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Car, Remains May Solve 36-Year-Old Mystery

Missing young couple's vehicle found at bottom of Florida canal

(Newser) - The last time anyone saw Dana Null, 15, and Harry Wade Atchison, 19, was when they drove off together in his Dodge Coronet in 1978. It now appears they never made it out of Florida's Broward County. A maintenance worker found Atchison's car yesterday at the bottom of... More »

Alan Grayson Bigamy Trial Stalled by Leaky Breast Implants

Everyone's favorite Florida legislator is back, and justice stalls

(Newser) - File this under "This Isn't a Real Headline, Right?" because democratically elected Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Crazytown , is again making waves. When last we left Grayson, he was accusing his soon-to-be-ex wife of bigamy after 24 years of maybe-wedded bliss, as couples do (this after Lolita Grayson accused... More »

Cops: Teen Posed as OB/GYN for a Month

He walked halls of medical center with white coat, was caught in exam room

(Newser) - Apparently, the only thing necessary to pass yourself off as a doctor—an OB/GYN, no less—is an official-looking white coat. Fox 13 reports that a teenager pulled it off for a month at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The center insists that the unnamed... More »

Pizzeria Owner Died Saving Worker in Mall Shooting

He tried to grab gun from employee's husband

(Newser) - More details have emerged in Saturday's deadly shooting at a mall in Melbourne, Fla.—and the person fatally shot by gunman Jose Garcia-Rodriguez has emerged as a hero. Police say pizzeria owner Leonardo Coppola was killed trying to save the life of the gunman's wife, who was... More »

Teenage 'Bonnie and Clyde' Busted—Asleep

Florida cops find Dalton Hayes, Cheyenne Phillips after 2 weeks on the run

(Newser) - The end of the line came in anticlimactic fashion for a teenage couple dubbed "Bonnie and Clyde" and wanted in a string of crimes. As NBC reports, Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, were arrested early today after police in Panama City Beach, Fla., found them sleeping in... More »

Cops Used Black Teen's Mugshot as Shooting Target

North Miami Beach police claim no wrongdoing

(Newser) - A Florida family is up in arms after stumbling upon the mugshots of five black men used as targets by North Miami Beach Police snipers. Sgt. Valerie Deant of the Florida National Guard arrived at a shooting range in Medley for her annual weapons qualifications training last month to discover... More »

Sheriff's Rug Typo: 'In Dog We Trust'

Sheriff in Pinellas County, Florida, will replace

(Newser) - Maybe the K-9 unit could use it? A new rug in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida proudly proclaimed "In Dog We Trust," reports WFTS-TV . The best part is that the rug in the sheriff's administration building in Largo was in place for several weeks... More »

Zimmerman Allegedly Tossed Bottle of Wine at Girlfriend

Lawyer: He 'has not been lucky with the ladies'

(Newser) - It was allegedly a thrown bottle of wine that landed George Zimmerman in jail for 14 hours this weekend and not a firearm, though the judge in his aggravated assault case has ordered Zimmerman to surrender all his guns, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Zimmerman was arrested Friday night, though the... More »

George Zimmerman Charged With Assault

He is back in jail after domestic dispute in Florida

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is starting off 2015 in a familiar place: behind bars. Police in Lake Mary, Fla., arrested the 31-year-old about 10 last night when answering a call about a domestic dispute, reports News13 in Orlando and CNN . It's not entirely clear what happened, but Zimmerman is charged with... More »

Ex-NFL Player Swims 9 Miles for His Life

Rob Konrad says he fell off his fishing boat near Florida Coast

(Newser) - Imagine falling off a boat and swimming through dark, shark-infested waters for more than ten hours in search of dry land. That's what happened to former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, who police say was fishing off the South Florida coast Wednesday when he fell off his auto-piloted boat... More »

Cops: Dad Threw Girl, 5, Off Tampa Bay Bridge

John Jonchuck charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - A frantic search in the waters of Florida's Tampa Bay by a local fire department, college dive team, and the US Coast Guard ended sadly this morning after the body of a 5-year-old girl was recovered. Making the story even more tragic is that little Phoebe Jonchuck (also spelled... More »

Guy in 'Seriously, I Have Drugs' Shirt Is Seriously Busted

With drugs. In Florida

(Newser) - The first rule about drugs is you never wear a shirt saying you have drugs. The second rule about drugs ... well, John Balmer of, why, yes, Florida, apparently didn't get past that first rule. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, Balmer was minding his own business in line at... More »

2 Girls Charged in Shooting Death of Big Brother, 16

Misty "Ariel" Renee Kornegay, 15, tells police he beat her

(Newser) - In a case Florida officials call "deeply disturbing," two sisters allegedly colluded to shoot and kill their 16-year-old brother while their parents were away, reports WFOX . Misty "Ariel" Renee Kornegay, 15, and her 11-year-old sister, Nicole, were arrested Monday and charged with premeditated murder. "Anytime you... More »

Florida Cop Supervises Child's Spanking

Father asked officer to watch him paddle girl, 12

(Newser) - Spanking children has been outlawed in dozens of countries, but it's still legal in all 50 states—and in Florida, you can apparently request a police presence. Police in Okeechobee County say father Dale Garcia asked a deputy to stand by and make sure he was obeying the law... More »

Gay Marriage Arrives in Florida

Mass weddings held across state as ban expires

(Newser) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples overnight. But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until... More »

Police 'Free' Couple From Unlocked Closet

They were apparently in there for 2 days

(Newser) - Nobody seems to be able to figure this one out: Police in Daytona Beach, Fla., responded to a call of distress earlier this week from Daytona State College, tracked the phone's location to a janitor's closet, opened the door, and let out a man and a woman, reports... More »

Sheriff: Florida Man Beheaded 'Nagging' Mom

Son, 23, told cops he had planned axe murder for days

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man beheaded his mother with an axe on New Year's Eve and explained to investigators that he was fed up with her nagging him to put some boxes away, authorities in Oldsmar, Fla., say. Cops were called to the Tampa-area home after the older brother of Christian... More »

Cops: Deputy Stole From Walmart ... While in Uniform

Theodore Parrish turned himself in after being caught on video

(Newser) - Authorities in Coral Springs, Fla., caught one of their own allegedly stealing from Walmart ... and the Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy didn't even bother taking off his uniform to do it. A BSO rep says Theodore Parrish turned himself in this week after he was spotted on surveillance... More »

Cops: Man Drove 1K Miles to Shoot Girlfriend's Family

Boyfriend shoots girlfriend's stepmom, dad on Christmas morning

(Newser) - Stephen Pollard still can't digest what happened: His 23-year-old son Preston drove more than 1,000 miles from Texas to Florida and allegedly shot his girlfriend's stepmother and her dad before killing himself in his car, WFAA reports. "I know my son," Stephen says of the... More »

Guy Brings Crack to Pal in ICU, Fire Ensues

Cops also charge Lee Vern Cook with gun possession

(Newser) - If you're stuck in the ICU on Christmas Eve, it's good to have friends to help you liven the joint up and Lee Vern Cook is apparently the best of these sorts of friends: The 54-year-old stands charged with a bevy of offenses after police say he brought... More »

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