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$4-million in rare coins stolen

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 12, 2007


Authorities are searching for a brazen band of masked robbers who stole roughly $4-million in some of the world's rarest coins at knifepoint at a busy luxury hotel on International Drive in Orlando. The heist was one of the largest in recent years, a security expert said Tuesday as details of the crime emerged. The rarest of the stolen booty was a set of 1843 U.S. coins with a history that traces back to President John Tyler. The proof set contains 10 coins from a half penny, right, to a $10 gold piece. Lloyds of London had insured them for $2-million, the coins' custodian said.

Wrong mixer leaves DUI cases in trouble

About 300 drunken driving cases in Broward County are in jeopardy because a state appeals court ruled that improper maintenance of the breath-test machines renders the results inadmissible, the Miami Herald reports. Blame the water, not the booze. The 4th District Court of Appeal said a judge was right to toss Intoxilyzer results in a driving under the influence case, because the machine was tested with tap water, not distilled water. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires distilled water, and defense attorneys argued that tap water may skew the results.

Leapin' lizards, pest removal isn't cheap

There was a time when iguanas were so popular in Boca Raton the city considered building 12-foot-long iguana statues. That was before the South Florida city was overrun by the large green lizards. Now the City Council is trying to figure out how to get rid of them, the Palm Beach Post reports. But it won't be cheap. The cost could be as high as $1-million if the city has 12,000 iguanas, the council was told. And not everyone wants them eradicated. "There tends to be a very broad opinion about iguanas," City Manager Leif Ahnell told the Post. "Lots of people love them. Then you have people who are experiencing damage and hate them. No matter what you do someone is not going to be happy."