Around the region for Jan. 4, 2012


Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 7:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 7:42 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Hunter gets shot, drives to hospital

A dove hunter drove himself to the Lake City Medical Center after being accidentally peppered with pellets. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Kevin D. Kirby, 39, was hunting in Columbia County when the accident happened late Saturday afternoon.

“He told us that he was downrange when he was hit by pellets from another hunter’s shotgun,” said FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker.

— Karen Voyles

STATE

Judge says teen acted in self defense in stabbing

NAPLES — A judge has ruled that a southwest Florida teen acted in self-defense when he stabbed a fellow high school student at a bus stop. A Collier County judge issued the ruling Friday. The judge agreed with defense attorneys that the 15-year-old boy’s actions were covered under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows the use of deadly force to prevent serious injury or death. The teen had been charged as a juvenile with manslaughter.

During a hearing last month, several students testified that 16-year-old Dylan Nuno and his friends followed the younger, smaller boy off the bus last January and that Nuno repeatedly punched the boy. The boy then pulled a knife and stabbed Nuno.

— The Associated Press

Medical doctor dies during skydiving accident

ZEPHYRHILLS — Authorities are investigating the skydiving death of a medical doctor from the Tampa Bay area. Dr. T. Elaine McLaughlin died on New Year’s Day. The medical examiner’s office says McLaughlin died as a result of trauma sustained in the accident.

— The Associated Press

White powder found in letter being examined

WEST PALM BEACH — Authorities are trying to determine whether any dangerous substance was contained in a white powder found in a letter at the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.

Three people who work in or near the office’s mailroom were exposed to the substance Tuesday morning.

City spokesman Chase Scott says they’ve complained of headaches and nausea. The three workers were taken to the hospital along with a firefighter who reported possible cardiac problems.

An initial test on the substance was inconclusive.

— The Associated Press

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