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BSO offers firearm safety class in wake of accidental shootings

<p> The Broward Sheriff's Office Cooper City district is offering a free firearms safety class for children in the wake of two accidental shootings.</p><p> Children ages 11 to 14 are welcome to attend the class, and parents are encouraged to attend as well.</p><p> The announcement of the gun safety course comes a day after police said a father accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter while teaching her about gun safety.</p><p> The shooting was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday in the 7700 block of Northwest 34th Street in Davie.</p><p> Police said the man was showing his daughter how to safely draw a weapon from his pocket when it fired.</p><p> The girl was shot in the forearm and was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, where she was being treated for the non-life-threatening injury.</p><p> "I know only him, and he's nice and he's good," neighbor Gelu Muscalu said. "And if it was an accident, it really was an accident."</p><p> Neighbors told Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney that the father is a landscaper who often helps people in the area with their yards.</p><p> It's unclear whether the father will face charges.</p><p> Last Thursday, a 14-year-old was taken into custody after he shot his friend while playing with his stepfather's handgun, deputies said.</p><p> The teen faces a manslaughter charge in the case and is being held in a juvenile detention center until his next hearing, scheduled for later this month.</p><p> Deputies said the teen believed that the gun was unloaded when he shot Charlie Martin, 14, in the head.</p><p> Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> Topics that will be discussed in the BSO gun safety course include:</p><p> -Safety rules for secure handgun storage</p><p> -Responsibilities of gun owners to properly secure and store firearms</p><p> -Dangers of toy guns vs. real guns</p><p> -A review of scenarios dealing with finding firearms in the home or presenting them in public</p><p> The course will offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BSO Cooper City district building at 10580 Stirling Road.</p><p> Refreshments and free gun locks will be provided.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:30:40 GMT

Attorney says Harlem Suarez 'very immature' for age, has 'low intellect'

<p> A bond hearing has been postponed for a Key West man described by the FBI as an ISIS sympathizer who plotted to detonate a backpack bomb at a beach.</p><p> Harlem Suarez, 23, is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He was arrested last Tuesday.</p><p> Defense attorney Richard Della Fera said Monday that he asked for the delay so he could review U.S. government surveillance of his client.</p><p> "What I've observed is a young man who is very immature for his age, has a very low intellect, and I think that that plays into what happened to him," Della Fera told Local 10 News after his client's brief court appearance.</p><p> According to a criminal complaint, Suarez, who is also known as Almlak Benitez, caught the attention of the FBI in April after posting extremist rhetoric and promoting the Islamic State group through posts on his Facebook page.</p><p> One post read: "Stand up with us my brother. Stand up with the black flag and the AK with 10 mag, fight with us, be a gangster with us, kill our enemies and convert to Islam now in USA."</p><p> The complaint said Suarez later told an FBI informant that he wanted to make a "timer bomb."</p><p> READ: Full complaint</p><p> The FBI said Suarez purchased items for the bomb, which contained galvanized nails. He intended to place the bomb in a backpack and detonate it using a cellphone, the complaint said.</p><p> Investigators said Suarez planned to bury the bomb at a public beach in Key West and detonate it. He met with an informant last week at a Homestead hotel and showed him the homemade bomb, the complaint said.</p><p> "He was asked by the undercover agents that were conducting the sting to get the nails," Della Fera said, indicating a potential entrapment defense.</p><p> According to the complaint, Suarez told FBI informants that he was making an ISIS recruiting video before the attack.</p><p> The complaint said Suarez had planned other attacks before deciding on bombing a Key West beach, including a Fourth of July attack in South Beach or in Marathon.</p><p> Suarez remains in jail until at least Aug. 11, when his next hearing is scheduled. He faces life in prison if convicted.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:46:40 GMT

