Man calls for driver to come forward after sister seriously injured in hit-and-run

A South Florida woman remains hospitalized as her family appeals for someone to come forward with information about the driver who struck the woman over the weekend in Sunrise.

“I thought she was gone,” the victim’s brother, Joseph Holguin, said.

Joseph Holguin’s sister, Michelle Holguin, 53, remains in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after she was struck by a car just after midnight Saturday while she was riding her bicycle home from work.

“It was horrible. Words can’t describe it. I just broke down,  just like I am now,” Joseph Holguin said.

According to police, Michelle Holguin was riding her bike when she was hit by a car on Sunrise Boulevard near Flamingo Road and was dragged 25 yards.

The driver sped off without stopping to help, leaving Michelle Holguin unconscious in the roadway.

“Leaving her on the side of the road like a piece of meat, it’s just not right,” her brother said.

Without much information to go on, police and Michelle Holguin’s loved ones are pleading for the driver to come forward.

“Take responsibility for what you did. It’s just an accident. Stuff does happen, but fess up,” Joseph Holguin said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.
 

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Suspect arrested in shooting outside health department in Belle Glade

An 18-year-old man faces attempted murder charges after he opened fire outside the health department in Belle Glade and was shot by one of his intended victims in self-defense, deputies said.

Randolph Jackson, 18, was arrested early Tuesday morning on four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Jackson was riding home on a Palm Tran bus Monday after a meeting with his probation officer in West Palm Beach when he got into a dispute with another passenger on the bus.

The argument continued when Randolph and the other man arrived in Belle Glade.

According to the report, surveillance video shows four people walking toward their vehicles outside the C.L. Brumback Glades Health Center when Jackson began shooting at them. The victims can be seen on the video running and ducking for cover.

One of the four victims grabbed a gun from his vehicle and returned gunfire in self-defense, deputies said, wounding Jackson.

Deputies followed a trail of blood from the parking lot to the health center to find Jackson with a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh. Deputies said a pistol was found nearby.

Jackson was taken to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, where he was treated for his gunshot wound. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

According to the arrest report, one of the victims was shot in the left thigh and another was shot in the buttocks.

While he was interviewed in the hospital, Jackson admitted to being on the bus and arguing with one of the victims, but he denied any involvement in the shooting.

Jackson was being held without bond in a Palm Beach County jail.

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Suspect arrested in shooting outside health department in Belle Glade

An 18-year-old man faces attempted murder charges after he opened fire outside the health department in Belle Glade and was shot by one of his intended victims in self-defense, deputies said.

Randolph Jackson, 18, was arrested early Tuesday morning on four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Jackson was riding home on a Palm Tran bus Monday after a meeting with his probation officer in West Palm Beach when he got into a dispute with another passenger on the bus.

The argument continued when Randolph and the other man arrived in Belle Glade.

According to the report, surveillance video shows four people walking toward their vehicles outside the C.L. Brumback Glades Health Center when Jackson began shooting at them. The victims can be seen on the video running and ducking for cover.

One of the four victims grabbed a gun from his vehicle and returned gunfire in self-defense, deputies said, wounding Jackson.

Deputies followed a trail of blood from the parking lot to the health center to find Jackson with a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh. Deputies said a pistol was found nearby.

Jackson was taken to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, where he was treated for his gunshot wound. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

According to the arrest report, one of the victims was shot in the left thigh and another was shot in the buttocks.

While he was interviewed in the hospital, Jackson admitted to being on the bus and arguing with one of the victims, but he denied any involvement in the shooting.

Jackson was being held without bond in a Palm Beach County jail.

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What O.J. Simpson’s life has been like in prison

O.J. Simpson has spent the past eight and a half years behind bars at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in Nevada’s high desert.

Simpson — famously acquitted in 1995 in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman — has been serving out a nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in a 2007 incident that unfolded in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Simpson and armed associates allegedly confronted two memorabilia dealers and took pieces of memorabilia from them. Simpson was convicted on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The former college and pro football star said at his sentencing that he was trying to reclaim family heirlooms and other personal items that had been stolen from him, and claimed that he was unaware his associates were carrying guns.

