5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 21

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 21.

(1) Jennifer Mee hearing

Update at 8:00 a.m.: The Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pinellas County informed AB C Action News there is no hearing in the Jennifer Mee case today. There was a hearing still scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on today's court docket as of early Monday morning. The next hearing in her case is scheduled for June.

Contrary to some reports, there is no hearing in the Jennifer Mee case today.

A Pinellas County judge could announce on Monday afternoon whether Jennifer Mee will be tried separately from her co-defendants on a murder charge.

Mee gained national attention as the so-called "Hiccup Girl" in 2007 when she could not stop hiccupping for weeks.

She allegedly helped her two roommates, Lamont Newton and Laron Raiford, lure a 22-year-old to a dark alleyway in October 2010 where they allegedly shot the victim during a robbery attempt.

All three roommates are charged with murder. They currently are scheduled to stand trial together in later this year.

Defense attorneys are pursing having the trio tried separately.

A hearing at the Pinellas County courthouse is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today. However,  conflicting court records say the hearing may have been postponed to June 29.

(2) Michael Agana visitation

A visitation will be held on Monday night for the Plant High School graduate and University of South Florida student who died after crashing his car into Tampa Bay.

Michael Agana's decided to take the 19-year-old off life support on May 15, four days the accident.

Police say Agana was driving his 2001 Toyota Camry on South Boulevard at a high rate of speed, crossed both lanes of Bayshore Boulevard before hitting the seawall and ending up about 75 feet into Tampa Bay.

The car ended up completely submerged. Several witnesses jumped into the water in an attempt to free Agana, but they were unsuccessful. Within minutes Officer Nick Wilson, a member of the Tampa Police Dive Team, arrived on scene and was able to recover Agana.

Agana was transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition where he later passed away. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The visitation will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home at 605 South MacDill Avenue in Tampa.

A funeral mass will occur at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 509 North Florida Avenue in Tampa.

(3) Click It or Ticket begins

The nationwide Click It or Ticket program begins on Monday.

The Florida Highway Patrol is joining local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the safety belt enforcement campaign that kicks off today and runs through June 3.

"While Florida reached a record high last year for safety belt use, we still see many drivers and passengers who fail to buckle up. All too often it ends in tragedy," said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton.  "One of our goals is to save lives through education and enforcement campaigns such as Click it or Ticket."

Floridalaw requires all drivers and occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to fasten their safety belts. Occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit in a vehicle, also must buckle up. Motorist cited for failure to buckle up face a non-moving violation.

For more information, visit www.clickitfla.com .

(4) Rays Kids Spirit Day

Two Tampa Bay Rays players will visit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg on Monday.

Infielder Sean Rodriguez, catcher Chris Gimenez and team mascot Raymond will pose for photographs and sign autographs for pediatric patients staying at the hospital.

The players are visiting the hospital as part of the Rays Kids Spirit Day. Their visit will occur around 10:00 a.m.

(5) Vote Travel Bus

The U.S. Travel Association's Vote Travel Bus makes a stop in downtown Tampa on Monday.

The bus will roll in to the Tampa Convention Center from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

The first 50 people who arrive will receive free "Vote Travel Beads." Tampa Bay & Company is requesting anyone involved in the tourism industry come show the value the industry brings to the Tampa Bay area.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Just post a photo of you in front of the Vote Travel Bus on the Visit Tampa Bay Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/VisitTampaBay by midnight on Monday for a chance to win.

Today's visit in Tampa is the next-to-last stop on a 20,000 mile bus tour that began in Washington, D.C. on March 21.

The Vote Travel Bus Tour aims to raise awareness on the impact of travel during the 2012 election season.

For more information on the bus trip, visit www.votetravel.org


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