Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

‘Invisible’ crime: Immigrant scams are big business in South Florida, but few crooks caught

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
Infamous as the setting for many cases of high-profile financial fraud and chicanery, South Florida is also home to a relatively unknown scam that targets the region’s large immigrant population, bilking many of them for thousands of dollars for “expert” immigration services that are never delivered, a Florida Bulldog investigation has found.
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Donald Trump’s assertions echo site filled with tales of dark plots

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s assertion that the media often fails to cover terrorist attacks is false, but he’s hardly alone in making the claim. The statement is just the latest by Trump to echo a website known for trafficking in dubious allegations of plots and cover-ups.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that,” Trump said in a speech to military commanders at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base Monday.
That allegation was quickly disproven by numerous articles and broadcast clips detailing many of the very attacks the White House said had been overlooked or underreported. But versions of the same accusation have long gone unquestioned on Infowars, a website run by former public access cable host Alex Jones.
“Scandal: Mass media covers up terrorism to protect Islam,” a headline on Jones’ site alleged last July. “Fake news: Mainstream media whitewashes Islamic terror in Berlin,” proclaimed another, last December.
There’s no evidence that Trump gets his information from the site. But Trump voiced his admiration for Jones when the Infowars host interviewed him in December 2015.
“Your reputation is amazing,” then-candidate Trump told Jones. “I will not let you down. You will be very impressed, I hope, and I think we’ll be speaking a lot.”
Jones responded: “I hope you can uncripple America…”
Days after the election, Jones said that Trump had called him to “thank your viewers, thank your listeners for standing up for this republic.”
Jones, whose site has alleged that the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting was a hoax and that the September 11, 2001, terror attacks involved the federal government, is “America’s leading conspiracy theorist,” said Mark Fenster, author

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Oscar Braynon: gun legislation is about ‘reality not philosophy’

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Florida Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon considers 2nd Amendment arguments to be about philosophy and he’d  much rather talk about running from house parties when shots break out or watching from behind a car while the man on the other side is shot dead.
“This is my reality,” Braynon told a room full of journalists gathered for the Associated Press’s annual Florida Legislative Planning Session in Tallahassee. “I don’t want to talk about philosophy.
“I represent people who live a life. They don’t live a philosophy,” continued the Miami Gardens Democrat. “They live a life where they have to provide for their children and keep their families safe. And that’s their reality.”
Braynon gave a prebuttle to remarks given later by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam talking to reporters, in which the Republican potential gubernatorial candidate spoke of protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Florida.
Braynon pushed for the Democrats’ agenda, which includes Senate Bill 142 requiring safe storage of firearms, Senate Bill 170 prohibiting guns in performing arts centers, or theaters and 254 prohibiting sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and opposing open-carry and campus-carry legislation pushed by Republicans.
“These are what we believe are common-sense gun legislation,” Braynon said.
“When I talk about guns, I’m not talking about hunting. I’m not talking about this movie thing that apparently some of my colleagues think about, like Die Hard 2,” he said. “I’m talking about real, legit things that happen. I’m talking about my neighborhood. This is my reality.”
He took issue with those who called Democrats’ bills affronts to the 2nd Amendment, saying he and Democrats can support the 2nd Amendment and call for “common sense” restrictions, just as many Republicans say they support the 15th Amendment that gave African Americans the right to vote yet opposing related measures like the Voting Rights Act.
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Bill would make it illegal for people to block emergency scenes gathering personal property

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A new bill filed Monday by Rep. Bill Hager of HD 89 would make it illegal to remove personal property from an emergency scene.
The bill, HB 355, creates a new section of the statutes which makes it a third-degree misdemeanor to remove tangible personal property from an emergency scene – defined in the bill as “an area in which there is an imminent danger of death or bodily injury due to a temporary occurrence or situation,” such as an high rise fire.
The practical purpose of the bill is to discourage people from blocking the exits in those situations as they try to gather their own personal property, a press release from Hager’s office states.
“Like most Floridians, I have been horrified by scenes of airplane crashes in which passengers waste time and endanger every passenger’s life in the aisle behind them by stopping leisurely to extract their luggage from the luggage bins,” the release reads – though it doesn’t apply to aircraft emergencies because of FAA restrictions.
If someone causes bodily injury to another person because they’re lingering too long at the scene of an emergency, the offense becomes a first-degree misdemeanor. In the case that the injury is serious, it’s a third-degree felony.
And if a person dies as a result of someone lingering too long at the scene gathering their personal property, they’ll be charged with a second-degree felony.
The bill’s other purpose is to clear a path for first responders rushing in and make it easier for them to help people in need.
“I appreciate the heroic work our first responders do on a daily basis during emergencies and want to help minimize chaos when possible,” Hager is quoted as saying. “For someone to risk the life of those immediately behind them or risk the life of a first responder, for a piece

