Broward Sheriff’s deputy faces charges of battery, tampering with evidence after using Taser during traffic stop
A Broward Sheriff’s deputy of nearly 10 years is facing criminal charges after stunning two men with a Taser during a traffic stop and failing to turn in an iPhone that one of the victims used to record the altercation, the Sheriff’s Office said.sun-sentinel.com
A man invited two women he met outside of a Fort Lauderdale bar to his home. He woke up to find his $25,000 Rolex gone.
A man met two women outside of the the Rooftop bar in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 4 and invited them to his home in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. He woke up to find his $25,000 Rolex missing, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.sun-sentinel.com
Hotel guest robbed at gunpoint in his room | Watch surveillance video
A man and woman who allegedly robbed a guest at gunpoint were seen on surveillance video at the Dania Beach hotel near the 300 block of North Federal Highway shortly after 5 a.m. on Oct. 24, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.sun-sentinel.com
Video shows man dressed as security guard robbing cellphone store at gunpoint | Watch
A man who walked into a cellphone store in Lauderdale Lakes dressed as a security guard robbed the lone employee at gunpoint and fled with thousands of dollars worth of cellphones. The Broward Sheriff's Office is still searching for him weeks later.sun-sentinel.com
BSO detention deputy doesn’t get jail time or probation despite guilty verdict in battery case
A Broward Sheriff’s Office detention deputy will not serve jail time or probation despite being found guilty of repeatedly striking an inmate’s hands and fingers with a flashlight, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Broward Sheriff’s deputy attacked by inmate accused of child molestation, police say
A 20-year-old Fort Lauderdale man who was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a minor is facing seven additional charges after he attacked a Broward Sheriff’s deputy, the Sheriff’s Office said.sun-sentinel.com
Have you seen Pembroke Park’s runaway golf cart?
A Pembroke Park city employee watched his golf cart drive off without him on April 23. Over two months since he filed a theft report with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, he still hasn't found the vehicle. Now detectives are asking residents for help.sun-sentinel.com
Family of inmate who died in BSO custody pushes officials to release video of incident
The family of a mentally ill inmate who died after an altercation with Broward County detention officers in 2021 gathered in front of Broward County commissioners Tuesday, asking them to push BSO and the courts to release video of the incident to the public.
Family seeks help in finding driver of car that hit, killed ‘gentle giant’ known as ‘Big Cheez’
Alex Plummer was nicknamed "Big Cheez" as a high school football player because of his love for cheeseburgers. Plummer died in a Jan. 6 hit-and-run in Pompano Beach, and his family wants the driver of the car that hit him to come forward.sun-sentinel.com
A Texas man accused of molesting and filming a toddler is facing charges in Broward
After over a year and a half of leaving Florida for his home state, a Texas man was recently arrested and sent back to Broward County where he faces charges related to allegations of inappropriate behavior with a 1-year-old child.sun-sentinel.com
For these K-9 bloodhounds, it’s a high-stakes mission of lost and found
Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Jarvey Mesina-Berman loves on K-9 Ryley after she "found" deputy Tony Sun during training at Markham Park in Sunrise on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The two new 7 month old bloodhound puppies, donated to BSO through the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction, are being trained to search for missing children, the elderly, people with special needs and people living with mental illness. (Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel)sun-sentinel.com
Two bloodhounds join Broward Sheriff’s Office to help paw-trol county
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Two new fur-ociously adorable Broward Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds have been selected to join the police force and pick up the scent of missing and endangered people in Broward County. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, K-9s Ryley and Bluey are undergoing extensive training to be able to search for the most vulnerable missing people in the county — children, the elderly, people with special needs, and people with mental illnesses. The bloodhounds need six months of training before they’ll be eligible to be certified by the National Police Bloodhound Association. Deputy Jarvey Mesina-Berman will be partnered with Ryley, and Deputy Tony Sun will be partnered with Bluey. Ryley and Bluey were donated to the Broward Sheriff’s Office through the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction, which is named for the boy who was murdered in Miami-Dade County in 1995.
State Attorney asks FDLE to allow independent probe into Kevin Desir’s death
Kevin Desir died Jan. 27 while in custody of the Broward Sheriff's Office. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County State Attorney Harold F. Pryor sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday requesting an independent investigation into the death of a 43-year-old inmate. Kevin Lavira Desir was arrested Jan. 13 on charges of marijuana possession and criminal mischief. There was a clash with deputies that left him unconscious on Jan. 17 and he died on Jan. 27 at the hospital. Desir’s family wants BSO to allow an independent investigation.
