Five Things to Know in Florida for June 28

EX-OFFICER LIABLE FOR SINGER’S 1973 SLAYING IN CHILE

A Florida jury says a former military officer in the regime of Chile’s brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet tortured and killed a Chilean folk singer more than 40 years ago and is awarding his family $28 million. The jury in a civil trial in Orlando federal court on Monday decided that former Lt. Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez tortured and killed folk singer Victor Jara. Jurors deliberated for nine hours over two days.

FLORIDA OFFICER FIRES AT RECKLESS DRIVER DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Police say officers spotted 23-year-old Chris Chittarath driving recklessly late Sunday in Clearwater Beach. When Chittarath pulled into a beach report parking lot, officers attempted to make contact with him. A police statement says Chittarath fled into a nearby parking lot, driving over some bushes and jumping a curb. It adds he then drove toward an officer. Investigators say the officer, fearing for his life, fired his weapon.

POLICE: MAN FALLS TO DEATH FROM MIAMI BEACH CONDOMINIUM

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez tells media outlets that investigators are trying to determine what caused the man to fall from Flamingo South Beach Tower on South Beach on Sunday night. He says the fall occurred about 10 p.m. Flamingo Towers is a residential building on the beach.

CURATORS COLLECT MEMORIAL ITEMS FOR PULSE VICTIMS IN ORLANDO

Curators from the Orange County Regional History Center started collecting the items on Monday. Memorials have been left behind at Orlando’s new downtown performing arts center, at the hospital where many patrons were taken and also at the Pulse nightclub. The Historical Society of Central Florida will preserve the items to remember the victims of the shooting.

PILOT FAULTED IN PLANE’S CRASH WHILE FILMING ZOMBIE MOVIE

Federal investigators say the April 2014 crash in Marion County killed 65-year-old pilot Dennis W. Monroe of Summerfield and 70-year-old passenger Joseph Lewis Sardinas of The Villages. In a new report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, investigators said Monroe flew too low, causing the aircraft to stall. Investigators said there was no evidence of any mechanical malfunction.

 

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