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Brush fire burning in West Miami-Dade

A fire is burning in the Everglades in West Miami-Dade County. Forestry officials say the blaze was caused by a lightning strike. No homes have been threatened or evacuated. Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Handcuffed woman accused of eating pot, troopers say

Tavish Smith might be the happiest and friendliest arrestee we’ve seen in a while — that is until a trooper caught her trying to eat a bag full of evidence. Her last-ditch effort to get rid of evidence was all caught on a Florida Highway Patrol squad car camera after she was pulled over for suspicion of DUI along U.S. 1 in Cocoa. She crashed her truck, drove the wrong way on U.S. 1, then crashed again, said the arrest report.By this time, the woman’s not laughing. Brevard County woman who ate pot mugshot At the moment she eats the evidence, her misdemeanor charges for minor hit-and-run, DUI and marijuana possession bump up to a felony. “Bags of weed just don’t go missing inside a police car,” said the trooper. “And I’ve got it all on video.” Smith denied everything and tried to hide what she was doing, but troopers said she had pot on her hands and face, and left crumbs everywhere. Troopers said there was enough evidence left in the bag to test it and prove it was marijuana. Smith posted bond and was released from jail. She has been suspended from her job as an employee for a Brevard County judge. The video …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

In an election-year challenge to President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $570 billion defense bill that halts any Guantánamo transfers for a year amid the furor over the American-for-Taliban swap and pulls back on government spying. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Gov. Rick Scott signs warning shot bill

Floridians who threaten to use a gun, or even fire a warning shot, could avoid criminal prosecution under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott on Friday signed the bill (HB 89) partially inspired by a Jacksonville woman initially sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot near her estranged husband during an altercation. The woman, Marissa Alexander, is awaiting a new trial. Alexander had tried to assert a “stand your ground” defense, but a judge rejected her claim. She was sentenced under the state’s “10-20-Life” law that requires mandatory sentences for using a gun. The new law, however, would allow for instances of threatened use of force without falling under the rule of “10-20-Life.” It marks a significant change to the state’s self-defense laws. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Car registrations stolen at Tri-Rail station in Fort Lauderdale, Residence Inn Marriott

A guard now patrols the Tri-Rail station in Fort Lauderdale days after more than a dozen cars were broken into at the busy train stop off Interstate 95 and Broward Boulevard. Police believe the break-ins may be part of a theft ring where crooks aren’t going after valuables. Instead, they’re stealing auto registrations and car insurance cards that have your personal information. Nose Noel was one of the victims. She told Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman she had nothing valuable in her car when it was broken into. “I don’t have nothing in the car,” said Noel. “You have nothing of value?” asked Norman. “No, just my Bible and papers and my work and shoes,” said Noel. Sources tell Local 10 News crooks are trying to steal people’s identity. Car registrations and sometimes insurance cards have people’s driver license number on it, which thieves could be trying to sell. Although they would need additional information to get a hold of a legit license, a bogus one can serve as a primary document for people to open a bank account and fill out government forms. The same group is believed to be behind a string of break-ins at the Residence Inn Marriott in Miramar. Surveillance video captured …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Human remains found in canal identified as those of Raquel Calderin

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner has identified human remains found inside a vehicle submerged in a canal as those of Raquel Calderin. Calderin has been missing since Sept. 4, 2012. She was last seen having a verbal altercation with her estranged husband, Jesus Maqueira, at the school where she worked as a custodian. Her remains were found earlier this week in a canal on Krome Avenue, one mile north of Southwest Eighth Street in west Miami-Dade County. Maqueira is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated stalking. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man shot in apparent domestic dispute in Miami

A man was shot in the shoulder Friday during an apparent domestic dispute in Miami. The shooting occurred Friday morning near Northwest Fourth Avenue and Northwest 54th Street. Miami police said a man in his 30s was shot once in the shoulder. Sky 10 was above the scene as officers were looking inside a nearby dumpster. A large amount of blood could be seen on the ground next to a red car. Police said the shooting appeared to be domestic-related. The man was expected to survive. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from 3 companies involved in Israeli/Palestinian conflict

By Lauren Markoe (RNS) The 310-303 vote marks a victory for divestment supporters both within and without the 1.8 million-member PCUSA, now the largest American church to embrace divestment as a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands. The post Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from 3 companies involved in Israeli/Palestinian conflict appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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