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Tamarac HOA president charged with forging checks

A South Florida community is dealing with the sting of betrayal, as a once-trusted homeowner’s association president is charged with forging her own neighbor’s names in a years-long embezzling scheme. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Michelle Changar-Coe, who was president from 2009 through last year, stole about $200,000 from the homeowner’s association of the Mainlands home community in Tamarac. Changar-Coe was also a former chairwoman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Deputies said Changar-Coe wrote dozens of forged HOA checks to false names similar to her own that she was able to cash. One alleged victim is Nancy Ballhorn, a local realtor and the association’s current treasurer. Deputies said Changar-Coe forged 22 checks in Ballhorn’s name. Former HOA board member Peggy Schwartz said suspicious began to fall on Changar-Coe when another board member noticed a check with his signature on it. “He saw a check that he knew he didn’t sign and that started the ball rolling,” said Schwartz. Among the allegations is that Changar-Coe wrote a monthly check of $2,575 for a city liaison position that never existed. And this is not Changar-Coe’s first run-in with the law. In 1997 she was charged with grand theft and forging checks. The community’s HOA has since hired a …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Closing arguments conclude in Pedro Bravo murder trial

Closing arguments were heard Friday in the Pedro Bravo murder trial, and now it’s up to a jury to decide his fate. Jurors have spent the past two weeks absorbing a stream of evidence in the case in which prosecutors believe ties the 20-year-old to the killing of Christian Aguilar. “Sept. 20th is the day of the murder,” said prosecutor Bill Ezzell. “He will follow the plan that he set out for himself and the one he decided upon.” Ezzell reminded the jury of Bravo’s own writings in personal journals where he professed his love for an ex-girlfriend and his desire to get her back. Erika Friman was dating Aguilar at the time of his disappearance in September 2012. The three became mutual friends while attending high school at Doral Academy before they wound up in Gainesville together for college. Friman, who testified last week, was seated in the courtroom Friday to hear the closing statements. “July 2012, she shut me out of Facebook today. A piece of my world is ending,” said Ezzell as he read a previously written statement from Bravo. The writings also indicated thoughts of suicide and references to death. “That letter is not suicidal. It’s homicidal,” said Ezzell. “He’s going to plan a murder.” Aguilar’s …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Convicted felon shot his evicted tenant in self-defense, his lawyer says

By By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel His armed landlord had just opened fire on him, but Angel Perez still returned to his landlord’s property minutes later — possibly seeking help, authorities say. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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SeaWorld plans new killer whale environments amid negative publicity

SeaWorld says will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks, and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild. Business for the Orlando, Florida, company has been hurt by negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. will build a tank with 10 million gallons of water at its San Diego park, almost twice the size of the current tank. It says the new environment wills be more stimulating for the whales. It will open to the public in 2018. SeaWorld has similar plans for its Orlando and San Antonio locations. The company also pledged $10 million for killer whale research as well as a multimillion-dollar partnership focused on ocean health. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Second arrest made in fatal shooting of pregnant woman

Police have made a second arrest in the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Miami Gardens. At a news conference Friday, police announced the arrest of Gregory Medy. Medy was taken into custody last week and charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Qualecia James. The arrest comes one month after Antwone Jackson was also arrested in connection with her death. Police said James was in a car with others near the area of 182nd Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue when another car pulled up next to them and began shooting into the vehicle. Qualecia died at the hospital and her baby boy, Kendrick, who was delivered just before she died, died one week later. “This is my family now, but it very well could be somebody else’s – your family the next time,” said Marcella Pierce, James’ mother. “If there’s anybody out there that has any information to bring the rest of these guys to justice please do so.” Police believe there are more people involved in the fatal shooting. They are asking anyone with any information to come forward. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Postal worker injured after lightning strikes nearby

A USPS postal worker was rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after lightning struck close to her work truck in Fort Lauderdale. Fire officials said the incident happened on East Commercial Boulevard near Northeast 18th Avenue. Firefighters said the woman suffered burn injuries. She received a secondary charge after lightning struck nearby while her hand was on a metal part of the truck. The victim was taken to Broward General Hospital. She is listed in serious but stable condition. Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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US nuns to honor feminist theologian while keeping politics at bay

By Heidi Hall NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A top Vatican official warned the nuns in April that honoring Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a longtime Fordham University professor, would be considered provoking the Holy See and U.S. bishops. The post US nuns to honor feminist theologian while keeping politics at bay appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Ex-felon claims self defense in Oakland Park shooting

By By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel Authorities found out about a convicted felon’s illegal possession of firearms when he shot at a tenant on his property three times, striking the man once in the head and critically wounding him, the Broward Sheriff’s Office says. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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