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Texting ban moves closer to passage by Florida Legislature
The Ledger
Everything is aligned for the Florida Legislature to pass a ban on texting while driving. In an 8-0 vote, state Sen. Nancy Detert's bill (S.B. 52) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, after adding an amendment that made it identical to the House measure (H.B. 13), sponsored by state Rep. Doug Holder, R-Venice. The vote represented the last committee stop for the Senate bill, with the House bill having already cleared all its committees. Now, with just under four weeks left in the annual session, it will be up to legislative leaders to schedule the measure for a final floor vote. The bill would make texting while driving a "secondary" offense, meaning motorists would have to be pulled over for another reason before they could be charged. First-time violators would face a $30 fine plus court costs.
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Drone bill evades Brandes cellphone amendment
Tampa Bay Times
All is clear for legislation that would restrict the use of drones by Florida law enforcement — though the use of the unmanned aerial surveillance devices already are quite limited by the Federal Aviation Administration. And so far, a Senate and House bill seem to have wide support while avoiding any complicated amendments that might jeopardize their passage.
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Florida's crackdown makes big dent in 'pill mills'
Orlando Sentinel
About a decade ago, Florida leaders watched as prescription drugs began to wreak havoc across the country. Drugs prescribed to treat pain became known as "hillbilly heroin," and in a matter of years, the epidemic found its way to the Sunshine State. Prescription drugs began to kill thousands of Floridians, thousands of babies were born addicted to drugs, and Florida doctors became the most prevalent buyers in the nation of the highly abused painkiller oxycodone. In 2010, Florida drug czar Bruce Grant called the prescription-drug epidemic the single greatest challenge to the state's public health and safety. Today, the picture is vastly different.
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DCF launches new child abuse prevention campaign
The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
Florida child welfare officials are planting a pinwheel garden with the Tallahassee elementary school children to speak out about child abuse. Florida first lady Ann Scott, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins and his wife, Florida's Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption Tanya Wilkins, will be among those attending the event at the governor's mansion along with 20 children from Bethel Christian Academy.
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Prescription drug take back to be held in Escambia County
NorthEscambia.com
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office and Walgreens, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will conduct a drug take-back program at five local Walgreens stores from 10 a.m. to noon April 27. The "Prescription Drug Round-Up" is a one-day effort between local and federal law enforcement to provide the public a site to voluntarily surrender expired, unwanted, unused prescription drugs and other medications for destruction.
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Hundreds mourn slain West Virginia sheriff
The Associated Press via WZVN-TV
Slain southern West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum was remembered for his warmth, kindness and dedication to tackling Mingo County's pervasive drug problems. Hundreds of mourners, including nearly 400 law enforcement officers from several states, packed Mingo Central High School for Crum's funeral. The 59-year-old sheriff was shot to death a little more than three months after taking office.
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Tampa police arrest 39 in sex offender sting
WTSP-TV
The Tampa Police Department kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a two-day operation that targeted sexual offenders and suspects with felony warrants.

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Teen driver program saves lives
Citrus County Chronicle
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.

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Hernando Sheriff's K-9 Unit welcomes new dog to squad
WTSP-TV
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new, 16-month-old German Shepherd to the squad. Sheriff Al Nienhuis recently announced that "K-9 Valor," as the pup has been named, will be the newest addition to the K-9 unit with his handler, Deputy Jeffrey Andrews. According to the announcement, K-9 Valor was born in Germany and shipped to Southern Coast K-9 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., before Hernando officials visited the facility and hand-selected him to join their team.
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Around 50 people participate in run for Special Olympics Florida
St. Augustine Record
Law enforcement officers, county school district officials, members of the Ancient City Road Runners, and Special Olympics athletes recently ran from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office to the Castillo de San Marcos for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida. The run benefits Special Olympics Florida athletes. Around 50 people participated in the race, which raised around $1,800 for Special Olympics Florida, said Sheriff's Senior Deputy Rafael Fuentes, an event coordinator.
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