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Animal Cruelty Laws and Animal Cruelty Charges

Man faces charges after his 2 dogs die, left in hot car An Avon Park man is in jail today after Port St. Lucie police say he left his two dogs in his car without the engine running, causing them to die from heat exhaustion. Carl A. Castilow, a student at Keiser Golf College at 1860 Southwest Fountainview Blvd., parked his car in the college parking lot Thursday around 11:50 a.m. Castilow, 52, left his two dogs in the car and walked into the college. While three of the car windows were left partially open, the car’s engine was not running. Port St. Lucie Animal Control took Stole to Kelly’s Animal Hospital at 150 Northwest Central Park Plaza where the veterinarian held the dog overnight. Stole, who was in critical… […]

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Florida Hits 1 Million Concealed Weapons Permits

Florida Hits 1 Million Concealed Weapons Permits

Florida officially hit the one million milestone for concealed weapons permits as predicted last week by Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose office oversees the program. As of this morning, there were 1,000,645 active concealed weapons permits in Florida, according to Putnam’s office. The million mark comes amid national scrutiny of state and federal gun laws in the wake of Friday’s shooting rampage by gunman Adam Lanza, who killed 20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Authorities say Lanza also killed his mother as well as himself. Some gun rights proponents, including state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, want to allow people with concealed weapons permits and extra training to bring the guns into schools. They argue that armed personnel on school… […]

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Florida Animal Law Keeping Exotic Animals As Pets

Florida Animal Law Keeping Exotic Animals As Pets

WEST PALM BEACH — A tearful Steven Sipek, better known as “Tarzan,” acknowledged Friday that it is unlikely he will ever again be allowed to live with his beloved big cats after admitting he violated state wildlife laws by keeping two tigers and a black leopard in his Loxahatchee home. “I’ve taken care of animals all my life and now I’ve lost them,” the 71-year-old red-eyed giant of a man said outside a Palm Beach County courtroom after accepting a plea deal. “They have something against me. I don’t know what. I’ve done nothing wrong.” Source Florida State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. §68A-6.002 – Categories of Captive Wildlife. (1) The commission hereby establishes the following categories of wildlife: (a) Class 1: Chimpanzees… […]

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Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Let’s start with the positive. As of Jan. 1, it will be unlawful for drivers to type messages into a smart phone or other mobile devices as they attempt to navigate stop lights, pedestrians and fellow lane-changing drivers. At long last, Florida has banned texting while driving, the 41st state to do so. (Hawaii beat us by one week.) In part thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, Florida is finally doing something to make our roads safer. It’s unfortunate the ban has a gaping flaw. That is, if law enforcement officers catch people texting while driving, they can’t pull them over. The law defines texting as a secondary offense, which means that to be stopped, the offender first must be caught committing another type of… […]

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‘Cookie Monster’ Arrested and Released for Violating Probation

‘Cookie Monster’ Arrested and Released for Violating Probation

Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted criminal to live in society under the strict supervision or regulation by a probation officer. Probation does allow someone to resume somewhat of a normal life but the restrictions are often up to the judge or the probation officer. In this case, the ‘Cookie Monster,’ Stefanie Woods, was arrested for violating her probation because she failed to turn in a gas receipt, show up for a meeting with a probation officer and failed to be at her designated locations at the time allotted. The prosecuting attorney argued fervently that this convicted felon, with a long history of crime, should not be allowed back into society. Cookie Monster Crime Stefanie Woods’ history is peppered with serious crimes and arrests.… […]

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Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail Thursday, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home. Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said. Authorities say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice. Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green told The Associated Press by telephone that he witnessed the brawls. He said Marcus Duper started the fights, thinking he could “beat his father.” Green and his 18-year-old son had stopped to visit Duper and his son after attending a… […]

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False Testimony in Criminal Cases

False Testimony in Criminal Cases

A developer who helped prosecutors convict former Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Cindi Hutchinson in a corruption case pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge that he initially lied when questioned, records show. Steven Goldstrom, 56, pleaded guilty to giving false information to law enforcement during an investigation, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation and adjudicated guilty, prosecutor Deborah Zimet said. Goldstrom later cooperated and gave details of the benefits Hutchinson received, Zimet said. Hutchinson, 56, pleaded guilty March 19 to one count of unlawful compensation and two counts of official misconduct. She admitted receiving several thousand dollars worth of free home improvements while she was on the commission after voting in favor of developer Glenn Wright’s project. Prosecutors said Goldstrom delivered cash and services to Hutchinson… […]

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Faced With Violating Your Probation or Parole Charges

Faced With Violating Your Probation or Parole Charges

probation allows the convicted individual to serve a period of time, usually longer than any prison sentence, free from imprisonment but with certain restrictions. Probation can be seen as a test granting conditional freedom instead of a harsher punishment. In some cases, people use the term interchangeably. There are differences between to law terms. Probation is a portion of the sentence or it is the sentence given by the judge. Most often, when a judge gave the person a probation, it could be a part of the number of imprisonment and then followed with a probation period. There are times that a number of probation years will serve as the punishment for a minor crime committed. If a person is under probation, there are weekly or monthly sessions that he… […]

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Political Ties, Money Laundering and Fraud Charges in South Florida

Political Ties, Money Laundering and Fraud Charges in South Florida

A powerful Delray Beach developer once tasked with helping appoint local judges also has ties so close to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office that it is backing away from handling his prosecution for allegedly cheating a sandwich mogul out of more than $1 million. Anthony Pugliese and his business manager, Joseph Reamer, are fighting charges of conspiracy to commit organized scheme to defraud, money laundering and grand theft. Investigators say Pugliese, with Reamer’s help, created fake companies and phony invoices to steal $1.2 million from Subway founder Fred DeLuca. DeLuca at the time was working with Pugliese on Destiny, a failed $111 million, 41,000-acre “green” community planned just south of Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County. Pugliese, 65, and Reamer, 54, turned themselves in to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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Pennsylvania Attorney’s General Gun Control Act and Florida Connection

Kathleen Kane, not even in office for a month, has decided to pick on Florida, and pick on us in a way that strikes at our very essence. We here in Florida take great pride in the number of concealed weapons permits our state issues. We were the first state to issue them, and today we lead the nation in concealed weapons permits, reaching the mark of 1 million active permits in December. You see, about 4,000 people who are Pennsylvania residents got their concealed weapons permits from Florida, not from Pennsylvania, where they really live. They’re not doing anything illegal by getting a Florida permit. They’re just taking advantage of something known in Pennsylvania as “the Florida loophole.” Elected officials in Pennsylvania apparently aren’t as eager to please the… […]

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