Bob Norman May Face Trespassing Charge After Cops Label Him "Cocky" (UPDATED)

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UPDATE, 2/8/12: Both Norman and Reich are off the hook -- state's attorney spokesman Ron Ishoy says "The Parkland property owners... have agreed that the issuance of a trespass warning to the two journalists is the appropriate course of action in this case. Those warnings are expected to be issued this week."

Prosecutors are considering whether to file a misdemeanor trespass charge against Bob Norman, the former New Times columnist and current Channel 10 investigative reporter. The case stems from Norman's attempt to film a segment at the Pine Hollow Equestrian Center in Parkland.
Ishoy said this afternoon that "our misdemeanor unit is reviewing a case" brought to them by the sheriff's office and that more details may be available tomorrow.

Blogger Chaz Stevens -- who makes no secret of having "no love lost between Bob Norman and myself" -- broke the anonymously sourced inside story, writing that the State's Attorney's Office "is said to be seriously considering the arrest of Bob Norman." Ishoy didn't deny the claim.

According to an incident report filed by the sheriff's office, Norman and videographer Judy Reich entered the equestrian center through a closed gate and began filming at the farm. A stable manager noticed the two and recorded them on his cell phone before telling Gwen Dvorkin, the center's owner.

Then, it seems, Dvorkin jumped in her car and cut Norman off at the pass. From the incident report:
Upon my arrival with Deputy T. Christie, Gwen Dvorkin had used her vehicle to block the path of Reich's vehicle... and all parties were involved in conversation in the roadway. Reich was filming the incident as Norman questioned her repeatedly on the lawsuit pending against Pine Hollow... In my subsequent interview with Norman, he admitted to entering the property without permission and to videotaping the Arena and surrounding property for a story with Channel 10 News.
The event report doesn't mention anything about Norman asking for a lawyer. And under "appearance/demeanor" for both Norman and Reich, the deputy checked the box next to "cocky."



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Bobsmith
Bobsmith

Apparently, Norman loves the sight of Mayor Michael Udine’s naked soaking wet torso.All that and the weather tonight at 10.Personally, we are more inclined to blondes in two-pieces, but if that’s Norman’s thing, then there’s nothing wrong with that.It has taken MAOS a couple of weeks to put together our report regarding the Parkland equestrian training facility imbroglio.So without further delay … Ready? Set? GO!On location at The Ranches in ParklandCovering an area of about four square miles, this piece of land dates back to the origins of the city. Nestled within are:15 major commercial nurseriesEight to 10 competing riding stablesAnother seven or eight other business including feed houses130 homesHow the dust up beganOld part of town equals old charter regulations. Which, in the case of The Ranches, means any ordinance change requires an 80% voting approval by the impacted landowners.If this seems a higher than normal standard, then you would be correct in your estimation as the bar was intentionally raised to preserve the agricultural flavor of the area.Unfortunately for the Hatfields, in moved the McCoysAnd so began a pissing match that has spanned the years. A few of the key characters in this bizarre love affair include:Kathie O’Dwyer. Owner of competing stable in the ranches, who happens to be complaining about her competition.Laura Laramee. Her house is in the midst of the foreclosure process and she seems to be trying to run a “roofing company” from there.Mary Caputo. Moved to the area in 2008, right around the same time the arena was built.With Civil War loomingAround 2005, things became so heated that the Parkland City Attorney, blog-O’-friend Andy Maurodis, recused himself. In his place arrives a platoon of hired legal guns.The City, looking to avoid all-out war, developed reasonable regulations and ordinances. However, when finally enacted, just about everyone and their half-Vulcan brother sued.A fact, we note, that was patently overlooked in Norman’s piece.We’ll take care of it ourselvesUnfortunately, the resident’s general consensus at that time was “leave us alone, don’t get involved, we’re protected by the Right To Farm Act, and we’ll work it out amongst ourselves.”Right to farm laws (sometimes called nuisance laws) deny nuisance suits against farmers who use accepted and standard farming practices, even if these practices harm or bother adjacent property owners or the general public. Agricultural nuisances may include noise, odors, visual clutter and dangerous structures.- WikiPediaUdine, looking to avoid a future catastrophe, suggested a different course of action.Guess who was right?Time warp ahead to 2008Pine Hollow, the equestrian training center in the center of this controversy, purchases about 20 acres of property, on which they start building barns and jumping facilities.Then about a year later, Pine Hollow advises city staff of its intent to build a covered arena.Staff says are you nuts? To which Pine Hallow responds “we’ll see you in court.”So off goes the file to the legal firm Weiss Serota (Land Use Specialist), who comes back with the answer “let them build it, or they will sue, and they will win.”Want to be snored to death? Give this a read (it’s the Weiss Serota opinion).Prepare for global thermonuclear warAnd so ends Part I. Stay tuned for Part II — coming later this week.

