5 Things to Know in Florida for July 1

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

No verdict yet for ‘Big Tony’ in 2001 Gus Boulis slaying

A South Florida jury has not yet reached a verdict in the trial of reputed mobster Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello for the 2001 slaying of a prominent businessman during a power struggle over a gambling ship fleet. The sequestered jury deliberated Tuesday without a decision and will resume Wednesday. Moscatiello faces the death penalty if convicted of ordering a hit man to fatally shoot Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis, founder of SunCruz Casinos and Miami Subs restaurants. A mistrial was declared for Moscatiello in 2013, but Anthony “Little Tony” Ferrari was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Police: Man who was shot in dispute over dog excrement dies

Police say a South Florida man has died days after being shot by a neighbor during a dispute over a dog defecating in a yard. Miami-Dade police say 52-year-old Jose Rey was shot on June 22 and died Monday. Sixty-six-year-old Omar Rodriguez is in jail on charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Officials say the charges will likely be upgraded following Rey’s death. An arrest report says the shooting occurred during an argument that began when Rey’s dog tried to defecate in Rodriguez’s son’s yard. A neighbor told police he saw Rodriguez fire two shots at Rey, who was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Man suspected of killing Tennessee in-laws found in Florida

A man suspected of killing his in-laws in Tennessee was arrested early Tuesday in Jacksonville. The Florida Times-Union reports an employee became suspicious when Bryan Cooke, 39, showed up, sweating profusely and acting strangely, to check into a Hampton Inn in Jacksonville. Sheriff Jackie Matheny of Warrant County, Tennessee, said the worker called police after Cooke couldn’t provide identification. He did give his real name, however. He’s suspected of killing Gail and Gary Dodson in their Tennessee home.

Magic of Disney Animation to close at Hollywood Studios

The Magic of Disney Animation is closing at Hollywood Studios. The Orlando Sentinel reports the attraction will close July 12 to make way for a new attraction. Disney officials say the adjacent Animation Gallery will remain open through late August. The park recently closed the Studios Backlot Tour and the American Idol Experience. The large sorcerer’s hat that had become an icon was also removed. Disney CEO Bob Iger told shareholders in March the park will get a new name, which hasn’t yet been disclosed. It became Hollywood Studios in 2008.

Fire officials: 1 dead in Central Florida fire

One person died in a mobile home fire in Davenport. Polk County Fire Rescue officials say the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say family members who live nearby couldn’t make contact with their relative who lived in the home. As soon as firefighters put out the fire, they began searching for signs that someone was inside. The search turned up the body.

 

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