Top court rejects challenge to 'Save Our Homes' law
The state Supreme Court again has rejected a challenge to the Florida Constitution's Save Our Homes Amendment. For a second time this week, the justices Wednesday refused to hear an appeal of lower court rulings upholding the constitutional provision limiting increases in annual property tax assessments to 3 percent for primary homeowners. That let stand a 1st District Court of Appeal decision in a lawsuit by three out-of-state owners of second homes in the Florida Panhandle, who do not get the tax break. The high court on Monday refused to hear a similar challenge to both Save Our Homes and another amendment that lets homeowners take at least part of their accumulated tax benefits with them when they move.
Mom charged with leaving kid on bus
A mother has been charged with child neglect for leaving her 2-year-old child on a Miami bus.The arrest report says the unidentified woman abandoned her child on a county bus in the Miami suburb of Palmetto Bay on Tuesday morning. Police were called to the scene after she ignored the bus driver's yells that the child was on the bus and walked away.The child is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.
Charges follow bomb threats
A Florida man has been charged with calling in dozens of bomb threats to hospitals, courthouses and schools, wasting more than $1 million in investigations. Authorities say David Disharoon had fallen on hard times and was mad at the world when he called in the first threat May 1. Disharoon, 47, accused of making 50 calls, was charged Tuesday with at least 21 counts of threatening to discharge a destructive device. He could face additional charges from the FBI and municipal police departments.
Woman dies after crashing into bus
A woman was killed when her car crashed into the back of a Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus. The sheriff's office reports that the bus was picking up passengers near Orange Park Tuesday afternoon when the 19-year-old woman, who was not identified, drove into the bus. Authorities say she swerved too late to avoid the collision.
Report: Inmate found hanging
An inmate at the Charlotte County jail appears to have killed himself. The Sheriff's Office reports that 50-year-old Jeffrey Bruce Brooks was found hanged in his cell Tuesday morning. Detectives say he used a pull-string mesh laundry bag. Brooks was alone in cell during a check 20 minutes before his body was found. The medical staff at the jail tried to revive him but was unsuccessful. Brooks was arrested Monday on charges of marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.