Cpz9
Cpz9

What about the 20 Million Illegal trespassers mostly from Mexico & Central America?  Why aren't they doing anything about them??

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Yawn.  Surprise Surprise.  Another no news blog entry, and update,  with that one trick genius pony as the source. 

Reporters have been getting tossed out of places while doing their job since  Morley Safer was in diapers.  Part of the job description.

Speaking of Morley Safer, too bad Bob isn't about 60 years older - with his aggressive news nose,  he could be a great 60 Minutes correspondent if he met the minimum age requirement. 

Whats with that ticking stopwatch anyway?  Time has been digital for like 40 years.

JSkool101
JSkool101

Back when Harold Bockhold was Mayor of Parkland, the Commission created a zoning category called Agricultural Estates Zoning 1 (AE-1) for the original portion of the Town called BBB Ranches, the purpose of which was to enshrine the deed restrictions on the property into Town law.   A minimum lot size is 2-1/2 acres and uses are restricted to residential and AGRICULTURAL purposes.  The Charter was amended so that the only way the zoning could be changed was with a supermajority vote of the residents of the Ranches area AND the Town as a whole.   The Commission ignored this strong zoning law when they permitted the equestrian center to be built.   There is nothing agricultural about a horse show arena.  Congratulations to Bob for shining a spotlight on this whole seamy business.   As usual in South Florida, "cash talks, BS walks."

Guest
Guest

Congratulations to Mr. Norman. I guess those "inside sources" had it wrong! And, in retrospect, a little silly of The Pulp to publish a story disclosing Mr. Norman's personal information before all the facts were out.Even though it may be a "routine journalistic practice" to publish personal information based on rumor and without full information, all it does is make this blog and the origin of the "story" look silly at best, although petty and desparate are probably equally descriptors.

dumb comma fucknutx
dumb comma fucknutx

Based on rumor? He is getting a warning for criminal tresspass

dumb comma fucknutx
dumb comma fucknutx

Actually it was reported the SAO was strongly considering the arrest of Bob.  Which the SAO PIO didn't deny.

Guest
Guest

the rumor was that he was getting arrested...dumbfucknutz..

Smith and Wesson
Smith and Wesson

I find it amusing that BSO would have the audacity to even use the word "cocky"..Isnt that a little like "calling the kettle black"???

ParisMcKenzie
ParisMcKenzie

No legal eagles have answered yet.  So we are left with this:  two deputies responded to  Ms Dvorkin's tresspass complaint.  No "Probable Cause" affidavit could be filed because the alleged misdemeanor occured before the arrival of the deputies.  Ms Dvorkin, the complainant, did not witness the trespass, but her employee claims that he did.

Ms Dorkin  then used her car to block in Bob and his videographer. Bob could not leave the area.  Deputy Khaleel decided to write the incident report from Dvorkin's viewpoint.

Why?  Bob, a credentialed member of the working press, a television newcaster of some renown, was exercising First Amendment rights, in pursuing a story which may be of great value to the public.

Suppose Bob had turned the tables on Dvorkin, called the cops himself and complained she was preventing him from leaving.  (In technical terms, this is the tort of 'false imprisonment.'

What makes this a criminal matter at all, except, perhaps, from Bob's point of view?  Dvorkin would not let her 'trespasser' leave.  Since all of this supposedly happened way out in the boonies of northwest Broward, would a reasonable person expect Bob to abandon his car, and walk home?  No, for practical purposes, Dvorkin prevented Bob from leaving.

So she may be the 'tortfeasor,' or maybe Bob is indeed a 'tortfeasor.'  But it doesn't sound like Bob is a 'trespasser' because Dvorkin uses her property to put on commercial shows for the public.  Bob and his videographer may or may not have been in a prohibited area. The report doesn't say that Bob went into a locked area, or onto any area specifically prohibiting the public from entering.

