Five Things to Know in Florida for May 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 17

FLORIDA OFFICER CHARGED WITH SMUGGLING GUNS TO DR Prosecutors filed a charging document in federal court Tuesday accusing Miami-Dade police Officer Michael Freshko with conspiracy to illegally export firearms. According to the document, Freshko used his position to bring weapons into Miami International Airport without going through screening. The guns were handed over to an […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 16

OFFICIALS IN FLORIDA DEBATE FATE OF CONFEDERATE STATUE Some protesters waved Confederate flags outside Orlando City Hall on Monday before commissioners discussed what to do with the 116-year-old statue nicknamed “Johnny Reb.” Local media reported that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer suggested moving the statue to a nearby cemetery, where there already is an area set […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 12

FORMER REP. CORRINE BROWN FOUND GUILTY IN CHARITY SCAM The jury’s verdict on Thursday came after prosecutors accused the 70-year-old Brown of using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions. She was found guilty on 18 of the 22 counts against her, including […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

WIFE OF MASS GUNMAN LOSES APPEAL; STAYS IN JAIL A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that Noor Salman should remain in jail until her trial next March. Salman is charged with obstruction and aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse gay nightclub […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 9

SPECIAL ELECTION SET FOR SEAT RESIGNED BY FLORIDA SENATOR Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Monday to set a July 25 primary election for the seat formerly held by Republican Sen. Frank Artiles. The special election will take place Sept. 26. Artiles resigned April 21, four days after he used the slur and vulgarities […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

EX-‘COCAINE COWBOY’ PILOT, 7 OTHERS CHARGED WITH AUTO FRAUD Miami federal prosecutors said in a news release Thursday that 71-year-old Mickey Munday was among those charged with 14 fraud counts each. Munday and the others face maximum prison sentences of 20 years on each count. A convicted felon, Munday has given frequent interviews and appears […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 3

FLORIDA K-9 FOUND DEAD IN CRUISER PARKED OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE News outlets are reporting the German Shepherd’s body was discovered about 7:30 p.m. Friday outside the Brevard County Courthouse in Melbourne on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The patrol car belonged to an officer from the nearby Sebastian Police Department. John Blackledge, the agency’s commander of operations, called […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 2

TROOPERS: MAN FACES DUI CHARGES AFTER HITTING 8 SERVICEMEN The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday on Perdido Key, which is near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle. Eric Watt is charged with DUI involving serious bodily injury and officials say he may face additional charges. Troopers said in a news release that the eight men […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

FLORIDA HOUSE POISED TO BAN ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ POLICIES ACROSS FLORIDA The bill debated Thursday on the full floor intends to force local officials into complying with federal authorities and threatens those who refuse to do so with hefty penalties and a potential oust from office. Florida would be able to withhold state funding from local […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 27

RUSSIAN WITH HIV SEEKING US ASYLUM IS DETAINED IN FLORIDA Denis Davydov has been held in an immigration detention facility in Miami for more than a month after a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Customs officers clearing passengers out of St. Thomas took the 30-year-old man into custody on suspicion he overstayed his visa, […]

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