Posted: 4:59 am Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
By Mimi Lawson
No charges have been filed in the death of a 2-year-old boy Tuesday after being left for hours inside a hot sport utility vehicle. Jacob Manchego was left alone inside the Chevrolet Equinox for more than five hours while his half-sister, 21-year-old Fiorella Vanessa Silva-Tello, was working at a daycare center in Brandon.
A student pilot crashed a plane at Albert Whitted airport yesterday in St. Petersburg. No one was hurt.
The defense has rested it’s case against Curtis Reeves in the “Stand Your Ground” murder trial in Pasco. Yesterday the prosecution began to tell the judge why the retired police officer should be charged with murder in the movie theater shooting
A federal judge has agreed to release the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at Florida’s Pulse nightclub on a $500,000 bail until she faces trial. The judge decided Wednesday that Noor Salman, 31, isn’t a flight risk or a danger to public safety. She said that there’s no evidence that Salman has connections to the Islamic State or holds extremist views.
In a related story, the City of St. Petersburg is considering moving the Pride Parade from the Central District to downtown to enhance security. This move is direct response to the PULSE Nightclub attack.
Proposed funding cuts by Governor Rick Scott are a big concern for local charities and the Arts. Proponents of continued grants are warning of a loss of services, programs and cultural activities.