Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

DEATH SENTENCE FOR FLORIDA GIRL’S KILLER IS VACATED

A former auto mechanic found guilty of strangling an 11-year-old Florida girl, whose abduction was captured by a security camera and whose case garnered worldwide attention, will receive a new sentencing trial. Circuit Judge Charles Roberts on Tuesday granted a part of Joseph Smith’s motion to vacate his death sentence for the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Carlie Brucia.

2 FALL ILL ON DISNEY’S NEW PANDORA ATTRACTION IN FLORIDA

Their illnesses were detailed in an injuries report that Florida’s major theme parks are required to provide quarterly to avoid state inspections. A 79-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition became ill June 12, and a 31-year-old woman briefly passed out June 24 on the new 3-D Flight of Passage.

BOY LEFT AT I-95 REST STOP IN FLORIDA; 3 OHIO RESIDENTS ARRESTED

News outlets report 62-year-old James Robert Morey, 56-year-old Charlene Pitts and 55-year-old Andrea Jean Yantone were arrested Saturday when they returned to the rest stop near St. Augustine on Florida’s Atlantic coast. A woman called deputies saying the boy couldn’t find his grandparents.

BABY BORN IN FLORIDA AFTER MOM STRUCK BY LIGHTNING DIES

Local news outlets report Owen Davidson died July 13, two weeks after 26-year-old Meghan Davidson was struck while walking in her Fort Myers neighborhood. She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors delivered the baby named Owen. She was just seven days from her due date when the lightning strike occurred.

COMPANIES FINED $120,000 FOR FLORIDA ROAD WORKER DEATHS

The U.S. Department of Labor announced in a news release Tuesday that Douglas N. Higgins Inc. and its related contracting company, McKenna Contracting LLC, were being cited for 10 serious violations in the Jan. 16 deaths of 34-year-old Elway Gray, 49-year-old Louis O’Keefe and 24-year-old Robert Wilson.

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