Environmentalists sue over Florida wastewater reservoir leak
Environmental groups claim in a lawsuit that efforts to clean up a leaky Florida reservoir that dumped tens of millions of gallons of potentially hazardous gypsum wastewater into Tampa Bay must be overseen by a federal judge to guard against continued mismanagement.
‘Guys, I think it’s a whale:’ Fisherman captures video of humpback breaching off Florida’s coast
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – When Nicholas Lynch went fishing Tuesday off the coast of St. Petersburg, he thought he might come home with some grouper and snapper. He did, however, he also came home with a rare once-in-a-lifetime story with video to share. “I was like, ‘Guys I think it’s a whale,’ and they were like ‘What, a whale?’” he said. Today, humpback whales can be found in all major oceans feeding on krill and small fish. Experts say it’s rare for the whales to swim into the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida waiting to receive 209,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as snowstorm causes shipment delays
Ron DeSantis said Florida will get previously delayed shipments of coronavirus vaccine before the weekend. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management confirmed Tuesday that weather conditions across the U.S. are also impacting the state’s shipment of Moderna vaccine. Typically, the state receives its shipments of Moderna on Tuesday or Wednesday, but 200,000 doses have yet made their way to Florida. As the state makes plans to quickly distribute the 209,000 doses of the delayed vaccine, DeSantis said Florida can only plan to receive them and not necessarily how they make it to the state. “We are going to get the Moderna but it is not here when it would normally be here,” he said.
Florida firetruck stolen while crew responded to call
This brush truck belonging to the Bayshore Fire Rescue was found about 80 miles away in Manatee County. NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – A firetruck was stolen from a Florida fire station while the crew was responding to a call Sunday. The Bayshore Fire Rescue department returned from the call to find a brush truck was missing. Several people posted sightings of the truck, which was eventually found about 80 miles away in Manatee County. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”The truck wasn’t damaged.
Dramatic video shows Florida deputy getting hit by car
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman faces multiple charges after she slammed a stolen car into a Manatee County deputy, according to the sheriff. The sheriff’s aviation unit managed to find the car again, parked near a car stereo business near South Bradenton and deputies moved in to make an arrest. A deputy in an unmarked cruiser blocked the stolen car and Vanfossen put the vehicle into reverse, backing away from the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy then got out of her car and gave commands to Vanfossen, according to investigators, but the driver hit the gas, slamming into the deputy and her cruiser. Records show Vanfossen then got out of the stolen car and was quickly arrested.
How Seminole County election officials detect voter fraud
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County’s Supervisor of Elections Chris Anderson said they have systems in place to catch voter fraud. News 6 asked Anderson specifically about what checks happen if someone tries to vote for a deceased relative. But if they were to receive a fraudulent ballot, Anderson said, there’s only one check point in place -- the signature check. “Oh, very confident, like I said, it is not easy to forge someone’s signature, folks, it’s going to catch it, it will catch it,” Anderson said. Anderson also said that supervisor of elections are constantly looking at their processes to make sure all of the proper checks are in place.
Report: Florida man who requested mail-in ballot for dead wife wanted to ‘test the system’
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man who requested a mail-in ballot for his wife who died in 2018 said he just "wanted to test the system,” according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. A search was conducted that showed the woman’s address was the same as her husband’s, Larry Wiggins, and he, too, had requested a mail-in ballot and the signature on his form matched the signature on his late wife’s form, according to authorities. [TRENDING: DeSantis to lift restaurant limits in Fla. | Here’s how to track your mail-in ballot | How can I tell difference between flu and COVID-19?] Deputies said they went to Wiggins' home in Sarasota and Wiggins said he had seen recent reports on TV about voter fraud with mail-in ballots and he “wanted to test the system.”Records show Wiggins admitted to filling out the mail-in ballot request form for his wife. “I heard so much about ballots being sent in and people just having found them in different places,” Wiggins told the TV station.