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Homeschool Parents Pepper Sprayed, Tasered By Missouri Sheriff, Deputy in Front of Children

By Heather Clark NEW HAMPTON, Mo. – A Christian homeschooling organization has filed a legal challenge against a Missouri sheriff and his deputy after they pepper sprayed and tasered a couple in front of their children when they refused to let them in the house without a warrant. The situation occurred in September 2011 after a Missouri Child Protective Services (CPS) agent had visited the home of Jason and Laura Hagan of New Hampton following a complaint of a messy home. When the caseworker sought to return a second time for a follow-up, the couple refused. CPS then called the police. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Sheriff Darren White and Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Glidden then arrived at the home, seeking to enter. Mr. Hagan told the men that they needed to obtain a warrant from a court. When Glidden stated that he would enter anyway, Hagan turned to go back in the house, and was consequently pepper sprayed in the back of his head, and then in his face. Mrs. Hagan was then sprayed as well. As Mr. Hagan was still standing after the ordeal, he was then tasered, which caused him to fall to the floor just inside of the door. …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Florida unemployment rate drops to 6 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate is dropping again. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent for October. That’s a small dip of 0.1 percent from the previous month. The rate is the lowest it has been since June 2008. Gov. Rick Scott announced new jobs numbers during a Friday visit to Boca Raton. Florida added more than 34,000 jobs last month, which was the third highest total in the nation. Florida’s unemployment rate, however, remains above the national average of 5.8 percent. There are an estimated 578,000 Floridians out of work. Meanwhile, unemployment in Miami-Dade County dropped to 6.4 percent, while unemployment in Monroe County dropped to 3.6 percent with 37,800 jobs created. The Republican governor made the state’s job growth a centerpiece of his re-election campaign. Economists have countered that a big reason for the initial drop in the state’s unemployment rate was that many Floridians dropped out of the workforce. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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John Goodman set to be sentenced in DUI manslaughter retrial

A Palm Beach County judge ins once again expected to sentence a Wellington polo mogul who was found guilty for the second time in a 2010 crash that killed a recent college graduate. Judge Jeffrey Colbath said Wednesday that he would wait until Friday to make a decision while he considers a request by defense attorneys to release John Goodman from jail on bond while they appeal his conviction. Goodman, 51, was convicted last month of DUI manslaughter and second-degree vehicular homicide in the February 2010 death of Scott Wilson, 23. It was the second such conviction for the International Polo Club Palm Beach founder after the outcome of his 2012 trial was overturned because of juror misconduct. Prosecutors claimed Goodman was intoxicated when he crashed his Bentley into Wilson’s Hyundai in the early morning of Feb. 12, 2010, after a night of drinking. Wilson’s car plunged into a canal, where the University of Central Florida graduate drowned. Evidence during the trial showed that Goodman racked up a bar tab of about $272 in the hours before the crash and that his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Goodman admitted to taking two tequila shots and having a vodka drink at the Players Club, but …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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The Creation Station "Sneak Peek" 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

– Main Library Creation Station The Creation Station represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County.The Main Library Creation Station makerspace is a community center with tools that enable individuals to design, prototype and make 3D items. Makerspaces often include tools and equipment too expensive or specialized for most people to own, as well as provide a gathering place for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Fla. Keys inmate facing prison time disappears during furlough

Authorities in the Florida Keys are searching for a jail inmate who didn’t report back after being granted a furlough. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Horkene Cade, 36, of Marathon, was facing prison time after he was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon in July. At the time of his arrest, Cade was already facing felony charges of possessing a weapon and cocaine. A judge furloughed Cade on Nov. 12, and he was scheduled to return Nov. 17. He never arrived. New warrants have been issued for Cade’s arrest. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said because Cade is facing prison time and could be armed, detectives are warning people not to confront him if they see him and to call 911 instead. Cade is believed to be in the Florida City area, where he may be driving a 1999 Lincoln Continental with a Miami Dolphins license plate. Anyone with information as to Cade’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Fla. Keys inmate facing prison time disappears during furlough

Authorities in the Florida Keys are searching for a jail inmate who didn’t report back after being granted a furlough. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Horkene Cade, 36, of Marathon, was facing prison time after he was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon in July. At the time of his arrest, Cade was already facing felony charges of possessing a weapon and cocaine. A judge furloughed Cade on Nov. 12, and he was scheduled to return Nov. 17. He never arrived. New warrants have been issued for Cade’s arrest. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said because Cade is facing prison time and could be armed, detectives are warning people not to confront him if they see him and to call 911 instead. Cade is believed to be in the Florida City area, where he may be driving a 1999 Lincoln Continental with a Miami Dolphins license plate. Anyone with information as to Cade’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Body found in Pompano Beach canal identified as Charlene Azzaro

A body found inside a car in a Pompano Beach canal Wednesday has been identified as that of Charlene Azzaro, 56, who has been missing since August 2013. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter said divers were performing a training exercise in the canal near North Palm Aire Drive when they discovered the submerged Nissan Maxima. Divers discovered a body inside. Carter said the car was registered to Azzaro, who had been living out of her car at the time of her disappearance. Two women who arrived at the scene told Local 10 News that Azzaro was there sister and they immediately believed it was her who was inside the car. “She was a wonderful, happy girl,” a tearful Kathleen Platt said of her twin sister. Platt said she believed her sister had fallen on hard times. “It breaks my heart,” Platt said. car in canal Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Body found in Pompano Beach canal identified as Charlene Azzaro

