10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. KIM’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP’S SPEECH AT U.N. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump “deranged” and says in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will “pay dearly” for his threats. 2. TRUMP ADDS ECONOMIC ACTION TO NORTH KOREA MILITARY THREATS President Donald Trump added economic action […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. PUERTO RICO’S RECOVERY FROM HURRICANE MARIA WILL TAKE MONTHS, OFFICIALS SAY The Category 4 storm knocked out power across the entire U.S. territory and caused widespread damage at a time when it is in dire financial straits. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DELAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR MAN SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED IN OCTOBER Lawyers for Michael Ray Lambrix on Wednesday asked for additional time to file motions and court briefings because the attorneys live in the expected path of Hurricane Irma. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office objected, saying Irma’s impact was “days away.” Justices […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

ROAD TOLLS SUSPENDED AS HURRICANE IRMA APPROACHES Gov. Rick Scott says tolls will be suspended to keep traffic flowing as residents begin to evacuate coastal areas in the potential path of the dangerous Category 5 storm. The governor adds that tolls will remain suspended “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.” Several important […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH USING CONFEDERATE FLAG AS WEAPON Police say 21-year-old Christopher Monzon threatened a crowd of about 100 people who gathered outside Hollywood City Hall Wednesday to support removing the names of Confederate generals from city streets. Monzon yelled at the demonstrators and then charged at them before officers quickly tackled him. Hollywood’s […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

POLICE CHIEF FIRED OVER FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced Tom Lewis’ termination on the city’s website Wednesday after an internal investigation. Authorities say former Officer Lee Coel mistakenly shot and killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a role-playing scenario last August. Lewis, as Coel’s boss, had been charged with misdemeanor […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

MAN WITH MISSING WIFE CHARGED WITH TAKING $100,000 IN COINS The federal theft complaint against Lewis Bennett was made public Monday. Bennett abandoned his sinking 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas in May. He told the Coast Guard he didn’t know where his wife, Isabella Hellman, was. Rescue crews found Bennett in a life raft. Among […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

CARICATURE ARTIST GUILTY OF STABBING CO-WORKER AT THEME PARK Local news outlets report that 35-year-old Fredrick Torres was found guilty Thursday of attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced Oct. 12. Glenn Ferguson testified Wednesday that Torres attacked him repeatedly with a pair of scissors and his fists at Universal Islands of Adventure on New […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 24

FORMER DETECTIVE PLEADS GUILTY IN TAX-REFUND SCHEME A U.S. attorney’s office news release says 51-year-old LaJoyce Houston pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving stolen government property. A sentencing date hasn’t been set. Authorities say Houston received goods, services, money orders and cash from debit cards loaded with fraudulently obtained tax refunds in 2011 and 2012. FLORIDA […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

LAWYERS TO SEE VENUS WILLIAMS’ CELLPHONE DATA AFTER CRASH An agreement for the records was reached prior to a court hearing in a lawsuit filed against Williams. Jerome Barson’s family sought the records to find out if Williams was on the phone and distracted just prior to the crash. Williams’ lawyers said they will turn […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

FLORIDA DEPUTIES SHOOT, INJURE WOMAN WHO POINTED GUN AT THEM Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Brooksville. They say the woman was reported to be suicidal and was armed with a shotgun and had access to other weapons inside the home. The woman walked out of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

DEFENSE TEAM FOR PULSE SHOOTER’S WIDOW RECEIVES WARNING U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Byron decided Thursday not to sanction lawyers defending Noor Salman after they explained why they missed an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert witnesses. Attorney Mark Horwitz told the judge they needed more information about the government’s mental health expert before […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2016 JEWISH CENTER BOMB PLOT A U.S. Department of Justice statement said 41-year-old James Gonzalo Medina of Hollywood pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to a federal hate crime and a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Authorities said Medina admitted to planning to attack […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany. On this date: In 1863, Federal batteries and […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

2 ex-guards in KKK convicted of plot to kill black inmate Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Tuesday that a Columbia County jury found 49-year-old David Elliot Moran and 45-year-old Charles Thomas Newcomb guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Prosecutors say the murder plot started after a third guard and Klan member, 27-year-old Thomas […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SAYS YES TO FIRST EXECUTION IN MONTHS The court on Monday ruled 6-1 that the state can go ahead with the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Mark Asay. Asay, 53, was originally scheduled to be executed in March 2016, for the 1987 murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell in Jacksonville. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

