Cleveland Clinic to open Coral Springs facility; construction to start in March

— Cleveland Clinic’s expansion project into Coral Springs is expected to break ground within months.

The 74,000-square-foot Family Health Center at the southeast corner of the Sawgrass Expressway and University Drive will begin construction in March.

The $32 million project, with 40 exam rooms, a surgery center with four operating suites, and several procedure rooms, is expected to open in 2018.

Dr. Wael Barsoum, the president of Cleveland Clinic Florida, said in a prepared statement that the move will provide the area with “innovative treatments and therapies which allowed us to earn the ranking as the No. 1 hospital in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.”

Cleveland Clinic to open Coral Springs facility; construction to start in March

Cleveland Clinic to open Coral Springs facility; construction to start in March

— Cleveland Clinic’s expansion project into Coral Springs is expected to break ground within months.

The 74,000-square-foot Family Health Center at the southeast corner of the Sawgrass Expressway and University Drive will begin construction in March.

The $32 million project, with 40 exam rooms,…

— Cleveland Clinic’s expansion project into Coral Springs is expected to break ground within months.

The 74,000-square-foot Family Health Center at the southeast corner of the Sawgrass Expressway and University Drive will begin construction in March.

The $32 million project, with 40 exam rooms,…

(Lisa J. Huriash)

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Deafening cheers by 400 South Florida supporters at Trump watch party

Cheers rose to deafening levels as a crowd estimated at more than 400 jammed into Wings Plus to cheer Donald Trump’s first moments as the 45th president of the United States on Friday.

There was joy, relief and sometimes contempt as the scenes of a new president and party taking the reins of power unfolded on the TV screens. Wings Plus was the scene of what organizers claimed as the biggest watch party in the area.

Red, white and blue balloons festooned the restaurant’s exterior. Inside, pins bearing the new president’s likeness and T-shirts with pro-Trump slogans were the apparel of choice. The crowd was so thick waitresses had to carry trays above their heads to deliver beverages and food to tables.

Many in the crowd wore red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps just like Trump wore on the campaign trail. The ones for sale at the restaurant also bore the restaurant name under the slogan.

“Let’s do this Donald!” Lee Ballos, a Fort Lauderdale real estate agent, said as Trump joined Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to put his hand on the Holy Bible. “Take America back, baby.”

Inauguration protests and Trump priorities

“Yes, he will,” another patron responded.

Bob Enik, 73, of Jacksboro, Tenn., retired from sales, had heard about the gathering on a local radio show and wanted to mark the moment he couldn’t believe had arrived.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I met Trump years ago on a Palm Beach golf course.”

He made an impression, Enik said. And he agrees with his policies, too.

As Indiana Gov. Mike Pence became Vice President Mike Pence, Lana Markina, a Pompano Beach grandmother of two, originally from Jerusalem, declared, “Joe Biden, you’re fired! Joe Biden, you’re fired!”

South Florida Democrats pan Trump's inaugural speech

South Florida Democrats pan Trump’s inaugural speech

The inauguration may be over, but for the Democratic minority, resistance has just begun.

Three of the four Democratic congresspeople who represent Broward and southern Palm Beach counties were at the inauguration. And they say the scene there left them flabbergasted.

“My first impression was that…

The inauguration may be over, but for the Democratic minority, resistance has just begun.

Three of the four Democratic congresspeople who represent Broward and southern Palm Beach counties were at the inauguration. And they say the scene there left them flabbergasted.

“My first impression was that…

(Dan Sweeney)

And when it was President Trump’s turn, a full minute of cheers erupted. And then fell silent as his speech began. Lily Olinick, 58, of Coral Springs, said she felt the tears welling up.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life,” the real estate agent said. “Everything he believes is what makes this nation great.”

When the camera panned to a sitting President Obama, middle fingers were raised at the TV and others yelled, “Loser!”

The crowd erupted when Trump declared, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

Dolly Trevino Rump, chairwoman of Trump’s Broward County campaign, organized the event and said she couldn’t think of many more moments in her life that left her more exhilarated.

“For eight years this country has been headed into the abyss,” she said. “He has saved us.”

As Trump’s speech drew to a close, many spoke the last words along with him: “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again.”

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Boca Raton man, 55, killed in Parkland motorcycle crash

A Boca Raton man died Friday night after he crashed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a roundabout in Parkland.

Michael Desimone, 55, was riding east on Holmberg Road around 10:40 p.m. when he jumped the curb of the roundabout at the intersection with Parkside Drive, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Desimone got off the curb and back on the road, but then struck the raised curb of the roundabout again. The impact cause Desimone to be thrown from his motorcycle, the sheriff’s office said.

Desimone was taken to Broward Health North, where he died, the agency said.

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South Florida supporters excited about Trump inauguration; others wary

“I’m very excited. I’m very optimistic,” he said. “Things are going to change. People are going to be held accountable, finally.”

