Tag Archives: Wilton Manors

Driver In Fatal Wilton Manors Pride Crash Apologizes

The Daily Beast reports: Fred Johnson Jr., who has been named by police as the driver of the vehicle that veered out of control killing one person and injuring two others at Saturday’s Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, FL, has offered his “sincere regrets to all those who were impacted by this tragic event.” In a statement sent to …

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Officials Call Wilton Manors Pride Crash Accidental

The Associated Press reports: The driver who slammed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one person and seriously injuring another, did so accidentally, local officials said Sunday. Saturday’s crash at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade initially drew speculation, including from the mayor of nearby Fort Lauderdale, that it was a hate crime …

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Driver And Victims In Wilton Manors Pride Crash All Members Of Gay Men’s Chorus, Group’s Leader Says

NBC News reports: The driver of a pickup truck that struck two men, killing one, at a Pride parade in Florida were all connected to the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the group’s president said Saturday. The truck was to be part of the chorus’ entry in the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, the organization said. “Our fellow Chorus …

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BREAKING: Truck Plows Into Crowd At Wilton Manors Pride, One Dead, Driver In Custody, Parade Canceled

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: One person has died and another has been taken to the hospital after they were run over by a truck in Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of Stonewall Pride Parade, according to the city’s mayor. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis on Saturday night said police have apprehended the driver responsible for the crash at the …

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Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen Dies At Age 41

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Justin Flippen, the mayor of Wilton Manors, died suddenly Tuesday. Flippen was 41. He was elected mayor in 2018 after serving as a city commissioner. City officials said that Flippen apparently was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill and died. “We were notified that Justin apparently was on his way …

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Death Penalty For White Supremacist Killer Of Florida Gay Couple: “Homosexuals Are A Disease To Mankind”

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Peter Avsenew, convicted of killing a Wilton Manors couple days before Christmas 2010 and stealing their car to escape to north Florida, who told a jury in January that he had no regrets and a judge in March that he had killed before and would again, has been sentenced to die. He is the first …

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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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FLORIDA: Federal Prosecutors Say Man Accused Of Anti-LGBT Terror Threats Had 59 Facebook Accounts

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Federal prosecutors are confident that former Wilton Manors resident Craig Jungwirth used Facebook to threaten to “exterminate” gays and lesbians in South Florida, but they can’t tell yet which account he used to issue the ominous statement. Jungwirth had 59 different accounts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Anton told a federal judge during a hearing Monday. …

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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: Craig Jungwirth Indicted On Federal Terrorism Charge Over Threats Against Gay Bars, Faces 5 Years

The Orlando Sentinel reports: An Orlando man accused of posting online threats toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in South Florida was indicted Thursday in federal court. According to court documents, Craig Allen Jungwirth, 50, posted threats against the LGBT community in Wilton Manors on Facebook on Aug. 30. Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District …

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FLORIDA: Craig Jungwirth Appears Before Federal Judge, May Get Monday Release On Pretrial Bond

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: Craig Jungwirth, 50, who is facing federal charges of making an online threat to members of the gay community in a small South Florida town, will remain in custody through the weekend. That may change by Monday. In his first court appearance Thursday afternoon, Jungwirth’s attorney told federal Magistrate David Baker that he will ask for …

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FLORIDA: Craig Jungwirth Dodges Arraignment On Federal Terror Charge, Hospitalized For Chest Pain

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: A man linked to social media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community will not face a judge in federal court Tuesday. According to the FBI, Craig Jungwirth, 50, was arrested at his Orlando home Saturday for a violating bond conditions in an unrelated pending misdemeanor case. Jungwirth’s court appearance was canceled after he …

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FLORIDA: Craig Jungwirth To Be Arraigned Today On Federal Terrorist Threat Charge, Faces Five Years

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: On Wednesday, FBI agents identified the address of Jungwirth’s mother, and found Craig Jungwirth walking on the street in the area of Citrus Chase Drive in the Bay Hill area. FBI and Orlando Police detectives talked to Jungwirth, who refused to read the printed Facebook statements, and denied making the threats. He would not speak further, …

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FLORIDA: Man Accused Of Making Terrorist Threats Against Gay Bars Arrested On Unrelated Charges

The Orlando Sentinel reports: A man linked to social media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community in South Florida was arrested Saturday by the Florida Highway Patrol on an unrelated charge, officials said. A Broward County judge on Saturday held an emergency hearing to issue an arrest warrant for Craig Jungwirth, 50, for a violating bond conditions …

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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: Police Agencies Investigate Online Terrorist Threats Against Wilton Manors Gay Bars [VIDEO]

The suspect is a gay man with a lengthy criminal history who is very well known to the South Florida bear community, bar owners, and club promoters. Via Miami’s NBC affiliate: The Broward LGBT community is on edge after threats were made on social media. Some bars in Wilton Manors, like Rumors Bar and Grill, are stepping up security with …

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FLORIDA: Major Cities File Joint Amicus Brief In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

The cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Miami Beach today jointly filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs suing for same-sex marriage in a Tallahassee federal court. Also joining the brief are the popular LGBT tourism town of Wilton Manors, the tiny Miami-Dade County town of Biscayne Park, and the government of Broward County (home to Fort …

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Afternoon View – Gaysha Sushi

Directly across from Wilton Manors’ all-gay strip mall and next door to the popular bear bar is Gaysha Sushi, whose menu includes the Wilton Rainbow Roll.

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FLORIDA: World AIDS Museum Dedicated In Wilton Manors, Magic Johnson Attends

The dedication for the World AIDS Museum took place in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Wilton Manors yesterday. Father Tony Adams took the above photo and he sends us this email: I just went to the dedication of the fledgling World AIDS Museum in Wilton Manors. Magic Johnson was the special guest. He donated a jersey. He said that today …

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Press Release Of The Day

From the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau: It’s not the size of the city that matters, with Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Wilton Manors beating worldwide competition to be named “Gayborhood of the Year” in the 2013 ManAboutWorld Editors’ Choice Awards. At the same time, the destination was recently cited to be the city with the highest concentration of same-sex …

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