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The Leon County Commission will hear a proposal today that would look to combat high crime rates by housing officers in those areas as a deterrent. K. Lennorris Barber, the executive director for the Mount Olive Affordable Housing and Community Development Corporation, is asking the county to buy up the first of what he hopes are many properties in the area, starting with a home on the 800 block of Delaware Street. Barber has targeted all of the “neighborhood first communities,” including Bond, Frenchtown, South City and Griffin Heights as potential home areas for the program.
Tallahassee Police is investigating two Saturday morning shootings. The first shooting happened around 4:13 a.m. at the 800 block of Sunridge Road. A woman was shot by a bullet that came through her window. The second shooting happened around 5:31 a.m. at the 1303 Ocala Road at Acasa Ocala Apartments.
Gasoline prices in Florida and nationally continued to decline last week, with Florida motorists paying an average of $3.56 a gallon Monday for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to the AAA auto club. That was down from $3.64 a week earlier and down from a 2023 peak of $3.72 on April 21. According to AAA, Tallahassee gas prices average $3.419.
A bill that would have prevented local governments from removing historic monuments died in committee and did not make it across the finish line during this year’s Florida Legislative Session. State Rep. Dean Black said he will bring the measure back up in the 2024 Session. “We’re going to make some policy changes to it and some refinements,” Black said. “It will definitely be refiled in the next upcoming Session.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has received a list of six names to fill the vacant slot on the Florida Supreme Court left by former Justice Ricky Polston. Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted four judges from the 6th District Court of Appeal—Chief Judge Meredith Sasso, and Judges Jared Smith, Joshua Mize, and John Stargel—along with two circuit judges, Thomas Palermo from Hillsborough County and Chief Judge Thomas McHugh from the 20th Judicial Circuit. All except McHugh have a known affiliation with the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Florida State softball pitcher Kathryn Sandercock was selected one of 14 athletes selected at the Athletes Unlimited Softball Draft on Monday night. Sandercock will be invited to make their pro debut with Athletes Unlimited. Sandercock became just the fourth Seminole to eclipse 100 career wins, she holds the FSU record for career saves record and the record for saves in a single season, and this year posted a 1.22 ERA.