Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 16

MIAMI US ATTORNEY WIFREDO FERRER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION FROM POST

Ferrer said in a news release Wednesday he will step down as South Florida’s top federal prosecutor effective March 3. He was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2010 and confirmed by the Senate in April of that year. During his tenure, Ferrer’s office prosecuted several high-profile terrorism-related cases and led a crackdown on prescription drug “pill mills.”

DETECTIVE: NOTHING DANGEROUS BEFORE POLICE SERGEANT SHOT MAN

Palm Beach County Detective Kevin Drummond testified Wednesday that as he drove past a parking lot, he saw Sgt. Michael Custer exiting his SUV and Seth Adams standing nearby next to his pickup truck. He said he saw nothing wrong so he kept driving. Seconds later, another deputy radioed he heard shots fired.

PROSECUTORS CLEAR MAN WHO FATALLY SHOT DEPUTY’S ATTACKER

The State Attorney’s Office determined this week that 35-year-old Ashad Russell acted lawfully last year in shooting Edward Strother on an Interstate 75 exit ramp in Estero. Sheriff’s officials had previously called Russell a “good Samaritan.”

TESTIMONY OF FORMER EL FARO SAILOR QUESTIONS SHIP’S SAFETY

Former able seaman Marvin Hearman III testified Tuesday before the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation in Jacksonville, Florida. The El Faro sank Oct. 1, 2015, while traveling from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. All 33 aboard died. Hearman testified that Tote Services Inc. managers often called the ship to tell captains to slow down and conserve fuel, but didn’t call to warn the crew they were headed into a strong hurricane.

TOP FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL RESIGNS AFTER ARREST

Court records show FSU associate general counsel Dayton Cramer was arrested on Tuesday. FSU spokeswoman Jill Elish said Cramer resigned prior to the university firing him. Cramer was earning more than $156,000 a year at his job. Elish said he was arrested off-campus.

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