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  • FL: Anonymous Internet Source Claims to be Crooked Cop, gives details

    02/23/2015 2:40:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An anonymous Internet source posting as "Guest" has started a firestorm on a forum for the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office, titled pbsotalk.com.   The original post, titled "Tricks of the trade - let's exchange!" deals with how to plant evidence to cause problems for someone they arrest who has aroused their ire.  Here is the original post: I was lucky to get a really good FTO when I started almost 15 years ago. He taught me to always keep learning new skills and techniques. It's not always easy to do being in a zone with the same old people...
  • FL:Armed and Alert Business Owner Stops Crime Spree

    02/23/2015 11:28:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An alert and armed business owner made a citizens arrest of the third suspect in a string of over 40 burglaries.   Police had distributed email alerts describing the suspect, and Charles Fouche, owner of Beach Pawn Shop was able to get the drop on the suspect, William Hasencamp.  Link to video of the encounter Mr. Fouche, along with a number of other jewelery and gold dealers had been sent pictures of the suspect, who police believed to be the ringleader of the three man team.  The other two suspects had already been arrested. The police had described the suspect...
  • Body found naked with gunshot wound on Jupiter beach [FL], police say

    02/23/2015 8:28:24 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 53 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 2-23-15 | Adam Sacasa
    Police are investigating a body found on a Jupiter beach naked with a gunshot wound early Monday. A person found the man, who appeared to be in his late 50's, at about 6:50 a.m. in the 200 block of Ocean Trail Way, according to a Jupiter Police news release. Police examined the body and discovered a gunshot wound. appeared to be on the beach for a "significant amount of time," Jupiter police spokesman Sgt. Scott Pascarella said. The identity of the man is currently unknown. "This investigation is currently being considered a suspicious death until further investigation can be conducted,"...
  • Debbie's damage control

    02/19/2015 6:04:32 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/19/2015 | MARC CAPUTO
    Wasserman Schultz’s office said she’d switch positions on medical pot if a donor took back his criticism, emails show. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted his withering criticism of her, according to emails obtained by POLITICO. The proposal to Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan was straightforward: retract critical statements he made to a reporter in return for Wasserman Schultz publicly backing his cannabis initiative that she had trashed just months earlier. Morgan declined the offer with a sharp email reply sent to a go-between,...
  • Lantana [FL] PD: Vanilla Ice arrested in Palm Beach County on burglary charges

    02/18/2015 12:42:27 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 50 replies
    wpbf news ^ | 2-18-15 | n/a
    LANTANA, Fla. —Robert VanWinkle aka Vanilla Ice was arrested Wednesday by the Lantana Police Department on burglary charges. Police investigated a residential burglary which occurred sometime during December 2014 and February 2015 in the 100 block of N. Atlantic Drive. According to Lantana Police, during the burglary incident, numerous items of furniture, pool heater, bicycles and other items were removed from the residence which is currently in the process of foreclosure. Police determined VanWinkle played a role in the burglary and theft. Police say VanWinkle is currently renovating the residence adjacent to the property in which the items were stolen....
  • Shots fired as hundreds of teens rush Ocoee movie theater (FL mall)

    02/15/2015 1:58:50 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 167 replies
    mynews13.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | Lena Vargas
    OCOEE -- Gunfire erupted late Saturday night at the West Oaks Mall as hundreds of teenagers rushed the mall's movie theater. Ocoee police were called to the mall to help control a large, hostile crowd. Orange County deputies said 800-900 middle school and high school students tried to rush into the theater without paying. Ocoee police said 200-300 made it inside. Police said the juveniles and young adults were causing a disturbance in the food court and movie theater area of the mall. Police said a large group rushed into the theater and continued causing a disturbance there. Orange County...
  • Jeb Bush’s war chest far outpacing field of GOP contenders

    02/13/2015 1:26:18 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/13/15 | Matea Gold
    Jeb Bush’s money juggernaut is far eclipsing the efforts of his would-be rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, putting his two political committees on pace to amass an unprecedented sum of tens of millions of dollars by early spring. The former Florida governor’s overwhelming dominance in the race to line up financial backers has come at a speed that has impressed longtime Republican money players, who say wealthy party backers have rapidly migrated to Bush since 2012 nominee Mitt Romney decided against another White House run two weeks ago.
  • Are you ready for … Senator Grayson?

