Articles by Terry Spencer

Customers of Florida Spa in Kraft Case File Class Action Suit Against Police

Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. …

5 Children in Church Van Killed in Fiery Crash on Florida Interstate

A church van packed with children was headed to Walt Disney World when it got caught in a fiery pileup involving two 18-wheelers. Seven people, including five of the youngsters, died in the crash. On Friday, investigators tried to determine …

Florida Judge Rules Deputy Had Duty to Protect in Parkland School Shooting Suit

A judge has rejected a deputy’s claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander …

Florida Highway Patrol Report Confirms Driver Killed by Faulty Takata Airbag

A Florida woman died because a faulty air bag ruptured and fired shrapnel into her head during a crash she should have survived, a report released Jan. 17 by the state’s Highway Patrol said. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, …

Florida Lawmakers to Reconsider Texting While Driving Ban

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. Both weave. They speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too …

Florida Nursing Home to Congress: Patient Deaths After Hurricane Irma Not Staff’s Fault

A Florida nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 13 patients after Hurricane Irma says in a letter to Congress that staff members did everything possible but couldn’t overcome a lack of power to the central air conditioner. In …

Florida’s Everglades City Pushes Toward Recovery After Irma’s Hard Hit

Two months after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge slammed through tiny Everglades City, the mountains of debris that lined the streets have been reduced to scattered piles and the occasional abandoned stove or refrigerator. The community church held its first indoor …

What Went Wrong at Florida Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died

The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call. A …

8 Patients Killed in Florida Nursing Home After Irma-Related Power Outages

Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears about the safety of Florida’s 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could last for days. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez …

Why the Number of Coastal Homeowners with Flood Insurance Has Been Shrinking

Amanda Spartz nearly did not renew her home’s flood insurance policy after her first year in Florida. Two hurricanes came close to the Fort Lauderdale suburbs last year, but they didn’t hit and her home isn’t in a high-risk flood …