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  • Suspect named in Tiffany Sessions 1989 cold case

    Suspect named in Tiffany Sessions 1989 cold case

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:18 PM EST2014-02-05 23:18:54 GMT
    A website dedicated to the missing persons case of Tiffany Sessions, 20, who vanished in 1989 in Gainesville, Florida is reporting that investigators have named a suspect in connection with the suspected abduction and murder of Sessions.
    A website dedicated to the missing persons case of Tiffany Sessions, 20, who vanished in 1989 in Gainesville, Florida is reporting that investigators have named a suspect in connection with the suspected abduction and murder of Sessions.
According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, over 300 children are missing in the State of Florida; dozens missing from within Tampa Bay alone.

The NCMEC says approximately 800,000 children are reported missing each year; that’s around 2,000 each day. Of that number, around 25 percent are abducted by family members and an estimated 115 children were victims of kidnapping from a suspect unknown to them.  NCMEC says the recovery rate for missing children has grown from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today, much thanks to the creation of the AMBER Alert program created in 1996.

One of the most notable missing cases from Florida, Tiffany Sessions, has a possible break Wednesday. Developments were made in the case after investigators named a potential suspect: Paul Rowles, a convicted murderer who was paroled from prison in 1985 and lived in Pinellas County before moving to Gainesville in 1988, according to the TiffanySessions.com. Sessions, a University of Florida student, was 20-year old when she vanished during a walk home in Gainesville in 1989. Read more on the developments here and stay with WFLA for the latest on this story.

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  • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
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  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:22:02 GMT
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians...
    Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the...
  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:16:19 GMT
    The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
    The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
  • Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:13:15 GMT
    Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
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