Florida briefly

Published July 29, 2006

Woman found incompetent to face trial in two slayings

DAYTONA BEACH - A 54-year-old woman with a history of mental illness was found incompetent to stand trial on charges that she shot and killed two neighbors.

Linda Sue Anderson of Port Orange could have received the death penalty at trial. She was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the April 6 shooting deaths of Robert Goerlich, 70, and his wife, Shirley, 69.

Anderson could be tried if competency is restored in treatment.

Miami Spanish-language paper altered photos

MIAMI - The Miami Herald's Spanish-language sister paper acknowledged that it published two photos in a montage that made it falsely appear that two Cuban police officers were ignoring prostitutes gesturing to a tourist.

The picture published June 25 in El Nuevo Herald combined two archived photos - a 1994 photo of the officers by El Nuevo Herald photographer Roberto Koltun, and a 1998 Associated Press photo of the women by John Moore.

The two pictures were matched closely enough that it appeared the officers were chatting a few feet from the women, but the picture was not identified as a montage.

Executive editor Humberto Castello said the publication of the picture without an identifying headline was an accident.

The problems with the photo montage were reported Thursday in the Miami New Times, an alternative weekly.

That same day, El Nuevo Herald published a long explanation to readers along with the original photographs.