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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 15, 2000


Plane crashes in Everglades; two die

MIAMI -- Two men died Thursday when a small aerobatic plane they were piloting crashed in the Florida Everglades.

The two-seater Pitts Special took off from North Perry Airport in nearby Pembroke Pines and crashed shortly before 10 a.m. just north of Alligator Alley, a part of Interstate 75 that connects Broward and Collier counties. A motorist reported the crash.

Broward County rescue workers reached the scene by airboat and found both men dead outside the aircraft. Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names.

The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Glock execution now set for Jan. 11

TALLAHASSEE -- The state has scheduled Robert Glock for execution on Jan. 11, Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday.

Glock had been scheduled for execution on Dec. 8, but on Dec. 7 the state Supreme Court gave him a reprieve until Jan. 10.

Glock, 39, is condemned for the 1983 murder of a woman kidnapped from a Bradenton shopping mall.

Glock and Carl Puiatti confronted Sharilyn Ritchie as she was leaving the mall and forced her to drive them in her car to an orange grove outside Dade City, where they took her wedding ring and left her. But after driving away they decided she should be killed and drove back and shot her.

Both confessed. Puiatti also is on death row.

Designer of major Florida structures dies

JACKSONVILLE -- A retired architect who designed several prominent Florida buildings, including the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the state Capitol complex, died Monday.

Ivan H. Smith, who relatives said suffered from heart problems in recent years, was 93.

Smith also designed Jacksonville's City Hall, the Duval County Courthouse and several Jacksonville University buildings.

He was a founding partner of the Jacksonville-based Reynolds, Smith and Hills architectural and engineering firm.

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