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Man Arrested After Posting on Cops' Facebook Page

Cops deliver rhyming comeback

(Newser) - Facebook, the downfall of many a cocky criminal , may have reeled in a new one. Logan Hale of Florida's Polk County was suspected of breaking into a home on Aug. 3 and stealing a shotgun and thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry. Police explained all this in a Friday... More »

Treasure Hunters Find $4.5M in Gold Coins Off Beach

Some people have the best jobs

(Newser) - Three-hundred years to the day after a hurricane sank 11 treasure-laden ships off the Florida coast, treasure hunters found 350 gold coins worth an estimated $4.5 million, Florida Today reports. Brent Brisben , captain of the salvage ship that found the sunken treasure, tells CBS News the timing was "... More »

Florida Sinkhole That Swallowed Man Returns

Sinkhole opens on spot Jeffrey Bush disappeared in 2013

(Newser) - Florida emergency responders say another sinkhole has opened in the exact location where a hole opened in March 2013 and swallowed a man as he slept in bed. Ronnie Rivera of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says the hole, around 20 feet in diameter, opened up again in Seffner, east of... More »

Note on Dead Dog: 'We Beat It 2 Death Lol'

Humanity is doomed

(Newser) - The beating death of a Pomeranian named Fox may have been eclipsed by the hand-written note left behind: "We beat it 2 death lol HAHAHA!" Ronald Boisvert, Fox's owner, said his 13-year-old family pet disappeared Friday afternoon when his girlfriend let him out at their Pembroke Pines... More »

News Anchor Loses It During Kardashian Segment

"This family, I'm sick of this family!": Florida's John Brown

(Newser) - It can be mentally and emotionally draining being a news anchor. It surely must take a toll on your soul to report day in and day out on the complexities of ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal—and, for one Florida newscaster, the Kardashians. Viewers witnessed John Brown's distress over... More »

Florida Woman Loses Arm in Gator Attack

She was attacked by 9-foot gator, since euthanized

(Newser) - A Florida alligator has paid the ultimate price after an attack that claimed a woman's arm in the Wekiva River on Saturday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation says Spanish teacher Rachael Lilienthal, 37, was swimming away from a crowded beach area near Wekiva Island when a gator bit... More »

Families of 2 Boys Call Off Search

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos went missing on July 27

(Newser) - The search is over: The families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos say there's no point looking anymore, NBC News reports. The two 14-year-old boys vanished July 24 on a fishing trip off the coast of Jupiter, Fla., when summer storms struck the area. The subsequent search involved volunteers,... More »

Boat of Missing Florida Teens Is Gone

Coast Guard initially found it capsized, but it's since been lost at sea

(Newser) - If authorities hoped to use the recovered boat for clues on why two 14-year-old boys went missing off the coast of Florida, they're out of luck. Though it was found capsized on July 26, the boat itself is now lost at sea, reports NBC News . A Coast Guard diver... More »

Cops: TV Show Inspires Mom to Hide Bodies of Daughter, Dad

Allegedly killed girl, 6, to be with boyfriend

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Florida woman was charged with murder after allegedly killing her father and 6-year-old daughter and then using an episode of Criminal Minds for inspiration when hiding the bodies. According to WFLA , the Polk County Sheriff's Office believes Cheyanne Jessie killed daughter Meredith to keep her from interfering... More »

'Anti-Vaccine Kidnapping' Ends a Year Later

Megan Everett, 23, is arrested in Florida

(Newser) - Florida sheriff's deputies said today they have arrested Megan Everett, 23, who allegedly kidnapped her 3-year-old daughter last year to ensure she wouldn't be vaccinated, the Florida Times Union reports. Everett's landlady apparently saw them on the CNN show "The Hunt with John Walsh" and turned... More »

Science Not on Side of Teens Missing in Atlantic

But families say if anyone could survive this, it's Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos

(Newser) - The families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos are hoping for a miracle even as science nags that one is improbable and rescue crews head into a seventh day of searches today for the two teens missing at sea. Though it seemed unlikely a medley of agencies would continue their... More »

Gun Shop Is Sued Over 'Muslim-Free Zone' Stance

Islamic group calls Florida store's rule discriminatory

(Newser) - The owner of a gun store in Florida who declared his shop to be a "Muslim-free zone" is now the target of a lawsuit. The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit calling the policy at Florida Gun Supply discriminatory, reports Reuters . The move comes after owner Andrew... More »

Treasure-Hunting Family Strikes Gold Off Fla. Coast

Armada wrecked 300 years ago still giving up riches

(Newser) - Spending your summers hunting for sunken treasure can be "monotonous" and "demoralizing," Eric Schmitt tells the Orlando Sentinel —but the monotony is sometimes broken by a dazzling find like the one unveiled this week. Schmitt found more than $1 million in treasure from the 1715 Spanish... More »

Teens Come to Aid of Friend in Stalled BMW, Are Killed

Jonah Mosaphir and Gabrielle Camps were a couple, had recently graduated

(Newser) - An act of friendship ended in tragedy in Florida in the wee hours of the morning. Police say Giovanni Martinez, 19, was driving a BMW that stalled in Miramar; he called three friends to ask for help around 1am Monday. They all showed up, and an additional person stopped to... More »

Guy Who Mowed Down Ducklings Gets Year in Jail

Fla. landscaper also banned from keeping pets

(Newser) - A Florida landscaper accused of cackling as he deliberately ran over a family of ducklings with a riding mower probably isn't laughing now: He's been sentenced to a year in jail on nine counts of animal cruelty—one for each dead duckling—and on an unrelated domestic battery... More »

Boys' Fishing Boat Turns Up With Single Life Vest

US Coast Guard still looking for Perry Cohen, Austin Stephanos

(Newser) - The boat used by two boys who vanished off the Florida coast on Friday has turned up, overturned, with the boys gone. The single-engine boat launched by Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos from Jupiter, Fla., was found today roughly 67 nautical miles from Daytona Beach, the US Coast Guard tells... More »

2 Boys Vanish Aboard Fishing Boat

14-year-olds went missing Friday off coast of Florida

(Newser) - On Friday afternoon, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen bought $110 worth of gas for their 19-foot fishing boat and set off from Jupiter, Fla., in the direction of the Bahamas, in what NBC News reports is the last sighting of the two 14-year-olds. The two boys were reported missing when... More »

The Country's Youngest Murderer Will Soon Be Free

Curtis Fairchild Jones pleaded guilty to murder in 1999—at the age of 12

(Newser) - If Curtis Fairchild Jones walks out of South Bay Correctional Facility as scheduled Tuesday, it'll mark the end of a 16-year chapter for a man who, as a boy, became America's youngest murderer. On Jan. 6, 1999 , Curtis, 12, and his 13-year-old sister Catherine shot and killed their... More »

Florida Warning: Armadillos Are Spreading Leprosy

Playing with wild animals is a bad idea, state experts say

(Newser) - A spike in cases of one of history's most feared diseases has been blamed on a less-than-terrifying animal: the armadillo. Florida has seen nine leprosy cases so far this year, compared to as few as two in a typical year, and health officials believe the increase in cases has... More »

Toll Collector Fired for Paying Customer's Toll: Report

'Sam' Samsonov says he did it sometimes when customers were short

(Newser) - A Florida toll collector has lost his job of almost 30 years after putting his own money in the till to make up for a customer who hadn't paid enough, NBC2 reports. Vladislav "Sam" Samsonov, 77, known for giving lollipops to kids and dog bones to dogs, says... More »

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