Triple murder suspect dies from gunshot

Triple murder suspect dies from gunshot

Lakeland, Florida — On May 27, 2014, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive man-hunt for a suspect that killed three people earlier in the week. At approximately 9:00 p.m., Monday, May 26, 2014, a 14-year-old girl arrived home from a weekend ROTC trip to find her mother, Danyala Smith 31, her moms partner, […]

Parents Leave 3-Year-Old Outside While They Party It Up

Parents Leave 3-Year-Old Outside While They Party It Up

Lakeland, Florida — Around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Rhonda Branch, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Antonio Allen, both of 2103 Reynolds Road in Lakeland, when their neighbors called PCSO to report a three-year-old toddler was locked out of the residence for over an hour, and was […]

Boy Charged With Poisoning Teacher

Boy Charged With Poisoning Teacher

Polk County, Florida — On May 21, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14-year-old Zachary Malvasia of Lakeland, a student at Crystal Lake Middle School, and charged him with one count Poison Food/Water (F-1) for putting hand sanitizer in his teacher’s water. According to the affidavit, during the morning hours of May 20, 2014 the […]

Two Daytona Beach Police Officers out of a job

Two Daytona Beach Police Officers out of a job

  Daytona Beach, Florida — Ocala Post has now received the body cam video of two Daytona Beach Police Officers, following the completion of an Internal Affairs investigation. On June 13, 2013, Officers Justin Ranum and Matthew Booth encountered Ms. Christine Chippewa, 36, (complainant) near the boat ramps of the Seabreeze Bridge (eastern span). Chippewa […]

A pit bull defends his home from a burglar

A pit bull defends his home from a burglar

Deltona, Florida — A pit bull in Volusia County literally took a bite out of crime while defending his home and sleeping owner. At approximately 4:30 a.m., a man was awakened by a loud crash and the sound of his pit bull barking. The 24-year-old jumped out of bed and ran into the front room […]

Kidnapped Girl Reunited With Her Mother 4 Years Later

Kidnapped Girl Reunited With Her Mother 4 Years Later

Deltona, Florida — A Deltona mother who hasn’t seen her daughter since 2009 was finally reunited with her today, May 17, 2014, thanks to the determined efforts of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Prosecutor from the State Attorney’s Office and a Deputy United States Marshal. Jodie Borchert had legal custody of her daughter, Sarah […]

Officers abusing the charge of “Resisting Arrest” in Florida

Officers abusing the charge of “Resisting Arrest” in Florida

Florida — A Palm Bay, Florida judge ordered the charges against a teenage girl to be dropped after he reviewed the arresting officer’s body cam footage. The officer, David Marcinik, lied in his police report and stated that the girl was belligerent, threatening, and resisting arrest with violence. The body cam footage showed that the […]

Mangled cars and one dead after fatal crash

Mangled cars and one dead after fatal crash

Polk County, Florida — Today, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide deputies conducted a Fatal Crash investigation in the area of Bluff Road on Highway 37 in Mulberry. At approximately 5:38 p.m., on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the PCSO received a call in reference to a crash involving multiple vehicles. Deputies on the scene confirmed […]

Tragic I-75 accident is the motivation for “Move Over – Slow Down – Save A Life” month

Tragic I-75 accident is the motivation for “Move Over – Slow Down – Save A Life” month

Florida – As National Police Week starts today, law enforcement officers across the nation remember and honor our fallen heroes – those officers who in the service of their communities have given the ultimate sacrifice are remembered. As Florida mourns the loss of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard, who lost her life along with […]

Upcoming “Tax Holiday” Tax Cuts And Schedule

Upcoming “Tax Holiday” Tax Cuts And Schedule

Florida – Before the 2014 legislative session began, the Florida Senate, Senator Don Gaetz and Governor Scott joined in a commitment to cutting taxes by $500 million. Today, Rick Scott delivered on the largest broad based tax cut in a decade. If you’re a young family with small children, your life-saving car seat will cost […]

HEALTH ALERT: First Case Of MERS-CoV Infection Confirmed

HEALTH ALERT: First Case Of MERS-CoV Infection Confirmed

  Orlando, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today confirmed the first Florida case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in a patient at an Orlando hospital. “The Florida Department of Health is working closely with hospital officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate care of […]

Puppies Rescued From 123 Degree Car

Puppies Rescued From 123 Degree Car

Palm Beach, Florida — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Wellington Mall, 10300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington in regards to animal cruelty. According to deputies, a good Samaritan noticed two puppies that were left in a vehicle parked at Wellington Green Mall inside a black SUV, for over 35 minutes. The Samaritan notified […]

But First…Let Me Take A Selfie

But First…Let Me Take A Selfie

Palm Harbor, Florida — Brian Genest, 17, was visiting Chestnut Park with his mom, Paula Genest, in Palm Harbor, Florida when he saw a squirrel on the hand rail of the wooden walk way. Genest approached the squirrel in hopes of capturing a few close up pictures. Genest said when he got close enough to […]

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Deadline

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Deadline

Tallahassee, Florida – The Agency for Health Care Administration continues to roll out the Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program, the second installment of Florida’s new system of Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC). This week, the Agency will begin mailing welcome packets to recipients in Medicaid Regions 10 and 11, which include Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe […]

WANTED And Extremely Dangerous

WANTED And Extremely Dangerous

Polk County, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating 30-year-old Travis “Pinky” Barrientos, who has a warrant for his arrest for Attempted Second Degree Murder. His last known address is 112 Prospect Ave in Winter Haven. During the early morning hours of Saturday, April 19, 2014, Barrientos got […]

WARNING: Raw Sewage Spill

WARNING: Raw Sewage Spill

  Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health on Saturday issued an advisory to residents in counties surrounding the Withlacoochee and the downstream Suwannee River. The City of Valdosta has reported a spill, made up of a combination of storm water and untreated sewage, that has overflowed into the One-Mile Branch, Two-Mile Branch, Sugar […]

Florida Weather Alert For April 18, 2014

Florida Weather Alert For April 18, 2014

  The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a storm warning as well as a flood watch for North Central Florida beginning Friday April 18, 2014 to April 19, 2014. Drivers are urged to use caution as they travel on Friday and possibly into Saturday. Between two to five inches of rain are in the […]

To the Editor: Should state colleges and universities be required to give taxpayer-funded in-state tuition subsidies to ‘undocumented’ or ‘illegal’ students?

To the Editor: Should state colleges and universities be required to give taxpayer-funded in-state tuition subsidies to ‘undocumented’ or ‘illegal’ students?

  Florida — Following the Easter and Passover break, the Senate and House will be back in Tallahassee Monday for the final two weeks of Florida’s Legislative Session. I’m writing you today to share my perspective – and ask for yours – about an issue that’s on the minds of many folks who are emailing […]

Abortion Bill Passes Second Senate Committee

Abortion Bill Passes Second Senate Committee

  Tallahassee, Florida – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Tom Lee (R- Brandon), passed Senate Bill 918, which advances Florida’s protection of the unborn. “Florida’s laws must keep pace with changes in medical technology,” said President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). “As a matter of public policy, I believe the bar should be set […]

Homeless guy murdered mom

Homeless guy murdered mom

  Crystal River, Florida — On April 5, 2014, shortly after 3 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an area behind Farmer’s Furniture in Crystal River, which is a known homeless camp, in regards to a domestic incident. Deputies were searching for Benjamin Dick, 23, in reference to an aggravated battery where his brother […]

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