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Van engulfed in flames at Plantation apartment complex

Firefighters are working to put out the flames of a van that caught on fire at a Plantation apartment complex on Thursday. The fire broke out about 3:45 p.m. at a complex on Commodore Drive off Interstate 595. Authorities said the damage was confined to the van. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not been 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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Driver of yellow Fiat believed to be involved in Pompano Beach motorcycle robbery

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for the driver of a striped yellow Fiat who is believed to have been involved in the theft of a motorcycle at an apartment complex in Pompano Beach. The theft happened at about 2 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Captiva Cove Apartments in the 1200 block of South Dixie Highway. Surveillance video shows a Fiat going through the front gates. About 20 minutes later, a man on a stolen motorcycle is seen trying to leave the apartment complex, but the gate won’t open. The motorcyclist is seen dialing a cellphone, and moments later the Fiat drives up to the gate. The passenger in the Fiat is seen getting out of the car and speaking to the thief briefly. The Fiat and the motorcycle then both drive away. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Miami man arrested in marijuana grow house bust

One person was arrested Thursday after police discovered that a home in the city of Miami was being used as a marijuana grow house. Rolando Fernandez, 67, is facing multiple charges, including trafficking of marijuana, possession of marijuana and cocaine and possession with the intent to sell. According to authorities, the Miami Police Department’s Special Investigative Section responded to the home at 302 NW 53rd Ave, in reference to possible narcotics activity. When they arrived, officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the home. Police said Fernandez allowed officers to search his home, at which point they confiscated a large number of marijuana plants, as well as other narcotics and a scale with suspected cocaine residue on it. Police said Fernandez admitted that the drugs inside the home were his. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man shoots at clerk, gets away with soda, cash

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who robbed an Oakland Park convenience store Wednesday night and shot at the clerk. Surveillance video showed a man in a Chicago Bulls hat and red shirt entering the Farm Stores business at 4420 NE First Terrace just before 11 p.m. Deputies said the man asked the clerk for a soda. While his purchase was being rung up, he pulled out a gun and demanded cash. The 23-year-old clerk chased the robber out of the store, at which point the man turned around and shot at the victim, deputies said. The victim was not injured and told deputies that he saw the robber take off in cream-colored Nissan sedan. Deputies said the thief got away with the soda and about $100 in cash. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man found during North Miami Beach house fire dies

A man found inside a North Miami Beach house that had caught fire on Wednesday has died from his injuries, police said. The victim was identified by police on Thursday as 56-year-old William Cook. Authorities said 25 firefighters responded to the fire at the home near Northeast 11th Avenue and 165th Terrace where flames were as high as 15 feet. “They broke the door,” said neighbor, Daniel Pizzaro. “The victim looked like he had been trying to open the door knob (but) he just stayed stuck there.” Cook was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He died of his injuries on Thursday. Police said the home was abandoned and boarded up at the time for unpaid taxes. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police search for missing 3-year-old in Hollywood

Police are searching for a missing 3-year-old boy in Hollywood. The boy was last seen in the area of Johnson Street and 54th Avenue. Hollywood police, Seminole police and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were all assisting in the search. Sky 10 was above the neighborhood where bloodhounds were being used to help in the search. Anyone with information is asked to call 954-764-HELP. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Surveillance video released in Plantation jewelry store robbery

Police have released surveillance video in the robbery of a jewelry store in Plantation on Tuesday. The robbery happened at Matthews Jewelers on North Nob Hill Road off W. Broward Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m. According to police, a man and two women pretended to be shopping for jewelry, and then ran off with a $43,900 tennis necklace with 161 diamonds. The robbers fled in a possibly teal Pontiac Grand Prix and a gray possible Toyota Camry that may have bullet holes in it. Police said the owner of the store chased the thief into the parking lot and fired his gun after he thought the man was going to run him over. Witnesses told police that they heard at least three gunshots. Police believe there could be two other people involved who were driving the getaway cars. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call detectives at 954-797-2118. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Female leaders talk about human rights violations against women

Florida International University hosted the Women and Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean conference in Miami Thursday. FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center worked with The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, an organization that aims to empower Cubans to push for “a democracy free of human rights violations.” Cuban dissidents Berta de los Angeles Soler Fernandez, 51, and Yusmila Reyna Ferrera talked about “Women and Civil Society in Cuba.” Soler she faced many difficulties on the socialist island as the leader of “Ladies in White,” a group of relatives of political prisoners. SOCIAL MEDIA: Event organizers were using hash tag “Our Voices Resonate” and “women’s rights” on Twitter. “Being a black woman and belonging to the opposition is a triple sin in Cuba,” Soler said in Spanish. Other topics of discussions included “Gender Violence in the Americas,” “Education and Grassroots Activities” and “Women in Public Policy and Political Leadership.” The discussions were not Cuban blogger Yoani Maria Sanchez Cordero, 39, was the lunchtime speaker. She used Skype to communicate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She talked about reports of human rights violations on the island. Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy Miriam Kornblith was also part …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Urgent climate crisis demands our WWII unity in response

