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    Ghislaine Maxwell will indulge in a vegan feast in her low-security Florida prison on Thanksgiving. The disgraced socialite, 60, will spend her first turkey day at FCI Tallahassee after she was sentenced for helping her billionaire lover, sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein, abuse young girls. Maxwell's Thanksgiving meals shouldn't be too different from what she is used to since the lunch menu at FCI Tallahassee shows she will be indulging in Tofurky before participating in holiday contests, such as volleyball, kickball, board games and a three-point shooting contest, according to a spokesperson from the prison.  Inmates will also be able to watch holiday films after their tasty dinner at the federal jail. Epstein's ex-lover will soon be joined by reality television star Julie Chrisley, who was found guilty in a $30million tax fraud case on Monday.  Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell will enjoy a vegan feast for Thanksgiving behind bars at FCI Tallahassee Epstein and Maxwell are pictured in an undated photo. Maxwell was sentenced for helping her billionaire lover, sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein, abuse young girls. FCI Tallahassee (above) is known...
    Ghislaine Maxwell has become best friends with infamous double killer Narcy Novack as they languish in a Florida prison together, reports say. The pair are reported to have spent long hours talking, laughing and joking around in the low-security FCI Tallahassee. Their similar ages - Maxwell being 60 and Novack, 65 - as well as their wealthy backgrounds and long sentences is said to have cemented their bond. Maxwell was sent to the prison late last month after being sentenced to 20 years for helping billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein abuse underage girls. Novack was jailed in 2012, having been convicted of orchestrating the beating deaths of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law.  Ghislaine Maxwell 'is best friends with infamous double killer Narcy Novack in low-security Florida prison and spend hours talking, laughing and joking'  Narcy Novack, 65, of Fort Lauderdale, was sentenced to life in jail at FCI Tallahassee, a low-security prison in Florida. 'Once inside, Ghislaine gravitated towards Narcy. Because of her length of time inside and the brutality of her crime, she is treated like a female don,' one source told The Mirror. ...
    A TEENAGER who lost her leg in a horror shark attack is finally back home after more than a month of recovery. Addison Bethea, 17, had been at a Tallahassee, Florida hospital, since she was mauled by a shark, while scalloping on June 30. 3Addison Bethea, the Florida teen who had part of her leg amputated after being bitten by a shark, is released from the Tallahassee Medical Hospital in FloridaCredit: Fox 35 3The 17-year-old had been undergoing post-surgery rehabilitation at the medical facility before she was allowed to return homeCredit: FACEBOOK/FightLikeAddison "Addison spent 37 days at TMH (Tallahassee Medical Hospital) in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Unit and then the Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center," the hospital wrote in an update on Facebook. "She had several successful surgeries to save as much of her leg as possible and is on the path to recovery and eventually using a prosthesis." As she was leaving the Florida hospital, she was greeted by a round of applause by the staff who helped care for her, as seen in a video posted...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell has been moved to a low-security prison in Florida where inmates can bake and take up yoga. The disgraced socialite, 60, was last month jailed for 20 years for decades of abuse after grooming dozens of girls for twisted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 2Ghislaine Maxwell has been moved to a low-security prison in Florida after an appeal 2FCI Tallahassee, FloridaCredit: federal bureau of prisons Maxwell was found guilty of luring young girls to massage rooms for Epstein to molest between 1994 and 2004. And she has now been moved to low-security prison FCI Tallahassee in Florida according to the Bureau of Prisons. She will be eligible for release on 17 July 2037. It comes after Maxwell lodged an appeal against the sex trafficking conviction and 20-year sentence earlier this month. She had been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, New York, since her arrest in July 2020. But her lawyers repeatedly complained that conditions at the Brooklyn jail were "reprehensible" and that Maxwell was subjected to invasive surveillance. They also alleged that Maxwell was deprived of water...
    By Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo | Associated Press NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite turned convicted sex trafficker, is off to Florida to serve a 20-year federal prison sentence for helping financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls — returning to the same state, but a far cry from the posh lifestyle, where she committed some of her crimes. Maxwell, 60, was moved last week to FCI Tallahassee, a low-security federal prison in Florida’s capital, from the Brooklyn federal jail where she’d spent the last two years under close watch in light of Epstein’s 2019 jail suicide, the federal Bureau of Prisons said. It wasn’t clear whether Maxwell would be held in restrictive housing or under other special precautions, given her notoriety and long-standing concerns about her well-being behind bars. Maxwell, who was convicted last December in Manhattan and sentenced in June, repeatedly complained about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, her home since her July 2020 arrest. Maxwell and her lawyers complained that jail officers were flashing a light into her cell...
