Over 130 busted in Tampa Bay-area child sex sting

Over 130 busted in Tampa Bay-area child sex sting

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) --Local and federal law enforcement agencies combined their efforts to bust over 130 suspected sex offenders in Tampa as part of "Operation Cyber Vigilance."
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Man suspected of stealing GPS device arrested after calling 911 because he was lost

Man suspected of stealing GPS device arrested after calling 911 because he was lost

POLK CITY, Fla., June 2 (UPI) --Florida man Andrew Joffe called 911 because he was lost and was arrested when police arrived and found a stolen GPS in his backpack.
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Charges dropped against teens in bullying case

LAKELAND, Fla., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Florida dropped stalking charges against two girls accused of bullying a 12-year-old girl who then committed suicide, lawyers said.

Suicide victim, alleged tormentor had bad home lives, sheriff says

WINTER HAVEN, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The Florida girl whose suicide led to the arrest of two girls who allegedly bullied her grew up in a "disturbing environment," a sheriff said.

Jose Baez retained in Fla. cyberbullying case

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Former Casey Anthony lawyer Jose Baez will represent a 12-year-old Florida girl accused of bullying a classmate, prompting the victim's suicide.

Stepmother of bullying suspect charged with child abuse

BARTOW, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Florida woman whose stepdaughter has been charged with bullying a 12-year-old girl into suicide has been charged with child abuse and neglect.

Parents: Daughter's Facebook account hacked in bullied girl's suicide

LAKELAND, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Parents of one of the Florida girls charged with bullying a 12-year-old girl into committing suicide say they believe their daughter's computer was hacked.

2 teenage girls charged with stalking in Florida cyberbullying case

BARLOW, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Two girls in Florida have been charged with the aggravated stalking of Rebecca Sedwick, allegedly driven to suicide by online bullies, police said.
Florida pastor arrested with kerosene-soaked Korans

Florida pastor arrested with kerosene-soaked Korans

MULBERRY, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Florida pastor Terry Jones was arrested with nearly 3,000 kerosene-soaked Korans, minutes before he planned to burn them in a public park, officials said.

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Florida man kills wife, wounds 2 pastors

LAKELAND, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A man shot his wife to death in Lakeland, Fla., Sunday morning, then burst into a nearby church where he was once a deacon and wounded two pastors, police said.

Suspect found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

HAINES CITY, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A suspected Florida car thief was arrested while playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto," authorities say.

Sheriff: Missing Lotto winner likely dead

LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Missing $31 million Florida Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare has likely died under suspicious circumstances, police said Wednesday.

Woman recovers from raccoon 'gang attack'

LAKELAND, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A Lakeland, Fla., woman was recovering from serious injuries she received in what sheriff's department investigators called a "gang attack" by five raccoons.

Police played Wii during search

LAKELAND, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said members of a Polk County drug task force were videotaped playing a bowling video game on the Nintendo Wii during a search.
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