‘Joker’ arrested after pointing gun at passing vehicles, police say

A Miami-Dade County man whose green hair and face tattoos resemble the look of Batman’s nemesis the Joker was arrested Tuesday after pointing a gun at passing vehicles, police said.

Lawrence Sullivan, 29, faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

According to a Miami-Dade police report, police were alerted about a man with green hair and tattoos on his face standing at the corner of Southwest 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard, pointing a gun at passing vehicles.

An officer spotted a man matching that description walking out of the Hammocks Place apartments. When the officer asked the man, later identified as Sullivan, if he was armed, Sullivan said he had a gun in his pocket, police said.

Sullivan told the officer that he didn’t have a permit because it was too expensive, police said.

Among the man’s face tattoos are the words “Joker” stenciled across his forehead, next to a Batman logo with profanity scribbled within it.

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2 dead, 1 rescued after boat capsizes in ocean off Dania Beach

Two people were killed and a third person was rescued Tuesday after a boat overturned in the Atlantic Ocean off Dania Beach.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish said authorities were notified about a capsized 1992, 22-foot, Monza per TowBoatUS shortly after 2 p.m. 

She said two men were killed and another man was rescued. He was not injured.

A view from Sky 10 showed Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews rescue a man who was wearing a life jacket and wading in the ocean.

The body of another person was floating in the water nearby.

Both bodies were recovered and taken to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Dania Beach.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood Fire Rescue and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue assisted with the rescue.

Authorities didn’t say what caused the boat to overturn.

“When it’s preventable, it’s even that much more difficult to wrap your head around,” Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. “So, this was a difficult day for the responders — all of the responders that were out there. I can’t even imagine what these families of the victims are going to go through.”

The victims’ names haven’t been released.

FWC officers interviewed the surviving victim after the incident to try to determine what happened and how it could have been avoided.

#BSO #AirRescue spotted the sunken, overturned boat 3/4 mi. east of shore, just s/o cut @PortEverglades @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue pic.twitter.com/AePoJ38DdE

— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) May 23, 2017

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At least 2 dead after boat overturns in ocean off Dania Beach

At least two people are dead after a boat overturned Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean off Hollywood.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews rescued a man who was wearing a life jacket and wading in the ocean.

Another person appeared to be dead in the water.

Hollywood fire-rescue officials said a second body was pulled from the water.

Rescuers were searching for other boaters.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Broward Sheriff’s Office were assisting with the rescue.

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Former medical examiner testifies in Margate man’s penis defense murder trial

A former medical examiner testified Friday in the murder trial of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend, but the defense rested without the jury seeing the defendant’s penis.

Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, elected not to testify in his second-degree murder trial. Patterson is charged in the choking death of his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, in 2015.

Defense attorney Ken Padowitz argued in court that his client accidentally choked Marquinez during oral sex.

Before the trial began, Padowitz argued that it was relevant and necessary to show Patterson’s penis to the jury. It never happened.

Padowitz rested before Broward County Judge Lisa Porter made a decision about viewing the penis.

Dr. Ronald Wright, a former Broward County medical examiner, was called as an expert witness for the defense, providing testimony that Padowitz hoped would bolster his argument. Wright said it was possible that Marquinez was choked during oral sex.

“Under ordinary circumstances, she would object to being strangled,” Wright testified.

But Wright had trouble explaining during cross-examination whether he first raised the possibility or if the idea came from the defense.

“I can’t remember,” Wright testified. “It very well could have been mine. I’ve had other cases like that.”

The prosecution argued that Patterson choked Marquinez and waited several days before calling an ex-girlfriend to tell her what happened.

Padowitz asked Porter to acquit Patterson, citing a lack of evidence.

“So, let’s say, hypothetically, your client had his erect penis deeply in the throat and didn’t remove it,” Porter said. “His penis is a weapon at that point, and he’s got to know that he’s choking her.”

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Monday.

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Alligator’s eyes gouged out during vandalism at Florida food store

Martin County Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for whoever broke into a food store and gouged out the eyes of an alligator on the property.

The incident was reported earlier this week at Del Monte Foods on Southwest Kanner Highway in Indiantown.

Detectives said the vandals kicked out a metal panel in a door, cut an electrical outlet, removed a fire extinguisher from the outside barn and sprayed foam on a large piece of farm equipment. They also turned on the outdoor water faucets, causing flooding near the entrance, and wrote graffiti on portable toilets.

But the vandals weren’t done yet. They also blinded a 4-foot gator that they found on the property, gouging out the reptile’s eyes with an unknown object.

The gator, which also had cut marks on its back, had to be euthanized because of the injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the agricultural crimes unit of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

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