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The Lazarus Duck

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 21, 2007


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The duck wouldn't die.

Wildlife officials said it had been shot by a hunter and put into his refrigerator for two days. But when the hunter's wife opened the door, the duck lifted its head.

She had her daughter rush the bird to Killearn Animal Hospital. The hospital staff told the daughter to take the 1-pound female ring-neck to Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, where it has been treated since Tuesday for wounds to its wing and leg.

Sanctuary veterinarian David Hale said it has about a 75 percent chance of survival, but probably won't ever be well enough to be released into the wild.

He said the duck, which has a low metabolism, could have survived in a big enough refrigerator, especially if the door was opened and closed several times.

Officer disciplined for towing woman's cart

A police officer who reached out of his patrol car to drag a homeless woman's shopping cart 12 miles has been ordered to undergo retraining and counseling.

Officer Nicholas Evans, who has been praised by homeless advocates and jeered by his peers, won't be suspended for 20 days as a lieutenant had recommended, police Chief Michael Radzilowski said Friday.

After arresting Marie Brooks on an outstanding warrant early one morning last week, Evans pulled her shopping cart alongside his cruiser to the county jail so Brooks wouldn't lose her meager belongings. The trip took him an hour.

According to a police report released Friday, Evans, a three-year veteran of the department, bragged to colleagues that he had gotten the cart up to 40 mph.

Man pleads guilty in murder of prison guard

The third and final suspect in the 2003 slaying of a female prison guard during an escape attempt has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

Michael Jones, 50, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Friday for the slaying of Darla Lathrem. He had already been serving a life term since 1988 for rape, but will no longer be eligible for parole.

Dwight Eaglin and Stephen Smith, both convicted of previous murders, were earlier convicted and sentenced to death for Lathrem's slaying.

The trio killed Lathrem when they attempted to escape from Charlotte Correctional Institution on June 11, 2003. They were part of a five-man work squad armed with tools they were given for dormitory renovations.

Man pleads guilty in UF student's killing

One of two suspects has pleaded guilty to the 2004 stabbing and beating death of a University of Florida student in an apparent dispute over $500.

Daniel Pistorino, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for the death of Premal Dinesh Dagly, 21, of Davie. He also pleaded no contest to arson for setting Dagly's car on fire and faces a likely sentence of 20 years in prison, according to the plea deal.

Pistorino and co-defendant Frankie Silvestri, 25, had been scheduled to go on trial on first-degree murder charges this week. Silvestri's trial has been postponed. He is facing a possible life sentence.

Dagly's body was found about 25 yards from his partially burned Honda about 20 miles southwest of his home on March 24, 2004. He had been beaten and stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

Prosecutors allege Silvestri owed $500 to Dagly, who had been trying to get it back.

[Last modified January 21, 2007, 00:59:26]


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