5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

(1) Cornelius Davis sentencing

Cornelius Davis is scheduled to be sentenced in a Pinellas County courthouse on Wednesday. Davis pled guilty two weeks ago to felony battery for shooting Eric Bunzow with a BB gun during St. Pete Pride in June 2013.

Police originally charged Davis with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon but the State Attorney's Office later reduced that charge. It appears Davis will be sentenced to six months in jail for the crime.

According to the police report filed last June, Davis yelled anti-gay slurs at a group of people walking to Pride parade before pulling out the BB gun and firing.

Bunzow was not seriously injured. During pre-trial proceedings he told the judge Davis still scared him. He also does not believe a six-month sentence is long enough, but may be the best outcome for various reasons.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

(2) Top Gun Invitational

Some of the best radio controlled aircraft pilots in the world will be in Lakeland beginning on Wednesday for the Top Gun Invitational.

One hundred twenty-five pilots and their super scale radio controlled aircraft will be competing for over $25,000 in cash and prizes over the next five days.

The scale civilian and military aircraft represent every aviation era from World War I to today's jet planes.

Each pilot will complete ten maneuvers during their four different flights. Each flight is judge from takeoff through landing. Aircraft are also judge on their own specific scale appearance.

All events are held at Paradise Field at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Tickets are $10 at the gate; children under 12 are free.

For more information, visit the Top Gun event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/715883268433726/ .

(3) Stomp

International percussion sensation Stomp opens at the Straz Center on Wednesday.

The eight-member troupe uses unconventional instruments to make rhythmic sounds: garbage cans, hubcaps, matchboxes, wooden pole, brooms, Zippo lighters and more. The show has been updated to include two new routines using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

Tonight is Broadway Family Night. You will receive a free child's ticket (12 and under) for free with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Cast members are also scheduled to participate in a post-show talkback tonight.

Show times are tonight and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (813) 299-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org .

(4) Coming Back with Wes Moore preview

WEDU PBS is hosting an exclusive preview screening of the first three episodes of Coming Back with Wes Moore at the Tampa Theatre on Wednesday night.

Following the screening, Tampa Tribune military affairs reporter Howard Altman moderates a panel discussion with Moore, an combat veteran, and local veteran Taylor Urruela, who lost his leg while serving in Iraq and is the co-founder of vetsport.org .

The discussion will go in depth on the problems facing veterans as they try to reintegrate into civilian life after returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The preview screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. You can RSVP at tampatheatre.org/events/wedu-preview-screening-of-coming-back-with-wes-moore/ .

Coming Back with Wes Moore debuts on PBS at 9:00 p.m. on May 13.

(5) Spring of Tampa Bay Outreach Services Center ribbon cutting

The Spring of Tampa Bay will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Outreach Services Center in Tampa on Wednesday.

The new center replaces the Family Justice Center that closed abruptly last year. It will provide safety planning, supportive counseling and legal services to victims of domestic violence (DV)

The new 3,200-square-foot space is located adjacent to The Spring's existing Thrift Store and Donation Center. It will be home for seven Outreach advocates and Bay Area Legal Services staff.

The Spring of Tampa Bay was founded in 1977 to help prevent domestic violence, protect DV victims and help them rebuild their lives.

If you need The Spring's help, call their 24-hour emergency line at (813) 247-7233 or visit www.thespring.org.

ABC Action News continues to take action against domestic violence all year long. If you are a victim and need assistance, we have a list of DV shelters and other resources at abcactionnews.com/dv .

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