- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

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IMMIGRANT HAVEN OF MIAMI-DADE VOTES AGAINST SANCTUARY STATUS

The vote drew outbursts and shouts of “shame on you” from residents at the meeting. In a 9-3 vote, the commissioners sided with the mayor in saying they feared the county could lose federal funding after President Donald Trump threatened to strip it from sanctuary cities. Most of them said the decision should not affect law-abiding immigrants.

MARLINS’ HECHAVARRIA ADMITS LYING IN CUBAN SMUGGLING PROBE

Hechavarria testified Friday in the Miami trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling. Hechavarria admitted lying to federal agents about knowing a man who helped organize smuggling trips and obtain player documents. Hechavarria told jurors he didn’t want to be a snitch. He later reached a deal with the Justice Department to avoid charges if he testified truthfully.

DEPUTIES IN FLORIDA SHOOT MAN WHO RAISED A GUN TOWARD THEM

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that deputies fired shots Thursday night after coming into contact with an armed man at the Days Inn in Destin, which is west of Panama City, Florida. No deputies were injured in the shooting. The statement said two people were taken to a hospital for treatment. No conditions were available Friday morning.

FORMER CHILD INVESTIGATOR ARRESTED FOR FALSIFYING RECORDS

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 27-year-old Brittanee Carter on Thursday. Records show she worked for the Department of Children and Families until February 2016. The agency inspector general looked into allegations that Carter falsely reported that she visited Tallahassee elementary schools as part of an investigation into whether a child was sexually assaulted.

JUDGE: MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FLAMINGO INCOMPETENT FOR TRIAL

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tom Barber issued the order Friday after two doctors who examined 45-year-old Joseph Corrao concluded he’s not competent to stand trial on an aggravated animal cruelty charge stemming from the death of Pinky. Barber wants the doctors to discuss their findings and treatment options during a future hearing. Corrao, who is free on bond, attended the hearing but said little.


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