Around the state for Jan. 2, 2012

Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.

Boy, 12, wounded from celebratory gunfire

RUSKIN — Authorities said celebratory gunfire falling from the sky critically injured a 12-year-old Tampa Bay-area boy.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the boy’s family was sitting outside their Ruskin home around 1 a.m. Sunday and watching fireworks.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Larry McKinnon said the boy’s mother saw him fall to the ground, bleeding from his nose and eyes. She drove him to a hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a gunshot wound from a bullet that entered the top of his head.

McKinnon says the boy remains hospitalized in Tampa in critical condition with the bullet still in his head.

— The Associated Press

Missing bloodhound returned to handler

SWEETWATER — A missing South Florida police search dog has been found.

Sweetwater Police Officer Jenna Mendez said that the 60-pound bloodhound named Gunner was returned Sunday by a woman who found the dog running in a church field.

Gunner went missing Friday afternoon from Mendez’s yard. The 7-month-old black and tan dog is training to search for missing children.

Mendez says the dog would be taken to a veterinarian for a checkup, but otherwise seemed fine.

Gunner was donated by the Jimmy Ryce Foundation six months ago.

The Miami-Dade Police deployed a helicopter with heat-seeking equipment for the search Friday night. The Hialeah Police Department contributed one of its bloodhounds to the search.

— The Associated Press

Holocaust survivor to see music performed

BOCA RATON — A Holocaust survivor finally will see musicians perform the music her father composed a century ago.

Eva Egri’s parents and three siblings died in concentration camps during World War II. Egri survived Auschwitz and returned to her former home in Hungary to retrieve the compositions her father had entrusted to a neighbor.

The 90-year-old now lives in Coral Springs. On Thursday, she’ll get to see a live performance of her father’s music at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

A synagogue in Smithtown, N.Y., hosted a performance of the compositions for piano and vocalists in May, but Egri was only able to listen to the music online.

Egri tells the Sun Sentinel that hearing her father’s music will bring back memories of her “excellent, beautiful” childhood before the war.

— The Associated Press

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