GEORGIA TAKING PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FLORIDA KEYS SCREWWORMS
A Florida Department of Agriculture news release said Wednesday that new restrictions are being placed on livestock and pets being moved from Florida to Georgia. The release says animals should be carefully examined for signs of screwworm and treated appropriately. Animals coming from the quarantined area in the Florida Keys are not permitted to enter Georgia except by special permit issued by the state veterinarian.
FORMER COLLEGE OWNER FACES CHARGES OVER SCHOOL’S CLOSURE
A Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office news release says 47-year-old Ernesto Perez was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of improper school closure. Perez announced the closure of all six campuses of the for-profit college last October after mounting debt and scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education. Prosecutors say Perez failed to give enough notice in closing the school and left students without a plan to complete their training.
DOC: INMATE ESCAPES WORK FACILITY, LATER ARRESTED
The inmate, along with four others, was working at a Bartow park Wednesday when one overpowered the guard. Bartow police Sgt. Eric Sherrouse says the guard wasn’t armed and only had pepper spray on him. Police say the inmate stole a city of Bartow van, forced the corrections officer inside and took off to St. Petersburg. Officers there spotted the van, and a short pursuit ensued before the inmate was taken into custody. The kidnapped officer was not injured.
EX-MAINTENANCE CHIEF AT MIAMI AIRPORT GUILTY IN LIGHT FRAUD
Federal court documents show 46-year-old Ivan Valdes pleaded guilty Wednesday and faces a maximum of seven years in prison. Valdes was maintenance division director for the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department and is also facing state bribery, bid tampering and other charges. The total fraud was estimated at about $5.2 million.
ROBBERY SUSPECT ACCUSED OF KICKING, PUNCHING, CHOKING K-9
The incident happened Sunday night near Pensacola. Investigators say 44-year-old Napoleon Bonapart Grandison now faces multiple charges, including battery on a law enforcement officer following the attack. An arrest report says Grandison was wearing a wig and bandanna mask when he indicated to a convenience store clerk that he had a gun. Investigators say he took money from the cash register and left.