El Faro

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 23

OFFICER, CHIEF CHARGED IN FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE State Attorney Stephen Russell announced Wednesday that Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel has been charged with felony manslaughter and faces up to 30 years in prison. Police Chief Tom Lewis has been charged with misdemeanor culpable negligence and faces up to 60 days in jail. Authorities […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 16

MIAMI US ATTORNEY WIFREDO FERRER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION FROM POST Ferrer said in a news release Wednesday he will step down as South Florida’s top federal prosecutor effective March 3. He was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2010 and confirmed by the Senate in April of that year. During his tenure, Ferrer’s office prosecuted […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 7

FINAL EL FARO INVESTIGATIVE HEARINGS FOCUS ON SHIP SAFETY Capt. Raymond Thompson, a former chief mate on the El Faro, testified Monday that he was not sure if life jackets were stored on the bridge as required. The 790-foot El Faro sank on Oct. 1, 2015 after losing propulsion in a hurricane while traveling from […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

NTSB: EL FARO AUDIO INCLUDES CAPTAIN’S ABANDON SHIP ORDER The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it recovered 26 hours of information from the ship’s recorder, including bridge audio from the final hours. The El Faro sank Oct. 1 after losing propulsion in the storm. All 33 aboard died. LONGTIME PARISH PRIEST IN TAMPA BAY […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

EX-FLORIDA COP CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING OF ARMED BLACK MUSICIAN Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a news conference Wednesday that Officer Nouman Raja has been charged in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones. Aronberg says a grand jury found Raja’s use of force was unjustified. 3 MORE […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

POLICE SHOOTING OF ARMED MUSICIAN HEADS TO GRAND JURY Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced during a news conference Wednesday that his office would continue its investigation of former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja in the shooting death of musician Corey Jones. Jones had left a gig before dawn Oct. 18 when […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 18

FLORIDA COUPLE CLAIMS SHARE OF $1.6B POWERBALL JACKPOT David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach were introduced in a news conference Wednesday at Florida Lottery headquarters after turning in the second of three winning tickets from last month’s record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. TEEN ACCUSED OF IMPERSONATING DOCTOR, STEALING FROM PATIENT Malachi Love-Robinson was […]