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Civil-citation program for juveniles launches in Escambia County
Pensacola News Journal
During a news conference, local and state officials launched a civil-citation program for juveniles in Escambia County. The program allows law enforcement officers to issue a civil citation to juveniles who commit first-offense misdemeanors, rather than an arrest. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters told a crowd of about 30 that the program is a statewide initiative. In attendance were Sheriff David Morgan, Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons, State Attorney Bill Eddins, Public Defender Bruce Miller, Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and County Commissioner Lumon May.
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Clay County sheriff to beef up courthouse security
The Florida Times-Union
Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler is tightening security another notch at the county courthouse in keeping with an order from Chief Judge Donald Moran Jr. early this year. Beginning July 1, all courthouse employees, like the general public and lawyers, will be screened for weapons upon entering the building. Now, the estimated 150 courthouse employees don't have to pass through metal detectors.
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Lawmakers provide no money for drug-abuse database
Tallahassee Bureau via Sun Sentinel
With the clock ticking on the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers will likely adjourn without providing funding for the state's prescription drug database, which law enforcement officials say is a key tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse. There's no money for it in the budget being voted on. And legislation to allow pharmaceutical companies to donate money for its operations has faltered.
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Sheriff's deputies remembered
Northwest Florida Daily News
Four years ago, Michelle Lopez said goodbye to her husband, expecting to see him a few hours later like every other day. On April 25, 2009, Deputies Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York responded to Shoal River Gun Club in Crestview to arrest a domestic violence suspect. They were shot and killed in the ensuing gunfight. The suspect, 28-year-old Joshua Cartwright, was killed later that day in another gunfight with law officers in DeFuniak Springs. Michelle Lopez and Janel York, Skip York's wife, recently had lunch together and talked like old friends, although they didn't meet until after their husbands were killed.
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Palm Beach County sheriff gets $1 million for violence prevention unit
The Palm Beach Post
Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf. Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch "prevention intervention" units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed. The goal will be avoiding crime — and making sure law enforcement knows about potential powder kegs before tragedies occur, Bradshaw said.
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Sheriff's deputies remembered
Northwest Florida Daily News
Four years ago, Michelle Lopez said goodbye to her husband, expecting to see him a few hours later like every other day.

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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.

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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.

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Pasco Sheriff's Captain Mike Ferrantelli wins 2013 Masters Bench Press World Championship
WTSP-TV
Pasco Sheriff's Captain Mike Ferrantelli is the world champion of the bench press. The sheriff's office announced, Ferrantelli won the 2013 Masters Bench Press World Championship held in Prague, Czech Republic on April 18-21. Ferrantelli won the Gold Medal for the United States bench pressing 578.8 pounds to win the competition in his class. He is a captain with the PSO's Court Services Bureau.
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Polk deputy killed in 1-car crash on Bomber Road
WTSP-TV
VideoBriefPeople living near Bomber Road knew just by the sound of things that something bad had happened. Needham and his neighbors found a sheriff's cruiser off the road and crumpled against trees — a deputy trapped inside. Master Deputy Joseph "Shane" Robbins died of his injuries. The 40-year-old had been with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. Robbins was on duty at the time of the crash, but not answering a call and investigators don't know yet what caused him to swerve on the road and eventually crash. Just minutes beforehand he'd waved to another deputy in a cruiser as they passed on the road. Investigators are looking into a possible medical problem and they'd also like to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash.
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Detective receives top honor
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Florida Keys
Monroe County Sheriff's Detective Manuel Cuervo, a member of the Major Crimes Unit, accepted a state award last week from Attorney General Pam Bondi. Detective Cuervo was named the Special Tribute Award Officer of the Year for his work on a major child pornography investigation. The award is given each year in the state's capitol during Victim's Rights Week. Detective Manuel Cuervo was the main case investigator into the case of William Britt, who was arrested in November of 2012 on over 100 counts possession of child pornography. In accepting the award, Detective Cuervo recognized all the others who worked with him on the case to bring it to a successful conclusion. He also thanked the person who brought Britt to the attention of law enforcement.
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