5 Things to Know in Florida for June 24
MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
FLORIDA MAYOR: I’M COOPERATING WITH FBI IN DEVELOPMENT PROBE
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, released a statement Friday saying he spoke to the FBI last week and was asked about several people and businesses. Federal grand jury subpoenas issued this month seek city redevelopment agency records about high-profile development deals.
FLORIDA MAN, 11-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON KILLED IN FIERY CRASH
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 73-year-old Joel Baker’s pickup truck was struck in an intersection near DeLand by a car traveling at a high rate of speed on Thursday night. The truck overturned and caught on fire. The Camero that hit the truck also caught fire. The driver was taken to a hospital in Daytona Beach, where he is listed in critical condition.
2 WOMEN ARRESTED, 7 CHILDREN TAKEN FROM FILTHY FLORIDA HOME
Their mothers, who are sisters, now face one count each of felony child abuse. Police arrested 27-year-old Melida Jenkins and 31-year-old Shameka Jenkins on Wednesday. Police officers say the mixture of mold, urine and feces was strong. A police report says children were lying on a “severely stained” mattress with no sheets. The younger children were wearing dirty diapers and soiled diapers littered the floor.
FLORIDA COUPLE LIVED TOGETHER, DIED IN SEPARATE ROOMS
Authorities never suspected foul play or suicide in the March 29 deaths of 50-year-old Richard Lee Hadlock and 54-year-old Sandra Lee Witkowski. But the Miami Herald reports their deaths on the same day raised questions for many around Key West. In reports released Tuesday, Dr. Thomas Beaver found Hadlock had a longstanding history of medical problems, including diabetes and renal failure.
US CONFERENCE OF MAYORS FOCUSES ON BIPARTISAN, LOCAL LEADERSHIP
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said the negativity in political debates at the state and federal levels trickles down to city council and neighborhood meetings. Cornett said the mayors try to maintain bipartisanship and unity on issues such as community block development grants, which he warned the Trump administration not to eliminate.