Food Stamp benefit early disbursement due to Hurricane Michael

Food Stamp benefit early disbursement due to Hurricane Michael

The Florida Department of Children and Families announced that current SNAP customers who normally receive benefits October 11-28 will receive their benefits by October 10 due to Hurricane Michael. Early disbursement will be for recipients in following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, […]

Hurricane Michael warnings, watches, and evacuations

Hurricane Michael warnings, watches, and evacuations

Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com Hurricane Michael strengthens as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and by Wednesday could become a category three hurricane. As of 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Clinch, Coffee, Columbia, Echols, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jeff Davis, Suwannee, and Ware. […]

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public input as staff improves rules for non-native species. The potential changes will affect rules related to the importation of high-risk species and include possible additions to the Prohibited Species list. Staff will also work on clarifying language in existing rules. People can provide input […]

Actor vomits while filming Howl-O-Scream commercial

Actor vomits while filming Howl-O-Scream commercial

Tampa – A paid actor apparently had a weak stomach while riding the SheiKra roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa. The actor, whose name was not released, projectile vomited during the filming of a commercial for Howl-O-Scream 2018. In the behind the scenes video, you can see the female actress pat him on the arm after […]

House Bill 29, Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act, is complete

Active military members, veterans, and their spouses can now apply for reimbursement.

House Bill 29, Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act, is complete

Tallahassee – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced Wednesday that rulemaking to implement Florida House Bill 29, the Don Hahnfeldt Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act, is complete. Active military members, veterans, and their spouses can now apply for reimbursement of fees associated with licensure of mortgage loan originators and securities associated persons. Interim […]

Woman enraged after she was denied sex

Woman enraged after she was denied sex

Vero Beach — A man was transported to Indian River Medical Center Thursday after a woman cut his face with a kitchen knife. According to the arrest affidavit,  Katherine Nieves-Tavarez, 27, cut the man’s face because he turned down several requests to have sex with her. When police arrived at the scene, the man stated, […]

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

Detectives with the Eustis Police Department say they have arrested a man who was selling a 14-year-old runaway from Ocala. According to reports, 31-year-old Steven Hodge befriended the girl then passed her around to other men to have sex in exchange for money. Detectives said they have been investigating the case since February when Hodge […]

ACTIVE AMBER ALERT – Two children missing

ACTIVE AMBER ALERT – Two children missing

Authorities are searching for two children out of Suwannee County — 7-year-old Brian Mejias, who was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jean shorts and 6-year-old Gabriela Mejias, who was last seen wearing a pink dress. According to the press release, Brian has short hair with a hard part to the left. He […]

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to expand a recent mandatory catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish due to red tide. The mandatory catch-and-release ruling will begin on September 28, 2018, through May 10, 2019. The areas include Gordon Pass in Collier County and […]

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Winter Haven — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an animal cruelty investigation at 4073 Mahogany Run, Winter Haven. According to a press release, two people heard what sounded like a dog “yelping” coming from a dumpster behind an apartment complex. One of the Good Samaritans jumped inside the […]

Teacher fired for not giving good grade to students

“I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids who are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real."

Teacher fired for not giving good grade to students

[Last updated on September 25, 2018, at 11:01 a.m.] A Florida teacher says she was fired after she refused to give students a grade of 50 percent on an assignment that they never turned in. On social media, parents say that “participation trophy syndrome” is now being extended to students in the form of grades. […]

New law for those who abuse animals

New law for those who abuse animals

On October 1, 2018, (SB 1576) will take effect. The new law stems from the beating death last year of a 9-month-old Labrador retriever puppy in Volusia County. The new law was named “Ponce’s Law” after the puppy. The law will basically allow judges to keep those who have been convicted of animal cruelty from […]

RUMOR CONTROL: No reports of women being followed, abducted

RUMOR CONTROL: No reports of women being followed, abducted

Recently, Facebook posts from women claiming they were followed while shopping have been circulating the internet. The Gainesville Police Department said, “We’ve seen recent posts from various folks in the community that are describing what appears to be incidents of human trafficking,  kidnapping, or abductions.  People are posting on social media that their kids are […]

Man stole ambulance so he could get home

Man stole ambulance so he could get home

A man had just been released from the hospital Sunday said he needed a way home, so he stole an ambulance. According to a press release, Michael Paul, 25, for unknown reasons, was at North Broward Medical Center, 201 E. Sample Road. Upon Paul’s discharge, he saw an ambulance, which was “running”, and decided it […]

School threat, two arrests made, teen smiled during interview with detectives

School threat, two arrests made, teen smiled during interview with detectives

Additional security was in place Thursday morning after a teen made a threat on Snapchat Wednesday night to shoot up Citrus Springs Middle School. The photo threat showed a male holding a rifle and it was captioned “Don’t go to school tomorrow. “CSMS be careful. Spread the word.” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives quickly identified […]

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Parents in Marion County are not likely to forget the pain inflicted on children at the hands of pediatric dentists Michael and Rebecca Tarver. Ocala Post recently received several e-mails from parents who are concerned that the former owner of Polliwog, Michael Tarver, might still be operating in Florida. Following an investigation, Ocala Post discovered […]

UBER driver shoots, kills jealous boyfriend of woman

"Leave people alone, they may have a gun and shoot you," said Judd. "This is clearly a case of stand your ground."

UBER driver shoots, kills jealous boyfriend of woman

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of 34-year-old Jason Boek, of Buchanan Drive in Winter Haven, who was shot and killed by an UBER driver. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, on Dundee Road in an unincorporated part of Polk County. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady […]

Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will be open for harvest September 1, through December 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through December 31. The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total […]

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