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Eric Griffin's NBA dream should not end like this
It's the first day of NBA Summer League, and Eric Griffin shakes his head incredulously, staring intently at his flawless white Nikes for what feels like an entire run of a shot clock. He's just been asked why he's here, at lunch on a veranda overlooking a golf course near downtown, when he should be three miles up Interstate 4, on the court at Amway Center.

Attempted murder charge dropped for basketball player, Campbell alum Eric Griffin
The state of Florida on Wednesday dropped a two-month-old charge of attempted first degree murder with a firearm against professional basketball player and Campbell alum Eric Griffin. The state said the case was "not suitable for prosecution." Griffin will now attempt to continue his pro career after being falsely accused of a serious crime and having his reputation damaged severely.

Woman in deadly hit-and-run gets 366 days in jail, probation
The woman responsible for the hit-and-run crash that killed a 17-year-old girl and severely injured her 18-year-old brother in 2013 will spend one year and one day in jail, officials say. Kila Holland, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, was sentenced Monday. She pleaded no contest to a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Gino Nicolas case: Accused 'retaliation' attackers get bond
An Orange County man is accusing two people, including a homegrown professional basketball player, of carrying out a "retaliation" shooting in the name of Parramore youth leader Gino Nicolas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting last month, according to court documents.

Bond set for man accused of attempted murder in 'revenge shooting,' deputies say
An Orlando man charged with attempted murder in a revenge shooting is waiting to bond out of jail on Thursday, deputies said. Deputies arrested Eric Griffin and DaQuan Lundy this week in connection with the shooting. A judge set Griffin’s bond at $15,000 after he had been held for nearly a week without bond.

Murder conviction reduced in 2011 downtown bar bouncer stabbing
Craig Sandhaus overreacted by fatally stabbing a downtown bar bouncer who was beating up his younger brother in 2011, but he didn't commit murder, a state appeals court ruled when it reduced his conviction. The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach vacated Sandhaus' 45-year prison term and ordered for him to be resentenced on a manslaughter charge.

Five tips from Orlando lawyers to help you avoid a DUI this holiday
You'd think with the prevalence of transportation options available in Orlando these days (Uber, Lyft, Mears), drunk driving would cease to be a problem, but daily, people are booked into the Orange County jail for driving while under the influence.

Charges dropped against Uber driver accused of groping passenger (With Video)
Charges have been dropped against the Uber driver who was accused in September of putting his hand down his female passenger's blouse. Ramy Botros, 28, was charged by Orlando police with battery in the Sept. 19 incident.

Trial delay rejected in downtown Orlando bouncer stabbing
Charges have been dropped against the Uber driver who was accused in September of putting his hand down his female passenger's blouse. Ramy Botros, 28, was charged by Orlando police with battery in the Sept. 19 incident.

Winter Park Man Awaiting Trial in Wife's Death Kills Himself
A Seminole County man who faced manslaughter charges in the death of his wife was found dead in his home last month. Stephen Curcio, a Winter Park letter carrier who shot his wife to death at their home last summer, was found in his garage May 8 behind the wheel of a van, its engine running, a tube running from its tailpipe to its interior.

St. Cloud murder case collapses; widow won't stand trial
Less than a month from going to trial, the murder case against Kathryn Raver in her husband's 2007 shooting death ended last week without notice or fanfare. On Friday, the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office released a one-sentence response to questions about why it dropped the prosecution Wednesday after two years of depositions, accusations and hundreds of court motions.

Judge Rejects Early Release for Ex-girlfriend of Killer in Eustis Slayings
A former stripper and ex-girlfriend of a convicted killer who helped him plan a deadly crime in Eustis but then gave crucial testimony that landed him on death row has been denied early release from prison. Circuit Judge T. Michael Johnson rejected an appeal last week to reconsider the 10-year sentence he gave Angel Glenn, 23, for her role in the double murder at a house party where she had been performing.

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