A daily look at Florida news, upcoming events and stories being talked about Wednesday.
GOV SCOTT TO SUE U.S. VETERANS HOSPITALS Gov. Rick Scott says he plans to sue the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because it won’t let state hospital officials inspect federal medical care facilities in Florida. He made the announcement Wednesday, though the lawsuit had not yet been filed.
FLORIDA COURT VOIDS EX-FBI AGENT’S MURDER CONVICTION A divided Florida appeals court Wednesday tossed the murder conviction and lengthy prison sentence for a former FBI agent in the decades-old mob-style killing of a gambling executive. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled 2-1 former agent John Connelly was improperly convicted for his role in the 1982 slaying of World Jai-Alai President John Callahan.
TRIAL UNDERWAY OF MAN ACCUSED OF PLOTTING ATTACK Opening statements were given in the trial of a man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in Tampa. The trial of 27-year-old Sami Osmakac began in federal court in Tampa on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney said Osmakac planned to wreak havoc in Tampa by blowing up a car bomb outside an Irish pub and then using grenades and an AK-47 to take hostages at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and demand the release of Muslim prisoners.
NO BOND FOR WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF GIRL A woman accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in her bathtub and attempting to fatally drug a 10-year-old boy will be held without bond. A judge made the ruling Wednesday in West Palm Beach. Kimberly Lucas was the longtime partner of the children’s biological mother.
SWAYZE’S WIDOW WEDS 5 YEARS AFTER ACTOR’S DEATH The widow of Patrick Swayze has remarried five years after his death. Lisa Niemi Swayze confirmed her marriage Sunday on Twitter. She wrote “How often does lighting strike twice?” and said it was “an incredible, wonderful, joyous day.” A marriage record filed with Palm Beach County shows the groom is Albert Deprisco. The couple lives in Boca Raton.