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A bill that was recently filed in Florida’s House and Senate would allow people to get driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status.

Proposed in the Florida Legislature last month, the bill would let illegal immigrants use identifying documents like an unexpired foreign passport or a foreign birth certificate to get a license to drive.

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Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani, who sponsored the House bill, said she believes this legislation "helps to build that trust" with those who are considered "marginalized" in the state, and said it would make roads safer, according to the News Service of Florida.

“It doesn’t matter your immigration status. If you are on the roads, you should have access to a driver’s test and the ability to get car insurance," Democratic Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez said.

The Florida Immigrant Coalition stated in a news release that allowing people without proper immigration documentation the ability to obtain a driver’s license would "[cement] trust in law enforcement while protecting vulnerable communities."

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The group says that Florida drivers would experience lower insurance premiums and safer roads, and a potential increase of $4 million in state revenue "if 75 percent of Floridians currently denied licenses due to their immigration status were able to receive a driver’s license."

Those seeking a license in Florida under current state law must prove they’re U.S. citizens or resident aliens, the news service reported.

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A Florida judge has reportedly revoked the bond of the ex-boyfriend of a real estate executive, who was found dead in her home in October 2017, after the man removed his court-ordered GPS tracking device.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Alejandro Aparicio, 60, and a Miami-Dade judge deemed him a flight risk after the GPS device’s last known location pinged in the middle of the Florida Everglades, The Miami Herald reported.

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Aparicio was arrested Feb. 8 on charges of stealing $547,000 from his late on-and-off girlfriend of 17 years, Andrea Greenburg. The arrest came 18 months after he told investigators he found Greenburg unresponsive on the couch in her home in Morningside. A toxicology report blamed her death on fentanyl.

Aparicio was released on bond Feb. 13 after surrendering his two passports and agreeing to wear the tracking device. After posting bond, Aparicio reportedly started sharing hundreds of pictures of him and Greenburg together on social media.

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Prosecutors do not know Aparicio’s current whereabouts, but his friends told The Miami Herald they fear he took his life.

“He said ‘goodbye’ to this physical world and made some statements that he was going to meet Andrea in the spiritual world,” one friend told the newspaper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida lawmakers hoping to discourage people from keeping dogs tied up or abandoned during natural or manmade disasters cleared a bill on Monday that would jail or fine those who abandon man’s best friend.

The bill, which was filed on March 1, would make it a criminal act to leave pets chained up during such events — specifically by making it a first-degree misdemeanor.

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“We’ve seen these three hurricanes and seen numerous dogs left tethered to different things,” Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, who sponsored the bill, said during a committee hearing on Monday, according to the News Service of Florida. “We want to give dogs a fighting chance.”

A measure was approved 5-0 by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday.

Local counties reportedly already have laws in place to stop dog owners from leaving their pets restrained during storms, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped some Florida locals.

When Hurricane Irma hit Florida in 2017, roughly 40 dogs who were left tied up during the storm — which at one point was classified as a Category 5 — were rescued by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

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"Absolutely unacceptable. People need to be responsible pet owners in this community," Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, said at the time. "There is no excuse for leaving your pet behind to die. We are going to hold accountable those who we can prove left their dogs behind in the storm."

Under the bill, those who leave their pets unattended or restrained during a disaster would face up to a year in jail or a fine up to $5,000.

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Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being offered a deferred prosecution plea deal to resolve charges accusing him of paying twice for sex with a prostitute at a Florida shopping center massage parlor.

The deal would allow Kraft and 24 other men charged in the Orchids of Asia Spa prostitution case in Palm Beach County to enter a program for first offenders in exchange for an admission they would be found guilty, a prosecution spokemsan said Tuesday.

“The offer of a deferred prosecution agreement with several conditions to first time offenders is standard in cases like this,” Palm Beach State Attorney David Aronberg said.

He denied a Wall Street Journal report that described the plea offer as an “unusual deal” because it would require an admission of guilt if the case went to trial.

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Aronberg spokesman Mike Edmonson said those who enter the program would be required to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count. Kraft was charged with two counts last month.

Upon completion of the program, misdemeanor soliciting prostitution charges would be dropped. Edmonson said none has accepted so far.

Kraft has denied wrongdoing.

One of his attorneys, Jack Goldberger, did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press seeking comment.

Another, William Burck, did not immediately return a call from Fox News.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team would have no comment.

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About 300 men have been charged and ten massage parlors closed in multiple counties between Palm Beach and Orlando as part of a crackdown on illicit massage parlors and human trafficking. Several operators and employees have also been charged.

Police said in court papers that Kraft, 77, was captured by a hidden camera paying for sex at Orchids of Asia on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Police installed the camera as part of the investigation.

Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for a playoff game. His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership.

Court papers say many of the workers at the massage parlors targeted in the investigation were forced to live at the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A girls’ trip to Miami took a macabre and deadly turn when a 23-year-old woman fell out of the backseat of a rental car and was crushed to death by a hit-and-run driver just as she said, “Bye, Miami,” authorities and her distraught boyfriend said.

Mariah Michelle Logan, of Chicago, was headed back to Miami International Airport at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday along with three friends after three days of sun and fun in South Beach, where the women were celebrating a birthday and enjoying spring break, the Miami Herald reports.

