5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 3

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MAN GETS 22 YEARS FOR FATAL SHOOTING

A 67-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for shooting a man so he could steal his prescription drugs. A judge sentenced James Carlton on Thursday in Ocala after hearing from the family of 41-year-old Michael Nichols, who was fatally shot on Dec. 3, 2010. Prosecutors believe Carlton wanted Nichols’ pills so that he could give them to a woman he was interested in.

4 CHARGED IN FLORIDA FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE FRAUD

Four people connected to a now-closed Florida for-profit college are facing conspiracy and theft of government funds charges for allegedly obtaining $6.5 million in fraudulent student aid. A 15-count federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Miami names the former owner of the Fast Train college, Alejandro Amor, and three admissions officers. Fast Train had locations in six Florida cities before it shut down in 2012 following FBI searches at its offices.

LAKELAND SWANS GET VETERINARY CHECKUP

More than 80 swans that call Lakeland home are getting a medical checkup thanks to city workers. Nearly two dozen employees hit the city’s lake before the sun came up on Wednesday and caught 81 swans. A veterinarian will give them their yearly medical checkup, as has been done for the past 33 years.

AUTISTIC PLAYER SCORES TD FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

An autistic teenager got his wish on a central Florida football field. On Thursday night, 19-year-old CJ Williams suited up for Winter Park’s Lake Howell High School football team and scored a touchdown on a specially designed play at the end of the first half. The team edged Clermont East Ridge High School 10-7. Williams also took the final snap of the game, taking a knee and sealing the team’s first victory of the year.

FLASHING SIGNS INSTALLED TO WARN WRONG-WAY DRIVERS

The Department of Transportation is installing flashing signs on exit ramps along Interstate 275 in Tampa to help reverse a dangerous trend of wrong-way drivers. On Thursday, crews installed the permanent signs on the ramp from the northbound lanes of I-275. Officials tell the Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1sQUeBX ) they still need federal approval to use the signs. Since February, 11 people have died in five crashes caused by wrong-way drivers along Tampa area highways.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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