Florida: 5 Things To Know For January 7

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

ACQUITTED FLORIDA MAYOR SUES AGAIN TO REGAIN HIS OLD JOB

A South Florida mayor cleared of federal corruption charges has gone to court to get his old job back. Michael Pizzi insists in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that he should be restored as mayor of Miami Lakes to serve out his term through November 2016. The city, however, contends that Pizzi will not be reinstated even though Gov. Rick Scott has lifted his suspension from office. The city says replacement Mayor Wayne Slaton is the properly elected leader to finish the term.

WITH HELP FROM TV SHOW TEAM, FORT MYERS CRACK A COLD CASE

Fort Myers police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a 2007 murder. Kultar Goraya was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder stemming from a seven-year-old case where his wife, Rupinder Goraya, was reported missing by her coworkers. Police say a warrant for the 40-year-old Goraya’s arrest came after local detectives worked with a team from the television show “Cold Justice.”

SHERIFF: SISTERS, 15 and 11, FATALLY SHOOT BROTHER

A 15-year-old north Florida girl and her 11-year-old sister are accused of fatally shooting their 16-year-old brother while their parents were away. Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies say the girls went to the High Springs Police Department on Monday night to report that their brother was dead. Police called the sheriff’s office and deputies arrived at the home in nearby White Springs and found the boy dead in the living room.

PAIR ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING DIDN’T MENTION KIDS IN CAR

When a South Florida mother and her boyfriend were arrested on shoplifting charges, they didn’t mention that they had three children in their car parked outside a Lauderdale Lakes Wal-Mart store. Broward Sheriff’s deputies arrested 30-year-old Tosheba Hope and 24-year-old Gerald Moultrie Monday night after the store’s security reported they tried to steal about $600 worth of tools and car accessories. Someone saw the kids crying about seven hours later.

FLORIDA STATE BEATS VIRGINIA TECH

Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half as Florida State pulled ahead early and never looked back, beating Virginia Tech 86-75 on Tuesday. Devon Bookert had 16 points for the Seminoles, who shot 19 of 26 (73.1 percent) in the first half and made 7 of 10 3-pointers.

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