The Legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal for so-called “mugshot” websites to charge people to remove their booking photos from those sites. It targets companies that obtain such photos from law enforcement agencies and put them online along with the person’s name. The companies then charge arrestees to remove them. Under the proposed law, an individual could obtain a court order for removal of the photos and the website would be subject to a $1,000-a-day fine if it doesn’t comply. The bill could end up impacting the media, as well.
Palm Beach County
Former Congressman Allen West released his new book, Guardian of the Republic, this week. West, a Republican known for his brash and ultra-conservative positions, is up to his old antics. In his book he takes extreme views while insulting anyone who holds views different than his.
Irwin Goldberg, 78, of Delray Beach is charged with hitting a prostitute with a bat after she turned down his advances. The police report said she grabbed a knife from the floor of his car and stabbed him. Goldberg then went to the Delray Police Department and reported that a woman had robbed and attacked him but police did not buy his story. After speaking with the woman, police charged him with aggravated battery and false imprisonment and booked him into jail. Police are now taking another look at a similar incident where Goldberg reported a prostitute robbed him last summer.
Dominic Bernardine fought with his son over a curfew violation at their home in east Boca Raton. The altercation escalated and police were called, leading to a five-hour standoff. He is charged with two counts of cruelty and child abuse. He is a convicted felon for weapons possession and has a history of problems with the law.
Vincent Keith Jones, 48, has been charged in the deaths of Seibert Prescott, 63, and his son Roger Bennett, 30. The two men were killed at Ray’s Market in Fort Lauderdale last week during an altercation with three men. Other possible suspects are being sought. Police are asking anyone with information about the killings to call police detectives at 954-828-5708.
IN THE RUNNING?
Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Bobby DuBose is resigning to run for the
Legislature and his commission seat is up for grabs. A number of people are considering running for the predominantly black District III seat, including John Hill, a mortician and longtime Fort Lauderdale resident. It will be an interesting race.
WELCOME TO DAVIE
Miami Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has purchased a 10,938-square-foot $1.125 million home in Davie. Ellerbe signed a $35 million, five-year, contract with the Dolphins last year. His new home was built in 2008 and the previous owner was foreclosed on in 2012.
Maribel Cardona, 51, of Naples died allegedly as a result of butt surgery she had at the Vanity Cosmetic Center in Miami. Last July, she went to the clinic to get a procedure known as “Brazilian Butt Lift,” where a patient’s body fat is suctioned and then injected into the buttocks. Dr. Anthony Hasan performed the operation and there are questions about his qualifications to perform surgical procedures.
Retired school principal and South Miami-Dade civic leader Rosemary Fuller has fought many battles over the years, including to the successful effort to bar the Confederate Flag from the annual
Veterans Day events in Homestead. Now, Fuller and her family are in a dispute with the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Office over a revoked homestead exemption. Its a mess and could be the tip of an ‘iceberg of errors’ within that agency could end up engulfing former agency head and current Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
The Miami Seaquarium, a 38-acre park on Virginia Key in Miami, has been sold. Wometco Enterprises will turn the park over to the new owner, Palace Entertainment. The Seaquarium leases land from Miami-Dade County and commissioners must approve the sale.
Enterprise Holdings, which runs Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, is hiring for 130 full-time positions in South Florida. The jobs will mostly be in management but the family-owned company has a tradition of promoting from within and that could lead to entry level positions opening up over the next few months. Enterprise has more than 8,100 locations worldwide and 200 in South Florida.
Henry Arroyo, a decorated former Key West Police Department resource officer at Key West High School, has been charged with molesting a child under the age of 12. Arroyo, 41, resigned last month after being suspended with pay in December. The Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are conducting the