During his years in prison, Simpson has passed the time playing fantasy football, coaching softball, and, at least in the beginning, eating lots of junk food, according to guards and an inmate who were there with him. A representative for Simpson declined CNN requests for comment.

On Thursday, Simpson will have a hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole to decide whether he will be released from prison — and if parole is granted, Simpson could be released as early as October, parole board spokesman David Smith said.

Here’s a look at Simpson’s life as Lovelock’s most famous prisoner.

Relationships with guards and inmates

Simpson would at times get teased about the killings and trial, former guards Jesse Mandoki and Jeffrey Felix recalled.

Both recalled a moment when Felix dropped a glove on the ground in front of Simpson and made a wisecrack about it fitting, an allusion to the famous moment during his trial.

Whether intentionally or not, Simpson was typically paired with a burly cellmate, said Greg Lewis, who spent seven years with Simpson as an inmate at Lovelock.

“His cell mates were usually bigger dudes that could take care of business if anybody hassled him,” he said.

But overall, “The Juice” has gotten along well with others in prison.

“Simpson has stayed out of trouble there,” said Brooke Keast, spokeswoman for the Nevada prisons system. “We haven’t heard much from him.”

At his 2013 appearance before parole commissioners, Simpson described himself as a prison diplomat. “I’m sure the powers here know I advise a lot of guys,” Simpson testified to parole commissioners. “I’d like to feel I keep a lot of trouble from happening.”

Tom Scotto, a close friend who says he visited Simpson in prison dozens of times, also described him as a positive influence on the other inmates. “He brings everybody together, the skinheads, blacks, Mexicans,” he said.

Scotto remembered that guards would affectionately call him Nordberg, after the bumbling police officer he played in the “Naked Gun” movies.

Mandoki and Felix remembered calling him something else: Bobble Head. Why? “Man, he’s got a really big head,” Felix said.

A more relaxed environment

Life at Lovelock is considered to be more comfortable than at other Nevada facilities — and people of different races mix there, unlike at many other prisons in the state, both former guards said.

While working as a guard, Felix would often visit other Nevada prisons where racial tensions were more pronounced. “I only saw the same race talking to each other, eating with each other and living in the same area unit,” he said. “The inmates of different races were not mingling like at Lovelock.”

“These other joints, you can’t even talk to the other race or sit next to them in the chow hall,” said Lewis, who is white, and who spent nine months at Northern Nevada Correctional Center before coming to Lovelock. If there is interaction between races, “it’s not uncommon that your own race takes you back to the cell block and kicks your ass. They call you a race traitor.”

Extra perks

Simpson would occasionally get preferential treatment from both guards and inmates, Mandoki and Felix recalled.

“What happened usually O.J. Simpson cuts in front of every line,” Felix said — lines for meals, for instance. “Everybody understands that. Because that is just the way of life at Lovelock.”

When Simpson would buy extra food at Lovelock, other inmates would carry his bags for him, Lewis and both ex-guards recalled.

Mandoki remembers seeing Felix and Simpson walking in the yard together, and was surprised that they got so close. “You could see Felix doing laps with O.J,” he said. “I was always amazed that he (Felix) was allowed to do that.”

Felix, who worked at Lovelock for 20 years and retired in September 2015, says he became one of Simpson’s confidants in prison. In 2016, he published a book about his time getting to know Simpson at Lovelock, titled “Guarding the Juice.”

Prison food

In his earlier years in prison, Simpson ate a lot of junk food and gained a lot of weight, Lewis and the ex-guards said. They remembered him eating chocolate chip cookies, ramen noodles, and sticky cinnamon rolls, which Mandoki said contained something like 2,000 calories each.

But in recent years, Simpson, who turned 70 this month, appears to have gone on a health kick, the ex-guards said.

