COMPETENCY TRAINING FOR MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FLAMINGO AT BUSCH GARDENS
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tom Barber ordered in-home competency training at a hearing Wednesday for 45-year-old Joseph Corrao. Two doctors recently testified Corrao isn’t competent to stand trial on the aggravated animal cruelty charge. Police reports show that on an Aug. 2 visit to the Tampa theme park with his family, Corrao reached into an animal pen, grabbed Pinky and slammed her down.
COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR MAN WHO FELL FROM CRUISE SHIP
A Coast Guard news release says 23-year-old Brandon Paul went overboard from the eighth deck of the Carnival Victory at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The ship was about 30 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. Cruise ship crewmembers launched a search boat and contacted the Coast Guard, which directed a search plane and cutter to the area. The cruise ship remained at the scene to help with the search.
OFFICIALS: MAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING AWOL 45 YEARS AGO
Linley Benson Lemburg was arrested Tuesday. He had been living under an alias, William Michael Robertson, and was located by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after military officials sought their help. Sheriff’s authorities confirmed Lemburg’s identity by comparing his fingerprints to those taken when he was enlisted. Military officials then took him to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
MOM ARRESTED AFTER BOY, 3, SHOOTS GUN IN SCHOOL PARKING LOT
Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson tells news outlets 30-year-old Abbie Maldonado and the boy went to Good Shepherd Academy in Deltona to pick up an older child. She left the boy in the vehicle while she walked around with other parents. Davidson says the boy grabbed the .380-caliber Glock pistol from the door pocket and pulled the trigger. The shot shattered a window and lodged in the door frame.
FLORIDA COASTAL COMMUNITIES COULD SOON BAN PLASTIC BAGS
The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation gave the measure its first-round approval on Wednesday, gifting a small victory to those who have fought for similar legislation to pass since 2013. The bill’s co-sponsor, Sen. Gary Farmer, said coastal communities with fewer than 100,000 residents would be eligible to establish pilot programs between January 2018 and June 2020 to regulate or prohibit the use of disposable bags in their municipalities.