GIRL FOUND DEAD IN FREEZER AT GRANDMOTHER’S HOME HAD BEEN MISSING AT LEAST A YEAR, POLICE SAY
Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski says a body was found inside a freezer in the garage of a grandmother of the missing girl, Janiya Thomas. The girl’s aunt and grandmother made the discovery. They told investigators Janiya’s mother and an unidentified man dropped off the freezer Wednesday.
FLORIDA LEGISLATORS ALREADY AT ODDS OVER NEW SENATE MAPS AND LOOMING 2016 ELECTIONS
The Florida Legislature on Monday opened a 19-day special session to redraw 40 state senate districts. This past summer, the Senate acknowledged in court filings that it violated the state constitution by creating previous maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents.
FLORIDA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TRY TO DETERMINE IF GATOR CONTRIBUTED TO SWIMMER’S DEATH
Authorities on Monday shot the alligator after 62 -year-old James Okkerse was found dead floating in Blue Springs State Park. Friends said he swam in the park every day.
RETIRED MARINE DIES IN SKYDIVING ACCIDENT; OFFICIALS SEARCH FOR MAIN PARACHUTE
Sebastian police say 71-year-old Wilfrid Hector became separated from his main parachute during his descent Saturday morning, and his reserve chute failed to deploy. Officials were continuing to search for that main parachute Monday, saying it could be a clue to finding out what went wrong.
2ND LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY MEMBER OF CREW ABOARD CARGO SHIP THAT SUNK DURING HURRICANE
Court records show the wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Tina Riehm, widow of third mate Jeremie Riehm, one of 33 people aboard the ship.