Crist signs Fla. investor protection

MIAMI — Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a new law designed to strengthen Florida’s investor protection law.

Crist held a signing ceremony Monday as a judge in New York sentenced Bernard Madoff, who once owned a Palm Beach mansion, to spend the rest of his life in prison for swindling billions from investors including many Floridians.

The new law will broaden the state’s ability to pursue securities fraud and increases registration requirements for investment advisers, dealers and others.

Attorney General Bill McCollum was on hand for the ceremony in Miami.

Poll: Crist has big lead in Fla. U.S. Senate race

TALLAHASSEE — A new poll shows Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has a sizable lead in his campaign for Senate.

A Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. telephone survey taken June 24-26 shows Crist leading primary opponent Marco Rubio by a 51-23 margin.

In a general election matchup with Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Crist leads 48-26.

The poll was conducted for Ron Sachs Communications, a Tallahassee-based public relations firm.

Woman found dead after barricading self in home

TAMARAC — Authorities say a woman facing eviction was found dead after barricading herself inside her South Florida home.

SWAT team members from the Broward Sheriff’s Office were called Monday afternoon to try to speak with the woman in the Tamarac home.

Bank personnel and a moving van arrived at the house at about 1 p.m. to evict the woman. Officials say she told them she needed to secure her dogs and went back inside the house. That’s when the group outside heard a gunshot.

SWAT members went into the home around 4 p.m. and found the woman dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

The woman has not been identified.

— Herald wire reports