A woman shot her daughter and her two small grandchildren before reportedly killing herself inside the Greenacres, Florida, home they shared, police said Sunday.
Grandmother Nilda Sheffield, 53, shot her daughter Elizabeth Flores, 30, and grandchildren Xavier Neff, 7, and Sofia Chiddo, 2, said Greenacres police Lieutenant Brady Myers, according to the NBC News.
Police are searching for a motive in the apparent murder-suicide in the 4600 block of Chariot Circle in Greenacres, Florida.
The horrific crime scene was discovered by a family friend at about 12 noon on Saturday, Lieutenant Myers said.
“That friend told authorities they had not been accounted for since Friday evening,” Myers said.
A group of young adults and small children gathered at the edge of yellow police tape in the neighborhood on Saturday, at times weeping and hugging each other, writes NBC News.
A former pastor has been arrested after the case of a missing Florida woman was featured on a national “cold case” television show, according to gulflive.com.
Ty Flanders was arrested Thursday in Arizona on a second-degree murder charge related to the 2011 killing of Marie Carlson, according to Fox 10. Interestingly, Carlson was the mother of Flanders’ newborn child, states the report.
Carlson disappeared on Oct. 17th, 2011. According to authorities, text messages were sent from her phone to several people saying she was leaving town to “do something she had always wanted to do.” Her ex-husband reported her missing seven days later after he couldn’t contact her, writes gulflive.com.
There is a new “Margaritaville” Hollywood Beach Resort that is now taking reservations. The hotel is located in Hollywood, Florida.
Rates at the 349-room resort on the Broadwalk begin at $259 a night, a hotel spokeswoman said.
The resort includes 151 king rooms, 154 queen rooms and 44 suites, along with the Jimmy Buffett Suite and the Coral Reefer Suite, which will occupy the penthouse level of the 17-story resort, writes the Sun-Sentinel.
The $147 million Margaritaville, at Johnson Street and State Road A1A, will include eight restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a FlowRider wave ride, spa and fitness center and 30,000 square feet of convention space.
Right between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is Hollywood, Florida, “a classic Florida beachtown that’s enchanted visitors since the 1920s,” states visithollywoodfl.org.
Hollywood Beach features an oceanfront promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk that stretches nearly two and a half miles along the Atlantic.
“We look forward to welcoming our first guests,” General Manager Cate Farmer said in a news release Tuesday.
Reservations are being accepted for stays starting Oct. 1, but the date will be adjusted when a firm opening date is set, the spokewoman said.
A South Florida man who told the FBI his name is “Squirrel” is charged with threatening to blow up the Internal Revenue Service building in Miami.
Prosecutors say 53-year-old Morris Whitehead faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Whitehead has been jailed since his arrest last week and court records did not list an attorney for him, states CBS Miami.
Court papers show someone called the FBI Monday to say the IRS building would “go up in smoke” in two hours. Agents traced the cellphone call to a woman who said she loaned it to a man she knew as “Rabbit.”
Agents quickly found the man, who said he actually called himself “Squirrel.” The man – Whitehead – allegedly told investigators he made the IRS bomb threat call.
Here is a video of the fatal police shooting of Lavall Hall in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The dash-cam footage was released on April 9th by the family of the 25-year-old Hall, who was a mentally ill man shot and killed by police officer Eddo Trimino in February. The officer can be heard shouting, “Get on the f***ing ground or you’re dead!” before firing five times.
The Miami Herald reports that the shooting occurred February 15th, after police were called to Hall’s home by his mother, who found him standing outside nearly naked and waving a broomstick. According to CBS Miami, Hall’s mother, Catherine Daniels, told officers that her son was diagnosed schizophrenic.
The shooting occurs at roughly the 0:54 mark in the video.
Three cops in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida have been fired and a fourth, Alex Alvarez, has been suspended in an investigation of that police department for racism.
They may have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for five-month-long internal affairs investigations and a bad breakup between an officer and his fiance.
The investigation found prolonged misconduct in the department and it is possible there could be even more terminations as more racism becomes apparent.
“But they might never have been detected, nor run off, if not for a bad breakup that led to one officer’s former fiance coming forward with damning information,” according to Florida’s Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
Seven Marines and four soldiers are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed off a Florida Beach early Wednesday morning, on March 11th, states AP. A thick fog had reduced visibility in the area when the helicopter was on a training mission.
