Minister, a sex offender, asks to go to jail
A South Florida minister who pleaded no contest for impregnating his 15-year-old goddaughter has an unusual request. Cory Cortezis Lewis, 35, on Thursday asked a judge to serve 1 1/2 years in prison instead of the two-year house arrest sentence he got last week. Lewis says he can't live at home because of Fort Lauderdale's tight restrictions on registered sex offenders. The house is 700 feet from a bus stop, violating an ordinance to keep offenders beyond 1,400 feet. The judge turned him down, saying Lewis got house arrest so he could support his seven children. The victim said she'd rather have his financial help than see him in jail.
Coach accused of knife threat
An assistant football coach is under arrest after he allegedly threatened several players with a pocketknife. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Michael Campbell pointed the knife in a threatening manner at one of the Kathleen High School players during practice. Authorities say the 30-year-old Lakeland man later admitted to the school's athletic director that he took a knife to practice and told players, "Don't try me today."
Owner gets rare $1,000 bill back
A Miami cigar shop owner has got his $1,000 bill back after it disappeared 10 years ago. Mauricio Hanono gave his son the rare 1934 bill as a wedding gift. It was meant to be a family memento but got lost a decade ago after father and son mixed up who was to pay the monthly fee for the safe deposit box where it was stored. Alex Sink, Florida's chief financial officer, came to Miami to hand the bill to Hanono at his cigar shop. The department's bureau of unclaimed property is responsible for returning abandoned jewelry, money and other items to the owners or heirs of abandoned deposit boxes. Hanono said he'll let his son decide whether to sell it or keep it.
PANAMA CITY BEACH
City turns down giant music fest
Panama City Beach leaders have rejected plans by a concert promoter for a spring break festival. The City Council voted down the 2010 Beach Scene Music Festival on Thursday, saying the expected crowd of 100,000 spring breakers wasn't welcome. Promoters said the March event would bring 60 top performers including the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson. But Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst said the resort town doesn't have enough police to control the anticipated crowds.