Pulse nightclub

Concerns raised over bills to limit public records access

Concerns raised over bills to limit public records access

Several bills put forward in the Florida House and Senate have caught the attention of public records advocates. The biggest bill of concern at the start of session was SB 186 (with companion HB 7017 in the House) which exempts photographs, video and audio recordings of mass killings from public records law. Read the full […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2016 JEWISH CENTER BOMB PLOT A U.S. Department of Justice statement said 41-year-old James Gonzalo Medina of Hollywood pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to a federal hate crime and a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Authorities said Medina admitted to planning to attack […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 3

VIDEO SHOWS TIGER WOODS PERFORMING 2 BREATH TESTS AT JAIL In video released Friday by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Woods uses the slurred speech and unsteadiness described by Jupiter Police who arrested him early Monday. Woods mumbles responses to an officer’s questions, describing his hair as “mostly brown and fading.” Woods asks what […]

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 April 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

OWNER OF GAY NIGHTCLUB HIT BY MASS SHOOTING PLANS MEMORIAL Barbara Poma owns the Orlando-based Pulse club. She said Tuesday in a statement that she will announce details for a memorial next week. In the months after the massacre, the city of Orlando proposed buying the club for $2.25 million so it could be turned […]

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 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 Nov. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 17

911 CALLS SHOW PULSE PATRONS DESPERATELY WAITING FOR HELP The last batch of 911 audio recordings released Wednesday by the city of Orlando captures patrons desperately waiting for first responders. The operators repeatedly tell them help is on the way but that there are a lot of people to rescue in the club, as well […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

DONALD TRUMP DROPS LAWSUIT ABOUT FLIGHTS ABOVE FLORIDA CLUB County Attorney Denise Nieman emailed commissioners about the lawsuit Monday afternoon. Nieman says Trump’s attorneys contacted her to say they are dropping the lawsuit, which claimed the historic Mar-A-Lago was being irreparably harmed by air traffic from Palm Beach International Airport. MORE PULSE 911 CALLS RELEASED […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 9

FLORIDA COLLEGE STUDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN FACE-BITING ATTACK A Martin County grand jury formally charged 19-year-old Austin Harrouff on Tuesday with two murder counts, attempted murder and burglary. Harrouff was initially charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 15 attack on 59-year-old John Stevens, and his wife, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

FIERY MULTICAR CRASH KILLS 5,, INCLUDING 2 KIDS, IN FLORIDA The crash happened Wednesday night when Pablo Cortes III lost control of a Volkswagen Golf, crossed a median and slammed head on into a Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Marianela Murillo, 39, and carrying four children, Florida Highway Patrol troopers wrote in an incident report. […]

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 Oct. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

SUSPECT IN KILLING OF SLAIN LAW PROFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY Luis Rivera on Tuesday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his role in what police have called a murder-for-hire plot that targeted professor Dan Markel. Rivera, who is already serving a 12-year prison sentence on an unrelated charge, is now sentenced to an additional seven years […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 28

COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR CUBAN MIGRANTS FROM CAPSIZED BOAT In a news release, the agency said investigators are still trying to determine whether a fifth body found Saturday was part of the group that left Cuba on Sept. 21, which was also the day the vessel capsized. The Coast Guard found three survivors on Monday […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 22

PULSE PATRON WHISPERS IN 911 CALL, “HE’S GOING TO KILL US” The 911 call was among more than 20 released Wednesday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office assisted the Orlando Police Department in responding to the June 12 massacre that killed 49 people. The Orlando Police has released only a fraction of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 21

2 ALLIGATORS CAUGHT, KILLED AFTER HOMELESS MAN ATTACKED Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Greg Workman told Florida Today (https://goo.gl/wKdTX8) on Tuesday that authorities actually captured and killed two large alligators in Crane Creek in Melbourne. Both gators were about 11 feet long. FLORIDA OFFICERS CLEARED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF BLACK MOTORIST A grand […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

FLORIDA VOTES IN PRIMARY FEATURING RUBIO, WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ Florida voters cast ballots in a primary Tuesday featuring two politicians hoping to hold onto their seats after this year’s bruising presidential contest, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 911 CALLS: ‘GUNSHOTS GOING LIKE CRAZY’ IN PULSE NIGHTCLUB A mother called 911 for help as she […]

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 Aug. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

WIFE OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR KILLED IN LONDON KNIFE RAMPAGE A Somali-Norwegian teenager went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square, a hub for students and tourists, fatally stabbing an American woman from Florida and wounding five other people. Authorities identified the dead woman as 64-year-old Darlene Horton, wife of a Florida State […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

RESPONSE TO PULSE SHOOTING COST $1.7 MILLION Figures released Tuesday by the city of Orlando show the city’s expenses at under $600,000, with almost two-thirds of the costs from overtime outlays. More than a dozen other central Florida agencies spent a combined $1.1 million. The cost to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where most victims were […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

DOCUMENTS: PULSE GUNMAN REPEATEDLY TAUNTED FOR BEING MUSLIM Records released Monday by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office show Mateen claimed he was regularly called derogatory epithets for being Muslim by deputies and others at the St. Lucie Courthouse, where he worked as a contract guard. In response to the taunting, he told co-workers he […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

VICTIMS’ FAMILIES OF ORLANDO CLUB SHOOTING WILL GET MOST MONEY FROM FUND The families of the victims slain at the Pulse nightclub will get the most money from a $20 million fund established to help the victims’ families and survivors the mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The exact amount each family will get is […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 28

EX-OFFICER LIABLE FOR SINGER’S 1973 SLAYING IN CHILE A Florida jury says a former military officer in the regime of Chile’s brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet tortured and killed a Chilean folk singer more than 40 years ago and is awarding his family $28 million. The jury in a civil trial in Orlando federal court on […]