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Federal Judge Upholds Plant City Ban of Tattoo Studios in Historic Downtown
Plant City’s ban on tattoo and body-piercing studios in the downtown historic district has survived a legal challenge. Licensed tattoo artist David S. Hudder took the city to court over its denial of his request to open a shop at 109 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. He contended the city’s exclusion of the businesses was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sided with the city, which contends tattoo studios are not compatible with downtown’s “family-oriented” image.
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Plant City Sued Over 911 Call in Woman's Death

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Plant City Sued Over 911 Call in Woman's Death
The city of Plant City faces a lawsuit in the 2008 death of a Tampa woman who called 911 from inside a car trunk before she was killed. The woman, Jennifer Johnson, 31, was kidnapped Nov. 15, 2008. She spoke with a Plant City 911 operator via a cell phone. Johnson told the operator that she was inside the trunk of her car and didn't know where she was. The call dropped after a minute and 20 seconds. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 19 in Hillsborough Circuit Court, alleges that the operator assured Joh...
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Police Motorcycle Crash Spurs Suit

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Police Motorcycle Crash Spurs Suit
Three women struck by a motorcycle during a Plant City Police Department demonstration on Nov. 18 have filed lawsuits asserting that the city failed to provide safety barriers and seating beyond the vehicle's path of travel. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce also is named as a defendant in the lawsuits. The chamber hosted the motorcycle demonstration for its annual leadership program.
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Three Women File Lawsuits After Crash at Plant City Police Motorcycle Demonstration
Three women injured after a Plant City police motorcycle careened into the bleachers where they were sitting filed lawsuits Thursday, alleging they should have been warned of the dangers at the law enforcement demonstration. They're each suing the city and the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. All are seeking compensation for their medical bills and losses.
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Plant City Police Details Motorcycle Crash

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Plant City Police Details Motorcycle Crash
Plant City police Officer Chad Rader was traveling 37 mph on a motorcycle before he crashed into metal bleachers last month, injuring himself and three others, including the police chief. That's according to a crash report released Monday in compliance with a public records request by the St. Petersburg Times.
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Appellate Court Backs City's Stand Against Adult Club

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Appellate Court Backs City's Stand Against Adult Club
Taurus Property Ventures has hit another legal roadblock in its pursuit to open an adult club at U.S. 92 and County Line Road. On June 30, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld a federal magistrate's recommendation to deny Taurus a temporary injunction that would have forced the city to approve a permit for the adult club, which might have offered nude dancers. The appeals judges' decision also supports the city's arguments that a new adult-entertainment ordinance nullifies ...
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Court Upholds Adult Club Stance

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Court Upholds Adult Club Stance
The city has won round one in its legal battle to keep an adult club from opening at U.S. 92 and County Line Road, but the war may be far from over. Taurus Property Ventures is appealing a federal magistrate's recommendation to dismiss much of the company's case against the city. The lawsuit stems from the city's refusal to grant Taurus a permit to offer adult entertainment that could include nude dancers. The club's application was denied because its proposed site in vacant building is about ...
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Strip Club Fight Fought In Court

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Strip Club Fight Fought In Court
The city fought the first round this week in a legal battle to stop an adult business from opening at U.S. 92 and County Line Road. But it will have to wait a while for the decision. Taurus Property Ventures wants to open a club that could offer nude entertainment in a former truck repair shop at 4350 E. U.S. 92. The city denied the application because an existing ordinance banned adult businesses within 1,000 feet of each other. The proposed club's site is about 650 feet from Showgirls Men's...
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K-9 Officer Can't Sue Plant City Over Dog Bite

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K-9 Officer Can't Sue Plant City Over Dog Bite
A bomb-sniffing German Shepherd acquired by the Plant City Police Department after the Sept. 11 attacks became the center of an unusual lawsuit that culminated this week. The lawsuit was filed by the dog's handler, Officer John Stasiak. The dog, whose name is Rex, is from Czech Republic. Before taking charge of the new K-9 recruit, Stasiak had to undergo a rigorous training routing that included learning commands in Czech. As is customary with K-9 teams, Stasiak took the dog home to live with...
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