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Man killed in Davie hit-run crash, witnesses say -

One of two men crossing State Road 7 near Griffin Road in Davie died after being struck by a vehicle that, according to witnesses, fled the scene.

The crash happened about midnight as two men were walking away from a Shell gas station and crossing State Road 7.

According to witnesses, after both...

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Man arrested in purse-snatching where woman was dragged by car -

A man police say tried to rob a woman while she pumping gas and then dragged her next to a moving car when she tried to fight back was arrested Saturday.

Robert Kenneth Flagg, 19, of Miami, was charged in the June 2 incident in Southwest Ranches. Flagg and another man who was the driver attempted...

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Police name man, 22, shot dead at Fort Lauderdale block party -

Police have identified the man shot and killed at a Fort Lauderdale block party as 22-year-old Jerrod Bel Air.

Four others were injured in the gunfire that erupted around 1:15 a.m. Saturday at the party in the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Court, Det. Tracy Figone said.

Police said the five victims...

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Missing diver's body found, identified as Deerfield Beach man -

After a two-day search, the body of a man reported missing while diving off the coast of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was found Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office identified the diver as Antonio Almeida, of Deerfield Beach.

Almeida’s body was found off the coast between Lauderdale-by-the-Sea...

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Festival brings taste of the Caribbean to Pembroke Pines -

A Caribbean festival brought a taste of the islands to Pembroke Pines on Saturday.

The event — part of Caribbean American Heritage month — at the Pembroke Pines City Center had music, free food samples and several vendors, as well as family activities.

It attracted people looking to learn or celebrate...

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Divers clean up reef beneath Lauderdale-by-the-Sea's pier -

Ninety-seven divers plunged beneath the waves in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Saturday in search of trash on the ocean floor.

As part of the Anglin’s Pier Underwater Clean-Up, the divers plucked up mounds of tangled monofilament, hooks, sinkers and knives from the coral reef at the south side of the...

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Candlelight vigil honors Pines baseball standout killed on Father's Day -

Zach Finch carved out a name for himself in the classroom and on the baseball diamond at Flanagan High School, and realized his dream to play in college.

But on Father’s Day, the 21-year-old senior at The College of the Cumberlands in Charlotte, S.C., was shot dead after he visited an apartment...

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Mosquitoes in crosshairs as South Florida steps up Zika fight -

Soon after this month’s record rains fell, phone calls flooded South Florida mosquito-control programs seeking relief.

The thousands of daily calls were a sign that residents haven’t forgotten last year’s Zika scare.

The region’s wet season kicked off this month, and officials say they are doing...

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Drug treatment centers lure troubled patients to South Florida -

Drug users around the country are streaming to South Florida, lured by promises of recovery in a paradise of sunshine and palm trees.

Many private treatment centers here are aggressively marketing in parts of the Northeast and Midwest ravaged by the opioid epidemic, law enforcement officials say.

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Man critical after being found facedown in pool in Miramar -

A man was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after he was found facedown in a clubhouse pool in Miramar on Friday evening, authorities said.

“He had water in his lungs,” said Lt. Jose Gregorisch, spokesman for Miramar Fire Rescue.

The call came in at 5:03 p.m. from Solano at Miramar Apartments,...

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Smokey cockpit forces flight to Lauderdale to make emergency landing -

Smoke in the cockpit forced an emergency landing for a plane headed to Fort Lauderdale from New York on Friday morning, officials said.

JetBlue flight 913 landed at 10:30 a.m. in Charleston, S.C.

It initially took off from White Plains, N.Y., bound for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Gunshot victim taken from Oakland Park gas station to hospital -

A man with a gunshot wound arrived at a Valero gas station on Oakland Park Boulevard late Friday afternoon.

But authorities aren’t sure where he was when he was shot.

About 4:14 p.m. someone at the gas station called 911 and the injured male was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not...

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Homeless families to get free hotel stays for up to 21 days in new program -

A new taxpayer-funded program will give the homeless free hotel stays for up to 21 days, beginning next month.

