Police and state briefs for Jan. 16, 2012

Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 9:26 p.m.


Skydiver hits head on landing in DeLand

DELAND — A skydiver who hit his head during a landing at a Volusia County airport is recovering in the hospital.

DeLand police told the Orlando Sentinel unconscious Saturday afternoon by a hard landing at the airport.

The unidentified skydiver was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the man was skydiving with Skydive DeLand.

— The Associated Press

Brazilian suspect in rape held without bail

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Brazilian man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl on a cruise ship is being held in the Broward County Jail without bail.

Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry ordered 20-year-old Luiz Scavone to be held without bail Friday. Scavone’s attorney declined to comment on the ruling Sunday when reached by The Associated Press.

Scavone is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a victim younger than 16 and older than 12. He has denied the allegations.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the judge was concerned that Scavone would flee to South America if allowed out on bail.

Scavone’s 15-year-old brother also faces charges in the case. Prosecutors say both lured the girl from Iowa to a private room on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on Jan. 3.

— The Associated Press

Bar seeks non-lawyer member for its board

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Bar is seeking a new non-lawyer member of the public to serve on its 52-member governing board.

Florida is one of only 13 state bar associations that have non-attorney members. They are allowed to serve only a pair of two-year terms.

The board oversees such things as lawyer discipline, grievances and continuing legal education programs.

The term of public member Alvin Alsobrook of Gainesville is expiring in June. The new member would begin on June 22.

Three nominees will be forwarded to the Florida Supreme Court following a March governing board meeting in Pensacola.

The court will choose the new public member.

The non-lawyer board members are reimbursed for travel and related official bar functions.

Lawyer members must pay their own way.

— The Associated Press

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