Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Canadian diplomat’s teenage son due in Miami court in murder case
The 15-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat is making his first appearance in adult court on murder charges in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother. The attorney for Marc Wabafiyebazu says his client will plead not guilty to felony murder, attempted murder and other charges. Wabafiyebazu is due in a Miami courtroom Monday morning after his indictment on adult charges by a grand jury. Wabafiyebazu’s brother was fatally shot in a March 30 confrontation over a marijuana deal that also left a 17-year-old dead.
Florida football player arrested for armed robbery
A University of Florida redshirt freshman football player faces charges after a robbery at a Gainesville apartment. Police say Jerald Christopher “J.C.” Jackson of Immokalee entered an acquaintance’s apartment Saturday with two men. Police say Jackson left but the others stayed. One allegedly pulled out a gun, and police say they took two video game consoles and $382 from the apartment’s three residents. Jackson was booked into the Alachua County jail Sunday on a charge of robbery with a firearm. He was held on $150,000 bond.
Cruise ship spending accounted for $7.3 billion in Florida in 2013
A business-oriented research group says the 9 million cruise passengers that came through Florida in 2013 accounted for $7.3 billion in direct spending. Florida TaxWatch says the state is responsible for more than a third of all cruise-industry direct spending in the United States. They also say Florida accounts for more than half the U.S.-based cruise-ship employment.
Miami-Dade ex-detective guilty of protecting pot ring
A former Miami-Dade County police detective is facing a minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to providing protection for a violent marijuana operation. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola is scheduled to sentence 45-year-old Roderick Silva in July. The conspiracy aiding and abetting conviction carries a maximum 40-year sentence. Silva is the 21st defendant convicted in the long-running investigation involving Miami’s notorious Santiesteban family. Investigators say the clan operated 20 indoor marijuana grow houses that produced millions of dollars in drug distribution profits.
Buchholz High School wins 11th straight mat title
The Buchholz High School math team broke a state record at a two-day competition in Orlando. They won their 11th straight championship at the competition. Some 60 schools from around Florida sent about 1,300 students to compete in the event which began on Friday. The Buchholz team won each of the three divisions. Coach Will Frazer told The Gainesville Sun there were about 30 to 40 individual competition in the three divisions that included pre-calculus, calculus and algebra. The team got $1,000 for each division it won.