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Five Things to Know in Florida for July 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 1

DAD ADMITS KILLING 6-YEAR-OLD SON WHILE PLAYING VIDEOGAMES James Dearman pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of his son Jimmy. He faces up to 20 years in prison at a July 28 hearing. A sheriff’s report says Dearman used his weight to pin the boy to the couch where […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 24

ORLANDO SHOOTING DELAYS TRIAL IN FLORIDA KEYS BOMB PLOT A Miami federal judge on Thursday delayed the trial of 24-year-old Harlem Suarez from July 11 until Jan. 23. Suarez’s lawyers said the killing June 12 of 49 people in the Pulse nightclub would result in an unfair trial if held so soon. The FBI says […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 10

DEPUTY ARRESTED ON 29 CHILD SEX CHARGES Authorities say 43-year-old Sgt. Kreg Costa of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday and was being held without bail. Costa’s attorney said in a statement that he will be exonerated. POLICE SAY PHILADELPHIA MOM ADMITS SUFFOCATING 2 YOUNG KIDS A Miramar police report released Thursday says 40-year-old […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 3

POLICE: KILLING OF PROFESSOR LINKED TO DIVORCE The shooting of a Florida State University law professor in his upscale neighborhood two years ago was part of a murder-for-hire scheme that may have been set in motion by a bitter divorce between Daniel Markel and his ex-wife, according to court records released Thursday. POLICE UNION DEFENDS […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 20

SECURITY GUARD SHOOTS AT MIAMI COMMUTER TRAIN STATION Local media outlets are reporting the incident happened early Thursday morning in downtown Miami, next to the Miami-Dade County School Board building and Fischer Medical Center. The injured man was taken to a hospital. KILLER NILE CROCODILES IN FLORIDA? EXPERTS SAY IT’S POSSIBLE Researchers have confirmed that […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 13

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 13

2ND WEBSITE POSTS AUCTION FOR GUN THAT KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN An online gun auction website yanked George Zimmerman’s ad to sell the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying it wanted no part in the deal, but a second site offered to post it. A listing for the weapon was removed […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 6

OFFICER FAILED TO REPORT INCIDENT PRIOR TO MURDER-SUICIDE Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said during a Thursday news conference that a former deputy neglected to fill out a report for an April 8 protective order violation involving Henry Brown and his estranged wife, Chericia Brown. Later that month, Henry Brown killed his wife, his two […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 29

CUBAN EXILES DROP LAWSUIT OVER CARNIVAL CRUISE TO ISLAND Attorney Tucker Ronzetti said Thursday that the lawsuit’s goal was to ensure anyone could make the trip. Before the agreement last week, Carnival would not sell tickets for the cruise to Cuban-born people because Cuba would not allow them to arrive by sea. Cuba’s reversal cleared […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 22

MAN SHOT BY OFFICER ABDUCTED EX-WIFE AT STORE Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in a statement Thursday that the man reached the 38-year-old woman at a Homestead grocery store Wednesday evening and forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint. Police initially said she had been in the vehicle’s trunk but Zabaleta said she was forced into […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 15

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYS CUBA SHOULD LET ANYONE VISIT VIA CRUISE LINES Kerry says the Cuban government should drop the law barring American citizens born on the island from returning by sea if it wants to continue developing full and normal relationships with the rest of the world. Two Cuban-Americans are suing Carnival […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 8

22 CHARGED IN MIAMI DRUG MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Thursday the case is a joint investigation with federal Homeland Security Department officials. Authorities say the undercover operation involved about $1 million a month in drug money from throughout North America. MAN GETS PROBATION FOR TAKING DAUGHTER, FRIEND TO STRIP […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Apr. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Apr. 1

JUDGE SAYS CREAMERY’S ALL-NATURAL SKIM MILK ISN’T SKIM MILK The Ocheesee Creamery sued the state after it issued an order to call its product “imitation skim milk” because it doesn’t add vitamins after cream is removed from whole milk. A federal Judge ruled in favor of the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying the creamery […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 25

THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA, IS FASTEST GROWING METRO AREA IN US The retirement community in central Florida famous for its souped-up golf carts once again was the nation’s fastest growing metro area, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. WILDLIFE OFFICIALS: FLORIDA BEARS ABUNDANT, TOTALING 4,350 No decision has been made on whether […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 11

FLORIDA POISED TO APPROVE A NEARLY $82.3 BILLION BUDGET Lawmakers will vote on the budget Friday and then end their annual 60-day session on time. Unlike in past years, it appears that both Democrats and Republicans will support the spending plan. The vote is designed to “send a message” to Scott, who last year vetoed […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 4

TAMPA LOOKS AT CIVIL FINES FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION The city council voted 6-1 in favor of the move Thursday. The ordinance will have to make it through a second hearing March 17 before it goes to Mayor Bob Buckhorn for his signature. NEW ABORTION RESTRICTIONS CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW IN FLORIDA The state House passed […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 26

GRAND JURY QUESTIONS ARISE IN FLORIDA DEPUTY SHOOTING CASE Defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich said at a hearing Thursday that one grand juror might have been biased against Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza because his daughter was facing drunken-driving charges. A judge, however, agreed with prosecutors that the juror should not have to testify about […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 12

NTSB TO LAUNCH 2ND SEARCH MISSION FOR WRECKED FREIGHTER The National Transportation Safety Board announced in a news release Thursday that the two-week expedition is expected to begin in April. Investigators hope to locate the data recorder or “black box” and develop a more extensive and detailed survey of the shipwreck. PARALYZED MAN AWARDED $23 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

FLORIDA, VULNERABLE TO ZIKA VIRUS, GETS READY FOR FIGHT Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he’s adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected […]

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. 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. 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. 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 […]

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