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    A husband and wife are facing charges in a rental scam involving apartments in Miami-Dade County, police with the Hammock's District said.

    Gabriela Salguero, 43, and Frank Perugorria, 22, were arrested last week on charges of grand theft.

    According to an arrest report, from mid-March to May, Salguero collected deposits from the victims in amounts ranging from $1,200 to $1,350, and provided them with fraudulent contracts through her corporation, Real Estate Connection.

    Police said Salguero wouldn't answer the victims' calls once they tried to get in contact with her for their apartment keys. 

    According to police, Perugorria admitted that he was with Salguero during the transactions and knew she was stealing the victims' money.

    Police said the couple also acted as property managers for foreign investors and kept the victims' mortgage payments, causing the properties to go into foreclosure.

    Detectives said Salguero was told of the investigation into the scam, and said she immediately began to cry, claiming she was addicted to cocaine and used the money from the scam to pay for her habit.

    Salguero also said she knew she was wrong and wanted to pay all of the victims back, police said.

    Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by the couple are asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    A man wearing a Chicago Bulls hat and Miami Marlins shirt robbed a Chase branch in Miami during the weekend.

    The FBI is searching for a man who robbed a Chase Bank branch in Miami over the weekend.

    The robbery was reported about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 8700 SW 27th Street.

    According to agents, a man wearing a Miami Marlins T-shirt, a Bulls hat and sunglasses entered the bank and demanded money from an employee.

    An undisclosed amount of cash was taken, and no injuries were reported.

    Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000.

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    One person has died following a crash involving three vehicles on Interstate 95 northbound at the Golden Glades Interchange Monday morning.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said one driver was extricated from their car before being airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. 

    Sky 10 was above the scene about 9:45 a.m. as a sedan was on the side of the interchange with significant damage to its front end, driver's side and windshield.

    Another accident was reported a half a mile away in the southbound lanes of I-95.

    Sky 10 was above the scene as two cars were on the side of the highway.

    Troopers said the cars collided in the express lanes near the 125th Street exit, but the drivers were not injured.

    All southbound lanes were reopened shortly after.

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    For residents living in the Poinsettia Heights neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, it's not odd to see iguanas crawling along the water's edge of the man-made lake. 

    "We do have a lot of iguanas on the lake that we live on," said Marian Lindquist, who is used to the scaly critters that typically sun bathe and swim in the lake. 

    But Lindquist and her daughter, Lily Lindquist, have taken a different view of iguanas. 

    After using the bathroom Sunday, Lily Lindquist noticed it wouldn't flush and the water would back up.

    "I tried to flush it again and nothing would happen," she said. 

    Her mother tried to help and even tried to buy a special kind of plunger, but the problem persisted. 

    "I got the plunger. I tried to plunge it. It wouldn't plunge," Marian Lindquist said. 

    So they called a plumber. 

    "I've never seen anything like this before," said Alisa Scott, a plumber at Roto-Rooter for 12 years. "This is the first time I pulled something like that out of a toilet." 

    Using her tools, Scott snagged onto something that was blocking the toilet.     

    "To my surprise, I pulled out that large iguana," Scott said. "At first I thought it was a toy, and then it started moving around."

    ALSO: Roach found in Papa John's pizza during end-of-year school party

    Lily Lindquist said she didn't even want to look "because I didn't want to see an iguana in the toilet that I just tried to use."

    Scott thinks the lizard probably came down a main roof vent, got stuck and looked for the biggest opening, which is the toilet. 

    "I don't want to be there when an iguana flies out of the toilet or an iguana bites me when I'm trying to go to the bathroom," Lily Lindquist said.

    Since the incident, Lily Lindquist has made it a priority to close off the rooftop vents. 

    To the dismay of all those involved, the iguana did not make it. 

    "We didn't want the iguana to die," Marian Lindquist said. "We did not know the iguana was there."

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  • 06/09/15--08:36: Fight at Walmart goes viral
  • Police are investigating a shocking incident that was caught on tape at a Walmart in Beech Grove, Indiana.

