5 Things to Know in Florida for July 24

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

APPEAL COURT WON’T UNBLOCK FLORIDA GAY MARRIAGE

A Florida appeals court refused on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s order that is blocking gay couples from getting married in the Florida Keys. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge’s decision temporarily preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples.

1 DEAD, 2 INJURED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE

A lightning strike has killed one person and injured two others on Fort Myers Beach in southwest Florida. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Scott Wilcox of Lehigh Acres was struck by lightning shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. The strike apparently killed Wilcox instantly.

5 Things to Know in FloridaFLORIDA DETECTIVE GETS 9 YEARS FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUD

A former South Florida police detective has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for identity theft and credit card fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that 39-year-old William Garcia was sentenced Wednesday. The former Sweetwater detective was convicted in April of conspiracy, use of a counterfeit access device and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft. Besides the prison term, Garcia must also pay $13,000 in restitution.

STATE SHUTS DOWN JACKSONVILLE PUPPY MILL

Florida has frozen assets and halted the operations of what officials say was a large English bulldog puppy mill in Jacksonville. On Wednesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi said a judge temporarily shut down the business and froze the mill’s assets while officials seek restitution for consumers. Bondi says more than 700 English bulldogs were sold for more than $1million total, and that the five lied about the health and pedigree of the animals.

MOUNTED PATROL OFFICER SHOOTS DOG

A Miami mounted patrol officer fatally shot a dog that was attacking his police horse. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon in Little Havana. Police say the officer was in his assigned area at Domino Park when he saw a stray dog charge at his horse, Sara. The officer tried to move the horse out of harm’s way but the dog bit the horse..

 

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