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South Florida police officer kills self in standoff with authorities


Officer kills self in standoff with police

A South Florida police officer facing criminal charges killed himself in a standoff with authorities. Police responded to the home of Elijah Jay Rodgers, 31, on Thursday after receiving a report about a man threatening to kill himself. Officials say Rodgers eventually shot himself in the head. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In the fall, Lauderhill police asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to begin investigating Rodgers. The FDLE was preparing to charge him with official misconduct and falsification of official records. Rodgers was supposed to report to the Broward County Jail today.

He worked for the Lauderhill police for six years and the Broward Sheriff's Office for five years before that.


Assistant fire chief accused of fraud

An assistant Miami fire chief, along with four other people, has been charged by a federal grand jury with participating in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme.

The indictment charges that Veldora Arthur, 45, was a straw buyer in the 2006 purchase of two luxury condominiums. Prosecutors say Arthur received a payoff for the use of her name and credit history. Arthur, the highest-ranking female official in the Miami Fire Department, is paid $184,000 a year. A department spokesman said that for now she remains on the job.


Dolphins in canal help save dog's life

Dolphins were a lifesaver for a Doberman named Turbo.

The dog escaped from his yard on Marco Island on Sunday night and somehow got into a nearby canal and was unable to swim out. A resident was alerted to the dog's plight because dolphins were swimming and "persistently splashing" near the struggling dog.

The resident jumped into the water and rescued the dog.

Associated Press

South Florida police officer kills self in standoff with authorities 02/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:17pm]
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