The SoFlo Scoop: Infestation of screwworm creates agricultural emergency; Hurricane and tropical storm watch; Miami police will wear body cameras by 2019.

2016-10-05T14:38:25+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Miami is expected to have a high of 85 and a low of 78 with wind and showers developing in the day, while Key West will have isolated thunderstorms, with a high of 86 and a low of 80.  Fort Lauderdale will see a cloudy sky and can expect showers, with a high of 85 and a low of 78, while those in Naples will see a partly cloudy sky with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, with a high of 89 and a low of 78. Here’s the scoop:

  • An NFL linebacker was arrested at Miami International Airport on Sunday after packing a loaded firearm, authorities said. Philadelphia Eagles player Nigel Bradham, 27, gave the TSA officers his concealed weapons permit and said that he forgot the gun was still in his backpack, the officers said. Miami-Dade police said the former Florida State linebacker has a pending case for punching a man in his nose at a South Beach Hotel in July. Local 10
  • South Florida may yet be hit by Hurricane Matthew. A hurricane watch is in effect for Broward County through the Volusia/Brevard line, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Miami-Dade County. Gov. Rick Scott warned residents Tuesday morning to take the storm seriously. WSVN
  • A state report cleared the Palm Beach Zoo in a fatal attack involving a zookeeper and a Malayan tiger. Stacy Feige Konwiser died from a neck injury on April 15 and couldn’t be rescued because the 13-year-old tiger would not move from her side. The report stated that Konwiser failed to follow zoo policy by telling another worker she was entering the stockade, and she went in without an important safety tool called a “fogger device” while working in the exhibit. Palm Beach Post
  • A couple said a gas station in Fort Myers unjustly billed them for more than 27,000 gallons worth of gas. Susan Gowler said they didn’t realize there was an issue until her husband tried to use his credit card the following day, and it was declined. Gowler checked the receipt from the Valero gas station and saw that her husband’s card was charged nearly $10,000. WSVN
  • Miami officials announced that hundreds of the city’s police officers will wear body cameras by 2019. The U.S. Department of Justice gave Miami police $960,000 to help fund the purchase of 640 body worn cameras, digital storage and experts to manage the video, according to Miami’s 2017 budget. Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said the cameras help capture police interactions. Miami Herald
  • An agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County was declared by the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture after dozens of endangered Key deer were infected with screwworm fly maggots.  The manager of the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key said more than 40 deer have been put to death by health officials since September. The flies lay their eggs in the wounds of injured animals, and humans can be infected the same way. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, this is the first local infestation of screwworm in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Miami Herald

— Jayda Hall and Steven Preciado, South Florida News Service