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Florida Sheriffs Association names first female president
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The Florida Sheriffs Association has its first female president — ever. Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton was named president of FSA, one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country. As president, Sheriff Benton will be responsible for working with the FSA staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of the 118 year old non-profit organization and its 67 sheriffs. Sheriff Benton has served as chair for the FSA Board of Directors in addition to holding the positions of treasurer, secretary and most recently, vice-president. More

Armed fleet of boats to patrol Tampa's waters during RNC
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Fully automatic machine guns are attached to the sides of a Hillsborough sheriff's office boat whenever cargo ships require an escort into the Port of Tampa. The rifles fire .308 caliber rounds, a favorite of big-game hunters who want to take down deer, elk and even black bear in one shot. They will jut from the Hillsborough County sheriff's newest watercraft when it patrols downtown channels during the Republican National Convention. More

Law enforcement trains to stay calm during RNC
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Law enforcement won't allow violent assaults at the Republican National Convention. They won't stand for property damage, either. But up to that point, they plan to let a lot slide. Baiting has long been a way to get police to react. Protesters yelled "Pigs!" and "I smell bacon!" at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, Minn. Some lunged threateningly at officers. Others dangled doughnuts. Cameras recorded the officers' reactions. Tampa expects its officers to be even-tempered. Actions that appear to be assaults could be traps. More

Youth Ranch endowment honors Martin County Sheriff, wife
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Martin County Sheriff Robert "Bob" Crowder and his wife, Debbie, were honored for their outstanding support of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches at an event hosted by John Pratt, a longtime resident of Martin County. To thank the Crowders for their remarkable generosity, the John and Janey Pratt family has established an endowment fund honoring and named after Sheriff and Mrs. Crowder. The fund will provide support for troubled youth from Martin County, enabling them to attend the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches summer camp. More

US drug czar says prescription tracking helps curb abuse
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While heroin, methamphetamine and even synthetic drugs tend to get much of the attention, the nation's drug czar says prescription drug abuse is far and away the most lethal drug problem in America. Florida was once known as the pill mill capital. Just a few years ago, more than 90 of the nation's top 100 prescription-dispensing physicians were in Florida. That was before the state instituted a tracking program in 2009. More

Florida woman, son stole $2 million in toys in Toys R Us scam
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A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S., authorities say. Broward County Sheriff's deputies say Michael and Margaret Pollara then sold the big-ticket items online, according to an arrest affidavit. More

Volusia Sheriff's Office to help collect unwanted guns in Kicks 4 Guns
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The Volusia County Sheriff's Office will join in the popular Kicks 4 Guns crime-fighting program and hopes to get hundreds of unwanted guns off the streets. Last year, more than 2,300 guns were turned in at nine drop-off sites in Central Florida, including 143 that were collected by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The program encourages citizens to turn in unwanted guns to law enforcement with no questions asked. The sheriff's office will make it even more convenient than ever for citizens to participate. More

Deerfield Beach man tried to meet person he thought was a girl, 14, in Boca Raton
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A Deerfield Beach man remains in custody in the Palm Beach County jail after authorities said said he drove to Boca Raton to meet with someone he thought was a 14 year-old-girl. Alex Talbert Shinn was arrested and faces one count each of using a computer to solicit a child and travelling to meet a minor after using a computer to lure the child. His bond was set at $30,000. If Shinn does post bond, he will face house arrest. More

Spring Hill man charged in child porn case
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A Spring Hill man was charged Thursday with three counts of possession of child pornography. Joseph Costa was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center. Agents from the FDLE's Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center's Brooksville Field Office teamed with agents from the Department of Homeland Security. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office also assisted with the warrant execution and arrest after the child pornography images were found in Costa's possession. More

Broward man facing 40 counts of possessing child porn says life is over
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Broward Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant at Steven Marks' Sunrise home after his computer address was tracked down for allegedly advertising and sharing child porn images. What they found were several files of child pornography on his computer, as well as CDs and DVDs with child porn movies. The porn was labeled under "Guitar Lessons," "Jimi Hendrix," and "John Coltrane." Marks now faces 40 counts of possessing child pornography and possession of marijuana and has been held on $100,000 bail during his first appearance court hearing today. More

All 4 suspects in custody after Haines City Homicide
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Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested three suspects in relation to the homicide of 36-year-old Homero Arteaga. Deputies announced that they have arrested the fourth suspect, 39-year-old Dana Wise. Wise had a Polk County warrant for her arrest for conspiracy to commit robbery, deputies say, after she and Jenny Holmes drove the other two suspects, Christopher Batchelor and John Barrett, to Arteaga's home to rob him. More


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