Brothers arrested in Deerfield Beach murder

Posted on 10 July 2020 by JLusk

 
At approximately 7:16 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, BSO deputies responded to a shots fired call near the area of West Hillsboro Boulevard and Southwest 12th Avenue in Deerfield Beach. Upon arrival, deputies learned that Herman Grant and a juvenile passenger were in a white 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 on West Hillsboro Boulevard and NW 3rd Avenue when they heard multiple gunshots. Several rounds entered the vehicle striking Grant in the back as he continued to drive westbound on Hillsboro Boulevard. 
 
Grant’s Mercedes-Benz subsequently collided with a white pickup truck, coming to a complete stop at West Hillsboro Boulevard and Southwest 12th Avenue. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded and Grant was transported to Broward Health North where he later died. 
 
Preliminary investigation indicates the initial shooting began at approximately 7:10 p.m. at the 101 Liquors store located at 159 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach. Evidence revealed Travis and Tavian were in a white BMW shooting at a dark colored 2016 Audi driven by Randerick Gervin. 
 
Witnesses say the white BMW continued to chase the dark colored Audi as it approached West Hillsboro Boulevard and NW 3rd Avenue in Deerfield Beach. 
 
Gervin’s vehicle was struck multiple times where the initial shooting started. He sustained no injuries and was able to flee the scene. 
 
At this point, Travis and Tavian then began to shoot at Grant’s white 2020 Mercedes-Benz. Both suspects fled following the shootings.
 
A bullet also hit the headrest of a Toyota Camry traveling in that same area. The driver and passenger of the Camry were not injured. 
 
Through investigative means, Broward Sheriff’s Office Deerfield Beach Crime Suppression Team, in conjunction with Fort Lauderdale Police Department Rapid Offender Career Control unit, located Travis in a white BMW with multiple passengers near the 2400 block of East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale at approximately 4:50 p.m. on July 8. 
 
The units attempted to complete a traffic stop on the white BMW near the 1600 block of East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Travis fled the scene and a pursuit followed throughout multiple jurisdictions. BSO’s Aviation unit was dispatched and the suspect, along with two other occupants of the vehicle, were seen bailing out near the 200 block of Southwest Fifth Court in Deerfield Beach. 
 
A perimeter was established, and deputies were able to apprehend Travis and one other subject who was arrested for unrelated charges. 
 
Tavian was later detained at Broward Health North where he was being treated for an unrelated medical condition and subsequently transported to BSO main jail. 
 
The investigation continues. 

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BSO investigates shooting in Pompano

Posted on 07 July 2020 by JLusk

 
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) homicide detectives are seeking the community’s help in identifying the shooter that left a person dead Friday night in Pompano Beach.
At approximately 10:18 p.m. July 3, Broward County Regional Communications received a call in regard to a shooting at 244 NW 12th Street in Pompano Beach. BSO deputies responded and located the victim, ‘NUK’ Cameron Breon, on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound.
 
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene and pronounced ‘NUK’ Breon deceased at approximately 10:28 p.m. 
 
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Louis Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. 
 
Photo shown is the victim, ‘NUK’ Cameron Breon, a transgender female.

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BCPS talks about schools at 10 a.m. today–July 7

Posted on 07 July 2020 by JLusk

School is slated to start August 19.

The Broward County School Board continues to discuss reopening plans for the 2020/21 school year with a weekly special workshop meeting. At this week’s special meeting workshop, Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m., the School Board will hear and discuss the following presentations:

  • Pre-Requisition Questionnaire – Initial results
  • Learning Acceleration
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Technology for eLearning
  • Student Support Strategies
  • School Space Utilization

School Board Special Workshops will be conducted by Board Members via electronic communication. The meetings will also be live-streamed. Due to Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-01, public comments will be accepted on all agenda items in the following manner: Any person may present live comments by attending the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building, Board Room at 600 Southeast Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

 

You can watch the special workshops meeting live-stream: https://www.browardschools.com/Page/35670.

 

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Deerfield curbside recycling to stop July 1st

Posted on 27 June 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Despite the city’s ongoing effort to educate the public about the correct way to recycle, the amount of contamination that continued to occur, as well as the increasing costs for processing and global low demand for materials led to them deciding to stop the program once again. The suspension is set to run from July 1st to Oct. 1st. If you put recyclables during this time in those blue cans as usual, they will still collect it, but they will just throw it in with the rest of the trash. The city asks people to refrain from using those buckets and only use them as a last resort.

