Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Woman who trespassed on MacDill Air Force Base pleads guilty, is sentenced

MacDill Trespasser sentenced

The homeless woman accused of sneaking onto MacDill Air Force Base four times since 2012 has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to her serial trespassing. Suzanne M. Jensen, 51, was sentenced to serve six months and three days for illegally entering the base. She has been jailed since her arrest, so Jensen was released Feb. 4, four days after she pleaded guilty. Prosecutors had previously said they thought Jensen was mentally ill. Her mother says Jensen may believe she is a secret agent working for the military. Jensen has trespassed at several other military installations and once spent a weekend camping in a California congressman's Washington, D.C., office.

State Fair's new Wi-Fi comes with few glitches

Interference in the Florida State Fair's Wi-Fi system caused armbands' barcodes to stop scanning correctly Sunday. Ride operators were told to let people wearing the armbands onto rides without scanning them, said Chuck Pesano, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority. Cisco provides the Wi-Fi equipment for the fair, and its engineers were working Monday to correct the problem. Officials expected some glitches when switching from the old ticketing system to the FunCards and scanned armbands, Pesano said. The system could not be fully tested until all of the rides were set up because the attractions and lights can create interference. Sunday was an especially busy day, Pesano said, which added to the interference and slowed down the Wi-Fi. The problem affected about 10 to 15 percent of the rides at the fair.

District close to settling campaign firing suit

The Hillsborough County School District is close to settling the federal lawsuit filed by a maintenance worker who was fired for a campaign-related activity. The district said George Olmo violated one of its policies in early 2012 when he gave Leto High School cafeteria workers petitions to re-elect School Board member Susan Valdes. Olmo contends the firing was politically motivated, as Valdes is a well-known critic of superintendent MaryEllen Elia. The lawsuit, which accuses the district of unlawful termination, says Olmo didn't violate the policy because the campaign season hadn't started.

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