Citing companies that have been jawboned by the president-elect, and are altering plans to export jobs or announcing plans to bring jobs back to the U.S., VanderVoort said Trump has already produced positive results.

Veronica Block, 46, of Delray Beach, is a registered Democrat and part-time photographer. Voted for Clinton.

Block started volunteering for Clinton at a June 2015 organizing meeting in Pompano Beach. “Of course I’m disappointed, but I have to accept the fact that [Trump] won. I am not going to obsess about it. I have to accept it and move on,” she said.

Block said part of the acceptance process for her means getting some distance and perspective. She vacationed in Iceland after the election. And she’s not planning to attend any counter-inaugural events. “I’m just staying away right now from all the negativity around the fact that he won, and just keep moving forward and do what I can do to make this country a better place.”

Block said she doesn’t think Trump needs to stop tweeting when he’s sworn in, but she’d like him to dial down some of his comments. “Tweeting is how you communicate these days,” she said.

Kathy Palacio, 64, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, is a Republican who is retired from the landscape nursery business. Voted for Trump.

Palacio is “very optimistic. I’m excited and a little nervous because of all the obstacles in his way and all these groups trying to fight him.”

Still, she said, she expects a successful presidency. “He’s a very good negotiator. And he’s definitely got our country’s interest first,” she said. “He is going to have a very good impact on the economy.”

Palacio expects Trump to keep his promises. No. 1 for her: repealing Obamacare.

As president, she’d like Trump to maintain his presence on Twitter. “There’s some times he doesn’t maybe think it out before he does some of his tweets.” But on balance, she said, it’s good for people to hear directly what’s on their president’s mind.

Robert Heller, 32, of Davie, is a registered Independent who works as a server. Voted for Clinton.

“Hopefully he can do the best he can do. It’s nothing we have any control over. I’m not going to be bitter about the election. It is what it is,” he said, adding that he’s “not positive or negative. Basically I just hope that things will change for this country like he says.”

Heller said he likes Trump’s definitive style. “He puts his foot down. He’s not scared to talk.” Still, he said, he isn’t a fan of Trump’s tweeting. “He’s always putting down people,” Heller said. “He should be doing other things with his time.”

Andrew Brett, 52, of Wilton Manors, is a Republican who works in sales and marketing. Voted for Trump.

Looking to the inauguration, Brett is “totally excited. I’m not nervous at all.”

“He’s done more since the election than Barack Obama’s done in the last eight years. … There are [jobs] coming back here to the United States because of him,” he said.

He said Trump’s tweeting is “brilliant. You know why? Because when he tweets he says what’s on his mind and the media has to respond.”

Elizabeth Robinson, 81, of Fort Lauderdale, is a registered Republican and retired registered nurse. Voted for Clinton — the first time she ever voted for a Democrat for president.

“I’m a little cautious, but I hope he does well. I hope everybody gets behind him. The election’s over and we’re going to have a new president, and everybody wants the country to do well and Trump to do well,” she said.

Robinson isn’t confident that Trump will be able to keep his promises. “I’m pleased about that. I think he made some pretty profound statements and I hope he doesn’t carry those through — about the wall and Mexicans and about immigration, about how he was going to put Hillary in jail.”

Robinson said she isn’t a fan of Trump on Twitter. “He should concentrate on other things.”

Angela R. Mann, 57, of Boca Raton, is a registered Republican and pharmacist. Voted for Trump.

Just before the first Florida rally of Trump’s presidential campaign, in October 2015, Mann predicted that “Donald Trump will be our next president, without any doubts.” On Friday, she will be in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

“I supported Trump on the very first day that he decided to run. I supported Trump through this election and will support Trump for the next eight years. Yes, I did say eight years. I then hope to support and vote for his daughter Ivanka, who I believe will one day run for president. I had a strong vision and believe that this will become reality,” Mann said by email.

Bob Scott, 62, of Okeechobee (formerly Wilton Manors) is a Republican who works as a project engineer. Voted for Trump.

“I’m excited for the future,” he said, a feeling that’s renewed “every time you look at his Twitter feed. I’m very confident that this will work out fine.”

He said Trump’s direct communication with people via social media “is the best thing in the world. I’d like to see him tone it down on occasion, but that’s me. I’m not the president. He can do whatever he wants. If he wants to tell it like it is, like he has all along, then tell it.”

He wishes people who didn’t vote for Trump would root for him to succeed. “He ain’t getting no respect. But that’s OK, he’s a big man.” His message to Democrats: “Get in the back of the bus the way you told us to and let’s see if Donald can drive.”

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Wilton Manors doctor and assistant illegally sold human growth hormone, other drugs, feds say

A Wilton Manors doctor and his medical assistant were released from jail Thursday but face federal charges they illegally supplied prescription drugs, mostly human growth hormone, to so-called patients.

