Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pompano Beach City Corruption Grinds On ..

Pompano CRA volunteer wanted ‘contribution’
from 'developer' for community
Pompano Beach Northwest Community Redevelopment Agency member Vincent Thrower, 31, claimed he was a powerful player in Pompano Beach politics. But witnesses in the public corruption case against him told prosecutors he tried to shake down a city contractor in the northwest area where Thrower lives. Broward prosecutors have offered to let Thrower resolve the case with a sentence of 2 1/2 years in state prison.Thrower is also accused of failing to reveal he was paid more than $50,000 for consulting work he did to support three separate business deals involving the city. Prosecutors say that work was a conflict of interest for Thrower.
Thrower, 31, of Pompano Beach, pleaded not guilty to three counts of unlawful compensation and one of bribery. The four felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison each and fines of up to $40,000.
“Mr. Thrower has until Nov. 24 to make a decision on that plea offer,” Broward Assistant State Attorney David Schulson told reporters. Thrower is free on bond.
Contractor Lynn Allison complained to the State Attorney’s Office in September 2009 after she said Thrower began demanding that she make a $2,000-a-m month “contribution to the community.” The money was to be paid each month to Thrower — if she wanted to keep her $200,000 annual contract with the city.
Thrower claimed he was able to use his role on the CRA to create difficulties for her and her staff in keep the contract, witnesses told prosecutors in sworn statements.

Thrower was the chairman of the city’s advisory board for the northwest CRA and was also appointed to Broward County’s Small Business Advisory Board. He resigned from all of the boards in March.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Delray Beach Cop Charged With Domestic Abuse, Battery

Roldry Philia, a 34-year-old Delray Beach Police officer, was arrested late last night on charges of beating his wife. The probable cause affidavit released by the Boynton Beach Police Department does not mention the name of Philia's wife, just that she's 24 years old. She told police that she'd been fighting with Philia all day, that he'd taken her cell phone, locked her out of the house in the garage and slammed a door on her arm.

In the affidavit Philia's wife claims that as the fight escalated, Philia placed her in a headlock, then put a gun to her head, saying that "she was not leaving with 'his' daughter. A 6-year-old son and the 11-month old daughter witnessed the altercation, according to the report.
Boynton police interviewed the son, who corroborated the mother's story, saying Philia pointed a gun at "my mommy's face and mouth."

Philia told police that he'd been arguing with his wife about her having pawned her wedding ring and that he'd locked her in the garage to keep her from leaving in his vehicle. He denied pointing a gun at his wife. He says that she threatened him with a knife.

Police found a red mark on the left side of the wife's neck. The two have lived together for about three years.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Florida Police officer Arrested For Selling Drugs

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4)-— A Fort Lauderdale Police officer was arrested by members of his own department after police said he was delivery drugs while on duty.

Officer Kevin Gerard Pisano of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is facing drug delivery and possession charges. According to the arrest affidavit, Pisano, 52, was arrested Friday at approximately 11:20 p.m. at 1300 West Broward Boulevard.

Pisano “made contact with a Fort Lauderdale Police Department informant and delivered four 5 mg of Percocet pills and one 5mg of Vicodin,” the affidavit stated. During the transaction, Pisano was dressed in his police uniform with his gun belt and a loaded gun. Pisano was also sitting in a marked police vehicle.
Police soon after arrested him and searched his vehicle where they found one Vicodin.
His charges include delivery of Oxycodone, delivery of Hydrocodone and possession of Hydrocodone.
The department is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Police Station in regards to the case.

Fort Lauderdale Police officer Arrested For Selling Drugs

by cbs4yassin

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ethics Reform Ignored By Florida Lawmakers

For all the major reforms Florida lawmakers took on this year, they failed to enact stronger ethics standards for public officials despite a rash of corruption cases from South Florida to Sarasota.
The inaction is even more glaring in the wake of an unusual statewide grand jury last December that issued 127 pages of recommended changes in state law after declaring that “corruption is pervasive at all levels of government” in Florida.

Florida entered this spring’s legislative session reeling from years of major scandal at the state and local level. More than 800 public officials were convicted in Florida on various charges between 1997 and 2007, making Florida the top state for government corruption, according to the grand jury.