The group’s rental car, a 2019 Hyundai Accent, was just minutes away from the airport when Logan — who was “hanging out” of the sedan’s window at the time — fell out of its right rear passenger seat as it changed lanes and was killed by a passing Range Rover driven by an unknown male driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol incident report obtained by the Miami Herald.

The driver of the Range Rover stopped briefly, but then fled the scene traveling westbound on State Route 112, near State Route 25, the Herald reports. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said.

“She was just being silly,” Logan’s boyfriend, Ray Olden, told the Herald. “She loved life.”

Olden confirmed to the newspaper that Logan’s friends told him that she was smiling as she said her last words just as she fell from the moving car.

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A Florida man was killed over the weekend after the car he was working on fell on top of him, investigators said.

Amer Izzo Yasin, 38, was found by his roommate on Sunday afternoon outside their home in Big Pine Key, Monroe County Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said in an email.

The roommate told deputies he had left home around 10 a.m. Sunday and returned after 5 p.m.

He found Yasin under a 2013 Hyundai Genesis that was being lifted by hydraulic jacks. Deputies said one of the jacks apparently fell, causing the car to crush Yasin.

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Linhardt said the roommate tried to pull Yasin out from under the car, then called 911.

No foul play was suspected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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A 43-year-old man wanted in the killing of an NYPD cop two decades ago was busted Friday in Florida.

Lester Pearson, who was wanted in several states, was taken into custody in Jacksonville by US Marshals and local police, authorities confirmed Sunday.

Pearson allegedly shot off-duty Officer Vincent Ling in 1999 during a dispute. Ling was left paralyzed and eventually died from his injuries.

In 2005, Pearson was picked up in Louisiana by State Police with 100 pounds of marijuana, according to the U.S. Marshals. When he was being interviewed by police, he attacked one of the officers.

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Pearson was a Jacksonville area rapper, who performed as Monsta Kodi, and had gone by the name Michael Davis, according to First Coast News.

He is currently being held on $40,000 bond in Duval County, Fla., jail records show.

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Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal can now add "Florida sheriff’s deputy" to his resume.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that O’Neal now works as an auxiliary deputy for the department. Details about his duties were not released.

“Basketball legend @SHAQ goes by many nicknames, and now added to that list is Deputy Shaq. The big man now works as an auxiliary deputy with the #BSO,” the agency said in a tweet. “Sheriff Tony sat down with Shaq and the two talked about the different ways law enforcement works to keep communities safe.”

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The tweet was accompanied with a photo showing the former Los Angeles Lakers big man towering over his colleagues. In 2016, O’Neal was previously sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in Clayton County, Ga.

The addition of Shaq could help restore the image of the Broward sheriff’s office, which has faced criticism over its response to deadly Parkland school shooting last year.

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A kindergarten teacher from Florida is facing jail time for allegedly recording herself sexually abusing a young child and sending the videos to her ex-boyfriend.

Audra Mabel, 34, is now facing child pornography charges after authorities found the videos on ex-boyfriend Justin Ritchie’s computer. He was under investigation after a complaint was filed against him for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12. He also videotaped the alleged assaults, according to reports.

Mabel allegedly sent Ritchie 11 sexually explicit videos of herself, which were made in 2017 while she was living and teaching at a school in Michigan. The child involved in the videos was reportedly not one of her students. However, in one video, Mabel exposes herself to the camera, then turns the camera to reveal what appears to be a classroom full of students, The Detroit Free Press reports.

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Mabel worked at the Lyons School in the Lansing School District in Michigan from November 2016 to June 2017 as a temporary replacement teacher and left at the end of that school year. After that, she reportedly returned to Florida and gained employment at Spring Lake Elementary School in the Seminole County Public School District, just north of Orlando.

In light of the charges against Mabel, the school has fired her and notified parents while clarifying that it does not appear that she committed any crimes with students. They added that parents with any knowledge of inappropriate behavior conducted by her to reach out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa.

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Mabel and Ritchie are both being held at the Seminole County Jail without bond.

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When a “disgruntled customer” tried to take a gold chain from Daniel Setton’s jewelry store in Hollywood, Fla., earlier this month, Setton and his wife weren’t having it.

The elderly couple beat the man after he walked behind the counter. The fight can be seen in surveillance footage released by the policy on Wednesday.

Setton, 74, used Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense and fighting technique he’d learned in the Israeli Army, he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. His wife used a yardstick.

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“My wife, she was hitting me more than she was hitting him,” Setton told the outlet. “I was screaming: ‘Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.’”

The video, from March 2, shows a man with a tie-dyed shirt and colorful arm tattoos walking into DHS Oakwood Jewelers.

He can be seen setting down a chain and walking behind the counter, where Setton and two employees were sitting.

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“He bought a chain here, two or three months ago, and it broke and I said, ‘No problem, we’ll fix it for you,’” Setton told the Sun-Sentinel. “But he said, ‘No, I want a new one,’ and, ‘If you don’t give it to me, I’ll take it myself.’”

The video shows Setton going after the man and Setton’s wife quickly coming into the frame with a stick. She can be seen going behind the counter to join her husband in the fray.

After Setton had gotten a hold of the man and he stopped trying to fight back, the attempted thief can be seen picking up the chain he’d set down earlier and exiting he store, with Setton following.

“It wasn’t a robbery,” Setton said. “He was just a stupid, a stupid guy.”

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the jewelry store was robbed back in February. Almost $100,000 worth of jewelry was taken.

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