Bloodied knife, machete found at home of accused dog killer, detectives say

New images offer insight about what investigators found inside a Hollywood home, where a man accused of killing a pit bull lived. 

Various items were found with blood and animal fur on them, including a knife and machete. There were also several animal teeth, a jawbone and a makeshift shrine.

Several notes were also found scrawled on scrap paper, each of them with messages for various voodoo deities.

Police said one of them read: “Make the entire pit bull investigation go away.”

One photo shows Brendan Evans, 31, standing beside a blue suitcase, believed to be the same suitcase the pit bull named Ollie was found in. Hollywood police said DNA also linked Evans to the suitcase. 

Another photo shows a dog, believed to be Ollie, in a crate. 

Ollie was found in October after he was stuffed inside a suitcase behind Evans’ home in the 1900 block of Lee Street, detectives said.

Authorities said Ollie had severe lacerations to the top of his head and body and it was later determined that the dog had been stabbed and beaten.

Ollie died Oct. 12 at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, just two days after he was found.

Evans is being held at the Joseph V. Conte Facility.

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Graham pays $1,200 for records on Irma nursing home deaths

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has paid Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s office $1,200 for public records related to 14 nursing home patient deaths after Hurricane Irma.

Graham wrote the check Monday at the Office of Open Government. She told reporters her goal is to get copies of voicemails staff at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills left for Scott after the facility lost power.

She might be disappointed. Scott’s office has already said the voicemails were deleted and has previously released records detailing communication between the nursing home and his office.

Scott’s office said the records Graham requested will be posted online “soon.” They’ll be available to anyone.

Graham is one of four major Democrats seeking Scott’s seat. Scott leaves office next January.

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Graham pays $1,200 for records on Irma nursing home deaths

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has paid Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s office $1,200 for public records related to 14 nursing home patient deaths after Hurricane Irma.

Graham wrote the check Monday at the Office of Open Government. She told reporters her goal is to get copies of voicemails staff at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills left for Scott after the facility lost power.

She might be disappointed. Scott’s office has already said the voicemails were deleted and has previously released records detailing communication between the nursing home and his office.

Scott’s office said the records Graham requested will be posted online “soon.” They’ll be available to anyone.

Graham is one of four major Democrats seeking Scott’s seat. Scott leaves office next January.

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Hollywood man found asleep behind wheel of car stopped on I-95 with boy in front seat

A Hollywood man was arrested last month after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car, which was stopped in the middle of Interstate 95 with an unbuckled 3-year-old boy in the front passenger seat, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Benjamin Durant, 31, faces several charges from the Dec. 30 incident, including driving under the influence, child abuse without great bodily harm and driving with a suspended license.

According to the FHP report, a trooper found Durant asleep in the driver’s seat of a Ford Fusion in the center lane of northbound I-95 near Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The trooper noticed that the keys were still in the ignition and Durant’s foot was on the brake, the report said. He also saw a 3-year-old boy sitting in the front passenger seat. There was no child seat in the car.

“I identified myself to the driver and observed that he had the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath,” the trooper wrote in the report. “I also observed that he had bloodshot, glassy eyes.”

The trooper said Durant had trouble standing and was using the car to balance himself.

Durant agreed to a field-sobriety test, but he refused to submit to a breath sample, the report said.

The boy was turned over to his mother’s custody, the report said.

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Hollywood man found asleep behind wheel of car stopped on I-95 with boy in front seat

A Hollywood man was arrested last month after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car, which was stopped in the middle of Interstate 95 with an unbuckled 3-year-old boy in the front passenger seat, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Benjamin Durant, 31, faces several charges from the Dec. 30 incident, including driving under the influence, child abuse without great bodily harm and driving with a suspended license.

According to the FHP report, a trooper found Durant asleep in the driver’s seat of a Ford Fusion in the center lane of northbound I-95 near Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The trooper noticed that the keys were still in the ignition and Durant’s foot was on the brake, the report said. He also saw a 3-year-old boy sitting in the front passenger seat. There was no child seat in the car.

“I identified myself to the driver and observed that he had the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath,” the trooper wrote in the report. “I also observed that he had bloodshot, glassy eyes.”

The trooper said Durant had trouble standing and was using the car to balance himself.

Durant agreed to a field-sobriety test, but he refused to submit to a breath sample, the report said.

The boy was turned over to his mother’s custody, the report said.

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Sweltering temperatures at nursing home after Irma, report says

Florida regulators say temperatures rose to 99 degrees in a sweltering nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 12 residents after Hurricane Irma.A Sun Sentinel report says a new document filed by the Agency for Health Care Administration say…

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