Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Officials agree to cut driving on Daytona Beach
Officials in Volusia County have passed measures that would remove driving from a quarter-mile of Daytona Beach and pave the way for the development of two new oceanfront resorts. The Volusia County Council voted 6-1 Thursday to pass the measures, including the one shrinking the number of miles cars can drive on the beach. Before the vote, it was less than 16 miles.
Man gets 30 years for fatally shooting neighbor
A southwest Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting his neighbor. As part of a deal with Collier County prosecutors, 62-year-old Robert Moulton pleaded no contest Thursday to second-degree murder. Authorities say Moulton killed 41-year-old Sergey Chepchugov in May 2014 following a long-running feud between the Naples neighbors.
Woman: Driver’s license mistakenly id’d me as sex offender
An Orlando-area woman says she plans to file a defamation lawsuit after she was issued a driver’s license that mistakenly labeled her a sexual predator. Tammy Lemasters said Thursday that she has already filed a notice of intent to sue the Lake County Tax Collector’s office, near Orlando. The tax collector’s office serves as an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in issuing driver’s licenses. The mother of three teenagers says she will return to the office Thursday to get a new license.
Parents accused of giving kids drugs as ‘bargaining tool’
A couple gave their teenage daughters cocaine and marijuana if they went to school and did household chores, authorities said. Chad and Joey Mudd, of Largo, a suburb in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, gave their daughters, ages 13 and 14, drugs as a “bargaining tool” for school attendance and doing chores, Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives said. They were arrested Monday. According to an affidavit, the mother said she smoked pot with her daughters five times and the father snorted cocaine with the teens and one of his daughter’s boyfriends in his truck.
Police: Florida boy, 11, accidentally shoots twin brother
Police say an 11-year-old boy is recovering after being accidentally shot by his twin brother. The shooting occurred Wednesday at their home in Jacksonville. Authorities say the mother went shopping, leaving the boys home alone. The Florida Times-Union reports one of the boys was playing with his mother’s gun and pointed it down the hallway. Officers say the boy pulled the trigger as his brother walked by. The boy told police he did not see his brother. The bullet entered the boy’s right arm and exited his back. He was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition.