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  Sheriff’s office releases body cam footage to refute Florida man’s account of “unlawful” traffic stop

When a Florida man took to Facebook to complain about a traffic stop where he was cited by a deputy, the sheriff’s office didn’t hesitate to weigh in and refute the man’s claims, releasing body camera footage to back up their account.

Groups seek green light from Florida Supreme Court for proposed constitutional amendment that would ban assault weapons

Ninth-ranked Auburn and Minnesota to meet in Outback Bowl

Florida woman gets 15 years for DUI crash that killed jail guard

SpaceX delivers ‘mighty mice,’ worms, robot to space station

Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

SpaceX delays space station delivery due to high wind

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Man gets 25 years for killing woman he met online in 2003

  Florida teacher accused of having sex with son’s teenage friend

Trump food stamp change could affect 200K Florida students

Florida GOP, Democrats unite against open primary proposal

Florida flight diverted after woman fakes medical emergency

  St. Pete Police: 2 accused of taking 75-year-old’s wallet, going on spending spree

Florida boat explosion sends owner flying onto dock, hurls his daughter into the water

The sheriff’s office in Pinellas County says around 4pm on Sunday at the Indian Springs Marina on 113th Avenue North in unincorporated Largo, 50-year-old David Weil was filling the inboard engine on his 2005 Four Winds 25-foot deck boat with fuel when some spilled.

Florida man accused of benefiting off dead mom for 15 years

Rose Greenberg died in 2004. But her Social Security checks didn’t stop depositing into a joint bank account she shared with her son, Richard Greenberg.

Sugar field burning plagues poor Florida towns with soot

The "snow" is an airborne byproduct of the disputed practice of burning sugar fields before harvests.

Democrats submit 18 would-be presidents for March 17 primary

Democrats in Florida have submitted 18 candidates for the March 17 presidential primary.

Florida flight diverted after woman fakes medical emergency

Potentially suicidal woman from Miami may be in Sarasota

  VIDEO: A look inside ICE! featuring The Polar Express at the Gaylord Palms

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

White Castle to return to Florida

Investigators want to know who offered baby for sale online in Florida

  Former Florida detective accused of falsifying documents to reduce his workload

Dennis Jones, Jr., 31, was originally arrested in September 2019 and charged with two counts public servant falsifying official records (F-3), one count forgery (F-3), and one count uttering false instrument (F-3) after the sheriff's office says he falsified two waivers of prosecution.

Florida boy, 13, charged with stabbing grandmother to death

St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Sandra Bentil says responding officers found 56-year-old Gloria Davis dead in her home early Monday.

DeSantis pushes for E-Verify, citing public safety, but business groups opposed

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing lawmakers to require all employers to use a federally operated electronic database, known as E-Verify, to weed out people who are not authorized to work in this country.

Police: Florida man arrested in woman’s slashing returns to kill her

Warren Brown was arrested Saturday on charges of second-degree murder in the killing of 43-year-old Sophie Solis. He was jailed without bail.

Man accused of spitting in woman’s face in road rage fight

A Florida man is accused of spitting food into a woman’s mouth following a road rage incident.

  Ruff ride: Florida dog bumps car into motion, gets solo trip

News outlets report residents called police Thursday after seeing the dog trapped and clambering around in the car as it spun in circles in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood.

Florida man accused of fatally beating uncle’s dog with a shovel

The Palm Beach Post reports the 65-year-old uncle found the Shih Tzu floating in the canal behind his Boynton Beach mobile home park.

Woman gets 15 days for throwing cup at Florida congressman

A woman has been sentenced to 15 days in federal custody for throwing a sports drink at a Florida congressman who frequently appears on television supporting President Donald Trump.

Florida professor who wrote book about organized crime charged with money laundering

Bruce Bagley, 73, of Coral Gables, Florida, was freed on $300,000 bail after an appearance in Miami federal court.

Florida mother arrested after 2-year-old shot in the leg

Davesha Pough was arrested Monday on a child neglect charge. She’s being held without bond in the Volusia County Jail.

Gov. DeSantis proposes $91.4 billion budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed a $91.4 billion state budget for next year and more money being funneled towards public-school teachers and continue ‘momentum’ on environmental issues.

Waterlogged bag full of cocaine washes up on Florida beach

Sheriff’s deputies seized a duffel bag filled with cocaine that washed up on a northeast Florida beach.

