Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Ex-NYPD officer gets 10 years’ prison in Florida drug deal
A former New York Police Department officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking part in a $200,000 Florida cocaine deal. A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale imposed the sentence Friday on 28-year-old Phillip LeRoy, who was twice named “Cop of the Year” in his Queens precinct. LeRoy pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking conspiracy charge in March and resigned from the police department.
Florida legislators reach broad deal on state budget
Republican leaders of the Florida Legislature say they have a broad deal on a new state budget. Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Friday that they have agreed on how much money to set aside for spending areas such as education and health care. Legislators still have to hammer out how much they will set aside for specific spending items. But this means they will likely avoid a partial shutdown of state government.
Union objects to Disney warning actors about confidentiality
The union representing actors who portray Mickey, Goofy and other characters at Walt Disney World filed a complaint Friday with a national labor board, challenging a policy that it says prevents the performers from revealing which animated figures they portray. Teamsters Local 385 filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging Disney was committing an unfair labor practice. A grievance was filed last week with the company. The two-week-old written policy prevents actors from publicly revealing in social media or traditional media which characters they play, according to the union. So far, none of the 1,200 character actors at Walt Disney World have faced any disciplinary action, said Donna-Lynne Dalton, recording secretary for the Teamsters local.
Heat star Dwyane Wade surprises South Florida grad
Basketball star Dwyane Wade made a surprise appearance at a South Florida high school’s graduation, thanks to some persistent work on social media by one of the graduates. Wade took a selfie with Western High School senior Negeen Fallahzedeh during the ceremony and posted it to Instagram on Thursday night. Fallahzedeh first invited Wade to the graduation last summer using the hashtag #WadetoWestern. The Miami Heat player hugged the teen on stage during the ceremony at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
Florida teen accused of fatally shooting man during argument
Police say a Tallahassee teenager has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 32-year-old man during an argument. Tallahassee police say Brion Williams was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of shooting Christopher Seabrook eight times last week as the two argued over property that was allegedly stolen by Williams on May 25. Investigators say witnesses told them they saw Williams pull out a gun during the argument.