    02/04/2015 8:36:09 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 2/4/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Isn’t Congressman Grayson bad enough? The charmer from Florida, who once called his Republican opponent “Taliban Dan” and once said that allowing Republicans in charge would be like letting al-Qaeda fly planes, has his eyes set on higher office. In an interview yesterday with The Hill, Alan Grayson said there was only one potential roadblock to a Senate run. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you’re our only hope:
  • FL: Intruder Shot Dead in Leesburg

    02/02/2015 11:57:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Steven Ricker has been in and out of jail 11 times since 2006.   At about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, 1 February, he was shot and killed.  The Leesburg resident who shot him says that Ricker was attempting to force his way into his family's apartment.  The manager of the apartment complex says that Ricker had banged on his door first, and that he appeared to be high and searching for drugs.  The manager thought Ricker had left, until he heard the gunshot.  Video at the link.  ©2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice...
  • FL: Student saves Herself and Boyfriend with Revolver given by Father

    01/30/2015 2:15:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Sable Nehme shows how she turned from the closet and pointed the revolver. In this case in Florida, a young woman stops a potential tragedy by quickly retrieving a gun that had been given to her by her father.  A second later would have been too late.  From wftv.com: ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Channel 9 talked with a University of Central Florida student who pulled a gun on two violent intruders who attacked her boyfriend and threatened her life. The neighborhood, the Village of Alafaya Club, in Orlando, may be sketchy, as are many neighborhoods around universities.  Perhaps local...
  • Man shot in head, killed in front of kids in Miami Gardens driveway [Sharpton Silent]

    01/29/2015 5:40:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/26/15 | Lance Dixon
    Miami Gardens police said they have few leads in the brazen murder of James Hall, shot in the head late Sunday night in his driveway as his girlfriend's two children looked on. Hall, 42, had returned home just before midnight when the children said four men surrounded the car and fired through the front windshield. "They killed him in front of my kids," Hall’s girlfriend, Ashley Walden, told Herald news partner CBS4.
  • Florida (The state of)

    01/29/2015 3:30:14 AM PST · by kelly4c · 85 replies
    vanity
    I was just over looking at the DailyMail website and noticed that so many of the stories are out of Florida. A disproportionate amount it seems. Any Floridians here? Just what's going on in your state, do you feel anything's off-kilter?
  • Al Sharpton coming to Sarasota

    01/28/2015 12:58:05 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 28 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace
    One of the nation’s most well known, and controversial, civil rights activists the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. is coming to Sarasota. Sharpton, also a television and radio personality, is scheduled to give a keynote address to the Howard Club of Southwest Florida’s 10th annual scholarship luncheon on March 28. At the same event, the Howard Club will honor boxing promoter Don King, famous for working with some of the biggest names in professional boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Forman and Mike Tyson.
  • FL: Act Compliant to Gain time and Opportunity

    01/24/2015 10:12:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot.   There can be many reasons for this, including additional scrutiny from the authorities, drawing attention to the crime in progress, even a reluctance to inflict harm.   Often, this will give the victim an opportunity to feign compliance in order to gain an advantage. It happened in this case in Florida yesterday, the 22nd of January, 2015.  The victim in this case was Fabian Rosario.  He is a surveyor who was working with a colleague on a land survey when he was approached by a suspect who pulled a gun and demanded money. ...
  • FL: Judge rules; Fists are a Deadly Threat

    01/23/2015 8:19:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Kinsey, found justified in self defense shooting. I have written about the concepts of disparity of force before, and of the fact that a punch to the head is a deadly threat.   Disparity of force can come into play in a number of ways.  The assailant can be much younger, stronger, bigger, faster, there can be multiple assailants, the element of surprise, or, an assailant with known martial arts skills.  The concept is that the attacker or attackers are a serious threat to a person's life or bodily integrity because of factors that give them unequal power outside...
  • Florida is now an official target for UBC. Shannon Watts lets it slip.

