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Florida Sheriffs Association honors fallen officers at ceremony
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The Florida Sheriffs Association honored all 346 officers whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall. Attorney General Pam Bondi joined FSA Executive Director Steve Casey, FSA President Sheriff Susan Benton and many sheriffs from across the state at the FSA Memorial Wall to pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving their communities. Law enforcement officers go to work everyday and put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedoms, and the month of May is dedicated to remembering all those who gave their lives in the line of duty – these officers made the ultimate sacrifice for Floridians and their communities.
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Loose data aids identity thieves
The Tampa Tribune
As they struggle to get control of the identity theft tax refund fraud epidemic in the Tampa area, law enforcement officials say people's private information is at risk at businesses, medical facilities and government offices across the state. The people stealing identities agree. Identity information is the fuel that is powering the tax refund fraud that has allowed thieves to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from federal taxpayers in the Tampa area and billions of dollars nationwide. Law enforcement officials say they routinely find suspects with other people's medical and financial records.
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Counterthreat: South Florida terrorism task force meshes agencies on constant alert
The Palm Beach Post
When two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon April 15, law enforcement agencies at all levels responded in what was later described as a well-coordinated response to a terrorist act. South Florida agencies, united under the region's Joint Terrorism Task Force, say they're working to make sure they're just as ready. "We are very prepared down here," said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, whose agency participates in the task force. "Networking among state, federal and local law agencies is excellent. We feel we are prepared to handle anything that comes our way."
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Mental health: Florida gun bill limited
The Ledger
NRA-backed legislation, approved by the legislature, is supposed to help keep firearms away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The bill, HB 1355, would bar firearm sales to people who undergo voluntary commitment for mental health care after being deemed a danger to themselves or others. Their names would be added to databases that are consulted by licensed gun dealers in required background checks.
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Traffic stop leads to largest seizure of meth in Polk County history
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives conducted a traffic stop on a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. The traffic stop was initiated when detectives ran the vehicle's tag, and discovered that the registered owner of the Jeep had a suspended license and a warrant for violation of probation. The driver/owner of the Jeep was identified as 21-year-old Scott Robert Eargood. Upon search of the Jeep, detectives found over $3,400 cash bundled in rubber bands and a half pound of methamphetamine.
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Florida Sheriffs Association honors fallen officers at ceremony
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The Florida Sheriffs Association honored all 346 officers whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall.

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Loose data aids identity thieves
The Tampa Tribune
As they struggle to get control of the identity theft tax refund fraud epidemic in the Tampa area, law enforcement officials say people's private information is at risk at businesses, medical facilities and government offices across the state.

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Florida Sheriff's Deputy wrangles 10-foot alligator
Tampa Bay Times via Officer.com
A woman called 911 early Tuesday to report a bizarre yet distinctly Floridian sight: An alligator, she told dispatchers, was snapping at cars near a dentist's office.

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Cocaine found has street value of $7.5 million
First Coast News
Cocaine that was found washed up on the shore has a street value of $7.5 million dollars, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. The package that was found contained 25 kilos of the drug, which is worth $1 million if not cut and turned into crack or powder cocaine. The sheriff's office said it is working with other agencies to investigate where the cocaine came from. The cocaine was wrapped as if it were imported into the country. The sheriff's office said it was most likely from South America, although the investigation is ongoing.
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Manatee Sheriff delivers letters to Internet cafes setting enforcement rules
Bradenton Herald
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has taken the first steps toward the enforcement of a new state law aimed at shutting down Internet and sweepstakes cafes. In a letter dated April 24 from Sheriff Brad Steube, the new law is broken down to owners, operators, employees and patrons, and warns that those who continue to operate without complying will risk charges being brought against them. The bill, The Prohibition of Electronic Gaming Devices, was signed into law April 10 by Gov. Rick Scott, clarifying exceptions that business owners had used for years to operate. The letter was personally delivered to each establishment by a member of the sheriff's office to ensure it was received.
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Florida sheriff's deputy wrangles 10-foot alligator
Tampa Bay Times via Officer.com
A woman called 911 to report a bizarre yet distinctly Floridian sight: An alligator, she told dispatchers, was snapping at cars near a dentist's office. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies found the 10-foot reptile at the corner of Tampa Road and County Road 611 around 5:45 a.m., a sheriff's office spokesperson said. Deputy Jeff Crandall, a 30-year squad veteran, chose to wrangle the beast. He roped the gator's neck, according to the sheriff's office, and taped its snout. Then he sat on the reptile's back and looked at the camera. It wasn't Crandall's first encounter with an unruly gator. Three years ago, he helped subdue another unwelcome scaly visitor outside Oldsmar's Forest Lakes Elementary School.
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