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NOAA forecasters predict busier-than-usual hurricane season

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Brace yourself for a wet and worry-filled summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season with five to nine hurricanes (minimum 74 mph winds), of which two to four will be Category 3 or stronger (minimum 111 mph winds). The forecast...


Wasserman Schultz warns Capitol police chief to expect ‘consequences’

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:20:00 PDT

Video of a hearing shows U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston vowing “consequences” over the U.S. Capitol Police chief’s refusal to return equipment evidently belonging to her that his agency is holding as part of a criminal investigation into a staffer.

Wasserman Schultz, a former chairwoman...


Republican Gianforte wins Montana election one night after being charged with assault

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue...


Lauderdale among 10 airports now screening any devices bigger than cellphones

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:54:00 PDT

Travelers at some U.S. airports, including Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined more closely.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday it has been testing the procedure...


Man found dead on Hollywood Beach was Assistant U.S. Attorney

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Hollywood Police have identified the man found dead Wednesday morning near the beach as Beranton Whisenant, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

His death may have been caused by a gunshot wound to his head or another type of trauma, Hollywood Police spokeswoman...


Man fatally shot in the head in front of his children, cops say

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Ollie Mingo was driving two of his kids around while playing their favorite music when he turned onto a violent Hallandale Beach block and was shot in the back of his head, police and relatives say.

Mingo, 38, was driving his Chevrolet Lumina north along 800 Northwest Seventh Avenue. On the east...


Amtrak trains may depart Florida for good

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:50:00 PDT

More than a century after Henry Flagler’s railroad civilized Florida, long-distance passenger rail service may be approaching the end of the line in the Sunshine State.

Federal budget proposals for fiscal 2018 could cut 15 Amtrak routes through 23 states, including the remaining three daily trains...


Parkland man, 30, dies after motorcycle wreck in Coral Springs

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:20:00 PDT

A motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet crashed when a Nissan made a left turn in front of him, authorities said.

Sebastian Figueroa, 30, of Parkland, died Tuesday, a day after the crash in the 5700 block of University Drive, said Detective Ernesto Bruna, of the Coral Springs Police Department.


Outlaws challenging 'motorcycle clubs throughout Florida,' cops say

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:50:00 PDT

LEESBURG — Motorcyclist David “Gutter” Donovan, in town for the Leesburg Bikefest, went to a Circle K gas station to buy cigarettes, but when he walked out, he had a knife to his throat, arrest reports released Wednesday show.

Outlaws Motorcycle Club members forced him to kneel down and shot Donovan...


Broward Sheriff's Office K-9 mistaken for coyote and shot

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Pedro the police dog met an untimely off-duty death when he was mistaken for a coyote, shot and killed.

Pedro lived with Broward sheriff’s Sgt. Ian Sklar in Parkland.

When Pedro startled neighbor Frank Degati shortly before 11 p.m. on May 14, Degati yelled out.

“The dog jumped onto Frank with its...


Burglar beats and cuts homeowner before fleeing, police say

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

When a Fort Lauderdale homeowner armed himself with a knife and confronted a burglar, he was put in a choke hold, beaten with a broomstick and cut so badly he needed several stitches, authorities said Thursday.

The burglar was stabbed in the leg before making his escape, according to police.



Trio burglarized pharmacies, pizzerias, pawn shop, police say

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT

For two months they’ve been breaking into pizzerias, pharmacies, a pawn shop and other Boynton Beach businesses, police say.

Early Thursday they were watched in the act as they burglarized Liberty Pharmacy, 3469 Boynton Beach Blvd., and then followed to Delray Beach where they were pulled over...


Coconut Creek, victim's family settle police Taser case

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:25:00 PDT

The city of Coconut Creek and the family of a man who died after being shocked with police Tasers have reached an undisclosed settlement, records show.

The case of Calvon “Andre” Reid, who was unarmed and asking for medical help the night he was stunned 10 times by three police officers, was scheduled...


Beach boot camp in Hollywood still kicking after 20 years

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:19:00 PDT

It's hard to miss Ali Witherspoon.

He's the big guy with the bulging biceps and booming voice who’s known around Hollywood for launching the longest-running beach boot camp in South Florida.

That was nearly 20 years ago, and he and his recruits are still going strong — despite the soft sand, the...


Fatal police shooting in Sunrise goes to grand jury

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:55:00 PDT

A grand jury is expected to decide within the next several days whether a Sunrise police officer was justified in fatally shooting a mentally ill man more than two years ago, court records show.

A federal lawsuit filed by the family of Marlon Woodstock says he never posed a threat but was hit several...


Memorial Day holiday schedule

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:21:50 PDT

Here's what will be open and closed in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Broward County


• Federal, state, county and municipal offices will be closed.

• Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed.


• Banks, stock markets and...


A super South Florida weather weekend!

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:10:00 PDT

There's always a chance of a passing shower, given the time of year, but let's not dwell on the clouds in this weekend's silver lining for the weather.

According to the National Weather Service, there is only an isolated chance of showers or thunderstorms on Friday. The overall rain chance is 20...


Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation: sources

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:56:00 PDT

Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation.



Hyde: Tannehill says he's '100 percent' — a good sign in what could be breakout year | Commentary

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

The Dolphins have this photograph, blown up to larger-than-life size, hanging among several others in a big meeting room. Ryan Tannehill is calling signals behind Mike Pouncey in a classic quarterback-center pose, a cathedral to concentration on the next play.

The photo, of course, wasn’t taken...


GL Homes wants to open Ag Reserve to thousands of new homes

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:05:00 PDT

As open land becomes increasingly scarce in South Florida, a developer wants to build more homes in an area of Palm Beach County set aside for farmers.

A new proposal would put more than 2,000 new homes in the Agricultural Reserve, a 21,000-acre farming region west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.


New details, and a South Florida tie, emerge in Russian hacking of Democratic Party

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT

One more sliver of information about last year’s hacking of the Democrats came into the open Thursday. And it involves a South Florida connection.

Aaron Nevins, of Plantation, was the recipient of a trove of information from Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that stole information from the Democratic Congressional...


Medical marijuana rules move ahead in Florida

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:15:00 PDT

After state lawmakers failed to act, health officials on Thursday laid out a framework for adopting regulations required by a voter-approved constitutional amendment that could make Florida one of the nation's largest medical-marijuana markets.

The Florida Department of Health on Thursday issued...


Melania Trump's Palm Beach County visits giving boost to local groups

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Aside from President Donald Trump’s wave when Air Force One lands or takes off in West Palm Beach, it’s been Melania Trump making the biggest public splash during presidential visits.

While the president typically stays on Trump properties during White House getaways, the first lady has been making...


Hollywood Police Department says missing evidence a thing of the past

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT

When Hollywood police failed to keep track of their evidence room — losing $137,609 in cash and 1,096 pills — they got a sharp rebuke from a county watchdog agency for not catching the colossal error.

The missing evidence cost the police department its state accreditation two years ago. It also...


South Florida lawmakers secure $100 million for local projects

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT

New roads, septic-to-sewer conversions, school construction and even a police drone program are all coming to South Florida as part of the proposed state budget.

About 125 projects, totaling more than $100 million, made it into the budget due to the efforts of lawmakers who represent some portion...