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For the July 24-30 week, TPD reported 88 crime incidents. This included 26 violent crime incidents which is 22.1% more than the average number of violent crime incidents reported on a weekly basis in 2022, which was 21.3. Get the details.
City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and challenger Dot Inman-Johnson offer two different approaches to solving the crime problem – get the details.
A shooting took place in broad daylight yesterday around 3:15 p.m. inside a market on the 1400 block of Alabama Street. Officers attempted to provide life-saving aid to the victim, but the victim succumbed to his injuries. No arrests have been made. July is now considered the most deadly month of gun violence this year.
A rift within the Florida GOP has popped up after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed an additional $100 million for a state-funded rural land conservation program earlier this year. Now, the program is still going ahead and paying out millions for farmers to keep from selling their land to developers. However, demands for the payouts has already exceeded available funds. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson questioned DeSantis’ veto, and former President Trump called DeSantis “anti-farmer.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has joined groups like the Florida Ports Council in calling upon the Biden administration to crack down on illegal vape products flooding into Florida. As much as 58 percent of national vape sales have been sold in Florida in the last year. It is speculated that the illegal vapes are coming from China.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saying former President Donald Trump held him back in the 2018 election. “I saw it in Florida in my re-election. You know, I won the first time by less than a percent, second time by 20. Why did people vote against me in ’18 but they voted for me in ’22. The number one reason they gave was because of Trump,” DeSantis said.
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis and running back Trey Benson are both on the Maxwell Award Watch List. The Noles are the only school in the state with two players on the watch list, and only one of two ACC schools. The Maxwell Award goes to the most outstanding player in college football.
Florida A&M University is adding a new face to its women’s basketball team. Hall of Famer and former WNBA player Bridgette Gordon is the team’s new head coach. The hire comes after former coach Shalon Pillow resigned earlier this month.