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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – With Covid-19 cases going up, masks will be mandatory in Broward County Public Schools when students head back to classrooms on Aug. 18. School Board of Broward County voted unanimously on Wednesday to continue with its existing mandatory mask policy into the fall, setting up a potential confrontation with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who has opposed requiring masks. The board cited new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance encouraging masks in schools, in...Read More
Editor’s Note: A 20-year-old Coral Springs resident Chansen Savakinus is fighting cancer for the third time in his young life. His mother, Destiny Haggett, is chronicling the experience in a series of articles for TAPinto Coral Springs. This is part six. CORAL SPRINGS, FL – In cancer treatment, there are good days and bad days. Achievements and setbacks. The past two weeks my family has dealt with it all, as Chansen started chemo and we adjusted to the news that the gene make-up of C...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – It was sort of Coral Springs’ version of “Shark Tank.” City officials were looking for creators, start-ups, and artists to compete for cash, prizes, and free publicity in the annual Innovate Downtown events, organized by Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). But the event is now canceled due to expenses, lack of attendance, and the need for the city to focus on other events, officials said this week. “When faced with budget cuts related to the Covid-...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL- Florida's annual Back-to-School tax holiday has been increased to 10 days this year, starting on July 31. The tax-free event is normally seven days, but three days have been added because of increased need due to the pandemic, officials said. This year's Back-to-School tax holiday will run through Aug. 9. The holiday gives families a break from the normal 6% sales tax that is added for any school-related purchase. In addition to the usual school supplies, notab...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The driver suspected of hitting a 10-year-old bicyclist with a truck in Coral Springs on Sunday and then driving off has been in touch with investigators, police said Tuesday. The driver, whose name was not released, has provided a statement to investigators and the driver’s silver Toyota Tacoma has been seized as evidence, police said in a statement. The boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his head, face, and lower body after getting struck in the 8400 blo...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The emergency department at Coral Springs Animal Hospital was nearing full capacity on Tuesday as Dr. Macy Sheehan finished up removing a cyst from a dog, just as another sick dog was rolled in for treatment. Next to her, Dr. Sara Salomon checked on a different dog with a breathing tube in its nose, then rushed over to care for yet another pet having trouble breathing. The hospital on University Drive is always busy, but the pandemic has forced the staff at one of th...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A Broward County schools electrician was flown to a hospital on Tuesday morning after getting accidentally electrocuted and injured at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs. The person, whose name was not released, suffered what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries and was alert when flown to Broward Health North, according to the school district and Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department. Police said the man was working in a handhold - a vault or box u...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Two Coral Springs public schools will have new principals when students return to classrooms next month. Park Springs Elementary School at 5800 NW 66 Terrace will have Denise Hanson serve as principal, replacing Katie Policastro who, according to her Twitter page, is now principal at Boulevard Heights Elementary in Hollywood. And Forest Glen Middle School at 6501 Turtle Run Boulevard will have Melissa Gurreonero leading the school, taking over for Ronald Forsman who ...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Due to the rapid rise of Covid-19 and Delta variant cases, anyone entering a Coral Springs facility will once again be required to wear a facial covering, starting Tuesday – no matter if the person is vaccinated or not. All visitors, city employees, and contractors entering City Hall and all other city centers and offices will have to wear a mask, officials said Monday. Florida accounts for 20 percent of all Covid-19 cases in the nation, data shows. As of Friday, ...Read More
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A boy was flown to a hospital on Sunday after he collided with a car while on his bicycle in Coral Springs, police said Monday. Police the boy, believed to be 10-years-old, was in serious but not life-threatening condition after the crash in the 8300 block of NW 40th Street, police said. Police did not say which hospital he was flown to. The cause of the crash is under investigation, police said. More Coral Springs Local News: POLICE: Rabbi’s Family ‘Sa...Read More
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A 60-year-old man opened fire on Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies as they arrived to serve a domestic warrant at a home in a gated community in West Boynton. A deputy was shot in the hand and leg but is expected to recover, police said.
A man faces charges of arson, attempted arson and animal abuse after a dog died in an apartment fire that police say he intentionally set.
School Board members cited rising COVID-19 rates and new federal guidance encouraging masks in schools, even for the vaccinated,
Exactly what killed the boy in West Park remains a mystery, with hazardous materials teams combing his home and investigating unidentified barrels outside. Doctors were concerned because a strange odor, possibly gas, was coming from the boy’s body.
Now open: Twin Peaks in Fort Lauderdale. Coming soon: Pascal and Cathy Bakery in Pompano Beach and Mitch’s Downtown Bagel Café in Fort Lauderdale.
