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Florida briefly

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 23, 2006


GOP picks replacement for Kottkamp in House

KISSIMMEE - Republican Party officials picked a Cape Coral home builder Friday to replace Jeff Kottkamp in the Florida House. Kottkamp resigned this month to run for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket with Charlie Crist.

Gary Aubuchon, 44, will take the seat automatically, because Kottkamp had no opposition on the November ballot. Aubuchon is president of the Aubuchon Team of Companies, which includes home building and real estate interests.

Ormond Beach Army pilot killed in crash in Germany

ORMOND BEACH - An Army helicopter pilot from Ormond Beach was one of two Americans killed when an Apache helicopter crashed during routine training in Germany.

Chief Warrant Officer Timothy R. Breneman, 36, was the pilot in command of the craft, which crashed Tuesday during night gunnery training at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

Also killed was the co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Terry M. Thomas of Baton Rouge, La.

Repeat offender gets 30 years in DUI death

BARTOW - A 42-year-old woman, who was on probation for drunken driving when she struck and killed an 8-year-old boy while driving intoxicated last year, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

"What I find to be the most egregious about the case is that this young lady was under active DUI supervision on probation at the time she ran over this young lad - again while drunk," Circuit Judge Roger Alcott said in sentencing Carmen L. Gonzalez Thursday.

Rafael Sosa of Lakeland was playing Oct. 19 when a car went off the road, struck him and kept going. A witness identified Gonzalez as the driver. Her blood-alcohol test show twice the percentage at which a driver is legally considered impaired.

A jury convicted her in August of driving under the influence manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

Delray Beach wants nonsmoking beach areas

DELRAY BEACH - Mayor Jeff Perlman wants to create smoking and nonsmoking sections of his city's beach - if the state will change the law to allow him.

Cities and counties don't have the power to regulate smoking in public areas under the state's Clean Indoor Air Act, according to a 2005 opinion by the Attorney General's Office. Perlman said he will ask the state Legislature to modify the law.

Cigarette butts left in the sand are considered litter in Delray Beach. Violators could be fined up to $250, but the regulation is rarely enforced.

Authorities say teens killed cat in oven during burglary

BELLE GLADE - Two teenagers are accused of burning Mona Shows' kitten to death in an oven while burglarizing and vandalizing her home on Aug. 28, authorities said Friday.

They face charges of cruelty to animals, burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief and were being held at a juvenile detention center, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.