    A disturbing fight was caught on video, showing two women exchanging words, then throwing kicks and punches. A 6-year-old boy is also seen getting involved in the fight. The video is several minutes long. You can watch the full videos below or HERE. (WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)

    VIDEO 1

    VIDEO 2


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    Miami Beach police are investigating after a mother and daughter said they discovered hate messages written on two vehicles in their driveway.

    The words "(Expletive) Jews" and swastikas were found on the cars. It's the latest in a string of incidents that have some in the community on edge.

    "It makes me afraid that one day I'll come home and my walls will be full of paint," said Esther Fields, who lives at the home. "It makes me, you know, wonder who is doing this."

    Fields and her daughter noticed the messages, written on both of the family's cars, Sunday.

    Fields and her daughter said someone entered their Miami Beach property off Pine Tree Drive to write the hateful messages. The pair called police, who dusted for fingerprints and continue to investigate.

    "It's scary that you live in such a world where you're kind of like scared to be Jewish, that any moment this person can come back," said Fields' daughter, Daniella.

    Several other incidents have been reported across South Florida. Nearby, off Meridian Avenue, someone vandalized a neighborhood with eggs and wrote the words "Hamas" and "Jew" in cream cheese.

    Temple Emanuel in Miami Beach was also vandalized earlier this year.

    Communities and a synagogue in Broward County have also been vandalized with graffiti and hateful messages this year.

    Fields said her family is taking extra precautions and plans to install security cameras, saying incidents like this have put them on guard.

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    Once LeBron James tied up the NBA Finals with another one of his virtuoso postseason performances, his legs were in knots.

    He needed ice, treatment and rest. He wasn't the only one.

    After a pair of entertaining, exhausting, drama-filled overtime games at Golden State, everyone -- players, fans and even the referees -- needed a day to take a breather and recover before the Cavaliers and Warriors resume a series getting stellar TV ratings and shifting to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

    As midnight approached in California following Cleveland's stunning 95-93 OT win on Sunday night, James, who scored 39 points with 16 rebounds and 11 assists, grimaced as he lifted himself from a chair on the postgame interview dais. He was hurting after playing 50 methodical minutes, one game after going 46.

    James, incredibly, believes he can give more.

    "It's a maximum of five games left in the NBA season," he said. "So I'm ready for whatever."

    He has been all season.

    With James leading the way, the Cavaliers, who were already a heavy underdog before losing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to a broken left kneecap in the opener, dragged down the Warriors and Steph Curry, the league's MVP.

    Hounded by Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova, who seemed to be inside his jersey, Curry missed 18 of 23 shots and ended his night with an uncharacteristic 3-point air-ball with four seconds left in overtime.

    But while Dellavedova's contributions starting in place of Irving were huge, James was again the difference and the reason why the Cavs can't be dismissed.

    The best all-around player of his generation, James has pushed a team missing two All-Stars -- Irving and Kevin Love -- and a franchise that has its first finals win, within three victories of an improbable title that would end Cleveland's 51-year major sports championship drought.

    James hasn't been flawless -- far from it. He's twice missed potential game-winning shots in the final seconds and has made only 40 percent of his field-goal attempts.

    However, he's dictating the pace of the game, controlling the clock and slowing the run-and-gun Warriors, who are accustomed to doing things their way. He's also motivated his teammates -- James dubbed them "The Grit Squad" -- by telling them that they not only belong in this series, but they can win it.

    The Cavs may be underdogs, but James is reminding them that this is their moment. And as he chases his third title, one that would crown his brilliant career and help him make good on a promise to his home area, James has the Cavs savoring every step.

    "We have a chance to be a part of history," he said.

    Cavs coach David Blatt has watched James with awe.

    "You'd be hard pressed to find a guy anywhere, anytime, I can think of a name or two, but that's the whole history of basketball, that can give you the kind of all-around performance and all-around leadership that LeBron does for his group," he said. "He really willed his guys to win that game.

    "That's what a champion does."

