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Man Accused of Killing Peeping Tom

Victor Vickery is charged with manslaughter in Florida

(Newser) - Naked and afraid? Maybe, but Victor Vickery is still accused of manslaughter. The Florida man was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a peeping Tom to death outside his girlfriend's Fort Lauderdale home, the Miami Herald reports. Police say he was in bed with Samantha Hobi last July when they... More »

Trapper Uses Unusual Method to Get Gator Out of Pool

Paul Bedard plays with animal until it's tired out

(Newser) - A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a house in... More »

Nestor Hits Florida, Overturns 18-Wheeler

Nestor damages property, but no reports of serious injuries so far

(Newser) - A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor damaged homes and a school in central Florida but the storm spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael, authorities said Saturday. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said several homes were damaged and Kathleen Middle School... More »

Former NFLer Donates 173rd Home: This Is 'Therapy'

Warrick Dunn's mom was killed when he was 18; his mission has been to help single parents

(Newser) - After struggling through some recent hard times that led her to move back in with her mother, LaToya Reed and her 18-year-old son, AnTrez, received a most welcome gift on Tuesday: a fully furnished two-bedroom home in St. Petersburg, Fla. The house offering was thanks to a partnership between Habitat... More »

The Suspect Ran Onto the Roof. A Cop Sent Him Flying

Internal affairs says 2 cops flouted departmental policy on the use of force

(Newser) - After a seven-month internal investigation, a Florida police department has found that two of its officers flouted policy on the use of force in pushing a teen suspect off a roof. WKMG reports the 41-page document released Wednesday by the Kissimmee Police Department says officer Plenio Massiah was goaded into... More »

Suit: Waiter Poured Liquid Nitrogen in Woman's Drink

Stacey Wagers says after friend admired 'cool smoke' from nearby table, her water got tainted

(Newser) - A Florida woman who celebrated her birthday at an upscale hotel restaurant is now suing after she says a waiter poured liquid nitrogen into her drink, severely and permanently injuring her. WFTS has posted the lawsuit , which alleges that during the Nov. 11, 2018, celebratory dinner Stacey Wagers was enjoying... More »

'See You in Hell': Man in Florida 'Stand Your Ground' Case Sentenced

Michael Drejka gets 20 years in prison for manslaughter of Markeis McGlockton

(Newser) - "I know in the Bible, it talks about in order to get into heaven, you have to forgive. At this part in my life I’m not there yet, and if the lord chooses to take me before I come to terms with this, then I will see you... More »

Fla. Man Allegedly Offered Gator Beer —and His Own Arm

Timothy Kepke survived to face charges, officials say

(Newser) - Timothy Kepke said he'd downed a couple of beers. Perhaps that's why the Florida man offered up his arm to an alligator one night in late August, according to a report from state wildlife officials. The report, mentioning unreleased video footage, describes a friend catching the gator with... More »

He Got 10 Days in Jail for Missed Jury Duty. Now, Redemption

Florida judge wipes any criminality from record of 21-year-old Deandre Somerville

(Newser) - Deandre Somerville doesn't think he should've gotten 10 days in jail and a record for oversleeping and missing jury duty. Many agreed, and the resulting backlash over his Florida case may have led to a judicial retraction. Somerville, 21, has already served his jail time after sleeping late... More »

Shoplifting Suspect's Hiding Spot Made Her Hard to Capture

Police say Kristina Perkins hid in the ceiling of a Florida Big Lots, kept moving

(Newser) - A Florida woman faces multiple charges after authorities say she climbed into the ceiling of a Port Charlotte Big Lots store to avoid a shoplifting arrest. A Charlotte County Sheriff's Office news release says 37-year-old Kristina Perkins headed into the store's restroom on Friday and removed some tiles... More »

What Her Parents Found Got Her Arrested

Michelle Louise Kolts, 27, had a shocking stash of weaponry

(Newser) - A Florida woman was arrested Friday after her parents made a terrifying find in her bedroom, Fox News reports. Michelle Louise Kolts, 27, had apparently stashed two dozen pipe bombs, other weapons, and books and DVDs on subjects including bomb-making and mass killing. (See tweeted images of her alleged weaponry... More »

No-Show for Jury Duty Faces Surprising Consequences

21-year-old Deandre Somerville is thrown in jail for 10 days after oversleeping, not calling in

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Florida man made three mistakes when he got picked to serve on a jury: he overslept the next morning, he decided not to bother going in at all, and he never called anyone at the court to let them know what was going on. That last error appears... More »

Man Shot Dead After Trying to Surprise Father-in-Law

Police say it was a case of mistaken identity

(Newser) - A Norwegian man was killed Tuesday night after trying to give his father-in-law—an armed Florida homeowner—a birthday surprise. Police say 37-year-old Christopher Bergan flew in from Norway to surprise Richard Dennis on his 61st birthday. He knocked on Dennis' back door in the Pensacola suburb of Gulf Breeze... More »

She Allegedly Told Cop to Kill Hubby: 'Burn This Letter Xoxo'

Florida sheriff calls Jesse Lopez a 'nut'

(Newser) - A Florida woman jailed for performing medical procedures without a license wasn't subtle about the fact that she wanted a witness in the case—her husband—dead, according to authorities. "In the Polk County vernacular, this lady's a nut," Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday in announcing... More »

Video Shows Man Allegedly Cutting E-Scooter Brakes

Fort Lauderdale police arrest Randall Williams, 59

(Newser) - A 59-year-old Florida man is apparently not a fan of electronic scooters—or the people who ride them. Police in Fort Lauderdale released a video they say shows Randall Williams cutting the brake line of a Lime public scooter, reports Gizmodo . Police are investigating whether Williams is the same person... More »

Cop Who Pulled Over Speeding Car Gets Quite a Surprise

Florida deputy ended up delivering a baby

(Newser) - Officials say a Florida deputy who pulled over a car for speeding ended up delivering a baby instead of writing a ticket, the AP reports. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page that Deputy Robert Pounds helped deliver the baby girl on the side of a... More »

Teen Dies in Struggle to Protect Home, Sister

Florida's Khyler Edman to get a hero's sendoff

(Newser) - Thousands of people have opened their wallets to ensure a funeral fit for a hero after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a struggle as he protected his little sister during a home invasion, according to police in Port Charlotte, Fla. Khyler Edman went toe to toe with the suspect,... More »

Against All Odds, Bettor Wins Stunning $2.2M

Someone turns 20-cent wager into a huge jackpot

(Newser) - A bettor at Gulfstream Park turned a 20-cent, six-race wager into more than $2.2 million Friday, the AP reports. Someone hit Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 on Friday, the first time that the total jackpot had been claimed for that wager since July 6. To win the entire jackpot, someone... More »

FDA Takes Heat as Vaping-Tied Death Toll Rises

11 people nationwide are said to have died from vaping-related illnesses so far

(Newser) - The health departments of two new states put up sobering notices this week. Both Florida and Georgia announced their first vaping-related fatalities, bringing the recorded national death toll to 11, CNN reports. There's scant info on the Florida death, but the death in Georgia—a state that so far... More »

He Arrested 2 6-Year-Olds. Now, the Police Chief's Decision

Dennis Turner terminated after 2 separate incidents at same school in Orlando

(Newser) - A school resource officer in Orlando who was suspended after arresting two young children last week has been fired. Orlando police are required to get a supervisor's approval before arresting any minor younger than 12 years old, but Dennis Turner didn't do that on Thursday when he took... More »

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