Victim’s family suing for Parkland school shooter’s health records

Family members for one of the 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are suing to obtain mental health records of Nikolas Cruz.

The lawsuit was filed Friday by the family of Helena Ramsay, a 17-year-old junior who was killed in the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland.

Their lawyer, Craig Goldenfarb, wants records about Cruz from Henderson Behavioral Health to help them prepare for a possible malpractice or wrongful-death case. The company has also been sued by other victims’ families.

Goldenfarb said he was aware of several encounters Cruz had with different employees at Henderson Behavioral Health and is seeking more information about Cruz’s time at the facility.

“Henderson Behavioral Health, according to the Department of Children and Families records, had quite a bit of contact with Nikolas Cruz in the years before he murdered 17 people and injured 17 others,” Goldenfarb said.

An attorney for Henderson Behavioral Health said the company supports releasing the records but needs a court order.

Ramsay was one of 14 students and three faculty members killed when Cruz used an AR-15 rifle to open fire in the 1200 building at the Parkland school.

Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted.

 

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BSO deputies union puts up second billboard calling for governor to fire Israel

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association has put up a second billboard calling for Gov. Rick Scott to fire Sheriff Scott Israel in the wake of the agency’s failures regarding the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The second billboard, which reads: “Governor Scott: Before it happens again, remove Sheriff Israel,” was put up Monday off Interstate 95, just north of Sunrise Boulevard on the west side of the road.

According to union President Jeff Bell, morale at the agency has been decimated and the agency has been in a “holding pattern” with no sense of direction since the mass shooting that killed 17 people and injured 17 others.

Bell said deputies are increasingly applying to other agencies, which is furthering the already critical shortage of deputies in Broward County.

In April, the union’s members voted that it had no confidence in their boss.

The governor has previously said he is waiting for a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation to be completed before he makes a decision on Israel. 

Meanwhile, the sheriff has said the union members are in revolt only because they have not gotten a raise they wanted.

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Dangerous Florida couple wanted for armed carjacking believed in Miami

A dangerous and violent couple wanted for armed carjacking are now believed to be in South Florida where they have allegedly committed additional armed robberies.

The man and woman are accused of a holding a 74-year-old woman at gunpoint Friday in Pensacola, according to WEAR.

The duo took the victim’s red Hyundai Elantra and fled to the Miami area. The stolen car has a Florida tag with license plate number Y08FZC.

Pensacola police say the couple, both in their 20’s, have led South Florida police on multiple chases, but were always able to escape. No local police departments have confirmed this account.

Anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts are urged to call Crime Stoppers at either 305-471-8477 or 954-493-TIPS.

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Male turns up dead near Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale, police say

Detectives were investigating how a male turned up dead Friday evening near Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Captain Greg May said the man was dead when paramedics arrived to the Lauderdale Manors neighborhood.His bo…

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Fort Lauderdale turns utility boxes into works of art

While the City of Fort Lauderdale contains some of the most beautiful areas in all of South Florida, there’s not much you can do with the tools of industry.

Those ugly metal control boxes at almost every traffic light are a necessary evil in that they provide a service, yet catch the eye in a most disturbing way.

But city officials are working to turn the unsightly boxes into works of art, while also discouraging vandalism and graffiti.

The “Box Wrap” program, first introduced by the Downtown Development Authority in 2015, uses vinyl material to cover the shiny boxes with images showcasing the city. Instead of using paint, the vinyl can be easily removed, if necessary.

The boxes are meant to have “in your face” designs to grab attention of those passing by.

Eight utility boxes along Riverwalk were the first to be wrapped, followed by five control boxes in the Flagler Village in downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

According to the DDA, boxes along Broward Boulevard capture “highlights of the city that makes it a place you want to live, work, play and raise a family.”

Boxes on Sunrise Boulevard reflect the activities and events that take place at the city’s Holiday Park.

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