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April 2013 Archives

Bike Week felony DUI means 10 years in jail for 78-year-old woman

A 78-year-old woman from outside Florida, apparently unfamiliar with our area's annual Bike Week motorcycling festival, allegedly struck and killed a 64-year-old motorcyclist and injured two others in March 2012. She was just convicted of felony DUI and sentenced to 10 years in prison plus 5 years' probation. The judge also revoked her driver's license for the rest of her life.

Supreme Court: marijuana possession doesn't require deportation

When a Jamaican citizen who had been legally living in the U.S. for years was pulled over in Georgia, police reported finding 1.3 grams, or 0.046 of an ounce, of marijuana in his car. That would ordinarily be charged as misdemeanor possession of marijuana. For reasons not detailed in the press, however, the man pled guilty to possession with intent to sell -- a simple, non-aggravated felony in Georgia.

63 Volusia County young people arrested in 'Operation Dry Spring'

It's Spring Break time, and over the past five weeks some 15,000 people were in Daytona Beach to celebrate and have fun in the sun. Whenever there's a large congregation of young people in a party atmosphere, however, law enforcement expects to find underage drinking and smoking, and probably some use of marijuana, synthetic marijuana or harder drugs.

Juror claims stroke amnesia, not misconduct, in DUI death case

Last March, a Palm Beach County jury found the millionaire-industrialist and founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington guilty of DUI manslaughter. In May, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for an alleged hit-and-run collided with a 23-year-old man in Wellington which caused the victim's car to flip into a canal, where he drowned. The polo magnate was believed to have been driving drunk.

FBI now posting 'most wanted' bank robbery suspects online

The number of bank robberies reported in both Floridand in the nation as a whole has been reasonably steady for the past few years. According to the FBI, in 2011 there were 214 bank robberies in Florida were reported to the agency, and a total of 5,014 in the U.S. as a whole. Of those 5,014, only about 1,273 -- only about 25 percent -- were considered armed robbery.

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