Seminole Hard Rock gains new foe
A South Florida casino wants a federal judge to stop blackjack and other games at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Lawyers for Isle Casino of Pompano Beach cited last week's Florida Supreme Court ruling that declared unconstitutional the tribe's recent gambling agreement with the state. The filing Monday is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed in federal court in Tallahassee challenging that agreement.
Seminole lawyers say final authority on the games rests with the U.S. Interior Department, not the state courts. Blackjack and other Las Vegas-style card games began June 22. They have continued at the Hard Rock despite the Supreme Court's ruling. Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminoles signed the gambling compact in November.
Felon charged in boy's accidental shooting
A felon was charged Monday with possessing a gun that went off and left his girlfriend's 3-year-old son in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his neck, police said.
Nicholas Fairclough, 27, had a sawed-off shotgun and a .38-caliber derringer in a duffel bag that was knocked to the floor by the child, Eric L. Bell, said Lt. Pat Ivey of the Jacksonville police. The boy was listed in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville hospital.
Fairclough was charged with culpable negligence, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and possession of a firearm by a felon. Jail records do not show if he has a lawyer. Police said Fairclough has a 2006 conviction for narcotics trafficking.
Officer runs over woman in driveway
Authorities say a 33-year-old woman was lying in a private driveway when she was accidentally run over and killed by an Alachua police officer.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Officer Chad Scott was responding to a report of a disturbance early Sunday.
The report says Angela Tanner was lying on the unpaved driveway when the officer tried to swerve his car to avoid her. Tanner was declared dead at the scene.
Scott is on administrative leave.
It is unknown why the woman was lying in the driveway.