He had a pink baseball bat up his sleeve and larceny on his mind

There was nothing up his sleeve — except for a baseball bat. A man who initially appeared to be a customer at a Metro PCS store turned into a robber after pulling out a baseball bat that had been concealed in the left sleeve of his jacket. The robbery happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the cellphone store at 1499 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Surveillance video released by police Monday shows the man chatting up the clerk behind the counter before quickly pulling a pink,... Read More

Horse owner fights to keep barn after town says it’s too close to property line

For 20 years, a pretty little red barn has sat next to a home on Palomino Drive in Southwest Ranches, a rural paradise known for its “live and let live” approach. But now, the same barn that has given horses shelter and sanctuary is in the crosshairs of town officials, all over a matter of inches. Southwest Ranches officials say the barn is in violation of town code because it was built too close to the property line. If homeowners Brad McBride and wife Michele don’t move the barn or... Read More

Protesters decry Trump’s ‘fake crisis’ over wall funding

On Presidents’ Day, nearly 100 people turned out at the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale to denounce President Donald Trump and his national emergency declaration to build a border wall. “We need to make a lot of noise!” Laurie Woodward, a volunteer organizer wearing a “Resist” T-shirt, told the crowd. She said she’s affiliated with the progressive activist groups MoveOn and Indivisible. Those who showed up were mostly middle age or older and included seasoned... Read More

With Common Core set to go, Florida opens survey on new math, language arts standards

With Gov. Ron DeSantis determined to rid Florida’s public schools of Common Core, his administration’s next task is to figure out what language arts and math standards should replace them. To that end, the Florida Department of Education has opened a survey, seeking input on what educators, parents and others might not like about the Common Core standards and what they think should be adopted in their place. Florida’s version of Common Core — called Florida Standards — spells out... Read More

Man shot dead in front of his Fort Lauderdale home

A 28-year-old man was gunned down and killed in front of his Fort Lauderdale home on Saturday night, police say. Detectives were hunting for the suspect Sunday and still trying to piece together what happened, Detective Tracy Figone said. Here’s what they do know: Roy Palarchie was shot several times at 9:06 p.m. in front of his home in the 400 block of Northwest 13 Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “This is an active investigation and circumstances surrounding the incident... Read More

Wrong-way crash kills two, including Miccosukee police officer, on Alligator Alley

A wrong-way driver caused a predawn crash Saturday that killed him and a Miccosukee police officer on Alligator Alley near U.S. 27, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Curtis Woolwine, 32 of Plantation, and Miccosukee Officer Steven Greco, 40, both died in the head-on crash that happened about 5 a.m. Saturday, just east of an Interstate 75 toll plaza, the Highway Patrol said. Courtesy of Salvatore Greco Miccosukee Officer Steven Greco, far right, was killed in a crash on I-75 while on his... Read More

Ex-cop accused of pawning guns and gear

A former Hallandale Beach officer has been jailed on the charge he illegally pawned police guns and other equipment that belonged to the force, police said. Yan Kleyman, 33, made 15 pawn shop transactions between March 11, 2017, and Aug. 6, 2018, selling police weapons and equipment that included a semi-automatic rifle, a Glock pistol and several laser sights, according to his arrest report. Kleyman’s thumbprint was on each of the pawn transaction documents, investigators said. He turned... Read More

10 more dismissed from Broward Sheriff’s Office under new regime

Add 10 more names to the list of more than a dozen who have left the Broward Sheriff’s Office since Gov. Ron DeSantis replaced Sheriff Scott Israel last month with Gregory Tony. This week’s dismissals include a captain who got into trouble last year over a homophobic Facebook post and the community outreach team he oversaw. Collectively, they made nearly $850,000 annually, records show. “With any new administration there comes changes,” Tony said in an emailed statement. Capt.... Read More

Florida Panthers near vote to replace gun show at War Memorial

The Florida Panthers are serious about plans to replace the gun show at War Memorial Auditorium — a multimillion-dollar investment to provide public ice skating and hockey rinks, and indoor sports fields. The chilly new sports destination could be part of a larger overhaul for the city’s Holiday Park, a 93-acre playground off Federal Highway, south of Sunrise Boulevard. The Panther plans could get a boost Tuesday, when city commissioners are expected to vote to formalize their intent to... Read More

21 new specialty license plates could be coming to Florida

It’s been years since Florida got a new specialty license plate, but 2019 could see the approval of 21 new ones that would raise charitable funds for everything from the Pulse shooting to gopher tortoises to beekeeping to plates for universities outside the state. The majority of them, though, would be part of a sweeping bill that would also see the elimination of several plates by raising the minimum number of registrations required annually, as well as cap the total number of possible... Read More