5 Things to Know in Florida for May 9

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.

Florida doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez back in court

A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been ordered to remain jailed while awaiting trial for alleged Medicare fraud. Attorneys for 60-year-old Salomon Melgen said their client posed no risk of fleeing. But U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins sided Friday with prosecutors who said the ophthalmologist’s extraordinary wealth gave him a chance to go anywhere in the world, particularly his native Dominican Republic, where he has close ties to government officials.

Florida governor calls on hospitals to share profits

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the state’s hospitals to share profits with each other to help offset the potential loss of $1 billion in federal money. Scott on Friday sent out a letter to hospital executives across the state. In the letter, the Republican governor says that Florida will have to prepare a new state budget that does not include federal money that now goes to hospitals to help pay for the poor and uninsured.

Passenger dies from fall at Orlando airport

A passenger who fell from an elevated tram at Orlando International Airport has died. Airport officials said that the unidentified passenger died after being taken to a hospital Friday. Bombardier operates the airport’s tram system. Airport officials say the tram, which is normally automated, was being run manually during a routine inspection in the early-morning hours. A passenger was ejected through the windshield of the tram when it made an unexpected stop and the passenger fell to the ground more than a dozen feet below.

Sarasota man dies in hospital following arrest

Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials say a 33-year-old man died in a hospital after experiencing medical distress during his arrest by police. Officials on Friday said they are investigating the circumstances of John Kaafi’s arrest. Sarasota Police arrested Kaafi Wednesday during a traffic stop for a non-working tag light. Police said Kaafi acted suspiciously and went to detain him for “officer safety.” Police discovered a vial containing a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Officers also found spice, a designer drug, in the vehicle. While taking him to the jail, officials said Kaffi escaped by flinging himself out the cruiser window. They used a Taser on him.

Principal arrested partially unclothed with student in car

A Florida principal has been arrested after she was caught partially unclothed in a marijuana-filled car with a student. Police say 45-year-old Krista Morton of Wellington was arrested Wednesday in Palm Springs. She is the principal at Mavericks High of Palm Springs, a charter school. Authorities say they responded to a report of people involved in sexual activity in a car and found Morton with a high school senior. They say that when Morton opened the door, her shirt was unbuttoned, exposing part of her chest. Police say Morton told them she had just met the teenager. But police say the student said Morton was his principal. Officers report that they smelled marijuana inside the vehicle.


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