Woman fakes rape to miss work

Woman fakes rape to miss work

  Palm Beach, Florida — A woman who told authorities she had been raped on the Florida Turnpike has been arrested. On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Alexandra Westover, 21, told deputies she had been traveling north on the Florida Turnpike between the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter exits when she got a […]

Food Recall Alert: Bunched Curly Parsley

Food Recall Alert: Bunched Curly Parsley

  Belle Glade, Florida — As of February 11, 2014, ROTH FARMS Inc. of Belle Glade, Florida, is recalling its “ bunched Curly Parsley” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened […]

Woman Changing Flat Tire On Turnpike Is Assaulted

  On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a female traveling north in a red vehicle on the Florida Turnpike between the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter exits, had a flat tire and pulled over to the side of the road. Shortly after, a white male driving a white vehicle pulled over and […]

Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty

Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty

  Orange County, Florida — Sheriff Jerry Demings said, “Last night we lost a hero. But a family grieves for the loss of a husband, father, a son, a brother.” Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, 34, was shot and killed in the line of duty on February 11, 2014; the first reported officer fatality in Florida […]

Vinemobile App For Tracking Criminals

Vinemobile App For Tracking Criminals

  Tallahassee, Florida — Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews announced today a new Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) mobile app which provides information and notification of an offender’s status to victims of crimes committed by inmates in the Department’s custody or under its supervision. “Ensuring that Florida families are safe is the […]

Man Claims He Stole To Support His Failing Business

Man Claims He Stole To Support His Failing Business

  Deland, Florida — On Sunday February 9, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Volusia County dispatch received a 911 call from a business owner stating he was holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint. At 9:14 a.m. Deputy Wagers arrived on the scene to find the owner of West Crane Services holding suspect Dale Stewart, 43, […]

Florida mom arrested after traveling to sell her daughter to Super Bowl fans

Florida mom arrested after traveling to sell her daughter to Super Bowl fans

  New York — Bronx detectives arrested a Palm Bay, Florida woman after she traveled to New York for Super Bowl Sunday in an attempt to “pimp out” her 15-year-old daughter to football fans. Yolanda Ostoloza, 39, originally from New Jersey, reportedly owed nearly $500 in back rent and figured she could make the money […]

Criminal That Targets Elementary Schools Is On The Run

Criminal That Targets Elementary Schools Is On The Run

  Polk County, Florida — A serious warning for parents and teachers in Polk County and surrounding areas. 38-year-old Don Cornelius Stephens, 39, described as being approximately 5’06” with an average build, and having a clean shaven head and face, has been identified as the suspect who entered three Polk County Schools removing personal property […]

The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative

The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative

  Lutz, Florida – Florida Senate Education Chairman John Legg (R-Lutz) filed Senate Bill 790 (Education Technology). Senate Bill 790 creates a framework for Florida’s digital classrooms through establishing a statewide policy centered on local control. The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative (SB 790 Educational Technology) includes the following highlights: •Provides key funding focused on improving […]

Chemist Joseph Graves Switched Evidence In Thousands Of Cases; Marion County On List

Chemist Joseph Graves Switched Evidence In Thousands Of Cases; Marion County On List

  Tallahassee, Florida – Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced that FDLE has begun a review of all cases processed by a chemist in FDLE’s Pensacola Regional Crime Laboratory. Last week, in conjunction with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney William Eddins’ Office, FDLE began an investigation into missing prescription […]

Human Trafficking Suspect Arrested; One On The Run

Human Trafficking Suspect Arrested; One On The Run

  Polk County, Florida — Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to 704 Byni Ridge Drive off of Thornhill Road in Winter Haven in response to a well-being check. According to reports, a tip came in about a 21-year-old female that was being held captive and sold for sex. A victim was found […]

Governor Rick Scott’s Proposed Healthcare 2014-15 Budget

Governor Rick Scott’s Proposed Healthcare 2014-15 Budget

  Tallahassee, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today highlighted Governor Rick Scott’s proposed 2014-15 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” which will invest in key areas to improve the health of Florida’s families and communities. The budget prioritizes cancer research and treatment, protecting the health and safety of Florida’s children with special medical […]

Police officer arrested for unprotected sex while HIV positive

Police officer arrested for unprotected sex while HIV positive

[Updated on January 27, 2014, at 11:43 a.m. to include booking photo]   West Palm Beach, Florida — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Greenacres Police Officer, Ervans Saintclair, 37, for intentionally having unprotected sex with multiple females while being infected with HIV. After dating a woman for nearly a year, and having had […]

Deputy arrested; charged with multiple felonies

Deputy arrested; charged with multiple felonies

  Polk County, Florida — Detectives arrested Polk County Deputy Sheriff Julio Jose Garcia, 26, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, charging him with Unlawful Compensation/Reward for Official Behavior, Use/Display of a Firearm while Committing a Felony , and Falsifying an Official Record/Document by a Public Servant. Sheriff Grady Judd said, “We conduct extensive background checks […]

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care

  Tallahassee, Florida — The Agency for Health Care Administration’s proposed regional implementation schedule for Managed Medical Assistance (MMA), part of Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Implementation for MMA will begin May 1—on the heels of the Long-term Care program rollout, which will […]

Bright House Networks Says Goodbye Analog, Hello Digital

Bright House Networks Says Goodbye Analog, Hello Digital

  Central Florida — Bright House Networks announced that it has begun working to transition to an all-digital format in its Central Florida service area. With all-digital delivery, Bright House Networks said its customers will enjoy enhanced digital picture, sound quality, and access to even more great programming choices at no additional charge. Starting February […]

Bulletproof Vest Saved Deputie’s Life

Bulletproof Vest Saved Deputie’s Life

  Volusia County, Florida — A robbery suspect is now under arrest in Volusia County after firing shots at Deputy John Vedder of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. On January 15, 2014 the Kangaroo Express located at 1701 N. Volusia Avenue, in Orange City was robbed and Dominic Jorgensen-Cloutier,16, was the main suspect in the […]

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