5 Things to Know in Florida for April 17

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

FORMER US CONGRESSMAN FIGHTING ETHICS CHARGES AND FINES

A former U.S. Congressman could be asked to pay nearly $60,000 in fines and penalties stemming from a long-running ethics investigation. The Florida Commission on Ethics will take up a case against David Rivera on Friday. Rivera is a former state legislator who served a single term in the U.S. House representing a district that stretches from southwest Miami to Key West. Rivera is accused of violating several state ethics laws, including getting reimbursed for travel expenses that were paid for by his campaign.

3 FORMER GUARDS PLEAD GUILTY TO VIOLATING INMATE’S RIGHTS

Three former Florida Panhandle prison guards have pleaded guilty to violating an inmate’s civil rights. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 35-year-old William Finch and 24-year-old Dalton Riley pleaded guilty Thursday, and 48-year-old Robert Miller pleaded guilty earlier this month. The three men admitted during their pleas to physically assaulting an inmate without justification at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in August 2014. Prosecutors say Finch then falsified reports to say that the inmate had spit on another officer.

SEVEN MILE BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR RACE THIS WEEKEND

The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys will temporarily close to vehicular traffic for several hours this weekend to make room for 1,500 runners. The longest of 42 spans over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway will be closed from 6:45-9 a.m. Saturday. The Seven Mile Bridge Run was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a new bridge construction program that replaced aging converted railroad spans originally built in the early 1900s.

2 DEAD AFTER SEMI FLIPS ONTO CAR ON EXPRESSWAY

Authorities say two people are dead after a tractor-trailer flipped and trapped them in their vehicle on a South Florida Expressway. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the semi was traveling on the Sawgrass Expressway Thursday morning when it clipped a car from behind. The truck then began sliding along a guardrail toward the median and toppled over onto the car. The crash caught fire with the occupants of the car trapped inside.

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO POLICE SHOOTING THAT KILLED MAN

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after a Miami-Dade police bike patrol officer fatally shot a 22-year-old man during a confrontation. The shooting occurred Wednesday night in northwest Miami-Dade County after three officers on bike patrol responded to a report of shots fired. Police identified the dead man as Tevon Barkley. Investigators recovered an automatic firearm at the scene.

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