Katie Sandler, career development and impact coach, offers tips on how people can get things moving again.
Paulina Velasquez, of Deerfield Beach, was a normal, active, energetic and “perfectly healthy” 15 year old. She planned on getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but days later she got the virus. Now she’s on a ventilator and in an induced coma.
Memorial Healthcare, South Broward’s public hospital system, is contending with huge waits in its ER and COVID patients flooding in. The healthcare system now has restricted its visitation policy to allow only vaccinated people in for visits.
Masks will again be required at indoor county facilities in Florida’s populous Miami-Dade following new federal guidance recommending that even people vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear facial coverings indoors. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the decision is a response to the surge in new cases and hospitalizations.
Direct from Argetina, business partners Fernando Chaganek and Diego Feldberg are bringing the authentic Argentine steakhouse (and mini market) experience to Boca Raton.
Residents of a Coral Springs condominium were ordered to evacuate Thursday after the building was deemed unsafe and failed to complete its 40-year inspection. Tenants of the Villa Bianca Condominium, located at 3990 Woodside Drive, were told to evacuate by Aug. 5. The city is working with the Coral Springs Community Chest to provide temporary housing assistance, officials said. Currently, 15 of the 16 units are occupied, and one unit has remained uninhabitable since a fire in 2014. The Villa Bianca Condominium failed to meet the 40-year inspection, which was required in 2016, officials said in a news release. Photos that were shown to a code enforcement board showed deterioration to the roof. Villa Bianca currently has no established condominium association, as required by state law. Click here to view the notice of violation. Sign up for our Breaking newsletter to get the most urgent news stories in your inbox.
A Coral Springs teen is facing serious charges after police say he shot his girlfriend and killed her cousin. Rashawn Hinds, 18, is facing murder and attempted murder charges in the Thursday evening double shooting, Coral Springs Police officials said. Rashawn Hinds The shooting happened around 5 p.m. in the area of Northwest 95th Avenue and Royal Palm Boulevard. Police said the incident began when Hinds girlfriend and her cousin went to Hinds’ home to retrieve personal items. The girlfriend said they had gone there after she recently found out Hinds had been unfaithful to her, police said. According to an arrest report, Hinds approached the two teens and pulled out a gun then opened fire nine times, hitting his girlfriend in the arm and fatally shooting the other girl in the chest. The names of the girlfriend and her friend were redacted in the report. Hinds fled the scene but was taken into custody a short time later. Police booked Hinds into jail, where he remained held without bond Friday, records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available. Witnesses said they were shocked to hear gunfire in their neighborhood. “As soon as I put the garbage out I heard ‘pop, pop, pop, pop,’ and I thought, well that didn’t sound right,” one man said.
One 18-year-old died and another was injured Thursday in a shooting in a Coral Springs neighborhood, police said. Officers responded at around 5:11 p.m. to the 2300 block of 95th Avenue, where they found two female victims, according to the Coral Springs Police Department. One of the women died, and the other was taken to the hospital. Her condition was unknown. Police said both of the victims were 18 years old. It’s unclear what led up to the shooting. A suspect is in custody, but police have not released additional details. This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for details.
An alleged drug dealer is facing a first-degree murder charge after police say a woman he sold drugs to in Coral Springs died of an overdose. Salomon Jules Theoc, 26, was arrested earlier this month in the September 2020 death of Callie Harper, Coral Springs Police officials said. Police said Theoc sold Harper heroin outside the WalMart on Turtle Creek Drive on Sept. 16. Salomon Jules Theoc Shortly after the sale, Harper overdosed and was rushed to Northwest Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The Broward County Medical Examiner determined Harper’s death had been caused by Fentanyl, officials said. Officials said investigators used surveillance footage, a witness and digital forensic evidence to obtain an indictment to arrest Theoc. Theoc, of Pompano Beach, remained behind bars without bond Tuesday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available. “This investigation sends a message to all drug dealers that overdose investigations in the City of Coral Springs will not be viewed simply as the death of a person but handled as a criminal investigation,” police said in a statement. “In the event Coral Springs detectives can identify dealers and link the distribution of the narcotics to the death of a person, we will work the with State Attorney’s Office with the intent of filing criminal charges.” Records showed Theoc was arrested the day after Harper’s death on multiple drug possession and drug selling charges, after allegedly selling crack cocaine and heroin to an undercover officer.
