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Man seriously injured after gator attack in Stuart park

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla.– Officials are responding to an alligator attack at a park in Stuart. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that a man was severely injured after being bit by a gator. The man said he fell off his bike and was attacked. Video of a helicopter taking the bike rider to the hospital can be seen here: The post Man seriously injured after gator attack in Stuart park appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Former Florida deputy gets 12 years in prison for planting drugs during traffic stops

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) – A former deputy in Florida received a 12-year prison sentence for planting drugs in drivers’ cars during traffic stops and then arresting them. Former Jackson County Deputy Zachary Wester did not speak at Tuesday’s hearing, The Associated Press reports. He was convicted in May on 19 of 67 counts, including racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, perjury, false imprisonment, and possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Investigators with Internal Affairs found the drugs hidden inside Wester’s patrol car in the...

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Gov. DeSantis lures out-of-state police officers to work in Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to hire law enforcement officers from other states to come work in Florida. He says the sunshine state has a better workplace culture and supports police. It would seem as though people are already taking the governor’s advice. There is a waiting list of people who want to be police officers in Southwest Florida’s largest city. “If you have a chance to do law enforcement in Florida versus some of these other jurisdictions you’re much better off in Florida because we’ll actually stand by law enforcement,” DeSantis urged. However, becoming...

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Cape Coral firefighters respond to Surfside condo collapse

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– Along with other first responders from Southwest Florida, two members of the Cape Coral Fire Department were deployed to help with the search and recovery mission in Surfside after the condo collapsed. Fire Battalion Chief Mathew Marshall and Firefighter Zair Gonzalez were deployed for about a week with USAR Task Force 6.  “There was a lot of rebar, there were a lot of large pieces of concrete, a lot of glass, it was a very challenging search environment,” Gonzalez said.  They said they worked long days, with 12 hours shifts working through...

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Florida man convicted for stealing over $230K from relative with dementia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Tampa man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of stealing over $230,000 from a vulnerable elderly relative. Victor Hawkins was found guilty by a jury of stealing the money from his 77-year-old relative who had been diagnosed with dementia, according to the Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody. In addition to stealing the money, Hawkins also managed to swindle the elderly man out of his home and evict the man’s wife from it, a news release states. Hawkins was also sentenced to 10 years probation following his release from prison. “It...

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Coronavirus infects vaccinated leader at Florida condo site

MIAMI, Fla. – A vaccinated Miami-Dade county commissioner who helped other local officials in Surfside following the collapse of a condominium building announced that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news release late Sunday from Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said he and his chief of staff Isidoro Lopez, who also received a vaccine against COVID-19, came down with flu-like symptoms earlier in the day and later tested positive for the virus. “Staff and others who have been in close contact with them will be getting tested between...

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Online sales tax to automatically start in Florida on July 1

Florida is going to enforce its online state sales tax that could make big online purchases more expensive. The state has had a tax but it’s been up to the purchaser to tell the state they bought something online and then pay the taxes on it. Under the new law if a customer purchases something for $100 online they would be required to pay the 6% sales tax which would bring the total amount to $106 beginning on July 1st. “Anytime that people have to pay more I think there’s going to be some outcry,” said Bryan Blackwell. Blackwell is a small business owner and a member...

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Tom Brady in recovery from knee surgery ahead of June minicamp

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Brady expects to be ready for June minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. During a fundraiser for Bucs coach Bruce Arians’ foundation, Brady said he is aiming to be back on the field relatively soon, reported the Associated Press. “I feel pretty good and I push myself pretty hard. … We we will see how things play out,” he said. “It is a long time between now and the beginning of the season. Just be smart about all these different things we have to do and fulfill. We all take a lot of pride in being ready to...

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DeSantis signs ‘anti-riot’ bill into law

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Governor DeSantis signed a Florida bill aimed at cracking down on violent protests and “combating public disorder” into law on Monday. The governor signed HB 1 into law during a press conference with Florida lawmakers and law enforcement at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The legislation, which was nicknamed the “Anti-Riot Bill,” is the “strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country,” Governor DeSantis said. The bill includes several measures to combat any future violent riots in the state...

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Average Florida gas prices barely lower than last week

Florida gas prices are averaging about 1-cent cheaper than what they were last week, according to AAA. The average price for a gallon of gas in Florida is $2.83. Motorists will find the highest gas prices in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.96), Tallahassee ($2.90), and Panama City ($2.90). The lowest prices were reported in Punta Gorda ($2.75), Jacksonville ($2.76), and Orlando ($2.77). AAA surveys up to 130,000 gas stations every day and average prices in their reports are for regular, unleaded gasoline. The post Average Florida gas prices barely lower than last week appeared first on NBC2 News. ...

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