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 […]

Man with HIV bites chunk from deputy’s arm

Man with HIV bites chunk from deputy’s arm

Wellington, Florida — A Palm Beach County man infected with HIV remains behind bars after he bit a chunk from of a deputy’s arm. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called early Monday morning to the Coach House Restaurant and Bar in reference to a disturbance. When deputies arrived, Jeffery Switzer, […]

Three job opportunities with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

Three job opportunities with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue is looking for students interested in a career in the fire service to join the Fire Cadet Program. Students must be at least 14 years old, have completed the eighth grade, and have not reached their 21st birthday. The program is geared toward building self-confidence, character, leadership, as well as unique […]

Down South Rodeo ticket giveaway

Down South Rodeo ticket giveaway

At Down South Rodeo, they strive to provide the complete rodeo experience in a family friendly setting. Founder Doug Cartwright comes from a family that lives, sleeps, and breathes rodeo. After years of working on other rodeo’s, he decided to take everyone’s favorite parts and bring them to an arena near you. The next rodeo […]

FHP: Hit and run crashes on the rise

FHP: Hit and run crashes on the rise

Tallahassee, Florida – Florida has experienced an alarming increase in the number of fatal hit and run crashes during the last two years. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Students Against Destructive […]

Teen troublemakers rioted because they wanted to see R-rated movie

Teen troublemakers rioted because they wanted to see R-rated movie

Ocoee, Florida — Four law enforcement agencies were dispatched to an AMC Theatre at the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee in response to a riot on Valentine’s Day. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said approximately 800-900 black middle and high school aged teenagers stormed the theater and food court with absolutely no regard for the […]

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 […]

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