LITTLE TORCH KEY
Detectives ID dead diver
Detectives on Wednesday identified the man who died diving near Big Pine Shoal as 65-year-old Michael White of Orlando.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.
White was on his third dive of the day with a friend, in 15 to 20 feet of water, when he surfaced unconscious, reports say.
CPR was performed on him as Tow Boat US raced him to Dolphin Marina, where deputies met them at 6:15 p.m., reports say.
White was then taken to Fishermen's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Kitchen attacker loses appeal
A 51-year-old homeless man serving six years in state prison for smashing a softball-sized rock over the head of another man at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen last year lost his appeal Wednesday.
County Judge Wayne Miller sentenced Silvio Omar Hernandez on March 8 on a felony charge of using a deadly weapon.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal affirmed Miller's sentence.
Hernandez is serving his time at the Calhoun Correctional Institution.
The man Hernandez hit reportedly required nine staples to his head to close the wound.
Get prepared for storm now
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds residents that now is the time to prepare for a storm; don't wait until one is looming. Hurricane season runs through November.
FEMA recommends residents: develop a disaster plan that includes pets; discuss where to go in an evacuation; develop a family communication plan with someone in another area. Also, put together a disaster kit and store it in a portable container. It should include: a minimum three-day supply of food and bottled water; battery-powered radio and flashlights with extra batteries; first aid kit with any prescriptions; manual can opener; emergency contact list; hygiene and personal care items; pet supplies; copies of important papers; and emergency cash or credit cards.