Diver vanishes off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

A man was in a The Lady Go Diver excursion to the SS Copenhagen shipwreck on Saturday morning when he vanished at sea. 

The 50-year-old man disappeared about half a mile off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, according to the Coast Guard.

The search team included boat crews from the Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department.

A Coast Guard helicopter from the Miami air station was also helping with the search. 

The Lady Go Diver is a commercial boat charter with the Dixie Divers at 455 South Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach.  

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Local 10 News Marcine Joseph contributed to this report. 

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Driver runs over pedestrian in Lauderhill

A driver ran over a pedestrian on Friday night in Lauderhill. 

Lauderhill Fire Rescue responded to 5757 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Paramedics rushed the pedestrian to Broward Health Medical Center. 

The driver involved cooperated with authorities. 

 

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Local 10 News Marcine Joseph contributed to this report. 

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1 person shot in Oakland Park, found at gas station

One person was injured after being shot in Oakland Park on Friday.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the victim was found at the Valero location at 2699 West Oakland Park Boulevard, but it is believed he was not shot at the station.

The victim was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.

BSO officials say the victim is being uncooperative with their investigation.

 

 

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Man threatens to blow up mosque after incident at Muslim-owned convenience store

A South Florida man was arrested Thursday after he threatened to blow up a mosque in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

The incident was reported at about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Islamic Center of South Florida at 507 NE Sixth St.

According to an arrest report, Shawkat Mzayek, 38, called the mosque and said, “Your mosque is going to be blown the (expletive) up tonight. We are going to kill all of you and ISIS in America.”

Deputies said Mzayek hung up the phone and the person who received the call at the mosque called 911 and evacuated the building.

The director of the mosque, Mihad Sakallah, told Local 10 News that the mosque was preparing to have people come to break their fast for the holy month of Ramadan when the threat was made. 

He said there were 10 to 20 people inside the building when the call was made.

Deputies said caller ID linked the phone number to Mzayek’s wife, but said Mzayek confirmed that he is the sole user of that phone number.

Detectives said Mzayek told them that he used to be Muslim, but converted to Judaism and believes the Muslim community considers him a “dead man” now.

He said he made the call to the mosque and to a Muslim-owned convenience store in Plantation after he got into an altercation with employees at the store, the report said.

Detectives said Mzayek said that he threatened to burn down the mosque and the store.

He was arrested on a charge of falsely reporting a bomb threat.

Court records show that Mzayek was on probation at the time of the incident for pointing a gun at another driver in a road rage case. 

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