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The reward money for information that helps solve the Seminole Heights homicides has now increased to $100,000. Tampa Police officials say it has been enhanced with money from with law enforcement partners, community groups, as well as private citizens.

A bipartisan coalition of Florida lawmakers are pushing two criminal justice reforms meant to roll back mass incarceration.

Florida’s prison population appears to be on the decline.

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A day after the fourth slaying in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood, police released new video of someone they are now calling a suspect.

In the past decade, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen or lost in the state of Florida. And a recent investigation from the Tampa Bay Times and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that few are ever recovered.

Tampa Police Department

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn named Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan to become the next chief of the Police Department on Tuesday afternoon.  

In the coming weeks, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will be putting the finishing touches on a newly created office where juveniles and their families can raise concerns. That’s just one of the reforms the head of DJJ recently told a group of lawmakers, who had some suggestions of their own to address abuses within the system outlined in a Miami Herald investigative series.

Tampa Police Department

Tampa police on Thursday released a new surveillance video in the hunt for a suspect in three fatal and apparently random shootings.

The video was taken the night of the first shooting in Seminole Heights. It shows a person in a hooded top running away from the neighborhood within seconds of the slaying.

You haven’t done anything wrong, but you’re pulled over anyway. The law enforcement officer asks to search your car. Should that officer be required to tell you about your right to decline the search? Florida lawmakers have started discussions about that very topic for the 2018 legislative session.

Tampa Police Department

Police believe the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old autistic man who took the wrong bus home from work on Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in a Tampa neighborhood.

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A man who fired a shot at anti-Nazi protesters following a speech at the University of Florida by a white nationalist has been charged with attempted murder, police in Gainesville said Friday. Two men who allegedly urged him to shoot face the same charge.

Jo Ann Palchak

The lawyer who pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment is speaking at Stetson University College of Law Thursday.

According to Catharine MacKinnon, things are changing when it comes to sexual harassment - something that she said has been coming, as she calls harassment a practice of "sexual inequality."

State Supreme Court Rejects Stay Of November Execution

Oct 18, 2017

With no explanation, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to stay the scheduled Nov. 8 execution of Patrick C. Hannon, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 murders of two men in Hillsborough County.

Florida’s court system is asking the state legislature for more than $8.5 million to get more interpreters in the courtroom.

The head of Florida’s juvenile justice system says a Miami Herald investigation detailing abuses within detention facilities does not tell the full story.

House Panel Backs Red-Light Camera Repeal In Florida

Oct 12, 2017

The House is on a fast track to try to repeal Florida's red-light camera law, with the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voting to back elimination of the devices by July 1, 2021.

Emory Jones just needs to look at his left arm for a reminder of what happened at Avon Park Youth Academy. There is a faint scar in the shape of a snake above his elbow from when an officer beat him.

Scott Schedules Execution In Hillsborough Murders

Oct 9, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the state executed Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a death warrant for a man convicted in two 1991 murders in Hillsborough County.

If Mike Lambrix’s case played out today exactly the way it did when he was convicted in 1984, he would not have been sent to Death Row and executed, as he was Thursday night.

For more than a year and a half I exchanged letters with Lambrix, who preferred to go by Mike. I met him and his family to report the radio documentary: “Cell 1: Florida’s Death Penalty in Limbo.” The death penalty in Florida is no longer in limbo, and Lambrix was the second inmate to be put to death since executions resumed at the end of August.

A Death Row Inmate's Final Hours

Oct 6, 2017

Death Row inmate Michael Lambrix was set to become the second person in the state of Florida to be executed this year, as of Thursday evening. The state has had a long debate about the death penalty, but executions have resumed after the U.S. Supreme Court previously declared Florida's sentencing process to be unconstitutional. 

Lambrix, 57, has been on Death Row for 34 years. He was convicted in 1984 of killing two people, but has always maintained that he is innocent.  

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