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Why Children Are the True Victims of Crimes

Why Children Are the True Victims of Crimes

An article written by Vince Norman for WPTV News Channel 5, describes a horrible scene. A Wellington man shot his ex-wife for unknown reasons before killing himself, while his two children remained in their home. The article is below: WELLINGTON, Fla. – Friday, shortly after 11:00 p.m., shots broke the silence of the evening air on the 1100 block of Summerwood Circle. “I heard screaming,” said James Duvall, a neighbor who lives just across the street from the tragic scene. “I came to the front window and looked out and saw the house over there lit up with headlights,” said Duvall. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, Jose Ferreira, shot his ex-wife Paula Beltre, before shooting himself, all while their two youngest children were inside their Wellington home.… […]

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How the Bong Bill is Affecting Smoke Shops in Florida

How the Bong Bill is Affecting Smoke Shops in Florida

140 new state laws were enacted July 1, in Florida. One of these laws causing disturbance among store owners all across the state is called the “bong bill.” The “bong bill” is stifling the activities of retailers that sell a wide range of smoking devices commonly used with illegal drugs. It requires these stores to have tobacco licenses if they sell pipes and other paraphernalia, and their stores must make 75 percent of their income from tobacco. It is now a misdemeanor for a smoke shop to generate more than 25 percent of its sales from pipes or smoking devices. Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, is responsible for the bill and is also a recovered crack addict who has been clean for almost 12 and a half years. Rouson stated:… […]

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How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

140 new state laws took effect yesterday today here in Florida. The laws range in a wide variety from the acquisition of prohibited animals, to running red lights, and even the regulation of smoke shops. Criminal defense lawyers will be stepping up their game to understand the new laws taken into effect yesterday, and the crimes that will be committed as a result. Conditional/Prohibited Animal Species Purchasing, selling, bringing into the state, or giving away Burmese pythons is now illegal, but if you currently own one and acquired it legally, you are allowed to keep it. 52 pythons were caught since the commission opened hunting last year. Whitney Ray of West Palm Beach News Channel 5 reported that there are only 350 people who hold permits to own or sell… […]

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