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. The execution was put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court found the state’s death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional.
STOWAWAY FOUND ON MIAMI-BOUND FLIGHT FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Silva said Monday the man was a Dominican national. Silva said Miami-Dade Police spotted him exiting the wheel well after American Airlines flight 1026 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, landed Saturday at Miami International Airport. Police detained the man. He was medically cleared, processed as a stowaway by federal authorities and returned to the Dominican Republic.
OFFICIALS: STUDENT POSTED FACEBOOK THREAT TO KILL TEACHER
Pasco County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that 18-year-old Desiree Zio posted on the social media site that she was going to find the River Ridge High School teacher and fatally stab her. She was arrested Sunday night in New Port Richey. The report said Zio admitted to posting the threat. She’s charged with making a written threat to kill or do bodily harm. A lawyer isn’t listed on jail records.
POLICE: FLORIDA MAN WRECKS LIQUOR SHOP, BLAMES “CATERPILLAR”
Crestview police said in a post on Facebook that Matthew Horace Jones is accused of breaking into a fenced-in area and using a forklift to cause more than $100,000 in damage. He faces grand theft felony and other charges. Witnesses called 911 and police went to the site. The police report says Jones aimed the forklift toward officers, who stopped him at gunpoint.
MAN PULLS GUN AT CHURCH DURING SELF-DEFENSE ARGUMENT
A Port St. Lucie police report says martial arts instructor Christopher Lasala was at Grace Christian Academy on Sunday discussing with parents an afterschool class he is starting. When one asked about guns, Lasala replied they aren’t always the best choice for self-defense. Witnesses say 61-year-old George Meyer told Lasala martial arts are useless. They say he then pulled a handgun, pointed it at Lasala and said, “Bang, you’re dead.”