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Meet the 10-year-old whose phone call saved 44 baby turtles

BOCA RATON — Samantha Kohl is just 10 years old. She’d never seen a sea turtle hatch. But when she saw adults scooping baby turtles out of a nest at South Beach Park on Tuesday (July 2), she remembered what she’d learned at summer camp at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center[…]

Man finds bag of bones while clearing land

JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say they’re investigating after a man clearing land in Florida unearthed a bag of bones. The Florida Times-Union reports that the bones were discovered Thursday in Jacksonville. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Lt. Craig Waldrup says investigators believe the bones are from a single person. Foul play is suspected.[…]

Former jail guard gets 120 days for throwing inmate down

BRADENTON — A former Florida corrections deputy has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for throwing a restrained inmate to the ground. News outlets report that 34-year-old Paul Wagner pleaded no contest last month to felony battery in Manatee County court. Prosecutors say Wagner was escorting an inmate through[…]

Florida doomsday prepper couple charged with abusing women

FORT LAUDERDALE — Authorities arrested a Florida couple Friday described by two female victims as “doomsday preppers,” who they say physically and sexually abused them for years. Wakulla County Sheriff’s officials say Mirko, 58, and Regina, 55, Ceska had custody care of the two unidentified victims for years and forced[…]

75-year-old Florida man kicks gator, saves dog

PALM HARBOR — A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an 8-foot alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog. Buddy Ackerman says the gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early[…]

Judge seeks removal of guardian, claiming abuse of power

ORLANDO — A Florida judge is seeking removal of a guardian from 98 cases after finding she “abused her powers” by filing “do not resuscitate” orders on behalf of clients without permission from their families. The Orlando Sentinel reports Circuit Judge Janet C. Thorpe filed a notice for removal last[…]

Deputy fired, accused of punching handcuffed suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida sheriff says he has fired a deputy who punched a handcuffed man. News outlets report that Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the firing of 26-year-old Kevin Fanti on Friday. Officials say a security video shows Fanti punching the 19-year-old man, who was in line last[…]

2 dead, other 2 arrested after Florida home invasion

SUMMERFIELD — Authorities say two men have been killed after they invaded a Florida home to steal marijuana and guns and were shot by the homeowner. Two other men were arrested and are facing charges related to the home invasion. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the homeowner was[…]

There’s a baby boom at Zoo Miami with 6 births in 7 days

MIAMI — There’s a baby boom at Zoo Miami. The zoo announced on Facebook that six babies were born within a seven-day period to six different mothers. All of the new additions are female. The baby boom started July 2 with the birth of an addax. On July 5, a[…]

Florida legislators to consider racial impact of proposals

TALLAHASSEE — With African Americans accounting for nearly half of Florida’s prison population, the state Senate has launched a partnership with university researchers to delve more deeply into how criminal justice legislation could disproportionately affect communities of color. Legislative bills are routinely analyzed for their impact on the state budget[…]