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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

June 12, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ORLANDO — After a standoff of more than 21 hours, officers entered an apartment where a felon with a gun had barricaded himself with four children and found them all dead, a police chief said. The hostage situation began when the girlfriend of Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. left the apartment and told police she had been battered. Lindsey then fired at responding officers, seriously wounding one of them. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 449 words. With AP Photos, AP Video.


MIAMI — A Frenchman arrested when he arrived in the United States for a world beard-growing championship pleaded guilty in Miami federal court Tuesday to participating in worldwide online illicit drug sales using the alias “OxyMonster.” Gal Vallerius, 36, pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and money laundering charges. Vallerius admitted he first sold and then began orchestrating online sales of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone and other drugs on a dark web site known as the Dream Market. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 517 words.


ALLIGATOR ATTACK — Florida wildlife officials say the lake where a 47-year-old woman was found dead from an apparent alligator attack has been the subject of multiple reports of gator activity.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-DRAMA STUDENTS — The drama students from Florida’s Parkland school have made another surprise stage appearance in New York. This time it was at fundraiser in Central Park for the summer Shakespeare in the Park program.

BABY IN FREEZER-ARREST — Police in Alabama have arrested the mother of a baby whose body was found inside a freezer in a hotel room. News outlets report 36-year-old Amanda Gail Oakes is charged with manslaughter and corpse abuse in the death of 6-month-old Curtis James Oakes.

PITBULL-GULF COAST LOUNGE — Rapper Pitbull is going to Mississippi to open a new Miami-themed lounge inspired by his Florida hometown. News outlets report that Pitbull, who real name is Armando Christian Perez, will be at the opening of the iLov305 Nightlife and Cocktail Lounge inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi.

NEIGHBOR STABBED — Police say a Florida 18-year-old stabbed his elderly neighbor, took her credit cards and left her for dead.

PLANE SKIDS-RUNWAY — A small, twin-engine plane skidded off a runway while landing at Key West International Airport. Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said in an email that the plane experienced landing gear failure during the Tuesday morning landing.

FOUR KILLED-MACHETE ATTACK — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for using a machete to kill his aunt, her pregnant daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend.

DOG DRAGGED — A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for dragging his dog behind his truck until it died. The Pensacola News Journal reports that 71-year-old Thomas Ward was sentenced last week. He previously pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated animal cruelty.

GREAT SMOKIES-FALL — A 63-year-old woman has survived a 40-foot (12-meter) fall at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

LIGHTNING STRIKES — Two people have been hit by lightning in Florida after a severe storm rolled through part of the state. The Panama City News Herald reports a 16-year-old boy in Lynn Haven was hit by lightning Monday morning and is in critical but stable condition.



JACKSONVILLE — All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who skipped voluntary workouts with the Jacksonville Jaguars, rejoins teammates for a mandatory, three-day minicamp. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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