On Wednesday, January 18th, the Tallahassee City Commissioner will host the City’s Annual Retreat. The Retreat will provide an opportunity to review the progress that has been made towards Tallahassee’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Staff will also give updates on two initiatives—the Southside Action Plan and the Clean Energy Plan. Get the details.
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey has appointed Dionte Gavin as his Director of Communications. Gavin, who started the job last week, most recently served as Senior Operations Director for Visit Tallahassee. Get the details.
State Attorney Jack Campbell says his office is scaling up its efforts to go after students who bring weapons to school and make threats. His comments come after scores of worried parents rushed to Godby this week to get their kids after a rumor of a potential shooting on campus began circulating on social media.
A Leon County jury found a Tallahassee man guilty on all counts in connection with a lengthy October 2021 standoff with law enforcement. Myrick Rittman was arrested after a six-hour standoff with Tallahassee police, barricaded inside an apartment at the University Green Condos off Corvallis Avenue. The trial lasted two days and a sentencing date has not yet been set.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking at least partial credit for Manny Diaz resigning from being the Chair of the Florida Democrat Party. “In terms of the resignation of the other party’s Chairman, there ain’t many … as many Democrats around as there used to be in the state of Florida, and we had something to do with that in November 2022,” DeSantis said.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson has withdrawn from a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Law Enforcement over the information the state police agency gives out during background checks for concealed weapons licenses. The lawsuit was launched in October 2022 by former Commissioner Nikki Fried. Simpson said the agencies had reached an agreement for the FDLE to provide more details during the application process.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott is calling on an investigation to be launched regarding Chinese police stations on U.S. soil. The letter from Scott urges “immediate action and coordination between the FBI, State Department and local law enforcement” to “end these illegitimate and illegal operations and provide the American people with full transparency.” FBI Director Christopher Wray also has expressed concern over Chinese influence from back in November.
Florida State women’s basketball freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson continues to break records. Latson has tied the conference record by winning her ninth ACC Rookie of the Week award. In FSU’s two games last week vs. No. 11 NC State and Louisville, Latson averaged 21.0 points and shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the floor. She has scored in double figures in all 20 games played this season.
Florida State men’s basketball goes on the road to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight at 7:00 p.m. It’s the second meeting of the season between the Seminoles and the fighting Irish, as the Florida State took a 73-72 win at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on December 21, 2022, for its second ACC win of the season.