- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

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FINAL PAYOUT BEGINS FROM FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB VICTIMS’ FUND

A news release says that on Friday the fund began distributing nearly $2.1 million in additional donations that had been received since the initial payments last fall. In total, OneOrlando will disburse nearly $31.7 million on 308 claims. The city of Orlando created the fund to help the families of 49 people killed and patrons who were inside the club when Omar Mateen opened fire June 12. Mateen was killed by police.

MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING ALLEGED DIAPER THIEF IN ORLANDO

News outlets report investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office recommended that 51-year-old Lonnie Leonard be charged in connection to the Feb. 4 shooting death of 19-year-old Arthur Adams. The State Attorney’s office charged Leonard on Wednesday with multiple offenses including manslaughter and aggravated battery.

ALMIGHTY IMPERIAL GANGSTERS MEMBER GETS 25 YEARS IN PRISON

The Justice Department said in a news release Friday that Miguel “Fuzzy” Pedraza became the 16th member of the gang sent to prison in the case. When he pleaded guilty earlier to racketeering conspiracy, Pedraza admitted participating in killings, drug dealing and other crimes. He had been a member of the gang since 1997.

COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR MAN OVERBOARD FROM CRUISE SHIP

A Coast Guard news release says 32-year-old Reco Scott of Decatur went overboard from the ninth deck of the Carnival Liberty cruise ship around 5 a.m. on Friday. The ship was about 10 miles northwest of the Berry Islands at the time. Cruise ship crewmembers launched a search boat and notified the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard says it directed a search helicopter and cutter to the area to look for Scott.

REPORT: MAN STEALS POLICE UNIFORM, TRIES TO GET DRUGS

An arrest report says 34-year-old Johnny Ray Wilson went to a Target store in the Florida Panhandle and asked a pharmacy employee for the drug Suboxone. Investigators say he wore a dark green deputy uniform and pointed to a badge in his notebook when asked for his credentials. The employee didn’t give Wilson the drug.

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