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The Lifeguards Fled the Beach. Then the Lightning Struck

8 hurt, one critically, in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - Authorities say a lightning strike at a Gulf Coast beach in Florida has left eight people hurt, one of them critically. Clearwater Deputy Fire Chief Marvin Pettingill told local media outlets that the lightning strike occurred at Clearwater Beach about 12:45pm Sunday after lifeguards had left their towers because... More »

Juvenile Inmates Escape After Faking a Fight

Two of the four have been found after fleeing in a stolen car

(Newser) - Four teenagers broke out of a juvenile facility in Florida after staging a fake fight Saturday night in their dorm room. When staff members arrived to quell the fight, the inmates turned on them, per WJAX . The four next fought with employees in a control room and pushed buttons to... More »

Dem Lied, Said She Was ER Doc in Pulse Shooting

C. Elizabeth McCarthy drops out of Florida House race after it's revealed that she's not even a doctor

(Newser) - C. Elizabeth McCarthy wanted to win a Florida House seat, and she was willing to tell voters a whopper to do so. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, McCarthy said at various campaign events for House District 28 that she was a medical doctor working the Orlando Regional Medical Center ER... More »

Five Guys Arrested at ... Yep

Fistfight broke out after cup-throwing

(Newser) - Five arrests were made Wednesday after five guys had a beef at a Five Guys restaurant in Florida. "Can you guess how many guys were arrested at this location on Wednesday?" police in Stuart said in a Facebook post , announcing that three juvenile males and two adult males were... More »

West Palm Beach 'Weaponizes' Music

City plays children's music over speakers to keep homeless from sleeping in pavilion

(Newser) - West Palm Beach doesn't want the homeless loitering or sleeping in its waterfront Lake Pavilion, so it's using an unusual tactic to keep that from happening: music. Specifically, as the Palm Beach Post describes it, "weaponized" music. The children’s songs "Raining Tacos" and "Baby... More »

Cops: Florida Man Cut Off Neighbor's Penis With Scissors

Alex Bonilla allegedly caught neighbor having sex with his wife

(Newser) - A Florida man is accused of exacting a gruesome revenge on a man he allegedly caught having sex with his wife. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor told police that Alex Bonilla, 49, broke into his home in Bell, west of Gainesville, on Sunday morning when his... More »

1 Dead, 40 Rescued From Rip Currents

Panama City Beach has double red flags flying

(Newser) - One person is dead and dozens of others had to be rescued Sunday in Panama City Beach, Florida, because of strong rip currents. Double red flag warnings were in place on the beach, and in a Facebook post Sunday, Panama City Beach Fire Rescue pleaded with beachgoers not to ignore... More »

Doomsday Preppers Arrested After 2 Women Flee to Police

Pair accuse Mirko and Regina Ceska of physical and sexual abuse

(Newser) - Two residents of Florida now face a different kind of doomsday than the one they imagined. Mirko Ceska, 58, and his wife, Regina, 55, face charges including sexual battery and abuse after two women fled their home in Wakulla County and went to police, reports NBC News . The women, whose... More »

$38K Offered in Dolphin Killing

Adult male was speared in head off Florida's Gulf Coast

(Newser) - NOAA is on the case of a dolphin murder. A dead bottlenose dolphin found on a Florida Gulf Coast beach at the end of May had been impaled "with a spear-like object" near its right eye, with the wound "extending almost 6 inches toward the top and back... More »

Mom Arrested After Daughter Licks Tongue Depressor

She took video of girl putting it back in canister

(Newser) - A Florida mom says she was "just being silly" with her kids after waiting a long time at a Jacksonville medical center. Authorities say she committed a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Cori Ward, 30, was arrested on a charge of tampering with a consumer... More »

Improper Lane Change Cost NFL Player His Arm, Career

Still, Kendrick Norton of Miami Dolphins is grateful to be alive after July 4 crash in Miami

(Newser) - A young Miami Dolphins player lost his left arm after a July 4 car accident in Miami—and now police are laying blame for the crash on him. Citing a Florida Highway Patrol accident file seen by ESPN , USA Today reports that 22-year-old defensive tackle Kendrick Norton received a citation... More »

He Saved His Daughter, but Couldn't Save Himself

Thomas Zakrewski, caught in rip current, drowns off Florida beach

(Newser) - A leisurely stroll at the beach quickly turned into a nightmare for a Georgia woman, who watched Tuesday as her husband slipped beneath the waves. Six to eight relatives from Georgia were walking along a curved sandbar on the shore of Florida's North Captiva Island around 5:30pm when... More »

Ex-Police Officer Arrested for 'Disheartening' Crimes

Zachary Wester, former Fla. sheriff's deputy, accused of planting drugs in drivers' cars

(Newser) - For nearly a year, an ex-Florida sheriff's deputy suspected of planting meth and other drugs on drivers has been under the eye of investigators. On Wednesday he was arrested based on their findings. The Tallahassee Democrat reports 26-year-old Zachary Wester, formerly of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, faces... More »

Former Florida Prosecutor: Acosta's Account Is 'Wrong'

Barry Krischer pushes back on Acosta's version of what happened with Jeffrey Epstein

(Newser) - A former Florida state attorney says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's account of the plea deal he offered to billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is "completely wrong." Barry Krischer, who was the state attorney for Palm Beach County from 1993 until 2009, says Acosta is trying to "... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

After Calling Holocaust a Matter of Belief, Principal Is Removed

Florida principal is being reassigned to a district job

(Newser) - A Florida high school principal is being reassigned for telling a student's mother that " not everyone believes the Holocaust happened ." The Palm Beach County school district said Monday that Spanish River High School Principal William Latson will be reassigned to a district job, the AP reports. The... More »

Nobody Sees the Humor in Florida Firecracker Prank

Girl, 9, woke to an explosion under her bed

(Newser) - In what he called "a prank gone wrong," a man faces charges in Florida after allegedly lighting firecrackers and throwing them under the bed of a sleeping 9-year-old girl. Matthew Morrison, 44, was living in a tent outside a home in Crestview, Florida, sheriff's officials say in... More »

Dad's Drone Captured Good Old Beach Fun. Then, a 'Shadow'

Dan Watson says his drone picked up a shark swimming near 5 kids

(Newser) - Dan Watson hadn't originally planned to bring his drone to the beach, but he's now thankful he made the potentially lifesaving choice to do so. CBS News reports the professional photographer and dad of three was at Florida's New Smyrna Beach on June 23 with family and... More »

20 Injured When Pizza Place Explodes

2 are seriously hurt in Florida blast

(Newser) - Twenty people were injured after a vacant pizza restaurant exploded in a South Florida shopping plaza Saturday, according to police. The blast sent debris flying along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, the AP reports. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged.... More »

Woman's Beach Stroll Proves Fatal

Florida's Lynn Fleming cut her shin, died of flesh-eating bacteria

(Newser) - It couldn't have started more innocently: Lynn Fleming, a 77-year-old Florida resident, was walking along the beach on Anna Maria Island when she stumbled, her son tells FOX 13 . "There was a little depression that she couldn't see because it was under the water," says Wade... More »

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