By Carma Henry Urgent climate crisis demands our WWII unity in response Pollution accumulating as dirt on Greenland’s icebergs compound the problem of warming and melting. If the United States responded to World War II with the same attention and focus that we’re giving the climate crisis, today we’d be a German-speaking nation ruled by an “Aryan super race” that used all the rest of us “lesser beings” as fodder. But when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 and their allies Germany and Italy declared war on the US three days later, we lost no time mobilizing the nation and acted as one to beat back our foes. The climate equivalent of attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 came to me in these ominous words last week. “Greenland is warmer than it has been in more than 100,000 years and climate disrupting feedback loops have begun. Since 2000, ice loss has increased over 600 percent, and liquid water now exists inside the ice sheet year-round, no longer refreezing during winter.” Pollution accumulating as dirt on Greenland’s icebergs compound the problem of warming and melting. It hit me like the first bomb may have hit Pearl Harbor. I’m not …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Key West man 'planned to eat' iguanas strung to bicycle, police say

A Key West man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after he strung up three iguanas to his bicycle and said he “planned to eat them,” police said. Jeremy Dugas, 35, was approached by a Key West police officer outside the Banana Café on St. Patrick’s Day. The officer had been flagged down by a concerned citizen who said Dugas was trying to sell the iguanas. According to the police report, the iguanas had their front and back legs bound with duct tape to a metal wire. When the officer asked Dugas what he intended to do with the iguanas, Dugas said he “planned to eat them,” the report said. The citizen who flagged down the officer became confrontational with Dugas and “claimed he told her he was trying to sell them,” pointing out several Banana Café patrons who overheard the conversation. Two witnesses verified that they heard Dugas say he was selling them. Dugas told police that he caught the iguanas at a golf course and “did intend to eat them,” but he told the woman that he planned to sell them “to make her leave him alone,” the report said. The iguanas, which were breathing slowly and appeared to be in shock, were …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Coast Guard seizes $7 million cocaine shipment off coast of Puerto Rico

The U.S. Coast Guard apprehended three suspected smugglers from the Dominican Republic who were found with 466 pounds of cocaine off the coast of Puerto Rico Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, the suspects were transferred into the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement special agents. The Coast Guard said the men were traveling on a 20-foot boat toward Puerto Rico with the drug shipment, estimated to have a wholesale value of about $7 million. A Coast Guard aircraft based in Miami Beach detected the boat and a separate Coast Guard team was able to interdict the boat. Authorities said nine bales of cocaine were found. The drugs and suspects were taken to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they were transferred into the custody of ICE. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Fishing in the storm but…

By Carma Henry Fishing in the storm but… And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (NASB) Bobby R. Henry, Sr. The song Playing in the Rain has new meaning when it comes to life support. I know a lot of people recognize fishing as a hobby and particularly relaxing and not necessarily a sustaining meal providing activity; let alone something that one would risk his/her life doing in extremely violent storms. I would beg to differ. As I contemplate the significance of this article, I will try to correlate the pleasantries between life’s storms and the enjoyment of activities that HAVE to be done. Using metaphors to represent obligations and responsibilities as well as conditions and extenuating circumstances, I will attempt to illustrate my point. There are times when we cannot postpone, suspend or delay for another moment our obligations, especially those that we have been called to do. Compelled by a higher source to ‘get the job done’, we must prevail and maintain the course of action outlined for us by the Master-no matter the condition of the weather or the extended forecast. Fishing in the storm but… It is intriguing to some, I would …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Counting the victims of police violence

By Carma Henry Counting the victims of police violence By Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA)—As Eric Holder ended his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he said, “The troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers, or uses of force by police,” he said, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. “This strikes many – including me – as unacceptable.” As it stands, both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice compile information on police killings, as reported by police departments themselves. But there are challenges with the reliability with this data. By law, collecting and providing this information to the government is mandatory only for police agencies that receive certain federal funds; police killings found to be unjustified are not included in the FBI’s measures; and reporting guidelines can vary from place to place, to name a few issues. Over the past few years, citizens have attempted to step in where official entities would not, creating well-regarded crowdsourced online databases such as KilledbyPolice.net, FatalEncounters.org and the U.S. Police Shootings Database (launched by Web sports blog, Deadspin). MappingPoliceViolence.org …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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