Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 24

WOMAN ACCUSED OF SMEARING BANANAS ON CARS AT TRUMP’S CLUB

Palm Beach police say in a report released Monday that 48-year-old Kelly Weidman also typed a profanity about Trump on a Mar-a-Lago computer and moved outside some ballroom balloons a few hours before Trump was sworn-in Friday. She was confronted by security guards, who called police. She allegedly told officers she wanted to be arrested because no one was paying attention to her claim of being cyber attacked.

DOG REUNITED WITH FLORIDA FAMILY AFTER MOTHER’S FATAL CRASH

The 2-year-old redbone coonhound named Copper was found Friday on the Daytona State College campus. Copper fled the scene after the Jan. 14 crash that killed 35-year-old Crystal Duncan. Duncan had been taking Copper to the veterinarian when her car crossed the median and three lanes of oncoming traffic before hitting a palm tree and a parked car.

TRIAL BEGINS IN KEY WEST FOR MAN ACCUSED IN IS BOMB PLOT

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Harlem Suarez drew inspiration from the Islamic State and planned to detonate a backpack bomb. But attorney Richard Della Fera said in an opening statement at the trial of Suarez on Monday that he was goaded along by a paid FBI informant.

FLORIDA REGULATOR TAKES JOB WITH LAW FIRM REPRESENTING STATE

Jon Steverson, the secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection for the past two years, submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott last week. He did not say in his letter where he was headed, but an agency spokeswoman said Monday he has “accepted an opportunity” with the firm of Foley & Lardner.

3 DEAD IN AFTER SUV, TOW TRUCK CRASH

William McCullough was driving Sunday night, and his wife, Renee, and their adult son, Ryan, were passengers. The Florida Highway Patrol says a tow truck driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with the McCulloughs’ oncoming SUV. The McCulloughs were killed, and the tow truck driver was hospitalized with serious injuries.

 

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