It’s no secret that firefighting is a dangerous job, but sometimes the danger may actually come from something other than a fire.
Lauderhill Fire Rescue tweeted video showing a firefighter working to save a duckling from a storm drain. However, right as he manages to get the duckling out, the duck’s mother flew in and hit him on the head to protect her young.
“Another reason why firefighting is a risky job,” fire rescue tweeted.
The firefighter quickly put the duckling down, and it then ran away and joined its waiting mother and sibling.
Ernest Roberts appeared in court on Tuesday morning, where his charge of second-degree murder was upgraded to first-degree murder.
His trial for the murder of 41-year-old Kameela Russell is set to begin on Oct. 15.
“When Mr. Roberts was arrested, he was charged with second-degree murder,” said Robert’s attorney, Roderick Vereen. “The State Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury. The grand jury had the opportunity to hear the state’s side of the evidence and has returned an indictment for premeditated first-degree murder.”
Russell’s body was found in a canal approximately a mile away from Roberts’ home, 10 days after she was reported missing.
Roberts was a childhood friend and godfather to Russell’s two children. She worked at Norland Senior High School as a test proctor.
He faces a first-degree murder charge and is currently being held without bond.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago.
Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book said in a letter Tuesday that the Republican governor should authorize a Florida Department of Law Enforcement probe into how the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office handled the case. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw announced last week that his office would internally investigate Epstein’s time at the county jail, but Book said that’s not enough.
“When an atrocity occurs in our state and there is a breakdown involving law enforcement, I believe it is appropriate for FDLE to step in and investigate,” Book wrote to DeSantis. “If Epstein was able to abuse young girls while under supervised work release, we need to understand very clearly when and now these egregious lapses and abuses occurred so they cannot be repeated.”
Under a 2008 plea deal, Epstein was allowed out on work release 12 hours a day, six days a week, while completing a 13-month sentence on prostitution-related charges involving underage girls. Epstein also was required in the state case to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to many of his victims.
Brad Edwards, a lawyer for several of the accusers, has said he was in contact with a woman who had “sexual contact” with Epstein in the sex offender’s office while he was still serving his sentence. Epstein’s lawyers did not respond to numerous emails requesting comment on this allegation.
The 2008 deal also included a federal non-prosecution agreement that spared Epstein from far more serious federal charges involving dozens of young girls at the time. A Miami Herald investigation of the case this year prompted a groundswell of criticism that led to resignation of President Donald Trump’s labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, who was Miami U.S. attorney when the Epstein deal was struck.
Epstein, now 66, faces new federal sex trafficking charges in New York and has pleaded not guilty. In a filing made public Tuesday, Epstein wants the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to reverse U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s conclusion that he remain jailed because he is a danger to the community and a flight risk partly because of his great wealth.
DeSantis’ office did not immediately respond to an emailed request Tuesday for comment on Book’s request for a state probe, nor did Bradshaw.
In the Florida case, Epstein spent most of his days at his office once he qualified for work release, according to Palm Beach County sheriff’s records. The terms allowed him to be out of jail from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days a week, but records show that on some occasions his personal limousine dropped him off as early as 7:15 a.m. or picked up as late as 10:40 p.m.
Sex offenders are now banned from participating in the county’s work release program, but apparently were not in 2008, according to a copy of the rules at the time.
One deputy assigned to guard Epstein at his office for several days, Jeffrey Rice, told The Associated Press that he recalled young women visiting, but couldn’t say whether there was any inappropriate contact because he was stationed in the lobby, with two doors between himself and Epstein’s private office.
Book, the Florida senator, was sexually abused by a nanny as a child and has created a charity, Lauren’s Kids, that pushes for stronger prison sentences for sex offenders. She has written books on the subject and put together a curriculum about sex abuse for Florida kindergartners. Book also served on a state commission investigating the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In her letter, Book said the state probe is necessary for full accountability.
“If true, this shows yet another breakdown of the system’s dealing with this pedophilic abuser,” Book wrote.
