Five Things to Know in Florida for June 22

FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT PLANS TO APPEAL REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY FUNDS

Spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said Tuesday that Scott doesn’t understand why the request was denied, adding that an emergency was declared for the Boston Marathon bombing. Schutz says the governor has 30 days to appeal the decision.

WITNESSES CALL 911 AFTER BOY DRAGGED IN WALT DISNEY WORLD ALLIGATOR ATTACK

Spokesman Tim O’Toole at the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which handles calls at Disney World, says the first call came from the “drop phone” at a lifeguard stand, and no voice can be heard. The second came from a woman who said someone was drowning in the lake at the Grand Floridian Resort.

PRINCIPAL, TEACHER REPRIMANDED FOR FIRE-BREATHING ACCIDENT

Local news outlets reported Tuesday that Atlantic High School Principal Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo and Student Government Association adviser William Durgin have both received verbal reprimands for the March incident. Doctors say 52-year-old Ricky Charles, who runs a company in Pembroke Pines called Inferno’s Challenge Inc., suffered second-degree burns over several parts of his body.

TROOPERS: 4 DEAD IN CRASH ON FLORIDA’S INTERSTATE 4

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Steve Gaskins tells local media the crash happened Tuesday morning when an eastbound pickup truck clipped another vehicle as it changed lanes. Gaskins says the truck veered into a median, crashed through a cable barrier and continued into the westbound lanes near Lakeland. The driver and passenger in the truck were both ejected. They died at the scene.

BEAR SCAMPERS UP BACKYARD TREE IN TAMPA NEIGHBORHOOD

Tampa police said in a news release that an officer spotted the bear while responding to an unrelated call in a quiet, residential neighborhood about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. At first, the officer thought it was a large dog. But when he realized it was a bear, he followed it. Police and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission cordoned off the area and a trapper is waiting to tranquilize the animal.

 

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