Miami jewelry store sold counterfeit items, police say

The owners of a Miami jewelry store were arrested for selling counterfeit luxury items, police said.

Jimmy Hernandez, 40, and his mother, Tania Verona, 57, the co-owners of Lord of the Rings Jewelry at 6230 SW Eighth St., were each booked on charges of selling counterfeit items more than $20,000.

Detectives were tipped off to the counterfeit items and found them displayed inside the store. According to the police report, the counterfeit jewelry was being sold for one-tenth of the normal retail value.

The normal retail value of the jewelry exceeds $31 million. Police said the items appeared to be identical to the authentic products to the ordinary person.

“You’re taking away from the owners of these companies who have taken the time to trademark these properties,” Detective Michael Hufnagel Jr. said. 

Inside the store, detectives found counterfeit items of the following brands:

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Bulgari
  • Chanel
  • Tous
  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Rolex
  • Gucci
  • Cartier
  • Michael Kors
  • Hermes
  • Tiffany
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Christian Dior
  • Ray Ban

“They were trying to give a defense of it’s an inspired property,” Hufnagel said. “It’s not inspired if it’s word-marked.” 

Detectives said consumers should be vigilant when purchasing designer items from third-party vendors, and said that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

“Be cognizant of your value,” Hufnagel said. “If you are looking for a $5,000 Chanel bracelet and they are selling it for $25 dollars, it very overwhelming should be known that it’s not real.”

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Elderly couple accidentally wheeled onto wrong flight in Fort Lauderdale

An elderly couple in wheelchairs received a free flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York and back after they were mistakenly wheeled onto the wrong plane.

Helen Wheeker, 97, and her husband, George Nobel, were traveling alone Wednesday, waiting to board a flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to visit relatives in Michigan.

But instead of flying to Grand Rapids, Michigan, they wound up in Ogdensburg, New York.

“We didn’t know what happened,” grandson Dustin Meyers told WOOD-TV in Michigan. “It was a big mystery.”

Allegiant Air spokeswoman Hilarie Grey told the station that there was “a glitch with our boarding pass scanner” that led to them getting on the wrong flight. Grey said the gate for the Grand Rapids flight was next to the gate for the flight to Ogdensburg.

Because the airport in Ogdensburg is so small, there wasn’t a flight to take Wheeker and her husband to Grand Rapids, so Allegiant Air flew them back to South Florida.

“So imagine two elderly people in wheelchairs getting wheeled on the wrong plane, sent across the United States and then sent back,” Meyers said.

Grey said Allegiant Air apologizes for the mistake and has refunded the couple. They’re now anticipating flying to Michigan this weekend.

“I really didn’t want to go right back where I came from,” she said.

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Man steals about $151 worth of steaks from Weston Publix

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a man who stole about $151 worth of steaks from a Publix in Weston.

The theft was caught on surveillance video Feb. 5 at the Publix on Weston Road.

In the surveillance video, released Friday, the man can be seen walking with his shopping cart to the meat department, where he selects skirt steaks and tenderloins.

BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said the man bagged his groceries, bypassed the cashier and walked out of the store without paying.

The manager told deputies that the man is known to steal meat from several Publix stores.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the BSO at 954-389-2010 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Man found dead outside synagogue in Miami, police say

A man was found dead by a passerby Friday morning in front of synagogue in Miami, authorities said.

Miami police said officers and Miami Fire Rescue responded to Beth David Congregation at 2625 SW Third Ave. and found a man on the sidewalk with a possible gunshot wound.

Police said it’s unclear whether the incident was a suicide or homicide.

The man’s identity has not been released.

Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates.

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Teen, bystander shot near apartment complex in northwest Miami-Dade

A 16-year-old is in critical condition after a shooting Thursday night in northwest Miami-Dade County.

According to Miami-Dade police, Zackery Dixon was shot just before 10:30 p.m. at an apartment complex at 4725 NW 24th Ave.

Authorities said he went running through the neighborhood for help after the shooting.

A neighbor said she tried covering Dixon’s wounds and called 911.

Police said Dixon had gunshot wounds to his groin, hands and legs. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

A second victim drove himself to the hospital. Police said Brian Zachary, 55, was walking to a friend’s apartment when the shots were fired. He told officers that he saw two men running from the scene.

Zachary drove himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his forearm and buttocks.

“I’m traumatized.  I can’t stop shaking, it’s unbelievable,” Zachary’s fiancee, Tonya Burns, said. “I just wish you guys would stop shooting guns and find something more productive to do with your lives.”

A woman who lives in the area told Local 10 News that she heard too many gunshots to count.

“It’s terrible over here,” Sabrena Jones said. 

Jones said one of the bullets went through the bumper of her pickup truck.

Police are searching for the shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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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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