PALM BEACH GARDENS
A 26-year-old man was held Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and sexual battery after his father found a woman's body in his closet, authorities said. Jason Shenfeld's parents noticed that their son seemed nervous and was locking his bedroom door. When his father went into Shenfeld's room on Friday night, he found 18-year-old Amanda Buckley's body stuffed in his closet, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Shenfeld told his father the teen had overdosed on drugs and he panicked, the report said. However, an autopsy revealed that the girl was strangled, beaten and sexually abused. Shenfeld was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, sexual battery and false imprisonment.
81-year-old dies trapped by gate
An elderly man died when he became trapped between an elevator and a security gate in a medical building, authorities said. The death of 81-year-old Myron Kafka was considered accidental, and police did not immediately know the exact cause, Hallandale Beach spokesman Andrew Casper said. Kafka was trapped in the 14-inch space between the elevator doors and a locked, illegally installed security gate, authorities said. An autopsy will not be performed because there is no trauma to the body, authorities said. Officials ordered the gate removed and cited the property for installing it.
Woman's body found in car trunk
Detectives are questioning several people about a body found inside a car at Miami International Airport. Broward County sheriff's detectives confirm that the body is that of 34-year-old Linda Innocent of Sunrise. The mother of four was reported missing July 15. Her body was found in the trunk of her car in an airport parking garage. Investigators have questioned a former boyfriend because Innocent had a restraining order against him. But they have not yet named any suspects.
Boy, 5, mauled in attack by pit bull
A 5-year-old boy was bitten on the head, face and leg by a pit bull in Highland City. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Martin Collier was bitten several times and airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Martin has received more than 250 sutures on his scalp and lip and has multiple puncture wounds on his legs and arm. Doctors did not expect to keep him overnight.
Service award for DCF's Butterworth
Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth was presented with a National Governor's Association public service award Tuesday. Butterworth - who has been an attorney general, county prosecutor, judge, sheriff, mayor and head of the state Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department - was one of three officials nationally who were given the Award for Distinguished Service to State Government. Many people who have worked with Butterworth in his various roles attended the reception. "This award is not only given to me, it is given, also, to each and every one of you," he said. "We've made those agencies better."