Local News

Dania Beach hit-and-run suspect released on $150,000 bond

A man accused of a hit-and-run crash that killed an 8-year-old boy and injured his older brother is out of jail on $150,000 bond. Zachary Benjamins, 22, walked out of jail Tuesday without answering any questions from reporters. Last week, his attorney asked a judge to reduce his bond while he awaits trial. Benjamins is accused of leaving the scene of the Dania Beach crash that eventually claimed the life of Apollo Brown Jr. and sent his brother, Kelv-Ron Florence, 14, to a hospital. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Benjamins tried to get his Toyota Tacoma repaired at an auto body shop, but the alert owner recognized the damaged vehicle from the news and notified deputies. The children were struck by a Toyota Tacoma in Dania Beach in December while walking home from a basketball game. Apollo Brown Jr. eventually died from his injuries. Florence remains at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. The boys’ father questioned the judge’s decision to release Benjamins. “You ran because you hit the kids,” Apollo Brown Sr. said. “Who’s to say you’re not going to run now?” Benjamins is wearing an ankle monitoring device. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Sewage spill sparks swimming advisory near Oleta State Park

Heavy rains in South Florida caused an overnight sewage spill in North Miami Beach. Pumps in the north district were infiltrated by the rains that flooded others parts of Miami-Dade County, causing an overflow into the waters near Oleta State Park. The Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department says the incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Residents are being told to avoid recreational water activities in the area which is bordered by N.E. 163 Street to the north, Oleta River State Park beach area to the south, the Intracoastal Waterway to the east and Biscayne Boulevard to the west. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Fire breaks out at Downtown Miami school

A small fire broke out in the early morning hours at a Downtown Miami school. The fire occurred at the New World School of the Arts located at 25 N.E. Second St. at around 1:30 a.m. A Miami-Dade Schools spokesperson said the fire started in the gallery most likely due to a problem with the school’s A/C air handler. The fire was contained to the first floor of the school and only two projects in the gallery suffered minimal damage. The building was open for normal school activity this morning. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Nurse accused of sexual assault accepts plea deal

A nurse facing sexual assault allegations won’t be going to jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge Tuesday. Rene Martinez was accused of fondling a patient at Palm Springs General Hospital in Hialeah in September. The patient, who asked not to be identified, recorded the incident on his cellphone. “The phone is my witness to everything that happens,” the patient told Local 10 News. That video appeared to be the state’s best evidence against Martinez. But in a surprise move, the man who accused Martinez of assaulting him signed off on a plea agreement. Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery and received one year of probation. “Well, that says that perhaps the allegations on the sexual counts were not as strong as perhaps was initially thought,” Martinez’s attorney, Salvino Jauregui, said. “All sexual charges have been dismissed. That’s completely gone. All that we’re left with is a misdemeanor simple battery, which is basically an unconsented-to touching of some kind.” Martinez and Palm Springs General Hospital are still facing a civil lawsuit. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Evicted horses left in standing water outside Calder Casino

Cellphone video shows horses standing in water, their stables flooded after steady rain that started Monday night and continued into Tuesday morning. “It was pretty bad,” stable worker Herbert Miller told Local 10 News. The animals were kept in tents outside Calder Casino after they were evicted from their stables amid talks to possibly tear them down to make room for commercial development. “We can’t get to the barn because the water is a foot deep trying to get to the barn, and then we get into the barn and the horses are standing in six inches of water,” horse owner Ed Broome said. ALSO: Police seize former racehorses living in poor conditions Broome learned just after midnight that his expensive thoroughbreds were in trouble. “It’s not good,” Broome said. After several calls to Calder Casino’s parent company, Churchill Downs, the horses were allowed back to dry conditions in their old stables. “We don’t know what to do,” Miller said. It’s a temporary solution until the next downpour. “We need Churchill to step up to the plate, give us a little concession here and let us get through (these) winters months,” Broome said. Follow Ben Kennedy on Twitter @BenKennedyTV Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Education

The Creation Station 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

– Main Library Creation Station The Creation Station represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County.The Main Library Creation Station makerspace is a community center with tools that enable individuals to design, prototype and make 3D items. Makerspaces often include tools and equipment too expensive or specialized for most people to own, as well as provide a gathering place for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Religion

Charlie Hebdo to publish Mohammad cartoon on front page

By Tom Heneghan By Tom Heneghan (Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo new editor in chief Gerard Briard (L) and columnist Patrick Pelloux comfort cartoonist Luz (C) during a news conference at the French newspaper Liberation offices in Paris, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer) Charlie Hebdo will publish a front page showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying “Je suis Charlie” in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical newspaper. With demand surging for the edition due on Wednesday, the weekly planned to print up to 3 million copies, dwarfing its usual run of 60,000, after newsagents reported a rush of orders. Digital versions will be posted in English, Spanish and Arabic, while print editions in Italian and Turkish will also appear. France has drafted in thousands of extra police and soldiers to provide security after 17 people were killed in three days of violence that began when two Islamist gunmen burst into Charlie Hebdo’s offices, opening fire in revenge for the paper’s publication of satirical images of Mohammad in the past. In a parliamentary session honoring the victims, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France was “at war against terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism” but not the Muslim faith, the country’s second-largest, …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Nova Southeastern issues sexual assault warning

Nova Southeastern University sent out a student warning after two female students claimed they were sexually assaulted by two males on and off campus early Tuesday morning. The email alert was sent out by the school at 9:46 a.m. According to the warning, the women say they had met the men for drinks in Davie. It was there that the victims say they believe their drinks were possibly drugged with an unknown substance. The women claim they were then taken to an off-campus apartment where they were both sexually assaulted. Following that incident, the women say there were then driven by the two suspects to the NSU main campus and were sexually assaulted again in their residence hall. The report describes the suspects as two white males driving a Black Nissan 350Z …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Teen commended for saving life of Ft. Lauderdale police officer

A juvenile being booked for a crime is now being honored as a hero after helping save the life of a Fort Lauderdale police officer. On September 10, 2014, Jamal Rutledge was being booked by officer Franklin Foulks for an unknown crime when Foulks suddenly collapsed. Using some quick thinking, Rutledge immediately began to kick a security fence to alert nearby officers of Foulks’ condition. Sergeant Todd Bunin found Foulks lying on the ground in a semiconscious state while clenching his chest. Two other officers, Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark, responded to the scene and immediately began performing CPR. Fire rescue arrived and were able to transport Foulks to Broward Health Medical Center. The staff at Broward Health Medical noted that Rutledge’s actions and the quick response of the other officers were largely responsible for saving Foulks’ life. Rutledge and the officers will be publicly recognized for their life-saving efforts at a Fort Lauderdale Commission meeting on January 21. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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