5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 17

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EX-CLINIC OWNER PLEADs GUILTY IN MLB DRUG CASE

The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone before U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles.

WYLLIE SAYS HE’S ONLY ADULT IN GOVERNOR’S RACE

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie says he is the only adult in the governor’s race. His comments came Thursday, the night after Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie fought about an electric fan during a debate. Wyllie, who wasn’t included in the debate, said the debate reinforces his belief that the major party candidates are acting like children. Wyllie has little chance of winning the race, but polls show that he could receive 10 percent or more of the vote – or enough to play a spoiler role.

MAN KILLS FORMER BOSS, THEN SELF

A chance encounter at a northeast Florida Walmart led to a man killing a former boss and then himself. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office reports that 59-year-old Allen James Fourtunia had apparently blamed his supervisors for losing his job at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in 2005. When Fourtunia spotted one of those supervisors – 53-year-old Steven Swan – outside the Yulee Walmart Tuesday, deputies say Fourtunia ran the other man over with his car and then got out and beat him. Swan later died at a Jacksonville hospital.

PREGNANT WOMAN ACCUSED IN NORTH FLORIDA STABBING

Police say a pregnant woman stabbed a northeast Florida woman during an argument. Brittany LaShay Galvin was arrested a day after the Monday night attack in Bunnell. Police report that Galvin and her friend were going to her sister’s house when she heard her name being called and a “number of individuals came out of nowhere” and attacked her. But as police interviewed Galvin, they were notified that Shontrelle Harris had checked into a hospital with multiple stab wounds. She told police she met up with Galvin after hearing she wanted to talk with her. Harris told police Galvin pulled a small knife and stabbed her twice.

SOME QUESTION ARCHER MAYOR’S LONG VACATION

Some residents of a north Florida city are questioning the mayor’s extended vacation. The Gainesville Sun reports Archer Mayor Frank Ogborn has missed several government meetings since going on cross-country trip in July to celebrate his wife’s retirement. Former city commissioner Joan White says she emailed Ogborn asking for his resignation. He declined but White contends he should have forfeited his office if he knew he was going to be gone so long. He says city staff told him there is nothing in state statutes or city charter to prohibit him from attending meetings via Skype or the telephone, which he did in August.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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