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A judge says a sheriff's son can't use Florida's "stand your ground" law to avoid prosecution for an aggravated battery charge.

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There has been an arrest in the Clearwater 'stand your ground' case.

The Pinellas Pasco State Attorney's office is charging Micheal Drejka with manslaughter in the death of Markeis McGlockton.

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Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday asking Florida lawmakers to take another look at the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is firing back at the Reverend Al Sharpton for speaking out against Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

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A Tampa woman is being held without bond on first-degree murder charges after she allegedly dragged her 4-year-old daughter into the Hillsborough River and left the girl to drown.

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri spoke at a press conference Tuesday to update the public about a recent controversial "stand your ground" case.

The news conference was supposed to include representatives from The Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance and NAACP Clearwater, but they called before the event saying they would not attend. Gualtieri addressed the media alone.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Changes Sought After Shooting

Jul 31, 2018

Florida’s Legislative Black Caucus intends to file legislation for the 2019 session to readdress the state's “stand your ground” self-defense law after the July 23 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton in the parking lot of a Clearwater convenience store. 

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The family of Markeis McGlockton urged authorities Tuesday to pursue a case against the man who shot and killed him last week.

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A Florida police chief and officers in his department are being ordered by city officials to undergo sexual harassment training following an investigation about inappropriate comments, including one the chief made about a female officer's nipple.

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Florida authorities are charging dozens of people as part of a sophisticated drug-smuggling operation that consisted of spraying synthetic drugs on mail sent to inmates.

State Urges Dismissal Of Challenge To Gun Law

Jul 13, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office this week urged a circuit judge to dismiss a challenge to a law that imposes strict penalties on local governments and officials who violate a restriction on regulating guns and ammunition. 

A commission investigating a Florida high school massacre has concluded that the suspect's connection to a student diversion program played no role in the attack, and commission members pushed aside suggestions that the program prevented police from stopping suspect Nikolas Cruz before the shooting.

The last time the federal government asked about citizenship status on the U.S. census was 1950. Now federal officials plan to do it again in 2020.

LIVE: Trump Announces Supreme Court Justice Pick

Jul 9, 2018
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President Donald Trump is revealing his choice to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch live below, starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Floridian Fane Lozman has a rare track record at the U.S. Supreme Court. He's 2-0. 

Lozman recently won a First Amendment case that he carried all the way to the nation's highest court. 

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The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding two others at the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., had filed a lawsuit over the coverage by one of its publications, The Capital newspaper, of a criminal harassment charge against him.

FBI leaders and local law enforcement officials are studying shootings in schools to piece together trends and come up with ways to prevent future violence, officials said.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Rejected In Murder Case

Jun 28, 2018

An appeals court Wednesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a man who said he should be shielded from prosecution under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law in a 2014 shooting in a car in rural Palm Beach County. 

The unarmed security monitor who first spotted the suspect before a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school is being dismissed from his job.

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After a year of policy changes designed to decrease rates of juvenile arrests, a report shows Hillsborough County made significant improvements keeping young people out of jail.

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A New Tampa father is dead and a man police say had only minor traffic infractions is being charged with the murder.

Five Florida teenagers will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn't help.

Injured Worker Loses Appeal On Positive Drug Test

Jun 25, 2018

A divided appeals court Friday upheld a decision to deny workers’ compensation insurance benefits to a hospital housekeeper who tested positive for marijuana after falling on the job and dislocating her shoulder.

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The Tampa Police Department will host its third Active Shooter Awareness seminar Thursday night.

The sessions are modeled after the Department of Homeland Security’s “Run. Hide. Fight.” initiative.

Attorneys for a fired Florida police officer accused of unlawfully killing a stranded black motorist are appealing a judge's decision in hopes of getting his charges dismissed before trial.

South Florida rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed on Monday afternoon while shopping for a motorcycle in South Florida, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say he was robbed.

The 20-year-old artist— whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy— was leaving a motorcycle shop in Pompano Beach around 4 p.m. when he was approached by two armed suspects. At least one of them fired his or her weapon.

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Advances in DNA technology are guiding police departments in Tampa Bay to identify suspects from small and dated samples. That’s helping law enforcement close cases that have been on the books for decades.

The faces of 90 victims of gun violence in South Florida, done in black-and-white sketches by PAMM Teaching Artist Chire Regans, presided on Thursday night over a parent forum and resource fair to address youth violence and prevention. They were a stark reminder of the lives at stake if violence and youth outreach isn’t addressed more around Miami-Dade  County. 


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