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Authorities say a police officer from a small town in the Florida Panhandle faces charges he sold opioids out of his squad car while in uniform.

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Florida police say an officer used a stun gun on a homeless man to stop him from hurting himself, but the man later died.

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Florida's crime rate is dropping, but the number of rapes is growing.

The white police officer who handcuffed a black woman outside a Florida hospital where she died less than two hours later will not face charges.

Florida Heroin, Fentanyl Deaths Skyrocket

May 3, 2016
WMFE

Florida medical examiners have recorded a sharp increase in deaths related to opioid overdoses, especially in South Florida.

Photo: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A street pill that looks like it came straight from the pharmacist is causing deaths in Orlando. State law enforcement officials discovered the so-called super pill recently, and they are warning residents to keep from buying pain killers on the black market.

The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 "deficiencies," including failing to properly examine the woman when she complained of difficulty breathing, state health officials said.

Negron Questions FDLE On Backlog Of Rape Kits

Jan 14, 2016
National Institute of Health

The powerful chairman of a Senate committee that oversees the criminal-justice budget said Wednesday that Florida's backlog of thousands of untested rape kits is one of his top priorities.

State: Florida Has Backlog Of 13,000-Plus Untested Rape Kits

Jan 4, 2016
National Institute of Health

Florida has a backlog of more than 13,000 rape kits that have not been tested or submitted for processing, and managing them could cost the state tens of millions of dollars and take several years, according to a report released Monday.

A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is thanking Governor Rick Scott for pledging millions of dollars to help process thousands of untested rape kits.

Florida's Crime Rate Drops, But Sexual Assaults Are Rising

Nov 16, 2015
National Institute of Health

Florida's overall crime rate is dropping, but the number of reported sex offenses and sexual assaults is rising.

AP

Nearly 11,000 rape kits have not been tested in Florida, according to statistics released by the state Tuesday, mirroring backlogs at law enforcement agencies nationwide because of a lack of funding.

Senator Seeks Faster DNA Analysis In Sexual Assaults

Oct 27, 2015
National Institute of Health

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, filed a proposal Monday that could help speed up lab testing of evidence in suspected sexual-assault cases.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is asking for almost $8 million from the state legislature for its crime labs. Half of that money is to keep crime lab employees from leaving.

Albuminarium

Florida authorities on Wednesday closed a six-month investigation into a cyberattack that created delays and widespread problems for students trying to take the state's high-stakes standardized tests.

National Institute of Health

Federal officials on Thursday announced Thursday more than $5 million in grants to Florida agencies dealing with a backlog of thousands of untested sexual assault forensic exams, sometimes known as “rape kits.”

MyFloridaHouse.gov

A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request "politically motivated."

State Rep. Charles McBurney, a Jacksonville Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked for the inquiry in a letter Thursday to the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Oseceola County Sheriff's Office

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says authorities have arrested a doctor for his role in the 2012 overdose death of a Palm Bay woman. His wife was also arrested for the couple's role in a pill mill organization.

Officials say 53-year-old Ibem Borges and 54-year-old Wanda Otero were arrested Monday. A FDLE affidavit says Borges' prescriptions were responsible for the death of 60-year-old Carol Campbell in May 2012.

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Authorities say a 16-month-old north Florida girl died when her father left her in the car after forgetting to drop her off at day care.

It's the second hot car death reported in the nation in 2015, and the first in Florida. 

Columbia County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call Tuesday afternoon and found the child was unresponsive.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified the child's mother as Wendy Kwon, an assistant state attorney, and her father as Young Kwon, an assistant public defender.

AP

Florida will begin a nationwide search to find the heads of two state agencies.

Gov. Rick Scott called for the search Tuesday after the Florida Senate didn't confirm Scott's picks for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The agencies report to both Scott and the three elected members of the Cabinet.

UPDATE 3/18/15 10:45 a.m.

Updated headline to indicate the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct "an inquiry" and not "an investigation" into USF's findings.

In an email sent to WUSF 89.7 News Wednesday morning, FDLE Communications Director Gretl Plessinger said, "We are conducting a preliminary inquiry to assess any new information from the January USF report.  If there is criminal predicate, we will open an investigation."

ORIGINAL POST 3/17/15 5 p.m.

With a single sentence, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicated it will look into what investigators from the University of South Florida have turned up at the Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

The names of 1,100 severely mentally ill people, banned by law from buying guns, were not forwarded to state and federal agencies for nearly two years, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

An Orange County Clerk of Courts employee assigned to send monthly reports to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement went on leave for several weeks and no one did the work in their absence, according to the Sentinel.

Human Trafficking Sting Nabs 15

Mar 12, 2015
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Fifteen people have been arrested in what Attorney General Pam Bondi is calling the largest human trafficking case in state history. 

Joined by officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at the capitol Wednesday, Bondi said the sting involved at least six victims. All of the women had been illegally smuggled into the United States from Mexico and Central America.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is asking the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to evaluate new findings in the history of students at the former Arthur G. Dozier school for boys.

In a letter dated Wednesday, Putnam — who is one of three members of the Florida Cabinet — cited a recent report by researchers at the University of South Florida.

Florida Department of Corrections

 Private health firms did not provide the Florida Department of Corrections multiple reports on inmate deaths, or provided the information in part or after deadlines, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The contractors, Corizon Inc. and Wexford Health Sources, were cited in 33 different reviews of inmate deaths, the Post reports. Corizon oversees health care for about 75,000 of the state’s 100,000 inmates.

CLARIFICATION: In a story Jan. 5, The Associated Press reported that Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials said investigations of inmate deaths has increased 29 percent in the past five years. The story should have specified that the increase applied to investigations of all deaths that occurred while in law enforcement custody or from the use of force. It was not limited to investigations in state prisons.

Six months after the Miami Herald started investigating suspicious deaths of inmates -- and as the Florida prison system continues its path to become the deadliest year on record -- the U.S. Department of Justice is poised to start an investigation of its own into the third-largest prison system in the country.

Florida prison officials said Friday that they're hiring an ombudsman to oversee the treatment of mentally ill inmates in the wake of widespread abuse allegations and cover-ups.

Between 15 and 20 percent of Florida's 100,000 prisoners have been diagnosed with a mental health condition that requires treatment. The ombudsman will work with about 1,000 inmates with severe mental illness who are admitted to inpatient units. Secretary Mike Crews said the agency also is beefing up crisis intervention training to help guards working with mentally ill prisoners.

Florida Inspectors General Office

A widening scandal focusing on the treatment of Florida prison inmates includes new allegations that Gov. Rick Scott's own top watchdog was warned about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths but did not do anything.

The Miami Herald reported Friday that the governor's chief inspector general received an anonymous letter in Oct. 2012 that included details about prisoners who had died while in state custody.

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