FLA OCEAN RESCUE
Mom accused of driving into surf goes before judge
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge set a bond of $1.2 million for a pregnant South Carolina woman accused of driving her minivan into the ocean in an attempt to kill her three children.
Volusia County Court spokeswoman Ludmilla Lelis says that 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's bond was set Saturday for three charges of attempted murder and three charges of child abuse causing great bodily harm.
Wilkerson was represented by the public defender's office and did not enter a formal plea. But Judge Shirley Green found probable cause for the case to proceed.
An arraignment date was not released.
Wilkerson told police she was not trying to hurt her children, but she was driving too close to the water.
Her children told investigators another story, saying their mother was trying to kill them.
Tallahassee woman's strange death raises questions
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The investigation into the death of a woman at her house in an upscale enclave of Tallahassee has dragged on for two weeks with no answers.
Samira Frasch was found dead Feb. 22 at the bottom of a swimming pool at her home. The cause of death has not been announced. Her estranged husband, podiatrist Adam Frasch, has been questioned but denies any involvement.
Samira Frasch filed for divorce in September after four years of marriage, temporarily gaining custody of the house and the couple's two young children.
She told friends she had worked as a model in France and was educated at a prestigious Paris university.
Former DeSoto County inmate files federal lawsuit
(Information in the following story is from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com)
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A Former DeSoto County inmate has filed a $3.5 million federal lawsuit against his former jailers, alleging his civil rights were violated by a series of beatings he endured while in their custody last year.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Jody Holland filed the suit Friday in U.S. District Court in Fort Myer. It accuses the sheriff and four former jailers of excessive force, deliberate indifference, battery and failure to intervene.
The deputy who originally arrested Holland last year is accused in the lawsuit of false arrest.
Sheriff's officials initially denied that any staff member used force on Holland, but the Sheriff's Office began an investigation after being contacted by the Herald-Tribune.
The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also started investigations of the beatings.
TOP BILLING INJURED
Top Billing injured, off Triple Crown trail
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Triple Crown prospect Top Billing cracked his right front cannon bone in a workout Saturday and is off the Triple Crown trail.
Trainer Shug McGaughey says Top Billing will undergo surgery in Kentucky either Sunday or Monday and the long-term prognosis is good.
Top Billing had run three times at Gulfstream Park this year, hitting the board in each of those races. It included a third-place showing in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth that suggested he could be a factor in the Triple Crown races.
Top Billing was targeted for the Florida Derby on March 29. McGaughey says he may shift Honor Code, who makes his 2014 debut Wednesday at Gulfstream, toward the Florida Derby instead.
McGaughey trained Orb to a win in last year's Kentucky Derby.
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