If anything, this is a civil matter between Bob, his videographer, and Dvorkin.  BSO and Satz should not be involved at all.  But of course, this being an election year, there is probably the temptation to mix it up a little with Bob.....make him (or his videographer) feel that they might be in some kind of legal jeopardy.

Yes, they are trying to intimidate Bob (and all the rest of this as well) with this kind of chickensh*t report.   This is an election year and Bob is an investigative reporter who has brought BSO misdeeds to light.  Bob has offered some rather mild criticism of Satz as well.

So think of this little 'incident report' as BSO's gentle tap on Bob's shoulder, "every move you make, every breath you take, we'll be watchin' you."

SolGreenberg
SolGreenberg

Well put, Paris.  Worse for Ms. Dvorkin is that she cut off the pass for Mr. Norman to leave the premises where Divorkin is claiming she didn't want him to be.  If she didn't want him there, a simple request for him to leave would have sufficed. But she blocked the exit, thereby, sort of kidnapping Bob and his cameraperson with threats,  and I have it on good authority,she was  swearing and shouting with a high pitched threatening voice that frightened the horses, not to mention making them want to throw a shoe.   Sounds like ms. Divorkin is a little freaked out about news people exclusively.  Last week the Seventh Day Adventists went right through  that gate and harassed the entire crew with bible talk - no BSO was called and that would have been a reasonable request for misdemeanor intervention.  So chill Gwen.  You doth protest too much which just keeps putting you in the guilty light you deserve.  You sure seem to be a ruler breaker; somehow people just don't like that and investigative reporters are gonna get in on the news, where you like they showing up with cameras or not. 

Now apologive to Bob and clean up your act. 

SolGoldberg
SolGoldberg

Apologive?  I meant - investigative reporters are gonna get it on the news, whether you like them showing up with camera or not.  These dollar store glasses have got to go.

Now, apologize to Bob and his cameraperson and try to have a pleasant weekend.  And, remember!  No more shows!!!

Glenn Close
Glenn Close

I would suppose one could argue that there's reasonable logic to allow someone to walk up to your front door and not to be considered trespassing.

Say like the mail man.

The problem here is that there's supposedly tape that shows Norman walking around the property.

Security camera tape.  And the tape taken from the videophotographers camera.  Taken into evidence. ANd from what I am told, that video is fairly damning,

Norman hit his high water mark with the Rothstein fiasco. Been on a slow steady downward trend since then.

If he got 1,000 unique daily visitors to his WPLG blog, I'd be really surprised.

I'm willing to bet his transition to TV greatly inflated his already sizable ego.  It will be great fun to watch him taken down a few pegs.

Also, I hear that he tried to high tail it off the property.  And was rounded up by BSO.

Solgreenberg
Solgreenberg

Chaz, you're a moron.  Glenn Close will sue you if you don't stop using her name. What you may not know is that Bob used to ride around with those cops, he knows the drill.  I'm sure he did the appropriate things at the inappropriate moment of running into a devil woman. 

Able Jones
Able Jones

Nice try.

Bob Norman broke the law. Tried to bullshit his way out of it and now will be shown he doesn't nearly have the stroke he thinks.

Why didn't we see this on his blog? Answer = he's toast

Same shit about him wanting investors for his post pulp blog but found no takers. Suggestion. Try to write a biz plan next time

really bob?
really bob?

according to very reliable sources, Norman first denied he was trespassing but the horse barn had security cameras and like a kid caught he then told the owner "Im allowed to trespass, Im an investigative reporter"  really, didn't think ass clowns were a protected class under the constitution.

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Obermann
Obermann

Yes, let's arrest Bob Norman.  Forget about Levin, Szfranski, Rosenfeldt, Adler, all those ponzi guys, and bribed judges, lawyers, politicians.  Forget about Benjamin and Wheeler, David Stein and the whole foreclosure scam artists like ex-chief Judge Tobin.  Forget about the crooks on the North Broward County Health Board, the School Board, also the lobbyists and commissioners. Satz, go get Norman!!  That's the ticket for ya.  That would be Broward County justice for sure!

Asdf
Asdf

Sure. Let's allow reporters to break the law. Why not.

Moral fucking relativism.

Score one for Stevens

Solgreenberg
Solgreenberg

The moral relativism in this corner points to you being the Dumb shit, just like you call yourself. Referring to one's self as a dumb shit really show low self-esteem.  You need to work on that Mr. Shit.  May I can you Dumb?

Dan K Alexander
Dan K Alexander

By "cocky" the officer meant that Bob was exercising his rights.  Cocky son-of-a-bitch.

