- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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FLORIDA GOVERNOR WON’T EXPLAIN SHAKEUP AT STATE POLICE AGENCY

Florida’s main law enforcement agency is getting a new leader, but questions remain about why Gov. Rick Scott abruptly shook up the agency. Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted on Tuesday to appoint Richard Swearingen as the new commissioner for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Swearingen is a longtime veteran of the agency. Former Commissioner Gerald Bailey was forced by the Scott administration to resign in December.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING WOMEN WHO RAISED HIM

A north Florida man has pleaded guilty to killing two women who helped raise him and injuring another woman. Set to go on trial next month in Marion County for two-counts of first-degree murder and other charges, 24-year-old Azael Stevens pleaded guilty on Tuesday. He will be sentenced to life in prison later this week following a competency hearing. Stevens was previously found to be incompetent to stand trial.

MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR TEEN’S RAPE

A Sarasota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl who was on her way to school. A judge ruled Monday that Brian Lacy will be on lifetime sex offender probation when he’s released from prison. Jurors in November convicted Lacy for the October 2013 rape.

LAKELAND MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN CHILD SEX CASE

A LAkeland man faces up to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing and transporting child pornography. The Ledger of Lakeland reports 40-year-old Benjamin Cuadrado accepted a guilty plea Monday in Tampa federal court. A date for his sentencing hasn’t been set. Prosecutors say Cuadrado produced at least 50 sexually explicit videos of himself having sex with two children who were 2 and 13 months old when he was arrested. Officials say the abuse began in 2012 when one child was under 6 months old.

SEARCH IS ON FOR WOMAN WHO STOLE LUGGAGE

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a woman suspected of stealing suitcases from a baggage claim carousel at Daytona Beach International Airport. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson says the incident happened on Dec. 22. Davidson says each bag contained $1,500 worth of specialized cat grooming equipment.

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