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By The Dispatch On Thursday, April 18th, 2019
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Colombian Police Officer, Santiago Silva-Ortiz Sentenced to 12 Years for Cocaine Smuggling

U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Santiago Silva-Ortiz (28, Colombia) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more More...

By The Dispatch On Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Floridian, Robert Stiver Pleads Guilty to Armed Robberies of 2 Pittsburgh area Banks

A former resident of Pompano Beach, Florida, has pleaded guilty to charges of violating federal armed bank robbery laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Robert Stiver, 71, pleaded guilty to More...

By The Dispatch On Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Walmart’s ‘Iconic Movie Cars’ Tour brings Ecto-1, KITT, ‘Jurassic Park’ Explorer, Doc Brown’s DeLorean to Tampa, then Houston

Tampa is the next stop in Walmart’s national “Iconic Movie Cars” Tour!  The cool movie cars, featured in the unforgettable commercial picking up groceries, are gearing up for a live action sequel – and More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, April 15th, 2019
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Fort Myers Man, Kenneth Minnick Sentenced 20 Years For Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Kenneth Minnick (43, Fort Myers) to 20 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Minnick had More...

By Brandon Jones On Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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Anti-gun groups unite to protest arming teachers in Florida schools as new bill moves forward in Tallahassee

The Parkland school shooting put Florida in the cross hairs of gun control activists in Florida as a new bill which would arm teachers (if they choose and if they are licensed) advanced in Tallahassee. The Senate More...

By The Dispatch On Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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Labor Department announces grant to battle opioid crisis in Florida, Alexander Acosta says this ‘is a serious public health concern’

The U.S. Department of Labor Friday announced the award of an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for up to $2,500,000, with $833,333 released initially. More...

By The Dispatch On Friday, April 12th, 2019
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Health Care Facility Owner, Philip Esformes Convicted for Role in Largest Health Care Fraud Scheme

A federal jury found a South Florida health care facility owner guilty today for his role in the largest health care fraud scheme ever charged by the Justice Department, involving over $1.3 billion in fraudulent More...

By The Dispatch On Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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Straz Center’s Next Generation Ballet Presents ‘Pirates and Cowboys’

The Straz Center’s Next Generation Ballet (NGB) will present Pirates and Cowboys May 11-12 in Ferguson Hall. The high seas and Wild West meet in Pirates and Cowboys, NGB Artistic Director Philip Neal’s daring More...

By The Dispatch On Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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Patel Conservatory presents ‘Spring Music Spectacular: Made in America’

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents “Spring Music Spectacular: Made in America” The performance will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Hall. The More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Florida House moving on reform ‘to ensure homeowners are protected from excessive rate increases’

From Florida’s House Speaker: THE FLORIDA HOUSE WILL ENSURE ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS (AOB) REFORM SAVINGS ARE PASSED ALONG TO CITIZENS’ RATEPAYERS Legislation Will Prohibit Raising Rates in 2019 unless Rate More...

By Guest Author On Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Matthew Robertson of Merritt Island is going places

Matthew Robertson is not like your average 19 year old. He didn’t go to college. He didn’t follow the book. He didn’t do what everyone told him to do. Most 19-year-olds are playing Call of Duty More...

By The Dispatch On Friday, April 5th, 2019
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Florida bill will elevate texting while driving to a primary offense

The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF), a member of the FL DNT TXTNDRV COALITION, commended Florida lawmakers this week for supporting House Bill 107, Texting While Driving, which would make texting More...

By The Dispatch On Friday, April 5th, 2019
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‘Joe Exotic’ Convicted of Murder for Hire, Violating The Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act

A federal jury has found JOSEPH MALDONADO-PASSAGE, also known as Joseph Allen Maldonado, Joseph Allen Schreibvogel, and “Joe Exotic,” 56, formerly of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, guilty on two counts of hiring More...

By Butter Bracco On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
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Raquel Trinidad and Shevonne Philidor make Tampa proud as they head to American Idol’s Top 20

Raquel Trinidad and Shevonne Philidor may not be household names…yet, but the pair have fans in their hometown of Tampa and those fans will be watching American Idol closely, cheering for the hometown favorites. Philidor More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, April 1st, 2019
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Port Richey Man, Ryan Fluke Sentenced for Aiming A Laser At Police Helicopter

U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Ryan J. Fluke (28, Port Richey) to 21 months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a police helicopter. Fluke pleaded guilty on November 20, 2018. According More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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John Jonchuck murder case: Prosecution rests, shows trauma photos of Phoebe Jonchuck

Prosecutors continued Wednesday to call witnesses to testify in the John Jonchuck murder case. The judge allowed one photo of the wounds on Phoebe Jonchuck and one facial photo of the 5-year-old who was killed More...

By Butter Bracco On Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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CAIR still fighting Boston Marathon bombing Ibragim Todashev case, attacking FBI agent Aaron McFarlane

Prosecutors have asked U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to provide Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers, who are working on an appeal of his conviction, to keep the evidence secured. More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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Marco Rubio leads GOP charge for new Parental Leave Bill, gets support from Mitt Romney, Ann Wagner, Dan Crenshaw

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., plans to push more Republicans to support paid parental leave, a policy that has traditionally been a Democratic priority. photo/ donkeyhotey “We are hoping that we can continue to More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
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Flagler County Man, Sean Farrelly Indicted for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Sean Patrick Farrelly (47, Palm Coast) with sex trafficking of a minor girl. If convicted, Farrelly faces a More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
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Fruitland Park Man, Richard Phillips Sentenced for Threatening Members of Congress

U.S. Senior District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Richard Mel Phillips (36, Fruitland Park) to 18 months in federal prison for transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce. Phillips More...


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