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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

June 8, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at imader@ap.org. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at dfischer@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



DAVIE — Authorities searched a Florida pond Friday after a witness told police an alligator attacked a woman walking her dogs and dragged her into the water. The caller reported seeing the alligator drag her into the pond in Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park at about 9:45 a.m. Friday. By Kelli Kennedy.




FORT LAUDERDALE — A judge will review a 12-hour video interview between Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz and detectives before deciding which parts can be publicly released. By Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.




JACKSONVILLE — A woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own was sentenced Friday to 18 years for kidnapping. She will also serve five years concurrently on a charge of custody interference. Gloria Williams was sentenced for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998. SENT: 466 words.


HOUSTON-DEMOCRAT CONVENTION — Houston has joined at least seven other cities seeking the 2020 Democratic National Convention with the City Council overwhelmingly backing a resolution that offers logistic services like office space and parking to the Democrats if the city is selected for the event.

SHOTS FIRED-TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL — Prosecutors have formally charged a Florida man who stormed President Donald Trump’s Miami-area golf resort and exchanged gunfire with police.

DOGS-HOT VAN DEATH — A Florida man who left his dogs in his van while he went drinking faces more charges after being arrested for disorderly conduct. Court records say he didn’t tell deputies that three dogs were in the van, and now two of them are dead.

DEPUTY-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — Authorities say a Florida deputy at a high school for a training session accidentally shot himself in the hand. A statement from Indian River County Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Flowers says the deputy was trying to clear his weapon when it discharged on Friday morning.

DEAD BABY-OCEAN — Investigators say a baby found floating in the Atlantic Ocean was four to seven days old and had likely been in the water for less than one day.

INTERSTATE SHOOTING — Police say the driver of a pickup truck fired a shot at another vehicle before fatally shooting himself on Interstate 75 following a brief police chase.

FATAL SHOOTING-ROBBERY — A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a fatal robbery that earned him and an accomplice $4. The Florida Times-Union reports that Devonte Lafelton Hanford was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

BOMB THREAT-JUDGE — A Florida inmate has pleaded guilty to threatening a judge who presided over his case.



MIAMI — The Marlins begin a weekend of festivities celebrating their 25th anniversary Friday when left-hander Caleb Smith is scheduled to start against San Diego lefty Eric Lauer. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.


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