Dr. Dominic Riganotti, 50, of Parkland, and Jacquelin Fernandez, 41, of Coral Springs, were arrested Wednesday after federal and local agencies raided the Wilton Manors practice where they worked and Fernandez’s home.

Riganotti’s medical office is in the 1800 block of Northeast 26th Street.

Riganotti and Fernandez briefly appeared Thursday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. He was released on a $200,000 bond, and she was released on a $100,000 bond.

Broward doctor, assistant arrested on prescription drug allegations

Broward doctor, assistant arrested on prescription drug allegations

A Broward doctor and his medical assistant were arrested on prescription drug charges Wednesday, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dr. Dominic Riganotti, 50, of Parkland, was arrested after a six-month investigation that showed he illegally supplied methamphetamine to some…

A Broward doctor and his medical assistant were arrested on prescription drug charges Wednesday, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dr. Dominic Riganotti, 50, of Parkland, was arrested after a six-month investigation that showed he illegally supplied methamphetamine to some…

(Paula McMahon)

Both are accused of conspiring to illegally distribute human growth hormone, court records show.

Undercover “patients” who secretly recorded their interactions with the doctor and his assistant provided evidence they were allowed to buy controlled prescription drugs, for cash, at the medical office and Fernandez’s home, according to court records.

Both confessed when they were arrested, agents testified.

The doctor also told agents he had methamphetamine hidden inside a wall socket in his medical office during the search and they seized it, authorities said.

Agents began an undercover investigation after they received information in September that Riganotti was prescribing an unusually large amount of testosterone and narcotics, and was suspected of medical fraud, according to court records.

Riganotti is also accused of illegally supplying other prescription drugs and possession of methamphetamine. The most serious allegation against him carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in federal prison.

Fernandez is also accused of using her daughter, who is a minor, to deliver some of the drugs to some of the clients who went to her home, records show. Both charges against Fernandez carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in federal prison.

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Authorities round up mail theft suspects in ‘Operation Hook, Line & Sinker’

Seven South Florida residents were rounded up in early-morning raids Thursday in connection with a ring of mail thieves who were allegedly altering and cashing checks they fished out of postal collection boxes.

The arrests were part of “Operation Hook, Line Sinker,” a yearlong investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Coral Springs Police Department and Miami Dade Police Department in collaboration with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Investigators said the group used theft methods as simple as putting string with something sticky at the end — duct tape, for example — inside a mailbox and snagging envelopes. During a Thursday afternoon news conference, investigators demonstrated how some of the homemade devices can be used to reach down and pull mail out of the boxes.

“They are taking these devices, they are placing them in collection boxes and literally fishing the outbound mail from collection boxes,” said Antonio Gomez, inspector in charge at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Investigators said this group was focusing on stealing checks from mailboxes in Coral Springs, and cashed in about $14,000.

“These individuals are then taking those checks, removing them from the outbound envelope and chemically altering them in order to to change the amounts,” Gomez said.

The first case was reported in January; soon, investigators had a dozen similar cases in the city.

“When [one victim] checked her bank account, she had found out that these checks which were made out previously to smaller amounts were altered fraudulently to like $1,800,” said Coral Springs Detective Gene Cashier. “So then one case mushroomed into five, then five mushroomed into 12 total.”

The people arrested Thursday are: Angel Luis Arcila-Berovides; Mario Jorge Marrero-Corvo; Frank Rojas; Luibet Cordero; Lorena Gonzalez; Geysi Hernandez Mendoza, and Rosalia Llompart Garcia.

Another accused person, Alexander Reyes, is scheduled to surrender over the weekend, investigators said.

Two other people linked to the group are already in custody, authorities said. Enlys Cosme Palacios is detained at Krome Detention Center and Dayan Moreira Clemente is detained in Mississippi.

The subjects have been charged with organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and identity theft violations.

“The inspection service will stop at nothing to ensure that these criminals are all brought to justice and to continue to ensure that the postal service is safe for our community and safe for our citizenry,” Gomez said.

Investigators say mail theft is usually carried out at night and on weekends, after postal workers collect the mail. They suggest the public avoid depositing outgoing mail after collection hours or over the weekend. People can also give their outgoing mail to a postal worker or put it in one of the collection boxes inside the post office.

“We also want to make sure the community is aware and educated on the steps that they can take to try and prevent themselves from becoming victims of these crimes,” Gomez said.

The investigation is ongoing. Authorities say anyone who witnesses mail theft should call authorities and report the crime to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

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Armed man robs credit union in Coral Springs, FBI says

The FBI is searching for the armed, ballcap-wearing man who robbed a Coral Springs credit union.

The Priority One Credit Union branch at 1700 N. University Drive was robbed shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday.

