5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

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

New chapter in Florida panther protection

Wildlife officials say the panther shouldn’t be removed from the Endangered Species list and that more efforts should be made to protect their habitat in southwest Florida.

Miami officer investigated for jumping into car with suspect

The Thursday afternoon incident in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood came to light because a woman posted video on Facebook.

Man accused of beating family’s dachshund to death with a flashlight

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office reports that 23-year-old Justin Niederhelman has been charged with animal cruelty.

State investigating threat against Attorney General Pam Bondi

Florida law enforcement officers provided around-the-clock security for Attorney General Pam Bondi for six weeks this year due to a threat that is still under investigation.

Orlando to form heroin task force

The group will start looking at ways to curtail use of heroin by focusing on law enforcement, education and health care.

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