- - Thursday, January 20, 2011


Officers, suspect killed in shootout

MIAMI | A shootout erupted Thursday in a notoriously crime-ridden section of Miami as a team of heavily armed law enforcement agents tried to serve a warrant, leaving two officers and a suspect dead, authorities said.

Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus said the first officer, 21-year veteran Roger Castillo, had been shot once and died at the scene. The second officer, 23-year veteran Amanda Haworth, was taken to a hospital and later died from several gunshot wounds, Mr. Loftus said. He said officers killed the suspect, Johnny Simms, 23, who had been armed with a handgun.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez said a squad of Miami-Dade police officers — who are part of the career-criminal unit of the warrants division — was serving a homicide warrant in the city’s impoverished Liberty City neighborhood. Mr. Loftus said officers knew Mr. Simms was inside the home and told him to come out.

The front end of a school bus sits with its front end crushed after it struck the back of a town snow plow in Savannah, N.Y., on Thursday. Twenty-two children and the driver were injured, authorities said. (Associated Press)
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Mr. Loftus said a third officer, Deidree Beecher, was being treated at a hospital for a knee injury.

Several people were being questioned, but no arrests have been made, Mr. Loftus said.


Post-vaccine seizures in young kids probed

ATLANTA | Government officials are investigating an apparent increase in fever-related seizures in young children after they got a flu shot.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said there have been reports of 36 seizures this flu season in children ages 6 months through 2 years. All the seizures occurred within one day after the youngsters got a vaccine called Fluzone, which is made specifically for younger children.

Ten of the children were hospitalized, but all recovered.

The maker of the flu shot says there’s no clear link between the vaccine and seizures, and they may have been coincidental.


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