The FBI released a surveillance image of the person who the agency says went into the credit union, displayed a weapon and demanded money from an employee.

The picture shows a man with facial hair who is wearing a Miami Marlins baseball cap, a dark long-sleeve, button up shirt and dark pants or jeans.

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Teen driver in crash that killed Coral Springs teacher is charged with vehicular homicide

A Fort Lauderdale teenager accused of driving a stolen car and being involved in a crash that left a Parkland woman dead was charged with vehicular homicide, grand theft auto and 14 other offenses.

The Broward state attorney’s office is charging Eric Janard Abraham, 17, of Fort Lauderdale, as an adult.

A judge ordered bonds totaling $666,000 during Abraham’s court appearance Wednesday, when he wore an orange jumpsuit and used a walker.

Christianne Weiner, 53, taught fourth-graders at Coral Springs Elementary School before her death Dec. 27. Her students and colleagues were offered grief counseling when they returned to class Jan. 9, the school district said.

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Broward deputy accused of shoplifting at WalMart 7 times, once while in uniform, records show

A Broward sheriff’s deputy finds himself suspended without pay and facing a felony charge after being accused of shoplifting everyday household items from two WalMarts in Coral Springs, according to records obtained Friday by the Sun Sentinel.

Surveillance video shows Deputy Dean Korenic, 46, shoplifting on seven occasions, investigators say. He was in uniform one of the times and drove away with his stolen goods in a marked patrol car three other times, records show.

A 14-year veteran of the agency, Korenic was arrested Tuesday and spent a night in jail before posting $3,500 bond on a felony charge of scheme to defraud/obtain property under $20,000, records show.

“In review of the video … the theft was apparent and intentional,” an affidavit said. “The thefts were committed both in and out of BSO uniform.” Sheriff’s officials would not provide the videos to the Sun Sentinel Friday.

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County Commission candidate seeks appointment from governor

A County Commission candidate hopes to win a seat with just one person’s vote — the governor’s.

Randal Cutter, a pastor from Coral Springs, applied to be appointed by the governor to the empty District 3 seat representing northwest Broward. Cutter, a Republican, is running for the seat in November against Michael Udine, a Democrat who is mayor of Parkland. Write-in candidate Raymark Alberto Clement also is in the race.

Cutter said when he read that others had applied for the appointment, he worried voters would be confused.

“I needed to let the governor know there was a legitimate candidate running for the seat,” he said in an email. “I didn’t think it would give any advantage to be appointed and, in fact, might actually hurt because of the perception of unfair advantage. However, I also felt that if he appointed anyone else, it would confuse the issue in Broward County and could potentially hurt my campaign.”

Governor accepting applications for Broward County Commission

Governor accepting applications for Broward County Commission

It’s not easy for a Republican to be elected to the County Commission in Broward, where the largest group of voters are Democrats.

But two local Republicans are hoping they can be appointed to a seat, even if it’s just a four-month stint.

The Northwest Broward District 3 seat was vacated in early…

It’s not easy for a Republican to be elected to the County Commission in Broward, where the largest group of voters are Democrats.

But two local Republicans are hoping they can be appointed to a seat, even if it’s just a four-month stint.

The Northwest Broward District 3 seat was vacated in early…

(Brittany Wallman)

There’s no certainty the governor will make an appointment, but a spokeswoman from his office said he’s still accepting applications.

Here’s who has applied so far. All are Republicans:

• Thomas Powers, former Coral Springs commissioner and current governor-appointee to Children’s Services Council.

• Levi Williams, a lawyer who has held gubernatorial appointments in the past. He has a photo of himself with the governor on his law firm website and was Broward chairman of the governor’s 2010 campaign.

• Randal Cutter, pastor of New Dawn Community Church.

Church, state and the County Commission race

Church, state and the County Commission race

If you don’t pay property taxes, is it OK to complain about them?

One of the three people running to replace Stacy Ritter on the Broward County Commission, in Northwest Broward’s District 3, is a church pastor. The church-owned house he lives in is exempt from property taxes.

Pastor Randal Cutter…

If you don’t pay property taxes, is it OK to complain about them?

One of the three people running to replace Stacy Ritter on the Broward County Commission, in Northwest Broward’s District 3, is a church pastor. The church-owned house he lives in is exempt from property taxes.

Pastor Randal Cutter…

(Brittany Wallman)

• Leslie “Ken” Barnett, a past gubernatorial appointee to the South Broward Hospital District.

• Robert Sutton, chairman of the Broward Republican Party.

• Francis “Rico” Petrocelli, former Plantation councilman who is running for mayor there in 2018, former chairman of Broward Republican Party and past gubernatorial appointee to Broward Housing Council.

Like all of the County Commission districts, District 3 leans Democrat.

bwallman@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4541. On Twitter @BrittanyWallman and @BrowardPolitics.

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