National roundup: Multiple deaths, injuries in South Florida boat crash

July 5
FLORIDA
Multiple injuries, deaths in boat crash

Three boats collided near a Miami marina near the end of a fireworks display, killing four and injuring a dozen others in a chaotic scene that left bodies and survivors tossed overboard.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the crash Friday night near the Dinner Key Marina in Miami, with officers plucking several people out of the water. The boaters are believed to have been out celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.

Rescuers were alerted by one of the boaters at about 10:45 p.m. He said he had been hit by another vessel and that his 36-foot pleasure craft was taking on water, authorities said.

“We kept getting report after report of more people in the water,” Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Eight people were initially transported to Miami hospitals. Two of them, a man and a woman, later died. Relatives of a third victim found her body in the water Saturday, and a fourth body was located later by investigators, authorities said. The victims’ names and ages weren’t immediately released.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Video shows officer striking a woman

California Highway Patrol is investigating a video showing an officer pummeling a woman alongside a Los Angeles freeway during an arrest that began with an attempt to stop her from walking into traffic, an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.

The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, was posted online and broadcast by local television stations. It has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force during the arrest Tuesday.

Officials from the Highway Patrol on Friday became aware of the video, which captures the incident that occurred on Interstate 10 in Los Angeles, and they have launched a use-of-force investigation, Sgt. Denise Joslin, an agency spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

The officer arrived at the location after the Highway Patrol received a call about a woman walking by the side of the freeway, a statement from the Highway Patrol said.

After spotting the shoeless woman walking along the narrow shoulder of the freeway and stepping into traffic lanes, the officer told her to stop, the statement said. When the officer approached the woman, she became “physically combative,” and he arrested her in fear of her safety and his own, it said.

— Reuters

Man suffers shark bite in California: A swimmer was bitten Saturday by a juvenile great white shark that grew agitated trying to free itself from a hook a fisherman had thrown into the water off Southern California’s Manhattan Beach Pier, officials said. The man, who was with a group of long-distance swimmers when he swam into the fishing line, was bitten on a side of his rib cage around 9:30 a.m., a fire department spokesman said. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening, and he was taken to a hospital conscious and breathing on his own. Witnesses said the shark, which was about 7 feet long, was thrashing around in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting the swimmer.

Seven shot in Indianapolis: A shooting in a bar-hopping Indianapolis neighborhood that injured seven people may have been set off by two people bumping into each other in the street, police said Saturday. Police arrested a 23-year-old man on a preliminary charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was not charged in connection with the shooting. Police said one man was in critical condition at a local hospital. Five other men and a woman also were shot but did not have life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Priest who strangled nun will receive funeral Mass: A Roman Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass, a church official said Saturday. The Rev. Gerald Robinson remained an ordained priest after his conviction and his services will follow the usual protocol for a diocesan priest’s funeral, the Diocese of Toledo said in a statement. Robinson, 76, died Friday. He had been serving a prison sentence of 15 years to life in what church historians have characterized as the only documented case of a Catholic priest killing a nun.

Six injured at Houston festival: Six people were injured at a Houston music festival early Saturday morning, authorities said. Several thousand people had gathered at an arena for a Fourth of July party at the Houston Caribbean Festival. Witnesses told police they saw a man open fire at 1:55 a.m. Saturday on the floor of the arena, hitting four men. Two females were hurt as people rushed to exit.

Workers try to raise three fuselages from river: Crews on Sunday will attempt to remove three Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled down a steep bank and into the Clark Fork River in western Montana after a train derailed. The train carried six fuselages. Three others also fell off but stayed on land.

— From news services

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