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D.J. Wright, a retired principal and Leon County Schools hearing officer, has recommended that the book “I Am Billie Jean King” remain in the Hawks Rise elementary school library. Get the details.
Tallahassee Police is investigating a shooting that took place at the 700 block of Westcott Drive around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday. One person was shot in the street but was not suffering from life-threatening injuries. No suspect is yet in custody. It is the 56th shooting in Tallahassee in 2023.
A bank ATM was robbed Wednesday in broad daylight on Mahan Drive, according to TPD. Two individuals approached the ATM technician around 2:30 p.m. with a gun and took cash. TPD is working to identify and locate the suspects.
Florida Republican State Rep. Spencer Roach’s home was shot at Thursday morning. Roach said that the bullet went through the front window of their foster children’s room. Roach did not hear the shot and only noticed something when he found a hole in the nursery room’s drywall. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Recently elected Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan has proposed $500,000 in the new city budget to remove a “Women of the Southland” statue in Springfield Park, formerly known as Confederate Park. The statue depicts a mother reading the Bible to her two young children, reflecting what women of the Civil War were without their husbands. Former Mayor Lenny Curry expressed support for the removal of the monuments and Deegan said that “we should be ashamed of” the monuments.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently expressed sentiment for bringing the war in Ukraine “in for a landing.” He stated that Russia’s attempt to bring Ukraine under a puppet control, similar to Belarus, has been a failure. However, he did not specify what peace negotiations would look like. Recently at a BlazeTV summit, DeSantis said that he would want to see Europeans be more active in backing Ukraine.
Florida State baseball’s Brad Vanderglas has been elevated to assistant coach, head coach Link Jarrett announced Thursday. Vanderglas spent the past two seasons as Jarrett’s volunteer coach, at Notre Dame in 2022 and with the Seminoles in 2023. Before Notre Dame, Vanderglas was a standout recruiter at Indiana State.