Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 20

POLICE: GATOR ATTACKS HOMELESS MAN IN FLORIDA RIVER

Melbourne police Cmdr. Dan Lynch says the “alligator came up and grabbed” the man. He says officers were training in the area Monday morning when they heard the man screaming. Lynch says the officers found him on the river bank with a number of deep punctures along his shoulder.

DEPUTIES IN FLORIDA SEARCH FOR OWNER OF 600-POUND HOG

Local news organizations report that Alachua County deputies found the domestic hog Sunday after getting reports of the animal running at large. Deputies caught the hog using a rope and took it to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Livestock Impound. The sheriff’s office said in a news release that the 600-pound Hampshire hog appeared to be in good health.

POLICE: MAN IN OCALA STANDOFF FATALLY SHOT HIMSELF

Officers responded to the city’s main library branch Monday. Nearby buildings had been locked down following reports of an armed man in a car who was threatening to hurt himself. Ocala police say they tried to communicate with the man, whose identity was not released, but could not reach him.

DUVAL SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT RESISTS SCHOOL RECESS PUSH

Parents of school children across the state have been pushing school districts and legislators to set aside 20 minutes each day for “free play recess” in elementary schools. The Florida House passed a recess bill earlier this year but it was never considered by the state Senate.

FLORIDA UNIVERSITIES MAY PUSH FOR SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS

The Board of Governors plans to discuss this week whether to ask the Florida Legislature to set aside nearly $50 million so eligible students can use the scholarship for classes taken during the summer terms. Currently, Bright Futures scholarships can only be used during the fall and spring semesters.

 

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