$500 Wasn’t A Parting Gift
Sheriff’s investigators have arrested Zachery Beeber on charges of theft after he reportedly stole nearly $500 from the 7-11 on Mericamp Road where he worked. Convenience stores videotape everything. When police questioned Beeber he admitted taking the money just prior to quitting the job. Apparently, he thought it was a parting gift.
Penalty Phase For Meggs
Police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and public servants who fled the mob’s attack told a judge on Wednesday that they are still haunted by what they endured, as the judge prepares to hand down sentences in a landmark Capitol riot case. In that mix is Kelly Meggs of Dunnellon, who was instrumental in the attack. Prosecutors are asking for up to 21 years in prison for Meggs. The sentence will be handed down on Friday.
Busy Holiday Weekend
This weekend marks the first, albeit unofficial, holiday kicking off the summer season. AAA says traffic on roadways is expected to be heavy. AAA says some 2.4 million Floridians are expected to travel 50 miles or more this weekend, most of them sharing the highways with you. That’s 137,000 more drivers than last year. If you’re planning on traveling, just be careful and drive defensively.
DeSantis Launches Campaign For POTUS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launched his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday on Twitter. He’s stepping into a crowded Republican primary contest that will test his strength against former President Donald Trump. The announcement was met with constant glitches causing the platform to crash repeatedly, forcing most viewers to go back and watch later. The ultimate winner of the GOP nomination will likely face Joe Biden in the general election.
This is almost sick.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed one of the nation’s largest wholesale drug distributors to keep shipping highly addictive painkillers for nearly four years after a judge recommended it be stripped of its license for its “cavalier disregard” of thousands of suspicious orders fueling the opioid crisis. The study was revealed by the Associated Press Wednesday. The DEA isn’t talking about it, but the delay has raised concerns about how the revolving door between government and industry may be impacting the DEA’s mission to police drug companies blamed for tens of thousands of American overdose deaths.
Don’t Blame Me Says McCarthy
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is now in damage control, saying the debt ceiling standoff was “not my fault” as he sent Republican negotiators to the White House to finish out talks. McCarthy said he remained optimistic they could reach an agreement before a deadline as soon as next week when the Treasury Department could run out of cash to pay its bills. McCarthy said the country will not default on its bills. A default would affect social security payments, pay for military and retirees, and cost potentially millions of jobs, not to mention throw the country into recession.