Perdue Recalling 68,000 Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets

Perdue Foods is recalling approximately 68,000 pounds of its gluten-free chicken breast nuggets due to possible contamination with pieces of wood, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The recall applies to 22-ounce packages of Perdue’s gluten-free SimplySmart Organics breaded chicken breast nuggets labeled with a “best by” date of 10/25/19.  If you have the product return it to your retailer or throw it away.

And the gun violence in Ocala continues.  A man was shot and injured Friday morning in the 800 block of NE 31st Street.  According to reports, two men were playing basketball when two other men approached, pulled handguns and opened fire.  One man was hit.  He crawled to a car and escaped.  He is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made. Sheriff’s detectives are investigating.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s unemployment rate remained at a low 3.3 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point for all of 2018.  Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2 percent continues to outpace the nation’s job growth rate of 2.0 percent.  Meanwhile here in Marion County, The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 3.9 percent from 3.7 percent in November, according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Florida Senator Rick Scott has released a statement calling on members of Congress to forfeit their pay until the government shutdown is resolved.  Scott said the people of Florida deserve a government that functions, period.  And until that happens, Congress shouldn’t get paid.  In his first week as a US Senator, Scott says the US Senate is just as dysfunctional as you think it is, probably even more so.

Police in Ocala are investigating the homocide of a man who was found in some woods Thursday in the city’s Northwest side.  Investigators would only say that the man was in his 60’s and lived in a tent in the woods.  He has not been identified.  A women, identified as the man’s sister, went looking for him Thursday and found him wrapped in blankets.  She called police when she could not wake him.  Police did not speculate on the cause of death.

Governor Ron DeSantis is calling on the state legislature to drop a ban on smoking medical marijuana saying he just wants people to be able to have their suffering relieved.  DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference in Winter Park on Thursday.

An 85 year old Marion Oaks man is in the no frills hotel after he reportedly fired several shots at another vehicle Wednesday evening in a road rage incident.  Christino Aquino is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  Much of the incident was recorded on the victim’s dash cam video recorder.  Aquino’s next court date is February 19th

A music teacher at the Belleview Elementary School has been arrested, accused of inappropriately touching a student.  47 year old Kevin Tindall has been on paid leave since January 9th according to school officials.  He’s charged with lewd and lascivious molestation.  Tindall has been a teacher at the school since 2002.  He is accused in inappropriately touching a male student but no details were given.

A new report out of Suwannee County shows that the three children who died after being trapped in a freezer Sunday , died from accidental asphyxiation.  The three became trapped after playing in the freezer, when the lid slammed closed trapping them inside.  The kids were ages 1 to 6.  The medical examiner said the children were trapped for between 30 and 45 minutes before they were found.  A go fund me page has been established to help the family deal with funeral expenses.

 

A new survey sponsored by groups in favor of primary election reform shows Florida voters back measures to allow registered independents to vote in the state’s primaries. Florida is one of several states which require voters to register with a major party to vote in that party’s primaries. Other states allow independents to select to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but not both. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found 70 percent of Florida voters support the two parties opening their presidential primaries to independents in 2020.