Florida

Criminal law news and events throughout the state of Florida

Plant City Man Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Federal Prison in Cocaine-Distribution Conspiracy

A Plant City man will be spending the next 110 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to traffic cocaine on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel in 2016. According to federal prosecutors, Joseph Rumore was a significant […]... [Read More]

Second-Grade Teacher Charged with DUI, Cocaine Possession After Traffic Stop

Pinellas Park Police say a woman they observed driving on a tire rim turned out to be a second-grade teacher who was in possession of cocaine. Officers say they spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Park Boulevard and 49th […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Accused of DUI with Serious Injury After Allegedly Causing Wrong-Way Wreck on Campbell Causeway

A St. Petersburg man was arrested last week after authorities say he drove the wrong way while intoxicated on the Courtney Campbell Causeway and initiated a wreck that injured a handful of people. Police say that Collin John Cole piloted […]... [Read More]

Hudson Man Found Guilty in 2014 Quadruple Slaying

A Pasco County jury took less than three hours to find a Hudson man guilty of a quadruple murder three years ago. Adam Matos told jurors that self-defense and paranoia compelled him to kill Greg Brown, his wife Margaret, their […]... [Read More]

Florida Executes Man Convicted of 1991 North Tampa Double Murder

The state of Florida put to death the third individual of the year last week when it carried out the death sentence given to Patrick Charles Hannon on Wednesday. Florida corrections officials ended Hannon’s life at ten minutes to nine […]... [Read More]

Sanford Man Arrested in Pinellas County for Slaying in DeBary

A Sanford man arrested in Pinellas County has been charged with murder in relation to the death of a woman in DeBary. Deputies were dispatched to the home of Lisa Bresie last Sunday afternoon on a welfare check. Once inside, […]... [Read More]

Fatal Accident on I-275 Yields DUI Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man

A St. Petersburg man is facing DUI manslaughter charges after troopers say he caused a fatal crash on Interstate 275. According to FHP troopers, Malo Blackshear was driving southbound on I-275 in his Mercedes-Benz sedan early on the morning of […]... [Read More]

Brandon Man Accused of Slaying Girlfriend and Torching Her Body in Sarasota

A Brandon man is languishing in the Sarasota County Jail after authorities there accused him of murdering his girlfriend and attempting to burn her remains. Sarasota County deputies were dispatched to a vehicle fire on I-75 near Osprey in mid-October […]... [Read More]

Polk County Woman Faces DUI Charges After Allegedly Riding Her Horse While Intoxicated

Riding a horse while in a state of intoxication may be a crime in Florida, and a Polk county woman is accused of doing so by deputies in that county. According to witnesses, Donna Marie Byrne was riding her horse […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Murder After Allegedly Shooting Teen in Argument About a Woman

Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies say an argument ended in a fatal shooting last Thursday, and county authorities have charged the surviving party of murder as a result. According to deputies, 17-year-old Tamichael Broadnax and 20-year-old Reynaldo Charles Hernandez became engaged in […]... [Read More]

Trio Arrested in St. Pete on Charges of Illegal Sale of Fentanyl

Two Pinellas Park residents and an individual from St. Petersburg were all arrested last Tuesday by Pinellas County deputies on charges related to the sale and trafficking of illegal drugs. Detectives of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division say they received a […]... [Read More]

Brooksville Apartment Complex Manager Charged with Purloining Property’s Payments

Brooksville police say a local property manager stole tens of thousands of dollars in rent and fees while working as a property manager earlier this year. According to Hernando county authorities, Maria Danielle Marriage absconded with around $45,000 in the […]... [Read More]

Trio of Former Hernando Beach VFD Chiefs Accused of Thousands of Dollars of Fraud

Investigators of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office allege that three of the former fire chiefs of the now-defunct Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department defrauded the local government of over $225,000 in a span of just under three years. According to […]... [Read More]

Port Richey Fire Chief Faces DUI Charges After Motorcycle Wreck

Port Richey’s top fire fighter is facing DUI charges after police say he wrecked his motorcycle while in a state of intoxication. Fire Chief Timothy Ollie Fussell was arrested October 15 by New Port Richey police after he crashed his […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Hit and Run After Fatal Bicycle Accident

A Tampa man is facing charges after police say he fled the scene of an accident that left a bicyclist dead. According to police, Aristeo Antonio Pascual was navigating his bicycle on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 to […]... [Read More]