Broward Sheriff’s Office is asked to trim proposed budget that would top $1 billion

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony publicly detailed Tuesday why his agency is seeking a budget that would surpass $1 billion this coming year, presenting “things that are reasonable, things that are necessary” to ensure public safety. But county commissioners replied they don’t have the money to pay for all of it, and asked his office to work on a revised budget that will be ready for approval this fall. Among Tony’s requests: $91.6 million for personnel, and $167.7 million for operating... Read More

A shake-up ahead for Palm Beach County Commission? Many candidates are now in the running

This year’s elections could bring big change to the Palm Beach County Commission, where nine candidates are now in the running for three County Commission seats. They’re among the many competitors seeking various county offices this year. Some candidates will face off during a primary election on Aug. 20; others in the general election on Nov. 5. Here’s a closer look at some of the upcoming contests. County Commission An incumbent commissioner Maria Marino recently won reelection... Read More

Christmas in Latin America aboard Spirit? Or a trip to Long Island on JetBlue? Airlines are taking bookings now

Discount carriers Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways, which are still revamping their business plans after their failed bid to become one airline, are lining up new routes out of South Florida for later this year including fresh forays into New York. Domestically, South Florida-based Spirit says it plans the region’s only daily nonstop service into Rochester, New York, starting Aug. 14. It is also turning its attention to the Deep South with new service to Birmingham, Alabama, on Oct. 10,... Read More

Woman convicted in 2019 murder of fellow gym patron after a night of drinking

Beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors convinced a jury that Yvonne Serrano killed her friend by shooting her in the head after the friend drove Serrano home after a night of drinking in November 2019. Jurors deliberated all day Friday and Monday and two hours Tuesday before announcing their verdict before Broward Circuit Judge Barbara Duffy. Serrano, 55, was found guilty of second-degree murder, a crime punishable by a maximum of life in prison. Duffy has the option of imposing a lighter... Read More

3 more states could see marijuana legalization on November ballots

Robbie Sequeira | (TNS) Nebraskan Crista Eggers is running up against a July 3 deadline. If she can get at least 87,000 names onto each of two petitions before then, she can put an initiative on the state’s November ballot that would legalize pot for medicinal purposes. The petition effort is personal. Her 9-year-old son, Colton, has epilepsy and severe seizures, and medicinal cannabis can be prescribed to treat such conditions. “I’m a caregiver to a child that... Read More

There’s a new Mango Festival in town! Caribbean event to honor the fabulous fruit

This is “Small Bites,” a South Florida Sun Sentinel feature with tiny tidbits on the food and beverage scene — because we know that sometimes you just don’t have room for a long article. You want a little news brief instead, an amuse bouche of information, if you will. Enjoy! WHAT: In what may be a perfect pairing, a Caribbean museum here in SoFlo is going all mango with a festival for the fabulous fruit. The inaugural Island SPACE Mango Festival is being stage by the similarly-named... Read More

Miramar police identify killer in the 1986 murder of a former firefighter

MIRAMAR — Justice would be served today in the 1986 murder of William “Billy” Halpern if the killer identified by Miramar police Tuesday were still alive. Halpern, 28, was a former firefighter and bodybuilder who was found beaten in his home with his throat slashed ear to ear. Police believe Halpern’s death was the first of five connected to the Apollo Gym, a popular bodybuilding gym in Hollywood that attracted both cops and criminals. Harry Collier was the last of the five victims,... Read More

Best pizza in South Florida? The finalists are in, now it’s time to vote!

Well, we did it. We opened Pandora’s cardboard take-out box to pose a piping-hot question to our readers: Who makes the best pizza in South Florida? We heard your many requests to put pizza to the test since our Best of South Florida Dining series began earlier this year. (Plus, as if we needed another reason, June 11 marked 135 years since, as the legend goes, the Pizza Margherita was named after Queen Margherita of Italy.) So we decided to give passionate pizza fans what they’ve been... Read More