MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR FATAL STABBING
A Pinellas County jury found 38-year-old Michael Lease guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Lease stabbed 23-year-old Dwight Tisdale nearly 30 times in a car parked outside a Palm Harbor supermarket last January.
MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR KILLING EX-GIRLFRIEND
Joel Rodriguez pleaded guilty to murder Thursday. Authorities say Rodriguez was staying at the Coral Gables home of 49-year-old Ruth Fuentes in January 2011 when he shot her during an argument.
FLORIDA WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN HER APARTMENT IN ITALY WILL BE BURIED THERE
An attorney for Ashley Olsen’s family says that because of the ongoing murder investigation, Olsen’s remains could neither be cremated nor returned to the United States for burial.
RARE JANUARY HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC CLOSES IN ON THE AZORES
Hurricane Alex is the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938 and though its maximum sustained winds were near 75 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alex was likely to lose its tropical characteristics as it moved over colder waters.
TWO SUSPECTS FROM MIAMI ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH TRIPLE SLAYING IN POLK COUNTY
Police say both men face three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted-murder in the Jan. 6 shooting that authorities have linked to the drug trade.