Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 22

MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING OFFICER IN FLORIDA PARKED BY ROAD

Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra says Officer Jarred Ciccone was filling out paperwork during a routine traffic stop when 49-year-old Jon Webster Hay drove by and shot at the officer, hitting him in the shoulder. The city manager says a pursuit ensued and Hay was wounded during a standoff and shootout with police. Hay was arrested about 90 minutes after the initial shooting. Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive.

FLORIDA SENATE REOPENS CHAMBER AFTER $6 MILLION UPGRADE

Outgoing Senate President Andy Gardiner showed off the renovated chamber on Monday. Workers spent the last eight months tearing out carpet, replacing desks and installing a new stained glass dome and new wood columns. The state motto of “In God We Trust” is now displayed prominently above the president’s rostrum. The Florida House renovated its chamber in 2000.

MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING FATHER, DISMEMBERING BODY

Matthew Marshall was sentenced Monday. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence. James Marshall went missing in February, and his torso was discovered in woods near his Cape Coral home several days later. Several weeks later, a suitcase containing his limbs was discovered in a nearby canal. Matthew Marshall was arrested in May.

EX-OFFICIAL GETS 3+ YEARS IN PRISON IN FLORIDA BRIBERY CASE

Court records show a federal judge imposed the sentence Monday on 51-year-old David Chiverton. He pleaded guilty in September to a federal conspiracy charge involving acceptance of thousands of dollars in bribes from people seeking such things as code enforcement and city licenses. The FBI has been investigating corruption in Opa-locka for months.

3 INJURED WHEN BOAT FIRE SPARKS EXPLOSION AT FLORIDA MARINA

Firefighters found the victims in the St. Johns River and a boat engulfed in flames on Saturday evening at the Green Cove Springs Marina. Police tell the newspaper the fire spread quickly, causing severe damage to three other boats. Officer Kimberly Robinson says two people suffered burns on their arms and were taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville for treatment. A third person was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

 

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