Omar Mateen

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

JUDGE: PULSE GUNMAN’S WIFE WILL GET MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION The federal judge in Noor Salman’s case said Tuesday that she can be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist picked by prosecutors since her defense attorneys plan to introduce evidence related to her mental health. Salman has pleaded not guilty to obstructing the investigation and aiding […]

Pulse massacre anniversary: Healing the hearts and souls of a community

Pulse massacre anniversary: Healing the hearts and souls of a community

One year after the worst mass shooting in the history of a nation, First Baptist Orlando (FBO) is reflecting on how the event changed them as individuals, as a church and as a city. Three worship services held Sunday, June 11, included families of the victims and survivors of the brutal terrorist attack at the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

WIFE OF MASS GUNMAN LOSES APPEAL; STAYS IN JAIL A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that Noor Salman should remain in jail until her trial next March. Salman is charged with obstruction and aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse gay nightclub […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 14

FEDS GIVE $8 MILLION FOR PULSE NIGHTCLUB MASSACRE COSTS The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that it was giving the money to the State of Florida to pay for grief counseling and reimburse the costs of running an assistance center after the massacre. Gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

PULSE GUNMAN’S WIDOW TRYING TO CHANGE CHILD’S NAME The widow of the gunman who carried out a deadly shooting at a Florida gay nightclub before he was killed has filed a petition in a California court to change the name of their son. An online docket from Contra Costa County, California, shows that Omar Mateen’s […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 12

PULSE VICTIMS’ AND GUNMAN’S FAMILY CAN TESTIFY ON 911 CALLS A judge on Monday issued an order setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub. A notice of the Oct. 31 hearing also […]

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 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

FBI: ORLANDO KILLER APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ‘HOMEGROWN EXTREMIST’ As Orlando mourned its dead with flowers, candles and vigils, counterterrorism investigators dug into the background of 29-year-old Omar Mateen for clues to why the American-born Muslim carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. FBI Director James Comey says there’s no indication that […]