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Access to Justice Commission now permanent
Fri  Oct 21 2016 11:47AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, who has worked for nearly two years to make legal representation affordable to low- to moderate-income clients, has cleared a step toward that … read more.

Sun  Oct 16 2016 08:32AM
SEBRING — The day before 4-year-old Mercedes Blair was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center with massive injuries, she ran away from home. After she was back in the custody … read more.
Landers takes plea in DUI death
Thu  Oct 20 2016 08:54AM
SEBRING — A lewd behavior case got postponed this week, while another involving DUI manslaughter ended in a negotiated plea. Timothy Dale Landers, 48, of Lake Placid pleaded no contest … read more.
Man pleads guilty to child abuse charge
Thu  Oct 20 2016 08:54AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man who has been charged with child abuse involving two children has pleaded guilty in one of the cases, court records show. Benjamin Joshua Herrera is … read more.
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Child advocacy group gets $250,000 grant
Fri  Oct 21 2016 11:26AM
TALLAHASSEE — Alan Abramowitz, executive director of the statewide Guardian ad Litem office, announced thursday that the Florida Guardian ad Litem(GAL) Program will receive a 2016 National Court Appointed Special Advocate (National CASA) Association State Growth Grant for $250,000. The … read more.

PCSO deputies interrupt crime spree
Fri  Oct 21 2016 08:30AM
LAKELAND — During the evening hours of Tuesday, Oct. 18, leading into Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, a crime spree occurred in the Shepherd Oaks subdivision, Imperial Lakes subdivision, and Casa Loma subdivision, all in the south Lakeland/Mulberry area. PCSO deputies … read more.

Fastest of the first responders face off
Fri  Oct 21 2016 10:12AM
SEBRING — First responders are known for their speed, but Sebring Kart Racing is going to find out who is the fastest Sunday Nov. 20 during the final race in its Fastest of the First competition. Since September, all employees … read more.

Fri  Oct 21 2016 08:30AM
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out what’s happening around the county. TODAY Card party at St. Catherine’s SEBRING — St. Catherine Council of Catholic Women is hosting a card party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at … read more.

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State, National and World News
New 3-D technology raises hopes for cold cases
Sat  Oct 22 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA — The faces are haunting. They stare, straight ahead, unblinking and made of malleable clay. There are fourteen total, all busts of the missing, the unidentified, the murdered. The forgotten. These faces appeared before law enforcement, University of South … read more.

Author of retracted rape story defends relying on ‘Jackie’
Sat  Oct 22 2016 01:19AM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The author of the discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a woman’s claim of being gang raped at a fraternity house sought to show jurors Friday why she found the woman so credible, highlighting the emotion and … read more.

Ex-NSA worker accused of stealing secrets to stay in custody
Sat  Oct 22 2016 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — A former National Security Agency contractor accused in a massive theft of classified information will remain in custody as prosecutors continue building a criminal case against him, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite … read more.

Purported niece, others seek shares of Prince’s estate
Sat  Oct 22 2016 01:19AM
CHASKA, Minn. — A Minnesota judge said Friday he’ll try to rule quickly on whether state law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to press their claims to shares in the late rock superstar’s estate. Attorneys for … read more.

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