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Florida briefly

Published September 7, 2006

2 charged after child left in van

OCALA - Two day care employees were charged with child neglect after a 3-year-old girl was left in a hot van for at least 15 minutes Wednesday, police said.

The girl was able to get out of the vehicle and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being released to her parents, Ocala police Sgt. Lou Biondi said.

Tina Fasciglione, 30, and Linda Jones, 54, took 18 children from Dunnellon's A Country Daycare on a field trip when they stopped for lunch, Biondi said. The child somehow got left in the van.

Kelly Sherouse, owner of the day care center, said employees are required to take a head count whenever they leave or get in the van. She said she will review the incident to learn what went wrong.

The Department of Children and Families was also investigating, department spokesman Tim Bottcher said.

Fasciglione and Jones were jailed briefly and released on $5,000 bail.

Train hits car, driver only shaken

WEST PALM BEACH - A motorist survived a scare Wednesday when her car was struck by a Tri-Rail train after she had stopped on the tracks for a red light, police said.

The driver, who was not immediately identified, was stuck on the tracks after the gate went down, but she was able to pull her car forward enough so the train only hit her back bumper, police said.

The driver was shaken but not injured, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Beauty secrets stolen at seminar

DANIA BEACH - A man stole a manual of beauty trade secrets and bottles of a fat-reducing compound from a Botox training seminar, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

The man conned his way into the Aug. 24 seminar hosted by the Aesthetic Enhancement Institute at a Dania Beach hotel by telling the staff he had left something in the conference room, the Sheriff's Office said.

He stole the training manual, syringes and several bottles of a chemical compound that is injected into the body to remove fat cells. Surveillance video showed him walking out with the items, authorities said.

If the man were a doctor, he could obtain the items legally and wouldn't need to steal them, Detective David Yurchuk said. "The concern is that this could be getting used in somebody's garage."

The same man is suspected in the theft of another institute training manual at an April conference in West Palm Beach.

2 bodies pulled from waterways

NAPLES - Two unidentified men's bodies were pulled from a creek and a lake here.

Both had been in the water a couple of days, authorities said. Both were clothed, and neither showed signs of trauma.

Collier County sheriff's investigators were trying to identify them using fingerprints and by linking them to missing-person reports.


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