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Man Arrested for Allegedly Setting Police Car on Fire Outside Lauderhill Synagogue

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Police have arrested a man they said was caught on camera setting a police car on fire outside of a Lauderhill synagogue late Wednesday night.

21-year-old Brian Bocage was arrested Thursday and faces six charges, including second degree arson and criminal mischief. He is being held on no bond.

The incident happened just before midnight outside the Synagogue of Inverrary-Chabad, located at 6700 Northwest 44th Street.

Surveillance footage showed a suspect, believed to be Bocage, dousing the police cruiser with a liquid from a yellow container before setting it on fire.

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The police car was parked at a synagogue to deter criminals after another act of vandalism had occurred. NBC 6’s Ryan Nelson has the story

The entire car became engulfed in flames as the suspect ran from the scene. No injuries were reported. The car was towed away after the fire was put out.

“Such acts should not be tolerated, they shouldn’t happen,” said Rabbi Levi Chanowitz. “It’s unfortunate that somebody chose to do this.”

Police launched an arson investigation soon after the incident.

“It’s one of those things that if they’re doing that to police cars, we have to take this extremely serious. And also because of the location at the synagogue,” Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Santiago said.

Santiago said there had been some vandalism at the synagogue a week earlier, and they had placed one of their older cars in the parking lot as a deterrent.

“At this time there’s nothing to indicate that that those two incidents are related. But detectives are looking into both,” Santiago said.

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Florida police officer injured in crash

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A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday evening after a crash with two other vehicles, according to authorities.

At around 5:15 p.m., a crash involving an Ocala officer was reported outside of a residential area at the intersection of West Silver Springs Boulevard and Southwest 23rd Avenue, Ocala Police Department said.

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The officer was listed as a “trauma alert” but is expected to be okay, OPD said.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Ocala police are investigating the crash.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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Brr! Orlando wakes up to coldest temperatures of the year

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Orlando residents woke up to a chilly start Tuesday morning, with temperatures projected to stay cold today.

Temperatures before sunrise were 42 degrees in the City Beautiful, which should later see temperature highs increase to 64 as skies are forecast to remain sunny, according to Maureen McCann From Spectrum of the News 13 weather team.

Tuesday’s low will fall back down to 45 in the evening.

“Future cast has us with sunshine for our Tuesday and clear skies tonight, but tomorrow a southeasterly wind will start to develop during the afternoon, and that is going to promote some warmer temperatures,” McCann said.

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, with chances of showers re-emerging into skies by Friday with a 30% chance of rain.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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1 dead, 4 injured after man opens fire outside Chicagoan Bar in NW Miami-Dade

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has died and four others were injured following a shooting outside a bar in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The shooting happened at the Chicagoan Bar, located at 10702 NW 7th Ave, at around midnight on Tuesday.

The deceased individual was reportedly drinking at the bar and refused to pay his bill.

Security eventually removed him from the bar.

He then drove away, returned to the bar, stopped in the middle of the street then began firing several rounds at the bar’s security, according to police.

Another security guard came from inside the bar and returned fire, killing the patron.

One of the security guards was shot and taken to a local hospital.

Three women were also caught in the crossfire — two of them were transported to the hospital while the third was treated on the scene after being grazed.

All victims taken to the hospital are in stable condition.

Several homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Those who frequent the area are advised to seek alternative routes until the scene has cleared.

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