5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 10

5 Things to Know in FloridaSHERIFF ACCUSED OF ALLOWING INMATES FURLOUGHS INCLUDING MOTEL VISITS WITH WOMEN

A state attorney says a sheriff in Gadsden County temporarily released dozens of inmates – including violent felons – so they could visit family or have private encounters with women. State Attorney Willie Meggs petitioned a judge Tuesday to find Sheriff Morris Young in contempt of court for allowing furloughs without permission from a court. Young angrily denied any wrong doing during a phone interview and said Meggs is trying to sabotage him because he’s black. Young says he has authorized furloughs, but within the scope of the law. H

FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING BRISTOL PALIN

A 25-year-old Florida man is under arrest, accused of stalking Bristol Palin in Alaska after inundating her with Facebook messages. Peter P.W. Ferrero is charged with felony stalking in connection with a Sunday encounter with Palin, the 23-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PARTNERING WITH LOEWS HOTELS TO BUILD NEW CARIBBEAN-THEMED HOTEL

A fifth mega-hotel is being built at Universal Orlando. The theme park resort announced the plans Tuesday with Loews Hotels & Resorts, which will build and operate the 1,000-room, Caribbean-themed hotel. The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will open in the summer of 2016.

FOUR CANDIDATES CHOSEN AS FINALIST FOR FSU PRESIDENT

Four candidates, powerful politician John Thrasher, are moving ahead in the search for a new president at Florida State University. The other candidates include former West Virginia University Provost Michele Wheatly, Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System and Richard Marchase, a vice president at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The finalists will participate next in forums with students and faculty.

SUSPECT IN QUADRUPLE KILLINGS SAY HE DIDN’T DO IT

The suspect in the Florida deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents says he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Adam Matos told the Tampa Bay Times in a jailhouse interview Tuesday that “all the fingers point to him” so he’s probably not going to “change anybody’s beliefs” that he killed four people and left their bodies on the top of a hill in Pasco County.He was arrested last week at a Tampa hotel with his 4-year-old autistic son.

 

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