News that United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez indicted James Lapin of threatening to assault a member of Congress went viral and proved to be riddled with false information. Now, as of March 11, Lapin can stand upright, innocent of all charges, and works to clear his name. The rulingContinue Reading

Former Mayor of Brooksville, Florida, Kevin Hohn, has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with possession and distribution of images depicting the sexual abuse of children. According to the criminal complaint, in September and December 2020, investigators identified a certain internet protocol address as having distributed images andContinue Reading

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced the arrest of 42-year-old Arne Jensen, Jr. of Avon Park. Jensen was charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex, 3-counts of transmitting harmful material to a minor, and attempted sexual battery. According to the affidavit, the reportee, an adult female, postedContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced the arrest of a New York City teacher who traveled to Tampa to have sexual intercourse with a minor he met online. On Saturday, January 23, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Zeshaan Naqvi, 31, picked the victim up at their Tampa residence andContinue Reading

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a manager at Tyrone Square mall’s Pops 2 Go for repeatedly sexually battering a girl over a 15-month period. Homol faces charges of sex with another minor girl as well. The man, Steven Homol, 35, engaged in illegal sexual acts with a 16-year-oldContinue Reading

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A federal judge today ordered Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (Kidde) to pay a $12 million civil penalty in connection with allegations that the company failed to timely inform the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about problems with fire extinguishers manufactured by the company, the Department of Justice announced. Kidde,Continue Reading

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a gang member Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred at approximately 3:47 p.m., when agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested a man for illegally entering the United States. Agents apprehended the man approximately three miles east of the Calexico Port ofContinue Reading

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced the arrest of 37-year-old Thomas Lee Simmons of Winter Haven for Armed Sexual Battery (FL), Armed Robbery (FL), Grand Theft (F3), Dealing in Stolen Property (F2), False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer (M1). The victim called 911 from the Stay Plus Inn inContinue Reading

In Ocala, Florida, 27-year-old Tommy Lee Holt was sentenced to four years and seven months in federal prison for possession of an unregistered destructive device today. According to the plea agreement, on November 5, 2019, Holt manufactured eight “Molotov cocktails” using glass bottles filled with gasoline. All qualified as destructiveContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 72-year-old Gordon Aber of Palm Harbor for Possession of Child Pornography on Tuesday. Detectives began their investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to identify the suspect.Continue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a Valrico man has been charged with murder following a domestic violence incident that resulted in the death of a woman. On the evening of November 3, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning a domestic violence incident thatContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced today the arrest of 45-year-old Eugenio Rodriguez-Colina for the arson of the Incarnation Catholic Church. Video obtained from the church was used to identify the suspect who set fire to multiple pews on September 18. Four days later, on September 22, surveillance videoContinue Reading

Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis  announced new legislation to stop violent assemblies and protect law enforcement. The proposed legislation, the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. “Our rightContinue Reading

U.S. Marshals announced the rescue of 8 “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana over the weekend, bringing their total children rescued in Operation Homecoming to 72. “From August 31- September 4, federal investigators coordinated with IMPD and NCMEC to recover eight highly endangered missing children resulting in one arrest ofContinue Reading

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, recognizing this part as a reservation. The justices decided 5-4 in the Jimcy McGirt 1997 child rape case, that Oklahoma’s eastern portion, including Tulsa, will now fall under federal jurisdiction for criminal prosecution and that theContinue Reading