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Fort Myers PD: Club Shooting 'Not an Act of Terror'

Investigation ongoing in attack that wounded 17 and killed 2, including teen basketball star

(Newser) - Authorities are now saying that a shooting early Monday at a Florida nightclub that killed two and wounded 17 wasn't an act of terror, but they're not yet saying what exactly prompted it, the AP reports. Officials at a Fort Myers hospital, just a few miles from where... More »

Best Hemingway Lookalike: Guy Named Hemingway

Like Ernest, he also likes to drink

(Newser) - For the first time in its 36-year history, a Hemingway has won a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway. Dave Hemingway was named the winner of the "Papa" Hemingway Lookalike Contest on Saturday in Key West, Fla., reports the AP . He says he'... More »

Cops: Man Busted in Decades-Long Secret Life That Fooled His Wife

Richard Hoagland arrested thanks to search on Ancestry.com

(Newser) - When Richard Hoagland fled Indiana in 1993, leaving behind four children from two families, he was considered missing and in 2003 declared dead. In reality, police say he was alive and well, living in Florida as Terry Jude Symansky, an unmarried Florida fisherman with no kids who drowned in 1991—... More »

2 Dead, Up to 14 Hurt in Florida Nightclub Shooting

Cops searching for suspects in Fort Myers

(Newser) - Police in Fort Myers, Florida, are searching for suspects after at least two people were killed and about 14 hurt in a shooting outside a nightclub hosting an event for teenagers. Police responding to reports of shots fired in the parking lot of Club Blu around 12:30am found victims... More »

Cops: College Linebacker Stops Sexual Assault

A 34-year-old man was arrested

(Newser) - Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a bar, the AP reports. Cristian Garcia tells First Coast News that he was taking out the trash Thursday morning from the bar where he works security when he... More »

'You Don't Wanna Look': Bodycam Video From Pulse Shooting

Graphic footage from deputy's body camera shows chaos, confusion

(Newser) - No one wants to imagine what went on inside Orlando's Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of June 12, but now you can see some of it. The Orange County Sheriff's Office has released a deputy's bodycam video that offers a glimpse into the bloody chaos... More »

Union: Bullet That Hit Man on Ground Meant for Autistic Man

It's a 'stunning admission'

(Newser) - It turns out the North Miami police officer shown on video shooting a black man who was lying on the ground with his hands in the air was actually trying to shoot the autistic man sitting next to him. That's according to the head of the police union. The... More »

Sheriff: Paramedics Used Incapacitated Patients in 'Selfie War'

They allegedly took selfies with 41 patients, only 3 of whom consented

(Newser) - Authorities say two paramedics in Florida engaged in a "selfie war" by taking pictures with incapacitated patients, the AP reports. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 24-year old Kayla Renee Dubois was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications. Authorities have... More »

Long-Lived Lobster Saved From Pot at Last Minute

Some think 'Larry' is more than a century old

(Newser) - Larry the Lobster lives another day, thanks to a group of rescuers who saved the 15-pound crustacean from ending up on Florida diners' plates, the Miami Herald reports. Even more astounding: Although figuring out a lobster's age is an inexact science, the owner of the restaurant that acquired Larry... More »

Cop Shoots Man on Ground With Hands in Air

Therapist was trying to calm down an autistic man

(Newser) - A therapist trying to calm down an autistic man was shot by police on a North Miami street on Monday—despite the fact that he was lying on the ground with his hands up. Charles Kinsey, who works at a mental health center, was trying to bring back a 23-year-old... More »

Florida Zika Case May Be Scariest One Yet

Infection may be from US mosquito, though health officials checking every possible cause

(Newser) - There have been more than 1,300 reported cases of Zika reported in the US so far, per the CDC , but a new case in Florida is especially worrisome: The Florida Department of Health says it's looking into what may be the first non-travel-related infection in the continental US,... More »

Girl Cut From Cheer Squad Threatens to Sue

School district will decide whether to put her on team

(Newser) - A Florida student is threatening to sue Leon County Schools … because she was cut from her high school cheerleading team. Caylen Berry, head coach of the Leon High School cheer squad—which finished second in the state last season and will compete in Orlando's National High School Cheerleading... More »

Gunman Kills 2 in Fla. Hospital

Suspect shoots elderly patient, nurse in Titusville

(Newser) - A gunman entered a Florida hospital through the emergency room early Sunday, went to the third floor and fatally shot a patient and an employee apparently at random, reports the AP . David Owens, 29, entered Parrish Medical Center at 2am and used a handgun to fatally shoot 88-year-old patient Cynthia... More »

Florida Woman Accidentally Kills Mom With Gun Kid Brought Home

She had confiscated it from the teen and thought it was unloaded

(Newser) - Authorities say a Florida woman fatally shot her mother when she accidentally discharged a gun that one of her teenage children brought into their home in suburban Tampa, the AP reports. Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators say the woman had taken the gun away from the teen and unloaded it... More »

After Owners Get Pulse Nightclub Back, a Break-In

It happened hours after law enforcement turned control back over to owners

(Newser) - Orlando police said Thursday that someone broke into the Pulse nightclub Wednesday night, hours after law enforcement had turned control of the club back over to its owners, the AP reports. The club had been under police custody as part of the investigation into the June 12 shooting that left... More »

Mile From Where Boy Died, Disney Firefighters Fed Gators

Nearby staffers feared 'becoming alligator food'

(Newser) - Firefighters at Disney World were warned to stop feeding alligators two months before a gator killed 2-year-old Lane Graves , according to employee emails. Emails from employees of Reedy Creek Emergency Services—which operates inside the park—show firefighters had been feeding at least one of two gators apparently living in... More »

Driver Shuts Eyes to Pray, Crashes Into House

She's charged with reckless driving

(Newser) - Some might say a prayer in anticipation of a car crash. A Florida woman's prayer apparently caused one. The 28-year-old was driving in Mary Esther when she ran a stop sign, drove onto a yard, and crashed into a house, police tell the Northwest Florida Daily News . She then... More »

He's Been in Jail Since 1988. He Still Says He's Innocent

Russell Davies says he didn't fire shot that killed his friend

(Newser) - "We don't understand any of it." That's how Carol Davies sums up her son's 1988 murder conviction for which he's serving life in prison. Thirty years after his supposed crime, the Canadian Press spotlights the case of Russell Davies, a Canadian man it says... More »

Judge Who Chastised Abuse Victim Gets Own Punishment

Jerri Collins will get a public reprimand and has to attend a domestic violence course

(Newser) - A Florida judge who publicly dressed down an abused woman in 2015 and sent her to jail for three days for not showing up to face her abuser in court is now facing her own repercussions. Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins, who reached a plea agreement in March to receive... More »

Florida Mom Catches Alleged Serial Robber Son

She thought she saw a familiar face while watching surveillance footage on the news

(Newser) - Authorities say a 27-year-old Florida man was charged with multiple drug store robberies this week after his mom recognized him on the news, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. According to CBS Miami , police were looking for a man responsible for robbing four Walgreens locations between June 11 and June... More »

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