FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DELAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR MAN SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED IN OCTOBER
Lawyers for Michael Ray Lambrix on Wednesday asked for additional time to file motions and court briefings because the attorneys live in the expected path of Hurricane Irma. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office objected, saying Irma’s impact was “days away.” Justices later in the day pushed back the deadlines until the week of Sept. 18. Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled Lambrix’s execution for Oct. 5.
2 GUILTY OF LAUNDERING BILLIONS IN SOUTH AMERICAN GOLD
Samer Barrage and Granda admitted in federal court Tuesday that they imported illegally mined gold from Peru and other South American countries into the United States. They each face up to 10 years in prison. Court documents show the men smuggled tainted gold between January 2013 and March 2017 for NTR Metals in Miami. The company is owned by a Dallas-based parent company, Elemetal. Neither NTR nor Elemetal has been charged in the case.
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION PREPARES TO SHUT DOWN TWO FLORIDA PLANTS
As Hurricane Irma approaches, inspectors are on-site at the Turkey Point plant south of Miami, and the St. Lucie plant along the state’s eastern coast. NRC spokesman Roger Hannah says both nuclear plants are preparing for the storm, checking to ensure any outside equipment is tied down or moved and emergency generators are working and secure.
TEXAS-BASED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY BRINGS 75 NEW JOBS TO FLORIDA
Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. is bringing the positions to its fourth Tampa office. The jobs will focus on serving health care organizations, are required to be filled by 2020 and pay beyond $53,130 per year. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Cognizant received a state incentives package of $225,000.
2 KILLED IN WRONG-WAY CRASH
The crash occurred early Tuesday morning, shortly after midnight, on the Beeline Highway in Palm Beach Gardens. Police say Richard Bryan was in the oncoming lanes of the roadway when he smashed into 25-year-old Nancy Pope. Both were killed in the crash. A third person was taken to a nearby hospital and later released.