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Hollywood crane standoff ends with no injuries as man comes back down -

A standoff in Hollywood between a man who had climbed to the top of a crane on a 25-story building ended Sunday afternoon — more than 10 hours after it began.

The drama unfolded at Hollywood’s Young Circle from about 3 a.m. until about 1:40 p.m. Sunday when the man finally came back down via the...

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Kodak Black planning back-to-school fundraiser for kids in Pompano Beach, TMZ reports -

Broward rapper Kodak Black is planning a back-to-school fundraiser for kids in his hometown of Pompano Beach, TMZ is reporting.

Black, whose given name is Dieuson Octave, 20, has teamed up with New Orleans rapper and mogul Master P for the event, which is reportedly scheduled for Aug. 14.


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Griffin Road reopened after crash in Davie -

At least two people were injured late Saturday in a rollover crash that led to the closing of a stretch of Griffin Road in Davie, according to reports.

Davie police were investigating.

A eastbound section of Griffin Road between Southwest 118 Avenue to 110th Avenue was reopened shortly after 7...

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Lightning may be to blame for Weston house fire, officials say -

It might have been a lightning strike that caused a fire in the attic of a Weston home Friday evening, officials said.

“Preliminarily we believe that lightning might have started the fire, but that will be confirmed by the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau,” said Mike Jachles, a sheriff’s spokesman.

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Armed robbers scared away when victim shoots at them, Hollywood police say -

A potential victim cut an armed robbery short when he shot at and scared away the robbers, Hollywood police said.

The pair fled from the scene in the 300 block of Minnesota Street in a silver Toyota Corolla. It was about 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Christian Lata said. No one was injured.

A day...

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One arrested after SWAT standoff with robber in Tamarac -

A house robbery in Tamarac turned into a hostage standoff with the Broward Sheriff’s SWAT team Friday evening.

One person was arrested after a standoff of about three hours at a home in the 7100 block of NW 70th Street, near McNab Road and University Drive, authorities said.

One person managed...

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Davie woman fights for life after hit-run, cops say -

A witness told police a woman — now in critical condition — flew through the air when she was hit early Friday morning by a car that sped away.

Marykutty George remains unconscious at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood with a head injury and several broken bones, her daughter, Jismy Cheriyil...

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Threatened coral get second chance in South Florida -

They were once in danger of dying off, but efforts to restore South Florida’s coral reefs are paying off.

A Nova Southeastern University team for two years has been growing staghorn coral in nurseries and then planting it off the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea coastline. So far, they’ve planted more than...

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Stolen Ferrari adds to puzzle of Fort Lauderdale killing -

A white Ferrari stolen from a Fort Lauderdale home where a retiree was killed was found on a residential street in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale police said Friday.

And police released video on Friday of a shirtless man running in the same area where the Ferrari was abandoned. He is a person of...

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Lightning strikes, firefighter feels a tingle -

Lightning struck. A firefighter felt a tingle. And a nearby city worker saw a big blue flash.

When the storms were storming Friday afternoon a firefighter at Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Cooper City Station 28, thought he’d open the electric overhead doors, just in case electricity should go out,...

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Operation Bad Dose opioid crackdown nets 82 arrests in 3 days -

There are 82 fewer suspected drug dealers and traffickers doing business on the streets of Broward County thanks to Operation Bad Dose.

In a take-down that took four months to plan, the Broward Sheriff’s Office made the arrests over three days this week, beginning Wednesday and ending Friday.


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South Florida schools search for new ways to find teachers -

South Florida schools are looking far and near for new teachers, from the Hawaiian islands to employees on their own campuses.

More teachers nationwide are fleeing the profession and fewer are choosing to join it. So the region’s school districts have decided it’s no longer enough to recruit at...

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Margate man charged with DUI manslaughter in scooter rider's death -

Allan Blanchard Jallim was driving a black Chevrolet Camaro and was racing another car and changing lanes at speeds of up to 107 mph when he struck and killed a man steering a TAO TAO scooter, Hollywood Police said.

