Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
EX-MIAMI PITCHING COACH TO PLEAD GUILTY IN STEROID PROBE
A former University of Miami pitching coach is scheduled to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges for his role in the baseball steroids scandal centered at a South Florida clinic. The attorney for Lazaro “Laser” Collazo says he will plead guilty Monday to two testosterone possession charges. Collazo was among those indicted in the steroids scandal involving the Biogenesis of America clinic operated by Anthony Bosch. After Collazo pleads guilty, only Yuri Sucart – cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez – still awaits trial on April 6.
FLORIDA SENATE TO CONSIDER BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW GUNS TO BE BROUGHT ALONG DURING EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS
A bill allowing gun owners without concealed weapon permits to take their guns along during emergency evacuations appears to have a good chance of passing this year. Past opponents of the measure, including the Florida Sheriff’s Association, support this year’s version after sponsors added stricter requirements, including a 48-hour time limit and a definition of evacuation. Last year, opponents mocked the bill, saying it would allow people to take their guns to a riot.
RESCUED FLORIDA DOG RECOVERING IN ‘PROTECTIVE CUSTODY’
Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service posted a message on its Facebook page late Friday saying Cabela had “left the building to go into super secret, never to be revealed, protective custody.” The 1-year-old mixed-breed dog was in hiding to “heal, socialize and begin her transition to a new life,” the post said. Tampa Police have said that Cabela was shot, tied to railroad tracks and left to die earlier this month because it wouldn’t fight. The veterinary clinic also posted a video this week showing the dog walking with a limp but also with its tail wagging.
MATTRESS FLIES FROM BACK OF TRUCK, KILLING MAN
A central Florida man is dead after the mattress he was riding on in the back of a pickup truck sent airborne and dumped him on the road. The Florida Highway Patrol says the accident happened Sunday afternoon as the truck traveled down a Seminole County road. Sgt. Kim Montes says the unsecured mattress was on top of some debris the truck was carrying. It flew from the vehicle, carrying 51-year-old Paul Ginther Jr. with it. The truck was driven by 48-year-old Kenneth Connell.
7 TEENS ARRESTED AFTER DISTURBANCE AT TAMPA JUVENILE CENTER
Police arrested seven juveniles after a disturbance broke out at a detention center in Tampa. Authorities say some 25 teens were involved in the Sunday night disturbance at Le Peters Juvenile Corrections Academy. The arrested teens face a felony and misdemeanor charges. About 15 Tampa police officers helped secure the center and make the arrests. One corrections officer was attacked but not seriously injured. None of the juveniles were injured.