Bieber could get new trial date in Florida case
MIAMI (AP) - A new trial date could be set for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver's license.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday for the 20-year-old pop singer. He has pleaded not guilty. A previous trial date was postponed while attorneys for news organizations and Bieber wrestled with releasing police videos of him giving a urine sample for a drug test.
The videos were made public last week with some segments blacked out.
Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race with high-end sports cars. Breath tests showed Bieber's blood alcohol content was below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Other tests detected marijuana and Xanax.
FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION
All eyes on special congressional election in Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The replacement to fill the late Bill Young's seat in Congress will be chosen after a special election in Pinellas County.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m.
The race for the 13th congressional district seat has garnered national attention and nearly $9 million in outside money. The district is considered a tossup, and ads for Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly have inmailboxes and airwaves in recent weeks. A third candidate, Libertarian Lucas Overby, is also running.
Voters in this stretch of beach towns and retirement communities provide the first 2014 campaign test of whether Democrats can counter GOP attacks on the president's health care overhaul.
Young died in October after serving in Congress for more than 40 years.
Ocala teens held in throat-slashing attack
(Information in the following story is from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/)
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Two Ocala teenagers accused in a throat-slashing attack on the girl's mother will remain in juvenile detention.
Circuit Judge David Eddy on Monday set a March 18 arraignment hearing for the 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl who are said to have planned to attack the girl's family so they could be together.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports the attack happened early Sunday when the girl lured her mother into the garage, where the boy was waiting with a kitchen knife. After slashing the mother's throat, the boy went into the master bedroom and confronted the father. Instead, he was convinced to drive the mother to the hospital, where she is now recovering.
The parents opposed the relationship.
The judge appointed public defenders to represent both teens.
SPRING BREAK CRASH
Spring breaker from Tenn. dies in head-on crash
(Information in the following story is from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com)
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A teenager from Tennessee faces DUI manslaughter charges following a crash that killed a fellow spring breaker in Panama City Beach.
Authorities say the crash happened Sunday night when a car driven by 18-year-old Bruce George of Nolensville, Tenn., drove head-on into a scoot car driven by 22-year-old Brandon Beverly of Knoxville, Tenn.
The News Herald of Panama City Beach reports Beverly was ejected from the car. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
A judge on Monday set George's bail at $100,000 and police say additional charges could be added. Panama City Beach police say George's blood alcohol content was 0.159. That's nearly twice the limit at which a driver is considered impaired in Florida.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the crash.
FIVE KILLED-CAR CRASH
Fla. driver who killed himself, 4 others was drunk
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - An autopsy has revealed that a Tampa man who killed four people and himself while driving the wrong way on a Florida highway had more than twice the state's legal limit of alcohol in his system.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's office released the autopsy report Monday for 28-year-old Daniel Morris.
The crash happened on Interstate 275 in Tampa around 2 a.m. Feb. 9. Morris' SUV was going the wrong way and hit a Hyundai Sonata, which was carrying four University of South Florida members of the fraternity Sigma Beta Rho.
The autopsy report showed that Morris had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent. State law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
The report also said Morris had a trace of marijuana in his system.
Man accused of shooting neighbor's black Labrador
(Information in the following story is from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com)
HUDSON, Fla. (AP) - A Hudson man is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities say he fatally shot his neighbor's dog.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 55-year-old Matthew Hugh Schnacky shot the 2-year-old black Labrador named Hunter on Sunday when it was about 145 feet away from his front gate.
The Tampa Tribune reports that neighbors and Hunter's owner Randall Patsches described Hunter as gentle and timid.
A neighbor told deputies the dog dropped dead immediately.
There was no word on why the dog was shot.
Schnacky was released from the Pasco County Jail Monday after posting $5,000 bail. It was not clear whether he's hired an attorney.
Crash kills 3, injures 2 in central Fla.
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) - A couple and one of their children died when a tractor trailer struck their vehicle at an intersection in central Florida. Two other children were critically injured.
The crash happened early Tuesday in Polk City after the family's car apparently ran through a stop sign. It was dragged some 400 feet.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies say the deceased child was in the front seat.
Two children in the back seat were airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando in critical condition. An infant was taken to a hospital with non-serious injuries.
Investigators are trying to locate the couple's out-of-state relatives before names are released.
The intersection was shut down for hours as authorities investigated the crash. All roads are now open.
Further details were not immediately available.
STOLEN PUPPY RETURNED
Stolen puppy returned to Pensacola pet store
(Information in the following story is from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com)
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An 8-week-old Yorkshire terrier is safe and sound at a Pensacola Petland days after a woman smuggled it out of the store.
Surveillance video shows a woman who had asked to play with the puppy last Wednesday walking out the door with it when an employee went to help another customer.
Store manager Scott Schmieder told the Pensacola News Journal someone walked into the store Sunday afternoon and handed the missing pup to a cashier. He says he thinks that media attention pressured the thief into returning the 2-pound dog.
The store is now considering changing policy so that customers can only play with animals while an employee is present.
Schmieder says the puppy, which is valued at $2,000, is in good health.
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