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Police identify 5 found dead in Mayport home

By Compiled from Times wires
Published May 29, 2003

MAYPORT - Three members of the same family were among the five killed in a bloody rampage at a Mayport mobile home, police said Wednesday.

William Wells, 27, was being held without bail in the Duval County Jail on five counts of murder. The bodies were discovered early Sunday after Wells had held his 4-year-old son hostage and kept police at bay for 12 hours before surrendering.

Among the dead are Irene Wells, 30, who was Wells' wife of five years; her brother, John Seaborn McMains, 32; and Bill McMains, 60, her father.

Also killed were James Lee Young, 30, an acquaintance of the family and Richard Reese, 39, another friend.

Dozens of doctors will stop work in protest

WEST PALM BEACH - More than 50 physicians will stop working in hospitals next month to protest soaring insurance rates and to press lawmakers to limit damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The group of specialists and primary care physicians will join a growing number of doctors across the state who have limited or closed their practices.

"We tried everything else we could to stay open but the malpractice situation is getting so bad we just had no other choice," said Dr. George Thomas, who along with nine other physicians closed Bradenton Cardiology Center this week except for emergencies.

Doctors say they are pushing for the state Legislature to limit courtroom damages to $250,000 in malpractice cases.

New design for Florida license plate in works

TALLAHASSEE - Florida already has about 100 license plates, but another one is in the works.

It will not be a specialty plate, however, but rather a new design for the main state plate for those who do not want to pay extra for space shuttles, manatees, sports teams or colleges.

Every five years the state changes its license plate.

The Cabinet will approve the new plate before it is issued about six or seven months from now.

Runaway runway rabbits get 30-day reprieve

MIAMI - The black-tailed jackrabbits that officials say are endangering planes at Miami International Airport got another last-minute reprieve.

Trappers will have another month to catch about 30 rabbits that remain at the airport, County Manager Steve Shiver said.

The airport wants to get rid of them because when they die, they attract turkey vultures, and the birds sometimes collide with planes.

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