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Body found in vacant lot in Pompano Beach

A body was found in a vacant lot Wednesday in Pompano Beach. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the body was discovered in a lot off Hammondville Road. Sky 10 was above the scene as deputies were covering the body. The body was tucked in the corner of the lot next to a concrete wall and fence. Homicide detectives said the body was of a homeless person and foul play was not suspected. Follow Peter Burke on Twitter @PeteBurke Follow Local 10 on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Hollywood motel fire forces tenants out

Occupants of at least five motel units were forced to evacuate Wednesday night after a fire started on the second floor. The fire happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday at a motel on Scott Street in Hollywood. A worker with Florida Power & Light Co. was fixing a transformer next to the building just before the fire started. A resident said while the FPL worker was working, he walked up to his place and that’s when the motel caught fire. A worker ran up with a fire extinguisher and put out most of the fire, but it had already spread to the attic. The fire department was then called. No injuries were reported. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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ChildNet caseworker, 3 others charged in autistic girl's death

A grand jury has charged a child welfare caseworker and three other women following the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl who died while under state care. The cousin who was given custody of Tamiyah Audain after her mother died was among those indicted by grand jurors Tuesday. Audain’s emaciated body was found in her caregiver’s home last September. Latoya Patterson faces life in prison after being charged with felony murder. She was arrested Tuesday and was being held without bond. ChildNet caseworker Jabeth Moye faces second-degree child neglect charges. She remained in jail Wednesday on $7,500 bond. According to a Lauderhill police report, Audain had extensive bed sores and bone-deep wounds. She weighed only 56 pounds at the time of her death. Two psychologists, Juliana Gerena and Helen Richardson, both of whom were involved in the girl’s care, are charged with failure to report child neglect. Court records show they failed to report evidence of neglect to the Florida Department of Children and Families. “The death of a child is a tragedy whether they are involved in the child welfare system or not,” ChildNet spokeswoman Elizabeth Wynter said in a statement. “As this case has now become a legal matter, it would be inappropriate for …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Police: Miami Fire Rescue lt. responds to teenage girl classified ad

A Miami Fire Rescue lieutenant was arrested Wednesday after Pembroke Pines police say he responded to a classified ad posted by an undercover detective. Police said Ramon Marti, 48, answered an ad from a detective who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. Police said Marti engaged in sexually explicit verbal conversations with the detective, and also sent obscene materials of himself to her during one of their conversations. Marti is charged with online solicitation of a minor, providing obscene material to a minor and unlawful use of a two-way device (cellphone). Police said Marti confessed to all of the charges. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Homeless teen held against her will by man at Miami home, police say

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday after holding a homeless teenage girl against her will for several days, police said. According to detectives, Jazzima Barnes, 19, met James Myles through an online dating site and made plans to visit him over the weekend. Barnes told police she tried to leave Myles’ home at 26221 SW 123 Ave. in Miami around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but he wouldn’t let her leave. Barnes called 911 around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on her disconnected cellphone. Police said she did not know her whereabouts and stayed on the phone with the complaint officer for several hours as police tried to locate her. Barnes was eventually able to provide more detailed information about her location, and police were able to find her and arrest Myles. Myles’ sister told Local 10 News her brother and Barnes had been dating for a few weeks, and had an argument Wednesday morning. She said Barnes lied to police about being held against her will. “He left several times, and she never attempted to try and leave or nothing,” said Anquette Myles. “If she really wanted to leave, she could have. There was no one here but her.” According to police, the complaint officer heard …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Police seek 76-year-old Hialeah man

Police are searching for a 76-year-old man who was last seen Wednesday around 8 p.m. Jose Leonardo Puig reportedly went to move his gray 2000 Nissan Maxima car and instead, he just drove away. Puig is described as standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 243 pounds. He has brown eyes and is bald. Puig was last seen wearing a white tank top, khaki shorts and green sandals. The car Puig is believed to be in has a Florida tag of X11RML. Police said Puig suffers from Alzheimer’s. Anyone with any information on Puig’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Hialeah Police Department at 305-687-2525 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Deputies: Tri-Rail train collides with truck

Broward County sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of Northwest 49th Court and Northwest Ninth Avenue in Deerfield Beach Wednesday night around 7 p.m. after a Tri-Rail train collided with a truck. Officials said the collision produced a small fuel leak that fire rescue crews quickly contained. Two passengers in the truck were transported to Broward Health North. It’s unclear whether any of the 250 passengers aboard the train were injured. Northwest 49th Court remains closed in both directions as officials work to clear the scene of the crash. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Gov. Scott persuades government to back off Fla. school grading system

