Florida: 5 Things To Know For May 12
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
MIAMI POLICE OFFICER FOUND DEAD IN HIS HOME
Authorities are investigating the death as a homicide. Carl Ronaldo Patrick was found dead Friday in his Pembroke Pines home. No arrests have been made. Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz says Patrick was wearing his uniform when he died and his lunch and city laptop were inside the patrol car parked outside his house. Ortiz says he believes Patrick’s killing should be treated as a death in the line of duty.
FLORIDA POLICE FINISH PROBE INTO THEFT OF A-ROD DOCUMENTS
A Florida police department has completed its investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball’s probe into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs. The only charges filed were against a tanning salon employee, who was arrested after police said his DNA was found on a car the documents were stolen out of. However, the police report said Major League Baseball was given repeated warnings that the records they sought had been stolen and that they were not to purchase them. Still, they did so anyway, the report said.
TRIAL SET IN FLORIDA IN IRAN URANIUM SMUGGLE PLOT
Trial is scheduled to begin in South Florida for an African man on charges of attempting to illegally broker uranium ore shipments to Iran. Jury selection is scheduled Monday in West Palm Beach federal court for Patrick Campbell, who faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence if convicted.
2 TODDLERS DIE AFTER FALLING IN POOL
Two toddlers found in their grandparents’ swimming pool in Lakeland have died. Silas Lugo-Walsh, 18 months, was pronounced dead Saturday at 11:03 p.m. His 2-year-old cousin Jayvien Watkins was pronounced dead about an hour and a half later, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. The boys were missing for about 10 or 15 minutes before family members realized they were gone. Relatives found the children face down in the pool.
TRIAL STARTS OVER REDISTRICTING IN ORLANDO AREA
A trial over whether Hispanic voting power was diluted during the last round of redistricting in Florida’s Orange County is starting in federal court. Plaintiffs in the trial starting Monday claim the redistricting plan for Orange County was discriminatory under the federal Voting Rights Act since it diluted the voting strength of Hispanic voters. Orange County is the most populous county in central Florida and includes Orlando.