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Doug Phillips

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Past articles by Doug:

Report: Miramar wants to stop blasting during coronavirus emergency

Miramar wants to stop rock mine blasting during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and has passed a resolution to that affect for the governor, according to the online news organization → Read More

School district changes free food program after meals were being sold online

The Hillsborough County School District began new procedures this week for its "grab-and-go" meal program after discovering online postings where people were selling the meals. → Read More

Taser belt may have saved Miami cop from bullet during shootout

A Miami police officer's traffic stop turned into a shootout involving multiple suspects early Friday and a top police official says her Taser belt stopped a bullet that could have wounded her. → Read More

Crash slows northbound I-95 through Pompano Beach

A crash involving a truck and an SUV was slowing northbound Interstate 95 traffic late Tuesday morning between Cypress Creek Road and Atlantic Boulevard. → Read More

Bullets were flying at a Texas hold ‘em card game in South Florida

Five people were playing the popular card game called Texas hold 'em after midnight on April 11th when a player who was losing bad apparently didn't take it well. Investigators say Kevin Antwon McCall, 35, left the game but returned later with two masked accomplices who stormed in, shot one player in the leg and stole money and a cellphone. → Read More

Sucker-punched clerk: One arrest and two others on the loose

After grabbing a pack of cigarettes for a customer, a convenience store clerk took a sudden fist to the face by the customer who was accompanied by two other men. One of the men, Tony Dion Lee, 46, has been arrested but the sucker puncher the third man remain at large. → Read More

Woman goes ‘limp’ and dies after falling off motorcycle

Motorcycle passenger Valerie Egues, 33, who lives in southwest Miami-Dade County, died Sunday afternoon when her body went limp and she fell off the bike along U.S. 27 in western Broward County, according to the sheriff's office. → Read More

Here’s why you might be smelling smoke outside today

What began as a wildfire of at least 400 acres in far south Miami-Dade Sunday afternoon spread to Everglades National Park and, because of the wind direction, is causing a heavy smell of smoke as far north as Fort Lauderdale. Other scrub land fires are also burning. → Read More

Lottery ticket sold in South Florida wins $154,000

A single ticket matched all the numbers selected Sunday night in the Florida Lottery's Fantasy 5 drawing. It was sold in South Florida and is worth more than $154,000. → Read More

Vets examine zoo’s spotted hyena with eating issues

When "Maxi," Zoo Miami's 7-and-a-half-year-old spotted hyena wasn't eating and was regurgitating the little she was taking in it was time for exploratory surgery to see what might be going on. → Read More

2 tickets from South Florida win Fantasy 5 jackpot

Two tickets matched all the numbers from Wednesday night's Fantasy 5 drawing by the Florida Lottery and both were purchased in South Florida. → Read More

Neighbors were screaming at him to stop choking the puppy and now he’s accused of killing it

A caller told Boynton Beach police a man was threatening to throw a dog from an apartment balcony and other people said they saw him strangling it and screamed at him to stop. Now, Jonathan Lawrence Goldstein, 36, is accused of killing the animal. → Read More

He was let out of jail amid coronavirus concerns and then killed someone, sheriff says

Arrested on drug charges, Joseph Edwards Willilams, 26, was released from jail on March 19 as part of the efforts to curtail the coronavirus risk. He was arrested again Monday for a murder that happened a day after his release, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. → Read More

Woman accused of animal cruelty ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ about leaving her dog to starve

A young woman who rented a room in Boynton Beach ended up leaving her pet pit bull mix alone for so long that when authorities were notified about the dog it was suffering from starvation and was nothing but 'skin and bones,' according to an arrest report. Elizabeth Ebben, 19, is charged with animal cruelty. → Read More

Woman’s screams thwarted would-be purse-snatching gunman, cops say

Detectives at the Broward Sheriff's Office are trying to find a man with a gun who tried to rob two woman coming back from grocery shopping but was scared off when one of them screamed. → Read More

This pup was ‘wheely’ in trouble

The puppy's head was stuck inside the center hole of a vehicle's rim. A crew from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue used a slippery conditioner substance to free the puppy. → Read More

One person killed when plane crashes into house

One person was killed Thursday when a small plane crashed into a home in Marathon in the Florida Keys, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says. → Read More

Woman dies after getting hit by ‘several’ vehicles. None of them stopped.

A woman getting off a Broward County Transit bus was crossing West Sunrise Boulevard when she was struck by several vehicles and was killed. None of the drivers stopped, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Thursday. → Read More

Plane that crashed in Boynton Beach, killing pilot, was ‘devoid of fuel’ federal report says

A preliminary crash report by the National Transportation Safety Board suggests that lack of fuel may be the main reason that a small plane plummeted into a Boynton Beach neighborhood on March 6, killing the pilot. → Read More

Endangered clouded leopards born at Zoo Miami get their vaccinations

Two highly endangered clouded leopards, a female and a male, were born at Zoo Miami on Feb. 11. They were photographed on Feb. 26 during neonatal exams and again Tuesday, April 7, when they received a series of vaccinations. → Read More