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Florida felon charged with probation violation and weapons charge

In the state of Florida, a felony conviction can have serious ramifications for the lives of those who have been found guilty. One such consequence is the inability of felons to own guns and other weapons. This restriction is taken very seriously by all law enforcement agencies, and violating it can lead to increased penalties for those who have broken the law.

Florida Supreme Court tightens rules on informant testimony

In a time of modern advances in evidence-gathering technology, such as DNA analysis and smartphone tracking, it is tempting to overlook more time-tested methods that prosecutors still use to build a case for criminal trial.

Florida man arrested for past probation violation

A Florida man on the run from parole violations that he allegedly committed nearly three decades ago has been apprehended out-of-state, where he seemed to have been living out in the open until authorities finally learned of his whereabouts.

U.S. airman standing his ground or attempting murder in melee?

In Florida, a hotbed of controversy over Stand Your Ground laws and gun rights, the family of a former Air Force service member was hoping that attention to his case might bring an order for clemency from the Governor's Office. The ex-airman was charged with second-degree attempted murder for firing a weapon during a fracas involving fraternity members from Florida A&M University at a Tallahassee nightclub. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for what his family and others claim was self-defense.

Florida man freed after appeal

A Florida man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2012, but testimony given by the arresting officer led an appeals judge to overturn the lower court's decision. The accused assailant testified during trial that he was affected by Ambien at the time when he allegedly shot his gun into the air near his neighbors. No one was hurt in the incident, but under Florida law, he was subject to a sentence of 120 years for the criminal charge.

Woman suspected of robbery discovered in jail

Marion County, Florida, authorities discovered a woman who was thought to have robbed two banks when being detained at the Hillsborough County Jail. According to jail records, a 53-year old woman, who is believed to have committed robbery, was taken into custody for driving with a license that was suspended or revoked after being pulled over on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa at around 1:07 a.m. on Nov. 13. She was apparently taken into custody just 12 hours after allegedly robbing a bank on SW State Road 200.

Florida man charged for possession after traffic stop

Following a traffic stop on Nov. 5, a man from Okeechobee who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody and charged with three felony possession of a controlled substance charges. At the time of the traffic infraction, he was in possession of methamphetamine, as well as alprazolam and morphine without a prescription. He is currently being held on $7,500 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. The three other occupants of the vehicle were also searched but then released.

8 taken into police custody after a rash of robberies

Eight men were taken into custody in Florida after a rash of local robberies in Aug. One 40-year-old man reported that he was jogging when three men approached him at gunpoint and confiscated his iPod, wedding band and a watch valued at $150. After the, they escaped in a waiting car as a fourth man drove them away from the crime scene. He added that they told him to leave without looking back or risk being shot. Another walker in the area expressed her new-found hesitation of walking, especially if she sees someone she doesn't recognize.

Five Florida residents accused of racketeering

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement claims that a cargo theft ring stole truckloads of merchandise as part of an operation that stretched across the entire state. It is alleged that the number of stolen truckloads is in the dozens. Officials believe that items including food, drugs, clothing, tires and electronics simply disappeared. The fact that there were GPS devices installed on many of the missing trucks did not help to prevent the vehicles from vanishing.

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