Parents accused of leaving toddler in hot SUV denied custody of children

<p> A couple accused of leaving their 11-month-old boy in a hot SUV last month appeared in court Monday morning.</p><p> According to police, the toddler died after his parents forgot him inside their vehicle after returning home from grocery shopping in Lauderhill.</p><p> During Monday's hearing, a judge set forth future trial and mediation dates for Elaine and Kenneth Weaver, although neither has been formally charged in the case. A mediation hearing is scheduled for Aug. 24 and a trial date has been set for Aug. 25.</p><p> The judge also ruled that the couple's four other children remain in the custody of relatives at this time.</p><p> Detectives said they have yet to refer the case to the state attorney's office and are awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office. They said the boy was in the vehicle for about an hour before he was found.</p><p> The parents called 911, but despite efforts by rescue units, the boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p><p>  </p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:32:38 GMT

2 mobile homes engulfed in flames in Coconut Creek

<p> Two mobile homes caught fire in Coconut Creek Monday morning.</p><p> Coconut Creek police said the fire began at 6535 NW 34th Ave. and quickly spread to a neighboring mobile home.</p><p> "It was getting hotter and hotter and hotter, and then all of a sudden it went boom," Judy Saarinem, who lives near the mobile homes, said. "...I saw flames coming from the shed attached to the house, and it was just spreading, spreading, spreading while I was on the phone."</p><p> The owner of the home where the fire started, John Sutton, 65, was taken to Northwest Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation. He was later transferred to Kendall Regional Medical Center to be treated for second-degree burns.</p><p> The owner of the second home, Gwendolyn Booma, 81, was not injured in the fire.</p><p> The cause of the fire remains under investigation.</p><p> The American Red Cross is assisting the homeowners.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:58:51 GMT

Watch what you wear: Smartwatches vulnerable to attack

<p> Smartwatches could be a new and open frontier for cybercriminals. Wearable tech is all the rage and the smartwatch market is expected to dominate.</p><p> But new research suggests that if you want to keep your data private, you may want to skip the latest tech craze.</p><p> It turns out, smartwatches are not too smart about protecting your personal information, ultimately giving cyber criminals a chance to intercept that information and use it to their advantage.</p><p> A group of elite, "white hat" computer hackers and cyber forensic researchers at the University of New Haven recently extracted a swath of personal information from the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear 2 Neo.</p><p> The information includes messages, e-mails, contacts and health and fitness data, according to Dr. Frank Breitinger, assistant professor and associate director of the UNH Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group/Lab, or UNHcFREG, which was established in 2013.</p><p> "The main idea of us, what we tried to do, was to see what data is stored on the device - is it encrypted yes or no," Breitinger said.</p><p> The group's research uncovered that much of that information is unencrypted.</p><p> They plan to present their "Watch what you wear: preliminary forensic analysis of smartwatches" at a digital forensics conference in Toulouse, France later this month.</p><p> "We're really out there to break the security as much as we were out there to find out what evidence we could retrieve from them," assistant professor and director of UNHcFREG Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili said. "From a privacy perspective, it could be quite invasive."</p><p> WEB EXTRA: Researchers detail their findings.</p><p> Roberto Mejia, graduate research assistant and UNHcFREG researcher, told Local 10 News investigative reporter Christina Vazquez in a Skype interview, "We want to raise consumer awareness...People need to realize that these companies are making a lot of money based on information that we don't even realize that we are giving up."</p><p> WEB EXTRA: Giving it away for free: Free tool reveals if mobile apps send unencrypted data.</p><p> In a recent HP study, researchers found that all of the 10 smartwatches they tested are vulnerable to attack. These security and privacy vulnerabilities include insufficient authentication, insecure interfaces, insecure software and lack of encryption.</p><p> "Smartwatches have only just started to become a part of our lives, but they deliver a new level of functionality that could potentially open the door to new threats to sensitive information and activities," Jason Schmitt, general manager, HP Security, Fortify, said in a news release. "As the adoption of smartwatches accelerates, the platform will become vastly more attractive to those who would abuse that access, making it critical that we take precautions when transmitting personal data or connecting smartwatches into corporate networks."</p><p> WEB EXTRA: HP study reveals smartwatches vulnerable to attack</p><p> "It's about convenience, so I'm not sure if I would be willing to give that up over the fact that my information may be compromised because I just feel like nothing is really protected," Hughes said.</p><p> Just weeks ago, two tech industry associations wrote a letter to President Obama urging the White House to support encryption, addressing concerns about the balance between privacy and national security.</p><p> The Information Technology Industry Council and the Software & Information Industry Association wrote: "We appreciate that, where appropriate, law enforcement has the legitimate need for certain information to combat crime and threats. However, mandating the weakening of encryption or encryption 'work-arounds' is not the way to address this need."</p><p> READ: Full letter sent to President Obama</p><p> "So in the area that is very much still being developed, and again it speaks to the overall concept, is that we are uploading everything about us on to servers that we don't even know where they are," data privacy attorney Aldo Leiva said. "The overall concept is that we are uploading everything about us."</p><p> Follow Christina Vazquez on Twitter @CallChristinaTV</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:05:50 GMT