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Face to face one last time: Debate night for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump‘s long and acrimonious battle for the White House is speeding toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage Wednesday night for one final prime-time showdown.
For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away. His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have deepened his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory. Trump has denied the accusations and his supporters remain intensely loyal, but there are few signs he’s attracting the new backers he desperately needs.
Clinton takes the stage with challenges of her own. While the electoral map currently leans in her favor, the Democrat is facing a new round of questions about her trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign. The hacking of her top campaign adviser’s emails revealed a candidate who is averse to apologizing, can strike a different tone in private than in public, and makes some decisions only after political deliberations.
The last in a trio of presidential debates, Wednesday’s contest in Las Vegas comes just under three weeks from Election Day and with early voting underway in more than 30 states. At least 2.1 million voters have cast ballots already.
Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign’s closing weeks, including peddling charges that the election will be rigged, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud in U.S. presidential contests. H(s running mate, Mike Pence, has insisted they’ll accept the election results.
On Wednesday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, seemed to undercut Trump’s argument by saying she didn’t believe there was widespread voter fraud.
“Absent overwhelming evidence that there is, it would not be for me to say that there is,” Conway told MSNBC.
Trump has also charged that Clinton attacked and

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Face to face one last time: Debate night for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump‘s long and acrimonious battle for the White House is speeding toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage Wednesday night for one final prime-time showdown.
For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away. His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have deepened his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory. Trump has denied the accusations and his supporters remain intensely loyal, but there are few signs he’s attracting the new backers he desperately needs.
Clinton takes the stage with challenges of her own. While the electoral map currently leans in her favor, the Democrat is facing a new round of questions about her trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign. The hacking of her top campaign adviser’s emails revealed a candidate who is averse to apologizing, can strike a different tone in private than in public, and makes some decisions only after political deliberations.
The last in a trio of presidential debates, Wednesday’s contest in Las Vegas comes just under three weeks from Election Day and with early voting underway in more than 30 states. At least 2.1 million voters have cast ballots already.
Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign’s closing weeks, including peddling charges that the election will be rigged, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud in U.S. presidential contests. H(s running mate, Mike Pence, has insisted they’ll accept the election results.
On Wednesday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, seemed to undercut Trump’s argument by saying she didn’t believe there was widespread voter fraud.
“Absent overwhelming evidence that there is, it would not be for me to say that there is,” Conway told MSNBC.
Trump has also charged that Clinton attacked and

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Pulse victims’ and gunman’s family can testify on 911 calls

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Relatives of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting victims, as well as the parents of the gunman, will be given the chance to speak at a hearing on whether all the 911 calls from the massacre can be made public.
A judge on Monday issued an order setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub.
A notice of the Oct. 31 hearing also was sent to the parents of gunman Omar Mateen.
Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group, in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He was killed after a three-hour standoff during an exchange of fire with SWAT team members.
The city of Orlando and about two dozen media groups have been fighting for four months over the release of all the 911 calls, as well as four calls between Mateen and Orlando police.
The media groups have argued that the release of the records would help the public evaluate the police response to the massacre. The city has said the records were exempt from the state’s public records law, both because they were part of an investigation and because some were graphic calls of patrons being shot and killed.
Last month, the FBI, which is investigating the mass shooting, said that withholding the records is no longer necessary to its probe.
The city subsequently released a transcript of the calls between Mateen and police dispatchers and negotiators, as well as all but 232 calls that it claims are exempt under a Florida law that prohibits the release of a recording depicting a killing or the prelude or aftermath of one. The city has included in the exemption all calls that came

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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast.
As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina said a motorist died on Wednesday after being shot by deputies during an altercation along an evacuation route.
Scott said Florida, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast.
About 2 million people from Florida across Georgia to South Carolina were being encouraged to head inland and away from the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. Matthew killed at least 16 people in the Caribbean as it sliced through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
“This is a dangerous storm,” Scott warned. “The storm has already killed people. We should expect the same impact in Florida.”
Hurricane Matthew is barreling over the Bahamas and taking aim at Florida, expected to near the Atlantic coast starting Thursday night. The Category 3 storm has top sustained winds of 125 mph. Florida hasn’t been hit by a storm this powerful in more than a decade.
Florida emergency officials said 48 shelters in schools already have begun providing refuge to more than 3,000 people, some with special needs, mostly in coastal counties where evacuations both mandatory and voluntary were underway. Patients also were transferred from two Florida waterfront hospitals and a nursing home near Daytona Beach to safer locations.
Major theme parks in Orlando, central

