Here's your daily review of the morning news from around South Florida. Enjoy your Cooler.
A- Herald: A lot of trouble for [maybe] 36 people.
Florida’s noncitizen voter-purge program roared back to life Wednesday when Gov. Rick Scott’s elections department produced a new list of 198 potentially ineligible voters — including 36 who might have cast ballots illegally.B- Herald: Another South Florida success story.
Democrats account for 44 percent of the potential noncitizens on this list and 41 percent of the overall active voter rolls, a Herald analysis found. More than a third of the list is made up of no-party-affiliation voters, who account for about a fifth of the rolls. Republicans make up 16 percent of the purge list and 36 percent of the overall voter rolls.
Of the 36 potential noncitizens who may have voted, 39 percent are African American and 25 percent Hispanic. About 64 percent of those voters are Democrats and 19 percent are independents.
Their last address was a waterfront McMansion in Lighthouse Point.C- Palm Beach Post: Because of all those recent hurricane claims.
Their ride was a Bentley when the feds busted them last fall.
On Wednesday, a federal judge sent convicted serial scammers Joseph Harvey and wife Anja Karin Kannell to prison for 13 years. Their crime: stealing the identities of about 600 people and filing about $3 million in phony claims for oil-spill and natural-disaster relief payments in others’ names.
“The defendants were leeches on the public and the government of the United States ... to support a lavish lifestyle,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Watts-FitzGerald told the judge.
State regulators said Wednesday they approved a 6.4 percent average increase in homeowners insurance rates for State Farm after the state’s former No. 1 property insurer asked for a 14.2 percent average hike.D- CBS4: Life in South Florida.
The move marks the fifth significant increase in three years, following boosts of about 28 percent, 14 percent, 7 percent and 19 percent.
KENDALL (CBSMiami) — New surveillance tape released by Miami-Dade Police shows a violent attack on a 55-year-old woman and an attempted carjacking inside a busy parking garage by the Dadeland Metrorail station.E- WPLG: Michael Putney gets hit with a pitcher of water.
CUTLER BAY, Fla. - When I knocked on Justin Lamar Sternad’s door Wednesday, I noticed a sign warning, “Trespassers leave -- or get wet.” I didn’t leave and got wet.F- WPTV: Stupid South Florida criminals.
When a woman in her 30’s, presumably Mrs. Sternad, opened the door, she splashed a pitcher of water on me and then slammed the door shut.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Some people use Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch – but Sam Drummond used them to solve a robbery. His own.
Aided by his computer and armed with the phone number of the man who lured him to a Lantana trailer park and robbed him, the 26-year-old Delray Beach man plugged the digits into a Facebook search.
The results startled him. Up popped a profile page, and there, spreading out a wad of cash for the camera, was the man who robbed him. A comment on the picture said: "crime pays."
But maybe not so much for 20-year-old Jonathan Coleman and 19-year-old Billy Jean Jacques, the Lake Worth men now charged with robbing Drummond at gunpoint.