Sandalfoot Woman Arrested in Fatal Crash

Laura Haggerty; image by PBSO
Laura Haggerty; image by PBSO

The Broward Sheriff’s Office issued a press release regarding the arrest of a Sandalfoot woman from a fatal crash that occurred on Loxahatchee Road in Parkland back in May:

Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide investigators have arrested a Boca Raton woman who killed her passenger in a single-vehicle crash on Mother’s Day in Parkland.
Laura Haggerty, 47, was taken into custody Sept. 30 with the help of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. She faces two DUI/Manslaughter charges and one charge of vehicular homicide.
Around 4 p.m. May 8, Kelly Rider, 35, was a passenger in a Ford Explorer that was heading eastbound on Loxahatchee Road. Laura Haggerty was behind the wheel. Haggerty lost control of the vehicle near the 12200 block when her SUV drifted off the road. Haggerty overcorrected, causing the vehicle to veer across the roadway and collide with the guardrail on the north side of the street. The SUV then began to spin in a counterclockwise motion, before rolling over.
Rider, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. Coral Springs Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene. BSO Air Rescue transported Haggerty to Broward Health North.
According to BSO detectives, she was speeding and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.25.

The BSO report indicates that both Haggery and Rider lived at the same address on Sailfish Road in Watergate Estates, just north of the west stretch of Sandalfoot Blvd.

Photo of Rider and Haggerty from Rider's Facebook page.
Photo of Rider and Haggerty from Rider’s Facebook page.

Update on Wiles Road Crash

Additional Update – Driver identified
BSO has provided additional information on the crash last night:

The driver who was killed Monday night after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a utility pole on Wiles Road has been identified as 20-year-old Jeffery Ramaglia of Coconut Creek.
Just after 9 p.m., Ramaglia was driving a Lexus IS 350 eastbound on Wiles Road at an extremely high rate of speed. Witnesses told Broward Sheriff’s Office’s traffic homicide investigators that he swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle that was going the speed limit. The Lexus rotated, slid sideways into the median and rolled over on its roof. It continued sliding across westbound lanes for more than 600 feet and collided with a utility pole on the north side of the road. Ramaglia was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office updated us on the accident last night on Wiles Road. The driver did pass away. He has not been identified yet.
A reader also sent us this video from the scene:

Date: Aug. 10, 2015
Time: 9:05 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 4200 block of N.W. 48 St. (Wiles Road), unincorporated Pompano Beach
Driver(s): adult male, name withheld (DECEASED)

A driver lost his life Monday night after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a utility pole. Speed may be a factor in the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s ensuing traffic homicide investigation.
The driver was heading east on Wiles Road at 9:05 p.m. when, for reasons as yet unknown, he lost control of his dark-colored sedan and drove over the median, flipped and hit a utility pole. The driver was thrown from the car, which then caught fire. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue extinguished the fire and pronounced the driver dead on scene.
Debris from the crash hit another vehicle, but its occupants were uninjured.
Traffic homicide detectives continue the investigation.

Brazen Robbery in Pembroke Park: Video

Normally we don’t cover Broward County events but this one has such a compelling video we thought our readers might want to see it.
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From the Broward Sheriff:
Employees and customers of a Pembroke Park cell phone store were shocked when two masked men rushed in armed with an assault rifle.
At 1:25 p.m. on July 1, three suspects drove up to the Metro PCS store in Pembroke Park. They parked a grey or dark-colored 2010 to 2014 Nissan Maxima in front of the store. The driver remained in the car, but two men got out and ran into the store. Both men covered their faces, and one of them carried a black semi-automatic assault rifle with a scope in his right hand.

Editor’s note: There is no such thing as a “semi-automatic assault rifle.” Assault rifles, by definition, are capable of fully automatic fire.

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The two men entered the store screaming, “Give me the register.” They pointed the rifle at the victims and ordered the three employees and four customers, including a baby, not to move. The employees quickly handed the robbers three cash drawers.

Detectives are searching for a male, approximately 6’ tall with a very thin build. He used a black T-shirt to cover his face. He wore a black T-shirt and light-colored pants. He carried a black semi-automatic assault rifle in his right hand. The second suspect is a male, approximately 5’8” with a thin build. He wore a black or dark grey shirt with grey pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Theophilus Woulard at (954) 321-4553 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Stabbing in Logger's Run

House on Sutters Lane; image by Google
House on Sutters Lane; image by Google

On Sunday several readers reported an incident to us in the Country Landings I subdivision of Logger’s Run. We were told there were vehicles from Fire Rescue, PBSO, and two people were taken from a house at Country Sound Court by ambulance. We also heard that a house on Sutters Lane was blocked off by crime scene tape for several hours. The house at Country Sound Court was also taped off.
Country Landings I includes both Sutters Lane and Country Sound Court. Map and image by Google.
Country Landings I includes both Sutters Lane and Country Sound Court. Map and image by Google.

We contacted PBSO. Initially they told us it was a Broward Sheriff’s Office case and they were only assisting. When we contacted BSO they told us it was a PBSO case. Yesterday we got a more complete answer from PBSO:

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, just before 6 pm, deputies responded to the 11000 block of Country Sound Court, Logger’s Run, in reference to two individuals being stabbed. The complainant/victim told the 911 call-taker that they were stabbed during a fight that occurred in Deerfield Beach. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that both individuals had been stabbed. Both were transported to Delray Community Medical Center via PBC Fire Rescue personnel.
Broward County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to investigate only to learn from one of the victim’s that the two were stabbed in Boca Raton. VCD/Homicide was contacted at 8:30 pm to adopt the investigation. Deputies learned that crime scene actually occurred in the 21000 block of Sutters Lane, Boca Raton. One victim was interviewed and it was learned that both were stabbed after he and the other victim stopped at the location to settle a debt with one of the residents. This case is active and open.

