Vanilla Ice Arrested for Stealing Pool Heater From a Foreclosed Home

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Stop. Collaborate and get some bail money.

Once he stole bass lines from Queen and David Bowie. Now he's nabbing pool heaters.

Palm Beach County's Robert Van Winkle -- or Vanilla Ice to all you '90s nostalgia junkies -- apparently hasn't hung up the thug life. The 47-year-old was arrested by Lantana Police for a residential burglary, according to a release from the department.


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Riviera Beach Cops Raid 89-Year-Old Woman's House for Drugs, Find Nothing, Leave Big Mess

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Maybe somebody made a wrong turn?
Riviera Beach Police busted into a home by shooting out the front windows and throwing a flash-bang grenade before pointing a gun at the homeowner in search of drugs and money. But turns out, they got the wrong house.

And the woman whose house they broke into and held at gunpoint was 89 years old.

Don't worry -- it gets weirder.

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Father of Hollywood Love Triangle Murder Suspect Arrested in Heroin Bust

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Last summer, we brought you a sad tragedy from the streets of Hollywood involving a love triangle involving a gang-banging drug dealer, a young woman, and the struggling MMA-fighter they allegedly murdered.

Now, there's a coda to the murder of Michael Rivera. The father of the man police say pulled the trigger on New Jersey native was recently swept up in a heroin bust. Unfortunately, if the charges pan out, it's a case of like father, like son: Before his arrest in the Rivera killing, 18-year-old Alex Cabrera was also linked to the Hollywood heroin trade.

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Florida Cops Might Get Body Cams, but That Doesn't Mean You'll Get to See the Footage

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Miami Beach Police will be using cameras manufactured by Taser.
Every patrolling police officer in Florida may soon be required to have a body camera, but the ACLU says proposed restrictions on how footage can be released to the public does more to protect police misconduct than fight it.

For weeks, Rep. Shevrin Jones has been pushing House Bill 47, which would require cops to wear body cams while on patrol. It has so far gained widespread approval from state reps, but there has also been a lot of pushback over details, such as when the cameras should be turned on and what footage can be released to the public. And Fort Lauderdale's Sen. Chris Smith is cosponsoring a bill that does the latter with SB 248, dubbed the "Police and Citizen Protection Act," a state bill that places restrictions on how footage can be released to the public. That bill passed committee Monday night, and some are criticizing it for amounting to a "watering down" of police accountability measures.


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West Palm Beach Man Arrested for Running Gambling Ring

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Patsy Capolongo has allegedly been running gambling rings since 1987.
A 65-year-old West Palm Beach man at the center of a million-dollar gambling bust last week has a long history of running similar operations with Italian Mafia ties that goes back to when Ronald Reagan ruled the nation.

Pasquale "Patsy" Capolongo was taken into custody along with several other men in Broward and Palm Beach counties on charges of bookmaking, racketeering, and money-laundering. The bust started in December after a 16-month investigation by New York authorities resulted in 14 arrests in three states, including New York, New Jersey, and Florida. BSO cooperated with New York counterparts and arrested eight men in the Palm Beach and Broward areas.

BSO spent six months investigating eight men, including Capolongo, who were allegedly involved in offshore sports betting websites and in-person cash transactions. According to BSO, more than $1 million in cash was seized in the latest bust.

That might be a big deal for Broward's finest, but for Capolongo, it seems this is all just business as usual.

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Florida Lynched More Black People Per Capita Than Any Other State, According to Report

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A photograph of the Reuben Stacy lynching in Fort Lauderdale.
Reuben Stacy, a 37-year-old black man, hangs from a tree on Old Davie Road in Fort Lauderdale, blood trickling down his body and dripping off his toes. Behind him, a white girl, about 7 years old, looks on, a strange smile on her face as she takes in the sight of the "strange fruit" her elders had just created that hot day in July 1935.

Stacy was accused of attempting to assault a white woman in her home after first asking for a glass of water. According to a 1993 telling of the story, he was arrested three days later 25 miles from the scene. But no trial was ever conducted, and mere hours after his arrest, Stacy was hanged and shot.

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Doubts About PBSO Handling of Seth Adams Shooting as Family Reveals New Evidence

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The 2012 shooting of 24-year-old Seth Adams at the hands of a Palm Beach Sheriff's Office deputy has received new interest as a civil investigation by the family's attorney has renewed doubts about the police narrative of what led to the fatal encounter.

PBSO's story is that Sgt. Michael Custer, in undercover attire, was doing surveillance at the One Stop Garden Shop in Loxahatchee, which Adams' family owns and where Adams himself lived in a trailer on the property. Adams returned home after a night out and asked Custer what he was doing there. Words were exchanged, and, according to PBSO, Adams lunged at Custer, trying to choke him. Custer got away and warned Adams to get on the ground. But Adams reached for something in his car, which Custer feared could be a gun, so he shot Adams four times in the stomach and chest area, killing him. But there wasn't a gun -- Adams was completely unarmed.

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Feds Train South Florida Cops to "Protect" Activists Who Protest Police Brutality

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Don't worry that local police departments are getting special training from the federal government to deal with "civil disturbances" -- it's merely to protect your freedom of speech.

That's what BSO and several other police departments are saying about a program they're participating in that is offered by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Preparedness (formerly known as FEMA). The program is said to involve training local police in special techniques to deal with protesters who engage in peaceful civil disobedience. And BSO spokesperson Dani Moschella tells New Times that the last time DHS-associated employees came to train BSO deputies in civil disturbance techniques was in 2012.

Local TV news reports say that "understanding free speech" is a central factor in this training.

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Jupiter Jewelry Thief Tells Police She Was Too High to Remember Her Crime

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In the annals of criminal enterprise, this has to have been tried before. It's the old I-don't-know-what-you're-talking-about-officer-I-was-blacked-out excuse. Unfortunately for one Jupiter resident who allegedly made off with a stash of expensive jewelry, when police confronted her with the evidence, this was all she could come up with. A successful career in supervillainy isn't likely in the cards for this one.

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BSO Deputy Arrested for Drunken Drive-By Shooting From a Prius

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PBSO has not released Stepelton's mug shot, so we can only assume he looks something like this.

Remember those wild and crazy BSO deputies who were suspected of leaving a West Palm Beach strip club and then shooting at a nearby Walgreens? Well, one of those deputies has turned himself in on charges of "discharging a firearm from a vehicle" -- a second-degree felony.

Deputy Norman Stepelton, a 26-year-old member of the BSO force for about one year, was on paid administrative leave for more than three weeks before he decided to walk into PBSO headquarters on the evening of January 28 and turn himself in for his involvement in the January 5 shooting. He was released the next day without having to pay any bail, according to PBSO arrest records. BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright tells us he's now on unpaid administrative leave.


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