Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Bail decision due for Canada diplomat’s teen son in killings
A decision is due on whether the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat should be released on bail pending trial on murder charges. A Miami-Dade judge planned to announce Wednesday her decision in the case of 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu. He is the son of Roxanne Dube, Canada’s consul general in Miami. Wabafiyebazu faces felony murder and other charges as an adult in a March 30 shootout that killed his older brother and another teenager.
Sturgeon leaps from river, knocks Florida teen unconscious
Florida wildlife authorities say a teenager was knocked unconscious by a sturgeon jumping from the Suwannee River. It’s the second sturgeon strike in two weeks on a north Florida river. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the sturgeon are jumping just as they have for millions of years. Occasionally Florida boaters get in their way. Authorities say 14-year-old Heavyn Nash of Fanning Springs was boating with family Sunday in Manatee Springs State Park when a sturgeon up to 6-feet long leapt into the boat, knocking her out.
Odyssey marine says it’s exploring 5 North Atlantic wrecks
Tampa treasure hunter Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. says it’s exploring five 20th century shipwrecks in the North Atlantic that may have “significant” cargoes of gold and silver. Odyssey made the announcement Tuesday. The company’s marine operations team is gathering data on each wreck using such techniques as multi-beam surveys, sub-bottom imaging and visual inspections with a remotely operated vehicle. The project, dubbed “Olympus,” is operating out of the home port of Cork in Ireland.
Man fatally shot while mowing lawn
Police are investigating after a 61-year-old man was fatally shot while mowing his lawn in Miami Gardens. Surveillance video from a neighbor’s home shows what appears to be a scuffle after two people approached Curtis Smith on Tuesday. Authorities say Smith runs off camera and is shot moments later. He died at the scene. Investigators believe robbery may have been the motive. They don’t have a clear description of the suspects. Miami television stations report that tragedy also occurred next door to Smith’s house last year. A car pulled up and sprayed bullets, killing a man and his son in their driveway. The suspects were never caught.
Parents of teens fatally shot awarded posthumous diplomas
The parents of two high school students who were fatally shot in two separate incidents in Miami have received posthumous diplomas for their sons. WFOR-TV reports the parents of 18-year-old Pedro Uriarte and 16-year-old Bryan Herrera were given diplomas Tuesday at Miami Jackson Senior High School’s graduation. The families sat together, wiping away tears as they waited to receive their sons’ diplomas. Uriarte was fatally shot while walking by an elementary school near Wynwood on November 30, 2014 by an unknown assailant in an apparent robbery. Herrera was riding his bicycle to a friend’s house to do homework December 22, 2012, when he was struck by one bullet and killed.