Orlando Police officer suspended after kicking 13-year-old boy in the chest: Orlando Police Officer Neal Chase used an excessive amount of force when he kicked a 13-year-old boy in the chest during an arrest in May 2018, documents show. Chase was suspended for 16 hours in June 2018 after the probe found that his actions weren't in compliance with department policy. Footage from another officer's body camera and a review of the reports from the incident prompted the investigation. The investigators write that the boy was in "a position of submission" when he was kicked in the chest.
Orlando is the fifth most 'rent-burdened' U.S. city: The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro came in high on a report released by government-sponsored mortgage lender Freddie Mac ranking the nation's top 20 rent-burdened metro areas – areas whose residents spend more than 30 percent of total income on housing. Miami is ranked as the most rent-burdened city in the U.S., followed by San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando. Two other Florida cities, Tampa and Jacksonville, came in at No. 7 and No. 25 respectively on the list.
Ocala mayor accused of being involved with KKK proclaims April 26 Confederate Memorial Day: Last week, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, who's spent the last four years denying allegations that he's tied to the KKK, proclaimed April 26 "Confederate Memorial Day" – a day that is already designated a legal holiday in Florida. Guinn, Ocala's mayor since 2011, said his proclamation was about honoring Marion County veterans and that the Daughters of the Confederacy had requested the proclamation.
Florida House moves forward with plan to cap THC levels for smokable medical marijuana: Veterans would get free medical-marijuana identification cards, the level of THC would be capped in smokable marijuana and it would be harder for sick children to get full-strength medical pot under a new House proposal. The legislation also would set limits on the potency of medical marijuana edibles and fast-track the state health department's medical pot rule-making process. While the House bill would set what many consider a low cap of 10 percent on the level of THC in whole-flower smokable products, the daily amount of THC that would be permitted in edible products – 200 mg per day – is higher than what most patients would consume, experts say.
A man successfully swam all the way to the Lake Eola fountain: A man who had his mind set on going for a swim in Lake Eola last week was pulled from the water by the Orlando Fire Department diver team. The man was first reported around 1 p.m. Sunday. This isn't the first time someone has made it to the fountain. In 2017, a man who stole a swan boat and marooned himself on the fountain told police he ingested a large quantity of MDMA and wanted to be with the swans.
Florida Republicans push forward plan to make ex-felons pay fees before restoring voting rights: Republican state Rep. James Grant has crafted a bill that has infuriated advocates of the amendment and caused hundreds of phone calls and emails to legislators urging them to kill the proposal. Voter-approved Amendment 4 automatically restored voting rights to felons "who have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation" and excluded people "convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense." But under the House proposal, felons would have to pay all court fees, jail fees, monitoring fees, fines and restitution to be eligible for the "automatic" vote restoration.
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