Florida: 5 Things To Know For Jan 17
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
2 MOTHERS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST TRAIN COMPANY
A lawsuit has been filed by the mothers of two Mulberry men who died last year when a CSX train struck their vehicle at a railroad crossing. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Polk County Circuit Court and seeks $20 million in damages from the company. Anthony Young and Eren Askew were killed in the Feb. 24 crash. Young was driving the SUV, and Askew was a passenger.
FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH POACHING 300+ TURTLE EGGS
A South Florida man is facing federal charges after allegedly poaching more than 300 sea turtle eggs from a beach. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that 51-year-old Kenneth Cornelius Coleman is charged with illegally taking and attempting to sell the turtle eggs. Authorities say Coleman took 316 sea turtle eggs from nests in Juno Beach over two days last July.
3 MANATEES RETURNED TO WILD
Three manatees have been returned to the wild after rehabilitating at a Tampa zoo. Lowry Park Zoo officials say the sea cows were released Thursday into the warm waters of the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. Two of the manatees were rescued in January of last year and one in January 2012. They were orphaned and arrived suffering from cold stress.
2 DEAD, 1 WOUNDED AFTER MEDICAL OFFICE SHOOTING
Authorities say a man shot two people one fatally before killing himself at a South Florida medical office. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports that the gunman was having a business appointment with a woman at Doctor's Choice Medical Center Thursday afternoon. At some point, the man got angry and shot the woman, wounding her. He then fatally shot a man at the meeting before turning the gun on himself.
DISPUTED JOBLESS CLAIMS HAVE RISEN WITH NEW SYSTEM
The number of Floridians whose unemployment claims are getting held up has dramatically increased since the state installed a new system. Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Jesse Panuccio told state legislators Wednesday that there has been a 25 percent jump in disputed claims.
Source: Associated Press