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The One Call Between Shooter and Victim That Changed It All

Debbie Baigrie forgave Ian Manuel, who served 26 years in prison after shooting her when he was 13

(Newser) - A July night in 1990 changed both of their lives forever, for the worse, but one phone call and the power of forgiveness then changed both their lives for the better. People details the story of Ian Manuel, who was just 13 when he was egged on to rob someone... More »

Their Plane Crashed at the Airport, but No One Noticed

Crash at Williston Municipal Airport wasn't reported for 22 hours

(Newser) - A family aboard a 1948 Cessna 170 attempted a takeoff from Florida's Williston Municipal Airport around 3pm Saturday. Instead, they crashed 150 feet before a tree line at the taxiway's north side, reports the Gainsville Sun . But though some 20 to 30 planes took off from the airport... More »

He Handed Over Some Rope, Spent 40 Years in Prison

David Goodwin to walk free on May 2

(Newser) - David Goodwin has been in prison in Florida for 40 years for his role in the 1977 quadruple homicide known as the "Sandy Creek murders." For 32 of those years, his fiancée has been patiently waiting for his release. The day is finally about to arrive. Goodwin,... More »

Black Fla. Lawmakers Say Senator Swore, Used N-Word

They say he tried to excuse use of racial slur

(Newser) - Two black state senators in Florida accuse colleague Sen. Frank Artiles of using racist language—and offering an excuse nearly as shameful. Democratic Sens. Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston says they were approached by the Cuban-American Republican over drinks at the Governor's Club in Tallahassee Monday night. They say... More »

Mar-a-Lago Had Long List of Health-Code Violations

Some January violations described as 'potentially hazardous'

(Newser) - Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets. Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the US leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit, reports the AP . Still, the state inspectors allowed... More »

'Cocaine Cowboy' Arrested After 26 Years on the Lam

Gustavo Falcon disappeared before being indicted for drug smuggling

(Newser) - The "last of the Cocaine Cowboys"—on the lam for almost exactly 26 years—was finally arrested Wednesday while on a 40-mile bike ride with his wife, the Miami Herald reports. During South Florida's "Miami Vice era," Gustavo Falcon allegedly helped his brother, kingpin Augusto... More »

Gunman Who Killed 2 at Florida Gym Had Just Been Fired: Cops

Abeku Wilson returned to gym with a gun shortly after his dismissal

(Newser) - The gunman who shot and killed two managers at a Florida gym before turning the gun on himself had just been fired from the fitness center for workplace violence, police said Sunday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement Sunday that 33-year-old Abeku Wilson of Miami was let go... More »

Boy With Toddler Passenger Crashes Car Into Canal: Cops

The 13-year-old boy's father has been charged with child neglect

(Newser) - Authorities say a Florida man let his 13-year-old son drive a car unsupervised around a neighborhood with a 2-year-old passenger before the boy crashed into a canal. Neither child was seriously hurt in Friday's crash in southwest Florida, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. The Florida Highway Patrol says the... More »

Man Opens Fire in Gym at Upscale Florida Mall

The shooter reportedly killed himself; 2 people were wounded

(Newser) - Two people were wounded Saturday when a former trainer opened fire at an upscale gym outside Miami, the New York Daily News reports. The Miami Herald identifies the shooter as Abeku Wilson, a 33-year-old bodybuilding enthusiast. Wilson had apparently been let go by the Equinox fitness center in Coral Gables... More »

Good News for Man Claiming Pablo Escobar Framed Him

Krishna Maharaj granted new hearing in Miami

(Newser) - Krishna Maharaj has maintained his innocence over the 30 years he's spent in a Florida prison. Now he'll get the chance to prove it. Based on fresh evidence, an appeals court has granted a new hearing for the British businessman convicted of the 1986 killings of Derrick and... More »

Anti-Death Penalty Prosecutor Pulled From 21 Cases

She says Gov. Rick Scott is 'abusing his authority'

(Newser) - A Florida prosecutor has been removed from 21 additional murder cases over her refusal to pursue the death penalty. Gov. Rick Scott removed Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the "horrendous cases" Monday after she criticized capital punishment as costly and inhumane, reports CNN and NBC Miami... More »

Woman Shot Dead Was Told by Cops to 'Stop Calling 911'

Body cam video shows Fla. police noting Latina Herring's 'false accusations'

(Newser) - Body cam video released by police in Sanford, Fla., after a man allegedly went on a shooting spree last week that killed his girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, shows cops scoffing at the woman's "false accusations" and telling her to "stop calling 911," WESH reports. In... More »

Man Documents 8K-Mile 'Ride From Hell' in Prison Van

David Hastings suing company for cruel and unusual punishment

(Newser) - A man accused of violating a protective order for his ex-wife and kids (he admits he and his teen daughter exchanged Facebook messages) was extradited from California to Florida to face those charges—but David Hastings says his 15-day, 8,000-mile ride across 31 states was the "ride from... More »

Manatees Officially Off Endangered List

Too soon, advocates say

(Newser) - Manatees passed a huge milestone this week, but not everybody was cheering about the removal of the marine mammals from the endangered species list after 50 years. The US Fish and Wildlife Service called the change a "success story" for the species when it announced the change Thursday, the... More »

Entire Cheer Squad Shut Down for Mysterious Reasons

One cheerleader says they've been wrongly accused of prostitution

(Newser) - An entire college cheer squad has been shut down, apparently after allegations of prostitution and more. Deadspin reports Coastal Carolina University has indefinitely suspended its entire cheer squad pending an investigation. The suspension comes just days before a cheer event—now canceled—at the university and weeks before a national... More »

2 Undercover Cops Shot in Ambush

Miami-Dade police looking for 6 suspects

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway after two undercover officers conducting gang surveillance were shot in Brownsville, Florida, late Monday in what police describe as an ambush, say Miami-Dade police. The officers of the Homicide Street Violence Task Force were sitting in an unmarked van in the parking lot of an apartment... More »

Woman Dead, Young Sons Hurt in Florida Shooting Spree

Suspect also allegedly shot her dad, 2 bystanders

(Newser) - A man has been arrested in a series of shootings in Sanford, Fla., that police say killed his girlfriend and injured her two young sons, her father, and two other people Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. A few hours before the 6am shooting, the suspect and his girlfriend were fighting... More »

Guy Burning Books Ends Up Burning Down 10 Homes

Backyard Florida fire turns into 400-acre blaze

(Newser) - A man burning books in his Florida backyard sparked a wildfire that burned 400 acres and destroyed at least 10 homes in Nassau County, UPI reports. "It was an illegal burn. It was paper. It got away from him," says a Florida Fire Service rep. Dry, windy conditions... More »

Family of 5 Wiped Out in Highway Wreck

SUV hit tractor-trailer on I-75

(Newser) - Relatives are mourning an entire family wiped out in a horrific crash early Sunday on Interstate 75 in northern Florida. Police say parents Nathan and Lynda Russell and children La'Nyah 15, and Natayah, 10, were pronounced dead at the scene after their SUV veered off the road and hit... More »

Spring Breaker Sees His 210 Beers Go Down the Drain

19-year-old was traveling with a whole lot of Natural Light: cops

(Newser) - While his buddies were partying in Destin, Fla., an Alabama teen spent the start of his spring break in jail. Police in Okaloosa County, Fla., say they pulled over 19-year-old University of Alabama student Alden Whiteside on suspicion of reckless driving on Friday but soon discovered his alleged need for... More »

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