The Tallahassee Police Department has reported that a Tallahassee Memorial Hospital worker was assaulted by four teenagers while walking to work at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 19th. The suspects were apprehended just before 8:30 a.m. after a brief pursuit at the intersection of Dade and Brewer Streets. See the TPD incident report here.
On December 18th, the City Commission approved a request to grant a variance to Chapter 5 of the Land and Development Code for construction of Phase I of the Northeast Gateway Project. The request was approved by a vote of 3 in favor, with Commissioners Matlow and Porter opposed.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant on Monday for Donald Dillbeck who was the perpetrator in the shocking 1990 murder of Faye Vann. Court records show Dillbeck stabbed Vann in the parking lot of the Tallahassee Mall and stole her car. Tallahassee Police would soon discover Dillbeck was already serving a life sentence for the murder of a Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy and had escaped from a prison work detail in Quincy. The man has been on death row for 30 years.
A death investigation is underway after a 3-year-old Tallahassee boy died Monday morning. TPD responded to an apartment complex on Roberts Avenue in reference to an unresponsive child. The child was transported to a local hospital where the child did not make it. No arrests have yet been made.
After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his proposal to pump approximately $200M into Florida’s education budget to cover teacher pay increases, Florida’s largest teachers’ union said DeSantis’ plan “seeks to punish and divide.” The Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar said that teachers are leaving the public school system because of DeSantis’ policies.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also said the reason the Florida Department of Education rejected an AP African American studies course because “queer theory” and “intersectionality” were a part of the curriculum. The department said the course is “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.”
Florida State track and field long-jumper Jeremiah Davis was named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week for the second straight week on Tuesday afternoon. Davis jumped a personal best 16.44m which is the top mark in the ACC this season and the third-best mark in the country.
FSU men’s basketball got blown out by the Miami Hurricanes last night 86-63. Caleb Mills was the Seminoles’ top scorer against Miami with 12 points on four made field goals and three made free throws. Naheem McLeod scored in double digits, adding 11 points of his own on five out of five made field goals.