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False alarm at Check ‘N Go

Posted on 17 September 2015 by JimLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Did you see the helicopter circling around Powerline Road and Hillsboro Boulevard on Sept. 17 around 8 p.m and wonder what was going on?

The Observer was on the scene watching about a half dozen police cars in the area so decided to investigate. It turns out it was a false alarm at the nearby Check ‘N Go, at 3628 W Hillsboro Blvd.”

One deputy said, “We got an alarm. The helicopter was there to check the roofs, which we can’t check [from the ground.]”

Nothing was stolen and everything appeared to be okay so they left the scene.


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Aquatic Center pool pumps damaged by lightning

Posted on 17 September 2015 by JimLusk

The Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center will be closed until further notice. The swimming pool pumps were struck by lightning during the overnight storms.

For more information, you may contact the Aquatic Center at 954-420-2263.

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Hit & Run — LHP

Posted on 13 September 2015 by JimLusk

IMG_5571By Rachel Galvin

At approximately 10 p.m. on Sept. 13,  there was a hit & run on Federal Highway in the southbound lane right south of 49 Street in Lighthouse Point. The victim was a local homeless man, Claude Michaud, 62. Firetrucks and police cars surrounded the scene.

A man was with his friend at McDonald’s and saw the scene unfold. He says a “green truck” hit the man, paused momentarily once he reached the corner and then drove off. BSO has expanded to look for all dark colored vehicles.

Another witness said, “I heard a noise, a screech, and I came around to get a parfait at McDonalds and that’s when I saw the body.”

They speculated over why the man might have driven away, saying he “could have had a case… look there are no lights here,” pointing to the street light above on the opposite side of the street. “But he drove off…”

They shared stories about the man they knew, speaking of him fondly, saying he never really bothered anyone; but he was arrested several times for trespassing. They said he would sleep behind the 7-11 or behind the wall just behind the nearby bus stop, but kept getting told he was not allowed to stay there.

Detectives are searching for the driver. Investigators urge anyone with information to contact BSO Detective Michael Kelliher at 954-321-4840. Anonymous tips can be made to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.



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Crash on I-95 shut down northbound lanes

Posted on 16 August 2015 by JimLusk

The BSO Public Information Office is currently working a developing incident regarding  six injured in a crash located just north of Sample Road in the northbound lanes of I-95.

Just after 3:30 p.m. August 16, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue (BSFR) Deerfield Beach units were dispatched to the above location for a multi-vehicle crash on the highway.

BSFR airlifted a 3-year-old male who was ejected from one of the vehicles in critical condition via BSO Air Rescue to Broward Health Medical Center.

An 11-year-old girl was also airlifted to the same hospital with less serious injuries.

A 65-year-old man was transported to Broward Health North by BSFR ground rescue with critical injuries.

Three adult females were also ground transports to Broward Health North with non-life threatening injuries. Florida Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation.

Stay tuned for additional details.


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U S 1 Shutdown both ways in Deerfield- Gas Leak

Posted on 12 August 2015 by JimLusk

About 9 am today Wednesday a crew digging on Federal Hwy in Deerfield chopped a gas main.

They were digging at the site a the new giant Cumberland Farms gas station at SE 13 and Federal.

All traffic on Federal_DSC8915 Hwy from SE 10th to SE 13 Ct is being diverted.  BSFR Hazmat is having to

dig by hand to get it shutdown. This is one huge problem with that much gas pouring out.

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Roll over crash — Deerfield Beach

Posted on 08 August 2015 by JimLusk

Photo by Mike Jachles, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

At approximately 8 p.m. Aug. 7, firefighters struggled to extract two men from a red jeep that had flipped in a crash with a pickup just east of I-95 on Sample road in the westbound lane.

The crash caused both sides of the road to be shut down during the process.

Both men in the jeep were taken to Broward Health North for their injuries.

Their names have not been released.


