Robber swipes jewelry from Sam’s Club in Sunrise

An armed robber stole jewelry Friday morning from a Sam’s Club in Sunrise, authorities said.

The robbery was reported shortly after 6 a.m. at the Sam’s Club on West Sunrise Boulevard near Northwest 136th Avenue.

Police said the robber was armed with a gun when he smashed jewelry displays that sit just feet from the front entrance.

“It’s unfortunate,” customer Jonathan Tabares said. “This isn’t really a neighborhood like that, you know, where stuff like that happens.”

Tabares said he went to Sam’s Club early Friday to get new tires, but he had to wait nearly two hours to get in as Sunrise police investigated the robbery.

“Just cops and staff members outside,” Tabares said.

Cellphone video shows the jewelry displays smashed with shattered glass everywhere, and workers cleaning up the mess that was left behind.

Police said the robber followed an employee inside about 6:15 a.m. before the store opened.

The man grabbed what he could and took off, police said. No shots were fired and nobody was injured.

A Sam’s Club spokesman said the employees are cooperating with detectives.

It’s unclear whether the robber left on foot or in a car.

Police hope cameras in and outside the store will help them identify the culprit. Police did not immediately provide a description of the robber or an estimate of how much jewelry was taken.

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

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Police investigate fiery mystery in Miami

Police began investigating a fiery mystery early Friday in Miami.

Miami police said a driver crashed his or her car into a pole and a parked vehicle at Northwest 39th Street and 17th Avenue. Both vehicles caught fire and a third car crashed into a bush, police said.

“I couldn’t believe it at first. I thought the officer might have been joking. When I saw it, I said, ‘Wow,'” Harry Puron, whose parked car was burned, said.

Authorities said one of the vehicles damaged a fence across the street at Miami Jackson Senior High School.

Investigators also found bullet casings at the scene, but  police said they did not find any victims or drivers, and did not receive any calls about shots fired in the area.

Officers blocked off Northwest 17th Avenue between Northwest 40th Street and 38th Street as they continued their investigation.

Students were led past the crime scene tape by police so they could get to school.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses to try to determine what happened.

Authorities said the vehicle identification numbers are difficult to read on the burned vehicles, making it difficult for police to track down the owners.

Police said they are checking with local hospitals to find out whether any gunshot or car crash victims were treated for injuries.

Police said no blood was found at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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UM, FIU students arrested in prostitution sting

Students from the University of Miami and Florida International University were arrested during a prostitution sting in Coral Gables.

Two UM students, Acacia Friedman, 23, and Maury Noun, 21, along with FIU student Samara Charlotin, 19, were charged with prostitution after an undercover police operation Wednesday night.

Friedman and Charlotin reportedly met with an undercover detective at the Colonnade Hotel after agreeing to have sex for $5,000.

While inside the hotel, the detective handed Friedman the money and asked to verify “what he was getting” for the money.

Friedman first replied that it was a “hang out,” but later confirmed that sex with a condom would be involved.

Both Friedman and Charlotin were charged with engaging in prostitution, while Charlotin faces additional charges of possession of 1 gram of cannabis and one Oxycodone pill.

Noun was charged with aiding or abetting prostitution and directing others to prostitution.

In bond court on Thursday, Judge Mindy Glazer ordered Charlotin to stay away from the other two students.

“You’re a smart girl. If you want to see age 20, you need to find a new line of employment,” Glazer said. “A very risky thing you’re doing, alright? With someone with a lot of potential such as yourself, you need to stay away from them.”

The University of Miami declined to provide information or comment on the ongoing investigation. 

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Nail technician attacked, bitten by customer in Pompano Beach

A beauty technician said she was beaten up Monday at a salon in Pompano Beach.

“As she heads out, she says, ‘I’m not going to pay.  I changed my mind.  I’m not going to pay,'”  said the victim, who did not want to be named.  “So I stopped her.  ‘No, you have to pay.  You can’t just walk out like that.'”

That’s when the woman, trying to run out on her bill, decided to go on the attack using her shoes and her hands to beat the employee at Star Nails on Atlantic Boulevard.

She even bit the victim at one point.

“I’ve been sore, I’ve been home ice packing for the last two days,” the victim said.

Portions of the attack were caught on a surveillance camera.

“I’ve been here almost 10 years and nothing happened, just this,” the victim said, adding she hopes her attacker is caught. “Soon, I’m going to have to have people pay first.”

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

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Husband sentenced to prison for fatal DUI crash while having sex with wife

A South Florida man who pleaded guilty to a DUI accident that killed his wife while the two were having sex was sentenced to five years in prison.

Matthew Notebaert of Loxahatchee had earlier plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in the 2014 crash that killed his wife, Amanda.

The Palm Beach Post reports Notebaert was drunk and high on marijuana when he drove his SUV into a canal embankment near the couple’s home.

Amanda Notebaert, who died at the scene, was riding on her husband’s lap and was naked from the waist down at the time of the accident.

In his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Notebaert said the couple began drinking while at a concert to mark his wife’s first night out after giving birth to their second child.

Notebaert said all he remembers of the accident is waking up next to his dead wife’s body.

Three hours after the accident, Notebaert was found to have a blood alcohol level of .149, twice the legal amount to drive.

Notebaert’s attorney had asked for her client to receive probation, but Circuit Judge Laura Johnson took the 33-year-old’s previous felony charges of cocaine possession, burglary and grand theft into account when announcing her sentence.

“This isn’t your first chance. You’ve been to jail before. You’ve been on probation,” Johnson said, according to the Post, adding: “You failed your wife. You failed your children and you failed all your family that is here today.”

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