Man accused of selling crack cocaine with 9-year-old son in car

A South Florida man was arrested Thursday after he was caught selling crack cocaine with his 9-year-old son in the car, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, a man identified as Kevin Dougherty told undercover Hollywood police officers that he knew where to buy drugs, and they gave him some money.

Police said Marcus Beachem, 51, met Dougherty minutes later in the 1800 block of Funston Street in a white Dodge Ram and sold him “two small rocks of crack cocaine.”

After retrieving the drugs from Dougherty, police followed Beachem’s pickup truck to the 1800 block of Pembroke Road, where Beachem was pulled over and arrested.

Another man and Beachem’s 9-year-old son were also in the vehicle, police said.

Authorities said Dougherty, who did not know that the undercover officers worked in law enforcement, dropped two pieces of crack cocaine when officers approached him after the drug deal.

Dougherty and Beachem were both arrested on drug charges. Beachem also faces a child neglect charge.

Police said $1,007 was found in Beachem’s pocket and an additional $1,200 was found in his wallet.

Beachem’s son was handed over to a family friend, and the other man in the truck was released at the scene.

The truck was also released at the scene to the woman who picked up the child.

Beachem and Dougherty were taken to the Broward County Main Jail.


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Hollywood resident believes wireless device was used to break into locked vehicles

Sandy Fox thinks he knows how thieves broke into his two locked Range Rovers on Sunday.

“When I get out of it. I lock it and I come inside, and you could see that they put a device up to my car to unlock it,” he said, referring to a surveillance video of the break-in.

That device Fox believes was used to break into his vehicles is called a scanner box, and it may have been used in a string of break-ins that took place in Hollywood over the weekend.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has video on its website that shows the device, which is about the size of a smartphone and can mimic a signal emitted by keyless entry devices.

“A criminal is a criminal, and a criminal mind will always come up with ways to commit the crime,” Fox said.

Hollywood police have not been able to confirm that the device is how the thieves got into the vehicles, and the thefts remain under investigation.

Fox and Uvaldo Mencia, who was also targeted, said their neighbors have experienced similar break-ins.

“Sooner or later,  they’re going to get caught,” Mencia said. “My advice to them is for them to just cool off and go somewhere else.”

As for what was stolen, Mencia said the thieves scattered his belongings throughout his neighborhood.

“What they did was, they just took all of the belongings away from the briefcase and the gym bag and they took off with what they wanted, which was the electronic, and all of my belongings were just spread out through the street,” he said.


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Autistic boy grabbed by neck at school, 2 teacher’s aides looked on

When an autistic freshman at South Broward High School in Hollywood was recently grabbed by the neck at the hands of a known school bully, a pair of teacher’s aides stood feet away, seemingly oblivious to it all.

Now, Matthew Delgado’s mother is angry that no one helped her 15-year-old son.

“They’re not doing anything about what’s going on,” said Monica Delgado, the teen’s mother.  “Seeing these two assistants not doing anything about what’s going — I just call that negligence.”

Delgado said she launched a series of complaints to the principal of the school and was promised that Matthew and the aggressor, who are both special-needs students, would be separated and would never cross paths.

But the video is proof that never happened, she said. 

“My other son brought it to me on Friday, that the same child we see on the video– punching my son in the stomach and his arms,” Delgado said.

Attorney Brian Roller is consulting with the family.

He has worked in the past with the Anti-Defamation League on anti-bullying programs. 

“I think things should have been done differently,” Roller said. “The plan of keeping these plans separate was not followed. These are kids with special needs. They require specific attention and then just the idea supervisors were so close to the situation and failed to really deal with it in any supervisory capacity is particularly upsetting.”

The  Broward School Board released the following statement: “Broward County Public Schools takes all matters concerning student safety seriously. The District does not tolerate behavior involving bullying and harassment, and takes all reports like this very seriously. Upon becoming aware of the situation and viewing the video, school administration has been diligent in working directly with the students and parents involved to identify and address concerns. In addition, school administration is taking appropriate actions with staff members involved in this situation. The District has an anti-bullying policy and bullying prevention and intervention curriculum and supports. Students are encouraged to report bullying immediately.”  

Meanwhile, Delgado remained focused on her son.

“I want him to be in a class where he’s safe,” Delgado said. 

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