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Sheriff's Task Force continues taking aim at spring break safety
NorthEscambia.com
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office will join a Florida Sheriff's Task Force program aimed at cracking down on spring break drug and alcohol use. Operation Dry Spring — aimed at protecting the safety of Florida's youth — will run through April 7. The sheriff's office said the use of drugs and alcohol by youth leads to emergency medical situations. According to the sheriff's office there were 190,000 alcohol-related injuries to persons under the age of 21 requiring an emergency room visit in 2010.
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Brevard County honors deputy killed in the line of duty
Florida Today
The lifetime of service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Barbara Pill, who was killed last year in the line of duty, were honored when Pill was named the Brevard County sheriff's deputy of the year for 2012. "This deputy is the only recipient of this year's highest award, the Medal of Valor, which is presented to a member who performs an act of heroism," Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. He recognized Pill’s dedication in her more than 30-year law enforcement career and work to help at-risk children and help senior citizens who have been victimized.
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Odds quickly improving for Internet cafe ban
The Daytona Beach Journal
Sheriff Ben Johnson has some advice for the owners of the Internet cafes that weren't shut down as part of a three-year federal and state investigation into illegal gambling. "Take the money and run." The Volusia County sheriff's suggestion seemed like a timely bet. Just two days after investigators raided and shut down seven cafes in Volusia and Flagler counties and dozens more statewide affiliated with Allied Veterans of the World, the odds against the strip-center gaming parlors were spinning faster than a slot machine reel.
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Deputy saves Deltona baby from burning home
WESH-TV via KSDK-TV
A Volusia County sheriff's deputy rescued a 1-year-old child from a burning home in Deltona. Rescuers from Deltona Fire Rescue and the Volusia County Fire Department found fire on the porch of the home and inside in the front of the home after receiving a 911 call. Brian Holley was at work when he learned his house was on fire. His wife Samantha, his 2- and 4-year-old daughters and infant niece were home alone. The two adults got out safely, but Deputy Bryon Poteralski went in after the girl, who was in a back bedroom.
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Citrus County Sheriff's Office continues fight against synthetic drugs
Citrus County Chronicle
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is taking a phased approach in its interdiction efforts regarding synthetic drugs, which have reached alarming highs across the nation, according to Major Crimes Lt. Kevin Purinton. Citrus County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ron Frink supervises all of the Citrus County School District School Resource Officers and says synthetic drugs are problematic for youths. Frink displays some of the vast variety of synthetic drugs that can be found on store shelves in Citrus County. He says the drugs are dangerous and made with harmful chemicals.
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Palm Beach sheriff lays out plan to prevent mass shootings locally
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
With mass shootings and gun control on the minds of many, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he has a plan to prevent massacres such as those that took place last year in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. Bradshaw spoke to a full house of business leaders and local officials during the recent Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. He said the issue that needs to be discussed is the person using the instrument — whether it's a gun, knife, rock or car — to kill someone.
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IRS deputizes Florida police, sheriff's deputies to help fight tax fraud
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The Internal Revenue Service has deputized law enforcement officers from 10 Tampa Bay-area agencies as a part of the Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance.

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Florida Sheriff's Task Force sets sights on spring break safety
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The Florida Sheriffs Task Force launched its latest operation aimed at protecting the safety of Florida's youth. Operation Dry Spring began March 4 and goes through April 7, in conjunction with the spring break schedules of most public and private schools in Florida.

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Nearly 60 charged in Florida gambling scandal as lieutenant governor quits
The Associated Press via Fox News
Florida's lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a widening scandal of a purported veterans charity that authorities said was a $300 million front for illegal gambling. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's resignation came a day after she was questioned in the investigation.

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