    Ghislaine Maxwell has been sent to a Florida prison where she will serve her 20-year sentence for helping billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein abuse underage girls, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. The disgraced socialite has been moved to FCI Tallahassee, a low-security prison in the Sunshine State. The Bureau of Prisons website indicates Maxwell will be eligible for release on July 17 2037, a date which appears to be longer than the 20 years she was given at her sentencing last month. The choice of prison by the BOP is against the recommendation of Judge Alison Nathan, who oversaw Maxwell’s trial for recruiting and trafficking underage girls for the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Nathan asked the BOP - following a request from Maxwell’s lawyers - to send her to FCI Danbury in Connecticut. However the BOP has ultimate authority and decided against sending Maxwell there. Despite this Maxwell, 60, will likely welcome the news as she has complained bitterly about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she has been held since her arrest in July 2020....
    QUINCY, Fla. (AP) — Nine people died over the holiday weekend from likely drug overdoses in a rural Florida Panhandle county, officials said. After two women were found dead of an apparent overdose Friday, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert seeking the public’s help to warn others of the possibly polluted drug supply, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Gadsden County is located northwest of Tallahassee. Sheriff Morris A. Young said investigators believes the deaths are related to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid used as a pain medication. County officials said they’ve confirmed seven of the deaths, while two others remain under investigation. No arrests were immediately announced. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A 17-year-old teenager, who was bitten by a shark at a Florida beach Thursday, is undergoing a second round of surgery Saturday in the hope of saving her leg, according to officials. Addison Bethea was scalloping when the sharp-toothed underwater carnivore attacked her, biting her multiple times before her brother jumped in to fend off the creature, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare said. She underwent emergency surgery Thursday and is expected to survive. 71-YEAR-OLD WOMAN BECOMES SECOND PERSON GORED BY BISON AT YELLOWSTONE IN THREE DAYS "Addison has a long journey to recovery, but she was in good spirits today, surrounded by her family in Tallahassee Memorial’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Addison’s family would like to thank their community in Taylor County and everyone who has reached out offering their prayers and support during this difficult time," Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare said in a statement. The surgery Saturday will enable medical professionals to assess the extent of the damage on her leg and consider treatment options moving forward, according to officials. Her brother Rhett Willingham, who works as...
    Democrat Andrew Gillum has been indicted on multiple federal charges connected to campaign contribution fraud during his 2018 run for governor of Florida. A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one count indictment against Gillum, 42. The Justice Department charges that Gillum and co-defendant Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through fraudulent promises. The indictment also alleges Gillum and Lettman-Hicks used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use.  He and Lettman-Hicks, 53, have been arrested. They both surrendered to the FBI and are scheduled to have their first court appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee. Gillum denied any wrongdoing.  'I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,' he said in a prepared statement. 'Every campaign I've run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this...
    Petty ex-president Donald Trump wants to “assert his dominance” over Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis and announce a 2024 run from right outside the governor’s mansion. Will that include the actual words “F–k you, Ron” written on the sky? Vanity Fair, citing Rolling Stone, wouldn’t put it past him. Rolling Stone reported on Sunday that Trump isn’t just looking to swat DeSantis by announcing from Florida, or even merely from the state capital of Tallahassee, but is interested in a venue as close as possible to the governor’s mansion. The magazine cited unnamed sources in saying that Trump wants to “stick it” to DeSantis — who has consistently shown dangerous poll numbers all year for the ex-president — by announcing what looks like an increasingly likely 2024 bid from his adopted post-White House power center. “People who’ve spoken to Trump say that one reason he’s eying the Sunshine State is to assert his dominance over an ascendant DeSantis,” writes RS’s Asawin Suebsaeng. “Trump, the sources say, has even asked some associates if they had opinions on any good venues or...
    In July 2020, after a second employee who worked at Florida principal Jimbo Jackson’s school died of COVID, he fought back against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to reopen schools for in-person classes. Jackson, who was the head of Fort Braden School and a Leon County commissioner, had also just recently tested positive for COVID himself. Now, nearly two years later, Jackson has died after suffering complications from long COVID, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. He was 55. In the summer of 2020, DeSantis’ directive to reopen schools and call teachers back to work in-person sparked controversy, considering the alarming rate of COVID cases in his state. “As a school leader, I cannot continue to see my school family mourn our friends and then tell them that ‘I can keep you safe when you come to school.’ That would certainly be a lie and a slap in the face to the Byrd and Bradwell families as they grieve and plan memorial services for angels gone too soon,” Jackson said at the time. “With what the Fort Braden School community has...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida dentist has been arrested on charges that he hired hit men eight years ago to kill his sister’s ex-husband, a prominent law professor, so she could move back to the Fort Lauderdale area from Tallahassee with her two children. Charles Adelson, 45, was being held Thursday without bond at the Broward County jail on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder after being arrested Wednesday at his home by U.S. marshals. He is awaiting transfer to Tallahassee. Adelson and other members of his family have long been cited by prosecutors and investigators as potential suspects in the July 18, 2014, killing of Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel at his Tallahassee home. Markel, 41, had been married to Wendi Adelson, who had been unable to return to South Florida because Markel had joint custody of their young children after a highly contentious divorce. Markel was gunned down in his garage by two men, Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera, who prosecutors say were hired through Katherine Magbanua,...
