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Bay area veteran shares her story of being gay during DADT

Bay area veteran shares her story of being gay during DADT

Lakeland, FL - For eight years straight, Felicia Pecoro served her country silently under Don't Ask Don't Tell.

"It was a little lonely," she said.

Pecoro, 41, was a machine-gunner for the Army. Her service took her to Korea, Haiti and Bosnia. She rose up the ranks to become a sergeant. All the while, she never breathed a word to her comrades about her true self.

"Not only would it have been bad for me and dangerous for me but it might have set them in a bad place where they would have gotten in trouble because they knew about it. Under DADT, they [fellow soldiers] were required to tell the company commander there was a gay amongst them," explained Pecoro.

So, when her contract came up, Pecorro got out. "It was such a contradiction to serve my country and be open at the same time. Plus, I'm turning my back on my partner because I can't acknowledge they even exist," said Pecoro.

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Two doctors and one pain clinic owner arrested

Two doctors and one pain clinic owner arrested

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa police arrested three suspects for operating a pain clinic without a license this morning.

At 11:45 a.m., detectives showed up at the Habana Spine and Medical Clinic at 4600 North Habana Avenue in Tampa and arrested Dr. Rajan Raj, 79, of Lakeland; Dr. John Quick, 73, of Bradenton; and Warren Gold, 52, of Lutz.

Raj, Quick, and Gold had previously operated a clinic in Polk County, but left due to licensing issues and moved their business to Tampa.

All three have been released on $250.00 bond. The clinic is now closed indefinitely.

Lakeland shooting victim in critical condition

Lakeland, Florida -- The Lakeland Police Department, investigating a shooting that occurred this morning, have identified the victim as Deanthony Williams, 34, of Lakeland.

Police received a report at approximately 11:20 a.m. that a person had been shot in the area of the 600 block of West 8th Street. Williams is currently at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition at this time.

Police are asking for anyone with any information regarding this shooting to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.

Bond set for pedophile book author

Bartow, Florida -- A judge in Florida has set bail for a Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles.

Phillip Greaves of Pueblo, Colo., is charged with violating Florida's obscenity law, a third-degree felony. Polk County Judge John Kirkland on Wednesday set bail at $15,000.

PICTURES: Author of pedophile book Phillip Greaves
READ: Press release on Phillip Greaves' arrest (WARNING: graphic content)
MORE INFO: Greaves' warrant and arrest affidavit

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Police digging for bodies of missing mom and child

Winter Haven, Florida - Detectives and evidence technicians with the Winter Haven police are digging in an orange grove today for a missing mother and her daughter.  

Photo Gallery: Police dig for bodies of missing mother and child

29-year-old  Ronkeya Holmes and her 3-year-old daughter Masaraha went missing in October of 2009 and haven't been seen since. 

In April of 2009 Ronkeya left her daughter, Masaraha, with the child's father Lester Ross who lives in Winter Haven. Ronkeya wanted to focus on her early Early Childhood Care and Education classes at Savannah Technical College. Six months after her classes ended in early October, she tried to get her daughter back.

Cleared of murder charges, Lakeland father still can't see son

Cleared of murder charges, Lakeland father still can't see son

Lakeland, FL - For 15 months straight, Timothy King, 33, of Lakeland sat in a jail cell, accused of killing his own daughter.

The state said King beat 5-month-old Kyra King to death in July of 2009.

"I know I didn't do anything wrong and I knew the truth would come to light one day. I just didn't know when," King told 10 News on Tuesday night.

The state dropped the charges last Thursday in light of new evidence involving another infant death at the same daycare where Kyra was the day she died.

"It was sad that another child had to pass to shine some light on my case.  That's why I say this moment is so bittersweet for me because now another family has to go through what we went through," said King.

His family is still going through it.  King has not been allowed to be in the same room with his wife, Christy, and son, T.J., since police arrested him a year and a half ago.

Polk deputies solve "Frosty the Snowman" caper

Lakeland, Florida - Crime took no holiday in Lakeland last weekend.

Grinches cut Christmas string lights, knocked over decorations and even stole Frosty the Snowman in a vandalism spree in South Lakeland, the sheriff's office said.

Crime Suppression Team deputies used surveillance and unmarked cars to patrol the neighborhoods for possible suspects and at 1 a.m. Tuesday zeroed in on three teens near a retention pond that fit the description of the vandals.

Deputies say the three - a 14 year old and two 15 year olds - confessed to the damage. They were charged with criminal mischief, curfew violation, loitering and prowling.

Their names were not released because they are juveniles and the charges against them are misdemeanors.