Nail technician attacked, bitten by customer in Pompano Beach

A beauty technician said she was beaten up Monday at a salon in Pompano Beach.

“As she heads out, she says, ‘I’m not going to pay.  I changed my mind.  I’m not going to pay,'”  said the victim, who did not want to be named.  “So I stopped her.  ‘No, you have to pay.  You can’t just walk out like that.'”

That’s when the woman, trying to run out on her bill, decided to go on the attack using her shoes and her hands to beat the employee at Star Nails on Atlantic Boulevard.

She even bit the victim at one point.

“I’ve been sore, I’ve been home ice packing for the last two days,” the victim said.

Portions of the attack were caught on a surveillance camera.

“I’ve been here almost 10 years and nothing happened, just this,” the victim said, adding she hopes her attacker is caught. “Soon, I’m going to have to have people pay first.”

Anyone with information about this attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Deputy accused of falsifying records at Broward County Jail

A Broward sheriff’s deputy assigned to work at the Broward County Jail is accused of spending his shifts using his cellphone instead of conducting security checks.

Oreth Smith was arrested Tuesday after an investigation that also showed that he falsified inmate head count records at the Broward County Jail, officials said.

The 34-year-old deputy is charged with official misconduct and introducing contraband into the jail.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said Smith has been suspended without pay.

According to a letter sent to Smith from Internal Affairs, Smith was ordered to surrender his BSO ID and any BSO-issued weapons.

He is also not allowed to drive a BSO vehicle or enter any BSO facility during his suspension without the approval of Internal Affairs.

An arrest warrant said an inmate complained in July 2016 that Smith wasn’t conducting checks or head counts. His supervisors watched surveillance videos to confirm the allegations.

Officials said it’s against the agency’s policy for deputies to have personal cellphones in the jail.

Smith was released on bond. Records don’t list an attorney.

Smith was reassigned to restricted administrative duty July 25, 2016, as part of an investigation into how murder suspect Dayonte Resiles was able to escape from the Broward County courthouse.

Authorities said it’s unclear whether Smith had a role in the escape.

“The public corruption investigation continues,” Coleman-Wright said. “So far, investigators have found no evidence connecting the deputy to the Resiles escape.”

Smith has been employed by the BSO since April 2, 2007.

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Deputies urge Pompano Beach residents to secure scooters after string of thefts

Residents of Pompano Beach, particularly in the Harbor Village, Cresthaven and Highland neighborhoods, are being warned of a recent rash of motor scooter thefts from driveways, garages and carports.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office put out an advisory on Wednesday, that said thieves have been breaking steering columns and then “hot-wiring” the scooters before driving off with them.

The Sheriff’s Office is urging owners to use a strong cable or chain and lock to secure scooters to a non-movable object.

They’re also asking owners of scooters to run cables and chains through the scooter’s tires.

Please pass this information on to your neighbors who may own one.

For more information, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 954-831-5490. 

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Dashcam shows failed sobriety test, arrest of Army reservist after fatal crash

Newly released dashcam footage of an Army war veteran charged with DIU manslaughter was released Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. 

In the clip, Sgt. First Class Conan Acevedo, 40,  is seen out of uniform taking a field-sobriety test and learning that the driver of the vehicle he crashed into, Nicolas Garcia, 18, had died.

 “What happened to the gentleman that was driving?”  Acevedo said.

“The gentleman who was in the other sedan?” the deputy responds.     

“Yes, sir,” Acevedo responds.

“He died,” the deputy said 

“How?,” Acevedo said.

Deputies said Acevedo, was driving west on West McNab Road just before 2:30 a.m. Aug. 9 when he ran a red light at Northwest 70th Avenue and crashed his SUV into the driver’s side door of a Honda Civic.

As Acevedo headed to jail after failing the sobriety test with a blood alcohol that was double the legal limit, he carried on a conversation with the arresting deputy. 

From the conversation, it appears that he knows he’s in trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from cracking jokes.

“Um, I’m an investigator,” Acevedo said with a laugh. “Well, not any more.”

Moments before the father of three was arrested, a surveillance video captured Acevedo running a red light, and plowing his SUV into the side of a car that Garcia was in. 

Acevedo is currently out on bond.

Prior to his arrest, Acevedo was working as an Army recruiter, and is he’s now working a desk job. 

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Small plane lands on I-75 in western Broward County

A small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 75 in western Broward County.

Sky 10 was above the southbound lanes at 5:45 p.m. as the plane was stopped on the side on the highway near mile marker 33.

Traffic was getting by in the left lane and vehicles were able to move back to the right lane immediately after passing the airplane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said two people were aboard the Cessna 152 that landed west of U.S. Highway 27.

The plane belongs to Wayman Aviation, a company that  works with Miami Dade College. 

A spokesman for Wayman told Local 10 News that in an emergency situation instructors will take over and, in this case, made a “great, safe landing.”

It’s unclear what forced the pilot to land on the highway.

No injuries were reported.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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Thief leaves cellphone behind during cellphone repair store robbery

Wilton Manors police are searching for a male customer who they say robbed a cellphone repair store on March 14.The robbery was reported in the 60th block of East Oakland Park Boulevard.The customer went into the store, got his phone fixed, and then re…

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