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Fiery crash closes down Hillsboro Boulevard, victim identified– Deerfield Beach

Posted on 01 August 2015 by JimLusk

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on July 31, onlookers could see a vehicle, a 2015 blue Hyndai Sonata, engulfed in flames with a possible person lying in the street in the westbound lane of Hillsboro Boulevard. The accident caused the road to be blocked off by BSO.

Sources say the crash was caused by the car traveling at high speed, jumping the curb and hitting a tree causing the engine to catch fire. The driver was supposedly pulled out of the vehicle and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue attempted to save his life, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Aug. 1, the name of the driver was released as 32-year-old David Alejandro Garcia Ramirez of Deerfield Beach.

BSO is still investigating the crash.


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Sketch of assailant who attacked woman in Deerfield released

Posted on 22 May 2015 by JimLusk

15-5-14aDetectives are releasing a rendering of one of the three suspects wanted for the brutal attack of a 61-year-old disabled woman who was alone in her Deerfield Beach home. The suspects walked in through a sliding glass door and demanded jewelry and credit cards. They threatened to kill her pets if she didn’t comply, and they carried with them heartbreaking proof that they were serious – two of her kittens they had killed outside. Investigators are searching for a white male with shoulder length dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.

The intruders, wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves and Halloween masks, became aggressive when she told them she didn’t have much to steal. The woman is hardly able to walk because of a debilitating illness and often uses a walker. The intruders threw her down, and she landed on a table and hit the floor. They ransacked her house and used shards of broken glass to cut her face, arm and abdomen, all while demanding valuables. At one point, her house dress fell open and they sprayed paint on her body.

They took only a small, grey safe with her medication inside, as well as the two dead kittens in a paper bag. She later told Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives that the ordeal lasted between 30 and 60 minutes and that two of the men were inside the house and a third waited outside. One was a short, white male who spoke proper English and wore a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt. The second was taller and spoke with a Spanish accent. He wore a black, hooded sweatshirt. Both wore Halloween masks and gloves and seemed to be in their late teens or early 20s.

The victim was treated for superficial cuts and bruises and released from North Broward Health Medical Center Thursday but returned to the hospital Friday for further treatment. BSO detectives are asking for the public’s help. If anyone knows anything about this crime, please call Det. Vincent Coldwell at (954) 321-4270 or report anonymous information to Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.

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Swim instructor arrested for sexual abuse

Posted on 21 May 2015 by JimLusk

dearagonBroward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives are looking for any additional victims of a Deerfield Beach swim instructor who sexually assaulted two young students during their swimming lessons.

Francisco De Aragon sexually assaulted a swim student during the 11 a.m. lesson on May 19 at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center. At the 11:30 a.m. class on the same day, De Aragon sexually assaulted and molested a second victim. SVU detectives arrested De Aragon on May 20 on two counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 12 and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Detectives are asking any additional victims to contact BSO SVU Detective Keith Gittens
at 954-321-4240 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

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Thieves steal from local business in broad daylight

Posted on 14 May 2015 by JimLusk

Employees of Deerfield’s O2 Media were in the middle of a meeting on May 7 … little did they know they were being violated. Two women came into the building, went up to the 4th floor and rummaged through women’s purses in the office cubicles. The women then went on to engage in a shopping spree at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.

The thieves fled with several credit cards, debit cards and driver’s licenses. According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, the thieves “made two purchases at the Apple store, one for $740 and a second for $2,193. The stolen cards were also used at Macy’s for $568 and Grand Lux for $76. Some transactions were declined, one at the Apple store for $1,582 and two at Publix for $12 and $218.”

Broward Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for these women. They are seeking a white female in her late 30s, about 5’8″ tall, 220 lbs with long, curly brown hair. She was wearing dark pants, a long sleeved sweater with silver trim and a round brown and gold purse. They are also seeking a black woman, 5’6″ tall, 190 lbs. approx., in her 40s with curly brown shoulder-length hair. She wore a blue shirt and black pants as well as glasses. Both were wearing lanyards with ID cards at time of theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Edwards-Demattia at  or Broward Crime Stoppers at (8477) or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $3,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

Surveillance video is available at www.sheriff.org.


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