Morning Juice: Lauderdale Cops Suspended Over Rothstein Ties; Mass Murder Suspect Makes First Remarks

Amid Florida's longest, coldest winter, let's warm up with local news in Broward and Palm Beach on this frigid Monday.

  • Two Fort Lauderdale cops who worked the Scott Rothstein off-duty detail have been suspended with pay. Sgt. Steve Greenlaw and Officer DeAnna Garcia-Lemieux. It's not yet clear what policy they're suspected of violated, but this being Rothstein, you're welcome to use your imagination. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Bankruptcy attorneys for Rothstein's firm have contacted some 30 local charities about returning donations made by the Ponzi schemer. If the nonprofit organizations don't give it back, they risk being sued. [Miami Herald]
  • Unusually high demand for power during the cold weather led to a power outage Sunday, affecting 12,000 homes. [WPLG-10] In Palm Beach County and up the treasure coast, roughly 7,000 families woke this morning with no power. [Palm Beach Post]

  • Jupiter's Thanksgiving massacre suspect Paul Merhige gave an interview to America's Most Wanted in which he said he was thinking about turning himself in -- right up to the moment U.S. Marshals burst through his motel door. [WPBF]

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