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Florida's Republican Party Chair Has a Very Racist Sign Outside His Office

Florida Republican Party chair and Sarasota State Sen. Joe Gruters, a man who looks like a racist groundhog, sure hates him some immigrants. He's currently pushing SB 168, an anti-"sanctuary" bill that forces Florida towns to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though every town


Massive swordfish caught off the Florida Keys

ISLAMORADA, Fla.-- This is no fish tale. A mammoth swordfish was recently caught and reeled in off the Florida Keys. It was nearly 760 pounds and it was an eight-hour struggle to reel in.


Easter Bunny brawler in Florida wanted in NJ

ORLANDO, Fla. - Update 1 p.m. EDT April 23: A man who wore an Easter Bunny costume during a fight in Orlando, Florida, is wanted in New Jersey and had previously been arrested in Pasco County, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office incident report.


Puppies forced to be euthanized after man found selling them out of purse in Florida

A 20-year-old suspect has been charged with animal cruelty after deputies say he was selling severely dehydrated and malnourished puppies out of a bag in St. Johns County, Fla.


Florida deputy fired after kicking inmate who fed cookie to bird

A Florida sheriff's deputy has been fired and charged with battery after surveillance video captured him kicking an inmate who had just tossed a cookie to a bird. The inmate, 31-year-old Mario Christo, was serving a 364-day sentence on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at the Pinell


Florida Woman Accused of Beating Son With Meat Tenderizer

A Miami mother is accused of hitting her 9-year-old son with a meat tenderizer during an argument over his homework. Martha Ciguenas, 44, was arrested Monday on an aggravated child abuse charge in the April 4 incident, according to an arrest report.


Florida man takes on Florida speed trap, and wins

If there’s one thing that seems to bind together all Florida men, it’s their ingenuity. And today’s Florida man tale is no different. Because when Florida man takes on Florida speed traps, apparently, he wins.


Everglades drilling fight goes to Florida Supreme Court

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Hudson Man Accused Of Molesting 13-Year-Old Girl

HOLIDAY, FL -- A 34-year-old Holiday man has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after being accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl over four years. Jonathan Skipper of Oceanic Road was picked up on an arrest warrant on April 19 and taken to the Land O' Lakes Detention Center where bond


New Port Richey sings the blues — again

It's been years since I lived a few doors down from Cheryl Spradling in Holiday, but one thing I can count on is that I'll run into her at whatever blues event is going on in the Tampa Bay area.


Florida's Andrew Gillum faces hearing over allegations of improperly accepting gifts from lobbyists

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces an administrative hearing Wednesday over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists. The state Ethics Commission says it found probable cause in January to believe that Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, accepted gifts in vio


Glass of Wesley Chapel Waffle House broken by small round, cook struck

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County deputies are on scene of a shooting at a Waffle House in Wesley Chapel on Tuesday. According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting occurred at the restaurant on 5421 Village Market around 5:36 p.m.


Aripeka landscape artist living the dream

ARIPEKA — The brilliant greens of saltmeadow and marsh hay cordgrass, melt into cabbage palm fronds and the earthy gray-brown tones of black needle rush and the pneumatophores of black mangroves springing from a sandy shore. Hovering above is a brilliant blue sky filled with roiling clouds.


'Ghost Ship' will find new life as artificial reef

A "Ghost Ship" will get a new life as an artificial reef and a diving destination near Hernando Beach. On Tuesday, the Hernando County Port Authority and Aquatic Services Division towed the decommissioned concrete sailboat Ghost Ship off the coast and sank it along Bendickson Reef, which is 20 nauti


Deputies: Woman arrested for trying to hit boyfriend with car in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) - A Pasco County woman is facing charges after deputies say she tried to hit her boyfriend with her car while he was walking on a sidewalk. Chaneise Culp, 52, was arrested late Sunday night in Port Richey.


"Ghost ship" to be sunk off Hernando Beach

Hernando Beach, FLA - Stripped of all its rigging, engine, and deck surface, a modern-day "ghost ship" will soon become part an underwater fish habitat and diver's paradise. It's been 2 years of planning and work preparing this ghost ship for its final voyage.


Plan to expand Florida toll roads expected for Wednesday in Congress

SARASOTA (WWSB) -On Wednesday, the Florida Senate is planning to approve a plan that would build or expand three toll roads in the state. The proposal would require the Florida Department of Transportation to set up task forces to study economic and environmental impacts of extending the Suncoast Pa


Stronger texting while driving penalties clear Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Florida is one step closer to strengthening its texting while driving laws after the state House voted to approve legislation Tuesday afternoon.


Florida Senate OKs armed teachers in classrooms

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate broke mostly along party lines Tuesday in allowing teachers to carry weapons and serve as classroom guardians, a security enhancement roundly opposed by many parents and teachers and most school districts.


School safety bill making progress in Florida Senate

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A divided Florida Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill on Tuesday that includes a controversial provision aimed at adding armed teachers to the line of defense.