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Deputies warn residents of phone scam circulating in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Madison County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam circulating in Madison County. Deputies said residents are getting phone calls from a male suspect who claims his vehicle has been scratched or damaged and a note was left on his vehicle claimin


Madison County outlasts Hamilton County for district title

JASPER — The opportunity was there for the Hamilton County basketball team. With the score tied heading into the fourth quarter of Friday’s game, the Trojans had a shot to end Madison County’s reign as district champion.


Homeless man carrying massive snake rattles Florida beach town

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Talk about a scary -- and scaly -- visitor. A rattlesnake was thrown into the back of a Florida police car Monday morning after a homeless man was spotted carrying the nearly 8-foot reptile around Jacksonville Beach.


Florida man accused of pointing red laser at sheriff’s helicopter

A Florida man was arrested early Sunday after authorities said he shined a red laser at a sheriff’s helicopter that was circling overhead to observe a controlled fire. Brian Harting, 48, allegedly admitted to pointing the device at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office helicopter but claimed he did n


Credit card skimmers discovered at gas stations around the Big Bend

(WTXL) - Authorities in several Big Bend counties are investigating after multiple credit card skimmers have been discovered at local gas stations. Three credit card skimmers have been found in the local area within the course of a week, according to deputies.


Florida student arrested for disturbance after he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance, police say

(CNN)A Florida middle school student was arrested earlier this month, after he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and allegedly became disruptive when he was kicked out of class.


Madison County School Board's Fiscal Recovery Plan temporarily fixing financial issues

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Last month in Madison County, a motion to close Greenville Elementary failed. A week later, the school board proposed to layoff 35 faculty members district wide.


Florida Inmates Use Carjacking Skills to Rescue Baby From Locked Car

A.k.a. "The Redemption of Florida Man." A couple in Florida experienced every parent's worst nightmare when they realized that they locked both their 1-year-old child as well as their keys inside their Chevrolet Tahoe, reports ABC 11. Fortunately for them, some of the inmates working on a nearby med


Florida Correctional Officer arrested on multiple charges

GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Florida correctional officer is behind bars according to the Florida Department of Corrections. They say correctional officer Holly Haessig was charged with multiple counts of unlawful compensation as a public servant, the introduction of contraband into a correction


Florida father shot in neck while throwing house party for his children, deputies say

OAK HILL, Fla. - A Florida father was shot in the neck early Sunday morning during a house party he was throwing for his teenage children, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.


Business owner behind bars: First Class Wireless customers victimized time and time again

After being arrested in October of 2018 and released on bond the same day, David Lawton, First Class Wireless business owner, has been ordered back to the Madison County Jail following a court-ordered bond revocation on Monday, Feb. 11, after Lawton was arrested in December for separate charges.


Helicopter finds body of missing Florida mom

COCOA, Fla. (WESH) - The body of a missing mother of four has been found in a remote area of Osceola County, deputies confirmed. "She didn't deserve this at all. She was the most innocent of souls. She was always willing to help. She was always just naturally bubbly," Sh'Mika Scott-Devoe said.


Disney World offering 'Discover Disney' deal for Florida residents

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) - Walt Disney World has brought back a popular deal for Florida residents that allows them to "Discover Disney" at a cheaper price. The "Discover Disney" ticket deal lets Florida residents purchase a three-day ticket for just $175 plus tax - that's about $59 a day. You can add a


Weekned rewind: Family says two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends; Steven Tyler cancels on Strawberry Festival; Florida senator secures $1 million of state budget for wife's employer; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com you may have missed over the weekend. The two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends, victim's family says.


JetBlue passenger gives birth to baby boy on flight from Puerto Rico to Florida

JetBlue has a surprise in store for its “youngest customer to date.” On Saturday, the airline confirmed that a passenger had given birth to a baby boy aboard Flight 1954 between Puerto Rico to Florida, and even hinted that the aircraft – which is coincidentally named “Born to Be Blue” – will soon be


Two people seriously injured in Suwannee County accident

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Two people suffered serious injuries in a truck versus tractor accident in Suwannee County. Florida Highway Patrol said the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 129 and 296th Street at about 1:35 p.m. Monday.


Card skimming arrest putting residents on alert

PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Friday, the Perry Police Department arrested two men for using credit card skimmers at a local gas pump. Since then, there have been similar incidents in both Madison and Jefferson County.


Loving the skin I’m in: Living with Albinism

From the moment senior criminal justice major Ga’Kia Baker stepped on Florida A&M University’s campus, she knew she would stand out. The Perry-native was born with a unique condition called albinism. Knowing the rarity of the condition and questions she may encounter, Baker chose to walk with her he


Local Foundation Meet to Preserve Landlocked Cemetery

MORVEN, Ga. – The Macedonia Community Foundation came together on Thursday, February 14, at 10 a.m. to discuss restoration of an historic cemetery filled with potentially hundreds of graves.


VSU Music plays joint concert

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Whitehead Auditorium. Admission is free of charge and open to the public, university officials said.