Orlando tow truck owner killed over $285 bill:
The owner of an Orlando tow truck company was shot and killed last week by a man angry about a $285 bill for his impounded car. Tremain Polk, 35, was arrested on first-degree murder charges after he was accused of firing a gun at Paul Gren, 53, owner of the Tow Truck Company on Robinson Street. The police report says Polk was at the business to pick up his car, which had been towed a week before. He only had $135, and an employee told officers that Polk became "irate" when she told him the bill was actually $285. After a series of struggles, the report alleges Polk fired three shots at Gren from point-blank range before fleeing. Gren died at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and Polk was later arrested and taken to the Orange County jail.
Orlando's Confederate statue will be moved from Lake Eola:
The Orlando City Council came to a consensus Monday on Mayor Buddy Dyer's plan to repair the Confederate soldier statue that has stood at Lake Eola Park for 100 years and move it to the Confederate veterans' section of Greenwood Cemetery. Commissioners made the decision as protesters clashed outside City Hall under the shade of dozens of Confederate battle flags. Local residents who wanted the statue taken down say it's a racist symbol of white supremacy and slavery, while Confederate supporters say the statue is a way of memorializing soldiers who died in the Civil War.
Florida woman rolls SUV after hitting 9-foot gator on I-75:
Jennifer Rosinski, 34, was driving her Ford Escape on the interstate when she hit a 9-foot-long alligator trying to cross the road. The SUV flipped multiple times and was destroyed, but Rosinski escaped with only a few cuts and bruises. The reptile was not as fortunate.
Medical marijuana advocates call for special session:
Medical marijuana advocates and local lawmakers gathered in Orlando on Thursday to call for a special session in the Florida Legislature after leaders failed to create a framework for new cannabis laws. House and Senate leaders were unable to agree on how many dispensaries each medical marijuana grower would be allowed to have. If lawmakers don't come back for a special session, the Florida Department of Health will be in charge of rolling out medical marijuana, and so far, some advocates have been less than pleased with past recommendations from health officials. State Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Amy Mercado, both Democratic lawmakers from Orlando, say Tallahassee politicians have thwarted the will of the 71 percent of voters who approved Amendment 2 last fall by refusing to implement it.