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Fort Lauderdale bridal shop closes its doors

A Fort Lauderdale bridal shop that suddenly closed its doors left jilted brides worried about their upcoming weddings, including one wedding that is two weeks away. Desiree Amaretti is getting married in two weeks. “It’s supposed to be one of the most important days in a woman’s life,” said Amaretti. She and her fiancé, Bryan, are excited, but the prewedding experience has been overshadowed somewhat after she received a box that was dropped off Thursday at her Coconut Creek home. She couldn’t believe was stuffed inside. The gown of her dreams was jammed inside a cardboard box unpressed and unfinished. There was no explanation, just a note. In Coral Springs, another bride to be has the same problem. Melissa Coyle received her wedding dress inside a cardboard box, too, with the same message. It’s especially heartbreaking when you consider what the dress means to her. “That’s the last thing I have left of my mom, because we bought it together and now she’s dead,” Coyle said. The brides and several others Local 10 found all bought their dream gowns to Victoria’s Bridal Couture. Local 10 is told a group of brides with scheduled appointments arrived Friday to find the store locked up and its website shut down. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Driver still being sought in fatal Miami hit-and-run

Miami police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver who fatally struck an 18-year-old woman as she was attempting to cross the street. The hit-and-run crash happened at 8:22 p.m. Feb. 28 as Dericka Banks was attempting to cross the road at Northwest 54th Street between Northwest 13th Avenue and Northwest 14th Avenue, police said. Banks was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Police said she later died from her injuries. The vehicle involved, as shown on a surveillance video, was a green 2008 Toyota Corolla CE (similar to car pictured, above) that traveled west on Northwest 54th Street and then turned south onto Northwest 14th Avenue, police said. The Toyota should have extensive damage to the right front hood area, including a smashed windshield. The vehicle has a “For sale” sign on the passenger and rear windows. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Toyota is asked to call Detective Lorraine Rubio at 305-603-6525 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477). Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Cooper City political activist to be remembered

Gladys Wilson was once a Cooper City commissioner, but then she graduated to a much more honorable avocation: truth-teller. Wilson for decades let Cooper City politicians — who historically haven’t been a terribly admirable lot — have it when they messed up or sold out to a special interest or lied to the public. She would tell them in her fiery yet endearing way that they needed to be taken out behind the woodshed for their behavior, and when she got worked up she was almost always on target. Wilson knew, perhaps in part because of her time on the inside of the City Commission looking out, that too many politicians are low-down creatures who aren’t worthy of running an umbrella stand let alone a city. And she was happy to tell them about it. Just two years ago, one of those politicians reacted to one of Wilson’s well-placed barbs by telling her to “blow me” while on the dais, caught on tape, validating Wilson’s low opinion of the politician in one under-the-breath instant. Wilson, who died March 9 at the age of 83, will be remembered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park right by City Hall. The handout for the event includes the …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Private Christian boot camp shut down, owners arrested

The owners of a private Christian boot camp where parents paid to send their troubled teens have been arrested and the facility is also shut down. Madison Litsky said the emotion flooded in when she heard that a so-called boot camp for troubled kids had been shut down and the two men running the place were arrested. “Yes, I did cry,” Litsky said. “I was overwhelmed by what happened … while I was there, and how it affected my life and it still affects my life today.” Litsky, who lives in Plantation, was one of numerous teens who alleged abuse at the private facility in Alabama called Restoration Youth Academy. She and another South Florida teen, William Vargas, told their stories to Local 10 in 2013. “He hit me and hit me again,” Litsky recalled. “I was choked,” Vargas said. William Knott and Pastor John Young, who ran the camps, denied the claims, but the Mobile Police Department shut down their current camp, now called the Saving Youth Foundation, for sanitary violations March 5 after serving a search warrant there during an ongoing criminal abuse investigation, removing all 36 teens there. Knott was arrested on an unrelated domestic violence warrant, and Young was arrested on a traffic …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Elderly man pulled from water off Miami Beach

An elderly man was pulled from the waters off Miami Beach Friday afternoon after he was pulled out to sea by rip tides, Ocean Rescue said. The near drowning happened about 5:30 p.m. at 64th Street and Collins Avenue. Authorities told Local 10 News that the man was swimming in an unguarded area. The victim is being taken to a nearby hospital. The National Weather Service reports high risk of rip currents along Atlantic Coast beaches of South Florida through Tuesday. No other details were immediately released. Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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