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Pregnant corrections officer killed at home

Published June 11, 2007


PALATKA - Authorities were investigating the fatal shooting of a pregnant corrections officer in her home, an official said Sunday.

Tyvon Nichole Whitford, 25, who was six months pregnant, was shot in her Hawthorne home Friday night and her 5-year-old son was in another room during the shooting, said Maj. Keith Riddick of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

A man called authorities to report the shooting shortly after someone from the home called 911, Riddick said.

Deputies found Whitford in the house with a gunshot wound to her upper torso, Riddick said. She was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where she died, he said.

She had been a corrections officer at the Gainesville Correctional Institute since 2005.


Plane, truck collide at airport

MIAMI - An American Airlines flight and a catering truck collided at Miami International Airport on Sunday, causing damage to both the plane and truck.

About 200 passengers were aboard the flight to Madrid when the collision occurred Sunday evening, Miami International Airport spokesman Marc Henderson said. There were no injuries, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said.

Henderson said he did not know the specifics of the collision.

"I don't know whether or not the truck hit the plane or the plane hit the truck, " he said.

Wagner said the plane was being pushed away from its gate Sunday when the collision occurred.

"Nobody was injured on either the aircraft or the truck, but there was damage to the back of the aircraft and to the truck as well, " Wagner said.

Wagner said damage to the plane was "extensive, " but said he did not know how much it would cost to fix the aircraft.

He said the passengers and 12 crew members aboard the flight were taken off the plane. The passengers were scheduled to leave for Madrid later Sunday night on another aircraft, Wagner said.

[Last modified June 10, 2007, 23:40:10]

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