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Police suspended in corruption case

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 23, 2007


HOLLYWOOD 

A police major and two other officers under his command have been suspended for allegedly leaking information that prematurely ended a federal corruption investigation, authorities said.

Maj. Frank McGarry, Lt. Chuck Roberts and Officer Tammy Clyde were suspended with pay Saturday while the FBI and police internal affairs complete separate investigations, police spokesman Tony Rode said Monday.

The corruption investigation led to the arrest in February of four Hollywood officers who thought they were working for the mob. They helped escort a large load of what they thought was heroin concealed inside a truck from Miami Beach to northern Broward County in November 2006.

BRADENTON

Three teens charged in boy's fatal shooting

Three teens were arrested Tuesday in the death of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting, authorities said.

Manatee County sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow described Stacy Williams III as an innocent bystander in Monday night's shooting.

Bristow identified the shooter as 15-year-old Orlando Valenzuela of Bradenton. He was charged with murder. Johnny Vasquez, 15, of Bradenton, and Ashley Rios, 16, of Palmetto, were in the car with Valenzuela and were charged as principals to murder, Bristow said.

Residents said gunfire is common in their neighborhood.

ORLANDO

5 arrested at Disney after deputy punched

Five people who reportedly spat on and swore at Walt Disney World patrons were arrested after they allegedly punched a sheriff's deputy in the face, officials said.

The five, all from Shirley, N.Y., ranged in age from 20 to 14 years old. Disney security told authorities they may have been intoxicated. Security detained the five Sunday after complaints in the Space Mountain area, according to police documents. An all-out brawl erupted when the Orange County sheriff's deputy arrived to help, the incident report said.

All five were arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

CAPE CANAVERAL

Pilot escorted out of restricted air space

A pilot in a single-engine plane entered restricted air space over the Kennedy Space Center and was escorted down Tuesday, officials said.

The restricted air space is about 10 miles wide and 30 miles long and is clearly marked on air charts, NASA spokesman George Diller said. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, pilots have not been allowed within the area.

After interviewing 46-year-old pilot Michael Dunn of Port St. Lucie, FBI agents decided not to file any criminal charges.

"There is no connection to terrorism, " said Special Agent Chris Bonner. "He was a little disoriented when he flew over the space center. ... He was confused and contrite."

WEBSTER

Soldier from Florida dies in Iraqi bombing

An Army specialist from Webster was among six soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

Spc. Joseph A. Gilmore, 26, was killed when the bomb exploded Saturday near their vehicle in western Baghdad, the military said.

All six were serving with the 1st Cavalry Division.