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Miami-Dade police officer accused of attacking estranged husband

A Miami-Dade police officer is facing multiple domestic-violence charges after assaulting her estranged husband, police said. Yaeliz Wilt, 36, is charged with false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation and battery. According to the arrest report, Wilt let herself into the home she used to reside in with her husband and children on Monday. After getting in an argument with the victim, Wilt followed him into the bedroom and started punching him in the head, police said. Authorities said Wilt blocked the doorway, not allowing the victim to leave the room. Police said Wilt’s husband turned away from her at one point, at which time she bit him on the top of the head, then grabbed his necklace from behind and pulled it, causing him to have trouble breathing. Police said the victim suffered bruising around his neck. Wilt was granted pre-trial release in bond court on Tuesday. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Surveillance images show burglary suspects lurking in Oakland Park, detectives say

By Wayne K. Roustan He didn’t smile and say “cheese” but an Oakland Park burglary suspect may say “Aw, jeez” when he sees his face in a surveillance video close-up in the news. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Surveillance images show burglary suspects lurking in Oakland Park, detectives say

By Wayne K. Roustan He didn’t smile and say “cheese” but an Oakland Park burglary suspect may say “Aw, jeez” when he sees his face in a surveillance video close-up in the news. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Oblivious Oakland Park burglar looks at security cameras, continues on

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who were captured on surveillance video burglarizing a home in Oakland Park. Video from a neighbor’s home the morning of Feb. 25 shows one of the men looking directly at a surveillance camera at a home in the area of West Prospect Road and 15th Way. Deputies said the men arrived in a light-colored or silver four-door sedan, possibly a Ford. Surveillance video shows the passenger get out and knock on the front door of the home. When no one answers, the man walks back toward the car, glancing directly at the security camera. Surveillance video from other homes shows the men driving around the neighborhood for about 40 minutes. The victim told deputies that she arrived home to find her back glass door smashed. She said jewelry and a laptop computer were taken. According to deputies, the driver stayed in the car during the burglary. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Burn victim encourages responsible drinking after being set on fire

Two years after he was set on fire outside a Marathon bar, Jose Gonzalez is speaking to Local 10 News in hopes of preventing similar incidents. Gonzalez was sleeping in his truck outside J.J.’s Doghouse on July 12, 2013, while two co-workers were drinking inside the bar. He said he woke up to fire surrounding him. Gonzalez, whose clothes were on fire, was able to get out of the truck before people arrived to help him. Surveillance video shows a man, identified by police as Stuart James Collins, setting fire to Gonzalez’s truck, which had propane tanks inside. “He just set a truck on fire that wasn’t even his,” Gonzalez said. “He did it because he wanted to, and unfortunately I was inside, and I was sleeping, and he destroys my life in an instant.” Gonzalez said he wants to encourage people to drink responsibly. He also wants bar and restaurant owners to take responsibility for ensuring the safety of their patrons when they are intoxicated. Gonzalez is suing J.J.’s Doghouse because he said the bar had no security protocols in place on its property to ensure the safety of its customers. Collins, who police said was highly intoxicated at the time, was arrested and is awaiting …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Jury deliberations begin in trial of man accused in double shooting

Jury deliberations began Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a woman during an armed carjacking in Miami Gardens in 2011. Jurors will determine whether or not Dylan McFarlane, 21, shot and killed Kennia Duran, 24, who was a passenger in a car driven by Julian Soler, 23. Soler had pulled into a gas station on July 25, 2011 when the two were ambushed by four people, some of who were just teenagers at the time. Eric Ellington, who was 16 years old at the time, was sentenced to life in prison last October in the double shooting. Prosecutors said he was the one who pulled the trigger on Soler because he felt Soler “didn’t look scared enough.” Prosecutors said McFarlane then shot Duran to eliminate any witnesses. On Monday, prosecutors played surveillance video from the night, showing the moment Duran was killed. McFarlane faces life in prison if convicted. Two other men are also awaiting trial in the fatal carjacking. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Therapy dog killed by Fort Lauderdale police officer, family says

A South Florida family is outraged, claiming a Fort Lauderdale police officer shot their therapy dog while searching for a suspect involved in an assault. According to a change.org petition, officers entered the family’s gated yard on March 7 after being asked not to since there were multiple dogs and a child in the yard. The petition states that an officer shot Sylas, a Dogo Argentino/pit bull mix three to five times within feet of the child. According to the petition and a Justice4Sylas Facebook page, the 4-year-old dog often went to work with his owner, who is a veterinarian technician, and saved countless lives while being a blood donor. The sites also state that Sylas worked as a therapy dog for both children and adults during his life. The owners, Amanda Mercer and Tim Brown, claim they were denied the officer’s name and badge number. The petition, which currently has more than 1,800 signatures, reads, “We the people demand that your office hold this officer accountable for the unnecessary murder of Sylas, and for putting this family, neighbors, and other officers in danger by firing his weapon in a small, enclosed area. We the people expect a thorough, impartial and independent investigation to be …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Tips indicate missing Punta Gorda girl may be in Miami

New information gathered by police on Monday makes investigators believe that a missing 15-year-old girl from Punta Gorda may have been abducted and could be in Miami. Police initially believed that Sydney Alexis Marlene Silvernail had run away from her home sometime before midnight on Saturday, but said they now have reason to believe that she was taken from her home against her will. Authorities think Silvernail could be with two men identified as Ryan “Roach” Yates, 19, of Homestead and Angelo Jacinto Cruz, 19, of the South Punta Gorda Heights area. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these teens is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Missing Punta Gorda girl found in St. Petersburg

A missing 15-year-old girl from Punta Gorda who police initially believed may have been in Miami was found in St. Petersburg Tuesday. New information gathered by police made investigators believe that Sydney Alexis Marlene Silvernail was abducted. Police initially thought Silvernail had run away from her home sometime before midnight on Saturday, but said they now have reason to believe that she was taken from her home against her will. Authorities said they were also looking for Ryan “Roach” Yates, 19, of Homestead, and Angelo Jacinto Cruz, 19, of the South Punta Gorda Heights area. They said the men were acquaintances of Silvernail. Investigators said they are speaking with the teen and the people she was found with. They did not say whether Silvernail was found with Yates and Cruz. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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