Hhh
Hhh

Exercising his right to trespass?

Obermann
Obermann

Was there a "no trespassing sign", or a flag?

Solgreenberg
Solgreenberg

In reply as to whether I have a no trespassing sign, the answer is yes.  But that just means people can't come on the property and steal things or let their dog poop on my grass. 

anonymous
anonymous

Do you have a no trespassing sign outside your property?  Can anyone just walk into your yard?  I don't think so

SolGreenberg
SolGreenberg

Isn't this the property where the owners are staging horse shows when the city charter says they can't use the property for commercial purposes?  I think the law will say that Bob Norman could not have been trespassing; I mean, just because he showed up when  there wasn't a show going on?  (Because I think there are shows going on and the illegality of that is why Norman was there to begin with). 

Mr. Satz, the bloggers will verbally cream you if you arrest Bob Norman, one of the only guys in town who has lifted a finger to protect this community for liars, scammers and thieves.  Bob, give what's-her-face $5 and tell her to answer your questions as to why she is  using political muscle to skirt the law and diminish her neighbors  rights.  Then sue her!  False imprisonment with intent to harm you for exposing her illegal activities.  Something like that.

Dumb shit
Dumb shit

Actually numbnuts.

It's zoned farm use. Governed by fla law.

ParisMcKenzie
ParisMcKenzie

Hey Legal Eagles: (This means you, Christy) -

Watcha think about this one?  I thought there was something somewhere that for a lawful misdemeanor arrest,  the offense itself had to be observed by the arresting officer.  However, according to the incident report, the 'parties' were merely engaged in conversation outside of the locked area.

The report says that Ms Dvorkin had blocked Bob's car -- she prevented him from leaving.  Doesn't that sound like Bob might have a counter-claim against Dvorkin - doesn't the tort of false imprisonment involve protecting one's freedom of movement'?

Bob was not at the Dvorkin place for an unlawful purpose (wasn't loitering, wasn't trying to rustle horses). Bob was there reporting on a news story. Dvorkin prevented Bob & his videographer from leaving.   A BSO Deputy did not observe the alleged offense.

So it sounds like BSO, Satz & Co. are just trying to cook up some trouble for Bob, who as an investigative reporter has brought more than a bit of their dirty laundry up for inspection.*

We love Bob and if necessary, we want him to sue Dvorkin and also sue BSO, just for good measure.

What does Christy have to say about this?  What would Kayo Morgan say, or Bogenschutz, etc?

Christy
Christy

I'd say Boge would take this case, charge big bucks and make mince meat out of them.If one has nothing to hide one would welcome Bob Norman,  The guilty ones flee or call the cops.

Fddd
Fddd

And then there is the matter of the videotape. Showing b roll of bob walking the property?

Curiousss
Curiousss

Publishing the home address of a journalist is extremely low of you. Who's brilliant idea was that? If your address were listed, would it not raise your concern?

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

 See above, but in short, the media doesn't redact police reports.

anonymous
anonymous

 oh yeah, and that incident report is called "public record."  Bob's used stuff like that in his reporting all the time.  Nice to see karma at work. 

anonymous
anonymous

 anyone can find out where Bob lives by going to the Broward County Property Appraiser's website.  Plug in his name.  Easy

Curiousss
Curiousss

Of course, but there's a whole different ethical question here. I think you understand. 

anonymous
anonymous

 ethics?  Bob Norman?  please....

Ram3214
Ram3214

Ahh, Parkland. The city my father bleeds for everyday while receiving minimal wage and maximum bullshit....

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

There are a lot of labels I'd use for Bob -- a damn good reporter, a hell of a guy, a rabid Kentucky fan -- but cocky isn't one of them. I'm guessing there's more to this. We've got calls in to Bob and will hopefully update this with his side of the story.

Forbidden Fantasy
Forbidden Fantasy

and yet u still post his personal information....

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Good point, @9a4463b5a1e5706ee8ffe130db5985f7:disqus. Thing is, we don't redact police reports whenever we post them, so we can't start now that it's a friend. Besides, personal information is mighty easy to find these days thanks to the 'net.

Guest
Guest

Perhaps since in this country one is deemed innocent until proven guilty, you may want to re-think the posting of personal information in all police reports...

anonymous
anonymous

 Actually, "cocky" is not the correct word.  Should be "dick"  LOL

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