TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS DISCONTINUED FOR COLIN
National Hurricane Center forecasters said the center of post-tropical cyclone Colin was moving toward the northeast at close to 40 mph. The center of the storm was expected to move away from the North Carolina coast Tuesday and pass east of the mid-Atlantic coast later in the day.
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS NEW DEATH PENALTY LAW
Justices heard arguments Tuesday. The legislature passed a new sentencing scheme this past session after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the old system unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges and not juries. The new law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in March, requires 10 jurors to recommend death. Also, a judge can’t impose a death sentence when the jury recommends life.
BOW-TIED, COLORFUL SOUTH FLORIDA BOND COURT JUDGE MOVING ON
Judge John “Jay” Hurley, who often wore a bow tie and bantered with a wide variety of defendants, estimates he presided over some 200,000 hearings in which defendants make their initial appearances and sometimes get bail. Hurley will now handle trials and other matters that are not necessarily streamed online. He is being replaced by Judge Michael Davis.
ALLIGATOR SPOTTED WITH DEAD BODY IN ITS MOUTH
Lakeland police spokesman Gary Gross says officers responded to Lake Hunter on Tuesday afternoon following a report of an alligator with a body in its mouth. Officers were able to retrieve the body, and Gross says a trapper was called to capture the 8-foot reptile. Gross says the dead body appears to be an adult male, but police weren’t sure.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF BURNING SON’S HANDS ON STOVE AS PUNISHMENT
Zayme Flores appeared in court Monday on felony child abuse charges and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Arrest reports say Flores’ 15-year-old son sold the bag of marijuana so his parents wouldn’t use it. As punishment, Orlando police say Flores told him to put his hands on the kitchen stove, burning his palms.