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  1. Deputies: Man who took joy ride on jail lawn arrested again for crashing into jail entrance


    BROOKSVILLE — The same man who took a joy ride through the lawn of the Hernando County jail before crashing into a flagpole two weeks ago returned to the scene of the crime for more mischief Sunday, sheriff's officials said. …

  2. Family of Oldsmar man who died in jail suing Pinellas Sheriff's Office


    It started as a typical DUI traffic stop. George Arthur Hunt IV had been driving off the road in East Lake Woodlands on May 18, 2013, when a deputy stopped him. Seven hours later, the 41-year-old married father of four with no criminal history was dead inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail. …

    George Hunt IV, 41, died in 2013 inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail after his DUI arrest.
  3. Murder charge dropped against woman who spent three days in jail for taking abortion pill


    A Georgia prosecutor dropped a murder charge Wednesday against a 23-year-old woman whose arrest after taking pills to end her pregnancy baffled even abortion opponents.  …

  4. Ruskin mailman who flew gyrocopter into Capitol released from jail, headed back to Florida soon


    WASHINGTON — He made the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today for flying through protected airspace and plopping his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He captured air time on an alphabet of news channels for an act of civil disobedience to spotlight campaign finance reform. …

    Doug Hughes, 61, of Ruskin will be placed on home detention in Florida.
  5. Jailed Va. lawmaker who won re-election is sworn in


    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia lawmaker newly re-elected despite serving time for a sex scandal hitched a ride from the jailhouse to the statehouse Wednesday for his swearing-in, even as legislative leaders discussed how to throw him out.  …

  6. Police say man ate stolen chicken in Publix restroom


    CLEARWATER Police: Man ate stolen chicken in Publix restroom, faces theft charge Officers last week arrested a 35-year-old man who was accused of taking a chicken from the deli area of a Publix and then eating it inside a restroom, an arrest report states. …

  7. Man convicted of fatal Pinellas jail van beating sentenced to prison


    Leonard Lanni, convicted in the death of a man who he beat in a jail transport van, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Friday.  …

  8. Questions raised about history of officer who drove Pinellas jail transport van


    LARGO — The security officer who was driving a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office transport van last month when a man in custody in the back was severely beaten by another detainee had a checkered past as a Pasco deputy. …

  9. Bondi criticizes judge who sentenced 'Ochocinco' to jail

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    Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson made national headlines this week when his courtroom antic resulted in a surprise 30-day jail sentence. Americans seemed to split into two camps: those who agreed Johnson deserved jail time for disrespecting the court and those who believed it was overkill by Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh. …

  10. Pinellas jail inmate who hung himself dies at hospital


    CLEARWATER -- An inmate at the Pinellas County Jail died in the hospital Saturday after he hung himself in his cell, deputies said.  …

  11. Demonstrators march, chant through downtown to support Blackout Tampa


    TAMPA — He had some words prepared, but he couldn't look at his speech and speak into a microphone, so Gazi Kodzo just winged it.  …

  12. Authorities say woman who almost hit jail van was DUI


    Check your B of A ATM transactions inellas counties. Clearwater Woman charged with DUI almost hits jail van …

  13. Report: Pasco woman runs afowl of law over cold nuggets


    HUDSON — There's nothing worse than cold chicken nuggets. Except maybe sitting in a cold jail cell. According to her arrest report, Amanda Lauren Nunziata, 20, of Hudson learned that lesson the hard way Friday night after she threw a fit over cold nuggets at a Twistee Treat on Laredo Road. …

    Amanda L. Nunziata, 20, faces a battery charge. She was released on $11,000 bail.
  14. Ex-cheerleader guilty of rape


    Ex-cheerleader guilty of rape …

    Fort Benning, GA. History-making Army Rangers Capt. Kristen Griest of Copperas Cove, Texas, left, and 1st Lt.  Shaye Haver of Orange, Conn., wave to friends and family gathered during the graduation ceremony of the Army’s Ranger School on Friday. 
Griest, 26, and Haver, 25, are the first women to complete the rigorous Ranger School, graduating 
alongside 94 male soldiers. Both women are graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  15. Clearwater man arrested on charges of possessing child pornography


    CLEARWATER — A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Pinellas County sheriff's detectives began an investigation in March after receiving a tip that Cutberto Barcenas-Gress was downloading child pornography. …

  16. Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with female victim


    HOUSTON — A family of six children and two parents were handcuffed and fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a relationship with the mother and had a dispute with her, authorities said Sunday.  …

    David Conley, 48, was charged in the murder of eight people.
  17. Hegger is going rig about hy and hery


    Jonathan Martin, a now-retired offensive lineman who left the Dolphins in 2013 after accusing teammates of bullying, said Wednesday that he had attempted suicide "on multiple occasions" because of long-simmering identity struggles and the stresses of the NFL. …

    CONTROVERSY: Newly signed Michael Vick practices with the Steelers among criticism from some fans.
  18. Valrico man who fatally shot brother-in-law released from jail


    VALRICO — A man who fatally shot the brother-in-law who broke into his home Monday night was released from jail early Wednesday on drug-related charges. …

  19. Federal report shows 1,800 immigrants re-arrested after release from jail


    LOS ANGELES — More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.  …

    Flowers and a candle lay on the ground after a vigil for Kathryn Steinle on July 6 on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on  July 1. The shooting has heated up a long-running debate between those who want police to help immigration agents to enhance public safety and those who say holding immigrants too long is unconstitutional and erodes community trust.  [Associated Press]
  20. Bride who faked cancer to pay for wedding, honeymoon released from jail


    GOSHEN, N.Y. — A woman who faked having cancer so donors would pay for her "dream wedding" and Caribbean honeymoon was released from jail Wednesday after paying back more than $13,000 to the people she duped.  …

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