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A- Sun-Sentinel: The latest salvo in SoFla Cop Wars.
In the latest salvo in the tit-for-tat among South Florida's law enforcement agencies, a new video recorded by a law enforcement officer aired Monday on Univision 23 television that, this time, appeared to show Florida Highway Patrol troopers speeding without their emergency lights flashing.B- Sun-Sentinel: Gambling in Weston?
A lawyer for developer Ron Bergeron wants to bring jai-alai – and maybe slots and poker – to Weston.C- Sun-Sentinel: Apple bandits.
David Romanik filed a 42-page application with the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on Friday, listing Bergeron as the majority owner. It also included a description of where a fronton would be built: on 65 acres near U.S. 27 in Weston.
A group of five people walked into a Walmart store late one night last month knowing exactly what they wanted.D- Sun-Sentinel: Hang ten.
They picked up a backpack. Then a crowbar. But those items weren't on their shopping list.
They were out to steal Apple iPads and iPods, some of the hottest items for the holiday season. Authorities said they hit at least five Walmart stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
"They are a top-targeted item of organized retail crime groups because they are highly desirable and easily resold in the black market," said Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection adviser for the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association.
"Leading into the holidays, [thieves] are stocking their shelves just like retailers are, knowing their sales will boom on Black Friday and Cyber Monday."
Waves striking South Florida beaches this weekend reached up to 11 feet, much higher than normal although short of the 15-foot waves authorities had said were possible.E- CBS4: Drug subs.
The National Weather Service said waves of nine to 11 feet were reported in Palm Beach County, with the highest ones in the north. Waves reached at least eight feet in Broward County. The service warned that rough surf and a high risk of rip currents would continue at least through Tuesday morning.
“We never thought we’d see the transition from the go-fast boats, the Miami-Vice go-fast boats to submarines,” said Security Specialist Wayne Black, who has been tracking the drug subs since they were first built by hand in the jungles of Colombia.F- NBC6: Consider the alternative.
“The go-fast boat gives a heat signature, a radar signature, and they are able to be spotted. They throw this big plume of water and you can see them with a night scope. Subs are moving slower. They are barely breaking the surface. The heat signature isn’t there. Radar passes right over the top of them,” Black told Gillen as they scouted the seas from the tip of South Beach.
The name of a North Miami Beach strip club is causing quite an uproar with neighborhood residents.G- WPTV: Life in South Florida.
The club, called Swinging Richards, is a male strip club for gay men, and the attorney for the owners says other locations in country are very successful.
The club on Biscayne Blvd and 172nd Street has changed hands a number of times but residents say this time it's a first.
Stephanie Kiensle, who lives near the club, doesn’t think the name—or the message it sends is good for her community.
Nam Thuc Ha, of the 5900 block of Northwest Batchelor Terrace in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on two aggravated assault charges in connection with the Sunday morning incidents in the 1300 block of Northwest St. Lucie West Boulevard.
A 36-year-old man told Port St. Lucie police a person started honking his horn while they were in traffic and followed him into a parking lot.
The 36-year-old man parked and got out of his vehicle. He saw the other man had gotten out of his vehicle, a 2008 Lexus. The 36-year-old man said the assailant had a gun in his hand, and was yelling, "What are you gonna do (obscenity)."
"Nothing, you have a gun," the 36-year-old man told the assailant.
The 36-year-old man started backing up, and the assailant lowered the gun. He walked toward his Lexus and got what the 36-year-old man thought was a knife but that police determined was an expandable baton.
A 28-year-old woman got out of the Lexus and asked the 36-year-old man, "Why are you backing up." The 36-year-old man said he was calling police, and the assailant and the woman left.