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Troopers issue report on fatal Fla. day care crash

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - State troopers say that when a car crashed into a central Florida day care, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children - killing one of them and seriously injuring two others - and left 10 more people injured by flying debris.

The Florida Highway Patrol released a report on the April 9 crash Wednesday.

The Patrol says a convertible was preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare in Winter Park when an SUV rear-ended the car. The impact propelled the car through the KinderCare parking lot and into the building.

A 4-year-old girl later died and two children had injuries that were described as incapacitating.

FHP says the SUV driver fled the scene but turned himself in the next day.


2 nurses honored for trying to save man's life

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) - Two nurses were honored by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for trying to save the life of a man who was shot in a movie theater in January.

Derek Friedhoff and his girlfriend, Jennie Manera, both nurses, were given the award.

Friedhoff and Manera were at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel on their day off when they heard a shot.

Authorities say 71-year-old Curtis Reeves shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson after a dispute over texting.

Friedhoff and Manera said they switched from off-day mindset to the focus of a trauma room. Friedhoff took off his shirt and pressed it against Oulson's entry wound.

Manera checked for a pulse. Oulson, who was shot in the chest, died.


Hackathon offers $20K for community solutions

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami innovation cheerleader eMerge Americas and the national organization Techweek are looking for the best tech-based solutions to address local community needs.

The organizations are co-sponsoring a Hackathon May 2-4 at the University of Miami. Applicants will be judged on their presentation, program sophistication, and of course, how well it works. Top winners will collect $20,000 in cash, thanks to Amazon Web services and Wexford Science and Technology. eMerge Americas is led by Miami entrepreneur Miami Medina and is looking to remake Miami into the tech hub of the Americas. Partner Techweek launched its first innovators conference in 2011 in Chicago. It seeks to showcase emerging tech ecosystems in cities nationwide and is co-hosting Miami's conference this year May 1 through May7.




Fla. woman charged in romantic scam of man, 82

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida woman is facing felony charges after allegedly using a romantic getaway as a pretense to scam an elderly man out of thousands of dollars.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday that 46-year-old Michelle Nicholas is charged with grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. Court records did not show an attorney listed for Nicholas.

Investigators say Nicholas pretended romantic interest in 82-year-old John Deam and they went on a three-day Florida Keys trip in March. Deam paid all expenses and also bought Nicholas a $13,000 Rolex watch.

After their return, authorities say Nicholas used Deam's credit card to open an account listing her as an additional card holder and persuaded him to buy her a 2006 Lexus for more than $25,000.

Deam has age-related mental limitations.


Deepening of Jacksonville port gets approval

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has approved a plan to deepen the port in Jacksonville.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown says that even though the plan was approved Wednesday, it still needs funding.

A Jacksonville Port Authority spokeswoman says the plan calls for deepening the channel along the St. Johns River from 40 feet to 47 feet. That would allow larger vessels access to Jaxport.

The spokeswoman says the goal is to have the dredging finished in the next four or five years.


Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files suit

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court.

The lawsuit on behalf of the family of Mary DeLorenzo Knight was filed Wednesday. The lawsuit was originally filed in federal court in Tampa, but lawyers say it was refiled in state court due to jurisdictional issues.

Mary DeLorenzo Knight was one of 12 people killed by Aaron Alexis on Sept. 16, 2013 before he was killed in a shootout with police.

The lawsuit says the contractor that Alexis worked for should have told the Navy about his prior, and documented, mental health problems and that the Navy should not have given him security clearance.


Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Internet retailer is going to start collecting sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.

A spokesman for the company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will begin to collect the state's 6 percent sales taxes on May 1.

The move follows the decision by Amazon to build distribution centers in the Sunshine State.

Currently, Floridians are supposed to pay taxes for online purchases, but there's no way to enforce the law. The state can't force companies like Amazon to collect the tax unless it has a physical presence, such as a warehouse or store.

Amazon approached Gov. Rick Scott about striking a deal to come to Florida but he initially rejected it because of concerns it would result in higher taxes for Floridians.

Scott reversed that decision last June.

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