Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
3 children injured when waterspout uproots bounce house
Police say a waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a Fort Lauderdale beach Monday, sending it flying above palm trees, across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic. All three children were injured but were alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital. Video on local television stations showed the waterspout moving from the ocean onto the sand, tossing a canopy and rolling the bounce house before lifting it into the air.
Jeb Bush gets his own home at family compound in Maine
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent their summers. The likely Republican presidential contender and his family will stay in the cottage on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport during summer visits. Bush and his wife also have a home in Coral Gables, Florida. Former President George H.W. Bush said the additional space was needed to make room for his entire family, especially with the arrival of a new generation of great-grandchildren.
Search continues for woman missing from boat
Miami-Dade police say they are looking for a 26-year-old woman who went missing from a boat. Officials say Lauren Jenee Lamar was boating with two friends over the weekend on Biscayne Bay off South Florida. Police said they received a call Sunday evening from 45-year-old Russell Bruce, who said that when he docked his 30-foot vessel at Matheson Hammocks Marina in Miami Sunday night, he realized Lamar was missing. Bruce told police he had thought Lamar was sleeping in the cabin of the boat when they docked. Investigators are talking with two people who were on the boat. No charges have been filed.
Former Florida trooper guilty in tow truck bribery scheme
A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper could get prison time after pleading guilty to an extortion charge for accepting bribes for selling confidential accident reports. The ex-trooper, Kirk Chambers, pleaded guilty last week to an extortion conspiracy charge under color of law, which carries up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say Chambers accepted bribes from tow truck drivers for information about car crashes and stranded drivers. In addition, Chambers acknowledged he obtained personal information from about 100 accident victims and provided them to a confidential FBI source for $5,000. The source claimed he wanted the information for a chiropractor to solicit business from victims. Chambers was a trooper from January 2004 until his March resignation.
City of Tampa has new police chief
Tampa has a new police chief, and he’s starting amid a federal probe into how the agency handles the city’s bike ticketing program and minorities. The City Council recently confirmed Eric Ward as the department’s new chief. The 48-year-old Ward is a 26-year veteran of the police and the city’s second black police chief. He succeeds Jane Castor, who retired this month. The vote came after black community, church and civil liberties advocates said they supported Ward’s selection. But they also wanted a hard look at how police bicycle ticketing and arrest policies affect minorities.