92-year-old man reported missing in Coconut Creek

A 92-year-old man was reported missing in Coconut Creek, authorities said.

Joseph Makler was last seen at his home about 9 p.m. Monday. 

Police said Makler is believed to be driving a blue 2014 Ford Fusion with Florida tag L409ZP. The vehicle was seen leaving the guard gate to Makler’s complex at 3:06 a.m. Tuesday.

Makler uses a walker and has documented medical concerns that require medication, authorities said. 

Police said officers have been in contact with Makler’s friends and family, but they have not yet located him.

Anyone with information about Makler’s whereabouts is asked to call Coconut Creek police Detective Brian Mullin at 954-956-1579, or email him at [email protected] 

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Woman reported missing after leaving home to walk to Broward College

A Coconut Creek woman was reported missing Wednesday after she left her home to walk to Broward College, as she has done many times in the past, authorities said.

Coconut Creek police officers said Yanique Mauge, 21, is believed to be of diminished capacity, but is able to walk to school on her own.

She was last seen wearing a turquoise hoodie jacket and black faded jean pants.

Police said it’s unclear whether Mauge ever made it to school Wednesday, but she never returned home.

Authorities have been speaking with her friends and relatives, but have so far been unsuccessful in finding Mauge.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Coconut Creek police Detective Obed Saldana at 954-956-1577, or email him at [email protected]


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Student accused of raping woman allowed to return to Monarch High School

Parents are expected to voice their concerns to school officials Wednesday night after a 19-year-old student was allowed to return to school after he was arrested on accusations that he raped a woman last year on Halloween.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim fell asleep at a bus stop about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 31, 2016, when Gibson Sylvain pulled her arm, leaned over her and said, “I want you to suck my d***.”

Authorities said the victim said, “No please, no. I don’t do that,” but Sylvain raped her orally and vaginally. 

According to the affidavit, the victim reached into her jacket for her pepper spray at one point, but it malfunctioned and she sprayed it on herself. 

The victim said she screamed for help and continued to tell Sylvain “no.” Sylvanin then told the woman, “I don’t want to hurt you,” authorities said. 

The woman told detectives that she eventually stopped resisting when Sylvain raped her and pretended to enjoy it because she was afraid that Sylvain would kill her using the concrete bus bench.

The attack last for about 15 to 20 minutes, authorities said.

According to the affidavit, DNA taken from the victim’s sweater was linked to Sylvain.

Detectives believe Sylvain also tried to rape a woman on June 30 at the same bus stop.

The victim in that case told police that a man approached her and told her to “suck my d***.”

The woman said she refused and the man knocked her to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face.

Police said the woman wasn’t raped, but because she was attacked at the same location, at the same time of day and there were similar circumstances surrounding the attack as last year’s case, detectives believe Sylvain might be the culprit.

However, authorities said there are no witnesses, DNA evidence or surveillance video available in the second case.

Records show Sylvain’s pre-trial release was modified Aug. 25 and he was allowed to return to school between 6:20 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21.

A post on the Coconut Creek Residents Community Forum Facebook page urged parents who have children that attend the high school to attend a town hall meeting Wednesday night at the school to voice their concerns. 

“If you have a child in Monarch, please be there … We need to stand as one!” the post read. 

Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew said in an email that the district is “committed to providing safe and secure learning environments for all students.”

She would not comment on Sylvain due to student privacy issues, but said, “The District is required to follow laws governing students’ educational rights.”

The town hall meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. 

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Food for the Poor begins shipping donations to islands affected by Hurricane Maria

Food for the Poor is packing up donations to help islands in the Caribbean that were affected by Hurricane Maria.

Three 40-foot containers were loaded up Monday morning and are already on the way to the islands.

“None of those islands are wealthy enough or prepared for a devastation of this magnitude,” Food for the Poor’s executive director Angel Aloma said. “First Irma came by and started it, then Maria came by and finished it.”

Boxes of supplies were loaded onto pallets and placed in containers at Food for the Poor’s warehouse in Coconut Creek Monday morning.

“It’s all the stuff they would need immediately — clean water for drinking, canned foods, blankets, hygiene items, tarps, buckets to start the clean-up process,” Aloma said. 

Three containers were sent to the port Monday morning, and from there will sail to Dominica, Antigua and St. Lucia.

“Through our partners in St. Lucia we’re helping St. Martin and the Virgin Islands, and through our partner in Antigua, we are helping Barbuda,” Aloma said. “Barbuda was declared inhabitable — that’s how terribly it was destroyed.”

Aloma said Food for the Poor will be helping out for the long haul. 

“It’s great to help out at the beginning when all the news media takes care of it, but then eventually it becomes old news, but the devastation does not become old news for them,” Aloma said.

The next shipment will include things like gas chainsaws to help with the cutting away of trees, and generators to provide some electricity.

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Firefighters provide water to horses in Coconut Creek, Margate

The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department helped the horses in their community on Tuesday by dropping by several farms with water.Fire crews filled up buckets fill of water to give to the animals that were without due to Hurricane Irma. With the h…

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Man accused of beating 22-year-old girlfriend to death

After beating his 22-year-old girlfriend at a home in Coconut Creek, detectives said Sanjay Johnson called 911.

Coconut Creek Police Department Sgt. Scott Slavin said Johnson, 23, told police officers Tiffonia Dejeane Davids wasn’t feeling well, passed out and hit her head on Friday. 

Paramedics took Davids to Northwest Medical Center, where a doctor pronounced her dead at 2:49 a.m. Nurses learned that she had suffered multiple injuries from blunt force trauma. 

After gathering evidence at the home at 4105 West Atlantic Boulevard, detectives determined Johnson used a baseball bat to beat her to death. 

Records show Davids was a licensed practical nurse from Coral Springs who last worked at Integrity Health Services in Pompano Beach. 

Police officers arrested Johnson and he was at the Broward County Jail on Saturday morning. 


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