FLORIDA’S MEDICAID WEBSITE DOWN FOR REPAIRS
Florida’s website that determines Medicaid eligibility will be down for repairs starting Friday. The Department of Children and Families is making changes to the system to comply with guidelines from federal health officials. The website will be offline starting at 7 p.m. on Friday through Monday. Consumers should complete and e-sign any application started before the scheduled downtime.
PILOT DISORIENTED IN FATAL PLANE CRASH
Federal transportation investigators say a lack of experience flying by instrumentation in bad weather and disorientation caused a December plane crash in Jacksonville that killed a father and his two daughters. The National Transportation Safety Board released its investigative report into the Dec. 8 crash into a pond that killed 60-year-old Michael Huber, 20-year-old Tess Huber and 17-year-old Abigail Huber.
THREAT ON WOMAN’S TURTLE LEADS TO STABBING
Authorities say a Palm Beach County woman has been arrested for stabbing her boyfriend after he threatened to hurt her turtle. The sheriff’s office reports that 53-year-old Marie Seymour of Lake Park faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the Tuesday incident. She has since been released from jail. Seymour told deputies she was drinking with her boyfriend when he made the threat and then came after her.
MAN ARRESTED IN MAIL FRAUD SCHEME
A 70-year-old Florida man is accused of mail fraud involving a scam that targets the elderly. The News-Press of Fort Myers reports Ronald Mendleski was arrested Wednesday and released on $100,000 bail. He was ordered to surrender his passport and firearms and his travel between southwest Florida and North Dakota. Mendleski owns International Data Products. He will appear at a preliminary hearing in North Dakota.
PANHANDLE SCHOOL BANS BREASTFEEDING MOM FROM CAMPUS
A 25-year-old Florida Panhandle woman was issued a trespass warning after a disagreement with an elementary school principal about the way she was breastfeeding her young daughter on campus. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports Meagan Shoemaker was at Plew Elementary School in Niceville on Wednesday for her niece’s weekly fitness event. Principal Carolyn McAllister talked to Shoemaker after receiving a complaint from another parent, asking her to use discretion. Shoemaker says she was being discreet, putting a barrier between herself and the students.