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She Spent Night in Submerged Car Before Help Arrived

Witnesses rescue elderly woman from vehicle in Florida

(Newser) - An elderly woman was trapped overnight in her car, submerged in a bay in Venice, Fla., before two rescuers arrived by chance. Rob Goodman tells CNN he was kayaking at Higel Marine Park just before sunrise Thursday when he saw the top of a white vehicle in the water. Then,... More »

He Was Suspended Over Parkland, Is Now Out for Good

State Senate in Florida votes to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had already suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Now the state Senate has removed Israel from his elected position for good. CNN reports on the 25-15 vote Wednesday that now makes Israel's removal official; it came nine months after DeSantis put Israel's job on... More »

Suit: Man Died in 'Death Trap' Tesla Due to Door Malfunction

Omar Awan burned in Model S crash after rescuers couldn't get to him: complaint

(Newser) - A 48-year-old anesthesiologist died an unnecessary death earlier this year in a fiery Tesla crash, according to a new lawsuit that claims the car's design was what ended up killing him. Dr. Omar Awan was burned "beyond recognition" after his Model S veered off the road and crashed... More »

Flight Attendant Tells Customs He Has $100. It Was $9K

4 American Airlines flight attendants accused of smuggling $22K in cash into Miami

(Newser) - Four American Airlines flight attendants have been arrested on money laundering charges after police say they flew into Miami with more than $22,000 in cash. Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano was the first to be checked by customs at Miami International Airport after departing the flight from Santiago, Chile, on Monday.... More »

Cop Doing Wellness Check Finds 'Absolute Worst' Home

Inside the 3-bedroom residence: 3 adults, 3 kids, and 245 animals

(Newser) - Florida police are seeking donations to help care for three children and 245 animals pulled from a single, squalid home on Sunday. It's a bizarre case that reportedly began when Gregg Nelson tried to break up with both his wife and his girlfriend, who lived with the couple in... More »

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 »

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