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Father beat son with auxiliary cord for getting high, sleeping all day, police say

Gerardo Soto arrested on charges of battery, child abuse
A Coconut Creek man told police that he beat his teenage son with an auxiliary cord because the boy was high and slept all day long, according to an arrest report.
Gerardo Soto, 37, was arrested Thursday on charges of battery and child abuse.
Coconut Creek police said the 16-year-old boy was hit in the face with a cord.
When police asked Soto about what happened, Soto confessed to the beating, saying he heard his son talking on his cellphone and "became very angry and confrontational," prompting him to grab a cord and swing it at the boy, according to the report.
Police said the boy had a cord mark across the left side of his face and ear. Police said the injuries were minor, but the cord did cause the boy to bleed.

3 teens arrested after dozens of cars broken into in Pompano Beach

Suspects accused of breaking into 69 vehicles at condo complex
Three teenagers have been arrested after 69 vehicles were broken into last month at a Pompano Beach condominium complex.
Tirrell Caldwell, 16, and Jacob Dawkins, 17, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested Aug. 28 on charges of burglary and petit theft.
According to their arrest report, the teens broke into 69 vehicles Aug. 19 at the Waterford Point condominiums at 801 S. Federal Highway.
Deputies said the teens used a "window punch" device to break into some of the vehicles and stole money from some of the cars.
"My two vehicles, nothing was taken," Jeff Rodgers, who lives at the complex, said. "It was just rummaged through and (they took) the loose quarters and change. Other than that, just a lot of broken windows."
Deputies said Caldwell cut his hand on the glass window of one of the cars, and a DNA sample linked him to the scene.
According to the report, the teens admitted to the burglaries and said another teen, identified only as Randall, was also involved.

Woman accused in hacking death appointed new counsel

Desiray Strickland, 18, pleads not guilty in death of Jose Santos Amaya Guardado
An 18-year-old girl accused in the death of a classmate at the Homestead Jobs Corps center appeared in court Friday where she was appointed new counsel.
Desiray Strickland has pleaded not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Jose Santos Amaya Guardado. She is expected to appear again in court Oct. 9.
Strickland is charged with first-degree murder, along with Kareem Arbelo, 20, Jonathan Lucas, 18, and Christian colon, 19. Police made a final arrest in the case Thursday, also charging Joseph Michael Cabrera with first-degree murder. Cabrera was taken into custody in St. Louis and is awaiting extradition to Miami.
The group is accused of plotting to kill Guardado for weeks, before the plan was executed on June 28.
Police said the teen was hacked to death with a machete and was partially buried in a wooded area behind the vocational school.
The Department of Labor has since suspended all classes at the Homestead Job Corps until they complete a review of the safety and security on the campus.
"This pause in operations will provide additional time for Job Corps to complete its review of safety and security at the Homestead center and to consider actions to further strengthen oversight and accountability of Job Corps contractors," said Stephen Barr, senior managing director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Public Affairs.
All suspects are being held without bond while they await trial.

Teen says Oakland Park man, his friends had sex with her

Luders Brave admits to having sex with 16-year-old, BSO report says
An Oakland Park man is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl "on several occasions," a Broward Sheriff's Office report said.
Luders Brave, 40, faces multiple counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.
According to the report, the girl told a BSO detective that she had sex with Brave while staying at his apartment. She claimed that she had sex with Brave more than 10 times "and sometimes twice a day."
The teen also said that Brave's friends would come over and have sex with her.
Brave initially said that she only slept in his bed, but he later admitted to having sex with her four times, the report said.
The girl's relationship to Brave isn't known.

Green turtle nest count breaks record

University of Central Florida researchers say the endangered green turtle population is making a comeback on one of the nation's most important nesting beaches for turtles.
UCF researchers reported Wednesday that more than 12,000 turtle nests were counted during a recent census at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge along Brevard County's coastline.
That broke last year's record 11,800 nests.
UCF professor Kate Mansfield says the turtle population there has made a comeback in the past three decades. There were less than 50 nests back in the 1980s.

Polk woman with guns shoplifts $1,300 in Wal-Mart merchandise

A 37-year-old woman carrying two concealed handguns was arrested Monday after deputies said she shoplifted more than $1,300 in merchandise from a Wal-Mart in Lakeland, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
Amber L. Adkins used a knife to open packages in the store, concealed the items in backpacks and then bagged the items in the self-checkout area with scanning or paying for them, deputies said.
As Adkins attempted to leave the store, at 5800 U.S. 98 N., she was stopped by store security and sheriff’s detectives. Once detained, sheriff’s detectives discovered Adkins had two concealed handguns, one in her clothing and another in a backpack. The guns were not from the store, deputies said.
During the investigation, Adkins complained of medical issues and she was transported to Lakeland Regional Health for treatment. The sheriff’s office said Adkins attempted to leave the hospital to avoid arrest and became combative when stopped, kicking a Lakeland police officer who was assisting sheriff’s detectives.
Adkins was treated and released from the hospital, then transported to the Polk County Jail.
Adkins, of Lakeland, faces charges of grand theft, resisting an officer without violence, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm during a felony, and two counts of carrying a concealed firearm.

Power struggle at FAMU creates new crisis

Florida A&M University is being confronted with a new crisis.
Trustees at the historic university turned to an outsider 18 months to lead them out of a turbulent period following the death of Marching 100 band member Robert Champion.
But FAMU President Elmira Mangum is now locked in a power struggle with some trustees.
Some politicians have sided with Mangum and called on the chairman of the board of trustees to resign. Mangum in a memo to chairman Rufus Montgomery accused him of discrimination and harassment.
But Montgomery and some other board members are pointing to management decisions and questionable hires by the administration as the reasons behind their criticism.
One example is that a FAMU vice president hired a special assistant who previously pleaded guilty to financial aid fraud. The employee had worked at Cornell University, where Mangum worked prior to taking the post at FAMU.

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