Plumber from Texas sues Ford and Automation when his Truck with business logo ends up with ISIS

When a Plumber in Texas painted his logo on his new  pick up truck he had no idea his brand would become associated with ISIS.  Mark-1 Plumbing out of Texas City was inundated with threatening phone calls after the image below surfaced in the news.  He filed a lawsuit against the Ford dealer who he sold his used F-250 to. The Plumber, in addition to being the target of numerous threats, was also the subject of a political parody by comedian, Stephen Colbert.  According to  his complaint, Ford represented that it would remove his firm’s logo from the truck. The Plumber has asked for damages of 1 million dollars.

 

An ISIS video last year showed fighters firing from a truck belonging to Mark-1 Plumbing.

Negligence can encompass all sorts of events and is not just limited to rear-enders and slip and falls.  Here, the purchaser of the Plumber’s truck is alleged to have a legal duty to remove the seller’s logo before it was resold and failed to do so.  Some how it ended up in the hands of jihadists.  This makes you wonder about how about how one of America’s most iconic trucks ended up in the hands of ISIS.

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Employee of Carnival Cruises questioned in rape

It has recently been reported that an employee of Carnival Cruises has been detained in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the rape of another employee on board the ship.  According to authorities the alleged rape happened in a cabin when the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The unidentified man has not been charged.

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Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said the woman is a cruise ship employee from Australia. Puerto Rico police had identified her as a tourist.

In 2000, two crew members of Carnival Cruise Lines were charged in federal court with rape involving two women while the ship Elation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Cruise Lines love to promote their industry as all fun and games.  The reality, however, can be a lot harsher.  Violent incidents can occur with a degree of regularity.  The employees are often from foreign countries and the massive cruise ships can present opportunities for criminal conduct.  Victims of this type of misconduct may have legal rights against the cruise line.

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Our students should be as safe as possible — time for seat belts and harnesses on all school buses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  has pushed for rules requiring all school buses to be equipped with a seat belt and shoulder harnesses similar to what is required to be in our cars.

 

The big objection to this has come from local school boards who cite the additional costs involved in retrofitting current buses with this equiptment.  The projected costs range from $7,000 – $10,000 for each school bus.

These is no objection, however, to the fact that seat belts and harnesses on buses would save lives.  NHTSA estimates that seat belts would save a number of student lives and injuries, but only six states require these.  One of these states is Florida.

This seems to be an easy decision for school boards nationwide. Notwithstanding the costs, every priority should be given to our students to ensure that their transportation to and from school is as safe as possible. From an economic standpoint, the less injuries and deaths, the less our school boards are responsible for damages.  In the final analysis our childrens’ safety comes first — seats belts and harnesses on school buses make sense and should be installed as soon as possible.

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Car crashes into West Palm Beach store front killing at least one

One person was killed and another hospitalized after a car lost control and crashed through at store front in the 2500 block of Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The car was heading eastbound on Okeechobee Boulevard when the crash occurred at The Flooring Giant Store. Because of the serious injuries to the survivor, presently it cannot be determined who was the driver of the car.

Fortunately the accident occurred in the early morning before the store was occupied with customers.

$6.2M award in malpractice suit against University of Florida hospital

A jury in Gainesville, Florida, awarded $6.2 million to a Jacksonville man who died after having underwent gastric bypass surgery for weight loss at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. The decedent was a University of North Florida business school professor who died there in 2002.

The surgery was uneventful, but the decedent developed breathing difficulties.According to the attorney, the decedent was sent to radiology for a CT scan by a nurse, who had not checked his oxygen saturation levels. After telling the CT technicians that “I feel like I am dying” and said he didn’t think he could breathe at all if they laid him flat, he was instructed to lie down on the CT table.

Shands Hospital did not check his oxygen saturation levels, nor did they call in a radiologist to check the decedent, who died during the scanning procedure. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and 10-year-old son, Tyler.

In this era of quick fixes, we have all seen advertisements for gastric bypass in newspapers and television. What you don’t hear about from the advertisers offering these procedures are the complications and the risks. The reality is that weight loss surgery is risky and even if you go to a reputable facility like Shands hospital, there are no guarantees. Some times the simplest procedure like testing oxygen saturation levels
is overlooked with devastating results.

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Funeral for Broward boy accidentally shot by brother

2094628753_970227f6a1-thumb-333x259Children being shot by other children is an all too common occurence. In South Florida, it happened again. A funeral service is set for an 11-year-old Deerfield Beach, Florida, boy who was accidentally shot to death by his younger brother.

The boy’s 10-year-old brother, whose name has not been released, shot him in the face when they found a gun in their father’s Dodge pickup truck, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report.

Their father had sent the boys out to his truck to pick up his coat according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The father was in his apartment when the shooting happened.

Child-welfare officials who investigated the case said the father had not neglected his children. The Florida Department of Children & Families determined it is safe for man’s 14-year-old daughter and surviving son to continue living with him

Authorities said the shooting was an unintentional accident. Florida records show that the father has a valid concealed weapons permit.

Broward detectives completed their investigation and have presented their findings to the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. The state attorney’s office in Fort Lauderdale is reviewing the file to determine whether to file criminal charges. If such charges were filed, it would be the least of the parents’ concerns.

This case represents another tragedy which could have been avoided. Any time young children are near loaded guns, people need to be be alert that something like this can happen. Florida law requires that in households with children, loaded guns must be kept out of the reach of children or secured with a trigger lock or like device.

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Louisiana man arrested in hit-and-run death of former Deerfield resident

In Louisiana for only a month, she was killed by hit-and-run driver while trying to help another accident victim Louisiana authorities have arrested the driver they believe hit and killed a former Deerfield Beach resident who had stopped to help another driver.

