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Florida deputy accused of planting drugs in traffic stops

Jul. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in the Florida Panhandle was arrested Wednesday on charges that he routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, planted drugs and then arrested them on made-up drug charges, including one victim who lost custody of his daughter because of...

Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton loses arm in crash

Jul. 4, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton suffered multiple injuries in a car crash that required his left arm to be amputated. Sports agent Malki Kawa confirmed the injuries in a tweet on Thursday morning. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho says the Ford F250 Norton was driving...

Voting rights group raising money to pay felons' fees

Jul. 2, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who successfully campaigned for a referendum restoring voting rights to Florida's felons have launched a fund to help pay outstanding fees and fines that could prevent former convicts from voting. Leaders of a voting rights group, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition,...

Sheriff's office loses accreditation after Parkland shooting

Jul. 1, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest sheriff's office has lost its law enforcement accreditation after criticism over its handling of fatal shootings at a high school and airport. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation voted 13-0 last week not to renew the Broward Sheriff's...

Sheriff removed after Parkland shooting running for old job

Jul. 1, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff who was removed by the governor from his elected office after a school shooting that left 17 people dead is running for his old job in 2020. Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed paperwork Monday stating his intention to run in the August 2020...

Florida governor signs felon voting bill

Jun. 28, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. During the spring legislative session, Democrats argued that forcing felons who've completed their prison sentences and...

New Florida law authorizes statewide needle exchanges

Jun. 27, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jose Garcia carried a drawstring backpack full of used syringes as he walked into the converted shipping container that serves as the base for Florida's only hypodermic needle exchange program. The 57-year-old carefully counted as he dropped 115 syringes one-by-one into a locked biohazard bin...

2 more deputies fired for inaction after school shooting

Jun. 26, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two additional deputies have been fired as a result of an internal affairs investigation into the response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people, the Broward County sheriff said Wednesday. At a brief news conference, Sheriff Gregory Tony said...

Man accused in flamingo's death fatally struck by truck

Jun. 26, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of causing the death of Pinky, a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens, was hit by a truck and died, two months before he was to go on trial. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that The Florida Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Joseph Corrao was killed June 5 as he crossed a busy...

Florida Everglades wildfire almost doubles in size in a day

Jun. 25, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire in the Florida Everglades has almost doubled in size in the past day. The Florida Forest Service on Tuesday tweeted that the blaze had grown to 31,500 acres (12,750 hectares) and is only about a third contained. The wildfire is located about 8 miles (13 km) west of...