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Florida Supreme Court hears medical marijuana arguments
WGCU-Radio
The Florida Supreme Court recently heard arguments about whether the court should keep a proposed constitutional amendment off next year's ballot that would allow medical marijuana in the state. Twenty states have legalized medical pot for the treatment of diseases like cancer and Lou Gehrig's disease.
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9 arrested in Florida undercover workers' comp fraud sting
BizPac Review
The operation was conducted by the Florida Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud and Bureau of Compliance, in concert with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Bradenton and Holmes Beach police departments and the Manatee County State Attorney's Office.
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Synthetic drug may have led to crime rampage
The Tampa Tribune
The drop likely is a combination of users becoming aware of the violent effects of the chemical compounds and moves by authorities to outlaw the sale and possession of bath salts, said Hillsborough County sheriff's Capt. Kyle Cockream.
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Warrant sweep nets 16 wanted criminals in Sarasota
WTSP-TV
"The subjects we look for are still actively committing crimes," said Fugitive Apprehension Unit Deputy Brian Barrett. "When we apprehend them, we're basically saving the citizens from being re-victimized."
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ECSO: New anti-violence video now online
Pensacola News Journal
The "Take Back Your Streets" campaign was launched in September. The program encourages citizens to consider the consequences of their actions and to report any criminal activity they see to Crime Stoppers.
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Sheriff Wayne Ivey offers holiday crime prevention tips
Brevard County Sheriff's Office via Space Coast Daily
Sheriff Wayne Ivey says: We have talked about protecting our home and family while traveling during the holidays, so now it's time to talk about safety while out shopping for gifts and food for the festivities.
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MADD, Sarasota sheriff deputies 'Tie One on for Safety'
WTSP-TV
Officers place red ribbon magnets on their DUI units as a reminder to motorists not to drink and drive. The ribbon also reminds everyone this holiday season to assign a nondrinking designated driver so everyone can arrive home safely.
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State launches 'Safe Sleep' campaign
WTSP-TV
Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight says, to help families who cannot afford cribs, pack and play and bassinets, the sheriff's office is now a permanent drop-off locations for donations.
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Retooled gaming parlors closed again
Herald-Tribune
Jacks Bingo and More on Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota, which opened in October, closed over the weekend after sheriff's deputies arrived with a subpoena.
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US Sheriffs getting armored vehicles left over from Iraq
The Associated Press via Fox News
At the height of the war in Iraq, the 18-ton armored vehicles were worth $500,000. Now the U.S. Department of Defense is giving these military fighting vehicles to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, under a national military surplus program.

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Florida marijuana amendment proposal flawed, bad impacts
Bradenton Herald
The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition agrees with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that the political committee People United for Medical Marijuana's proposed initiative petition being spearheaded by attorney John Morgan to amend the Florida Constitution is seriously flawed and would have a profoundly negative impact on the state of Florida.

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Medical marijuana push is a sham
The Ledger
If you thought the medical-marijuana initiative was intended to truly help those debilitated by serious diseases, think again. If that were the case, the authors of the amendment would not have included a truck-sized loophole in the definition of debilitating diseases qualifying a person to legally smoke pot.

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FBI releases annual crime statistics from NIBRS
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its second compilation of annual data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System. The report — "NIBRS 2012" — presents core tables about incident and offense data submitted by a third of the nation's law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program
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