- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

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LATEST ZIMMERMAN DUST-UP LINKED TO PRIOR ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

The man who called 911 to report he was involved in a shooting with George Zimmerman appears to be the same person involved in a road rage incident with the former neighborhood watch volunteer last year. Lake Mary Police Officer Bianca Gillett said during a news conference Monday that Matthew Apperson called 911 to report the shooting. She says Zimmerman was not the shooter. Last September, Apperson said Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking “Do you know who I am?” during a road confrontation in their vehicles.

SCOTT APPOINTS 9 TO HOSPITAL COMMISSION

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed nine members to a commission aimed at wading through the finances of hospitals that receive tax-payer funds. Only one health care professional - a reconstructive microsurgeon - was named in Monday’s announcement. With a looming $1 billion hole in the budget from the potential loss of federal funds for hospitals that treat Medicaid and uninsured patients, Scott is working to show that Florida hospitals are not in as bad financial shape as they maintain. He’s even asking hospitals to draw up profit sharing plans.



OLIVE GARDEN PLANS TO SERVE BREADSTICK SANDWICHES

Olive Garden’s plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it’s known for and make sandwiches out of them. The restaurant chain owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. says it plans to use its breadsticks for chicken parmigiana and meatball sandwiches starting June 1. The addition of the breadstick sandwiches are just the latest attempt to revamp Olive Garden’s menu and marketing as sales have declined for the past three of its fiscal years. Justin Sikora, a Darden representative, said the breadsticks used for the sandwiches will be a bit shorter and wider than the regular breadsticks. As with all other dishes, the sandwiches come with unlimited breadsticks.

LAWSUIT FILED IN FLORIDA POLICE KILLING OF MAN WITH AIR GUN

A federal lawsuit has been filed over the 2013 fatal shooting by a Broward County sheriff’s deputy of a man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle. The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed Monday on behalf of the estate of Jermaine McBean against the county, Sheriff Scott Israel and Deputy Peter Peraza. McBean was shot July 31, 2013 by Peraza outside his apartment complex while carrying the unloaded Winchester air rifle.

PANHANDLE TEEN ACCUSED OF HITTING MOM, ANIMAL ABUSE

Sheriff’s deputy say a 14-year-old Florida Panhandle boy punched his mother during an argument over animal abuse. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says the teen now faces multiple charges of battery and animal abuse. Sheriff’s deputies responding to a battery call at the teen’s home on Sunday found a dog and chicken dead and other animals wounded. The boy’s mother told authorities he had punched her and then kicked her in the chin as she fell to the ground. Investigators say the boy told them he was responsible for two recent burglaries. Deputies say the boy took two blue parakeets from a cage at one house killed them and tossed them into a lake behind his house.

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