    01/23/2015 9:18:27 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 1/23/2015 | unknown
    Bill was able to get a screen capture before Shannon came to her senses and deleted the Tweet. Florida is truly hated by the Antis. We got the Concealed Carry avalanche started and we did not make any friends by re-instituting Stand Your ground and a slew of other Pro-Second Amendment bills. If we could be erased from the map while keeping DisneyWorld, they would have done so already.
  • FL: Bill Filed for Campus Carry in Florida, Passes First Subcommittee 8-4

    01/22/2015 12:19:00 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Bills have been filed in the Florida House (HB4005) and in the Senate (SB176) to reform the Florida concealed carry law to remove the restriction in the law that prevents people with concealed carry licenses to carry on Florida public colleges or Universities.   The bill passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on an 8-4 vote with one representative not voting.  From myfloridahouse.gov, as shown in the screenshot above. The opening statement of the bill seems a bit confusing, in that it  A bill to be entitled2 An act relating to licenses to carry concealed weapons3 or firearms; amending s....
  • GA: Armed Robbery Suspect Shot, Gun Walks off

    01/21/2015 11:44:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As more and more people are legally carrying guns, there are more justifiable shootings and the crime rate drops.  A significant synergistic factor is the ubiquity of surveillance cameras and personal recording devices, such as cell phones and dashcams. This shooting in Georgia illustrates one of the reasons why.  The event itself is fairly clear.  A robbery suspect, who is accompanied by three other people, pulls a gun on a victim.  The victim is armed, draws his own weapon, and shoots the suspect, who drops his gun.  From myfoxal.com: There were three other people with the suspect at the...
  • FL: SB 290 Re-Introduced to Reform Florida Gun Law During Emergencies

    01/13/2015 4:11:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida State Senator Bandes aims to restore a portion of second amendment rights in the state.   A quirk in the State law prevents people from taking their firearms with them during emergencies, including mandated emergency evacuations.  Here is the stated purpose of SB 290.From flsenate.gov: 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to carrying a concealed weapon or a 3 concealed firearm; amending s. 790.01, F.S.; providing 4 an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a 5 concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when 6 evacuating pursuant to a mandatory evacuation order 7 during a declared...
  • Detectives Say Teen Killed Parents, Then Threw House Party....

    07/18/2011 4:08:40 PM PDT · by TaraP · 87 replies
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A Florida teenager is accused of killing his parents and then throwing a house party inside their Port St. Lucie home. Police said 17-year-old Tyler Hadley used a hammer to kill Blake Hadley, 54, and Mary-Jo Hadley, 47, on Saturday. Police went to the home at 371 Northeast Grandeur Ave. about 4:20 a.m. Sunday after getting an anonymous tip that a teenager had killed his parents and that their bodies were still in the home. Detectives said Tyler Hadley was nervous when he answered the door. "He said that his parents were out of town,"...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott surrendered his rescue dog after gubernatorial campaign

    01/04/2015 9:22:33 PM PST · by Don W · 75 replies
    examiner.com ^ | May 2014 | Cheryl Hanna
    A rescued yellow Labrador retriever mix was popularly named Reagan by Rick Scott Facebook fans as the now Florida governor campaigned in the 2010 close election against Democrat Alex Sink. Unfortunately, Reagan's photos disappeared shortly after Scott was sworn in on January 2011, reports the Tampa Bay Times. So what happened to Reagan the rescue pooch? Introduced as the newest addition to the Scott family back then, all sorts of dog friendly and Rick Scott photos were plastered everywhere. Of course, animal advocates love that kind of compassion; statistics reveal that 39% of Americans have at least one dog in...
  • Once Again Florida Could Decide GOP Nomination

    01/01/2015 9:01:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | Matt Towery
    ST. PETERSBURG, FL. In recent presidential election cycles, Florida's primary has basically decided the Republican nomination. In 2008 John McCain received the endorsement of then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and after winning the sunshine state's primary, never looked back. Even more dramatically, Mitt Romney reversed what seemed to be a potentially fatal loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary by besting the former speaker just days later in the Florida contest. The fight in 2016 for Florida's rich number of delegates could once again bring an early and final decision in the race for the GOP nomination, especially...
  • FL: Robber Fails to Watch Hands..and Survives

    01/01/2015 9:13:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video In the famous bar scene in Star Wars, one of patrons remarks that the debt collector should be watching Han Solo's hands.  It is good advice that is taught in police academies.  It is hard advice to follow when you are trying to rob a store where the clerk is behind a counter.  This robber in Florida made many mistakes, and still managed to survive.  From wpbf.com: A man walked into the 13th Street store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk was secretly aiming a gun at the would-be robber from...
  • Tourist attraction 'Machine Gun America' opens Saturday in Kissimmee

