FLORIDA IDS NEW MIAMI NEIGHBORHOOD AS ZIKA ZONE
Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Thursday that five people have been infected with Zika in a 1-square-mile area of the city just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood. According to the statement, four of the cases were previously announced by Florida’s Department of Health as being under investigation. The fifth case was confirmed Thursday
AUTHORITIES SEARCH LEGOLAND FLORIDA AFTER BOMB SCARE
Winter Haven police said in a news release that the threat was reported at 11:54 a.m. Thursday and all guests were safely evacuated by 12:43 p.m. Police say there have been no injuries. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and officials from the state fire marshal’s office are helping police search the park.
EX-TENNESSEE PLAYER GETS 2 MONTHS FOR ENTICING TEEN FOR SEX
The State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County, Florida, says 23-year-old Mackenzie “Mack” Crowder was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a communications device. Investigators say Crowder engaged in an online conversation with someone he thought was a teenage girl in January. Crowder was arrested in February after authorities say he arranged to meet her near St. Petersburg, Florida.
TRUCK ‘EXPLODES’ THROUGH HOME, KILLING FLORIDA WOMAN
News media outlets quote Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd as saying that the truck “exploded” into the home at about 40 mph Thursday morning, eventually coming to a stop in the kitchen. He says 24-year-old driver Ryan Tallent of Plant City faces a DUI manslaughter charge and is being booked into the Polk County Jail. It isn’t clear whether he has a lawyer.
HURRICANES LEAVE FLORIDA COASTS VULNERABLE TO ‘KING TIDES’
The National Weather Service says flooding is expected along the St. Johns River and South Florida’s coastline through Friday. King tides bring the year’s highest tides each fall. Scientists say they’re inching higher because of rising sea levels. Offshore winds from Hurricane Nicole are causing waters to flood some low-lying areas more than expected.