5 Things to Know in Florida

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 17

OFFICIALS: BOY GRABBED BY GATOR DIED BY DROWNING The District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office finished the autopsy of Lane Graves on Thursday and issued the cause of death. Authorities recovered the boy’s body intact Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he was snatched from the shore of a lake. His family was vacationing at […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 1

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 1

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND THE UNARMED BLACK MAN HE SHOT AND PARALYZED ARE BOTH EXPECTED TO BE CROSS-EXAMINED IN A FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT Two interruptions due to 22-year-old Dontrell Stephens’ chronic pain have delayed the completion of his cross-examination until Monday. Meanwhile, Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin has testified that Stephens flashed a dark […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 28

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 28

SEX-OFFENDER ACCUSED OF TRYING TO ABDUCT GIRL AT AIRPORT The family arrived from Argentina on Tuesday and the girl was walking toward a water fountain when police say 42-year-old Cuong Nguyen grabbed her wrist. She got away and ran to her mom. He was arrested and remains in jail. 6 TREATED FOR CARBON MONOXIDE IN […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

ATTORNEY: SHOOTING VICTIM SAYS DEPUTY USED EXCESSIVE FORCE Attorney Jack Scarola told a jury of six women and two men that Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin violated Dontrell Stephens’ civil rights when he shot him four times in September 2013 in a confrontation that was partially recorded by the dashboard camera in Lin’s patrol […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 26

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 26

COAST GUARD RESCUES 13 FROM SINKING SHIP The Coast Guard responded Monday night after getting a call that a yacht was taking on water off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The boat will be towed to shore. LAWSUIT AGAINST DEPUTY WHO SHOT UNARMED MAN SET TO BEGIN Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday in the federal lawsuit filed by 22-year-old […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 25

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 25

TRIAL SET TO OPEN IN LAWSUIT FILED BY MAN SHOT BY DEPUTY Opening statements are expected in the federal lawsuit filed by a young black man who was unarmed when he was shot and left paralyzed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy. DEPUTY CRASHES INTO CAR ON INTERSTATE 95 The Broward Sheriff’s deputy was […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 22

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 22

2 OF 3 TEENS PLEAD GUILTY IN DRUG-RELATED CROWBAR ATTACK The 19-year-old women pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery. A Brevard County circuit judge explained that the teens could each face up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors asked that sentencing be delayed until after the case against their co-defendant, an 18-year-old man, was finished. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

UNION PRESIDENT SAYS MIAMI OFFICER STABBED IN FACE The incident occurred early Thursday at the Magic City Casino. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment. There was no word on what led to the stabbing. ARRESTS MADE IN 2 COLD CASE HOMICIDES IN LAKELAND Two years ago, Lakeland police had 38 unsolved homicides […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

LEGISLATORS COULD HAVE LESS MONEY TO SPEND NEXT YEAR State economists are meeting Tuesday to draw up new forecasts to predict how much the state will collect in taxes. The forecasts will be used by state legislators to draw up this year’s budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. COPS FATALLY SHOOT MAN […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 19

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 19

BIKERS, ATV RIDERS TAKE OVER MAJOR SOUTH FLORIDA ROADS FOR 2ND KING HOLIDAY Dozens of riders clog streets, some say to show support for Martin Luther King’s message of non-violence. Police largely kept their distance. MIAMI BEACH MANSION SET FOR DEMOLITION A vestige of the drug wars that made Miami notorious for violence and smuggling […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 18

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 18

2 MEN RESCUED FROM GULF OF MEXICO The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men from their boat after it started taking on water about 30 nautical miles off the Florida Keys on Sunday. FLORIDA RESCUE GROUPS SAVE GOLDEN RETRIEVERS FROM TURKEY, BRING THEM TO US The dogs used to be a status symbol in Turkey, […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 15

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 15

MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR FATAL STABBING A Pinellas County jury found 38-year-old Michael Lease guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Lease stabbed 23-year-old Dwight Tisdale nearly 30 times in a car parked outside a Palm Harbor supermarket last January. MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR KILLING EX-GIRLFRIEND Joel Rodriguez pleaded guilty to murder Thursday. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 14

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 14

US SEEKS SENTENCING CUT FOR BASEBALL DRUG CLINIC OWNER A Miami judge is scheduled Thursday to consider reducing Anthony Bosch’s four-year sentence by 16 months, or about a third. Federal prosecutors say Bosch should be rewarded for extensive cooperation in the investigation. SUSPECT ARRESTED IN DEATH OF FLORIDA WOMAN IN ITALY DNA analysis of a […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

NEW TRIAL FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF LURING EX TO HIS DEATH IS UNDERWAY IN OCALA Nineteen-year-old Amber Wright is among a group charged in the killing of 15-year-old Seath Jackson in 2011. Prosecutors say Wright lured Jackson to a house where he was beaten and shot multiple times. His body was then burned in backyard […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 12

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 12

STATE OF STATE SPEECH MARKS BEGINNING OF SESSION Gov. Rick Scott will outline his priorities Tuesday for Florida’s 60-day legislative session. COAST GUARD RECOVERS BODY OF MISSING PADDLE BOARDER The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year-old Kenton Miller’s pickup was found at a St. Augustine Beach boat ramp after his wife reported him missing […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

