PULSE PATRON WHISPERS IN 911 CALL, “HE’S GOING TO KILL US”
The 911 call was among more than 20 released Wednesday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office assisted the Orlando Police Department in responding to the June 12 massacre that killed 49 people. The Orlando Police has released only a fraction of the more than 600 emergency calls it received during the club shooting.
FLORIDA AGREES TO RELEASE WITNESS IN FEDERAL MOB TRIALS
Scott and three members of the Florida Cabinet voted Wednesday to cut short a 24-year sentence for Kevin William Bonner at urging of federal prosecutors. Bonner has been behind bars for 18 years for a string of armed robberies but he helped authorities in a string of cases including ones pursued against John “Junior” Gotti, the son of one of the most notorious mobsters in the U.S.
2 MORE EL FARO FAMILIES SETTLE WITH SUNKEN SHIP’S OWNER
The families settled with Tote Services Inc. and Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, the owner and operator of El Faro, respectively, for $500,000 each plus an undisclosed sum for economic losses. The 790-foot-long (240-meter-long) ship sank Oct. 1 after losing propulsion and getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 aboard died, and all of their families filed claims. The number of settled cases now stands at 23.
THEME PARK ASSOCIATION PLANS MOVE TO ORLANDO
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions on Wednesday announced it intends to move its headquarters to Orlando from Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. The move would take place in 2017. Association officials say the move will allow professionals in the theme park industry to connect with the association’s professional staff.
CYCLISTS FIND 8-FOOT BURMESE PYTHON ALONG ROAD NEAR MIAMI
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials say the cyclists first thought they saw a large tree branch Tuesday night. But when the snake scurried into a grassy area near the road, they became concerned it could threaten people or their pets. Rescue crews were able to capture the snake, which was to be turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.