Florida: 5 Things To Know For Mar 21
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
EX-LAWYER GETS 5 YEARS PRISON FOR FRAUD
A former South Florida attorney who went missing for months has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for fraud involving theft of money from clients. A federal judge imposed the sentence Wednesday on Timothy McCabe of Lake Worth, who had faced a 12-year maximum sentence. McCabe pleaded guilty in October to five fraud charges involving more than $6 million and 73 victims.
4 CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY FEEDING SHARKS
Four employees of two South Florida dive boat operations have been charged with illegally feeding sharks. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Thursday that it launched an investigation in February after receiving several complaints that shark feeding was taking place off the coast of Palm Beach County during dive charter trips. Fish feeding in Florida waters has been illegal since 2002.
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES CUT IN ANNUAL CAR FEES
Starting in September motorists in Florida will pay about $25 less a year to register their car. The Florida Legislature on Thursday approved a $400 million cut in auto registration fees charged to motorists. Gov. Rick Scott made the fee rollback his top priority for the 2014 legislative session. The charges were first raised five years ago when state legislators were grappling with a large budget gap caused by the downturn in the state’s economy.
KILLER WHO SET 2 CO-WORKERS AFIRE EXECUTED IN FLORIDA
Florida man convicted of killing two female co-workers by beating them with a hammer and setting them ablaze during a robbery at the store where they worked has been executed. Authorities say 55-year-old Robert L. Henry was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. following a lethal injection Thursday at the Florida State Prison. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the Nov. 2, 1987, slayings of 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and 35-year-old Janet Thermidor at the Cloth World store in Deerfield Beach.
FLORIDA HOUSE PASSES WARNING SHOT BILL
The Florida House voted 93-24 to pass the “warning shot” bill, which would allow individuals to fire a warning shot instead of retreating from the threat of death or bodily harm. For the second consecutive day, there was heavy debate as Rep. Perry Thurston attempted to change the bill to make major changes to ‘stand your ground.’ The amendment was defeated 83-31