5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

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EARLY VOTING BEGINS IN FLORIDA

5 Things to Know in FloridaPETERSBURG – Early voting began in some Florida counties on Monday. In Pinellas County, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist cast his ballot along with his wife. Voters in some of the state’s biggest counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Pinellas and Duval – can cast ballots now. Other counties begin early voting on Oct. 23 or 25. In Orlando, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost in 2012 because not enough Republicans participated in early voting. By Tamara Lush and Mike Schneider. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DEATHS OF EX-GIRLFRIEND, 3 OTHERS

A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend has pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial. Authorities say 28-year-old Adam Matos killed the victims and left their bodies in a field where they were found days later. A judge set a Dec. 9 pre-trial hearing.

EVERGLADES TRAIL SURVEYED FOR CULTURAL ARTIFACTS

Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture in an especially challenging search environment. Work began Friday along a 0.8-mile trail around a shallow pond amid sawgrass. National Park Service archaeologists this week are sampling sediment down about 10 feet to the bedrock every 5 meters along the boardwalk, sucking up mud and water with an aluminum tube and then dumping the contents over a screen. Officials say Matos took his 4-year-old son from the home after the killings in late August. He and the unharmed boy were found at a Tampa hotel Sept. 4 after a manhunt.

MAN FINDS MISSING PLANE, SKELETAL REMAINS

A man walking in the woods near Ocala found the site of a small plane crash and skeletal remains. The man called authorities Sunday evening after spotting the crash site at the Pruitt Trailhead in southwestern Marion County. The Marion County Sheriff’s officials say the experimental-type two-seat plane was owned by Theodore Weiss, who was also the last person known to have flown the aircraft. Officials have not determined the remains are those of Weiss. He was last seen departing Dunnellon Airport on April 5 and never arrived at his destination in Zephyrhills.

DAYTONA BEACH COMMISSIONER ACCUSED OF HITTING MAN DURING ARGUMENT

A Daytona Beach city commissioner is accused of hitting a man during an argument at the entrance gate to a subdivision early Sunday. Police say 47-year-old Robert Gilliland pulled in behind 66-year-old Alan Robinson at the Pelican Bay gate. Robinson was talking to the guard and Gilliland began honking his horn and yelling. Gilliland was released from jail on $1,000 bail. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney. He’s been a commissioner since 2005.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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