Mortgage assistance snarled in bureaucracy as homeowners are told to pay up
Florida homeowners who were allowed to skip mortgage payments during the pandemic have to pick an option for resuming payments. But many who can't repay are finding that a $9.9 billion homeowner assistance fund is not yet available. Here's why.sun-sentinel.com
81-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s reported missing in Margate
MARGATE, Fla. – Margate police are searching for a missing 81-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Police say Nancy Brett was last seen at 7:20 p.m. Thursday walking near the area of Rock Island Road and Southwest Seventh Street. She was wearing a gray shirt, black sweater and black pants. Police say Brett is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Margate Police Department at 954-972-7111 or 954-764-HELP.
18-year-old arrested for having sex with 13-year-old he met on Instagram, according to Margate police
MARGATE, Fla. – A search for two Margate girls reported missing ended up with an 18-year-old from West Palm Beach arrested after police said he had sex with the 13-year-old girl in his car. A Margate police officer reported that on Tuesday around 3 a.m. he saw a black Audi parked in the back of Coral Gate Park. AdPolice said Joseph admitted to having sex with the girl on a previous occasion and shared details. He told them on Tuesday night, the two did not have sex because they were interrupted by the officer. According to Broward County court records, Joseph posted bond and was released from the Broward County jail on Thursday.
Man, 18, arrested for sex with 13-year-old girl he met through social media, Margate police say
Both girls had been reported missing. When found, one girl told police they met the men on Instagram weeks earlier. The girls — who identified themselves as foster sisters — were picked up at a shopping plaza near their home in Margate and taken to Coral Gate Park, the report stated.sun-sentinel.com
Delivery driver dropping off Walmart groceries leaves Margate home with previously delivered package
MARGATE, Fla. – A delivery man was caught on camera doing something unbelievable after dropping off groceries on the front porch of a South Florida home. Security cameras captured the delivery man dropping off groceries from Walmart. He then noticed a package that had been previously delivered. “I was appalled that Walmart would send a delivery person to come to my home and steal. AdShe filed a police report and feels that Walmart should take responsibility for the delivery person and their actions.
Police search for missing Margate teen who suffers from depression
MARGATE, Fla. – The Margate Police Department is asking for assistance in the search for a missing teenager, who police say suffers from depression and has a history of suicidal tendencies. According to authorities, Lakeisha Scott, 16, left her home in the 6600 block of Northwest First Court around 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Scott is described by police as a Black female, who is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a thin build. Police said she was last seen wearing a black hoodie, gray pants and black sandals. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Margate Police Department at 954-764-4347.
1 man sentenced in blowtorch torture of plastic surgeon, co-conspirator to face judge
His co-conspirator arrived in Miami Wednesday night on a flight from Spain after being extradited back to the United States. Sergei Nkorina will face a judge in the kidnapping and torture of a South Florida plastic surgeon. (WPLG)According to court documents, the plastic surgeon was shopping at a Broward County Walmart on Jan. 14, 2019, around 6:45 p.m. when he was approached by an armed man in the parking lot and forced into a nearby moving van. During the ride to a storage facility in Margate, the men stunned the surgeon multiple times using a Taser, the document said. At some point, the men forced the surgeon to drink alcohol and he passed out, the documents said.
Rumble felt in Broward, Miami-Dade and Florida Keys
WESTON, Fla. – What’s shaking, South Florida? “We got reports of people experiencing shaking in the South Florida area around 1:15 p.m.,” said Paul Caruso, a USGS geophysicist. The Broward Sheriff’s Office said it responded to an area in Weston where the shaking was reported and found nothing. The city of Weston posted a message on social media saying:“In regard to the rumbling that people in Weston felt just earlier. Steve Friedman, a boat captain out of Islamorada, said he was fishing in Florida Bay near Flamingo when he felt and heard the rumble.
