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Florida man accused of stuffing crack cocaine between his buttocks

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:43:58 GMT

Demetrius Hagins of Indiantown was arrested on a cocaine-trafficking charge last month in Martin County after an affidavit contends he stuffed crack in his buttocks. Demetrius Hagins of Indiantown was arrested on a cocaine-trafficking charge last month in Martin County after an affidavit contends he stuffed crack in his buttocks.

ADL audit reveals dramatic uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Florida, U.S.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:02:48 GMT

The number of anti-Semitic incidents including harassment, threats, vandalism and assaults increased dramatically last year and in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released Monday. "The audit has proven to be as bad as we felt it was," said Yael Hershfield, ADL Florida interim regional director.

Woman accused of strangling baby with Halloween lights is charged

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:10:39 GMT

Florida resident Kristen DePasquale, pictured here in a booking photo at the Seminole County Jail, has been charged in the strangulation death of her toddler daughter last Nov. with a string of Halloween lights. A central Florida woman has been charged in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, accused of strangling the toddler with a string of Halloween lights last Nov. Kristen DePasquale, 27, faces charges of premeditated murder and child abuse.

Florida Legislature at 'Stalemate' Over New State Budget

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:05:51 GMT

The first but crucial round of negotiations between the House and Senate broke down Sunday. Legislators have less than two weeks left in their annual session.

In Florida, School Performance Has Risen with Vouchers for Disabled...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:59:16 GMT

It's a reasonable place to start given that adoption of these policies in the early 2000s coincided with outstanding educational improvements in the state. Statewide progress on the National Assessment for Educational Progress, a test administered over time by the federal government, has far outstripped that of the nation and nearly all states.

Florida woman tells trooper: - I want to kiss you' A former Florida...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:29:37 GMT

A former Florida middle school teacher who faces several charges after police say she drove drunk and caused a crash put on quite a performance for a state trooper. Saryna Parker, 43, is shown telling the trooper, "I want to kiss you," in Florida Highway Patrol dashcam video obtained by WTVJ .

Florida residents return home to destroyed belongings from wildfire

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:57:21 GMT

As firefighters contain the more than one hundred wildfires in Florida, residents in central and southwestern parts of the state who are able to return home struggle with the aftermath. Colette Luke reports.

Renting an Airbnb at $30 a night: a Who are these shady dudes?a

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:12:53 GMT

Jose Gonzalez was walking his two sons to his car early one morning to drive them to school when he glanced across the street and had to do a double-take. "It's 7 in the morning and some guy is changing, opening the back of the trunk of his car, taking out his clothes, and pulling down his pants.

Fast Five Florida headlines at noon

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:31:43 GMT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is delaying his planned trade mission to Argentina due to wildfires that are burning in several parts of the state. Scott was scheduled to leave late Saturday for a five-day trip to Buenos Aires.

Rain, possibly heavy at times, expected across South Florida

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:49:41 GMT

Forecasters expect widespread rain, which may be heavy at times, for South Florida today. Forecasters expect widespread rain showers across South Florida today, which should give a brief break in an abnormally dry season that has sparked several wildfires and dropped the region into drought .

Florida senator who resigned over racial slur hired Hooter's girl, Playboy model

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:04:08 GMT

A newspaper is reporting that a Florida state senator who resigned last week after using a racial slur hired a former Hooters "calendar girl" and a Playboy model with no political experience to be consultants for his political action committee last year. The Miami Herald reported Saturday that state records show that Frank Artiles' PAC, Veterans for Conservative Principals, had paid former Hooters model Heather Thomas $2,000 and former Playboy model Brittney Singletary $1,500.

Romano: Schools of hope is just one more gimmick set up to fail in Florida

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:16:51 GMT

The Senate is looking for a solution to Florida's persistent education gap, and the House is looking for an excuse to create more charter schools. This is how life works in Tallahassee, where ideology often comes before common sense.

Wildfires rage across Florida, destroying homes and displacing thousands

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:37:32 GMT

Three separate wildfires raged across parts of Florida on Saturday, burning up homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. One blaze has burned 5,500 acres and destroyed nine homes in Collier County near Naples as of Saturday morning.

Florida blaze spreads after ripping through homes, evacuating thousands

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:55:06 GMT

Florida blaze spreads after ripping through homes, evacuating thousands A growing brush fire in South Florida is destroying buildings and homes, forcing people to flee Check out this story on Authorities held a 9 a.m. briefing on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to give an update on the 30th Avenue Southeast fire in Golden Gate Estates. This is recording of that news conference.

In response to Trump, Florida woman drives immigrants for free

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:11:30 GMT

Maneuvering her gray SUV on dirt roads where rural South Florida meets the Everglades, Antonia Catalan looks for a man who's in the country illegally. She puts on her reading glasses and grabs a crumpled piece of paper with the address of a young man.

Florida Supreme Court denies new DNA analysis in death row inmate William 'Tommy' Zeigler's case

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:25:35 GMT

William Thomas Zeigler, 71, who has spent the last 40 years on death row for the murders of four people, will not be allowed to test evidence in his case with touch DNA technology, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday. Zeigler was convicted of killing his wife, her parents and another man at his Winter Garden furniture store on Dec. 24, 1975.

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:40:13 GMT

A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames. The wildfire has charred about 4,800 acres in Collier County and forced residents to evacuate their houses in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, said Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service.