DeSantis Aligns With Trump On Immigration Policies

Governor Ron DeSantis aligned himself squarely with the Trump administration Friday by signing a bill that bans cities and counties from adopting sanctuary immigration policies.  Under the measure, law enforcement agencies will be forced to cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to illegal immigrants.  The governor will have the authority to remove local officials from office if they adopt “sanctuary” policies that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.

A 77 year old Lady Lake woman has been rung up on charges that she tried to buy a new vehicle with fraudulent documents.  Joyce Ann Tolen told investigators that she was instructed by her so called fiancé to purchase the pricey pickup truck from Village Ford in Belleview using the documents he sent her from Syria.  Tolan had been communicating with the man online who reportedly tried to make the arrangements with multiple dealerships.   Village Ford caught on to a fake drivers license the 77 year old was carrying and called police.  Tolan could also face additional charges in Leesburg.

Do you purchase your dog and cat supplies online?   Chewy dot com went public Friday and shares of the online pet supply company soared on Wall Street.  Trading began at $22 a share and by midday had escalated to just under $38.  Americans spent $72.6 billion on their furry pals last year, more than triple the amount spent two decades ago.

Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that recent worries about cautious consumers dragging on growth may have been overdone.  The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May after a smaller growth in April.  And what led the increase?  Online shopping according to the report.

Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, maker of Roundup, says its investing some 5.6 billion dollars over the next several years to find ways to combat weeds.  Bayer is engaged in legal battles in the U.S. in which plaintiffs claim that Roundup weed killer caused cancer. Rulings in three cases have gone against it.  Bayer argues that studies have established that glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is safe and made clear Friday that it stands by the product but it wants to offer alternatives to consumers.

The baby boy that was cut from a woman’s womb with a butcher knife in Chicago last month has died.  A family spokeswoman confirmed the death.   Three people have been charged with killing the boy’s mother then cutting the child from the dead woman’s womb in an attempt to steal the child.   The three will likely now be charged with the baby’s death in addition to the death of the mother.


This morning’s news:


Another drive-by shooting, this time in Citra.  Sheriff’s detective say a man was shot and injured during the Thursday incident.  Investigators say the shooting occurred in the 16000 block of NE 30th Court Thursday afternoon.  The 18 year old victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The teenager was unable to give a description of the vehicle.   The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help  for clues.

A school district project near booster stadium has ground to a halt because of tortoises:  Gopher tortoises.  The school district wants to build a driving pad behind Booster Stadium.  The pad is part of the CDL driving program offered by Marion Technical College.  But 18 gopher tortoises are calling the construction area home, and because they are a threatened species protected under state law, that construction project is going nowhere, at least for now.  The district has applied for a permit to relocate the threatened tortoises but that can take 90 days or more.

Democrats will hold their first presidential primary debate on June 26th and 27th in Miami.  NBC’s Lest Holt is hosting the event.  The Democratic National Committee has now announced the 20 candidates who have qualified for the event. You heard right, 20 candidates.   Several were eliminated including Montana Governor Steve Bullock.  Candidates had to attain a certain level of polling points or fundraising thresholds to qualify.

A 54 year old Ocala man has been rung up by sheriff’s detectives for having consensual sex with a 16 year old girl. John Mas reportedly admitted to the affair with the girl.  Police were alerted to the case on a tip.

Sara Sanders, the white house press secretary, is leaving her post at the end of June.  Sanders is one of Donald Trump’s closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining on staff who worked on his campaign. On making the announcement, Trump suggested that Sanders should run for governor of Arkansas, her home state.  Sanders says she is leaving for personal reasons.

News From Yesterday:

The northbound lanes of I-75 were totally blocked South of Ocala Thursday  morning, the result of a fatal crash at mile marker 343.  That’s about two miles north of County Road 484.  Traffic was backed up for miles while some motorists were diverted to US 301.  Witnesses said two motorcycles had braked hard in response to another crash further up the road and wound up hitting each other and being ejected onto the roadway.   A semi following behind was unable to avoid the bikers and ran over both of them. The men were residents of Italy.

Self-driving vehicles will be able to operate in Florida without a human on board under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.  DeSantis signed the measure on Thursday at a test track for autonomous vehicles in Auburndale. The governor says he wants companies testing the vehicles to move to Florida.  The new law takes effect July 1. It will allow self-driving cars without humans on all roads as long as the vehicles meet insurance and safety requirements outlined in the new legislation.

Ocala police still on the scene of a shooting Thursday morning in the 1800 block of SW 1st Street.  The shooting occurred at around 11 AM.  One person was reported injured in the shooting suffering non-life threatening injuries.  Detectives are now trying to piece together the details of the incident.