Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Still no bail for Florida doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez
There’s still no final decision on bail in a Medicare fraud case for a prominent Florida eye doctor also accused in a federal corruption indictment with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. A magistrate judge issued no immediate ruling on bail for Dr. Salomon Melgen after a hearing Wednesday. Among the issues are the details of property and bank accounts held by the 61-year-old Melgen in his native Dominican Republic, as well as the value of artwork he owns.
House subcommittee passes bill deregulating new hospitals
A Florida House subcommittee has passed a bill strongly supported by Gov. Rick Scott that would do away with what he called unnecessary red tape before new hospitals can be built, but it’s unlikely to pass in the Senate. The so-called certificate of need requires state approval before a hospital is built, replaced or adds a specialty service like organ transplants. Scott and supporters say it will increase competition and therefore lower costs and improve access, but critics, including the Florida Hospital Association, said it allows new providers to cherry pick patients.
State ethics panel: Former Florida Lt. Gov. broke state law
A state ethics panel says former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll violated state law by failing to disclose financial information. Carroll abruptly resigned in March 2013 after state investigators questioned the work she did for Allied Veterans of the World before she ran with Gov. Rick Scott. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement eventually concluded Carroll did not break any laws, but the agency asked the state ethics commission to review the case. The veterans charity was eventually accused of running an illegal gambling operation.
Man wants charges filed against officer who kicked him
A South Florida bank worker who is shown on a video being kicked repeatedly by an Orlando police officer while he is sitting passively on a curb wants criminal charges to be filed against the officers. Noel Carter on Wednesday asked the State Attorney to file battery charges against the officer who kicked him at least a half-dozen times as well as another officer who was involved. The officers were working off-duty at a downtown nightclub last Thursday. The video was captured by a bystander. Orlando police officers claim the video shows only a portion of what happened. They have charged Carter with battering his ex-girlfriend outside the nightclub and resisting arrest.
Nassau County deputy fired
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper says a 38-year-old deputy has been fired and will face drug trafficking charges. Stuart James Raulerson was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to engage in trafficking hydrocodone and sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church or school. Investigators learned Raulerson was selling prescription drugs and the investigation is continuing. Records show Raulerson was released from jail Tuesday night. It’s not known whether he has hired an attorney.