Palm Beach County
Tristan Anoza, 20, of Wellington is charged with robbery. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies say Anoza snatched $350 from a 21-year-old man who refused to buy a damaged iphone from him. The victim negotiated the price with Anoza on social media and agreed to meet him the Wellington Green mall. There, the victim noticed the screen was cracked and refused to complete the sale. Anoza then snatched the money and fled the scene.
Jennifer Badillo, 33, of Palm Springs called 911 to report her boyfriend for domestic abuse and threatening her with a gun. When police arrived they determine there was no threat or incident. Badillo changed her story several times before telling officers she made up the whole thing to get them to respond faster so she could report an unrelated incident. She was arrested and charged with misuse of the 911 system.
Scott Ellis, 44, of Lake Worth was at the Carolina Ale House in Boynton Beach last September, where he met a 24-year-old woman who worked there. He offered to give her a ride home on his motorcycle. On the way to her home, she fell off the motorcycle and suffered injuries. Ellis left her injured beside the roadway. Other witnesses stopped and assisted her. Months later, she was able to identify him and contacted police. Ellis was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries.
A Broward County grand jury will investigate the distribution and use of the deadly synthetic drug flakka. There have been 33 deaths involving flakka in the past 10 months. Emergency rooms are reporting more than 20 incidents involving flakka each day.
Compass Pointe Healthcare Systems is building Symphony at the Waterways assisted living facility on Oakland Park Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. The company will hire more than 100 workers this year and more after the new year. The facility will house a restaurant, outdoor patio area, amphitheater, salon and a gym. For employment applications, call 754-212-1870.
Magdalena Weich, 38, was reported missing Wednesday by her boyfriend. A body found in a wooded area near Coral Springs High School along Sample Road the following day was identified as Weich. An autopsy is being conducted and police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 954-346-1794.
State Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, crafted a bill intended to force landlords of derelict properties to maintain them and not to retaliate against tenants who report violations. Violators could face fines and criminal prosecutions. The bill would strengthen current state statutes and give local authorities enforcement options.
Richard Masten, the head of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers has reached a plea deal over his refusal to hand over documents related to a case that he received via an anonymous tip made to the agency. At a court hearing to compel him to surrender the information, he ate it, and was charged with defying the court order. Masten was ordered to pay a $30 court fine and write an essay. His deal requires him to perform 10 hours of community service.
Daniel Szabo, 41, fled to sea in a dinghy when Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the Jules Undersea Lodge to investigate a 911 call about a man behaving strangely. Patrol boats from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard pursued the dinghy until Szabo crashed into mangroves. He then opened fire on the Coast Guard vessel. He surrendered a short while later and was arrested on state and federal charges.
Luis Proenza Lopez, 61, of Key West is charged after allegedly pulling down a child’s shorts and performing a sex act on the boy. He is also accused of fondling the child on multiple occasions. Lopez is charged with sexual battery, and lewd and lascivious battery. Book’em Danno!