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Millions spent to jail small-time offenders -

Taxpayers in South Florida are spending millions of dollars every year to jail people accused of crimes as petty as panhandling and public drinking.

A homeless man arrested for sleeping on Fort Lauderdale’s public beach spent 42 days in the Broward County Jail — at a cost of about $5,880 to the...

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Governor asked to remove mayor who slurred words at meeting -

Mayor Joy Cooper’s political rivals sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott Friday, asking him to remove her from office two days after she slurred her words at a commission meeting and appeared to be under the influence of “some behavior-altering substance.”

Cooper said she was not drunk or on meds but...

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Three households burglarized by distraction thieves, Broward Sheriff's Office says -

Two men targeted four Pompano Beach residents — ages 77 to 97 — by pretending to work for the Florida Power & Light Company and entering homes to steal cash and jewelry worth $25,475, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Kurt Kuhn, 37, of North Lauderdale, who is also known as James Lewis,...

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Wilton Manors double murder trial opens -

Peter Avsenew told his mother on Christmas Day 2010 that he had done something terrible, the worst thing he had ever done. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agree, that’s what he said.

But a Broward jury heard conflicting accounts of what Avsenew meant.

Defense lawyer Gabe Ermine said the statement...

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Thousands fined as red-light cameras return -

As some South Florida cities resume controversial red-light camera programs, one community says it’s seeing more red-light running than before.

Red-light cameras caught about 3,000 violators in the weeks after Boynton Beach reactivated the devices, dwarfing the number of those busted during the...

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Shootings in Lauderhill leave one dead, one hospitalized -

A reckless driver on a neighborhood street in Lauderhill prompted a shooting that left one man dead, a second man hospitalized and a third person under arrest, police said Friday.

The shooting brought police to the 3100 block of Northwest Second St., north of Broward Boulevard and west of Interstate...

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Ex-student arrested with loaded gun at Flanagan High -

A former student arrested Thursday at Charles W. Flanagan High had a loaded gun in his pocket, Pembroke Pines police said.

Major Charneil Byrd, 18, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a firearm on a school campus, records show.

He is being held in the Broward Main Jail.


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'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning car -

Darren Butler’s mother thought the hard times she had with her son were over with.

Sheila Rutledge-Inman said Butler went from serving time in a Michigan prison to landing a job in Fort Lauderdale and then becoming a father to a baby girl just three months ago.

And then Butler, 27, turned up dead...

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Federal Judge Kenneth Ryskamp dies at 85 -

In his 30 years as a federal judge ruling on some of South Florida’s most contentious civil rights cases — including desegregation suits against the Broward School Board — U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp was dogged by the perception that he was insensitive to matters of race discrimination.

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Miramar police search for 17-year-old's killer -

Miramar police are looking for the shooter who killed a 17-year-old in Miramar.

After 911 received reports of shots fired near the 6000 block of Southwest 33rd Street on Sept. 20, Kumasi Kareem was found face down on the ground, said Tania Rues, a spokeswoman for Miramar police.

Kareem was pronounced...

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$43,000 missing from Broward school parking meters, audit finds -

About $43,000 in Broward County school district parking fees has disappeared, an audit found, prompting a criminal investigation.

The money was removed from parking meters outside district offices in Fort Lauderdale from Nov. 4, 2014 until Sept. 1, 2015, when the district started only accepting...

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Teen's photo may show man who has been trying to lure children -

A quick-thinking teenage girl took a cellphone picture of the man who police think has had several suspicious encounters with children in Pembroke Pines.

The latest incident happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday on the 10900 block of Northwest 15th Street, near Hiatus Road, as the girl was walking home...

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Trump strategist Steve Bannon steps back from Roy Moore during Broward talk -

Steve Bannon, the strategist who guided Donald Trump during the final phase of his campaign and early months of his presidency, told a South Florida audience Friday that critics won’t be satisfied unless they can drive Trump from office, ridiculed the idea of election-season collusion with the...

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The Fashion Mall is no more: Workers wrap up demolition -

The Fashion Mall — the Plantation shopping destination that closed a decade ago — has been demolished.

Crews have completed removing more than 28,000 tons of concrete, leaving only office space and a 2,600-space parking garage.

Meanwhile, the groundwork has begun for its replacement: Plantation...

