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accused of stealing cellphone at Fort Lauderdale animal shelter
Luz Diaz, 34, captured on surveillance video stealing $660 cellphone
woman accused of stealing a pricey cellphone from an animal shelter
last year was arrested Friday.
was early in the evening on December 2, 2014, and Pethy Dome was at
the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation building near The Fort
wasn't long after she left the shelter that she realized she had
left her phone behind. But when she went back to the office, her
phone was nowhere to be found.
to an arrest report, a review of the security camera footage showed
that Dome had left her Samsung Galaxy 5 on the counter. The couple
behind her in line, identified as Mary Luz Diaz, 34, and Robert Dey,
then decided to take the phone.
arrest report stated, "The male and female acted in concert to
take the victim's cellphone without turning the phone over to anyone
at the facility."
for the victim, Diaz was easily identified by police, because she
had filled out an adoption application that included her address and
to the Broward Sheriff's Office, when they called Diaz, she admitted
to taking the phone, and identified the man in the surveillance video
as her boyfriend, Robert Dey.
agreed to return the phone, but when police arrived at her house on
December 5, she was not home. Her brother, David Diaz, answered the
door and handed the officer the phone. The memory had been erased,
and the SIM card removed.
finally tracked down Diaz on Friday, charging her with grand theft.
The phone was valued at $660.
says ex-girlfriend, new boyfriend attacked her for money
arrested after former romantic interest accuses them of attack
Detective Margaret Smires dealt with a love triangle gone terribly
wrong over money this week.
unidentified victim reported that her ex-girlfriend Katherine Lamas,
20, kidnapped her, beat her and robbed her with the help of a man,
who was later identified as Stevie Acao, 30, who has a criminal history.
was arrested Wednesday. Miami-Dade County Police Detective Ishak
Riaz told Smires that Acao was in custody for an unrelated incident.
He later confessed, but "gave varying accounts of the
story," Smires said.
alleged attack happened four days after Christmas. The victim said
Tuesday that it all started when Lamas asked her to come to her
house, 219 Glenn Parkway, because she needed money.
an argument, she said she left running. Lamas and Acao caught up to
her on Hollywood Boulevard, she said. Lamas was driving a red Toyota
Camry, when Acao got off and grabbed her by the neck and pushed her
into the car.
inside, "Lamas grabbed her by the hair and both suspects began
punching her with closed fists," the police report said. The
victim said they continued to hit her and ask her, "Where is the money?"
told police that Acao found $50 to $60 that she was hiding in her
bra and took her cell phone. She would later identify him on Facebook
and learn that she was Lamas' boyfriend.
and Acao were charged with robbery and kidnapping.
may get chance to vote on casinos
Florida voters may get a chance to tell legislators whether they
want Las-Vegas styled casinos.
Florida House panel on Thursday voted in favor of a stripped-down
removed a provision to allow two casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward
counties, but agreed to let county commissioners hold referendums on
whether casinos should be allowed.
Ritch Workman said he wants to know if people in "downtown
Miami" support a casino.
if voters say yes, the Legislature would have to give approval.
House bill (HB 1233) was changed to allow slot machines at dog
tracks in Lee and Palm Beach counties.
similar gambling bill now moving in the Senate would also extend for
one year a deal that lets the Seminole Tribe offer blackjack at its casinos.
OKs allowing adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
adoption agencies in Florida would be able to turn away gay couples
based on religious and moral beliefs under a bill the House passed.
House voted 75-38 today for the bill, sending it to the Senate.
was a response to a backlash from social conservatives after the
House passed a separate adoption bill last month that stripped a gay
adoption ban from state law. That law hasnt been enforced since
it was found unconstitutional five years ago.
debated from more than an hour, with Republicans saying the bill was
needed to protect the rights of religious groups and Democrats saying
the state shouldnt be allowing discrimination.
skimmers on the rise
are warning the public about credit card skimming devices found on
fuel pumps in Broward County.
the latest case, Miramar police said a skimming device was found
during a routine inspection by the Department of Agriculture at a
Shell gas station at 3500 Red Road on March 27.
said they are seeing a rise in skimming devices found at gas
stations, especially those that are located near highways.
advise the public to lock their cars and pay inside if they are
uncomfortable paying through the machines.
