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Thief snatches gold chain from man's neck in Plantation

Police in Plantation are trying to identify a man who snatched a gold chain off another man’s neck last week. The theft occurred July 7 at a 7-Eleven convenience store. Plantation police Detective Phil Toman said a customer was filling out a lottery ticket near the counter when the man approached him from behind and yanked the gold chain from around the customer’s neck. Surveillance video captured the theft. Toman said the culprit and his accomplices ran out of the store with the gold chain. The customer told police his necklace was worth $2,500. Anyone who recognizes the thief is asked to call police at 954-797-2100. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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CVS to buy Navarro Discount Pharmacy

CVS Caremark is set to buy a South Florida drugstore chain that has historically catered to Hispanic customers. CVS announced the agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy after stock markets closed on Monday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Navarro is the country’s largest Hispanic-owned drugstore chain. It has annual sales of more than $340 million. The 33 stores in the chain, located throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, will continue to operate under the Navarro Discount Pharmacy name. The Navarro family started the business in Havana, Cuba, in 1940. It was relocated to Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in 1961 after the Castro regime confiscated their stores. CVS Caremark is one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains, with 7,600 stores. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Miami Beach police chief puts halt to off-duty work for cops at area nightclubs

A day after a police sergeant was suspended for allegedly drinking while working an off-duty detail, Miami Beach’s new police chief halted off-duty work for cops at 14 nightclubs until an internal review is completed. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Airbags stolen from 10 vehicles at Brickell apartment

A parking garage in Brickell was targeted by a thief or thieves looking to steal airbags. Miami police said Tuesday 10 cars were burglarized at the West Brickell apartments overnight. All of the vehicles were either Hondas or Nissans. The crooks punched out the driver’s side door locks, poped the hood to disconnect the battery and then ripped the airbags right off the steering wheel. Carolina Gonzalez just bought her 2014 Honda Accord a month ago and is frustrated she now has to deal with the hassle of getting it fixed. “I called the insurance company and I walked to work today,” she said. “I got my father to pick me up and from here, we’ll see. I mean, (the insurance company) probably covers 75 percent of a rental, but we have to figure out what we’re going to do. I’ll be car-less and money is going to be involved — money that we don’t have.” Miami police said they aren’t sure of the motive for this crime, although vehicle airbags are selling for between $400-$500 on eBay and other websites. Detectives believe the crooks were professionals. “Absolutely. Whoever is responsible for this crime has to have some sort of knowledge,” Sgt. Freddie Cruz said. “This …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Miami Beach PD suspends off-duty policy

The Miami Beach Police Department has suspended its policy of allowing officers to work off-duty security jobs at nightclubs in the city. The move comes a day after Sgt. Mike Muley was fired after he was found to be intoxicated while working off-duty at Mango’s Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive. Police Chief Daniel Oates made the decision on Tuesday and said it will take effect Aug. 1. “Recent events, as well as a city-funded audit of the police department, suggest that there is a need for a comprehensive review of our off-duty work policies.” said Oates. “I am convinced that we need more safeguards and tighter rules before we can consider allowing this kind of work to resume.” Richard Vanleuvan, the manager at Ocean’s Ten on Ocean Drive, disagrees with the decision. He said off-duty cops mean added security, with the power to arrest. “A lot of times we have a lot of problems with people, and when off-duty is here, they take care of it and it’s done. It deters a whole lot of crime,” he said. ‎ Alex Bello, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, called the chief’s decision a “PR stunt” and said safety could be compromised. “We are concerned, and residents …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Small plane makes emergency landing in Pompano Beach

A small trainer aircraft with two people on board had to make an emergency landing Tuesday night, according to Pompano Beach Fire Rescue officials. The plane took out a fence before landing on a golf course near the 1000 block of North Federal Highway. Officials said no one was hurt in the incident. It’s unknown what caused the plane to make an emergency landing. Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story. Raw video: Trainer aircraft makes emergency landing …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man sentenced in southwest Fla. teacher's death

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a southwest Florida middle school teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Amy Patterson was reported missing in July 2011 when she didn’t show up for the first day of school. Her body was found more than a year later on a remote part of Pine Island near the home she shared with her ex-husband, Daniel Proctor. Proctor faced life in prison before pleading guilty to a murder charge in Patterson’s death. Proctor also is serving two life sentences in Alabama for grand theft. At Proctor’s sentencing hearing Monday in Fort Myers, Patterson’s brother asked the judge not to accept Proctor’s plea deal. Other relatives said they wanted Proctor to stand trial so they could feel some closure in Patterson’s death. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Comcast cable man allegedly exposes himself to woman

