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Last member of S. Fla. psychic fraud family sentenced

By By Paula McMahon , Sun Sentinel Family of fortune tellers fleeced clients worldwide of more than $20M, prosecutors say A South Florida “psychic” who admitted she defrauded about $1.2 million from clients – including a mentally ill man who was hearing voices – was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison Friday. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Homicide charge expected in shooting of Elbo Room bouncer

By By Rafael Olmeda , Sun Sentinel Cristian Nunez died 18 months after being shot by bar patron The Weston man accused of shooting a bouncer at the Elbo Room on Fort Lauderdale beach in 2012 will likely face a homicide charge now that the victim has died, prosecutors said Friday. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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North Miami approves new amenities for residential complex

The City of North Miami approved the design plans for a new amenities package at One Fifty One at Biscayne on Friday. The construction of a tennis court, a clubroom, a guardhouse and a fitness center with locker rooms will cost approximately $4 million. One Fifty One at Biscayne, the two unique residential towers, are located just off Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 151st street. “Our goal is to make One Fifty One at Biscayne an attractive option for buyers who want to purchase a completed product,” said Anthony Burns, principal of the DevStar Group, who is managing sales and marketing. “One Fifty One offers a desirable location and spacious units at an affordable price point. With the amenities plan now approved, this project will be an incredible place for residents who truly want to enjoy the South Florida lifestyle,” Burns added. The unit offers two and three-bedroom residences with open designs and balconies. Prices start at $240,000. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man accused of forcing woman to drive to ATM, withdraw cash

A 19-year-old man accused of forcing a woman to drive to an ATM at gunpoint and attempting to steal personal belongings from another has been arrested. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said the armed robberies began at 11:47 p.m. Wednesday. The first robbery happened in the 2100 block of Southeast 10th Avenue. Police said Jeffery Turcotte approached a woman while she was exiting her vehicle and pointed a handgun at the back of her head. Turcotte demanded the woman to return to her vehicle and drive him to a nearby Bank of America. Police said Turcotte then demanded the woman to withdraw funds from the ATM. Turcotte then ordered the woman to drive to another Bank of America at 3030 West Davie Boulevard. When the ATM at this location would not allow the woman to withdraw funds, police said Turcotte told the woman that he was going to “rob her house” and ordered her to drive to her home. While the woman complied with Turcotte’s orders, police said Turcotte saw a red sports car in the parking lot of the Outback Steakhouse at 1801 Southeast 10th Avenue. Turcotte then ordered the woman to follow this vehicle. The woman, in fear for her safety, complied with Turcotte’s …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Victim's former boss testifies in Michel Escoto trial

The former employer of the woman a man is accused of killing less than a week after they were married claimed he saw signs of domestic abuse shortly before her death. Michel Escoto is accused of killing his new wife, Wendy Trapaga, in 2002 to collect her $1 million life insurance policy. Escoto, who is acting as his own attorney, once again was disruptive in court and seemingly rambled without direction during his murder trial Friday. “There hasn’t been one single iota of evidence,” Escoto told the judge. When it was time for Escoto to cross-examine Dr. James Dugan, Escoto questioned his wife’s former employer about the cut Dugan claimed he noticed on Trapaga’s lip about a month before she was killed. “Do you have any reason to believe that that was somehow inflicted by myself or anyone else, for that matter?” Escoto asked. “Well, if it wasn’t you, it was the biggest herpes legion I ever saw,” Dugan replied. Trapaga’s body was discovered outside a northwest Miami-Dade County warehouse. She had been drugged, strangled and beaten with a tire iron. Escoto was not charged until three years later. During her redirect, assistant state attorney Gail Levine brought up a second injury that Dugan claimed to have seen. “When …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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