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Tag: Florida

DEA Targets CVS Stores in Painkiller Crackdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 In its effort to crack down on addictive painkillers like oxycodone, the DEA has revoked the controlled substance licenses of two CVS Caremark Corp drugstores in Florida, Reuters reports.

The two stores, about 30 miles south of the Orlando, contend they did nothing wrong and were busy pharmacies.

The DEA, however, alleges the stores inappropriately sold oxycodone and potentially other controlled substances, according to Reuters.

The DEA said the use of painkillers is reaching epidemic levels and is now more popular than heroin and cocaine combined, Reuters reported.

Florida Retreat of Gangster Mom Ma Barker Up for Sale

Ma Barker/ wikipedia photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Up for sale: Two story, lakefront Florida retreat riddled with bullets.

The suggested starting price: $1 million.

The frame house in rural Ocklawaha, about 60 miles northwest of Orlando, is where FBI agents killed legendary Ma Barker in 1935, Reuters reports.  She was the mother of some  gangsters of the Barker and was considered an accomplice to their crimes.

“It’s like walking into a time capsule in 1935. The fact that it has this extra history is a really interesting cachet,” Mark Arnold, a realtor, told Reuters.

Barker was one of the most notorious gangsters, wanted in the early 1930s for murders, kidnapping and robberies.

Federal Judge Delivers Victory to Florida Gov. Scott in Voting Purge Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Florida’s controversial plan to purge ineligible voters from the rolls does not violate federal law, a judge said Wednesday in denying a U.S. Department of Justice request for an emergency restraining order, the New York Times reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jinkle said federal laws do not prevent states from removing ineligible voters from its rolls.

The judge also criticized the state and federal governments for failing to come together in search of a solution.

Federal officials claim Florida’s purging plan is likely to remove eligible voters from the rolls.

Florida started the effort after identifying about 182,000 names of potential noncitizens.

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Florida’s Voting Restrictions Burden Minority Population, Justice Dept. Argues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Florida unfairly burdened the state’s minorities by reducing early voting house the Justice Department lawyers argued before a three-judge District panel in Washington D.C., the Chicago Tribune reports.

The new rules are intended to ward off voter fraud by requiring people who moved between counties to fie provisional ballots. Counties also are permitted to reduce the number of early voting days and adjust voter precinct hours.

The Justice Department points out that 55 percent of black voters used early voting periods to cast their ballots, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, federal approval for electoral changes must be sought by states with a history of discrimination.

Justice Department Threatens to Sue Florida Over Voting Rights

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 

The Justice Department said it will sue Florida if it doesn’t scrap its controversial voter purge program, which critics says unfairly targets minorities based on largely inaccurate information, CNN reports.

At issue is a Republican-led effort to eliminate non-eligible voters in a battleground state that will play a key role in the 2012 presidential election.

The state said it identified more than 100,000 non-eligible voters who could be on the list illegally, according to CNN.

Although states have the legal authority to remove non-eligible voters, the Justice Department argues the program violates legal standards designed to avoid mistakes.

CNN reports:

While the Justice Department notes that states can legally remove non-eligible voters from their lists, the letter Monday argues that the Florida program does not comply with legal standards, has “critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters.”

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties voluntarily ended the removal of names from voting lists on the recommendation of Florida county election officials, CNN reported.

FBI Orders SW Florida to Digitize Fingerprinting Process

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

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Ink fingerprints are out.

The FBI is requiring the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement to submit fingerprint background checks digitally, reports Naples News.

Consequently,  employers might get back results on background checks up to 2 months sooner.

To read more click here.

 

FBI Asks Public to Return Cash From Bank Robbery; Guess What?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This is an interesting test of human nature and honesty.

A bank robber stuck up the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Pembroke Pines, Fla., in the Ft. Lauderdale area on March 29, and as he took off on his motorcycle, cash spilled onto the road.  Some citizens, who obviously dislike litter, picked up the green paper money, NBC Miami reported.

Now, the FBI is asking that anyone who picked up the money return it.

Guess what? So far, no one has.

FBI Probing Fla. Man Who Tweeted About Killing Cops

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and locals are investigating an Oviedo, Fla. man who posted a tweet on Twitter saying: “We won’t make a difference if we don’t kill a cop or 2,” according to station WESH Orlando.

The station reported that Rusty Braxton, 23, posted the tweet after watching Occupy protests in New York.

Braxton said the posting was a misunderstanding, the station reported.