    An analysis of news articles published by journalists in the Tallahassee Democrat between February 9th and March 11th show that reporters repeatedly used the term “Don’t Say Gay” slogan when writing about the Parental Rights in Education bill. The analysis shows that the “Don’t Say Gay” term was used over six times more than the title of the bill, “Parental Rights in Education” in news articles. The “Don’t Say Gay” slogan was adopted by opponents of the Parental Rights in Education bill. Supporters of the bill have argued the slogan mischaracterizes the legislation. Tallahassee Democrat print edition The analysis included the review of 13 news articles that were related to the Parental Rights in Education bill and published in the print edition of the Tallahassee Democrat between February 9th and March 11th. The count of the terms “Don’t Say Gay” and “Parental Rights in Education” was determined by an archival search on the Tallahassee Democrat website. The count includes the times the terms were used in the title of the article, in the article, or in captions related to the...
    (CNN)The death of an LGBTQ advocate and brother of a former Miami mayor is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said, after his body was discovered in a Florida landfill.Jorge Diaz-Johnston, a plaintiff in a historic same-sex marriage lawsuit against Miami-Dade County in 2014, was found dead at a Jackson County landfill on January 8, the Tallahassee Police Department said.The body had been in trash collected from an Okaloosa County landfill that morning and transported to Jackson County by a garbage transportation company, according to a statement released by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.The 54-year-old was last seen January 3 in Tallahassee, police said. Diaz-Johnston and his husband Don Johnston were one of six couples who filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County in 2014 challenging Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. A Miami-Dade circuit judge ruled in the couples' favor in 2015. Read More"There are just no words for the loss of my beloved husband Jorge Isaias Diaz-Johnston," Johnston wrote on social media Wednesday. "He touched so many people with his kind and generous heart."Manny Diaz, chair of the Florida Democratic...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Friday at state and local government buildings in Tallahassee to honor legendary Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden, who died Sunday at age 91. “Bowden was an impactful leader and empowered his players to be the same. He lived a remarkable life with a strong Christian foundation serving God’s purpose on and off the field,” a DeSantis memo said Thursday. READ MORE: Police: Florida Mother Shot, Killed By Toddler During Work Video Call The governor’s order applies to flags at the state Capitol, the Leon County Courthouse, and Tallahassee City Hall. READ MORE: Fall 2021 Back To School Mask Guide Bowden will lie in honor from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Old Capitol and will lie in repose from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Moore Athletic Center at FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. MORE NEWS: Taste Of The Town: Green Bar...
    More On: Coronavirus It’s Democrats, Biden admin’s border policies spreading COVID: Devine Letters to the Editor — Aug. 2, 2021 Masking kids and closing schools is irrational, unscientific child abuse Connecticut ‘strongly recommending’ indoor masks as cases increase Florida hit a grim high on Sunday for the daily number of Coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital. A total of 10,207 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Florida on Sunday, the highest number in the state one day after breaking its record for single-day new cases. The Sunshine State now leads the nation in per-capita hospitalizations for the virus after averaging 1,525 adult hospitalizations per day and 35 pediatric hospitalizations per day over the past week, the Associated Press reported. The previous record had been set on July 23, 2020, over a year ago, when Florida reported 10,170 hospitalizations.  The state’s hospitals were attempting to treat the overflow of patients. The city’s Mayo Clinic was forced to operate at overcapacity after exceeding its 304 licensed beds due to the influx of virus patients, according to First Coast News in...
                      by Karen Murphy  This week’s witnesses in the federal corruption trial of J.T. Burnette, a Tallahassee businessman standing trial for federal extortion and racketeering, described the “dirty politics of getting things done” in Tallahassee. The testimony exposed some of the true “power behind the throne” like that wielded by Burnette and his wife, Kim Rivers, CEO of the mega medical marijuana company, Trulieve, and by a former “rising star” in Florida Democratic politics, Scott Maddox. Burnette is facing federal charges of racketeering, and extortion stemming from a multi-year FBI investigation into political corruption in Tallahassee. Government prosecutors are trying to prove Burnette arranged bribes for Maddox, through Governance Services, LLC, a lobbying firm owned by Maddox’s close friend and business partner Paige Carter-Smith. Maddox and Carter-Smith pleaded guilty in 2019 to three out of the 44 crimes they were charged with following the FBI probe. They agreed to testify against Burnette in hopes the government would recommend a lighter sentence in their cases. One of the three FBI undercover agents...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Joseph Hatchett, the first Black justice on the Florida Supreme Court, lay in state Friday in the Supreme Court rotunda after his death last week at age 88. “He was a great judge, but more importantly a great man,” said Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, who was among the people paying their respects to Hatchett. “It’s important that we study his history as a lawyer and as a judge. It reminds us of the importance of the role of the judiciary and the rule of law.” READ MORE: Miami Weather: Hot & Humid With Scattered Afternoon Storms, Mostly Sunny Weekend Hatchett served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 1979, when President Jimmy Carter named him as a federal appeals court judge. He stepped down from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1999 and returned to law practice in Tallahassee. Several current and former justices and judges attended Friday’s ceremony. Walker, who is the chief judge in the federal Northern District of Florida, said he met Hatchett as a young law clerk. READ MORE:...
