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Legislation by a St. Augustine lawmaker targeting illegal immigrants convicted of certain crimes in Florida barely made it out of a senate committee Tuesday.

Wife Of Pulse Gunman Arrested In California

Jan 16, 2017
Catherine Welch / WMFE

Authorities have arrested the wife of the gunman in the Pulse nightclub shooting. Noor Salman was arrested in California.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement that the FBI took Salman into custody on charges of Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and Obstruction of Justice.

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Police are urging anyone with information on the suspect Markeith Loyd to call 1-800-423-TIPS. Do not approach the suspect, authorities say he is armed and dangerous. 

Police have named a suspect in the shooting of an Orlando Police Department officer Monday. Orlando Police say the officer has died, and a Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in a traffic accident during the manhunt.

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday moved to intervene in a nearly year-old lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections, alleging that the state's prison agency "systematically violates the rights of inmates with disabilities."

Last year’s Orlando attack—the worst mass shooting in modern American history—is prompting Governor Rick Scott to put millions of dollars in his proposed budget toward counterterrorism and intelligence efforts in Florida. Law enforcement agencies around the state are praising Scott’s decision.

Bill Proposes Unanimous Juries In Death Penalty Cases

Jan 9, 2017

After the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a new death-penalty law was unconstitutional, the chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice committee Friday proposed requiring unanimous jury recommendations before defendants could be sentenced to death.

Madeline Fox / WLRN

While investigators try to figure out the motive of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Fort Lauderdale, the suspected gunman was charged and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Esteban Santiago, 26, was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death — which carries a maximum punishment of execution — and weapons charges.

Madeline Fox / WLRN

Dan and Janice Kovacs and their two children were passing through airport security when the gunfire erupted. They were shoeless — with wallets, passports and carry-on items chugging along a conveyer belt — when they sprang into the mass of people running to safety.

Now they're among stranded travelers at Fort Lauderdale trying to recover what the airport director says are 25,000 pieces of luggage, cellphones and other belongings separated from their owners during Friday's shooting rampage.

Updated at 5:52 p.m.

One day after five people were killed at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., more details are coming to light on the suspected gunman: Esteban Ruiz Santiago, a U.S. military veteran.

The 26-year-old was arrested by police shortly after the shooting began at the airport's baggage claim area. He is now at a Broward County jail, where authorities say he is being held on suspicion of murder. Authorities say there is no indication that Santiago worked with anyone else in planning or executing the attack.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport re-opened early Saturday, 16 hours after a gunman opened fire in a baggage claim area. Long lines were the common denominator while an estimate of 6,000 passengers tried to find a way to make it to their final destinations.

An analysis by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has found that black defendants in Florida spend a longer time behind bars than white defendants for the same types of crimes.

Courtesy of Lenny Pozner

Lenny Pozner and his family moved from Connecticut to Florida after his 6 year-old son Noah was killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting.  Pozner had hoped for some peace, but that's far from what he got.

Since his son died, Pozner says he's been constantly harassed by people who believe the shooting never happened. “Hoaxers,” he calls them.

A Senate effort to expand Florida’s hate crime law to include law enforcement could be called the “Blue Lives Matter Act.” But, while the Florida Sheriffs supports the intent, they’re not so happy about the name.

What’s on tap for Florida’s Juvenile Justice system in 2017? Officials have comprised their legislative wish list, aimed at helping both juveniles and the staff who cares for them.

Missing in Florida

According to law enforcement figures, there are more than 3,200 missing persons reported in Florida and over 84,000 nationwide. But those numbers are likely low estimates because cases are either unreported, mishandled or mistakenly closed.

Now, University of South Florida forensic investigators are teaming up with law enforcement to raise awareness of missing and unidentified persons cases.

"Missing in Florida Day" is modeled after similar events held in other states that have led to positive identifications.

Confusion Over Drug Tests Highlights Lack of Training For Officers

Nov 26, 2016
David Sleight / ProPublica

This story was published by ProPublica and co-published with the Tampa Bay Times.

Over the first several months of 2014, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested 15 people on drug charges only to have the Florida state crime lab determine the substances thought to have been drugs in fact were not.

Extra Security At Local Malls This Holiday Season

Nov 22, 2016
International Plaza

The Tampa Police Department is kicking off its annual Secret Santa Holiday Operation, which aims to prevent theft and keep shoppers safe this holiday season. 

The Department will have an increased presence at WestShore Plaza and International Plaza, both inside and outside.

Officer Scott McClain, a member of the bicycle and operation response unit, says that shoppers need to pay extra attention this time of year. 

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A University of South Florida student who claimed that she had been robbed on the Tampa campus earlier this week - one of two crimes she alleges happened to her recently - has been arrested for filing a false police report.

The Manatee County branch of the NAACP is accusing the Bradenton Police Department of racial discrimination. The civil rights organization is referencing public records it recently requested from the department.

Starting next month, thousands of Florida’s correctional and probation officers will decide which union they want representing them. The choice is between the Florida Police Benevolent Association and the Teamsters Union.

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