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Man in custody after fleeing pre-dawn Broward traffic stop

Man in custody after fleeing pre-dawn Broward traffic stop, officials say Linda TrischittaContact ReporterSun Sentinel
A man who fled from a Broward deputy's traffic stop before down Thursday is now back in custody Two schools were locked down Thursday during a search for a man who ran away from deputies, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. "At 6:35 a.m., we got a call reporting a man escaped a deputy's custody following a traffic stop," said Joy Oglesby, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff's Office. The man was identified as Marchellus Vyfhuis, 31, of North Lauderdale. There had been a warrant for his arrest for driving without a license, and Vyfhuis is accused of being a habitual offender, Oglesby said.

Aspiring South Florida rapper Kodak Black arrested in Hallandale Beach

A local rapper who goes by the stage name of Kodak Black is accused of fleeing from police during a drug transaction in Hallandale Beach. Dieuson Octave, 18, is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of cannabis, fleeing and eluding police at a high speed and disobeying/avoiding traffic devices.
According to a police report, Octave and an accomplice, Wisdom Williams, drove in a black Audi and parked at a building in the 800 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue "known for street drug sales." It was about 12:25 p.m. Thursday. Police said the pair appeared to be involved in a drug transaction with two others who handed over cash and got a "large bag with a green leafy substance" in return. The officers tried to block the Audi with their vehicle and turned on emergency lights, but Octave and Williams managed to get away, the report said. A police chase ensued and the Audi ran a red light and past a stop sign, at speeds more than 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, the report said. Shortly after that, police called off the pursuit but then noticed the Audi parked along the 200 block of Jackson Street in Hollywood. According to the report, police saw Octave throw what appeared to be a firearm into a dumpster. Police detained Octave and Williams. Williams, 18, of Lauderhill, is charged with loitering or prowling and bonded out of jail. Officers found a loaded Glock 23 .40 caliber pistol and a magazine in the dumpster; 2.5 grams of marijuana were found in the car. Octave, of Pompano Beach, had plead guilty to attempted robbery with a weapon in 2012 when he was 14-years-old, police said. And in October he was accused of battery and false imprisonment after allegedly forcing some juveniles info a car while searching for someone he believed had stolen from him. "He made some really bad decisions when he was a juvenile," his attorney John Weekes said. "He's worked hard to clean it up; he's done real well with his music career. Hopefully by the end of the case, we'll be able to show he's a good, upstanding citizen." Octave, known as Kodak Black, has a music career that has been gaining momentum. He signed up with a record label about a month ago and one of his music videos on YouTube has been viewed more than 13 million times. "He's a project kid that kind of made it big," Weekes said. "He had a really tough upbringing. He kind of made it big through YouTube." Octave was jailed on a $5,100 bond. His attorney said he would bond out in time for a Saturday show. According to his Facebook page, he had an appearance scheduled in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday and Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday for his "Going Up Top" tour. Copyright © 2016, Sun Sentinel

Murder Suspects

Murder Suspects

Funeral held for slain Plantation professor as murder suspects appear in court

PLANTATION — The relative who had been very vocal in proclaiming the innocence of his father and brother charged in a deadly home invasion has hired an attorney and Wednesday declined to speak with reporters.

Shawn Tundidor's attorney, John Weekes, said his client is not facing charges in the stabbing death of Nova Southeastern University professor Joseph Morrissey, the crime for which Tundidor's father and brother have been jailed.

Three Broward Pimps

Three Broward Pimps

Three Broward pimps sentenced in sex trafficking cases

Three Broward pimps each were sentenced Friday to at least 8 1/2 years in federal prison for their roles in a loose-knit group that prostituted women and at least three underage girls at local hotels.

Michael "Fatboy" Defrand, Johnny "J1" Saintil and Stanley "Bird" Wilson called themselves "PTP" or "Please Talk Paper," soliciting johns through Internet advertisements from September 2009 to March, according to federal authorities. The group's name came from an entertainment company formed by one of the men.