MIAMI MAYOR: UPGRADES NEEDED TO FIGHT FLOODS, RISING SEAS
Remnants of Tropical Storm Emily drenched Miami and Miami Beach with 6 inches of rain Tuesday, flooding some streets until water rose above vehicle doors. In downtown Miami, a courthouse and a parking garage remained closed Wednesday due to flood damage. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on Wednesday launched a bond initiative for public projects such as new pumps and storm water plans that address the effects of climate change.
BARRICADED SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER GUN MALFUNCTIONS
The Orlando Police Department says the standoff with the suspect ended peacefully Tuesday after they were able to subdue him when the gunman’s weapon malfunctioned. The police tweeted that officers were called to a neighborhood in south Orlando about a man who was firing a gun at the intersection. Officers say they eventually noticed his gun wasn’t working and caught him by firing tear gas and bean bags at him.
SHERIFF: DEPUTIES CLEARED IN PURSUIT THAT ENDED WITH 3 DEAD
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods blamed the crash on the fleeing suspect, 26-year-old Jaquard Cuyler. Cuyler died in the Friday night crash when he ran a red light and hit another vehicle killing 29-year-old Brittany Chmilarski and 57-year-old Denise Allen. Chief Deputy Robert Douglas says deputies followed the agency’s pursuit policy “to a T” and that their vehicle was at least a quarter-mile behind Cuyler’s.
FBI OFFERS $15K REWARD IN MIAMI BANK ROBBERY
An FBI news release Wednesday said the money would be paid if it leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the July 6 robbery of a TD Bank branch. The suspect pulled a handgun during the robbery, fired several shots and demanded money from a teller. The FBI did not release the amount stolen. Surveillance photos showed the suspect is a black man, wearing a white tank top and carrying a backpack.
FOSTER FATHER ARRESTED IN DEATH OF 13-MONTH-OLD FLORIDA GIRL
Cape Coral police Capt. Tony Sizemore announced that U.S. marshals arrested 38-year-old Gregory Dustin Todd on Tuesday. He’s charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child. He’s accused in the death of Mackenzie Fewox, who died Jan. 29. Sizemore didn’t say how the little girl died. He told reporters Todd quickly became a focus of the police investigation, adding that he was “in charge of the care and custody” of the child.