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SUPREME COURT SEEKS TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR 2 WAYWARD JUDGES
The state Supreme Court isn't letting a pair of wayward South Florida judges get off easy. The high court on Thursday rejected a proposed punishment for Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato for a drunk-driving conviction and demanded a full hearing to determine what sanction to impose. A day earlier, the Supreme Court imposed a 30-day unpaid suspension and a $10,000 fine for Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Schwartz for cursing out a convenience store owner over an election sign dispute.
LAWSUIT FILED OVER BIRD HABITAT IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the federal government over the flooding of habitat for the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington says the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violate the Endangered Species Act by flooding the western part of the park during South Florida's dry season.
AG INVESTIGATES NE FLORIDA DENTIST AFTER COMPLAINTS
Florida is investigating a Jacksonville dentist after numerous complaints from parents who say their children were mistreated. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office said on Thursday that it had opened a criminal investigation to look into the claims against dentist Howard Schneider. Parent Brandi Motley says her 6-year-old daughter suffered a fractured nose and bruised neck after Schneider pulled seven teeth instead of the one that was planned. Other parents made similar charges, saying their kids went in to have teeth removed and came out with many more gone.
DRIVER KILLED BY ANOTHER VEHICLE DURING POSSIBLE STREET RACE
Police say a driver who hit a wall on Interstate 595 was killed after being struck by another vehicle in the aftermath of what appears to be a street race. The Miami Herald reports 18-year-old Julie Michele Castor was cut off by two vehicles Wednesday night, described by police as a green Ford Mustang and a dark gray vehicle. Castor veered left and struck a concrete barrier wall. Castor exited her car and was standing next to it when she was struck by a Toyota Avalon driven by 28-year-old Nichole Leeann Custer. Police say Castor died at the scene.
FORMER SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ARRESTED ON CHILD pornography CHARGES
A former Orange County Sheriff's deputy now faces child pornography charges. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 34-year-old Ronald Barba of Mount Dora on Thursday. He is charged with three counts of sexual performance by a child, which is a third-degree felony. The agency says Barba was booked into the Lake County Jail. It was not known whether he's retained an attorney. The case will be prosecuted by the 5th Judicial District's State Attorney's Office.