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automobile-automotive-autumn-228094-300x200Leon Morton of Miami, Florida was arrested on October 15 for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash that injured an unidentified pedestrian.

Morton, 72, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injuries. He bail was set at $100,000 during bond court on Tuesday. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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audi-interior-300x200Ryan Basdeo of Pompano Beach, Florida was arrested on Tuesday for his involvement in the DUI crash that injured his wife, Alana Battoo Basdeo, and killed his 3-year-old daughter, Sophia.

Basdeo, 29, is charged with vehicular homicide, aggravated manslaughter of a child, DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury to another, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, and two counts of DUI property damage.

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sunset-49383_1920-300x225For more than three months, police departments in Mississippi have seized property from individuals with no legal authority after a forfeiture law quietly lapsed. Law enforcement agencies say they did not notice the lapse.

The law in question had allowed police agencies to seize cash or property suspected of being involved with illicit drugs unless the owner challenged it in court within 30 days of the seizure. This procedure is called “administrative forfeiture” and was used for seizures which totaled less than $20,000. For larger sums, “judicial forfeiture” was used. Judicial forfeiture requires law enforcement agencies to sue in court in order to have a judge sanction the forfeiture. The burden of proof for judicial forfeitures is also higher than for administrative forfeitures.
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action-business-container-1267338-300x200The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has proposed a 13.4 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates for employers in Florida. The proposal will be reviewed on October 17 by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). If approved, this reduction—which would come into effect on January 1, 2019—would be the third such reduction in rates since 2016.

“Constant improvement in loss experience is the primary driver underlying the filing,” explained the NCCI in a statement. The 13.4 percent reduction reflects a downward trend nationwide. According to the report, “the long-term decline in claim frequency has continued to more than offset moderate increases in claim severity.”
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money-eye-300x169Interior designer Antonio DiMarco was arrested on October 10 for allegedly stealing more than a million dollars from clients to finance a pricey lifestyle.

DiMarco, 42, is charged with money laundering, two counts of grand theft of more than $100,000, and obtaining property worth over $50,000 by fraud. He was ordered held on $400,000 bond during a court hearing Thursday.

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