Former State Rep Charged With Domestic Violence (Polk County, FL) -- A former state representative is facing domestic violence charges for allegedly abusing his wife of ten years. Fifty-two-year-old Baxter Troutman, formerly of District 66, was arrested after an altercation about her buying a home in Lakeland early Saturday. She told authorities that he abused her on several occasions including hitting her in the nose in 2018 and breaking her finger in 2015. Troutman is now in Polk County Jail on one count of aggravated battery and two counts of battery.
Retired Fire Chief's Name And Mugshot Not On Jail Website (Daytona Beach, FL) -- The mugshot of a retired fire chief is being withheld. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the Volusia County Branch Jail website doesn't indicate Robert Mandarino was ever booked. He was among those arrested in a prostitution ring bust on December 22nd for allegedly offering twenty dollars to a woman for sex. The retired Ormond Beach Fire Chief not only has a missing mugshot, but his name is not even listed on the jail website.
UCF Investigating Death Near Main Campus (Orlando, FL) -- University of Central Florida Police are investigating a death near the main campus. The victim is not a student, despite living at an apartment complex affiliated with the university. Authorities tweeted yesterday afternoon that they are seeking information about the death. Still, they say there is no threat to the surrounding area.
Florida Felony Convicts Can Register To Vote (Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida citizens who've been convicted of a felony can register to vote starting tomorrow. That's when Amendment 4 goes into effect. It states that once convicted felons meet the terms of their sentence, including probation, they can have their right to vote restored. Those convicted of murder or sex offenses are exempt. As we discussed Friday on BML, three may be problems with implementation until the legislature can craft and enacting law.
Federal Reports Shows Florida Among Fastest Growing Populations In U.S. (Tallahassee, FL) -- A new federal report is showing the population of Florida continues to grow at one of the fastest rates in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau data released over the weekend says Florida's population increased by one-and-a-half percent between July 2017 and July 2018, placing it fifth highest in the country. Real estate experts say Florida's lack of a state income tax continues to make it an attractive destination for retirees.
NYPD Rescues Another Ring From a Sidewalk Sewer Grate (New York, NY) -- Another day, another ring. It was only five weeks after rescuing an engagement ring that accidently fell into a subway grate during a proposal, first responders are doing it again. Another ring was dropped Thursday night only a few blocks from Times Square, on Eighth Avenue and 48th Street. NBC4 New York is reporting that the woman, who does not want to be identified, says she was leaving a bar when the ring slipped off her finger and fell through a sewer grate. She emailed NYPD to report the loss. The ring was retrieved with the help of FDNY and returned to the grateful owner.
Florida Man Arrested For Attacking Father With Pizza (Holiday, FL) -- A Florida man is in custody after allegedly attacking his father with a pizza late last week. Officers responded to his Holiday home to find pizza toppings splattered inside and Robert Houston outside on the lawn. Houston's father told police his son shoved pizza in his face, held him down and yelled at him when he returned from a walk. Houston said he attacked his father because he was mad after learning that his dad helped deliver him as a baby. He is now being held on a 150-dollar bond.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, the White House rejected a petition to pardon the man at the center of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." Over 100-thousand people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition demanding Steven Avery's release, but the White House rejected it, pointing out that President Obama can't issue pardons in state cases.
1999, for the second time an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was later acquitted.
1994, Nancy Kerrigan withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, a day after her right leg was severely bruised in an attack following a practice session. Kerrigan's skating rival, Tonya Harding, went on to win the U.S. Women's title in Kerrigan's absence. It was later revealed that Harding's ex-husband hatched the plot to injure Kerrigan in an attempt to keep her off the Olympic team.
1953, President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address, that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
1789, the first presidential election was held. The people voted for electors who later selected George Washington as the first president and John Adams as vice president.