Police investigate killing of man in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale police are investigating the killing of a man who is a part-time resident of the city, authorities said.Police said Guy Eargle Jr., 68, who lives part-time in Fort Lauderdale and part-time in Atlanta, was found dead at about 6:15 p.m. M…

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Hialeah man shoots tires of FPL truck after workers park in front of home, police say

A Hialeah man was captured on surveillance video Wednesday morning shooting out the tires of a Florida Power & Light truck after workers parked in front of his home.

The incident was reported shortly after 11 a.m. at 620 SE Fifth Place.

Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said FPL trucks were hanging lines on utility poles on the residential street when Jorge Jove, 64, got upset and told the workers to move away from his home.

Zogby said the workers told Jove that they would move as soon as possible, but needed to finish their work first and that they were parked on a public street.

Zogby said Jove went into his home and started shooting at the trucks.

Cellphone video taken from one of the workers shows a man, believed to be Jove, shooting out the tires of one of the trucks. 

Zogby said it’s unclear whether Jove was also aiming for the workers.

No one was injured. 

Jove was arrested and charges are pending against him, Zogby said. 

 

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South Florida couple arrested for second time for impersonating Adele’s manager, police say

A South Florida couple was arrested Tuesday for the second time in recent months on allegations that they impersonated Adele’s manager, Jonathan Dickins, in order to get free concert tickets and sneakers from NBA players.

The Miami Herald reported that the couple was first arrested in May after they posed as Adele’s manager to get free tickets to Miami’s Rolling Loud hip-hop festival on May 6 to see Kendrick Lamar.

According to a 28-page arrest report, Justin Jayce Lii, 30, and his wife, Angel Lii, 26, purchased the website domains www.septembermgmt.com and www. septembermagmt.com in order to create email addresses that resembled the victim’s actual email address.

Authorities said the couple offered Adele concert tickets in exchange for sneakers from numerous basketball players, including Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook.

Police said the Liis claimed that the sneakers would be auctioned off to benefit charities.

According to their arrest warrants, the accused con artists succeeded in getting sneakers from Paul George, Victor Oladipo and Richard Hamilton.

Authorities said the couple’s criminal activity has been going on for years, accusing them of having tried to get thousands of dollars’ worth of sunglasses and other merchandise for free, and having tried, sometimes successfully, to get free concert tickets.

Police said they have even tried unsuccessfully to get artists such as Chris Brown and Katy Perry to make birthday videos for a “dear friend and assistant” of Adele’s. 

The couple now faces more than a dozen felony charges, including identity theft and organized scheme to defraud.

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Thieves target Miami-Dade couple’s Honda Accord for third time

It has been less than a year since Jessica leased a 2017 Honda Accord – and in that time, her car has been targeted by thieves three times.

“You have to think every day when you wake up in the morning, ‘Are you going to see your car?'” she said.

The latest incident took place Tuesday when Jessica, who did not wish to give her last name, said thieves stole rims off her silver Accord and left the car on bricks. 

The car’s airbags have been stolen twice. 

“I think this is someone targeting not only just our car but Honda Accords themselves,” Jessica said. “They’re very nice (cars), and we think that’s why they’re in high demand right now.”

Miami-Dade police said Jessica’s incident is the sixth car-related theft at her apartment complex since 2012.

Jose Abella, from Doral Auto Shop, said he’s had more than a dozen customers tell him that their rims had been stolen and that the universal Honda fit makes them an easy target.

“Some of the dealerships are putting the wheel locks on the car. Aside from that, people have to be vigilant where they park their cars in neighborhoods,” he said.

Jessica says she’s tried that option and now expects more from Honda.

“Selling anti-lock rims is not solving the issue,” Jessica said, adding that she wants a better solution to the problem.

 

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Family of 5 kicked off JetBlue flight seeks answers

A family of five says it was kicked off a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York on July 2 without any explanation.

The family’s attorney, David Templer, said that his clients, Tamir Raanan and Mandy Ifrah, who live in Brooklyn, were heading home after attending a wedding when their 1-year-old daughter, Eden, began kicking a passenger’s seat.

Ifrah said she apologized to the passenger, and they exchanged words before the passenger changed seats.

That’s when a flight attendant came over to the family and asked them to get off the plane, the family said in a media release.

“The plane, at that point, just turns back around, goes back to the gate, and security from JetBlue gets onto the flight and tells me and my family to grab our things and get off the plane,” Ifrah said in an interview with Local 10 News.

The airline said that the adults in the family were making threats, and it was their actions that caused them to be taken off the plane. 

 “After a verbal altercation that included physical threats and profanities against a nearby customer, the aircraft door was reopened and our airports team politely asked the customers to step off to discuss the situation. The customers refused repeated requests and our crewmembers deplaned the entire aircraft. Law enforcement escorted them out of the gate area and we provided a refund,” JetBlue said in a statement. “The customers were not removed due to the actions of their children. We are investigating whether the customers’ behavior warrants restrictions on JetBlue travel and we thank our crewmembers for their professional handling of this unfortunate incident.” 

Part of the exchange with the flight attendant in the plane was captured on video, as was their interaction at the gate.  In the video, Raanan and Ifrah repeatedly ask for an explanation and the flight attendant tells them they need to call the airline for further information.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy stepped in shortly after that exchange and defused the situation.

“Ifrah said JetBlue told the family that they would be booked on a flight the next day, but they would need to find overnight accommodations. However, JetBlue did not remove their luggage from the plane leaving them without clothes and baby supplies,”  a media release put out by the family said.

 The family said when they arrived the next morning for their flight, a JetBlue representative told them that they were banned from all future flights while the incident is under investigation. The family also claims it wasn’t given a reason for the airline’s decision.

In addition, the family said that their luggage was not in New York when they arrived home and that it took a week before their bags were returned. 

As for JetBlue’s account of what happened, Ifrah said it’s false. 

“That’s not true at all. My baby must have been kicking the chair. I mean, she’s – at that time – she needs a bottle. She’s tired. She’s cranky,” Ifrah said. “It was just embarrassing. It was horrible.” 

Ifrah said she would simply like an apology from JetBlue. 

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Man calls for driver to come forward after sister seriously injured in hit-and-run

A South Florida woman remains hospitalized as her family appeals for someone to come forward with information about the driver who struck the woman over the weekend in Sunrise.

“I thought she was gone,” the victim’s brother, Joseph Holguin, said.

Joseph Holguin’s sister, Michelle Holguin, 53, remains in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after she was struck by a car just after midnight Saturday while she was riding her bicycle home from work.

“It was horrible. Words can’t describe it. I just broke down,  just like I am now,” Joseph Holguin said.

According to police, Michelle Holguin was riding her bike when she was hit by a car on Sunrise Boulevard near Flamingo Road and was dragged 25 yards.

The driver sped off without stopping to help, leaving Michelle Holguin unconscious in the roadway.

“Leaving her on the side of the road like a piece of meat, it’s just not right,” her brother said.

Without much information to go on, police and Michelle Holguin’s loved ones are pleading for the driver to come forward.

“Take responsibility for what you did. It’s just an accident. Stuff does happen, but fess up,” Joseph Holguin said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.
 

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