A South Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Comcast after she said a cable man came to her home for a service call and exposed himself in front of her. “He never actually touched me,” said Lisa Zemba. “And then he just started pleasuring himself in my bedroom, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I just couldn’t.” Attorney Sam Yeboah has filed a lawsuit against Comcast and the unnamed technician, who is now known only as John Doe. He also filed a lawsuit against the subcontractor, Integrated Tech Group, which actually employed the cable man. Yeboah said he’s been informed the employee has been terminated, but that the company told him the technician maintained that the act was consensual. “That’s natural for him to say that, but that’s not the case,” said Yeboah. “That’s not what happened.” Zemba said the whole thing happened very quickly. “There was a towel on the bed,” said Zemba. “He picked it up, cleaned himself off and left.” Zemba said she called Comcast immediately to report the alleged incident, but she was put on hold indefinitely. The next day she filed a complaint with the police, which has filed no charges in …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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North Carolina Police Accused of Making Up Phony 911 Calls to Search Homes

By Editor Several police officers in Durham, N.C., reportedly got into homes and searched them by telling residents police had received 911 hang-up calls from their addresses, according to news reports. The tactic, a way around the requirement to get a warrant to search a home, was described in court by a Durham officer identified as A.B. Beck by IndyWeek. Beck admitted during testimony he used the tactic earlier this year and, as a result, found two marijuana blunts and a marijuana grinder. Durham County Chief District Judge Marcia Morey squashed the marijuana case, saying, “You cannot enter someone’s house based on a lie.” this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Attorney announces lawsuit against Mike Pouncey, brother

The victims in an alleged altercation involving Miami Dolphins player Mike Pouncey and his brother, Maurkice, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, were expected to announce Tuesday evening their intentions to file a lawsuit against the brothers and others involved in a nightclub incident. The alleged assault happened after 4 a.m. Saturday at Cameo nightclub in South Beach. The incident, explained in detail Tuesday evening by the victims’ attorney, Marwan Porter, happened as the twin brothers, who both played football at the University of Florida, were celebrating their birthday; the twin brothers will turn 25 on July 24. Ricky Vasquez (pictured) posted multiple times to Twitter and Instagram several photos and videos of the alleged assault. In his posts, he said the Pouncey brothers hit him and a woman early Saturday morning. “I just got jumped by 4 bouncers and the Pouncey twins at Cameo,” Vasquez tweeted this past weekend. “I’m going to press charges. My face is swollen.” The pictures and videos have gotten attention across social media. Attorneys said the victims involved in the altercation include 24-year-old Riquan James, 32-year-old Niya Pickett and 24-year-old Brentley Williams. WATCH: Man claims he was assaulted by Dolphins player “Mike and Maurkice were not involved in any altercation with the accuser or …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Miami-Dade commissioners approve UberX, Lyft services

High-tech car services are one step closer to driving smoother after the Miami-Dade County commission approved services from apps like Uber and Lyft. Commissioners overwhelming voted Tuesday to move forward to make the services permanently legal, despite the ongoing fight with taxi services. For weeks now, non-taxi drivers have been using the apps to pick up rides. Passengers summon them and pay for them with the touch of a finger on their smartphones. Drivers were previously facing a $2,000 fine for operating illegally. But drivers for Lyft said the company promised to pay their fines if they were ticketed. With Tuesday’s vote, commissioners gave their initial approval to change the law, making it legal for anyone to drive. But licensed taxi drivers, who can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for the right to drive passengers around, are outraged. “They’re just stealing the fare from the taxi cab,” one taxi driver told Local 10’s Terrell Forney. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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South Fla. mom accepts plea deal for taking kids cross country

A South Florida mother accused of interfering with custody accepted a plea deal to serve two years of probation and undergo a mental and drug evaluation. Police claimed Carrie Weingarth picked up her oldest son from school in February and, along with her boyfriend and two other sons, drove to California. She was arrested there a week later. Weingarth’s attorneys previously argued there was no court order outlining a custody agreement between her and the boys’ father. Legally, she had custody of all three. Weingarth pleaded no contest to the charges to ensure that she would not serve jail time. As part of her plea deal, Weingarth must also complete a parenting course. Weingarth plans to appeal for shared custody of her children. Their father is seeking full custody. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man escorted out of county commission meeting after making threats

A man was arrested after he threatened those in attendance at a Miami-Dade County budget hearing Tuesday, police say. Jose Antonio Fernandez was speaking at the meeting when he said, “The county took my land, now my house. If you come into my house I’ll blow it up, and I have the right to come back and shoot every single one of you.” Police said Fernandez’s threat was directed towards the county commission and Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Fernandez was asked to leave the meeting. He reportedly began making a scene and yelling as he was escorted out. Fernandez was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and 13 counts of corruption by threat against a public official. His bond is set at $13,000. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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