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Morning Juice: D'Andre Bannister Convicted; Fourth Arrest in Shooting Spree

Your Friday local news round-up:

  • A Palm Beach County jury convicted D'Andre Bannister of second-degree murder in the 2002 beating death of his 2-year-old stepson. Bannister claimed that the child's injuries were caused by falling from a tree. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Sam and Sheree Bonsett of Plantation were told that their newborn boy Ryan would die by age 2 from a rare neuromuscular disease. Now that Ryan is 15 months old, the couple puts their hope in a research program that aims to improve therapy for the disease. [Miami Herald]
  • Cities desperate to trim expenses are targeting their employees' pension programs, much to the consternation of city workers' unions. [Sun-Sentinel]



  • A 15-year-old Andrew Bleau is the fourth suspect who has been arrested in a crime spree that started with a stolen car, then led to the shooting two men -- one from West Palm Beach and another from Lake Park. The latter, Gary Wilson, died from his wounds. [WPTV-5]
  • A gunman who barricaded himself inside a townhouse on Southwest 18th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale overnight surrendered to police around 2 a.m. this morning. Police have not released his name or that of his hostage. [Sun-Sentinel]

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