We see one previous arrest from the Sutters Lane address, a drug case last year. That case is still pending (most recently he was rejected from drug court) and the individual may also have a misdemeanor battery charge from last year that did not involve an arrest and appears to be getting resolved with a diversion program. We’re not sure that’s the same person because the year in the birth date is different, though all the other identifying information appears the same and he has the same attorney.
The property is owned by a couple who bought the place in 2001 and appear to live there.
The victims have not been identified and it does not appear that any arrest has been made yet.

West Boca Woman Survives Fatal Accident in Deerfield

Mary Mollo of West Boca survived
Mary Mollo of West Boca survived

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has released some information about Friday’s fatal accident in Deerfield Beach. Robert Gay (age 93) of John Knox Village in Pompano was coming out of Century Village (in Deerfield), making a left turn onto Hillsboro to go westbound.
View from Hillsboro looking eastbound at the intersection with Century Blvd; Image and map data from Google.
View from Hillsboro looking eastbound at the intersection with Century Blvd; Image and map data from Google.

Mary Mollo (43) of the Bella Vista apartments in West Boca (across Powerline from Olive Garden) was traveling eastbound on Hillsboro when the front of her vehicle collided with the driver’s side of Gay’s vehicle. She has been a licensed practical nurse for 18 years and appears to be an animal lover.
The BSO official description is below:

Around 10:17 a.m., Robert Gay, 93, was driving northbound on Century Boulevard. He was making a left onto the westbound lanes of Hillsboro Boulevard when he was broadsided by a gray Chrysler 300. Both, Gay and the female driver of the Chrysler, Mary Mollo, 43, were transported to Broward Health North by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics. Mollo was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Gay was pronounced dead.

BSO’s traffic homicide unit is investigating the incident.

More Poker Face Arrests

Clockwise from top left: Erik Bishop, Patsy Capolongo, Darren Klein and Michael Dangelo
Clockwise from top left: Erik Bishop, Patsy Capolongo, Darren Klein and Michael Dangelo

Details are still sketchy but we’ve learned of five more individuals arrested in what appears to be a large racketeering and gambling investigation.
Earlier today we reported on three West Boca residents arrested with poker connections.
Devon Shalmi, Thomas Cuce and Joseph "Joe" Petrolino
Devon Shalmi, Thomas Cuce and Joseph “Joe” Petrolino

Now thanks to tips from readers and to the Sun-Sentinel we’ve got more, but the prosecutors and police are withholding full details for now.
The gambling aspect appears more certain now so we’re sticking with our original nickname for this: the Poker Face Case. We’ve found a total of five additional people involved in the investigation so far. Not pictured is Allen (or Allan) Klein of Margate, reportedly age 77. In the mugshots at top we have Erik Bishop (35, Parkland), who has significant West Boca connections, along with Patsy Capolongo (65, West Palm Beach), Darren Klein (36, Coral Springs, son of Allen), and Michael Dangelo (or D’Angelo, 58, Pompano Beach).
Capolongo is in PBSO custody with bond set at $1 million. We don’t know what his charges are yet.
Update: Thanks to another reader tip, Capolongo has other illegal gambling charges against him, per LoHud, and also from a NY Times article from 1997.
Bishop is in BSO custody facing a total of 9 counts including 2 of racketeering and 6 involving bookmaking.
D’Angelo is listed by BSO with 10 counts, mostly the same as Bishop but also with a high level count for money laundering which adds $150K to his bond amount.
Darren Klein has 6 counts listed though his bond is set much lower. Per the Sun-Sentinel the elder Klein faces 22 counts which might make him the top dog.
BSO declined to provide us with any documents. Similar to what they apparently told the Sun-Sentinel, BSO says they are under seal from a judge so they can’t release them. Hopefully we will have more details this weekend or next week.
We’ve found minimal or no criminal history for most of the defendants. Bishop had a felony Broward case in 2012 with 2 counts, something to do with securities fraud from 2009. That case also had several defendants.

Poker Faces: Arrests in Loggers Run and Mission Bay

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It must be crime week in West Boca. Let’s hope the big stories only come in threes because this is the third.
Thanks to yet another helpful reader, we learned that there was substantial police activity in the Cimarron neighborhood on the east side of Ponderosa Drive between Palmetto Park and Glades Road. The reader specifically referenced Chipmunk Drive, and we found two arrests from that street that fit the timing.
In the above mugshots, the two on the left and middle are Devon Shalmi (30) and Thomas Cuce (32), reported at the same address on Chipmunk Drive. That property appears to have been foreclosed in the last few years and acquired by a local investor under an LLC, so it appears these two men are renting the place out.
The third gentleman on the right, Joseph P. Petrolino (47), has a reported address not far away in Mission Bay.
All three were arrested on the “charge” of “Out-of-County Warrant.” This normally means there’s some kind of criminal case pending against them in another county. We searched Broward and Miami-Dade along with the FDLE warrant database and our local federal court, but didn’t find anything. As we were finishing up the article we heard from PBSO:

The three individuals you are inquiring about are being investigated by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. PBSO just executed a warrant that is signed by a Judge. We have no information regarding BSO’s case.

One thing notable about the three arrests is the very high bond amounts that were set. Petrolino’s bond is set at $135K, Cuce’s at $125K and Shalmi’s at a whopping $305K.
So far we haven’t found much more information. All three appear to be poker players in events at area casinos (including in Broward) so that’s a possible hint, but then again it could be completely unrelated.
We will contact BSO and update the story if and when we find out more.
Of course, all arrestees are innocent until proven guilty.