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BSO employee guilty of extorting Boca Raton doctor she met on married dating website

A Broward Sheriff’s Office employee accused of extorting a Boca Raton doctor whom she met on a website promoting infidelity was found guilty Thursday. Debbie O’Flaherty-Lewis, 48, faces 15 years in prison. During the trial, Dr. Benjamin Harow testified that he met O’Flaherty-Lewis on the dating website AshleyMadison.com. Ashley Madison bills itself as “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters.” Prosecutors and the defense team both brought in experts Wednesday to review cellphone data, including text messages, phone calls and emails. O’Flaherty-Lewis, who is a BSO child investigative supervisor, was arrested in August 2013. According to a BSO arrest report, O’Flaherty-Lewis “maliciously threatened the victim over the phone and text messages” and threatened to expose his affair “if she was not paid $7,000.” After Harrow alerted authorities, BSO detectives listened in on a series of the doctor’s telephone calls with O’Flaherty-Lewis, who agreed to meet him to pick up the money, prosecutors allege. O’Flaherty-Lewis was arrested after the doctor gave her the cash, prosecutors said. Karen Blake, one of O’Flaherty-Lewis’ co-workers, also took the stand, claiming O’Flaherty-Lewis called her on the day of the sting and asked if a friend could drop something off at Blake’s house. She is currently suspended without pay. Follow Local 10 News on …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man accused of setting friend's face on fire after argument

A homeless man from Miami was arrested Wednesday after setting his friend on fire, police said. A Miami-Dade County judge raised 43-year-old Jonathan Bridges’ charge to first-degree murder on Thursday. According to an arrest report, Bridges and the victim, who was also homeless, were staying at a mutual friend’s home temporarily when they got into a heated argument over “trivial matters.” Police said Bridges threatened the victim stating, “I’ll kill you. I’ll set you on fire.” According to the report, Bridges got a plastic bottle and squirted some type of chemical into the man’s eyes, blinding him. The victim tried to push Bridges away, but the suspect ignited the victim’s shirt with a cigarette lighter, police said. The fire engulfed the victim’s head and upper body. Police said he tried to remove his shirt and ran to a nearby faucet, but the water service had been disconnected. Eventually, the victim was able to pour some water over his head from the bottom of a cooler. He was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center with second-and third-degree burns, and later died of his injuries. Police said Bridges ran away from the scene but was later arrested. A judge ordered Thursday that Bridges be held in jail on no bond. Follow Local 10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Pembroke Pines police officer injured in crash recovering

A Pembroke Pines police officer who was injured in a crash early Monday is out of the intensive care unit. In a tweet sent by the Pembroke Pines Police Department, Officer Ben Burke can be seen with a neck brace on and petting a K9 officer by his bedside at Memorial Regional Hospital. Capt. Al Xiques said Burke continues to recover. Burke, 43, a 19-year veteran and former officer of the year, was seriously injured when his sport utility vehicle collided with another SUV at Pines Boulevard and Douglas Road. Police are investigating. Follow Janine Stanwood on Twitter @JanineStanwood Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Local 10 Health & Lifestyle Expo comes to Westfield Broward

Once again this year, Local 10 is hosting its Health and Lifestyle Expo at the Westfield Broward mall from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts while enjoying exciting state performances, giveaways and interactive booth exhibits. Local 10’s Ben Kennedy, Neki Mohan, Todd Tongen and Hatzel Vela will be there from noon to 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Janine Stanwood, Victor Oquendo, Kristi Krueger and Eric Yutzy will be there. Last but not least, Bob Norman, Jenise Fernandez and Michael Seiden will be there from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Firefighters remove stranded guests from ride at Disney World

A ride malfunctioned at Walt Disney World on Thursday, forcing firefighters to remove stranded guests. Reedy Creek fire officials said 12 guests were helped off a raft on Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom. No injuries were reported. Disney describes Kali River Rapids as a “rip-roaring, river raft ride that takes you on a tour through a lush jungle landscape.” Disney officials said that the river was being drained and the ride would later reopen. No other details have been released. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Masked man tries to rob Weston gas station

Deputies are searching for a man who tried to rob a Weston gas station early Sunday morning. The incident happened about 3 a.m. at a Mobile gas station at 1108 Weston Road. Deputies said a man stood outside the door, waiting to be buzzed in by the clerk. The clerk said she didn’t buzz the man in until he removed his bandana and hoodie that was hiding his face. Once inside, surveillance video shows the man cover his face again and pull out a handgun. The clerk said he demanded money from the cash register, but she stayed inside of the safety closure and he left with nothing. Deputies said the would-be robber left in a black car that was parked at one of the gas pumps. Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 94-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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No bond for man accused of 'preying on young girls' in Coral Springs

By Mike Clary A 30-year-old man was described as “an extreme danger to the community” on Thursday when he made his first court appearance after allegedly exposing himself to at least two young girls in Coral Springs last month. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Family asks for help in finding Miami man's killer

