Latest Fort Lauderdale News

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...

Parts of Florida county park unknowingly auctioned off

Aug. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Five acres of a Florida county park were unknowingly auctioned off last year to a private company, which is threatening to sue if park visitors continue to trespass. The Sun Sentinel reports that Miami-based Dorado Bells LLC won the bid for $23,900 for parts of West Lake Park...

City paid for neglect after leaving water system vulnerable

Aug. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Eight years after shrinking its staff, Fort Lauderdale still doesn't have the workers it needs to be sure a water line failure doesn't leave the city dry the way it did last month. A contractor's mistake July 18 ruptured a pipe feeding the city's primary water treatment plant,...

Florida mom arrested for leaving girl in hot car for 3 hours

Aug. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a woman intentionally left a toddler strapped to a car seat for three hours while she went grocery shopping in the middle of the day. Officials say the child suffered from febrile seizures but recovered at a children's hospital. Fort Lauderdale police...

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...

Florida man charged in traffic crash that killed deputy

Aug. 15, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged in a traffic crash that killed a deputy. A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says 32-year-old Darran Johnson was arrested Wednesday and charged with DUI manslaughter and a dozen other offenses. Officials say 30-year-old Benjamin Nimtz was...

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'...