- - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Authorities have arrested nine people, including several coaches, they say were gambling on youth football games and setting point spreads.

Broward County sheriff’s officials searched two alleged gambling houses Monday where they say people were betting on professional, college and youth games.

The nine men arrested were charged with bookmaking and some with keeping a gambling house. Authorities say the suspects had direct ties to the South Florida Youth Football League and several have extensive criminal histories.

According to the league’s website, it has 22 clubs and 6,000 children of all ages in three counties.

Brandon Bivins, coach and president of the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, was among those charged. He’s being held on $50,000 bond.

NEW MEXICO

Hazardous release sickens 200

SANTA TERESA — New Mexico authorities say an unknown hazardous material release has sickened about 200 people near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

A two-mile area surrounding the industrial park and border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated Tuesday, and the nearby airport was closed.

Officials say some people from businesses in the industrial park were taken to Santa Teresa High School after complaining of breathing problems, light-headedness, nausea and dizziness. No serious injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized.

Some people also described a burning sensation on their skin.

CALIFORNIA

Police: Karate student decks man in apartment

FRESNO — A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.

Jannine Ramirez had just won a karate competition when she arrived at her Fresno apartment early Sunday and heard someone in the bathroom. Ms. Ramirez, 20, kicked down her bathroom door, then kicked the intruder through a shower door.

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