Police: Teen found after leaving note behind stating she ‘needed a break from life’
MARGATE, Fla. – Margate police confirmed early Wednesday morning that they had located a 16-year-old girl who had not been seen since Monday night, and who left behind a note at her home stating that she “needed a break from life.”According to authorities, Lakeisha Scott left her home in the 6500 block of Northwest First Court between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday, but officers are unsure whether she left on foot or in a car. Police said Lakeisha has a history of being hospitalized under the Baker Act and has suicidal tendencies. She suffers from severe depression and did not take her medication with her, authorities said. Police did not disclose where Lakeisha had been during the time she was away from home, but said that she “was recovered safely.”
Officers search for ‘endangered’ woman who vanished from Margate
MARGATE, Fla. – Officers are searching for a 51-year-old woman who is suffering from suicidal ideations and vanished from her home on Thursday in Margate. Erin Blanton, Sharon Melissa Wherry was driving a silver 2017 Ford Focus with a Florida tag JCPB89. Wherry has shoulder-length blonde hair, brown eyes, and is about 5-feet tall. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue pants. Blanton is asking anyone with information about “the endangered” woman’s whereabouts to call the Margate Police Department at 954-764-4347.
Victim kills one in Lauderdale Lakes armed robbery and second robber faces murder charge, detectives say
Litanis Alcira, 41, of Margate, is facing a felony murder charge for the shooting death of an alleged accomplice in an armed robbery in Lauderdale Lakes where one of the victims fired at them and killed one of the suspects, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. (Broward Sheriff's Office)sun-sentinel.com
Carjacking from Boca to Pompano ends with body found in car and one suspect arrested
Exantus was freed from prison in June and began his probation Sept. 23 for a 2017 carjacking in Margate. He was convicted of stealing a BMW SUV that was left running outside a post office with a 9-month-old girl in the back seat. The infant was safely recovered in the SUV, which was stopped blocks away.sun-sentinel.com
Ted Deutch will continue to represent Florida’s 22nd Congressional District
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Ted Deutch is the projected winner for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. His Republican opponent, James Pruden, had a good showing, but wasn’t able to overtake the Democratic incumbent. He also supported an “America First” approach to immigration, border security and U.S. citizen homelessness and wanted to replace Obamacare with a sensible healthcare system. Pruden grew up on a cattle farm in southern Maryland, later relocated to Florida, and has been a resident South Florida since 1982. Florida’s 22nd Congressional District includes parts of Broward County and southern Palm Beach County including Boca Raton, West Boca, Parkland, Margate, Fort Lauderdale, part of Pompano Beach, and Coral Springs.
Charities already looking for Thanksgiving meal donations for those in need
The need so great that one group of volunteers is already starting a Thanksgiving food drive and needs your help. At Florida Career College in Margate, volunteers sort through donated items to prepare Thanksgiving meal kits. Last year, a Map the Meal Gap report put South Florida’s food insecurity rate at 12% — that’s more than 500,000 people not knowing where they will get their next meal. Then came COVID-19 and the related economic impacts, forcing more families into food insecurity. Also seeWhat is food insecurity?
Missing girl found safe; miscommunication led to 9-year-old boarding wrong school bus
MARGATE, Fla. – West Broward Academy reopened its doors Monday for in-classroom instruction. The 9-year old girl was labeled missing and Margate Police was called in to search for the girl. Officers retraced her steps, spoke to administration officials and learned the girl mistakenly boarded one of the buses. How it all happened appears to be a classic case of miscommunication between the girl’s parents and the school, and between the girl’s mom and her daughter. She forgot that her mother told her not to ride the bus today…At no time was she lost, missing, or in danger.”Greene told Local 10 that the school did call her to apologize for the misunderstanding.