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Homeless homicides in Broward spark calls for vigilance -

The killings of at least four homeless men in Broward County in the past month underscore a message well understood by both advocates and those who sleep on the streets: it can be dangerous out there.

“I try to keep my antenna up,” said longtime Broward resident Randy Richterkessing, 59, just out...

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Walgreens robber gets away with $611, police say -

With his gray hoodie wrapped tight around his face, the young robber pointed a pistol at the Walgreens clerk and demanded the money from the till, Hollywood police said.

He got away with $611.

The stick up happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walgreens, 890 N. State Road 7, said Miranda Grossman,...

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Hit-and-run: White sedan ran over man lying in the street -

A white sedan ran over a man lying in an Oakland Park street, slowed down and then took off, authorities say.

Detectives are looking for the driver of that white sedan. They think the car may have been a Mitsubishi Lancer that would now have a damaged right front corner, said Joy Oglesby, a spokeswoman...

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Car burglars target Hondas, Acuras, for airbags, deputies say -

Airbags are the latest hot commodity, with burglars breaking into more than 70 vehicles throughout Broward County this month to steal the safety devices, deputies said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office warns vehicle owners to be alert, to park in well-lit areas and to report suspicious activity.


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Girl, 14, buys hoverboard, gets propositioned for sex -

After selling her a hoverboard, a 26-year-old Miami man arranged for the buyer, a 14-year-old girl, to meet him in a men’s restroom at a Pembroke Pines park for sex, police said.

But when Lawrence Henry Perry arrived at Paul J. Maxwell Park Tuesday, he was met and arrested by an undercover detective...

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Husband of missing Delray woman to change plea in stolen coins case -

The husband of a Delray Beach woman who has been missing at sea since their belated honeymoon sailing trip last May is expected to plead guilty to transporting stolen coins.

Lewis Bennett, 40, is scheduled to change his plea at a Dec. 11 hearing in federal court in Miami, records show.

In September,...

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Deputy dazzles crowd with saxophone version of national anthem -

A Broward Sheriff’s colonel who heads up the agency’s detention department took to the ice at the BB&T Center in Sunrise before a recent Florida Panthers hockey game to perform the national anthem on his saxophone.

Col. Gary Palmer, described in a tweet from the Sheriff’s Office as an “accomplished,...

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It's official: Hollywood to rename Confederate streets -

City commissioners put an end to a long-running debate Wednesday, voting 6-0 to rechristen three Hollywood streets named for Confederate commanders.

Those names belong in history books, not on streets, they say.

Instead, the streets named for John Bell Hood, Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest...

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Woman hits $2.3 million jackpot at Seminole Hard Rock Casino -

A woman playing a single $3 spin won a $2.3 million jackpot Tuesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, according to media reports.

The woman won shortly after 8 p.m. playing a penny slot machine, WPLG Channel 10 reported.

Casino officials said the woman, who did not want to...

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Driver charged in fatal crash had three times legal blood alcohol limit, police say -

A GMC Sierra pickup veered several times into oncoming traffic along a Hollywood street before hitting two cars and leaving a Hollywood grandmother dead after the crash, police say.

The pickup driver, Waymond Stewart, 48, of Miami, turned himself in to Broward County jail Tuesday to face DUI manslaughter...

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Man found dead inside burning car identified -

The man found dead inside a burning car at North Lauderdale park has been identified as Darren Butler, 27, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Butler’s body was found about 5 a.m. Tuesday at Bicentenial Park, 6100 Kimberly Blvd. west of State Road 7, after deputies got a report of a burning...

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Palm Beach County News

Cerabino: What's in a name? Perhaps a future in politics -
If you're thinking about changing your image in a dramatic way, it will cost you about $400 in Florida.

Palm Beach police under investigation for writing too many traffic tickets -
From its long abandoned practice of ticketing shirtless joggers and issuing ID cards to gardeners, the rules in Palm Beach have always been different.

Boynton teacher's discovery one of year's best -
Bud Gillan thought he had already experienced his career highlight, as part of a team of biologists who discovered Tamoya ohboya, a new species of box jellyfish.

West Palm Beach administrator in running for Sarasota city manager job -
West Palm Beach City Administrator Ed Mitchell is a finalist, again, for a top job in the Sarasota area.

