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Police investigating boot camp cadet's death

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 13, 2006


NORTH MIAMI - A child died while camping at Oleta State Park early Saturday, police said.

Authorities responding to the scene at 3 a.m. rushed the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a brief statement from North Miami police.

He was a 13-year-old cadet at the Back to Basics Military Academy in Lauderhill, WSVN-Ch. 7 in Miami reported. The school was holding an orientation camping trip at the park, according to televised news reports.

The cause of death was undetermined, pending a medical examiner's report, police said. No additional information about the investigation was released.

Lynda Brown, the academy's principal, told WSVN the cadets were hydrated, fed and well cared for during the excursion.

Brown did not immediately return phone messages or an e-mail to the Associated Press. The school's recorded message describes it as a juvenile military boot camp.

UCF grad student missing after diving in ocean

SEBASTIAN - Authorities searched Saturday for the body of a University of Central Florida graduate student who never emerged from a dive into the Atlantic Ocean after a 300-pound sea turtle.

Boyd Lyon, 37, of Melbourne Beach dove after the turtle into murky waters 400 yards offshore Thursday afternoon about three miles north of the Sebastian Inlet, authorities said. He was wearing a wet suit, weight belt, flippers and mask, but no snorkel or air tank.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday. Broward County divers joined the Brevard Sheriff's Office in its search Saturday, said Brevard sheriff's Lt. Andrew Walters.

"We're waiting for the discovery of his body," Walters said.

Lyon was researching male green sea turtles for a master's degree.

Hurley Rudd, 78, former legislator and mayor, dies

TALLAHASSEE - Hurley Rudd, a four-term state legislator and former mayor of Tallahassee, has died, friends said. He was 78.

He died at Big Bend Hospice of heart failure late Thursday, a week after suffering a heart attack.

Rudd joined the Legislature in 1986 and became known as a champion of state employee salaries, working conditions and benefits. He was a native of Tallahassee.

- ASSOCIATED PRESS