Broward County

DONNA E. NATALE PLANAS / Miami Herald file photo

National civil rights and immigration lawyers are calling on state and federal officials to mandate complete oversight of all adult immigration detention facilities in Florida following a scathing report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Americans for Immigrant Justice released Monday.

The 104-page report highlights “substandard” conditions at Florida’s four adult detention centers — Krome Service Processing Center South Miami-Dade, Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Monroe County Detention Center in Key West and Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, Fla.

Nikolas Cruz
The Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was in a Broward County courtroom Tuesday for a hearing. 

 

Miami Herald

One man was wounded by police gunfire about 1 a.m. Sunday after leading officers on a chase along Interstate 95 and through the streets of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood, police say.

The man is expected to survive, but the police-involved shooting took place just three days after an armada of cops pursued a hijacked UPS truck from Coral Gables to Broward County. That police chase ended with a shootout in Miramar that left four dead.

Sunday’s police chase ended at a gas station across the street from Hollywood City Hall, waking some residents in a neighborhood nearby.

EMILY MICHOT / Miami Herald

In the text of the ordinance authorizing a needle exchange in Broward County, commissioners ticked off a list of alarming public health statistics: 1,642 opioid overdoses in 2017, more than 21,000 people living with HIV, 387 heroin- and fentanyl-related deaths in 2018.

Needle exchanges are designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among drug users by providing clean syringes and help reverse opioid overdoses by distributing naloxone directly to people who use drugs, as well as offering them access to other services like testing for hepatitis.

A Chinese businesswoman who was incarcerated for eight months for trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club was transferred Wednesday from a federal lockup to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation to China.

Yujing Zhang, 33, was moved to the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven after being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Broward County following her sentencing last week, according to an ICE website.

It was not clear when Zhang, who faces a removal proceeding, would be deported to China.

Lazy Lake
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Broward County Office Of The Inspector General has closed its most recent inquiry into the smallest municipality in the county: The Village of Lazy Lake.

The Village of 15 houses is surrounded by Wilton Manors - and has a history of experiencing election issues.

Dale Holness
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County has a new mayor to govern the year ahead: Dale Holness. 

Holness spent the last year in the role of vice mayor, under outgoing Mayor Mark Bogen. He was sworn in at a meeting in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning, after his fellow commissioners unanimously voted in favor for him to lead the county commission meetings, and be the official face of the county over the course of the next year. 

 

scholastic
Diamond Jennah / WLRN

Meet Iniyah Jones. The 12 year-old is in 6th grade at Seminole Middle School, in Plantation. 

And she's already pursuing a career in journalism. 

Jones is one of only two students in Florida to participate in the Scholastic Kids Press program, an international press corps experience where 50 young reporters from around the world write articles, and work with editors to report what's going on where they live  - from Shanghai to the United States.  

ICE
Carlos Naranjo / WLRN

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that could end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). 

 

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL

Drivers zip down Sistrunk Boulevard, the historic main street in the historically black northwest section of Fort Lauderdale, without giving much thought to the large sign identifying one of its most prominent features: The Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park.

Others stop to play basketball or volleyball, use the outdoor fitness station or the indoor computer lab, or visit the adjacent African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

knitting
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A handful of women who make up the "Off The Hook" crochet and knitting club in Pembroke Pines have been using their recent meetings to make scarves for military care packages.

Six women gathered Friday at their bi-monthly meeting at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines — needles and fancy yarns in hand. 

They worked on hand-made scarves to send to U.S. military members in time for Veterans Day on Monday.

 "Yours is really, really soft," Melody Tuli told one of the club members. 

Josh Ritchie / South Florida Sun Sentinel

W. George Allen, a hugely influential figure in Broward history and its black community, has died, his family confirmed Thursday. He was 83.

In 1962, Allen became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Florida. He once said: “I was admitted to Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, but I’m a native Floridian, and I felt that somebody had to integrate the University of Florida. The racists told me I didn’t belong there and I’d never graduate.”

Courtesy of Monroe County Fl

Monroe County led the state last year in the rate of deaths by motor vehicle accidents and suicides.

That's according to the annual report from the Medical Examiners Commission. It tracks autopsies and causes of death throughout Florida.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Broward County is devoting just over $2 million to help fund mental health and substance abuse programs.

The initiative is meant to help young people and families. About half the money is from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $1 million grant. The rest of the funding will come from the county and contributions from the private sector.

Pages