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Tropical Storm Isaac a concern as GOP convention nears
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Tropical Storm Isaac churned away in the Atlantic Ocean, forecast to strengthen into a hurricane and posing a potential threat to the GOP convention in Florida. It's too early to tell what effects the storm will have on the U.S. mainland. But several computer models bring the storm into the Gulf of Mexico, while others move it farther east over Florida. With roughly 50,000 people headed to Tampa for the Republican National Convention starting Aug. 27, there is heightened interest in the future path of the storm. More

Hillsborough County Sheriff: RNC will change how calls are handled
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If a bicycle gets stolen after 6 a.m. on Friday, don't expect a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy to head out to take the report in person. That's just not going to be possible before, during and right after the Republican National Convention. With thousands of dignitaries, protestors, politicos, journalists and gawkers all expected to descend on the Tampa Bay area this week in advance of the Aug. 27-30 convention, the sheriff's office is modifying its routine on some calls, explained Debbie Carter, spokeswoman for the agency. More
Related story: Tampa strip-club king: RNC not great for business (The Associated Press via WIS-TV)

Sheriff arrives in chopper for backpack giveaway at YMCA
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Families in Pembroke Pines recently lined up at the local YMCA to receive free backpacks handed out by Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti. Lamberti arrived by helicopter as part of a daylong trek around Broward for similar backpack giveaways just ahead of the start of the school year. Pembroke Pines was one of several stops, with others in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderhill. The sheriff and helicopter weren't the only parts of Broward Sheriff's Office at the Pembroke Pines YMCA Family Center. Children lined up to have a look at a BSO SWAT truck and pose for pictures inside it, and to take a tour through the inside of a mobile crime scene lab. More

Palm Coast seeking new way to outlaw synthetic marijuana
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Palm Coast officials are working on an ordinance to ban the sale of "herbal incense" by targeting its effect rather than the ever-changing chemical brew chemists cook up to stay ahead of the law when producing synthetic marijuana. The draft ordinance would ban products that mimic the effects of a controlled substance that could be easily placed into pipes, cigarette papers and other paraphernalia for smoking or inhaling. More

A second chance for errant kids
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Sgt. Wayne Enterkin doesn't like repeat customers. Enterkin supervises the school resource officer program in Santa Rosa County schools. In his book, it would be just fine if all of the teens his officers meet were one-and-done with the legal system. The success his officers have had with one tool in the last few years toward that aim is expanding to Escambia County and throughout the state. Civil citations and teen court have been in place in Santa Rosa for at least seven years. The program funnels first-time offenders charged with minor offenses out of the judicial system and onto a community service track. More

Report: More than half of US violent crimes unreported
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More than half of the victims of violent crimes in the United States did not make a report to the police between 2006 and 2010, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The finding accounts for about 3.4 million violent crimes that went unreported each year. Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said underreporting of crimes limits law enforcement's ability to accurately map out where crimes take place. More

Social media helping solve crime in southwest Florida
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A WINK News investigation discovers a crime fighting tool in town and it's helping to protect you. Call for Action Investigator Genevieve Judge found out how social media is making you safe and could even make you some quick cash. Typically law enforcement fights crime sitting behind the wheel or on the streets but now they're taking to social media like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to take criminals off the streets. The days of you've got mail might be long gone but the days of connecting quickly via Facebook and Twitter are here and now. More

Police search for fugitive in South Fla. slaying
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Police in South Florida want information on a fugitive they seek for questioning in the slaying of a 42-year-old man in March. The Broward Sheriff's Office says a fugitive task force tracked 26-year-old Felipe Alex Torrealba to a home in Lehigh Acres in southwest Florida. But when officers arrived Torrealba was not there. More

Detectives find sleeping child in Lake City meth lab bust
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When investigators entered a Lake City home searching for a drug operation, a report said they encountered strong chemical odors — and a sleeping child. The child was taken to a medical facility for a medical evaluation, and Columbia County Sheriff's detectives arrested two adults on charges of running a meth lab, the report notes. More


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