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How is Counterfeit Cash Caught?

How is Counterfeit Cash Caught?

Using counterfeit cash is considered a third-degree felony, but how do counterfeit bill users get caught? People only use counterfeit detector pens if there are previous suspicions. Counterfeit money is often used in drug deals and often end up in the hands of an unknowing person. The Case According to an article in WPTV News, Jensen Beach High School’s bank notified the administration last week that counterfeit money had been passed in the cafeteria. Immediately, detectives launched an investigation that resulted in the arrest of four students Friday. Cafeteria staff began using counterfeit detector pens after being notified by the bank that counterfeit bills had been passed through the system. A school resource deputy questioned a 15-year-old female student and a 16-year-old male student. Another student, a 15-year-old freshman was… […]

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Are Pot Cupcakes the New Pot Brownies?

Are Pot Cupcakes the New Pot Brownies?

For drug dealers, the method of distribution is a key component to whether or not they are caught by law enforcement officers. Marijuana is such a diverse drug that it can be cooked into several concoctions that often slip right past law enforcement and into the drug market. According to an article in MSNBC Miami, a drug dealer has been selling Marijuana to South Miami high school students in the form of individual chocolate flavored cupcakes wrapped in tin foil for about $10 each. The baker/drug dealer was arrested Friday during a sting that caught 11 suspects. $6,000 worth of hydroponic Marijuana, along with the several more cupcakes, was confiscated. According to the South Miami police, it remains unclear if the man was baking the cupcakes himself or if he… […]

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How Undercover Police Catch Solicitors of Prostitution

How Undercover Police Catch Solicitors of Prostitution

Solicitation of prostitution is a practice that has been around for centuries. It is a crime difficult to detect without assistance from witnesses. Undercover police officers are also a common way to catch solicitors of prostitution. Over Easter weekend in Tampa, a woman was arrested for trying to buy the services of a prostitute for her 80-year-old father. The supposed prostitute was actually an undercover cop. The article below is from WPTV News Channel 5: TAMPA – A 51-year-old woman tried to buy her 80-year-old father the services of a prostitute over Easter weekend, Tampa police said. Police arrested the pair, who listed their hometown as Dubuque, Iowa, on Nebraska Avenue, an area of Tampa known for prostitution activity. According to the arrest affidavit, 51-year-old Pia Kirchberg offered an undercover… […]

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What is the Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography?

What is the Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography?

Possessing child pornography is one of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes out there on both the state and federal level. Florida lawmakers are even pressing to increase the sentence if the material depicts a child under the age of five. Child Pornography Crimes in South Florida In Port St. Lucie, Sheriff’s investigators used a battering ram to open the front door of Joseph D. Baldino’s home Friday night. Baldino, 30, has been arrested and is facing 10 counts of possession of child pornography based on 10 videos and still images found on Baldino’s laptop computer showing girls ages 4 to 12 in obscene poses, according to WPTV News. He is being held in jail for a $250,000 bond. Baldino’s father was arrested for resisting arrest without violence and has been… […]

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How Man Died After Being Tased for Resisting Arrest

How Man Died After Being Tased for Resisting Arrest

An article in WPTV News calls into question the use of police force. A man died after being tased by police officers at Universal CityWalk in Orlando early this morning. Because the incident is so recent and is pending investigation, there has not been much talk about the potential use of police brutality. The article below is from WPTV News: Authorities say a man died after a scuffle with police officers outside a movie theater at Universal CityWalk in Orlando. Universal Studios security called Orlando police early Friday when the man started acting irrationally. Police say the man, whom wesh.com identified as 33-year-old Adam Spencer Johnson, resisted violently. An officer used a Taser on the man and he was handcuffed, according to wesh.com. “The behavior was irrational. The person needed… […]

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St. Lucie County Makes Headlines for Animal Cruelty

Fort Pierce has made headlines for one of the most severe cases of animal cruelty in years. St. Lucie County animal control officers on Monday were investigating the health of over 100 animals at the Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Western St. Lucie County. Officials were called to the property after an argument erupted between Palena Dorsey, the owner of Sanctuary Animal Refuge, and Jay Apicella, executive director of the Dogs & Cats Forever shelter in Fort Pierce. When deputies arrived to mitigate the argument between Apicella and Dorsey, they immediately called animal control officials when they witnessed the conditions the animals were kept in. Apicella was able to rescue ten dogs from the property. According to an article in WPTV News, about 35 cats and nearly 160 dogs – including… […]

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How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

A Wellington man has been arrested for forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. The article in WPTV News describes a man who is sorry for his actions, but wanted to use the money to put his children through college and has every intention to pay back the $30,000 he stole. The following article is featured in WPTV News Channel 5: The Case After police questioned him as to why he stole more than $30,000, 56-year-old Celestino Cruz said he was using the money to pay for his children’s college tuition and hasn’t eaten or slept since. Cruz, of Wellington, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on 34 counts of uttering a forged instrument and forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. Cruz, employed by Apogee Business Service as a… […]

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How Motorcyclist Fleeing from Traffic Ticket is Charged with Aggravated Assault

How Motorcyclist Fleeing from Traffic Ticket is Charged with Aggravated Assault

You can be charged with aggravated assault for several different reasons; it’s a broad umbrella of a charge when it comes to crime. Usually, aggravated assault is threatening or committing harm against another with the use of a deadly weapon. In today’s case, the deadly weapon was a motorcycle. An article in WPTV News describes how a man used a motorcycle to assault an officer. The article is as follows: BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the dragging of a deputy at least 60 feet, according to a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Victor Morales, 38, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest with violence. The deputy, assigned to the Aggressive Driving Unit, was… […]

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Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine will Fight County Ordinance on Guard Dogs

Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine will Fight County Ordinance on Guard Dogs

Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners have voted and unanimously passed a new county ordinance on March 15, tightening laws regarding owning and caring for animals. As discussed in a previous blog post “What the New Animal Cruelty Law Changed,” the new minimum standards are causing significant problems among many pet owners. Guard dogs are a hot topic when discussing the new ordinances passed. Guard dog owners must now have a county permit and register their dogs with animal control. There is now also a mandatory minimum of a 100 square foot enclosure and 50 square feet of living space for each additional dog with a separate shelter with bedding. Dogs that have not been neutered or spayed must be housed separately and if temperatures rise above 85 degrees Fahrenheit,… […]

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Is Text Messaging Sexual Pictures to Minors a Felony?

Is Text Messaging Sexual Pictures to Minors a Felony?

According to an article in WPTV News, a 42-year-old band teacher from Allapattah Flats K-8 was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of sending photos of his genitalia from his cell phone to a 14-year-old females student of his. What happened Police served a search warrant at Dennis A. Mulder’s home Tuesday in an attempt to find the photos, where they were taken, and the cell phone they were taken with. Mulder’s cell phone was immediately seized and the background of the lewd pictures matched certain areas of Mulder’s home. His charge is two felony counts of transmission of material harmful to minor by electronic equipment. There were text messages exchanged between Mulder and the 14-year-old victim that may raise some eyebrows. Mulder sent the girl a text messages reading “Secret:… […]

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