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Florida Senate passes bill banning texting while driving
WUFT-TV
The Florida Senate has passed a bill that would ban texting while driving if passed by the Florida House of Representatives by May 3. Florida is one of the few states without any texting while driving laws. In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed nationwide by accidents involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website devoted to distracted driving. Senate Bill 52 would make texting while driving a secondary traffic offense, meaning a citation for texting could be issued after someone is pulled over for a traffic violation.
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Police release unfinished text from Colorado student killed in crash
The Bismarck Tribune via Police One
Alexander Heit's final text cut off in mid-sentence. Before he could send it, police say the 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car. Heit died shortly after the April 3 crash, but his parents and police are hoping the photo of the mundane text on his iPhone will serve as a stark reminder to drivers.
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Editorial: Protecting privacy in the digital age
Tampa Bay Times
Privacy rights are not keeping up with technology. Old rules that allow police to riffle through a suspect's wallet or briefcase after being arrested are being applied to cellphones and iPads despite their vast capacity to store sensitive personal information. Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would require a court order first and is a laudable effort to discourage fishing expeditions by police. But further study is needed, particularly with a pending case before the Florida Supreme Court.
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Heightened alert across South Florida in wake of Boston Marathon bombings
WFOR-TV
In the wake of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, law enforcement across South Florida has increased their "state of awareness." Fort Lauderdale police said security will be tight for the Lauderdale Air Show. Law enforcement in Miami said they also are looking at possibly redrawing security plans for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run.
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Lee County deputies arrest 40 in child sex predator sting
WBBH-TV
The Lee County Sheriff's Office was part of a sex predator sting that ended with 40 arrests. Officials said the multiagency operation ran from October 22-28. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said some men were looking for little girls, others were looking for little boys. Deputies say the suspects would communicate through social networks with plans to meet and commit sex acts with children ages 11 to 15.
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Florida Department of Children and Families
Every April, Florida participates in the national Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign. The initiative is an effort to protect Florida's most precious citizens: the children.

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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.

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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.

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Florida Sheriffs Task Force announces unprecedented results in 'Operation Dry Spring'
FSA
The Florida Sheriffs Task Force, in conjunction with the Florida Sheriffs Association, has concluded a five-week operation aimed at protecting youth in Florida. Operation Dry Spring focused on preventing underage youth from purchasing and using alcohol, tobacco and various forms of synthetic and illegal drugs. The operation, conducted from March 4 through April 7, resulted in 5,016 arrests across 37 counties. The operation targeted underage youth in possession of alcohol, tobacco or synthetic drugs as well as businesses selling these substances to underage youth. Operation Dry Spring was timed to coincide with the Spring Break season, when many youth experiment with drugs and alcohol.
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Okaloosa County, Fla., C-stores get 'Gold Stars'
CSP Daily News
Fifty-two convenience stores in Okaloosa County, Fla., have now signed on to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Gold Star Retailer campaign designed to stop the sale of synthetic drugs such as K-2 or Spice and warn residents of the dangers those drugs pose. Deputies have contacted convenience stores, known as C-stores, across the county asking businesses to sign an agreement to not sell synthetic drugs. Those that agree are then provided a poster to display so that they can notify patrons of that decision.
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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week observed
911dispatch.com
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. It was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County, Calif., Sheriff's Office in 1981 and was observed only at that agency for three years. Members of the Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials became involved in the mid-1980s. By the early 1990s, the national APCO organization convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation.
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Florida's crackdown makes big dent in 'pill mills' (Orlando Sentinel)
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