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Woman Killed by Daytona Beach Drunk Driver in Front of Son

On the evening of June 24, 2014, 45-year-old mother of seven Elizabeth Braly was walking on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores with her 21-year-old son and his wife while taking pictures.  Around 9:30, Shawn Doolan, from New Smyrna Beach, was speeding when he crashed his 2002 Nissan through the closed gate for the Dunlawton […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, July 10, 2014

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Brevard County Judge Who Punched Defense Attorney Back on the Bench

A Brevard County judge who came under scrutiny after a video surfaced online of him threatening to beat up an assistant public defender, and then taking the attorney into a hallway off camera and fighting with him, is now back on the bench as of June 30.  On June 2, 2014, Judge John Murphy challenged Assistant […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, July 9, 2014

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State of Florida Stages Operation to Fight Boating Under the Influence

On the last weekend in June, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, participated in Operation Dry Water, meant to crack down on those who operate boats while under the influence.  The operation increased the number of officers searching for those who were possibly boating while under the influence and was meant to […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, July 8, 2014

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Manatee County Prostitution Sting Nets 17 Arrests

The Manatee County Sherriff’s Department announced the arrest of 17 men and women in a prostitution sting that spanned several months.  In the sting, police detectives would pose as prostitutes or johns when responding to online ads for prostitution.  Once the detective and the suspect agreed to exchange sex for money, they would agree to […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, July 3, 2014

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Florida Minors Among Those Rescued in Nationwide Sex Sting

The FBI Announced this week that they had rescued 168 children from prostitution in a nationwide sex sting called “Operation Cross Country”.  They also announced the arrest of 281 people on prostitution and pimping charges.  It appears that there among the minors rescued include children involved in prostitution in Florida, with at least around a […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 27, 2014

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Limited Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill in Florida Signed By Governor Scott

On Monday, June 16, Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would offer a very limited legalization of medical marijuana.  Called the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, the law legalizes the use of a very low THC strain of a type of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web for use of a handful of serious illnesses, namely […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 25, 2014

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Drunk Texas Woman Arrested After Children Fall off Car While She Was Driving

A woman in Crowley, Texas was allegedly drunk when four children fell off the trunk of the car that she was driving.  All four of the children were injured, one seriously.  38-year-old Kisha Young was driving back from a neighborhood pool and did not allow the children to sit in the car because they had […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 24, 2014

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Miami Police Investing in Surveillance Camera and Gunshot Detection Systems

The Miami Police Department recently announced that it is investing more than $700,000 in anti-terrorism funds from the federal government into an extensive surveillance camera system and a gunshot detection system.  The two systems are part of a campaign promise made by Francis Suarez and has now been unanimously approved by the city counsel.  The […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 17, 2014

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Multi-agency “Operation Impact” Concluded in Sarasota County

Between May 23 and June 1, a variety of different agencies in Sarasota County conducted a sweep meant to eliminate the perception that the environment was supportive of criminal behavior there.  “Operation Impact” involved officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, the ATF and the Florida Department of Corrections, Probation […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 16, 2014

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Brevard County Judge Punches Lawyer in Court

On June 2, 2014, a verbal argument over a procedural issue between a Brevard County judge and a public defender allegedly ended in physical violence when the judge made good on his threat to beat the lawyer’s ass.  In court that day, public defender Andrew Weinstock refused to waive his criminal client’s right to a […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 4, 2014

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