News

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Cracks Down on Telemarketing Scams

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continued his crackdown against unlicensed telemarketers last week, shutting down firms in several southwest Florida counties.

Investigators from the Department’s Division of Consumer Services, in partnership with the Department’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, conducted inspections in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

FHP: Spring Break Drunk Drivers Will End up Spring Broke

FHP: Spring Break Drunk Drivers Will End up Spring Broke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As spring  - and spring break -  approaches, the Florida Highway Patrol urges revelers to party smart to avoid becoming "spring broke."

The FHP said March 2009 had the most crashes of any month of the last five years, with 224 fatal crashes reported, and to prevent a recurrence they will be out in force throughout the state this month.

"The Florida Highway Patrol isn't against having a good time," said Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mark Welch. "We just want spring breakers to celebrate safely so nobody has to go home in a body bag."

The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Florida is .08, and for those under 21, anyone with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher will receive an automatic six-month license suspension.

Refusal to submit to testing carries a 12-month suspension for the first offense, and 18 months for the second offense.

Athlete of the Week: Mikayla Davis, Oakleaf High School

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- At a brand new school which doesn't have a senior class this year, sophomore Mikayla Davis is a vocal and emotional leader for the Oakleaf Knights softball team.

Mikayla played for The Bolles School as a freshman but she transferred to Oakleaf this year so she could be part of building a foundation for success at a new school.  As of Tuesday, the young Knights are (7-1) this season, and they will be contending for a spot in the playoffs next month.

Davis is the starting catcher, and she bats second for Coach Christina Thompson who was part of Clay High School's state championship softball team in 2001.

Mikayla decided to join the girls weightlifting team at Oakleaf so she could stay in shape for softball.  She excelled in the bench press and clean and jerk and placed highly in most of her meets this season.

Small Fire Sparks at Orange Park High School

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Just before 4 p. m. the fire alarm at Orange Park High School sounded and shortly after that a maintenance worker reported heavy smoke coming from the cafeteria area, according to the Clay County Fire Department.

When fire crews got to the scene, there was no one inside.  Principal Treasure Pickett said the students were dismissed early today, prior to the fire starting.

Firefighters said it looks like some cleaning rags in the storage area somehow ignited, but couldn't say what started the fire.

Although fire crews said the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious, the fire marshal will still be called in to investigate.

The fire didn't cause any structural damage to the building.

Toddler who Fell from Second-Floor Window Home, Unharmed

ORANGE PARK, Fla. --  A Clay County toddler is home after falling from a second-story bedroom window Saturday.

"He's a busy, busy, busy boy," said his mother, Clanide Louis.
    
Jehnael Alexandre, 2, is your typical busy-body.  He's always on the go. "Oh yes.  He's active, very, very active," said Louis.

On Saturday, Jehnael gave his mother quite the scare. "Oh my God. I felt my heart breaking.  I said 'I'm going to pass out'," said Louis.

Louis had left for work Saturday afternoon, but also left an upstairs window in her Orange Park home halfway open because of fumes from cleaning. 

"I thought I'd let in some fresh air," said Louis.

Jehnael's father, who was home watching the children, left him in his bed for a short time. The 2-year-old went to the window and fell through, hitting the porch overhang before landing in a bush in front of the home. 

No Charges in Case of Toddler Falling from Second-Story Window

No Charges in Case of Toddler Falling from Second-Story Window

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The case of a toddler who was largely unharmed after falling from a second-story window is closed.

A 2-year-old boy fell around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on the 300 block of Sunstone Court in Orange Park, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said the toddler fell out the window but was unharmed.

The mother of the boy had been cleaning the home, when she opened the windows to clear fumes from the air. She went to work shortly afterwards and left her husband watching the children.

At one point, the husband went to use the bathroom and when he returned the 2-year-old was no longer in the bed where he has been, the report said. The father went downstairs and found that the toddler had fallen out of the open upstairs window, hit a porch overhang and landed in a bush.

State Attorney: Judge in McBride Case Kept State from Due Process

State Attorney: Judge in McBride Case Kept State from Due Process

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- State Attorney Angela Corey has attacked a judge's decision to spare the life of a Middleburg man who killed his ex-girlfriend and buried her in the backyard.

The State Attorney's office filed a notice of objection in the case against Kenneth McBride. He strangled Roberta Laws in 2009.

Jurors voted 8 to 4 to recommend the death penalty for McBride but Judge John Skinner went against the jury's recommendation and instead sentenced McBride to life in prison.

Corey argued that McBride was previously convicted of custodial sexual battery, a capital felony, and had been designated a sexual predator. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OBJECTION COREY'S OFFICE FILED

Laws' murder was "heinous atrocious and cruel," Corey furthered, and the crime was committed in a "cold, calculated, and premeditated manner."