

-Megan Rolland

Boy charged with beating child to death

LAUDERHILL - A 12-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with fatally beating a toddler he was baby-sitting, police said.

Authorities did not identify the boy because of his age, but say he used a baseball bat to beat the 17-month-old girl because she was making noise while he was trying to watch TV.

Investigators said the boy confessed and said he was home alone with a 10-year-old and the toddler when she began to cry, which angered him. The relationship between the three was not clear.

At some point, an adult called 911. The girl, Shaloh Joseph, was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma to the head, Lauderhill police spokesman Lt. Mike Cochran said.

Cochran said the boy confessed to the crime and was arrested Saturday on first-degree murder charges. He was arraigned in juvenile court Sunday and remained in custody, but it was not clear if he had an attorney or if anyone else would be charged in the girl's death.

The case is not the first of its kind in Florida.

-The Associated Press

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