‘Essentially unusable’: Many law enforcement agencies didn’t report 2021 hate crimes to FBI, including most of Florida
Only two police agencies in Florida reported hate crimes to the FBI's national database for 2021, and the lack of participation across the country makes the data unusable, experts say.sun-sentinel.com
‘Nationally-recognized’ teacher arrested in Fort Lauderdale for sex assault on minor after Tinder meet
A teacher who has worked in schools in Miami-Dade and Broward and who received a presidential award is facing charges in Broward County Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy who went on to write an essay about it in school, police said.
Ex-Fort Lauderdale chief on city manager’s decision: ‘Reinstatement is an option’
Larry Scirotto’s recent experience may sound familiar to the former Miami police chief. He was hired and tasked with the mission to bring diversity to the police department. It didn’t take long for him to meet resistance and get fired.
$5,000 reward offered for information about shooting that injured 2 children during car show
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Miami Field Division and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in an Easter night shooting.
Fort Lauderdale police officer, Gibbons asst. wrestling coach, accused of online sex chats with minor
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Fort Lauderdale police officer, who has also been identified as an assistant wrestling coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School, was arrested Wednesday after investigators in Minnesota said the man was engaging in sexual chats online with an undercover detective who he believed was a young girl. Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children detectives arrested Louis James Walsh on two counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor. AdIn addition, Walsh coached wrestling at the high school. Walsh was arrested Wednesday at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and has been placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a release from the FLPD. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is shocked and disappointed to learn of the arrest of one of our officers.
Spring break in Fort Lauderdale: Shooting injures 1; video shows man hurting woman
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After a shooting left one a man injured and a video showed a man hurting a woman, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is increasing patrol units this weekend. Detectives are still searching for a suspect in an early Thursday morning shooting. Officers found a man who works in the area injured at the 100 block of Southwest Third Avenue. Police officers respond to a shooting on Thursday morning in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale detectives are asking anyone with any information about the Thursday morning shooting, to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
Police in Fort Lauderdale warn residents after increase in car thefts
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is cracking down on vehicle thefts. Home surveillance video captured hundreds of vehicle thefts across the city of Fort Lauderdale last year. “Auto thefts have been on the rise through the past couple years,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Det. “It has been an ongoing trend, not only in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, but nationwide.”Surveillance video captures car thieves in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale police have also launched the Where’s Your Fob?
Crash, 2 shootings stem from couple’s dispute in Broward, police say
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A dispute between a husband and wife on Tuesday in Broward County resulted in a shooting and a car crash that left both of them injured, according to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Officers responded on Tuesday night to the area of East Commercial Boulevard and Northeast 24th Terrace and found the woman injured. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel took her to the Broward Health Medical Center. Officers and Fire Rescue personnel responded to the car crash Tuesday night at 220 Hibiscus Ave., in Lauderdale by the Sea. “Detectives have determined the male suffered injuries as a result of the crash as well as a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Adamson wrote in an e-mail on Wednesday.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at approximately 2:10 p.m. The incident occurred at the Broward Central Bus Terminal located at 101 Northwest 1st Avenue in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Preliminary investigation has revealed an unknown female had a brief interaction with the victim across the street from the bus terminal. Following that conversation, the female walked across the street to the bus terminal and spoke to the shooter. He has been identified as Davonta Gaines, B/M, 6/2/1992, a resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale.thewestsidegazette.com
Surveillance video shows duo breaking into car before fatal armed robbery in Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Fort Lauderdale Police Department released new surveillance video Tuesday that shows two men breaking into a vehicle prior to committing an armed robbery that turned fatal. The incidents occurred Oct. 16 and detectives are hoping the newly acquired video helps someone recognize the men involved in the crimes. According to police, the fatal armed robbery occurred shortly before 2 a.m. that Friday in the parking lot of One West Sunrise Boulevard. Surveillance video shows one of the robbers holding a teenager at gunpoint and demanding he hand over his jewelry while a second robber tried to rob the other victim, authorities said. Police said the second thief shot the second victim multiple times and both robbers then ran to a nearby vehicle and fled the area.
Fort Lauderdale police seek help in finding second man involved in fatal shooting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police are still searching for a man who shot another man in the leg over the summer in Fort Lauderdale. Surveillance video shows Mousakheel walking toward a car with the man before a third man shows up. Surveillance video shows Gerald Gotcher fatally shooting man in Fort Lauderdale, authorities said. (Fort Lauderdale Police Department)Much of the incident report has been redacted by authorities and a motive for the shootings are unclear. Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to call Fort Lauderdale Police Detective J. Jaggers at 954-828-5970 or FLPD Sgt.
