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Florida deputies who fatally shot US airman burst into wrong apartment, attorney says

By DAVID FISCHER (Associated Press) MIAMI (AP) — Deputies responding to a disturbance call at a Florida apartment complex burst into the wrong unit and fatally shot a Black U.S. Air Force airman who was home alone when they saw he was armed with a gun, an attorney for the man’s family said Wednesday. Senior Airman Roger Fortson, 23, who was based at the Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, was in his off-base apartment in Fort Walton Beach when the shooting happened on May 3. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said in a statement that Fortson was on a Facetime call with a woman at the time...

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Man fleeing officers crashed into car, ejecting and killing girl, 6, police say

A 26-year-old man was arrested Monday in connection with a crash in Coral Springs on Sunday afternoon that killed a 6-year-old girl, police said. Chevon Graham, of Sunrise, was driving a 2023 Mercedes-Benz with two passengers shortly after 5 p.m., and an officer on patrol attempted to pull the car over for a traffic violation near the 8500 block of West Sample Road, the police department said in a news release shared on social media. Police did not say what traffic violation Graham was being pulled over for. The Mercedes sped off when the officer turned on his emergency lights and sirens, and...

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YNW Melly associate waits for verdict in his own murder trial

Accused killer Terrence Mathis is waiting for a Broward jury to decide whether he is guilty of killing a liquor store manager in Lighthouse Point nearly seven years ago. Mathis, 40, is also accused in a separate case of helping rapper Jamell “YNW Melly” Demons tamper with witnesses in the rapper’s highly publicized murder case, which is expected to be retried this year after a previous jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. The murder of Karl Wolfer on July 7, 2017, was the first in Lighthouse Point in over a decade. Investigators said Mathis first encountered Wolfer at the liquor store operated...

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Suspect at large after stabbing in Coconut Creek nature preserve, police say

A suspect remained at large after a Saturday afternoon stabbing at a nature preserve in Coconut Creek, according to police. A male victim was airlifted to the hospital and is in serious condition. The stabbing took place on a walking trail near the 4900 block of Hilton Road, according to Coconut Creek Police Sgt. Scotty Leamon. The male suspect then fled into the woods. Coconut Creek Police set up a perimeter around the woods but concluded the search there without an arrest at 9 p.m. Saturday. The victim was taken to Broward Health General in Fort Lauderdale. The search of the wooded area in...

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Shocking twist in carjacking of South Florida woman leads to arrest of deputy

The horrific saga of a South Florida woman carjacked at gunpoint in Winter Springs last week and later found dead took a bizarre turn Monday when Seminole authorities linked the case to the recent arrest of an Orange County deputy and the brutal death of a tow truck driver, who was shot at least 100 times. Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said Monday that investigators are still searching for the people involved in the April 11 carjacking of Katherine Guerrero De Aguasvivas, 31, of Homestead. Her body was found late Thursday in Osceola County, inside the scorched remains of the white Dodge...

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Motorcyclist died 12 days after hit-and-run crash in Deerfield Beach

A man who was hit by a driver while riding his motorcycle in Deerfield Beach last month died 12 days after the crash, and investigators are still searching for the driver. Clifford Jackson, 57, was riding a 2006 Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle shortly before 10:30 p.m. on March 11, in the area of Southwest 10th Street and South Dixie Highway in Deerfield Beach when the driver of a Hyundai Elantra entered into Jackson’s path in the intersection, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The unidentified driver, while attempting to make a left turn onto South Dixie Highway, crashed into Jackson in...

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Detectives search for gray sedan involved in drive-by shooting that injured boy

A 10-year-old boy was injured in a drive-by shooting last month while crossing the street in a residential area of Pompano Beach, and an arrest has not yet been made. The Sheriff’s Office released video on Monday that shows a gray sedan driving in the area near the 300 block of Northwest 18th Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. on March 21, where the 10-year-old boy was walking across the street while dribbling a basketball and another person was riding a scooter. Shots were fired out of the car, which then fled north, the Sheriff’s Office said. The person riding the scooter fell to the ground, then...

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Fort Lauderdale man found dead in car recovered from Parkland canal after crash

A Fort Lauderdale man died Monday morning after crashing his car into a canal near a residential area in Parkland, which was discovered hours later, law enforcement officials said. Dilton Florezel Lai, 51, was driving a 2021 Honda Accord northwest on Pine Island Road shortly before 5 a.m. and did not stop at the T-shaped intersection of Nob Hill Road, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. He drove over a curb, into the grass and into the water, for unknown reasons. The Sheriff’s Office was notified about the car in the water about 11 a.m.  Sheriff’s Office’s and Coral Springs Fire Rescue’s...

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Teenager dies in Pompano Beach shooting; three others injured

A teenager died Monday evening after a shooting in Pompano Beach that injured three others, officials said. Broward Sheriff’s deputies found one minor boy who had been shot about 5 p.m. in the 1800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, authorities said. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue took the teen to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach in critical condition, said Sandra King, a spokesperson for the fire department. The teen was pronounced dead at the hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release shortly before 8:30 p.m. Three others who were shot are hospitalized, the Sheriff’s...

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Broward needs a new 911 center, leaders agree. But where should it be built?

Broward taxpayers are likely to fund a new facility to house the county’s 911 dispatch center. But finding the right location, in part, could hinge on who would retain oversight of the services. Sheriff Gregory Tony appealed to county commissioners Tuesday with his proposal for a seven-story parking garage, a four-story, 62,750-square-foot building housing a 911 call center and an 11,800-square-foot, on-site day care for up to 100 children of Sheriff’s Office employees. About 85% of the employees are women, Tony said. He wants the new complex to be built alongside the sheriff’s headquarters...

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