Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
1 more arrest in videotaped attack on woman on Florida beach
Authorities say a third man has been charged with participating in a sexual assault on a woman on a Florida Panhandle beach in an incident captured on a cellphone video. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports 21-year-old George Davon Kennedy was arrested Tuesday in Dekalb County, Ga. The Middle Tennessee State University student is charged with principal to sexual battery by multiple perpetrators. The video shows several men assaulting an incapacitated woman on Panama City Beach while a crowd of spring-break revelers watches.
State wildlife commission tentatively approves bear hunting
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to allow bear hunting as soon as next October, after a 21-year ban. Commission members took the action after what they said is an increase in dangerous bear-human encounters, including four attacks on people since December 2013. But they acted over occasionally angry objections from animal protection and environmental groups, who said that killing bears in the woods won’t help prevent encounters in suburbs and that not enough is known about the state’s bear population to ensure hunting won’t damage the species.
Doctor tied to Menendez remains jailed on Medicare charges
A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was sent back to jail for a second night Wednesday while his lawyers try to negotiate his bond over allegations of Medicare fraud. Dr. Salomon Melgen, 60, appeared briefly in federal court in West Palm Beach, shackled and slightly disheveled and in a navy blue prison jumpsuit. Two weeks after being charged in New Jersey for alleged corruption linked to his close friend Menendez, the ophthalmologist was indicted on 76 counts of Medicare fraud Tuesday, accused of trying to bilk the health care program out of as much as $190 million.
Police: College shooting suspect hitchhiked to Florida
The man accused of killing a community college worker said the motorcycle he used to get away broke down along Interstate 95 and he walked 30 miles before a woman headed to Florida gave him a ride, according to a police report released Wednesday. The woman picked up the 20-year-old Stancil, whose face and neck are covered in dark, self-administered tattoos, was armed with a knife and carried almost $500, the report by Volusia County Beach Safety officers said. The driver was headed to Key West, Florida, but dropped Stancil off in Daytona Beach, where he was found sleeping on the beach Tuesday morning. When officers approached him, he pulled the knife but dropped it when an officer drew his gun. He was arrested without incident, the police report said.
Wife of chef killed in DUI crash gives birth to son
The wife of a St. Petersburg chef killed by a suspected drunk driver over the weekend has given birth to their second child. The Tampa Bay Times reports Ana Davis named the baby Andrew Aaron Lawrence Davis. He was born Tuesday and weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. His big sister Audrey is 21 months old. Police say 31-year-old Aaron Davis was walking in St. Petersburg early Saturday when a car driven by 25-year-old Jason Lanard Mitchell hit him. Moments earlier Mitchell sped through a red light as police tried to pull him over for speeding.