Latest Fort Lauderdale News

Florida teen charged for shooting over closed restaurant

Sep. 23, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenager is facing attempted murder charges after police say he fired shots on employees when denied late-night fast food at a Checkers restaurant. The Broward Sheriff's Office said in a news release that 17-year-old Albert Humberto Ponce was arrested Thursday and...

Sunken cars can hold tragic secrets in Florida's waterways

Sep. 22, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ghostly, sunken cars lie in South Florida's canals and lakes, hiding lost lives — sometimes for decades. Broward Sheriff's detectives are investigating two recent cases of dead people recovered from submerged cars in Deerfield Beach: One on a Thursday night from a...

Sunken cars can hold tragic secrets in Florida's waterways

Sep. 22, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ghostly, sunken cars lie in South Florida's canals and lakes, hiding lost lives — sometimes for decades. Broward Sheriff's detectives are investigating two recent cases of dead people recovered from submerged cars in Deerfield Beach: One on a Thursday night from a...

AutoNation chief, after 20 years, is turning over the keys

Sep. 19, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the largest dealership chain in the U.S. Jackson, 69, steered AutoNation through the economic crisis and shares have increased fourfold since he took over in 1999, though he will relinquish his role as...

Crime: Florida man sentenced to 92 years in prison

Sep. 13, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 92 years in prison for a series of violent crimes in South Florida. A judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced 23-year-old De Andre Smith Thursday after a jury found him guilty on eight federal charges in July. According to court records, Smith beat an IT...

Police: Man stole ambulance after getting out of hospital

Sep. 11, 2018 6:42 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man needed a ride home when he was released from the hospital. So police say he stole an ambulance. But the ambulance had a GPS tracking device, so it was easily found on Sunday. Now 25-year-old Michael Paul is staying at the Broward County Jail, charged with grand...

Doctor gets 19 years for distributing opioid painkillers

Sep. 11, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor has been sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for distributing prescription painkillers. Court records show that Dr. John Gayden Jr. was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in June of dispensing oxycodone outside the usual course of...

UCF gets biggest alumni donation

Sep. 8, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida couple has made the largest alumni donation pledge in the history of the University of Central Florida. The Orlando-based university said Friday that Vince and Joyce Virga of Fort Lauderdale had pledged a $10.25 million donation to the school. The donation will be used...

Doctor gets 6½ years for selling painkiller prescriptions

Sep. 8, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor has been sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for illegally selling prescriptions for painkillers. Court records show that Dr. Andres Mencia was sentenced Friday after being convicted of participating in a conspiracy to distribute a...

4 years' prison for Florida man for mosque bomb threat

Sep. 6, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for phoning bomb threats to a mosque. Court records show a Miami judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 26-year-old Dustin Hughes. He previously pleaded guilty to the hate crime of obstructing free exercise of...