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Children removed from their parents due to alleged abuse or neglect would have the right to have a lawyer under a measure before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Some worry that could do more harm than good.

An autopsy is being performed on 29-year-old man who died in a Pinellas County jail.

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The owner of a $300,000 Ferrari is suing Marriott International, saying a hotel valet gave his keys to a young man who was trying to impress a woman he just met.

When a family loses a loved one, Lori Hadley-Davis walks them through the delicate and detailed process of preparing for the funeral.

Will the family choose a burial or cremation? What about flowers or a poem for the  funeral program? And when the deceased was killed by gun violence, it usually prompts an unasked question: “Do we need the police there?”

Hadley-Davis, a mortician and owner of  Hadley Davis Funeral homes, says for nearly all of the funerals she’s planned for homicide victims in recent years, that answer is yes.  

State Attorney Andrew Warren has decided he will seek the death penalty for the man accused of murdering four people in Seminole Heights.

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A new partnership will allow sheriffs from around the state to legally hold undocumented criminals for up to 48 hours so they can be deported.

Florida lawmakers are already moving forward a bill to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The measure aims to address abuses within the system outlined in a Miami Herald investigative series.

New Port Richey Fire Rescue

A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Pasco County, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape.

Shortly after lawmakers gavel in the 2018 session they’ll start working on measures in committee.  A Senate Criminal Justice panel will take up a raft of reforms including Sen. Randolph Bracy’s (D- Ocoee) bill raising the threshold for felony theft.

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Two Pinellas County Sheriff deputies have been treated for minor injuries after being rear-ended in separate accidents while on duty.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Despite more than doubling in population, Florida had the fewest number of juvenile arrests last fiscal year since it began keeping statistics 42 years ago.

A quartet of Tallahassee law students has been advocating two changes to Florida’s Constitution. The Constitution Revision Commission is now weighing those among hundreds of other public proposals.

Tampa Police Department

As many Tampa residents are getting ready to travel to their holiday destination, the Tampa Police Department is trying to keep safe what is left behind.

As part of the Vacation Watch Program, Tampa residents can sign up to have police officers keep tabs on their home while they are on vacation.

Upwards of 200 people wrote letters on behalf and against former Congresswoman Corrine Brown prior to her sentencing in a fraud trial earlier this month.

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Florida is one of only three states that allows prosecutors to have the only say if a juvenile suspect is tried as an adult.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Open-Carry Ban

Nov 28, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public, ending a case that started nearly six years ago when a man was arrested in St. Lucie County.

Tampa Police Department

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are helping to police Seminole Heights after four people were recently shot to death in the Tampa neighborhood.

With the third largest inmate population in the U.S., the Florida Department of Corrections is continuing to look for ways to get that number to decrease—even as it’s started declining in recent years. State lawmakers may be coming together on a solution that used to be controversial in the past.

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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.

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