Mother allowed to burn down house of daughter’s killer

Mother allowed to burn down house of daughter’s killer

Orange Park, Florida — In 2009, 7-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared without a trace while walking home from school with her brother, older sister, and several other students. Two days after she vanished law enforcement found her body at a landfill in Georgia. Authorities searched for her killer for months before discovering Jarred Harrell, 29, had […]

Plans move forward for bear hunting

Plans move forward for bear hunting

Florida — In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its February 4, meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to […]

Two people almost crushed inside of garbage truck

Two people almost crushed inside of garbage truck

Tampa, Florida — It was a smelly situation when two drunk people, Donald L. Jordan, 37, and Lisa Sirbella, 49, were nearly crushed after being dumped into the back of a garbage truck. The driver, who works for Progressive Waste Solutions, said he was just about to compact the garbage when he heard the two […]

Two deputies injured after a meth lab exploded

Two deputies injured after a meth lab exploded

  Daytona Beach, Florida — Two Volusia County sheriff’s deputies, two adults, and an eight-month-old baby were taken to a hospital after a meth lab explosion today. Hazmat was dispatched to the area and residents were asked to stay indoors. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, […]

FWC: “Fishy” situation resulted in two felony arrests

FWC: “Fishy” situation resulted in two felony arrests

Miami, Florida — Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Mitchell Robb and Jeremy Foell arrested two men after they sensed something “fishy” during a traffic stop. Officers stopped David Hernandez Sordo, 48, and Pedro Suarez, 59, after Sordo ran a red light while pulling a 24-foot-boat without tie-down straps. While speaking with the individuals, Officer […]

FHP’s game plan for Super Bowl Sunday

FHP’s game plan for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Sunday, February 1, many Super Bowl parties will feature pizza, wings, and yes…alcohol. That’s why the Florida Highway Patrol is urging football fans to choose sides before the game: are you drinking OR driving? “Impaired driving is completely preventable,” said Colonel David Brierton, director […]

UF researches discovered rare virus in ticks thought to have vanished

UF researches discovered rare virus in ticks thought to have vanished

Gainesville, Florida — University of Florida researchers have discovered a rare virus that belongs to the family Arenaviridae. Some arenaviruses are associated with severe hemorrhagic disease and has had a significant mortality in people in South America and sub-Saharan Africa. The virus was thought to have vanished four decades ago. Dr. Katherine Sayler, and her […]

FWC: Snook season to reopen for anglers

FWC: Snook season to reopen for anglers

Florida — The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on February 1, 2015, in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31. In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less […]

Two men sentenced in Walgreens and CVS robberies

Two men sentenced in Walgreens and CVS robberies

Orlando, Florida — On Monday, Senior United States District Judge John Antoon, II, sentenced Joe E. Clinton, Jr. 23, of Orlando, to 17 years in federal prison for aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of a Walgreen’s store, the robbery of a CVS store, and using and carrying a firearm during those violent crimes. Clinton […]

Coffee creamer with a side of choke hold

Coffee creamer with a side of choke hold

Brandon, Florida — Clarence Daniels, 62, drove to the Walmart located at 11110 Causeway Boulevard — with label in his pocket — to purchase coffee creamer for his wife. But just as Daniels entered the sliding doors to the Walmart, he was tackled and placed in a choke hold — and not by police or […]

Student killed while walking to school

Student killed while walking to school

Eagle Lake, Florida — On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, around 6:10 a.m., Codey Kierstead, 15, from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, was walking to school when he decided to cross U.S. Hwy 17 southbound just south of the intersection at CR 540 (Winter Lake Road), in lieu of using either of the two […]

FBI: Florida man sentenced to 20 years for assisting terrorists

FBI: Florida man sentenced to 20 years for assisting terrorists

Jacksonville, Florida — Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S Attorney A. Lee Bentley III for the Middle District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Michelle S. Klimt of the FBI Jacksonville Division announced that Shelton Thomas Bell, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for […]

Deputy saved girl’s life first day on job

Deputy saved girl’s life first day on job

Deltona, Florida – A Volusia County sheriff deputy’s first day on the job turned out to be a blessing for one Florida mother. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Deputy Brant Lickiss, during his very first shift, was at a traffic light near Normandy Boulevard. Deputy Lickiss said [that] is when he saw a woman frantically […]

Man threw daughter off Sunshine Skyway bridge approach, 911 call from attorney released

Man threw daughter off Sunshine Skyway bridge approach, 911 call from attorney released

First court appearance. (Article continued below) St. Petersburg, Florida — Today, just after midnight, John Nicholas Jonchuck, 25, committed an unthinkable act. Jonchuck drove his vehicle over a Tampa Bay bridge and pulled over. He then removed his daughter, Phoebe, 5, from her seat by her arms, pressed her head to his chest, and threw […]

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