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Body In Remote Pasco County Yields Murder Charges For Clearwater Man

A Clearwater man is facing murder charges after authorities say he stabbed another person and left their remains in remote Pasco County.

Deputies say they first became aware of the crime on February 13 when they were alerted to human remains in Trilby. They say the death was caused by stabbing, but few other details were offered at the time.

What are the different types of murder charges in Florida?

In Florida, there are three different types of homicides that fall under the definition of first-degree murder. There are felony and premeditated murder then that occur during the sale of illegal narcotics. First-degree felony murder is the most serious of all homicides and is the offense that is most likely to result in you receiving a guaranteed life sentence or capital punishment, the death penalty, if you're convicted of such a crime.

An individual must have committed a homicide while attempting or actually in the process of committing another felonious offense such as kidnapping, rape, robbery or murder for prosecutors to move forward in charging a suspect with felony murder.

Clearwater Man Facing Felony Drug Charges After Allegedly Driving 120 MPH On Bayside Bridge

A Clearwater man is facing felony drug charges after Pinellas County deputies say they spotted him driving over 100 miles per hour on the Bayside Bridge.

Deputies say they witnessed the man driving at a speed they estimated to be at least 120 miles per hour mid-morning on February 26. They gave chase to the Camaro, which they say was making aggressive lane changes and weaving through traffic.

Feds Obtain Restraining Order Against Texas Website Allegedly Selling Coronavirus Cure

Federal prosecutors laid charges last week against the Texas owners of a website they say fraudulently marketed a cure for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

According to prosecutors, the website promised access to World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine kits in exchange for a credit card payment of $4.95. However, at the present time there exists no such vaccine, therefore WHO is not marketing one for sale.

College Student Facing Charges After Allegedly Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Accident In Tampa

A cyclist is dead and another man is facing drunk driving charges after a deadly crash in Tampa in early March.

Tampa police say a 22-year-old local man was driving his 2016 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on W Gray Street just after dusk on March 4 when he encountered a cyclist traveling in the same direction on the shoulder of the road.

Rather than yielding sufficient space to the cyclist, police say the defendant struck him with his vehicle, inflicting grave injuries. However, rather than staying to report the accident or render aid to the stricken cyclist, police say he fled the scene.

OFAC Designates 20 Iran And Iraq Based Firms For Alleged Ties To Islamic Terrorism

Last week the Federal government announced sanctions against almost two dozen companies based in Iran and Iraq on allegations that they serve as front companies for Iranian terrorism.

On Thursday the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against the 20 companies, their officers, and business associates, alleging that they act to mask the actions of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). In addition, the Office says the group provides "lethal aid" to Iran-based terror groups Kata'ib Hizballah (KH) and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), both of whom are active in neighboring Iraq.

Discovery Of Two Decomposed Bodies Leads to Pair Of Murder Charges For Polk County Man

A Lakeland man is facing murder charges after Polk County authorities say he savagely killed a married couple and dumped their remains in a local swamp.

Deputies say they first became aware of the situation when a 19-year-old woman was reportedly attempting to sell a truck for only a few hundred dollars. According to witnesses, she freely admitted that the truck was up for sale because the owner had been murdered, making the disposal of his truck a necessity.

Holiday Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty To Fatal Overdose In Pasco County Jail

A Holiday man already in custody after allegedly driving drunk will now spend decades in Federal custody after pleading guilty to providing illicit drugs to several other inmates, including one who died of an overdose.

The 31-year-old man pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl leading to serious bodily injury in Federal court late last year. According to investigators, the man first drew the attention of law enforcement after he was spotted passed out in his vehicle in January of last year.

OFAC Sanctions Quintet Of UAE Firms For Allegedly Facilitating Iran's Petroleum Sales

The Federal government recently levied sanctions upon five companies based in the United Arab Emirates on allegations that they aided the Iranian government to evade sanctions on petroleum sales abroad.

Last week the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said the five firms purchased hundreds of thousands of metric tons of petroleum from the national oil company despite longstanding international embargoes on the sale of Iranian oil.

New York Woman Facing Multiple Federal Fraud Charges For Allegedly Aiding In Defrauding The Elderly

A New York woman is facing Federal charges on allegations that she had a hand in a criminal enterprise that preyed on the finances of the elderly.

The 73-year-old woman is accused of providing list-brokerage services for others who used those contact lists to deliver fraudulent notices of winning a nonexistent prize or of providing a complimentary psychic reading. Investigators say she sold the lists to such individuals for over a decade before her arrest.

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