Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 30

COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS START BETWEEN ORLANDO AND HAVANA

JetBlue on Tuesday launched the inaugural flight from Orlando International Airport to Cuba. It is the only direct commercial flight service, at the moment. Round trip flights will take place daily. The airline this week also is starting service to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Cuba’s leader of more than 50 decades, Fidel Castro, died last week.

SPURNED GEORGIA MAN GETS 3.5 YEARS FOR FLORIDA BOMB THREATS TO SCHOOLS, AIRPORT

A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 26-year-old Preston McWaters of Athens, Georgia, was sentenced Tuesday. Court documents show that McWaters created false email and social media accounts in the name of a Jupiter man in a relationship with a woman who had rejected McWaters’ romantic advances. Prosecutors say McWaters used the accounts to send false bomb threats.

MARIO HEADED TO PARKS: NINTENDO AND UNIVERSAL JOIN FORCES

Company officials said Tuesday that Nintendo-themed areas will be added to Universal parks in Orlando, Los Angeles and Osaka, Japan. Few other details were given, including when they would open and the types of experience that would be offered. A Universal spokesman didn’t respond to an email seeking further details.

MAN CHASED BY DEPUTY KILLED DURING PURSUIT IN US ILLEGALLY

Francisco Portillo-Fuentes was in court Monday for a detention hearing. U.S. Magistrate Joel Toomey set another hearing for next Monday. Portillo-Fuentes was arrested last week in Jacksonville about 12 hours after Nassau Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Oliver was killed while chasing him. Portillo-Fuentes was riding in a truck with other men. When U.S. Border Patrol agents approached, he ran and deputies gave chase.

MAYOR’S SON CHARGED IN CITY’S CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

Mayor Myra Taylor’s son, 41-year-old Demetrius Corleon Taylor, surrendered to the FBI Tuesday morning. He pleaded not guilty to a corruption charge at a Tuesday afternoon hearing. Taylor does not hold an official position with the city, but records show he conspired with former city manager David Chiverton and others to shake down local business owners for thousands of dollars to take care of their licenses, code violations and fines.

 

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