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Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

Judge rules to seal Casey Anthony video deposition

ORLANDO — A Florida judge has sealed a video deposition taken of Casey Anthony for a lawsuit.

Judge Lisa Munyon said Monday the video’s release could place Anthony at risk by offering clues as to her location. The judge said a transcript instead can be made public.

The deposition was taken earlier this month as part of a lawsuit accusing Anthony of ruining another woman’s reputation.

Anthony was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, and was released from jail in July. She is now serving probation on an unrelated charge at an undisclosed location in Florida.

Anthony initially told investigators that a baby-sitter with the name Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped Caylee. A woman with that same name sued Anthony for defamation.

Black bear spotted on Fla. high school campus

UMATILLA — A Central Florida high school was placed on lockdown after a black bear was spotted on campus.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Umatilla High School was placed on alert for 45 minutes Monday while officials waited for the bear to come down from a tree. A wildlife officer watched the bear come down and leave.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill said the bear was not a danger to anyone. She added the bear was likely spooked by morning activity at the school and climbed up the tree for safety.

20-year-old man runs in front of pickup truck, dies

EVERGLADES CITY — Authorities said a man died after running out of a Collier County sheriff’s substation and into the path of a pickup truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 20-year-old Samuel Mendoza Carrillo died at the scene along U.S. 41 in Everglades City late Sunday. The truck was driven by 23-year-old Christopher Taylor of Riverview.

Troopers said they don’t know why the man ran from the Sheriff’s Office. They said the truck driver was not injured in the crash.

The highway was closed for almost three hours.

Tampa teen shot, killed during fight at party

TAMPA — A 17-year-old was killed when a fight broke out at a party in Tampa.

Authorities said John Singleton was shot at about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday. The high school junior died a short time later at Tampa General Hospital.

Tampa police said about 60 people were inside the Unique Island Grill when the fight broke out. Several people were asked to leave the building and the fight started up outside the restaurant.

The Tampa Tribune reported the restaurant had been rented out for the party.

Police said they don’t know what started the fight.

Smoke bomb at Panhandle haunted house injures 3

PANAMA CITY — Authorities said at least three people suffered minor injuries when a smoke bomb went off in a haunted house in the Florida Panhandle.

Panama City Police Sgt. David Blaich told The News Herald that at least two females suffered smoke inhalation and a male who grabbed the smoke bomb burned his hand.

Fifty to 60 people were evacuated from the haunted house when the smoke bomb was set off Saturday night.

Blaich said the smoke bomb wasn’t one of the haunted house’s props or scares. It wasn’t known who set it off.

Man, 82, killed as he crossed road in Orlando

ORLANDO — Authorities said an 82-year-old man was struck by a car as he tried to cross Colonial Drive in Orlando.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Mojica Rivera died at the scene Monday morning. The driver of the light-colored car Toyota Camry left the scene after hitting the man.

A short time later, a woman driving past the scene stopped when she saw the victim in the road. The FHP said a white pickup truck crashed into her vehicle and then fled. The woman was not injured.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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