5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 9

FLORIDA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BOARDING SCHOOL BUS, ATTACKING DRIVER WITH KIDS ONBOARD

5 Things to Know in FloridaA woman has been arrested after authorities say she boarded a South Florida school bus and attacked the bus driver. A spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County school district says 23-year-old Precious Jackson climbed onto the school bus Friday with 10 elementary students inside. According to a police report, she demanded to know the bus driver’s name and slapped and punched the 72-year-old bus driver when he asked her to get off.

DAD’S BODY FOUND IN RIVER, BODY OF 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FOUND IN APARTMENT

Authorities are investigating after a 4-year-old was found dead inside her southwest Florida home and the girl’s father was found dead floating in a nearby river. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies found a car blocking the road near the Cape Coral Bridge Monday. A check of the license plate revealed the car belonged to 34-year-old John Medina. Authorities went to his home and found his daughter’s body inside. No other details have been released.

ATTORNEYS FOR DEFEDANTS IN FAMU HAZING DEATH DUE BACK IN COURT

Attorneys for four remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major are due back in court Tuesday to update a judge on whether they’re ready for trial. Attorneys for three defendants asked Judge Renee Roche for a continuance in June, citing difficulty taking depositions of potential prosecution witnesses. Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion

CONVICTED TERROR PLOTTER JOSE PADILLA FACES LONGER PRISON TERM AFTER ORIGINAL SENTENCE TOSSED

Convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla is going before a Florida federal judge Tuesday to face a longer prison term after a federal appeals court ruled his original sentence was too lenient. Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence. Padilla’s lawyer says he still deserves less. Padilla was arrested by the FBI in 2002 on what authorities said was an al-Qaida mission to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” inside the U.S. Those accusations were later discarded.

MAN ARRESTED FOR POINTING LASER AT COMMERCIAL JET LINERS, POLICE HELICOPTER IN TAMPA

Air traffic controllers at Tampa International Airport were forced to change the landing and departure routes of commercial jet liners after police said a man on the ground aimed a laser lighting device at four commercial airplanes and a Tampa police helicopter. Twenty-four-year-old Ahmed Maher Elhelw of Tampa was charged with misuse of a laser lighting device. Deputies who interviewed Elhelw said his actions were meant as a prank and he was not intentionally attempting to interfere with the aircrafts’ landings.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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