The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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The Tallahassee City Commission will review the final report of the Charter Review Committee. See the 3-page report here.

Florida State Representative Allison Tant will appear on The Steve Stewart Show today at noon on RealTalk 93.3. Tant represents House District 9 which includes the eastern part of Leon County and most of Jefferson County.

A Tallahassee man was arrested Friday in connection to a shooting that occurred Thursday on Lake Bradford Road. That shooting left another man shot in the chest. Gary Warthen Jr., 22, faces an attempted murder charge in connection to the shooting that occurred in the parking lot at the Tony Mart Convenience store, located on the 1700th block of Lake Bradford Road. That’s according to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest. Warthen shot the victim “with the intent to kill him in a premeditated fashion but failed to do so.” 

A second arrest was made over the weekend in connection to the death of a 3-year-old boy who died last year after ingesting fentanyl. Tony Balcom, 54, was arrested Saturday and faces charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and possession of firearm by convicted felon. He faces the same aggravated manslaughter charge as the child’s mother, 35-year-old Camren Evans, in connection to the death investigation of the child who was found unresponsive inside of Balcom’s apartment last year in January.


The Chiles flag football team topped Suwannee Monday 12-0 to win their eighth straight game.

The Florida State Seminoles’ offense came through again as they completed the series sweep with a 17-7 win over Pitt (8-21, 0-9) in five innings on Sunday evening.  The offense was the story of the weekend as the Noles scored 40 runs on 39 hits. FSU will return to the Seminole Softball Complex for another ACC series against NC State this upcoming Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday barring minors under 14 from creating accounts on social media platforms that employ addictive features and data collection software. The legislation allows for 14 and 15-year-olds to create accounts on the apps with parental consent. Additionally, the bill requires adequate age verification measures for internet sites that contains obscene or “harmful” content, unsuitable for minors.

While in Florida over the weekend, former President Donald Trump saidhe wants a primary challenger to Republican Rep. Laurel Lee, who represents the state’s 15th Congressional District. Lee had endorsed Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, bucking the vast swath of Florida’s D.C. GOP delegation backing Trump. She had been DeSantis’ secretary of state from 2019 to 2022. 

The Gov. Ron DeSantis administration has announced another rescue mission landed from Haiti with evacuees who could not return home due to the ongoing political crisis. The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) has successfully brought 21 more Americans home from Haiti. To date, 35 Americans have been rescued by state-coordinated emergency flights.


The US Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether to restrict access to abortion medication mifepristone, a technique used for roughly 60% of abortions in the US last year. A 2023 lower court ruling to ban pandemic-era mail deliveries and telemedicine prescriptions of the drug, as well as limit its use to seven weeks, was put on hold in April. A high court decision is expected in June.

New York appeals court temporarily pauses enforcement of $454M judgment in former President Donald Trump’s civil business fraud case if Trump posts a lowered bond of $175M within 10 days as appeals process plays out (More). 

Boeing CEO David Calhoun announced yesterday he would depart his position at the end of the year, a decision that followed a series of safety issues at the plane manufacturer. The head of the company’s commercial airplane unit, Stan Deal, will resign immediately, while the board chairman, Lawrence Kellner, won’t run for reelection in May. 

US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.3%, Dow -0.4%, Nasdaq -0.3%) to start shortened trading week (More). 


One Response to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, March 26, 2024"

  1. ref: “New York appeals court temporarily…Trump…”

    just my opinion

    A Travel Advisory warning people against visiting New York should be immediately issued. It should warn people traveling to the Big Apple: 1. higher than normal crime rate and if your fight back you may be charge with a crime. 2. your assailant will be released immediately and may attack you a second time after you get out of jail), 3. if you are thinking of working for a NYC government, be warn if you criticize your employer, you will be sent to a “reeducation class” and if your open a business and then run for public office, the government will come after you.

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