O.J. Simpson gets tax break on home
O.J. Simpson is entitled to a homestead exemption on his South Florida home even though he is in a Nevada prison. That's the opinion of the Miami-Dade County property appraiser's office. A neighbor had asked whether the former football player and actor should continue to receive the exemption. Department of Revenue rules say a felony conviction does not disqualify a homeowner from receiving the exemption. Nor does temporary absence. Simpson, 63, was convicted in 2008 of leading a bungled heist to retrieve memorabilia he claimed was stolen by dealers.
93 convicted foreign nationals arrested
U.S. immigration authorities have rounded up nearly 100 foreign nationals with convictions of violent crimes, sex offenses and drug trafficking charges.
The five-day Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation ended Friday with 93 administrative arrests statewide for being in violation of immigration law.
All were in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or deportation from the United States. The arrests include 84 men and nine women from 22 different countries. All have completed their criminal sentences.
ICE made 25 arrests in Miami-Dade County, eight in Broward County, 13 in West Palm Beach, 19 in Tampa, 11 in Orlando, 14 in Fort Myers, two in Jacksonville and one in Tallahassee.
Grandma accused in baby sale out on bail
A Central Florida grandmother accused of trying to sell her grandson for $30,000 is free on bail.
Authorities say Patty Bigbee, 45, left the Volusia County jail Sunday after her $100,000 bail was posted.
Bigbee was arrested in November when she handed the 2-month-old over to a Tampa area couple in a Volusia County shopping center parking lot. It was unclear who posted bail for Bigbee.
Officials say Bigbee's boyfriend, Lawrence Works, 42, remains in jail with no bail allowed. Works is charged with being a principal to the sale of a child.
The child's 21-year-old mother is in state prison on unrelated fraud charges. The baby is in state custody.