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Floridians support texting while driving ban; bills await next legislative step
Tampa Bay Times
Ninety-five percent of respondents questioned in a recently released poll by the University of Florida would support a ban on texting while driving, but supporters are waiting to see if legislative attempts to get a law on the books pass the finish line this year. If passed this session, House Bill 13 would make texting while driving a secondary offense, which means police would have to pull a driver over for another offense, like swerving, then the driver would be cited for both offenses. Florida is one of only five states without any type of restriction on texting while driving.
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Brevard Sheriff's Office conducts fugitive warrant sweep
Brevard Times
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit conducted a three-day operation to locate and arrest fugitives from justice with outstanding arrest warrants. The operation resulted in the arrest of 37 fugitives and the clearance of 48 other arrest warrants where the wanted people were located in the Department of Corrections or County Jails serving sentences or were determined to be deceased. The most notable arrest during the operation was 27-year-old Charles Davis. Davis was arrested on an outstanding warrant for attempted first-degree premeditated murder and armed burglary to an occupied residence stemming from an incident in June 2012.
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Sheriff's office plans fundraiser for Florida child
The Augusta Chronicle
Amanda and Daniel Wendorff have traveled up and down the Atlantic Coast in search of a cure for their 8-year-old son, Brayden. From Boston to Jacksonville, Fla., the family has watched as some of the country's best neurosurgeons have operated six times in four years on their son, who has Arnold–Chiari malformation, a growth disorder caused by structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. Since the family arrived at Georgia Regents Medical Center's Children's Hospital of Georgia, Richmond County sheriff's officers and their families have banded together to offer food, money and support to the boy, whose father is a deputy at the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
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Teen driver program saves lives
Citrus County Chronicle
Many times, parents get calls and visits no parent ever wants to receive — the call from a hospital telling them their child has been injured in an accident, or the visit from a deputy telling them their child's car wreck was fatal. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than all other ages combined to be involved in a fatal automobile accident, and in 6 out of 10 fatal accidents involving teenagers, the driver of the car was a teen. In Citrus County, a cooperative agreement between the school system and the sheriff's office allows high school juniors and seniors to take at no cost a Florida Sheriff's Association driver training program called the Teen Driver Challenge.
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Officers raise $500,000 statewide for Special Olympics
Crestview News Bulletin
Florida law enforcement agencies reportedly have raised more than $500,000 for the Special Olympics. Officers across the state carried torches, sold commemorative T-shirts and hats and collected corporate donations for the sports organization that celebrates intellectually disabled people's achievements. Officers from the Crestview Police Department, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol recently gathered for this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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Law enforcement sounds alarm on cellphone theft epidemic
TIME
Law enforcement officials from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., again are sounding an alarm over mobile phone thefts, demanding that the wireless industry, resellers and lawmakers take new steps to quash the thriving black market for boosted devices.

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Florida fingerprint technology heads to Ohio, neighboring states
PRWeb
FastFingerprints, a division of National Background Check Inc., has been approved to provide Ohio customers with the opportunity to process Florida Department of Law Enforcement-approved fingerprint background checks.

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Lake County deputy wrestles alligator near school before students released
Orlando Sentinel
When a pushy 7-foot alligator tried to break through a chain-link fence onto the Clermont Middle School campus recently, Lake County mom Jessica McGregor took charge.

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WCSO volunteers assist Ability 1st to provide better access to homes
Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
Lt. Mike Kemp, Sgt. Danny Harrell and Deputy Richard Moon recently joined Ability 1st volunteer Eric Evans in replacing steep steps to a home on Hidden Valley Lane in Wakulla Station. The sheriff's office staff and Evans work with Accessibility Program Manager Kevin Ogden of Ability 1st in providing better access for Wakulla County residents with access issues.
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Spring break jail in Panama City Beach helps law enforcement stay on the streets
Alabama Media Group
The two holding cells at the Bay County Sheriff's Office's mobile booking center in Panama City Beach are simple, rectangular structures with wooden frames, chain-link walls and roofs, and rubber floors with a deliberate slant to clean up after the often highly-intoxicated detainees who wait there for a van to take them to the main Bay County Jail. It's the last thing most students imagined when planning to spend their spring break in Panama City Beach, but for 561 people and counting it's become a reality.
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