Posted on 25 August 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Aug. 10: A woman was arrested and charged with larceny and petty theft. She took two items off a shelf at Marshalls at 3852 W. Hillsboro Blvd. and returned them to the customer service desk. She received a gift card valued at $90.08. The customer service representative continued to watch the woman as she reached the door of the store. She was stopped at the door and arrested. The woman also was in possession of heroin, and four crack cocaine pipes with cocaine in them.

Aug. 10: A woman was issued a Notice to Appear in Court after stealing $93.04 items from Walmart at 1101 S. Military Tr.

Aug. 10: A man was reported for stealing tools from Advance Auto Parts at 286 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 10: It was reported that an attempt was made to break into a home at 2518 SW Natura Blvd.

Aug. 20: Three unknown subjects removed three large pallets of bundled cardboard at 1901 NW 49 Ct.

Aug. 20: A victim arrived at the register of a store and discovered that her wallet was missing at 4008 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 21: An unknown person was driving a vehicle and collided with a tree and left the scene at 3440 SW 2 Ct.

Aug. 21: An unknown person shoplifted after taking several items from the store without paying for them at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 22: A subject entered a residence at 750 Lock Rd. while the victim was in the shower. He pointed a gun at her and stole her purse. The victim fled out of the residence and the suspect fired one shot at her as she fled. This case is currently under investigation.

Lighthouse Point

July 22: The victim reported that he thought he heard something. When he went to investigate, he discovered the screen at the bottom of the jalousie window appeared to be cut at 2100 NE 42 Ct. No entry was made.

July 25: A person said he was the victim of identity theft at 2800 N. Federal Hwy. There were two withdrawals – one for $160 and the other for $900.

July 26: A business check in the amount of $5,630.13 was fraudulently cashed at a local bank at 3500 N. Federal Hwy.

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Posted on 18 August 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Aug. 4: A man reported that someone stole his pickup truck from 4100 N. Powerline Rd.

Aug. 5: A car parked at the Regents Bank parking lot at 77 S. Federal Hwy. was broken into and a bag valued at $200 and a $50 gift card was stolen.

Aug. 6: A home at 1200 NW 49 St. was broken into and jewelry was stolen.

Aug. 8: The All Star Sports Bar at 2301 W. Sample Rd. was broken into. Thousands of dollars were stolen and extensive damage was done to the business. A man and woman are suspected of committing the theft.

Aug. 12: Shoplifting reported at Target, 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 14: Criminal mischief reported at 3401 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd. The victim reported the north side door of the property was damaged.

Lighthouse Point

July 18: The victim said two females entered her grooming store at 2016 NE 36 St. and believes they stole her cell phone from the front counter. The loss was $600.

July 19: Someone punched the lock of a 2013 Chrysler that was parked at 2470 N. Federal Hwy. and stole a briefcase, sunglasses and prescription glasses. The loss was $1,195.

July 19: Someone stole a tag off a 1985 Chevy parked at 2310 NE 29 St.


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Posted on 11 August 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

July 27: Someone broke into a home at 371 NE 45 St. while the victim was sleeping and stole various items from the home.

July 28: A woman reported her home at 351 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and debit cards and an iPhone were stolen.

July 28: A woman reported her car parked at 3910 NW 3 Ave, was broken into. The driver’s side door lock was damaged and five pairs of sneakers were stolen. Video surveillance showed two men around the car.

July 28: A woman reported her car parked at 410 NW 39 St. was broken into and a leather briefcase, jewelry and a makeup bag were stolen.

Aug. 6: A victim’s stepson, who had been kicked out of the home six months ago, entered the residence with a key that he never returned. Once inside the residence, at 255 NW 41 Way, he took six boxes of rolled cable, valued at approximately $1500.

Lighthouse Point

July 5: A subject came into a store at 5200 N. Federal Hwy. for the third time in two hours to buy a pack of cigarettes. The store employee asked the subject for his name; however, it did not match the name on the credit card. The subject fled the store. The victim was contacted and said he lost his credit card two days earlier at an unknown location.

July 5: The victim said a subject stole $5,300 from him while he was purchasing a gun at 3100 NE 48 Court. The subjects were stopped by police nearby and identified. The money was recovered and cannabis was also found in the vehicle.

July 9: A victim was working at a store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. when she returned from a break and discovered her driver’s side window was smashed and her purse was stolen from under the driver’s seat. It contained $40 in cash, a driver’s license and credit cards. The loss was $207.