Nonprofit homebuilder's lawyer threatens West Palm Beach with defamation suit -
Days after the city demanded expense records from a nonprofit it contracted to build low-income homes, the attorney for the homebuilding arm of Bishop Harold Ray's Redemptive Life church said it will sue the city for defamation.

Citing rules, Wellington asks victim's mother in John Goodman case to remove memorial -
Two years after Scott Wilson's death, village officials have asked Wilson's parents to remove flowers that remain along their son's makeshift memorial on Lake Worth Road and 120th Avenue to make it compliant under the village's memorial site regulations.

Area Deaths -
Palm Beach County Allan, Joan C. , 82, of Lake Worth, died Monday. Weiss Memorial Chapel, Boynton Beach . Babcock, Donna J. , 67, of West Palm Beach, died Tuesday.

Group honors police officers, others for public safety work -
Boynton Beach Police Officer Scott Spruill was driving east on Okeechobee Boulevard on Feb. 22, 2011, when he spotted a woman dangling her legs over the guardrail that overlooks Interstate 95.

Fort Pierce man accused of firing gun at mom -
A 19-year-old man accused in an armed confrontation Tuesday with his mother after she put his clothes in a swimming pool was arrested on a felony charge, according to an affidavit released Wednesday.

West Palm Beach city commissioners appear warmer to revised north end condo tower plans -
With the proposed condo towers on North Flagler Drive coming down slightly in size, some commissioners say they're more likely to approve the project that has the city's business community and neighborhood associations at odds.

FAU professor urges students to use knowledge, humanity and courage -
Robert G. Rabil began his journey in America at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. So, for the FAU political science professor, giving the commencement speech for its 113th graduating class last month was nostalgic.

Lawyer for Guatemalan migrants seeing bridges where borders are -
Aileen Josephs is a Jewish woman who was born and raised outside Mexico City. Her parents settled in Mexico after fleeing Poland to escape the Holocaust.

Friends of Refuge to clean entrance road -
Lee Road is an unassuming little two-lane gravel track, hardly a mile long. But it has a significance greater than its size because it is the entrance road to the Arthur R.

PBAU camp shows kids that science is cool -
For some kids, science can be as exciting as watching snails race. But there are those kids who love the subject and what they can learn by studying it.

Lake Worth history museum reopens in time for city's centennial -
As the city prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday, the Lake Worth Historical Museum is open again -- at least on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

'Driven' gymnasts triumph at regional contest -
A trio of Wellington gymnasts were literally head over heels after successfully competing at the Southeast USA Regional Championships held recently in Orlando.

Rabbi mixes entertainment with education to lead congregation -
"A rabbi's best stock in trade is the building of the community," Rabbi Richard Polirer said from his home in Boynton Beach.

The Glades: Central grad, NFL player Lee hosting third camp -
Washington Redskins offensive tackle James Lee may be living 1,000 miles from home, but his heart remains in the Glades.

Young sibling surfing champs hope to make their careers on the waves -
Two siblings, one dream. Both Giorgio Gomez, 16, and his sister, Izzi, 12, want to be professional surfers one day.

North Sports:Fourth annual North Palm Beach Kids Triathalon will be held July 28 -
The Palm Beach Gardens Starzz eighth- and seventh-grade girls travel basketball teams placed first in their divisions at the Palm Beach Gardens Shooting Classic tournament, which was held May 18-20.

TCoast Sports: Cowabunga Surf & Water Sports Camp will offer 10 one-week sessions. -
Nicole Melichar, 18, of Stuart, along with partner Brian Battistone, won the mixed doubles title at the USTA Southwest Section U.S.

Hospital, gift shop mark sanctuary growth -
A nearly life-sized plastic statue of Yogi Bear's Ranger Smith welcomes visitors to the new gift shop and entrance to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary that's not officially open yet.

Domino's House provides haven for homeless cats, help for owners -
The business of rescuing animals is difficult, Maris Sine said. Sometimes you save a life, and sometimes you lose one, especially when the animal is injured.

Swim coach happy to see program in new home at Sailfish waterpark -
When Palm City-based swimming coach Pat Toner started his Treasure Coast Aquatics program in 2002, it was with a vision that finally comes to fruition this weekend.

Paddleboarding to drive autism fundraiser -
Oftentimes, one of the most difficult parts of dealing with autistic children is focusing their seemingly endless energy.

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