Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Governor’s wealth grew after spending millions on campaign
Florida Gov. Rick Scott continues to see his wealth grow even after spending millions on his own re-election campaign. Scott filed his annual financial disclosure forms Tuesday. Scott’s net worth was nearly $146.6 million by the end of 2014, a jump of nearly 11 percent over 2013. Scott’s wealth increased even though he dipped into his own fortune to help with his re-election campaign. Scott spent nearly $13 million of his money. Most of his wealth is shielded from public view. He has nearly $128 million in a blind trust and the individual assets are not disclosed. Legal attempts to block Scott from utilizing a blind trust haven’t been successful.
Florida’s abortion waiting period remains in legal limbo
Florida’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions is in legal limbo. A Florida judge blocked the new law a day before it was scheduled to take effect on Wednesday. But state officials then quickly appealed the decision. That action stayed the ruling by Judge Charles Francis. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida then asked Francis on Tuesday evening to reinstate his injunction while the appeal moves forward. But there’s been no ruling so far. The case was transferred to a new judge on Wednesday as part of an annual rotation of judges.
Florida jury convicts ‘Big Tony’ in 2001 businessman murder
A South Florida jury has convicted reputed mobster Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello of first-degree murder in the 2001 slaying of a prominent businessman during a power struggle over a lucrative fleet of gambling ships. The jury verdict Wednesday found the 77-year-old Moscatiello also guilty of murder conspiracy in the shooting death of Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis, founder of SunCruz Casinos and Miami Subs restaurants. Boulis was killed by a mob hit man. Moscatiello now faces a possible death sentence.
Florida landlord convicted in killing found dead
Sheriff’s officials say a Naples landlord who was convicted of killing a tenant during a confrontation over unpaid rent died in an apparent suicide a week before he was supposed to report to prison. Collier County Sheriff’s investigators found 79-year-old Javier Ortoll slumped in his electronic wheelchair on Monday. Medication bottles, scattered pills and a bottle of Havana Club Rum were at the table where he was seated. Ortoll was convicted of second-degree murder on May 29 after jurors rejected his claims of self-defense. Authorities say Ortoll got into an argument with 51-year-old Edward Melone in October 2013. Melone had not paid his rent.
Vintage WWII seaplane stranded near Gulf Beach during movie shoot
A World War II-era seaplane is foundering in the surf on the northern Gulf Coast after a mishap during filming. The vintage PBY-6A flying boat has been partially submerged near the Alabama-Florida state line since Monday. Crews towed it near the beach after the aircraft began taking on water further offshore. Workers are now trying to figure out how to get the aircraft out of the water. The twin-engine aircraft was built in 1945. It’s being used in the filming of a new Nicholas Cage movie about the U.S.S. Indianapolis disaster. The Navy ship was torpedoed and sank in 1945 after delivering the first operational atomic bomb.