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Florida launches website for tracking election results

Florida is launching a website offering election results including a tool for tracking specific races.

Interim Secretary of State Dawn K. Roberts said Tuesday that the new site will provide the results quickly and easily as soon as they come in.

The site called Florida Election Watch is at It will get its first test during the Aug. 24 primary election.

Results will not be posted, though, until after 8 p.m. when polls close in the western Panhandle, which is on central time.

Visitors to the Division of Elections' main website on election night will automatically be sent to Florida Election Watch. They can get back to the regular site through a link at the top banner.


2 companies accused of bilking Medicare

Two South Florida companies are accused of bilking Medicare on penis pump sales, part of $2 million in bogus billings on medical equipment.

Charlie RX and Happy Trips of Hialeah together billed $63,000 for the $395 pumps intended only for men. According to charges unsealed Monday in federal court in Miami, the federal health care program paid the medical-equipment providers over $28,000. Among the payments were phony claims for four pumps for a single female patient.

In February, two men who ran the companies were indicted on charges of health care fraud.


Mom poses baby with bong on Facebook

A mom who thought it would be funny to post a picture of her baby with a bong on her Facebook page has been arrested.

Rachel Stieringer, 19, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A Texas resident called Florida's abuse hotline after seeing the picture online.

Clay County deputies say Stieringer turned herself in July 29 and was released on $502 bond.

A spokesman for the Department of Children and Families said Monday the baby had no injuries; drug tests were negative.


Boy helps fight off mother's attacker

A central Florida boy helped his pregnant mother fight off a sexual assault by using a broom to swat her attacker, police say.

Mascotte police say 55-year-old Michael Minchey broke into the family's home Sunday evening, straddled the woman. The boy overheard the attack and swatted the man with a broom, and the woman kneed Minchey in the groin.

The attacker fled the family's home. Police tracked him to his residence and arrested him on charges of burglary, aggravated battery, attempted rape and child abuse. Police didn't identify the victim, her son or release the boy's age.


Man, 91, dies when deputy's car crashes

An Orange County deputy was involved in a crash that killed a 91-year-old man.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports the man's car was T-boned by a patrol vehicle early Tuesday that may have been responding to a backup call.

Deputy Malinda Miller, 28, suffered minor injuries. The victim was identified as Edward Charles Soistam.

Associated Press

Florida launches website for tracking election results 08/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:37pm]
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