“He looks like he is 50 years old now,” Scotto said. “He lost lots of weight, maybe 70 or 80 pounds.”

Recreation

Simpson would frequently talk about his arthritis and knee surgeries, Felix said, and could be seen limping around the yard to the row of outdoor telephones where he talks to relatives and friends.

His health may have limited his athletic activity in prison, but he still found ways to immerse himself in sports.

He was constantly winning money in fantasy football games due to his knowledge of the National Football League and players’ skills, Felix said. “One time when he wasn’t looking, I got info off of his football sheets. He made me some money,” he recalled, laughing.

“You can visit him at Lovelock from Friday to Sunday,” Scotto said. “I knew to never even bother to try to visit with him on a Sunday during football season because he was watching the games.”

“We used to send him fantasy football stuff in there,” Norman Pardo, Simpson’s former manager who has stayed in touch with him via telephone. “He was melancholy and we would send him 20 or 30 (fantasy football) envelopes to keep his mind occupied.”

He’s also taken to coaching softball, nicknaming his team “the Giants” as a nod to his San Francisco roots.

Former inmate Lewis, who played for the Giants, said that Simpson guided the team to championships two years in a row. “He was super competitive, as you might imagine with O.J.,” Lewis said. “He’d try to get the rules bent for us. He knew the rules pretty well. He was a studious coach.”

Simpson’s cell has a 13-inch flat screen television, the former guards said, the largest size that prisoners at Lovelock can buy.

But Simpson didn’t watch “OJ: Made In America” or “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the documentary and television series about his life that came out over the past year.

“We didn’t let people watch,” said Keast, the prison spokeswoman. “We don’t want to bring attention to one inmate over any other.”

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Woman shares story, recalls being kidnapped, raped by Georgia couple

After being kidnapped and raped inside a Motel 6 room, a 28-year-old woman managed to escape from her attackers, sharing her story with reporters.

“This is definitely a life-changing situation, where I don’t know how I’m ever going to get over this,” the woman, who asked not to be identified, said Monday from her attorney’s office in Coral Gables. 

 

The woman was backing out of a Publix parking lot July 9 at 155 E. Second Ave. when she was approached by Rashada Hurley, 32.

 

“I roll my window down. They’re asking for directions,” the woman recalled.

 

That’s when Hurley struck the woman in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.

 

When she regained consciousness, Timothy Lowe, 37, was driving the vehicle, police said, and the woman was on her side getting choked by Hurley, who also punched her in the nose and mouth.

“I got punched and I don’t remember what happened,” the woman said. “I woke up and I was in the car.” 

Lowe drove the car to a Motel 6 at 7330 N.W. 36th St., where Hurley booked a room using the woman’s credit card.

The woman said once she was inside the motel room, her attackers, who are newlyweds from Georgia, took turns raping her. 

“He did what he did first, and then she did what she did,” the woman said she made her escape when they got distracted while trying to open her phone.

“When I finally did escape, I was running in the street naked,” she said. “A gentleman finally pulled over, and I told him what had happened.”

The couple later left the motel in the woman’s car. The next day, on July 10, police said they stole two sodas from a Miami 7-Eleven while naked.

Police caught Lowe and Hurley shortly after and arrested them on charges of kidnapping, robbery, sexual battery, indecent exposure, petty theft and grand theft.

“These people are not well,” the woman’s attorney, Carlos Silva, said. “They’re sick and demented. They should be put to sleep.”

The woman said she hopes her ordeal serves as a lesson for others.

“I want everybody to be aware of their surroundings,” she said.

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3 people shot outside health department in Belle Glade

Three people were shot Monday outside a Florida Department of Health center in Belle Glade, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies who were called to the C.L. Brumback Glades Health Center found three victims outside the building.

The victims were taken to a local hospital. Although their conditions are unknown, deputies said their injuries were not life-threatening. 

The building was placed on lockdown while deputies searched for a shooter.

Deputies said everyone involved in the shooting has been accounted for, but the shooting remains under investigation.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

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