Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 29

MAN CHARGED IN 26-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE MURDER, RAPE IN FLORIDA

Cape Coral Police Chief David Newlan says detectives learned last week that a recent arrestee at the Lee County Jail matched DNA from the old crime scene. State officials confirmed the evidence matches 54-year-old Joseph Zieler. Authorities say the bodies of 11-year-old Robin Cornell and 32-year-old Lisa Story were found in a Cape Coral apartment in May 1990.

TROOPER CHARGED WITH GROPING WOMAN DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Local media outlets report that 35-year-old David Gonzalez was charged with battery Wednesday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says Gonzalez pulled the 21-year-old woman over for speeding along U.S. Highway 441 earlier this month. The woman told deputies the trooper kissed her and grabbed her breast.

BABY SITTER CHARGED WITH DEATH OF 17-MONTH-OLD BOY

Boynton Beach police said Wednesday that they’ve arrested 26-year-old Jessica Amster in connection with the Aug. 20 death of Christian Bent. Detectives say two children present at Amster’s home told authorities the woman hit the child’s head against the wall. According to police, one child said the woman had told Bent to stop crying.

POLICE: FORMER FLORIDA BANK EMPLOYEE STOLE NEARLY $700,000

Ocala police say 52-year-old Connie Moorman Willis turned herself in to authorities Monday and faces multiple charges of criminal use of personal identification and grand theft. Willis’ 77-year-old aunt reported in May that she was a victim of identity theft while her niece worked at a Wells Fargo branch. She says two credit cards were opened in her name.

HURRICANE HERMINE DECLARED DISASTER, FEDERAL FUNDS AVAILABLE

A news release says President Barack Obama signed the disaster declaration Wednesday. The president’s action makes federal funding available to residents and businesses in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say damage surveys are continuing, and additional counties may be designated for assistance.

 

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