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DNA leads to arrest in another Florida rape case from 1980s

Aug. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For the second time in a year, authorities in a south Florida community have used DNA evidence to identify and arrest a suspect in a decades-old rape case. Timothy Norris, 60, is charged in the knifepoint rape of a Florida woman at her home in 1983, Coral Springs police...

Court voids stalking injunction involving Florida senator

Aug. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A stalking injunction imposed on a man who disagrees with a Florida state senator's views on sex offenders has been overturned by an appeals court. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that the injunction violated Derek Logue's free speech rights and did not meet...

Court: Expert jail visits in school shooting are public

Aug. 14, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that the names of medical experts who visit the Florida school shooting defendant in jail are public record. The 4th District Court of Appeal decision Wednesday concluded that attorneys for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz could not show why the experts'...

New surveillance center in county that had school massacre

Aug. 13, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says a new state-of-the-art surveillance center will play a pivotal role in rapid crime response in his county, where 17 people were killed in a school shooting last year. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the opening Tuesday of a new...

Trial delayed for Mar-a-Lago trespassing trial

Aug. 13, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge delayed the trial of a Chinese woman charged with trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents after accusing her of trying to "play games" at a Tuesday hearing as she acted as her own attorney against the judge's...

Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons

Aug. 7, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Standing in front of a hissing, squirming 12-foot-long python Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's doubling resources to remove the invasive species that's destroying the natural food chain in Florida's delicate Everglades. The state has been paying select hunters to catch...

Florida woman bites intruder who forced his way into home

Aug. 7, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A nearly toothless South Florida woman says she bit a man who forced his way into her apartment. Alice Coleman tells WSVN she woke up early Monday morning to a fire alarm going off. The 61-year-old says that when opened the door, a man pushed his way inside. She says he kept...

Florida man accused of threatening President Trump

Jul. 30, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of trying to slash a Walmart employee with scissors now faces federal charges after allegedly threatening President Donald Trump while he was being arrested. Federal court records show Mohammed Omar Haji Mohammed, 36, is charged with making threats against...

Florida school shooting suspect searched for weapons daily

Jul. 26, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A security guard has testified that Nikolas Cruz was such a threat when he attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that he was searched for weapons every morning. Cruz is accused of returning to the Parkland, Florida, school on Valentine's Day 2018 and killing 14 students...

Florida agency clarifies message to kill invasive iguanas

Jul. 25, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are clarifying instructions to the public about killing non-native iguanas. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission statement released Thursday says members of the public who are not capable of safely and humanely removing iguanas from...