Police body cameras show the late-night arrest of 37-year-old Nichiren Rugeles Ogando after detectives responded to “a suspicious incident.” In custody, a Coral Springs Police detective asked Rugeles Ogando about a call the department received the day before, accusing him of secretly recording his girlfriend and her two children. According to the police report, his girlfriend told investigators she “discovered a smoke detector in her children’s bathroom,” which contained an SD card. She told them she did not install the device and did not give permission to any person to install it. The police report states the camera was placed over the toilet and shower. NBC 6 Investigators exclusively obtained video of the police interrogation of Rugeles Ogando. In the video, a detective asked him if “mom” knew anything about the camera, referring to his girlfriend. He responded no. “She don’t know,” he said, then told the detective he put the camera up for security reasons, to make sure the children did not talk to strangers through her tablet online. Then, the detective questioned him about the videos. Detective: “You can watch the videos on your phone right?” Rugeles Ogando: “Yes.” Detective: “Ok. And what did you see on the videos?” Rugeles Ogando: “I didn’t check it.” Detective: “You haven’t watched it?” Rugeles Ogando: No. But the detective wasn’t buying it. She brought a laptop with videos she claimed came from his phone. “You know what I see them doing? Going to the bathroom and taking a shower,” she told Rugeles Ogando. According to the police report, they found 12 videos of his girlfriend, 32 videos of a seven year old, and 65 videos of a 16 year old, undressing or using the bathroom. Rugeles Ogando was charged with three counts of voyeurism. He pleaded not guilty and remains in custody. His attorney, Marlyse Mercado, declined to comment on the charges and the videos obtained by NBC 6 Investigators. “Respectfully, no comment,” Mercado wrote in an email. After speaking with the detective for more than 40 minutes, Rugeles Ogando apologized. “Sorry for what?” the detective asked him. “For recording them,” he responded. “What do you think they’re thinking about you right now?” she later asked. “They are really mad right now. I’m pretty sure they are really, really mad for me,” he said.“ You violated their privacy,” the detective told him. Hidden Cameras: Smaller and Harder to Spot Evan Tannenbaum from Spy Spot Investigations told NBC 6 smoke detector cameras are among the most popular hidden camera products along with clocks and wall plug chargers. “Cameras are so small nowadays. They’re in anything,” Tannenbaum said. He said most cameras today send video to your phone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so a detector is able to spot them. Tannenbaum said hidden cameras and products to find them have become more common with the rise of short-term rentals because people want to know what’s going on in their property and visitors want to know if they’re being watched. The legal line, Tannenbaum said, is when someone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. So cameras in a bathroom? “Yeah, that would be illegal at that point,” he said. “If they are unaware that there’s cameras in the home, and it’s in the bathroom – that would be an invasion of privacy,” he said. Florida law does allow you to record video on your property or in a public place where there is no expectation of privacy.As for audio, Florida is a two-party consent state, which means most times both parties have to agree to be recorded.
The Broward County Public Schools board is halting the use of a fictional book about a Black boy who is killed by a white officer after a police union complained to the school district that it is anti-police “propaganda.” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the children’s fiction book “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes was used in one fifth grade class at an elementary school in Coral Springs without going through the district’s vetting process. A school board member said assignments related to the book were on hold. “The timing of whether to implement this subject matter must include parents and ultimately be a decision by the parents of each student,” school board member Lori Alhadeff told the newspaper. “I do not feel ‘Ghost Boys’ is appropriate for fifth graders.” Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that rates TV shows, movies, books and other content based on children’s development, says the book is appropriate for children who are 10 and older, the age of fifth graders. The book was published in 2018, and it is told from the point of view of a 12-year-old bullied Black boy in Chicago who is shot dead by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun, recalling the 2014 killing of Tamir Rice, in Cleveland. In the wake of the killing, the ghost boy narrates how his family and the community is impacted, and befriends the daughter of the officer, who is the only living person who can see him, and Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago whose beating death in 1955 helped spur the civil rights movement. The director of the local Fraternal Order of Police, Paul Kempinski, asked Broward County School Board members in a letter to stop using the book. He wrote he was upset by the friendship between the daughter and the boy saying he “ultimately convinces her that her father shot and killed him because her police officer father is a liar and a racist.” “Our members feel that this book is propaganda that pushes an inaccurate and absurd stereotype of police officers in America.” The book was removed from a California school district late last year, according to the National Coalition Against Censorship. Broward County Public Schools district told the newspaper the book was “supplemental” material and could be considered by teachers who want to delve into racial and criminal justice issues. But the district said the teachers who assigned the book did not follow protocol of informing parents to give them a chance for their children to opt out of the assignment. It was previously used in the same school district at Pines Middle School, where a seventh grade book club spoke via Skype with the Black author.
