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Woman killed when car hits pole

Posted on 03 April 2015 by JimLusk

A Jacksonville woman was killed early Friday morning when her car hit a pole in Deerfield Beach. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances that led to the crash.

A preliminary investigation showed that Carrie Ann Laird, 37, was westbound on Southwest 10 street at a high rate of speed. A witness told investigators Laird may have been racing another vehicle when she lost control of her 2005 Nissan 350Z and veered off the roadway. There was no evidence indicating that the other vehicle made contact with the Nissan.

Laird lost control of the car, and it struck a pole. She was not wearing a seatbelt. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue pronounced her dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about this crash can contact Detectives Carlos DeJesus at (954)321-4840 or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

INVESTIGATORS: THI Dets. DeJesus, Morales; Sgt. Michael; Deerfield Beach, BSFR
THIS REPORT BY:  Dani Moschella/PIO4/3/15 1600

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BREAKING: Gas Leak- The Cove Shopping Center evacuated

Posted on 15 March 2015 by JimLusk

IMG_1883By Rachel Galvin

As of 10:41 p.m (3/15/15)., SE 15th is filled with fire trucks and BSO. According to a source, there is a gas leak currently being investigated. Gas is coming from the roadway in the 300 block. Businesses in The Cove Shopping Center and some apartments have been evacuated at the time of this writing. Stay tuned for more details.

11:18 p.m: A source with BSO states that it is not a propane line, but a propane tank under the roadway that seems to feed the surrounding buildings. The leak was detected via smell and also sensors. They are still assessing the situation. Meanwhile, the apartment buildings in that block have been evacuated and the residents are standing around waiting to see when they can return.

12:42 p.m. According to BSO FR PIO, ” Hazmat techs have secured the leak. Tank will likely have to be dug up and replaced.”




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Broward County Special Election- Dist 2 Commissioner TODAY

Posted on 04 December 2014 by JimLusk

fw7xR.So.56   The Election for the District 2 seat on the Broward County Commission is

being held today, Thursday, December 4th. This district encompasses Coconut

Creek from the Florida Turnpike west to S.R. 441 and south to Mcnab Road

as well as portions of Ft. Lauderdale. According to the Supervisor of Elections office. only registered Democrats are allowed to vote in this election.


The Observer highly recommends that you vote for Charlotte Rodstrom today.

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Broward County Special Election- District 2 Commissioner

Posted on 04 December 2014 by L.Moore

The election for the District 2 seat on the Broward County Commission is being held today, Thursday, December 4th

Coconut Creek from the Florida Turnpike west to S.R. 441 and south to McNab as well as portions of Fort Lauderdale. According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, only registered Democrats are allowed to vote in this election.
The Observer highly recommends that you vote for Charlotte Rodstrom today.

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BOMB THREAT in Deerfield

Posted on 29 July 2014 by JimLusk


Photo by Jacob Shendell

 A Bomb Threat was reported at: 685 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. : BSO’s deputies and the Bomb Squad are responding to a report of a possible explosive device in a car near the above address. Deputies have closed road traffic on East Hillsboro Boulevard from the 800 block to the 500 block. Homes and businesses in that area have been evacuated.

UPDATE:  4:49 P.M. At 2:15 pm a 911 call came in that a explosive device was set in a car at 685 E. Hillsboro, possibly by a party involved in a recent separation and a suspect that was arrested for domestic violence. He called a family member of the female involved in the domestic case at her place of work and told here it was in her car outside. BSO and Homeland Security responded and checked for a device. The suspect has a military background and that concerned everyone and which made his threat was credible. No device was located and they are looking for the suspect.

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Katz V. Katz

Posted on 13 June 2014 by JimLusk



Katz Deli in NYC


Katz Deli in Deerfield Beach










The famous Katz Deli in New York City filed a cease-and-desist letter on April 29 to stop Deerfield Beach Katz Deli in The Cove from using their name. The NYC deli, founded in 1888, accused the local deli of infringing on its federal trademark rights. The Cove Katz Deli opened less than a year ago. Both restaurants sell New York style and Kosher deli food. The NYC deli has been featured in movies like “When Harry Met Sally.”

