Morning Juice: Ex-Florida GOP Leader Faces Criminal Probe; BSO Deputy Was Speeding in Fatal Crash

Local headlines for this Thursday morning:

  • Divers along Alligator Alley discovered a submerged minivan that contained human remains, apparently those of Nelta Jacques, a 27-year-old Tampa woman who disappeared along with her two daughters during a 1999 visit to her father in Fort Lauderdale. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Jim Greer, former head of the Florida Republican Party, is under criminal investigation for allegedly funneling a party contract to a consulting company he owned. [Miami Herald]
  • The Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who struck a car on Oakland Park Boulevard in January, killing a teenager, was going 89 mph, according to BSO investigators. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • According to a family lawyer, Josie Lou Ratley's condition took a turn for the worse yesterday as doctors acknowledged that two weeks after she was attacked, she still couldn't breathe on her own, had sustained brain damage, and might lose some use of the right side of her body. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Cities like Wellington that contract with the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office to police their streets will have to cut back on the number of officers due to a budget crunch. [Palm Beach Post]

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