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Night Out Against Crime CANCELED for Aug. 9

Posted on 08 August 2016 by JLusk

According to the city’s website, National Night Out was canceled. It had been rescheduled for Aug. 9 at Quiet Waters Park, Pavilion 10 from the week before after inclement weather. Now, it has been canceled again due to expected storms… It will not be rescheduled.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has announced that National Night Out 2016 is canceled due to expected storms. This event will not be rescheduled.


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Posted on 04 August 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

July 22: A woman reported that a man stole her phone while she was at the pool. The man fled in a car. The incident took place at 603 Siesta Key Circle.

July 22: Someone stole four factory wheels and tires from a vehicle at 588 Trace Cir.

July 22: A woman was observed stealing four pieces of jewelry and a pair of shoes for a total loss of $91.95 at Marshalls at 3852 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

July 22: A woman reported her home at 503 NE 47 St. was burglarized and a purse, Florida driver’s license, phone, six credit cards and $40 were stolen.

Lighthouse Point

July 1: Someone took the victim’s kayak from the east side of his home at 2751 NE 48 Court. The loss was $500.

July 2: A subject took $76.67 in meat and fled the store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for it. He did pay for some other groceries in his car. The subject was apprehended outside the store.

July 2: The victim said he used his wallet at a gas station at 4900 N. Federal Hwy. and couldn’t find it when he went to his car. The loss was $42.

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Posted on 28 July 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

July 12: A clerk reported that two men stole three packs of beer from the Dollar Store at 1377 S. Dixie Hwy.

July 12: The driver’s side window of a car parked at 887 Rich Dr. was smashed and a camera was stolen from the center console.

July 12: Two vehicles parked at 977 Spring Cir. had their front windows smashed. A cell phone was stolen from one of the cars.

July 13: A man wearing a hoodie used a gun to rob a man of his wallet in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn at 660 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

July 20: The victim left her purse at Dominos Pizza, at 3380 W. Hillsboro Blvd. When she returned to the business, it was gone.

Lighthouse Point

June 25: The victim noticed a glove compartment open and the front passenger side door was popped open at 2371 NE 49 St. Nothing appeared to be taken.

June 28: Someone entered an unlocked vehicle at 2710 NE 52 Court and rummaged through the center console. Nothing appeared to be taken.

June 29: Someone broke a window of a renter’s home (2121 NE 40 Court) who was out of town. It will cost several hundred dollars to replace.

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Posted on 21 July 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

July 4: A woman who was intoxicated got into an argument with her fiancé. The man said he did not want her to drive because she was drunk and took her car keys. The woman then punched the man in the face. The officer asked the woman her name and she refused to give it. The woman was arrested and charged with obstructing an investigation without violence, as well as domestic violence. The incident was reported at 103 Fairway Dr.

July 5: A man reported that his neighbor’s brother threatened to kill him while he was sleeping. The man wanted to have the threat documented by law enforcement. The incident was reported at 1017 SE 3 Street.

July 5: A woman reported her car stolen at 1428 SE 4 Ave.

July 7: A woman reported that someone tried to break into her house by prying open the front door. Police found pry marks. The incident was reported at 1101 SW 8 Ave.

July 11: Criminal mischief reported at 500 Lock Rd.

Lighthouse Point

June 23: A subject failed to return a 2016 Hyundai Accent to a dealer at 3400 N. Federal Hwy. per the rental agreement.

June 24: The victim went to a McDonald’s restroom at 4830 N. Federal Hwy. and placed her wallet on a toilet paper rack and, left. The victim noticed the wallet was missing and, when she went to retrieve it, the wallet was gone. The wallet contained $20 in cash, a driver’s license and bankcards. The loss was $166.

June 24: The victim had a subject paint his house at 2367 NE 26 St. and has had an ongoing dispute with him. The victim believes the subject is not a certified contractor.

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Service for James W. Stills, 74, of Deerfield Beach

Posted on 19 July 2016 by LeslieM

stills071416James W. Stills, 74, of Deerfield Beach, FL, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, following surgery for an aneurism.

Born in 1941in Mt. Pleasant, TN, he moved to Deerfield Beach 1952 where he attended Deerfield Beach

Elementary and later graduated from Pompano Beach High School. As a youngster growing up in old Deerfield, he played on the local baseball team and worked a paper route for pocket change. After a brief stint in the National Guard, he worked as a certified general contractor in the South Florida area until his retirement. He then worked for a Boca based structural engineer doing building inspections in the Miami and Boca areas. He spent his second retirement working in the yard, fishing at the lake and visiting with his neighbors.

