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Family members plead for hit-and-run driver to turn self in

About a dozen grieving family members of 40-year-old Takesha Hayes are pleading for the driver of the car that hit her and took off to turn themselves in. “We just want justice for what happened to our loved one,” said Hayes’ sister, Kendra Broomfield. “Who does that? That is not a person with a heart.” Family members said Hayes was a dedicated mother of two girls and the light of their life before she was killed. It happened at 2:40 a.m. Feb. 22 at Northwest 54th Street and Northwest Third Avenue. As Hayes was coming back from the store in her wheelchair, she was struck in the street and left to die. Police found surveillance video of the car they believe hit Hayes and then sped off. It is a 2000 to 2002 black Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Police also recovered a turn signal lens that broke and fell off the SUV. “I was able to match this evidence that I obtained from the crime scene to the right side of the Ford Explorer Sports Trac,” said Detective Dino Thompson, of Miami police. Family members said they can forgive the person that did this, but they need to come forward. “We just ask that you show some …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Teen, accomplice sought in fraudulent ATM withdrawal at Oakland Park bank

Surveillance images have been released from a Broward County bank that apparently show a teenager fraudulently withdrawing cash. The incident happened Dec. 8 at a Chase branch at 5055 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said the teen used some type of card to withdrawal $1,000 from an account that only had 63 cents in it. “It’s unclear exactly how that happened,” Moschella said. In one photo, an older man is seen peering over the shoulder of the teen. The individual is believed to be an accomplice. “We don’t know their relationship,” Moschella said. “We don’t know if the younger man is a victim, if he was forced to do this or if they were in it together.” Detectives are hoping the public can help put a name to the faces to determine what happened. The account belongs to a woman who was not in the bank that day. The crime went unnoticed for several weeks until the victim checked her bank statement, and contacted the bank and law enforcement. Investigators believe as many as four people were in on the plot after scouring surveillance footage from the bank. “We are cooperating with authorities on this case,” Chase said in a statement. “The …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Carlos Miguel Lee arrested in fatal Dania Beach hit-and-run crash

A Davie man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Dania Beach last weekend. Carlos Miguel Lee, 26, was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of tampering with evidence and failure to remain at an accident involving death. Maurice White, 46, was riding his bicycle on State Road 84 near Ravenswood Road early Sunday morning when he was struck from behind by a red 2015 Chevrolet Impala. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said a Hollywood man saw news reports of the hit-and-run and then noticed a car hidden under a blue car cover parked in a neighbor’s back yard. He called Hollywood police, who in turn led BSO traffic homicide investigators to the home. Concepcion said the car’s damage was consistent with the car believed to be involved in the hit-and-run. Deputies obtained a search warrant and had the car towed as evidence. The investigation revealed that the car had been rented by Lee. According to the BSO report, Lee’s sister told a detective that “Lee wanted to turn himself in because he felt bad about what happened.” Lee turned himself in about 10 a.m. Tuesday after hiring a lawyer. White worked as a chief engineer for a yacht and used his bicycle to travel. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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House Civil Justice Subcommittee approves single-sex public bathroom bill

Transgender women would have to use men’s public bathrooms and transgender men would have to use women’s rooms unless they have a license or passport proving that they’ve completed the transition to their new sex under a bill that passed its first committee. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday after listening to more than an hour of emotional testimony from transgender residents who oppose it and supporters who said people shouldn’t be using bathrooms designated for the opposite sex. In an interview with Local10.com last month, state Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, said House Bill 583 was born out of a Miami-Dade County ordinance passed in December that adds protections for transgender people. “The whole purpose of this bill from its inception is safety,” Artiles said in February. Artiles, who filed the bill, said his intention is to prevent rapes, molestations, voyeurism and other crimes in bathrooms. Would you support a law restricting the use of public facilities to a person’s biological sex? The bill would make it a crime for anyone who isn’t a “biological male” or “biological female” to use a public restroom, dressing room, locker room, shower “or other similar facilities where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Opponents said the …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Kenneth Lopez accused of groping women's buttocks in Cooper City

