POLICE: GIRLFRIEND ATTACKS FIU PLAYER WITH BOILING WATER
An arrest report says 20-year-old Mary Gaspar, who is five months pregnant, told officers she had been angry that Florida International University tight end Jonnu Smith wasn’t paying attention to her Oct. 31 when she boiled a pot of water in his dorm room and then dumped it on him, causing severe burns and hospitalization. Gaspar was arrested two days later.
NEW FLORIDA HOUSE SPEAKER WANTS CRACK DOWN ON LOBBYISTS
State Rep. Richard Corcoran released rules Thursday that include a ban on lobbyists using emails or text messages to reach out to legislators when they are about to vote on legislation. The new rules prohibit legislators from traveling on lobbyist-owned planes, even if they pay their own airfare. Lobbyists will be required to disclose more information about their lobbying activities.
FLORIDA MAN’S DEATH SENTENCES IN 4 KILLINGS UPHELD BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
The high court on Thursday also ordered a hearing for death row inmate William Lee Thompson, who was convicted of a 1976 killing. The justices upheld the convictions and sentences imposed on Leon Davis Jr. He was convicted of killing two women — one of them pregnant — in the fiery robbery of a Lake Wales insurance office and shooting two clerks at a nearby gas station days later.
2 MEN INJURED IN SMALL PLANE CRASH IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
Josh Rosa and Joel Fallon were seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon when the aircraft went down in a wooded area near Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach. It wasn’t immediately clear which man was the pilot. Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Troiano says the 1969 Beechcraft Bonanza had taken off from Flagler Executive Airport bound for DeLand.
DEPUTIES: ORLANDO YOUTH PASTOR ACCUSED OF RAPING YOUNG GIRL
Records show 35-year-old Samuel Pierre was arrested Tuesday and remains in the Orange County Jail. He’s charged with sexual battery on a child under 12. The girl’s mother told Orange County Sheriff’s investigators that Pierre picked up her daughter in August to attend a youth group at Tabernacle of Prayer and Miracles International Church. She says the girl started “acting different” after that night.