Latest Florida Department of Law Enforcement News

Consultant pleads not guilty in 'ghost candidate' case

Aug. 02, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A political consultant who is accused of helping put a “ghost candidate" on a ballot to siphon off votes from a Democratic candidate in a state Senate race in central Florida pleaded not guilty to election finance-related charges Tuesday during his first court appearance. ...

Gunman fatally shot after firing at deputies, grazing head

Jul. 23, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Deputies responding to a domestic dispute call in South Florida fatally shot a man after he fired at them, grazing the head of one of the deputies on Saturday, authorities said. After deputies responded to the scene in North Lauderdale, a man produced...

Panel finds probable cause to revoke sheriff's certification

Jun. 21, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

A state panel found probable cause Tuesday to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of a South Florida sheriff appointed after the Parkland school shooting, after investigators found he lied repeatedly about killing another teenager almost 30 years ago. The decision by the...

Police fatally shoot man who made 911 threat near Miami

Jun. 07, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A police officer fatally shot a man who called 911 and warned he was going to kill someone if officers didn't respond immediately to his location. When officers arrived at the location near Miami on Monday evening, they found a man in his 70s outside a home with a...

Florida officer faces manslaughter charge in man's death

Jun. 01, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer will be prosecuted on a manslaughter charge following the fatal shooting of a man he chased on foot last December, authorities said Wednesday. Joshua Payne, an officer with the Titusville Police Department along Florida's Space...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 01, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. May 31, 2022. Editorial: How Attorney General Ashley Moody failed Floridians The eyes of Texas’ legal establishment are on its disgraced attorney general, Ken Paxton. The Texas Bar has taken steps to discipline Paxton for...

'Ghost' candidate, 2 operatives face charges in Florida

May. 24, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Two political operatives and an independent candidate who opponents say hardly campaigned and only entered a state Senate race in central Florida in 2020 to siphon off votes from a Democrat were criminally charged on Tuesday. Prosecutors filed election finance...

Gov. DeSantis still hasn't made decision over sheriff's lies

May. 11, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis still has not said whether he will discipline a major county sheriff he appointed who state investigators found lied repeatedly about killing another teenager almost 30 years ago despite saying more than three months ago that he would soon...