Dog put down after attacking Margate man and his elderly mother
Joe Varanese, who adopted the rescue dog just three weeks earlier, spoke exclusively to Local 10 News on Wednesday about the harrowing attack inside the home he shared with his mother. Varanese adopted Smokey from the animal shelter in Miami-Dade County, where the selling and owning pit bulls has been banned countywide for three decades. That’s legal because, animal advocates say, these breeds are often unfairly and incorrectly grouped into the umbrella term “pit bulls.”The breeds specifically banned by Miami-Dade include American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers and mixes of each. Who knows what that dog went through [before being adopted], what that dog was trained to do. Something triggered it.”Varanese said that in the three weeks he had the dog he didn’t see any signs of aggression.
Dog owner recounts attack that killed his mom and sent him to hospital
MARGATE, Fla. – Overwhelmed by grief and guilt, Joe Varanese is still struggling to figure out why the rescue dog he adopted three weeks ago suddenly snapped. Smokey, a 5-year-old American Bulldog attacked Varanese and mauled to death his 84-year old mother, Carolyn Varanese, inside their Margate home Friday night. Varanese said during the effort to fight off the dog, his socks lost traction in a pool of blood. While Carolyn lay dead, police and paramedics were called and Joe Varanese was rushed to the hospital. Smokey, who was legally adopted from an animal shelter, was quarantined by Broward County Animal Services, and he has since been euthanized.
Investigation continues into deadly dog attack in Margate
MARGATE, Fla. An investigation continues after a deadly dog attack over the weekend in Margate. 84-year old Carolyn Varanese was killed by a dog that a family friend called very calm. It wasnt so aggressive, said Jimmy, a friend of the victim and her son. It doesnt make no sense to me.Jimmy said the dog was new to the family and that the attack happened suddenly, as Joseph Varanese was helping his wheelchair bound mother inside the home. Broward County Animal Control is holding onto the dog for now.
Friend describes dog attack that killed 84-year-old woman
MARGATE, Fla. A friend of the son who survived a vicious dog attack that killed his 84-year-old mother said he was shocked that the pit bull went on the rampage. Her son, 57-year-old Joseph Varanese, was taken to Northwest Medical Center with serious injuries. Jimmy said he drove his friend, Joseph, home from the hospital and was told what happened. The dog grabbed her ankles and he started beating the dog with the wheelchair, Jimmy said. As far as the mans injuries, Jimmy said: The dog messed him up pretty good.
Suspects, ages 18-21, face charges in nearly 30 burglaries in South Florida
Detectives linked them to nearly 30 residential burglaries in South Florida. To foil their operation, detectives simultaneously executed three arrest warrants and search warrants in Broward County, the Hollywood Police Department announced on Tuesday. These suspects committed these crimes while already on pre-trial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors, Lata said. The three suspects, who are ages 18 to 21, are accused of belonging to the criminal organization that aside from armed burglaries was also linked to fraud. Lata identified the three suspects as 18-year-old Tremaine Raekwon Hill, 19-year-old Tyrek Davontae Williams and 21-year-old Zion Odain Denvor Hall.
4-year-old boy dies from injuries, Margate mother, boyfriend arrested for abuse
MARGATE, Fla. – A Margate mother and her boyfriend, both 29, were arrested for abuse after the woman’s 4-year-old son remained unresponsive and brain dead at a Broward hospital. Margate police arrested the boy’s mother Shaquita Monique Brockington and Stephon Alexander Beaver, both of Margate, on Monday, July 20. On Wednesday, July 15, officers from the Margate Police Department, responded to a 911 call about a 4-year-old with injuries. She is charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of neglect of a child, due to her failure to make a reasonable effort to protect the child from abuse, neglect or exploitation by another person. Beaver is charged with aggravated child abuse, child neglect with great bodily injuries, and lying to law enforcement.
Margate Fourth of July parade welcomes State Rep. Anika Omphroy as Grand Marshal
MARGATE, Fla. The City of Margate's Fourth of July parade will have a special guest as its Grand Marshal. 95) will guide the parade through several Margate neighborhoods. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will kick off from Firefighters Park, located at 2500 Rock Island Rd. There will be some temporary road closures and delays as the parade marches through the city. A map of the parade route and approximate times it will be specific locations can be seen below.
