4th case of Measles confirmed in Florida

4th case of Measles confirmed in Florida

Florida — On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of Measles in an unvaccinated adolescent in Indian River County. This brings the total cases of Measles between Indian River and St. Lucie counties to four. Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus of the same name (Measles). The disease […]

Officials: Walmart closing is very suspicious

Officials: Walmart closing is very suspicious

The closing of several Walmart stores has left nearly 2,000 employees jobless and looking for answers, while some say they believe it is military related. On April 13, 2015, several Walmart stores suddenly closed. A sign was taped to the door of the businesses that read: “We apologize for the inconvenience. This location will close for […]

Investigation: Driver gives deputies middle finger; gets pulled over by military-type armored vehicle

Investigation: Driver gives deputies middle finger; gets pulled over by military-type armored vehicle

Gainesville, Florida — The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation after deputies in a Lenco BearCat Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), or Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), conducted a traffic stop. The deputies that occupied the APC were dressed in tactical clothing. The man they pulled over, Lucas A. Jewel, 23, was stopped after […]

WARNING: Classic Hummus recall

WARNING: Classic Hummus recall

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause […]

Nearly 1,000 gang members arrested in 6 weeks

Nearly 1,000 gang members arrested in 6 weeks

Nearly 1,000 gang members and associates from 239 different gangs were arrested in 282 cities across the U.S. during Project Wildfire, a six-week operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The operation targeted transnational criminal gangs and others associated with transnational criminal activity. “Criminal gangs inflict violence and fear […]

OPD officer arrested and charged with Felony Battery by FDLE

OPD officer arrested and charged with Felony Battery by FDLE

Orlando, Florida — An Orlando police officer was arrested and charged with felony battery Tuesday following allegations that he had used excessive force on a handcuffed man. It all started in August 2014, when Robert Liese was at Underground Public House, located at 19 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, having some drinks with friends. According to […]

Gag grouper season approaches for certain areas

Gag grouper season approaches for certain areas

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1, 2015. This regional season will remain open through June 30, with the first day of the closure being July 1. The season also includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, […]

Florida police officer arrested for sexual abuse on a 2-year-old girl

Florida police officer arrested for sexual abuse on a 2-year-old girl

Lakeland, Florida — Around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the FBI received a message on a social networking site from 32-year-old Joshua Smith of Lakeland, in reference to sex acts Smith was committing on a 2-year-old female child. The message to the undercover agent read, “No limit perv dad here. Looking for someone […]

Two arrested for brutal beating of toddler

Two arrested for brutal beating of toddler

Lakeland, Florida — On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims detectives arrested 27-year-old Shellie Lee Campbell and her live-in boyfriend, 29-year-old Brandon Lauderbaugh, of 2642 Timbercreek Loop West, Lakeland, and charged both with one count each Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm (F-2). The two have been dating for five months. […]

7 Marines, 4 Soldiers presumed dead after helicopter crash in Florida

7 Marines, 4 Soldiers presumed dead after helicopter crash in Florida

According to officials, Seven Marines and four soldiers were missing early Wednesday following an Army helicopter crash in Florida, near Pensacola. All of the servicemen are presumed to be dead. Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland said, “A search and rescue operation was launched after one of two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters participating in a […]

Boy attempted to hire friend to kill entire family

Boy attempted to hire friend to kill entire family

Port St. Lucie, Florida — A 14-year-old boy is accused of soliciting to have his family killed after the boy’s father found a note that looked like a murder-for-hire contract in the boy’s bedroom. According to police, the note had been signed by the boy and his friend. The note stated that the friend would […]

No more elephants for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®

No more elephants for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®

Ellenton, Florida — The Feld Family, owners of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, announced plans Thursday to remove Asian elephants from their traveling circus performances. Under the plan, 13 elephants currently traveling with the three Ringling Bros. circus units would be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center […]

Airboat ejected 11 passengers during tour

Airboat ejected 11 passengers during tour

Passengers got a “wild ride” when they were thrown from an airboat during a tour, Tuesday. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Regional Public Information Coordinator, Greg Workman, while a tour guide was operating a tour for Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours on the Withlacoochee River, the airboat had stopped to explain the area […]

Fog most likely cause of crash that killed a young woman

Fog most likely cause of crash that killed a young woman

Lakeland, Florida — Around 6:30 a.m., Monday, February 23, 2015, a 1996 green Honda Accord driven by 23-year-old Kalie Cadwell, of Lakeland, was headed southbound on Combee Road North approaching the intersection with Old Combee Road in Lakeland, when a 2008 black Chevrolet Malibu being driven by 45-year-old Jennifer Nestor, of Lakeland, entered into the […]

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