 The case is listed under Katz’s Delicatessen of Houston Street Inc v Pump-a-Nickel Corp d/b/a Katz’s Deli of Deerfield Beach et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-04245.

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BSO impersonator targets young and elderly drivers

Posted on 13 June 2014 by JimLusk

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Vehicle used and ID flashed by BSO impersonator at unsuspecting drivers.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Corruption Unit detectives arrested a man performing traffic stops last Friday in Broward and Palm Beach counties while posing as a BSO employee. Although the suspect says he only did this that day, detectives are looking for additional victims of this BSO impersonator.


Tiago Monteiro




On June 6, Tiago Monteiro driving a dark Volvo pulled over a car with a teen driver and two teen passengers near 400 N. Federal Hwy. Monteiro felt the teenage girl had cut him off. He stopped his car in front of hers, walked up to her car and ordered her to roll down her window. Monteiro acted with authority and quickly flashed an ID in a lanyard. He told the victim that he worked for BSO and asked to see her license and registration. After reviewing her documents, Monteiro told her he would let her go with a warning.

Hours later the impersonator pulled over a second victim. This time it was an adult man (William “Bill” Bucknam) in Boca Raton. He told Bucknam that he was a BSO detention technician and flashed a work ID from a telemarketing job. Again Monteiro asked to see his license and registration and again he told him he could go with a warning. Bucknam was suspicious and used his mobile phone to take photos of Monteiro, the Volvo and the tag. His actions were crucial in giving the BSO the information they find and apprehend Monteiro.

Public Corruption Unit detectives arrested Tiago Monteiro at his home in Coral Springs. He admitted to performing the fake traffic stops and stated he was targeting drivers whom he felt should not be behind the wheel. Monteiro had no police lights in his car, no weapon and no BSO identification. He is facing charges of impersonating an officer and false imprisonment.

Monteiro has never been employed by BSO but has applied 14 times; most recently on March 30, 2012. Monteiro has a history of mental health issues.

Detectives are asking for anyone who’s been a victim of Monteiro or anyone with additional information to contact BSO Detective Joshua Webb at 954-321-1100 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

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Photo of impersonator and his car captured in the act.

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Here we beach again–In Deerfield

Posted on 02 June 2014 by JimLusk

IMG_20140601_104414_135On Sunday, June 1, beach goers were exposed to the 3rd private property

sign on Deerfield Beach, in the last 7 years. This time it is on a stretch south of the pier by 4 blocks and right in front of the main beach parking lot.

It appears to be some private frontage that belongs to a condo on the south

side of the main parking lot.

The Observer has made repeated calls to the seller number on the sign, but has not reached anyone yet. We will run this down by this week’s Observer issue and keep you posted.

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Federal Hwy. partial closure May 28, until noon

Posted on 27 May 2014 by JimLusk

imagesSouthbound Federal Hwy Lane Closure for Routine Maintenance

Due to the routine maintenance of the trees along Federal Highway, the southbound lane of Federal Highway from the Palm Beach County Line to NE 4 Street, will be closed Wednesday, May 28 from 6 a.m. to noon. The southbound lane is scheduled to re-open at noon weather permitting.

For more information please call 954-571-2670.

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BSO Sgt, Deputies rammed in Deerfield

Posted on 16 April 2014 by JimLusk


Shortly after 3 a.m., BSO deputies were responding to a call from an Oakland Park resident that her car alarm was going off. A BSO sergeant en route to the home saw a Chevy Malibu with dark tinted windows leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle sped onto Interstate 95 and into Deerfield Beach, where the driver rammed a deputy’s vehicle and continued to flee. In the process, he hit two other BSO vehicles, incapacitating the Malibu. He then bailed out of the car and ran through a relative’s apartment, over a barbed-wire fence and into a field. BSO deputies used the helicopter and K-9s to track him, and he was eventually apprehended. Two of the deputies he rammed were transported to Broward Health North Medical Center. Their injuries do not appear to be serious.  A sergeant driving the third vehicle that was hit was uninjured. The suspect, Derek Fuller (10/21/87), was transported to the hospital for treatment of a dog bite before going to jail. Currently out of jail on bond, he faces multiple charges including three counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding and possession of cocaine. BSO Violent Crimes Unit detectives are investigating the incident.

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