The family of a man who was found shot to death in Little Havana Monday morning is asking for the public’s help in finding the gunman. This is both heartbreaking and confusing for the family, as they claim Allan Vigil, 44, had no enemies. Police said they were called to the area of Southwest Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street after reports of a shooting. When Miami Fire Rescue arrived, they found Vigil dead on the sidewalk. Police said he was just blocks away from home when he was killed. On Thursday, Vigil’s family said he was a loving father to three young girls. They said he was an immigrant, who worked as a carpenter to help his family. “He didn’t have any enemies. He was liked by everybody,” the victim’s brother, Cristhian Vigil said. “Words cannot express the pain I’m going through.” Detectives said they are not ruling out robbery as a motive, but said the motive is still unclear. “What we need is for the community to help this family — help them find some closure and help put this killer where he belongs: in jail,” Det. Daniel Valladares of Miami Police said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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No bond for man accused of 'preying on young girls' in Coral Springs

By Mike Clary A 30-year-old man was described as “an extreme danger to the community” on Thursday when he made his first court appearance after allegedly exposing himself to at least two young girls in Coral Springs last month. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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South Florida couple files class-action lawsuit after Mayweather-Pacquaio fight

A South Florida couple is suing Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., claiming that the boxers’ long-anticipated fight lined the pockets of those involved but duped viewers who paid to watch it. The class-action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court on behalf of Spencer and Brigette Barker and Slimm Nightclubs LLC, which manages Passion at the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It seeks punitive damages from last Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas, which was televised as a pay-per-view event. According to the lawsuit, Mayweather and Pacquiao earned more than $300 million for the fight, while the MGM Grand, which hosted the fight, reportedly generated a paid gate of $74 million. The lawsuit claims that the paying viewers and businesses “were defrauded out of the full value for the price they paid.” After the fight, it was revealed that Pacquiao injured his shoulder while training for the bout, even though he made no mention of it on his pre-fight medical questionnaire. The lawsuit claims that Passion paid $3,500 to televise the fight, which Mayweather won by decision. It said there are more than 100 class members, and the aggregate amount in controversy will exceed $5 million. According to the lawsuit, anyone who paid for tickets to …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man accused of exposing himself to young girls in Coral Springs

A man accused of exposing himself to young children in Coral Springs is behind bars. Police said Jorge Garcia, 30, is a serial flasher who has been terrorizing young female children throughout the city. “You allegedly pull up, expose yourself and behave in a lewd manner in front of a 12-year- old girl who is sitting in a car waiting for her mother inside the store,” Judge John Hurley said to Garcia in bond court on Thursday. According to an arrest report, Garcia pulled his pickup truck alongside where the girl was sitting outside a Walgreens on April 24, pulled out his penis and began masturbating in front of her. Days later on April 30, police said a concerned citizen called 911 after Garcia pulled his truck alongside another young girl who was walking on the sidewalk and began talking to her. A passing school bus driver said he saw that Garcia had his penis exposed and yelled at the child to run away. The concerned citizen followed Garcia’s truck and provided police with his license plate number. The person told officers that Garcia also stopped alongside two other young girls who ran away from him. “The community is not safe with you on the street,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man accused of shooting North Miami Beach cop leaves jail

A man accused of shooting a North Miami Beach police officer during an identity theft sting walked out of jail overnight. Elton Bandoo was fit with a GPS ankle monitor and transported by officers to a relative’s home, where he must stay under house arrest. Miami-Dade County Judge Jason Bloch granted Bandoo a $500,000 bond Tuesday after family members posted the required 10 percent of the bail money needed for his release, with collateral money tied up in property in the Bahamas. His family handed over signed documents to the court, allowing the state to put a lien on the property if Bandoo skips town. Bandoo was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a North Miami Beach police officer, who was helping federal authorities serve an arrest warrant at his home in February. Officer Lino Diaz survived the shooting. Bandoo claims that he shot the officer in self-defense, thinking his house was being broken into. Bandoo’s mother told Local 10 News reporter John Turchin that she believes her son was set up. Bandoo, who has no previous criminal history in South Florida, owns a music business that is registered with the state. Under terms of his pretrial release, Bandoo cannot be in possession of guns, go …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Allen leaves Lauderdale Lakes City Manager position on good terms

By Carma Henry Allen leaves Lauderdale Lakes City Manager position on good terms By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. I don’t normally share my space here, however there comes a time when attention needs to be given to other noteworthy issues.—Publisher Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Two weeks ago, City Commissioners Gloria Lewis, Beverly Williams, and Patricia Williams abruptly voted at the end of a Commission Meeting to fire Allen for “cause” against their City Attorney’s legal advice. Jonathan Allen worked for the City of Lauderdale Lakes for 15 years and served as City Manager for approximately four years. He was raised in Broward County and brought knowledge, experience, and strong commitment for making a difference in the community. At the Lauderdale Lakes Commission Meeting on April 28, 2015, the City Commission voted unanimously to rescind a previous improper firing of Allen on a three-two vote and then approved a separation of employment agreement. The City’s Charter required four votes to fire the City Manager. City Commissioners Edwina Coleman and Eileen Rathery voted against firing Allen. In an effort to avoid a costly court battle and lawsuit for the City, Allen’s attorney, Eugene Pettis of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm Law Firm, negotiated a separation of employment agreement which was ultimately …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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