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Florida man gets probation for picking up, transporting 41 turtles

Michael Clemons, 22, will be on probation for a year, have to complete 100 hours of community service, pay court costs and make a $250 donation to the Wildlife Alert Fund after pleading guilty.

FPL to install 1,000 electric car charging stations

Bill filed for all state electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2050

Florida teacher found guilty of selling drugs to middle schoolers

Florida man accused of cyberstalking, making racist threats against black activist

Florida man who murdered woman, raped her daughter sentenced to death

Bail denied for man accused of sabotaging American Airlines plane in Miami

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Police: Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star player attempted to have sex with minor

Florida mom who accompanied daughter to court arrested on outstanding warrants

Thieves steal $80,000 in wigs from South Florida warehouse

Pirates All-Star closer accused of sending obscene video to Florida teen

Dorian cost Florida money, even if storm skirted by state

  Mentors needed across the state for foster children

  Autistic boy rescued from Florida woods

Andra Hughes got the news that her 3-year-old son was lost while she was at work Sunday. Deputies called in the bloodhounds when he was no where to be found. Word spread fast and neighbors joined police in the search.

Florida lawmakers open latest debate over mass killings

Florida's state Senate leader said he wanted to get to the root of the problem and assigned a legislative committee to draft new measures that might prevent other mass killings like the ones that killed 17 people in Parkland last year and 49 at a gay nightclub in Orlando two years earlier.

Florida duo had sex in patrol car after DUI arrest, deputies say

A Florida couple that had just been arrested for DUI started having sex in the back of the arresting deputy's patrol car, according to the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.

Foundation purchases land for Pulse nightclub museum

A foundation has purchased land to build a museum about the 2016 massacre that killed 49 people at a Florida gay nightclub.

  Florida schools trying to curtail vaping

  Gov. DeSantis announces plan to bring financial technology companies in Florida

Man gets 40 years for fake legal filings

  Florida district expands efforts to trap pythons

  Official: Maserati driver killed trying to beat train

  WATCH: Deputies say Florida man stole golf cart in slow getaway attempt

  Man in case of viral shark dragging video takes plea deal, will serve 10 days in jail

Robert Benac of Bradenton pleaded guilty Thursday to animal cruelty and breaking Florida Fish and Wildlife rules. As part of the deal, he will serve 10 days in jail, which he can complete on weekends, and will then be on probation for 11 months.

Florida governor wants stiffer fines for cities that pollute

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to increase fines for local governments that pollute state waters and give the Department of Environmental Protection more power to enforce pollution laws.

  Police identify Tallahassee workplace stabbing suspect, 5 injured in attack

Officers arrested Antwann Demetris Brown, 41, about 10 to 15 minutes after the first stabbing, Interim Police Chief Steve Outlaw said in a press conference. He was caught about a block away from the Dyke Industries building.

Police: Florida woman escapes handcuffs, steals patrol car

Authorities say a Florida woman arrested on stalking allegations slipped out of her handcuffs and fled in a stolen a patrol car.

AMBER Alert canceled: Missing 11-month-old girl located and is safe

The alert was issued around 7am by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, saying Jhene Clark was missing and may have been abducted from the 2000 block of Northeast 78th Lane in Ocala, Fla. FDLE said it’s possible she may be in the Manatee or Orange county area.

Florida shipping water to Bahamas for Dorian recovery

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state is sending enough bottled water to fill 10 tractor trailer trucks to the Bahamas as the islands recover from Hurricane Dorian.

  Fleeing Dorian, manatees stuck behind wall in Florida river

A couple of manatees got stuck at a marina in Daytona Beach.

  Florida Congressman voices opposition to Taliban peace talks on U.S. soil

A Republican Congressman from Florida is lashing out after it was revealed this weekend that the Trump Administration planned to have peace talks with Taliban leaders at Camp David.

  Parents of cancer stricken Florida boy denied custody

A Florida judge has denied custody for a mother and father who refused to get their son chemotherapy treatments.

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.

Consumer confidence in Florida drops sharply in August

Consumer confidence among Floridians dropped sharply last month.

