UPS tests Florida drone delivery; DEA raids Miami-based gym; Witness protection bill proposed

2017-02-24T09:20:07+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Thursday, Feb.23. Miami is expected to have a high of 79 and low of 63 with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, while Key West will be mostly cloudy with a high of 76 and a low of 69. Fort Lauderdale will see possible showers with a high of 80 and a low of 64, while those in Naples will have mostly cloudy skies and a high of 74 and a low of 64. Time to get smart fast:

  • Florida legislators are considering passing a bill that would make the identities of murder witnesses confidential and free from exposure in public records for up to two years after a crime is committed. Miami Democratic Rep. Cynthia Stafford stressed the need for the witness protection bill, and she said, it will persuade more witnesses to come forward without fear. Some committee members disagree, having said the bill would give the public a false hope of protection. Miami Herald
  • Police are investigating a threat that, officials said, was directed at Boca Raton High School students via Instagram. A threat of violence was posted on the social media site, forcing additional security to be present at the school Wednesday, according to officials. Principal Susie King contacted parents and asked that anyone with information please contact police or Crime Stoppers. Palm Beach Post
  • A man who, police said, is wanted in a felony hit and run was taken into custody after leading police on a chase in Southwest Miami-Dade with a child in the backseat. The man, officials said, refused to stop when police tried to pull him over. The chase ended when the man’s SUV hit a tree and caught fire. No one was seriously injured. Sun Sentinel / Miami Herald
  • The DEA raided Iron Addicts Gym in Miami, Wednesday morning, arresting 10 people on warrants for selling anabolic steroids. The investigation started in 2015 after an informant told officials that a Miami-based company was selling anabolic steroids, according to an arrest affidavit. Clients of the gym posted photos and comments on social media. One man wrote on Facebook that the facility held a “hormone club” upstairs, but this has yet to be confirmed by authorities. Local 10
  • UPS tested its first drone delivery in Florida, but tests show that there are still some glitches that need to be worked out before the new delivery method is finalized. Other companies like Amazon is already testing out its own drone delivery services. NBC Miami

 — Ingrid Padron, South Florida News Service