5 things to know in Florida

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 24

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT GIVES TERRORISM VICTIMS RIGHT TO SUE The House unanimously approved the measure (HB 65) on Thursday. It would allow victims of terrorist attacks, such as the Orlando Nightclub massacre, to recover damages of at least $1,000 and attorney’s fees. Current law only allows victims of specific criminal activity to do so, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 23

COMPETENCY TRAINING FOR MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FLAMINGO AT BUSCH GARDENS Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tom Barber ordered in-home competency training at a hearing Wednesday for 45-year-old Joseph Corrao. Two doctors recently testified Corrao isn’t competent to stand trial on the aggravated animal cruelty charge. Police reports show that on an Aug. 2 visit to the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 22

FLORIDA LAWMAKER: HIRE SNAKE HUNTERS TO ERADICATE PYTHONS Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, who doubles as a python hunter, said during a committee meeting Tuesday that the effort is needed because “furry creatures” and American alligator nests are being destroyed by the voracious snakes. Members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources agreed […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 21

DEPUTY FATALLY SHOOTS ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN FLORIDA Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey told reporters the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Sunday when deputies spotted the suspect a short distance from the site of the attempted robbery in Cape Canaveral. Ivey says the man “turned on our deputies with a firearm” and was fatally shot. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 17

AFTER 2 YEARS, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DEFINES SEXUAL INTERCOURSE “Sexual intercourse” isn’t just between a man and a woman. The question arose during a case in which a man was charged with a third-degree felony for failing to reveal to his male partner that he was HIV-positive. His lawyer argued “sexual intercourse” didn’t apply to […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 16

NOOSE FOUND AT MIDDLE SCHOOL IN CENTRAL FLORIDA News outlets report several students and staff members at Gotha Middle School saw the noose Wednesday morning before it was taken down. Orange County Public Schools officials say police are investigating, and whoever is found responsible will be prosecuted. School officials say counselors were available to talk […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 15

FLORIDA DAD GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING INFANT SON Gene Anthony Quinones-Rivera pleaded no contest to the 2015 death on Monday. A judge in Panama City gave him the maximum sentence for second-degree murder. The investigation began in December when Quinones-Rivera went to police and confessed that he’d caused the death of his son. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 14

FEDS GIVE $8 MILLION FOR PULSE NIGHTCLUB MASSACRE COSTS The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that it was giving the money to the State of Florida to pay for grief counseling and reimburse the costs of running an assistance center after the massacre. Gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 10

FLORIDA SHERIFF SEEKS OUT SUSPECTS WITH ‘WHEEL OF FUGITIVE’ For the past 18 months, in brief videos posted to his agency’s Facebook page, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has selected one fugitive per week with the spin of a large green wheel. Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., viewers can see which fugitive out of the […]

Five things to know in Florida for March 8

Five things to know in Florida for March 8

POLICE: MAN RAPED, BEAT WOMAN FOR 2 WEEKS FOR LOSING PURSE Evan Xavier Little was arrested Sunday after the woman reported him to Miami Beach police. The woman told police that Little became upset in January because she left the purse in an Uber vehicle. She says he hit her with a suitcase and a […]

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