Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 27

COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR CUBAN MIGRANTS FROM CAPSIZED BOAT

A Coast Guard news release says crews from an airplane and a cutter were searching for survivors Monday. Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall says three migrants were found Monday on a smaller island near Big Pine Key. The men said they left Cuba last Tuesday with 23 people aboard the vessel, which capsized Wednesday evening. Woodall said they didn’t have many details on the vessel, but it apparently had a motor.

MAN GETS 4 YEARS FOR VANDALIZING A FLORIDA MOSQUE VANDALISM

A judge approved a plea agreement Monday for 28-year-old Joshua Killets of Juno Beach. Authorities say Killets smashed a dozen windows and tore down shutters at the Islamic Center of Palm Beach during a December 2015 break-in. North Palm Beach police arrested Killets after someone reported him bragging about the vandalism. Investigators reported Killets had cuts on his hands, and his SUV appeared on the center’s surveillance cameras.

FLORIDA MAN INVOLVED IN GUN RIGHTS CASE ARRESTED FOR MURDER

State authorities announced Monday that they had arrested Floyd Eugene Parrish of a second-degree murder charge. The Bristol resident is accused of shooting James Lester Nesmith just before midnight on Saturday. Parrish, 61, is in jail, and jail officials do not have any record of him having an attorney.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR ORDERS 24-HOUR PUBLIC NOTICE OF POLLUTION EVENTS

In a news release Monday, Gov. Rock Scott says a recent sewage spill in Pinellas County and the sinkhole incident revealed outdated state reporting laws. The sinkhole was discovered by Mosaic Co. on Aug. 27 at its fertilizer plant in Polk County, and reported to the Department of Environmental Protection in 24 hours. But neither Mosaic nor the agency notified the public for weeks.

EPA TO CONSIDER ADDING TOXIC BIG BEND SITE TO SUPERFUND LIST

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Gasden County Library where residents can ask questions. The site off State Road 12 between Havana and Quincy was once the Post & Lumber Preserving Co., which chemically treated lumber.

 

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