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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


Storms in South kill girl in North Florida, bring tornado threat

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia.


Video shows off-duty Palatka officer moments before DUI arrest

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - News4Jax has obtained viewer video of an off-duty Palatka police officer taken shortly before he was arrested and charged with DUI. Officer Orestes Cossio, who has been with the Palatka Police Department since May 2016, was arrested Monday and posted bond. He's on administrative


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


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



Easter Parade starts at 9 a.m. A reminder to the community that the St. Augustine Easter Parade has moved from Easter Sunday to today and starts at 9 a.m. St. Johns County invites residents to two free document shredding events today: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Republic Services, 445 Republic Drive, and 8


Lucky No. 7? Jaguars' draft position has been busy in recent years

By now, fans from St. Simons Island to Palatka know the Jaguars approach Thursday night with the seventh overall draft pick. There's no guarantee they'll keep it. Trades up, trades down and one flat-out draft day oddity mark the history of the seventh pick, the one that executive vice president Tom


4 smashed Rolex case at Florida Mall jewelry store with sledgehammers — stole $340K in watches, deputies say

Four thieves who used sledgehammers to smash cases at a Florida Mall jewelry store Thursday night made off with 17 watches — worth more than $340,000, deputies said. Four suspects were later arrested on charges of first-degree grand theft and felony criminal mischief: Lorenzo Caldwell, 20; Torren Jo


Sex offender living in Putnam County suspected in 1980 rape case

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. - A registered sex offender living in Putnam County is now the prime suspect in a 1980 rape cold case in Miami. According to the State Attorney's Office in Miami, DNA from a sexual assault that occurred 39 years ago was linked to Richard Wayne Shepherd, who served nearly 28 years


Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Rare Category 5 Months After It Ravaged Florida Panhandle

(MIAMI) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992.


Half-Naked Florida Man Tries to Steal Ford Fiesta, Gets Bat to the Face From Feisty Grandma

A Florida man was charged with two counts of burglary and drug possession after being taken into custody on Sunday morning in Gainesville, Florida. The suspect was accused of breaking into a 65-year-old woman's Ford Fiesta, who promptly sneaked up on him and hit him in the head and face with a baseb


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.


Two 14-Year-Old Florida Girls Face Criminal Charges After Plotting To Kill Classmates

Two 14-year-old girls in Central Florida were taken into custody Wednesday and face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after allegedly placing students they disliked on a "hit list."


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.


Severe Storm Risk Blowing Through Tampa Bay, All Of Florida

A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula today, with the greatest risk for the Tampa Bay region coming midday. The greatest risk to life and property from this event will come from straight-line winds, according to Jeff Huffman, meteorologist


Fishing boat captain reels in 757-pound swordfish in the Florida Keys

FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A Florida fishing boat captain has earned major bragging rights after snagging a 757-pound swordfish--a catch that could be the new state record!


Florida man used hidden camera to record women in shower, deputies say

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A 46-year-old Titusville man was arrested Thursday on allegations of using a hidden camera to record women showering in his home. Jonathan Moist was arrested on a felony charge of video voyeurism of someone at least 19 years old.


Strong cold front moving across Florida bringing strong winds, rain

Get ready for a windy, rainy day ahead of a strong cold front. Winds of 20 to 25 mph are expected today, with gusts hitting 30 to 35 mph. Conditions are forecast to be even worse offshore. The National Weather Service warned boating conditions will be very hazardous today, with gusts up to gale forc


Great white sharks Miss May & Caroline are passing through

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Miss May decided to swing by this Easter holiday. She joins Caroline who arrived earlier this week. Caroline, a 12-foot great white shark named, arrived in St. Augustine on Wednesday.


Seeking St. Augustine’s second location

Starting on Monday, April 22nd archaeological digs in the North Davis Shores area will begin as part of an investigation to test a possible location for St. Augustine’s second settlement which dates from 1566 to 1572.