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Tampa woman claims false arrest over warrant with wrong name, race

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A Tampa woman claims she was falsely arrested on a Virginia warrant, despite it having the wrong name and race. Pamela Elaine Orellana, a 49-year-old Tampa woman formerly known as Pamela Elaine Mullins, was arrested in Pinellas County in 1996 on a charge of performing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a minor under the age of 16. Mullins eventually pleaded “no contest.” Adjudication was withheld, but she was required to register as a sex offender. Since…

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Donald Trump campaign: manager “absolutely innocent” of assaulting reporter

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The Donald Trump campaign issued a swift response to the criminal charges which came down on campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday, saying he is “absolutely innocent” of misdemeanor battery. Police allege Lewandowski grabbed former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a press conference in Florida earlier this month after Fields attempted to ask Trump a question. According to first-hand accounts of the incident, Fields was “clearly roughed up” and fell to the ground after Lewandowski grabbed her by the arm. “Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and…

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FSU running back Dalvin Cook quickly cleared of misdemeanor battery

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FSU running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery Monday afternoon, and said he hopes to rejoin the Seminoles football team as soon as possible. Cook was found not guilty in a one-day trial. Madison Geohagen had accused Cook of punching her in the face outside a Tallahassee bar in June, but her only witness was a friend who admitted she was intoxicated at the time. “In light of today’s ruling in his misdemeanor battery case, Cook’s…

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FSU running back Dalvin Cook wants speedy trial

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Dalvin Cook, FSU‘s speedy running back, has filed a motion for a speedy trial. Cook, who is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a woman in a parking lot, would like to go to trial almost immediately to prove his innocence, attorney Ricky Patel has said. Patel says a new witness has come forward who will testify that Cook struck no one and was having a conversation with another witness as the altercation was unfolding. There is no video…

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FSU running back Dalvin Cook suspended for punching woman

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Another FSU athlete, this time the star of the team, has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for punching a 21-year-old woman outside a bar. Running back Dalvin Cook, who has been mentioned in most Heisman watch stories, is the second Seminole player in recent days to be charged with battery against a woman. Cook allegedly punched her several times in a parking lot. “Recent events at Florida State involving members of my football team have brought a lot of…

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Must-read: Thousands of Pinellas jail inmates released without a judge ever setting bail

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Now, don’t you all go get in a panic, but… Since November, more than 3,000 people have been released from custody this way in Pinellas County. Their charges ranged from minor misdemeanors to felonies like grand theft, battery and heroin possession. The Pinellas Sheriff’s Office saved at least $126 per person, the cost to house an inmate for a day — a total that jail officials think could come close to $1 million by year’s end — and had one…

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