Jallim, 28, of Margate, is accused of having a blood alcohol level of more than...

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Sewage flows in two Miramar homes; city agrees to pay for cleanup -

The water seemed to bubble up from everywhere, flooding the kitchen, master bedroom, garage and bathroom inside the Stewart residence on 84th Terrace in central Miramar.

Sewage poured into those rooms in January, 2016, leaving a soggy, smelly mess that took almost a week to mop up, dry out and...

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Levinson family meets US officials about man missing in Iran -

WASHINGTON — The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson has met with State Department officials about efforts to find him more than a decade after he disappeared in Iran.

That's according to a U.S. official who says the meeting took place in Washington on Thursday. The official wasn't authorized...

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Small plane rolls over after emergency landing in Everglades -

A small aircraft lost power, went down on a levee and rolled upside down in the Everglades near Coral Springs Thursday evening, authorities said.

An 18-year-old male student pilot and a female instructor were aboard the Cessna 152, said Mike Jachles, spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.


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Man killed, 2 women injured in Fort Lauderdale shooting -

A man and two women were shot inside a car in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday evening, police said.

The man was the driver of the car and died at the scene in the 1500 block of Northwest 16th Street in Fort Lauderdale, said Detective Tracy Figone, spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

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Online dating fraud left man, 85, bankrupt, police say -

The 85-year-old Century Village man was looking for companionship after his wife died, so he posted a profile on an online dating site — and ended up bankrupt.

The woman John Berman met online in April 2013 was arrested Thursday, accused of defrauding Berman of more than $300,000, police said.

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Ex-military contractor who stole classified secrets gets life in prison for exploiting underage girls -

A former military contractor from Palm Beach County was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison on Friday for sexually exploiting underage girls in Honduras.

Christopher Glenn, 37, is already serving 10 years in prison after he admitted he stole military secrets while he was working...

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South Florida members of Congress average $1,700 a day in campaign cash -

Supporters are pouring thousands of dollars a day into the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her challenger Tim Canova — even though their Democratic primary faceoff is more than a year away.

Campaign disclosures filed this month with the Federal Election Commission show Wasserman...

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Boca woman seriously injured in wrong-way crash released from hospital -

A Boca Raton woman who authorities say was struck by a wrong-way driver, killing her passenger, has been released from the hospital, a nurse at the facility said Thursday.

Maria Stengel, 29, who works as a Hillsboro Beach police officer, is back home after being released from Halifax Medical Center...

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Harold Oates Taylor, longtime Davie pastor, dies at 87 -

The Rev. Harold Oates Taylor, a longtime Davie pastor known for greeting his congregation with a pack of RC Cola and a box of moon pies, died Tuesday at age 87.

Taylor served the First Baptist Church of Davie for 33 years. Following his retirement from there in 1994, Taylor went on to lead the...

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Man's kindness may have led to killing in Fort Lauderdale, friend says -

A retired telecommunications executive found dead in the exclusive Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale may have been targeted because of his kindness, a friend said.

Guy Hamilton Eargle, Jr., 68, of Atlanta, died from head injuries, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office said. His...

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'Profanity, insults and threats': Stalking suspect's history of hostility -

In and out of prison. Arising anger. And a trail of threats.

All this preceded Todd Watson’s arrest Tuesday for allegedly bombarding more than a dozen Broward County judges with obscene phone calls and threatening letters.

But what has shaped Watson’s persona and contributed to his hostility?


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State auctioning unclaimed jewelry, rare currency and gold coins -

Every day, people go to banks to place their treasures in safe deposit boxes.

Sometimes, they never come back.

It’s hard to imagine how someone could forget about their collection of gold South African krugerrands, Mexican pesos and Canadian coins, leaving thousands of dollars behind.

For more...

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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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