5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 5

POLICE SAY MOSQUE ALONG SPACE COAST VANDALIZED, WITH LIGHTS AND WINDOWS SMASHED BY MACHETE AND BACON LEFT AT THE FRONT DOOR

Surveillance video shows an unidentified man entering the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque on Jan. 1 and using a machete to smash cameras, lights and windows.

FLORIDA HAS BACKLOG OF OVER 13,000 RAPE KITS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN TESTED OR SUBMITTED FOR PROCESSING

According to a new report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, managing the backlog could cost the state tens of millions of dollars and take several years.

JIMMY BUFFETT’S ‘MARGARITAVILLE’ HELPS COURT CASE OF VIRGINIA MAN WHO WANTS TO OPEN TATTOO PARLOR IN KEY WEST

City officials twice referenced the song in opposition to Brad Buehrle’s proposal for a new tattoo shop, saying drunken tourists would be more likely to get tattoos and then regret it if more ink shops were open in Key West’s historic district, But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the city misunderstood the song lyrics in which the languorous narrator reflects on a brand new tattoo.

CARICATURE ARTIST ALLEGEDLY TRIES TO KILL MANAGER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT BY STABBING HIM IN THE NECK WITH SCISSORS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

Frederick Torres is charged with attempted first-degree murder for his attack on Glenn Ferguson at the Islands of Adventure park. Both artists draw caricatures at Universal’s parks but work for an outside firm, which fired Torres the day before the attack.

MAN SHOOTS WOMAN THEN KILLS HIMSELF AT HOSPITAL IN FLORIDA; WOMAN EXPECTED TO SURVIVE

Miami-Dade police say the man had called the woman Monday morning and asked her to meet him at Kindred Hospital in Coral Gables. Witnesses say the man and woman had a calm conversation, and then the man drew a gun and shot the woman several times after she started to walk away.

 

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