After a long hiatus, Laura Wilkinson is hoping for a comeback. The Olympic diver is coming out of a 9-year retirement with her sights set on the Tokyo Olympics. “Maybe it’s just the Olympian in me and I’ve done so many Olympics. I definitely want to be on that Olympic team. I’d love to stand on the podium,” said Wilkinson. “For me, if you’re not going for the biggest goal, it’s just not worth it.” Wilkinson knows what it feels like being at the top. You may remember her name when the 43-year-old made history at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She became the first American woman since 1964 to win a gold medal in platform diving and she won while competing with three broken bones in her foot. “It’s very encouraging to me to look back and say, okay if I did that through that issue anything is possible at this point,” said Wilkinson. The decorated athlete beat that obstacle then, but now she’s faced some new bumps on the road to her current Olympic dream. The pandemic delayed the Olympics and in 2018, she underwent a complicated surgery. “I had to have a two level surgical fusion in my neck so I took a year coming back from that. So it’s been a very up and down road and then I came back and then COVID hit so here we are trying to get back into it,” said Wilkinson. Through it all, she’s managed to find some balance in all the uncertainty. “I thought oh I’m gonna have this whole extra year, it’s gonna be amazing and I’ll be fully recovered and feel great but then we haven’t had access to training facilities like we used to. It’s been an equally hard struggle, but at the same time, physically I do feel better, mentally I do feel better so I think it has been a gift,” said Wilkinson. Despite all those hurdles, Wilkinson says she is diving right in, focused on competing in Japan this summer. “I love chasing after big hard things and sometimes you reach it and sometimes you don’t, but it’s worth the chase, because it makes you into this better person and better athlete,” said Wilkinson. The mother of four even got her kids into the mix when she was struck training at home during COVID lockdowns. “They started becoming part of my workouts and doing everything with me and it was so much fun. Then they got to actually see what I did and see how much work goes into if you have this big goal, you have to put in the effort,” said Wilkinson. And she’s hoping to inspire other moms out there. “You don’t have to hang up your dreams or the big things you want to do. Bring your family along with you. They’re gonna learn so much by following you in that process,” said the athlete. Wilkinson was in South Florida this weekend competing at the Coral Springs Winter Invitational and is a strong contender to make the Olympic team. Next she is hoping to mount the 10 meter platform and the podium again to break Dara Torres’ record as the oldest American to win a gold medal at the Olympics. “I never thought as a 43-year-old mom of four that I would be diving platform again, but I just love it and it just fills me up inside,” said Wilkinson. “To be able to do it again is kind of the reward in and of itself.”
Police are investigating both a fake abduction call and a shooting that took place early Wednesday morning inside a Coral Springs neighborhood. Chopper footage showed a large police presence over the scene near Coral Springs Drive and Westview Drive, where the Incidents took place just before 7 a.m. According to police, a girl called in a fake abduction near the scene but was determined to be safe. She will not be charged at this time. Separately and unrelated, police responded to a man who was shot in the foot. Officials did not release the man’s condition. Officials did not release the identity of either person involved at this time, but added there is no threat to the community.
Surveillance video caught a South Florida man having a heart attack and collapsing inside a hospital and staff quickly coming to his aide. Igor Molina did not know what was happening when all of a sudden he collapsed and passed out in the lobby of Broward Health Coral Springs. He said things started to go wrong the morning of Jan. 29. “After I ate my breakfast, I started not to feel good,” he said. Molina said that’s when he started to feel pain in his chest and shoulders. “I said, that is not normal,” he recalled. “I said, I’m going to the hospital.” He drove himself to the hospital, which is about four minutes from his home. He didn’t know at the time that he was having a heart attack. Moments after he fell to the ground inside the lobby, nurses surrounded him. “It just so happen that that gentleman made it just in the nick of time into our premises,” said Dr. Gary Lai, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Broward Health Coral Springs. Dr. Lai said in those moments, every second counts. “We had him as a matter of minutes go into the cath lab, where he was able to have his occluded artery opened up and from there, it salvaged his heart,” he said. Dr. Lai said the hospital’s cardiac cath lab had just gone live days before and Molina was their first patient. Pointing out that that also played a role in saving Molina’s life. “Thank God for the good job in the hospital, I am feeling better every day,” Molina said. Molina said now he eats healthy food and exercises every day.
Two Coral Springs schools were evacuated Monday morning following “code black” threats, police said. Students at Coral Park Elementary and Imagine Charter were evacuated “in the interest of safety,” according to the Coral Springs Police Department. Threats were cleared after 10:30 a.m. and all students and faculty were deemed safe. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
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