Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 10

AIRPORT SHOOTING SUSPECT GETS PUBLIC DEFENDER IN COURT

The Iraq war veteran held in the fatal shooting of five people inside Fort Lauderdale’s airport was appointed a federal public defender on Monday after telling a judge that he has no job and only $5 or $10 in the bank. Esteban Santiago spoke clearly during a brief hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Valle, who ordered him held until his next hearings.

MANHUNT UNDERWAY FOR SUSPECT IN KILLING OF ORLANDO OFFICER

An Orlando police sergeant was shot and killed Monday after approaching a suspect wanted for questioning in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, and a second law enforcement officer was killed in a motorcycle crash while responding to a massive manhunt for the suspect.

FLORIDA: SCREWWORM HAS BEEN FOUND IN STRAY DOG ON MAINLAND

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services spokeswoman Jennifer Meale said in a statement Monday that the dog found in Homestead with the flesh-eating parasite is in good health after treatment. Meale’s statement says officials will search the Homestead area for screwworm flies and other animals possibly infected with the parasites that have been killing endangered Key deer.

7 PEOPLE ARRESTED WHILE FEEDING HOMELESS IN TAMPA

Police spokesman Steve Hegarty says some 30 to 40 people with signs that read “Food not Bombs” gathered in Gaslight Park Saturday afternoon to distribute food. He says officers explained that city ordinances prohibit food distribution without proper permitting. The officers offered alternatives to distribute food in another location but they continued setting up tables.

FIRE OFFICIALS: 1 DIES IN EARLY MORNING FIRE IN POLK COUNTY

Polk County Commissioner spokesman Kevin Watler said in a news release that when fire crews arrived at the home around early Monday flames were visible through the roof. A neighbor told firefighters someone lived in the home and crews attempted to search the bedrooms. But Watler says the conditions worsened and the commander ordered firefighters to leave the home.

 

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