Family of suspect releases statement in Cleveland Clinic worker abduction, rape
WESTON, Fla. – The family of the suspect in custody for the abduction, assault and rape of a Cleveland Clinic healthcare worker released a statement Sunday. A statement was released Sunday on behalf of the family, which read:“The family’s thoughts and prayers are currently with the victim, the victim’s family, and with Joel. They would like to thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Det. The family has no other comment at this time.”The carjacking happened at the Weston hospital campus parking lot at 2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. A Sunpass camera captured this photo of the suspect who Broward Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for who they say abducted and raped a healthcare worker from the Cleveland Clinic in Weston.
Broward man pulls gun to fend off break-in — but where was BSO?
TAMARAC, Fla. – After calling 911, a 70-year-old Broward County resident pulled out a handgun and eventually scared off a man trying to break into his house. Now, he and his neighbors are wondering why Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies didn’t respond. Norkunas spent nearly 15 minutes on the phone with 911 dispatchers — naked, on crutches and with a gun pointed at that suspect. BSO sent Local 10 News a statement saying that a thorough review of their response to the incident is ongoing. The Broward Sheriff’s Office responds to tens of thousands of calls for service each year.
Broward sheriff blames clerical error for pregnant woman still in jail when she gave birth
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman who gave birth inside a Broward jail cell should have been released days before she had her baby under a pre-trial program, according to a letter written by Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony sent to the Broward Public Defender’s office. North Broward inmate 28-year-old Stephanie Bretas delivered her baby boy last month in a jail cell. (See the complete letter below)Tony wrote: “On Sept. 24, 3 days prior to Ms. Bretas giving birth, your office obtained an order to release her under the supervision of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Pretrial program. The sheriff said he does share Weekes' concerns about the treatment that inmates are receiving in jail. There’s now a law named after Tammy Jackson, who also delivered a baby in a Broward jail cell in April of last year.
Broward works out details of 23-member criminal justice review board
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – “People on the street are crying for justice, for fairness, for transparency,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness says. And in response to those cries for racial justice and police reform, county commissioners met Tuesday to create a criminal justice review board made up of 23 members of the community. “We’re not just looking at policing and police abuse, but also the whole criminal justice system,” Holness said. What happens when someone goes before a judge?”At Tuesday’s county commission meeting, the proposal for a board was hashed out. Most of the time in chambers was spent debating who would be allowed to sit on this review board to look at cases and come up with changes.
Teen taken down by Broward deputies was an instigator, attorneys in Stand Your Ground case argue
Gregory LaCerraThose attorneys argue that Rolle — the only witness called by prosecutors — was an instigator and that the charges against the deputies should be dismissed by the judge under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. “The case should be dismissed because the state elected and chose just to call Delucca Rolle, to put on one witness. On Monday, the defense called witnesses who saw the commotion leading up to that takedown that was caught on video. Deputies were called to the parking lot in Tamarac with word of yet another large fight involving high school students at that location. The hearing will continue Tuesday with a handful more defense witnesses to be called, after which there could be a decision.
Broward Sheriff’s Office launches social justice task force
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The protests that swept our streets over the summer, sparked by a nationwide outcry fed up with police brutality, are partly why the Broward Sheriff’s Office has formed a new social justice task force. The group is made up of community activists in the Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ communities, along with retired judges, police and clergy. Pre-selected, the task force starts its work immediately. The social justice task force is not intended to impede or step on the toes of the civilian review board that is currently being formed by Broward County leaders to review claims of officer misconduct. However, the body of volunteers will have a strong voice in preventing problems, reforming policies and funding decisions, among other things.
Video: Man Says Broward Sheriff SWAT Team Broke Into His House Without Search Warrant
Emmanuel says the cops left no note they'd been there, let alone copies of a search warrant. And, more important, a capias warrant essentially an arrest warrant in most cases does not allow officers to enter a home without the resident's consent. Emmanuel doesn't believe the cops did. In fact, there appears to be evidence showing cops should've known Reese wasn't at his dad's home. "If I didn't have the cameras, I never would have known they were in the house," Emmanuel says.miaminewtimes.com
Broward Sheriff's Office Expresses Interest in New ICE Deputization Program
The Broward Sheriff's Office is one of at least 46 departments in the state that have requested the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) reach out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on their behalf for assistance with a new ICE program, according to FSA emails. The new program seeks to give more leeway to sheriffs and deputies to detain immigrants by shielding the officers from lawsuits. To participate, sheriffs must send their deputies to a day of ICE training. After the session, the volunteer deputies "receive federal credentials that reflect their authority," according to an ICE media release. A May 15 email from FSA Deputy Executive Director Matt Dunagan says sheriffs in 46 counties and one county-run jail in Okaloosa have expressed interest in the WSO program.browardpalmbeach.com