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Lake City man designs speedboat/submarine called "Hyper-Sub"

(WCJB)- It's a speedboat but it's also a submarine and it was designed by a man from Lake City. Now, an innovation center in Gainesville is helping “Hyper-Sub" with marketing.


Florida man forced 5-year-old to perform sex acts on him, deputies say

A 49-year-old Florida man was arrested and charged with capital battery after detectives say he forced a 5-year-old to perform oral sex on him several times. Matthew Alvin Hockenberry was arrested Wednesday and was being held in jail with no bond. He faces a charge of capital sex battery on a child


Ellianos Coffee in Lake City opens its 12th store

LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) -- Look out Starbucks; Here comes Ellianos. The chain of coffee shops based in Lake City is growing. Ellianos just opened its 12th location, and its website says two more stores are on the way.


Florida 'tag man' accused of selling fake license plates, insurance cards

BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. — A man nicknamed the “Tag Man” has been tagged by police in South Florida. Police in Boynton Beach arrested Fedelin Pericles, 36, of Royal Palm Beach, on Wednesday, WPTV reported. Pericles was arrested after undercover agents bought two fraudulent temporary license tags and a fa


Shots fired during Florida mayor's arrest

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say shots were fired when they arrested a Florida mayor on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The Tampa Bay Times, citing news releases, reports that no one was injured during the Thursday morning arrest of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.


Tree trimming scam in Columbia County

A man saying he will trim trees in Columbia County is a scam-artist according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning. Deputies say that a man is going around saying he will trim trees for people, but once they give him payment he never returns to complete the job.


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Pedestrian killed on I-75 in Columbia County

A pedestrian was hit by a Jeep and killed near Mile Marker 430 on Interstate 75 in Columbia County Friday morning. David Boose, 79, of Fruitland Park, Florida, was killed, according to a Florida Highway Patrol media release.


Hundreds arrested in South Florida, Treasure Coast massage parlor bust

JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds of people have been arrested in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in connection with a massive human trafficking and prostitution sting related to massage parlors, authorities confirmed.


Disney World Is Offering Huge Discounts to Florida Residents — Here’s How to Save

There’s officially one more reason why living close to Disney World makes you the luckiest person on earth. According to the Disney website, Florida residents can cash in on an exclusive deal to enjoy three days at the park for only $175 through the "Discover Disney" ticket special.


Two endangered Florida panthers found dead just days apart, wildlife officials say

Two Florida panthers were found dead days apart from each other, state wildlife officials said. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Tuesday that a 2-year-old male was found dead off of Golden Gate Boulevard in Collier County. It was struck and killed by a


Medina named First Federal Bank president

LAKE CITY — First Federal Bank, headquartered in Lake City, announced Feb. 7 that John A. Medina has been named president of First Federal. Before being promoted to president, Medina served as senior executive vice president and chief banking officer, with executive management responsibility for com


Florida governor Ron DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he wants to create an importation program that brings Canadian prescription drugs to the Sunshine State.


One South Florida lottery player is $190,000 richer today

Someone who bought their Fantasy 5 lottery ticket in South Florida is holding a jackpot-winner worth more than $190,000. A single ticket matched all the numbers drawn Thursday night in the Florida Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game and it was sold at the 7-Eleven at 3095 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, ac


Measure to Lift Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban Clears Another Hurdle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legislation to end Florida's medical marijuana smoking ban cleared a top House panel Thursday, with the chamber's Republican leaders dropping their insistence that the drug be consumed only through filtered cigarettes.


ATV crash leaves Hamilton County man in critical condition

HAMILTON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A Hamilton County man received critical injuries when his ATV left a roadway and struck a utility pole. Martin Clay, 49, of Jasper, was taken to the UF Health Shands after the accident about 1:35 p.m. Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release.


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


Northeast Florida high school scores for Thursday, Feb. 21

BISHOP KENNY (50): Buckley 3, Peeler 12, Ryno 1, Semple 4, Tucker 3, Gallaher 7, Larmoyeux 20. WESTSIDE (48): Henderson 7, Davis 13, Linen 12, Brown 7, Morgan 3, James 6. 3-pointers: Bishop Kenny 4 (Peeler 1, Larmoyeux 3), Westside 6 (Morgan 1, Brown 1, Linen 4).


Marion and Alachua County commissioners sit together in joint county meeting.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. Alachua and Marion County have the natural beauty to attract tourists interested in biking, paddling, and even arts and culture. They also share a mutual problem, pollution of waterways.


Gainesville opens first of 24 'pocket parks'

The children of the Sugarfoot community only had a balance beam and monkey bars at their local park for eight years. On Wednesday, the renovated park opened with slides, a basketball court and climbing walls.