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Arkansas man killed in Panama City boat crash

(Information in the following story is from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, )

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A 25-year-old Arkansas man is dead after a personal watercraft he was riding on collided with a commercial boat off Panama City Beach.

The crash occurred Thursday afternoon near Grand Lagoon.

The News Herald of Panama City reports Bryan Hayes McManus of Little Rock, Arkansas, died of severe head injuries after being taken to a hospital.

Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Stan Kirkland says the boat was heading east and a string of personal watercraft was heading west when the nearly-head-on crash occurred.

A passenger on the commercial boat was tossed into the water but wasn't injured.

No further details were immediately available.

An investigation continues.


ER workers look for trafficking in new initiative

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Emergency room doctors and nurses are often the only contact victims of human trafficking have with the outside world.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday launched an initiative that aims to train emergency workers how to identify signs of trafficking.

Under the plan, emergency room workers will be trained to ask certain questions of people who show signs of being trafficked.

Those questions run the line of "Who is that person with you?" to "Do you ever feel pressured to do something you didn't want to do?" to "Has anyone approached you asking you to get involved in prostitution?"

State officials say Florida ranks No. 3 in the nation for number of calls to a trafficking hotline.


Tampa woman sentenced to prison for marriage fraud

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa woman is heading to federal prison for 15 months after her conviction on charges of conspiring to commit marriage fraud.

U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington handed down the sentence on Thursday in Tampa.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 55-year-old Cassandra Hamilton arranged marriages between U.S. and Jamaican citizens "for the purpose of enabling the Jamaican citizens to obtain residency and citizenship."

Court documents say she engaged in marriage fraud in excess of 10 times over a span of several years. She was paid for her involvement in arranging the marriages.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


2 killed in dump truck crash near Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Two women are dead following a collision with a dump truck near Orlando.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. Friday on Boggy Creek Road.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a car made a left turn in front of the dump truck. The truck struck the left side of the car, killing both the driver and passenger.

Authorities say the dump truck driver was not injured.

Troopers have not released the names of the two women who died at the scene. They were both from nearby Kissimmee.

The investigation continues.


Venezuela official seeks immunity in Aruba ruling

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A judge in Aruba is expected to rule today whether the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant will remain in jail pending an extradition request.

Hugo Carvajal was arrested Thursday upon arriving at Aruba's airport and is being sought by U.S. authorities on drug trafficking charges.

Attorney Chris Lejuez told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that he plans to seek diplomatic immunity for his client. Carvajal was appointed in January as consul to Aruba, but local prosecutors said he had not yet been accredited and therefore does not have diplomatic immunity.

Lejuez said Carvajal denies all charges against him, including conspiring to distribute cocaine in the U.S. to support Marxist rebels in Colombia.

U.S. prosecutors have 60 days to formalize their extradition request.


Boater missing in water after Dry Tortugas crash

DRY TORTUGAS, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife crews are searching for a person in the water following a boat collision near the Dry Tortugas.

The Coast Guard received an alert regarding someone in the water Friday morning from a fishing vessel in the area.

Officials say crews found a partially submerged fishing boat and a damaged fishing vessel. Two people had been reported in the water after the collision, but a man was pulled to safety by a good Samaritan. The man was not wearing a life jacket but wasn't reported to have any medical conditions.

It's not known whether the missing boater was wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard is asking boaters to keep an eye out for the missing person.

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