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recommends disbarment for lawyers in shock jock tria
judge has recommended permanent disbarment for three Tampa lawyers
accused of orchestrating the DUI arrest of a rival attorney.
Pinellas Judge W. Douglas Baird issued his recommendation Thursday.
He previously ruled the attorneys' actions violated Florida Bar
rules. The case will go to the Florida Supreme Court for a final decision.
Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut represented a radio host named
Bubba The Love Sponge Clem in a defamation lawsuit brought by another
rival radio host, Todd "MJ" Schnitt.
was represented by lawyer Phil Campbell. He was charged with DUI in
January 2013, during the trial. The Florida Bar said that Diaco,
Adams and Filthaut set Campbell up and used a paralegal and a Tampa
police officer to help.
Impersonates Deputy, Picks Up Prostitute
man is in trouble with the law, accused of impersonating those that
uphold it while he solicited a prostitute.
William Rose,22, appeared before a judge in bond court on Thursday
among the law enforcement he is accused of impersonating.
said Rose posed as a Broward Sheriffs Office (BSO) deputy and
solicited a prostitute before arresting her.
then allegedly took her to the BSO headquarters and pretended to
call someone to let him and the prostitute in.
one point, he allegedly told the prostitute to give him a reason to
let her go.
said the prostitute did not end up giving him what he wanted and
ended up reporting him to authorities.
court on Thursday, the judge decided to let him out on a low bond.
Roses father said he had no idea this was happening and would
get his son help.
is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and false imprisonment.
Hires Hitman Because Her Grandkids Got Lice From Daughter's
50-year-old woman tried to hire a man to kill another man in New
Smyrna Beach, cops say.
Vanorsdale said she would provide the gun to use in the killing,
police say. She is charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Beach police were apparently alerted about the plot and contacted
New Smyrna police.
found the gun that was supposed to be used and arrested Vanorsdale
intended target was not identified.
was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on a $25,000 bond.
other details were released.
scammed out of $10,000 and jewelry
Bay area police are searching for a man and woman who scammed an
84-year-old woman out of more than $10,000 in cash and $9000 worth of jewelry.
Petersburg police say the male suspect approached the elderly woman
in a Walmart parking lot Friday claiming that he had found $300,000.
The female suspect then joined the conversation, and agreed to put up
$50,000 in collateral so that a bank employee the man knew could help
them keep the money.
elderly woman also agreed to put up collateral, returning home to
get the money and jewelry. After handing the collateral over to the
man, he told her he would be back in five minutes. He never returned,
and the elderly woman was unable to locate the male or female suspect.
Investigating Apparent Murder-Suicide Of Siblings In Pompano
brother and sister are dead in what investigators are calling
an apparent murder suicide in Pompano Beach.
shooting happened inside a home along NE 21st Street.
Sheriffs Office deputies say a 24-year-old man and a
28-year-old woman were found dead Wednesday night.
say a friend of the brother and sister called 911 after hearing the
gunshots while outside making a phone call.
have not said who pulled the trigger.
motive for the shooting is not yet known.
names of the victims have not been released.
the case was being investigated as a murder-suicide, police were not
actively searching for anyone Wednesday night.
eyes Pompano Beach Shooting Death
Broward Sheriffs Office is investigating a shooting that left
a man dead Tuesday afternoon in Pompano Beach.
deputies responded to a shooting call at around 4 p.m. in the front
courtyard of a Pompano Beach residence at 616 NW 5th Ave.
told BSO 31-year-old Patrick Jean had been shot and that friends had
rushed him to Broward Health North Medical Center. Jean was
pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
said as Jean played dominoes with friends in the courtyard, a
vehicle pulled up and some men who were known to the victim got out.
There was reportedly a dispute and one of the men from the vehicle
pulled out a gun and began firing.
with additional information about this homicide is urged to contact
Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
cleaning company accused of cheating on minority business requirements
General report alleges Sunshine Cleaning engaged in 'scheme to mislead'
company with a big contract to clean the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport is accused of misleading county officials and
shortchanging minority businesses in the process.
the Broward County Commission awarded Sunshine Cleaning a $62
million janitorial contract at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport,
the firm promised to spread 30 percent of that wealth to small and
minority companies to fulfill its obligations under the County
Business Enterprise program.
the company then created a scheme to mislead the county regarding
minority participation, according an Office of Inspector General
report issued Wednesday, claiming in reports filed with the county
that it provided nearly $11 million in business to those small
companies, but in reality only giving about $660,000 in business to them.
was a scheme," Broward Inspector General John Scott said.
"Sunshine cleaned the airport using its own employees, it hired
them, it fired them, it disciplined them and it supervised them. They
represented to the county that the employees belonged to four or five
[small and minority businesses]. They misrepresented the relationship
they had ... rather than allowing [subcontractors do the work] it
merely allowed them to act as a fiction for Sunrise."
Cleaning's owner, Larry Calufetti, who has been large campaign
contributor to commission campaigns, put out a statement through a
public relations firm, reading in part, "We won't let the OIG
damage our company's reputation for honesty and great work that we
have earned over more than 30 years in business. We have always been
transparent with the county and stand by our business practices."
Scott said proof of the scheme came in IRS filings, which
contradicted Sunshine's claims to the county that its own employees
were actually employed by minority firms like Emily K. Evans, which
the OIG alleges received millions of dollars it never saw.
Sunshine had to file documents with the Florida Department of
Revenue and the IRS, in that instance Sunshine admitted they were
their employees," Scott said.
OIG is recommending that the county fine Sunshine as much $140,000
for each year of non-compliance and the county is exploring that
option. The state attorney's office investigated and determined
criminal charges weren't warranted in the case.