SENATORS OFFER RESOLUTION FOR PULSE VICTIMS
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida says the 49 patrons who were killed at the Pulse nightclub a year ago didn’t die in vain. Nelson, and Florida’s other U.S. senator, Republican Marco Rubio, on Monday introduced a resolution honoring the memory of the 49 victims who died in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Nelson spoke about the Pulse massacre on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Monday.
WOMAN GETS 28 YEARS FOR DUI CRASH THAT KILLED TODDLER SON
Shameka Jones was sentenced Monday. She pleaded guilty in May to DUI manslaughter and other charges. Authorities say Jones was driving an SUV on Interstate 75 near Bradenton in February 2015 when she flipped the vehicle and hit several trees. Passengers included nine children — 10 years old and younger — and two other adults. Investigators found beer cans inside.
FLORIDA MAN’S GUN FALLS ON FLOOR, SHOOTS HIM IN RIGHT ANKLE
Officials from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office say 35-year-old Jason Trigger walked into a Dollar General store north of Tampa on Sunday afternoon with a .25-caliber handgun tucked against his right hip. In a news release, deputies say Trigger left the firearm on the floor after he was shot and limped toward a vehicle in the parking lot with two other people. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where deputies later met him.
FLORIDA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER JEFF ATWATER SAYS HE WILL LEAVE JUNE 30
Atwater on Monday turned in his formal resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott. Atwater announced back in February that he planned to step down from his elected post to take a position at Florida Atlantic University. In his letter, Atwater says his last day in office will be June 30. Scott will be responsible for picking someone to replace Atwater for the next 18 months. Voters in 2018 will elect a new chief financial officer.
TRIAL DATE SET FOR MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FLORIDA OFFICER
Orange County Chief Judge Fred Lauten said Monday that the trial for Markeith Loyd will begin Sept. 10 in Orlando. Loyd is accused of gunning down 42-year-old Lt. Debra Clayton in January weeks after authorities say he fatally shot 24-year-old Sade Dixon. Loyd eluded police for more than a week. He faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder.