EX-‘COCAINE COWBOY’ PILOT, 7 OTHERS CHARGED WITH AUTO FRAUD
Miami federal prosecutors said in a news release Thursday that 71-year-old Mickey Munday was among those charged with 14 fraud counts each. Munday and the others face maximum prison sentences of 20 years on each count. A convicted felon, Munday has given frequent interviews and appears in the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” about the violent 1982 drug trade.
EX-EXEC GETS 40 YEARS’ PRISON IN $300M VACATION RESORT SCAM
A federal judge in Key West, Florida, imposed the sentence Thursday on 60-year-old David Schwarz. A jury previously found Schwarz guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and Internal Revenue Service interference. Schwarz was once chief financial officer and one-third owner of the Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas, which operated resorts in the Florida Keys, Clearwater, Orlando and Las Vegas.
DEVIL RAYS DELIGHT CROWDS AT FLORIDA PANHANDLE BEACH
The dark-colored fish have become regular visitors to the park on Florida’s Gulf Coast over the past week. The schools of rays gliding into the kiddie pool area every afternoon have ranged in size from seven to a few dozen. Vanessa Wilson, a stingray trainer at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, says the devil rays are often seen jumping in the water.
FLORIDA JUDGE SUSPENDED 90 DAYS FOR MISLEADING CAMPAIGN AD
The state Supreme Court ordered the punishment for Circuit Judge Kimberly Shepard on Thursday. After the Orlando Sentinel endorsed her opponent in 2014, Shepard used campaign advertising that quoted a 20-year-old endorsement from the same newspaper that was published when she sought re-election to the state House.
MAN SHOT BY POLICE IN LIBRARY GETS ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE
Miami-Dade police said in a news release Thursday that 64-year-old Roderick Oliver Veazey is charged with attempted second-degree murder with a firearm. An arrest report says Veazey entered the library Wednesday morning with a gun and fired at 63-year-old Carl Cooperstein. Veazey was then shot and wounded by Officer Saul Rodriguez, a 17-year veteran who was working an off-duty detail at the library.