POLICE: MAN WANTED ‘SUICIDE BY COP’ AFTER KILLING FAMILY
Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez says Fadel Jabado wanted “suicide by cop” when he fired his weapon at officers while sitting in his car in a field Wednesday afternoon. Police shot Jabado, who remains in critical condition. The bodies of his wife and 26-year-old son were found in their home. Police say Jabado shot 58-year-old attorney Larry Harshman five times at his law office.
FLORIDA VOTERS SOUNDING OFF ABOUT ELECTION PROBLEMS
Members of the Election Protection Coalition said Thursday they’ve received more than 1,700 calls to their election hotline since Florida kicked off early voting late last month. Nearly 5 million voters have already voted. Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, says the majority of Florida calls have been from voters asking about mail ballots.
FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN FALL FROM BUILDING DURING TRAINING
Largo Fire Rescue officials tell local news outlets that he was rappelling from a second-story window Wednesday when his equipment failed. He fell about 14 feet and landed on his back. Officials say he suffered a spinal fracture and will need three to six months to recover.
FLORIDA MAIL CARRIER ACCUSED OF DUMPING MAIL ALONG HIS ROUTE
U.S Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer and Chris Cave of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General announced the charges against 58-year-old John Henry Caddle Jr. Wednesday. He faces up to five years in prison. Court records show a witness recovered the bag and alerted authorities. On Aug. 19, postal agents found five garbage bags of mail outside Caddle’s Hollywood home.
COURT: STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS WRONG IN TESTING CASE
The 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday ruled in favor of Paula Drew, whose 15-year-old daughter, Maddy is in the 10th grade. Paula Drew in early 2016 asked for an exemption from Florida’s standardized tests because her daughter has a serious medical condition. The request was denied, but the department refused to grant an expedited hearing to reconsider the case.