Springs Police Find Missing 9-Year Old Girl
search is over for a missing 9-year old Coral Springs girl.
Coral Springs Police Department tweeted out at 11:23 a.m. that the
girl had been found safe.
in the morning police asked for the publics help in finding
Hope McGruder. Her family told investigators that the last time they
saw her she was in bed in their apartment, near the 2500 block of
Coral Springs Drive, Thursday night. Friday morning she was gone.
Broward Sheriffs helicopter and bloodhounds assisted Coral
Spring police in their search for Hope.
said the girl was found on nearby Sample Road. She was reportedly
trying to get to her aunts.
have classified this as a runaway situation.
Riddle Student Arrested For Threating To Kill Professor
Florida student is under arrest, accused of threatening to kill his
professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Beach Police Deputy Chief Craig Capri said 33-year-old Konstantinos
Kostakis was arrested Thursday.
charged with making a written threat to kill or injure.
said the student confessed.
Daytona Beach News-Journal reports police went to the College of
Aviation building on April 1st after assistant professor of
commercial space operations Diane Howard found the typed letter. It
claimed two heavily-armed students would shoot her.
Prompt Reopening Of 1993 Cold Case
womans remains recently identified have prompted Boca Raton
detectives to reopen a cold case from 1993.
said the same year, a man discovered the remains in a pond near 6401
East Rogers Circle.
Raton Police were able to find several body parts in the pond and
identify them as belonging to a white female in her 20s. They later
ruled her death a homicide.
the woman remained unidentified and the case went cold until recently.
department replaced their fingerprint identification system and the
womans prints were resubmitted and verified by
technicians. This time they were identified as belonging to Michelle
discovery has prompted detectives to pursue additional leads in her case.
believe Cooper may have been living in the West Palm Beach area at
the time of her death.
are looking for anyone with more information on her or her death.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Could Shed Light On Hollywood Boys Death
head of the states Department of Children and Families
appeared before a Senate panel Thursday to talk about the death of a
three year old Hollywood boy last month.
Secretary Mike Carroll told the Senate Children, Families and Elder
Affairs Committee that he sent a special investigative team
known as a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team to South
Florida to find out why social-service agencies missed a series of
internal and external injuries to Ahziya Osceola.
childs body was found on March 19, wrapped in garbage bags and
hidden in the laundry room of his familys home.
were signs that this child may have been physically abused,
Carroll said. It wasnt clear who or to what extent, and
with all of the parties we just didnt close the loop and get to
a place where we were able to determine what really is the nature of
these bruises and who really is the perpetrator in this.
boys father and stepmother face charges.
Eleanor Sobel, a Hollywood Democrat who chairs the committee, said
Ahziya was beaten to death.
said she wants to review the states child-welfare arrangements
with the Seminole Tribe, to which the boy and his family belonged and
which had been handling his case after ChildNet, the community-based
care organization in the region, terminated services to the family in
need much more specific guidelines around information sharing,
Carroll said. And while I appreciate the need to respect the
sovereignty of the Indian nation in these cases, the best interests,
well-being and safety of the children should be the foremost concern
of both parties involved in this.
the Seminole Tribe nor the Broward Sheriffs Office, which had
investigated the family four times without taking action, appeared at
the committee hearing. Carroll told lawmakers the special
investigative report will be complete within weeks.
To Formally Open New South Florida HQ
will be a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Friday for the
FBIs new South Florida field office in Miramar.
Director James Comey and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson are scheduled to
officially open the building which is named for agents Benjamin P.
