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  • Video shows Florida mom's arrest after .200 breathalyzer test

    08/21/2017 11:29:19 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2017
    Lerma took two breathalyzer tests in which she blew a .200 and a .187, according to WPEC. The legal blood alcohol level limit in Florida is .08.
  • Landlord kills tenant during eviction – as tenant's girlfriend spoke with cops, police say

    An eviction turned deadly Friday night and a landlord is now in jail on a first-degree murder charge after police say he shot a tenant living at his parent’s Duck Key home. Ryan Wilder, 32, of Winter Springs, Fla. is being held in county jail in Marathon on no bond. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives say he shot and killed Kenneth Palicki, 47, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Palicki and his girlfriend, Colleen Lyons, 25, lived at 162 North Indies Drive, a house owned by Wilder’s parents, said Deputy Becky Herrin, media relations officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Palicki...
  • Prosecutor who opposes death penalty won't handle Kissimmee (cop killer) case, Florida governor says

    08/19/2017 9:24:13 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 3 replies
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday evening issued an executive order removing the case of two police officers slain in Kissimmee, Fla., from a prosecutor who had previously stated she opposes the death penalty. “Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve,” Scott said in the order. Ann and I are praying and mourning with the Howards, Baxters and the entire @kissimmeepolice family. (2/2) https://t.co/CrgbvfcWG4 — Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 19, 2017 King will replace State...
  • Suspected Florida Cop Killer Claimed To Be Member Of Black Extremist Group

    08/19/2017 5:25:17 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 90 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7:11 PM 08/19/2017 | Chuck Ross
    The Florida man who allegedly ambushed and killed two Kissimmee police officers Friday night is a self-professed member of a black extremist group who appears to have been upset by last week’s events in Charlottesville, Va. Everett Glenn Miller, 45, was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the killing of Officers Sam Howard and Matthew Baxter. Miller, who goes by the name Malik Mohammad Ali on Facebook, allegedly ambushed and shot the officers as they were responding to a disturbance call.
  • Second Kissimmee (Florida) Police Officer dies after Friday night shooting (and perp caught)

    08/19/2017 12:22:49 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 55 replies
    A second Kissimmee Police officer has died after a Friday night attack on law enforcement. Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard died Saturday from gunshot wounds he suffered when he and fellow officer Matthew Baxter were shot during a routine stop in the McLaren Circle area, according to a department spokeswoman. Baxter died Friday night shortly after the shooting. Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said the officers were investigating three suspicious people about 9:30 p.m. near Palmway and Cypress streets when a “scuffle” broke out. That’s when police say Marine veteran Everett Glenn Miller, 45, shot the officers. The officers — who...
  • 6 police officers shot in 3 US cities Friday night, 1 dead and 1 in 'grave critical condition'

    Six law enforcement officers on Friday night were shot -- two are confirmed dead -- in three different U.S. cities, their respective agencies have confirmed.
  • 2 Kissimmee Officers Shot to Death in Osceola Co., Officials Say (Update: One Killed, One Critical)

    08/18/2017 8:27:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 56 replies
    WFTS ^ | Friday, August 18, 2017 | WFTS Webteam
    One suspect is in custody after two Kissimmee Police Department officers have been shot to death, according to officials. The shooting took place in the area of Cypress Street around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • Tension grows in Brooksville over Confederate memorial

    08/18/2017 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    WFLA 8 ^ | 8/18/17 | Jeff Patterson
    Steve Damron paced back and forth in front of the old courthouse building in Brooksville Friday. On his shoulder, Damron carried a large Confederate battle flag as he stood in front of a Confederate statue that was first put up in Brooksville in 1916. “I’m here to protect history. I’m here to protect these monuments,” said Damron As he spoke, car after car drove by honking, waving and shouting support for Damron’s efforts. Tampa businessmen may have bonded together on Thursday to raise more than $140,000 dollars to take down a Confederate memorial, but this is Brooksville and things are...
  • Charities Pull Fundraisers for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

    08/18/2017 5:00:53 PM PDT · by madison10 · 127 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/18/2017 | Greg Allen
    On Friday, three well-known charities — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen — announced they are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump's Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago.
  • Florida Lawsuit Reveals What Trump Thinks About Discrimination [First Club Open to Blacks]

    08/18/2017 4:32:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 7/5/16 | Jack Davis
    ...In 1997, Trump defied societal conventions when he purchased his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and converted it into a private club. Prior to Trump’s arrival, other clubs in the Pam Beach area “had long barred Jews and African Americans — which is to say they practiced a quiet but steely racism,” wrote Jeffrey Lord... “He put the light on Palm Beach,” said Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.... Trump went further, asking the town council to lift the existing restrictions on the club, and sending them a copy of “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” a film...
  • Gun Store Owner Settles After Five Year Lawsuit by Gun Control Group

    08/18/2017 1:20:46 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 16 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In the spring of 2017, a five year long lawsuit against a Florida gun shop owner was finally settled. It appears the shop owner was able to sell the shop and retire, while the anti-Second Amendment group ended up with a face saving statement. In 2012, a mentally ill man named Benjamin Bishop shot and killed his mother and her boyfriend in cold blood. He was forbidden from owning a gun or ammunition, but a friend, Matthew Schwab, purchased the gun for him at a local gun shop. The Brady lawsuit alleged that Bishop attempted to buy a gun at...
  • Anonymous Plans Ops to Take Down Confederate Monuments at 11 Sites Friday

    08/18/2017 1:23:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-16-17 | Bridget Johnson
    The hacktivist collective Anonymous is planning a "Denouncement Day" this Friday to "denounce the Confederacy, to denounce racism, bigotry and hate," saying "it is time to take down these monuments of hate ourselves." Supporters plan to gather at 6 p.m. EST at the statue of Rear Adm. Raphael Semmes in Mobile, Ala., the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Little Rock, the Jackson Guards Memorial in Jacksonport, Ark., the Searcy Confederate Memorial in Searcy, Ark., the Our Confederate Dead monument in Munn Park in Lakeland, Fla., the Confederate Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta (which was defaced with spray paint this week),...
  • Hit List: CNN Publishes Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S.

