Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Wildlife commissioners to take final vote on bear hunting
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take a final vote on whether to allow bear hunting in the state. Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the issue and take a vote Wednesday morning at a meeting in Sarasota. This would be the first such hunt in the state in 21 years, and some animal rights activists are opposed. The Humane Society of the United States this week delivered petitions to Gov. Rick Scott bearing signatures of more than 90,000 people trying to stop the hunt of Florida’s largest native land mammal.
Sentence delayed for Florida man in 37-year-old case
Sentencing has been delayed because of mental issues for an elderly Florida man who was on the lam for 37 years until his capture late last year in Mexico. Defense lawyers for 81-year-old Robert Anton Woodring say he is exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke postponed his sentencing on a bail-jumping conviction until August to give time for a mental examination.
Virgin starts flying from Orlando to Belfast
Two new flights from Orlando to Belfast, Ireland, are starting this week. Virgin Atlantic starts a weekly flight on Thursday, and Thomas Cook begins a twice-weekly flight on Friday. The flights between Orlando International Airport and Northern Ireland are seasonal and will primarily be during the summer. Airport officials estimate the new flights will generate $5 million in economic impact for central Florida.
2 dead in crash after fleeing police
Authorities say a man and woman are dead following a southwest Florida crash. Sarasota police say officers attempted to pull over 35-year-old Taurius Markeith Peterson’s BMW 750Li early Tuesday morning, but he fled, and officers didn’t pursue. A short time later, Peterson was traveling on U.S. 301 when he failed to make a right turn and went up onto a grass shoulder. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the car hit an embankment next to some railroad tracks, went airborne, crashed into two different railroad support poles and caught fire. Peterson and his passenger, 40-year-old Heather Marie Roesler-Pando, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Worker killed while unloading car hauler in Pompano Beach
Authorities say a worker has died after being hit by a car while unloading vehicles from a car hauler in Pompano Beach. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Ivan Figueras-Pino, of Miami, pulled over a tractor trailer to unload a vehicle Tuesday morning. Authorities say Figueras-Pino put his hazards on and lowered the ramp on the car hauler, which was stopped on the side of the northbound lanes of South Dixie Highway. A Broward Sheriff’s Office representative says Figueras-Pino was inside the back of the truck removing the chains from a car when an approaching driver failed to stop.