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Florida inmate charged with stabbing 3 guards with shiv

SNEADS — A Florida inmate is charged with attempted murder after stabbing three correctional officers with a makeshift knife. The Florida Department of Corrections says Apalachee Correctional Institution inmate Tyrece Fleming had an “interaction” with the officers Sunday and returned with the knife to attack them. He stabbed the first[…]

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

CAPE CANAVERAL — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Collins had the spotlight to himself this time — Armstrong has been gone for seven years and Aldrin canceled. Collins said[…]

Tractor digs up remains of missing Florida teen

JACKSONVILLE — The remains of a Florida teen who had been missing for one year have been found. Jacksonville Sheriff’s officials say the skeletal remains of 18-year-old Corbin Johnson were wrapped in some type of plastic bag or tarp and discovered when a man clearing land dug them up with[…]

Police: Worker loading ATMs with cash pocketed $100K instead

SANTA ROSA BEACH — State authorities say a Florida worker in charge of loading cash into ATMs stole more than $100,000 from the machines instead. Florida Department of Law officials say 56-year-old Richard McWilliams was a subcontractor charged with loading several thousand dollars in cash each week into 42 ATM[…]

Police officer driving patrol car despite restricted license

MELBOURNE — A Florida police officer is still driving a patrol car on duty despite having a restricted driver’s license. Melbourne Police say Officer Audrey Poole had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and failed multiple field sobriety tests last fall. She allegedly fell to the ground crying and pleading with[…]

Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state’s best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the department in 2018 illegally ordered school districts[…]

Alachua County beekeepers struggle against mites

GAINESVILLE — A recent national survey of beekeepers showed a significant loss rate of colonies, which may impact the future of commercial beekeeping. The annual survey from the Bee Informed Partnership found that 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter. This is about 9% higher than the average winter[…]

Researchers to look for more graves at Florida reform school

TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Panhandle reform school known for horrific abuse, where the remains of 55 people were unearthed after the state shut its doors, might have more grisly mysteries underneath its grounds. University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle will be back at the former Dozier[…]

Investigation launched after video shows guards beat inmate

CLERMONT — State corrections officials are investigating after a video posted to YouTube shows a group of officers beating an inmate on the lawn of a Florida prison. The video was shot by an unidentified inmate who says in the background, “this is why we’re in fear of our life.”[…]

Florida church pays $7.2M in medical debt in 5 counties

DELAND — A Florida church is spending more than $7 million to pay off the medical debt for 6,500 people. The congregation at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand took a special offering last month to help pay off medical debt for low-income residents in the area. The 2018-2019 year was[…]