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Man accused of injuring police dog after chase in through Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A long motorcycle chase and a losing battle with a police dog has a Melbourne man facing several charges, including injuring the dog. Melbourne police had a hard time keeping up with the driver, Philip Spurlock, who they said was wanted for firing shots into a home.


Forestry Service: Friday's storms could spark another brush fire in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Parts of a horse stable fire continued to smoke and burn Thursday after a massive brush fire scorched more than 300 acres near Port St. John, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.


Florida Sheriff: Puppy tied up in bed sheet, left to die at intersection

MELBOURNE, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida sheriff’s office is searching for the person who tied up a puppy in a bed sheet and left him to die in the middle of the road. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted a video showing him holding the dog while calling for the arrest for the person who abandoned him


State Attorney to Seek Death Penalty for Man Accused of Killing Cocoa Mom of 4

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The State Attorney’s Office said Thursday that its planning to seek the death penalty for the man accused of murdering Tashaun Jackson, a Cocoa mother of four.


Parts of SpaceX Falcon Heavy Booster That Fell Over at Sea Recovered

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A portion of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster that tipped over at sea is back at Port Canaveral. Parts of Falcon Heavy main booster core return to Port Canaveral.


2 Florida middle school girls accused of plotting to murder students on 'hit list'

Two middle school girls in Avon Park, Florida, allegedly plotted to kill other students they had placed on a "hit list." The two students were taken into custody at Avon Park Middle School at the end of the day Wednesday, the Highlands County School Board said. A teacher had informed law enforcement


Wildfire Forces Closure of SR 407 in Brevard County

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. — A fast-moving wildfire forced the Florida Highway Patrol to shut down State Road 407 in Brevard County. State Road 407 between I-95, State Road 528 closed.


Coral snake spared the machete in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Michelle Redfern's first instinct when she saw a 2-foot coral snake slithering in her garage Wednesday morning was to grab a machete or start the rhyme. "Red touches Black, Friend of Jack; Red touches Yellow, Kill a Fellow ..."


Florida Grandma Uses Her Softball Skills To Bash Half-Naked Burglar's Head With Bat

A would-be burglar is in jail in Florida, with a gash on his head, after a 65-year-old slugger named Clarese Gainey whacked him on the dome with a baseball bat when he tried to break into her car early Sunday morning. WMC Action News 5 had the story:


Severe weather to arrive on Friday in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Severe weather is coming to Central Florida on Friday. Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King says to expect big weather changes on Friday afternoon and evening, as Central Florida has been outlined for severe weather risk.


Naked toddler in IHOP parking lot leads to arrest of Florida couple passed out in van: cops

A couple found passed out in a van was arrested last week following the discovery of a naked toddler wandering around a Florida IHOP's parking lot, authorities said. IHOP employees arriving at the restaurant around 5:30 a.m. found the toddler and wrapped him in an apron, Panama City police said. The


South Florida Rapper Kodak Black Faces Drug, Weapons Charges At US-Canada Border

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as he tried to cross from Canada into the United States on Wednesday. Authorities said the Pembroke Pines native, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, was spotted driving a Cadillac Escalade with three other p


Florida Inmate Dies Shortly Before Expected Release

Authorities say an inmate at a Florida jail died shortly before his expected release. The Naples Daily News reports that 31-year-old Timothy Kusma was supposed to be released April 11 after pleading no contest to a drug possession charge. But the Collier County Sheriff's Office says he suffered a me


Sheriff’s Office: Suspects Arrested In Smash-And-Grab Robbery At Florida Mall Jewelry Store

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla (FNN NEWS) – It was about 6:05 p.m., Thursday when deputies responded to Mayors Jewelers at the Florida Mall in reference to a robbery. The suspects entered the store with hammers, smashed the glass on the display case, and stole items, according the Orange County Sheriff’s Office


Florida man accused of impersonating an officer after trying to pull over undercover detective

DADE CITY, Fla. — A Hillsborough County man was arrested late Tuesday after deputies say he tried to pull over an undercover detective. The sheriff's office said Matthew Erris, 26, activated red and blue lights on the grill of his 2007 white Chevrolet Tahoe in an attempt to pull over another driver.


Florida woman accused of pointing gun at victim after she wouldn't turn right at red light

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A 51-year-old Cocoa woman is accused of pointing a gun at another woman after the victim would not turn right at a red light, according to an arrest report from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.


Police: Toddler dies after being left in hot car while Melbourne mom picked up cocaine

MELBOURNE, Fla. — A Brevard County woman is accused of leaving a toddler in a hot car for around five hours while she went to get cocaine. Police said Emily Hartman left her 14-month-old child in a car on April 3 while she drank at a bar for an hour.


America's first female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O’Brien, serving


14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine offloaded in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of $62.5 million dollars at Florida's Port Everglades on Thursday morning.


JUST IN: Man accused of multiple arsons in Lake County arrested, deputies say

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A man accused of intentionally setting multiple fires in North Lake County was arrested Thursday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Altoona resident James Bennett, 48, was arrested at his home following months of investigation of a string of arsons.