West Palm Beach Doctor Faces Over Six Centuries in Prison on Medicare Fraud Charges

Facing up to 610 years in federal prison, prominent South Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen’s trial on charges of Medicare fraud began last week. According to prosecutors, Melgen defrauded the government out of $190 million in Medicare payments between 2004 and […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Murder After Fatal Stabbing

An argument last week landed one St. Petersburg man in jail facing charges of first-degree murder and another in the morgue. According to authorities, Thomas Peruchi drove to the St. Petersburg home of Trevor Scott last Monday, initially intending only […]... [Read More]

Prosecution Agrees to Plea Agreement for Ex Tampa Cop Accused of Tax Fraud Scheme

A federal judge will hear the details of a plea agreement later this month that may avoid a trial on the merits of a former Tampa homicide detective who has been accused of filing fraudulent tax returns. Eric Houston is […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Woman Charged with Murder in Deadly Love Triangle

Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest last Thursday in the 2015 slaying that ended an alleged love triangle. Priscilla “Dawn” Houck of St. Petersburg is alleged by authorities to have shot to death the long-time boyfriend […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Detention Deputy Terminated After DUI Arrest

A corporal of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was terminated last month after deputies from her department arrested her on suspicion of DUI. JoAnna Michelle Barker was stopped by deputies at Gulf Boulevard and Coral Avenue at a quarter to […]... [Read More]

Clearwater PD: Couple Hid Body of Alleged Murder Victim for Two Weeks

A Clearwater couple are facing charges relating to the murder of their landlord after authorities say the duo slew her and spent two weeks determining how to dispose of the body. Lawrence Edward Cannon and Jennifer Dianne Elam were arrested […]... [Read More]

Former Jabil Exec’s Death Penalty Trial to Go Forward After Florida Supreme Court Ruling

A Florida Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a retrial of a former executive at Jabil Circuit, Inc. who is accused of murdering his wife and her friend. Patrick Albert Evans of Saint Petersburg Beach was a vice […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Among Seventeen Defendants Charged in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme

A St. Petersburg man is one of seventeen defendants facing charges of mortgage fraud stemming from loans taken out on condominiums on Florida’s west coast. Carlos Mesa, Jr. is accused by attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern […]... [Read More]

Ohio Man Sentenced to Life in 1987 Rape and Murder of Lake Alfred Woman

Almost thirty years after the crime was committed, a 67-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of allegedly murdering a Lake Alfred woman. Carl Junior McCauley was sentenced to life in prison in a Polk […]... [Read More]

Former Michigan Police Officer Charged with First-Degree Murder in Alleged Shooting at Oldsmar Bar

A former Michigan law enforcement officer was arrested last Wednesday, accused of shooting to death a cook at an Oldsmar bar and restaurant. Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say Brian Paul Mytych shot David Brown early Wednesday morning, […]... [Read More]

Deputies Say Treasure Island Woman Impaired by Prescription Drugs in Alleged DUI Manslaughter

Authorities say a Treasure Island woman was impaired by prescription drugs when she struck a septuagenarian with her vehicle in Madiera Beach last Wednesday. Twenty-six-year-old Ashley Nicole Konforte is accused by Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies of hitting 73-year-old Nancy Durham-Jones […]... [Read More]

Morning Shooting Leads to Afternoon Arrest of Pinellas Park Man on Felony Drug Charges

A shooting early in the day in St. Petersburg last Saturday led to an arrest on felony drug charges later that day. St. Petersburg Police responded to a report of gunfire at a residence near 22nd Avenue N. and 49th […]... [Read More]

Ruskin Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter in Connection with Crash That Killed Child

A Ruskin man is facing charges after police say he initiated a crash while inebriated that killed a three-year-old child only weeks after completing probation for a previous DUI conviction. John L. Rutland, Jr. was arrested on the evening of […]... [Read More]

Tampa Brothers Charged with Clair-Mel Woman’s Murder

A pair of Tampa brothers have been charged with crimes related to a murder committed last November. Hillsborough County authorities allege that Lewis James Scott, Jr. and his younger brother James Luis “Snoop” Scott are responsible for murdering Clair-Mel’s Evelyn […]... [Read More]

Man Serving Life Since Sixteen Released Under New Sentencing Guidelines

Sentenced to life in prison as a teenager, Floyd Victor LaFountain became a free man on Friday, thanks to a series of Supreme Court decisions regarding sentencing of juveniles. LaFountain was sixteen when he ran away from his home in […]... [Read More]