Spring break debauchery might have reached an all-time high as a video showing the gang rape of a 19-year-old girl in Panama City went viral earlier this week and is shining the spotlight on a Florida city that needs to crack down on the college vacation.
Authorities claim that this is not the first tape they have found showing this type of crime and explained that this is an ongoing problem with spring breakers.
"This is not the first video we've recovered. It's not the second video. It's not the third video," Bay County Sherriff Frank McKeithen told CNN. "There's a number of videos we've recovered with things similar to this, and I can only imagine how many things we haven't recovered." more >>
A 15-year-old orphan boy who captured the hearts of thousands across the world in 2013 after he desperately begged a Florida congregation to adopt him has finally found a home. And it's with, Connie Going, the caseworker who had been trying to find him a home since he was 7.
Worried about never finding a home before aging out of the system, the teenager asked Going to take him to the St. Mark Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2013 where he made the heartbreaking plea that bent the world's ear.
"My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born ... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either," said Davion, who was born while his drug-addicted mother was in jail. She died there in 2012. more >>
Some eight people are now dead and 10 others injured after a church van traveling from a convention crashed in a canal in Moore Haven, Florida, early Monday.
The Florida Highway Patrol told NBC Miami that the van, which was carrying 18 people, was heading eastbound on SR-78 when it passed through a stop sign in Moore Haven after midnight, according to preliminary investigations.
The vehicle then moved across all the lanes of US-27 before crashing into a steep and partially water-filled canal. more >>
A woman arrested for attempting to remove a Satanic display placed in the rotunda of the Florida capitol building will not be charged with vandalism.
Susan Hemeryck, a self-described "Catholic warrior" who was arrested last year for attempting to destroy the display, will not go to trial for her actions.
Charges against the Tallahassee woman were dropped when prosecutors were unable to note what sufficient damage was done to the display, which had been donated last year by the group known as the Satanic Temple. more >>
A church on the gulf coast of Florida has lost its tax-exempt status after authorities discovered that its building was being used to host nude parties with "the sexiext ladies on the beach" and served as an after-hours nightclub to avid college party-goers visiting the town while on spring break.
Beginning on Feb. 28, the Panama City Church Life Center: A Spiritual Community, run by pastor Markus Bishop, opened its doors to the Spring Break crowd by hosting a week-long event, which has been labeled as "Spring Break Amnesia: The Tabernacle."
According to a schedule for the tabernacle obtained by the Panama City News Herald, events hosted in the church included a "slumber" party with a dress code of pajamas and lingerie, an "anything but clothes" party, a "Mardi Gras" themed party where the schedule asks "what will you do for your beads?" The week-long event also included the "wet and wild" party, a rave-style event, and was capped off with an all-night-long party on Friday. more >>
After developing a bad reputation in the minor leagues for his me-first attitude, addiction to partying and use of a "performance enhancing" drug, Major League Baseball outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is saying that it wasn't until he finally found God that he was able to turn his personal life and playing career completely around.
Souza, a 25-year-old coming off of an International League most valuable player award and who is now trying to make the Tampa Bay Rays' opening day roster, began his professional baseball career in 2007 when he was drafted in the third round of the MLB first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals.
Being what they call a "bonus baby," a minor league player with a healthy signing bonus, Souza seemingly cared more about living the flashy lifestyle of a professional baseball player rather than focusing on improving his game so that one day he could actually be called up to the major leagues. more >>