Pembroke Park man accused of leaving young children alone at home

<p> A man from Pembroke Park was arrested over the weekend after leaving two young children he was responsible for unattended, deputies said.</p><p> Chavis Crews, 34, faces two charges of child neglect without great bodily harm.</p><p> According to an arrest report, the children's mother left the kids in Crews' care Saturday morning while she was at work.</p><p> A neighbor called 911 after the children, whose ages have not been released, approached her looking for help to find their mother. The woman told deputies that the kids had been playing outside unsupervised for about two hours before they approached her.</p><p> Deputies said the woman walked to the children's home, and noticed that the front door had been left ajar. She looked inside but did not see anyone, so she called 911.</p><p> Detectives from the Broward Sheriff's Office Child Protective Investigation Sections were called to the home. After numerous attempts, detectives were able to locate the children's mother, who said she had left the children with Crews when she left for work just before 3:30 a.m.  Saturday. She said she did not know that Crews had left her children unattended.</p><p> Detectives said Crews admitted to abandoning the kids, and said he had left to take his children to a game.</p><p> The relationship between Crews and the children has not been released.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:34:00 GMT

Rocket debris stored in Lauderdale Lakes pending investigation

<p> Rocket debris that washed up on the beach in Fort Lauderdale Sunday morning is being stored at Waterway Towing in Lauderdale Lakes pending an investigation.</p><p> The Federal Aviation Administration has a hold on the piece from the European Union's satellite Galileo and an FAA team is expected to inspect the item at some point.</p><p> According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the debris is not from a crash, so it doesn't fall in their purview. NTSB officials said they have called the European Space Agency in an attempt to determine who should be investigating the matter.</p><p> Fort Lauderdale police said the debris was discovered by beachgoers about midnight Sunday. They said the debris was part of a rocket that launched several satellites into space, which are part of a global navigation system.</p><p> The rocket is believed to have been launched from French Guiana, in northeastern South America. It is believed that the piece of debris had been floating for a year before washing ashore in Fort Lauderdale.</p><p> Follow MJ Acosta on Twitter @ItsMjTV</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:50:00 GMT

24 Cuban migrants come ashore in Key West

<p> Two dozen Cuban migrants came ashore Monday morning in Key West.</p><p> Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said the 23 men and one woman arrived about 4 a.m.</p><p> The group, who arrived on a small boat with the name "Mariana" etched on the side, is now in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol for processing.</p><p> With a shift in the relationship between Cuba and the United States, officials said many Cubans are now attempting the risky journey across the Florida Straits out of fear that the U.S. will change its "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, which allows any Cuban who reaches the U.S. to stay and pursue citizenship.</p><p> The U.S. Coast Guard reports that more than 2,600 Cuban migrants have been captured or intercepted since last Oct. 1, and that tally is expected to match or surpass last year’s total of nearly 4,000.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p><p> slideshow</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:25:00 GMT

