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PIZZI TO BE RESTORED AS MIAMI LAKES MAYOR AFTER ACQUITTAL

Acquitted of federal corruption charges, Michael Pizzi will be restored as mayor of Miami Lakes after the town decided to drop its legal fight. Wayne Slaton announced Monday he will step aside as mayor. Slaton was elected after Pizzi was arrested in August 2013, and he and the town refused to relinquish the post after Pizzi’s acquittal last year by a federal jury. Pizzi filed a lawsuit, and two courts have ruled that Pizzi was the rightful mayor to serve out his term until November 2016.

SUSPECTED ROBBER SHOT AFTER LEADING POLICE ON PURSUIT

Authorities say a robbery suspect who tried to steal a television from a northeast Florida Walmart was shot after leading officers on a brief pursuit. The shooting happened shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. Fernandina police say the unidentified man threatened a Walmart loss-prevention officer with a syringe before fleeing. Police were trying to determine what was in the syringe or if the man had any other weapons.



HASIDIC JEW SUES COLLIER SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR DISCRIMINATION

An employee is suing the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, claiming he faced workplace discrimination as a Hasidic Jew. Benjamin Newmark filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Fort Myers. Newmark says he was demoted from the sheriff’s office gang unit to a jail technician after he asked for a work schedule that would accommodate his observance of the Jewish Sabbath and some Jewish holidays.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING SWIMMER IN PANHANDLE

The search continues for a swimmer who went missing off Crab Island in the Florida Panhandle. The Northwest Daily News reports the 20-year-old man didn’t return after going for a swim on Sunday evening. He had rented a boat with a group of friends to spend the day on Crab Island. Officials say the man and a female friend got off the boat to swim around 5 p.m. Sunday. The woman made it safely back onto the boat. Authorities were alerted and the Coast Guard and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials began searching.

BROTHERS-IN-LAW DIE WHEN VEHICLE PLUNGES INTO CANAL

Two men have died after their pickup truck veered off the road and plunged into a Florida canal. The Sun Sentinel reports 47-year-old Fariles Jeanlouis and his 55-year-old brother-in-law Herold Ductan were killed after Jean-Louis’ Ford pickup truck went off the road and crashed into a canal in Fort Lauderdale Saturday night. Witnesses said the men were able to escape from the truck, but were quickly submerged in the water. Divers recovered the men from the canal but they were both pronounced dead at the hospital. The two men lived in the same home and were active leaders of a Baptist church in the area.

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