Search for Ford Mustang driver in Fort Lauderdale Beach tragedy continues
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale Police Department detectives continued their search for the driver of a white Ford Mustang on Monday evening. Detectives questioned the driver of the 2006 white Ford Mustang with Florida tag JRFQ02 who was suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run crash. A white Ford Mustang fled after running over Lynn Hessley about 10:49 p.m. on July 3, police said. They just haven’t identified the one who put a nightmarish end to Hessley’s Fort Lauderdale Beach staycation on State Road A1A near Seville Street. The detectives, Hessley and Cappello are asking anyone with information about the white Ford Mustang that was involved in the hit-and-run crash to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
Detectives ask public for help finding Ford Mustang linked to tragedy in Fort Lauderdale Beach
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Detectives and a Broward County woman’s loved ones want the public to know there is a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver of a white Ford Mustang. Fort Lauderdale Police Department detectives accused the driver of fleeing after running over Lynn Hessley in Fort Lauderdale Beach. The 39-year-old Tamarac resident is fighting for her life on Monday at the Broward Health Medical Center. Fort Lauderdale Police Department releases flyer in relation to July 3rd hit-and-run crash in Fort Lauderdale Beach. (FPD)“One minute everything is fine and the next minute you get a phone call and your entire world is changed,” Jennifer Hessley said.
Details emerge on how 7-year-old Fort Lauderdale boy was shot in head
Police responded to a 911 call at 9:30 a.m. at 1529 NW 2nd Ave., in the South Middle River neighborhood. Investigators said that a bullet grazed a 5-year-old boy in the room, then struck Breyson in the head. Adults in another part of the house heard the shot, but it was too late. He had called police only two nights before the boy was shot after his Ring doorbell camera captured something disturbing. They are consulting with investigators from FLPD to see what, if any charges, will be filed in connection with the death of the 7-year-old boy.
Fort Lauderdale police chief Rick Maglione relieved of duty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Rick Maglione, chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, is being relieved of duty, Local 10 News has learned. The city will begin searching for a new chief. We are awaiting more information from the City Manager. The department has faced criticism for its handling of unrest in the city on May 31 as downtown protests turned contentious. Check back later and watch Local 10 for updates.
Defunding police a big topic of discussion at Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Fort Lauderdale commissioners met into the night Tuesday, with one of the topics dealing with a suspended police officer. That officer pushed a female protester, who was on the kneeling on her knees, onto the ground. Another topic that came up during the meeting was defunding the Fort Lauderdale Police Department by as much as $10 million. City leaders, hearing those demands from many calling into the meeting, are not saying the idea is off the table. One decision the commission did make Tuesday was to move forward with some cuts related to COVID-19 city-wide, with some of them coming in the police department.
Men fatally stabbed on Fort Lauderdale beach were homeless
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The two men found stabbed to death behind a luxury condominium on the beach at Galt Ocean Mile were homeless, according to an update from Fort Lauderdale police. Their bodies were found about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, at 3100 N. Ocean Boulevard behind LHermitage condominiums. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department withheld their identities as they attempted to locate next of kin. Daniel Dovi, 64, faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and feeling and eluding. Dovi was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding.
Kids thought to be in Broward found OK in Pennsylvania
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two girls from Pittsburgh who recently vanished from Pennsylvania and were thought to be in Broward County on Friday have been located. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department was assisting the Pittsburgh Police Department and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office in the disappearance of two-year-old Moor Bey and 11-year-old Khier Livsey. They were believed to have been with Sheik William Salaam Hall El, 47, according to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. The Pittsburgh Police reported that both children were located in Pennsylvania. There was no reason given as to why police may have suspected that the children were in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Detectives believe 2 girls who vanished from Pittsburgh are in Broward
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Investigators believe two girls from Pittsburgh who recently vanished from Pennsylvania are in Broward County on Friday. Two-year-old Moor Bey and 11-year-old Khier Livsey are with Sheik William Salaam Hall El, 47, according to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Salaam Hall El is driving a white GMC Terrain with Pennsylvania tag LCJ3193. Fort Lauderdale detectives are assisting the Pittsburgh Police Department and the Allegheny County Sheriffs Office. They are asking anyone with information to call 911 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
Officers release 911 calls in Lauderdale Beach crimes linked to tourist
LAUDERDALE BEACH, Fla. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department released the 911 calls in the Lauderdale Beach murders and a call that preceded a Tuesday police chase on Interstate 95. After the chase, officers arrested Daniel Santo Dovi. On Thursday night, detectives were still investigating if the 64-year-old Pennsylvania tourist is the person who stabbed two men. is where two men were stabbed to death, and 2613 Center Ave. is where Dovi threatened to kill a man. Detectives are asking anyone with information or surveillance video should call 954-828-5344 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
Jeep Wrangler driver crashes in Broward while trying to get away from police
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. A police chase ended in a crash on Tuesday morning in Broward County. The driver of a white Jeep Wrangler was speeding away from Fort Lauderdale Police Department officers, Broward Sheriffs Office deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers, police said. This is a developing story.
