The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is relaunching a major public safety campaign to combat terrorism.
TALLAHASSEE – If there was a generational code that kids have traditionally employed throughout elementary school, it’s not to be a snitch and tattle to the teacher against your own classmates.
But for children and adults alike, the state’s top law enforcement agency is urging quite the opposite these days. If fact, they want all Florida
residents to become snitches as often as possible.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement
just announced that it would relaunch the four-year-old public awareness campaign known as “If You See Something, Say Something” – in response to the very high profile and brutal terrorist attacks in Paris
and San Bernadino, Calif
Originally launched in 2011, the campaign is designed to encourage residents to quickly report anything that they believe could be be suspicious or potentially dangerous behavior. Continue reading
The arrest of Stephen Duxbury, a security guard at a downtown Orlando condo complex, could send a chill through those contemplating a downtown lifestyle.
ORLANDO — There could be a chill running through the minds of some residents of downtown Orlando today.
It’s not that a single high-profile criminal case — the arrest by Orlando Police homicide detectives of Stephen Michael Duxbury on Friday in the murder or Sasha Samsudean — is likely to scare people away from downtown.
There have been other crimes in downtown Orlando, some briefly high-profile, others quickly forgotten. But that’s the case with major cities across not just Florida, but the nation. Orlando does not have the same reputation for crime and violence that other major cities, including Chicago, have been struggling with this year.
And ask anyone who lives in the region, or frequently visits Orlando, and most will say they feel safe downtown, including at night. The SunRail trains bring visitors to four stops in downtown, and crowds flock to the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl without incident. They see theatrical productions at Mad Cow Theatre, and dine at the restaurants along Orange Avenue and Wall Street Plaza, check out the region’s history at the Orange County Regional History Center, and bring the nightclubs like The Social to life at night. Continue reading
Joshua Adams is now in the Polk County Jail, facing a long list of charges.
LAKELAND — A posting on a popular social media site enabled law enforcement to catch a suspect wanted on theft charges, but when Polk County
deputies confronted the man, he tried to run them over.
Joshua Adams, 26, of Mulberry
was taken into custody on Thursday, and is now in the Polk County Jail
, where he’s facing a long list of charges, including attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
And it was a tip provided to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
that helped find him — a tip from someone who saw Adams’ photo on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.
The tip came in around 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, letting deputies know that Adams — who was wanted for the theft of lawn equipment — was at Brewland’s Bar and Billards
on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland
“The tipster had seen Adams’ photo posted on the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page with details of his crimes,” noted Donna C. Wood, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, in her report on the case. Continue reading