ITALIAN POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER FLORIDA NATIVE FOUND DEAD IN HER FLORENCE APARTMENT Police opened a murder investigation Saturday after 35-year-old Ashley Olsen of Summer Haven, Florida, was found dead, her neck bruised and scratched. Italy’s expat community expressed hope that the case won’t turn into another Amanda Knox-style, drawn-out, headline-grabbing legal saga. TORNADO DAMAGES HOMES […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 8

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 8

US WILDLIFE OFFICIALS DECIDE ON MANATEE STATUS PETITION U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Thursday that the manatee population has recovered enough that the species no longer meets the definition of “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. WATER PROTECTION BILL TO MOVE FORWARD, THOUGH ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY IT’S FULL OF ‘LOOPHOLES’ Critics say they still […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 7

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 7

CONVICTED KILLER OF 3 WOMEN SCHEDULED FOR EXECUTION Oscar Ray Bolin, who was found guilty 10 times by 10 juries for three different murders, will be executed at 6 p.m. in Florida State Prison barring a last-minute reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court. OFFICIALS: FLORIDA MOM ATTACKED SON’S TEACHER Palm Beach County school police arrested […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 5

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 5

POLICE SAY MOSQUE ALONG SPACE COAST VANDALIZED, WITH LIGHTS AND WINDOWS SMASHED BY MACHETE AND BACON LEFT AT THE FRONT DOOR Surveillance video shows an unidentified man entering the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque on Jan. 1 and using a machete to smash cameras, lights and windows. FLORIDA HAS BACKLOG OF OVER […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 4

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 4

FEDERAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS CONSIDER ANOTHER SEARCH FOR EL FARO WRECKAGE The lead investigator for National Transportation Safety Board says a weeks-long search found one of the El Faro’s missing decks, but not the mast where the ship’s voyage data recorder was attached. The agency on Sunday released the first images of the ship in its […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 1

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 1

3RD TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH BOY’S FATAL SHOOTING A Miami-Dade police report says 19-year-old Michael Tobler had an argument with the suspect thought to be the shooter shortly before a drive-by left 7-year-old Amiere Castro dead. POLICE: CRUISE SHIP WORKER DIES IN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT Miami-Dade police Det. Marjorie Eloi says 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opazo […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 31

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 31

2015 MULLET SEASON CATCH IS DOWN, POSSIBLY DUE TO UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER IN FLORIDA This year, the mullet catch is about a third of the bounty of recent years. Many fishing crews that came to southwest Florida for the mullet season, roughly Thanksgiving to January, have gone home, tired of cruising the bays, waiting for […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 30

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 30

5 KILLED IN CRASH NEAR MIAMI Troopers say a woman driving a pickup truck the wrong way on I-95’s express lanes struck several cars, killing four in one vehicle. The wrong way driver also died in the crash early Wednesday. SHERIFF’S DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING NEAR ST. PETERSBURG The shooting happened early Wednesday in Madeira […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 29

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 29

POLICE: OFFICER SHOOTS, WOUNDS ARMED MAN A man was hospitalized in critical condition following an officer-involved shooting after a woman asked for help from police in getting personal items out of a house in Lakeland. OFFICIALS HOPE TO CLONE 2,000-YEAR-OLD CYPRESS TREE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA Samples were collected Monday from the 90-foot-tall cypress tree known […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 28

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 28

ANCIENT TREE ARCHIVISTS PLAN TO SCALE 2,000-YEAR-OLD CENTRAL FLORIDA TREE FOR CLONING SAMPLE The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive plans to collect a sample from the 89-foot-tall “Lady Liberty” tree, a bald cypress tree located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, the same Seminole County park where the approximately 3,500-year-old tree known as “The Senator” burned […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 25

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 25

DR. ROBERT HAYLING, FLORIDA CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, DIES AT 86 His sister, Yvonne Hayling-Clarke, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her brother died Sunday at home in Fort Lauderdale. No cause of death has been determined. SOUTH FLORIDA OFFICIALS FORCED TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES OVER CHRISTMAS BECAUSE OF RAIN, HEAT Miami-Dade County is nearly […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 24

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 24

CONVICTED KILLER ASKS FOR STAY OF EXECUTION Oscar Ray Bolin is scheduled to die Jan. 7. He and his lawyers filed a motion Tuesday with the state’s highest court, saying that he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. AUTOPSY: WOMAN DIED FROM BLOOD CLOT IN LUNG The medical examiner says the woman who […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 23

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 23

MIAMI AREA MAN DIES AFTER SHOOTING SELF WHILE ON A VIDEO CALL Police say the 43-year-old man was showing a relative the proper way to clean a gun during a video call when he accidentally shot himself in the chest and died. TAMPA-BASED SYNTHETIC CADAVER COMPANY GIVES EMPLOYEES $1.5 MILLION IN STOCK OPTIONS The Tampa […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 22

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 22

Florida governor gives state workers Christmas Eve off This is the third time Scott has given state workers Christmas Eve off. Last year, employees had the day after Christmas off. In 2011 state employees received Dec. 23 off since Christmas Eve fell on a weekend. ORLANDO MAGIC PLEDGE $1.5 MILLION TO UCF DOWNTOWN CAMPUS The […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 21

MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING EX-GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED The man who authorities say abducted his ex-girlfriend, stuffed her in the trunk of her car and killed her has been captured after a three-day manhunt. FLORIDA MAN TO BE SENTENCED AFTER 37 YEARS AS FUGITIVE An elderly Florida man is facing additional prison time after spending 37 years […]