Woman struck, pinned underneath SUV outside J.P. Taravella High School

A woman was struck by and pinned underneath an SUV Wednesday morning outside J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, according to the Coral Springs Fire Department.

Sky 10 flew above the scene as the doors to the SUV were open and orange traffic cones marked the location of the victim’s shoes.

Firefighters arrived and had to lift the SUV to free the victim.

The woman was flown to Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.

Police are investigating.

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Man molests teen boy in library bathroom, police say

A 25-year-old Starbucks barista was arrested Tuesday after he molested a teen boy he’d met on Grindr, Coral Springs police said.

Robert Gittle met the victim in March through the dating app, police said. At the time, the victim was 14 and claimed to be 18. 

Gittle, who was on bond out of New Jersey for manufacturing, distribution and possession of child pornography, began texting the victim, police said. They eventually met at the upstairs men’s restroom in a library near the teen’s school. 

It was in the bathroom that police said Gittle and the victim performed oral sex on each other, police said. 

The teen told police about the incident and gave his phone to them in order for forensic analysis to be conducted.

An undercover officer sent a text to Gittle on July 18 to re-establish communication, police said. That officer reminded Gittle of the boy’s age.

“Robert Gittle acknowledged that the child was a minor and continued the text exchange,” an arrest report said.

It was in those text messages that Gittle showed an eagerness to meet the teen and alluded to a sexual encounter, but “did not provide any details of his intentions,” police said.

“Gittle informed the child not to discuss sex in the text message because it could get him in trouble,” police said.

Gittle met with an undercover officer Tuesday inside a library in Coral Springs, where he was arrested on charges that include lewd and lascivious battery and for traveling to solicit a minor for purposes of engaging in unlawful sexual conduct.

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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. 

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Local 10 News Marcine Joseph contributed to this report. 


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