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Cops: Man Kills 6 Grandkids, Daughter

Florida police say 51-year-old Don Spirit then killed himself

(Newser) - Florida police are investigating a horrific murder-suicide in which a 51-year-old man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren yesterday, reports CNN . The kids ranged in age from an infant to 11 years. The shootings took place in the rural town of Bell, about 35 miles west of Gainesville.... More »

At Fla. State, Burden of Rape Cases Falls on Accusers: NYT

Women who don't firmly tell cops to proceed are deemed 'uncooperative,' files show

(Newser) - The New York Times reveals it has uncovered "a pattern to the handling of sexual assault complaints by Florida State [University] students"—namely, that unless an accuser directly asks police to continue the investigation (even after she has already filed a police report and been examined by medical... More »

Florida Woman 'Isis' Would Like Everyone to Use 'ISIL'

'Every word after my name is incredibly negative'

(Newser) - It used to be that Isis was an Egyptian goddess of the sky, and people would name their daughters for her. These days we have ISIS, and all the atrocities and violence that name now calls to mind. Enter Isis Martinez, 38, who is sick of the pall the latter... More »

Driver: George Zimmerman Threatened to Shoot Me

No arrests made in Florida road rage incident

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is making headlines again, and these ones aren't good, either. A man in Lake Mary, Fla., says Zimmerman threatened to shoot him in a road rage confrontation, then showed up two days later near the man's work site, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Though he called... More »

Halliburton Relative Dead in Bathtub Murder

Florida police investigating death of Jill Halliburton Su

(Newser) - Police in Florida's Broward County have a high-profile murder on their hands: Jill Halliburton Su, a 59-year-old relative of the founder of the oil services conglomerate, was found dead in a bathtub in her waterfront mansion in Davie this week, reports ABC News . Police have ruled it a homicide... More »

Thief Tries to Steal ATM ... With Stolen Forklift

Jacksonville police say forklift stolen overnight from construction site

(Newser) - Stealing an ATM by scooping it up with a forklift probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But whoever tried to pull the stunt in Florida on Monday failed and is now the subject of a police investigation, First Coast News reports. The creative thief pilfered a 10,... More »

This Burglar Picked a Bad Time for a Nap

Florida man found on bed with bag of stolen jewelry

(Newser) - An alleged burglar in Sarasota County, Fla., was literally caught napping by deputies, who paused to take a few photos of the man snoozing next to a bag of jewelry before waking him up and taking him to jail. A maid called police when she discovered Dion Davis, 29, asleep... More »

Wedding Band Stolen From WWII Vet's Finger

93-year-old Florida man says he slept during burglary

(Newser) - A World War II veteran who wore his wedding band for 70 years had it stolen right off his finger last month during a nighttime burglary, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Dan Thomas, 93, says the thief sneaked into his bedroom in Pampano Beach, Fla., and stole various items of low monetary... More »

Cops: Teen Reads of 'Slender Man,' Tries to Kill Family

Lily Hartwell, 14, charged with attempted murder of mom, brother

(Newser) - A 14-year-old Florida girl admitted to setting her family's house on fire early yesterday after a "Slender Man" website got her riled up, police say. Lily Hartwell allegedly told police she was reading websites about the mythical online character that "made her upset about past bullying and... More »

Art Exhibit Plans to Show Celebrities' Hacked Photos

Florida gallery insists it's about art, not exploitation

(Newser) - This exhibit isn't likely to get much A-list approval: Florida's Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom plans to include some of the recent hacked nude photos of celebrities as part of an art show titled "No Delete." The St. Petersburg gallery tells Fox News that the October... More »

Boy, 14, Arrested for Refusing to Go to School

'Do what you gotta do,' he tells cops

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy in Florida really, really didn't want to go to school and was willing to accept the consequences: The St. Augustine teen was handcuffed and arrested after his mother called the cops, having first tried taking away his phone and disconnecting the Internet, reports the Smoking Gun... More »

Man Being Chased by Cops Stops to Play With Cats

Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino faces multiple charges in Florida

(Newser) - Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino was apparently so stressed out during a police chase last week he stopped at a stranger's house to play with her cats. The saga began when the 21-year-old allegedly stole $15,000 from a friend in Florida, and police later saw him hit a car at an... More »

Cops: Woman Rubs Officer's Pepper Spray Back Into His Eyes

A Florida arrest gets a little out of hand

(Newser) - When a Florida sheriff's deputy spotted two women arguing in a store parking lot, he intervened, Keys News reports—but the response was more than he bargained for. As the officer attempted to arrest Sara Henderson, 33, on charges of disorderly intoxication, he says she fought back. In the... More »

Infamous Speed-Trap Town Investigated Over Tickets

Half of town's budget revenue comes from ticket fines

(Newser) - A small segment of highway that runs through the Florida town of Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65mph becomes 55mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again; and, eventually, 35mph. AAA has named it one... More »

In US First, Crocodile Bites Fla. Couple

Swimmers jumped in water during party

(Newser) - Alejandro Jimenez, 26, and Lisset Rendon, 23, went for a swim at 2:30am Sunday in a Florida canal during a house party ... and exited the water with the honor of being the first people in the US bitten by an American crocodile. Residents of the South Miami neighborhood where... More »

Neighbor to Cops: Stop 'Illegal' Lemonade Stand

TJ Guerrero, 12, runs his own stand in Dunedin, Fla.

(Newser) - Nothing like an entrepreneurial kid running a lemonade stand on the lawn—unless you're his angry neighbor, that is. Doug Wilkey of Dunedin, Fla., has been complaining for two years about 12-year-old TJ Guerrero's lemonade stand next door, Gawker reports. Wilkey emailed City Hall several times and reached... More »

US Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban

But Judge Robert Hinkle issues stay to delay effect of his order

(Newser) - A federal judge today declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. US District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the... More »

Kid, 7, Narcs on Mom for Cooking Meth in Car

Why, yes, Florida was involved

(Newser) - Today, in Criminal Masterminds Who Could Use a Lesson in Discretion: We present one Briana Buchanan, a 27-year-old single mom who maybe should have thought about getting a babysitter while she was allegedly cooking meth out of the trunk of her car. Seems her 7-year-old son was bothered by "... More »

Boy, 7, Mistaken for Intruder, Shot by Grandma

Grandmother not arrested, boy in critical condition

(Newser) - A Tampa grandmother allegedly fired a .22 caliber pistol into the dark this morning, shooting not the intruder she feared but her 7-year-old grandson, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The boy, Tyler Maddox, is now in critical but stable condition in the hospital. Hillsborough County deputies say Linda Maddox, 63,... More »

Naked Guy With a Sword Subdued After Threats

The man allegedly charged at people while screaming

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see every day: a man screaming at people in a parking lot and waving a 3-foot-long sword … while naked. The incident took place at an apartment complex in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Saturday; one witness tells WAWS the man charged at passersby. Luckily, a... More »

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