A body found inside a car in a Pompano Beach canal Wednesday has been identified as that of Charlene Azzaro, 56, who has been missing since August 2013. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter said divers were performing a training exercise in the canal near North Palm Aire Drive when they discovered the submerged Nissan Maxima. Divers discovered a body inside. Carter said the car was registered to Azzaro, who had been living out of her car at the time of her disappearance. Two women who arrived at the scene told Local 10 News that Azzaro was there sister and they immediately believed it was her who was inside the car. “She was a wonderful, happy girl,” a tearful Kathleen Platt said of her twin sister. Platt said she believed her sister had fallen on hard times. “It breaks my heart,” Platt said. car in canal Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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15-year-old accused in Oakland Park murder denied bond

A 15-year-old accused of murdering a woman inside her Oakland Park apartment in June appeared in a Broward County courtroom Friday morning, where a judge denied his attorney’s request to be released on bond. D’Marcus Tucker is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Nicole Franco. Franco was found dead June 3 inside her home at the Bridgewater Place Apartments at 2800 NW 44th St. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Franco called 911 to report a burglary at her apartment, but she didn’t give a precise address. Deputies arrived at the complex and went door-to-door looking for evidence of a crime. Eventually, they stumbled upon an open sliding-glass door at Franco’s first-floor apartment and called out to her, but there was no response. Once inside, deputies found Franco’s body. Tucker, who was one of Franco’s neighbors, allegedly was armed with a knife from Franco’s kitchen when he went into her bedroom searching for cash and jewelry. Deputies said Franco was asleep at the time, but Tucker woke her up after he accidentally stepped on her purse and made a noise. Deputies said Tucker stabbed Franco once in the chest and ran from the room. They said he then …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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15-year-old accused in Oakland Park murder denied bond

A 15-year-old accused of murdering a woman inside her Oakland Park apartment in June appeared in a Broward County courtroom Friday morning, where a judge denied his attorney’s request to be released on bond. D’Marcus Tucker is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Nicole Franco. Franco was found dead June 3 inside her home at the Bridgewater Place Apartments at 2800 NW 44th St. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Franco called 911 to report a burglary at her apartment, but she didn’t give a precise address. Deputies arrived at the complex and went door-to-door looking for evidence of a crime. Eventually, they stumbled upon an open sliding-glass door at Franco’s first-floor apartment and called out to her, but there was no response. Once inside, deputies found Franco’s body. Tucker, who was one of Franco’s neighbors, allegedly was armed with a knife from Franco’s kitchen when he went into her bedroom searching for cash and jewelry. Deputies said Franco was asleep at the time, but Tucker woke her up after he accidentally stepped on her purse and made a noise. Deputies said Tucker stabbed Franco once in the chest and ran from the room. They said he then …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Homestead activist is among millions who qualify for deportation relief

As President Barack Obama announced his executive order, Claudia Gonzalez took notes. Obama had good news for Gonzalez, 35, and an estimated four million parents nationwide. She learned Thursday night that it was likely that she was not going to have to be separated from her 9-year-old son, as she had feared. He was born in South Florida. “I’m a single mom. I have been here for more than five years, I pay taxes and my son was born here,” Gonzalez said in Spanish. “I qualify for this, but it’s still hard to believe it, because everything I have done has failed.” She said she tried not to get too excited, while she listened to the prime-time address. Not only does quasi-legal status affect her, as an undocumented migrant, but it also affects the many farm workers that rely on her for information at the Farmworker Association of Florida in Homestead. “None of them speak English and some of them don’t speak Spanish, because they speak native dialects,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez was born in Guatemala, and is a citizen of El Salvador. Her mom is from El Salvador and her dad is from Guatemala. As Obama spoke, she was helping an undocumented man …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Baby sitter steals nearly $17,000 from Palm Beach County family, deputies say

Deputies say a baby sitter is accused of stealing almost $17,000 from a family in Palm Beach County. Sheriff’s officials say 54-year-old Emmanuella Demaio faces charges of organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and extortion. She remained in jail Friday. According to deputies, a Russian immigrant family told detectives they hired Demaio off Craigslist to watch their 9-year-old daughter and infant son. Demaio told the family she had power connections within her family, including a New York lawyer who could get them citizenship papers without a problem. They gave her money to pay for Social Security cards and other things related to obtaining citizenship. When they became suspicious, she allegedly said she would start a war with them. So they called deputies. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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FSU students return to classes day after shooting

Classes resumed Friday at Florida State University, one day after a graduate opened fire at the main campus library, wounding three students. Meanwhile, friends of shooter Myron May are trying to figure out how he changed from being a well-liked young attorney to a would-be killer, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets. Police shot and killed May early Thursday morning. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said May and officers exchanged more than 30 shots. A first-floor window at the Robert Manning Strozier Library where May opened fire remained boarded up Friday morning after it was shattered by bullets. May, who graduated from FSU in 2005, later earned a law degree from Texas Tech University. Earlier this year, he was trying small cases as a rookie prosecutor in New Mexico. But he was also beginning to fall apart. According to a television station in New Mexico, May abruptly resigned from his job in September. A month before his resignation, May filed a Las Cruces police report in which he claimed he was “certain” there was a camera inside his apartment and that he could hear voices talking about what he was doing. In October, May’s ex-girlfriend filed a police report in which she said he was …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Florida's unique turkey species gobbles on

By David Fleshler As families gather Thursday over platters of turkey, an elusive variety of the giant bird will be gobbling, clucking and flying at surprisingly high speed through South Florida’s fields and forests. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Florida's unique turkey species gobbles on

By David Fleshler As families gather Thursday over platters of turkey, an elusive variety of the giant bird will be gobbling, clucking and flying at surprisingly high speed through South Florida’s fields and forests. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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