Lawyers for Epstein say he has stayed clean since pleading guilty in the Florida case. They have argued that with the current charges, the federal government is reneging on its non-prosecution promise. They asked that he be allowed to remain in his $77 million Manhattan mansion, where a raid the day of his arrest produced hundreds of sexually suggestive photographs of nude underage and adult females.
(CNN) — Workers removing shelves and coolers from a former No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in January discovered a body behind one of them.
The remains were recently identified as those of Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a former employee who had been reported missing November 28, 2009.
Investigators used his parents’ DNA to confirm the identity, and the clothes matched the description of his attire at the time he was reported missing, according to Council Bluffs Police Capt. Todd Weddum.
Murillo-Moncada’s parents reported their son missing after he became upset and ran out of their home. They told police at the time that he was acting irrationally, possibly because of medication he was taking, Weddum said.
Officers contacted family members, other law enforcement agencies, nearby detention centers and even the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — he had been deported to Honduras before making his way back to the United States — but received no information regarding his possible whereabouts.
Investigators now believe that Murillo-Moncada went to the supermarket and climbed on top of the coolers. The space was used as storage for merchandise, Weddum said, and employees would sometimes go there to hide when they wanted to take an unofficial break.
He is thought to have fallen into the 18-inch gap between the back of the cooler and a wall, where he became trapped. Noise from the coolers’ compressors may have concealed any attempts to call for help, according to Weddum.
An autopsy found no signs of trauma, and the case has been deemed an accidental death.
(CNN) — An Australian man has been caught with a $140 million methamphetamine haul hidden in boxes after he crashed into a parked police car.
The 28-year-old crashed into a police vehicle parked outside a Sydney police station on Tuesday, causing significant damage, according to a police statement. Around an hour later, police pulled the man over and searched his van.
During the search, police found removal boxes that contained 273 kilograms (600 pounds) of methamphetamine.
Police estimated that the drugs had a street value of over 200 million Australian dollars — or $140 million in US dollars.
The man has been charged with large commercial drug supply and negligent driving. Police are also conducting a forensic examination of the van.
Last month, Australian authorities made the country’s largest onshore methamphetamine seizure when police found 1.6 tons of drugs hidden in a shipment of stereo speakers from Thailand.
Authorities said the record drug bust had an estimated street value of $1.2 billion Australian dollars, which is equivalent to $837 million US dollars. Along with meth, 37 kilograms of heroin was also found stashed in vacuumed-sealed packages inside the speakers.
In January, US authorities confiscated almost a billion dollars’ worth of methamphetamine bound for Australia, in the largest-ever seizure of the drug on American soil, Australian police announced after a joint operation. In that seizure, the drugs were found hidden inside electronic equipment.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP/WSVN) — Four months after the country’s largest auto dealership chain named a new chief executive to replace its longtime CEO, AutoNation is making another change at the top.
Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Miller is making history as the first female CEO of a publicly traded automotive retailer.
She is replacing Carl Liebert, who is departing in a mutual agreement with the board.
CEO Mike Jackson stepped down in March after leading AutoNation for 20 years and named Liebert, was brought in from outside the auto retailing industry, as his replacement. Liebert had been chief operating officer at the financial services company USAA and had worked as an executive at The Home Depot and General Electric.
Cheryl Miller has been with the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, company since 2009 and has been CFO since 2014.
The precautionary notice was put in place on July 18, after a subcontractor crew working on electrical lines for FPL damaged a 42-inch water main near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
The announcement made on Tuesday morning indicated the water in the following areas of Harbor Beach, Harbour Inlet, Harbour Isles and Breakwater Surf Homes is safe to use:
All of South Ocean Drive from Southeast 20th Street North to the cul-de-sac.
Southeast Seabreeze Boulevard from 1235 to the Mercedes River Bridge.
Barbara Drive from Southeast 25th Avenue to South Ocean Drive.
Anchor Drive west of South Ocean Drive.
Southeast 26th Avenue from Anchor Drive to Inlet Drive.
Southeast 26th Terrace south of Anchor Drive.
2717 Harbor Beach Parkway.
City officials, after consulting with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, said the water is safe to drink and use for those in the Fort Lauderdale area only. Residents who live in Oakland Park are advised to consult with their officials.