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Trayvon Martin's Mom Makes a Big Announcement

Sybrina Fulton plans to enter Florida politics

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's mother is running for political office, the Miami Herald reports. Sybrina Fulton—whose son was infamously shot dead by a neighborhood crime watch captain in 2012—plans to officially announce Monday that she's running for the Miami-Dade County Commission. "Our county must continue moving forward... More »

His House Is Worth $125K. Fine Over His Lawn Is $30K

Jim Ficken's grass exceeded 10 inches in length over two months last summer

(Newser) - When Jim Ficken spoke to the press recently in front of his Dunedin, Florida, home, his lawn was neatly cut. That hasn't always been the case, and that fact has made national news. That's because last year Ficken was fined $500 a day over his grass, which exceeded... More »

Man Calls 911 Over Comic's Middle East Joke

It 'really bothered me,' man told dispatcher

(Newser) - "I don’t think anyone has ever called 911 because they were offended by a joke," says Florida comedy club owner Brien Spina. Well, apart from on Sunday, when an audience member called 911 over remarks comedian Ahmed Ahmed made at Spina's Off The Hook club in... More »

Trump Gets an Unusual Thank You From 3 Radio Stations

Florida FM stations will air clips of his speeches every hour until the 2020 election

(Newser) - Gulf Coast Media's radio stations in Bay County and Panama City Beach, Fla., got ravaged during Hurricane Michael last fall. The company's senior management really appreciates how President Trump has stepped up to the plate since; he appeared last Wednesday in Panama City Beach and promised hundreds of... More »

Fla. Gov: Russians Hacked 2 Counties' Voting Systems

He says the FBI won't let him say which 2

(Newser) - Florida's governor says Russian hackers breached voter databases in two counties during the 2016 election—but he's not allowed to say which two. At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said FBI and Homeland Security officials asked him to sign a nondisclosure agreement, Politico reports. He said... More »

3 Shootings Linked to Florida Hip-Hop Festival

2 killed, 1 injured in weekend of violence

(Newser) - Police say it is too early to say whether three shootings tied to a Miami-area hip-hop festival are related. South Florida police agencies are comparing evidence Tuesday to determine whether the shootings have a link beyond the Rolling Loud Festival, which concluded Sunday, the AP reports. A bystander died after... More »

1 Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting Near Trump Resort

Man across street was killed by stray bullet

(Newser) - Police are investigating a shooting near one of President Trump's resorts in Florida that left one person dead and two others injured. Miami Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says that a call came in at 1:41pm on Sunday stating that shots were fired at the Trump International Beach... More »

'Hundreds of Bugs' Crawl Out of Girl's Backpack, Mom Arrested

Jessica Stevenson has been charged with felony child neglect

(Newser) - When a Florida second grader came to Bagdad Elementary School in Milton with an undesirable smell and soiled clothes, a staffer found out from the little girl she didn't remember the last time she'd bathed. Then, "hundreds of bugs crawled out" of the child's backpack in... More »

She Uses CBD Oil for Pain, Was Arrested for It at Disney

CBD oil found in purse at bag check caused a problem for Hester Burkhalter

(Newser) - Hester Burkhalter says she's never had so much as a speeding ticket. But while on a trip to Disney World, the 69-year-old great-grandmother spent 12 hours in jail and faced a felony charge stemming from a bottle of CBD oil, reports the Tampa Bay Times . An arrest warrant describes... More »

Florida Man Slips, Kills Friend

Victim was on roof, 10 feet from shooter's son

(Newser) - A Florida man stepped out his truck, slipped on a piece of construction debris, and shot and killed his longtime friend Wednesday. The unidentified male "was transitioning the gun from his waistband [to] his pocket" when he says it unintentionally fired as he slipped, a rep for the Hillsborough... More »

New Arrest of 'Florida Man' Is a Doozy

Gary Anderson charged with driving a mower drunk and hitting police car

(Newser) - If "drunk," "lawn mower," "suspended license," "squad car," and "Florida man" were on your weird-crimes bingo card this week, you can collect your prize. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 68-year-old Gary Anderson was arrested Saturday after a Haines City cop... More »

A Cop Asked a 'Standard' Question, Got a Gator for an Answer

Woman in traffic stop pulled an alligator out of her pants, investigators say

(Newser) - Among the more routine questions a police officer might ask during a traffic stop: "Can I see your license and registration?," "Do you know how fast you were going?," and "Anything else?" A Florida woman responded to the third query Monday by making what Fox... More »

Miami Air Offers $2.5K to Crash Survivors

Landing feature 'inoperative' during Friday crash

(Newser) - Miami Air International says it is offering a "goodwill gesture" to the 137 passengers involved in a crash at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Friday night: a $2,500 payment, which the airline says will not affect anybody's right to sue. "We understand and appreciate the difficult... More »

Man Shot When Wife's Purse Falls to Ground in Supermarket

Florida man is in stable condition

(Newser) - Vernon Messier and his wife, Lillian, were checking out at a Publix supermarket in Land O' Lakes, Florida, when Lillian's purse fell from the cash register counter to the floor. The purse had a Derringer inside, and the two-shot pistol went off when it hit the floor, shooting Vernon... More »

Plane Slides Off Runway Into Florida River

All survived after Boeing 737 fell off runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida

(Newser) - A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,... More »

Kraft's Reported Convo With Cop Who Stopped Him: Dolphins

As in Miami team, which prosecutors say 'polite' Kraft mentioned while showing Super Bowl ring

(Newser) - What do you do when you're pulled over by the cops after leaving a day spa where you allegedly paid for sex? If the latest reports on Robert Kraft are accurate, you talk football and show off your Super Bowl ring. That's according to Florida prosecutors cited by... More »

Public Defender Asks to Drop School Shooting Suspect

Nikolas Cruz is set to inherit $432K

(Newser) - The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre suspect unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed the unexpected notice late Wednesday, saying... More »

Bird That Killed Its Owner Now Up for Auction

Cassowaries that belonged to Marvin Hajos going on sale in Florida

(Newser) - A Florida wildlife breeder was killed by one of his birds almost two weeks ago—and now that bird is going up for auction. More than 100 exotic animals from the estate of Marvin Hajos are being sold off after the 75-year-old man was fatally attacked by a 6-foot-tall cassowary... More »

Spa Customers Videotaped in Kraft Case Sue Authorities

They say the surveillance was unlawful

(Newser) - Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that... More »

Cops: Dad Takes Action When Man Steals Car With His Son Inside

Father allegedly chased down, shot carjacking suspect

(Newser) - Sheriff's investigators say a Florida father chased down and shot a man who stole his car with his 6-year-old son inside, the AP reports. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say 29-year-old Lamar Thurman remains in critical condition following the shooting early Saturday. News outlets report the father left... More »

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