5 things to know in Florida

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

DEFENSE TEAM FOR PULSE SHOOTER’S WIDOW RECEIVES WARNING U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Byron decided Thursday not to sanction lawyers defending Noor Salman after they explained why they missed an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert witnesses. Attorney Mark Horwitz told the judge they needed more information about the government’s mental health expert before […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2016 JEWISH CENTER BOMB PLOT A U.S. Department of Justice statement said 41-year-old James Gonzalo Medina of Hollywood pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to a federal hate crime and a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Authorities said Medina admitted to planning to attack […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

2 ex-guards in KKK convicted of plot to kill black inmate Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Tuesday that a Columbia County jury found 49-year-old David Elliot Moran and 45-year-old Charles Thomas Newcomb guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Prosecutors say the murder plot started after a third guard and Klan member, 27-year-old Thomas […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SAYS YES TO FIRST EXECUTION IN MONTHS The court on Monday ruled 6-1 that the state can go ahead with the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Mark Asay. Asay, 53, was originally scheduled to be executed in March 2016, for the 1987 murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell in Jacksonville. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

EX-OFFICER WHO PUNCHED VALET PARKER CHARGED WITH BATTERY Court records posted Thursday show 37-year-old John Kiernan is being charged for the punch he threw to the jaw of Rodolfo Rodriguez outside a Fort Lauderdale hotel on July 25. Security video shows Rodriguez with his hands in his pockets, but Kiernan told police he felt threatened. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 3

MIAMI MAYOR: UPGRADES NEEDED TO FIGHT FLOODS, RISING SEAS Remnants of Tropical Storm Emily drenched Miami and Miami Beach with 6 inches of rain Tuesday, flooding some streets until water rose above vehicle doors. In downtown Miami, a courthouse and a parking garage remained closed Wednesday due to flood damage. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

JUDGE: PULSE GUNMAN’S WIFE WILL GET MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION The federal judge in Noor Salman’s case said Tuesday that she can be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist picked by prosecutors since her defense attorneys plan to introduce evidence related to her mental health. Salman has pleaded not guilty to obstructing the investigation and aiding […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 1

FLORIDA CHILD, 4, FATALLY SHOOTS SELF WITH GUN FOUND IN HOME The shooting happened Sunday evening in Tampa. In a news release, police said Ashton Gooding found the weapon and discharged it. He was severely injured when police arrived and died shortly after arriving at Tampa General Hospital. The state attorney’s office is reviewing the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 28

WIFE SUPPORTS TRUMP; SAYS FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN HUSBAND HAS TO GO Lynn Aronberg said in a press release Thursday that she is “amicably” divorcing Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Lynn Aronberg says she is a “staunch Republican and supporter of President Trump,” while her husband is not. She says that fact led her […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

PROSECUTORS WEIGH CHARGES FOR TEENS WHO MOCKED DROWNING MAN Florida prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against five teenagers who laughed and recorded video as a disabled man drowned. Cocoa police have recommended filing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a death since it’s not a crime to fail to rescue someone. GOV. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 26

GORDON RAMSAY COOKS UP UNIQUE FLORIDA DISH: BURMESE PYTHON Ramsay joined Kyle Penniston of Miami on July 15 to hunt invasive pythons in the Everglades for an upcoming episode of his competitive-cooking television variety show “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay.” Penniston hunts pythons for the South Florida Water Management District , the state agency […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 25

NEW HARRY POTTER ROLLER COASTER COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO The theme park resort announced Monday that it would be building a new roller coaster that will showcase favorite characters from J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series. The coaster will be built in the location of The Dragon Challenge ride, which is closing permanently in early September. The […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

VIDEO: FLORIDA MAN SHOOTS 2 AT&T TRUCKS IN DRIVEWAY Cellphone video shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove calmly walking around the first truck and shooting at all four tires on Wednesday. Jove then walked to the second truck and opened fire. He reloaded the gun several times. The Miami Herald reports AT&T technician Derrick Taylor could be […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 20

SHERIFF DEFENDS $314,000 ESTIMATE FOR RECORDS RELATED TO PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CRUISER Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Wednesday that the request filed by the family’s attorney asked for the records of all officers who had worked for the office over the past 10 years. Williams says the time it would take to redact confidential […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

DEATH SENTENCE FOR FLORIDA GIRL’S KILLER IS VACATED A former auto mechanic found guilty of strangling an 11-year-old Florida girl, whose abduction was captured by a security camera and whose case garnered worldwide attention, will receive a new sentencing trial. Circuit Judge Charles Roberts on Tuesday granted a part of Joseph Smith’s motion to vacate […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 18