    12/19/2014 8:25:03 PM PST · by shove_it · 52 replies
    WESH ^ | 19 Dec 2014
    People cannot bring own guns to attraction KISSIMMEE, Fla. —A new tourist attraction promises to give people as young as 13 years old the chance to fire fully automatic weapons. Outside the new attraction, you can hear the unmistakable rat-a-tat-tat of machine guns inside. The automatic weapons are powerful and firing them is intense, but owners are hoping Orlando tourists will want to try the unique experience. "We see this as attractive to someone who might want to go bungee jumping -- adrenaline rush experience," said Bruce Nierenberg, general manager of Machine Gun America Orlando. "There are a lot of...
  • Orlando attraction features high-powered guns

    12/19/2014 11:53:11 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    WTSP TV | December 17, 2014 | Eric Glasser
    Gannett - link and title only.
  • FL: Campus Carry Considered

    12/14/2014 7:26:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last month there was a shooting at Florida State University where three students were shot by a mentally disturbed man before the police arrived.  One of the students had a concealed carry permit, but was not allowed to have his defensive firearm with him.  Another witness was a combat veteran who said that he had a clear shot at the attacker, but was also prevented from having his firearm with him by current law. A bill has been filed in the Florida Senate to restore the ability of permit holders to carry their firearms on campus, as they can...
  • Our View | Jeb Bush: true conservative

    12/10/2014 10:35:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Longboat Key Observer ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff
    Is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush too moderate for the Republican Party? That is all the talk. But here’s a surprise: Adam C. Smith, political editor of the liberal Tampa Bay Times, authored this piece last Friday refuting with evidence that Bush as governor was “arch-conservative” and far from a “moderate squish.” — Ed. Respected Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told the Washington Examiner recently that Jeb Bush is the latest in a line of Bushes who oppose Reaganism. Radio host Mark Levin has dismissed Florida’s former governor as “a very good moderate Democrat,” while pioneering conservative activist Richard Viguerie...
  • FL: Felon Shot Days after being Disarmed

    12/09/2014 2:55:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Florida, a 32 year-old career criminal was captured as he resisted arrest after committing multiple felonies.  It was particularly notable because he had been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm just a few days previously.   Wilford McCloud is accused of breaking into several cars before he was chased by an off-duty Brevard County deputy.  From clickorlando.com: As Holton attempted to arrest McCloud, the man was reportedly violently resisting, which led to Holton shooting McCloud. (snip) McCloud was arrested just days before for carrying a concealed firearm by a convicted felon and has an extensive record. Trying to...
  • FL: Remarkable Poll in Favor of Campus Carry 15-1

    11/30/2014 5:20:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The article with this poll was first published on Friday afternoon a week ago, 21 November, 2014, the day after the shooting at Florida State University (FSU).   I wrote about it the next day.   At that time the ratio of second amendment supporters to disarmists was a very high 12 to 1. On Saturday morning, about 6 a.m. the total number of votes cast were 2740.   As you can see from the screenshot, today, 28 November about 10 a.m., the number has increased to 4,330, and the ratio has increase from 12 to 1 to an astonishing...
  • FL: Opinion Swinging Toward Campus Carry? (poll)

    11/22/2014 5:06:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After the recent shooting on campus in Florida, Florida Carry quickly made the case that the campus was a "gun free" or "defenseless victim" zone, and that removing the prohibition on legal guns would make campus safer.  From new4jax.com: Friday said several lawsuits are pending against Florida universities that refuse to allow students the right to carry weapons in class. In states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Kansas, Friday said, school shooting statistics are remarkably lower than the rest of the nation. "Every state that allows law-abiding students to carry guns on campus, every one of those schools...
  • Florida Carry - Open Carry Court Case, Oral Arguments

    11/19/2014 6:07:22 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video on YouTube Florida Carry has been litigating a case through the Florida court system, a case about whether a ban on open carry in Florida is constitutional under the State and Federal constitutions.  It is quite an accomplishment that the case is being heard by the Fourth District Court.   A few days ago, the oral arguments were heard by a three judge panel.  The video above, just under 39 minutes, is of the opposing counsels giving oral arguments before the three judge panel.  The case is State v. Norman.   From a discussion of the case on...
  • FL: Escalation of Force: Citizens Arrest turned Deadly

