Department of Corrections takes unprecedented steps to ensure safer prisons

Department of Corrections takes unprecedented steps to ensure safer prisons

Tallahassee, Florida – Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Mike Crews today announced unprecedented steps to ensure safer practices and policies are in place. In the coming weeks, the Association of State Corrections Administrators (ASCA) will review the Department’s policies, rules and procedures related to use of force. The ASCA will provide a full independent […]

11 more top Florida laws in effect October 2014

11 more top Florida laws in effect October 2014

Eleven more top laws for October 1, 2014. Some of the laws cover juvenile justice, concealed weapons, elected officers, and many other need to know topics. Some of these might affect you, your children, or help you as a citizen understand your rights. Offenses against vulnerable persons: The bill expands the list of persons designated […]

Driskel named starter in wake of Harris suspension

Driskel named starter in wake of Harris suspension

Jeff Driskel has been named the Florida Gators starting quarterback for Saturday’s matchup against LSU. This announcement came just days after quarterback Treon Harris was suspended while authorities investigate sexual assault allegations against him. Harris has also been suspended from all team activities during the investigation. The University of Florida said that Harris was accused […]

Children were living in meth home surrounded by filth

Children were living in meth home surrounded by filth

Crystal River, Florida — On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit, Levy/Citrus Meth Task Force, and Citrus Fire Rescue and Hazardous Materials Team executed a search warrant for the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 4220 North Ashton Terrace, Crystal River 34428. During a search of the property, approximately […]

West Florida Recycling, LLC trash scam

West Florida Recycling, LLC trash scam

Residents are outraged after paying West Florida Recycling, LLC to pick up trash for recycling thinking they were doing good for the environment, only to learn it was a scam and all the trash was dumped on commercial and residential property in a nearby city! West Florida Recycling, LLC has been charged with dumping litter […]

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart is dropping health benefits at a time when sickness is at an all-time high. On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Walmart announced it is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. Part-time employees who work less than 30 hours per week will no longer be eligible for benefits. Walmart […]

First confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Polk County

First confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Polk County

Polk County, Florida – The Florida Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of an Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection in a 10-year-old girl who is recovering in Polk County. The department advises parents, child care workers, and healthcare professionals to be vigilant for respiratory virus infections such as enterovirus (EV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), […]

Kids’ fishing clinic in Naples

Kids’ fishing clinic in Naples

Naples, Florida — Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment, and providing fun family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Naples this weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 […]

Biketoberfest 2014

Biketoberfest 2014

Biketoberfest® is a fun-filled, entertaining event that attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout North America and Europe. Festivities include street rallies, bike shows, racing, concerts, charity rides, expos, seminars and celebrity appearances. Officially this year – October 16-19, 2014. Annually the event is held on the third (long) weekend of October. Biketoberfest® takes place at various […]

Newberry’s Cornfield Maze For Halloween 2014

Newberry’s Cornfield Maze For Halloween 2014

If you are looking for an affordable Halloween adventure for your children, you may want to consider Newberry’s Cornfield Maze at Hodge Farms. The Hodge’s are genuine American farmers that have been operating the family owned farm since 1919; four generations of blood, sweat, and tears. Brad Hodge, son of David and Gail Hodge, are […]

Waldo Police Department shutdown

Waldo Police Department shutdown

Waldo, Florida — The Waldo City council voted last night to disband the Waldo Police Department effective at midnight, October 1, 2014. This means that all law enforcement functions will be assumed by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Currently employed Waldo Police Officers will be on paid administrative leave until October 31, 2014, to give […]

New laws that take effect October 1, 2014

New laws that take effect October 1, 2014

Florida — There are 32 new laws set to go into effect on October 1, 2014. Below are some of the most high profile and controversial laws that will take effect. Pain clinics/Pharmacies: To rein in activity at a growing number of “pill mills” that often too freely dispense pain medication, doctors at the facilities […]

Corrections officer first to be fired under new policy

Corrections officer first to be fired under new policy

  Tallahassee, Florida — On September 26, 2014, Department of Corrections Secretary Michael D. Crews directed the dismissal of Franklin Correctional Institution Sergeant John Nunez, for representing an immediate threat to the safety of the inmates under his care, custody, and control. Sergeant Nunez has been advised of his dismissal and a formal dismissal letter […]

Flood watch extended to October 1, 2014

Flood watch extended to October 1, 2014

  The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a flood watch for portions of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia in effect until 10 p.m. Rain and thunderstorms will spread along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida and eventually to the Carolinas Monday into Tuesday. A low pressure will track across Northeast Florida today […]

Man arrested for selling alcohol and cigarettes from home

Man arrested for selling alcohol and cigarettes from home

  Lakeland, Florida — On Thursday, September 25, 2014, undercover detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 61-year-old James Terrance “Terry” Pearson of 702 Texas Avenue in Lakeland. Pearson was charged with one count Sale of Single Cigarettes (M-1), one count Illegal Sale of Alcohol (M-2), one count Possession of Cocaine (F-3), one count […]

Lakeland Eye Clinic sued for discrimination against transgender employee

Lakeland Eye Clinic sued for discrimination against transgender employee

  Tampa, Florida – Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Florida-based organization of health care professionals, discriminated based on sex in violation of federal law by firing an employee because she is transgender, because she was transitioning from male to female, and/or because she did not conform to the employer’s gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes, the […]

More details surface after father kills 6 grandchildren and his daughter

More details surface after father kills 6 grandchildren and his daughter

  Bell, Florida — Authorities said Don Spirit, 51, a felon, routinely beat his children and grandchildren. Don Spirit shot his daughter, Sarah Spirit, 28, as well as her six children with a .45 caliber handgun, before turning the gun on himself. The children were 2-month-old Alanna Stewart; Brandon Stewart, 4; Destiny Stewart, 5; Johnathon […]

Teacher on paid leave after he had sex with student

Teacher on paid leave after he had sex with student

  Seminole County, Florida — The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit yesterday arrested Michael Scott Fitzwater, 40, of Chuluota, on one count of Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Minor. Investigators were contacted on September 21, 2014, after a mother discovered explicit sexual text messages being sent to her sixteen-year-old daughter. The messages […]

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