POLICE SHOOTING OF ARMED MUSICIAN HEADS TO GRAND JURY
Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced during a news conference Wednesday that his office would continue its investigation of former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja in the shooting death of musician Corey Jones. Jones had left a gig before dawn Oct. 18 when his SUV broke down. He was standing nearby when Raja stopped in an unmarked car. Raja was on-duty but not in uniform.
NTSB: EL FARO’S ‘BLACK BOX’ TO BE RETRIEVED ON FUTURE VOYAGE
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday said there are a number of obstructions that will require specialized deep-water salvage recovery equipment to free the ship’s voyage data recorder. The 790-foot freighter sank last October after losing propulsion while traveling between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico. The ship got caught in Hurricane Joaquin, and sank in 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas. All 33 crew died.
MAN WHO KILLED PARENTS WITH HAMMER GETS NEW SENTENCE HEARING
The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that because Tyler Hadley was 17, he could not be automatically sentenced to a pair of life sentences without parole. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 determined such mandatory sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Now 22, Hadley was convicted as an adult in the 2011 killings of Mary Jo and Blake Hadley in their Port St. Lucie home. Trial testimony showed Tyler Hadley threw a party with his parents’ bodies still in a bedroom.
FLORIDA GOP SQUABBLE OVER NEXT INSURANCE CHIEF KEEPS GROWING
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Wednesday took aim at Gov. Rick Scott over his move to push current commissioner Kevin McCarty out of his job by next week. McCarty was scheduled to leave his job on May 2, but he offered to stay until a successor is picked. So far, Scott and Atwater have been at odds over who to hire as a replacement.
FORMER MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CHARGED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Former Miami-Dade County police director and mayor Carlos Alvarez is facing a domestic violence-related charge following a fight with his longtime girlfriend. A Coral Gables police report says Alvarez turned himself in Wednesday, and he was charged with battery. An arrest report says the incident occurred Saturday.