Remember, you still can bring recyclables to the city’s Recycling Drop-Off Center, located at 401 SW 4 Street, in Deerfield. The city will also be placing two additional community recycling containers at these locations:

  • Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21 Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Fire Station 66, 590 S Powerline Rd, Deerfield Beach, FL

Visit www.DFB.city/recycling for additional information.

Future program adjustments including but not limited to potential extension of program suspension will be announced as necessary.

For additional information, contact the Department of Sustainable Management at 954-480-4391 or visit www.DFB.city/recycling

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Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration Goes Virtual

Posted on 25 June 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is disappointed to have canceled their 2020 4th of July Celebration that was to be held at the Main Beach Parking Lot. Though festival-goers will not be able to “physically” attend their 4th of July Celebration, they will have a week of virtual programming every day from June 29 to July 4 for the whole family.

Be on the lookout for details on the city Facebook page and follow their 4th of July event page for more details. For more information as to the full entertainment lineup and various information, visit: www.dfb.city/4thofjuly as they will keep the site updated as information is confirmed. Below is what is currently planned:

 

Date

Program

Saturday, June 27th

XBOX One Madden Tournament

Sunday, June 28th

Home Decoration Contest Announced

Monday, June 29th

Rec2go – Pin wheel

Tuesday, June 30th

TikTok Tuesday

Wednesday, July 1st

Rec2go – Tie Dye T-shirt

Thursday, July 2nd

Build your own Burger Contest

Friday, July 3rd

Patriotic Outfit Contest

Saturday, July 4th

 

   9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Star Spangled Sprint 5k virtual race live DJ performance

   8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Maggie Baugh Performance on FB Live

   9:00 PM

FB Live Firework Display of previous shows

 

The above times and activities are subject to change without advance notice.

No fireworks permitted.

Questions? Visit www.dfb.city/4thofjuly or email the Community Events and Outreach Division at dfbspecialevents@dfb.city.

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4th of July–Fireworks in Pompano

Posted on 24 June 2020 by JLusk

The sky over Pompano will be aglow with fireworks on 4th of July. The show starts at 9 p.m. from “an undisclosed location.” Look up in the sky or tune into Channel 78, the city’s website, to see the lights in the night sky. They also will be shown live on  www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

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Man arrested in death of Pompano Beach Woman

Posted on 24 June 2020 by JLusk

Philip Edwards was arrested by Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives for the murder of Kathi Blankenberg.
 
At approximately 5:19 a.m. Monday, June 22, Edwards claimed he had found his wife shot in their home located at 614 Gardens Dr. in Pompano Beach. BSO deputies arrived and discovered Blankenberg’s deceased body inside the residence. 
 
Twin infants were also located in the home. The girls were unharmed and are currently in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. 
 
Edwards was arrested Monday night following the execution of a search warrant. Several firearms, including the murder weapon, were located inside his Mercedes Benz. He faces charges related to second degree murder, child neglect, possession of a weapon and probation violation. 
 
The homicide investigation continues. 

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See art for free at Boca Raton Museum

Posted on 22 June 2020 by JLusk

Open since June 3, the Boca Raton Museum has extended their hours and now is offering free entry through September! If you have not had a chance to take advantage of this, now is the time. Guests must wear masks. Other measures have been put into place to maintain safety and social distancing. For more information on the museum, visit https://www.bocamuseum.org.

They also have two new exhbitions that you may not have seen yet.

On view through September 20:
Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery
Phyllis Galembo: Maske

On view through January 3:
Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers
Works on Paper: Drawn from the Collection

 

(Above, from the exhibition “Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.” Artwork by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled, from the series When I am not Here, Estoy alla. ©María M. Campos-Pons. Dye diffusion transfer print (1996). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Julia P. and Horacio Herzberg.

(In Exaltation of Flowers: Petunia, Caladium, Budleya, by Edward Jean Steichen Tempera and gold leaf on canvas (c. 1910-1913).

 

 

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BSO Sheriff talks possible changes

Posted on 19 June 2020 by JLusk

Following the protests over the death of George Floyd and others, many law enforcement agencies are rethinking their policies. Broward Sheriff’s Office is among them.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said, “The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) always strives to provide the highest quality public safety services to Broward County. This is the level of service the community expects and deserves from BSO. Since taking office, I have been committed to accountability and building trust with the community. Click here to watch an important video on BSO’s accountability and transparency.

