• News

    March 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Mike Verdugo: Firing by Hollywood PD Was Retaliation for Harrassment Complaint

    Photo: MikeyV.comVerdugo​There's some confusion about Mike Verdugo's newsmaking clash with his former employer, the Hollywood Police Department. Verdugo is not claiming that he was fired for being gay, as this article in the Miami Herald implies. Rather, he's claiming that he was fired from his jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Morning Juice: Hollywood Shedding Cops; Riviera Beach Activist Loses Court Battle

    ​Every single South Florida television newscast now agrees: It's cold. You could step outside of your home to confirm this yourself, but better to crank up the heat, turn on the tube, and enjoy our region's nonstop, wall-to-wall coverage of this historic event. Fortunately, there is also slightly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    TechSqueeze: The Boca Chief's Use of Social Media and Outreach

    ​One of the exciting things about living in a tech-centric area like South Florida amid the social media revolution happening online is how it connects locals. The internet is a global phenomenon connecting millions of people every minute, no matter their location on the planet. What's really amaz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2009

    Police Raid Platinum Showgirls in Boynton

    For four months, the Boynton Beach Police Department has been investigating the Platinum Showgirls strip club on North Federal Highway, and tonight they swooped in. According to a just-issued department release, some 50 police officers have swarmed the club in what spokeswoman Stephanie Slater is ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Police Release More Details in Cop Shooting

    Georges​The man who shot and wounded a Fort Lauderdale police officer this weekend before being killed has been identified as Bastiany Georges, a 29-year-old who had an extensive criminal history. The incident occurred following police attempts to make a traffic stop on Andrews Avenue. The Fort La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Former Broward Sheriff Candidate Criss-Crossing State in Trek for Chief's Job

    Rick Lemack​Richard "Rick" Lemack was this close (642 votes) to becoming the Democratic nominee for Broward Sheriff. In August 2008, the ex-assistant police chief and assistant city manager of Hollywood, Lemack lost to Scott Israel, who then lost to Al Lamberti. We told you last month that Lemack ... More >>

  • News

    September 17, 2009

    Peace, Love, and Terror

    The Weather Underground talked of peace, but FBI agents say members also planned a cop killing.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    National Cop Watchdog Group: Hollywood Police Union Is Root of the Problem

    From his office in Washington D.C. Diop Kamau has a crystal-clear view of Hollywood -- if not the city itself at least police department. That's because he's the executive director of the Police Complaint Center, and he's been hearing the worst about Hollywood cops for the last decade.Yesterday Kama ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    UPDATE: Police Searching for Robbery Suspects Near Fort Lauderdale High School

    A Fort Lauderdale Police Officer on the scene said officers were using helicopters and K9 units to search for robbery suspects on the loose near Fort Lauderdale High School. Police cars have blocked off the area between Andrews and NE 4th Avenue, just north of Sunrise. There are at least two police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Cops n' Donuts

    I just love ethics questions, and lucky for me, there's an unending supply of morality dramas in the food biz. Like, for instance, is it ethical to put "grouper" on your menu when all you've got in the deep freezer is panga or swai, as dozens of restaurants in South Florida have been doing? (thanks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008
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    September 15, 2008
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    May 7, 2008
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    November 2, 2007
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    August 6, 2007
  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Father and Law

    A retired Hollywood cop would do almost anything to help his son — maybe a little too much

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2007
  • News

    May 17, 2007

    A Seminole Moment

    An Air Force specialist learns he can't bet on American justice at the Seminole Hard Rock

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2007
  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Deputy Do-Wrong

    Lewis Perry slipped through BSO's porous screening process. For the Gomez family, the results were tragic.

  • News

    March 23, 2006

    Calling All Cars

    After an investigation reveals harassment and intimidation, police respond with... harassment and intimidation

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    The Littlest Felons

    Book 'em, Dano! "Superpredators" with pebbles and raw eggs get zero tolerance in Palm Beach County schools.

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    A Constant State of Rage

    In Delray Beach, cops have a remarkable history of shooting black suspects — with impunity

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Deputy Down

    One year later, questions remain about Deputy Todd Fatta's tragic death

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Hollywood Blues

    Cyndi Commella Ruiz was a good cop. Then she left the brotherhood of silence.

  • News

    August 4, 2005
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    June 30, 2005

    Hollywood's Finest

    After even a police chief called them unfit, these officers continue to patrol Hollywood's streets

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Cop, Judge, and Jury

    When Hollywood lawman Pete Salvo allegedly covered up a crime, Internal Affairs looked the other way

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Love & Loathing

    A routine traffic stop led to Pahokee's own Rodney King incident. Too bad there was no videotape.

  • News

    February 3, 2005


    Hollywood police used a Bahamian Casanova to set up Valarie Curry

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Bruiser in Blue

    Hollywood's "Heavy-handed Joe" is either Cop of the Year or a two-fisted enforcer

  • News

    September 30, 2004

    Strong Arm of the Law

    Hollywood's Police Officer of the Year has been accused of sexual battery, manslaughter, and brutality

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    West Palm Heat

    Is sheriff's candidate Ric Bradshaw Dirty Harry or Mr. Clean? Voters want to know.

  • Subtropical Life

    May 13, 2004

    Best Bush in Executive Office

    West Palm Beach Police Chief Delsa Bush

  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Stationhouse Capo

    Marano uses his union position to reward loyalists and manipulate the brass, critics say

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    Police Beat

    More than four years after a Delray Beach cop gave him a body full of bruises and a face full of pepper spray, a local doctor is still seeking justice

  • Best of BPB

    May 17, 2001
  • News

    April 8, 1999
  • News

    October 15, 1998

    To Protect and Flatten

    The weapon du jour of South Florida cops is the Sage SL-6, a gun that shoots big rubber bullets that hurt like hell but don't kill. They hope.

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Your Worst Nightmare

    Welcome to Riviera Beach, home of slums, violent crime, a police department in turmoil, political hit lists, union busters, angry ex-wives, junkyard insurrections, and Zedrick Dwayne Barber, South Florida's most-investigated cop

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    The Double Life of Nick the Cop

    Born into a Gypsy life of crime, he's now busting them for their cons. Or is he?

  • News

    May 7, 1998
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    April 30, 1998
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    April 23, 1998

    Sonny's Last Stand

    Coming soon to a courtroom near you: dueling conspiracy theories that pit Fort Lauderdale's finest against their political bosses. One certain verdict: There's a price to pay for tangling with civic activist Sonny Irons.

  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Biting Back

    A K-9 took a huge chunk out of Rusty Samarco's leg. The crippling bite was worse than the crime.

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    Badge of Dishonor

    The North Palm Beach Public Safety Department has earned a reputation as a hotbed of bad behavior. Now the state is investigating.

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Excessive Farce

    The Palm Beach County school police force is charged with protecting schoolchildren, not endangering its female officers

  • News

    January 22, 1998

    A Do-or-Di Cameraman

    The death of Princess Diana had the world in an uproar over paparazzi, which may be why local TV cameraman James Strange recently spent time in jail

  • News

    January 15, 1998

    Conspiracy, She Wrote

    For years private detective Virginia Snyder has accused the Delray Beach police of corruption. Now she's taking them to court.

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