| August, 2011

Rubble flares up again;at Crabby Jack’s wreckage

Posted on 30 August 2011 by JLusk

At about 11:30A.M.Tuesday morning, while the salvage company was moving debris for the state

investigators a small fire flared up. Deerfield Fire responded with Engine 102 and Ladder 102

to put more water on the ruins. Deerfield Fire will begin manning an engine with off duty

personnel , at the property owners expense until further notice. Mayor Peggy Noland said “it’s

too dangerous to leave it this way”.  She said “the insurance carrier want to bring in their own

investigators and they can’t get here till Thursday”. When asked about a local TV station citing

a determination of arson had been made, Fire Marshall Gary Fernaays  said no ruling had been

made as of yet.  “Some of the media think that suspicious means arson”, it




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Fire at Crabby Jacks (8/28/11)

Posted on 29 August 2011 by LeslieM

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Crabby Jack’s fire; 2nd restaurant to burn in Rivertowne Square this month

Posted on 28 August 2011 by JLusk

Crabby Jacks, at 1015 S.  Federal, in Deerfield Beach,  is the second restaurant this month in Rivertowne Square shopping center at SW 10th and Federal to have a fire.

People cruising by Sunday morning watched as it was burning down between 6:40 and 7:00 a.m. before someone finally called the fire in. Deerfield started rolling on the call at 7 a.m. and quickly called for back up from Pompano and Ft. Lauderdale.

There was a rumor going around town that maybe there was a “firebug” in the area because of a fire at Peking Tokyo Buffet on Aug. 12, which is still closed, less than a 1000 feet from Crabby Jack’s. That fire was a result of grease build up on and around the grill so when the employee fired it up there was a flash fire.

Quitoni from Deerfield fire said it took about 30 minutes to whack down the initial blaze.  BSO cleared out Denny’s next door because it was so hot.  Onlookers were coming by all day. The state Fire Marshall is investigating the fire and we should have an answer soon.

We will have the complete story in our Sept 1 issue of the Observer. To watch video of the Peking Tokyo Buffet fire on Aug 12 and the Crabby Jack’s fire go to ObserverTV and click on” latest videos”



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DUI Checkpoint – A look inside

Posted on 28 August 2011 by LeslieM

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BSO Night Out On Crime

Posted on 27 August 2011 by LeslieM

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Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier closed by severe weather

Posted on 25 August 2011 by LeslieM

Due to severe weather and dangerously high surf, the International Fishing Pier closed at 3:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 25. Weather permitting, the pier will re-open Friday morning. The beach is also closed to swimmers. Future updates posted on this website.

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Irene tracks to east, tropical storm watch in effect

Posted on 24 August 2011 by JLusk

Hurricane Irene, now a category 3 storm, remains steady on the forecast track staying east of Broward. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Atlantic waters off southeast Florida; however, no tropical storm watches are planned for land areas. Due to the close proximity of Hurricane Irene, marine interests should exercise caution until the storm passes. While a direct impact from Hurricane Irene continues to become less likely, peripheral impacts are expected. Residents should expect gusty winds and showers beginning Thursday morning. There continues to be a 25 percent probability of tropical storm force winds affecting Broward County. Rough surf and beach erosion is expected. Motorists should use caution when traveling the roadways and treat intersections without working signals as four-way stops. Travelers should check with their airline or cruise line for delays and cancellations. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reports that due to deteriorating conditions in the Caribbean there have been numerous cancellations in and out of the Bahamas today. The Broward County Emergency Operations Center remains at a monitoring level and emergency management officials continue to keep a close watch on Hurricane Irene. Residents should remain vigilant and stay tuned to TV and radio for updates.

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Flicks: Chasing Madoff & Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Posted on 24 August 2011 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


If Hurricane Irene leaves us alone, two varied movies opening this weekend will provide a fine diversion.

Don‘t Be Afraid of the Dark is a great date movie to end this summer’s blockbuster season. Chasing Madoff is an espionage documentary about the Gordon Gekko of our time, Bernie Madoff.

In the recent decade of irrational exuberance, money managers missed the signs of approaching doom. Much like ignoring hurricane warnings, people like Harry Markopolos warned the watch dog organization of Wall Street, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). When Madoff’s financial abuse made front page news,  the SEC lost credibility with independent investors. The sins of Madoff have affected charitable fundraising on a local level.

Sometimes veering too much toward dramatic comedy, Canadian director Jeff Prosserman’s superficial approach deflates Harry Mark-opolos’ emotional sacrifice.  That said, this film simplifies Madoff and his Ponzi schemes, making a complicated financial con job approachable for the layman.

For the past decade, Guillermo Del Toro has directed some of the most consistently interesting motion pictures; starting with The Devil’s Backbone, both Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth. He has also produced the gothic thriller The Orphanage and this summer’s best monster movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

Based on a 1973 teleplay staring Kim Darby and Jim Hutton, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” opens with a scary myth-making prologue, good old fashioned opening credits that foreshadow the plot structure and an entertaining balance between laughs and scares.

Vulnerable from the opening scene, Bailee Madison plays the disregarded daughter of Guy Pearce, a real estate speculator who is trying to sell the Blackwood Mansion. Dealing with dueling divorced parents is trauma enough, but little Bailee must contend with scurvy little demons under her bed at the Blackwood Mansion. Once awakened, these intelligent little devils need a human sacrifice to be placated.

The success of this motion picture weighs heavily on 9-year-old Madison, a Ft. Lauderdale native. Along with the nifty special effects, Madison holds her own with veteran actors Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is good popcorn-eating Saturday Morning escapism.

