FLORIDA TEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN FACE-BITING ATTACK
Austin Harrouff’s attorney filed the written plea Tuesday. Defense attorney Robert Watson waived the teen’s Wednesday arraignment appearance and asked for a jury trial. Authorities say Harrouff fatally stabbed 59-year-old John Stevens, and his wife, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta home in August.
SHERIFF: POT COOKIES SEND ASST. PRINCIPAL TO HOSPITAL, JAIL
Pasco County Sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll says Donna Lynch Haff overdosed Monday on cookies made with cannabis oil. He says the educator’s daughter, 19-year-old Allison Haff, had obtained the cookies from a co-worker and brought them home after her mother said she wanted to try marijuana for her 50th.
EAGLE RESCUED FROM FLORIDA STORM DRAIN DIES FROM INJURIES
The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey said on its Facebook page that the eagle died Monday night at a veterinary hospital. The eagle had fluid around her heart or air in her abdomen, indicating other injuries. She was rescued last week from a storm drain where she had gotten stuck with another eagle, which eventually managed to fly away.
FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT CONSIDERING BID FOR US SENATE IN 2018
During a wide-range interview with reporters on Tuesday, Scott conceded that seeking the seat held by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is an option for him in 2018. Scott was re-elected in 2014, but is limited by law from seeking another term. Scott spoke of his intentions while attending the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Orlando.
YOENIS CESPEDES, JOSE ABREU ON US WITNESS LIST IN CUBAN SMUGGLING CASE
Documents filed Monday in Miami federal court also list former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and several MLB executives as possible witnesses in the trial of South Florida sport agents Bartolo Hernandez and associate Julio Estrada. Trial is set Jan. 3 for Hernandez and Estrada on charges of conspiracy and bringing immigrants into the U.S. illegally. The players are not accused of wrongdoing.