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Police: Hollywood man tries to attack 4th victim Wednesday

Hollywood police are investigating a fourth possible attack on a girl in crimes believed to have been committed by the same man. The 16-year old victim was walking to school early Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man. “(It was) probably around 5:30 in the morning and some random guy up the street a bit just comes and slaps my butt,” the teen told Local 10 News. Local 10 is concealing the victim’s identity because of her age and the sensitive subject matter. “My heart was racing so fast, I couldn’t breathe really,” said the 11th-grade student. The girl said the incident happened near 19th Avenue and McKinley Street. The attack is similar to at least three other crimes that have been reported in the area in recent weeks. The most recent was Wednesday morning as the teenage girl was walking to her bus stop. “He asked her for the time, at which time she attempted to walk away. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt and attempted to control her,” said Hollywood police Chief Frank Fernandez, who said the arriving bus apparently startled the man. “She was able to get away. As she was running away the subject grabbed her buttocks, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police: Hollywood man tries to attack 4th victim Wednesday

Hollywood police are investigating a fourth possible attack on a girl in crimes believed to have been committed by the same man. The 16-year old victim was walking to school early Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man. “(It was) probably around 5:30 in the morning and some random guy up the street a bit just comes and slaps my butt,” the teen told Local 10 News. Local 10 is concealing the victim’s identity because of her age and the sensitive subject matter. “My heart was racing so fast, I couldn’t breathe really,” said the 11th-grade student. The girl said the incident happened near 19th Avenue and McKinley Street. The attack is similar to at least three other crimes that have been reported in the area in recent weeks. The most recent was Wednesday morning as the teenage girl was walking to her bus stop. “He asked her for the time, at which time she attempted to walk away. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt and attempted to control her,” said Hollywood police Chief Frank Fernandez, who said the arriving bus apparently startled the man. “She was able to get away. As she was running away the subject grabbed her buttocks, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police: Hollywood man tries to attack 4th victim Wednesday

Hollywood police are investigating a fourth possible attack on a girl in crimes believed to have been committed by the same man. The 16-year old victim was walking to school early Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man. “(It was) probably around 5:30 in the morning and some random guy up the street a bit just comes and slaps my butt,” the teen told Local 10 News. Local 10 is concealing the victim’s identity because of her age and the sensitive subject matter. “My heart was racing so fast, I couldn’t breathe really,” said the 11th-grade student. The girl said the incident happened near 19th Avenue and McKinley Street. The attack is similar to at least three other crimes that have been reported in the area in recent weeks. The most recent was Wednesday morning as the teenage girl was walking to her bus stop. “He asked her for the time, at which time she attempted to walk away. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt and attempted to control her,” said Hollywood police Chief Frank Fernandez, who said the arriving bus apparently startled the man. “She was able to get away. As she was running away the subject grabbed her buttocks, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police: Hollywood man tries to attack 4th victim Wednesday

Hollywood police are investigating a fourth possible attack on a girl in crimes believed to have been committed by the same man. The 16-year old victim was walking to school early Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man. “(It was) probably around 5:30 in the morning and some random guy up the street a bit just comes and slaps my butt,” the teen told Local 10 News. Local 10 is concealing the victim’s identity because of her age and the sensitive subject matter. “My heart was racing so fast, I couldn’t breathe really,” said the 11th-grade student. The girl said the incident happened near 19th Avenue and McKinley Street. The attack is similar to at least three other crimes that have been reported in the area in recent weeks. The most recent was Wednesday morning as the teenage girl was walking to her bus stop. “He asked her for the time, at which time she attempted to walk away. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt and attempted to control her,” said Hollywood police Chief Frank Fernandez, who said the arriving bus apparently startled the man. “She was able to get away. As she was running away the subject grabbed her buttocks, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police: Hollywood man tries to attack 4th victim Wednesday

Hollywood police are investigating a fourth possible attack on a girl in crimes believed to have been committed by the same man. The 16-year old victim was walking to school early Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man. “(It was) probably around 5:30 in the morning and some random guy up the street a bit just comes and slaps my butt,” the teen told Local 10 News. Local 10 is concealing the victim’s identity because of her age and the sensitive subject matter. “My heart was racing so fast, I couldn’t breathe really,” said the 11th-grade student. The girl said the incident happened near 19th Avenue and McKinley Street. The attack is similar to at least three other crimes that have been reported in the area in recent weeks. The most recent was Wednesday morning as the teenage girl was walking to her bus stop. “He asked her for the time, at which time she attempted to walk away. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt and attempted to control her,” said Hollywood police Chief Frank Fernandez, who said the arriving bus apparently startled the man. “She was able to get away. As she was running away the subject grabbed her buttocks, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police: Hollywood man tries to attack 4th victim Wednesday

Hollywood police are investigating a fourth possible attack on a girl in crimes believed to have been committed by the same man. The 16-year old victim was walking to school early Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man. “(It was) probably around 5:30 in the morning and some random guy up the street a bit just comes and slaps my butt,” the teen told Local 10 News. Local 10 is concealing the victim’s identity because of her age and the sensitive subject matter. “My heart was racing so fast, I couldn’t breathe really,” said the 11th-grade student. The girl said the incident happened near 19th Avenue and McKinley Street. The attack is similar to at least three other crimes that have been reported in the area in recent weeks. The most recent was Wednesday morning as the teenage girl was walking to her bus stop. “He asked her for the time, at which time she attempted to walk away. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt and attempted to control her,” said Hollywood police Chief Frank Fernandez, who said the arriving bus apparently startled the man. “She was able to get away. As she was running away the subject grabbed her buttocks, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Security guard trampled at Ultra Music Festival files $10 million lawsuit

