Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

DONALD TRUMP DROPS LAWSUIT ABOUT FLIGHTS ABOVE FLORIDA CLUB

County Attorney Denise Nieman emailed commissioners about the lawsuit Monday afternoon. Nieman says Trump’s attorneys contacted her to say they are dropping the lawsuit, which claimed the historic Mar-A-Lago was being irreparably harmed by air traffic from Palm Beach International Airport.

MORE PULSE 911 CALLS RELEASED AFTER JUDGE’S ORDER

A woman whose sister was shot inside a gay Orlando nightclub can be heard on a 911 call hyperventilating and crying as she asks a police dispatcher for help. The call was among the latest batch of audio recordings released Monday by the city of Orlando after a court fight with media companies. In the call, the woman tells the dispatcher that her sister has been shot in the back, and the dispatcher tells the woman to apply pressure to her sister’s wound.

MAN GETS 40 YEARS FOR FATAL CHRISTMAS EVE MALL SHOOTING

Wilson Pierre Jr. was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in May of second-degree murder. Pierre was previously convicted of the same charge and sentenced to 40 years in prison, but an appellate court vacated that conviction in 2014 and ordered a new trial. The court ruled that Pierre’s attorney was ineffective, especially regarding a contradiction in the jury instructions.

ARSON, POLITICAL GRAFFITI, UNDER INVESTIGATION IN TAMPA

Shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, firefighters extinguished a blaze at a vacant mobile home. In a news release, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they found graffiti spray painted on the side of another vacant mobile home next door. Photos of the graffiti showed the words, “Burn everything,” ”BLM,” and “(expletive) Trump” were written on the home with an arrow pointing to the burned home.

NO FIRST CUT: 11 APPLICANTS FOR FLORIDA HIGH COURT MOVE ON

A state nominating panel voted Monday to interview everyone who applied for a spot on the court. Justice James Perry is stepping down on Dec. 30 because he’s reached the mandatory retirement age. Gov. Rick Scott will appoint his replacement. Jason Unger, an attorney who heads up the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, suggested interviewing all the candidates because the final number of applicants was “manageable.”

 

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