2 teens in critical condition after prom night car crash

Prom is a memorable moment for most, and it is often quite luxurious, with attendees renting high-end cars and wearing designer clothing.

But for two Fort Lauderdale teens, it ended in a crash Sunday night.

Taletrius Bradley was driving a 2017 Corvette down State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard, when he lost control, Lauderhill police said.

Demetrius Palmer, 17, was in the passenger seat.

 Tammie Singletary, Bradley’s mother said, she rented the luxury vehicle for her son.

“He’s doing something with his life. He’s going to prom. He’s graduating,” Singletary said. “I wanted to put a smile on his face.”

The 19-year old,  who is known as TJ, attended Plantation High School’s prom Saturday night. 

“He wasn’t the only one. There were Lamborghinis, Maseratis,” Singletary said. “Everyone knows when it’s prom, that’s what it’s about – extravagant things.”   

Both teens attend Deerfield Beach High School and plan on pursuing a football career in college. 

Singletary described the teens as good students. She said her son plans on attending the University of Tampa in August.

“It could’ve happened to anybody,” Singletary said. “Like I said, he could have had a Toyota and it could have flipped over.”  

Bradley and Demetrius were on breathing machines in critical conditionon Monday at Broward Health Medical Center, Singletary said. Bradley reportedly has brain damage.

“I don’t care what the doctors say. He will live, both of them,” Singletary said.

The Lauderhill Police Department said the crash is still under investigation.

Examining issue of veteran homelessness on Memorial Day

When the city of Fort Lauderdale abruptly cleared dozens of homeless people out of Stranahan Park earlier this month, two of those displaced were homeless veterans Trinidad DeLeon and Michael Rayburn.

“We’re distraught,” DeLeon said. “We’re confused.”

Added Rayburn, “All of the sudden, they came in and started bulldozing.”
 
For Greg Crompton, veteran homelessness is a personal issue.

The Army veteran, who is recently homeless, spent Monday trying to raise awareness among the revelers at Fort Lauderdale Beach for those who served.

“I want to see all veterans being treated fairly and the sacrifices they made to be honored — that’s all,” Crompton said.
 
But Lorraine Wilby, CEO of the Task Force Fore Ending Homelessness, said federal programs under President Barack Obama drastically reduced the problem over the past few years.

“As of last month, (the) number was 434 veterans in Broward County (who) were off the street and into their own apartment,” Wilby said.

Despite the strides, Wilby said, there are still about 130 homeless vets on the streets currently.

At St. Christopher’s Church in Fort Lauderdale, Pamela Newman spoke with Local 10. Newman, a U.S. Army veteran, has been living in a car with her husband, John, for about three years.

Her seven-year career ended when she was accidentally shot in her foot.
 
“Do you think America is taking care of its veterans well enough?” a reporter asked.

Said Newman, “No, because a lot of us are sleeping on the streets.”

Newman said she hopes to get housing soon after getting a veteran’s voucher recently.

Her husband said it’s something she deeply deserves.

“They say they’re going to get all the vets off the street,” John Newman said. “They’re not. She’s right there. If that’s the best we can do for our vets, this country needs to cry.”

Wilby said she’s concerned that major cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could negatively affect homeless veterans, but that has yet to be seen.

Parents of missing teen worry she may have been trafficked

Sophia Reeder’s parents are worried sick.

The 15-year-old girl from Fort Lauderdale disappeared May 19 and has not been seen since.

Her parents worry that she could be caught up with a predator or human traffickers because of  information they found on her computer.

Sophie was diagnosed with a mental illness and has been going to virtual school.

Her parents said they have not seen any signs of her and they are getting more and more worried as the days go by.

“I want her to know we love her,” Nicole Twist said about her daughter. “We all love her, and it is not too late for her to come home. We are all gonna work together as a team and get her what she needs.”

Anyone with information about Sophia is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Twist at 954-709-7839. 

Girl, 5, drowns in backyard pool during church party, deputies say

By all accounts, what happened in the backyard of a North Lauderdale home on Sunday was unfortunate. 

It’s where the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said a 5-year-old girl drowned in a pool.  

“Its just tragic.  It was just a party, that’s all,” a witness, who didn’t want to be named, said.  

The call for help went out late Sunday afternoon.                

The girl and her mother were at the house to celebrate the holiday weekend with people from church. 

“She swam and we got them all out of the water and we don’t know how she got back in the water,” the witness said.

State tax paperwork for the  New Fellowship Church comes back to an address of the house where the gathering took place. 

It appears the girl was swimming in the pool earlier in the day and somehow ended up back in the pool.             

Local 10 News was told  it wasn’t until someone went back outside later in the day that they noticed the girl unresponsive in the water. 

“It only takes a second for a child to get into a pool if they don’t know how to swim and for it to be a complete tragedy,” BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said.  

Parents of missing teen worry she may have been trafficked

Sophia Reeder’s parents are worried sick.

The 15-year-old girl from Fort Lauderdale disappeared May 19 and has not been seen since.

Her parents worry that she could be caught up with a predator or human traffickers because of  information they found on her computer.

Sophie was diagnosed with a mental illness and has been going to virtual school.

Her parents said they have not seen any signs of her and they are getting more and more worried as the days go by.

“I want her to know we love her,” Nicole Twist said about her daughter. “We all love her, and it is not too late for her to come home. We are all gonna work together as a team and get her what she needs.”

Anyone with information about Sophia is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

Woman gives away 100 sleeping bags to homeless in Fort Lauderdale

A Broward County woman distributed about 100 sleeping bags to homeless men and women Monday near the Stranahan Park area.

Mishana Willoughby said she decided to give away the bags after she spoke to different homeless shelters and was advised that there was a major demand was for blankets.

“So I thought of the idea of a travel sleeping bag that can be used both in warm or cold time, giving the homeless something comfortable to lay on at night,” she said. “We still need people to know that we care as many of these homeless had homes at some point in their lives.”

That  “could have been any one of us.”

Willoughby said she hopes others will follow her lead and helps those in need.