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Lauren's Kids walk raises sex abuse awareness
WTVJ-TV
A sexual abuse survivor and activist who is in the midst of a 1,500-mile walk to raise awareness and help other survivors made a stop in South Florida on Monday to meet with Broward County Sheriff's Office Child Protective Investigations authorities and hold a roundtable discussion. While walking from Key West to Tallahassee in the 2013 Walk in My Shoes, Lauren Book, the founder of Lauren's Kids, will highlight the key aspects of child sexual abuse cases in hopes of raising awareness in the community.
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Florida attorney general: Scott signs bill banning synthetic drugs
The Bay County Press
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that one of her top legislative priorities — to protect Floridians from synthetic drugs — has been signed by into law by Gov. Rick Scott, and it is effective immediately. Bondi worked with state Sen. Rob Bradley and state Rep. Clay Ingram on the Controlled Substances Bill, which adds 27 substances to Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony for an individual to "sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver" these dangerous drugs.
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Scott underscores Florida's offer of help to Boston
Sunshine State News
In a brief meeting with reporters last week, Gov. Rick Scott said he reached out to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to let him know Florida is prepared to send law enforcement and emergency teams to help Boston. All flags in the state of Florida have been lowered to half-staff around the state Capitol in honor of the victims of those explosions. The blasts killed three people and hurt more than 175 on Monday. Gov. Rick Scott says he's thinking about the people of Boston and offering to help. Flags at government buildings will remain at half-staff until sunset April 20.
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Florida to be among first states to regulate drones
Orlando Sentinel
A bill to limit law enforcement's use of drone aircraft is headed to Gov. Rick Scott, who has said he will sign it. When he does, Florida will be among the first states to regulate the unmanned aircraft. The House unanimously passed S.B. 92, which would allow law enforcement to launch camera-carrying surveillance drones only if they first obtain a warrant from a judge or if a person's life or property is believed to be in imminent danger, or if the Department of Homeland Security has declared a terrorist threat. An unmanned drone could also be used by police to stop a suspect from escaping, prevent evidence from being destroyed or search for a missing person.
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Hillsborough Sheriff's Office recruiting at southeastern military bases
Tampa Bay Times
When Leonardo Stoll retired after 21 years in the military, he went from giving orders to Marines to giving orders to deputies-in-training at the Hillsborough Sheriff's department. He liked the crisp uniform, the rankings, the respect. Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee has always liked hiring military veterans, but recently, his agency's recruiting section went on the offensive. For the first time, they promoted the agency at bases across the southeastern United States. They visited Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, as well as Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
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Critics: Justice reinvestment sidesteps minority communities
The Crime Report
A group of the nation's leading criminal justice advocates and researchers have charged that the much-lauded "justice reinvestment" strategy has failed to divert meaningful funds to minority communities who have been the most deeply affected by high levels of incarceration.

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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."

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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.

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Sexual predators in Florida identified with large yard signs
The Inquisitr
Sexual Predators in Florida are being identified with large yard signs. Eighteen signs have been placed by the Bradford County Sheriff's Department in an attempt to protect children from danger. Sheriff Gordon Smith says that Florida law allows him to identify sexual predators at his discretion. He has decided that the large red signs, placed in the yards of eighteen men, will promote safety in his county.
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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Take Back Your Meds
Unwanted or out-of-date drugs will be collected for safe disposal by several of the Sheriff's Offices across the state at a number of locations Saturday. The events are part of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Find out where you can dispose of your unwanted or out of date prescription drugs and help keep them off the streets.
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Florida Senate budget: 'political game' jeopardizing state's domestic security?
Sunshine State News
Lost in the competing Senate and House debates over teacher pay raises and Medicaid expansion is the fate of millions of dollars in homeland security grant money — with some warning that if the Senate budget prevails, Florida's very domestic security will be compromised. In dispute is more than $10.3 million, a federal grant annually awarded to Florida to help the state respond to natural and man-made emergencies which implicate homeland security.
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Community to give voice to crime victims at Friday event
Collier County Sheriff's Office Blog
The Collier County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with Project HELP to empower the victims of violent crimes during the third annual Take Back the Night event on April 26 at Lowdermilk Park. Being subjected to violence is a harrowing experience that often inflicts both physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime for the survivors. CCSO and Project HELP are inviting the community to support survivors and give them confidence to move forward with their lives. An open microphone will allow survivors, their supporters and the general public to speak out against violence.
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