Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

2 ex-guards in KKK convicted of plot to kill black inmate

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Tuesday that a Columbia County jury found 49-year-old David Elliot Moran and 45-year-old Charles Thomas Newcomb guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Prosecutors say the murder plot started after a third guard and Klan member, 27-year-old Thomas Jordan Driver, was bitten during a fight with the inmate, who they believed was infected with HIV and hepatitis. Driver pleaded guilty to the same charge in March.

REPORT: WOODS HAD MARIJUANA, PAINKILLERS IN SYSTEM AT ARREST

Jupiter police released the report Tuesday, less than a week after Woods agreed to enter a diversion program to settle his driving while intoxicated charges. The 41-year-old golf superstar was arrested in May when officers found him asleep in his car. In a statement Tuesday, Woods said he was trying on his own to treat pain from back surgery he underwent in April.

MAN CHARGED WITH LOCKING KIDS IN APARTMENT, SETTING FIRE

Velmando Williams remained in jail Tuesday, charged with arson, attempted homicide and kidnapping. Riviera Beach police say Williams was arguing with the children’s mother Friday when the fight turned physical. The woman threatened to call police, and authorities say Williams told her he was going to “burn her apartment down.” Police say Williams locked himself and the children inside, set fire to the couches and then escaped through a window.

REPORT: LACK OF COMMAND STYMIED RESPONSE TO AIRPORT SHOOTING

The report released Tuesday by Broward County showed that no one from law enforcement took charge after the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Five people died and six were wounded. The report says the lack of having anyone in charge led to confusion among officers who responded. The hundreds of officers on scene eventually overwhelmed the radio system, causing problems with communication.

FLORIDA BUDGET AIDED BY NEW GAMBLING DEAL WITH SEMINOLES

State officials on Tuesday drew up new forecasts to predict how much the state will collect in taxes. State legislators will use the forecasts when drawing up a new state budget next January. Economists now predict that state’s main budget account will grow by 4.5 percent during the fiscal year that ends next June. That same account is estimated to grow an additional 4.1 percent in fiscal year 2018-19.

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