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St. Lucie County sheriff's sergeant killed outside Fort Pierce
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Thirteen-year St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office veteran Sgt. Gary Morales, 35, was shot and killed Feb. 28 during a traffic stop in suburban Fort Pierce. Morales was pronounced dead at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Suspect Eriese Tisdale, 25, was captured a couple blocks away. Morales, who has a wife and two young daughters, 8 and 6, was just promoted to sergeant Jan. 18 after serving 12 years as deputy. The sheriff's office reports deputies made a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace just south of Edwards Road. At some point during the traffic stop, Tisdale got out of his vehicle and shot Morales while he was in his patrol car.
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Manatee Sheriff's Office to crack down on spring break underage drinking
Bradenton Patch
The Florida Sheriff's Task Force is out to make sure that spring break in Manatee County doesn't turn out to be like Spring Breakers the movie. The Florida Sheriff's Task Force, which the Manatee County Sheriff's Office participates in, launched Operation Dry Spring to target the safety of students on spring break. The operation will last through April 7, aligning with the spring break schedule of most schools in Florida. Spring break also is the time when these students, the majority of whom are under 21, choose to drink alcohol and experiment with illegal drugs, according to the task force.
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Florida agencies join forces to enforce drinking laws during spring break
WTVY-TV
State law enforcement agencies and associations have joined forces to encourage spring breakers to have a safe celebration in Florida. Each year, the state's beautiful beaches and numerous tourist attractions lure thousands of spring breakers, but bad decisions about drugs and alcohol can ruin the party and change lives forever. Throughout March, law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing the state's drinking age laws and working to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
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Teen driving deaths rise nationally, decline in Florida
WUFT News
While deaths among teen drivers are on the rise nationally, Florida's fatalities substantially have declined. According to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the nationwide total number of deaths among teen drivers jumped 19 percent during the first half of 2012. Nationally, in the first six months of 2012, there were 240 total deaths among 16- and 17-year-old drivers, up from 202 in the first six months of 2011. The number of deaths in Florida decreased from 14 to five. Counties like Alachua are offering the Teen Driver Challenge to help teens become better defensive drivers. The program is 12 hours long and is free. It is supervised by certified driving instructors from the sheriff's office.
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Florida Senate panel backs flexibility in sentencing drug offenders
The Associated Press via The Tampa Tribune
A Senate panel has approved a proposal that would give judges flexibility on Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for prescription drug offenders. The bill, S.B. 420, aimed at keeping people addicted to prescription drugs from facing the same criminal penalties as drug traffickers recently was approved in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. State Sen. Charlie Dean cast the lone dissenting vote. Dean, R-Inverness, is a former sheriff. The Florida Sheriff's Association and State Attorneys of Florida are among organizations opposed to changing the law.
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Emergency responders, law enforcement, school officials get crisis training
WTXL-TV
Law enforcement and school districts from across Florida and South Georgia are learning how to protect themselves and children at schools. This comes after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The goal is to teach law enforcement and school officials how to handle a serious crisis on school campuses. Tone Ganstine, the organization's risk manager said these workshops are needed after several tragedies have claimed young lives. These emergency responders are learning how to respond to emergency situations, how to plan for them and how to react once a situation has occurred.
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Teen driving deaths rise nationally, decline in Florida
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How to dispose of collected prescription drugs after take-back events
Florida Department of Environmental Services
Federal regulations do not exempt the use of portable burn barrels to destroy prescription drugs collected in take-back events. However, 11 facilities throughout Florida meet EPA's standards as municipal waste combustors.

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Hillsborough Deputy Lisa Haber recognized as Crime Stoppers Coordinator of the Year
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
During the February quarterly meeting of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Lisa Haber was recognized as the Crime Stoppers Coordinator of the Year.

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Parents, administrators, students weigh in on cyberbullying, stalking
Tallahassee Democrat
Like most teenagers in the U.S., Sheridan Crump spends a good chunk of her day on the Internet and monthly sends thousands of text messages. The majority of the 18-year-old Godby student's communications take place with a screen involved. She isn't antisocial, she has plenty of friends to talk to, but the ease of texting and communicating through social media websites like Facebook make talking on the phone seem a little antiquated. Michelle Johnson, a victim services program specialist with the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi, recently spoke to groups of students from elementary and high schools about the dangers of constantly being connected to millions of potential threats.
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Crime Stoppers increases reward to $5,000 in homicide cases
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Investigators trying to solve homicides are hopeful that the potential for more reward money results in a slew of new tips to help them close their cases. Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, which serves the 7th Judicial Circuit of Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties, has upped the ante to $5,000 for anonymous tips leading to an arrest. Officials also announced that Crime Stoppers increased its reward for information about the slaying of 32-year-old Zuheily Roman Rosado, the mother of six shot to death Feb. 21 at a Mobil Mart gas station on State Road 100 east of Interstate 95.
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