Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Canada diplomat: Son charged in shootout no troublemaker
A senior Canadian diplomat has testified that her teenage son charged in a fatal drug-related South Florida shootout was never in trouble and was strongly influenced by his older brother, who was slain. Roxanne Dube, Canada’s consul general in Miami, also testified Friday that 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu had dyslexia and other learning disabilities but never had disciplinary trouble in school. Dube testified at a hearing on whether her son should be released on bail before trial. A judge intends to rule next week.
Zimmerman shooter must wear monitor
A judge says a central Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman must wear a monitoring device while he is out on bail. Judge Debra Nelson on Friday ordered Matthew Apperson to wear the GPS device so Zimmerman will know any time he is close by. Apperson’s attorney argued during a brief hearing in a Sanford courtroom that the monitoring was unnecessary. Apperson was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault and battery for firing a gun into Zimmerman’s car during a traffic run-in. Zimmerman had minor injuries.
Teen charged as an adult in school bus shooting
A 16-year-old boy is being charged as an adult with two counts of second-degree attempted murder for shooting into a Jacksonville school bus and injuring two girls. Edgar Robles also faces several lesser charges and could face a possible life sentence if convicted. Police say Robles fired his gun into the school bus May 14 after someone on the bus spit on him. Robles and some friends were apparently at the bus stop to fight another group of boys.
2 killed in south Florida crash that closed I-75
A recent graduate of American Heritage High School and a 29-year-old man were killed in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 75 late Thursday near Pembroke Pines. The Florida Highway Patrol said a flatbed tractor-trailer hauling temporary concrete barriers on a portion of the road that is under construction was leaving the highway’s median when it was struck by Mitsubishi driven by Jonathan Raymond Astaphan of Miramar around 11:30 p.m. The Mitsubishi struck the truck and continued under the trailer, which tore off the roof. The vehicle came to rest some 800 feet down the road. The BMW driven by Liza Angulo, 17, of Miramar struck the flatbed truck, causing some of the concrete to fall on top of the car. A second tractor-trailer then ran into the crashed vehicles.
Jacksonville officer among 13 netted in federal bust
Thirteen people including a Jacksonville police patrol officer were included in a wide-ranging federal bust on charges of tax fraud, drug trafficking and money laundering. U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley on Thursday unsealed the indictments, which included 46-year-old Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Michael Rounsville. Rounsville is charged with improperly using the National Crime Information Center Database to do a background check on what turned out to be an undercover agent taking part in an ecstasy deal. The sheriff’s department says Rounsville was arrested and no longer has police powers. He is on voluntary leave.