Acting mayor of Florida town arrested three weeks after predecessor

The acting mayor of a suburban Florida town who took office following the arrest of his predecessor has also been busted, authorities said. Terance Hagen Rowe, 64, began serving as acting mayor of Port Richey — a Tampa suburb — after the Feb. 21 arrest of Mayor Dale Massad, who allegedly opened fire on an arresting deputy taking him into […]

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Florida inmate jumps from detention center, tries to escape from hospital, police say

Michael McQueen, 25, attempted to escape a Florida detention center. (Lake County Jail) Florida cops on Friday were trying to determine if an inmate who fell 12 feet — face-first — was trying to commit suicide or if the self-inflicted injury was part of a poorly planned, ill-fated jailbreak. Michael McQueen, 25, was transported to Central Florida Hospital in Sanford after […]

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‘Fully skeletonized’ teen who went missing after witnessing murder is found

The “fully skeletonized” remains were discovered of a Florida teen who went missing in 2017 after he allegedly witnessed a brutal killing, officials said. Sarasota police said 14-year-old Jabez Spann was found dead Saturday in a field in Manatee County more than a year after he vanished. “This is a tremendous loss to their family and our community,” Sarasota Deputy […]

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Florida woman accused of helping teens use app for 'prostitution dates'

Amber Peak. 33, of Lake Worth, Fla., was arrested Sunday on charges that include sex trafficking of a minor and child abuse, officials said. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office) A South Florida woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly sex-trafficking teens by introducing them to a phone app to advertise themselves for prostitution, investigators said. Amber Peak, 33, was charged with human […]

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Florida Secretary of State resigns after black photos emerge

Florida Secretary of State resigns after photos emerge of him in BLACKFACE at 2005 Halloween party where he dressed like a mammie character to mock Hurricane Katrina victims Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel has resigned after photos emerged that show him in blackface at a 2005 Halloween party Ertel, 49, is dressed like the highly-offensive mammie character in blackface, red […]

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Florida woman attacked by ‘aggressive’ otter says 'severe bites' left her temporarily unable to walk

The Florida woman said she suspects the otter that attacked her was rabid. (iStock) A woman in Maitland, Fla., who was hoping to take a leisurely walk with her dog last week ended up becoming the victim of a brutal attack — by what appeared to be a rabid otter. The attack occurred on Jan. 8 when Ann-Christine Langselius was […]

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No. 2 Duke survives at Florida State with last-second shot by unsung freshman hero

Duke freshman Zion Williamson — as has been the case all season — drew most of the attention prior to the Blue Devils' game against Florida State on Saturday. Fellow freshman RJ Barrett scored a career-high 32 points in the ACC battle in Tallahassee.  But it was Duke's other top-rated freshman, Cam Reddish, who played the role of hero in the […]

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Man pretended to be slain wife for a year in texts to family: cops

MIAMI — No one had seen a young Florida mother for about a year, but her husband repeatedly assured her parents and others that Jamie Ivancic was just busy and unavailable. Then last month, her parents and brother also went silent, prompting a relative to ask police to check on their home. On New Year’s Day, Tarpon Springs police found […]

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Florida police officer resigns after sending fake bomb that sparked evacuation

The toy bomb was insulated with plastic packaging and contained a red cylinder-shaped object with protruding wires, along with a handwritten note with the word "boom." (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office) A veteran Florida police officer resigned Tuesday after a prank involving a toy bomb backfired, resulting in the evacuation of an administration building, officials said. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office […]

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Florida man tried to kidnap 2 women in one night, including victim who begged to be set free, police say

Alexander Manzano, 31, faces several charges, including two kidnapping-related charges, for incidents involving two separate women on Friday. (Collier County Sheriff’s Office) A Florida man was arrested Friday after he tried to kidnap two women in separate, violent incidents — including one in which the victim asked to be let go at least 50 times, police said. Alexander Manzano, 31, was arrested […]

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