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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 »

Guy Asked Siri for Help Hiding a Body: Cops

Pedro Bravo accused of poisoning, strangling roommate over ex

(Newser) - You know how people like to ask Siri jokey questions, like how to hide a body ? Apparently Pedro Bravo, now on trial in Florida for the strangulation death of 18-year-old roommate Christian Aguilar, didn't get the memo, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Police say that on Sept. 20, 2012,... More »

Cops Catch 12-Foot, Cat-Strangling Snake

Python found near dead feline in Florida: police

(Newser) - A giant python's reign of terror may be over. A Port St. Lucie, Florida, police officer found the 12-foot, 120-pound creature two days ago—at the scene of one of its alleged crimes. The snake was discovered in brush not far from a dead cat, WTSP reports. Locals and... More »

Mom Arrested in Son's Murder 23 Years Later

Michelle Lodzinski accused of killing her 5-year-old boy

(Newser) - The 23-year-old cold case of the murder of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey may finally be solved. His mother, 47-year-old Michelle Lodzinski, was arrested in Florida this week—on what would have been Timothy's 29th birthday—and charged with killing her son, reports the AP . She initially claimed he had escaped... More »

Woman Poses for Clerk Holding Stolen Credit Card

Police seeking Florida shopper who used it for beauty supplies

(Newser) - A picture is worth a thousand words—and sometimes a possible jail sentence. Police in Ocala, Fla., are searching for a woman who used a stolen American Express credit card after a suspicious store clerk snapped a photo of her posing with it, reports the Smoking Gun . The shopper charged... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits Southern Beachgoers

Several deaths reported

(Newser) - Not long after Florida warned beachgoers to be careful, new reports are emerging of tourists suffering from flesh-eating bacteria. The Weather Channel points to reports of at least three deaths in the state this year, while others have suffered from Vibrio Vulnificus in Alabama and Texas. A Georgia man ended... More »

George Zimmerman's New Gig: Gun Store Guard

He's reportedly patrolling shop as volunteer

(Newser) - George Zimmerman hasn’t been on the radar much after a failed celebrity-boxing attempt and his family’s public tiff with Roseanne earlier this year, but Mashable has tracked him down at his new gig: guarding a Florida gun store. A police report obtained by Mashable says a patrolling officer... More »

Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies

Oceana Irizzary's father was also killed in Sunday accident

(Newser) - The 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said today. Oceana Irizzary's father also was killed Sunday. The two, of Fort Stewart, Ga., were walking along Caspersen... More »

Florida to Beachgoers: Beware Flesh-Eating Bug

High levels of Vibrio bacteria found in state waters

(Newser) - Crash-landing planes aren't the only hazard on Florida beaches: The state has warned that high levels of flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria have been detected in its waters, Gawker reports. The naturally-occurring bacteria, which thrives in warm, moderately salty water, causes around 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the... More »

Mom Threatened With Forced C-Section

Jennifer Goodall gave birth Friday after much drama

(Newser) - Two weeks before she gave birth to her fourth child, a Florida hospital threatened to force a C-section on 29-year-old mom Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent," Jezebel reports. Goodall wanted to try delivering vaginally before agreeing to what would be her fourth cesarean—if it was... More »

Plane Kills Man on Florida Beach

His daughter was critically hurt by light aircraft

(Newser) - A man walking along a beach in Florida with his young daughter yesterday afternoon was killed by a crash-landing light plane. Police say 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry from Georgia was killed and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, was critically injured when the 1972 Piper Cherokee touched down at the edge of the... More »

Cops: Angry Drunk Driver Runs Himself Over

Case of road rage does not end well for him

(Newser) - A Florida man made a series of questionable decisions this week that culminated in him being run over by his own truck, reports Raw Story . Let us count the ways, from an account in the Gainesville Sun :
  • Beer: Cops say Joseph Carl, 48, was almost three times over the legal
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Naked Burglars Steal 60 Burgers From Beach Eatery

Florida trio broke in wearing underwear, then stripped, as cameras caught it all

(Newser) - "Dumb, dumber, and dumbest." That’s how a waitress at Doc's Beach House in Bonita Beach, Fla., describes the three guys who broke in—clad only in their skivvies—in the wee hours Sunday and five minutes later made off with 60 hamburgers, 3 pounds of bacon,... More »

Wife Dies After Accusing Hubby of Gay Encounter

Michael Doster is a suspect, says sheriff's office

(Newser) - Michael Doster is suspected of killing his wife after a gay-sex rendezvous at a Florida nude beach—but so far no witnesses have stepped forward in the case, Gawker reports. According to an affidavit, Doster's wife Pamela caught him giving a man oral sex last weekend at a nude... More »

Chikungunya Virus Moves Into US

Florida sees first locally-acquired cases

(Newser) - It's official: Chikungunya has come to the US. In the likely event you haven't heard of it, Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that causes severe (though only occasionally fatal) fevers, joint pain, and swelling, Health Day explains. There are no treatments for it save rest and painkillers. It'... More »

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