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Regional Report Orlando Sentinel FINAL WEDNESDAY, B3 best bet Meek praises Sotomayor 1 Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Miami congressman running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mel joined Puerto Rican community leaders Tuesday supporting the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor as U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Members of an ad hoc Puerto Rican leadership group stressed she should be confirmed because of her qualifications. Meek drew a parallel between the criticism of Sotomayor and how opponents reacted to the nomination of Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 became the first black member of the Supreme Court. He was criticized for his involvement with the NAACP. am pretty sure some of the things that are being said about Judge Sotomayor were some of the things that were said about Thurgood Manuel Ramos ORANGE SEMINOLE OSCEOLA POLK BREVARD VOLUSIA LAKE MILES 50 Orlando 27 95 4 95 50 50 60 4 528 case confirmed 2 Awoman was in an Osceola County hospital recovering from disease Tuesday, health officials said. The woman was diagnosed Tuesday and is receiving antibiotics, said Camille Bissainthe, a spokeswoman for the Osceola Health Department.

Citing privacy concerns, she would not identify the patient or the hospital. But WESH- Channel 2 said it had interviewed the 60-year-old woman, whom it did not identify. Neighbors told the station that she works at Walt Disney World. A Health Department nurse planned to visit the woman today. Then officials will determine whether public warnings are needed.

not a cause for Bissainthe said. People older than 65, smokers and those with weak immune systems are most susceptible. Jacobson Patterson to run for state CFO 3 State Rep. Pat Patterson said Tuesday running to be the chief financial officer, likely pitting him against state Senate President Jeff Atwater in a Republican primary. Patterson, an insurance agent for about 30 years and alegislator for nearly 10, said not worried that Atwater could have better name recognition because many people know the names of most of their elected officials.

The CFO seat, a Cabinet post, is being vacated by Democrat Alex Sink, who is running for governor. Atwater filed to run soon after she announced her candidacy. Jackson Deputies: Charges unlikely in case 4 Awoman remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday after jumping out of a car Sunday on Bent Pine Drive in east Orange County. Investigators originally tried to determine whether Deborah Deuso, 54, fell or was pushed from a car Sunday, landing unconscious at the side of the road. Witnesses said the man driving the car got out and looked at Deuso before getting back in and driving away.

But police now say it is unlikely they will file charges since Deuso jumped. Beitsch to holdauditions at arena 5 most popular television series will look for singers in Orlando. Auditions for American Idol are July 9 at the Amway Arena. Pre-registration starts July 7 at the arena, and Idol hopefuls must register to audition. The tryouts are part of a summer schedule that begins next week.

No Idol judges will be here for the July 7 round, but they will visit Orlando later for callbacks. Hopefuls must be 16 to 28 years old by June 12 to take part in all audition cities. Boedeker Airport agency sells bonds 6 The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority sold $109.8 million worth of 14-year, fixed-rate, revenue bonds Tuesday to refinance variable-rate bonds the agency sold in 2002. The authority, which runs Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport, sold $98.55 million in nontaxable bonds, with a 5.77 percent interest rate, to retire the old bonds. Another $11.275 million worth of taxable bonds, at 5.18 percent interest, were sold to pay for retiring the old bonds.

Powers 1 2 3 4 5 6 Extra library copies of old yearbooks, some dating from the mid-1950s, are being offered to grads of the Orlando school for $50 each. Old Edgewater HS yearbooks on sale Fine Art of See a variety of works from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. at Albin Polasek Museum Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Winter Park. $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for students age 12 through college; free for 11 or younger.

Details: 407-647-6294. Ocoee police introduced reporters Tuesday to a woman who said she was choked last year by the same man police are calling a of in the disappearance of Tracy Ocasio. The woman, who did not want to be identified, reported the attack to authorities in Casselberry in 2008 and came forward to inform Ocoee investigators after she learned Ocasio could be connected to James Virgil Hataway. She told Ocoee investigators that Hataway, then a friend, attacked her after she gave him a ride home from a bar last year. When she pulled in front of his Casselberry home and leaned over to hug him, he put his hands around her neck and tried to strangle her, the woman said.

After she escaped from the car, Hataway followed her, slammed her to the concrete and tried to strangle her again, she said. It was only when neighbors came outside in response to her cries for help that the attack ended, she said. so sorry this guy came into her she said of Ocasio, who disappeared last week. Ocoee Detective James Berish said investigators want to learn if there are other women with similar stories. Ocasio, 27, vanished about 1:30 a.m.

