Cypress Bay High School student receives text threatening her life

A South Florida mother is on edge after she said threatening text messages were recently sent to her daughter.

The teen believes the messages are from a 10th-grader at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that a teen received a citation and was not arrested since this is his first offense. 

The mother said the student threatened to kill and dismember her daughter.

“I don’t want to be that mom standing over my daughter’s grave and say, ‘The cops told me it was just talk,'” Staci Grogan said. 

Grogan said she fears for her daughter’s life.

The 14-year-old told her mother that she randomly received several screenshots of text messages that appear to be between two boys discussing harmful things they would do to her and a friend.

“There’s explicit threats, even this morning, of how the guy asking to help the other person how to dispose the bodies, feed them to the sharks. There’s explicit details. To me, that’s premeditated rape, premeditated kidnapping, premeditated murder — not OK,” Grogan said. 

A screenshot of one of the text chats reads, in part: “So how are you going to kidnap them and get away with it?”

The person responds, “I’m going to go with my gang in my boy’s car and snatch them from wherever they are hanging out with no cameras or witness (expletive).”

“It makes me very concerned that this is happening in the school and we don’t know where it’s coming from or who it is,” Grogan said. 

Grogan said her daughter believes the string of texts came from someone at her school.

Grogan said she took her concerns straight to the Weston Police Department. 

“The sergeant basically said that, ‘Well, you know the threat wasn’t directly made to your daughter,'” Grogan said. “I said, ‘Direct or indirect, my daughter’s name was mentioned in this thread and her pictures are in the thread. To me, that’s a direct threat and it’s very concerning.'” 

BSO deputies said they worked with the Weston Police Department to determine who was behind the texts. 

Authorities said the teen will have to attend a juvenile civil citation program. If he completes the program successfully, he will be not be charged. 

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3 hospitalized after ‘haze’ at Anda Pharmaceuticals center in Weston prompts evacuation

Three people required hospitalization after a mysterious haze prompted some to experience shortness of breath and chest pain Wednesday night at the Anda Pharmaceuticals center in Weston. 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office hazardous materials team and Sunrise Fire Rescue responded to the building at 2915 Weston Road. They evacuated 12 employees.

The BSO crew “performed a battery of diagnostic tests and found no harmful readings inside or outside the facility,” BSO Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said. “It is unknown what caused the haze.”

Firefighters rushed the three workers to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston. 

Anda Pharmaceuticals distributes generic and brand pharmaceutical products focused on urology and women’s health. 


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2 men steal $4,100 worth of opiates from Weston pharmacy, deputies say

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for two men who they said were captured on surveillance video stealing $4,100 worth of opiates from a Weston pharmacy in just 90 seconds.

The theft was reported just after 5 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Walgreens at 199 Weston Road.

Deputies said the men used a yellow crowbar to pry open the front doors.

Once inside, the burglars quickly made their way to the pharmacy where they forced open the security gate. Deputies said the thieves rummaged through pill bottles and stole various pharmaceuticals intended for pain relief.

The stolen medications included Opana, oxycodone, methadone, Oxycontin, Endocet, morphine, hydrocodone and methylphenidate, which is categorized as a central nervous system stimulant.

One thief wore a piece of black fabric to cover his face and another wore a light-colored mask.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Detective Juan Hernandez at 954-389-2010 or 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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Tornado spotted near Weston; no damage reported

A strong thunderstorm produced a tornado Tuesday afternoon just west of Weston, the National Weather Service reports.

The tornado formed at about 3:15 p.m., just south of Intestate 75 and west of U.S. Highway 27.

The tornado staggered for a bit over a field before it dissipated.

No damage was reported and no one was hurt by the tornado.

Be sure to download the WPLG Local 10 Weather app to receive the latest and most accurate information about severe weather where you live and work. You can find it by searching “WPLG Local 10 Weather” in your iTunes or Google Play app stores.

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‘Shaky Bandit,’ arrested after crash on Alligator Alley, turns out to be Weston man

The FBI has captured the “Shaky Bandit” responsible for a series of robberies in South Florida.

Brandon Venditti, 22, of Weston, was arrested Tuesday after a car crash along Alligator Alley. 

Venditti was arrested after a bank robbery that took place about 5 p.m. in Collier County. He faces federal bank robbery charges.

After the robbery, Collier County deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and FBI agents located a car that was identified as a possible getaway vehicle used in the robbery and a chase ensued, the FBI said.

Venditti eventually crashed the vehicle around mile marker 91 and surrendered, the FBI said. He was not hurt in the incident, and no shots were fired.

Another person in the car was also arrested and placed into state custody, the FBI said.

Venditti is suspected of robbing at least nine banks in South Florida. He is scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Weston man flees with 11-year-old son who was to be turned over to mother, deputies say

Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit detectives are searching for a Weston man and his 11-year-old son, who authorities said was supposed to be turned over to his mother nearly two months ago.

Deputies said Austin Miller’s mother arrived in Broward County Aug. 7 after the boy had spent the summer with his father at his home in Weston. 

Austin’s mother, Michelle Granado, told Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez that she and Clay Miller, 50, have shared custody of their child. 

She said he was supposed to drop their son off at the airport, where she was waiting to take him back to California.

“An hour prior to our departure, I’m texting him, ‘Where are you? I’m at the curbside,’ and no response,” Granado said. “I called their cellphones and the phones were turned off.” 

Granado is worried because she has not had any communication with her son for two months.

“I have not talked to Austin in two months now. I have not seen him or heard from him, and I have no idea where he is. He’s not communicating with anyone,” she said.  

Granado said Miller has run off with their son before but returned after a couple of days. 

“He did the same thing in April and I had to go to Florida to pick up Austin, and he never showed up in April, and I had to go the courts,” she said. 

Detectives said the family has been trying to resolve the issue amicably, but authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Austin’s whereabouts.

“Typically, in cases like this, we’ll have people that are trying to withhold custody for a reason and they may come forward and say they are concerned about safety or something else,” Detective Robert Rausch said. “However, since then, we haven’t heard anything from the father and have been using every available resource in trying to locate him.” 

A neighbor at Miller’s apartment complex said she last saw the pair around the time Hurricane Irma made its way through the state. 

Neighbors said the shutters were put up at the apartment and later taken down, but Miller hasn’t been since. 

Authorities said Miller drives a 2008 red Lexus LS460 with Florida tag CRNU75. 

Detectives said they are looking for information about Austin’s wellbeing and current whereabouts. They said they have no reason to believe that the boy is in danger. 

Granado said a court hearing was scheduled for this month regarding the custody agreement. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Robert Rausch at 954-321-4234 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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