ROAD TOLLS SUSPENDED AS HURRICANE IRMA APPROACHES
Gov. Rick Scott says tolls will be suspended to keep traffic flowing as residents begin to evacuate coastal areas in the potential path of the dangerous Category 5 storm. The governor adds that tolls will remain suspended “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.” Several important Florida highways are toll roads including the Florida Turnpike, which runs from 60 miles north of Orlando all the way to Miami-Dade County.
POLICE: FLORIDA OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS BURGLARY SUSPECT
The shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon near the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in Kendale Lakes. Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says the officer was on assignment trying to deter burglaries when he began to chase a white, teen male through an apartment complex. The officer initially fired his Taser at the suspect, but Zabaleta says the suspect continued to lunge with a knife. Zabaleta says the officer then discharged his firearm, and the suspect died at the scene.
HURRICANE IRMA MOST POWERFUL STORM EVER RECORDED IN ATLANTIC OCEAN
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 5 storm has winds of up to 185 mph as it approaches the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean. Four other storms have had winds that strong in the overall Atlantic region, but they have been in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico where the usually warmer waters fuel tropical cyclones.
DAD OVERDOES DURING ‘ONE LAST DRUG BINGE’ AT FLORIDA HOTEL
Joseph Beavins overdosed sometime Sunday night and now 23-year-old Taylor Cheyenne Perry is facing a child neglect charge. Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias says Perry was already high on methamphetamine when they arrived with the child at the Sleep Inn on Sunday. They brought a stash of drugs including meth, fentanyl and cocaine. When Perry and the child went to sleep, Beavins continued using drugs.
1 DEAD, 13 INJURED IN FLORIDA CRASH INVOLVING 22 VEHICLES
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that a tractor-trailer failed to stop and hit vehicles stopped due to a previous crash late Monday just south of the Florida-Georgia line. Troopers said the crash involved three commercial vehicles. All of the southbound lanes of the interstate were blocked. According to the report, none of the people taken to the hospital appeared to have life-threatening injuries.