Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 2

NEW TRIAL FOR LAWYER CONVICTED IN GAMBLING RING

The Florida Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Wednesday in the case involving Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, meaning an October ruling from Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal will stand. The earlier ruling says the trial judge should have allowed Mathis’ legal team to call certain witnesses to bolster its defense.

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH FAKING HIS DEATH GETS 14 YEARS

Jose Lantigua was sentenced Wednesday in Jacksonville after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft and other charges. The former owner of a furniture business, Lantigua and his wife told people that he had mad cow disease and was traveling to Venezuela for treatment. According to his plea agreement, he went there to obtain a fake death certificate.

CRITICS DON’T EVEN WANT ANIMATRONIC PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO SPEAK

An online petition was started last week, asking Walt Disney World to keep an animatronic Trump silent in its Hall of Presidents attraction. The attraction has animatronic figures of all U.S. presidents. Recent incumbent presidents have recorded speeches for their animatronic doubles. The Change.org petition says Trump ran a campaign filled with hateful speech and he doesn’t deserve to have a voice at a place like Disney World in Florida.

POLICE: ALLMAN BROTHERS DRUMMER TRUCKS KILLED HIMSELF

The 69-year-old Trucks shot himself in the head Jan. 27 at his home, the West Palm Beach police reports show. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.

POLICE EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH STEALING $20,000 IN EVIDENCE

Local news outlets report that the married couple, Jake and Cynthia Zaagman, turned themselves in Wednesday at the Manatee County Jail. They each face multiple counts of scheming to defraud. The Bradenton Police Department’s internal affairs division and the FBI discovered that the thefts had occurred over five years from 2011 to 2015.

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