- - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FLORIDA

Real estate tycoon dies in boat crash

MIAMI — Real estate tycoon Steven Posner has died in a high-speed boat crash near Miami that killed another man and left two other men injured, authorities said Tuesday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a statement confirming the death of Mr. Posner, the 67-year-old son of the late corporate raider Victor Posner, and said it is investigating Monday’s crash on Biscayne Bay.


The agency said a friend of Steven Posner‘s, Clive Warwock, 60, was killed and that the tycoon’s cousin, Stuart Posner, 64, was seriously injured. Both men were aboard Steven Posner’s boat.

The statement said Mr. Posner’s 44-foot race boat and a similar 46-foot vessel crashed into each other and that the operator of the second boat, Friedrich Eigelshoven, 27, of Fort Lauderdale, suffered minor injuries. A passenger in the second boat was not hurt.

The crash occurred about 1 p.m. Monday in clear weather. The Fish and Wildlife Commission said the two boats, each capable of speeds approaching 100 mph, appeared to be racing before colliding, said witnesses.

Steven Posner made headlines a decade ago in a battle with his father over trust fund money. Victor Posner died in 2002.

MICHIGAN

Missing boys’ father charged in kidnapping

MORENCI — The father of three young brothers who have been missing since Thanksgiving was charged with their kidnapping on Tuesday, hours after police said it’s unlikely the boys will be found alive.

John Skelton, 39, was arrested by FBI agents after his release from a medical facility in Lucas County, Ohio, where he had been being treated since attempting to hang himself on Friday.

Mr. Skelton was charged in Lenawee County, Mich., across the state border, with three counts of parental kidnapping, Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said during a brief news conference.

Mr. Skelton was being held at the Lucas County jail and would be extradited back to Michigan, Chief Weeks said.

Nine-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton have not been seen since Thanksgiving, when they were with their father in Morenci.

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