PHOTO BY: Jim Wilson
Posted on 06 March 2014 by JimLusk
PHOTO BY: Jim Wilson
Posted on 07 November 2013 by JimLusk
UPDATE: BSO arrested a 60-year-old Lake Worth man. Rosario Melici, DOB 5/3/53, will face two charges of murder. BSO arrested him Thursday with the help of the U.S. Marshals and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at a Lake Worth Walgreens near his home on E Street. Detectives said victims Barbara and Philip Russo knew their killer.
Sheriff Scott Israel made a special appearance at the beginning of Deerfield Beach Vice Mayor Joe Miller’s District 1 meeting, Thursday night, to announce that an arrest has been made in the double homicide that took place in Deer Creek on Monday.
“This was not a random act of violence. These two unfortunate people were targeted and murdered. It was somebody they knew,” said Sheriff Israel on Nov. 7.
The subject was picked up in Lake Worth a few hours ago, Thursday afternoon, Nov 7.
At this time, only one arrest has been made.
On Nov. 5, the couple’s daughter discovered the bodies of Phil, 88, and Barbara, 78, Russo murdered.
The arrested subject has been charged with first degree murder of the couple and is currently being interviewed by Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) at the Public Safety Building at 260 W. Broward Blvd. before being booked into the Main Jail in Ft. Lauderdale.
See story in full in Nov. 14 Observer newspaper
Posted on 24 September 2013 by JimLusk
The men and women of the Broward Sheriff Office are mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague, Deputy Daniel Rivera, who died Saturday night of injuries he sustained in a car crash. He leaves behind a 14-year-old son, Damian Luis Barrio, and many other grieving relatives, friends and coworkers.
Visitation for Rivera will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, 138 NE 1 STreet, Pompano. The funeral is 11 a.m., Friday, September 27 at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale. Interment is at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 1400 State Road 7, North Lauderdale.
Deputy Rivera, 32, started with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2003. He served in the agency’s Department of Detention until May 2012 when he transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement. He was a road patrol deputy in BSO’s Pompano Beach district. He was driving on Interstate 95 just before sunrise on Sept. 11 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree.
“Our entire agency is feeling the loss of this young, brave deputy who was taken too soon from his family, friends and coworkers,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “I am praying for Deputy Rivera’s family to find comfort and strength during this time.”
Deputy Rivera was a confident, hard-working deputy who loved fitness, dancing to Latin music, rooting for the New York Mets and being with his friends, family and his girlfriend. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and Florida Atlantic University. Deputy Rivera was an auxiliary police officer with the New York Police Department before moving to Florida at age 19. He attended Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.
Other survivors include his mother, Miriam Cuin, a captain with the New York City Department of Corrections; father, Antonio Cuin, a warden with the New York City Department of Corrections; sister, Jessica Ducos; brother, Carlos Ducos; grandparents, Moises and Maria Hernandez and girlfriend, Andrea Mendez.
Posted on 19 September 2013 by JimLusk
BSO dispatch received a call of a breaking and entering at 9:10 a.m. at 2201 Bay Drive in Pompano Beach. A deputy was injured trying to apprehend the suspect on Hillsboro Blvd. and A1A. It appears the suspect hit the deputy with his vehicle causing non life-threatening injuries. A SWAT team moved in on the suspect and removed him in front of hundreds of shocked by-standers
The suspect is in custody.
Posted on 03 July 2013 by PaulK
BSFR was dispatched to a fire inside the cooking are of the McDonald’s on Hillsborough at 10:21AM Wednesday Morning, July 3rd, 2012. Firefighters arrived to find one of the oil cookers involved. Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze and pulled the fire outside. No injuries were reported. McDonald’s was evacuated during the knock down. Full Story in Observer July 11th Issue.
Posted on 21 June 2013 by JimLusk
UPDATED: 8:08 a.m.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports the plane is a 2013 Beach craft.
Pompano Beach spokeswoman Sandra King says the pilot has 35 years of experience flying planes. He was walking around when firefighters arrived at the scene. Rescue workers took him to Broward Health North as a precaution.
BSO deputies are on scene of a small plane that crashed in an alleyway between NE 3 Ave and Dixie Highway, just northwest of Pompano Air Park just before 6:23 a.m. The pilot escaped uninjured and is reported to be the only person on the plane. The plane apparently knocked down power lines, causing a reported outage in the neighborhood. There is a fuel spill that is being contained by the fire department. No injuries to anyone on the ground.
Posted on 05 April 2013 by JimLusk
Posted on 21 March 2013 by JimLusk
At 1:44 a.m., on Thursday, March 21, Michael Brewer, known for the incident in Oct. 2009 in which he was set on fire by other teens, was arrested on drug charges and booked at the Palm Beach County Jail.
It is reported he was stopped for making a u-turn on a red light and, as the officer patted him down, he discovered substances which tested positive for marijuana and crack cocaine. While the other occupants of the vehicle had nothing illegal on them, other drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle, including 24 glass bongs, 14 glass pipes, three pills of oxicodone 30 mg, an empty prescription bottle of morphine, empty pill containers, a drug grinder and cigarette papers. The officer also reported a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Look for an update on this story in next week’s Observer.
Posted on 15 March 2013 by JimLusk
It was a tight race between incumbent Mayor Peggy Noland and former Mayor Jean Robb and there was a recount held Friday, March 15. At 11:40 a.m., the SOE officially declared Jean Robb mayor by 27 votes.
Posted on 15 March 2013 by JimLusk