PANAMA CITY -- Bits of oil are still washing up on some Florida Panhandle beaches, months after BP’s leaking undersea well was plugged.
Bay County’s chief of emergency services, mark Bowen, says crews are still finding a quarter of a pound to half a pound of oil product along the beaches every day. Bowen says BP’s subcontractor is doing daily sweeps to pick up the debris.
The government says some 200 million gallons of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico after a rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. the runaway well was capped in July and permanently plugged in September.
Bowen says the county has asked BP to continue its efforts to recover any oil that may remain floating in the Gulf or on its bottom.
5 dead cats found in Apalachicola National Forest
TALLAHASSEE -- Authorities are looking for the person responsible for killing five cats found in the Apalachicola National Forest.
A sixth cat suffered a broken hip but was saved.
Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey says a hunter found the felines in a ditch Saturday. Investigators believe someone struck the cats with an object and shot them. four spent shotgun shells were found at the scene, along with a bloody newspaper that had been wrapped around the cats.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (850) 926-7171.
Girl, 7, dies after hit-and-run accident in South Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE -- a 7-year-old South Florida girl has died, days after being struck in a hit-and-run.
A spokeswoman for Broward General Medical Center says Francesca Moise passed away Friday afternoon. she had been in a coma after suffering severe head injuries.
Authorities are still searching for the driver responsible. the Broward Sheriff’s Office says the girl was walking with her family in North Lauderdale on Wednesday evening when a car drove onto the grass and hit her. the car was later found abandoned near a warehouse.
Anyone with information about the accident is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.
Squirrel causes power outage at Disney hotels
ORLANDO -- several hotels at Disney World temporarily lost power after a squirrel tangled with some electrical equipment.
Officials at Progress Energy say that about 22 properties were without electricity for nearly 30 minutes Friday, including some hotels along Hotel Plaza Boulevard.
The squirrel did not survive the encounter.
Pinellas County gives water to affected residents
LARGO -- Officials in Pinellas County are giving out water to residents who don’t have any, following a 48-inch water main break in Largo.
A water distribution site has been set up at the utilities department and was open from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday.
Residents who do have running water in their homes are urged to boil the water before drinking it to kill any bacteria and parasites.
Officials have been testing the county’s water to see whether it is now safe. the main break happened Thursday.