Florida’s hurricane insurance fund strong for storm season
Florida’s state-created fund intended to help pay out claims after a hurricane has reached a historic milestone. For the first time ever, the fund is entering a storm season with enough cash and assets on hand to pay off everything it could owe. New estimates show the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund should have $17 billion available for the Atlantic hurricane season that starts June 1. The financial health of the account known as the “Cat Fund” is important to Floridians regardless of where they live because the state can impose a surcharge on most insurance policies to replenish it if it runs out of money.
Police report officer-involved shooting outside Florida mall
A police officer shot and wounded a suspected car thief who authorities say refused to stop at a South Florida shopping mall parking garage. Aventura police Sgt. Chris Goranitis says a man was shot early Wednesday afternoon outside the Aventura Mall. His wounds weren’t considered life-threatening. Goranitis says the public was not in any danger, and no suspects were at large. Goranitis says the unidentified man, allegedly driving a stolen car, was shot in the arm after refusing an officer’s orders to stop. The would-be thief allegedly tried to run over the officer and crashed into parked cars before he was shot.
Police search for missing mom, daughter
Police have arrested a 46-year-old central Florida man on drug charges while they continue to search for his missing 7-month-old child and her 21-year-old mother. David Hogarth was arrested early Wednesday on multiple charges and remains in the Seminole County Jail. Altamonte Springs police say Penelope Hogarth and her mother, Elizabeth Jessica McCreery, are missing. The Orlando Sentinel reports police went to the couple’s home Tuesday after child welfare workers got an anonymous tip that the child wasn’t being cared for. Hogarth was taken into custody after becoming belligerent with police. Authorities say he refused to say where the woman and child were.
Robbery suspect shot by deputies in Gainesville
A 46-year-old man is being treated at a Gainesville hospital after a shootout with Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies. The shooting happened Tuesday shortly after two deputies spotted Yowab Ben-Israel on a bicycle. He matched the description of a man who had just robbed a Gainesville post office. Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey says the deputies followed the man to a shopping center. The Gainesville Sun reports witnesses told investigators they saw Ben-Israel pull a gun and point it at a deputy.
Lake City toddler dies after being left in hot car
Investigators say a 16-month-old north Florida girl died after her father forgot to drop her off at day care and left her in the car. Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call Tuesday afternoon and found the child was unresponsive. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified the child’s mother as Wendy Kwon, an assistant state attorney, and her father as Young Kwon, an assistant public defender. Both are employees of Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit, which covers a number of counties in the northern part of the state.