Battery charger sparks fire in shed near Broward County home

A battery charger sparked a fire Monday inside a shed near a home in Broward County, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 3:20 p.m. at 1251 NW 29th Way.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said fuel inside the 20-by-20 shed caused the fire to spread.

Photos show heavy damage to the shed. At least one dirt bike was destroyed in the fire and several ATVs appeared to be damaged.

It’s unclear whether anyone was inside the shed when it caught fire. 

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Good Samaritan speaks about crash that killed 80-year-old man in Pompano Beach

A good Samaritan risked his own safety Friday night to try to save a driver who was trapped after a crash in Pompano Beach.

“I heard screeching tires that lasted for five seconds,” Todd Moore said. “And then I heard, ‘Bam.'”

The crash was reported just before 7 p.m. in the area of Northeast 14th Street and 27th Terrace.

Deputies said the victim, James Stewart, 80, was heading west on 14th Street and attempting to turn south onto 27th Terrace when his Lexus was struck by a BMW that was headed east in the right lane.

“I went to get the door and I pulled on the door and I couldn’t get it because it was jammed,” Moore said. “I couldn’t get it, and I was like, ‘You’re not dying on me.’ Something came over me and I just ripped the door open, and then I just grabbed him out, squared him up and said, ‘Hey, is there anyone in your car?'”

Witnesses scoured the scene to help the victim in the other vehicle while Moore pulled the driver to safety.

“The car was double T-boned,” Moore said.

Within 10 minutes, emergency crews arrived.

Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene and the other driver, Maxx Berstein, 28, of Coral Springs, was taken to Broward Health North, where he was treated and released.

“(Stewart) was never responsive, and when I saw him, he was white as a ghost,” Moore said. 

Moore, a retired New York City auxiliary police officer, said his 20 years of police training gave him the knowledge and experience to know what to do.

“I’d do it again. You know, the bottom line is that a human life is on the line, and, you know, you can’t sit there and watch someone suffer. You got to do something about it. That’s community, that’s humanity and that’s what I’m about,” Moore said. 

Detectives said the investigation into the crash remains open. Anyone with information is asked to call Traffic Homicide Detective Anthony Morales at 954-321-4844 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Thief steals bag with $30,000 in jewelry, cash from vehicle in Lauderhill

Lauderhill police are searching for a man who stole a bag containing $30,000 worth of jewelry and cash from a vehicle.The theft was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Chevron gas station in the 7100 block of North University Drive.Police said the…

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Thief points gun at clerk’s head before taking off with 18-pack of beer

A thief pointed a handgun at a gas station clerk last week before taking off with an 18-pack of beer, authorities said.

The robbery was reported just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at a 7-Eleven store at 4451 Davie Blvd.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said two men entered the store as the clerk stepped out to throw out some trash.

Deputies said surveillance video shows one man walking directly to the coolers and appearing to struggle to keep an item from sliding down the front of his pants as he walked. 

Authorities said he then grabbed an 18-pack of Modelo beer and walked to the front door, where he was confronted by the clerk.

The clerk told the man that the store was closed, and the thief pushed him, pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the clerk’s head, authorities said.

Deputies said the clerk hid behind the door and the thief ran off.

Authorities said a second man stood at the counter during the robbery, but left before deputies arrived.

Detectives said they would like to speak with that man.

Anyone with information about the identities of either man is asked to call Detective Armando Enrique at 954-321-4200.


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Vehicle crashes into wall of church thrift shop in Lauderdale Lakes

A vehicle crashed into a wall Monday at a church thrift shop in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said. The crash was reported just after noon at the Thrift Shop of Merrell United Methodist Church at 3900 State Road 7.Sky 10 was above the scene and sa…

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WATCH LIVE: Live camera of South Florida’s view of the eclipse

While we may not get full eclipse totality here in South Florida, the sun will be about 80 percent blocked out and that’s not bad.

Local 10 is offering a live look at the eclipse as it appears over Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

So forget South Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee… here’s what your neighbors are seeing as the sun disappears (mostly) during the Great American Eclipse.

SEND pictures of your eclipse “experience” to [email protected].


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