Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 8

3 Teens Charged In Beating Death Of Another Teen

Two 15-year-old boys are facing manslaughter and battery charges, and a 14-year-old boy has been charged with tampering with a witness. Winter Park Police Lt. Pam Marcum says 15-year-old Roger Trindade got into a confrontation with the other boys Oct. 15 and was brain dead by the time he arrived at a hospital. He was taken off life support two days later.

OFFICIALS: SUSPECT KILLED AFTER ATTACKING DEPUTY WITH OAR

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Fred Jones tells local news outlets that deputies responded Tuesday night to a hit-and-run incident in which the suspect crashed into a store and then another vehicle. The suspect ran and ended up in a lake in Fruitland Park. Jones says that when deputies caught up, the suspect began to strike a deputy with an oar.

PANTHER FOUND DEAD IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 2-year-old female cat’s body was found Tuesday on State Route 29 in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy. A total of 39 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 31 road fatalities.

CUBAN MIGRANTS: CASTRO’S DEATH, ARREST FEARS DELAYED JOURNEY

The 10 men and three women landed on Big Pine Key early Tuesday in a homemade boat. Federal authorities say they’re the first Cuban migrants to make it to U.S. soil since the longtime Cuban leader’s death Nov. 25.

FLORIDA DEBT DROPS AGAIN AFTER JUMPING UP LAST YEAR

That’s according to an annual report presented Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The new report shows that Florida’s overall debt stood at $24.1 billion at the end of June. That’s a decrease of $1.6 billion over the previous fiscal year.

 

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