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Florida mayor arrested after firing shots at SWAT team

PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The mayor of a Florida town has been arrested after he fired shots at a SWAT team attempting to serve a search warrant. Officials announced their presence at the home of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad at 4:40 a.m. Thursday. The mayor had been accused of practicing medicine without


Florida Man Charged With Murder In Wisconsin Cold Case

WAUKESHA COUNTY, WI -- A 78-year-old Florida man has been arrested and charged in Wisconsin after authorities say he may be the person responsible for his wife's death in 1979.


Bradford County Sheriff's Office searching for missing boater

The Bradford County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing boater. The Sheriff's Office said the missing boater is an adult male. The Sheriff's Office added that a woman and child may also be on the boat.


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Florida governor Ron DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he wants to create an importation program that brings Canadian prescription drugs to the Sunshine State.


What is going on at Kingsley Lake?

STARKE, Fla. – Biologists are winding up an investigation into why one of Florida's least known fisheries is such a prolific producer of big bass. During the past six years, 2,000-acre Kingsley Lake in Clay County has yielded hundreds of bass weighing 8 pounds or better, including 13 that weighed 13


Hundreds arrested in South Florida, Treasure Coast massage parlor bust

JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds of people have been arrested in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in connection with a massive human trafficking and prostitution sting related to massage parlors, authorities confirmed.


Car hit by train in Bradford County

BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) A driver mistakenly drove onto train tracks in Bradford County Thursday night. The driver safely exited the vehicle before it collided with a train.


Two endangered Florida panthers found dead just days apart, wildlife officials say

Two Florida panthers were found dead days apart from each other, state wildlife officials said. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Tuesday that a 2-year-old male was found dead off of Golden Gate Boulevard in Collier County. It was struck and killed by a


Disney World Is Offering Huge Discounts to Florida Residents — Here’s How to Save

There’s officially one more reason why living close to Disney World makes you the luckiest person on earth. According to the Disney website, Florida residents can cash in on an exclusive deal to enjoy three days at the park for only $175 through the "Discover Disney" ticket special.


15 pounds of weed sent to Clay County through mail from another state

Clay County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating after drugs were delivered to their area through the mail. Due to the packaging it arrived in, deputies believe it was being marketed to teens.


Florida Democrats rip Sanders over Venezuela comments

Florida Democrats are increasingly frustrated with Bernie Sanders’ unwillingness to recognize Nicolás Maduro as a dictator and accept opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's legitimate president, according to a new Politico report Thursday.


Measure to Lift Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban Clears Another Hurdle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legislation to end Florida's medical marijuana smoking ban cleared a top House panel Thursday, with the chamber's Republican leaders dropping their insistence that the drug be consumed only through filtered cigarettes.


Clay County deputies make arrest after several homes burglarized in same area

One man has been linked to more than a dozen home burglaries in Orange Park, and police said there could be more arrests coming. Clay County sheriff’s deputies said they believe Robert Quantez McGhee broke into a series of homes and apartments over the past few weeks.


Florida nursing assistant accused of stealing $18K from disabled woman

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) - Sheriff's deputies in Alachua County, Florida have arrested a 26-year-old certified nursing assistant accused of stealing more than $18,000 from a 71-year-old disabled woman.


Ten people including children involved in wrong way I-95 crash north of Downtown

Jacksonville, FL - Two drivers sustained critical injuries in a wrong-way crash on I-95 just north of Downtown Jacksonville as the evening rush hour was ending. In all, ten people were involved with injuries ranging from minor to critical. The driver of a pickup truck was heading north on I-95 near


“Fully skeletonized” remains found in rural Florida identified as missing teen Jabez Spann

Skeletal remains found Saturday in a rural Florida area have been identified as belonging to teen Jabez Spann, missing since September of 2017. “Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m., skeletal remains were found in rural portion of Manatee County, west of I-75, [by] an individual working in


Gainesville Residents Voice Desires For Ideal Construction Of Unity Park

The City of Gainesville this week heard public feedback about proposals for a relocated and redeveloped east side park that’s expected to cost at least $600,000. Unity Park, as it will be known, will be located on a 3-acre plot next door to the current NE 31st Avenue Park, which has high-voltage pow


Family remembers man who died trying to save his dog at Little Lake Santa Fe

A fun evening out on Little Lake Santa Fe turned tragic Monday night when 22-year-old James Curtis Jr. was cruising in his new boat with his girlfriend and niece and his bulldog jumped off.


Israel's first lunar lander launched into space from Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to ever to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon’s surface.