Jim was preceded in death by both parents and six siblings. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Janice, and two grown sons, James Timothy of Orlando and Christopher David of Boca Raton, a sister Barbara Jones of Deerfield Beach and various nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Service to follow, 12:30 p.m. Kraeer Funeral Home, 217 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

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Mag Chop

Posted on 15 July 2016 by LeslieM

Artist Kenneth Ruiz’s collages piece together parts of life

magchop071416By Rachel Galvin

Once a graffiti artist and gang member, Kenneth Ruiz has turned his life around to become an amazing artist.

He began his journey in life in Chicago’s Humboldt Park area before moving to South Florida and attending Deerfield Beach High School. This 1995 graduate took art classes and was voted “Most Artistic” in his senior year. Little did he know at the time that art would be so powerful in his future.

The challenges he faced in his early life were nothing compared to what would happen later.

He explained, “I have lived through some things most people only read about. None of those experiences prepared me for losing my mother. I was devastated. It completely altered my life. It changed me in a way that I wish she was here to see. It made me appreciate life and the people in it.”

He added, “Losing my mom also had a strange effect. I lost the ability to draw. I used to draw freehand very well; but when she passed away, I was no longer able to do it. It was as if something turned off.”

Luckily, his wife encouraged him to turn back to an artistic style he had tried years before making collages, which came about after speaking with a friend involved with fine art back in 2008. Ruiz asked him about art and he said that art should tell a story, what the artist is about, which inspired Ruiz to create something for his wall at home.

For 4-1/2 months, everyday, when I came home, I worked on a collage that represented things about me and my life,” he said, adding, “My second piece was not until five years later when my mother passed away.”

His collages are made the old-fashioned way, by cutting and pasting. After that, it becomes a bit more complicated.

It is quite tedious. Once the piece is done, it goes to a fine art photographer who specializes in collage art and it is shot at very high resolution. The original accompanies the image to color correction, where the only adjustments made is to the colors to make sure they match the original. The final piece is a fine art giclee on canvas or museum paper. The image is sprayed on at 300 dpi making it extremely clear. None of my pieces are created digitally, nor are they touched up. They are cut with scissors and on some of the new pieces I have used razor blades,” said Ruiz.

He added, “The first piece I sold was inspirational because they were not for sale at the time. We were having dinner with a well-known person in the art world and he spotted one my pieces hanging on the wall. When he found out I made it and saw, surprisingly, that I had more, he said to me, ‘I have traveled around the world and seen collage art and I have never seen it done like this.’ He said if I decided to make it a business, he would buy the first one, and he did. I was thrilled!”

That was in 2013. He registered his business as MagChop in 2014. He has been creating a diverse collection of pieces ever since, including custom-made ones. He sells them to individuals he knows and also at events.

When people see his pieces, he gets an excited response.

He said, “A lot of my art takes them back to an era of good memories and they are thrilled about that. Some people relate right away and say, ‘This is so me!’ I have had clients call me and say, ‘I look at this everyday and I see something new!’”

When asked how he gets inspired to do his pieces, he replied, “It depends on the piece. To create, I have to relate. I have to know the inner aspects; for instance, I created “The Champions Line,” the first official fine art memorabilia for champion race car driver Ernie Francis Jr. I was never a fan of racing and didn’t know much about it, but I am an auto [and Lowrider] enthusiast so this was an exciting project. I attended the races, spoke to fans, went to the paddock with the team, stood at the pit and even helped work on a car at a race. I learned little details about racing that I otherwise would have gotten wrong. They loved it! It took about four months to complete and actually had a revision that made it remarkable.

One piece called “Ladies Touch” took seven months to complete. The influence came from different women in my life whom I have loved in different ways.”

His favorite piece is called “First Impression.”

It is my favorite piece. It is the first piece I made and it really is symbolic of aspects of my life. It is also the only piece my mother had seen,” he said.

He added, “There are “Easter Eggs” in all my pieces … little hidden things that relate to me … even in custom pieces.”

My art has opened a door for me to speak to youth through art workshops at the Boys & Girls Club in Ft. Pierce and I have spoken at youth conferences for “E.N.D. IT” at a church in Port St. Lucie. I believe in giving back to our communities,” he said.

Asked where he hopes to be in five years, he responded, “To have one of the many upcoming MagChop products in every home! It sounds wild, but think about the jobs I can give people with MagChop growing to that level. We have created movie posters and book covers and hired the assistance of local artists. The dream is more about the opportunities for my children, my community and our country.”