    More On: kodak black Kodak Black’s clemency may not keep him out of jail amid sex assault charges Rapper Kodak Black tweets thanks to Trump for presidential pardon Kodak Black pledges $1M to charity if Trump pardons him Kodak Black pleads guilty to weapons charge A security guard for rapper Kodak Black was shot Monday morning in a Florida McDonald’s parking lot. The shooting erupted around 3 a.m. in Tallahassee after the rapper performed at “Cultur3 Fest featuring Kodak Black + Friends” over the weekend, local TV network WCTV reported. Cops told the Tallahassee Democrat that Kodak Black and his entourage were followed by several vehicles as they left the show and tried to cut the cars off. Black and his crew drove to the McDonalds and blocked the entrance with one of their cars. The vehicle that followed the rapper from the concert then showed up in the fast-food parking lot and one of the passengers opened fire, the reports say. Kodak Black at Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles on December 15, 2018.Photo by...
    This is the latest in our twice-a-month series on underrated destinations, It's Still a Big World. When planning a trip through Florida, chances are that Tallahassee doesn’t even enter the conversation. At first glance, unless you’re a dork like me who collects stamps from state capitol buildings, or a bright-eyed highschooler curious about Florida State University (one of the country’s top party schools), it doesn’t seem like Tallahassee has much to offer. My younger sister, a recent FSU grad, certainly had me convinced as much after years of visits filled with football games, cheap brunches, and lunchboxes—a heinously large pitcher with some ungodly combination of different alcohols. But after many months of staying home in South Florida, itching for a drivable getaway, I made my way north to Tallahassee at the invitation of the state’s tourism board and with the promise of some socially distanced fun. What I found and will forever preach to any willing listener is a capital city that’s underestimated in every way possible, from its outdoor adventures to its fine dining. I should have known politicians...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After nearly a year and an almost 500-mile odyssey, a Yorkshire terrier has been reunited with her Pembroke Pines owner. The Yorkie named Rosie, disappeared in May 2020 and Montse Bermudez never stopped looking or hoping she would see her precious pooch again. READ MORE: Broward Public Schools Intend To Hold In-Person High School Graduations, Miami-Dade Exploring Possibility Then she got a phone call Tuesday, at 5:45 p.m. from Tallahassee Animal Services. Someone had turned in a stray with a microchip. “My heart froze. They said are you missing someone named Rosie. I started crying, I was in shock.” Bermudez told CBS4 at her Pembroke Pines home on Friday. Bermudez jumped on a plane for the state capital. Then she drove anxiously to the shelter. When they brought Rosie to her, it was apparent she recognized Bermudez. Rosie jumped and kissed her owner. Rosie weighs just three pounds and is half her body weight. She is anemic and has worms, but she is expected to recover. READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 5,922 Additional Cases, 144...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – All federal courthouses in the Southern District of Florida have been ordered to close on Wednesday, Inauguration Day, “in the interest of public safety.” The order, signed by Chief U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore says Federal courthouses in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Key West, including Bankruptcy Court and Probation, will be closed. All court staff at these locations are being asked to work for home and all video and audio hearings and trials will proceed as currently scheduled. However, magistrate duty court hearings will not be held. The Clerk’s Office public intake windows will also be closed, but staff will be available by phone for other services. It’s not known if the closure order was signed due to possible protests in connection with the inauguration of Joe Biden, but government buildings in Tallahassee are closed through Inauguration Day along with Tallahassee City Hall and the Leon County courthouse as well. TRENDING STORIES ON CBSMIAMI.COM COVID-19 Data Scientist Rebekah Jones Released From Jail, Said She Tested Positive For COVID-19 Pembroke...
    An ex-U.S. Army soldier, Daniel Alan Baker, 33, has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kidnap and attack Trump supporters during demos planned at the Florida state Capitol An ex-Army soldier who described himself as a 'hardcore leftist' has been arrested after allegedly issuing a call to arms online. Daniel Alan Baker, 33, is alleged to have attempted to recruit 'like-minded' individuals to join him at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, days before Joe Biden's presidential inauguration.   Baker is alleged to have taken part in a number of Black Lives Matter and anti-police protests around the country last year. He was arrested by the FBI on Friday along with agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Tallahassee Police Department.  Prosecutors say Baker was turfed out of the army after going AWOL instead of following orders and being deployed to Iraq. He is also alleged to have fought alongside a Syrian terror group.  Baker, 33, is alleged to have made threats online and encouraged other 'like-minded' people to join him 'This is an armed coup and...
