John Goodman Again Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

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John Goodman has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, the same sentence he received after his first trial.

Goodman is being given credit for time served. He has served a total of 152 days in jail. In addition, a request for posttrial bond was denied by the judge.

The defense says it is filing a notice of appeal.

Goodman will remain in Palm Beach County Jail for the time being.

See also: Attorneys say John Goodman is Broke

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Teen Arrested for Attempted Murder After Craigslist Hookup

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Just weeks after moving to South Florida from Kansas, a 19-year-old man was found covered in blood and arrested for attempted murder after a Craigslist date that went horribly wrong.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office took Brandon Hinck into custody for allegedly stabbing 49-year-old Dave Sero, who was in town for a vacation. According to the BSO, the pair met after Hinck posted a casual-encounter ad on Craigslist. After meeting at a Boca gas station, they then went to Hinck's hotel in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

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New Witness Emerges in the Drag Queen-Klansman Halloween Tiki Torch Brawl

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In the news business, we call that a headline that's hard to ignore.

Back in 2012, Boyd Corbin was involved in a Halloween brawl. Two things separated the scuffle from the likely thousands of other bar fights that happened that night: One, Corbin was wearing a cheeky KKK costume, his opponent in the brawl was a drag queen, and a tiki torch was involved; two, more than two years later, Corbin is still facing serious criminal charges for the incident. Corbin has steadfastly maintained it was a fair fight, not a vicious assault. Now, with a trial scheduled for December, a new witness has entered the picture.

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Shooting in FSU Library: Three Students Shot; Gunman Dead

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Just after midnight last night, a man opened fire at the Strozier Library on the campus of Florida State University. The gunman shot three students and was then killed by campus police.

Throughout the incident, students posted videos and tweets from inside the library as they hid between stacks of books.

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Few Answers About Homeless Woman Burned on Street in Delray Beach

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Was a homeless woman doused in gasoline and set on fire in Delray Beach?

That's a question Delray Beach Police don't want to answer just yet, nearly three months after a homeless woman was severely burned and taken into emergency care, where she remains today.

Back on August 28, Melissa Daniels, known to many on Atlantic Avenue as a frequent panhandler, was taken to the Jackson Memorial Burn Unit in Miami. Nothing was reported at the time, and it wasn't until more than two weeks later that Delray Beach Police confirmed with the Palm Beach Post that the burning happened and that a "hot liquid" was used.

The Delray Beach Police Department says there is an ongoing investigation, but it also tells New Times that no incident report exists. As for any details, that's all under investigation.

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Homeless Man Arrested in Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting to Raise Awareness for the Homeless (Video)

Homeless Man Arrested in Fort Lauderdale City Meeting to Raise Awareness for Homeless from Voice Media Group and Dylan Bouscher on Vimeo.

Ray Cox, a homeless man, was stopped Tuesday by police officers as he was entering a City Commission meeting, where commissioners were proclaiming November 16-22 "National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week" in the city.

After Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler called the meeting to order, Cox walked up to ask Seiler why he was being harassed before taking a seat in the first row of the City Commission chambers.

"If you're going to disrupt the meeting, step outside," Seiler told Cox as officers approached and escorted him out. "You're welcome to come back in, when you're done."

See also: Fort Lauderdale's Controversial Homeless Feeding Restrictions Spark National Outrage

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More Alleged Sex Abuse Victims Come Forward Against Former Nur-Ul-Islam Academy Teacher

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A sex scandal involving rape allegations and a possible cover-up at a Broward Islamic private school has taken another turn. As we reported back in October, Tariq Ahmed (also spelled in some places as Ahmad) is currently wanted by police for alleged sexual activities with students at the Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City. This week, new court documents filed by lawyers representing two alleged victims lay out more details of Ahmed's alleged behavior, including the stories of two new girls who claim they were abused and then suffered retaliation from school officials.

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Broward County Sheriff's Office Arrests 150 in Massive Three-Day Operation

Every city and county has its share of child sexual predators, prostitution, illegal drugs, aggressive drivers, and fugitives running amok. Each crime is dealt with in its own way. That is, unless you're the Broward County Sheriff's Office, which deals with those crimes in one fell swoop.

In a massive three-day takedown dubbed Operation Hat Trick, the BSO is reporting that it's made 150 arrests, delivered 120 citations, and seized thousands of dollars, three stolen vehicles, and a gun.

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Hal Kreitman, the Haligator, Asks For Donations to Fight Legal Fees Against the FWC

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Hal Kreitman, the "Gator Whisperer," who was the subject of a New Times story last month, was recently arrested by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on "harassment of a protected species" charges.

Kreitman could be facing a felony conservation charged.

Kreitman received a bit of attention after our piece ran, including television stints. Now he's using the internet again to try and have people donate to help him with his legal fees.

See also: Hal Kreitman, a Bodybuilding, Fetish-Partying, Ex-Chiropractor, Finds New Life Swimming With Wild Alligators

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West Palm Beach Teen Wins Appeal in Weed Bust Because Search Happened Before School

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The person pictured above is not the teen discussed in this article, though we assume he would be pleased with the verdict.

A West Palm Beach teenager's conviction for possessing a half gram of weed was reversed because the cop who arrested him says he stopped the kid for truancy -- but the kid wasn't actually skipping school at the time, making the initial stop unlawful and the evidence obtained inadmissable.

According to a ruling by the appeals court issued on November 5, the kid, a 15-year-old referred to only as "J.R." in court documents because he's a minor, had his rights violated when the unnamed police officer stopped and searched him. The cop claims he saw J.R. leave a designated school bus stop before the bus arrived and believed the kid was skipping class, so he decided to see what the youngster was up to.

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