Orange County Leads Central Florida in Witness Arrests

According to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County prosecutors have sought the arrest of unwilling witnesses to criminal cases more often over the past few years than all other Central Florida counties combined. Although Florida law allows […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Police Officer Facing DUI Charge After Nearly Losing His Job for DUI Conviction in 2009

A police officer of the St. Petersburg Police Department was arrested on suspicion of DUI last week, seven years after a previous DUI arrest that led to his abstinence from liquor consumption to save his job. Thirty-six year old Officer […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Among Top Counties for Drug Arrests in Florida

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch identifies Pinellas County as residing among the top five counties in the state for arrest rates for drug possession. The report, entitled Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll […]... [Read More]

Wise Wins Acquittal in Lakeland Murder Case

A Polk County jury acquitted a Lakeland man defended by J. Jervis Wise last month on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in relation to the shooting death of an auto mechanic and alleged drug dealer in 2008. Kaheem […]... [Read More]

Tampa Woman Convicted of Fraudulently Charging $2.5 MM to Medicare

A Tampa woman is awaiting sentencing on a conviction of fraud and money-laundering charges relating to her alleged participation in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. Pilar Garcia Lorenzo was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit health care […]... [Read More]

Sentenced to Life, Brunvand Wins Greenwood Man’s Freedom from Prison

Corey Rocker turned eighteen in prison, convicted of a murder in which he never touched the weapon used in it. He turned twenty one and twenty five there, too, and marked his twenty-sixth birthday there this spring, knowing nothing but […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Wins Acquittal in Federal Murder Trial

Staring a life sentence in federal prison in the face, a St. Petersburg man is now awaiting sentencing on lesser crimes after a jury unanimously found him not guilty of murder. Corey D. Harris, a twenty-five-year-old, was acquitted after a […]... [Read More]

Ex-Buccaneers TE Sefarian-Jenkins Charged with Drunk Driving

Now-former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was about to end a traffic stop with a Florida Highway Patrol officer last Friday with only a warning. But, according to the officer, Sefarian-Jenkins told him a meandering tale about life […]... [Read More]

Confession in 1987 Murder Cited in Motion to Set Aside Sentence of Man Convicted of the Slaying

Leo Schofield was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison in 1989. Almost three decades later another man has come forward claiming responsibility for the murder and has filed a motion with the relevant court asking […]... [Read More]

Flak Jacket Test Leads to Manslaughter Charge Against Tampa Man

One man is dead and his cousin is in jail after a test to determine whether a flak jacket could stop a bullet went tragically as expected. According to Tampa police, twenty-four year old Alexandro Garibaldi fired a single shot […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man’s Felony Murder Conviction Reversed in 1986 Killing

Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for George Shrader on Wednesday, thirty years after the body of the woman he was originally convicted of murdering was first discovered in southern Hillsborough county. Shrader, who celebrated his […]... [Read More]

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The butterflies in his stomach were playing ping-pong with the steak he had eaten a few hours before. He’d asked for it to be medium-rare, which it probably had been about twenty minutes before the cook took it off the […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Woman Apprehended on Suspicion of Torching Car She Thought Belonged to Ex-Boyfriend

A Clearwater woman was arrested on Saturday morning after being recorded while allegedly torching a car she believed belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Nineteen-year-old Carmen Chamblee was arrested by officers from the Clearwater Police Department after a week-long search. She is […]... [Read More]

HCSO Deputy Serving Drug Warrant Kills Unarmed Tampa Man

An unarmed Tampa man was mortally wounded by a Hillsborough county sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday morning in the course of serving a warrant in the Clair-Mel area. The Hillsborough Sheriff’s SWAT team arrived around 8 A.M. at a home near […]... [Read More]

Tampa Attorney Pleads Guilty After Falling Victim to DEA Sting

A prominent Tampa attorney pled guilty to charges of hiding proceeds from illegal drug deals last week after agreeing to help a DEA agent and an informer set up a private trust for holding cash proceeds from sales of drugs […]... [Read More]