Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Canadian diplomat’s son seeks bail in drug-related killings
A Miami detective testified that he was spit upon and threatened with violence by the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat after an alleged drug-related shootout that killed the boy’s older brother. Det. Rolando Garcia said at a hearing Wednesday that 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu was tearing pieces of soundproofing material from the walls of a police interview room, trying to rip bolted-down chairs off the floor and yelling at officers after the March 30 slayings — particularly after he was told his brother was dead. Wabafiyebazu is facing murder and other charges as an adult. A hearing about whether he should be released on bail before trial will continue Thursday.
Officials expect light hurricane season ahead but warn all to be prepared
Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect six to 11 named storms to develop during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that begins Monday. Three to six of those are expected to develop into hurricanes, and up to two could be major storms of Category 3 or higher, with winds of at least 111 mph. That’s considered below-average for a hurricane season. Of course, forecasters can’t predict where any of those potential storms might hit.
Obama to raise money in Miami, visit hurricane center
President Barack Obama is in South Florida to raise money for the Democratic Party as it gears up for the campaign to succeed him. Obama was headlining a pair of fundraisers Wednesday at private homes in Miami. Before returning to Washington on Thursday, Obama will get a briefing at the National Hurricane Center about preparations and predictions for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.
2nd submariner guilty of sharing videos of women in shower
A second submariner has pleaded guilty to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a “black eye” for the Navy’s integration of women into the nation’s sub fleet. Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial trial and was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days’ confinement and a reduction in rank. On Tuesday, missile technician Charles Greaves received two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for making the videos.
New roller coaster coming to SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando plans to build a 200-foot tall roller coaster that will race as fast as 73 mph when it opens next year. SeaWorld officials say the new coaster will be called Mako and will be the tallest and fastest coaster in Orlando. The coaster will have 4,760 feet of steel track, and will be in a section of the park themed for sharks. The addition of Mako will give the marine-themed park five thrill rides.