    James is averaging 41.5 points, 12 rebounds and 8.5 assists in his fifth straight finals. He's drawn inspiration from doing it without Love and Irving, proving his doubters wrong and the 30-year-old suggested that there is "other motivation" driving him.

    Maybe it's a chance to outperform Curry, tagged by some as his heir apparent as the league's biggest star.

    Curry was off the mark from the start in Game 2, and afterward he didn't have an explanation for going 2 of 15 on 3-pointers. Warriors coach Steve Kerr isn't worried about his superstar.

    "It happens to everybody, whether you're the MVP or a role player," Kerr said. "Sometimes the shots don't go in. Sometimes things don't go your way. Steph will bounce back. He's a great player. We'll help him. We'll try to see if we can get him into a better groove. But he'll be fine."

    The workload on James has been overwhelming, maybe even too much for him. He's as mentally focused as he's ever been, and heading into the finals, James acknowledged his game is at its pinnacle.

    He's dug deep to make it through two games, and he may be forced to play 40-plus minutes per game from here on out.

    "Am I built for it?" James said, repeating a reporter's question. "Well, of course I'm built for it."


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    A roach on fresh bread in North Bay Village, mold in an ice machine in Miami Beach and rodent issues in Fort Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach were found by state inspectors last week.

    State records show four South Florida restaurants were ordered shut by the state last week.

    Below is a list of the places ordered shut and some of their violations. All of the places listed were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.

    Emmalona Restaurant

    7601 E. Treasure Drive

    North Bay Village

    Ordered shut June 5

    12 violations

    "Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Observed roach crawling on fresh bread."

    "Roach activity present as evidenced by 50 plus live roaches found inside kitchen. Observed 50 plus live roaches in kitchen crawling on walls, inside of oven, table with fresh bread, dish machine, inside reach in cooler, under three compartment sink and crawling on the kitchen floor."

    "Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded."

    Blu Gin

    Design Suites at Castle Beach

    5445 Collins Ave.

    Ordered shut June 1

    14 violations found

    "Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 7 live roaches on kitchen floor."

    "Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."

    "20 Dead roaches on premises."

    "Certified Food Manager or person in charge failed to notify the division of employee diagnosed with Salmonella Typhi, Shigella spp., Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E-coli), hepatitis A virus, or Norovirus."

    "Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris."

    Titie Restaurant & Lounge

    300 W. Sunrise Blvd.

    Fort Lauderdale

    Ordered shut June 4

    Also ordered shut May 19

    26 violations found

    "Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 20 moist rodent droppings on a shelf under a prep table in the kitchen. 1 fresh dropping on a prep table next to an in use knife. **Repeat Violation**"

    "Rodent rub marks present along walls/ceilings. Observed rodent rub marks on the wall to the right of the hood in the kitchen."

    "Dead roaches on premises. 2 inside the meat saw next to the water heater. 2 inside a chaffing dish stored on the floor next to the water heater. 1 on the floor in the kitchen. 1 on the lid of a pot under the steam table. Observed approximately 20-30 in the light covers in the kitchen. 1 on the floor next to clean cutting boards in the kitchen. 1 on the floor next to a chest freezer. 1 on the floor in the dining room. **Repeat Violation**"

    "Meat grinder/saw soiled with old food debris. Observed that the inside of the meat saw is soiled with dried up meat debris."

    "Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. Observed employees handles raw food and not change gloves before handling cooked food."

    "Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed cooked goat at 71° and codfish at 84°left on a table in the kitchen. Both were put into a walk-in cooler.**Repeat Violation**"

    "Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual warewashing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed no sanitizer is being used."

    Red Lantern

    805 W. Sample Road

    Deerfield Beach

    Ordered shut June 3

    Also ordered shut March 13

    Also ordered shut Sept. 30, 2013

    26 violations found

    "Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 10 fresh rodent droppings in rear prep area. Observed approximately 24 dry rodent droppings in rear prep area and 12 dry rodent droppings near side door area. **Repeat Violation**"

    "Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area."

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    A 79-year-old man who was once a political prisoner in Cuba has died after a hit-and-run crash in Miami.

