Man pleads no contest to manslaughter
VIERA – A central Florida man has pleaded no contest to manslaughter for killing another man in a fight.
As part of a deal with Brevard County prosecutors, 44-year-old Jesus Lara entered his plea last week. He had been schedule to stand trial for second-degree murder.
Lara will likely be sentenced to 15 years at an April hearing. Lara was charged in the slaying of Joel Cruz in January 2010. Police responded to a fight in Melbourne, where they found Cruz lying in the street. Cruz was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Lara, who is an immigrant from Honduras, maintains his innocence. He said in court through an interpreter that he was accepting the plea because it was in his best interest.
New Nursing/STEM building at Sarasota-Manatee campus in final design stages
USF is finalizing the design for the new Nursing/STEM building at the Sarasota-Manatee campus to expand its accelerated nursing program, according to Regional Chancellor of the Sarasota-Manatee Campus Karen Holbrook. The 75,000-square-foot building was designed by Willis A. Smith Construction – a general contractor from Sarasota – architects and an ideation committee of around 80-100 […]
BOT finance committee approves recreation fields relocation plans, capital improvement plan summary
In a virtual Tuesday morning meeting, the Board of Trustees (BOT) finance committee voted to approve a recreation field relocation plan and a five-year capital improvement plan summary to be sent to the Board of Governors for approval. Due to the construction of the new on-campus stadium, various currently-operational student recreational facilities will be displaced. […]
Judy Genshaft Honors College not operational due to supply chain delays
The new Judy Genshaft Honors College (JGHC) will not be operational until June 12 due to supply chain delays and to conduct systems checks, according to Director of Communication and Engagement Aaron Nichols. A sign on the doors of the JGHC reads “We appreciate your interest in our beautiful new building, but it is still […]
USF protestors plead not guilty at arraignment
The USF protestors arrested on March 6 – self-dubbed the Tampa Bay Five – pleaded not guilty in their arraignment on Wednesday as a rally occurred outside the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Composed of USF employee Chrisley Carpio and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) members Gia Davila, Laura Rodriguez, Jeanie Kida and […]
SDS Press Conference – Photo Gallery
The USF protestors arrested on March 6 – self-dubbed the Tampa Bay Five – pleaded not guilty in their arraignment on Wednesday as a rally occurred outside the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Click to read more.
New Student Health and Wellness Center opens
USF Student Health Services (SHS) opened the new Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC), located near the parking lot of the Yuengling Center, on Monday. With 41,000 square-feet and 68 exam rooms stocked with college student health-related needs, the center will reconfigure the student health experience, according to Executive Director of Medical Services Joseph Puccio. […]