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Body parts found in gator after Florida man discovered dead

Jun. 29, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a man discovered floating in a Florida canal with some of his remains found inside an alligator. The Ledger reports that a person found the body floating west of Fort Meade and saw an alligator had parts of it in its mouth. The victim was...

Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 24, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself...

Florida woman charged with giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 22, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman who claimed her husband tried to run her down with a car is facing charges herself for taking guns from his apartment. Lakeland Police say 32-year-old Courtney Irby is charged with armed burglary and grand theft. An arrest affidavit says Irby knew her...

Ex-Florida player charged with murder in wife's 2016 death

Jun. 9, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former University of Florida football player, Earl Antonio "Tony" Joiner, has been arrested and charged with killing his wife in a case dating to 2016, police said. A former safety at Florida under then-Coach Urban Meyer, Joiner was arrested Saturday on a charge of second-degree...

Woman with autism competing for Miss Florida title

Jun. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman with autism is competing for the title of Miss Florida. WFLA reports Rachel Barcellona will be the first contestant with an autism diagnosis to compete in the pageant, scheduled to take place later this month in Lakeland. She tells the television station that doctors said...