The family says she was in no position to give consent because of her profound intellectual disabilities, a neurological disorder called Rett syndrome and other physical ailments. A multi-agency investigation has been launched into Pensacola Cluster, an intermediate-care facility.
Septic tanks are designed for use in low-population rural communities where a central sewer system is not feasible. However, for decades in many parts of Florida, developers have often used septic tanks as a cost-cutting measure when building new homes, even in more urban environments.
On Thursday, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution announced the arrest of a man accused of offenses related to unlawful sex with a minor including 22 counts of child pornography.
DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable medical marijuana and loosen limits on treatment center licenses, saying voters spoke clearly when they approved medical marijuana in 2016.
Bills have been filed in advance of the upcoming Florida legislative session that would require employers to utilize a federal data base that would electronically verify the immigration status of workers. The system is better known as 'e-verify,' Several other southeastern states are using it.
The legislation would require private and public employers and state contractors to enroll in E-Verify, an electronic federal database within the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.
Firefighters put their lives on the line around the clock to protect families. Surprisingly, it’s not always the direct flames that injure or kill the first responders. Firefighters may not learn about the true dangers associated with their battles for years.
Prosecutors say the suspects kept the teen in a filthy trailed covered in animal feces where he lived with them and two other men, Curtis Gruwell and Michael Schwartz, for 11 months. Prosecutors say they treated him inhumanely, as did their associates Michael Blasdel and JR Gauthier.
Democratic Representative Kimberly Daniels filed HB195, which would require “each school district to offer specified courses relating to religion, Hebrew Scriptures, and the Bible to certain students as elective courses.”
Freshman Republican Representative Anthony Sabatini from Lake County is sponsoring the bill for consideration during the 2019 legislative session, which starts March 5th. Under current law, people are barred from carrying guns on college and university campuses. Sabatini says that law makes no sense
Hundreds of party activists in Orlando on Saturday picked local party leaders as well as the next chair of the Republican Party of Florida, state Sen. Joe Gruters. But for most participants, the meeting marked the start of efforts to get President Trump re-elected in the nation's biggest swing state
"What Florida is doing is not surprising," said Grant Brown, recreation and cultural affairs director with the city of Gulf Shores, comparing smoking bans on beaches with restrictions to smoking at outdoor athletic stadiums.
On New Year's Day, Tarpon Springs police found the decomposing bodies of Richard Ivancic, 71, Laura Ivancic, 59, and Nicholas Ivancic, 25, and three dogs inside the home in a quiet retirement community not far from Tampa.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Officials say Ramona Maxine Lund is charged with murder and is being held in the jail's infirmary on $250,000 bond as authorities work together to evaluate whether she suffers from dementia.
Police in Tarpon Springs, Florida, identified the suspect Friday as 25-year-old Shelby John Nealy. He was taken into custody in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio. Authorities said he was initially charged with receiving stolen property because he was driving one victim's car.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recorded 119 manatees killed by a boat strike last year, breaking the record of 106 set in 2016 and tied in 2017. Overall, 804 manatees died in Florida waters, just shy of the record 830 recorded in 2013.
The 15-member Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved the 446-page report containing that proposal and other recommendations. It's now in the hands of Gov. Rick Scott, governor-elect Ron DeSantis and the Legislature.
A research firm with the Florida Legislature, called the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, found the number of sexual offenders and predators registered in the state has gone up by 53% since 2005.
The family's 38-year-old father suffered a fatal heart attack two years ago after going on the "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" ride. Jose Calderon Arana, who had prior heart problems, didn't speak English.
In the video, the bird, which appears to be a Royal Tern, is held by the neck by a man wearing a pair of gloves. The man accuses the bird of eating his bait and asks, “What should I do with you?” He holds on to the bird for almost a minute before throwing it off the back of the boat.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a report this month outlining the factors that led to 42-year-old Carrie Dempsey's death and the destruction of the $450,000 boat. About 50 passengers jumped into the chilly waters off Port Richey in January when the Island Lady caught fire, official
After an election in which voters approved 11 constitutional amendments, legislation has been filed at the state capitol that would make it harder to pass future ballot measures. The proposal would require support from two-thirds of voters for passage of constitutional amendments.
Some in Bay County — which was hit hard by the fierce October storm — want the Cat. 5 label both as leverage to try and win a higher reimbursement from FEMA, but also as validation and a badge of honor for a region feeling increasingly forgotten by the rest of the country.
Many of Florida's local election officials — who have been unable to get any clear instructions recently from the state — said they will start adding voters to the rolls in January even if they had been convicted of felony crimes.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced the capture of 29-year-old Nelonza Pugh on Wednesday, several hours after a news conference where Sheriff John Mina called the death of 29-year-old Brooke Jenkins-Pugh "another tragic instance of domestic violence in our community, right before Christmas.
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission today announced the arrests of nine individuals after a year-long investigation into the illegal baiting, taking and molestation of Florida
A Florida sheriff's deputy killed three relatives, including a child, then got on the department's radio to say he'd hurt his family before killing himself near a high school Wednesday morning, authorities said.
A manager for the Crowley school district near Fort Worth, Texas, received an email in October saying a construction company that's a vendor for the district needed to provide updated banking information.
Under current law, a first degree felony case involving rape cannot be prosecuted more than four years after a crime is committed. The proposed bill would remove that deadline. Democratic State Senator Linda Stewart is sponsoring the measure.
Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano, who are both Republicans. Snipes is a Democrat who worked in one of the state's Democratic strongholds.
Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return again a short time later. Police arrested him Sunday on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence.
Richard Corcoran used his power as speaker the past two years to push through bills that pleased school-choice supporters, but angered many teachers and public-school officials. Now, Corcoran will be Florida's next education commissioner.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it's not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus.
The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.