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5 Things to Know in Florida for June 4

June 3, 2014
Associated Press

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

CRIST CRITICIZED FOR BLOCKING EDUCATION CUTS

The Republican Party of Florida is criticizing former Gov. Charlie Crist for blocking some education cuts while he was in office. The party sent an email Tuesday comparing Crist's record on education to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott. It turns out that Crist wasn't cutting education that year. He was vetoing cuts approved by the Legislature during a special session.

JUDGE ACCUSED OF PUNCHING ATTORNEY

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn't on the bench. Another judge on Tuesday was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County.

TRIAL STARTS FOR 2ND MAN IN SEAN TAYLOR KILLING

The trial has started in South Florida for a second man accused of taking part in a botched 2007 burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor. Opening statements were set for Tuesday for 25-year-old Jason Mitchell, one of five men from the Fort Myers area charged with murder in the case. The alleged shooter, Eric Rivera Jr., was convicted last fall of second-degree murder and sentenced to 57 years behind bars.

FATHER ORDERED TO ENROLL 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN SCHOOL

A north Florida judge has ordered a Marion County man to enroll his 8-year-old daughter in school. The man is claiming he is a sovereign state and not bound by U.S. laws. Officials say 37-year-old Joseph Rosa refused to answer questions during his trial Monday. Social workers said that the girl stopped attending school last year. During visits to the house, Rosa and his wife never showed proof that their daughter was attending a private school or being homeschooled.

$26,000 IN CASH STOLEN FROM INSIDE A SHOE

Authorities are searching for a burglar who took $26,000 in cash hidden inside a shoe at a Boynton Beach home. Officials say a man found his bedroom had been ransacked Monday afternoon while he was out of the home. To his chagrin, the blue Timberland boot where he kept his money was empty. Police are still investigating the incident.

 
 

 

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