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GRAND JURY: NO CHARGES IN FLORIDA JAIL EXPLOSION
A grand jury concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to bring criminal charges in an explosion at a Florida jail that killed two inmates and paralyzed a guard, according to a report released Thursday. The explosion ripped through the jail’s bottom floor on April 30, a day after torrential rain left 2 feet of water in the building’s basement. The blast injured 200 people at the Escambia County Jail. The grand jurors concluded that “criminal charges are not appropriate,” and issued a number of recommendations for Escambia County officials as they rebuild the jail in Pensacola.
JOURNAL INDICATES FSU SHOOTER SUSPECTED GOVERNMENT
Authorities say a Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school’s library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained. Officers fatally shot 31-year-old Myron May during an exchange outside the library about 12:30 a.m. May reloaded at least once and tried to enter the library, where 300 or more students were studying for midterm exams, but was blocked by lobby security barriers that permit only students and staff inside.
SENTENCING DELAYED FOR TERROR SUPPORTER IN FLORIDA
Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in an FBI sting in which an undercover operative posed as a financing middleman in Internet chats. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro said Thursday that 31-year-old Gufran Mohammed must renounce extremism before she will consider less than the maximum 15-year prison sentence. Mohammed pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to support the al-Shabaab group in Somalia and al-Qaida in Iraq. A new hearing is Dec. 3.
6 FLORIDA TEENS ARRESTED IN GANG RAPE CASE
Six students at Winter Springs High School are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. The teens were arrested at the school on Wednesday. They are charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment charges after the girl’s mother notified police last Thursday. Winter Springs police Chief Kevin Brunelle told Orlando television stations the girl recorded part of the attack on her iPod.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS OF HIT MAN EMAIL SCAM
Officials in the Florida Keys are warning of an email scam that that claims to be from a “professional hit man” hired by a friend to kill the person receiving the document. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says it has recently had two reports of such an email. The email warns the receiver against contacting police and includes the phrase “contact my email if you want to live.”