FLORIDA MAN FEARED DEAD IS NOW SUSPECT IN TRIPLE HOMICIDE
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says Tony Hughes is a suspect in the three deaths after a house fire was set to cover up the slayings Sunday. Chrissy Hughes, her 9-year-old son and her sister, Linda Woods, died of unknown causes. Chrissy and Tony Hughes were married. Authorities initially thought Hughes may have committed suicide after the couple’s boat was found empty Sunday with blood on it.
COURT HEARS CASE OF DEPUTY WHO SHOT MAN ARMED WITH AIR GUN
Oral arguments were held Tuesday before the 4th District Court of Appeal by prosecutors and the attorney for Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza. A circuit judge last year threw out the manslaughter charge against Peraza under Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, which allows residents to respond to physical threats with deadly force.
OFFICIALS WANT LIGHTS ON JETTY WHERE JOSE FERNANDEZ CRASHED
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a memo Monday that the jetty where Fernandez crashed posed a serious threat to boaters. The Miami-Dade Police Department made the recommendation for lights. The Coast Guard began a new analysis last fall of the Government Cut jetties at the southern end of Miami Beach. Fernandez and two other men died when the pitcher’s boat struck the jetty just after 3 a.m. Sept. 25.
BABY WALRUS BORN AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO IN FLORIDA
SeaWorld officials said Tuesday that a 14-year-old walrus named Kaboodle gave birth June 3 at the Florida theme park. It’s Kaboodle’s first baby, and it’s the first walrus birth at SeaWorld Orlando. The pair of flippered marine mammals is not currently on public display. The sex of the young walrus was not released. Images posted online by SeaWorld showed the young walrus sporting a full mustache, just like its mother.
WEAPONS STOLEN FROM FLORIDA DEPUTY’S UNDERCOVER CAR
An Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release says the undercover vehicle used by a narcotics squad agent was stolen Saturday in Orlando’s tourist district and recovered later that night. Items stolen from the vehicle included two pistols, a submachine gun, ammunition, body armor, a sheriff’s star and two narcotics-squad shirts.