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After a decade of service, heroic police dog takes a bow

By Linda Trischitta He’s sniffed celebrities and prominent politicians, rescued a runaway child and saved the lives of fellow officers. And on Thursday, Miramar Police K-9 Officer Mac was given a worthy send-off by city officials and fellow police dogs. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Bianca Davis left children alone in car while gambling, police say

A woman left her four children alone in a car while she was gambling at a South Florida casino, police said. Bianca Davis faced a judge Thursday before being released on her own recognizance. She faces charges of child neglect and battery on a law enforcement officer. Seminole police spokesman Gary Bitner said security at the Seminole Casino Classic in Hollywood saw four children between the ages of 1 and 13 alone in the car. ALSO: Shoplifting suspects accused of leaving children alone in car Security called police, who were in the parking lot when Davis walked out of the casino. An officer was blocking her car to prevent her from leaving, so Davis shoved the officer, Bitner said. Eventually, Davis was taken to the ground, where she continued kicking the officer, Bitner said. Police believe the children were alone in the car for more than an hour, based on surveillance video. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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K-9 officer Mac retires from Miramar Police Department

After a distinguished decade with the Miramar Police Department, K-9 officer Mac retired Thursday. “For 10 years he has had my back, so he has just been a great dog,” handler Edel Esponda told Local 10 News. The Belgian Malinois had a retirement party with plenty of pomp and circumstance. His fellow officers even put together a retirement package for Mac that includes a milk bone cake and a bowl full of tennis balls. ALSO: Miami police K-9 officers get protective vests During his illustrious career sniffing for explosives and finding bad guys, Mac has worked two Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, presidential visits and international summits. But his handler said Mac’s finest moment was during an armored Brinks truck robbery in 2010. The robber killed the driver and then took off with the gun and hid until Mac found him. “During an interview with the FBI, (the robber) told them that he was thinking of shooting it out with the police,” Esponda said. “I had an officer on a perimeter position about 20 feet from him with his back to where the subject was hiding. Not only did he save this officer, but he could have saved my life.” In a cruel irony, Mac will …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Jonathan Bleiweiss gets plea deal after victims refuse to testify

A former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of forcing undocumented immigrants into sex acts while on the job pleaded guilty 33 times in court Thursday morning, but the most serious charges against him have been dropped as part of a plea deal. Jonathan Bleiweiss pleaded guilty to 14 counts of armed false imprisonment, 15 counts of battery and four counts of stalking. “All the victims were consulted — the ones who were interested and available — but, at this point, after six years, it was the best and the most just and fair resolution that the state could come up with,” assistant state attorney Neva Smith said. Bleiweiss was arrested in 2009, accused of targeting undocumented immigrants using the threat of arrest and deportation. BSO investigators said Bleiweiss coerced at least a dozen men into unwanted sexual encounters while on duty. “He was disgraceful and abused his power,” then-Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said at a news conference announcing Bleiweiss’ arrest. ALSO: Judge dismisses charges against former BSO detective The charges stem from seven of the victims, although there were at least five others, Smith said. However, the victims refused to testify, concerned about their legal status and fearful of reprisal. “I can understand that,” Smith said. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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