5 Things to Know in Florida for May 8

5 Things to Know in FloridaYour daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

PROSECUTION RESTS IN CASE OF 2 SLAIN TAMPA TEENS

A Tampa Police officer who drove a woman accused of killing her teens to the jail in January of 2011 described her as jovial. Officer Fred Arnold took the witness stand Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Julie Schenecker. Arnold said the woman “wasn’t sad or anything like that.” Prosecutors on Wednesday rested their case. Judge Emmett Battles has given the jury Thursday off, and the trial will resume Friday with the defense presenting its case.

STUDY SHOWS CASH IS KING IN FLORIDA REAL ESTATE

Cash is king in Florida real estate. A study released Thursday shows that almost two-thirds of Florida housing sales in the first quarter of this year were done in cash. That is the highest rate in the nation and well above the national average of 42.7 percent, according to the study by the research firm, RealtyTrac.

FLORIDA LOBBYIST GUILTY OF FRAUD IN MAYOR GRANT CASE

A South Florida lobbyist has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in an FBI sting operation involving the mayors of two cities, kickbacks and sham grants. Richard Candia faces about two years in prison after his guilty plea Wednesday in Miami federal court. Candia admitted involvement in a grant scheme with the mayors of Sweetwater and Miami Lakes designed to line their pockets rather than benefit the two cities.

SHOTS FIRED AT FIRE TRUCKS IN FORT PIERCE

Police are investigating bullets being fired at two Fort Pierce fire trucks. Authorities say a fire engine and rescue truck were responded to a call Tuesday night. Firefighters heard gunfire while inside the home. Police responded but found nothing, and no injuries were reported. It wasn’t until the fire crew returned to the station that they noticed bullet holes in their trucks.

9 WWII FLORIDA VETERANS HONORED BY FRANCE

Nine Florida veterans will be recognized for fighting alongside France during World War II. The ceremony will take place on Thursday at the Boynton Beach Civic Center. The French Consul General in Miami will award the veterans with the “Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor” for fighting alongside French troops during the war. The consulate holds several of these ceremonies a month across Florida.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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