Authorities tracked down and arrested Christian Cvitanovich, 33, at his home outside New Orleans on Feb. 10 — more than a week after he allegedly fled the scene of the crash that killed 20-year-old Mikel Carson.

Cvitanovich is charged with negligent homicide, felony hit and run and reckless driving, according to Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Kelly.

Police say Cvitanovich was driving the 2005 Ford Expedition they think struck Carson and hurled her 200 feet into the brush along Interstate 10, Kelly said. Carson had stopped to help another driver who was hit by a car moments earlier.

The body of the Pompano Beach High graduate wasn’t spotted until sunrise. Days later, the dented SUV that allegedly struck her was found at a New Orleans auto body shop. Employees there said Cvitanovich told them he had hit a deer, Kelly said.

“Cleary he didn’t strike a deer, he struck a human being,” Kelly said.

After his arrest, Cvitanovich was held at a Jefferson Parish jail for five days before Baton Rouge Police picked him up. He was booked Monday night at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, and was released Tuesday on a $350 bond amount, court records show.

Carson’s father said the arrest does nothing to ease the pain of losing his daughter.

“It’s been very, very tough,” Curtis Carson said.

The Lighthouse Point man said his daughter dreamed of becoming a psychologist and about a month ago moved to Louisiana with her 2-year-old daughter. She was pursuing a nursing degree at Southeastern Louisiana University.

More than 100 friends and relatives showed up for her memorial service Feb. 7 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, her father said.

Mikel Carson grew up in Broward County and graduated from Pompano Beach High.

“She touched so many people. She had so many friends,” Curtis Carson said.

He brought his granddaughter back to South Florida, where she now lives with her biological father in Pompano Beach. Every so often, the toddler still cries out for her mother, he said.

“A beautiful baby was left without a mother,” he said.

Broward County’s all time dumbest white collar criminal — Scott Rothstein?

rothstein_52954eIt has been said that: “Money doesn’t talk . . . . it screams!” Apparently, the massive amounts of stolen funds that Scott Rothstein threw around to various people managed to create an impression of a man who appeared far more intelligent then he actually was. One example of this is found in the recent comment of the CEO of Qtask, a company which Rothstein invested $7 million of stolen investment funds with.

The Miami Herald reports that attorneys for the bankruptcy trustee for Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme subpoenaed records from a California company, Qtask. In addition to investing millions of dollars with Qtask, Rothstein and various lawyers with his now defunct Fort Lauderdale law firm, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, used the company’s server to chat among themselves and with others. Qtask bills itself as maintaining a secure computer server designed to house confidential communications. Apparently, Rothstein was concerned about the privacy of his e-mails.

The Rothstein communications that were subpoenaed by the trustee from Qtask might disclose some of his partners in crime. Despite being subpoenaed in December,Qtask still has not produced any records, according to a motion filed in federal bankruptcy court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by the attorneys for the trustee.

Russel Mix, chief executive of Qtask, claims that he is trying to comply with the subpoena, but found it hard to believe that Rothstein could be so stupid as to use Qtask’s system to engage in criminal chat. “If there was [illegal activity], then these would be the dumbest criminals of all time,” Mix said. “Whatever you put in [the Qtask server] becomes permanent.”

Mix, it appears, is attributing to this disbarred lawyer far more street smarts than he deserves. Maybe it was the $7 million Rothstein invested in his company, Qtask, that made him believe that Rothstein was something other than “dumb.” Although Rothstein implemented a grandiose Ponzi scheme, it appears that his criminal plan was myopic at best. How long did Rothstein really think he could continue to make the payments that he promised to his investors when he outsourced ridiculous amounts of cash on whatever crazy idea “came across his desk?” Tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, were blown on restaurants, cigar bars, watch companies, charities, and not one, but two Bugatti automobiles — each priced at over a million dollars.

Had Rothstein, the grand Ponzi schemer, just been a little bit more discriminating in the way he spent his newly found stolen money, he might have stayed out of the cross-hairs of law enforcement. Rothstein should have realized that he could not afford to throw away millions of dollars on any whimsy that struck his fancy, even if he could continue to find new investors for his Ponzi scheme. For appearances sake, if nothing else, Rothstein needed to maintain some semblance of cash on hand in order to continue to make the monthly payments that he promised to return to his investors. Given the number of people he duped, these payments were substantial and if these payments were even one day late, suspicion would be aroused.

At the end of the day, and contrary to what Mr. Mix apparently believes, Rothstein may well have have been one of the “dumbest white collar criminals of all time.” If not “all time dumb,” then at least one of the dumbest by Broward County standards. Even the most mediocre of criminal minds (and Rothstein was certainly one of them) had to be thinking about some sort of “exit strategy” or at a minimum, a way to delay detection or to flee. Unlike Bernie Madoff, however, Rothstein simply didn’t have the brains to fend off discovery of his Ponzi scheme for more than just a few years.

Getting back to the communications subpoenaed from Qtask, maybe as Mr. Mix has suggested, these will all be benign and nothing new will be discovered. Then again, given Rothstein’s “brilliance,” he may well have been dumb enough to memorialize his scheming on the Qtask server. Only time, and the communications from Qtask, will tell.

Rothstein’s ingenious escape plan was to fly to Morocco on a private Gulfstream jet, then return to South Florida where he quickly surrendered to federal authorities. He then plead guilty to five federal charges and is looking at up to 100 years in prison, which will be determined at his upcoming sentencing hearing this May. For his brief stint as the “most popular” guy in Fort Lauderdale, Rothstein will be waking up every morning for the rest of his life to the same glorious view — the concrete walls of his jail cell.

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