According to Stars and Stripes publication, human remains have washed ashore along the Florida coastline after the helicopter vanished during a training mission Tuesday night, according to the military.
Local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and military members from Eglin Air Force base outside Pensacola, where the flight originated, have been searching for debris since the helicopter was reported missing, said Sara Vidoni, an Air Force spokeswoman at the base.
“Fog impeded the search mission this morning, but it is beginning to dissipate,” she said, adding that the search efforts had been limited to boats and teams walking the shore because of the fog.
The Marines were from the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, known as MARSOC, said Capt. Barry Morris, a MARSOC spokesman at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. According to Stars and Stripes, the soldiers were from a Hammond, La.-based National Guard unit, The Associated Press reported.
CNN states, “The helicopter was first reported missing at about 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. ET) Tuesday. Hours later, searchers found debris around Okaloosa Island near Eglin Air Force Base, base spokesman Andy Bourland said.”
In his 2012 best-selling non-fiction book Killing Kennedy, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly writes on page 300 that he was about to interview a man named George de Mohrenschildt, a figure in the JFK assassination. As a “reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home, he heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide of the Russian … that reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly,” states Media Matters.
O’Reilly repeated the tale for the Killing Kennedy audiobook. In Kennedy’s Last Days, the adaptation for younger readers, O’Reilly wrote, “As I knocked on the door, I heard a shotgun blast. He had killed himself.”
The Fox News host also repeated the tale while promoting his book and movie special on Fox News.
However, numerous pieces of evidence contradict O’Reilly’s claim that he “heard the shotgun blast” that killed de Mohrenschildt.
In comments to Media Matters, two of O’Reilly’s former colleagues at station WFAA in Dallas said that O’Reilly’s version of events is not true. “Bill O’Reilly’s a phony, there’s no other way to put it,” said Tracy Rowlett, a former WFAA reporter and anchor who worked there with O’Reilly. “He was not up on the porch when he heard the gunshots, he was in Dallas. He wasn’t traveling at that time.”
Byron Harris, a reporter at WFAA for the past 40 years, said that O’Reilly had not traveled to Florida for the story and accused him of “stealing” his reporting on de Mohrenschildt’s suicide from a newspaper. He said O’Reilly “was in Dallas. He stole that article out of the newspaper. I guarantee Channel 8 didn’t send him to Florida to do that story because it was a newspaper story, it was broken by the Dallas Morning News.”
Both Harris and Rowlett said O’Reilly never mentioned having been present for the gunshot during his time at WFAA.
“I don’t remember O’Reilly claiming that he was there. That came later, that must have been a brain surge when he was writing the book,” said Rowlett.
Harris further pointed out that WFAA “would have reported it as some kind of exclusive — and there was no exclusive — if O’Reilly had been standing outside the door.”
O’Reilly’s claim of having been present when de Mohrenschildt shot himself was also missing from his 1992 Inside Edition report on documents relating to the Kennedy assassination.
During that report, O’Reilly said, “moments before he was to be interviewed by House investigators, de Mohrenschildt blew his brains out with a 20-gauge shotgun.”
(That statement comes at roughly the 2:37 mark in the video below.)
In comments to Media Matters, Reporter and University of California (Washington Center) visiting professor Jefferson Morley said O’Reilly’s claim of being present for the gunshot is “just not true” and speculated that it was “just part of the pattern, to embellish the story and make it a sexier story.” Morley said, “It is what these guys all do, they inject themselves into a dramatic situation,” said Media Matters.
Below is a video of CNN’s Brian Stelter interviewing Morley about O’Reilly’s report on de Mohrenschildt.
During a discussion on the House Rules Committee hearing Monday about why the Affordable Care Act had not been fully implemented in some states, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) called Texas a “crazy state.”
Fox News then invited country music singer and “Gatlin Brother” Larry Gatlin to come on TV and sing about it.
Sources claim that two Florida police officers are accused of forcing an 11-year-old girl to the ground at gunpoint after responding to a burglary call at her home.
The burglary alarm was accidentally activated, reported WFTV-TV, and the child was watching television in bed when the officers let themselves into her family’s Groveland home with their weapons drawn.
The girl said one of the officers pushed her to the ground and held here there with his knee while the other officer pointed his gun at her.