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1:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

St. Pete Officer Recovering from Gunshot Wound by Teen

Austin Goodner, 18, was declared dead at Bayfront Medical Center following a shoot out with police.
Credit St. Petersburg Police Department

St. Petersburg police are still trying to sort out how a local teen got a loaded handgun and ended up shooting a police officer and rattling the department.

St. Petersburg Police Office Michael Cordiviola is recovering at Bayfront Medical Center after being shot in the leg on Sunday. Two other officers at the scene, Matthew Enhoffer and Brian Lynch,  were not injured.

St. Petersburg Police Chief  Holloway said  the wounded officer’s training kicked in and he used a nearby garden hose as a tourniquet until medical help could arrive.

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8:36 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Scott Signs Revenge Porn, Growler and 25 Other Bills

Adam Rudell of St. Petersburg sits near two gallon-sized jugs of beer, known as growlers, at the Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville.
Credit AP

Revenge porn will be illegal, half-gallon beer growlers will be legal and cities like Waldo won't be able to set ticket quotas for police officers under three of the 27 bills Gov. Rick Scott signed on Thursday.

Among other new laws: it will be illegal to use drones to take photo or video of private property without consent of the owner and to impersonate a firefighter. Also, five new synthetic drugs were made illegal.

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3:28 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Police Recover Gun from Zimmerman, 2 Guns from Other Man

A truck is towed at the scene of a shooting involving George Zimmerman, Monday, May 11, 2015, near Trailhead Park in Lake Mary, Fla. The man who called 911 to report he was involved in the shooting appears to be Matthew Apperson, the same person allegedly involved in a road rage incident Zimmerman last year. (Jeff Weiner/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Credit Jeff Weiner / AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel

Police recovered a handgun from George Zimmerman and took two guns from a man accused of shooting at Zimmerman while both were driving, authorities said Tuesday.

Police also released a 911 call in which the caller says the other man, Matthew Apperson, told him he was forced to fire his gun Monday at the former neighborhood watch leader on a busy street in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary.

“A guy says he had to shoot a guy through the window and he wants the police to come,” the man said on the call. “He had to shoot at somebody ... He said it was George Zimmerman.”

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11:18 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

George Zimmerman Shooting Linked to Prior Road Rage Incident

File photo of George Zimmerman
Credit Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute.

The dispute this time was with the same man that authorities said was involved in a road rage incident with Zimmerman last year. A bullet missed his head, spraying glass from the vehicle’s windshield, said his attorney, Don West. He said the bullet lodged somewhere in the vehicle. He was treated at a hospital and released.

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10:22 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Jameis Winston Files Counterclaim, Denies He Raped Woman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston practices at rookie minicamp in Tampa Friday, the same day his attorneys filed a counter-suit on his behalf against Erica Kinsman.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / AP Photo

Attorneys for top NFL draft pick Jameis Winston contend a woman seeking civil damages from the quarterback after accusing him of rape is trying to tarnish his reputation and tap into the Heisman Trophy winner's newfound wealth.

The former Florida State star practiced again Saturday, the final day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie minicamp, and was not made available to comment on a counterclaim filed on his behalf one week after signing a four-year, $23.35 million contract.

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Law & Order
6:34 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Body Cameras Bill Sponsor Intends To Bring Dead Bill Back Next Year

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:22 pm

While one body cameras-related bill was sent to the Governor, another died amid the budget impasse between the House and Senate. But, the bill’s main sponsor says he’ll be back again next year.

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6:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Sheriffs From Across Florida Honor The Fallen

Washington County Sheriff Bobby Hancock leading the invocation.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:56 pm

Florida sheriffs gathered in Tallahassee Monday to honor those who lost their lives last year in the line of duty.  The Florida Sheriff’s association memorialized three deputies including Leon County’s Chris Smith.

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8:54 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Justices: House Adjournment Violated Constitution

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:39 pm

  The decision by House leaders to end their legislative session more than three days early violated the state Constitution, a majority of the Florida Supreme Court said Friday, while ruling that it was too late to order lawmakers to return to Tallahassee.

The ruling effectively ended the 2015 regular session, which was notable for an unresolved budget controversy that caused widespread dysfunction and sharp exchanges between Republican leaders.

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10:13 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Prison Reform Bill May Be Dead, But Advocates Remain Hopeful Reform Will Occur

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:13 pm

Prison reform may be officially dead this session, but prison reform advocates remain hopeful there will be some meaningful reform for Florida’s troubled prison system.

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1:31 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

FAA Chief: Gyrocopter 'Indistinguishable' From Birds, Kite

A member of a bomb squad approaches a small gyrocopter after Douglas Hughes of Ruskin landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington on April 15th.
Credit Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

A small gyrocopter that a Ruskin postman flew through miles of the nation's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol was "indistinguishable" from other non-aircraft such as a flock of birds, a kite or a balloon, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

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8:24 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Michelle McKelvey (left) and Meg McKelvey sit near demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. They have been together for two years.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:41 pm

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote.

Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage.

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8:21 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore Update: A Forceful Mom And A Fan-Free Baseball Game

A woman in Baltimore holds a sign Tuesday night telling protesters to go home; a curfew and community intervention are being credited with helping ease tensions in the city.
John Taggart EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:15 pm

The streets of Baltimore were quieter Tuesday night, a day after vandalism and rioting forced officials to implement a curfew. Today, the Orioles plan to play an MLB game without an audience, and a woman who yanked her son away from potential trouble is making headlines.

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11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

The stack of amicus briefs filed as of April 9 reached past the knee of NPR legal affairs intern Anthony Palmer. The briefs cost, on average, an estimated $25,000 to $50,000.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:25 am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case.

These briefs, known formally by their Latin name, amicus briefs, are filed by groups, individuals, and governments that have an interest in the outcome.

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9:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

FBI Report: Florida Affected By Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Testimony

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:54 am


According to an FBI report released this week, almost all of the FBI’s experts who conducted microscopic hair analysis gave flawed testimony in criminal trials.

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7:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Body Cameras Bills To Soon Get House Vote; Anti-Speed Trap Bill Heads To Governor

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:42 pm

Florida lawmakers passed a series of bills affecting law enforcement agencies this week, and at least two are headed to the Governor’s desk for approval.

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