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Spring Hill mother uses daughter to steal stroller at Disney World

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A Spring Hill mother is facing grand theft charges after being accused of stealing an $1,800 stroller at Hollywood Studios, then selling it online. Michelle Craig turned herself into Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday after Orange County detectives issued an arrest warrant. A Disney surveillance picture showed the alleged thief placing her young daughter in the fancy Bugaboo stroller before pushing it out of the park. Police also found multiple high-end strollers, diaper bags and designer purses for sale on…

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Death to life: Florida reduces disabled murderer’s sentence

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The Florida Supreme Court reduced the sentence of a death row inmate Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider his intellectual abilities based on factors other than his IQ. Freddie Lee Hall, 71, will now serve a life sentence for the 1978 murder of a 21-year-old pregnant woman who was abducted while leaving a Leesburg grocery store. The state Supreme Court originally upheld Hall’s death sentence based on multiple IQ tests that scored above 70 – the…

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Tampa Bay ranks second in job gains

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By Michael Moline The Tampa Bay region posted strong numbers in the latest report by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, released Friday. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area recorded 37,700 new jobs, a 3 percent increase compared to the same point last year. Only Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford posted stronger gains, at 4.1 percent. Of the 701,642 people in Hillsborough County’s labor force, 668,853 held jobs — for an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. That compares to 5.3 percent at the same point in 2015. Pinellas County…

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Hernando County Commission to consider buying Tampa Bay Times building

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The Tampa Bay Times is selling the building that houses its Hernando bureau. Hernando County government will consider buying that building in order to provide more courtroom space. The move is ironic. In 2011, the Tampa Bay Times wrote an in-depth investigative piece making the argument that Hernando County didn’t need more courtroom space. They surveyed the existing courthouse twice a day for several days and found an overwhelming number of empty courtrooms. The 7.6 judges had seven courtrooms to split…

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