Top 5 Florida stories trending for Thursday

June 11, 2014 

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

FSU DEALING WITH BUMPY SEARCH FOR PRESIDENT Florida State University is going to decide what to do next in its messy search for a new president. A search committee is meeting on Wednesday. The committee is expected to vote on whether to resume a normal search to find a new leader. FSU initially was planning on interviewing powerful Republican politician John Thrasher for the job and decide whether to offer him the position. But that interview is now being postponed after Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston stepped forward and applied for the job.

COURT: WARRANTLESS CELL TRACKING UNCONSTITUTIONAL A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators must obtain a search warrant to collect records from cellphone towers that are often used to track suspects’ movements. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that the cellphone data is protected by the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The ruling means authorities must meet a higher legal standard of probable cause in order to gain access to the data.

EX-PARTNER OF FLORIDA PONZI SCHEMER TO PLEAD GUILTY A former partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in a now-defunct South Florida law firm is set to plead guilty to conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke set a change of plea hearing for Stuart Rosenfeldt on Wednesday. He had previously pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Rosenfeldt was involved in campaign finance violations and financial irregularities at Fort Lauderdale’s Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm.

PANHANDLE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ARRESTED FOR SLAPPING CHILD An Escambia County school bus driver was arrested after a woman says the driver slapped her child with the back of her hand. The incident happened in April. The woman says her 9-year-old child has special needs. School officials wouldn’t comment because of an ongoing investigation.

WRONGLY ARRESTED TWICE IN CLAY COUNTY A woman says she was wrongly arrested two times by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Ashley Nicole Chiasson says she spent 28 days in jail before officials discovered they’d arrested the wrong person. Then, while she was at a hearing to get the charges dropped, she was arrested on other charges. The person deputies were looking for was Ashley O. Chiasson. She’s still at large.

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