Police: Woman denied child food while potty-training

Police say a Florida woman who was struggling to potty-train her 3-year-old withheld food to keep her from soiling her diaper.

Florida man caught on video kicking, punching dog

Sheriff’s deputies in Florida arrested a man who was caught on video tackling and punching his dog.

  Accused Mar-a-Lago trespasser proclaims innocence; thanks US

Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of the Chinese national woman who snuck into President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort this March.

FHP: Man tries to pass in no passing zone, leading to crash that killed 26-year-old Bradenton woman

A 26-year-old Bradenton woman had her life taken in a fatal car crash on Saturday afternoon.

  Batman walks bullied Florida toddler to school

It wasn’t Gotham City, but Batman descended on a Florida preschool to help a 3-year-old girl who was being bullied.

Cops: Florida woman repeatedly kicked mama duck protecting duckling from dog attack

Pinellas County Sheriff's officials say two witnesses saw the attack and reported 59-year-old Bonnie Sue Nave to law enforcement.

Florida man fatally shot during argument over parking space

Pinellas County Sheriff's investigators say Deshon Powers fatally shot 31-year-old Derek Omasta late Saturday while arguing over a parking space.

  FHP looking to add more troopers to help with response time to traffic accidents

Troopers say the agency does what it can to provide public safety patrolling areas of Interstate-75, responding to crashes as quickly as they can, but the motorists also can play a huge role.

More than 2,100 price gouging complaints received since State of Emergency declared in Florida

The abuse line was activated on August 28, the same day Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency. From then through Labor Day, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division says it’s received more than 2,100 complaints about price gouging.

North Port woman and 3-year-old boy seriously injured in Highlands County crash

Troopers say 26-year-old Kessie Menard was driving east on State Road 70, approaching L7 Ranch Road, around 5pm on Monday when she crossed over the yellow center lines, colliding headon with a car driving by a 47-year-old man from Port St. Lucie.

Florida cat burglar turns out to actually be a cat

Deputies responded to a 911 call Saturday about a suspected burglary in progress.

  Cutting it close: Florida’s fate may be a matter of miles

Center Director Ken Graham is telling residents don't bet on safety just because his office specific forecast track has the storm just a bit offshore.

  Mandatory and voluntary evacuations underway for Florida’s East Coast

Palm Beach County and Martin County are conducting mandatory evacuations for Zones A and B, while Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Osceola counties are undergoing voluntary and/or phased evacuations of those who live in low lying areas, mobile homes or RVs.

4 killed when cars burst into flames following Gainesville head-on crash

Gainesville Fire Rescue were called to the scene on SW Williston Road around 4:30am for a head-on collision involving two vehicles. Troopers say the driver of a Toyota Highlander was driving south in the northbound lanes and collided head-on with a Ford Expedition.

  Troopers identify man whose SUV plunged off bridge into Tampa Bay

The Florida Highway Patrol says around 7:30am Wednesday, 30-year-old William Rowland of Tampa was driving a Ford F150 south on I-275 in the inside lane when the driver of a Saturn SUV, 53-year-old Hiran Reis Vaz of Tampa, began to tailgate.

  Gov. DeSantis declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Dorian strengthens

By declaring a state of emergency, DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare.

  Florida hunters capture 2 17-foot, 9-inch Burmese pythons

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said on Facebook Wednesday that they’re seeing double after Python Action Team members captured two 17-foot, 9-inch pythons.

  Radar sweep of Florida reform school being planned by forensic experts

Forensic experts are planning a radar sweep of the grounds of a notorious reform school up in the Florida Panhandle.

  Florida man convicted of killing 5-year-old daughter asking for new trial

A Pinellas County man convicted of killing his five-year-old daughter is back in court asking for a new trial.

Greatest head count in US history is nearly ready for launch

With just a few months left before America starts taking its biggest-ever self-portrait, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with a host of concerns about the head count, including how to ensure that it is secure and accurate and the challenge of getting most people to answer questions online.

  Federal officials considering opening shelter for migrant children in Florida

Federal officials are considering opening a shelter for unaccompanied minors who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in Orlando.

  Search continues for two missing boaters in Florida

11 days lost and despite searches at sea and from the air, there is still no sign of two missing boaters.

  Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths

Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

  Florida Democrats fail to force special session on guns

There will not be a special session on on guns in Tallahassee despite Democrats’ calls to immediately address an epidemic of gun violence.

  Clearwater man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

A jury has found Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

  Authorities: Florida woman stuffed dog in car’s trunk

A woman is facing an animal cruelty charge after she was videotaped putting an emaciated dog in the trunk of her car.

  Clearwater parking lot shooter told detectives he feared severe injury before firing fatal shot

Prosecutors played Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County detectives during his manslaughter trial in Clearwater, Florida. He is charged with the July 2018 death of Markeis McGlockton, 28. Not long after playing the video, the prosecution rested its case after two days of testimony.

Police: Florida boy jumped from truck to escape from kidnapper

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said witnesses followed the white truck on Wednesday after seeing the boy jump out, eventually blocking it and detaining the driver until police arrived.

  Florida teen annoyed by group chat threatens school shooting

Altamonte Springs police say the 16-year-old was arrested after several parents alerted officials at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.

Florida to join electronic voter information network

Elections officials say the network known as the Electronic Registration Information Center could help local election officials more easily verify registration records and detect any duplicate registrations.

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Democrats in the Florida House on Tuesday launched a bid to convene the Republican-controlled Legislature but most Republicans are expected to follow the lead of their legislative leaders who oppose the move. A special session would need consent from at least two-thirds of legislators in each chambe

  VIDEO: Former rental care garage imploded at Tampa airport

Overnight during the early hours of Tuesday morning, Tampa International Airport successfully imploded the old Red Side Rental Car Garage.

Sheriff: Fearing for mom’s life, 11-year-old boy stabs uncle

Deputies said 44-year-old Panagiotis Karamanlis pulled his sister's hair, held her to the ground and punched her in the face multiple times after they got into an argument over text messages she had sent to her boyfriend.

  WATCH: Florida deputies confront mother, teen over school threat

Volusia County Sheriff's officials interviewed the boy and his mother outside their home near Daytona Beach last Friday, and posted a video of their discussion to underline the consequences of making school threats.

  Disease called 'lethal bronzing’ is killing Florida palm trees

A plant disease is killing Florida’s iconic palm trees.

New report says Hepatitis A cases are continuing to increase in Florida

The number of of Hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to increase.

FBI: Truck driver from Charlotte County threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

A truck driver warned that he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, authorities say in newly filed court records.

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

Florida’s governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure.

  School security concerns in South Florida after bomb threats

Several schools in South Florida received bomb threats earlier this week.

  Dog contracts deadly fungus after swimming in lake

A Florida family’s dog is dying after getting a deadly fungus from swimming in the lake near their home.

  Congressman Buchanan proposing bill to punish ‘cop killers’

Buchanan’s bill passed the House last Congress and would make the murder or attempted murder of a police officer an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations. The bill now goes to the Senate and if it passes it will head to President Trump’s desk.

Florida added almost 23,000 jobs in July

Florida gained almost 23,000 jobs last month, the most of any state other than Texas.

Florida leaders move to condemn white nationalism

The condemnations come amid an outcry over a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which authorities believe the gunman posted a racist screed online shortly before the attack.

Florida woman who pulled alligator out of pants during traffic stop gets probation

When the deputy found 41 3-stripe turtles in a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” backpack, he asked if Ariel Machan-Le Quire had anything else. She pulled the 1-foot gator from her pants.

Raccoon freed after being trapped in vending machine at Florida high school

Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant says a deputy stationed at Pine Ridge High School was notified of the trapped raccoon Wednesday and called animal control for assistance. A vending machine operator was also contacted to unlock the door.

Suspect captured after shooting at business center in Charlotte County

The sheriff’s office says around 2:15am, they were called to Emerald City at 1225 Tamiami Trail for a shooting that left one victim injured. The victim is currently in stable condition.

  Police force welcomes son of officer who passed away last year

Last September, West Palm Beach Police Sgt. Bill Nealy died of cancer and one of his last requests of his brothers in blue was for them to escort his son, Jake, to his first day of kindergarten.