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Florida inmate says he killed 6 in Pennsylvania in 1970s

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inmate serving life in Florida has confessed to killing six people in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, state police said Wednesday. Pennsylvania State Police investigators obtained the confessions in March from Edward A. Surratt at a state prison in Raiford, Florida, the agency announced. Surratt, now 79, a truck driver and former resident of Aliquippa, implicated himself in four cases — the 1977 slayings of William and Nancy Adams in Beaver County, Guy and Laura Mills near Bedford and Joel Krueger near McConnellsburg and the 1978 death of John Shelkons in Beaver County....

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FWC searching for three men who killed large Tarpon

KEY LARGO, Fla.– The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is searching for three men who removed killed a Tarpon. On March 15, the three grabbed the fish out of the water and killed it at the Calusa Campground, according to FWC. Tarpons should remain in the water unless an angler is trying for a record using a Tarpon tag. The tags cost $50 per tag, per fish. “Keep tarpon, especially the gills, in as much water as is safely possible,” FWC said on their website. If you have any information about the situation, call Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)...

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Two kids break into Florida home, open fire on deputies

ENTERPRISE, Fla. – A teen girl and a 12-year-old boy are accused of running away from a group home in Florida Tuesday night, breaking into someone’s home and shooting at deputies. Travis O’Brien, 12, and Nicole Jackson, 14, are expected to face charges after they were reported missing just before 5 p.m. from Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. O’Brien and Jackson, reportedly, ran away from the children’s home before breaking into a residence around 7:30 p.m. WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE...

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Florida 10-year-old shot after man returns paintball fire with real gunfire

MIAMI (AP) — Thinking his home was under attack, a Florida homeowner shot and wounded a 10-year-old whose father had driven him to participate in a drive-by shooting with a paintball gun, police said. Michael Williams, 26, told Opa-locka police his son begged him to drive by a home where young people were gathered Sunday night so he could fire his paintball out the window, according to a police report released Tuesday. Williams drove by the home as his son fired off several rounds, police said. The homeowner confused the paintball for real gunfire, telling police he thought his family was being...

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Man attacked by gator in Myakka River

MYAKKA RIVER, Fla. – A man had only been in the Myakka River for one minute before a gator snapped its jaws around his skull. 25-year-old Jeffrey Heim said frequently dives in Florida waters, looking for fossilized Megalodon shark teeth. A commercial spearfisherman, ethically sourcing shark teeth is his passion project. But Sunday, May 30th, that passion turned into pain. “You never understand the power of a wild animal like that until you’re in its mouth,” said Heim.  “I come up for a breath and I felt like I got hit by a boat going 50 miles an hour,”...

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Job seekers turn to employment centers as unemployment benefits run out

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Career Source of Southwest Florida plans to help reacclimate thousands of people back into the workforce in the coming month. Federal unemployment benefits are set to run out at the end of June.  Until then people who continue to collect the $300 a week in federal funds must prove they’re looking for a job. In Southwest Florida alone, there are 20 thousand people who are still unemployed and many of them are expected to visit Career Source to find a job after more than a year of collecting unemployment. Mia Williams lost her job last March and she said...

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Florida Ag. Commissioner Nikki Fried enters governor’s race

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried has joined the governor’s race. According to the Florida Department of State, Fried filed for candidacy on June 1 for the 2022 General Election. Fried, who is a Democrat, has long been hinting at running for governor and has been one of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ fiercest critics. Last week, sources close to the matter said Fried would announce her candidacy at a news conference on Tuesday. Fried would go up against former Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2022 Primary, though early polls favor Crist. Democrat Annette Taddeo is also...

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Florida woman donates kidney to new husband’s ex-wife

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has gained national attention after she donated a kidney to her husband’s ex-wife just two days after she married the man.  Ten years after their first date, Debby Neal-Strickland put on a cream-colored lace gown and married her longtime sweetheart at their Florida church. Two days later, she put on a hospital gown and donated a kidney to Mylaen Merthe — her new husband’s ex-wife. An unusual story? Yes. But the tale of Jim Strickland and his two wives is a testament to how love and compassion can triumph over division. Mylaen, 59,...

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Florida’s Memorial Day gas prices were lower than 2018 holiday levels

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Gas prices in Florida on Memorial Day averages $2.86 per gallon. Although the state average was higher than the last two years, it was 5 cents less than what drivers paid in Florida during the 2018 holiday weekend. Gas prices in the Sunshine State have been on the decline over the last two weeks, dropping nearly 3 cents. The state average is now 7 cents more than a month ago and nearly a dollar per gallon more than this time last year. “Gas prices are relatively stagnant as we enter the start of the busy summer driving season,” Mark Jenkins, a spokesman...

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Job search requirement resumes for Florida unemployment claims

FLORIDA – There are some big changes for people still collecting unemployment in Florida. For the last year since the pandemic, those collecting didn’t have to prove they were looking for work. In order to continue collecting unemployment those receiving benefits are going to have to work a little harder in fact they’ll have to prove that they are looking for a job and that means visiting places like Career Source which is expecting more people to start showing up and looking for work. Desperate employers hope the requirement will help fill some of their empty positions....

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