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Updates from the 1st presidential debate

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The Latest on the first of three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump (all times EDT):
10:45 p.m.
Both candidates concluded the first presidential debate by saying they will accept the outcome if the other wins.
Hillary Clinton spoke directly to viewers and said, “It’s not about us, it’s about you.”
Donald Trump initially dodged the same question, saying he would make a “seriously troubled” America “great again.” He added: “I’m going to be able to do it. I don’t believe Hillary Clinton will.”
But Trump finished his answer by saying that if Clinton wins, “I will absolutely support her.”
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10:43 p.m.
Hillary Clinton is punching back at Donald Trump’s assertions that she doesn’t have the “stamina” to be president.
Trump has questioned whether Clinton has the physical fitness to be president and he repeated the criticism to her directly during the debate. Clinton’s response? Trump shouldn’t talk about stamina until he’s tried out the busy schedule she kept up as secretary of state.
Trump didn’t answer moderator Lester Holt’s original question about his past comments that Clinton doesn’t have the “presidential look.”
Clinton suggested the remarks were about gender, and she reminded the crowd of Trump’s past comments calling women “pigs” and other derogatory names.
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10:42 p.m.
Donald Trump says NATO needs to “go into the Middle East with us” to combat the Islamic State group. And he is taking credit for NATO focusing resources on combating terrorism.
In fact, the alliance agreed in July to contribute aircraft and conduct training in Iraq and has increased intelligence coordination there. And NATO set up an anti-terrorism program in 2004 — years before Trump criticized them as a presidential candidate.
Earlier this year, Trump criticized NATO for not focusing on terrorism. He said that afterward, he saw an article reporting that NATO was opening a new, major anti-terrorism division.
He said Tuesday

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Dr. Marc Yacht: It’s time that politicians listen

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A recent Gallup Poll asked Americans what they thought to be the most pressing challenges facing the nation. The concerns were divided into economic and non-economic issues.
It would behoove the current presidential aspirants to study the country through its citizens’ eyes rather than standard party politics. It’s clear the average Joe and Jane have a very clear understanding of what needs fixing and that they’ll look to candidates who understand their concerns.
The two major parties are struggling with the increasingly popular Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The message is clear, the American public wants to be heard and they expect their elected officials to listen — not only listen but show related action. The people have lost faith with traditional politicians and are looking elsewhere. Sanders and Trump, seen as independent of their parties’ chatter, have caught the interest of a public starved for sincere candidates.
Dissatisfaction with government tops the list of non-economic concerns. Congressional gridlock clearly and rightfully angers the American public. There’s a sense that who sponsors a bill is more important than its value to the nation. The continued threat to close government over singular partisan issues plays poorly to a disenchanted public.
Race relations and racism fall a few percentage points below. The country elected this president yet there are clear signs that his color has not been accepted or respected by a cadre of Congress and factional extremist hate groups. Racial tension is high and incidents are frequent. There’s a need to quiet the anger. Political leadership could do it through bipartisanship. There is no perception of biracial cooperation between the parties and it filters to the community level.
Third on the public’s agenda is a coherent immigration policy. The infighting must stop, and a humane policy is needed so the country can move on. People will

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Miami Shores Elderly Couple Targeted By Four Men In Brazen Daytime Robbery Attempt

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

An elderly Miami Shores couple were targeted by would be robbers Sunday afternoon in a brazen criminal attempt that has caught the attention of local authorities.
Betty Jane Paulson and her husband Robert have lived in Miami Shores for around 3o years and have never experienced anything like this.
Both are in their late 80’s and were home Sunday afternoon when Betty Jane heard a loud bang on the door at their home located on the corner of NE 4th Ave and 102nd St.
When she answered it, she was greeted by a tall man who told her that he was there to get the Paulson’s permission to build a wall for the next door neighbor. The man tried to walk in the house but she told him that she would meet him in the backyard with her husband.
A few minutes later both of the Paulson’s were in the backyard talking to the man when they discovered that two other men had walked into their daughter Thea’s room in the house. Thea was in the room at the time and saw two “short men” walk in. She screamed which prompted the men to flee.
“They didn’t have time to steal anything,” Betty Jane said in a phone interview. “We consider ourselves very lucky.”
The Paulson’s said that the men were not carrying any weapons and did not seem interested in hurting them.
Miami Shores police officials were not available for comment as of publication of this story and a police report was not yet available.
However, Miami Shores PD did send out an advisory late in the afternoon on Tuesday describing the incident that took place at the Paulson’s home and another one that they believe to be connected.
The statement reads:

“The subjects are described as white or Hispanic/latin males who claim to be conducting tree trimming at a neighbors home (a

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