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Florida man charged with cyberstalking, pleads guilty

On Dec. 9, a 32-year-old Oldsmar man pleaded guilty to charges of cyberstalking and harassment that involved using his former girlfriend's social media accounts to make inappropriate posts. Though the man lives in Florida and the two dated in that state, the criminal charges were filed in a Delaware court.

Florida woman charged with felony murder

A Florida woman received a criminal charge of murder after one man shot another during a robbery attempt. The woman and a 23-year-old man met a month prior to the incident and eventually made another date to meet. The man arrived at the address, but, instead of a date, he was met by three men who allegedly attempted to rob him.

Church gift shop robbed by man in baggy pants

A Florida man was arrested after he attempted to rob a church in baggy pants. The 31-year-old man, who had been praying in the sanctuary of the church near Walt Disney World, allegedly attempted to steal the cash drawer from the church's gift shop. Though the amount of money that was taken was not released, church officials say that their gift shop is the largest in the southeastern U.S.

Suspected Bank Robber Apprehended In St. Johns County

U. S. Marshals tracked an alleged bank robber to southern Florida and apprehended him on Sept 9. The man has been accused of committing one bank robbery and suspected in two others in the state of Florida. He is currently in custody and awaiting formal charges.

Florida caregiver accused of stealing from elderly client

The caregiver of an elderly Florida man was held by police on allegations that she took his blank checks and made them out to herself for a total of almost $14,000. Criminal charges the woman was facing included grand theft, petit theft and uttering a false instrument. The accused woman reportedly told police that she had used the money to fuel a gambling addiction.

Miami football player faces drug charges

On April 19, a University of Miami linebacker was arrested for possession of marijuana. It is alleged that he possessed more than 20 grams of the drug, which means that the criminal charge will be prosecuted as a felony. The man was also charged with resisting arrest although documents state that he did not use violence. He was held pending payment of bail in the amount of $6,000.

Murder charge against robber for accomplice's death

An attempted robbery of a Florida gas station turned deadly when the store clerk shot and killed one of the accomplices. The surviving accomplice, a 19-year-old man, faces murder charges for the death of his 23-year-old partner even though he did not pull the trigger that killed him. Florida law holds a robber liable for the death of an accomplice during the commission or attempted commission of certain crimes no matter who actually committed the fatal act.On the night of the attempted robbery, a homeless man witnessed the two men donning masks outside of an Exxom Mart gas station in Hollywood. The homeless man entered the store to warn the clerk who was able to arm himself in self-defense. According to investigators, the clerk killed the 23-year-old accomplice by gunshot while the 19-year-old fled from the scene, but was later captured.

After nearly 7 years, Safety Harbor man accused of murder

In May 2006, a Safety Harbor resident and his ex-wife vacationed on a Mediterranean cruise. They took an excursion together to Messina, Italy on May 25th. Two days later, the ex-wife's body was found off the coast of Paola. The ex-husband has since remarried. The man, 55 years old, now faces a criminal charge of murder for financial gain.The accused and the deceased were married from 1995 to 2001. Following their divorce, reports indicate they lived together intermittently up to the time of the cruise. After the incident, the accused told detectives that his companion was suicidal. The man was the last person to see his ex-wife alive. Police allege that he strangled his companion and threw her body overboard.

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.

Tampa-area woman to be retried on 700-year-old law

Federal prosecutors in Tampa are trying again to convict a 24-year-old woman on an unusual charge that has its roots in medieval law. The woman is accused of "misprision of a felony" -- basically, failing to report a felony to authorities. The case is indirectly related to criminal charges against the woman's boyfriend, who is accused of fatally shooting two police officers during a traffic stop in 2010. The woman was tried in July but the case ended in a mistrial.

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