    Miami police said Onofre Perez was crossing West Flagler Street about 12:45 p.m. on May 27 when someone driving a red Chevrolet S-10 struck him and ran him over.

    Perez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with several broken bones. He later died from his injuries.

    Perez, a former Cuban revolutionary, spent nearly three decades as a political prison in Cuba.

    His sister said Perez was on disability, had taken a bus that morning and was crossing the street to go to a doctor's appointment.

    Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call police.

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    A man is facing charges after ransacking a storage room at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach over the weekend, deputies said.

    Larry Andrews, 21, faces one count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.

    According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived at the school Sunday after a silent alarm was triggered inside one of the buildings.

    Deputies said they found several doors unlocked, and eventually found Andrews inside a classroom.

    Deputies said Andrews attempted to flee and hide behind a counter in another classroom, but was handcuffed and taken into custody.

    Cabinets and drawers appeared to have been ransacked inside a nearby storage room, according to deputies, who said Andrews had several computer/telephone power cords in his possession.

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    Police are investigating after a person driving a Ferrari crashed into a Miami Beach home.

    According to authorities, the driver of the 2014 Ferrari 458 Spyder lost control while traveling on wet roads around 5:05 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle traveled across Alton Road onto a property at 6311 LaGorce Drive, striking the home's porch and a tree.

    Ferrari crashes into porch

    Juan Fernandez, who lives inside the home, told Local 10 News he and his wife woke up to the sound of the crash. Fernandez said the driver had to crawl out of the car but was able to talk to police. 

    "The Ferrari was right there in front of the house, it was smoking," Fernandez said. "I didn't know what to expect, I was in shock myself."

    No one was hurt. 

    Red Ferrari crash

    The driver was cited, but police said there were no signs of impairment.

    Fernandez said significant damage was caused to the house.

    "It's a big damage -- took out the railings from the front, took out the porch, basically that whole section has to remodeled," Fernandez said. "I am just glad he is alive."

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    A 26-year-old man is a facing an attempted murder charge in connection with the attack of his mother's boyfriend last month at a home in Key Largo.

    According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Adrian Rodriguez hit Daniel Rivero, 47, twice in the head with a glass ashtray while he was sleeping on the night of May 12.

    Deputies said Rodriguez broke two cellphones belonging to Rivero so he wouldn't be able to call for help.

    Rodriguez then left the home and headed to Miami, detectives said.

    Shortly after, some believed to be Rodriguez called 911 and reported that someone was bleeding from the head at the home, before hanging up.

    Rivero was taken to Mariner's Hospital with a serious head injury, and later airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

    Detectives said Rodriguez showed up at the house the next day and told investigators that he was the person who called 911.

    Detectives said he claimed that he'd found Rivero on the floor of the bedroom, bleeding from the head, but denied hitting him.

    Detectives said there were many inconsistencies found between the story Rodriguez told and the evidence found at the scene.

    Deputies also said that Rodriguez and Rivero were the only two people at the home when the attack occurred.

    Rivero suffered a fractured skull, brain bleeding and swelling of the brain. Paramedics said the injuries could have been fatal if left untreated.

    Investigators believe Rodriguez tried to kill Rivero over $500 that he and his mother owed Rivero in rent. 

    Rodriguez faced one count of attempted murder and criminal mischief.

    He is being held in jail on a $76,500 bond.


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    A Miami-Dade County judge has granted bond for a Miami Beach substitute rabbi facing child molestation charges.

    Bond was set Tuesday morning for Steve Karro, 55, at $50,000.

    Karro was first arrested May 28 after he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl while they were at his Karro Art Gallery in April, police said.

    According to an arrest report, Karro, who is a substitute rabbi at Shaare Ezra Sephardic Congregation, intentionally grabbed the buttocks of the victim. Police said Karro also kissed the girl's neck after sitting her on his lap. Karro and the victim have known one other for five years.

    Karro was re-arrested last week after he was mistakenly released because of a paperwork error. He spoke to Local 10 News after his initial release, denying the allegations and saying that he felt sorry for the girl.