    11/11/2014 7:07:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Lawley In most states, the legislators and courts have ruled that defense of property is not sufficient justification, by itself, for the use of deadly force. This does not mean that you have to allow criminals to steal your property at will.   It means that you may not immediately use deadly force to prevent a theft, though there are exceptions.   Texas, for example, allows the use of deadly force to prevent theft on one's property at night. The way that deadly force is legally employed in the protection of property is indirect, allowed for with an escalation of force.  ...
  • Decaying Corpse Found In Foreclosed Cape Coral Home

    11/06/2014 10:53:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    CBS Local Miami ^ | 11-06-2014 | Staff
    The new owner of a foreclosed home in Cape Coral got more than he bargained when he went to inspect his purchase. William Wilson bought the light pink house on SE 19th Lane for $96,000 at an auction on Tuesday, according to the News-Press of Fort Myers. When he went to mow the lawn and check out the house itself on Wednesday, he found a corpse on the master bedroom floor. Wilson told the paper all that remained was the bones, skin and smell of the remains. Wilson said the inside of the house was a mess and it looked...
  • Rick Scott visits black churchgoers in Broward, Charlie Crist attends services in Delray Beach

    11/02/2014 3:23:53 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 11/2/14 | Anthony Man, David Fleshler
    ....ick Scott attended early services Sunday at Broward's oldest Baptist Church, softly pitching his re-election to black churchgoers. His four minutes of remarks to more than 500 congregants at First Baptist Church Piney Grove in Lauderdale Lakes concentrated on the biographical, touched on policy, and emphasized his faith. "Jesus Christ is my savior," he said to a chorus of amens and clapping. The governor described his "wonderful Christian mother and very wonderful Christian grandmother, and they told me all along that Jesus Christ was my savior. From a very young man I learned the importance of believing in Jesus Christ,...
  • Rick Scott Beating Charlie Crist in Florida Chamber Poll

    10/30/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/30/14 | Kevin Derby
    A new poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute shows Gov. Rick Scott with the lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Florida Chamber is backing Scott for another term. The poll of likely voters, taken by Cherry Communications, shows Scott ahead with 44 percent and Crist at 39 percent, outside the margin of error. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 4 percent
  • Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media

    10/30/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    A great many Republican House and Senate candidates may be staying away from talking immigration, or immigration reform this cycle, but not Jeb Bush. A funny thing happened on Jeb's recent visit to Colorado to stump for Republican Cory Gardner in his race against Democrat Mark Udall.
  • Poll: Governor’s race remains close with slight edge to Charlie Crist over Rick Scott

    10/30/2014 6:43:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/30/2014 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist has slightly nudged ahead of Gov. Rick Scott in Quinnipiac University’s latest poll that shows the Democrat picks up 43 percent support from likely voters to the incumbent’s 40 percent. That apparent 3 percentage point lead for Crist is essentially a tie because it’s within the poll’s margin of error, but the poll of 800 likely voters indicates Crist has some momentum on his side. Last week, Quinnipiac surveyed the governor’s race and found it dead even between Crist and Scott, with each getting 42 percent. So the contest has shifted a net 3 percentage points in Crist’s...
  • Investigator in Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns after being implicated in own incident

    10/29/2014 3:57:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/14
    The investigator leading the probe into the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in a prostitution entanglement of his own. A senior administration official confirmed to Fox News that David Nieland was observed entering and leaving a building that was under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation by sheriff's deputies in Broward County, Fla.
  • Florida deep sea divers helping aquatic archaeologists explore ancient Mediterranean shipwreck

    10/28/2014 9:23:41 AM PDT · by dware · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.27.2014 | AP via Fox News
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The divers descended 410 feet into the Mediterranean off Italy, shining bright lights on a ship that sank thousands of years ago. A sea-crusted anchor rested amid piles of terra cotta jars traditionally used to carry wine, olive oil and other cargo.
  • 0ptimus FL poll: Rick Scott 42%, Charlie Crist 39%

    10/28/2014 4:36:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/27/14 | Marc Caputo
    The new Republican data analytics firm, 0ptimus, has released another mega-robopoll with some good news for Gov. Rick Scott: He's narrowly leading Democrat Charlie Crist. The race is still technically a tie but Scott's lead of 2.4 percentage points (41.9-39.4 percent) is almost outside the poll's error margin.
  • South Florida's Early Voting Weekend is a warning sign for Charlie Crist

