Latest Fort Lauderdale News

Parking lot shooter told detectives he feared severe injury

Aug. 22, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a handicapped-accessible parking space told detectives he fired because he had been pushed to the ground and feared the man was about to "finish" what he started, video played at his trial Thursday...

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave

Aug. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages. Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust...

Canadian boy bitten by shark at Florida beach

Aug. 21, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Canadian boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing with his family at a Florida beach. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials told news outlets the 12-year-old boy was found Wednesday bleeding with puncture wounds. Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Battalion Chief...

Chinese woman accused of Mar-a-Lago trespass angers judge

Aug. 20, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese woman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents is frustrating the federal judge hearing her case as she ignores his questions and leaves him bewildered with her answers. The woman, 33-year-old Yujing Zhang,...

Kentucky freshman QB Nik Scalzo to have right knee surgery

Aug. 20, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo will undergo surgery after re-injuring his right knee during the Wildcats' second scrimmage. Scalzo, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had surgery last fall as a high school senior for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the...

DNA leads to arrest in another Florida rape case from 1980s

Aug. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For the second time in a year, authorities in a south Florida community have used DNA evidence to identify and arrest a suspect in a decades-old rape case. Timothy Norris, 60, is charged in the knifepoint rape of a Florida woman at her home in 1983, Coral Springs police...

Court voids stalking injunction involving Florida senator

Aug. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A stalking injunction imposed on a man who disagrees with a Florida state senator's views on sex offenders has been overturned by an appeals court. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that the injunction violated Derek Logue's free speech rights and did not meet...

Court: Expert jail visits in school shooting are public

Aug. 14, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that the names of medical experts who visit the Florida school shooting defendant in jail are public record. The 4th District Court of Appeal decision Wednesday concluded that attorneys for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz could not show why the experts'...

New surveillance center in county that had school massacre

Aug. 13, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says a new state-of-the-art surveillance center will play a pivotal role in rapid crime response in his county, where 17 people were killed in a school shooting last year. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the opening Tuesday of a new...

Trial delayed for Mar-a-Lago trespassing trial

Aug. 13, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge delayed the trial of a Chinese woman charged with trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents after accusing her of trying to "play games" at a Tuesday hearing as she acted as her own attorney against the judge's...