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The Demise of the Packer Rattlers

Posted on 22 September 2016 by LeslieM

In last week’s paper, the “city” gave their side of the story on the issue of the McDougle Foundation being given the contract for football in the city over the longtime Packer Rattlers, saying that is “the end of the story.” However, at Tuesday’s commission meeting, it was referenced again (see Pg. 1 of The Observer, Sept. 22 issue) when the commission decided to vote to censure the mayor based on some things she said at the previous meeting when she had brought up the issue again on the agenda. Well, the mayor does have a response to this issue. She handed out 100 flyers at Tuesday’s commission meeting, she said, outlining the history of the issue as she sees it, as well as a response to the controversy surrounding it. Here is the flyer in its entirety. (This is Mayor Robb’s opinion on the issue).

The Demise of the Packer Rattlers

By Mayor Jean Robb

On March 24, Kara Petty, director of Parks and Recreation, presented a proposal from the McDougle Foundation to partner with the city to implement the Firstability youth sports program. This was similar to a proposal made to then Commissioner Ben Preston and rejected by him since the proposal outlined taking over the existing Packer Rattler program. When I asked the manager how the city got involved with McDougle Foundation, he said it was upon the proposal made by Commissioner Preston. Preston vigorously denies that allegation and points to the fact that it was never raised while he was a commissioner. Commissioner Preston told me that when the McDougles approached him, he was aware that they intended to absorb the Packer Rattles, and he knew that was not acceptable for the people in District 2 that he represented. So he told them he could not go along with what they proposed. Consequently, it never was brought before the commission while Preston as in office.

It was pointed out to the commission that the it would be saving $43,500 since it would no longer be providing funding for The Raiders or the Packer Rattlers. That should have raised a red flag as to the elimination of financial support in the future for the Packer Rattlers. Instead both the city manager and Commissioner Battle lied to the audience and to the commission claiming that such an arrangement would in no way affect the Packer Rattlers.

Then four of the commissioners voted to give the McDougle Foundation all of the fields in the city thereby leaving the Packer Rattlers with no place to practice or play.

Resolution 2016-061 presented to the commission and passed with the mayor dissenting claimed that the funding of $45,000 for the initial year of the contract would be utilized to jump start quality football and cheering programs and offset first year costs of equipment and uniforms. Was there ever a resolution passed by the commission claiming that all of the necessary expenses would be paid by the city? I think not.

Why then did the city expend $45,463.58 or public relations and equipment purchased for the Bison without the approval of the commission, who had been sold a bill of goods? Total cost with the $45,000 grant amounts to $90,463.58. Where is the savings for the city? I never got the total cost figures from the Parks and Recreation Department. They kept telling me there were no new expenses when I was asking for a total the city had spent on public relations and equipment from when the day the contract was signed.

I also asked who was collecting the registration fees that were being paid to join the Bison teams? No answer from them. Since the manager had told me that the money was coming out of the Aquatic’s budget, I had to get the Finance Director to run me a complete history of the monies paid out of that account. That was how I was able to ascertain at the very least the 45,463.58 in expenditures. But it would take a collection of all of the invoices paid by the city for all of the city expenditures for the Bison Team to determine the exact amount … And I still have not learned who collected the fees for the registration of the football players and the cheerleaders for the Bison Squad. How much did it amount to and where is it?

To add insult to injury, the staff made sure that anyone who the DPR [the Packer Rattlers] approached for a possible site were intimidated into saying no. The DPR finally ended up signing a contract with Zion Lutheran because they had become a charter school and they were not planning to field their own football team. After the first home Game, when it was obvious that the parking for the number of fans attending was inadequate, that’s when the mayor placed item 21 on Sept. 6 on the agenda begging for just one field for the Packer Rattlers to play their home games on. It was obvious that the commission was told not to respond or second the motion, which would have allowed the parents to speak. Those parents and children who had sat through the first two hours of the meeting were not to be heard, and the four commissioners did not care. The city retaliated by demanding a special events permit with the staff member telling them that without it, they would not be able to play football in Deerfield Beach.

This is the frustration I was faced with when I said the following: “______why don’t you ever support your constituents?” The blank is my taking the Lord’s name in vain. I apologize, but the forgiveness comes not from this commission but from a higher power. I think it is necessary to let the people know what the Packer Rattlers have had to endure but they were still able to enroll 276 football players and 100 cheerleaders. Does that sound like they are going away?

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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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Indie Craft Swell at IWS canceled … for now

Posted on 07 May 2016 by JLusk

If you were thinking of stopping by Island Water Sports for the Indie Craft event today (May 7), you might as well go home. It has been canceled. It appears the city told them on Wednesday or Thursday that their permit was not approved. Evidently, there is a rule, which is posted somewhere in City Hall, that venues can only have an event once every 90 days, according to a source at Island Water Sports, who added they have worked hard on this event and will hope to reschedule it soon. Stay tuned…

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Bank Robbery – UPDATE 5-6-16

Posted on 05 May 2016 by LeslieM

FBI ANNOUNCES ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH A BANK ROBBERY TODAY

The FBI announces the arrest of Eric John Lamb, 34, of Pompano Beach, FL, for his alleged involvement in the robbery of a TD Bank branch, 1011 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL.
The arrest was made today, without incident, by the Broward Sheriff’s Office shortly after the alleged robbery.
Lamb is in federal custody and is facing federal charges.  His initial appearance is expected to be in Fort Lauderdale Federal Court tomorrow.
The criminal complaint may be found in PACER in due course.  No picture(s)/mug shots are available.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, the South Florida Violent Crimes Task Force and the FBI continue their investigation.
No further information will be released at this time.

Michael D. Leverock
Special Agent
FBI Miami

Jim Marshall
Public Affairs Specialist
FBI Miami


 

Posted 5-5-16

The BSO Public Information Office is currently working a developing incident regarding a Bank Robbery – Suspect in Custody located at: Southbound I-95, just south of Atlantic Boulevard.

Public Information officer Keyla Concepcion is currently gathering the details. Here’s what we know so far:

BSO Communications received information about a robbery in progress at the TD Bank at 1011 S. Federal Hwy. in Deerfield Beach. BSO units responded as the suspect fled. Deputies conducted a stop on the southbound lanes of I-95 and apprehended the suspect.

FBI is responding to the scene and will handle the case.

Traffic advisory: Please advise motorists on the southbound lanes of I-95 to expect traffic delays between Atlantic Boulevard and Cypress Creed Road due to this incident.

This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change.

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BSO arrests two Deerfield youths for series of ATM robberies

Posted on 28 January 2016 by LeslieM

A third person is being sought

On Monday Jan. 25, a Broward Sheriff’s Office surveillance operation paid off when three men were spotted loitering near a Pompano Beach bank. Between mid-December and mid-January at least five robberies at walk-up and drive-through ATMs were reported in Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach, prompting the BSO’s VIPER response team to set up the surveillance post.

The robbers’ method was for two of the men to startle victims and hold them at gunpoint while demanding cash from the ATM; they would then flee with the loot.

As the VIPER team approached the three loiterers on Monday, they fled on foot. Two 17-year-old male residents of Deerfield Beach were apprehended, while a third escaped and is being sought. The two in custody have admitted committing at least five robberies, and were planning another one when interrupted by the BSO.

Anyone believing they have been victimized by these robbers, or with information leading to the third robber, should contact the BSO robbery detectives at 954-321-4270.

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False alarm at Check ‘N Go

Posted on 17 September 2015 by JLusk

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 JLusk

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 JLusk

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 JLusk

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 JLusk

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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