The trampling of a security guard by gate crashers at this year’s Ultra Music Festival has led to new security and policy changes for the event next year, and for that security guard who was seriously injured, a lawsuit for millions of dollars. The city of Miami, the company that put up the fence and a vendor at Ultra are also named in the 35-page lawsuit. According the victim’s attorney, each of parties played a role in the incident that nearly killed a security guard. READ: Full lawsuit filed by Erica Mack Erica Mack nearly died in March after being trampled at the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami. “My last recollection was of me pretty much walking the perimeter,” said Mack. The 29-year-old, who worked as a security guard, suffered a fractured skull and broken leg when gatecrashers knocked down a fence trapping Mack underneath it. “It definitely speaks to the careless, the frame of mind that they’re in to do such a thing,” said Mack. “It was definitely outlandish and outrageous that they would go to that extent.” Mack along with her attorney, Eric Isicoff, have slapped Ultra with a $10 million lawsuit accusing them of negligence of ignoring calls by the Miami Police Department …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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John Goodman found guilty in DUI manslaughter retrial

A Wellington polo mogul was found guilty for the second time in a 2010 crash that killed a recent college graduate. John Goodman, 51, was convicted of DUI manslaughter and second-degree vehicular homicide Tuesday in the February 2010 death of Scott Wilson, 23. Jurors reached a verdict in Goodman’s retrial after several hours of deliberations. Authorities said Goodman was drunk when his Bentley ran a stop sign and slammed into Wilson’s car, which plunged into a canal. Wilson’s mother spoke to Local 10 News after the verdict was read. “The state did a wonderful job in proving it –very difficult, and it was very difficult for the jury as well,” said Lili Wilson. In 2012, Goodman was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and failure to render aid, but those verdicts were overturned because of juror misconduct. “This case is not about the prosecutors,” assistant state attorney Alan Johnson said outside the Palm Beach County courthouse after the verdict. “This case is not about the defense attorneys. This case is about Scott Patrick Wilson, and that’s who achieved justice today, and that’s who we all should be thinking about.” Prosecutors claimed Goodman was intoxicated when he crashed his Bentley into Wilson’s Hyundai in the early morning of Feb. 12, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Broward judge criticized for handling of homeless defendants

A Broward judge is being criticized by some officials for the way that he deals with homeless people in his courtroom. We see them on the street holding signs, panhandling for money, But one judge seems to have had enough of it. Broward County Judge John Hurley recently gave one homeless man a piece of his mind. “Why can’t you get it through your head that you can’t panhandle in traffic,” said Hurley. “Why don’t you stop banging on people’s windows in traffic and leave them alone?” Hurley said his own window had been banged on once in traffic, but the man, Michael Cochems, a chronic offender, said he is battling drug addiction and denied banging on anyone’s windows. Public defender Howard Finkelstein said that exchange and others show that Hurley has personal contempt for the homeless and should be transferred out of his post. “When you’re a judge, you’re held to a higher standard,” said Finkelstein. “You cannot bring your personal emotions onto the bench and then lash out at people from the group. I think Judge Hurley should be transferred out of magistrate court immediately.” Hurley didn’t want to speak about the issue on camera to Local 10 News, but Chief Judge Peter Weinstein …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Armed man shot to death by police in Hialeah suffered from depression, family says

Grieving family and friends of a man who was shot to death by police Monday in Hialeah are still in shock about what happened. No one saw the incident coming, including John Helvie’s Miramar neighbors, the contractors — Helvie had recently hired to install new kitchen cabinets — or his mother-in-law, Maria Murton. Murton said her daughter and Helvie have a 10-year-old child and 5-year-old child. Police said Helvie was wielding a rifle in a packed Hialeah parking lot of a shopping center Monday afternoon, prompting officers to shoot and kill him. Police later found two additional firearms inside Helvie’s green Camaro. A witness said detectives told him Helvie had threatened to shoot others. Police have yet to confirm that information. Murton said her daughter’s husband, who had a passion for collecting firearms and restoring hot rods, had been suffering from depression. Murton said Helvie’s death will be felt by his kids the most. “My daughter, maybe she’ll find somebody, fall in love again, but (the kids) will never see their father again,” said Murton. Yet in their personal tragedy, there is now a call to action to other families with a loved one suffering from depression. “Go get help, there’s help out there, you know, it could save …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 Cuban migrants still missing off coast of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard is still looking for two men who traveled with a group of Cuban migrants who were rescued off of Sands Key on Monday after their makeshift boat began taking on water Sunday night. On Tuesday morning, three of the migrants who swam to shore were at a South Florida charity where they were processed. Later on, they were sent to a hotel to get some rest. The location of the hotel is being kept a secret, but a spokesman with the non-profit organization, Church World Service, said all three men are doing well considering the circumstances. “What did they tell you about their journey?” asked Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. “It was rough,” said spokesman Francisco Figueroa. “I mean, nobody wants to go into one of those homemade rafts.” But that’s exactly what the 13 Cuban migrants were on for eight days and eight nights . Most of the men did not make it to shore on their own, but for the three who did, Church World Service is hoping to provide them with a better life, a job and a new home. “Within a year, they’re able to communicate with English-speaking people up in the states we are sending them to,” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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