Mold found on food at swank South Beach hotel

<p> Careful eating the cheese, strawberries, onions and cut tomatoes at The Tides South Beach hotel on Ocean Drive. State inspectors recently noted "mold like" growth on those items in the kitchen of the hotel.</p><p> State inspectors also ordered two restaurants in the Pembroke Lakes Mall shut because of rodent activity. Little Toyko, in the same food court, was also ordered shut last month.</p><p> Below is a list of the restaurants and  some of their violations. All the places listed were allowed to re-open following ordered clean ups and re-inspections.</p><p> China Max</p><p> Pembroke Lakes Mall</p><p> 11401 Pines Blvd.</p><p> Pembroke Pines</p><p> 13 violations</p><p> Ordered shut July 23</p><p> "Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Fresh dropping (10) observed under working containers in kitchen, 16 fresh droppings on oil containers at back door. 5 dry dropping on cookline. Operator discarded all."</p><p> "Dead roaches on premises. 1 dead roach under dish sink. Roach discarded."</p><p> "Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler. Shelled eggs stored over vegetables. Raw chicken over beef."</p><p> "Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer _ all products not commercially packaged. Raw chicken over non commercially packaged raw beef."</p><p> "No currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation/handling."</p><p> Charley's Grilled Subs</p><p> Pembroke Lakes Mall</p><p> 11401 Pines Blvd.</p><p> Pembroke Pines</p><p> 5 violations found</p><p> Ordered shut July 24</p><p> "Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 5 dry droppings near back door entrance. Approximately 8 fresh droppings near hot water heater base. Approximately 3 fresh droppings under cabinet under cash register on front line. Approximately 15 dry dropping on front line on the ground by the fryers."</p><p> 1220 At The Tides</p><p> 1220 Ocean Drive</p><p> Miami Beach</p><p> 33 violations</p><p> Ordered shut July 24</p><p> "Food with mold-like growth. See stop sale. Observed cheese, strawberries, onions and cut tomatoes with mold like growth inside walk in and reach in coolers."</p><p> "Roach activity present as evidenced by observing approximately 12 live roaches found. Observed roaches inside kitchen crawling on walls, crawling on clean dishes located in dish storage area, three compartment sink area, the dish machine area, and at the bar area. **Repeat Violation**"</p><p> "Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."</p><p> "Dead roaches on premises. Observed approximately 17 dead roaches throughout the kitchen area."</p><p> "Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris."</p><p> "Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Observed employee cutting fruit used as a garnishment on top of pancakes with bare hands."</p><p> Lutong Pindy Filipino Cuisine</p><p> 17048 W. Dixie Highway</p><p> North Miami Beach</p><p> 22 violations found</p><p> Ordered shut July 21</p><p> "Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 50 live roaches found in the kitchen. Approximately (20) inside a reach in freezer gaskets, approximately (20) in a food storage room on floor and wall and approximately (10) underneath the three compartment sink."</p><p> "Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Throughout kitchen."</p><p> "Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 35-40 dead roaches inside an unused reach in cooler in the kitchen."</p><p> "Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."</p><p> "Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items."</p><p> Clubhouse</p><p> 342 E. McNab Road</p><p> Pompano Beach</p><p> 9 violations found --inspection based on complaint</p><p> Ordered shut July 22</p><p> "Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 6 roaches next to bucket under 3 comp sink in back of kitchen next to back door. Owner sprayed with Spectracide bug spray and killed roaches."</p><p> "Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment. Spectracide bug stop insect control."</p><p> "Dead roaches on premises. 3 dead underneath 3 comp sink at cocktail bar. PIC cleaned up and put in trash. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**"</p><p> ABC Chinese Restaurant</p><p> 1919 W. Hillsboro Blvd.</p><p> Deerfield Beach</p><p> 10 violations found</p><p> Ordered shut July 22</p><p> "Rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 15 wet fresh rodent droppings found in dry storage, 8 wet fresh rodent dropping found in kitchen under dishwashing machine, 5 wet fresh droppings found in kitchen under food preparation table, and 2 dry rodent dropping in kitchen next to rice cooker."</p><p> "Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food left at room temperature to cool. Ribs in kitchen found at 99°F. Operator transfer pork to walk in cooler."</p><p> "Operator is not properly tracking/marking the number of days ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite was held at refrigeration temperatures prior to freezing in order to properly date mark the food when it is thawed and held at refrigeration temperatures again. Shrimp and pork in walk in cooler."</p><p> Follow Jeff Weinsier on Twitter @jweinsier</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:04:00 GMT

