- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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DOCTOR: MOM WHO DROVE INTO OCEAN STILL UNSTABLE

A psychologist hired by prosecutors says the mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach, Florida, needs to be hospitalized so that she can get a handle on her mental illness. Dr. William Meadows’ testimony on Tuesday contradicted that of a defense psychiatrist who said earlier in the day that Ebony Wilkerson’s mental illness appeared to be in remission. Meadows says Wilkerson has shown an unwillingness to admit she has mental illness.

TAINTED FEED BLAMED FOR 4 HORSE DEATHS AT FLORIDA STABLE

Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting their noses. There’s nothing else anyone can do for the doomed horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie. A batch of feed tainted by additives safe for other livestock but toxic to horses arrived at the center in September, and all 22 horses there ate the feed for a month before anyone realized something was wrong. Three horses died in October, and a fourth was euthanized Monday. The rest will die, some possibly as soon as this week.

TRIPLE-SLAYING SUSPECT INDICTED ON MURDER COUNTS

A Florida man accused of killing his wife, a neighbor and a pastor who worked with his wife has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. A Manatee County grand jury handed down the three counts against 33-year-old Andres Avalos Jr. on Tuesday. Authorities say Avalos fatally shot his wife, 33-year-old Amber Avalos, and their neighbor, 46-year-old Denise Potter, at the couple’s Bradenton home on Dec. 4. He then made his way across town to Bayshore Baptist Church, where officials say Avalos shot and killed the Rev. James “Tripp” Battle.

CLERKS: US GAY MARRIAGE ORDER AFFECTS 1 COUNTY

The association representing Florida’s 67 court clerks warned Tuesday that a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state ban on same-sex marriage only applies now in one Panhandle county. Lawyers for the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers said in a statement Tuesday that Washington County is the only place named in the federal lawsuit. Clerks in all other counties, according to the association, aren’t bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

SUSPENDED NORTH MIAMI MAYOR GUILTY OF MORTGAGE FRAUD

A federal jury has convicted the suspended mayor of North Miami on charges of participating in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme. Jurors returned the verdict Tuesday in the case against Lucie Tondreau following a two-week trial. She faces up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy and wire fraud convictions at sentencing March 20.


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