- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

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FLORIDA MAN GETS 2 1/2 YEARS FOR HAVING SEX ON BEACH IN MIDDLE OF DAY IN FRONT OF FAMILIES

A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday. Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez were convicted in May of two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case that drew international attention for the couple’s brazen act. They were videotaped having sex on a Manatee County beach last summer in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them. Caballero told jurors that he and Alvarez were not having sex and that witnesses were mistaken.

OFFICER TASERED TRANPORTING SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT

A police officer was hit with his own Taser while trying to take a shoplifting suspect to jail in southwest Florida. St. Petersburg police say Officer John Douglas was transporting 37-year-old Jason Lee Benedict to jail after he allegedly stole three bottles of cough syrup and drank them in the grocery store bathroom. As the officer handcuffed Benedict on Friday, authorities say Benedict punched and kicked the officer. Police said Benedict bit the officer’s hand and reached for his Taser, causing it to discharge in the officer’s left hand.

2 DEAD IN TALLAHASSEE APARTMENT FIRE

Authorities are investigating after finding two people dead inside a Tallahassee apartment. Tallahassee police say they received a call Monday morning about smoke coming from an apartment. When firefighters went inside, they found two people dead. Authorities did not identify the victims or indicate how they died.

FLORIDA MAN DIES WHILE HIKING IN ALASKA

A 35-year-old Florida man has died while hiking on Mount Roberts in Alaska’s capital city. Alaska State Troopers say the body of Michael Patrick Blaisdell of Orlando, Florida, was found Sunday night near the base of a 50-foot drop in Bear Valley. The mountain is just east of downtown Juneau.

Uber to cease operations in Broward County

The popular ridesharing service Uber has announced it is leaving Broward County. The company announced Monday that it will withdraw completely from the county on July 31. Uber had previously agreed to withdraw from the airport and port in Broward County, hoping to persuade commissioners not to institute new regulations. Those rules include requiring each driver to obtain a county chauffeur registration, a car permit and background check.

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