5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN CUBAN BALLPLAYER SMUGGLING

A man accused of leading a human trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to U.S. extortion charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. Eliezer Lazo entered the plea Friday in Miami federal court. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 years more. Prosecutors say Lazo and others smuggled Cubans into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made.

UCF STUDENT INJURED IN HOME INVASION

University of Central Florida police say a student suffered a head injury during an armed robbery at his off-campus apartment. The incident happened early Friday near Alafaya Trail at the Kinghts Circle apartment complex in Orlando. Police say a gunman forced his way into the home around 2 a.m. and robbed the student. The student told university police that he didn't know the suspect. The complex is affiliated with the university.

WOMAN LIKELY WON'T FACE CHARGES IN GRANDSON'S SHOOTING

Authorities say the Tampa woman who shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder probably won't face charges. Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials told the Tampa Bay Times the Tuesday shooting has been labeled an accident. But an investigation is ongoing. Linda Maddox told deputies she was on high alert because her son was working late and she was alone with her twin grandsons.

FATHER OF 4-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED IN FATAL DOG ATTACK

The father of a 4-year-old South Florida boy who was mauled to death by dogs now faces child neglect charges. Miami-Dade police said Friday they've arrested Javon Dade Sr. and his girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco. Detectives say both were at the home south of Miami on Aug. 13 when Javon Dade Jr. went missing and was later discovered dead in the back yard.

HERNANDO COUNTY INMATE DIES OF EMBOLISM

The medical examiner in Hernando County says a 27-year-old inmate died of a pulmonary embolism. Hernando County Sheriff's officials said on Friday that Jessica Dixon complained about having trouble breathing after taking a hot shower on Wednesday night. The physician at the jail said she needed to be immediately transported to a hospital in Brooksville, where she died a short time later.

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