    A woman who didn't identify herself said she has known the rabbi for many years.

    "He's a good man," she said. "He didn't do anything wrong."

    Under the terms of his release, Karro will be fitted for an ankle monitor, may not have contact with the alleged victim or any unsupervised contact with children and won't be allowed to work at his art gallery.

    "I think when all the facts come out this case is going to be resolved in a way that is favorable to the rabbi, who enjoys an impeccable reputation," Karro's attorney said.

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    Miami police are searching for a missing family from Ohio after a man was found dead inside a motel where the couple and their child are believed to have stayed.

    The victim was identified by police Monday night as Joseph Moniz, 46. His body was discovered in a pool of blood about 11:15 a.m. Saturday inside a room at the Sunshine Inn Motel on West Flagler Street.

    Miami police Lt. Carlos Castellanos didn't disclose how Moniz died, but his death was ruled a homicide.

    During the death investigation, "(detectives) determined that there was, at one point, a couple and a young child that were guests at this motel," Castellanos said.

    Castellanos identified them as Michael Evans, Kristy Evans, and her daughter, Jala Barnett, 7.  

    Michael Evans is a fugitive who fled from authorities while on house arrest, awaiting trial on assault charges. Kristy Evans and Barnett had been reported missing from Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in early May. Police believe Michael Evans is the girl's stepfather. 

    "The nature of how they may know each other is still being looked into," Castellanos said. "We're still seeking them in order to clarify... what the relationship was."

    Police believe the family is driving a blue 2005 Audi A4 with temporary tags BDK6156 (similar to image). They could also be in a dark blue Ford Escort with Ohio tag FUT4068 (similar to image.)

    Blue Audi

    Blue ford

    "Our priority here is to try to find this young girl," Castellanos said.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert Tuesday afternoon.

    Anyone who may have had contact with the family is asked to call Miami police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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    A woman and a man were taken to Broward Health Medical Center early Tuesday afternoon after suffering significant burns in an explosion at a junkyard, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials confirmed.

    The incident was reported shortly before noon at a junkyard at Northwest 27th Avenue and 19th Street.

    A source told Local 10 News that the woman was posing for pictures inside the car during a junkyard photo shoot when the car blew up with her inside.

    They said a candle was being used in the photo shoot and there was gasoline nearby.

    The woman suffered burns on 75 percent of her body , the source said.

    Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Timothy Heiser confirmed that an explosion occurred at the junkyard and both victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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    As construction was beginning on a controversial luxury townhome project built over what was once a black cemetery, archeologists unearthed human skull fragments, two gold-capped teeth, an iron coffin handle and apparent coffin nails at the site, according to a city report obtained by Local 10 News.

    The human remains were discovered Friday at the five-acre site in Deerfield Beach where dozens of black residents were buried beside a church, primarily during the first half of the last century.

    The remains were discovered during a "shovel test" of one of 230 "anomalies" discovered at the site by the Archeological and Historical Conservancy, at a depth of about three feet, according to a report by the city-hired archeological firm Advanced Archeology, Inc.

    The city commission, in a heated commission meeting during which many residents protested, voted on April 7 to allow Boca Raton developer Rob Kassab to build 69 townhomes on the site despite it being a historic cemetery and concerns that bodies were still in the ground.

    "This is much much bigger than just a small piece of property -- this is our history," said Sherman Morris. "It's not for sale. We're not willing to give up this fight for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver."

    Despite the outcry, a majority of three commissioners, led by Mayor Jean Robb, voted to allow construction to begin, leading to Friday's discovery.

    It was only the latest in a series of poor decisions regarding the property during the past four decades.

    In the 1970s, the gravestones were bulldozed with no notification given to families by a private landowner. At one point, the water table rose, unearthing numerous gravesites. Numerous bodies were moved, but the city failed to record them.

    "Our city didn't bother to keep records," said city activist Joan Maurice. "We didn't bother to let people know that we were going to dig up their families and move them someplace."

