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Friday, September 6, 2013

Crime and (No) Punishment in Hallandale Beach: Observations on Rachel Mendleson's spot-on Toronto Star article on January's double-homicide of a Toronto-area couple in the Three Islands neighborhood of Hallandale Beach, which remains unsolved 8 months later. I still believe the Hallandale Beach Police Dept. has done a very poor job of engaging in outreach and making it as easy as possible for the community to access relevant info about the case that could prove helpful, just as HBPD and HB Crime Watch completely botched public outreach in 2010 following the disappearance of HB resident Lynda Robin Meier, who has never been found. Just like others at HB City Hall, HBPD continues to never learn from experience





















Below, excerpts from my email of Thursday afternoon to certain concerned residents of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and people in South Florida and Tallahassee with an interest in public affairs in Southeast Broward County, plus selected news reporters who know a story when it is staring at them from a silver platter I've handed them.

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Canada's largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, has an update today, below, on January's double-homicide of Toronto-area snowbirds in the Three Islands neighborhood of Hallandale Beach.


Toronto Star
Unsolved Hallandale Beach Florida murders leave family ‘broken’: Exclusive
Toronto snowbirds Rochelle Wise and Donny Pichosky died eight months ago; their son is issuing a plea for help in solving the case.
By Rachel Mendleson, News reporter
Published on Thu Sep 05 2013
At first glance, it was almost as though nothing had changed.
It was late March, more than three months after his mother and her husband were killed in their Hallandale Beach condo, and Jamie Wise was in Florida for Passover.
The investigators had finished collecting evidence. They told him he could visit the scene.
Read the rest of the article at:

Some of you recall receiving emails from me in Stockholm a few days after it happened when I first read about it online on my trip, asking what-if-anything was known and whether there was actually a rapid public information outreach campaign taking place in the general area, or, was it the usual HBPD routine of chasing-its-tail, as was the case with the Lynda Meier 
disappearance in 2010, which got me so angry because HBPD and HB Crime Watch -then led by Alexander Lewy before he was elected a City Commissioner months later-
didn't even do the bare minimum you'd expect in such a case, or routinely seen done in a TV drama or film.
Things we have a reasonable right to expect.

Just 2 of the 4 blog posts on that case 

Yes, that jaw-dropping 2010 fiasco where the HB Police Dept. NEVER put up ANY flyers
at ANY of the dozens of parks, restaurants, retail stores, parks that residents visit daily, in the days immediately after Meier's disappearance, where a possible witness may've been found.
Not one.

They NEVER even so much as put one up at next door City Hall, but sure as hell, there was a 
taped missing poster for someone's pet at the time, right next to the front door of the Police Dept.. 
But not for Lynda Meier.

Yes, I still have THAT incriminating photo of the missing pet flyer at City Hall, just 
like I still have the photos of all the dozens and dozens of storefront windows that had nothing in them about this missing HB resident, even though store/restaurant owners and managers that I personally spoke to in-person all over the city unanimously said they'd have put one up IF the HB Police Dept. or HB Crime Watch had merely asked them to.
But they NEVER asked!

And where exactly was the HB Crime Watch crew under Alexander Lewy, who 
never said anything the least bit critical about what Thomas Magill was doing or saying -or not doing- all those years when he was police chief, and alive?
Sitting on their ass!

They sure the hell weren't passing out flyers at the busy intersections or stores 
or restaurants we know from the released video of her car driving west on U.S.-1, like would be done in other cities across the country in the first 72 hours, when time is of the essence in looking for her and any prospective witnesses.

As some of you know from my past emails -and by my standards- a very short blog  post in February,
for months I've publicly criticized the HB Police Dept.'s communication efforts to the public of info/photo of this "person of interest" at Venetian Park that was NOT immediately visible (and available) on the city's website, as would be common in most cities.
Why?

The HBPD, the HB Police Chief and the HB City Manager won't say why it was made so intentionally difficult for the public to even find that photo -and still is, eight months later- on the very, very remote chance they even saw something or knew something, given that the video shows such a small area that was perhaps barely visible to anyone walking thru the parking lot in front.

So, knowing how very tenuous and short people's memories are for even important
things, much less, fleeting things that they did NOT connect to the murders, why did
it take 4 months before flyers with relevant info were ever seen on bulletin boards around
town at popular places, like at Panera Bread, one of few places in town with a bulletin board?

And why were there no visible displayed flyers in the neighborhood in the weeks and months
afterwards even while you could, with some looking, still find flyers for lost pets?
Not even near the so-called security gate to Golden Islands on Atlantic Shores Blvd.
I NEVER saw a single one -and I was actively looking for them, as many of you know  
from past conversations.

Is it any wonder that as is being reported here, HBPD has NOT had a new lead or tip in a month when their initial public outreach efforts were so feeble?
This is the same crew that would NOT allow a HB City Commissioner to attend a meeting of
the complex's residents.
A City Commissioner who only lives a few blocks away and far closer to the scene of the horrible crime than anyone else on the City Commission.

Why did so many WEEKS pass between that initial meeting, mentioned by every local TV
station and newspaper, and when that photo was actually made public thru a press conference and actually placed on the city's second-rate website, albeit, NOT right where you could see it, but rather requiring you to jump thru 3-5 more hoops and links to see it. 
IF you knew what you were doing!

Precisely the wrong way to do something that would actually
help HBPD resolve the case by pointing them in the right direction.

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Selected excerpt below is from my email to the woman outside of HB who
was in charge of reviewing HBPD's documents re accreditation, which many
of you have seen before in prior emails.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Follow-up re Hallandale beach Police Dept. accreditation


...On May 13th,  I went over to Panera Bread, a place that I usually go about twice a week, but which I hadn't been to for over a week due to my busy schedule.

The public bulletin board in that restaurant used to be full all-the-time, but for whatever reasons, starting just before the election thru the last week, has attracted few flyers or public notices.
Since that place is very popular, and that bulletin even more so, it was very noticeable to my friends and I, but who can say why it was suddenly so bereft of info?

Anyway, after got my coffee and bagel and the coffee was too hot to drink, as usual, I placed them down at a table near a friend and walked back to see if there was anything on the bulletin board, and what do you suppose I found?

Yes, almost FOUR MONTHS after it would've mattered and might've actually done some positive, two HBPD flyers re the twin murders from January suddenly appeared out-of-the-blue.

Since I'm a familiar face there, I asked some employees there how long the flyers had been up and it was just as I described -they were put up sometime within the previous few days, when I hadn't come by.

But the two victims were killed on January 9th, so why did it take almost FOUR MONTHS for HBPD to place the flyers in a place that is one of the single most-popular places in town, and located within a mile of the
murder site at Venetian Park?
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