MAN GETS 40 YEARS IN MURDER-SUICIDE PLOT THAT LEFT 3 DEAD
Patrick Carlopoli was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to six counts, including second-degree murder. Authorities say Carlopoli and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, on Jan. 24 first killed the family’s dog at their Fort Myers apartment. Modlin then stabbed 16-year-old Montana Modlin, her daughter from a previous relationship. She then shot 3-year-old Jeanne Carlopoli, her daughter with Carlopoli. Police say Carlopoli then shot Modlin, but instead of turning the gun on himself, he went outside and called 911.
JURY SELECTION BEGINS FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF HIRING HIT MAN
About 70 of the initial group of 100 potential jurors told Judge Glenn Kelley on Thursday they either knew something about the case against Dalia Dippolito or had a hardship. Another 100 potential jurors will be screened Friday and final selections made Monday. Dippolito was arrested in 2009, her case featured on the TV show “Cops.” A 2011 conviction was thrown out on appeal.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER ACCUSED OF MOLESTING 3 FLORIDA GIRLS
Brad Bellingar was arrested Wednesday on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation. An arrest report says the girls were ages 10, 12 and 13. The investigation began Monday when the victims reported the abuse to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Spokesman Dave Bristow says investigators only know of three victims but the potential for more victims can’t be ruled out.
FLORIDA GOV. WANTS 5 PERCENT RAISE FOR STATE LAW-ENFORCEMENT
Gov. Rick Scott announced the proposal Thursday during a visit to a Florida Highway Patrol station in Orlando. The governor said in a statement that the state’s nearly 4,000 sworn law-enforcement officers deserve the pay raise for their work in the past year, which included responding to two hurricanes and responding to the Pulse Nightclub shootings this summer.
HALF MILLION FLORIDIANS LAST MONTH SIGNED UP FOR OBAMACARE
Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday that almost 515,000 Floridians have either renewed their coverage or selected a new plan. Federal health officials say Floridians make up about a quarter of the 2.1 million Americans who have chosen plans since the start of open enrollment.