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Teen accused of threatening school says he was joking

PEMBROKE PINES — Florida police say a teen overheard at school saying he left his gun in his car has been arrested and now claims it was a joke. Pembroke Pines police say the 17-year-old is charged with making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner. Police say the[…]

School days: Florida candidates differ widely on education

TALLAHASSEE — Clashing on everything from private school vouchers to education spending, Florida’s two main contenders for governor have laid out vastly different promises when it comes to the state’s schools. Republican Ron DeSantis, who did not lay out very detailed plans prior to winning the August primary, vowed Tuesday to expand the state’s private[…]

Man gets life sentence for fatally shooting wife

WEST PALM BEACH — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his wife. The Palm Beach Post reports 47-year-old Gregory Dickerson was sentenced Tuesday after jurors found him guilty of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a weapon. Authorities say Dickerson shot 32-year-old Melissa Mitchell multiple[…]

2 women take over as US attorneys for Florida districts

MIAMI — Two women have taken over as new U.S. attorneys to oversee federal cases in districts covering much of Florida. Ariana Fajardo Orshan took the oath of office Tuesday to be the top prosecutor in the Southern District, while Maria Chapa Lopez was sworn in earlier this month for the Middle District. They were[…]

Police arrest suspect in shooting that locked down college

WINTER PARK — Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who they say injured another man in a shooting that placed a Florida college on lockdown for several hours. Officials at Rollins College issued a “shelter in place” alert on Monday afternoon. Several hours later, police in Winter Park found Jerad Christopher Vasquez hiding under a[…]

Financial adviser accused of swindling nearly $900,000

WEST PALM BEACH — A 35-year-old financial adviser is accused of swindling a now-deceased couple out of nearly $900,000 and using the money to buy a car, guns and pay off credit cards. The SunSentinel reports David Del Rio was arrested September 13 following an investigation by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. According to[…]

2 toddlers fall into ponds near Florida homes, die

JACKSONVILLE — Officials say two Florida toddlers have fallen into ponds near their homes and died. The Florida Department of Children and Families say 2-year-old Brayden Deen was pulled from a pond near his Jacksonville home on Wednesday. He died two days later. The department says 1-year-old Zane Raut drowned Thursday in Putnam County pond.[…]

Troopers: 3 die, 3 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Florida

ORLANDO — Troopers say three people died and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Florida’s Turnpike. Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said in a news release that the crash happened early Tuesday south of Orlando. Montes says a Road Ranger stopped to assist with the flat tire Monday evening but they[…]

Florida GOP nominee for governor resigns from Congress

TALLAHASSEE — U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is resigning from Congress as he mounts his bid to become Florida’s next governor. DeSantis sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday announcing his immediate resignation. The northeast Florida Republican said in his letter that he will be spending time campaigning and it would be “inappropriate”[…]

Dog killed, 2 residents injured in Florida house fire

SILVER SPRINGS — Crews say a dog has died and two people were injured in a fire in Florida. Marion County Fire Rescue officials said in a Facebook post that they got a call early Monday from a home in Silver Springs, which is near Ocala. Dispatchers heard someone yelling “to get out of the[…]