Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Fire on Royal Caribbean ship in Jamaica
A fire has been reported aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, but officials say it was quickly extinguished. Miami-based Royal Caribbean International said in a statement that the fire broke out Wednesday in a mechanical area aboard the Freedom of the Seas as it arrived in Falmouth, Jamaica. The company said onboard fire suppression equipment put out the fire. Passengers were told to go to evacuation assembly stations out of what Royal Caribbean called an abundance of caution. The company says the ship is now docked in Falmouth and all systems are operating normally.
Conviction upheld in killing FIU football player
An appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a former Florida International University student who fatally stabbed a school football player. A three-judge panel unanimously agreed Wednesday that 27-year-old Quentin Wyche’s actions and words satisfied the elements of the charge and that jurors had appropriate instructions regarding Florida’s self-defense law. Wyche is serving 20 ½ years after being convicted in Miami-Dade circuit court in 2013.
ID released of man fatally shot by South Florida deputy
The identity has been released of the man fatally shot by a South Florida sheriff’s deputy outside the apartment complex where he lived. The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Joseph Fuller was killed in the Tuesday afternoon shooting by Det. Clyde Davis. Davis, a 21-year BSO veteran, was placed on an administrative assignment under standard agency policy.
South Florida bank signs agreement with Cuban bank
A South Florida bank announced it is setting up a correspondent banking relationship with a Cuban financial institution. Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Banco Internacional de Comercio. The Miami Herald reported it’s the first correspondent banking deal signed by a U.S. bank with Cuba since the two countries re-established diplomatic relations Monday and reopened embassies after more than 54 years. Stonegate has 21 Florida branches and since May has been the bank that handles the accounts of Cuba’s diplomatic missions in the U.S.
A Florida man accused of hitting six motorcyclists with his tractor trailer rig near Greensboro has been charged with a second death. Multiple media outlets reported that the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office issued the charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle Tuesday against 31-year-old Daniel Santiago Serna of Hollywood, Florida. The charge comes after Kenneth N. Jefferson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Sunday. Six motorcyclists were hit after they had pulled over early Friday on Interstate 85 to fix a mechanical problem in one of their bikes. Thirty-seven-year-old Arnie M. Morris died earlier. The bikers were traveling from the Washington D.C., area to a motorcycle rally in Atlanta.