Report: String of Armed Robberies Around Las Olas Boulevard

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A string of armed robberies have been going down in Las Olas lately, according to an announcement from Las Olas Village, a group that describes itself as an "urban renewal project dedicated to revitalizing a key section" of the area.

The group is calling for a bigger police presence in the area after what it's calling "a dangerous pattern of robberies" have been happening near Las Olas Boulevard.

Particularly, the group says at least one of the armed robberies have happened in the parking lots behind the restaurants Rocco's Tacos, located at 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd.,
and Fork & Balls, located at 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd. They also say there was a robbery that happened in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 401 SE 15th Ave., which is one block south of East Las Olas Blvd.


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Retired NYPD Cop Arrested for Sexually Abusing Girl in Boynton Beach

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
A retired NYPD cop who moved down to South Florida after fighting crime in the Big Apple has been arrested for raping a teenage girl in Boynton Beach.

On Thursday, Daniel Guadalupe, 56, who is reportedly a former member of New York's finest, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on charges of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious molestation and false imprisonment.

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Fort Lauderdale Man Who Had Skype Sex With Teen Girl Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

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Marckenson Chery, the 29-year-old Fort Lauderdale man who had cyber-sex sessions on Skype with a 15-year-old girl from San Francisco has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Last April, Chery, who went by the Skype name "Swag likeus Robinson," admitted to authorities that he met the girl online in late 2013 via an anonymous online chatting site called Omegle.

He then plead guilty to one federal charge of enticement of a minor, and awaited to hear his fate from U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles on Wednesday.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Man Had Alleged Skype Sex With 15-Year-Old Girl

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Buju Banton: Attorneys Argue Case in Appeals Court, File Motion for Early Release

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It has been five long years since reggae super-star Buju Banton was busted by law enforcement in a shady operation that resulted in a ten-year prison sentence. The Grammy winner -- born Mark Myrie -- has maintained his innocence, and as we documented in a 2012 feature, it appears Banton was set-up by overzealous federal agents using paid shifty informants. But Banton is now one step closer to freedom.

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William Hahne Allegedly Smuggled NBOMe Into Broward Jail

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It takes varying degrees of balls to sling any kind of drugs. Even your down-the-block teenaged weed hustler is working on some equation of eff-the-system brashness plus a healthy dose of stupidity. But to try to smuggle drugs into the Broward County Jail? That just might belong more to the latter category.

William Hahne did just that, according to court records. A 56-year-old with a history of criminal behavior in this area, Hahne is currently sitting in the very same facility he tried to sneak drugs into back in August. The kicker is that Hahne was already out on bond for a related drug from earlier in the year when he was picked up for the contraband. Also, we're not talking about weed or pills but 25I-NBOMe, the synthetic designer seeing an explosion of popularity, as we explored in a feature article earlier this year.

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Charges Dropped in 2012 Wilton Manors Klansman-Drag Queen Brawl After Video Emerges

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For Boyd Corbin, the long slog is over. After more than two years, five lawyers, and one quixotic mayoral campaign, the Wilton Manors resident has finally resolved the criminal charges filed against him after a 2012 Halloween brawl at Georgie's Alibi. Corbin, dressed as a tiki-torch-wielding Ku Klux Klansman, faced off against a Dame Edna Everage impersonator named Michael Walters. After the fight, Corbin was charged with a serious felony.

Just hours before his trial was scheduled to begin this month, however, the Broward State Attorney halted the prosecution. A new YouTube video of the incident has emerged that backs up Corbin's story.

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Adam Meyer, Sports Betting Pro to the Stars, Indicted in $25 Million Scam

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Adam Meyer, the president and chief executive officer of sports betting consulting firm Real Money Sports Inc., has been indicted on federal fraud, racketeering, extortion, and brandishing-a-firearm charges by a federal grand jury in Milwaukee after allegedly orchestrating an elaborate plot that scammed the victim of millions over several years and involved threats from a made-up entity.

Meyer, 42, was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale-area home by federal agents on Tuesday but was taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pains. After seeing doctors, he was released back into the custody of federal agents.

According to the six-count indictment, which was issued last week, Meyer allegedly threatened to scam $25 million from a man who apparently sought his advice on sports betting.

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John Goodman Jury Tampering Suspect to Remain in Jail Without Bond

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John Goodman
As with his first trial, convicted polo magnate John Goodman's retrial wasn't without drama. Among the bigger issues was over a Vermont con man who offered to screw up the trial for big cash.

The man, James Perron, 48, allegedly texted a witness and Goodman confidant Kris Kampsen saying he'd be willing to sway the jury in exchange for $500,000. He upped the offer to $1 million if he was able to orchestrate an acquittal for Goodman.

Perron was eventually pinched in an FBI sting operation in New York and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail. On Tuesday, fearing that Perron could be a flight risk, a judge ruled that the con man would not be freed on bond.

See also: Vermont Con Man Asked for $500,000 to Throw John Goodman Trial

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Pimp Accused of Sex Trafficking, Burning Women With Hair Iron, Gets 37 Years

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Jesse "King" Lewis
A Royal Palm Beach man who called himself "King" was convicted of pimping women, keeping their money, and beating them when they didn't do as he said, sometimes even using a hair iron. He got 37 years in federal prison.

Jesse Lewis, 28, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking and slapped with another seven for firearms offenses. The charges were brought forth in April but date back to June 2013, when Lewis and a woman named "Diamond" approached a woman -- "K.A." -- outside of a Walgreens in Tampa, according to an affidavit. Lewis offered K.A. a way to make some money, and they went back to his hotel room to start a business venture.

But after posting some photos of K.A. on backpage.com, no johns responded, so the trio went to try their luck in South Florida.

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Florida Supreme Court Case Could Radically Change Stand Your Ground Law

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In December 2011, Jared Bretherick and his family were tooling around Orlando when the visitors from Indiana were cut off in a road rage incident. According to reports, a driver named Derek Dunning almost sideswiped the car Bretherick's father was driving. Dunning allegedly slammed his car to a halt, got out, and started screaming at the Brethericks.

By the time police showed up on the scene, Jared Bretherick was pointing a handgun at Dunning. Bretherick was arrested, charged with aggravated assault. Last week, his lawyers were before the Florida Supreme Court, arguing points of law that could radically change the Gunshine State's controversial Stand Your Ground Law.

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