5 Things to Know in Florida for July 8

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

Florida county votes to fly Confederate flag once again

As lawmakers in South Carolina consider removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, a north Florida county has decided to do the opposite. The Marion County Commission voted Tuesday unanimously to again fly the Confederate flag in front of a government building, weeks after it had been taken down. The interim county administrator had removed the flag at the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala, joining other communities across the South and nationwide that took down or reconsidered Confederate symbols after the June 17 killing of nine black people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. A white man who appeared in photos waving Confederate flags is charged.

Florida lawyers found guilty of arranging opponent’s DUI arrest

A Florida judge has ruled that three lawyers deliberately and maliciously set up the DUI arrest of an opposing attorney in a high-profile trial involving two radio DJs. A Pinellas County judge appointed as referee by the Florida Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut violated Florida Bar rules by setting up their opponent with the help of a paralegal and a Tampa police officer. The lawyers could face sanctions, including disbarment. A hearing will be held Aug. 6 to determine their punishment.

Teen girl held without bail in shooting of Florida trooper

A teenage girl will remain jailed on charges stemming from the shooting of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper by her boyfriend, who was then killed. A circuit judge ruled Monday after a three-hour hearing that 16-year-old Morgan McNeil should be held without bail on adult charges of second-degree murder and attempted premeditated murder of a law enforcement officer. Lt. Channing Taylor testified that 15-year-old Zane Terryn pulled a gun on him June 14 and fired a shot from about 6 feet away, hitting him in the shoulder. Taylor returned fire, killing Terryn, as McNeil allegedly tried to drive Terryn away.

Teens arrested after explosive detonates

Six teens have been charged after an explosive detonated at a Florida park. Pinellas County deputies responded to the Dunedin area park Monday night after someone complained people were hanging out there after hours. As deputies were searching the area, authorities said an explosive went off near the racquetball court. A second explosive was also located and later detonated by the bomb squad.

Cops: Suspects skipped out on grocery tab, left girls behind

Two women are in custody after authorities say they left their 11-year-old daughters at a grocery store while trying to skip out on their bill. Osceola County deputies say Jessica Barker and Kristen Grodetz were shopping last week at a central Florida Publix and attempted to leave the store without paying for $476 worth of groceries. When a store employee approached them, authorities say the women took off with a toddler, leaving the two girls at the store.

 

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