Articles by Terry Spencer

What Went Wrong at Florida Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died

The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call. A …

8 Patients Killed in Florida Nursing Home After Irma-Related Power Outages

Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears about the safety of Florida’s 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could last for days. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez …

Why the Number of Coastal Homeowners with Flood Insurance Has Been Shrinking

Amanda Spartz nearly did not renew her home’s flood insurance policy after her first year in Florida. Two hurricanes came close to the Fort Lauderdale suburbs last year, but they didn’t hit and her home isn’t in a high-risk flood …

Police Video: Florida Officer Told Venus Williams She Caused Fatal Crash

A police officer told tennis star Venus Williams she likely caused a crash in Florida that fatally injured an elderly man last month but didn’t cite her, saying it appeared the actions of a third driver left her in a …

Florida Police Rescind Determination of Fault in Venus Williams Crash

Tennis star Venus Williams legally entered an intersection but was cut off by another car, setting off a chain of events that seconds later resulted in a fatal crash with a third car, police say video released Friday shows. The …

Tennis Star Venus Williams Sued by Family of Florida Man Over Fatal Car Accident

Tennis star Venus Williams is being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused. An attorney representing the family of Jerome Barson, 78, filed the lawsuit Friday in Palm Beach …

Family of Florida Man Fatally Shot by Deputy Settles Suit for $2.5M

The parents of an unarmed man fatally shot by a Florida sheriff’s sergeant at the family’s nursery announced Monday that they have agreed to a $2.5 million settlement and called for the reopening of a criminal investigation into their son’s …

Florida Eye Doctor Convicted of 67 Counts in Medicare Fraud Scheme

A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Dr. Salomon Melgen was found guilty on …

Allianz Sponsorship of Florida Golf Event Ends Amid Holocaust Survivor Protests

Holocaust survivors on Monday celebrated the end of German insurance giant Allianz’s sponsorship of a Florida pro golf tournament, saying it may boost efforts to collect some $2.5 billion in World War II-era policies issued to Jews that they say …

Florida Mosque Arsonist Sentenced to 30 Years

An ex-convict who posted anti-Islamic rants online pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for setting fire to a mosque that the Orlando nightclub shooter attended occasionally. Joseph Schreiber, dressed in a burnt orange …