Friday

Friday night dance

Community Life United Methodist Church is hosting a dance for special needs adults (age 16 and up) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be games, entertainment, food and more. Event is free to attend. The church is located at 4115 Soundside Dr., in Gulf Breeze. For more information or to register, visit fridaydanceclc.weebly.com

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 12

FORMER REP. CORRINE BROWN FOUND GUILTY IN CHARITY SCAM The jury’s verdict on Thursday came after prosecutors accused the 70-year-old Brown of using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions. She was found guilty on 18 of the 22 counts against her, including […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

EX-‘COCAINE COWBOY’ PILOT, 7 OTHERS CHARGED WITH AUTO FRAUD Miami federal prosecutors said in a news release Thursday that 71-year-old Mickey Munday was among those charged with 14 fraud counts each. Munday and the others face maximum prison sentences of 20 years on each count. A convicted felon, Munday has given frequent interviews and appears […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

FLORIDA HOUSE POISED TO BAN ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ POLICIES ACROSS FLORIDA The bill debated Thursday on the full floor intends to force local officials into complying with federal authorities and threatens those who refuse to do so with hefty penalties and a potential oust from office. Florida would be able to withhold state funding from local […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 7

NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOUND FOR BONDI, TRUMP BRIBERY COMPLAINT Fort Myers-area State Attorney Stephen Russell presented Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday with the results of an investigation. The complaint stemmed from scrutiny last year over a $25,000 campaign contribution Bondi received from Trump in 2013. Bondi asked for the donation about the same time her […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

WEST INDIAN MANATEES GO FROM ‘ENDANGERED’ TO ‘THREATENED” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release Thursday that challenges remain to ensuring the species’ long-term future, even though the manatee population has increased over the years. The new status won’t diminish existing federal protections and the manatee will continue to be protected […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 24

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT GIVES TERRORISM VICTIMS RIGHT TO SUE The House unanimously approved the measure (HB 65) on Thursday. It would allow victims of terrorist attacks, such as the Orlando Nightclub massacre, to recover damages of at least $1,000 and attorney’s fees. Current law only allows victims of specific criminal activity to do so, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 17

AFTER 2 YEARS, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DEFINES SEXUAL INTERCOURSE “Sexual intercourse” isn’t just between a man and a woman. The question arose during a case in which a man was charged with a third-degree felony for failing to reveal to his male partner that he was HIV-positive. His lawyer argued “sexual intercourse” didn’t apply to […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 10

FLORIDA SHERIFF SEEKS OUT SUSPECTS WITH ‘WHEEL OF FUGITIVE’ For the past 18 months, in brief videos posted to his agency’s Facebook page, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has selected one fugitive per week with the spin of a large green wheel. Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., viewers can see which fugitive out of the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 3

FORMER FLORIDA POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH SHOOTING Former Rockledge police officer Nicholas Galluzzi turned himself in Thursday and later bonded out of jail. He faces up to five years in prison. Police say two teens had been breaking into cars in December. They tried to flee when officers arrived and crashed their vehicle into a […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 24

DISABLED VET BEATEN BY ACCUSED ANIMAL ABUSERS GIVEN CAR Garry Blough was given the keys to a 2012 Kia Forte from Daytona Kia-Mitsubishi on Wednesday. Blough says his family didn’t have a car and it often took him all day to take a bus to the Veteran’s Administration for an appointment. The three men charged […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

COURT: FLORIDA DOCS ALLOWED TO ASK PATIENTS ABOUT GUNS The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that key provisions of a 2011 law that restricted such speech violate the First Amendment. Three-judge panels of the same court had issued conflicting rulings in a long-running challenge to the law brought by 11,000 medical providers […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

$750,000 BOND FOR WOMAN ACCUSED IN FLORIDA, ALABAMA KILLINGS Mary Rice made her first court appearance via video Thursday afternoon in Santa Rosa County, where she’s charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The 37-year-old woman was extradited from Georgia to Florida Wednesday. She also faces murder charges in neighboring Escambia County, Florida, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 3

2 TEENS FACE MURDER CHARGE IN FATAL CRAIGSLIST ROBBERY Tampa police said in a statement Thursday that they arrested a 17-year-old boy who now faces first-degree murder and robbery charges in the Tuesday night death of James Beck. A 16-year-old is already in custody who is facing murder and robbery charges. Beck’s body was found […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

FLORIDA AIRPORT SHOOTING SUSPECT INDICTED ON 22 COUNTS The indictment returned Thursday charges 26-year-old Esteban Santiago with 11 counts of causing death or bodily harm at an international airport, five counts of causing death during a crime of violence and six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Santiago could face the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

OFFICIALS: WOMAN THROWS DOG FROM BRIDGE, CLAIMING IT CAN FLY Capt. David Walesky of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control told the Palm Beach Post (https://goo.gl/AsAsgz ) that the 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix dislocated a leg in the fall Wednesday from a bridge in Riviera Beach. Sheriff’s officials say the woman, who was […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

MARSHAL’S SEIZE DEPUTY’S PROPERTY TO PAY OFF SHOOTING VICTIM Attorney Jack Scarola says he got permission from a federal magistrate to take property from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adams Lin to help pay a $22.4 million jury verdict awarded to Dontrell Stephens last year. On Saturday, marshals took Lin’s car, clothes, television and furniture. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 9

FLORIDA AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY MAN KILLED BY DEPUTY IN LAKE Sgt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office tells local news outlets that 49-year-old Wayne Donald Dorsey was the man killed Tuesday. The deputy, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 12 years, was placed on paid administrative leave. FLORIDA TO STATE WORKERS: YOU […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 18

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 11

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 4

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 14

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 30

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 23

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Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

FORMER INMATE: MAN ACCUSED OF ARSON WAS BULLIED Ralph Alfonso said Thursday that he thinks someone must have put Joseph Schreiber up to setting fire Sunday to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce because he isn’t capable of planning such a crime himself. Alfonso said the 32-year-old Schreiber joined the Messianic Jewish congregation he led […]