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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.

Florida couple charged with selling drugs from mobile home

Drug dealers, like many businesses, are often trying to improve their methods of soliciting drug deals and delivering drugs to their customers. A couple living in Ocala, FL were recently arrested for selling drugs from a window in their mobile home - much like a fast food drive-thru.

Construction worker charged with molesting 11-year-old girl

Sex offenders often use their occupation as a way of contacting vulnerable children. Church workers, school employees and others who work with children in situations where the adult occupies a position of power vis-à-vis the child. In a recent case from Polk County, the theme received a significant variation. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a 38-year-old construction worker has been charged with various sex crimes involving an 11-year-old girl.

Nurse accused of stealing 10,000 painkillers and other meds

Employees of institutions that use prescription pain killers to treat patients are often tempted to feed their own drug habit by stealing drugs from their employer. Such thefts increase costs to patients who need the drugs and feed the addiction of the employee. In a recent example of such a drug crime, law enforcement officers in Hernando County recently arrested a nurse for allegedly stealing pain killers from the institution where she worked.

Fatal hit-and-run driver arrested

Panic is a common reaction when a driver thinks that he has struck another vehicle or a pedestrian, and flight is too often the behavior that ensues. Unfortunately, flight often worsens the situation for the driver. In a recent example of this phenomenon, the Florida Highway Patrol announced the arrest of a man they allege fled the scene of a fatal collision involving a bicycle rider in Orlando in June.

Florida man offers novel defense to DUI charge

Readers of this blog may understand just how serious drunk driving charges can be. Therefore, it is important for those facing DUI charges to formulate a strong criminal defense strategy. In what appears to be a novel approach to countering DUI charges, a Florida man gave an unusual defense statement when he was arrested in Vero Beach after being accused of drunk driving.

DUI suspect literally goes kicking and screaming to jail

The phrase "kicking and screaming" is often used metaphorically to describe someone who performs a task while expressing intense objection to it. A literal instance of the phrase recently occurred when Melbourne police arrested a woman on suspicion of drunk driving.

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