5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 2

5 Things to Know in FloridaYour daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

EX-PARTNER OF PONZI SCHEMER FACES SENTENCING

A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein is asking a federal judge for a lenient prison sentence after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge. Stuart Rosenfeldt is seeking a sentence below the two-plus years recommended by sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke has a hearing set Thursday to impose sentence.

TAMPA OFFICIALS APPROVE BASEBALL NEGOTIATIONS

Hillsborough County is officially in the hunt for major league baseball. County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a motion by to name the Tampa Sports Authority as the lead agency to negotiate with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are obligated to play in St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field until 2027, but team owner Stuart Sternberg has said staying there is no longer financially sustainable.

EX-NFL PLAYER PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE

Former NFL and University of Florida player Donald Reche Caldwell has pleaded guilty to drug charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Caldwell pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a positional isomer of butylone, also known as ethylone, and commonly marketed as the street drug “Molly.” Caldwell faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

STATE AGENCY: NO WAY TO PREDICT MASS KILLINGS

Florida’s child welfare agency is contending in a preliminary report that there was “no evidence” to show that child protection investigators knew ahead of time that a Florida man was capable of killing his daughter and six grand-children. Don Spirit gunned down his family last month in a small town outside Gainesville before killing himself. But the report released Wednesday by the Department of Children and Families details that authorities had been called to investigate 18 allegations alleging abandonment, abuse and or neglect between 2006 and 2014.

FOSTER FATHER ARRESTED IN PORT ST. LUCIE

A Florida man is accused of killing his 2-year-old foster son. Officials say Trysten Adams died Sunday from blunt force trauma and 47-year-old Michael Beer was arrested Wednesday night in Port St. Lucie. He’s charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Paramedics were called to the home on Sunday afternoon. The unresponsive boy was taken to a hospital where he died a few hours later.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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