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We just can't get enough Taser boy

Like a song that won't die, Taser boy won't go away. So if you get the hankering to hear "Don't Tase Me, Bro!" one more time, hit up the online remix.

I couldn't make this up if I tried.

Posted by Diana Moskovitz at 10:24 PM on September 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Be careful ... it's drive-thru

Drive_thru These are dangerous days for drive-thru employees.

On Wednesday, Shade Jones, 17, of Fort Lauderdale was working the drive-thru at an Oakland Park McDonald's, 3073 W. Oakland Park Blvd., according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Then a blue Toyota Solara with five people inside pulled up at about 4:30 p.m., asking for a 69-cent drink.

But there's no such thing. Jones tried explaining this several times to the people in the car, who got belligerent, BSO said.

Mace_browInstead, the car pulled up to the take-out window, and one person inside whipped out a large can of pepper spray, blasting Jones.

Also hit was manager Sheryl Woodley, 20, of Oakland Park, who had come over to reiterate that there was no 69-cent drink, BSO said.

Overall, three employees went to the hospital on their own for treatment. Several more complained of residual affects from the chemicals circulating through the restaurant but didn't need treatment, BSO said.

Investigators only had vague descriptions of the perpetrators on Wednesday night, including that one was dressed as a woman but may have been a cross-dressing man with red, white and blue hair accessories.

But don't think detectives are taking it lightly.

"This is not a prank, and it's not funny," BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said. "These are hard-working people at a restaurant and they don't deserve to be victims of a crime like this."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Broward Sheriff’s Office at 954-765-4321 or Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.

Posted by Diana Moskovitz at 10:19 PM on September 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Thieves hot for portable navigation systems

GpsGPS thefts are on the rise.

Plantation police issued a warning to drivers who use the global positioning systems to get around.

In the city, 52 of the devices have been snatched from cars - most of them parked outside of area hotels, detectives said.

The gizmos, which can be a lifesaver to the directionally challenged, range in price from $250 to several thousand dollars.

And because they're fairly small - about the size of a Blackberry cell phone - they're easy to steal.

Here is the advice offered by cops about how to avoid becoming the victim of GPS theft:

- Don't leave the devices in plain sight, on a dashboard or mounted to the windshield. Put them in a glove box or center console when not in use.

- Record the serial number on the GPS. If yours is stolen, that number could help detectives return it to you if it's found.

Posted by Jennifer Mooney Piedra at 02:53 PM on September 25, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Court to OJ: Sorry

The rules laid out before O.J. Simpson's bail hearing last Wednesday in Las Vegas were clear: No photographs allowed, except for the AP pool photographer.

But video footage shot from the hearing clearly showed a court reporter snapping a photo of O.J. with his cellphone camera as the defendant left the courtroom. The next day, court officials sent this apology -- Download simpson-apology.pdf -- to Simpson's attorneys.

"Our court is a professional organization and this behavior is an aberration and will not be tolerated," Las Vegas Township Court's executive officer wrote, adding that the contract employee has been reprimanded and the photo deleted from his phone.

Posted by Evan Benn at 03:06 PM on September 24, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Circus over, for now

O.J. is expected to post bail this afternoon and be out of Clark County's jail by tonight. He will head back to Florida, his attorney said, but will be back in Las Vegas on Oct. 22 for an arraignment on the robbery and kidnapping charges against him.

The media circus is packing up. But only after a requisite press conference on the courthouse steps where a guy in a chicken suit and dudes hawking porno advertisements jockeyed for camera position with O.J.'s attorney. Crazy.

Special thanks to Miami Herald multimedia whiz Adam Beasley for posting the live-blog items today. And thanks, too, to the Clark County court bailiffs who allowed me to send out live dispatches to Adam via text messages and BlackBerry e-mails from the courtroom. Couldn't get away with that in Florida.

Posted by Evan Benn at 01:56 PM on September 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Simpson bail set at $125K

O.J. will post $125,000 bail and will be released. He must surrender his passport and is to have no contact with the victims in the case.

Posted by Evan Benn at 11:36 AM on September 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Watch it live

AP video is providing live streaming video of the arraignment. You can find it here.

Posted by Evan Benn at 11:32 AM on September 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

O.J. arrives

O.J. just entered the courtroom. He's wearing a dark blue jail outfit and handcuffed.

Posted by Evan Benn at 11:28 AM on September 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

And away we go

Hearing is starting now. Judge Joe Bonaventure will preside, not Zimmerman.

Posted by Evan Benn at 11:22 AM on September 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A last-minute agreement?

The hearing is about 20 minutes past its scheduled start time. The court bailiff said the attorneys are meeting with Judge Zimmerman upstairs about some 'details.' The hearing will start as soon as they're wrapped up with their conference.

Posted by Evan Benn at 11:08 AM on September 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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