    10/27/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 44 replies
    Saturday and Sunday marked the first chance for voters to head to the early voting polls on a weekend, a time when Democrats could really show in force and put a big dent in Republicans’ lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots. But there was no huge surge in Democrat-rich Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Intriguingly in the three counties, the total number of people who early voted Saturday was greater than Sunday – the day when black voters were expected to have the first of two “Souls to the Polls” voting events after church. Some Democrats are starting to...
  • FL: 500 lb Bear Shot in Home

    10/26/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Black bears are large, potentially dangerous animals.  A retired wildlife officer was forced to shoot one in his Florida home on 22 October, in Lake County. The bear broke though a window and entered the home.   When the man yelled at it, it turned and came toward him.  That is when he fired, at a distance that he estimated at 10 feet. From wftv.com: “I was very scared. I figured when I yelled it would take off, but it didn’t. It just looked right at me and started coming toward the window, where I was at, so that’s when...
  • Rick Scott ad links Charlie Crist, Barack Obama

    10/20/2014 11:23:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 20, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching a new ad Monday that ties Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist with Barack Obama, including a photo of their infamous 2009 embrace. The Republican becomes the first gubernatorial candidate to deploy the clip of the president saying, “I’m not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” “Charlie Crist backed Obama from the start,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, shared first with POLITICO. “If you liked the last six years of Barack Obama, you’ll love the next four years of Charlie Crist.”...
  • FL: Woman Arrested for Protecting Children from Water Moccasin

    10/20/2014 4:49:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who would have thought that it would be illegal to defend children from a poisonous snake?  This is where the insanity of extreme gun restrictions have brought us.   In Florida, a mother was at a school event during a football practice session.  A water moccasin was discovered on the practice field, but attempts to kill it with sticks were not successful.  From newsherald.com: April Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco...
  • The truth of #fangate and why Charlie Crist absolutely hates to sweat

    10/17/2014 5:40:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Terrence McCoy
    To understand why Florida gubernatorial candidate Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on having a fan blowing on him during the yesterday’s debate with Republican Rick Scott, which almost stopped the whole show in its tracks, thus earning the hashtag #fangate, you need to know something about Crist and sweat. One of the stranger moments of my reporting career arrived at 6 a.m. on a day in late 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla. I was doing a lengthy profile of Florida governor Charlie Crist.... ....Charlie Crist, burdened with an almost pathological disdain for humanity’s untidiness, hates to sweat. This trait runs deep,...
  • Patient in Jacksonville being tested for Ebola

    10/13/2014 9:52:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    104.5FM WOKV ^ | 10-13-2014 | Jamie Smith
    A patient is being tested for Ebola at Baptist Health in Downtown Jacksonville. Hospital officials says they have admitted a patient who has flu-like symptoms, but no fever. The person told hospital staff that they has casual contact with a person who travelled to West Africa. Officials say the patient is in isolation and is being monitored to protect hospital staff and the community. There is no confirmation that the patient has Ebola, and hospital officials sayy the diagnosis is "highly unlikely." Baptist Health says they are exercising caution and using CDC protocols.
  • Florida Father's Mistakes; 20 Years for Warning Shot

    10/11/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida passed a reform of its gun law this year to prevent situations such as what has happened to Lee Wollard.   Wollard says that he fired a shot to stop an assault and force a young man out of his house;  the prosecutor charged him with firing into a building, aggravated assault and child endangerment.   The young man was dating his daughter and was 17. No one was hurt, but the bullet penetrated the walls of the house and struck the house next door. Under the old Florida law, the prosecutor could offer this dilemma: plead guilty, be convicted...
  • Waldo Disbands Police Force in Tiny Speed Trap Town Amid Legal Issues (Florida )

    10/02/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Oct 2014
    The police force has been disbanded in Waldo, Florida, a tiny town with a big speed trap reputation. On Tuesday, the Waldo City Council voted 4-1 to eliminate the department just weeks after the chief and interim chief resigned because of state investigations into many issues, including an illegal ticket quota
  • Bus service suspended in Lake County over bomb threat (Central Florida....again)

    10/02/2014 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 10 replies
    WESH ^ | Oct 02, 2014 | WESH2 News
    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —A bomb threat shut down LakeXpress bus service Thursday morning over a bomb threat, authorities said. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was on scene and searching buses. One bus in South Leesburg was evacuated and passengers were checked out. No devices have been found so far.