- - Wednesday, October 10, 2012


MIAMI — A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing one worker and trapping at least two others in the rubble, officials said. One of the workers was rescued, but there was too much debris around the other to immediately get him out.

Several other workers were hurt when the roof of the five-story concrete garage fell, creating a pancake collapse on the campus of Miami-Dade College, officials said.

“It was a floor upon floor, collapsing all the way down to the ground floor,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Louie Fernandez said.

The trapped worker was getting oxygen and being treated by a physician, but officials did not describe the extent of his injuries. Capt. Fernandez said the rescue would be a “long, tedious effort.”


Tips from five states aid missing-girl case

WESTMINSTER — Authorities investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old Colorado girl said Wednesday they’re pursuing tips from five other states, including Maine, where a woman reported seeing a girl resembling Jessica Ridgeway on Sunday.

That tip and others from Maryland, Texas, Nevada and Wyoming are among the hundreds of bits of information that have been passed on to investigators in the Denver suburb of Westminster, said police spokesman Trevor Materasso.

He didn’t release details but earlier in the day he said police were looking at whether there’s a link between Jessica’s disappearance and the Monday abduction of a girl in Cody, Wyo., about 500 miles away.

In that case, a man lured an 11-year-old girl into a sport utility vehicle saying he needed help finding his puppy. She was released about four hours later and found by hunters. Police there say they are looking for a white man between 55 and 60 years old with short, strawberry blond or white hair and a neatly trimmed mustache.


Californian gets 2 to 5 years in casino betting-chips grab

LAS VEGAS — A California man was sentenced Wednesday to two to five years in a Nevada prison for his role in a botched grab-and-run casino chip heist last May at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Michael Quinn Belton, 25, of Nuevo, Calif., apologized in court and gave Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney a letter saying he wanted to enter the military and turn his life around.

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