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Sheriff's office employee accused of stealing gift cards meant to aid the needy

TAMPA, Fla. — A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office employee was suspended after being accused of stealing gift cards meant to aid the needy, officials said. Kristine Brois, 50, has been charged with third-degree grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. She was arrested Friday and released


North Port man on trial for sexually abusing foster child found dead

NORTH PORT, Fla. - A foster parent currently on trial for sexually abusing one of his foster children has been found dead in his home, according to North Port police. Gilberto Rios has been in court all week, but didn't show up this morning.


Hoverboard battery explodes, starting house fire, officials say

TAMPA, Fla. — A house fire started Friday night when a hoverboard battery burst, Tampa Fire Rescue said. The fire happened in a home about 7:30 p.m. on Cozumel Isle Drive in New Tampa.


72 animals removed from Port Charlotte home due to filthy conditions

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Authorities say an in-home animal rescue in Port Charlotte became out of control, with over 70 animals living in deplorable conditions inside. Deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Thursday at a home in the 100 block of Sunnyside Stre


North Port Police continue to investigate year old homicide case

SARASOTA (WWSB) - North Port Police still investigating a 2018 murder... despite already making an arrest. Police searching a home on Tuesday, believing others may have been involved in the crime..


Florida middle school girls arrested after teacher discovered their plans to kill nine people, police say

Two female students at a Florida middle school were arrested this week after a teacher discovered their plans to kill at least nine people, police say. The teacher reportedly became suspicious when she noticed the two 14-year-old girls acting "hysterical" while looking for a folder at Avon Park Midd


Punta Gorda considers annexing subdivision

PUNTA GORDA — Punta Gorda made moves Wednesday to eventually expand its city limits with the annexation of property on Cooper Street near East Olympia Avenue. At Wednesday’s meeting, the City Council approved the first reading of multiple ordinances that would allow property at 324 Cooper St., to be


Jimmy Buffett's medical marijuana line is budding in Southwest Florida

SOUTHWEST Fla. - Jimmy Buffett has rolled out a new medical marijuana line called Coral Reefer. The prescription cannabis is being sold at Surterra Wellness stores, with two locations in Southwest Florida.


Florida man charged with threatening to kill three Democratic lawmakers

A Florida man was charged Friday with threatening to kill three Democratic members of Congress, federal prosecutors said. John Kless, 49, called the Washington offices of Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan on Tuesday and left a series o


Court: Foster parent accused of sexual molestation dies

NORTH PORT - A man whose trial had begun on sexual molestation of children died overnight. North Port Police were on the scene of a death investigation in the 7200 block of Beckwith Avenue in North Port Estates.


Port Charlotte man convicted of vehicular homicide

A Port Charlotte man was declared guilty of vehicular homicide by a Charlotte County jury this week. Stephen Lawrence, 63, reportedly backed his truck into motorcyclist Aaron Wesley around 5:18 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2017. When Charlotte County Fire & EMS arrived, Wesley was pronounced deceased at the scen


Florida deputy reassigned after video shows him punching teen in the head

A Florida deputy was reassigned Friday after cellphone video showed him punching a teenage boy in the head during an arrest. Broward County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Tamarac shopping plaza about a large group of students who were fighting, according to an arrest report from Thursday. After


Punta Gorda man arrested for sharing 97 files of child pornography

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Punta Gorda man was arrested Thursday after deputies found 97 files of child pornography at his house. Special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Charlotte County deputies and members of the FDLE Fort Myers High-Tech Crimes Task Force went to 33-year-old Ale


8-year-old Florida girl dies after tree falls through house during Friday's storms

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office reports that an 8-year-old girl has died after a tree fell through a house during Friday's storms. It reportedly happened just after 8 a.m. on Old Woodville Highway.


Road painted with a misspelled word outside a Florida school

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A road crew in Florida should get an “F″ for spelling. A driver spotted the error on Thursday, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word “school” at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.


Brevard Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Bust Perps For Illegal Fishing, BUI

man arrested for boating under the influence with passenger under 18 years of age on board. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Divis


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California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Strong storms eyeing South Florida this evening

MIAMI - South Florida should prepare for possible severe weather heading into the holiday weekend. What we call a "squall line," a solid line of heavy rain and thunderstorms, will march across the Gulf of Mexico today and eventually arrive in South Florida tonight. It will bring with it the risk for


Florida man pleads guilty to robbing 9 banks in 2 states

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man who was arrested in Lakeland pleaded guilty to nine bank robberies across Florida and Alabama. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Myron William Ernst, 61, of Orlando faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.