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Florida man gets $980,000 tax refund, feds say he shouldn't have

Tampa,Fla (WFLA) - A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. According to NBC News, the IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Blanchett, who prosecutors said lied on his 2016 tax return.


WATCH: ‘Kickstart To Woodstock’ Experience Festival Underway at Space Coast Harley-Davidson

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily was live from Space Coast Harley Davidson in Palm Bay during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Woodstock. The festivities continue through Sunday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash shuts down westbound SR 528 in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A multi-vehicle accident has westbound State Road 528 in Brevard County on Friday afternoon. The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of SR 528 near Highway 401, near Port Canaveral.


Body of missing Brevard mom of 4 found in Osceola County

COCOA, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - The body of a missing Brevard County mother has been located in Osceola County, authorities say. Detectives and crime scene technicians were at a remote area near Nova Road and Deer Park Rd.,


Appeals court agrees that Florida’s signature rules on mail votes are ‘serious burden’

Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burd


Brevard County couple accused of starving infant son

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A man and woman are facing child neglect charges after Titusville police say they starved their infant son. Police arrested Robert Buskey and Julia French earlier this week.


Fireball streaking over Florida was a large meteor, experts say

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Experts say a fireball streaking across the night sky over central Florida this week was a large meteor. Spalding Allsky Camera Network Director Dwayne Free says the meteor was up to a foot wide and exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with a force equal to 100 tons of TNT.


Brevard County man blames broken water pipe at mother's home on 'Meter Madness' competition

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A Titusville man is blaming a broken water main at his elderly mother’s home on a competition among utility workers known as “Meter Madness.” The competition encourages workers to see how many meters they can install over a period of several days.


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


Brevard Schools With Unsatisfactory Food Health Inspections

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Below is a list of Brevard County Public Schools, charter schools, and private school that received an “unsatisfactory” rating during a food health inspection by the Florida Department of Health within the last year.


Police Seek Suspect Who Demanded Dough From Papa John’s In Melbourne

Have a tip? call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police are asking for the community’s help in identifying and locating a suspect who demanded money from a Papa John’s worker Tuesday evening.


Palm Bay Ford Recognizes University Park Kindergarten Teacher Tracey Stewart With New Car

'Teachers continue to be an inspiration for others far beyond the days in the classroom'. BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – When Ana Diaz, principal of University Park learned that kindergarten teacher Tracey Stewart rode her bike to school each day, she set out to learn the reason why.


El Niño is here, what it means to Florida

El Niño spent the fall and early winter flirting with the Earth, warming up the equatorial Pacific but not making the connection with the atmosphere above. The coupling, however, is now complete, and the Climate Prediction Center declared Thursday that the global pattern often responsible for wetter


A reef called the crown jewel of Florida on the verge of death, scientist says

BIG PINE KEY, Fla.-- If there's one place where nature and divers meet it is Big Pine Key. Here boats at Looe Key Reef Resort carry 20,000 divers a year to one place, Looe Key Reef. It is known as “The crown jewel of the Florida Keys,” yet some don't see it that way anymore.


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Florida Time: Did Saint Augustine or Plymouth Rock come first?

Welcome to Florida Time, a weekly column about Florida history. Today, we discuss the two Floridas and set the record straight on who came first: Saint Augustine or Plymouth Rock. Let’s do this once and for all, shall we?


No foul play suspected in death of missing Melbourne man found in Indian River

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A Melbourne man who was found dead in the Indian River Lagoon after being reported missing drowned and no foul play is suspected in his death, according to police.


Monkey encounter near Florida state park

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - A monkey was captured on camera charging at some guests who were visiting Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, Florida. JC Castillo and Janee Masciarelli of Ocala said they were visiting the park this week, as they do multiple times a week, when a woman


Peanut Butter Jar Puts Peckish Trash Panda in a Jam

PALM BAY, Fla. — One furry bandit with a penchant for peanut butter is lucky to be alive after a rescue nearly three stories up. Raccoon spotted 25 feet up power pole with jar on its head.


Florida Keys inmate caught after escaping mental health facility

A Monroe County jail inmate hopped the fence Friday of a Florida Keys mental health facility where he was being held for evaluation. Samuel Bolongaita, 23, was arrested in early January on burglary and theft charges in Key West. He was sent to the Guidance Clinic in Marathon, where a magistrate Thur