The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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The Big Bend Continuum of Care is offering cold weather sheltering that started overnight and will last through Sunday night, January 21. BBCoC also says anyone needing cold night sheltering on these nights should go to the Kearney Center located at 2650 Municipal Way from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for intake. Transportation will also be provided by StarMetro, if needed.

During the Tallahassee City Commission retreat on Wednesday, elected officials will get an update on public safety. The agenda item notes that in FY23, preliminary analyses revealed a 13.6% rise in violent crime overall.

Amy Toman is set to be the Tallahassee city attorney. Toman has served as interim city attorney since her predecessor, Cassandra Jackson, resigned late last year. Before that, she worked for Tallahassee as the deputy city attorney, a role she’s held since 2018.


Lincoln head boys basketball coach Andy Colville clinched his 500th career win on Tuesday night in the Trojans 61-47 win over Chiles.

The latest Capital City Preps high school basketball rankings have the Florida High Seminoles boys team and the Rickards Raiders girls team in the top position. Get the details.

On Tuesday afternoon, four-star defensive end and top-50 2025 prospect Javion Hilson announced on social media that he was flipping to FSU from the Crimson Tide. Hilson is one of the Seminoles’ most coveted targets in the upcoming recruiting cycle and a potential impact player off of the edge.


A Florida Senate Committee passed a memorial calling for drug cartels be designated as foreign terrorist organizations. The memorial is sponsored by Sen. Blaise Ingoglia and he said that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has seized 50.6 million fentanyl pills and 10,500 pounds of fentanyl powder. He further stated 379 million lethal doses of fentanyl have come from these apprehensions, enough to affect the entire U.S. population.

After Monday’s dominating victory in the Iowa caucuses for the Trump campaign, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign insinuated that the media participated in election interference. “Absolutely outrageous that the media would participate in election interference by calling the race before tens of thousands of Iowans even had a chance to vote. The media is in the tank for Trump and this is the most egregious example yet,” said DeSantis campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo.

After Florida Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed former President Trump, DeSantis shrugged off Rubio’s endorsement. “Donald Trump is the candidate of the Washington politicians,” DeSantis told CNN’s Dana Bash.


A federal judge yesterday blocked JetBlue Airways from acquiring Spirit Airlines, ruling the $3.8B deal would have driven up fares for price-conscious travelers and hurt competition. Spirit’s shares closed down 47% yesterday; JetBlue shares closed up 4.9%. 

Long Island murder suspect Rex Heuermann was charged in connection with a fourth murder yesterday for the 2007 killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Prosecutors charged Heuermann with second-degree murder, citing DNA evidence linking the 60-year-old former Manhattan architect to the crime scene. He was previously charged with murder in July for the deaths of three other victims.

US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.4%, Dow -0.6%, Nasdaq -0.2%) as Wall Street sifts through latest batch of fourth-quarter earnings (More)


5 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, January 17, 2024"

  1. DeSantis spent how much in Iowa and he couldn’t convince the Republicans there, who voted, to choose him over a guy who paid a porn star for sex after his third wife had recently had his 5th child, managed to bankrupt a casino and has been found liable of defamation and sexual assault?

    Why would anyone want DeSantis to be President, or Governor, when he just wants to keep wasting money on a losing cause?

    DeSantis accept your Participation Trophy and return to Florida where you can try to stay relevant…

  2. Mr. DeSantis, you do know that playing the Media Card just sank your Campaign, Right? I am sure that it took every ounce of control the Media had to say anything positive about Trump considering 98% of what they do say is Negative when it comes to Trump.

  3. “379 million lethal doses of fentanyl have come from these apprehensions, enough to affect the entire U.S. population.”

    If it is Lethal, which I believe it is, why not save the State $Millions and use this for the Death Penalty. After all, you are getting it for free.

  4. It was my intention to vote for Desantas in the primary but the writing is on the wall. Drop out and endorse Trump.

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