MORTAR-TYPE FIREWORKS EXPLODE IN PIPE, KILLING FLORIDA MAN
Darren Lotow’s wife called 911 Monday night, saying she couldn’t reach her husband. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies and fire rescue workers responded to the nearby pasture, where Lotow’s wife said he had been trying to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July.
FIRE CREWS RESPOND TO REPORT OF BURNING MANNEQUIN, FIND BODY
Authorities say someone called 911 just before 7 a.m. on the Fourth of July to report the fire outside a Michaels craft store. Pembroke Pines police spokesman Al Xiques says the incident is being investigated as an undetermined death. He told local television stations that no vehicle was in the parking lot of the strip shopping center near Pembroke Lakes Mall.
FINAL SCORE: 89 FLORIDA LEGISLATORS VOTE NO ON GUN SESSION
Detzner sent a letter Monday that reported only 50 legislators voted in favor of holding a special session to change the law following the massacre of 49 club patrons in Orlando. Eighty-nine legislators voted no. Democrats last week triggered an obscure state law that required Detzner to poll all 160 members. A yes vote by three-fifths of the Legislature — 96 votes — would have resulted in a special session.
ATLANTA MAN DIES DURING SNORKELING TRIP TO FLORIDA KEYS
Monroe County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that the man was in the water off Key Largo on Sunday afternoon when he started yelling for help. Crewmembers from the Sundowner II jumped into the water and pulled him back onto the snorkeling boat.
2 ACCUSED OF SHOOTING GUARD AT FLORIDA FIREWORKS STAND
The shooting happened in the early morning hours of July 4. Gilbert Manso was shot twice during an attempted robbery. According to an arrest report, Manso told Marion County Sheriff’s deputies Quinneshia Roberts and the teen put a handgun to Manso’s head and demanded access to a safe. They shot him in the shoulder when he tried to defend himself.