Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Sentencing delayed after man’s plea in 2013 FAMU hazing case
A former Florida A&M University band member awaiting punishment more than two years after playing a role in a drum major’s hazing death has had his sentencing pushed back a month. Caleb Jackson was scheduled to appear before Judge Marc Lubet on Tuesday, but was not transferred to Orange County from another facility where he is currently serving time in an unrelated case. His sentencing is now set for Aug. 27. The 26-year-old pleaded no contest to manslaughter and felony hazing in 2013 for his role in death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia. Jackson faces 35 years in prison.
National Guard Armory evacuated in Florida after bomb report
The National Guard Armory in Florida’s capital was evacuated Tuesday after a call to police reporting that a man said he had planted a bomb there. Tallahassee police say nothing suspicious had been found in the armory, on the eastern side of the city and nearly 5 miles from the state Capitol. Only armory staff were present at the time of the threat. They were allowed back in the building in the afternoon after police searched both the building and the grounds surrounding the armory.
Lawsuit: Poor hospital care left veteran in vegetative state
The wife of a veteran says negligent treatment at a naval hospital left her husband in a vegetative state, and she is suing the facility. Shon Hollis’ wife, Christina Hollis, filed the lawsuit against Naval Hospital Jacksonville on Tuesday in federal court. The lawsuit says Hollis went to the hospital last summer for an invasive probe in the colon and gastrointestinal tract to find out why he had bleeding. His wife says in the lawsuit that Hollis was given anesthesia, despite his history of breathing problems, including sleep apnea. The lawsuit also says that doctors failed to properly protect Hollis’ airway during anesthesia and that he stopped breathing, suffering a brain injury.
Divorce approved for $1.2 billion Ponzi schemer Rothstein
Scott and Kim Rothstein are now officially divorced, more than five years after their high-flying lifestyles came undone with the unraveling of his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. The no-fault divorce was granted Monday by a Broward County judge. Kim Rothstein wanted to resort to her maiden name, Wendell, but the judge said she must keep Rothstein because she’s on federal probation. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Scott Rothstein did not contest the divorce. He is serving a 50-year prison sentence for the scheme that involved investments in phony legal settlements. Kim Rothstein served 15 months behind bars for trying to hide $1 million in jewelry and other assets from authorities
Palm Beach County doctor found dead in home
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a doctor was found dead in his home during a welfare check. Detectives say 65-year-old Ronald Oliver Schwartz was discovered dead Sunday. The Palm Beach Post reports detectives aren’t revealing the cause of death and wouldn’t say who requested the welfare check on Schwartz. The newspaper reported Schwartz had lived in the Jupiter Farms home since 2003. He was a licensed obstetrician and gynecologist.