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Sharks win state title

Posted on 24 August 2011 by LeslieM

Jordyn Griffith helps the Deerfield Beach Sharks win the state championship. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

Jordyn Griffith has been playing softball for the past four years and knew this year would be special.

“I thought we would be good this year because we have a lot of good players and we work together as a team,” said Griffith, 10, who helped the Deerfield Beach Sharks 10-Under softball team win the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) ‘A’ state title with 9-2 victory over its arch rivals, the West Pines Diamond Dusters. “We are really good together. We don’t fight.”

Brooke Antonio’s two triples led the way for the Sharks in the title game as the local squad finished the year 73-4 and won 13 of the 15 tournaments they entered.

Griffith and the Sharks spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the country by USSSA. They also finished as the fourth-ranked team in the country.

“It is more pressure, but we play the same way we do and [don’t] let the pressure bother us,” Griffith added. “We rarely even brought it up. We just tried and had fun. I like it because it is fun and you get exercise when you run. It is a fun sport.”

The Sharks opened action in the state tournament, winning the first three contests by a combined 29-0 score. Amy Robbins, Sami Restrepo and Tiffany Saba starred at the plate in victories over St. Pete Fury, West Coast Vipers
and the Sunrise Thunder.

Deerfield Beach followed that up with a 3-2 victory over the Port Orange Blazers before downing Wellington Wild, 8-1, to advance to the championship round against the Diamond Dusters, which needed to defeat the Sharks twice for the title.

West Pines won the first game, 5-0. However, Deer-field Beach prevailed in the second contest, 9-2, to win the state title. Karissa Bauzon also had two hits in the final, while Brandi Antonio allowed just one hit in notching the win on the mound.

Coach Karla Antonio said they are a great bunch of girls.

“They are fun and always entertaining,” Antonio said. “They work very hard, and I can’t say enough about them. The parents are good too, which is very important. The kids are only 10. They have a lot of years ahead of them.”

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Crime Watch

Posted on 24 August 2011 by LeslieM


Aug.19 A man reported that his home at 1310 SW 8 Ave. was broken into and a gun was stolen.

Aug.20 A woman reported that her car was broken into and a stethoscope and papers were stolen. Incident happened at 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 20 A man reported he was attacked by a number of people. The man suffered a laceration. Incident happened at 300 SW 3 Ave.

Aug.20 A man’s vehicle was broken into at Surfside Snacks, Inc. at 158 NW 1 Terr. The man reported that a computer, adapter, router, charger and pricing gun were stolen. Value of the stolen items was $3,000.

Aug. 21 After eating lunch at a Wendy’s at 335 W. Hillsboro Blvd., a woman left the restaurant. She soon realized she had left her purse there. She returned and found that her wallet, with her driver’s license, Social Security card, green card and $200 were stolen.

Aug.21 A man reported that someone broke into a parking lot where he stored his boatand that his marine radio and throttle control unit were stolen. Stolen items were valued at $1,450.


DEERFIELD — District 4

July 28 – Aug. 11 Residential burglary, Highland Meadows, 5391 NW 2nd Ave. Deputy responded to the trailer park home and made contact. Sometime during listed dates, unknown suspect(s) broke into the victim’s trailer. Entry was made by cutting the screen and entering through an unlocked rear window. Along with the victim’s checkbook, two televisions, one surround sound system, and one digital camera were taken. Scene was processed and latent prints were collected. Matter ws forwarded to CI for further investigation.

Aug. 11 Conveyance burglary arrest in the Hammocks, 4286 NW 1 Place. On Aug. 7, defendant was observed attempting entry into the victim’s vehicle via the driver side door handle. A witness who lives across the street from the victim observed this and confronted the defendant, at which time he ran off to a gold-colored Toyota parked about a block away at the community pool. A double blind photo lineup was presented to the witness. He positively identified the defendant as the person he saw attempting to gain entry into the victim’s vehicle, as well as the person who ran from him when confronted. Defendant was brought in to the District Office by his mother on Aug 11.

Aug. 12 Grand theft arrest at Petland, 3964 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Two individuals were arrested for grand theft after they were identified from surveillance video stealing a Maltese dog, valued at $1,200 from Petland on Aug.11. Stolen dog was recovered and returned to business.

Aug. 15 Auto theft at Home Depot, 60 SW 12 Ave., between 2:10-2:30 p.m. Unknown person stole victim’s vehicle from Home Depot parking lot. Vehicle entered into TTY as stolen.

Aug. 16 Residential burglary in the Hammocks, 4319 NW 1Place, between 9:20 and 9:30 a.m. Unknown suspect/s used an unknown tool to smash out rear glass door, and enter the house. Once inside, alarm was activated, scaring off suspect/s, who exited through the front door without taking any items. No witnesses.

Aug. 16 Conveyance burglary at Chevron gas station, 1790 W. Hillsboro Blvd., at approximately 3:10 p.m.Victim was trying to pump gas, had problem with pump and went inside gas station. She saw two black males taking her purse from inside her vehicle and driving away in a black SUV. BOLO was issued.

Please remember, if you see suspicious activity, call 911 immediately.



Aug.11 A man was detained after being observed stealing a package of Lamisil at the Publix Supermarket at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. The man was issued a trespass warning and told never to return to the store.

Aug.14 A man reported that his Waverunner was stolen from a dock at 3130 NE 48 St.

 Aug.16 A car parked at Sheehan Buick GMC at 2800 N. Federal Hwy. was broken into. A car stereo system was removed.

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