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Man gets 35 years for fatal drug shooting

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:12:15 GMT

A South Florida man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for a botched drug deal that led to a fatal shooting. The Miami Herald reports that Marcelyn Mathieu was sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday.

In Harm's Way: What could Florida lawmakers do to keep kids from being shot?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:57:24 GMT

When the annual 60-day legislative session gets under way next month, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will be looking for ways to keep Florida's kids safe from guns. Statewide, the number of children killed by guns has risen nearly 20 percent since 2010, a Tampa Bay Times analysis has found.

I-95 in Brevard shut down as crews clean up semitrailer fire

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:41:50 GMT

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said the road should be opened by noon today. A semitrailer fire has blocked lanes of southbound Interstate 95 in Brevard County, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

No state incentives mean fewer films, TV shows made in Florida

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:55:34 GMT

There is a move among state and local film industry officials to bring back incentives for film-making in Florida No state incentives mean fewer films, TV shows made in Florida There is a move among state and local film industry officials to bring back incentives for film-making in Florida Check out this story on A vehicle from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" passes by the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, where part of the movie was filmed in 2010. As part of a promotional effort for the Oscar-nominated, space-themed film "Hidden Figures," its stars and others connected with the movie visited Kennedy Space Center in December.

Novelist maintains innocence despite plea in wife's death

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:49:13 GMT

A former Kentucky judge was reprimanded Friday for having sex with a woman while he was presiding over her felony criminal case. A former Kentucky judge was reprimanded Friday for having sex with a woman while he was presiding over her felony criminal case.

Authorities say fire was intentionally set at Florida mosque

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:41:13 GMT

Fire investigators responded at around 2 a.m. After gathering evidence, they determined the fire was intentionally set. No one was at the mosque when the fire started.

The Thrill is Gone: Florida US Rep. Crist Files for Divorce

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:16:10 GMT

Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is getting divorced less than nine years after becoming the first Florida governor in 42 years to get married while in office. Crist spokesman Kevin Cate said the congressman filed papers Friday seeking to divorce his wife Carole, who he proposed to in 2008 after a 10-month romance.

Man charged in death of 4-year-old who shot himself

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:16:09 GMT

Authorities say they've charged a central Florida man in the death of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the face with a gun he found while home alone. The Ledger reports that 26-year-old Demeko DeSean Robinson was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child, tampering with evidence and giving false information to a law officer during an investigation.

Florida Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:16:08 GMT

A Florida police officer who accidentally shot and killed a retired librarian during a citizens police academy demonstration has turned himself into authorities Wednesday after being charged with manslaughter, according to local reports. The chief of police of Punta Gorda, a small city located a few hours south of Tampa, was also charged with misdemeanor negligence.

Florida Man Gets a Century in Prison in Child Porn Case

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:39 GMT

A South Florida man has been sentenced to a century in prison following his conviction in a federal child pornography case. Miami prosecutors said Thursday that 39-year-old Manuel Perez Gonzalez would also have to register as a sex offender and serve 25 years of probation if he ever got out.

Wawaa s first 3 South Florida stores to open March 23 a " and one could be in Miami Gardens

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:49:21 GMT

That's when the first three stores from the Pennsylvania-based chain will open in South Florida, delivering its beloved toasted sandwiches to the region, according to a "save the date" notice distributed Thursday. About a handful of stores have been announced for the area.

Disabled vet beaten by accused animal abusers given car

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:50:10 GMT

A disabled Navy veteran who says he was beaten up when he tried to get three young men to stop torturing a turtle got a nice surprise from a Florida car dealership. On Wednesday, 45-year-old Garry Blough was given the keys to a 2012 Kia Forte from Daytona Kia-Mitsubishi.

Immigration crackdown hits Southwest Florida

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:58:23 GMT

The past two nights, one Arcadia man said he pretended not to be home, even though he has a work visa. Jaime Sebastian has that visa allowing him to be here, but he said someone has been banging on his door and he's worried that someone will mistake him for an illegal immigrant.

Florida begins process of issuing medical marijuana ID cards

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:41:16 GMT

The cards, which are issued through the Office of Compassionate Use, are part of regulations passed by the Florida Legislature last year. Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambinieri says the rule became effective Feb. 19. To apply for a card, a patient must be a Florida resident and qualify to receive medical marijuana.

Is Donald Trump a conservative? We asked the CPAC faithful

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:23:44 GMT

A year after the 2016 edition of the long-running Conservative Political Action Conference was thrown into an uproar by the Republican primary front-runner, President Donald Trump - who snubbed the gathering last March - arrives here in 2017 as the face of a new, if elusive brand of conservatism. But is Trump himself a conservative - and does anyone care? "I think he has conservative instincts and I think he is starting to govern as a conservative.

Gun injuries and deaths among Florida kids have spiked. One child is shot every 17 hours.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:03:56 GMT

Patricia Davis, mother of Ikeim Boswell, holds his ashes near a shine to her son in her Tampa home Friday, February 10, 2017. Boswell was 16 when he was fatally shot March 14, 2015.

Woman gets 10 years for fatal DUI crash

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:55:09 GMT

A South Florida woman has been sentenced to 10 years and four months in prison for a drunken driving crash that left a man dead. The Palm Beach Post reports that 34-year-old Kelsey Sue Cooper was sentenced Wednesday for the DUI manslaughter conviction.