| November, 2020

BSO investigates Hit & Run in Hillsboro Beach

Posted on 30 November 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) traffic homicide detectives are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred in Hillsboro Beach Sunday morning.
According to detectives, at approximately 4:52 a.m. on Nov. 29, an adult male was riding his bicycle northbound along the paved shoulder within the 1100 block of Hillsboro Mile in Hillsboro Beach. At the same time, Shannon Young was also traveling northbound in a white 2015 Mazda 6 when he struck the rear of the male’s bike. The impact forced the bicyclist off the bike and onto the roadway. Young then fled the scene northbound.
Hillsboro Beach Police Department and Broward Sheriff Fire Recue responded to the scene, and the bicyclist was transported to Broward Health Medical Center with life threatening injuries.
Following the incident, Hillsboro P.D. issued a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) for the vehicle. BSO Deerfield Beach deputies were able to locate and stop the vehicle without incident. Once stopped, Young cooperated with the investigation. 
Excessive speed does not appear to be a contributing factor in this crash. 

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Winter Youth Soccer – Register Now!

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

 The City of Deerfield Beach is excited to announce the upcoming Winter Soccer Program!
Registration is currently open and is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Dec. 1. Soccer will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and run through Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at the Middle School Athletics Complex, 601 SE 6 Ave. The age group ranges from 3-15, join us for fun!
To register, visit any community center or www.dfb.city/registration .
For additional information, contact the Athletics Division at 954-480-4426.

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Be careful this Thanksgiving!

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

A lot of people like to fry their turkey for Thanksgiving. This may not be sucha  smart option. It can be quite dangerous.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, “consumer grade turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and pose a significant danger. Additionally, the oil remains hot for hours after the unit is turned off. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The NFPA suggests that those who prefer deep fried turkey purchase it cooked from a grocer, food retailer or restaurant that prepares them using professional grade equipment.”
They add: “Thanksgiving is the top day for cooking fires to happen. According to a recent report published by the U. S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the U. S. By far, the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. These fires occur most frequently between noon and 4 p.m.”
Be careful and have a great and safe Thanksgiving!

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Dist. 2 Meeting–Dec. 3

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk


Commissioner Ben Preston invites all District 2 residents to a District Meeting Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Leo Robb Gymnasium at 445 SW 2 St. in Deerfield Beach.
To ensure compliance with CDC recommendations, attendees will be required to adhere to a temperature check, wear facial coverings, and maintain social distancing.
This meeting will include updates from the following departments: BSO Law Enforcement, Planning & Development, Code Compliance, Legislative & Community Affairs, Parks & Recreation, Economic Development, and Environmental Services. Additionally, multiple City of Deerfield Beach elected officials may be in attendance.
For more information, call the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263.

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BSO new technology goes online

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

After months of planning, training and testing, ShotSpotter® is officially live in the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Central Broward district. 
ShotSpotter is a gunshot surveillance system that uses sensor-based technology to detect and locate outdoor gunfire in real-time. Once the system is alerted to gunfire, ShotSpotter employees vet the information and share the details with law enforcement. The information is often shared within seconds. 
Nationally, ShotSpotter estimates that roughly 80 percent of gunfire incidents are not reported to law enforcement. ShotSpotter will allow deputies to respond more quickly to gunfire while also providing critical, real-time intelligence about specific incidents, increasing deputies’ awareness and preparation. The technology will also enhance deputies’ ability to make arrests, provide life-saving treatment to victims and gather evidence. 
Another major benefit is building community trust. Residents of communities plagued by gunfire will be able to see and speak to deputies who arrive quickly to handle these dangerous calls. 
BSO deputies recently conducted training to calibrate the ShotSpotter system in its Central Broward district, and the system went live on Wednesday evening. 
A three-year ShotSpotter program in unincorporated Central Broward, an area with a high volume of calls for service related to gunfire, will cost $205,000. BSO participated in a ShotSpotter pilot program in 2009-2010 but declined to pursue the program further. Since then, ShotSpotter technology has grown and advanced, cutting down on false positive reports of gunfire. ShotSpotter guarantees a 90 percent accuracy rate regarding actual gunfire and location.  

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Watch out for Manatees!

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

Watch out for Manatees! Manatee season started on Nov. 15 and runs through March 31, which means more of these gentle sea cows may be swimming in our waters and boats can do them a lot of damage if they are not careful.

Broward County recently sent out a statement about Manatees, below, which gives more information about these gentle creatures of the sea:

As air and water temperature drop, manatees begin moving south toward warm-water refuges while seasonal and manatee protection speed limit zones go into effect throughout the State. Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division implements the county’s manatee conservation program and cautions boaters to be on the lookout for greater numbers of manatee presence throughout the County’s waterways (including the intracoastal, canals, and natural waterways) during the cooler months.

During one manatee season, more than 1,200 manatees have been documented in the County’s waterways on a single day; this can represent a significant portion of the entire population of manatees in Florida. With colder weather, an area of notable concentration of manatees is in and around the Lauderdale Power Plant cooling lakes off the South Fork New River and the Port Everglades Power Plant cooling canal. As the air and water warms after a period of cold weather, the manatees will move into the surrounding canals and Intracoastal Waterway to forage, thus increasing the chance of manatee/boater interaction. Statewide, 130 manatees were killed by boats in 2019 with 4 of those deaths occurring in Broward County. Boaters should be aware that the maximum speed for boats in regulated waterways may differ from what is allowed during the warm weather months.  