May 26 after watching an Orlando Magic game at the Taproom bar on Raleigh Street in MetroWest neighborhood. Ocoee police said Hataway, 28, of Ocoee had met Ocasio at the Taproom almost two weeks before she disappeared. Hataway told police he took Ocasio home from the bar the night she disappeared, but her cell-phone records show she was in the area of West Franklin Street in Ocoee later that morning. Records show Hataway lives near that area. we checked for the cell-phone records, cell-phone towers still indicated that she was in the area of his house by 8:30 in the Ocoee police Sgt.

Mike Bryant said. that part of his story quite add Investigators later found her vehicle abandoned in a dirt parking lot on West Franklin Street. Hataway was in the Orange County Jail on Monday on drug-related charges. Ocoee police brought him in for questioning as a of in disappearance. On Tuesday, Judge Heather Higbee ruled he must remain in jail because he had been out on bail in a different case.

Higbee questioned his juvenile conviction of kidnapping and bodily injury in Hillsborough County. Court records show latest arrest was in April on charges of criminal mischief. Police Tuesday searched a dirt lot in the area of West Franklin Street after they arrested Hataway. Anika Myers Palm can be reached at or 407-420-5022. Walter Pacheco can be reached at 407-420-6262 or Man in missing-woman case linked to attack By Anika Myers Palm and Walter Pacheco SENTINEL STAFF WRITERS For more information, call 850- 921-7529or visit

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About 8:30 p.m. Monday, Peter and her granddaughter left a cross and then watched. Several hours later, they noticed the friend, Dennis Milsteadof Kid Finders Network, driving up and down the road. They moved their car, and Milstead followed them, Peter said. The brief pursuit ended when the women drove out of the neighborhood.

Peter said they returned to the Suburban Drive lot, where mourners had left a large pile of stuffed toys and other mementos before someone cleared the site last month. Peter said they saw Cindy Anthony putting something into the trunk of her car, which was being driven by George Anthony. The cross was gone. One of the women snapped a picture and the chase involving Milstead and the Anthonys began, Peter said. Peter said she feared for her life.

One of her friends called bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who once posted bail for Casey Anthony. He told the women to call 911, which Peter did. Eventually, they found a state trooper at Narcoossee Road and Lee Vista Boulevard. The trooper told all of them to go their separate ways. The attorney Brad Conwaytold another version of the events.

He said the car was driving around the neighborhood suspiciously, with the lights off. Conway said George Anthony got out of his car to tell the others they needed to stop and he was going to call police. Conway said when George Anthony was nearly run over by the other car. think they were being Conway said. are these people in somebody neighborhood at 10:30, 11 at Staff writer Amy L.

Edwards contributed to this report. Sarah Lundy can be reached at or 407-420-6218. Lois Peter of St. Cloud is outside the Orange Office after filing a complaint against the Anthonys. RED SENTINEL 2 say Anthonys chased them from neighborhood By Sarah Lundy SENTINEL STAFF WRITER OKAHUMPKA Two women were killed and seven others including a baby were injured Tuesday on their way to a family reunion in Ocala when a woman lost control of her van on Turnpike.

Most of the occupants were from New York and had just been picked up at Orlando International Airport by an Ocala couple. The nine people were in a 1995 Dodge conversion van designed to seat seven, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Jorge Delahoz said. The rollover crash at mile marker 296, near the Lake- Sumter county line, happened about 11:50 a.m. when the right rear tire blew out in the northbound lane, Delahoz said.

Ives Marie Nales, 29, of Baltimoredied at Orlando Regional Medical Center, the trooper said. A 24-year-old from Bronx, N.Y., was pronounced dead at Leesburg Regional Hospital. Her name was not immediately released. Nales is the mother of the infant, a boy about 9months old, who was sitting unrestrained in a child seat that was not secured within the van, Delahoz said. The baby and two adults were thrown from the van as it rolled.

The boy was in serious condition with a broken femur. Five helicopters were used to airlift six of the victims to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Both the northbound and southbound lanes were closed while the emergency helicopters landed. The Ocala driver was the only one wearing a seat belt, Delahoz said. Gary Taylor can be reached at or 407-391-9681.

Christine Show can be reached at at 352-742-5917 or on Twitter Turnpike crash kills 2, hurts 7 By Gary Taylor and Christine Show SENTINEL STAFF WRITERS Product: OSBS PubDate: 06-03-2009 Zone: MET Edition: ROP Page: User: dwine Time: Color: CMYK.

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