Small plane crashes 6 miles from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

A small plane crashed Thursday night near Coral Springs, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.  

The pilot of the Cessna 152 aircraft said she was in the air with a student when the plane began to lose power. They tried to get back to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when the power cut out completely. 

“I was pretty much in control of the airplane and then at the last minute I could just hear my student freaking out,” the pilot said. 

That’s when they landed on a levee about 6 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the FAA said. The plane  then skidded and flipped over into the Everglades. 

No one on board was injured. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Helicopter takes 1 injured after ‘major crash’ in Coral Springs

A multi-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon in Coral Springs required the help of a Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter, according to Coral Springs Fire Rescue Department. 

“Major crash at Wiles Road and University Drive,” a spokesperson for the department reported on Twitter. 

Ambulances took care of several injured and one person seriously injured required a BSO helicopter to get to the hospital. 

This is a developing story. Refresh this link for the latest information. 

Local 10 News Marcine Joseph contributed to this report. 

 

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Coral Springs police find numerous credit card skimmers at gas stations

Coral Springs police are warning people about credit card skimmers that have been found numerous times in recent months throughout the city. 

In just the last month, there have been more than 30 credit card skimmers found in gas pumps in Broward County, authorities said.

More than 20 percent of them were in Coral Springs.

“Right now, we’ve been seeing an abundance of gas pump skimmers which are internally wired into the central processing unit of the gas pumps,” Detective Jason Deluca said.

The Coral Springs Police Department has found a half-dozen credit card skimmers so far this month.

“As your card goes through the card reader, it will actually extract the information, store it and it’s possible that it transmits it to a nearby device that the suspect has set up,” Deluca said.

Police advise people to keep an eye out for stickers at the pump that might be broken or removed if a pump has been tampered with.

Police said technology from the skimmers now allow crooks to retrieve victims’ personal information through Bluetooth, and often times the suspect never touches the device again.

Then it’s just a few simple steps and suddenly, a victim’s card data is on a fake card.

“After he has the card information on a card with the magnetic strip, he then uses a device to emboss the card and make it appear to be genuine,” Deluca said.

A quick Google search shows that the skimmers cost only a few dollars to make and catching the crooks without good surveillance cameras is nearly impossible.

In addition to the rise in credit card skimmers, Coral Springs police have also seen a new crime wave of stolen vehicles due to residents leaving key fobs inside their cars.

Authorities said they’ve seen about a dozen car thefts in just the last month.

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Coral Springs Fire Department ranks No. 2 in country for best fire academy

Every day, Coral Springs firefighters work to keep the public safe.

But with that responsibility comes constant training, even for the most experienced crews. Luckily, they’re being coached by the best in the business.

“We were ranked No. 2 in the United States for the (best) fire academy,” Battalion Chief Stephanie Palmer said.

Instructors from departments all around the region come to Coral Springs to work with the firefighters who train here, providing crews with insight from people who have experienced all sorts of scenarios.

The practice is grueling, and the heat is nearly unbearable under pounds of gear and equipment, but for these crews, this training could mean the difference between life and death.

“It’s really important that they train on this at least once a year, if not more on their own, to get that muscle memory so when things do go wrong that they have a fighting chance to survive and tell the story,” Palmer said. 

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Coral Springs man says police damaged fence while helping family

A Coral Springs man wants police to pay for the fence that they damaged while responding to a home invasion call.

Bruce Rosenberg said he was working May 30 when he got a call from his wife, who told him that someone was outside their Coral Springs home.

Rosenberg said he raced home on Florida’s Turnpike, worried for his family.

“I only really eased up a little bit when I saw that the officers arrived at the house,” he told Local 10 News.

His home security cameras captured his children locking themselves in a bedroom and his wife peeking through windows.

Once his family was out of the house, Coral Springs police entered with K-9 units. They later learned that the car that pulled into Rosenberg’s driveway had been stolen in Fort Lauderdale.

Rosenberg’s cameras helped police track down the passenger, who led them to the 17-year-old driver.

The teen was later arrested, but that’s the least of Rosenberg’s concerns now.

Rosenberg wants someone else to pay for what he said was unnecessary damage to his fence.

“They had access to my house. They had access to the back door to get into the backyard,” Rosenberg said. “They didn’t need to rip my fence down.”

Coral Springs police Capt. Brad McKeone spoke to Local 10 News about Rosenberg’s fence.

“I know Mr. Rosenberg may be a little frustrated, but all I can say is that we will review everything,” McKeone said.

McKeone said officers often have to break through fences, doors or windows to protect themselves and others, but he said it isn’t uncommon for the city’s insurance to pay for the damage.

Rosenberg will have to wait until the review is finished.

“I am 100 percent grateful that they came and did their job and that everyone was safe. … I just don’t think that I should be responsible, ultimately, for paying $1,900 out of my pocket,” Rosenberg said.

The city could go after the suspect and ask prosecutors to seek restitution to cover the damage.

Rosenberg’s review could take about 30 days before the city makes its decision.

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