SHERIFF DEFENDS $314,000 ESTIMATE FOR RECORDS RELATED TO PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CRUISER
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Wednesday that the request filed by the family’s attorney asked for the records of all officers who had worked for the office over the past 10 years. Williams says the time it would take to redact confidential information from each officer’s file, as well as viewing thousands of hours of video, led to the high cost estimate.
PRINCIPAL DEMOTED AFTER ASKING TEACHERS TO DO SON’S HOMEWORK
Former Lake Worth High School principal George Lockhart asked three teachers to do his son’s online math assignments two years ago. He originally denied the allegation to district investigators, then said he requested help to better tutor his son. One teacher told investigators he did the homework out of respect for Lockhart.
FLORIDA BOARD CHANGES MIND, VOTES TO MOVE CIVIL WAR MONUMENT
The Hillsborough County Commission on Wednesday is revisiting its vote not to remove the 106-year-old monument. During a public comment portion of Wednesday’s hearing, many speakers said the statue represents divisiveness and an era of bondage of African-American people. Last month, commissioners voted 4-3 against moving the monument. However, two commissioners who voted against moving it now say they’ll reverse their decision.
FLORIDA MAN THREATENS TO BE JUDGES’ ‘BIGGEST NIGHTMARE’
Todd Watson was arrested Tuesday on 15 misdemeanor charges, including five counts of stalking judges and 10 counts of making obscene calls. Investigators say Watson was sentenced in Broward Circuit Court in 2011 to six years in prison. A 39-page complaint says Watson began stalking and harassing judges after his release in March.
MIAMI SUBURB REQUIRES SOLAR PANELS FOR ALL NEW HOMES
South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said the requirement will reduce the cost of home ownership, make houses sell faster, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions. City commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring 175 square feet of solar panels per 1,000 square feet of roof, or 2.75 kilowatts per 1,000 square feet of living space, whichever is less.