BSO Conducting DUI Checkpoint Tonight

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Labor Day weekend is upon us. Woo-hoo.

That means three-day weekend, beaches, BBQs, and no more wearing white for the rest of the year. It also means getting totally friggin' SLOSHED!

So, there's a DUI checkpoint being conducted by the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday night that you should know about -- even though you should already have yourself a designated driver, anyway.

See also: AAA Offers Free Towing All Weekend for Labor Day

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Miami Firefighter Arrested in Underage-Sex Sting in Broward

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A Pembroke Pines underage-sex sting netted a Miami Fire Rescue lieutenant on Wednesday after he engaged an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old.

Ramon Marti, 47, was busted after Pembroke Pines Police set up a fake classified ad back in July.

Marti, police say, answered the ad and eventually got in touch with the officer.

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Boynton Beach Officer Who Pulled Gun on Suspect Video-Recording Him Cleared by Department (UPDATE)

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Update:
One of the men Boynton Beach Police pulled over, Jack Naubert, is filing a lawsuit against the BBPD. Naubert's attorney, Ken Lemoine, says the lawsuit alleges false arrest and civil rights violations. Naubert is the one in the video who is specifically threatened by the officer.

Lemoine has sent the police department a letter notifying them of the lawsuit.

"We are in receipt of Attorney Lemoine's letter of intent to sue," Stephanie Slater, PIO for
Boynton Beach Police Department, told New Times via email. "As a result, we respectfully decline any further comment on the matter."

Original post:
Boynton Beach Police have released a statement clearing the officer who pulled a gun on a suspect who was recording him on a cell-phone camera last year.

The video, which was shot in 2013 but has gone viral on social media sites recently, shows Boynton Beach Police officers pulling over a car with four young black males inside. One of the men in the car begins to record the officers during the traffic stop.

After a few moments of speaking with the men in the car, the officers seem to become agitated at the lack of cooperation, and things get heated.

See also: Boynton Beach Police Caught on Video Using Chokehold, Kicking Students


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Local Police Got M-16s, Mine-Resistant Vehicles From the Military

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Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised questions about the militarization of American police departments. When angry protesters took to the streets to demand justice, Ferguson police responded with force. Cops in riot gear fired tear gas and stun grenades at marchers. At least one officer pointed his loaded assault rifle at demonstrators and threatened to kill them if they didn't obey orders.

Ferguson police, it was reported, had obtained their weaponry under something called the Law Enforcement Support Office Program. LESO, as it is known, supplies local police departments with leftover U.S. military equipment.

What hasn't been reported, however, is that a dozen police departments in South Florida have also received military equipment ranging from helicopters to grenade launchers.

Here's what the police forces in Broward and Palm Beach are packing, thanks to LESO.

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BSO Conducting "Aggressive Driving" Patrol Friday Night

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Whatever your plans for this Friday evening, just be sure of one thing: Do not drive like an asshole.

That's because the Broward Sheriff's Office is unleashing a cavalry of units known as the Broward County Aggressive Driving Task Force onto the streets to make sure you people pump the brakes a little and stop being so aggressive on the roads.

Dubbed Operation Friday Night Lights, the task force will be saturating the roads of Broward County tonight to "identify and stop dangerous drivers" throughout the usual busy Friday-night roads.

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Andrea Chisholm, Half of "Royal Scottish Couple" on Welfare, Pleads Guilty in Minnesota

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Remember Colin and Andrea Chisholm? The couple owned a yacht, lived in a Lighthouse Point mansion, and touted themselves as Scottish aristocrats, all while collecting public assistance. This past March, they were chased down by the FBI, caught in the Bahamas, extradited to Port Everglades, and summarily arrested.

Not long after, they were sent back to Minnesota, where Hennepin County authorities had accused them of unlawfully obtaining more than $160,000 in welfare. Now, more than four months after being captured and three months New Times peeked into their background, one of them has finally pleaded guilty to "aiding and abetting wrongfully obtaining public assistance."

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Boca Rock Duo Wolfcat Write Pam Bondi a Song About Gay Marriage

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The Sex Pistols railed, "God save the queen/She ain't no human being."

The Dead Kennedys sang, "Blow it out your ass, Ronald Reagan."

And now, here comes Wolfcat, getting all up in the face of our twice-divorced, thrice-married, yet gay-marriage-denying attorney general, asking her (more tunefully than their punk predecessors): "Pam Bondi (Is There Any Love in Your Heart)?"

Wolfcat is a husband-and-wife duo who, like an ultracool and remarkably high-pitched phoenix, rose from the ashes of superfun but now-defunct South Florida bands Freakin' Hott and Zombies! Organize!!


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"The Hallmark Kid" Ryan Lipner Arrested on Grand Theft Charge

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Ryan Lipner is no stranger to the pages of New Times. From his weird crusade to own a greeting-card store empire to his continual campaigns for political office to a lawsuit against his own parents for child support, trouble always seems to be following the dude. Now, after years of stunts, Lipner is facing criminal charges of grand theft and criminal solicitation.

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Florida High Schoolers Sue School District, Sheriff's Office for Missing Prom

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Morgan Kleabir got to spend only five minutes at her high school prom -- not even long enough to take a selfie.
Prom is a time to create either precious memories or future therapy fodder, depending on what clique you run with. But for a group of Jensen Beach High School girls, the event was reason to craft a bizarre lawsuit and file it in federal court.

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Diego Rastrojo, Colombian Drug-Trafficking Kingpin, Sentenced to 30 Years

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Diego Rastrojo, the extradited drug kingpin authorities say was the leader of a Colombian organization mainly responsible for drug trafficking to the U.S., was sentenced in a federal court in Florida, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wifredo A. Ferrer, announced Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz sentenced Rastrojo, whose real name is Diego Perez Henao, to 30 years in prison. Perez Henao, 43, was also ordered to pay $1 million to the United States.

Perez Henao was arrested in Venezuela in June 2012 with the help of Colombian police.

See also: 600 Pounds of Cocaine Found on West Palm Megayacht

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