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DUI arrest leads to other charges against suspect

When police stop someone because they suspect a case of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the suspect occasionally responds with hostility and threats instead of cooperating with the police. These intemperate responses often result in more serious criminal charges. The recent arrest of a man from Altamonte Springs on charges of DUI demonstrates how the suspect's behavior can go off the rails and significantly worsen the legal situation.

Two suspected felons arrested after fleeing from Wal-Mart Store

The urge to flee is a common response to a confrontation with police or security personnel, but the urge should be resisted because it usually greatly expands the number of criminal complaints available to police. Two people who are alleged to have stolen merchandise from a Wal-Mart Store attempted to elude police and now find themselves facing what police described as a "cornucopia of charges."

Surveillance video leads to arrest of alleged hit-and-run driver

The widespread use of surveillance video cameras in commercial establishments in Central Florida often provides clues that help police arrest suspected thieves and hit-and-run drivers. The suspect in a recent hit-and-run accident in Titusville was identified because police were able to use an anonymous tip in conjunction with surveillance video to identify and locate the suspect.

Orlando sports bar sees second shooting in five months

A sports bar in Orlando calls itself the "Happy Place." Unfortunately, twice in the last five months the Happy Place has been the scene of fatal shootings. The victim in the second shooting also appears to have been wounded in the earlier incident. In addition to the fatal shootings, the bar experienced another shooting incident in October, but this incident did not result in any fatalities.

Internet meeting leads to rendezvous, suspected murder

Many people in Orlando and Central Florida use the internet to find people with similar interests and tastes. Some internet meetings result in friendship or romance, and some have far more tragic consequences. The recent arrest of a man suspected of murder provides an example of two men meeting for friendship and ending in violence.

Brevard County bus driver charged with DUI

Public buses are usually considered among the safest modes of public transportation in Brevard County, but a recent arrest may affect that perception. Police were recently alerted to a potentially catastrophic event by a driver who saw what she described as a "really bad" situation.

Florida man charged with sex crimes involving 13-year-old girl

Sex crimes that involve minor children are one of the most serious kinds of criminal behavior. Police generally accord such accusations a very high priority. A south Florida man is facing such charges for sex crimes involving a 13-year-old girl.

Attempted theft at Goodwill store leads to shooting

Sometimes, even the smallest type of crime can quickly become a major incident, involving serious injury or even death. An attempted robbery of a Goodwill store in Winter Park last week quickly evolved into a confrontation with police and the shooting of an unarmed man.

Suspect in grandmother's murder arrested in vacant house in Tampa

Tampa police recently arrested a man who was sleeping in a vacant house. After checking current warrants, police learned they had arrested the suspect in two unsolved crimes. Further checking indicated that the man may be a suspect in the murder of an Orlando grandmother.

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