    Despite the fact that numerous grave sites appeared to be unaccounted for, some estimate that more than 300 people were buried there. Two studies, one in 1986 and another in 2005, determined there were no remains on the site, despite the use of a magnetometer.

    "Our history has been covered up, buried, misplaced," said Morris. "At what point does our history matter?"

    The city, meanwhile, has been quiet on recent events, with city manager Burgess Hanson actively attempting to keep the public in the dark about what was found. In a memo sent to elected officials sent on Friday after Local 10 News learned that remains were found, Hanson asked commissioners to keep the information away from the media and residents.

    "I would kindly ask that the [archeological report to the city] not be disclosed to the media or the public," Hanson wrote. "We do know that certain media institutions are aware of our findings. They can submit a public records request for the information and it will be provided to them. The city attorney and staff need to evaluate the information and meet with our archeologist. We do not want to create any unnecessary legal issues."

    The Florida Division of Historical Resources ordered that the project be ceased after the bones and teeth were discovered, and the investigation continues.

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    Manuel Morales' voice cracks with emotion when he talks about his two young sons.

    "They need to know that I have their back every single time," he said.

    But in April, police took away his sons, age 7 and 11, after his ex-wife, Bozena "Joanna" Gajda-Morales, filed an injunction for protection for domestic violence, alleging that he had a "violent outburst" at their son's school, that he had threatened her, that he had "mental issues and a domestic violence record," that he had armor-piercing bullets and that she feared for the kids' safety.

    The Pembroke Pines Police Department responded with the seriousness due to such allegations with a show of force at Morales' home.

    "They got, like, 11 cars outside, SWAT team is out there and they took the children," Morales said.

    But the ensuing investigation by Pembroke Pines police Detective Mike Silver determined Gajda-Morales' sworn allegations were a pack of lies, that she had no reason to fear of Morales, that he no armor piercing bullets and no domestic arrests in his past. Silver found that Gajda-Morales had in fact "filed a false affidavit ... for domestic violence ... in order to take custody of the children."

    "My investigation revealed that Bozena was not in fear for the lives of her children and her own, but was angered at the fact that she was not permitted to take custody of the children on the date of the alleged incident," Silver wrote in his report.

    "She lied in court," Morales said. "For what? To get the children."

    Silver presented a criminal case against Gajda-Morales to the state attorney's office, which chose not to file charges but recommended that Silver notify the Broward Sheriff's Office about it. Why? Because Gajda-Morales is a BSO deputy, with a badge and gun, sworn to protect and serve.

    "Now that she's a BSO and she's a cop, she always tells me, 'BSO trumps everybody,'" Morales said.

    Morales said he's baffled at how the BSO could have ever hired his ex-wife in the first place. He provided records to Local 10 News that show she has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and that in 2009 she was hospitalized under the Baker Act after being found passed out after a mixture of prescription medication and wine. A Children's Services Council document shows that a guardian ad litem was recommended for their two sons due to the eldest son's "reports of verbal and emotional abuse and past physical abuse by his mother."

    It was because of some of these factors, Morales said, that he was given custody of the boys in the first place. He said his ex-wife now owes thousands of dollars in child support.

    "If I was the deadbeat parent and didn't pay child support and it was the other way around, I would probably be locked up," he said.

    When Local 10 News investigative reporter Bob Norman asked Gajda-Morales about allegedly lying in the court injunction, she challenged the detective's findings.

    "He put his personal opinion in," she said. "He's never interviewed me. He never gave me an opportunity."

    But police reports directly contradict Gajda-Morales. She came to the police department April 10 and submitted to a sworn interview with Silver, according to those reports. During that interview, Silver wrote that Gadja-Morales initially said she was fearful of Morales.

    "But during further questioning it was revealed that she had no reason to believe that he was capable of harming them," Silver wrote in his report. "Bozena stated that the children are not afraid of Manuel and love him. Bozena stated that Manuel was never violent toward the children."

    Further, Bozena told Silver that she had called 911 at the school that day and "stated that she needed help because Manuel was threatening her and that she was in fear for the lives of her children and her own."

