Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney embarrassed himself while addressing attendees at the NAACP’s national convention recently.
Palm Beach County
TAKING NO CHANCES
Ric Bradshaw, 64, is defending his seat for Palm Beach County Sheriff as if he was in the fight of his political life, even though his opponents are relatively unknown. They include Joe Talley, 68, a Republican turned Democrat who retired from the Baltimore County Police Department and has worked for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Cleamond Walker, 61, and Kevin Coleman, 29, are write-in candidates. Bradshaw, a former West Palm Beach Police chief, is constantly in front of cameras, in the newspapers, on radio and at other venues. He has overwhelming recognition and has sewn up of most the endorsements.
Ryan Agnew, 34, and his girlfriend Stephanie Beine, 31, were arrested on child neglect and sexual battery charges. Agnew is accused of sexually abusing his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. The couple also allegedly neglected to bathe, feed and properly care for four other children, authorities say. Acting on a tip, the Department of Children & Families opened an investigation. All of the children have been placed in foster care. The girlfriend is denying the allegations and says her daughter made it all up.
Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, a Republican, is leading all potential contenders in fundraising in his re-election bid. He will face either Scott Israel or Louis Granteed, who are running in the Democratic primary. A photo is circulating that shows Lamberti at a recent fundraiser held for him by gay organizations, including the nonprofit GLBT Alliance. It was held at J. Marks Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.
Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Wengert, who starred in the Unleashed: K-9 Broward County reality TV show, has been arrested. Wengert, 33, a deputy since 2004, is charged with one count of falsifying an official record, one count of falsifying a report and one count of battery. He is accused of pulling over Mark Visconti, then 17, beating Visconti and siccing his K-9 on Visconti after Visconti had a parking dispute with Wengert’s girlfriend. Wengert then arrested the teenager on trumped-up charges of resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to the probable cause affidavit. Visconti suffered multiple injuries. Broward State Attorney Michael Satz should upgrade the charges to include at least an additional charge for Wengert’s bloody attack and another for his K-9 attack in which he claimed he had difficulty getting his dog to release from biting Visconti. Beating up a child and having a trained attack dog bite his face is simply despicable.
Brandin Gonsalves, 23, was arrested by an alert Sweetwater police officer, Kevin Serrano, who saw him wandering in the town’s business district after hours. Gonsalves was wanted and on the run over his alleged stabbing death of his brother, Gerard, in West Palm Beach. When the officer asked for identification, Gonsalves told him he was wanted. Gonsalves is suspected of stabbing his brother 65 times on July 10. He is charged with murder and auto theft. Book ’em, Danno!
A Miami-Dade police officer shot and killed Timmie Williams after, police said, he refused to drop a knife he was holding. Police said officers arrived on the scene to find John Fisher on the ground suffering from a stab wound to the stomach and Williams standing nearby with a bloody knife in his hand. Fisher was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.
Four current and former NFL players have filed separate lawsuits against 2201 Collins Fee LLC, the developer of the Residences condominiums on South Beach. They are Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, Redskins offensive tackle Jammal Brown, St. Louis Rams running back Cadillac Williams and Keiwan Ratliff, a cornerback in the United Football League, who also played for the Cincinnati Bengals. All are represented by attorney Aaron Resnick, whose complaints state the players put hundreds of thousands of dollars down as deposits as far back as 2006 but the project was delayed and plagued with fines and liens, so they asked for their deposits back, which the developer refused to give.