Fresh off his cruise to victory in Tuesday’s primary, Gov. Rick Scott embarked on a new voyage Wednesday, persuading the federal government to back off its recent warning that Florida needs to toughen up its school grading system. “We’re doing the right thing. We don’t need the federal government to tell us how to run our school system. We care about our kids, they are our kids,” Scott said during a visit to Southside Elementary School, where he was joined by Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and state Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. The trio was at the school to explain why Florida doesn’t include an English Language Learning student’s assessment test scores in their schools overall grade until after that child has been in school for two years. The federal government wants the state to count all student scores equally and under the No Child Left Behind Act, those schools that perform poorly could face strict oversight, mandated tutoring programs and possible closure. “We have 72,000 children who are currently learning English — that’s the equivalent of being a large school system anywhere in America”, Carvalho said. “We believe school that have English language learners should not be penalized. Unfortunately federal officials disagree,” Scott …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Suspect in deadly shooting, chase denied bond Wednesday

Rodney Louis, 27, was denied bond by a Miami-Dade County judge on Wednesday, a day after he allegedly shot a wheelchair-bound man and then led police on chase that ended on Interstate 95 near the Miami Gardens exit. Louis is charged with first-degree murder, grand theft, fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest. Police said Louis approached the victim, 58-year-old Israel Zerquera, from behind and shot him, before leading police on a high-speed chase throughout the county. Louis’ public defender asked the court to zoom in on his face Wednesday morning to document the injuries he received in the crash that ended it all. Meanwhile the victim’s wife, Carmen Perez, told Local 10 News she has no idea why someone would want to kill her husband. In Spanish, Perez said the only ones who know what happened are Rodney Louis and her husband, but her husband is dead. Zerquera was a fixture at the exit ramp on Northwest 95 Street and Seventh Avenue where he was killed. Neighbors saw him there daily asking for money and selling water. Now flowers, balloons and an unmistakable stain of blood mark the spot where he died. His daughter-in-law, Nancy, said she will continue selling water on the opposite corner …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

Florida’s highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional. A majority of judges with the state’s 2nd District of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to “great public importance.” The ruling is connected to a divorce case involving a same-sex couple who had been married in Massachusetts. Their petition to dissolve their marriage was rejected by a Florida judge who noted that state law does not recognize gay marriage. Voters approved the ban in 2008. But judges in four Florida counties — Palm Beach, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward — have overturned the ban. Last week, a federal judge also overturned the ban. No marriage licenses have been issued so far. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Unruly passenger diverts Miami flight headed to Paris back to Boston

A flight from Miami to Paris was forced to divert to Boston because of an unruly passenger on board. The incident happened Wednesday on American Airlines Flight 62. Authorities said the unruly passenger was removed from the plane. “The aircraft is safely on the ground in Boston and there are no reports of injuries,” authorities said in a statement. “Massachusetts State Police informed Massport that a male passenger was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew.” The plane was expected to be back on its way within an hour. The flight had 212 passengers on board. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Fred Grimm: Florida voters’ apathy sinking to new lows

Precinct R035 felt like a scene out of those old Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. It was hot. It was eerily quiet. In lieu of Clint, I stood in for the stranger riding into town, headed for the old church building where the only signs of life were a few poll workers in a semi-somnolent state. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Sun Life Stadium food vendor caught on camera beating puppy

The CEO of a giant catering company that services stadiums all over the country, including Sun Life Stadium, was caught on surveillance cameras abusing his dog. WARNING: Video contains content that may be considered disturbing to watch The second the elevator door opens, a scared Doberman pinscher cowers and tries to crawl away from the oncoming kicks. The one-year-old puppy lays low against the elevator wall, but her owner, Desmond Hague, keeps kicking. Video then shows Hague leaning down, appearing to yell at the puppy named Sade. But it doesn’t end there. He violently yanks the dog not once, but twice, and then pulls her up, dangling her by her leash. The owner then kicked the puppy a few more times before the elevator doors opened and the abuse finally came to an end. Miami Dolphins president and CEO confirmed to Local 10 News that the Connecticut-based company, Centerplate, provides catered and concession food to Sun Life Stadium. “The CEO of Centerplate is accused of the animal abuse seen on the video that’s all over the Internet now. What are your feelings about that?” asked Local 10 animal advocate Jacey Birch. “Well, I’ll let Centerplate answer that question, and certainly we don’t condone abuse of animals at …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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