Five Things to Know in Florida for April 29

CUBAN EXILES DROP LAWSUIT OVER CARNIVAL CRUISE TO ISLAND

Attorney Tucker Ronzetti said Thursday that the lawsuit’s goal was to ensure anyone could make the trip. Before the agreement last week, Carnival would not sell tickets for the cruise to Cuban-born people because Cuba would not allow them to arrive by sea. Cuba’s reversal cleared the way for anyone to book the cruise on Carnival’s Fathom brand.

ACTIVISTS SEEK INDEPENDENT PROBE OF FLORIDA TEENS’ DROWNINGS

Activists spoke at a news conference Thursday about the Pinellas County deputies who followed the girls in the stolen car last month. The groups include Black Lives Matter, Bay Area Dream Defenders, Nation of Islam and the NAACP, among other organizations. Officials say deputies never pursued the car.

DEPUTIES FIND BODY OF 2-YEAR-OLD BOY IN POND NEAR HIS HOME

Pasco County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow said in a news release that Clayton Foskey wandered away from his home in Hudson on Wednesday evening. Some 60 law enforcement officers started searching for the child about 7:20 p.m. Deputies went door-to-door and found that a neighbor’s surveillance camera captured video of the boy walking about 7:04 p.m. A short time later they found a footprint near the pond and deputies saw the boy’s body about 15 feet from the shore.

MIAMI POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS, KILLS MAN SEEN STABBING WOMAN

Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said in a news release that the officer fired his weapon after seeing a knife-wielding man and the bloodied woman while he was on patrol around 1:45 a.m. Thursday. The man died at the scene. The news release says the woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was in critical condition Thursday.

SCHOOL POLICE DEFEND DESCRIPTION OF ‘MIDDLE EASTERN’ SUSPECT

University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary says he’s sorry the description in the alert sent to students offended people. But he says his dispatchers were putting out the best information they had on Tuesday afternoon. Campus police saw a social media post describing a woman and received 911 calls about her soon after.

 

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