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2 BSO deputies, suspect hospitalized after chase, crash

<p> A suspect accused of ramming two Broward Sheriff's Office cruisers and leading deputies on a chase was scheduled to appear in court on similar charges, court records show.</p><p> BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Derek Fuller, 26, led deputies on a chase after he was spotted fleeing the scene of a burglary in Oakland Park early Wednesday morning.</p><p> The Chevrolet Malibu that Fuller was driving sped onto Interstate 95 and traveled north to Deerfield Beach, where he rammed a deputy's cruiser, Moschella said.</p><p> Fuller continued to elude deputies, ramming two other BSO cruisers before bailing out, Moschella said. He then ran through a relative's apartment, over a barbed-wire fence and into a fence, where he was apprehended, Moschella said.</p><p> Two of the deputies he rammed were taken to Broward Health North Medical Center. They were expected to be OK.</p><p> Fuller was taken to the hospital to be treated for a K-9 deputy's bite before going to jail.</p><p> Court records show Fuller was out on bond after a March arrest on charges that include burglary, resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding law enforcement. He had a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.</p><p> </p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:15:34 GMT

Coast Guard contains fuel spill in Government Cut

<p> The U.S. Coast Guard now says an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a ship in Government Cut.</p><p> A 95-foot tug boat containing about 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel was leaking into water off Miami Beach on Tuesday night.</p><p> Coast Guard officials said the initial report was that an estimated 100 gallons of fuel had leaked.</p><p> The ruptured fuel tank was patched and no more fuel is leaking. The vessel is moored at Dodge Island.</p><p> Crew members from the nearby Coast Guard station are assisting with cleanup efforts and monitoring for any possible shoreline pollution.</p><p> The cause of the leak is under investigation.</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:34:16 GMT

Authorities search for convicted child abuser who posed as attorney

<p> Authorities are searching for a 44-year-old convicted child abuser now accused of posing as an attorney to con a convict's family out of $70,000.</p><p> Imer Armando Perez vanished this week as state agents sought to arrest him on charges of grand theft and practicing law without a license.</p><p> Perez is on probation after serving two years in prison for aggravated child abuse. He apparently honed his skills as a "jailhouse lawyer" by doing legal research in jail.</p><p> Relatives of Scotty Posada hired Perez in January. He told them he'd spoken to prosecutors, who agreed to vacate Posada's 27-year sentence. They paid him $70,000. Perez said Posado would be released in 90 days.</p><p> The family eventually suspected fraud and contacted authorities.</p><p> Miami-Dade County state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Perez also represented someone in traffic court for a $500 fee and offered his legal services to someone else for a non-refundable $20,000 fee.</p><p> Perez is charged with practicing law without a license and grand theft.</p><p> Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the FDLE at 786-336-1167.</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:57:56 GMT

5 men accused of posing as police officers arrested

<p> Five South Florida men accused of posing as police officers have been arrested.</p><p> Miami-Dade police the suspects were arrested Monday after they met at Concord Park and entered an awaiting vehicle, where detectives witnessed the men putting on tactical gear with police insignia.</p><p> One of the suspects, Edismer Arango, exited the vehicle and fastened a holster with a semi-automatic pistol in it.</p><p> Police conducted a traffic stop shortly after the suspects left the park.</p><p> The other suspects were identified as Lazaro Souchay, Miranda Carrero, Damian Rosello and Andres Nohaya.</p><p> They face several charges, including carrying a concealed firearm and loitering and prowling.</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:44:34 GMT

Cellphone battery explodes in Hialeah gym

<p> A woman's cellphone battery exploded in her face at a 24-hour Planet Fitness in Hialeah.</p><p> It happened shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday.</p><p> Witnesses say the explosion sounded like a gunshot.</p><p> The woman's injuries are not serious. Her skin was a little irritated.</p><p> It was not known what kind of cellphone she owns.</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:59:31 GMT

