Man arrested in Southwest Ranches purse-snatching

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after smashing the window of a vehicle and stealing a 64-year-old woman’s purse, Davie police Capt. Dale Engle said.

Robert K. Flagg Jr., who made his first court appearance Sunday, was arrested after an extensive investigation and with the assistance of Miami-Dade police, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Police believe Flagg took Patricia Coxe’s purse on June 2 while she was pumping has at a Shell gas station off Sheridan Street and Dykes Road.

Coxe attempted to chase after Flagg, police said, and at one point grabbed the purse through a window.

The driver didn’t stop, police said, and  dragged Coxe through the parking lot.

Coxe suffered deep bruises to her arms. 

The driver of the vehicle used in the robbery remains at large. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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Gov. Kasich’s website hacked with apparent ISIS propaganda

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s website was hacked Sunday, displaying what appeared to be pro-ISIS propaganda.

Visitors to were greeted with a black background and an Arabic symbol while an Islamic call to prayer played in the background.

“You will be held accountable Trump,” text on the landing page said, “you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”

“I Love Islamic state,” it said.

A group calling itself Team System DZ, apparently hacked numerous state websites, including first lady Karen Kasich’s website and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website. Those pages displayed the same message that Kasich’s did. In addition to the pro-ISIS language, a line appeared on each page that said “Hacked by Team System DZ.”

It was not immediately clear who the group was or whether it was genuinely affiliated with ISIS.

Kasich’s staff said Sunday that they were aware of the hack and working to resolve the issue. They’d been working on the hack on the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website when they were alerted to their own hack.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel posted about the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website on his Facebook. “Wake up freedom-loving Americans,” he said. “Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland.”

The FBI’s Ohio field office would neither confirm nor deny whether Team System DZ was a known entity to them.

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Fort Lauderdale shooting victim was ‘trying to become someone,’ friend says

A neighborhood block party in Fort Lauderdale was interrupted by gunfire Saturday morning.

At least one person started shooting into a large group of people who were gathered near the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Court at 1 a.m., police said. 

Jerrod Bel Aire, 22, was killed and four others were injured.

“He was a real man one-of-a-kind man; best friend you could ever have,” Tony Harden, one of the victims, said about Bel Aire.

Harden, 27, was hit in the side and the shoulder.

He is expected to recover from his injuries, as are the others who were wounded.

Harden is among those struggling with the loss of Bel Aire.

“My dog was trying to become someone. He was trying to become the best he could be. They took a good man. That’s all I can say.” Harden said.

No arrests have been made related to the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


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Burned Quran, cut up pages left outside California mosques

Two Islamic centers in Northern California were the sites of possible hate crimes during the last days of Ramadan, law enforcement officials said.

A burned Quran filled with bacon was found outside a Sacramento mosque Saturday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said. It was hanging by a handcuff from a temporary fence outside the Masjid Annur Islamic Center.

“Sheriff’s Hate Crime detectives were called to the scene to begin their investigation into the possible hate crime,” the department said in a statement.

The center, which is the largest mosque in the greater Sacramento area, is next to a police station but it has been targeted in the past.

Another center was targeted about 20 miles west in Davis, California.

As Ramadan Taraweeh prayers were underway Friday, an individual dropped a “large quantity” of cut up pages of the Quran outside the Islamic Center of Davis, Sgt. Dan Powell with the Davis Police Department said.

“There is no video of any suspects or video of the incident occurring; but we are calling this a hate incident,” he said.

It’s not the first time the center was attacked or vandalized. In January, police said 30-year-old Lauren Kirk-Coehlo broke windows, damaged property and placed bacon on door handles at the Davis center. She was sentenced to five years’ probation on June 15 after pleading guilty to a felony hate crime, CNN affiliate KVOR reported.

The Sacramento chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called both incidents “apparent acts of intimidation” and thanked law enforcement for their response.

“Decisive action by law enforcement authorities sends a strong message of deterrence to anyone who contemplates turning their bigoted views into acts of intimidation,” said Basim Elkarra, the group’s executive director.

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New Mexico Native Youth Address Domestic Violence Issues, to Learn Empowerment at Annual Summit

Published June 25, 2017  ALBUQUERQUE – Continuing to help Native American youth address domestic violence and build healthy relationships, a regional coalition will host a leadership conference to help build community support systems and develop future tribal leaders. They will strategize solutions to issues they are facing in their communities and return home with a […]

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