    Keyontae Johnson is speaking and thankful. The Florida Gators star, who collapsed on the court during a game on Dec. 12 and was hospitalized, posted a video message to Twitter on Friday thanking those who helped him get through a scary time. Along with the video, the junior tweeted, “God said my work here ain’t done.” “First and foremost, I’d like to thank God. I know y’all have been sending your prayers out the last few weeks and me and my parents are very grateful for all the prayers that have been going out,” Johnson said in the video. “To all the doctors and medical staff at Tallahassee Memorial and UF Shands, I just want to say thank you for all the support y’all gave me, especially the lady that was in the gym at Florida State.” Johnson, who in the video wore wearing a shirt that read, “Write Your Own Story”, had been in a medically induced coma, but was able to FaceTime with his parent earlier this week, according to the school. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin...
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    More On: college basketball Pepperdine the pick against UNLV in Sin City showdown Rick Pitino’s practices are wild: ‘Your ass, your ass’ College hoops star hospitalized after collapsing on court Senior’s return provides reminder of his St. John’s importance After collapsing during a game over the weekend, Florida men’s basketball player Keyontae Johnson is in a medically induced coma, his grandfather told USA Today on Monday. Johnson received initial treatment in Tallahassee shortly after he was taken off the court on a stretcher in the first half of Saturday’s game between the Gators and Florida State. His grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, told USA Today that his grandson was then transported to Gainesville, Fla. on Monday. Doctors were hoping to bring Johnson out of the coma Monday afternoon, according to DeJarnett. “They’re just not sure,” DeJarnett said. “He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma. They put him on medication to keep him sedated.” Johnson, the SEC’s preseason player of the year, was initially described as being in critical but stable condition when he was transported...
    Loading the player... Keyontae Johnson is in critical but stable condition after collapsing on the court on Saturday during the first half of a game, according to Sports Illustrated. Johnson, a forward for the Florida Gators, collapsed after performing an alley-oop as the Gators were leading Florida State by 11-3 just after a timeout. Announcer Mick Hubert said that Johnson was standing and then fell forward on his face according to USA Today. Keyontae Johnson #11 of the Florida Gators attempts a lay up against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Johnson was taken to the locker room on a stretcher and then transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, EPSN reported during a broadcast. Eric Fawcett, a journalist who covers the Florida Gators, tweeted that coach Mike White plans to stay in Tallahassee with Johnson as the team returns home. He noted that Johnson didn’t “have anyone...
    Nearly 200 people have been arrested in a shocking child sex trafficking case centered on one teenage girl whose own mother allegedly sold her for sex or drugs in Florida. The Tallahassee Police Department announced Tuesday a total of 178 arrests as the result of a two-year investigation known as Operation Stolen Innocence that was first launched in November 2018. Officials say the victim was 13 and 14 when most of the alleged offenses occurred but the abuse may have started before her 13th birthday.  Authorities say she is on the road to recovery and doing well given the situation. Overall 106 people face felony charges including human trafficking and lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 16, and 18 of those are being charged federally. Meanwhile, 72 face misdemeanor charges, including solicitation of prostitution, and notices to appear. Some of the people linked to the case include a grade school physical education teacher and a high-profile booster for Florida State University, as per the Tallahassee Democrat.  The Tallahassee Police Department announced Tuesday a total of 178 arrests...
    More than 170 people were arrested on charges ranging from soliciting a prostitute to human trafficking of a minor as part of a two year operation, the Tallahassee Police Department announced Tuesday. “This investigation is a testament to how diligent our investigators work to enhance the quality of life for everyone in this community, especially our vulnerable population,” Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell said in an official statement Tuesday. “They worked tirelessly to bring justice to the victim in this case and were able to make an unprecedented number of human trafficking related arrests.” “I could not be prouder of the steadfast efforts of our investigators and the joint effort with our partners to stop the illegal and dehumanizing practice of human trafficking,” Revell continued. The massive bust was part of operation “Stolen Innocence” which began in November 2018 after Tallahassee Police Department investigators saw pictures of a minor girl circulating on a website advertising sex for money, according to the police report. The department’s Special Victims Unit then set up an operation to rescue the child safely, allowing investigators...
    By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than 170 people were arrested on charges ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor in case involving a girl who was 13 when the two-year investigation began, Florida law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday. The investigation began in November 2018 when a Tallahassee police investigator noticed photos of a minor on a website offering sex for money. The investigation involved a massive amount of electronic evidence that took months to evaluate, authorities said. “These crimes took place all over the city,” Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell said during a news conference. “Never have we had a case of this magnitude.” The crimes also went far beyond the city line and included suspects from Alabama and Mississippi. Tallahassee police worked with several local, state and federal agencies during the investigation. Authorities say 106 people were charged with felonies, including 19 on federal charges. Charges included enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in sexual activity, enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in prostitution, production and/or...
