5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 27

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

REPORT: SCOTT’S TOP INSPECTOR TOLD ABOUT PRISON DEATH COVER-UP

5 Things to Know in FloridaA widening scandal focusing on the treatment of Florida prison inmates includes new allegations that Gov. Rick Scott’s own top watchdog was warned about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths but did not do anything. The Miami Herald reported Friday that the governor’s chief inspector general received an anonymous letter in Oct. 2012 that included details about prisoners who had died while in state custody. But instead of opening an inquiry, Melinda Miguel turned it over to the inspector general at the Department of Corrections, which conducted a cursory review.

TESTIMONY: HOMELESS MAN HELPED SOLVE LOUD MUSIC KILLING

According to testimony, a homeless man living in his truck helped police solve the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white man during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store. On Friday, Shawn Lee Atkins testified that in November 2012 he witnessed a man shoot into an SUV carrying four teens, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Georgia.

PANAMA CITY BEACH SEEKS TO TAME SPRING BREAK

The Panama City Beach City Council is trying to tame spring break. The council on Thursday approved on first readings ordinances that require bars to close at 2 a.m. during spring break and to require photo identification to drink on the beach. They also approved a proposal requiring club owners to hire a designated number of security officers and paramedics at beach events.

DONALD TRUMP, NEIGHBORS BICKER OVER GOLF COURSE

Donald Trump has angered some South Florida residents by installing a fence of bushy trees that blocks their views of greens and fairways at the Trump National Doral golf complex in Doral. Trump told the Miami Herald the Areca palm trees are part of his plan to improve the world-renowned golf resort and that they help give golfers a feeling of isolation from everything but the course. Residents claim they have legal rights to the views based on agreements between the previous golf course owner and developers of nearby homes. They’re petitioning the city, seeking an order to cease construction until an agreement is reached.

$10K REWARD FOR MAN WANTED ON HOMICIDES, ARSON

The U.S. Marshals Service has increased its reward to $10,000 for information leading to a man suspected of killing his parents and setting their house on fire in New Hampshire. Authorities believe Matthew Dion is in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area. They say he also has familiarity with the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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