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COURT HEARS FLORIDA CASE ON TRACKING SUSPECT PHONES
A federal appeals court in South Florida is considering whether investigators are required to obtain a warrant before obtaining cellphone records detailing a suspect’s movements. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments Friday for Quartavious Davis. He was sentenced to 162 years in prison as part of a violent armed robbery gang. Key evidence was records showing he was near cell towers close to the crimes.
MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING EX-GIRLFRIEND
A Florida Panhandle man faces life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend. A Bay County jury found 41-year-old Joseph Moody guilty Thursday of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Authorities say Moody fatally shot 24-year-old Megan Pettis in March 2013 as she was driving out of a Panama City shopping center parking lot. She sustained three gunshot wounds to the head. A group of bystanders beat and subdued Moody until police arrived.
22 WWII VETERANS FROM FLORIDA HONORED BY FRANCE
The French Consulate is awarding 22 U.S. World War II veterans in Florida with its highest distinction. The French Consul General in Miami will award the veterans on Friday with the “Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor” for fighting alongside French troops during the war. The ceremony will be held on board the USS New York at Port Everglades.
MILITARY WIDOWS HOLD RETREAT AT PANHANDLE RESORT
A five-day retreat at a Panhandle resort is providing support for some military widows. The Washington-based Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors was hosting 37 women at Destin’s Emerald Grande this week. The organization supports families of military members who are killed doing their jobs.
FLORIDA SENATE OKS 75 MPH SPEED LIMITS
Speed limits on Florida highways could be raised to 75 miles per hour under a bill the Senate passed. The Senate voted 27-11 on Thursday to pass the bill, despite concerns by some that it would make roads more dangerous. The measure would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on interstate and limited access highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour, from 65 to 70 miles per hour on rural, four-lane divided highways and up to 65 miles per hour on other roads. It does not automatically raise the speed limits.
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