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Florida Supreme Court orders new sentences in juvenile cases
A 33-year-old woman serving life without parole for the murder of a Panama City-area cab driver when she was 15 will get a new sentence under a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday. The Florida high court is also giving anyone who received life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles two years to seek new sentences, which could affect about 200 people.
Florida presidential primary will take place March 15, 2016
Florida’s presidential primary will be held March 15 next year. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday setting the primary date, which will give Republicans the option of making the election a winner-take-all contest. The law previously had the primary date set for March 1.
Toothbrush thieves accused in $1000,000 scheme
A pair of central Florida thieves led a racketeering operation responsible for stealing more than $100,000 in electronic toothbrushes and cash from supermarkets and drug stores. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say the money brought in by 64-year-old Mary Curtiss and 44-year-old Clint Curtiss mostly came from stealing items and returning them as if they had been purchased. They were arrested Tuesday and remain in the Orange County Jail. The Orlando Sentinel reports they stole toothbrushes worth more than $100 and would then visit other stores to buy replacement heads. They altered receipts to make it appear they had also bought the toothbrushes. Employees would process the return and give the Curtiss’ their money back.
Amazon.com introduces 1-hour delivery to Miami
Amazon.com Inc. is expanding its one-hour delivery Prime Now service for household products to Baltimore and Miami. The service, which includes products such as paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries, works through a mobile app and is already available in sections of New York City. Starting Thursday, only certain zip codes within Baltimore and Miami will be included, but the company plans to further expand within each city soon. The delivery service is available to customers enrolled in Amazon Prime, a membership service that costs $99 a year and includes free two-day shipping on a range of products and instant content streaming options. In Miami and Baltimore, Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available in select ZIP codes for $7.99.
Toddler dies after falling from great-grandmother’s minivan near Tampa
A 2-year-old girl fell from a moving minivan and died near Tampa. The girl’s 69-year-old great-grandmother had just picked up the girl’s older brothers from a bus stop in Plant City on Wednesday when the incident happened. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon says Alice J. Barber was driving a Kia Sedona on a private dirt driveway of her home. He says Izabella and her 9-year-old brother were sitting on the floor of the vehicle with the passenger door open while the grandmother drove down the driveway.