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February 2013 Archives

University of Florida cornerback charged with drug possession

A college football player from Pensacola and a rising cornerback for the Florida Gators was arrested and charged with a drug offense after police found a few grams of marijuana in the car he was riding in. He was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle when it was pulled over for a traffic violation. Last season, the junior student-athlete was a staple for Florida's defense, playing in all 13 games and tallying 51 tackles, the fourth most on the team. In addition, he forced three fumbles, broke up five passes and blocked two kicks. With a shortage of scholarship wide receivers returning, it is expected that the player may shift from cornerback to wide receiver during spring practice.

Couple arrested for animal cruelty said they can't afford dog food

Two Tampa residents facing criminal charges of animal cruelty say that their pet dog was underweight because they could not afford dog food, according to media reports. Besides the animal cruelty charges, authorities have also charged the couple with unlawful confinement of an animal and unlawful disposal of dead animals. The case appears to illustrate how well-intentioned pet owners can get into trouble if authorities determine their pets are not cared for up to state standards.

School district official avoids felony charge in plea deal

An official with a Florida school district who was arrested in July 2012 on suspicion of identity theft says that the accusations were a form of revenge from his former wife. The ex-wife, who claimed that the school district official used her personal data to obtain a loan without her permission, later cut off communication with prosecutors, leading to a plea agreement that included authorities dropping a felony charge against the defendant.

Lawyer for Tampa radio shock jock arrested for DUI

The courtroom theatrics involving two Tampa radio personalities took yet another strange twist. The two radio jocks are embroiled in a defamation case that is now resolved, but the judge hearing the Tampa case recessed the case shortly before the verdict to hear a motion from the plaintiff's legal team. They wanted a mistrial in the defamation case on the grounds that one of the members of their own legal team was set up by the defense's attorneys for a DUI arrest.

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