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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 21, 2001
Deadly fight erupts over cell phone
HAINES CITY -- One man was killed, and six others were shot or stabbed early Tuesday when a fight erupted at a party over a missing cell phone, authorities said.
Polk County sheriff's deputies were still piecing together details Tuesday evening.
"One person was missing a cell phone," said Sterling Ivey, sheriff's spokesman. "It is still unclear how it actually escalated into gunfire and knives being wielded." Deputies said alcohol was involved.
Detectives arrived at the house shortly after midnight and found the shot and stabbed body of Francisco Delon-Sanchez, 23. His brother, Fidencio Delon-Sanchez, 21, suffered stab wounds and drove himself to nearby Heart of Florida Hospital.
Lorenzo Moralas, 20, who lived at the house, was in Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition with gun wounds.
Nine others who fled the house were found later in Moultrie, Ga., where they were treated at a hospital for various injuries.
Detectives said they recovered a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle and a kitchen knife.
Two smoke incidents ground plane
ORLANDO -- A United Airlines flight bound for Denver made an emergency landing Tuesday after smoke appeared in the cabin -- the day after a cleaning crew saw smoke in the same plane.
United Flight 1549, a Boeing 757 carrying 154 passengers and seven crew members, returned to Orlando International Airport safely, said United spokesman Matt Triaca.
Shortly after the plane took off at 9:43 a.m, the smoke appeared and the pilot turned back. After landing, the plane taxied to the gate and the passengers left the aircraft. Triaca said a cleaning crew noticed smoke on the plane the previous night, following a normal landing and after the passengers had gotten off. But after the airline's mechanics checked out the plane and could find nothing wrong, the plane was left in service.
The plane was taken out of service, and mechanics were searching anew for the cause of the smoke Tuesday, he said.
Man dies after 13-story plunge
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A young man who police think was trying to kill himself plummeted at least 13 stories Tuesday at an oceanfront condo and survived for several hours after landing in a flower bed by the pool.
"It's amazing. He . . . left an 18-inch indentation," said Hollywood police Lt. Tony Rode.
Rode said the 21-year-old man underwent surgery after being rushed to Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital. Nursing supervisor Norma Lyn later said he had died, but she would give no other details.
Rode said the man, whose name was withheld while his family was being notified, lived at the Renaissance condominium, on State Road A1A in this Broward County city "Several people saw him jump," Rode said. "He was either on the roof or the 17th floor. It's an 18- or 19-story building, because there's no 13th floor." The pool area is on the roof of a three-story side building.
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