Suspected drunken driver arrested after Hollywood crash, police say

Hollywood police arrested a woman early Sunday, accusing her of driving drunk and causing a crash that hurt two people.Police said the crash happened just after 6 a.m. at State Road 7 and Washington Street.First responders used the jaws of life to free…

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Scott signs law requiring emergency generators at all Florida nursing homes, ALFs

Gov. Rick Scott signed two bills into law Monday, which require all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state of Florida to have emergency generators.

Scott signed SB 7028 and HB 7099 at 10 a.m. Monday at Calusa Harbour Health Center Continuing Care Community in Fort Myers.

The governor had directed the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to issue the emergency rules shortly after a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma led to the deaths of 12 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Three patients were found dead in their beds and others were hospitalized before the entire facility was evacuated.

Authorities said patients’ body temperatures were up to 107.5 degrees. Fire rescue personnel couldn’t get a reading on one patient, and said the thermometer only read “Hi,” meaning her temp was above 108 degrees.

The medical examiner has ruled all 12 deaths as homicides.

The Hollywood Police Department is still conducting a criminal investigation.

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Car crashes into sleeping 5-year-old boy’s bedroom in Hollywood

A car crashed into a Hollywood home where a 5-year-old boy was sleeping early Thursday.

Surveillance video from a neighboring home shows the car come to a rolling stop on Lincoln Street before pulling out in front of a van traveling north on North 56th Avenue.

Police said the van struck the car, sending it into the bedroom of a duplex where a 5-year-old boy was asleep at the time.

The boy’s parents heard what sounded like an explosion and ran into their son’s room, where they found him covered in dust.

“He was pushed by the car all the way to the sofa,” father Carlos Gallardo said.

The boy appeared to be OK but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He was checked out and is back with his parents.

The driver of the car was also taken to a hospital. The driver’s injuries were not immediately known.
Police haven’t said if either of the drivers are facing any charges.

The home was deemed unsafe, displacing the family.

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Hollywood police searching for missing teenager

Hollywood police are searching for a 17-year-old boy who has been missing since Monday afternoon.

Miranda Grossman, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Police Department, said Janavis Louis was last seen riding a gray bicycle in the 2100 block of Roosevelt Street. He was wearing black pants with white stripes on the sides and holding a black shirt in his hand.

Grossman described Janavis as an endangered person but did not elaborate.

Anyone with information about Janavis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Hollywood Police Department’s main dispatch office at 954-764-4357.

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911 call released following violent home invasion in Hollywood

A 911 call that was made after a violent home invasion in Hollywood was released Tuesday.

“Please, please, please … They took my sister. Please come,” a distraught man told the dispatcher. 

The caller was panicked as he was frantically looking for his sister. 

Police said the elderly siblings were ambushed by an intruder in their Hollywood home the night of Feb. 11. 

“There’s a man … He rampaged everything. He stepped on my head. He beat me. He has my sister. Please, please come over,” the victim told the dispatcher.

The victim’s sister ran to her neighbor, John Guerrero, who said the two were tied up and beaten inside the home.

“She said, ‘Come on, come with me. Somebody tried to break into my house and he has a knife on my brother,'” Guerrero told Local 10 News.

Police were able to quickly identify the thief who took off as Robert Young, but they still haven’t found him.

Police said Young took off on a bicycle, leaving the victims behind severely injured. 

Police said Young has a history of targeting the elderly and is also accused of scamming a woman in Miramar.

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

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Suspect in Hollywood home invasion targets older victims, police say

A man wanted in violent home invasion in Hollywood has a history of a targeting older victims, police said.

Hollywood police said Robert Nolan Young talked his way in the home of two older siblings Sunday night with a story about a lost cat. Once inside, he tied up a 68-year-old woman and her brother and robbed them. police said.

Young beat and kicked the man and threatened to set him on fire, his sister told Local 10 News. Young fled on a bike and is still at large, police said.

Young is also wanted on charges of grand theft. In March of 2014, Young stole $700 from an 82-year-old woman in Miramar, according to court records.

Young passed himself off as handy man and offered to fill cracks and seal the woman’s driveway, the records said. Young completed only part of the job and then asked for two payments of $350 for supplies, but he never returned with the supplies or to finish the work, the records said.  

Anyone with information about Young’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-764-4357 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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