Grogan and Jerry L. Dove, who were killed in a gun battle with bank
robbers in South Miami-Dade on Friday, April 11, 1986. The firefight
is still considered the bloodiest in the history of the FBI. Agent
Grogan was a 25 year veteran of the Bureau. Agent Dove had been with
the FBI for four years.
naming ceremony and dedication is a fitting tribute to Special
Agents Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove. These brave men answered
the call of duty and gave their lives to keep our streets,
communities and country safe. We owe them and their families a debt
of gratitude that can never be repaid, said Wilson in a statement.
new $194 million office building contains 330,000 square feet and
sits on a 20-acre site adjacent to Interstate 75.
28 years, the FBIs South Florida headquarters was located in
North Miami Beach. The field office has jurisdiction over federal
cases along Floridas southeast coast from Vero Beach to Key West.
Before Trying To Sell Smartphone Online
probably heard about the various websites that will give you cash
for your old electronicsincluding cell phones. But there is a
consumer warning about the sites that seem to promise more than they
are willing to deliver for the old devices.
Caffarelli scanned the internet to find the best site to sell his
smartphone. During his search he found the popular, Cash for iPhones
site which he said came up with the highest price.
company initially quoted Caffarelli $586 for his iPhone six so he
sent them the phone and waited for his checkwhich is the
standard operating procedure for these types of sites.
few days later, however, Caffarelli got an email with a much
different offer. Now that the company was in possession of his device
they wanted to pay him $76.
said he didnt react well to the new, much lower offer.
to the Better Business Bureau, which gave the company an
F rating, there are hundreds of similar complaints.
disgruntled customer even set up a Facebook page called Stop Cash
Abbe with the Federal Trade Commission said companies get away with
this because most people dont read the fine print.
you take a look at Cash for iPhones terms and conditions it
said initial quotes are qualified pending our evaluation.
also said customers have three days to either accept or reject the
Caffarelli said he couldnt reach anyone by email or phone in
the three days following his second offer. He said he was put on
hold, his call was dropped, and then passed to different costumer reps.
he finally got the chance to tell them that he wanted his iPhone
back, Caffarelli said the company told him it was too late.
have to provide a mechanism for people to cancel if they offer the
opportunity to cancel, said Abbe.
for iPhones, which is located in Sparks, Nevada, is now under
investigation by the Nevada Attorney Generals Office.
said after much back and forth he finally received the original
offer of $586.
line, experts say do your due diligence. The internet can be a great
way to connect you with buyers and sellers but this company is a
great example that you should not do business with just anyone. Do
your research, look up the company. If there are red flags chances
are they will pop up.
House Passes Nearly $700 Million Tax Cut Package
$700 million in tax cuts and breaks are coming after the
Houseoverwhelmingly approved a bill on Thursday.
legislation includes a substantial cut in the taxes charged on
cellphones and cable television bills. The bill (HB 7141) also
authorizes a three-day back to school sales tax holiday and exempts
college textbooks from sales taxes.
tax cut bill passed by a 112-3 vote.
not clear, however, what taxes the Florida Legislature will cut this year.
Senate leaders have said they wont talk about cutting taxes
until they figure out what to do about health care spending in the
state budget. The House and Senate have passed rival budgets that
differ by $4 billion.
Predicts Drop In Citrus Production This Year
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is predicting a drop in citrus
production for this year.
officials said Thursday they predict about 102 million boxes of
oranges will be produced. Thats down from the 104 million boxes
produced last year.
the announcement, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
released the following statement, saying in part, The future of
Floridas iconic citrus industry continues to be threatened by
citrus greening. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services has requested $18 million this year to support research, to
grow clean citrus stock and to remove and replant diseased trees. We
will fight to save Floridas $10.7 billion citrus industry, and
the 64,000 jobs the industry supports.
years forecast is a 59 percent decline since the peak citrus
production of 254 million boxes from 1997 to 1998.