Morning Juice: Oil on the Way to Our Beaches; Felony Charges Looming for Broward Commissioner

Here's a look at what's in the local headlines this Tuesday morning:

  • "Tar balls" have been found in Key West, the harbinger for oil in the Gulf of Mexico spreading to the South Florida coast, with potential for a dramatic effect on the marine ecosystem. [WPLG]
  • Judging by remarks made by her defense attorney, Diana Wasserman-Rubin will be hit with felony charges for unlawful compensation. The Broward County Commissioner voted on grant proposals for the Town of Southwest Ranches that were prepared by her husband, Richard Rubin. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • A Fort Lauderdale teen, Jason Hartley, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in the June 2008 strangulation death of 14-year-old Neica Gibbs. [Miami Herald]

  • An outburst occurred Monday in a West Palm Beach court during the trial of Michael Murdock, accused of killing an ice cream truck driver in December 2008. The defense motion for a mistrial was denied, and the trial's opening statements continued. [WPBF-25]
  • West Palm Beach is giving refunds to motorists who were caught on camera making a right turn on a red light after appeals led to the cases being thrown out. [Palm Beach Post]

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