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Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Jeff George, often discussed in previous posts as a kingpin of pill mills, has finally been ordered to pay financial restitution to the family of 24-year-old Joey Bartolucci who died from overdosing on narcotics in 2009, supplied by the pill mills operated by the George brothers. Pill mills are pain clinics that often prescribed powerful narcotics like Oxycodone without discretion. These operations are under extreme scrutiny and heavy investigation because of the rising number of Oxycodone related overdose deaths. It is simply just too easy for addicts and drug dealers to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs. Jeff George Ordered to Pay Millions According to an article in WPTV News, Jeff George of Wellington, Fla., admitted to killing Joey Bartolucci nine months ago, by giving him access to massive… […]

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Grandparents in Sarasota Charged with Child Endangerment

Grandparents in Sarasota Charged with Child Endangerment

Two Sarasota grandparents have been arrested charged with child endangerment, the charges also involve alcohol. Many times, child abuse, child neglect, and child endangerment often involves alcohol or drug abuse. When authorities are called to confront a set of parents or guardians, it’s usually because a relative, teacher, or some sort of witness has personally seen the child’s parents abuse or neglect the child. Often times the abuse or neglect only happens with alcohol. This can be a very tricky situation because the parents or guardians feel they have not done anything wrong. Grandparents Charged with Child Endangerment According to an article in WPTV News, two Florida grandparents have been arrested after police say they hooked their granddaughter’s plastic toy car to their SUV and gave her a ride. A… […]

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How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

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Marijuana Grow House Found in St. Lucie Home

Marijuana Grow House Found in St. Lucie Home

Marijuana grow houses are becoming extremely popular in the state of Florida. Marijuana grow houses can be anything from garages, to abandoned trailers, to old houses and sheds. These structures are fortified to facilitate the growth of Marijuana and preparation for sale and distribution. If you have been charged with growing Marijuana, you may face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years and a felony criminal record. Marijuana Grow House in St. Lucie County A 54-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigators found about 200 marijuana plants at a “grow house” in northern St. Lucie County, according to an article in WPTV News. David Paul Sullivan was arrested on felony charges including cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, and a misdemeanor charge of… […]

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St. Lucie County Commissioner Arrested for Grand Theft

St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky has been arrested on grand theft charges. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday and is potentially facing time in prison if convicted. Grand theft is actually quite a common crime. Whether the act of theft is determined to be grand theft or petty theft determines on the value of the property or money stolen. If the money or value of the property stolen is greater than $300, it is considered grand theft with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or more. St. Lucie County Theft According to an article in WPTV News, St. Lucie County Commissioner Christ Dzadovsky was arrested on grand theft charges that do not relate to his position as commissioner. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday after allegedly turning… […]

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Division in the Stand Your Ground Law Forum in Fort Lauderdale

Division in the Stand Your Ground Law Forum in Fort Lauderdale

Senator Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale,invited members of the public to an open forum Wednesday to discuss their opinions and issues over the Stand Your Ground Law. The Stand Your Ground Law justifies a person in using deadly force when there is a reasonable belief of imminent threat. It is the main point of defense for shooter Zimmerman in the case of Trayvon Martin’s death on Feb. 23 – a case rivaling the media attention of Casey Anthony. The forum was a direct response to Gov. Rick Scott’s hesitance to form the task force he promised after the shooting. Division in the Crowd Over 100 members of the general public attended the forum in Fort Lauderdale highlighting a clear division in the public opinion over the law and whether it should… […]

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BSO Shoot Unarmed Black Male Without Cause

BSO Shoot Unarmed Black Male Without Cause

No, this story is not about Trayvon Martin. However, with all the media attention, publicity, and rallies surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting, other similar cases are garnering a little more attention than they normally would have. In Pompano Beach, an unarmed black male was napping in a vehicle when he was shot multiple times by Broward Sheriff’s deputies – one of which was a star on the reality TV show “Police Women of Broward County.” It an open investigation and although the story is still unclear, at the end of the day, an unarmed black male was shot by a police officer, giving the case some room in the media spotlight. Shooting in Broward County According to an article in WPTV News, Brandon Johnson, 21, says he was napping in… […]

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Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal cruelty laws in Florida are getting stricter. More and more animal sanctuary owner-operators are being charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty throughout Florida as law enforcement attempts to crack down on the crime. Animal cruelty is the deliberate harm or death of an animal cause by the intentional abuse or neglect of its owner or caregiver. Depending on the severity of the crime, animal cruelty can be charged as a felony with penalties including several years in prison. Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce A former owner-operator of the Sanctuary Animal Refuge west of Fort Pierce is feeling the full extent of the law after being arrested Thursday and charged with 157 counts of animal cruelty.  While this number is incredibly high, anyone can understand why her sentence is… […]

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Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene

Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene

The shooting of Trayvon Martin has been floodlighted with media attention with rallies happening in cities from coast to coast and Martin’s parents appearing at Capitol Hill. There has been much controversy and debate over the case where experts are questioning the defense of “self-defense,” or the stand your ground law. At the end of the day however, an unarmed 17-year-old boy was shot dead by the neighborhood watch crime captain. The debate over the case is likely to escalate as tension increases and supporters demand the arrest of George Zimmerman. What is Stand Your Ground Law? Florida Statute 776.032 states: “A person who uses force is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person… […]

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First Arrest for Sex Trafficking in Key West

First Arrest for Sex Trafficking in Key West

According to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Florida has been identified as a hub for this abhorrent illegal activity. Florida has been cited as having the one of the highest rates of human trafficking activity in the country. According to the FCAHT website, there are approximately 27 million people in the world enslaved by the human trafficking trade. About 2.5 million of those people live here in the United States. While Florida has a very high rate of trafficking activity, Key West has not been on the radar. Now, a Key West man has been arrested for sex trafficking, putting Key West in the spotlight. Sex Trafficking in Key West Key West brings a huge influx of tourism and vacationers to Florida throughout the year. With constant activity and… […]

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