Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Carroll to pay fine, admit violations in ethics case
Florida’s ethics panel and former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll have reached a deal over allegations that she broke the state’s ethics law. The Florida Commission on Ethics unanimously approved the deal Friday with no comment. Carroll didn’t attend the meeting. She was forced to resign in March 2013 after state investigators questioned work she did for a company that was accused of running an illegal gambling ring. She was not charged with any wrongdoing, but the case was forwarded to the ethics panel. Under the proposed settlement Carroll admitted she violated the law because she did not disclose money paid to a company she controlled.
Sheriff: 21-month old boy possibly abducted during car theft
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 21-month-old Jacksonville boy who police said was apparently taken during a car theft early Friday outside an apartment complex. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Lonzie Barton was in a car belonging to his mother’s boyfriend, William Ebron, 32, when it was taken just after 2 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was recovered several blocks away but the little boy was not inside.
Disney World sex-assault suspect posts bond, is released
A man charged with sexually assaulting a woman outside Walt Disney World’s entertainment and restaurant complex has posted bond and been released from jail. An arrest report released Friday shows that bond was set at $50,000 for 26-year-old Hector Herrera. He posted bond Thursday night, hours after his arrest on a sexual battery charge. An electronic docket showed no attorney for him, and he didn’t answer his phone Friday.
Gov. wants answers from groups getting state money
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking for answers from those who received money in the state’s more than $78 billion budget. The head of Scott’s budget office is sending out more than 300 letters to groups and local governments that received money for projects in this year’s budget. Those letters ask the organizations to provide detailed information on how the state money will provide a “positive return” on the investment made by Florida. The information is supposed to be given to Scott’s budget office by the end of July.
Body of woman missing since 1990 found in Fort Myers pond
The body of a woman who has been missing for 25 years has been found inside a red sports car at the bottom of a southwest Florida pond. The News-Press of Fort Myers reports the car was found during a search for a woman who went missing in Fort Myers last week. Scott Dunlap of Cape Coral says he was searching bodies of water for the missing woman’s car. He spotted oil sheen, put a magnet on a fishing pole and cast. It latched onto something. A friend swam down and confirmed it was a car. Turns out it was the 1975 Datsun Rita Sue Zul was driving when she left a party in 1990.