BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
MIAMI _ With the first of his three picks for the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chose a female Cuban-American appellate judge to become the state’s newest justice. Barbara Lagoa, for the past 12 years a judge on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, was introduced by DeSantis at an event at Miami’s Freedom Tower. The site is highly symbolic for Cuban-Americans because so many immigrants who fled the communist reign of Cuban leader Fidel Castro were processed into the U.S. through that building. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 511 words with AP Photos.
MIAMI _ No one had seen a young Florida mother for about a year, but her husband repeatedly assured her parents and others that Jamie Ivancic was just busy and unavailable. Then last month, her parents and brother also went silent, prompting a relative to ask police to check on their home. On New Year’s Day, Tarpon Springs police found the decomposing bodies of Richard Ivancic, 71, Laura Ivancic, 59, and Nicholas Ivancic, 25, and three dogs inside the home in a quiet retirement community not far from Tampa. By Freida Frisaro. SENT: 514 words with AP Photos.
HURRICANE MICHAEL-BEACH EROSION _ A coastal engineering consultant says Panama City Beach suffered only moderate beach erosion during Hurricane Michael.
DEPUTY RESIGNS-TOY BOMB _ A Florida sheriff’s deputy has resigned after telling authorities he sent a toy bomb to a colleague as a joke. Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials said in an email that the building where the “bomb” arrived was evacuated Tuesday while a bomb squad from the Tampa Police Department checked everything out.
EARNS-LENNAR _ Lennar Corp. (LEN) on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $796.1 million. The Miami-based company said it had net income of $2.42 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.96 per share.
OFFICER CRASH _ Authorities in Florida say a Miami police officer has crashed into a storage facility while apparently attempting to avoid another vehicle.
FATAL SHOOTING _ A Florida man who fatally shot a woman during a fight with her boyfriend faces up to 15 years in prison.
ILLEGALLY KEPT SNAKES _ An 18-year-old Florida man is accused of illegally keeping venomous snakes in a bedroom closet at his Fort Lauderdale home.
MENHADEN HEALTH _ One of the most important species of fish in the ocean’s food chain is getting a close look to help determine the health of its population.
TAMPA _ Tampa Bay is counting on Brian Arians to help Jameis Winston realize his potential, however the young quarterback is not the only component the coach will have to fix to help the Buccaneers end a long playoff drought. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
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