Florida: 5 Things To Know For September 30

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Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

3 DEAD FOLLOWING SOUTH FLORIDA CRASH

Three people are dead following a fiery head-on collision over the weekend in South Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that a man was driving a Ford Fusion on Military Trail in Boynton Beach Sunday afternoon when he swerved into the oncoming lane and crashed into an Acura TSX. The Fusion went airborne and hit a Toyota Camry. After finally reaching the ground, the Fusion burst into flames.

MAN GETS LIFE FOR FATAL HOME INVASION

A north Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal home invasion. A Putnam County judge sentenced 38-year-old Gary Stephen Bennett Jr. on Monday. Authorities say Bennett broke into 52-year-old Maureen Haugdahl’s Interlachen home in May 2012 and fatally shot her. Bennett ransacked the home and stole several items, including the woman’s vehicle. DNA evidence linked Bennett to the scene and to the car keys of the victim’s vehicle.

10 INJURED AFTER SCHOOL BUS CRASH IN NORTH FLORIDA

Authorities say 10 people, including seven children, were injured when a semi rear-ended a stopped school bus as children were exiting in north Florida. Bradford County Sheriff’s Capt. Brad Smith said the accident occurred Monday afternoon, just north of Starke, and that none of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. Smith said two or three of the children had serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

1 DEAD, 3 HOSPITALIZED AFTER APARTMENT FIRE

Authorities say a South Florida apartment fire left one person dead and sent three others, including a police officer, to the hospital. Hialeah Fire Rescue reports that firefighters responded to the two-story building early Monday morning. Officials say the person who died and two others were in the same until. The police officer was transported as a precautionary measure after complaining about shortness of breath.

SPANIARD GETS 150 YEARS PRISON IN DRUG MONEY CASE

A Spanish man has been sentenced to 150 years in U.S. prison for operating a major cocaine money-laundering ring based in Miami. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the lengthy sentence Monday on Alvaro Lopez Tardon, who lived in Madrid, Spain, and Miami Beach. He was convicted by a jury in June.

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