‘Customer’ snatches $100,000 worth of jewelry

One minute he was a customer — and then he became thief. A man who appeared to be browsing at a Hollywood jewelry store took off with items valued at about $100,000, police said. It happened Feb. 5 at DSH Oakwood Jewelers, 2897 Stirling Rd. Hollywood police Tuesday released security surveillance video of the crime in the hopes someone will recognize the man who is believed to be in his late 20s. According to police, he asked to see several items that were locked in a display case. “As... Read More

‘It was just beautiful,’ diver says after getting up close with great white shark off Jupiter

It was a close encounter with a great white shark and it was “just awesome.” It happened Sunday when a group of people were spearfishing Sunday about three miles offshore from Jupiter. While the experience might be frightening or hair-raising for some, Tommy Allore of Stuart, said he and those with him were exhilarated. “I think everyone was just excited,” he said. “We knew how special that moment was. It’s not common to see them, especially out of a cage,... Read More

Family of Covington High teen sues Washington Post for $250 million over coverage of D.C. encounter

The family of the Kentucky teen who was involved in an encounter with a Native American advocate at the Lincoln Memorial last month filed a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday, seeking $250 million in damages for its coverage of the incident. The suit alleges that The Post “targeted and bullied” 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Donald Trump. Sandmann was one of a number of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky... Read More

Teen killed fleeing holdup in Pompano Beach park

Players at a Thursday night card game in a Pompano Beach park ran for their lives when two armed robbers showed up and demanded everyone’s money, police said. When the card players, including 18-year-old Brian Wallace Jr., made a run for it the robbers, started shooting, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. It wasn’t until Wallace and a relative made it to the shelter of their nearby car that Wallace realized he had been shot, said Gina Carter, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s... Read More

UCF President Dale Whittaker offers to resign amid controversy over misspent millions

One week after vowing to stay in his post, UCF President Dale Whittaker bowed Tuesday to intense pressure and offered to resign amid investigations into the misappropriation of nearly $85 million for construction projects. Whittaker, less than eight months into his tenure, is being forced out by a scandal involving the misuse of state funds that has drawn rebuke from the Legislature and the Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system. He has maintained he didn’t know... Read More

Traffic has never been worse, frustrated Fort Lauderdale residents tell researchers

Fort Lauderdale residents have never been this aggravated with traffic, the city’s latest survey showed. But city commissioners Tuesday said they’re not ready to make an aggressive move to take over the traffic signal system in Fort Lauderdale. Instead, they’ll rest their hopes on Broward County, which passed a sales tax increase in November to ease congestion. Among the county’s promises: more work tinkering with the timing of traffic lights, so drivers aren’t fuming as they... Read More

Mother who was slain in murder-suicide found by son

A West Boca mother of four was shot to death by her boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself in what police are calling a murder-suicide. The bodies of Laura Randall, 53, and Gregory Schatz, 45, were discovered by Randall’s 17-year-old son a little before 4 p.m. Monday, relatives and authorities said. The double shooting took place in a home in the 22000 block of Southwest 57th Circle, east of State Road 7 and north of West Hillsboro Boulevard, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the... Read More

Everglades oil drilling opponents call on Gov. DeSantis to stop it

A proposal to drill for oil in the Everglades was attacked by politicians and environmentalists Tuesday, as they urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to step in and stop it. At a news conference at Everglades Holiday Park in southwest Broward County, a parade of speakers denounced the proposal by Kanter Real Estate LLC for an exploratory well a few miles west of Miramar. Speaking over the occasional drone of airboats, they called on the governor to tell the Florida Department of Environmental Protection... Read More

Scathing report paints unfair picture of Stoneman Douglas assistant principals, lawyer says

A report examining the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High has unfairly allowed three assistant principals to be portrayed as incompetent cowards, their lawyer says. Jeff Morford, Denise Reed and Winfred Porter were reassigned from their assistant principal jobs in November as the result of a scathing report from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission that criticized their actions before and during the shooting that killed 17 people. The three administrators are now... Read More

Long-awaited Bo’s Beach restaurant opens in Fort Lauderdale

Nearly four years in the making, Bo’s Beach restaurant has finally opened on city-owned land across from Fort Lauderdale beach at the former site of Oasis Cafe. Bo’s Beach, from ex-Dolphin Kim Bokamper’s restaurant group, quietly opened last weekend at 600 Seabreeze Boulevard, a heavily-trafficked tourist corridor. The restaurant will specialize in tropical cuisine, seafood and wood-fired pizza. It will be a departure from the Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill chain that PDKN... Read More