Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 24

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACKING FLIGHT ATTENDANT

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville reports in a news release that 36-year-old Joseph Michael Sharkey of Virginia entered his plea Tuesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

BEER, CHIPS SPILL ONTO FLORIDA HIGHWAY

It wasn’t a happy hour for some central Florida drivers when trucks carrying Busch beer and Frito Lay chips collided, spilling them both along Interstate 95. The crash happened early Wednesday morning near Melbourne.

MAN GETS 3 YEARS FOR BURNING CROSS AT BLACK NEIGHBOR’S HOME

Local news outlets report that a federal judge in Tampa sentenced 54-year-old Pascual Pietri to 37 months on Wednesday for a civil rights violation. A day earlier, Pietri was sentenced to 51 months for a May 2014 bank robbery. The sentences will be served concurrently.

BLACK BEAR CAPTURED NEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Stuart Spoede told local media outlets that the 260-pound bear had been spotted near Three Oaks Elementary School in Fort Myers last week and then returned early Wednesday.

DEPUTIES: FAKE TARGET EMPLOYEE STEALS 41 CELLPHONES

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant Tuesday for 26-year-old Jarmal Brown on charges of grand theft and burglary. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (bit.ly/1MlKHgj) reports Brown entered a Target store Monday morning dressed like a new cellphone sales team member and asked to be let into an equipment room.

 

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