OFFICIALS: MAN WHO RAN FROM DEPUTY KILLED IN CHASE ARRESTED
A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 26-year-old Francisco Obidio Portillo-Fuentes was in federal court Wednesday in Jacksonville, facing a charge of illegally re-entering the U.S. He faces up to two years in prison. A criminal complaint says the El Salvador man was in a truck near a Yulee gas station Tuesday morning when Border Patrol agents approached. Authorities say Portillo-Fuentes ran, and two Nassau County deputies chased him.
EARLY BLACK FEMALE OLYMPIAN DIES IN FLORIDA
Theresa Manuel, the first black woman from Florida to compete in the Olympics, has died in Tampa. She was 90. The Tampa Bay area native attended the 1948 Olympics in London, where she competed in the 80-meter hurdles, threw the javelin and ran the third leg in the 440-yard relay.
MAN RIDING HORSE FROM SC TO KEYS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY
Chris Emerson was stopped Wednesday morning by Miami-Dade police. Officials determined that Emerson’s horse, Trigger, was dangerously malnourished. Laurie Waggoner runs the rescue stable where Trigger was taken. She told the Herald that a horse his size needs about 25 pounds of hay and quality grains a day. Officials say Emerson has two plastic bags stuffed with lawn trimmings for the horse to eat.
FLORIDA JUDGE HALTS PROPOSED INSURANCE RATE HIKE
Circuit Judge Karen Gievers on Wednesday ruled that the state’s Sunshine Law was violated in the way that an insurance industry organization and state regulators came up with the proposed rate hike. Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier approved the rate hike in September. It was supposed to take effect on Dec. 1.
FLORIDA DEATH ROW INMATE WHO KILLED GUARD TO BE RESENTENCED
The court issued its ruling Wednesday, saying the jury that voted to condemn Richard Franklin wasn’t unanimous. Franklin was serving two life sentences for murder and robbery in March 2012 when he fatally stabbed 24-year-old Sgt. Ruben Thomas. He was convicted the following year and a jury voted 9-3 in favor of executing Franklin. But last month the state Supreme Court ruled that death sentences have to be unanimous.