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Highlands County sheriff to be in Florida Women's Hall of Fame
Highlands Today via The St. Augustine Record
"My first reaction was, 'No way, I'm just a working woman,'" Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said. "I'm extremely humbled that I would be considered." Benton will be the first Highlands County resident to be inducted into the hall of fame since it began more than 25 years ago.
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2,000 mourn Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead at funeral
The Associated Press via Bradenton Herald
Approximately 2,000 people were in attendance at the funeral of Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead. A retired Jacksonville sheriff's officer said that Whitehead was respected because of his education, knowledge and integrity.
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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey: Space Coast Daily Person of the Year
Space Coast Daily
For his many and significant accomplishments as the Space Coast's "Top Cop" over the last year, coupled with his philanthropic deeds and dedication to the improvement of the community, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is Space Coast Daily's 2013 Person of the Year.
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Sexual predator legislation filed
The News Service of Flordia via HT Politics
"We have said for many years that leopards don't change their spots and tigers don't change their stripes," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. "These sexual predators — these deviants — will continue to offend and target our children whenever they're not incarcerated."
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Brevard sheriff hosts 'Handlebars For the Holidays'
Space Coast Daily
"I would like to personally thank ABC, Waste Management, all of the volunteers and donors who worked today's event — and also our Community Relations Unit and Work Farm Team for everything they did to make this event possible," said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. "Today’s event is a perfect example of what partnerships can accomplish to help a community."
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'In Hot Pursuit 5K' nets $9,535 for youth ranches
NorthEscambia.com
Over 300 runners and walkers took part in the annual "In Hot Pursuit 5K" last month on Pensacola Beach. The event raised $9,535.07 for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches.
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Florida sheriff's deputy praised for restraint
The Tampa Tribune via Officer.com
Pinnellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri applauded Deputy John Sachse Jr. for his restraint and sensitivity in the incident involving an armed and suicidal 76-year-old man during a standoff Christmas Eve morning. "This is an example of great restraint and excellent police work in dealing with a mental health issue where the outcome could have been much different," Gualtieri said.
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Deputies arrest 48 across central Florida
WTEV-TV
Deputies in Seminole County say they arrested 48 people after they violated laws during the holiday. The operation took about 10 days.
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US Sheriffs getting armored vehicles left over from Iraq
The Associated Press via Fox News
At the height of the war in Iraq, the 18-ton armored vehicles were worth $500,000. Now the U.S. Department of Defense is giving these military fighting vehicles to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, under a national military surplus program.

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Florida marijuana amendment proposal flawed, bad impacts
Bradenton Herald
The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition agrees with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that the political committee People United for Medical Marijuana's proposed initiative petition being spearheaded by attorney John Morgan to amend the Florida Constitution is seriously flawed and would have a profoundly negative impact on the state of Florida.

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Medical marijuana push is a sham
The Ledger
If you thought the medical-marijuana initiative was intended to truly help those debilitated by serious diseases, think again. If that were the case, the authors of the amendment would not have included a truck-sized loophole in the definition of debilitating diseases qualifying a person to legally smoke pot.

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Fathers send message to children 'Don't end up in prison like me'
The Florida Times-Union
The children ranged in age from a newborn to some in their 20s. All were there to see a man who admits he did wrong and wants them to take a hard look at where it landed him. The program is a collaboration between Operation Save Our Sons and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
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