5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

ITALIAN POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER FLORIDA NATIVE FOUND DEAD IN HER FLORENCE APARTMENT

Police opened a murder investigation Saturday after 35-year-old Ashley Olsen of Summer Haven, Florida, was found dead, her neck bruised and scratched. Italy’s expat community expressed hope that the case won’t turn into another Amanda Knox-style, drawn-out, headline-grabbing legal saga.

TORNADO DAMAGES HOMES IN CAPE CORAL

Residents say the tornado had 135 mph winds that flipped cars upside down and tore roofs off homes, causing 10,000 residents to lose power. It’s unclear how many homes were damaged.

PENSACOLA RESIDENTS SPOT RARE WHITE SQUIRRELS

Executive director of the Brevard Zoo Keith Winsten says a white squirrel may have been introduced from another area. He says the color of the squirrels’ fur is likely caused by a mutation. Many of these squirrels exhibit a rare white fur coloration called leucism that is a result of a recessive gene found within certain eastern gray squirrel populations.

MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER CHILD EATS SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

Deputies say a St. Petersburg man is accused of child neglect after the 3-year-old in his care took street spice from his pocket and ate it. She is recovering at a hospital. He’s in jail.

UNCLEAR IF LAWMAKERS WILL BE ABLE TO AGREE ON ANYTHING THIS YEAR AS SESSION KICKS OFF TUESDAY

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner say the past is the past and there’s no lingering animosity after the two chambers found it difficult to agree on much last year during a session marked by dysfunction that prompted three special sessions.

 

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