Arrest made after pregnant woman killed in Fort Lauderdale

<p> Police have made an arrest after a pregnant woman was killed in Fort Lauderdale.</p><p> Fort Lauderdale police Capt. Frank Sousa said Sunday that Willie Ward, 25, was taken into custody without incident.</p><p> Police said Ward punched his sister, Jaquinda Wright, twice in the head during an argument about the electric bill.</p><p> It happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1100 block of Northwest 13th Court.</p><p> The argument turned physical and Ward punched Wright twice in the head, police said.</p><p> Wright collapsed and was taken to Broward Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.</p><p> Police said Ward fled after the incident.</p><p> Ward faces one count of murder without premeditation, but Sousa said there has been no decision on whether Ward faces additional charges because Wright was pregnant.</p><p> Local 10 News has learned Ward has faced traffic violations, drug charges and a battery charge in the past.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:04:00 GMT

Hundreds of dead fish found floating in South Florida waters

<p> Hundreds of dead fish have been found floating in the water in South Florida neighborhoods.</p><p> Residents in the Highland Lakes neighborhood of Aventura said they're fed up with the smell of dead fish that they've endured since Friday.</p><p> "The smell is extremely strong and it's hard to even step out your door," Dr. Martin Karp told Local 10 News.</p><p> Rabbi Moishe Kievman said his children step outside holding their noses.</p><p> "If the wind's right, it's in the house," resident Larry Gordon said.</p><p> Elaine Hopper is dealing with the same thing, only this time in the water off Red Road and Southwest 35th Street in Coral Gables.</p><p> "This is a lot of kill, and it stinks like the dickens," she told Local 10.</p><p> Residents don't seem to know why all the fish are dying, but there are several theories swimming around.</p><p> "We had severe lightning around here," Hopper said. "It must have struck the water."</p><p> Gordon suggested it might be a chemical in the water.</p><p> Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said that people may be alarmed by the occurrence, but that the fish kills are a result of natural events, primarily lack of oxygen in the water.</p><p> Other reasons for fish kills include algae blooms, human interaction with the environment and cold weather.</p><p> "If something like this is happening not only here but down in the Gables, then we have a bigger issue," Karp said.</p><p> Whatever it is, residents just want it cleaned up.</p><p> Follow Liane Morejon on Twitter @LianeMorejonTV</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 03:44:00 GMT

Milberg's Musings: Body cameras work and they don't

<p> This week, we saw compelling evidence of how a body camera on a police officer worked and, at the same time, how it did not.</p><p> By now you've seen the simple traffic stop in Cincinnati, where the benign turn ugly and then deadly. Officer Ray Tensing not only shot Sam Dubose in the head over a missing license plate, but lied to superiors about being dragged by the moving car, fearing for his life.</p><p> Because the camera Tensing wore documented otherwise, he is now indicted for murder.</p><p> But the bigger issue may be that the body camera did nothing to stop the shooting death of another person of color.</p><p> The officer was well-aware his words and actions were being recorded, an awareness that experts say should alter the way officers decide to act. But this time it didn't.</p><p> That stop in Cincinnati is a clear indication -- the body cameras that have been promoted as a breakthrough method in holding officers accountable are not a cure-all at all. Still, that doesn't discount their ability to be critical tools.</p><p> Sam Dubose, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott and Sandra Bland are names that have become hashtags in the furious and frustrated call for policing reform only because there were people with cameras there to record what happened in their encounters with police.</p><p> The statistics behind the nationwide push for police body cameras are hard to ignore -- significant drops in use-of-force and in citizen complaints. Body cameras are good for good officers and bad news for bad officers.</p><p> Body cameras do and will play a critical role in criminal justice, and police departments are right to fund and deploy them. But this week we are reminded that the focus of good policing should be on the people wearing them.</p><p> Follow Glenna Milberg on Twitter @GlennaOn10</p>

Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:00:00 GMT