Shark Tank Blogger Javier Manjarres In Broward Jail On Attempted Murder Charges

Javier Manjarres, operator of The Shark Tank blog, is being held in the Broward County Jail on attempted murder and burglary charges. According to the Broward Sheriffs Office website, Manjarres has been held since Saturday. The charges were filed in Palm Beach county.

Manjarres faces felony charges of attempted murder with a gun and burglary of a conveyance. 

 

Pines Vice Mayor Iris Siple Used Personal Email For City Business

Records obtained by REDBROWARD show Pembroke Pines Vice Mayor Iris Siple used her personal email address to conduct city business. While County ethics rules do not prohibit conducting business by personal email, Siple claimed she only conducted city business with her city email address. REDBROWARD obtained dozens of emails from Siple discussing various city issues such as traffic, garbage pickup, and police misconduct.

On July 28, 2015, Florida State Rep. Rick Stark replied to an email from Siple regarding a solidier killed in Afghanistan. From Siple’s reply, it is clear Stark questioned her use of a personal email address. Siple wrote, “It is active for personal. I use city email for city issues. isiple@ppines.com.” This email was sent via Siple’s iPhone using an AOL.com email address.

But dozens of emails show Siple used the AOL address, not the city email address, to discuss city issues. In January 2015, Siple used her AOL address to send lobbying disclosure forms to the city clerk’s office. Between January and June 2015, Siple used her AOL email address to send important documents to the city clerk. These documents included her letter of intent to run for re-election, her official financial report and her financial disclosure forms.

In January 2015, Siple emailed information regarding the Broward Inspector General to the Pines city attorney. In March 2015, Siple sent emails to city manager Charlie Dodge discussing incidents involving Pembroke Pines police officers. She sent emails to the Pines Police Chief discussing the “monthly scorecard for 911 communications.”

On March 22, 2015 Siple emailed a city employee seeking “help logging on to my home city computer.”

A document from the Office of the Broward Inspector General states personal emails can become public records. Usually, a public records request is made to the city clerk’s office. City employees, staff and officials would receive the request and forward the information to the person who made the request.

As witnessed in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, issues arise when an official acts as their own custodian of records.

How secure is Iris Siple’s AOL email account? How secure is Iris Siple’s home “city computer?” Is Iris Siple’s iPhone secure from hackers?

Siple is the chief administrator for the Broward Clerk of the Courts. Does she use her AOL email acccount for official Clerk of the Courts business?

Siple did not respond to requests for comment.

She faces re-election on March 15.

Troubled Former BSO Deputy Running For FL State House

"I'm Still Standing" By Raymond Hicks
“I’m Still Standing” By Raymond Hicks

Democrat Raymond L. Hicks wants to represent the citizens of District 92 in the Florida House. Hicks filed for the crowded race on Monday. Hicks, a former BSO deputy, may have a hard time explaining his troubled past to voters.

Hicks gained notoriety in May 2013 after posting videos on YouTube. According to published reports, Hicks made cryptic remarks about mass shootings. Hicks was taken into custody via the Baker Act after stating he did not want to be the “next Christopher Dorner,” a former Los Angeles cop who went on a killing spree in 2013.

“I’m asking you as a viewer who is watching this video to please, please, please help me,” Hicks said. “I went and bought an AK with 180 rounds and I told my mom, you might as well get in a black dress because I can’t take this anymore,” he said. “… I don’t know how much more I can take. I don’t want to be the next Christopher Dorner.

Reports claimed Hicks was upset Broward Sheriff Scott Israel did not rehire him. Hicks lost his job in 2000 after being arrested on Federal charges of operating an interstate cocaine trafficking ring. Hicks was acquitted in 2001.

Since then, Hicks has filed numerous lawsuits against BSO including one to get his gun and ammunition, which were seized during the Baker Act incident, returned to him.

For those interested in Hicks’ story, you may want to read his autobiography, “I’m Still Standing” available at Amazon.com. Calling himself a “modern-day Serpico,” Hicks writes, “I’M STILL STANDING is the story of a man whose idea of duty put him in conflict with the powers that be, and how he endured the injustice of false charges and wrongful incarceration, turning bad providence into spiritual growth.” Sixteen reviews give Hicks’ book 5-stars.