    08/17/2017 2:04:55 PM PDT · by detective · 109 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Aug 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    CNN posted a map on August 17 showing the location of approximately 1,500 Confederate monuments and/or official symbols in the U.S. The map will, no-doubt, serve as a hit-list for the frenzied Workers World Party members and others seeking the removal and destruction of Confederate statues in city after city across America. CNN reports, “Roughly 1,500 Confederate symbols still exist on public land more than 150 years after the conclusion of the Civil War.” It explains that 718 of the Confederate symbols are “monuments and statutes.”
  • Rays, Lightning, Bucs donate for statue removal

    08/17/2017 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced that over $140,000 has been raised through private funds to removed a Confederate statue at the old Hillsborough County courthouse. Original Report: The area's professional baseball, football and hockey teams are helping pay for the removal of the Confederate statue at the old Hillsborough County courthouse. $140,000 must be raised within 30 days, according to commissioners Bucs, Lightning, Rays donate funds toward removal County commissioners voted 4-2 Wednesday to allow 30 days to raise private funds to move the Confederate statue. If $140,000 isn't raised, the statue will remain where it is. On Thursday,...
  • Black Lives Matter Activists Float Criminalization of Confederate Imagery

    08/17/2017 6:35:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.lifezette.com ^ | 08-17-2017 | by Edmund Kozak
    Updated 17 Aug 2017 at 6:20 AM In the aftermath of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, progressive activists nationwide have demanded, and in some cases illegally carried out, the tearing down and removal of statues and monuments to Confederate leaders and soldiers on public space. Now Black Lives Matter activists have gone even further — going so far as to call for a ban on all Confederate imagery — even in private possession. Inspired by Germany’s post-war laws banning any and all Nazi imagery, Black Lives Matter activists on Twitter called for a similar ban on...
  • After mercilessly mocking Rubio during primaries, Scarborough now a big fan

    08/17/2017 5:38:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    During the Republican primaries, Joe Scarborough’s favorite object of ridicule was Marco Rubio. Scarborough dismissed Rubio as a “school council president,” called him the “emptiest of suits,” and attacked his supporters. In a particularly personal shot, Scarborough devoted much of a show to mocking Rubio’s wearing of boots with large heels. But suddenly, Scarborough has become a huge Marco admirer. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough repeatedly praised Rubio and his “courage.” So what shifted Scarborough from Rubio antagonist to fanboy? View the video here.
  • Anonymous Plans Ops to Take Down Confederate Monuments at 11 Sites Friday

    08/16/2017 3:37:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/16/2017 | Bridget Johnson
    The hacktivist collective Anonymous is planning a "Denouncement Day" this Friday to "denounce the Confederacy, to denounce racism, bigotry and hate," saying "it is time to take down these monuments of hate ourselves." Supporters plan to gather at 6 p.m. EST at the statue of Rear Adm. Raphael Semmes in Mobile, Ala., the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Little Rock, the Jackson Guards Memorial in Jacksonport, Ark., the Searcy Confederate Memorial in Searcy, Ark., the Our Confederate Dead monument in Munn Park in Lakeland, Fla., the Confederate Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta (which was defaced with spray paint this week),...
  • Male Stripper Stabbed Man in Both Eyes in Key West: Police [Homosexual Partner]

    08/16/2017 3:13:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    A male stripper from Tampa who believed his partner was a "cannibal" stabbed him in both eyes with a pen then shoved a piece of wood down his throat during a fight at a home in Key West, authorities said. Justin Calhoun, 24, was arrested late Monday on an attempted second-degree murder charge in the attack on 67-year-old Mark Brann, according to a Key West police arrest report. ....Calhoun said he stood up and stomped the piece of wood further into Brann's mouth, the report said. He said he then grabbed a drawer from the broken dresser and hit Brann...
  • FHP trooper (purposely) nearly struck on I-95 while assisting other driver

    08/15/2017 8:17:26 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 15 replies
    A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was nearly hit by a car while he assisted another driver near Ormond Beach, (Daytona Beach area) FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said Tuesday. Trooper Cody Brown, 20, dodged a silver 2006 Chrysler 300 traveling southbound on Interstate 95 by diving between his patrol car and a semi-truck he had been assisting for over an hour, near the exit onto State Road 40. Montes said a car “abruptly switched” to the outside lane on the interstate at 5:23 p.m. and almost struck Brown before the vehicle, which is registered in Fort Lauderdale, swerved back into...
  • Report: Toxicology reveals 5 drugs in Tiger Woods’ system

    08/14/2017 4:35:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    Tiger Woods, who had been known to have the painkillers Vicodin and Xanax in his system when he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in Jupiter on Memorial Day, also had Dilaudid, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) -- the active principle of cannabis -- in his system that night, according to an ESPN.com report.