EX-OFFICER WHO PUNCHED VALET PARKER CHARGED WITH BATTERY Court records posted Thursday show 37-year-old John Kiernan is being charged for the punch he threw to the jaw of Rodolfo Rodriguez outside a Fort Lauderdale hotel on July 25. Security video shows Rodriguez with his hands in his pockets, but Kiernan told police he felt threatened. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 3

MIAMI MAYOR: UPGRADES NEEDED TO FIGHT FLOODS, RISING SEAS Remnants of Tropical Storm Emily drenched Miami and Miami Beach with 6 inches of rain Tuesday, flooding some streets until water rose above vehicle doors. In downtown Miami, a courthouse and a parking garage remained closed Wednesday due to flood damage. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

JUDGE: PULSE GUNMAN’S WIFE WILL GET MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION The federal judge in Noor Salman’s case said Tuesday that she can be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist picked by prosecutors since her defense attorneys plan to introduce evidence related to her mental health. Salman has pleaded not guilty to obstructing the investigation and aiding […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 1

FLORIDA CHILD, 4, FATALLY SHOOTS SELF WITH GUN FOUND IN HOME The shooting happened Sunday evening in Tampa. In a news release, police said Ashton Gooding found the weapon and discharged it. He was severely injured when police arrived and died shortly after arriving at Tampa General Hospital. The state attorney’s office is reviewing the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 28

WIFE SUPPORTS TRUMP; SAYS FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN HUSBAND HAS TO GO Lynn Aronberg said in a press release Thursday that she is “amicably” divorcing Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Lynn Aronberg says she is a “staunch Republican and supporter of President Trump,” while her husband is not. She says that fact led her […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

PROSECUTORS WEIGH CHARGES FOR TEENS WHO MOCKED DROWNING MAN Florida prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against five teenagers who laughed and recorded video as a disabled man drowned. Cocoa police have recommended filing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a death since it’s not a crime to fail to rescue someone. GOV. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 26

GORDON RAMSAY COOKS UP UNIQUE FLORIDA DISH: BURMESE PYTHON Ramsay joined Kyle Penniston of Miami on July 15 to hunt invasive pythons in the Everglades for an upcoming episode of his competitive-cooking television variety show “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay.” Penniston hunts pythons for the South Florida Water Management District , the state agency […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 25

NEW HARRY POTTER ROLLER COASTER COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO The theme park resort announced Monday that it would be building a new roller coaster that will showcase favorite characters from J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series. The coaster will be built in the location of The Dragon Challenge ride, which is closing permanently in early September. The […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

VIDEO: FLORIDA MAN SHOOTS 2 AT&T TRUCKS IN DRIVEWAY Cellphone video shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove calmly walking around the first truck and shooting at all four tires on Wednesday. Jove then walked to the second truck and opened fire. He reloaded the gun several times. The Miami Herald reports AT&T technician Derrick Taylor could be […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 20

SHERIFF DEFENDS $314,000 ESTIMATE FOR RECORDS RELATED TO PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CRUISER Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Wednesday that the request filed by the family’s attorney asked for the records of all officers who had worked for the office over the past 10 years. Williams says the time it would take to redact confidential […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

DEATH SENTENCE FOR FLORIDA GIRL’S KILLER IS VACATED A former auto mechanic found guilty of strangling an 11-year-old Florida girl, whose abduction was captured by a security camera and whose case garnered worldwide attention, will receive a new sentencing trial. Circuit Judge Charles Roberts on Tuesday granted a part of Joseph Smith’s motion to vacate […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 18

NO CHARGE FOR MAN WHO DROVE BODY TO LAWYER’S OFFICE The grand jury decided Monday it would not charge 54-year-old John Marshall in the March 2015 death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell Jr. Marshall said he acted in self-defense, and jurors found there was insufficient evidence to rebut that. FEC SUES EX-REP. DAVID RIVERA OVER 2012 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 11

DIVER ON GATOR ATTACK: ‘I STARTED PUNCHING…HE LET GO’ A Florida man who was attacked by an alligator while diving for golf balls in a lake says the reptile grabbed his arm and wouldn’t let go so he started punching it in the eyes. Scott Lahodik told Fox 13 that he was diving on Friday […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES FLORIDA BAN ON SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA Lawyer John Morgan filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients. Morgan led the ballot effort that put medical use of marijuana in the state constitution with 71 percent voter approval. He said the language in the constitution […]

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