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Broward County commissioners have approved a new program that aims to keep adults accused of non-violent misdemeanor crimes out of jail by giving them civil citations and coursework instead.

Family photos cover the walls of a ranch house in eastern Montana. There are pictures of a dad holding a baby and a son playing high school football.

That son, Juan Orozco, sits on a couch next to his mother. He says after his dad came home fromjail a few years ago he just wasn't the same.

"He has bad depression," he says. "He can't sleep, he doesn't want to eat."

More than seven years after someone swiped a 17th century gold bar from a museum in Key West, federal prosecutors have indicted two men for stealing the artifact.

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The annual Miami-Dade Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will go on, despite calls from some in the community to cancel it after last year’s parade festivities ended in gunfire.

The parade’s organizers say it will be a day of family fun and the community should not be concerned.

“We are not going to let it fall apart because someone wants to destroy it,” said Gigi Tinsley, one of the event's organizers, referring to the shootings last year. 

Death Sentence Tossed Out In Miami Beach Teen's Murder

Dec 22, 2017

More than 15 years after a teen was abducted in Miami Beach, raped and fatally shot in the head along Interstate 95, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence of one of her attackers.

The decision to order a new sentencing proceeding for Death Row inmate Joel Lebron in the April 2002 murder of 18-year-old Ana Maria Angel was part of a series of similar rulings during the past year because juries were not unanimous in recommending death sentences.

Police in Tampa, Fla., say they have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a string of killings in the Seminole Heights area, thanks to a tip received by a police officer doing paperwork at a local McDonald's.

The officer was apparently alerted that a man at the fast food restaurant had a gun.

People are fascinated by true-crime stories. It's evident in the television programs and documentaries that are strewn across the network and on-demand landscape. The topic is especially hot right now in the podcasting realm. 

South Florida's Mike Boudet has taken this fascination and turned it into an award-winning podcast that rivals podcasts like Serial and S-Town in popularity and reach.

Boudet, who's been enthralled by the justice system since youth, is the creator of Sword and Scale.

A former bookkeeper has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling $85,000 from a Florida chapter of the Girl Scouts.

Key Deer Poacher To Serve Federal Time

Oct 31, 2017

One of two men caught illegally poaching three endangered Key deer was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in federal custody. The other received supervised release for a year.

U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez handed down the sentences to Eric Damas Acosta, 18, who received the prison term plus two years of supervised release after he gets out; and Tumani Anthony Young, 23, who received 12 months of supervised release with electronic monitoring. They were in federal court on Simonton Street in Key West.

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It was a Nixonesque moment — a politician asked about questionable campaign tactics — when Michael Grieco told the Miami Herald to “look right into my soul.”


Greico, a first-time commissioner elected in 2013, handed in his resignation at City Hall on Oct. 24. He faced a charge of accepting an illegal campaign contribution, but he avoided admitting guilt and said he didn’t do it.


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Emory Jones just needs to look at his left arm for a reminder of what happened at Avon Park Youth Academy. There is a faint scar in the shape of a snake above his elbow from when an officer beat him.

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For the last two years, the Miami Herald has been looking into systemic abuse within the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the division designed to rehabilitate minors who get into trouble with the law.

Before our current era of creepy clowns (and the problems they cause for professional clowns), there was a killer clown who frustrated Florida detectives for nearly three decades.

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Thursday night, Florida executed Mark Asay, who was declared dead at 6:22 p.m. He broke Florida’s year-and-a-half hiatus for the death penalty as the first person executed since January 2016.

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The state of Florida is poised to execute the first person in more than a year and a half this Thursday, August 24.