Here are 5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, September 13.
1) Pretrial begins for Brittany Miles in Hernando County
The legal team for Brittany Miles is expected in court today for a pretrial hearing. The 22-year-old faces murder charges in Hernando County.
In May of 2011, investigators say Pasco County Deputy Ashley Grady was trying to arrest Brittany Miles on a drunk driving charge. Miles was handcuffed, but got back behind the wheel of her red Dodge truck and fled, dragging the deputy across U.S. Highway 19.
Miles then led deputies them on a chase into Hernando County, where she allegedly crashed into a man on a motorcycle. That man, 66-year-old Henry McCain, died from his injuries.
The deputy was hospitalized with minor head injuries, scrapes and bruises, but is expected to be ok.
Miles has had at least seven previous traffic citations in Hernando County, including speeding and careless driving.
Miles faces multiple charges related to the incident, including homicide, escape, fleeing and eluding and crimes against a person that could result in death.
2) Gov. Rick Scott to attend Enterprise Florida board meeting in St. Petersburg
Governor Rick Scott will be in St. Petersburg today meeting with the board members of Enterprise Florida at the Loews Don Cesar hotel.
Representatives from Florida Blue, Wells Fargo and TD Bank will be attending the meeting as well, and board members are expected to discuss the impact of some of the jobs incentives promised by Enterprise Florida.
Enterprise Florida is the official economic development organization for the state. According to its web site, the company's goal is to help innovative, high growth businesses start up, locate or expand in Florida.
For more information, visit eflorida.com.
3) Vinny Lecavalier Texas Hold-Em Celebrity Poker Tournament tonight
Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Vinny Lecavalier will host a special celebrity poker tournament tonight.
The event benefits Lecavalier's Pediatric Cancer Charity and Blood Disorders Center at All Children's Hospital.
At least one celebrity will be playing no-limit "Texas Hold-Em" at each table. The event will be located at:
Pepin's Hospitality Centre
4121 N 50th St.,
Tampa, FL 33610
ESPN college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale will be appearing as a special guest, and the tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. A private VIP party will begin at 6:30 p.m., and celebrities who are eliminated from play throughout the night will gather in the "Losers Lounge" to comment on their poker strategies.
For more information on the event and Vinny Lecavalier's charity, visit www.vinny4.com.
4) Rays vs. Orioles watch party in Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Rays fans will have a chance to cheer on the team against the Baltimore Orioles today.
The Tampa Bay Rays will host a watch party and donation drive today at noon. The party will be held at:
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
410 Franklin St.,
Tampa, FL 33602
It's free to attend, and complimentary food and drinks will be provided. The event is also a donation drive for the Junior League of Tampa's Love Bundles program, which is collecting items like toiletries, clothing and bottles and pacifiers for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services.
5) Manatees released into the waters off Sarasota
The Manatee rehab team from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is preparing to release two manatees into waters off of Sarasota today.
The mother, a known manatee in the area named Tomobella, was rescued from Roberts Bay in Siesta Key on July 19 due to unusual neurological behavior. Her dependent calf was retrieved with her, and has been named Sarabella after her mother and the location of the rescue.
During the rehabilitation process, the mother was treated for her neurological issues, and both mother and calf are now healthy and strong.
The manatees will be released around 11:30 at the Ken Thompson Park boat ramp, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., in Sarasota.