Hollywood to vote on Freedom, Hope, Liberty to replace Confederate street names

Hollywood is expected to change the names of three streets named for Confederate generals after a contentious debate.The Hollywood City Commission is expected to vote Wednesday to change the names of streets named for Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forr…

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Hollywood police search home in connection with death of pit bull found in suitcase

Hollywood police executed a search warrant Tuesday in connection with the death of a pit bull named Ollie who was found badly injured in a suitcase last month, Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said.

The search warrant was executed at a home in the 1900 block of Lee Street. 

Grossman said no one is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Police said the 1-year-old pit bull was found Oct. 10 stuffed inside a suitcase behind an abandoned building.

Ollie died Oct. 12 at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital.

Hollywood police said the dog’s paw was sticking out of the suitcase when officers found Ollie about 1 a.m. Oct. 10 behind 1945 Lee St.

Ollie had severe lacerations to the top of his head and body.

It was later determined that Ollie had been stabbed and beaten.

Ollie’s story quickly went viral after he was rescued.

“People from all over the country and a couple of international people have reached out to let us know they have seen Ollie’s story and they are pulling for him,” said Dr. Nicole Patterson, a veterinarian at Hollywood Animal Hospital. 

Broward Crime Stoppers has increased the reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people who ultimately killed Ollie to $34,800. Hollywood police said the police department cannot account for any agencies or individuals who are independently offering additional rewards.

Tipsters may remain anonymous when calling Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 
 

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Ship collides with BSO patrol boat off Port Everglades

Two Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were injured Saturday afternoon when a ship from the Holland America Line and a BSO Harbor Patrol boat collided at Port Everglades.

Ellen Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Port Everglades, said the ship involved was the MS Oosterdam, which remained at Terminal 29 at 2026 Eller Dr.

Deputies said the Port Everglades Harbor Patrol boat with the two deputies had a mechanical failure that caused it to crash into the Holland America Oosterdam around 4:30 p.m.

Both deputies were taken to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Damage to the ship appears to be superficial, but the ship’s departure has been delayed as it awaits the completion of the Coast Guard’s inspection, deputies said.

The incident remained under investigation Saturday evening.

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Ship collides with BSO patrol boat off Port Everglades

Two Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were injured Saturday afternoon when a ship from the Holland America Line and a BSO Harbor Patrol boat collided at Port Everglades.

Ellen Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Port Everglades, said the ship involved was the MS Oosterdam, which remained at Terminal 29 at 2026 Eller Dr.

Deputies said the Port Everglades Harbor Patrol boat with the two deputies had a mechanical failure that caused it to crash into the Holland America Oosterdam around 4:30 p.m.

Both deputies were taken to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Damage to the ship appears to be superficial, but the ship’s departure has been delayed as it awaits the completion of the Coast Guard’s inspection, deputies said.

The incident remained under investigation Saturday evening.

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South Florida nursing homes found in compliance with emergency rule order

With the nursing home tragedy in Hollywood still unfolding, the state sent out a list of facilities accused of not complying with Gov. Rick Scott’s new emergency generator rules.

But Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg discovered Thursday that the list is not accurate.

University Plaza in Miami has done everything by the governor’s post-Hurricane Irma emergency rule, which is to have the ability to provide generator power for four days or submit documents to show the plan is in the works.

The mandate was issued to state nursing homes after overheated residents of the rehabilitation center of Hollywood Hills died in the days after Irma.

The list of nursing homes that were not in compliance with the order was sent to news organizations by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. 

“It was very upsetting because we are in compliance,” said Barbara Yanez-Artiles, of University Plaza Nursing home.  

The Riviera Health Resort in Coral Gables was also on the list, despite being in full compliance even before the governor’s rules.

“When we talked to the association, they explained to us the homes that were on the list were those that did not file for a variance request,” said Richard Stacey, of Riviera Health Resort.  

After a few visits, Milberg quickly realized that the list was significantly inaccurate. 

“Our generator runs the entire facility for over 200 hours,” Yanez-Artiles said. 

Aside from two South Florida nursing homes in full compliance, one facility had been closed down long ago.

Hours after sending the list of 23 non-responsive nursing homes to news organizations to broadcast, the AHCA admitted to discrepancies statewide.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the list of Florida nursing homes out of compliance with the governor’s orders dropped to just three — the Coral Reef Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, the Oceanside Extended Care Center in Miami Beach and W. Frank Wells Nursing Home in Baker County.

Milberg went to the Oceanside Extended Care Center Thursday and discovered that it had been closed and vacant for about a year.  

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Hollywood teen found safe after being reported missing, police say

A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing was found safe Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Rachel Tupler, who authorities said had suicidal ideations, was last seen Wednesday night at her home in the 4100 block of North 40th Avenue.

Police said they believe Tupler left her house about 4 a.m. Thursday in her parent’s gray 2016 Honda Pilot with Florida tag G2BMS.

The Sunny Isles Police Department’s license plate reader received a positive hit on the license plate at 4:27 a.m. in the 1500 block of Collins Avenue, authorities said.

Authorities did not immediately say where Tupler was found or whether she was with anyone. 

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