“The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is committed to increasing dialogue and transparency in order to have a better understanding of racial discrimination within the criminal justice system. It’s important to openly address these issues and look at how we can improve upon them. Part of that process has already begun with re-integrating a more comprehensive Early Warning System to detect potential behaviors that may cause harm to the public, establishing the first Use-of-Force Review Board in the agency’s history, restructuring the Professional Standards Committee and offering Racial Equity and Implicit Bias Training countywide.
 
“Every single day we are in contact with some resident in this community and have some form of dialogue. Broward County is one of the most diverse counties in the state of Florida. We need to understand the plights that truly exist that impact how we react with the people who we are supposed to serve.
 
“As part of BSO’s commitment to transparency, below are the department policies already in alignment with the #8CANTWAIT recommendations.

1.     Ban on chokeholds and strangleholds
BSO does not teach chokeholds. Deputies will not use chokeholds to restrain or secure any person except in situations where deadly force is justified. 
 
2.     Require de-escalation
De-escalation training is provided to all sworn law enforcement personnel as part of their annual use-of-force training.
 
3.     Require warning before shooting
Policy requires deputies to give some verbal warning, when feasible, before discharging a weapon. 
 
4.     Exhaust all other means before shooting
Under the totality of circumstances, deputies are trained to utilize alternative resources, such as de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention techniques and other less lethal options as long as its use does not compromise safety or law enforcement priorities. 
 
5.     Duty to intervene
BSO deputies are instructed on peer accountability and their legal obligation to intervene. Failure to intervene shall be treated the same as if the employee committed the violation.  
 
6.     Ban on shooting at moving vehicles
BSO policy prohibits shooting at or from moving vehicles unless life threatening exigent circumstances exist. We do not teach these techniques. 
 
7.     Require use of force continuum
BSO deputies are taught use-of-force guidelines and how to respond to the following types of resistance: passive resistance, active resistance, aggressive and deadly force. Deadly force is the last option.  
 
8.     Require all force be reported
Uniformed deputies have body-worn cameras and are required to activate them prior to taking any lawful action per policy. All use-of-force incidents are documented by both the patrol deputy and their immediate supervisors. All use-of-force reports are reviewed by the deputy’s command and forwarded to the Department of Professional Standards for review if issues are identified.
 
“As public safety professionals, we have a responsibility and duty to serve and protect – and part of service is listening. We want to hear from you. Share your experiences with us—good or bad. There are many ways to share your feedback:

“Click here to watch an important video on BSO’s accountability and transparency.

“We know we are stronger together, and I am confident that over the next few months and years, this organization will have a solid reputation with the community and they will trust us.”
 

 

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Deerfield– Budget Work Sessions Fiscal Year 2021

Posted on 08 June 2020 by JLusk

 

The City of Deerfield Beach will be holding a series of Budget Work Sessions through virtual meeting technology. The public is invited to attend and observe the process. A copy of the agenda will be available at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas. The agenda includes a link to the Zoom virtual meeting as well as instructions on how to access by telephone, YouTube and Zoom.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 22, 2020

6:00PM Call to Order & Roll Call

6:05PM Introduction

6:10PM Budget 101

6:25PM Revenue Forecast

6:35PM                        Major FY20 Budget Initiatives & Changes

6:50PM Financial Services

7:05PM Information Technology Services

7:20PM Human Resources

7:40PM Purchasing & Office of Budget & Performance

7:55PM Public Affairs & Marketing

8:15PM City Clerk

8:30PM Public Input

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

6:00PM Call to Order & Roll Call

6:05PM Environmental Services

6:30PM Sustainable Management

7:05PM Ocean Rescue

7:15PM Fire Rescue

7:40PM Law Enforcement

8:05PM Public Input

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

6:00PM Call to Order & Roll Call

6:05PM Economic Development

6:25PM Planning & Development Services

Building & Inspection Services

Code Compliance

6:55PM Community Development

Community Participation

7:25PM Center for Active Aging

7:45PM Parks & Recreation

8:15PM Public Input

 For additional information, please contact the Office of Budget & Performance via email at dfbbudget@deerfield-beach.com.

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