Video shows woman deliver baby Julia in Broward parking lot
MARGATE, Fla. – The birth of a child can take lots of planning, and it was so for a Coral Springs couple. But all of it went out the window in the parking lot of Natural Birth Works in Margate. Susan Anderson said Thursday it all happened really fast. We’ve done her other delivery, and round two was just a lot faster,” said Gelena Hinkley, a midwife. “That was my focus, just getting inside to the birthing tub, but she had other ideas,” Susan Anderson said.
Thieves smash their way into pawn shop in Margate
MARGATE, Fla. – Authorities are searching for a group of thieves who targeted a pawn shop early Monday morning in Margate. The burglary occurred around 2 a.m. at Brian’s Pawn & Guns, located at 274 N. State Road 7. Surveillance video shows the thieves smashing the front glass with a hammer before the group storms inside. The owner, Iglaia Ingram, told Local 10 News that the thieves got away with eight guns and a handful of other items, including jewelry. Anyone with further information about the burglary is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
South Florida doctor dies from new coronavirus, medical examiner confirms
MARGATE, Fla. – A medical examiner has confirmed that a South Florida doctor died Wednesday night from complications related to the new coronavirus, Local 10 News learned Thursday. The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services listed Dr. Alex Hsu’s cause of death as COVID-19 and listed the manner of death as natural. Hsu’s sharecare profile states that he was affiliated with Northwest Medical Center. Hsu, a well-respected member of the medical community, was an active medical staff member at Northwest Medical Center from 1995-2017,” a statement from Northwest Medical Center read. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is believed to spread mainly from person to person.
FBI agents arrest officer at Margate police station
MARGATE, Fla. – FBI agents arrested a police officer on Tuesday at a Margate Police Department station. Officer Andrew Hammock, who has been with the department since 2002, is facing a charge of soliciting visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The department placed Hammock on administrative leave without pay. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida is handling the case.
Off-duty Margate firefighter charged in Super Bowl block party shooting
COOPER CITY, Fla. – A Margate firefighter was arrested last week for his role in a Super Bowl Sunday shooting in Cooper City. The off-duty firefighter, identified as Margate Fire Rescue Lt. Lorne Brown, 39, is the alleged gunman in the shooting, which took place during a block party for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. After the shooting, Lorne Brown told responding deputies he was concerned for the children and party goers, that they could be hit by passing cars. We should’ve killed you,’” Simeon Brown told Local 10 News. Lorne Brown is facing multiple charges, including first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Violent crash in Margate leaves two dead on Christmas morning
The victims were identified by Margate police as Craig Williams, 24, of North Lauderdale, and Reyana Sanaa, 19, of Lauderhill. Williams was the driver of the Honda Civic and Sanaa the passenger. Both were declared dead at the scene, according to police.sun-sentinel.com
$2.17 a gallon?! Floridas lowest gas prices are in this western Broward community
Wawa representatives did not immediately respond to an email seeking details about why Margate was selected for the current gas war. Generally, the chain rolls out lower prices for several days after it opens new locations. But the Margate store has been open since Feb. 1, 2018. And the company has been content to keep prices higher elsewhere, such as $2.44 at its store on North Federal Highway and East Sample Road, or $2.49 at the location on West Hillsboro Drive and Southwest 12th Avenue.sun-sentinel.com
Penn Dutchs listeria-contaminated Hollywood property sold for $3.7 million
Penn Dutch expanded into a second store in Margate in 2004 and was planning to add a third location in Sunrise when state food inspectors found the pathogen listeria in several meat products in both stores in February and March. The contamination likely resulted from water onto uncovered meats through a hole in the ceiling of the Hollywood store, state inspectors said.sun-sentinel.com