Mother accused of abducting 3 sons speaks after posting bond

<p> After posting bond and being released on house arrest, Carrie Weingarth, the woman accused of taking her three children and traveling across state lines spoke to Local 10.</p><p> Weingarth said being in jail for nearly two months without seeing her sons was unbearable.</p><p> "Awful. It was like I was in a dungeon. I just wanted to get to my kids," Weingarth said.</p><p> Police claimed Weingarth picked up her oldest son from school in February and, along with her boyfriend and two other sons, drove to California, where she was arrested a week later.</p><p> Weingarth's attorneys have argued there was no court order outlining a custody agreement between her and the boys' father. Legally, she had custody of all three.</p><p> In court last week, a veteran Miami-Dade Schools police officer said an abduction never took place.</p><p> Weingarth was ordered to wear an ankle monitor and cannot leave her grandmother's house in Cutler Bay. She was ordered to have no contact with her sons; their father now has custody of them.</p><p> On the advice of her lawyers, Weingarth would not say why she wanted to take them to California in the first place. However, paperwork filled out two years ago allege the boy's father was violent and she feared for her and her sons' safety. The paperwork was never filed with the courts.</p><p> Weingarth is being charged with interference with custody. Her lawyers plan to fight those charges in a trial scheduled for April 21.</p><p> "I just want them back in my arms. Just knowing that they're missing me and that they're hurting make it even worse," she said.</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:28:42 GMT

Miami Charter School student awarded $5.25 million

<p> A boy who claimed he was sexually abused at Miami Charter School has been awarded $5.25 million.</p><p> Jurors reached the verdict in the civil trial Tuesday.</p><p> The boy claimed another student sexually assaulted twice in a school bathroom.</p><p> His mother sued Charter Schools USA, which operated the downtown Miami school.</p><p> Jurors determined that there was negligence, but they did not find the school liable for damages under Title IX.</p><p> "In the end, they believed him," the boy's mother told Local 10 after the verdict.</p><p> She had sought $25 million, saying the school was notified but did nothing to protect the boy.</p><p> "He tried to seek help," attorney Jeffrey Herman said. "He talked about it when it first happened. And you could see in this trial that the school just didn't believe him, did not protect him."</p><p> Herman said the boy's testimony made the difference in court.</p><p> Charter Schools USA is likely to appeal the decision.</p>

Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:53:01 GMT

Liberty City residents outraged over fatal shooting outside market

<p> Liberty City residents are outraged over the senseless shooting of a grandmother and two others outside a market.</p><p> Linda Grant, 62, was killed Monday evening when a gunman opened fire outside King Brothers Market at 1304 N.W. 62nd Street.</p><p> "She had family that loved her. She got kids, grandchildren," said Wanda McMillan.</p><p> </p><p> Friends and neighbors spent Tuesday leaving teddy bears, flowers and messages on the sidewalk outside the market.</p><p> Grant, known by most as "Hey Honey" or "Baby Girl," lived just a few blocks away from the market. A pink wreath adorned her front door Tuesday.</p><p> "She was a nice wonderful lady, man. All we're doing is paying our respects to her, you know what I'm saying?" said a man who identified himself as Al.</p><p> Grant was one of three people hit by bullets Monday night when, according to police, a man walked up to the crowd standing in front of the market with a gun in each hand and just started shooting.</p><p> So far, police have not been able to provide a description of the gunman but surveillance cameras outside the business may provide the information the streets have not yet been willing to give up.</p><p> "Why the community won't come out and speak? One day it might be you, it might be your child, one day it might be your momma," said Sandrika Grant.</p><p> Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami police.</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:43:00 GMT

Family dog called to jury duty in New Jersey

<p> Man's best friend was recently called upon to perform his civic duty in New Jersey -- as a juror.</p><p> IV Griner, a 5-year-old German Shepherd belonging to Barrett Griner IV, received the jury duty summons in the mail from Cumberland County last Friday, Philadelphia TV station WKYW reported.</p><p> After the initial shock, Griner figured out that the "IV" was entered as his first name through a clerical error.</p><p> The mixup has since been fixed.</p><p> But not before providing some laughs.</p><p> "She [the dog] might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that," Griner told Philadelphia TV station WCAU. "The whole thing was just really, really funny."</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:08:26 GMT

America's 8 worst habits

<p> From drinking too much soda to slacking on the couch, iVillage rates Americans' worst habits. Are your vices among them?</p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT

On this day: April 16

<p> LSD's creator drops acid (accidentally) for the first time, Martin Luther King writes his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," The Rolling Stones release their debut album, and tragedy strikes Virginia Tech, all on this day. </p>

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Best of the worst: Mug shot hall of shame

<p> Check out these lookers who ran into the law. </p>

Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:03:06 GMT