    But when Silver got an audiotape of that call, he found that she made no such statements to the 911 dispatcher, not mentioning any threats or violence, instead complaining that Morales was "making a scene" and was going to "kidnap" the children, even though the school determined the ex-husband was the rightful custodian of them.

    "He's about kidnap my children," she said on the tape. "I need someone to respond ASAP because it's my day to have them and he's going in there. I'm a deputy for the Broward Sheriff's Office as well, just FYI."

    Silver also documented that the school resource officer and other witnesses at the school supported Morales' version and found that Gajda-Morales had no legal right to take the children that day.

    "[Silver] spoke to witnesses and everyone at the school contradicted what you said," Norman said to Gajda-Morales. "Did you lie?"

    "No sir, I did not ... I did not lie, sir," she said. "I would do no such thing."

    But the detective also found that the school's surveillance video contradicted Gajda-Morales' account of what happened. It shows Gajda-Morales in the front office, followed a minute later by Morales, both there to pick up the kids. While there are some words, the video shows no "violent outburst" by Morales, whom Silver noted attempted to avoid his ex-wife.

    When asked how much money in child support she owed, Gajda-Morales said, "Nothing as far I'm concerned," denying she is a deadbeat mother.

    Morales said his ex-wife owes in the five figures. The state's Child Support Enforcement Program is currently investigating that case, according to records supplied by Morales.

    Gajda-Morales, who was hired by the BSO last year, denied that she'd been a Baker Act patient in the past, yet admitted under oath during a 2013 deposition that she had been, claiming she had passed out after taking an Ambien and drinking wine. There is no mention of mental health issues in her BSO background summary report, though the report does reveal that she was rejected by the Hollywood Police Department in 2013 after failing the department's psychological test. When asked in her BSO application to list all illegal drugs or controlled substances she's done, she lists only marijuana, with no mention of Ambien and Xanax, which are both controlled substances.

    The BSO said it has begun a "preliminary investigative inquiry" into the actions of Gajda-Morales and her hiring process. Morales said he wonders what might have happened had there been no video, 911 audio or witnesses there to back him up.

    "I don't want to be behind bars on the other side trying to say, 'Listen, I never did that,'" he said.

    Morales said he's also concerned what she may be capable of on the job as a deputy.

    "If she's willing to do that with me, what is she going to do with alleged criminals?" Morales said.

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    Two children drowned Tuesday in separate incidents just hours apart in Boynton Beach and Riviera Beach.

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a 3-year-old was playing in the water with other children at the Boynton Beach Inlet when someone noticed the child in distress.

    A lifeguard administered CPR until rescue units arrived and took the boy to Bethesda Hospital East. The boy later died.

    Barbera said the drowning appears to be a "tragic accident."

    Several hours later, a resident saw a 7-year-old boy enter a retention pond in Riviera Beach and tried to find him.

    Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said three officers eventually found the boy, who died at a hospital.

    The officers were placed on administrative leave pending an evaluation of fitness to return to duty after a traumatic event.

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    Carnival Cruise Line is trying to stop alcohol from being smuggled aboard its ships.

    Beginning July 9, the Miami-based cruise line will ban beverages in bottles from being brought on board its ships at embarkation, according to USA Today.

    Beverages will be required to be in unopened cans or cartons, including water, sodas and juices, and may not be placed in checked luggage.

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    Instead, Carnival will sell water bottles on its cruises at a lower price.

    In a letter being sent to passengers, Carnival said bottled beverages have become a prime means of bringing alcohol on cruises. The letter claims inspecting bottles was slowing embarkation lines, and bad behavior on ships is often linked to smuggled alcohol.

    Carnival will also restrict the size of coolers brought on board.

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    Royal Utility customers in Coral Springs are under a boil water alert after a water main break was reported Wednesday morning.

    The notice affects residents in the area of Northwest 40th Street from University Drive to Riverside Drive and on Wiles Road.

    The boil water alert is in effect for at least 24 hours.

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