5 Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 20

RED TIDE LIKELY CAUSE OF MASSIVE FISH KILL ON SANIBEL ISLAND; ALGAE BLOOM COMMON IN NOVEMBER

Beachcombers this week are finding thousands of dead fish strewn across the normally picture-perfect beach. It’s likely the result of red tide. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the algae bloom is common in November and has made its way to southwest Florida.

MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RUNNING DOGFIGHTING RING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

Circuit Judge Wayne Durden sentenced 48-year-old Hewitt Grant II on Thursday. He was previously convicted of 84 counts of animal cruelty. Authorities found 69 scarred and wounded dogs at a bar and at Grant’s home in Polk County in October 2014.

INMATE FOUND DEAD IN JAIL INFIRMARY; MEDICAL EXAMINER TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release that medical personnel found 21-year old Samuel Devon Averheart unresponsive in the infirmary unit early Thursday morning. Emergency crews responded and pronounced Averheart dead a short time later.

TRAIN HITS SEMI PULLING CAR-CARRIER TRAILER; NO INJURIES REPORTED

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that the truck was crossing the tracks Thursday morning on a dirt road with no arms or barriers. The semi’s cab had cleared the tracks, but the CSX train hit the trailer, knocking off and dragging at least three cars.

FLORIDA MAN ADMITS TO LYING ABOUT BEING A FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT AND ARMY VETERAN

Prosecutors say Simon Emilio Zablah went AWOL from the U.S. Army about two weeks after he enlisted in Jan. 2005, but he told people he was a veteran who had earned a Purple Heart, an agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and a member of the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

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