Florida officer accused of pulling gun on his Lyft driver

Authorities say a Florida sheriff deputy was arrested on suspicion he pointed a gun at a Lyft driver who had taken him home.

Florida boy, 7, in bicycle killed in hit-and-run crash

Authorities in Florida say a 7-year-old boy was struck and killed riding his bicycle by a hit-and-run teenage driver who was later arrested.

  Video shows bicyclist being struck by hit-and-run driver in St. Pete

In the video, the bicyclist enters the crosswalk and throws his hands in the air, apparently in aggravation over a vehicle in the outside lane that did not yield to the crosswalk. He's then struck by the Chrysler 200 on the inside lane.

Deputies still looking for suspect after woman out for a morning run attacked in Charlotte County

The woman was running near Ollie’s Pond on York Avenue around 6:45am Thursday, Nov. 7 when she was attacked by a man who was wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, and a knit ski mask.

Gov. DeSantis pitches new teacher bonus program

The governor said Thursday his proposed bonus program aims to provide incentives to teachers and principals to work at schools in low-income areas. He said he will propose spending $300 million on the program.

Sheriff: Ex-Marine accused of killing parents, 2 dogs at Florida home

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Michele Nicholson says Jacob Daniel Price wore a bloody shirt when he arrived at the Crestview Police Department shortly after 4am Wednesday.

  2 dead, 5 injured in I-75 crash in Tampa area, portion of highway remains closed

Both the semi and Mercedes burst into flames, killing both drivers. Their identities have not yet been released.

144-pound sea turtle hit by boat rescued off Florida coast

News outlets report the turtle since named Blaze is now being cared for at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. An Indian River County sheriff's statement says deputies responded Sunday to a report of a sea turtle that had been hit by a boat near Barber Bridge.

Charlotte County man charged with animal cruelty for not seeking medical treatment for dog

In April, Edmund Bittner, 48, of Port Charlotte brought his dog, a German Shepard named "Callie," to the Animal Welfare League. Callie was 12- to 13-years-old and Bittner asked the shelter to euthanize the dog.

Remains found in Ala. during search for missing Fla. 5-year-old

The Demopolis Police Department says human remains have been found during the search for a missing Florida 5-year-old.

  Florida hunter expected to die in the swamp when gator bit him

During a hospital news conference Tuesday, James Boyce recalled that he and his wife Terisa were miles from their truck when the 10-foot gator bit him.

Florida considers changes in drug sentencing laws

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday. It would also give judges more leeway in sentencing drug dealers in some circumstances.

Bills would expand sales tax holidays for school, storm supplies in Florida

Sales tax holidays for school and hurricane supplies would be expanded under bills approved by a Florida Senate committee.

Florida woman accused of setting unfaithful boyfriend’s home on fire

Citing an arrest report, the Pensacola News Journal reports 47-year-old Tyetha Moore was standing in the driveway of the unoccupied home when firefighters arrived on Nov. 7. She told a battalion chief that she recently moved out of the home after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Officer accused of killing Oklahoma police chief in Florida

Investigators say an Oklahoma police chief was slain in a Florida hotel room and one of his officers has been accused of killing him.

6 students have minor injuries from bus crash in Orlando

Fire rescue officials say a half dozen elementary school students in Florida suffered minor injuries when the school bus they were in was involved in a crash with a car.

Hospital in Hardee County evacuated following bomb threat

The threat at the hospital was one of two bomb threats made Friday afternoon in Hardee County. The second was made against a radio station south of Zolfo.

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year’s hurricanes.

  Suspect arrested in kidnapping of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter in Florida

Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested in Florida and booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday, jail records show. He's charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, who was last seen at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23.

More cases tied to Florida man accused of groping kids at Disney

The Orange County sheriff's office announced on Thursday that 50-year-old James Anthony Jones now faces additional lewd or lascivious molestation charges.

  FL Agriculture Commissioner working on new hemp law and regulating CBD

While she’s working with different agencies to create regulation and licensing people to grow hemp, she’s also warning residents to be aware of what they consume.

Woman out for a morning run attacked in Charlotte County

The woman was running near Ollie’s Pond on York Avenue around 6:45am Thursday when she was attacked by a man who was wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, and a knit ski mask.

  Bill would ban sale of large-capacity magazines in Florida

Under a bill proposed for the 2020 session, ammunition magazines would be limited to holding a maximum of 10 bullets at a time. Current law caps magazines at five rounds for hunters but has no other limitations.

Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

A House health care panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 59) that would allow community pharmacies to use “automated pharmacy systems” to offer people access to prescription drugs.

  Bill to make animal cruelty a federal felony heading to President Trump

The PACT Act specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things. It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

Universal won’t be cited for electric shocks at water park

Federal investigators say Universal Orlando Resort won’t be cited for electrical problems that led to lifeguards getting shocked at its water park, saying the resort was unaware something was wrong.

  VIDEO: Florida deputy arrested for throwing student to the ground

Broward County Deputy Willard Miller was charged Tuesday with felony child abuse without great bodily harm for the Sept. 25 altercation. Sheriff Gregory Tony suspended him without pay until internal disciplinary procedures are complete.

Florida grandma faces DUI manslaughter in grandchild’s death

A Florida woman who state troopers say was driving with her 10-month-old grandchild on her lap when she crashed into an Interstate 4 guard rail is now facing DUI manslaughter charges.

Florida officials unveil website to monitor water quality

Florida officials are rolling out a new online dashboard that allows the public to get a snapshot of water quality in the state’s major lakes and waterways.

  New website launched in Florida providing healthcare cost transparency

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday the Florida Health Price Finder website, which gives residents prices on non-emergency medical procedures in the state.

Florida teen and her siblings rescued from “deplorable conditions” after she calls hotline to report parents, suicidal thoughts

On October 31, deputies say the teen called an Abuse Hotline and said she was thinking about killing herself because of the home she was living in and alleged physical and emotional abuse by her mother.

  Florida woman, 8 months pregnant, kills home intruder with AR-15, sheriff says

A husband and wife said two men broke into their home and made demands before the woman shot and killed one of them, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

14-year-old fatally shot by friend while playing with gun

Sheriff’s officials say a 17-year-old Florida teen is accused of aggravated manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old friend.

Deputies investigate explosion at Florida bank’s ATM

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating an early morning explosion at a bank’s ATM.

Man charged with killing teen who was protecting younger sister

A Florida man accused of killing a teenager during a home invasion is charged with second-degree murder and burglary.

Florida State fires football coach Willie Taggart

Florida State has fired Willie Taggart one day after the Seminoles were beaten by Miami and fell closer to missing a bowl game for the second consecutive season.

Teacher shows up to work drunk, slurring speech, police say

Lisa Edelstein was fired after only seven days on the job, and now she’s facing criminal charges.

  1 killed while practicing for Florida air show on Friday

Officials say a plane crash ahead of a Florida air show left one person dead on Friday afternoon.

  Some Florida lawmakers working on making daylight saving permanent

It’s that time of year we’ll be turning our clocks back one hour this weekend. But some Florida lawmakers are pushing to make daylight saving permanent in order to avoid that.

  Florida teen charged with offering $100,000 to kill school employee

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced during a news conference Friday that deputies arrested 18-year-old Nicholas Godfrey and charged him with solicitation to attempt murder.

Drugs found while searching Charlotte County man’s home

Inside the 56-year-old's home, they say they found 80 grams of methamphetamine, 15.18 grams of cannabis, 7 Quetiapine Fumarate pills, which is not a controlled substance and is obtainable only by prescription, and a firearm and ammunition.

  State Senator Joe Gruters files bill to ban smoking on Florida’s public beaches

Bill would give Florida counties power to ban smoking from public beaches and county owned parks.

  Man accused of killing 15-year-old Florida boy who was protecting 5-year-old sister charged with second degree murder

The sheriff’s office says they began canvassing the neighborhood and discovered that Ryan Cole had broken into a home on Starlite Lane. Inside, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman deceased.

North Port man arrested, accused of being “serial groper”

Deputies arrested 22-year-old Dominic Sforza on three counts of battery. The sheriff's office says a tip led them to Sforza, who's accused of inappropriately touching women in public places, including the parking lots of large stores.

I-75 South closed near Punta Gorda after trailer overturns

Charlotte County Fire and EMS says a trailer hauling polyurethane, which is used to seal asphalt driveways, overturned at the Highway 17/Duncan Road exit on I-75 South. That’s near Punta Gorda.

GALLERY: Design concepts unveiled for Pulse memorial, museum

Organizers say the design concepts are only a starting point for discussions on the Pulse memorial and museum and are open to revisions.