A woman identified as a Griffin Middle School teacher, 23-year-old Angel Footman, is facing charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to court documents, several sixth-grade girls told detectives that they participated in planned fights during school hours, and they allege they were invited back for additional fights. They also reported that Footman made statements including “30 seconds, no screaming, no yelling, no phones.”
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Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and campaign advisor Sharon Lettman-Hicks are set to face a federal trial in less than two weeks. Gillum and Hicks face charges of wire fraud and both will stand trial April 17th. The two are accused of funneling money donated to Gillum’s political campaign for his personal use, and Gillum faces an additional charge of lying to the FBI.
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The Leon County Courthouse will host a group of protesters who were arrested at Tallahassee City Hall last week. The group had been advocating for abortion access after a proposed six-week ban passed in the Florida Senate.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a $4 million grant so that a new interchange can be installed at Northwest 49th Street and I-75 in Ocala. “That will allow some of that stuff to be done 10, 12 years ahead of schedule,” DeSantis told reporters in Ocala. “If you could get some of this done in seven years instead of 12 that’s going to make a big difference.”
Former Florida State lawmaker Carlos Guillermo Smith is seeking to return to Tallahassee but now as a member of the Florida Senate. The Orlando Democrat has filed for Senate District 17. He’s running to succeed state Sen. Linda Stewart, who cannot run again due to term limits. Smith is a notable progressive Democrat known for his advocacy on LGBT issues.
During the March 31-April 2 weekend, the Tallahassee Volleyball Academy (TVA) “16 Smack Team” won a national title at The Big South National Qualifier. The tournament is billed as “the largest indoor volleyball tournament held on a single weekend in North America.”
Florida State baseball fell in two games out of three to the Clemson Tigers from this past weekend. In Saturday’s rubber match, the Noles fell 6-2 and we unable to get the offense going until the 7th inning. FSU pitching also gave up early runs, most notably a grand slam in the 2nd inning. The Noles head to Gainesville tomorrow night to take on the No. 3 Florida Gators. …