Tag Archives: Fort Lauderdale

FLORIDA: Office Of House Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Evacuated Due To Suspicious Package [VIDEO]

CBS Miami reports: The building that houses Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Sunrise was evacuated after a suspicious package arrived in the mail, according to Sunrise police. A Broward Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called in to determine what exactly was delivered to the congresswoman’s office at 777 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway. The evacuation came as authorities intercepted suspicious devices …

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FLORIDA: Fort Lauderdale Elects Openly Gay Mayor

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Get used to the name Mayor Trantalis. Fort Lauderdale voters on Tuesday gave a clear victory to attorney Dean Trantalis, 64, to take over where Mayor Jack Seiler leaves off. Bruce Roberts, the city’s former police chief, trailed far behind Trantalis, with about 35 percent of the vote. Trantalis will be the city’s first openly …

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Mandatory Evacuations Begin For Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Mayor Mayor Barbara Sharief last night ordered the mandatory evacuation of areas east of US 1, which runs parallel to the coast about two miles inland. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: The evacuation order for areas east of Federal Highway, barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile homes goes into effect at noon Thursday. She said the implementation is …

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FLORIDA: Not Guilty Verdict For Man Who Claimed His Girlfriend Choked To Death On His Large Penis

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Richard Henry Patterson, the Margate man who initially claimed his girlfriend choked to death during oral sex, was found not guilty today of second-degree murder. The verdict was announced just under five hours after the jury began its deliberations. Patterson, 65, faced a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the murder of Francisca …

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Medical Examiner Testifies In Murder Trial That He’s Never Heard Of Choking To Death On A Large Penis

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: An associate medical examiner testified Thursday in the murder trial of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend that he’s never before seen an example of someone choking to death from oral sex. But that’s what defense attorney Ken Padowitz intends to present to the jury in the murder trial of Richard Patterson …

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FLORIDA: Man Claims Girlfriend Accidentally Choked To Death On His Large Penis, Demands That Jury Sees It

Oh, Florida. Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: Attorneys argued in court Monday over whether the penis of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend should be shown to the jury in his murder trial. Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, is charged with second-degree murder in the choking death of his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, in 2015. Jury selection …

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FORT LAUDERDALE: Activists Slam Mayor For Coming Prayer Breakfast With Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Calling his message hate speech, critics have unleashed a torrent of opposition against one of the speakers for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast — and against the Fort Lauderdale mayor himself. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, a conservative Christian who has spoken out against same-sex marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples, is …

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BREAKING: Mass Shooting At Fort Lauderale Airport

According to breaking reports, nine people were injured and at least one is dead in an apparent mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport this afternoon. The shooter is reportedly in custody. Thousands of passengers have been evacuated out onto the tarmac. Former White House press secretary and CNN commentator Ari Fleischer happened to be there and he’s live-tweeting from …

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Fort Lauderdale Becomes “World’s First” Destination To Use Transgender Models In Mainstream Advertising

Via press release: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign on January 9th featuring three transgender models, and will become the world’s first destination to use transgender models in mainstream destination advertising. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s campaign, which also features straight, gay and lesbian models, follows the destination’s long and storied …

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FLORIDA: Feds Drop “Weak Case” Against Gay Man Accused Of Making Terror Threat Against Gay Bars

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Federal prosecutors are dropping the criminal case against a man accused of issuing a Facebook threat to “exterminate” gay people in South Florida, according to a court document filed Tuesday. The decision to drop the case against Craig Jungwirth comes about six weeks after prosecutors publicly acknowledged in court that the evidence against him was …

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LIVE VIDEO: Hillary Holds Wilton Manors Rally

UPDATE: The event has begun. At 3PM today Hillary Clinton will hold a rally at The Manor, the largest of the 15 or so gay nightclubs that crowd the main strip of Wilton Manors. I’m putting this post up a little early just to give you a heads-up. From the Fort Lauderale Sun-Sentinel: The appearance shows the importance the Clinton …

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FLORIDA: Clerk Fired For Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Cites Leviticus In Federal Lawsuit

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: A former court specialist is suing Broward Clerk of Courts Howard Forman for firing her over what she is claiming to be religious discrimination. According to a lawsuit obtained by Local 10 News, Yanicka Parker also works as a minister and is a regular attendee of Faith Deliverance Tabernacle, in Fort Lauderdale. Parker claims in …

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REPORT: Man Who Allegedly Made Terrorist Threats Against South Florida Gay Bars Arrested In Orlando UPDATE: Wilton Manors Police Chief Denies Report

JMG reader Richard tips us that Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis just announced on his Facebook page that Craig Jungwirth, who is suspected of having made terrorist threats against Wilton Manors gay bars, has been apprehended in the Orlando area. See his message below. At this writing no further details are available. I’ll update this post shortly when more …

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FLORIDA: Anti-Zika Billboards From AIDS Healthcare Foundation Removed After Officials Complain

Miami’s ABC affiliate reports: Two billboards designed to bring awareness to the spread of the Zika virus have been removed in Broward County after their depiction of an unrolled condom stirred controversy. A spokesperson with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said pressure from the Fort Lauderdale Mayor’s office and the Tourism Board caused their signage company to pull the ad from …

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Jetliner Bursts Into Flames On Fort Lauderdale Runway

A Caracas, Venezuela-bound charter plane from North Carolina-based Dynamic Airways burst into flames on the Fort Lauderdale runway this afternoon. Photos and video from the scene show the plane engulfed in thick black flames before firefighters came and extinguished the fire with a white foam. As of 1pm ET, the fire has been put out and everyone was safely off …

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FLORIDA: Fort Lauderdale Cop Suspended After Abusing Homeless Man

Via the Miami Herald: A Fort Lauderdale police officer was “relieved of duty with pay” Monday afternoon after a video surfaced on YouTube showing the officer pushing and slapping a homeless man at a Broward bus terminal, Fort Lauderdale police confirmed Monday night. The video, posted by chitownchico87able, shows the officer — being identified by WSVN-7 as Victor Ramirez — …

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FLORIDA: City Of Fort Lauderdale Hosts Mass Sunrise Wedding For 100 Couples

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau this morning hosted a sunrise wedding ceremony for over 100 same-sex couples. The nuptials had been slated to take place on the beach, but a torrential rainstorm moved the festivities across the street to the cosponsoring W Hotel, where the staff was standing by and already set up. Lance Bass, whose own …

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