    The Tallahassee Police Department arrested 178 people allegedly linked to a sex-trafficking network after a two-year investigation. Officials charged over 100 people with felonies, such as lewd battery on a child under 16, human trafficking, and production and possession of child pornography, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. An additional 72 people face misdemeanor charges, such as the solicitation of prostitution. Police Chief Lawrence Revell and federal officials announced the findings from a secret investigation dubbed Operation Stolen Innocence that initially looked into the sexual exploitation of a girl who was allegedly assaulted when she was 13 and 14. "We know it’s going on in our community," Revell said. “We need to address this, and we know it takes state and federal partners." Police said the solicitors, referred to as Johns, came largely from the southeastern region of the country, including Mississippi and Alabama. The Johns were said to be of a variety of ages, races, and economic backgrounds. Some of the Johns revealed in the investigation reportedly include a former write-in candidate for local office and a physical education...
    Over 170 people were charged Tuesday in a large-scale investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) and Florida state and federal officials into the sex trafficking of a teenage girl. TPD Chief Lawrence Revell announced the results of the two-year investigation, which launched to find perpetrators of trafficking operations and child pornography solicitations regarding the victim who was 13 and 14 when the offenses occurred, Tallahassee Democrat reported. About 106 defendants have been charged with felony counts of human trafficking, lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 16, and production and possession of child pornography. Seventy-two people were charged with misdemeanors for counts, including solicitation of prostitution.  Nearly 20 defendants face federal charges, according to the report. In a statement to The Hill, TPD wrote, "The investigation uncovered an enormous amount of electronic evidence that required months to evaluate. The electronic evidence helped investigators further develop the case and determine how many suspects were involved and to what extent." During a news conference Tuesday outside TPD's headquarters, Revell said that the operation could have been the largest in the department's...
    No tricks here, just adorable little treats. The NICU team handmade the costumes. (Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare) Staff at one Florida hospital helped their littlest patients celebrate their first Halloween in style. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare dressed up their NICU babies in pint-sized costumes to make the holiday extra sweet. The Facebook post featured sweet captions next to the pictures.  (Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare) FDA'S NON-CORONAVIRUS-RELATED HALLOWEEN TIPS INCLUDE WARNINGS ABOUT FACE PAINT, CONTACTS “Halloween in the NICU is one of our favorite traditions, and this year is no exception!” a post on the hospital’s Facebook page said. “Thank you to our incredible NICU team for making such an uncertain time so special for these little ones’ families.” The post was quickly gaining likes on Facebook. (Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare) Babies were dressed up as Toy Story’s “Sheriff Woody,” yummy spaghetti and meatballs, Dr. Seuss’ “Thing 1 and Thing 2,” peas in a pod, an avocado, popcorn, a peanut, a lamb, M&Ms and more. The annual tradition is said to be a highlight for staff. (Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare) WHAT IS A...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Vice President Mike Pence will campaign Saturday in Lakeland and Tallahassee, a day after President Donald Trump also rallies voters in the state. Pence is slated to appear at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakeland International Airport and then will hold a rally at 6:30 p.m. at Tallahassee International Airport, the Trump campaign announced Thursday. The appearances come as Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden focus heavily on winning Florida’s 29 electoral votes. MORE ON CBSMIAMI.COM Uniformed Miami Officer Disciplined For Wearing Pro-Trump Mask At Voting Site FBI: Miami Attorney Accused Of Being Serial Bank Robber Florida Woman Accused Of Killing 3-Year-Old Boy With Tire Iron Trump will hold rallies Friday in The Villages and Pensacola. Also, former President Barack Obama is slated to campaign Saturday for Biden in Miami. (©2020 CBS Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.)
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy Shea warned Tuesday that the eventual lifting of coronavirus restrictions could bring a flood of methamphetamine and other narcotics from Mexico into the United States. Shea met in Tallahassee with federal, state and local law-enforcement officials from North Florida and Attorney General Ashley Moody. In part, they held a closed-door meeting about future efforts to confront Mexican transnational criminal organizations that established networks in areas such as Panama City and Franklin County. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe of the Northern District of Florida said he couldn’t go into the details on future enforcement actions that were discussed but called it a “good platform to begin on moving forward.” Franklin County Sheriff A. J. Smith said people pushing drugs must go to prison, but noted a new $3 million wellness center is being built in his community to support those who are “the byproduct” of traffickers. “A lot of people just don’t realize, and they are thinking that a lot of this stuff is being made in...
    NBC/Florida Department of Corrections Sigfredo Garcia was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of professor and author Dan Markel. Tonight on Dateline NBC, correspondent Dennis Murphy looks into the murder of Florida law professor Dan Markel. The investigation has drawn national attention, and it is not over yet, with trials for those involved still being scheduled. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Markel was shot in his home on July 18, 2014 at around 11 a.m. He was a 41-year-old Florida State law professor and author. Shortly after, the crime was classified as a murder, as law enforcement came out to say that Markel was the intended victim, according to Forward.com. Now, more than one person is behind bars for the crime. Currently, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, Katherine Magbanua is in jail, though her attorneys would like for her to be released on bond after a mistrial last October. Others implicated in the murder are Sigfredo Garcia, who was sentenced to life in prison and Charlie and Donna Adelson, who have been implicated but not arrested according to...
