Crime & Safety

Facebook Transaction Turns into a Face-to-Face Armed Robbery

Facebook Transaction Turns into a Face-to-Face Armed Robbery

Coral Springs Police have arrested two individuals for an armed robbery that occurred at 711 Riverside Drive.

On Tuesday, a juvenile victim, 17, approached several Coral Springs Motor Officers who were conducting training at the Coral Square Mall and reported he had just been the victim of an armed robbery. The victim stated that he arranged on Facebook to sell an iPhone 4 to two individuals later identified as Deandre Chambers, 24, of Lauderhill and Marc Jean, 17, of Coral Springs.

Tamarac Corruption Trial: Fifty Shades of Green

Tamarac Corruption Trial: Fifty Shades of Green

Today, while sitting in court, I reminisced about the 2nd day of jury selection. That’s when a couple of jurors were excused, because they believed that they couldn’t be fair when dealing with elderly people.

Patte Atkins-Grad is no longer the redhead that she was when she was a Tamarac city commissioner. She stopped coloring her hair, and now her hair is mostly gray with some dark colors underneath.

Jury Selection Begins for Atkins-Grad Trial

Jury Selection Begins for Atkins-Grad Trial

The final day of jury selection in the case of Florida vs Patricia Atkins-Grad was delayed by more than 30 minutes today as the morning court schedule ran late. The remaining 25 jurors were not brought into the courtroom until after 2:00 PM.

Defendant Atkins-Grad had more support today. In addition to her husband David, her brother in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Sharon Grad, also attended. Once again, I was the only member of the public in attendance. Substituting for Sun Sentinel reporter Paula McMahon was another Sun Sentinel reporter, Lisa Huriash. Huriash regularly covers the City of Tamarac.

Former Tamarac Commissioner Rejects Plea Deal

Former Tamarac Commissioner Rejects Plea Deal

This begins the first in a series of reports from Patti Lynn who is covering the trial of Patte Atkins Grad, the suspended Tamarac City Commissioner who is charged with eight felony charges for allegedly taking cash or gifts from father and son developers Bruce and Shawn Chait.

Atkins-Grad was arrested as a Commissioner back in 2010 because she failed to disclose payments for a $2,300 BMW lease and $4,000 for her victory party back in 2006 for her election as state law requires.

Congressional Candidate’s Domestic Violence Issues May Hamper His Campaign

Congressional Candidate’s Domestic Violence Issues May Hamper His Campaign

The race to unseat Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Congress is a fight between five Republican hopefuls, however, one of them may raise doubts as to his qualifications judging not only by his lack of integrity by putting a dog collar around the neck of Wasserman Schultz in his ads, but by the details of his violent past has been brought to light recently by a conservative reporter.

Alert Neighbor in Tamarac Foils a Band of Brazen Burglars

Alert Neighbor in Tamarac Foils a Band of Brazen Burglars

An alert resident in Tamarac’s Mainlands 8 community foiled a team of burglars by remembering what a BSO Commander had taught him weeks prior.

Yesterday, a group of five men burglarized a home in nearby Mainlands 6 community, then came over to the 8 community and tried an old trick: knocking on the door first to see if someone was home before robbing them. ….