Saturday, February 5, 2011

FL - Mark Foley slowly coming back into GOP fold

Original Article

02/03/2011

By George Bennett

Former Republican U.S. Mark Foley held pariah status with many in the GOP after he abruptly resigned in 2006 over sexually charged e-mails to male congressional pages. Many Republicans said Foley’s disgrace a few weeks before the midterm elections helped Democrats take control of the House and the Senate from the GOP that year.

But Foley — who launched a talk radio show last year and recently flirted with entering the nonpartisan mayor’s race in West Palm Beach — is slowly regaining acceptance among Republicans.

Foley was on the host committee last year for a fund-raiser for Republican Sharon Merchant’s failed state Senate bid. He spoke to a Palm Beach County Young Republicans meeting last week and introduced new U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, at the grand opening of West’s district office in West Palm Beach Tuesday.

Foley’s speech to the YRs was his first public appearance at a Republican event since his resignation.

It obviously feels good to have people care enough to ask me to do it,” Foley said of the recent speaking invitations.

Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein was among Foley’s harshest critics after his 2006 resignation and publicly urged Foley not to run for mayor in West Palm Beach. Dinerstein said he’d rather not see Foley run for office again (“Google never forgets,” Dinerstein said), but wishes him well personally.

He remains very charming and engaging,” said Dinerstein, who attended the West office opening where Foley spoke. “The anger that I had for about two years is gone.”




CA - OC Woman (Danielle Deichman) Charged With Lying About Attempted Sex Assault

Original Article

02/04/2011

By Carolyn Costello

She claimed someone tried to rape her on a busy street

LAGUNA NIGUEL (KTLA) -- Orange County Sheriff's investigators say a woman who said someone tried to rape her along a busy street was arrested Thursday for filing a false police report after admitting she made up the whole story.

"She terrorized her own community," Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said. "It's outrageous and caused a lot of undue fear."

20 year old Danielle Deichman initially told authorities that she was assaulted Tuesday night while walking along La Paz Road.

Investigators say she claimed she had been grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground near Kings Road at about 7:30 p.m.

Troubled by inconsistencies in her story, investigators re-interviewed Deichman on Thursday, at which point she admitted to lying to authorities and copying details from a separate reported attack on Jan. 25, when another woman told investigators that she had been assaulted along Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills, said Amormino.

When detectives informed her that she was going to be arrested, Deichman tried to run away and had to be subdued by two female investigators, Amormino said.

In the fight to detain her, the two deputies were injured.

Amormino said Deichman was arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report and resisting arrest.


FL - Miami-Dade police officer (Juan Carlos Rodriguez) arrested on molestation charges

Original Article

02/04/2011

By DAVID OVALLE

A Miami-Dade police officer has been arrested after authorities said he fondled two teenage girls during a traffic stop in West Kendall.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez, 24, was charged late Thursday with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He appeared in Miami-Dade bond court Friday.

Rodriguez, an officer of about four years, has been relieved of duty without pay, said Miami-Dade police spokesman Robert Williams. He worked at the Hammocks district station.

According to an arrest warrant, Rodriguez pulled over a car on Southwest 88th Street and 157th Avenue on Jan. 11 at about 10:30 p.m. He fondled the girls, who were passengers in the car, behind a CVS pharmacy.

Miami-Dade sexual battery detectives found that Rodriguez ``had assaulted a number of other young women in a similar manner'' in the same neighborhood, the warrant said.

``His `searches' of these young women were not done in accord with police protocol, and served no legitimate police purposes,'' Miami-Dade Detective Ricardo Landrian wrote in the warrant.

Rodriguez was still jailed Friday afternoon and had not posted bail.