    Facebook/Tony McDade, Facebook/Tallahassee Community Action Committee Tony McDade's May 2020 fatal shooting by Tallahassee police sparked protests. A grand jury this week declined to indict officers in his, as well as two other shootings. Outrage swelled among local anti-racist protesters after a grand jury last week declined to issue indictments against the Tallahassee, Florida, police officer who fatally shot Tony McDade, a Black trans man, in May. The grand jury also cleared other officers involved in the fatal shootings of two other Black men in the city this year. The Tallahassee Community Action Committee and other social justice groups protested after the news broke on September 5, and police responded in riot gear, making around 10 arrests, ABC News reported. Local activists have strongly criticized police’s response to the protests, and an attorney representing the slain men’s families told Heavy that Tallahassee law enforcement has a long way to go to earn the Black community’s trust. Here’s what you need to know:McDade Was Shot in a Confrontation With a Tallahassee Officer on May 28; the Officer Has...
    More than a dozen protesters were released from a Tallahassee jail Saturday just hours after a demonstration against the exoneration of police in the deaths of three Black men in separate incidents this year. Police said protest organizers did not have permits for a Saturday afternoon march that drew dozens and descended into chaos after police began arresting demonstrators near the state Capitol. A Tallahassee police car in front of headquarters.  (TPD) Police said they arrested 15 people. Leon County jail records showed most were taken into custody for resisting officers and assembling unlawfully. Nearly all were released from custody after posting bond. Groups linked to the Black Lives Matter movement called for the demonstration after a Leon County grand jury declined to issue indictments against Tallahassee police officers involved in the shooting deaths of three Black man: Mychael Johnson, Tony McDade and Wilbon Woodard. Jurors concluded the use of deadly force was justified. More than 100 protesters took to the streets near the Capitol Saturday afternoon. They were met by a phalanx of law officers from the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police in Tallahassee say a man who pulled a gun at a Black Lives Matter protest won’t face charges because he was defending himself. Protesters were outside the capital building yesterday to discuss the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake among others. During an altercation, one person pulled a gun on BLM protesters. Confusion broke out but was quickly deescalated by the Tallahassee police department already on scene. Download The New CBS4 News App Here “I sound a little hysterical but I was no more than about three feet from the guy when he pulled the gun out, you know,” said protester Anthony Price. “That could have easily been me but he just chose someone else to pull the gun on.” No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
    TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a man who pulled a gun at a protest won’t face charges because he was defending himself. The Tallahassee Police Department said in a statement that the incident occurred during a protest downtown. Police said a white man began “documenting the protest” and then was pushed from behind. A fight ensued, police said, and the man was knocked to the ground. “He got back to his feet and brandished a gun,” the statement said, but “officers quickly engaged, took the individual into custody and peacefully dispersed the crowd.” No charges were filed, and no injuries were reported. Police said the man with the gun “was lawfully carrying a concealed weapon as a license holder.” The demonstration was organized by the Tallahassee Community Action Committee in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which has sparked protests around the country. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that a person identified as Adam Ferguson said the person with the gun instigated the fight when he shoved a female protester. Ferguson said...
    A counter-protester has pulled a gun on a Black Lives Matter demonstrator during a clash outside the Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee.  The dramatic moment occurred at the end of a BLM rally on Saturday evening, during which supporters called for an end to systemic racism following the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  A female demonstrator was filming the end of the event on Instagram Live, before she caught the shocking incident on camera.  Her video shows a fight breaking out between a group of BLM supporters and the counter-protester - who is white, middle-aged and dressed in a checked blue shirt.  One person in the crowd is seen punching the man who then draws a handgun from his jeans and points it at directly at a BLM demonstrator who sits on his knees with his hands in the air.  A counter-protester pulled a gun on a Black Lives Matter demonstrator during a clash outside the Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee on Saturday evening  The man pointed the weapon at the BLM...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Protests over racial injustice continued in several Florida cities over the weekend. In Miami, a group of about 100 people gathered downtown Saturday night for a “Say Their Names” tribute. Protesters displayed dozens of photos of victims who have died in violent confrontations with police, including George Floyd, who was killed May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds after accusing Floyd of using a counterfeit bill at a convenience store. One of the photos was of Arthur McDuffie, the Miami insurance agent beaten to death by Miami-Dade police after they chased him down for speeding on his motorcycle in 1979. The Miami Herald reported that protesters carried signs that said, “Who Will Hold Police Accountable? End Qualified Immunity,” which refers to the legal protection that can help shield police from civil lawsuits. Another sign said, “How can I celebrate when this country raped and pillaged this land from my ancestors?” In Tampa, nine people were arrested for blocking traffic Saturday afternoon. The Tampa Bay Times reported...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of a missing Black Lives Matter protester and another woman, authorities said Tuesday. Aaron Glee Jr., 49, was arrested in Orlando on Sunday, a day after Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, and Victoria Sims, 75, were found dead in a Tallahassee home, according to a Tallahassee police Facebook post. Authorities didn’t say whether the women had any previously connection between each other or to each other or Glee. Salau, who had participated in recent demonstrations against police brutality, was reported missing by family members earlier this month, authorities said. Tallahassee police officers reached out to friends and known associates, as well as victim advocate groups to which she recently had been referred following a possible sexual battery. Sims also was reported missing by her family, authorities said. Officers found that her home had been ransacked and burglarized, and her vehicle was missing. An investigation led to Glee’s Tallahassee home, where both women were found dead, authorities said. Police said they learned that Glee had fled on a...
