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charged with sexual battery
Fort Lauderdale masseur has been charged after inappropriately
touching a man at a massage parlor.
Scott Price has bee charged with one count of sexual battery on Thursday.
evidence revealed Price's DNA was on a male client.
client accused Price of inappropriately touching him during a
massage at a parlor in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, last November.
filed in Pompano Beach parasailing death
Miskell died in a parasailing accident.
Connecticut family of a woman who fell to her death when her harness
broke while she was parasailing in Pompano Beach has filed a
negligence lawsuit against the boat operators and a popular resort hotel.
Miskell, 28, was parasailing with her husband, Stephen, Aug. 15 when
the fatal crash took place, leaving her husband, Stephen in the air
watching as his wife plunged 200 feet into the water.
gets life sentence for fatal robbery
central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing
a woman during a robbery.
Volusia County judge sentenced 27-year-old Kendell Rattley on
Thursday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and
say Rattley was trying to collect on a debt in January 2011 when he
killed 22-year-old Erin Gray in the garage of her parent's Deltona home.
attorneys argued that Rattley had not intended to kill Gray and
should have been convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
was tried for the same murder earlier this year, but the jury was
not able to reach a unanimous verdict.
gets 30 years for fatal crash, fleeing police
Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for
getting into a fatal crash while fleeing police.
Pinellas County judge sentenced 41-year-old Frank William Roberto on
Thursday after a jury found him guilty of vehicular homicide and
fleeing law enforcement officers resulting in a death.
Petersburg police officers tried to pull over Roberto and passenger
Kenneth Davis in January 2012 because Roberto was suspected of
purse-snatching. Roberto drove off and began swerving through
traffic. He eventually lost control and crashed into a truck. Roberto
and Davis were both ejected, and Davis died.
attorneys said Roberto was evading police because Davis was
threatening him with a gun, but no gun was found at the crash scene.
guilty of infant's death
Palm Beach County jury found 22-year-old Carlos Rivera guilty
Wednesday of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He faces
life in prison.
photos showed 11-month-old Christiano Belle-Felix had a black eye
and burned hand. Medical experts say he died in December 2009 from
blunt force trauma he suffered during a time he was left alone with Rivera.
attorneys tried to convince jurors that the boy's mother, Jessica
Belle-Chaves, could have been the one responsible for the baby's
death. Belle-Chaves testified that she'd lived in virtual captivity
for weeks with Rivera, who wouldn't allow her to touch or hold her
son in the final days of his life.
executed for prison guard's murder
man who orchestrated a prison van ambush in 1987 in an attempt to
free a prisoner has been executed.
Van Poyck died at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday by injection at the Florida
58-year-old was convicted of murdering prison guard Fred Griffis.
His case garnered international attention because Van Poyck published
three books and maintained a blog while on death row.
Poyck and Frank Valdes ambushed a prison van outside a West Palm
Beach doctor's office in a failed attempt to free James O'Brien.
Prison guard Fred Griffis was fatally shot after he threw the van's
keys into the bushes to foil the escape. Van Poyck and Valdes were
captured following a car chase.
Commissioner Resigns Amid Stalker Claims
sooner had Tuesday nights Dania Beach City Commission meeting
got underway, than Commissioner Pat Flury asked for a moment to speak.
did not come here to play petty politics and wallow in Internet and
Twitter trash, she told her fellow commissioners.
Therefore Im submitting my resignation to the city
manager effective immediately.
surprise announcement was met with shock by many in the audience.
many of you know, Ive had a person stalking me for about a
year, she said, in explaining her decision. She said the man
follows her day and night with a video camera.
reached a point now where I dont even walk to the trash area
of my apartment complex because I see him lurking in the dark
watching my every move, she said, adding that when her brother
visits her he now carries a gun. She said she is terrified something
terrible is about to happen.
bizarre and aberrant behavior I am convinced is going to lead to
some serious injury to someone, maybe me, she said.
alleged stalker is Patrick Phipps, a former political rival. He saw
Flurrys announcement as he watched the commission meeting on
was stunned because I wasnt expecting it but I was very happy
because I thought it was the correct thing to do, he said.
months Phipps has been waging a campaign to prove Flury does not
live in Dania Beach but rather at a house in Fort Lauderdale.
He has posted more than 60 videos of her that he says shows shes
been deceiving the public.
the truth and thats why she quit, he said.
admits that in one sense he is a stalker.
stalk the truth and the truth is Patricia Flury does not live in the
city of Dania Beach she lives in Fort Lauderdale and makes decisions
for those of us who do live here, he said.
67-year-old Flury tried to get a restraining order against Phipps
but a judge refused saying she is a public figure and Phipps
was doing nothing wrong. Phipps defended the use of video
which he posts on YouTube saying its the only way to
prove shes not telling the truth about her residency.
the video its compelling you dont have to speak, he
said. Its there.
Flury made her speech on the dais she got up and left immediately.
She declined to talk about it today. Commissioners are expected to
call a special election to replace her in the next 60 days.
Everglades smoke stacks to be demolished
source of pollution in South Florida is about to become a thing of
the past on Sunday.
demolition date was finally set at Port Everglades to demolish the
four, 350-foot red and white smoke stacks that have spewed out smoke
in Fort Lauderdale for half a century.
oil-burning plant closed earlier this year to make room for a new,
environmentally-friendly facility using natural gas. The cost: $1.2
billion. Three gray stacks, about 150-feet tall will be part of the
Everglades welcomed its first cargo ship in 1929 and was used as a
military base for the U.S. Navy during World War II. It is the
deepest U.S. port south of Norfolk, Va.