A Pembroke Pines man is accused of repeatedly groping women’s buttocks in a Cooper City neighborhood. Kenneth Lopez, 20, was arrested Tuesday on multiple counts of battery. According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit, Lopez grabbed or slapped several women on the buttocks while they were walking on Stonebridge Parkway in the Rock Creek subdivision between December and March. In the most recent incident, Lopez apologized and told a deputy that he thought he knew the victim, the report said. “I just thought I knew her,” Lopez said, according to the report. “I only touched her a little bit.” Lopez later confessed to grabbing the posteriors of three or four women against their will, the report said. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Broward County schools to resume FSA testing Thursday

Broward County Public Schools will resume computer-based testing for grades 8-10 Thursday. The Florida Standards Assessments have been suspended in Miami-Dade and Broward counties all week because of technical issues. Broward County school district spokeswoman Cathleen Brennan said in a statement Wednesday that the Florida Department of Education “has assured school districts that the issues which prompted this week’s suspension of computer-based testing have been resolved.” Miami-Dade County Public Schools have yet to announce if it will follow suit. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Racial taunts disrupt Deerfield meeting in spat over Black History honor

By Lisa J. Huriash Race relations collapsed into name calling at a City Commission meeting late Tuesday night when the word “racist” was bandied about and a Black History honoree burst into tears after she was lambasted for being white. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Racial taunts disrupt Deerfield meeting in spat over Black History honor

By Lisa J. Huriash Race relations collapsed into name calling at a City Commission meeting late Tuesday night when the word “racist” was bandied about and a Black History honoree burst into tears after she was lambasted for being white. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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'Super Citizen' Antanas Mockus is star of 'Life is Sacred' documentary

In “Life is Sacred,” an inspiring movie about a politician who wears a cape and calls himself “Super Citizen,” the Danish director Andrea Dalsgaard follows the presidential candidate and the hopeful idealism of his supporters. The “Super Citizen” is Antanas Mockus, the son of Lithuanian immigrants born in Bogota, Colombia. He studied philosophy and mathematics, and when he was the president of the most respected public university in Colombia, he took to mooning rowdy students to get their attention. Under his directive as Mayor of Bogota, the city’s homicide rate reportedly fell 70 percent and traffic fatalities fell 50 percent. His worldwide famous policies included hiring about 420 mimes to ridicule and traffic violators. The strategy has been implemented all over the world including Mexico, Venezuela, Panama and Honduras. And to reduce the homicide rate, he also came up with the “Girls Night Out” policy, which sponsored free cultural events for women one day a week and issued men a curfew. ABOUT THE MOVIE Language: Spanish with English subtitles Country: Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Colombia Running time: 104 minutes Showtimes: 3 p.m., 6 p.m., March 8th, at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave. Film makers: Andreas Dalsgaard, Signe Byrge, Anne Kohncke, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Nicolas Servide Staffolani …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Lumber Liquidators class-action lawsuit filed in Miami

A U.S. senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators after a report that said the company’s laminate flooring made in China may not meet California’s health and safety standards. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.,sent a letter Wednesday to the heads of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission. Nelson is calling for independent testing of the laminate flooring to see if it potentially poses a health risk to the public. “60 Minutes” reported Sunday that Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Lumber Liquidators has said that its products comply with applicable regulations. Meanwhile, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Lumber Liquidators in Miami federal court. The lead complainant is Joaquin F. Badias, who purchased about 500 square feet of laminate flooring from a Lumber Liquidators outlet on Southwest 133rd Street in Miami-Dade County. “Who knows how many thousands of homes in Florida and the nation have such a dangerous level of toxins in their floors?” Miami attorney Ronald Weil, who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement. Lumber Liquidators, based in Toano, Virginia, did not have an immediate comment on the lawsuit or Nelson’s action. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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