Five Things to Know in Florida for April 12

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

FBI MARKS 30 YEARS SINCE BLOODY SOUTH FLORIDA SHOOTOUT

FBI Director James Comey said at a ceremony Monday that the April 11, 1986 gun battle with bank robbers in a Miami suburb showed law enforcement needed to update equipment and training to face criminals who were increasingly using military-grade weapons.

BAT BRAWL: OFFICE OWNERS SUE TO KEEP STATE WORKERS IN PLACE

Last month, inspectors discovered pounds of bat feces in the area right above the ceiling of Ken Lawson’s office. Lawson is secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. State legislators this spring ordered a halt to lease payments to Northwood Associates, the owners of a former mall that is home to several different state agencies.

2 PANTHERS KILLED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a 4-year-old male’s body was found Sunday on Interstate 75 near Bonita Beach Road in Lee County, and then a 5-month-old male was found the same day on Golden Gate Boulevard in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

FLORIDA SHERIFF ASKS JUDGE TO DISMISS $23 MILLION VERDICT

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office attorneys argued Monday that Dontrell Stephens’ attorneys linked his 2013 shooting to those of other black men around the country rather than let the jury decide the case on its own merits. Attorney Summer Barranco told Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer that race played a “subtle” role in the decision.

SURVIVOR CLINGS TO CAPSIZED BOAT OVERNIGHT; 3 OTHERS DIE

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says 45-year-old Robert Stewart was taken to a hospital Monday after he was found walking on a beach. He is listed in critical condition, but sheriff’s office video shows him walking off a rescue helicopter. The bodies of two adults and a child were recovered Monday.

 

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