One-thousand rooms will be set aside over a three-month period at two Extended Stay America locations in Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac.

They’ll be reserved for homeless families with children,...

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Cost to fix Stranahan High pool rises from $250,000 to $1.5 million -

Renovating the Stranahan High swimming pool is expected to cost about $1.5 million — almost six times more than crews projected when they first set out to make repairs.

Staff said the project’s scope had to be expanded to include repairing or replacing the deteriorating pool pump house. They said...

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Taking aim against pollution, Deerfield restricts polystyrene food packaging -

Deerfield Beach has joined a growing number of cities in banning or restricting plastic foam food containers as concern grows about what’s piling up in landfills, oceans and beaches.

Because polystyrene doesn’t biodegrade like organic material does, the foam material has become a target for institutions...

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Tired of Confederate street names, she pays $6,000 to prod Hollywood for change -

An unexpected ally has emerged in Hollywood’s ongoing controversy over streets named for Confederate war generals.

Laurie Schecter, a city activist with a home on Hollywood beach, is bankrolling the effort to change the names of Forrest, Hood and Lee Streets.

Schecter, 68, says she stepped up when...

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13 people convicted of telemarketing fraud are facing federal prison -

Thirteen people convicted of defrauding $23 million from investors around the nation are facing federal prison terms, prosecutors said Friday.

All 13 were linked to telemarketing frauds, based in Miami Lakes and Marina Del Rey, Calif., that touted stocks for Sanomedics, Inc. and Fun Cool Free stocks...

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Hallandale Beach apartment and beauty store damaged in blaze -

A man opened his bedroom door when he noticed smoke coming through it — and saw flames shooting into his kitchen ceiling, according to Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue.

The fire happened around noon Friday on the 500 block of Foster Road in Hallandale Beach. The man tried to extinguish the flames but...

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Employee trapped overnight in cell at Broward's new courthouse -

An employee at Broward County’s new courthouse walked into an inmate holding cell by mistake and wound up trapped for almost seven hours in the middle of the night.

Deborah Johnson, 61, had been conducting an after-hours quarterly inspection of a fifth-floor courtroom around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,...

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Former Muslim threatened to blow up mosque, authorities say -

A man who said he’s being targeted by Muslims for converting to Judaism has been charged with threatening to blow up a mosque, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Shawkat Mzayek, 38, of Sunrise, was taken into custody Thursday hours after the Islamic Center of South Florida in Pompano Beach...

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Hollywood police release sketch of suspected rapist -

Hollywood police have released a composite sketch of a man they say attacked a woman at a spa on State Road 7.

The sexual assault happened about 11 p.m. Sunday at East Jing Spa, 518 S. State Road 7, about three blocks from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The woman was an employee at the...

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Details on triple shooting in Davie closely held by detectives -

If only bullet casings could talk. Davie police recovered more than six spent casings after three males were wounded in gunfire Thursday at a condominium community in town, but on Friday, detectives kept close many of the details in their investigation.

“We’re still chasing down leads,” Davie Police...

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Grand jury clears Sunrise cop in fatal shooting of mentally ill man -

A grand jury has cleared Sunrise Police Officer Gregory Loor in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at a Walgreens parking lot more than two years ago.

Marlon Woodstock was hit several times with a stun gun, attacked by Loor’s police dog and shot twice while he was on the ground, according...

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Man found in Miramar doesn't know who he is, police say -

Miramar police are asking the public to help identify a man who says he doesn't know his name.

The man, who wears distinctive silver and turquoise rings and has silver hair with a white beard, was found Wednesday around 7 p.m. at a McDonald's restaurant, at 17001 Miramar Parkway.

A concerned restaurant...

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Are your kids safe from snoops with cameras at South Florida attractions? -

A Father’s Day outing to the Palm Beach Zoo came to a jarring halt for a family who noticed a man standing behind trash cans recording video of their little girl playing in the splash pad.

The man was not arrested and said he just wanted to capture a happy moment, but the zoo banned him from coming...

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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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