5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 30

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POLICE: MANY MINORS AT SITE OF NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING

Miami police are looking into why so many minors were present at a nightclub during a pre-dawn shooting. Among the 15 people wounded during the early Sunday morning violence at The Spot was an 11-year-old child. Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll says it was “very disturbing” to see a large number of teens and pre-teens at the club.

PROSECUTION RESTS IN LOUD MUSIC KILLING CASE

Prosecutors have rested in the first-degree murder retrial of a white Florida man who fatally shot a black teenager after an argument over loud music outside a convenience store. State Attorney Angela Corey on Monday ended her case against 47-year-old Michael Dunn, and his defense attorney called a forensics expert to discuss the crime scene. Prosecutors say Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Georgia, by firing 10 times into an SUV occupied by four teens in November 2012.

KEYS OFFICIALS PLAN MEETINGS ON SEA LEVEL RISE

Officials in the Florida Keys are preparing for public meetings to discuss sea level rise with residents and business owners in the low-lying island chain. Monroe County will hold a series of meetings throughout the Keys in the next several months to discuss projections for sea level rise. The county has documented 9 inches of sea level rise in the past 100 years.

USDA TELLS PANHANDLE ZOO TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS

Authorities are warning the caretakers of a Florida Panhandle zoo to obtain proper permits and make significant improvements for its animals. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge took over the aging Crestview zoo in 2012. Board chairman Matt McGee says the zoo “came with a lot of problems.” An inspection last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted that while improvements are being made, deficiencies remained.

SHERIFF: DCF WAS WARNED ABOUT SPIRIT IN 2013 CASE

Alachua County’s sheriff says Florida’s child welfare agency was warned in 2013 that a man who fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren should be kept away from them. Sheriff Sadie Darnell says that last year, three of the six children killed were interviewed by a child protection team that warned Florida’s Department of Children and Families that Don Spirit should have no contact with his grandchildren. Spirit shot the victims Sept. 18 in Bell before killing himself.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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