Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

UDGE UPHOLDS $23 MILLION AWARD FOR UNARMED MAN DEPUTY SHOT

Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer ruled Wednesday that the amount awarded to 23-year-old Dontrell Stephens last February was not excessive. He said Stephens’ disabilities and pain justifies the award levied by the jury against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Adams Lin.

FRENCH TOURIST DIES WHILE SNORKELING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

Monroe County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin says Catherin Gray Molay of Paris was with her tour group at Grecian Rocks off the Key Largo coast on Tuesday afternoon when she surfaced without a mask.

JURY IN KEY WEST ACQUITS MIAMI-DADE COMMISSIONER OF DUI

South Florida media outlets report jurors deliberated only about 20 minutes Wednesday before finding Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz not guilty following a two-day trial. Diaz was charged in September after police pulled over the motorcycle he was riding for going 74 mph in a 30-mph zone. Diaz was in the Keys for the annual Poker Run motorcycle charity events.

CHARGES UPGRADED FOR MAN WATCHING GIRL WHO WAS FATALLY SHOT

Sanford police announced in a news release Wednesday that 35-year-old Erik Dominick Williams has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Williams was charged with child neglect and unsafe storage of a firearm March 2, a day after A’letha Amanii Marie Burke’s shooting.

FLORIDA GOV: PREPARE FOR ZIKA VIRUS LIKE IT’S A HURRICANE

Forecasts for a hurricane threatening U.S. coasts trigger certain federal response operations. In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott says lawmakers and administrators in Washington owe citizens “a vigorous and thorough preparation effort at the federal level” to protect citizens before Zika spreads here.

 

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