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Former deputy gets 3 years for trying to rape woman

WEST PALM BEACH  (AP) — A former Florida deputy has been sentenced to three years in prison for trying to rape a woman he met during a call. Jason Nebergall, 42, was sentenced Thursday in Palm Beach County circuit court after pleading guilty to battery and attempted sexual battery as part ...

Pet rescuer gets jail for starving cats in Miami apartment

MIAMI (AP) — A self-styled pet rescuer has been sentenced to 364 days in jail for animal cruelty after hoarding cats and allowing them to starve inside her apartment in South Florida. Cheryn Smilen, 56, pleaded guilty and will now be banned from owning or trying to rescue animals, the Miami ...

Church youth pastor arrested 3rd time for video voyeurism

PENSACOLA (AP) — A Florida Panhandle church youth director who was already facing video voyeurism charges after a hidden camera was found in a bathroom has been arrested again, officials said. David Nims, 37, remained in the Escambia County Jail on Tuesday following his arrest Friday on ...

White Boy Rick’ movie’s inspiration sues police for $100M

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man whose decades in prison for drug dealing and work as an informant inspired the movie "White Boy Rick" filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking $100 million, claiming he was coerced into assisting police while just a helpless teenager. Richard Wershe Jr., 52, served ...

US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they ...

LA music exec identified as victim of Florida condo collapse

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Another victim was identified in the collapse of a 12-story Florida condominium that killed at least 97 people, authorities said Saturday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a news release that Theresa Velasquez, 36, was a confirmed fatality in the June 24 ...

Teen gets probation in boating crash that killed girl

CLEARWATER (AP) — A 17-year-old Tampa-area boy received five years probation Monday after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of teenage girl in a November boating crash. Gavin Johnston of Largo pleaded guilty to vessel homicide in adult court for the Nov. 1 crash that killed Rachel ...

Man charged with animal cruelty after machete attack on dog

NEW SMYRNA BEACH (AP) — A Florida man is facing animal cruelty and other charges after investigators said he attacked and seriously wounded a dog with a machete. An affidavit by a Volusia County sheriff's deputy says Richard Nelson, 46, injured the dog during a confrontation earlier this ...

Florida Rep. Buchanan positive for COVID despite vaccine

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said Monday he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus even though he was fully vaccinated against the disease. The Republican congressman's announcement came as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said a ...

Capitol rioter who breached Senate gets 8 months for felony

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag was sentenced Monday to eight months behind bars, the first resolution for a felony case in the Capitol insurrection. Paul Allard Hodgkins apologized and said he was ...