Morning Juice: Would-Be Chain-Saw Killer Busted in Miramar; Police Fire Shots in Boca Raton

The headlines in Broward and Palm Beach:

  • Mercedes Morales may be an even more bloodthirsty spouse than Dalia Dippolito. The Miramar women is accused of hiring a hit man (who turned out to be an FBI agent) to murder her ex-husband as retaliation for his providing information that led to her arrest and prison sentence in a money-laundering case. The murder weapon she requested: a chain saw. [Miami Herald]
  • A Boca Raton police officer fired shots early this morning after a suspicious vehicle he'd been following rammed his car. One of the occupants of the car was injured and is being treated at Delray Medical Center. Two more were arrested. And a fourth is on the run. [WPTV-5]
  • Guerdwich Montimere, the 22-year-old Dillard High School graduate who posed as a high school basketball player at Permian High School in Texas, has been charged with six felonies, including sex with an underaged girl. [Sun-Sentinel]

  • Judging by the video, we may have a case of excessive police force in the removal of a tenth-grade student from South Plantation High School. [WPLG]
  • Tomorrow Scott Rothstein will be sentenced for his $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme. His attorney, Marc Nurik, is asking the judge for a 30-year prison term. Prosecutors want 40. [AP via Palm Beach Post]

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