5 Things to Know in Florida for July 1
MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
STEELERS’ ARTIE BURNS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE
A Miami Beach Police report says an officer pulled over Burns’ Cadillac SUV in South Beach on Thursday for having an expired tag. The report says the 22-year-old Burns failed to produce a driver’s license, and was handcuffed and taken to a county jail. Miami-Dade County court records show Burns hadn’t paid hundreds of dollars in traffic tickets and failed to appear for a hearing.
FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT WORTH NEARLY $150 MILLION
Scott on Friday filed financial information that listed his net worth at nearly $149 million, or a jump of nearly 25 percent from the previous year. The Republican governor is a former health care executive who was a multi-millionaire before he sought office in 2010. Scott refuses to take a state salary, and instead relies on income earned from a blind trust that is controlled by a long-time business associate.
FLORIDA DEPUTY PLEADS GUILTY AGAIN IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE
A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 42-year-old Frantz Felisma pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated identity theft and access device fraud, the same charges he previously pleaded to in March. He withdrew the plea in May. He faces up to 12 years in federal prison at his Aug. 1 sentencing. Felisma has been on unpaid leave since his December arrest.
FLORIDA UNDECIDED ON REQUEST FROM VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION
Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said he has not seen the letter that had been sent to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Wednesday. But a spokeswoman for Detzner said the agency was reviewing the request. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked election officials across the country for voter information, including names, political party affiliation and voter history.
FLORIDA SWEARS IN NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Flanked by family and friends, Jimmy Patronis was sworn in Friday during a brief ceremony held in the office of Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican governor earlier this week picked the former legislator and utility regulator to take the job that had been held by Jeff Atwater. Atwater is ending his term early to take a top position at Florida Atlantic University.