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Florida News July 8

By: AP
By: AP
Police: Man shot fireworks at 3 Orlando officers...Immigrant lawyer says new law clears him for bar...Fla man hospitalized after being stabbed in heart...Car with 3 wounded drives up to trooper for help...Hikers find skeleton of missing S Florida woman

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando police say a man shot fireworks at officers clearing downtown bars after Fourth of July festivities.
Police say three officers on bicycles had to take cover behind vehicles early Thursday as "green fireballs" shot toward them from the rear of a parked van.
According to a police report, Khasim Stephenson told investigators that he never meant to shoot the fireworks at the officers but he had lit the explosives without having anywhere to put them.
Stephenson was arrested on several attempted second-degree murder charges.
Orlando news station WFTV reports that Stephenson refused to answer questions as he left jail Friday night. Stephenson was on house arrest after posting $16,000 bond.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- An illegal immigrant says an Obama administration change to U.S. immigration law means there are no grounds to deny him a Florida law license.
President Barack Obama announced last month that illegal immigrants no older than 30 who arrived as children, have no criminal history and have high school degrees or military service could stay and work in this country.
In motion filed Thursday, Jose Godinez-Samperio told the state Supreme Court that the administration's order makes him eligible for legal immigration status and work authorization in the U.S. He asked the court to order the Florida Board of Bar Examiners to either conclude its investigation into his application or admit him.
Twenty-five-year-old Godinez-Samperio graduated from Florida's New College, earned a law degree from Florida State and passed the bar exam.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a Tampa Bay-area was stabbed in the heart during brawl outside his home.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Jeriel Danford got into an argument with a woman outside his home late Friday and then began battering her.
The woman left but returned a short time later with family members. Police say Danford was stabbed in the chest by an unknown person during a brawl that followed the woman's return.
The blade pierced Danford's heart. Police say Danford was hospitalized Saturday in critical but stable condition.
Police say they have not yet identified a suspect in the stabbing.

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper handling a fender-bender on a Miami-area highway suddenly found himself tending to three gunshot victims.
FHP spokesman Tom Pikul says a car with four people pulled up behind the trooper Friday night on State Road 826 as he was tending to the accident. Three of the people in the car had gunshot wounds and one window had at least one bullet hole.
The trooper called Miami-Dade Police for help.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tells The Miami Herald that the three gunshot victims were airlifted to a hospital. Police were investigating the shooting.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a fully clothed skeleton found in the woods by hikers belongs to a South Florida woman who vanished nearly four months ago.
Two hikers found the skeleton Thursday along a remote trail in a Coconut Creek park. Dental records were used to confirm that the remains belonged to Maria Claudia Murphy of Coral Springs.
Murphy was last seen in March on a street corner in Coconut Creek after apparently walking from a restaurant parking lot near Coral Springs, about four miles away. Murphy's sister, Martha Valderrama, tells the Sun Sentinel that it's still not clear what made Murphy leave her car and begin walking.
Police say the medical examiner will determine a cause of death, including whether foul play was involved.


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