Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 19

ENVIRO GROUPS FILE SUIT TO TRY AND STOP SE PIPELINE PROJECT

Groups including the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comes less than a week after the $3.2-billion Sabal Trail project received final federal approvals, including permits to discharge dredge materials into wetlands and other water bodies.

REPORT DETAILS CHAOS BEFORE FLORIDA BABY’S FATAL BEATING

Pinellas County Sheriff’s records show the caller told child protection investigators on Aug. 2 that the boy was abusive to his younger brother and animals and that he had likely started a fire that displaced his family in July. An investigator determined there “no evidence” to substantiate the concerns.

AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MAN WHO POSTED THREATS TO SCHOOLS

Officials with the FBI, Orlando police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office don’t believe the threats are credible. But they’re looking for a 23-year-old transient who’s lived in Florida, California, Virginia and Maryland. Officials say the threats started July 24 and targeted four high schools and a middle school. The posts also encouraged people to “shoot up” the schools.

LAWSUIT BLAMES POLICE OFFICER FOR 2015 CHASE THAT KILLED 2

Jacqueline Ombres, the mother of 18-year-old Kayle Claypoole, says in a lawsuit that the Officer Tatsuaki Hayashi violated departmental rules when he chased a car driven by her daughter’s 28-year-old boyfriend, Taylor Giese, in June 2015. Giese crashed his car into a parked truck. He died at the scene, while Claypoole, Giese’s passenger, died from her injuries several days later.

FLORIDA WANTS BATTLE OVER SCHOOL LAW SENT TO FEDERAL COURT

The move comes nearly a week after Circuit Judge Karen Gievers said she was troubled by the lawsuit that contends children were held back because they refused to take the state’s high-stakes standardized test. Lawyers filed the request in federal court late Wednesday. An emergency hearing is scheduled for Friday.

 

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