Police officers ask teens to beware of man acting strangely in Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines police officers were asking women and teens Thursday to beware of a man who has already scared two teenage girls into reporting him. 

In two separate incidents, the girls told police officers the man persuaded them to get close to his vehicle and asked them for directions to Sawgrass Mills Mall. 

Sgt. Angela Goodwin said in an e-mail that the man offered to charge one of the girl’s cell phones, and after opening his trunk he asked a girl to get closer. 

The officers were searching for the man to question him. One of the recent incidents was at 8400 NW 19 St. and the other at 12105 Pembroke Rd. 

Goodwin was asking anyone with information to call the police department at 954-431-2200 or Broward County Crimestoppers at 954-493-8477.

Follow this story

Middle school teacher gives teens alcohol at Pompano Beach park, deputies say

A South Florida middle school teacher was arrested last week after deputies said they found two intoxicated teenagers in his car at a Pompano Beach park after it had closed.

David Stokes, 45, of North Lauderdale, was arrested Friday on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and trespassing on a beach or park after hours.

Stokes is listed as a history teacher on the website for Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, deputies found Stokes and the 16-year-old children in a Honda Accord that was parked inside the closed park at 100 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

“Both juveniles were visibly intoxicated … with slurred speech and were unbalanced on their feet,” the report said.

The teens told deputies that Stokes picked them up at their homes, unbeknownst to their parents, and gave them alcohol. One of the teens claimed to have taken 24 cough drops bought by Stokes to enhance intoxication.

Deputies didn’t say whether the teens were boys or girls.

Local 10 News attempted to contact the Broward County school district for comment, but schools were closed Thursday for Rosh Hashanah.

Follow this story

Basketball court feud ends with drive-by shooting

A Hollywood family packed up their things from their home Wednesday afternoon as police stood guard outside. 

The night before, someone fired multiple rounds into their house, with three children under the age of 7 inside.

The victims said the incident happened over a feud on the basketball court. 

Donna Rivera said the shooting stems from a fight at Beverly Park, where her 18-year-old son went to play basketball.

“My son’s team lost, so they were arguing that they were cheating,” Rivera said.

She said at some point the fight turned physical and eventually led to harassment at their doorstep.

“The first attempt was the brick through the window,” Rivera said.

The brick was thrown near the bed where her grandson sleeps.

About an hour and a half later, Rivera said bullets started flying.

“This bullet up here came right through the door and wedged in the wall over here, over my daughter’s bed,” Rivera said, pointing to the bullet hole.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

Rivera said she wants those responsible to pay for what they did.

“Attempted murder for sure, because the house was full of people,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Follow this story

Man shot in leg while trying to fight off armed robbers at Fort Lauderdale gas station

A man was pumping gas at a Citgo station in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month when two men got out of a nearby car and tried to snatch his necklace. The victim fought back and was shot in the leg.

Fort Lauderdale police on Wednesday released surveillance video of the Sept. 5 armed robbery that happened in the middle of the day.

Police said one of the men had a gun when they approached the victim at the gas station on Northwest 31st Avenue and demanded the necklace that he was wearing. When he refused, one of the men grabbed the victim’s neck and tried to snatch the jewelry.

The victim tried to fight off his attacker, but the other man shot the victim in his leg.

Surveillance video showed the robbers run into their car and drive away after the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Follow this story