"The Hallmark Kid" Ryan Lipner Arrested on Grand Theft Charge

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Ryan Lipner is no stranger to the pages of New Times. From his weird crusade to own a greeting-card store empire to his continual campaigns for political office to a lawsuit against his own parents for child support, trouble always seems to be following the dude. Now, after years of stunts, Lipner is facing criminal charges of grand theft and criminal solicitation.

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Diego Rastrojo, Colombian Drug-Trafficking Kingpin, Sentenced to 30 Years

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Diego Rastrojo, the extradited drug kingpin authorities say was the leader of a Colombian organization mainly responsible for drug trafficking to the U.S., was sentenced in a federal court in Florida, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wifredo A. Ferrer, announced Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz sentenced Rastrojo, whose real name is Diego Perez Henao, to 30 years in prison. Perez Henao, 43, was also ordered to pay $1 million to the United States.

Perez Henao was arrested in Venezuela in June 2012 with the help of Colombian police.

See also: 600 Pounds of Cocaine Found on West Palm Megayacht

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Ex-Owner of Florida Arena Football Team Redirected Franchise Website to Sex Offender Registry, Lawsuit Says

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Usually, you don't see enough high-level punking among grown adults in corporate positions. Bravo. *Slow clap*

According to a lawsuit now grinding through the legal system in Chicago, Florida arena-football owner David Pearsall isn't a guy you want to mess with. A former owner with the Arena Football One league, Pearsall got into a squabble with the organization after his franchise was revoked. Then things got interesting.

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Louis Salgar Murder: Details Emerge on Suspect Who Shut Down Palm Beach

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Via Florida Department of Corrections and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
In 1996, Raul Reinosa was arrested in Duval County for armed robbery.
It was Fourth of July in St. Augustine when a cop spotted Raul Reinoso Martinez pushing a beaten-up bike down A1A. A car braked as he cut across the road, and the homeless-looking man angrily slammed on the vehicle's hood.

When Officer Todd Smith called the man over, he noticed Martinez was carrying a small bayonet and knife in his pants. He started talking about how much he loved the officer and loved God. He also mentioned spending some time in Miami.

See also: Louis Salgar, Miami Punk Musician and Bartender, Murdered

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Florida to Execute Convicted Child Rapist and Murderer Today

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Eddie Wayne Davis, from Polk County, will be the seventh execution in the State of Florida so far this year when -- at 6 p.m. today -- he's injected with midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

In 1994, when Davis was 25, he was in a community development in Lakeland scrounging for some beer money. He came across an 11-year-old girl named Kimberly Waters tucked in her bed. He'd later say he didn't think anyone was inside the house he'd picked to break into, but as the Naples News points out today, that wasn't exactly true for long:

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Bob Nygaard, Boca Raton PI Specializing in Psychic Scammers, Lands ABC News Gig

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Screengrab from ABC News' 20/20
Nygaard on the case.

"Where's the crime?" -- that's the unfortunate refrain you hear from law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to fortunetelling crimes and psychic scammers. As we documented last year in an in-depth investigation, too often these fraudsters construct elaborate schemes targeting emotionally fragile folks. When the veil drops, victims go to police, only to be told no crime has been committed when you willingly hand over money. So for many victims, the only place to turn has been Bob Nygaard, a Boca Raton-based private investigator who specializes in busting fraudulent fortunetellers. Now Nygaard is going prime time thanks to a new gig at ABC News.

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Children Branded by Florida Mom: She "Forgot How Much She Loved Fire"

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Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Everyone's seen the moms who treat their children like really high-maintenance pomeranians and drag them around shopping malls on leashes. That is, however sadly, a thing. What's definitely not a thing is branding your children with a hot stick like cattle. Nope. Not even a little bit.

That's what Port Charlotte authorities arrested 23-year-old Kayla Oxenham for, the Associated Press reported last night. According to the agency, the 5- and 7-year-old kids were promised ice cream if they would endure the abuse. It was, the medical assistant said, meant to mark the children as her own.

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Florida Psychic Burns 10 Grand Worth of Client's Money Instead of Refunding It

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A West Palm Beach psychic claims the $10,000 in cash a client had given her to pray over was burned up at a church altar.

The psychic, Sonya Gallego, was given cash after she promised the client that the money would be returned once it had been prayed over in a ceremony to cure the client of her troubles.

Turns out, the client's troubles only got worse, as the cash had not only vanished but Gallego then claimed it was burned up.

See also: Boca Raton Psychic Bilked Client for $100,000, Gambled It Away

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Florida Man Known as "Fat Boy" Hides Drugs in Belly Fat

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via Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Christopher Mitchells, AKA "Fat Boy," was arrested for hiding weed in his fat rolls.
When your nickname is "Fat Boy," you might as well, uh, roll with it.

Christopher Mitchell, a 450-pound Volusia County man, was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt on Friday. Although he told officers he was too large to strap himself in, he and passenger Kethian Roberts were acting oddly uncomfortable, according to a police report.

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Stolen SUV Epidemic: Florida Has Second-Highest Theft Rate in U.S.

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And all the car thieves are like: "Oooooh, a Ford Escape."
South Floridians love their tricked-out, high-end rides, including those sport utility vehicles that are always hogging two spaces in the Publix parking lot. But more than anything, it looks like South Floridians like stealing SUVs, according to a new analysis released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The new numbers show that the incidents of SUV theft are rising across the Sunshine State.

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