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Man Arrested For Setting Hotel On Fire

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

A Tallahassee man is facing charges of arson after a fire broke out at a local hotel. The fire occurred in February of 2022. Police found a wooden spindle that looked like it had been used to start the blaze. They later tracked down the suspect, though it is unclear precisely how they did… Read More »

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Four Ukrainians Indicted In Brutal Homophobic Hate Crime

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

Four Ukrainians, including one who was involved in a homosexual relationship with the victim, are facing charges related to the savage beating of his boyfriend. Once the Ukrainian immigrant family realized that the boy was in a same-sex relationship, they became irate, forced the boy to marry a woman, and then attacked his lover…. Read More »

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Gay Rights Activist Murdered By Roommate

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

A Florida man is facing murder charges after the death of his roommate, a well-connected gay rights activist who had a soft spot for those in recovery. The activist allowed the former prisoner to live in his apartment. The former prisoner is accused of murdering him and dumping his body. It remains unclear what,… Read More »

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Cutting Edge Crime: Stealing Gas Using Technology

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

Several Florida residents have recently been charged with unlawfully using technology to steal fuel at the pump. A recent scheme accuses Tallahassee residents of using fuel pump pulser manipulation devices to extract more fuel while also using fraudulent credit and debit cards. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a statement saying… Read More »

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FBI Cracks Child Porn Ring

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

A recent multi-year investigation cracked a child porn ring that brought down two Florida State University students along with 50 others across the State of Florida. The two students were arrested for distribution and receipt of child pornography The investigation was begun by the FBI in 2020 when an undercover agent managed access to… Read More »

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Trio Sentenced For Bank Fraud

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

Three Florida men are facing sentences of 36 months, 26 months, and 2 months for their role in a scheme to commit bank fraud. Among the allegations were bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, and identity theft. The three gained access to debit card and checking account information and unlawfully used… Read More »

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Pastor Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

A pastor has finally been brought to justice after six years of attempting to make a case against him. Law enforcement acted on a tip from 2016 which linked the IP address of his church to a user who had accessed child pornography. Years later, authorities received a tip concerning the pastor and child… Read More »

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Catholic School Teacher Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

A Catholic school teacher is facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. Police say that the teacher uploaded three photos to a site that depicted child sexual abuse. The images were traced back to the teacher and a warrant was executed on his property. The teacher told police he possessed and distributed the… Read More »

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Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Police Officer, Granting New Trial

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

A SWAT officer who was convicted of shooting the caretaker of an autistic man has been granted a new trial after an appellate court ruled that the trial court erred in refusing to allow a defense witness. The defense witness was also a SWAT member who would have testified as to what training the… Read More »

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New “Indecent Battery” Charges And How They Would Work

By Luke Newman, P.A. |

Florida legislators have issued a proposal that would change how the crime of battery is prosecuted. For those who are 16 years of age or over, the new charges would make it a separate crime to forcibly touch someone in a sexual manner without their consent. Typically, such charges are filed under simple battery…. Read More »

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