EX-FLORIDA COP CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING OF ARMED BLACK MUSICIAN
Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a news conference Wednesday that Officer Nouman Raja has been charged in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones. Aronberg says a grand jury found Raja’s use of force was unjustified.
3 MORE EL FARO CREWMEMBER FAMILIES SETTLE WITH VESSEL OWNER
Papers filed in federal court on Tuesday show that representatives for crewmembers Frank Hamm III, James Phillip Porter Jr. and Roosevelt Lazarra Clark each settled for $500,000 with Tote Services, Inc. The newspaper says settlements have now been reached in 21 out of the 33 mariners who died Oct. 1 when the ship lost propulsion and was caught in Hurricane Joaquin. The El Faro was travelling to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville.
FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT: DISASTER COMING WITHOUT FEDERAL HELP ON ZIKA FIGHT
Scott sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday. He said officials are trying to ensure that mosquitoes in Florida don’t start transmitting the virus. To do that, he said the state needs money to buy insecticides and spraying equipment. Congress has been divided on how much money to set aside to battle Zika.
WHITE POLICE OFFICER RESIGNS MONTHS AFTER HANDCUFFED BLACK WOMAN DIED AT HOSPITAL
Blountstown Officer John Tadlock’s resignation is mentioned in a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report on the arrest of 57-year-old Barbara Dawson. The report says Tadlock’s actions were appropriate under the circumstances. Tadlock confirmed in a phone call Wednesday that he had resigned but declined to comment further.
HEALTH OFFICIALS: TOURIST CONTRACTED DENGUE IN KEY WEST
A statement Wednesday from the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County says the person, who is not a Florida resident, is recovering. It adds “all indications are that this infection was locally acquired,” and mosquito control officials have intensified their activities in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Dengue fever is rarely fatal but causes debilitating pain.