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Off-duty officer shoots man during confrontation

MIAMI — Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded a man during an off-duty confrontation. A Miami-Dade police news release says the shooting occurred early Friday morning in a neighborhood north of Miami. Police say the city of Miami officer had just dropped off a 21-year-old woman at the home when she got[…]

New Florida law makes texting while driving primary offense

TALLAHASSEE — Florida will become one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones. Under current law, officers can only[…]

Florida firefighter accused of human trafficking

EAST LAKE — Authorities say a lieutenant for a Florida fire department has been arrested on charges of human trafficking and child sex crimes. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials arrested 39-year-old Matthew Doyle on Thursday. The Tampa Bay Times reports East Lake Fire Chief Tom Jamison immediately suspended Doyle without pay. Doyle has worked[…]

DeSantis signs bill for 3 major Florida toll highways

TALLAHASSEE — Florida will begin planning three new major toll highways through mostly rural areas under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday over the objections of environmentalists who have otherwise praised him since taking office. The roads would take traffic off heavily congested Interstates 75 and 4, allowing drivers in southwest[…]

Man jailed for spitting on and threatening Jewish groups

BAL HARBOUR — A Florida man is charged with spitting on an elderly Jewish couple after threatening to sexually assault another group of Jews. The Miami Herald reports that 33-year-old Daniel Starikov was arrested Wednesday for the March 22 assaults. Bal Harbour police say Starikov clenched his fists as he approached the group. He allegedly[…]

Florida prepares for influx of immigrants from Mexico border

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida mayor says he’s been alerted by the federal government of plans to send hundreds of migrants to two major cities to help alleviate problems at the U.S. Mexico border. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen called it a “humanitarian crisis” Thursday after he was told a few hundred immigrants will be[…]

Florida first lady DeSantis takes on mental health issues

TALLAHASSEE — Florida first lady Casey DeSantis is taking on mental health as a major issue, announcing Thursday that she’ll work with state agencies to examine the effectiveness of state programs and work with private businesses to let Floridians know about resources available to them. She takes on the mission weeks after coordinating a mental[…]

Florida Ag Commissioner seeks ideas from Israel trip

TALLAHASSEE — While Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes a large entourage of business leaders through Israel, the state’s Democratic agriculture commissioner will take her own course through the country. The idea isn’t to boost exports of Florida fruit and vegetables, but rather to import ideas that can help Florida farmers. “My main mission to[…]

Caller calls 911 over comedian’s Middle Eastern joke

NAPLES — An audience member called 911 on an Egyptian-American comedian who made a joke about being of Middle Eastern descent. The caller called police Sunday, one day after Ahmed Ahmed performed at the Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Florida. Ahmed told the Naples Daily News he asked if anyone of Middle Eastern[…]

Sheriff: Deputies shoot knife-wielding man who killed woman

TAMARAC — Sheriff’s officials say a man who killed his ex-girlfriend in South Florida was fatally shot by deputies responding to a domestic violence call. Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright says the incident happened Wednesday morning in a Tamarac neighborhood. Coleman-Wright says deputies encountered a knife-wielding man when they arrived at the home near Fort[…]