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Monthly Archives: July 2016


JULY  27 2016
As Flakka Decreases, Heroin Deaths Rise in Florida
As Flakka Decreases, Heroin Deaths Rise in Florida
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Almost as fast as the cheap, insanely addictive bath salts component known as “flakka” flooded the streets of South Florida more than two years ago, the drug seems to have vanished from the local scene thanks to an unprecedented coordination between federal, state, and local resources.

 

Nicknamed the “Devil’s Drug,” flakka is a synthetic crystal imported from China that, for a few months late last year, was sending dozens of Florida residents to the hospital every day. The drug is extremely addictive, and extremely cheap. It costs only $5, and users could experience a high that lasted …

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JULY  26 2016
GEICO Files RICO Lawsuit in Florida
GEICO Files RICO Lawsuit in Florida
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Earlier this month, insurance giant GEICO announced that it filed a lawsuit against five companies and six individuals in Florida that are suspected of committing insurance fraud. The company stated that the defendants created fraudulent invoices and bills regarding glass repairs. GEICO claims that the payments it made to the defendants were unnecessary, as the repairs were not needed or even carried out.

 

GEICO wants to use this lawsuit to prove how serious the company is about its zero-tolerance policy. The company has also mentioned hopes for legislative reform regarding insurance fraud, using the lawsuit to send a message …

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JULY  13 2016
The Family That Steals Together, Gets Charged Together
The Family That Steals Together, Gets Charged Together
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Some parents will send you to your room or take away your privileges if they catch you stealing. Other parents will drive the car as you make off with hundreds of dollars of stolen merchandise.

 

Patricia Kinchens, 35, took the latter route as she and her family attempted to steal items from a Walmart located near Leesburg. She was shopping with her two daughters, two sons, and her two sons’ girlfriends when the crew decided to walk out of the store without paying for their items. Their cart included a push lawnmower and a vehicle battery.

 

A …

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JULY  5 2016
Former OSU Athlete Arrested for Sexual Assault over Spring Break
Former OSU Athlete Arrested for Sexual Assault over Spring Break
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The 6-month jail sentence of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner has sparked a national discussion on the proper penalties for college athletes who commit sexual assault and other related crimes. Last week, this discussion resurfaced due to a crime that crosses state lines.

 

Brandon Sheperd, 23, was arrested and charged with sexual battery after he was accused of raping a woman while on spring break in Panama City Beach, Florida. The woman reported that after she went to sleep with her clothes on, she awoke to find a man on top of her. A warrant was issued for Sheperd’s arrest …

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