    The suspect in the Florida killings of a teenage Black Lives Matter campaigner and a woman she met at a recent rally was out on bail for a vicious assault on another woman days earlier, according to reports. Aaron Glee Jr., 49, was busted Sunday in Orlando after the bodies of missing activists Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, and Victoria Sims, 75, were found at a home he rented in Tallahassee, cops confirmed. Salau recently spoke at a George Floyd rally in Tallahassee where she met Sims — who was also a well-known campaigner, both for local Democratic politics and supporting AARP, the Tallahassee Democrat said. After Glee’s arrest, it emerged he had a lengthy rap sheet — with his last bust for battery on June 9, three days after Salau was already reported missing, the Tallahassee Democrat said. Even then, he was already out on bail for allegedly kicking a woman in the stomach after she refused to have sex with him, the paper said, citing police reports of the May 29 arrest. “She told him no so Glee became angry, shoved (her)...
    A 19-year-old woman who recently sought justice over police killings has been found dead after going missing earlier this month, Tallahassee police said. The body of Oluwatoyin Salau was discovered in Tallahassee on Saturday night, police said in a news release sent Monday. The body of Victoria Sims, 75, was also found, police said. Police said they've taken 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr. into custody. The release didn't provide any other details about the case or explain any relationship between the two victims and the man they've taken into custody. Trending News 14-year-old boy sentenced in Tessa Majors' stabbing death Atlanta police officer fired after fatally shooting black man Black Lives Matter protester and 2nd woman found dead in Florida Vegas cop shot in head during George Floyd protest is paralyzed Bank takes action over employee who confronted BLM supporter CBS affiliate WCTV reported that Salau had been active in Black Lives Matter demonstrations, reciting the names of people who had been killed by police, including Tony McDade of Tallahassee and George Floyd of Minneapolis. Salau was a vocal activist and...
    Facebook Victoria Sims Victoria Sims, an AARP volunteer and retiree who used to work with elderly people for the State of Florida, was found dead in what Tallahassee police say was a double homicide. She also went by the name Vicki Sims. The other victim was identified as Oluwatoyin Salau, a Black Lives Matter protester. Both women disappeared in June 2020 in Tallahassee. The death of Salau has sparked social media outrage and trended on Twitter, but many also stressed that Sims’ death should be remembered too and both women deserve justice. The suspect, 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr., has been taken into custody, police said in the press release. Authorities have not released any other information about the double homicide investigation other than to confirm the identities of the two murder victims and of the suspect. Here’s what you need to know:1. Sims, Who Was Active in Democratic Politics, Met Salau After Black Lives Matter Protests FacebookVictoria Sims Both women were highly regarded in activist circles. Tallahassee.com reported: “The 19-year-old and 75-year-old met after recent protests...
    A 19-year-old Florida protester was found dead over the weekend — after vanishing the same day she tweeted about being sexually assaulted, police said Monday. The body of Oluwatoyin Salau, who took part in Black Lives Matter protests in Tallahassee, was discovered late Saturday as officers investigated a missing person’s case, Tallahassee police said. A second woman, Victoria Sims, 75, who had also been reported missing, was found dead nearby. Aaron Glee Jr., 49, has been arrested in connection to the slayings, but police did not elaborate on any alleged relationship between him and the women. “There is no further information to release at this time,” Tallahassee police said in a statement. A message seeking additional comment from police Monday was not immediately returned. Glee, who lives on Monday Road — where Salau’s body was found, was taken into custody on May 30 on a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. Neither Salau nor Sims was the victim in that case, according to court records cited by the Tallahassee Democrat. A woman told cops she was drinking...
    Facebook/Twitter/Jail Aaron Glee Jr. and the two victims, Oluwatoyin Salau and Victoria Sims. Aaron Glee Jr. is a Florida man who is accused of murdering a Black Lives Matter protester and AARP volunteer from Tallahassee whose bodies were found together. The victims were identified as Oluwatoyin Salau and Victoria “Vicki” Sims by police. Tallahassee.com reported:“The 19-year-old and 75-year-old met after recent protests over justice for black lives.” Salau and Sims were found dead in an double homicide Saturday night, June 15, the Tallahassee Police Department said Monday in a press release. According to Tallahassee Police, Salau was found dead in the 2100 block of Monday Road along with another woman, 75-year-old Victoria Sims. A suspect, 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr., has been taken into custody, police said in the press release. Authorities have not released any other information about the double homicide investigation. Here’s what you need to know:1. Glee, Who Is From West Palm Beach, Is Accused of Felony Murder & Kidnapping Orange Co. jail records Orange County, Florida, jail records show Glee is being...
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