FLORIDA CLASH OVER CONFEDERATE STREET NAMES LEADS TO ARRESTS
News outlets report five protesters were charged with disrupting the Hollywood commission meeting Wednesday night. The disagreement involves three streets — Lee Street, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee; Hood Street, named after Gen. John Bell Hood; and Forrest Street, named after Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.
TEXAS SIBLINGS DROWN IN FLORIDA POOL DURING CHURCH OUTING
Bystanders pulled 17-year-old Kesha Greco and her 12-year-old brother, Sebastano, from the Clarion Inn and Conference Center pool in Brandon on Sunday afternoon. Their parents, Kelly and Monique Greco, told Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials that both children could tread water but weren’t strong swimmers. The family is from Dallas and had traveled to Florida with the New Life Church of North Texas.
WOMAN DENIED BOND IN CRASH THAT KILLED FLORIDA OFFICER
Judge Mark Jones told 32-year-old Lacy Marie Morris that she’s “no stranger to violating court orders” during a hearing Thursday in Key West. Authorities say Morris turned in front of a scooter driven by 40-year-old Delray Beach officer Christine Braswell on April 8. The Palm Beach Post reports Morris faces a DUI manslaughter charge. Morris has a history of drug-related arrests in the past decade.
INDEPENDENT POLICE REVIEW PANEL CAN’T SUBPOENA OFFICERS
Thursday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling says that state law only gives the right to interrogate officers to the departments where they work. That means the Miami Civilian Investigative Panel can’t force officers to testify during complaint reviews. The case involves a Miami police lieutenant who challenged a subpoena to appear before the panel as it investigated a complaint arising from a traffic stop.
FLORIDA DOCTOR ACCUSED OF ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING PILLS
Dr. Williem Ouw faces 10 federal charges of conspiracy and attempting to dispense prescription drugs. Investigators say Ouw and three employees at a Florida medical center were involved in the conspiracy. They issued prescriptions for more than 400,000 oxycodone pills, more than 16,000 amphetamine pills and 64,000 morphine pills.