Florida briefs

Published August 11, 2006

Baby found dead after hours in a hot truck

STUART - A 21-month-old boy who was left in a truck for hours was found dead Thursday afternoon.

Nellier Lima, 26, was unloading packages in the back of her truck when she found her son dead in his car seat, Stuart police Detective Martin Jacobson said.

The boy, whose name wasn't given, had been there all day while the mother worked as a housekeeper at several homes and ran errands, police said. Temperatures in the area reached 91 degrees Thursday.

Lima of Golden Gate told police she dropped her 6-year-old daughter off at school that morning and forgot to take her son to day care.

"She said she forgot about the other child because he was asleep," Jacobson said.

Three men indicted in fatal home invasion

OCALA - Three men were indicted Wednesday, accused of killing a woman in her home in the Villages retirement community.

A Marion County grand jury charged the three with first-degree murder and other offenses in the July 21 death of Diana Miller, 63.

Miller's daughter, Sheila Miller, 39, accompanied Renaldo McGirth, 18, Theodore Huston, 17, and Jarrord Roberts, 20, to her parents' home, where they were welcomed inside. They shot Diana Miller in the chest, forced her to log onto a computer to make a purchase online and shot her again in the head, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The men then left with Sheila Miller in the couple's van, police said. All were caught hours later.

Auto pursued into airport endangers two airliners

FORT MYERS - A man crashed through an airport fence in his car and led police on a brief chase around a runway, endangering passengers on two planes, authorities said.

Reports said Jack J. Brems, 34, drove his car through a security gate and onto a runway at Southwest Florida International Airport, just missing a Southwest Airlines plane that was taking off Tuesday night and going under the wing of a USA 3000 aircraft preparing to depart. Brems was arrested after running into a pond.

The chase began at Brems' Fort Myers home after a disturbance call, authorities said.