‘What were you thinking?’ Parkland families react to jury’s life in prison recommendation
Some families of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting expressed their anger, sadness and shock by the jury’s recommendation Thursday that confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole instead of death, according to News 6 partner WPLG-TV.
Florida leaders react to jury recommending life in prison for Parkland school shooter
Florida leaders expressed a mixture of emotions Thursday after a jury rejected the death penalty and recommended instead a life sentence without parole for Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people in 2018.
DeSantis suspends 4 Broward school board members named in grand jury report
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended four Broward school board members after a grand jury report accused them of “deceit, malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty and incompetence” and recommended their removal from office, according to News 6 partner WPLG-TV.
‘Reconsider your threatened actions:’ Feds warn Florida officials over school board money
President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday warned top Florida education officials to “reconsider your threatened actions” after the state said it would try to thwart attempts to use federal money to cover salaries of county school-board members who approved student mask requirements.
Big Florida school districts defy governor over mask mandate
Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties have become the third and fourth school districts in Florida to adopt stricter mask mandates, a day after school boards in Broward and Alachua counties faced threats of severe penalties for defying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration, which says parents should decide whether their children wear masks.
Florida school district flip-flops over mask mandate, awaits guidance on DeSantis order
A Florida school district is “waiting for guidance” after reversing its initial mask mandate due to the governor’s executive order that bans mandates and threatens to cut funding from districts that do not comply.
Lawsuit filed against state to restore pandemic unemployment benefits for all Floridians
Filed by a group of lawyers in Broward County, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Floridians who say they lost work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many who in some cases they say are facing eviction and having a tough time supporting their families.
Driving Change: Florida’s texting-while-driving law rarely enforced
That roadside encounter, in November, was the exception rather than the rule when it comes to enforcing a new Florida law against texting and driving. AdBut the new law against texting is rarely enforced, according to official state figures. The report also contained at least one major error – discovered after the fact by a news reporter – that overcounted texting tickets by hundreds. AdIn Miami-Dade County, with an estimated 2 million drivers, police wrote 295 texting tickets, or about six each week. Those provisions make the texting law difficult to enforce, said Kinsey, the Alachua County sheriff’s sergeant.
Florida surpasses 30,000 coronavirus deaths as more get vaccine
Florida’s Department of Health reports that 30,065 state residents have died and more than 1.8 million have been infected. Officials say 530 people who live outside the state have died of the virus in Florida. On Monday, there were 4,147 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida, according to a state online census of hospital beds. AdGeller noted that there are 340,000 seniors in Broward County and only about 250,000 of them will want the vaccine when it is first available. We will continue to work to ensure that every senior in Florida that wants a vaccine, will receive a vaccine,” he said.
3 years later, Parkland school shooting trial still in limbo
Yet, with Valentine's Day on Sunday marking the three-year milestone, the trial of 22-year-old Nikolas Cruz is in limbo. Another is the sheer magnitude of the case, with hundreds of witnesses from Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. But prosecutors won't budge on seeking the death penalty at trial. Ad“Going for the death penalty will not bring our loved ones back to us. His defense isn't focused on his guilt or innocence; it's more about sparing him from the death penalty, his lawyers have said in court.
Video shows Florida man wearing garbage bags torch Waste Pro trucks, building
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Florida man has struck again, this time targeting garbage trucks in Broward County. A man was seen wearing black garbage bags and goggles at the Waste Pro facility in Pompano Beach on Oct. 18, according to deputies. Video recorded at the building shows the man lighting a garbage truck on fire, then torching several more as he made his way back toward the front gate. Before leaving, the video shows him putting a clear bottle of liquid inside a building, which he then also set on fire. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.