Washington Nationals and Houston Astros Want $145 Million From Palm Beach Taxpayers (UPDATED)

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Palm Beach County Commissioners will listen today to the pleas of a couple of fat-cat baseball club owners seeking $145 million in public funds to build a spring training facility in West Palm Beach.

See also: Houston Astros Owner Has Controversial Past, Courts Public Subsidies

What's in it to the tune of nine figures for local residents? To hear the owners, it's a cornucopia of benefits. Art Fuccillo, a smooth-talking flack for the Washington Nationals, told the Palm Beach Post the training site would mean "$100 million a year in economic growth" for the county.

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Ashley Done, Florida Escort, Accused of Drugging Men and Stealing From Them

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A blonde seductress that used the Blue Martini Bar locations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami to lure men in and then rob them has turned herself in to the Broward Sheriff's Office and now they're asking for any other victims to come forward.

The woman, Ashley Done, 26, has victimized men from Broward to Miami all the way up to New York, and had help from another female accomplice, identified as Penny Barbosa, throughout her seductive burglary spree.

See also: Broward Woman Who Seduces, Drugs, and Robs Men Is on the Loose, BSO Says

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Anthony Dippolito Beats Ex-Girlfriend's New Boyfriend to Death in Oakland Park

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They say that your new boyfriend or girlfriend's ex can always be a problem, but Ronald Attie probably didn't expect his run-in with Anthony Dippolito to end up how it did. According to police, a Wednesday night confrontation between the two men ended in a bloody homicide.

Although police haven't released too many details on the crime, it appears it had to do with the woman Attie was currently dating who'd previously broken things off with Dippolito.

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Pam Bondi's Weird TV Ad Avoids Medical Marijuana and Gay Marriage

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This is pretty amazing, considering we're talking about a talent pool that contains Rick Scott, a man with the social poise of a 13-year-old in sex ed, and Charlie Crist, a man who probably would fail the replicant test from Blade Runner, but we might have The Derp Face of the 2014 campaign season.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi just dropped her first television ad for November's contest. Although the spot touts the politician's record, it fails to address to two heavyweight issues that could sink her campaign.

See also: Eight Reasons Pam Bondi Is the Worst Attorney General in Florida History

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James Yacobellis, Coconut Creek Cop, Busted in Boca Prostitution Sting

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James Yacobellis, the Coconut Creek cop who made headlines last year after the force suspended him for a year and a half for improper conduct but paid him his full salary anyway, was busted after walking into a Boca Raton spa that was actually a front for prostitution.

Yacobellis, 39, is facing a charge of purchasing services of prostitution, and yes, he's once again been suspended with pay by the Coconut Creek Police Department.

See also: Coconut Creek Cop James Yacobellis Earned $110K for Not Working, Town's Apathy to Blame

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Deerfield Woman Hides Murdered Roommate in Garment Bag

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Broward Sheriff's Deputies found the body of a 68-year-old woman who had been murdered and stored in a garment bag after they were called to check on the woman.

The officers found a garment bag hidden inside a closet in an apartment located on 4255 Crystal Lake Drive after a friend of the victim called police telling them he had been trying to reach her for days.

The woman's roommate was arrested and charged with murder.

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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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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."

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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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