To find out more about this artist and his work, visit or find him on social media.

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Celebrating Shipwreck Park

Posted on 15 July 2016 by LeslieM

shipwreck071416By Rachel Galvin

Imagine playing craps with an octopus, putting on a poker face for card sharks under the sea and being served drinks by a mermaid… This fantastical concept will soon be a reality right off Pompano Beach. You will be able to stop for a selfie beneath the sea as you dive down to visit the Lady Luck, a 324 ft. historic tanker scheduled to be sunk on July 23 just 1 ½ miles off the shoreline.

The ship will be the centerpiece of what will become known as Shipwreck Park, surrounded by 16 other existing wrecks. This will be a unique underwater cultural arts park with rotating underwater art exhibits.

The Lady Luck has starfish and sand dollars on the highest level, closest to the surface where coral may grow. Down below, there are poker tables, crap tables and slot machines to explore, along with creative characters.

On July 8, many gathered inside the Pompano Marriott to celebrate the sinking of this vessel. It also served as a fundraiser toward that effort and for other events to come.

The road to creating this event was not a simple one. After attempting to purchase several boats and having the deals fall apart, they finally found a gem in New York, a tanker called Newtown Creek that had been decommissioned and was up for auction. Utilized to transport sludge in New York City since 1967, this vessel is getting a new lease on life as a tourist attraction thanks, in part, to Assistant City Manager for Pompano Beach Greg Harrison, who negotiated the deal from the original asking price of $235,000 down to $100,000.

Harrison said he was brought into the project in 2014.

They assigned me to work with the chair of the economic development committee, Tommy DiGiorgio, Jr., and the chair of the tourism committee, Rob Wyre, to figure out how to make it a reality. It was a big challenge,” said Harrison.

Next, they needed an artist and that is when Dennis MacDonald came into play. Known locally for such projects as the Rapa Nui sculptures that were sunk off Deerfield’s pier June 7, 2015, MacDonald has worked with companies like Universal Studios and Disney in the past. When given the idea from the committees to do a casino theme, he wasn’t sure what to do, but it came to him eventually.

When they gave me the concept, I was stumped at first, but then I thought, ‘Let’s have fun with this, make it whimsical.’ I started 2 ½ months ago. We used small models to create the sculptures. I had some art friends help me. Paul Costanza helped create the musculature on the sharks and helped with all the [characters’ attitudes]. I looked at the project as seven different environments, photo opportunities,” said MacDonald as he showed off a picture of his favorite slot machine, commenting, “I built it using pieces of the boat. It has a steampunk feel.”

Of course, getting sponsors was essential. Wyre is also the Regional Vice President of Operations and General Manager of the Isle of Capri Casino, so they partnered with the city on this venture, donating $312,500, which the city matched. The money goes toward cleaning up the boat to make it ready for the sinking, including removing any pollutants that may be harmful.

Wyre said, “This was the budget we thought we needed to just get it done, but we were a bit short. [This is why we are raising funds.]”

DiGiorgio understands the importance of this wreck on the community and the draw it will have from people all over the world.

I was just in Spazio, Italy. There was a guy waiting for me and he didn’t speak English, but we were next to a dive shop and the guy there came out to [translate] for us.

He asked where I was from. I said ‘Ft. Lauderdale’ and then ‘actually Pompano.’ He said, ‘Pompano? Is that where they are sinking the casino boat?’ The guy takes people out on dives. He said next year, he is scheduled to go to Mexico, but, the year after, he is coming to Broward County,” he said.

He knows the economic engine this will be and talked about the large amount of hotel rooms that will be filled, and more to be added, just to accommodate the influx of tourists.

The Vandenberg cost $9.5 million I think [sunk off the Keys in 2009]. The economic payback was less than six months. Spiegel Grove [also sunk there in 2002] cost $5 1/2 million and got a payback in less than three months.,” he said, adding, “It will take less than 20 minutes to get to [the site of the sunken Lady Luck], not a full day. In a couple of hours, people can have a great experience.”

At the July 8 event, there was a silent auction filled with nautical items, as well as a live auction with Pompano Mayor Lamar Fisher as auctioneer. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages were served. Joe West sang some oldies and speed artist Dale Henry a.k.a. “Paintman” quickly painted four pieces, which were auctioned.

DiGiorgio added that County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, who was at the event, was instrumental in getting free dockage at Port Everglades where the ship will be brought into, from its current position on the Miami River, before it sinks at 2 p.m. on July 23 off the Pompano Pier.

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