- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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FORMER POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED FOR AIDING DRUG DEALER

A former Titusville police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for participating in a drug deal. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron sentenced 46-year-old Richard Irizarry on Tuesday. The sentence, for attempting to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine, also includes four years of supervised released. Irizarry was found guilty by a federal jury in January.

MILITARY RECRUITER FACES PRISON TIME FOR CLAIMING BONUSES

A longtime military recruiter faces prison time and must repay $78,000 after admitting in federal court that he claimed recruitment bonuses that he didn’t deserve. Travis DeVall pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, wire fraud and theft of government funds, crimes that are punishable by up to 20 years. He was featured in a 2009 Army Times article touting the success of the now-defunct Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance program, which paid him up to $5,000 for each new recruit he found.

‘O, MIAMI’ TAKES POETRY TO UNUSUAL PLACES THROUGHOUT APRIL

A Miami River cruise launches a monthlong poetry festival dedicated to delivering poems to all Miami-Dade County residents. The “O, Miami” festival runs through April 30. Executive director P. Scott Cunningham says dozens of poetry projects, workshops, readings and other events will test “what’s possible when circulating poems among a community.” Festival organizers promise to post poems on ice pops, lamp posts, fences and even urinals and other unexpected places.

2 STUDENTS INJURED IN SCHOOL BUS CRASH

Authorities say two children suffered minor injuries in a school bus crash in Jacksonville. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the bus was heading to Venetia Elementary School Tuesday morning when it was rear-ended by an SUV near the school. The injured boys - ages 7 and 11 - were taken to a nearby hospital. A total of 12 students had been on the bus. The SUV’s driver was cited with careless driving.

HEAT LOSE TO SPURS IN MIAMI

Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Tony Parker added 16 in his 1,000th NBA game, and the San Antonio Spurs added more steam to their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat 95-81 on Tuesday night. Tim Duncan had 12 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which went 12-3 in March - the league’s second-best record during the month behind only Golden State. Boris Diaw scored 11 points.


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