NO CHARGE FOR MAN WHO DROVE BODY TO LAWYER’S OFFICE The grand jury decided Monday it would not charge 54-year-old John Marshall in the March 2015 death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell Jr. Marshall said he acted in self-defense, and jurors found there was insufficient evidence to rebut that. FEC SUES EX-REP. DAVID RIVERA OVER 2012 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 14

JUSTICES ADMONISH GOV SCOTT FOR VETOING REIMBURSEMENT TO HOMEOWNERS WHO LOST TREES Florida Gov. Rick Scott had the legal authority to veto money to pay residents for healthy citrus trees that the state cut down in an effort to eradicate citrus canker, but some state Supreme Court justices admonished him Thursday for doing so. The […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 11

DIVER ON GATOR ATTACK: ‘I STARTED PUNCHING…HE LET GO’ A Florida man who was attacked by an alligator while diving for golf balls in a lake says the reptile grabbed his arm and wouldn’t let go so he started punching it in the eyes. Scott Lahodik told Fox 13 that he was diving on Friday […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES FLORIDA BAN ON SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA Lawyer John Morgan filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients. Morgan led the ballot effort that put medical use of marijuana in the state constitution with 71 percent voter approval. He said the language in the constitution […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 6

NEW DEAL: FLORIDA AND SEMINOLES SETTLE BLACKJACK DISPUTE The two sides agreed Wednesday to end an ongoing lawsuit over whether the tribe can keep blackjack tables at its well-known casinos in the state. The settlement will allow the tribe to keep blackjack but will also guarantee that the state will continue to receive payments. Last […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

2 KILLED, 4 INJURED IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT AT POWER PLANT Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says on social media that firefighters responded to calls about an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Tampa Electric Co. plant in Apollo Beach. Officials say two people were airlifted to a Tampa hospital and two others were taken by ground. The […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 28

UCF SUSPENDS FRATERNITY AMID SEX ASSAULT AND HAZING CLAIMS Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity is barred from all campus activities following a spring party that got out of control. Numerous calls were made to UCF’s hazing hotline, including reports of a fraternity member having sex with someone who was “severely mentally, physically incapacitated.” Lambda Theta Phi […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

POLICE: TSA WORKER CAUGHT STEALING CASH AT FLORIDA AIRPORT Alexander Shae Johnson was arrested Thursday. Court records show the 22-year-old faces a third-degree felony grand theft charge. An Orlando police report says a passenger selected for a pat-down search while going through security at Orlando International Airport saw Johnson standing near her bag. The report […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 23

FLORIDA CLASH OVER CONFEDERATE STREET NAMES LEADS TO ARRESTS News outlets report five protesters were charged with disrupting the Hollywood commission meeting Wednesday night. The disagreement involves three streets — Lee Street, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee; Hood Street, named after Gen. John Bell Hood; and Forrest Street, named after Confederate general and […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 22

FLORIDA COUNTY WON’T MOVE CONFEDERATE STATUE The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday not to remove a statue that was erected in Tampa in 1911. Called ‘Memoria In Aeterna,’ it sits outside a courthouse administrative building and depicts two Civil War soldiers next to an obelisk. After listening to more than two hours of impassioned […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 21

OFFICER’S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL APRIL IN MOTORIST’S SHOOTING Nouman Raja’s trial was moved Tuesday from Oct. 30 to April 2 to give both sides more time to interview potential witnesses. The 39-year-old former Palm Beach Gardens officer shot Corey Jones in October 2015. Jones’ car had broken down when he was confronted by Raja, who […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 20

UBER DRIVER CITED $250 IN MIAMI FOR NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH Miami-Dade officials say Carmen Hechavarria received a ticket after dropping off passengers at the Miami International Airport. A county ordinance says drivers of ride-hailing apps must be able to communicate in English. Uber spokesman Javi Correoso said Monday the app allows people to communicate even […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 15

JUDGE RESCINDS ORDER OF RELEASE FOR SELF-PROCLAIMED NEO-NAZI U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas McCoun III on Wednesday vacated his previous order that set terms of release for 21-year-old Brandon Russell. Russell was arrested last month after authorities investigating the murder of two of his roommates by a third roommate found explosives and other materials consistent with […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

FLORIDA MAN FEARED DEAD IS NOW SUSPECT IN TRIPLE HOMICIDE The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says Tony Hughes is a suspect in the three deaths after a house fire was set to cover up the slayings Sunday. Chrissy Hughes, her 9-year-old son and her sister, Linda Woods, died of unknown causes. Chrissy and Tony Hughes […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 13

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 13

SENATORS OFFER RESOLUTION FOR PULSE VICTIMS U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida says the 49 patrons who were killed at the Pulse nightclub a year ago didn’t die in vain. Nelson, and Florida’s other U.S. senator, Republican Marco Rubio, on Monday introduced a resolution honoring the memory of the 49 victims who died in the […]

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