5 Things to Know in Florida for April 11

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

Deputy fatally shoots sword-wielding man near Pensacola

A samurai sword-wielding man was fatally shot by police after threatening family members with knives and attacking a sheriff’s deputy with the sword, authorities said. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the mother of Gordon Talmage Kimbrell Jr. called 911 Thursday night to report that her 22-year-old son was acting violently after drinking a half-bottle of rum. Relatives said he threw knives at them in the Navarre.

Forecasters see fewer than average hurricanes this year

The Atlantic hurricane season in 2015 will see fewer than the average number of storms, according to Colorado State University researchers. Researchers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray say in a news release that cooler ocean temperatures and the expectation that favorable atmospheric conditions will continue through the summer months will mean fewer hurricanes. The researchers released their report Thursday.

FBI opens new $194 million South Florida office

The FBI officially opened its new $194 million South Florida field office on Friday at a suburban Broward County building dedicated to two agents killed during a 1986 shootout. It is named for agents Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove, who were killed in a shootout with bank robbers south of Miami.

Former Florida coach, AD Ray Graves dies at 96

Former Florida coach and athletic director Ray Graves, who helped the Gators reach national prominence in the 1960s, has died at 96. The school says Graves died early Friday in the Tampa area. Former Gators coach Steve Spurrier, who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy under Graves, calls his college coach “a tremendous influence on my life.” Florida went 70-31-4 in 10 seasons under Graves, including a 9-1-1 mark in 1969.

Student arrested after threating to kill professor

Authorities say an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student faces charges after threatening to kill a professor. Daytona Beach Police Deputy Chief Craig Capri says 33-year-old Konstantinos Kostakis was arrested Thursday. He’s charged with making a written threat to kill or injure. Capri says the student confessed. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports police went to the College of Aviation building on April 1 after assistant professor of commercial space operations Diane Howard found the typed letter. It claimed two heavily-armed students would shoot her.

 

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