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Infant's remains found in buried pickle jar

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 3, 2007


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WEST PALM BEACH

Infant's remains found in buried pickle jar

Authorities are looking for the mother of a baby girl whose remains were found in a 2-gallon pickle jar buried near a highway.

A construction crew discovered the jar Monday while working on State Road 80, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The baby's umbilical cord was still attached, and the Medical Examiner's Office thinks the jar was buried within the last year.

The Medical Examiner's Office is still trying to figure out how and when the girl died, according to the sheriff's office.

DEERFIELD BEACH

Four pit bulls maul man outside store

A 28-year-old man was hospitalized Friday after four pit bulls mauled him outside a Target store, authorities said.

Deputies couldn't reach Robert Wall until they used an electronic stun gun on one of the dogs, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

After the attack, deputies spotted the dogs trying to eat a cat and killed one. Three of the dogs are still on the loose. Detectives are searching for their owner.

TALLAHASSEE

Prison chief ordered to study injections

Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday ordered the head of the state prison system to conduct a study of how lethal injection is carried out by the federal prison system and in 37 other states.

Crist's order to Corrections Secretary Jim McDonough came a day after a commission recommended that Florida explore the use of newer chemicals for lethal injections and evaluate whether a paralytic drug should continue to be used in executions.

The panel was formed to find out what went wrong with the Dec. 13 execution of Angel Diaz, 55, who took 34 minutes to die, about twice as long as usual.

FROSTPROOF

HOMES EVACUATED AHEAD OF BRUSH FIRE

Gusty winds hampered efforts to fight a massive brush fire in southern Polk County that prompted the evacuation of as many as 200 homes Friday, authorities said.

The blaze in a mostly rural area east of Frostproof had consumed about 100 acres and destroyed at least a dozen structures, including barns, sheds and an undetermined number of homes, county spokeswoman Heather Duckworth said.

The evacuated residents were being taken to a Lake Wales church.

[Last modified March 3, 2007, 01:42:44]


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