2 people critically injured after possibly being struck by lightning in Parkland

Two people were taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after they were possibly struck by lightning at Hendricks Farm in Parkland, authorities said.The lightning strike was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at the farm at 12210 Loxahatchee Road….

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Accused airport gunman ruled competent, clearing way for guilty plea

An Alaska man accused of killing five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been ruled mentally competent, clearing the way for him to plead guilty.Earlier this month, Esteban Santiago agreed to plead guilty …

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Accused of murder, doctor lured father to his home, deputies say

Asking for help to find a charger for his ankle-monitor, a Weston doctor lured his father and another woman over to his home this weekend before he fatally shot the father and turned the gun on himself, according to newly released court records.

The woman, who was not identified, fled the home after Rafael Azulay shot 67-year-old Asher Azulay in the neck and called 911, the records said. Rafael Azulay was awaiting trial on domestic violence charges and was court-ordered to wear the monitor.

The woman told deputies when they arrived at the million-dollar home in the 3200 block of Islewood Avenue on Saturday morning, Rafael Azulay was armed with a handgun and told them that he intended to kill them both and then commit suicide.

Broward County sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly after the 911 call and a standoff ensued. Eventually, Rafael Azulay surrendered and deputies found Asher Azulay dead inside the home. Rafael Azulay had shot himself several times in the stomach, the record said.

He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Deputies later obtained a search warrant for Rafael Azulay’s home. Inside the home, the letters, including “do not resuscitate requests,” had been taped to the walls, the records said.

Rafael Azulay faces a charge of first-degree murder.

He has a history of trouble with the law.

In 2014 and 2015, Rafeal Azulay was accused of abusing his girlfriend. The charges were dropped after the victim refused to testify.

In March, Rafael Azulay was again accused of beating the same woman, who was at one point his fiancee. According to the arrest report, the victim had bruises on her left eye, both arms and both legs. She had small cuts on her chest, the report said. He was charged with felony battery.

Rafael Azulay worked as internist in private practice with privileges at Memorial Regional Hospital. But the hospital severed ties with Rafael Azulay after the domestic violence charges became public in 2015.

He previously threatened his former fiancee, saying, “bring her to her mother in a body bag,” according to an arrest affidavit filed in March.

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Parkland survivor shows off shrapnel-free face months after shooting

Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the attack that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said her face “is finally shrapnel free!”Fuentes tweeted a photo of her bruised face on Saturday, with a hospital bandage still stretc…

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Sinkhole opens at entrance to gated community in Cooper City

A small sinkhole formed Saturday at the entrance to a gated community in Cooper City after workers struck a water main, officials said.

Firefighters were called around 1:30 p.m. to the 5500 block of 106th Avenue after a 15-foot-by-15-foot sinkhole formed, blocking the entrance to the Biltmore Grove community.

Battalion Chief Michael Kane, a spokesman for Broward Fire Rescue, said the entrance to neighborhood was closed for several hours in “an abundance of caution,” but the entrance has since reopened.

Subcontractors working for AT&T were digging outside the neighborhood when they damaged the water main, Kane said.

He recommended that residents use bottled water until repairs are complete but couldn’t say how long the repairs would take. Kane said the sinkhole does not pose a danger to nearby homes.

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Doctor kills his father, then tries to kill himself in Weston, deputies say

A Weston doctor who has been repeatedly accused of domestic violence shot and killed his father and then attempted kill himself Saturday morning, deputies said.

Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies received a report about a shooting around 8:30 a.m. at the doctor’s million-dollar home in the 3200 block of Islewood Avenue.

Concepcion said 43-year-old Rafael Azulay barricaded himself inside his home when deputies arrived, and a SWAT team was called. Eventually, Azulay surrendered, and deputies found the body of 67-year-old Asher Azulay, of Pembroke Park, inside.

Deputies said Rafael Azulay had several gunshot wounds. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. His condition was not disclosed.

Rafael Azulay has a history of trouble with the law.

In 2014 and 2015, Azulay was accused of abusing his girlfriend. The charges were dropped after the victim refused to testify.

In March, Auzlay was again accused of beating the same woman. According to the arrest report, the victim had bruises on her left eye, both arms and both legs. She had small cuts on her chest, the report said. He was charged with felony battery and was currently out on bond, awaiting trial.

Azulay worked as internist in private practice with privileges at Memorial Regional Hospital. But the hospital severed ties with Azulay after the domestic violence charges became public in 2015.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective John Curcio at 954-321-4200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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