Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

MAN WHO AUTHORITIES SAY FAKED DEATH PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD

Jose Lantigua faces up to 50 years in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to seek less. Lantigua agreed to forfeit money or valuables to help satisfy court judgments totaling about $2.8 million.

PLANES WILL SPRAY PESTICIDES OVER SOUTH BEACH TO FIGHT ZIKA

In a statement Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the flights recommended by Florida health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin Thursday and continue for a month.

3 KILLED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA HELICOPTER CRASH

Police say the older model, military-style helicopter was on the ground and fully engulfed in flames when rescuers arrived. The blaze was contained within ten minutes. The helicopter operated out of the Melbourne Airport.

POSTAL WORKER CHARGED WITH THROWING AWAY MAIL

Local news outlets report that 28-year-old Angelica M. Morman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court. A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says she was indicted last week on a count of delay or destruction of mail. Authorities say Morman dumped more than 400 pieces of mail in a trash bin behind a Fort Myers restaurant last month.

FLORIDA STILL HAS MORE THAN 18,000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER

State officials said Tuesday that more than 16,000 of those customers reside in Leon County, which is home to the state capital. The grinding pace of the recovery has caused a dustup between Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee officials. Scott has demanded that restoration efforts speed up, while Tallahassee officials have said Scott’s criticism is not helping state and local officials restore power.

 

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