NAVY TO PRESENT EVIDENCE IN CASE OF ILLEGAL VIDEOS ON SUB
U.S. Navy prosecutors are scheduled to present evidence against 12 male sailors accused of illegally making videos of female officers aboard a nuclear submarine that was among the first to allow American women to serve alongside men. The hearing on Thursday at Mayport Naval Station near Jacksonville is the first in the case against sailors accused of videotaping female officers in the dressing area of the USS Wyoming. Naval authorities say the recordings were also shared among the male sailors.
GUILTY PLEAS SET FOR 2 BROTHERS IN FLORIDA TERROR PLOT
Two Pakistani-born brothers are scheduled to plead guilty in Florida federal court to charges they plotted a terrorist attack against New York landmarks. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom scheduled a Thursday morning change-of-plea hearing for 32-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi and 22-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. The men previously pleaded not guilty to several terrorism-related charges, including conspiracy to provide material support.
MIAMI BEACH REFURBISHES LIFEGUARD STANDS FOR ITS CENTENNIAL
Miami Beach is refurbishing its iconic lifeguard stands for the city’s centennial. Two lifeguard stands will be replaced by March 20 with new ones designed by architect William Lane. More than two dozen other lifeguard stands along several miles of beaches will be refurbished by this weekend. South Florida’s subtropical weather and salty sea breezes have caused natural wear and tear to the lifeguard stands.
2 TAMPA TEENS ARRESTED IN CASE OF DOG TIED TO RAILROAD TRACKS
Two Florida teenagers are accused of shooting a dog that was found tied to the railroad tracks near Tampa. Tampa police arrested the 17-year-old boys Wednesday. They’re charged with aggravated animal cruelty charges after authorities found the dog tied to the train tracks and suffering from two gunshot wounds on March 4. Officers took the dog to an animal hospital where she’s recovering. They’ve named her Cabela.
REHABBED TURTLES RETURNED TO ATLANTIC
A dozen Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and a loggerhead sea turtle returned to the Atlantic Ocean after rehabbing at SeaWorld Orlando. The theme park’s Animal Rescue Team released the batch of turtles off Canaveral National Seashore on Wednesday. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the Kemp’s Ridley turtles were part of a group of 72 turtles rescued off the coast of Massachusetts during a mass stranding in November. Most were suffering from pneumonia when they were brought to SeaWorld Orlando for treatment.