Florida: 5 Things To Know For August 1st
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
FLORIDA MAN GUILTY OF THROWING BABY FROM CAR
A jury has found a Florida man guilty of killing a 3-month-old boy by tossing the infant out of a moving vehicle. Richard McTear on Thursday was found guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, battery and aggravated child abuse charges. Prosecutors say the 26-year-old attacked ex-girlfriend Jasmine Bedwell and then took off with her son. He then threw the baby out of a car window on Interstate 275 in Tampa in 2009.
FLORIDA BOY, 12, ARRESTED IN HOMELESS MAN’S KILLING
Police say a 12-year-old Florida boy is under arrest and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Chris Butler said Thursday that the boy was arrested in the killing of 54-year old Thomas Trent. Trent’s body was found June 28 at a vacant business building.
AS FLORIDA PANTHER REBOUNDS, STUDY BLAMES MISSING LIVESTOCK ON THE PREDATORS
As Florida’s panther population recovers, some ranchers are complaining the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves. A university research supports that claim, at least in one part of southwest Florida. A University of Florida researcher hired by federal wildlife officials has found that panthers are killing calves in an area where the predatory felines are thriving. Her study, the first to quantify the kills and losses, was given to The Associated Press exclusively.
POLICE: MAN HITS POSTAL CARRIER OVER NO MAIL
A Florida man is under arrest after authorities say he hit a postal carrier and threw furniture at his truck because he didn’t have any mail for him. Ocala Police Department Sgt. Angy Scroble said 27-year-old Aaron Bernard Smith faces charges of burglary, battery and criminal mischief. Scroble said the postman told police Smith struck him with an open fist at least three times on Monday and later threw a broken chair or stool at the truck.
SEAWORLD, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES END PARTNERSHIP
Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, as the airline has come under fire from animal rights activists over the relationship. Officials at both companies said Thursday that the partnership wouldn’t be renewed at the end of the year when the current contract expires. SeaWorld says the decision was mutual.