Fort Lauderdale police identify and suspend officer seen on video pushing protester
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Fort Lauderdale police have identified Steven Pohorence as the officer seen on video shoving a female protester who was kneeling on the ground as tensions rose Sunday night downtown. Pohorence has been a member of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department since October 2016, and prior to that, he spent almost four years working for the Florida Highway Patrol. Fort Lauderdale police will then do an administrative investigation. Fort Lauderdale police said that damage was done to some of their vehicles. Sundays Fort Lauderdale protest got underway peacefully at Huizenga Park, with organizations Black Lives Matter and Dream Defenders bringing the group together at 3 p.m.
Gunman injured during police-involved shooting in Fort Lauderdale
Published: May 25, 2020, 9:07 pm Updated: May 26, 2020, 9:42 amFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Officers responded to a shooting on Monday night and shot at the gunman, wounding him in Fort Lauderdale, police said. According to Fort Lauderdale Police Department Detective Ali Adamson, officers responded about 7 p.m. to the 600th block of Northeast 14th Street. Upon arrival, officers located a male with a gun, Adamson said. This ultimately led to an officer-involved shooting.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephan Gollan said personnel took the wounded man to Broward Health Medical Center. Local 10 News Assignment Desk Manager Peggy Phillip contributed to this report.
Fort Lauderdale police get ready for spring break crowds
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The spring break season started just a few days ago and members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department want to make sure those that are visiting are safe and follow the rules. More tourists means more traffic, which is why Fort Lauderdale police officers will be out in full force, making sure everyone is safe. There’s also a ban on electric scooters during spring break and ride sharing companies must pick up and drop off people at designated spots in order to avoid clogging beachfront streets. The police presence has also been beefed up in order to make sure this season is enjoyable for both visitors and residents alike. The spring break season wraps up on April 5.
Surveillance video shows tourists stumbling into street before being struck by Porsche
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Surveillance video released Friday by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department shows a man and a woman from Norway stumbling into the street outside Rock Bar before being struck by a red Porsche. The hit-and-run crash was reported just before 4:15 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. The video shows the duo standing on the sidewalk outside the bar before stumbling into the roadway and falling to the ground. A bystander is seen in the video running to help the victims immediately after they were run over as two others appear to chase after the car. ***Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Casey Liening said both victims were taken to a hospital as trauma alerts.
Vandalism incident at Asian restaurant under investigation
FORT LAUDERDALE - The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is investigating vandalism that took place Sunday morning at an Asian restaurant whose owners have a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city. Owners of Red Door Asian Bistro on Las Olas believe the broken window and damage is connected to news reports of the lawsuit. The owners filed suit last year, alleging that a city inspector made ugly racist comments about the Chinese chef and worked to hold up the restaurant's opening. Owners want police to consider the vandalism a hate crime. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Florida man arrested for cutting brake lines on electric scooters
Police say that more than 140 scooters have been disabled and vandalized in a similar way in the southeast part of Fort Lauderdale since April 5. For the total of 20 scooters to which they've linked him so far, the bill comes out to about $1,400. A spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police told CNN that multiple brands of scooters were affected. The cost estimate for the vandalism doesn't take into account lost revenues from rentals while the scooters are inactive. According to the police report, Williams wanted to limit what he told authorities because he "didn't want to dig himself into a grave."
Police: Suspected white supremacist's hit list includes deputy, officer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - David Kasanof had a hit list of 20 people that included the names of two law enforcement officers, a Fort Lauderdale Police Department detective said in Broward County court Friday. Officer Jack DiCristofalo said Kasanof, 50, included the names of a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy and a Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer in a hit list that he had referenced to on Facebook. Kasanof was not yet facing charges over the hit list in reference or the alleged "race war" threat. Broward County records show the Broward Sheriff's Office filed a pet for risk protection order Thursday and arrested him on Friday at his home for violating that order, a third-degree felony. If he is able to afford the $50,000 bond, Broward County court records show a judge ordered Kasanof to wear an electronic monitor and remain in house arrest.
Police issue warning over increase in phone scams in Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Police issued a warning Tuesday over an increase in phone scams in South Florida. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department issued the warning to residents after noticing an increase in scam calls which appear to come from the department itself. According to the warning, scammers are falsifying their own caller ID numbers to mimic the police department's main number, 954-828,5700. Here are a few tips to avoid falling victim to a phone scam:The calls are often unexpected. Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission online:https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.govIf you believe you have been a victim of a phone scam, you are urged to call the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to file a report at 954-764-5347.
Mega job fair heading to South Florida on Aug. 30
A massive job fair featuring over 50 companies will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Over 2,500 jobs will be available at the South Florida Mega Job Fair. The job fair will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Candidates are asked to dress their absolute best and bring at least 30 copies of a resume. CLICK HERE for a complete list of companies, job offerings and registration information.