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Man accused of first-degree murder at house party

One man was recently killed in Sarasota, and one man is now in police custody for his supposed involvement. The 19-year-old Florida victim was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound in his chest. Now, a 20-year-old is accused of committing the crime, and he has been formally charged with first-degree murder.

According to neighbors, there was a house party at a residence in Sarasota that lasted until the early morning hours. One neighbor claims that at about 4 a.m., she heard multiple gunshots fired at the party. Some neighbors had actually called the local police to the residence earlier in the night on noise complaints. Later, the police had to be called again to investigate the gunshots.

105 arrested for white collar crimes, false identification

After an investigation into a factory in Collier County, a large number of individuals were arrested on criminal charges. In total, 105 employees were arrested at the Florida factory and accused of committing white collar crimes. The individuals arrested face allegations of providing false identification for employment purposes.

The police began investigating the factory after one employee visited a physician for complaints of a work-related injury. The employee allegedly admitted to using false identification, and he claimed that some of his coworkers may do the same. When the police began looking into the factory, a 146 out of the total 168 employees were investigated.

ER nurse arrested for prescription drug charges

Sometimes when police officers suspect that a person is selling illegal drugs, the officers will set up a controlled buy. However, despite the results of the operation, the person allegedly selling the drugs is innocent until -- and only if -- proven guilty in court. A man who works as both a firefighter and part-time emergency room nurse has recently been arrested in Florida on drug charges for allegedly possessing and selling prescription drugs.

The Narcotics Division of Pinellas County began investigating the man on July 11 after receiving a tip. The tip claimed that the man was selling prescription drugs in the parking lot of the hospital where he worked as an ER nurse. Later the same day, an officer supposedly went undercover in order to initiate a controlled buy from the man.

13 begin criminal defense against illegal gambling allegations

After an undercover operation in Miami-Dade, 13 people were arrested under suspicion of illegal gambling. The bust occurred at a South Florida bar in which a large amount of cash, two guns and various drugs were supposedly seized. The 13 face various criminal charges resulting from the bust, and they must now focus on their criminal defense.

The South Florida authorities allegedly investigated the gambling ring for four months after they received numerous complaints about possible illegal gambling at the bar. Over this period, the authorities claim that they engaged in about 24 undercover operations on the bar and its owner, which eventually led to enough evidence for a search warrant. When the authorities executed the bust, they supposedly discovered over $13,000 in cash as well as two handguns. They also purportedly found 5 grams of marijuana, 7 grams of MDMA -- known as Molly -- and 45 grams of cocaine.

101 face drug charges after proactive police measures

There are many different types of drug sweeps that police departments initiate. Some are reactive, meaning that some sort of event or suspected crime happened to cause the sweep. Others are proactive. In a proactive drug sweep focused on repeat offenders in one particular Florida county, 101 individuals were arrested and are now facing drug charges.

Over three days, the authorities in Polk County acted on alleged crime tips and trends for an undercover countywide initiative. The sweep was designated "PROCAP," which means Proactive Community Attack on Problems. The sweep focused on six specific areas of the county, The goal of the sweep was to target repeat drug offenders and offenders on probation.

Florida woman accused of $650,000 embezzlement scheme

A woman was recently arrested under suspicion of running an elaborate white collar crime scheme. The Florida woman is accused of embezzlement. Allegedly, she took roughly $650,000 from her former employer and using it for lavish personal gain. Understandably, the 32-year-old faces serious criminal charges.

The woman apparently worked for a heart care facility in Titusville as an office manager. She was supposedly in charge of marketing, business development and financial management. She reportedly was good at her job and increased the business's revenue and operating profits substantially while she worked there. The investigation into her alleged embezzlement supposedly started after her employer complained about her in April. The nature of the complaint was not reported.

Money laundering and more charges against alleged online gambler

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested a man who they believe is responsible for Internet crimes spanning the nation. The man is accused of heading an online gambling ring that dealt in hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Florida man faces charges including money laundering and other white collar crimes.

The investigators suspect that the man's website profited from illegal sports bets. The man supposedly used bank accounts that he controlled through commercial banks. He also purportedly recruited certain gamblers, called "agents," to help him form new bets. If someone lost a bet and did not pay the debt in a timely manner, the man would allegedly use these agents to threaten the losers with violence.

Prenuptial agreement can protect assets in the event of divorce

Most residents of Florida recognize the probability of being involved in a car accident, and therefore they have car insurance. Similarly, considering the high divorce rate, the probability of divorce is a reality. For this reason, couples need not shy away from creating their own peace of mind by drawing up a prenuptial agreement.

Younger couples may enter into a marriage without significant assets, and they may feel that they do not need a prenuptial agreement. However, substantial assets may be obtained throughout their marriage, and some of these assets may need protection. In such cases, there is the option of a postnuptial agreement, which is a legal document that can be drawn up after the wedding.

Who gets custody of the family pet in a divorce?

Approximately one-half of all Florida marriages end in divorce. There is often a lot of discussion regarding who will get custody of any minor children involved. However, with over half of all married couples owning at least one pet, another issue to consider is who will get custody of the family pet. Pet custody can be a serious issue in some divorce cases.

Many people view the family pet as a member of the family. As such, this family member can become a tool in attempting to manipulate the other spouse into conceding other items of value in order to retain custody of a beloved animal. One thing to keep in mind is that, regardless of the fact that one may consider the family pet to be a member of the family, the court will view the family pet as personal property in divorce proceedings.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Malone accused of DUI, drug charge

A recent traffic stop in Tampa resulted in the arrest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team's left wing, Ryan Malone. Florida police officers pulled Malone over for driving erratically, and they say he was ultimately tested for DUI. He was eventually arrested for driving under the influence as well as for possession of cocaine.

Early in the morning, a Tampa Police Lieutenant reportedly spotted Malone driving erratically. Malone allegedly hit a curb while attempting to make a left turn from the center lane. The officer decided to pull him over. When the officer asked Malone to step out of his SUV, the officer claimed to have smelled alcohol on the hockey player's breath.

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