Although manatees are quite large, they can be difficult to see from a boat as they often swim and rest just below the water’s surface. To avoid striking manatees, vessel operators should obey all posted speed limits, wear polarized sunglasses to help them spot the animals in the water, and watch for the large, tell-tale circular slicks on the surface of the water caused by the tail (manatee “footprints”) that indicate the presence of manatees.

If a manatee is spotted, the sighting can be reported by using the County’s “I Spy a Manatee” mobile app (available for free download on the Apple App and Google Play stores). In addition to allowing users to report sightings of manatees, the app provides maps of the County’s state-regulated manatee protection and boating safety zones allowing boaters to immediately see what zone(s) they are traveling through if using the location services of the mobile device.

If you see a sick, injured, or dead manatee, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Alert Number at (888) 404-FWCC (3922), *FWC or # FWC on a cell phone or with a text to tip@myfwc.com. You’ll be asked to answer several questions such as whether the manatee is alive or dead, it’s approximate size, and exact location.

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Virtual–Thanksgiving ABC Exercise Challenge

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

Thanksgiving is always the time we end up eating way too much and looking for an outlet to burn it off. Well, the City of Deerfield Beach is aiding with that endeavor in a fun and safe way, with their ABC Workout Challenge. It is virtual. You have until Tuesday, Dec. 1 to complete it. To find out the details, you have to register by signing a waiver, which is free. Then, as you participate, take a photo or video and email it in. A winner is chosen in each category too!
One winner per age category will be chosen at random. Winner will be contacted via the email they utilized to provide their photo and waiver. If they don’t respond within in 2 days a new winner will be chosen and reached out to via email.
Categories & Age Range
Senior Citizen: 60+
Adult: 18+
Child: 5 -17 years old
For questions regarding the event please email dfbspecialevents@deerfield-beach.com

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Hit & Run driver arrested in Pompano

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) traffic homicide detectives arrested Jacquelyn St. John on Friday, Nov. 20 for her involvement in a hit-and-run that left a female pedestrian dead this past September.
At approximately 9:12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Broward Regional Communications received a hit-and-run call near the 900 block of North Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach. BSO deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue personnel responded and located pedestrian, Kenyanna Bell, suffering from life-threatening injuries. Bell was transported to Broward Health North where she remained and later died on Wednesday, Sept. 23, due to her injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed that an unidentified vehicle was traveling northbound on North Dixie Highway when it struck Bell. After the crash, a white sedan believed to have been involved in the crash was observed pulling into the parking lot of a local business. The driver of the vehicle, described as a white female, was seen exiting the sedan then re-entering the car before leaving the scene. 
Through investigative means, detectives were able to identify and locate St. John and the suspect vehicle involved, a 2016 Lincoln MKZ. St. John faces charges related to failing to stop/remain on the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with or fabricating evidence, operating a motor vehicle without a license and probation violation.  

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8th Annual Turkey Giveaway

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

Ready to serve.

By Rachel Galvin

A long line of volunteers, all wearing masks, stood in front of frozen turkeys at Delta Lodge 519 in Deerfield, just waiting for cars to drive past, drivers with tickets in hand, to pick up turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. Tickets were distributed to local churches.

This is the 8th time this event has happened and it always brings out many who want to volunteer their time. This year, 300 turkeys were given away. 

“This is out way of giving back to Deerfield Beach and our community,” said Delta Lodge’s Terry Scott. “It means so much this year because so many families are hurting. We’re just happy and excited that we are able to do this.”

He added, “We have been so grateful to have sponsors like Judge Ken Gottlieb, Debbie Carpenter-Toye, attorney Denny Mele, Chris Partidge and the Partridge Group. The Title 1 Broward County School Board has been a source of great help to us through volunteering.  Pompano Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins came down to help give turkeys away. Holy Royal Arch Masons of Pompano Beach, #164 came and donated 25 turkeys to Pompano Beach.”

Delta Lodge has given out about 2000 turkeys since they started doing the event.



Doing the supervising…

Putting turkeys in cars.



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Hock Exchange helps the community

Posted on 24 November 2020 by JLusk


By Rachel Galvin

Through the years, Mickey Kleinman, owner of the Hock Exchange, has seen his share of ups and downs in not only the pawn industry, but every industry around him. Of course, this year, with the Coronavirus, the changes for the whole world have been obvious. It seems everyone is struggling. And, just like every year, Kleinman likes to do what he can to help during the holiday season. As usual, he is donating turkeys this Thanksgiving to those in need, and plans to do so at Christmas time as well.

“I wish I could do more,” said Kleinman. “I love giving back to the community.”

Over time, he has also seen fluctuations in what people are buying, which has changed what people can sell and has affected what he can take at his shop. People, he said, are not doing collectibles anymore and computers and electronics keep losing their value too quickly because they can so easily be revamped and replaced with newer models almost yearly. But there are some standbys that he continues to be able to take year after year, and he has plenty in his shop to choose from, including guns, jewelry, bikes, fishing equipment, tools, paintings and more.

The Hock Exchange is located at 204 N. Federal Hwy. In Deerfield Beach. Ask about their program for layaway during the holidays. For more information, call 954-574-0800.

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