- Faith & Family
Woman convicted of arranging the killings of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law
Narcy Novack and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, were convicted of hiring hit men to carry out the 2009 beating deaths of Ben Novack Jr. in a suburban New York hotel room and Bernice Novack at her Fort Lauderdale home. Ben Novack was the son of the man who built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, which appeared in the movies “Scarface” and “Goldfinger.” Novack, 56, an Ecuador native, would likely die in prison even under the 27-year scenario. Narcy Novack did not testify. But before her arrest she gave police a striking account of her marriage, including that her husband had a fetish for amputees. She also said she once went into a hospital to have a broken nose repaired and awoke with breast implants she hadn’t requested. In addition to the murder charge, the defendants were convicted of domestic violence, stalking, money laundering and witness tampering.
Key Largo man shot in argument over open relationship, police say
Candice Lee, 37, allegedly shot her former lover, Shakir Muilam, 45, with a .22-caliber rifle after the two argued over her relationship with a new boyfriend. Lee and her husband, are in an open relationship, which allows them to have other sexual partners. Lee and Muilam were in a relationship but broke up recently. Muilam found Lee and her boyfriend talking early last Thursday outside of their home and became angry. Lee reportedly told Muilam that if he didn’t approve of her new relationship, he could move out. Sometime during the argument, Lee reportedly fell and hit her head. She went inside the house and came back outside with the rifle and pointed it at Muilam. Lee told investigators that as she and Muilam argued, he reached behind himself and she shot him in the thigh. Lee said she ran to her next-door neighbor’s home to call the police. She then ran back to her home and applied pressure to Muilam’s wound. When deputies arrived, Lee pointed to where the gun was leaning up against a bookshelf. Deputies booked Lee into jail, where she is being held on no bond facing a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
60 year old pedestrian killed in hit-and-run
A 60-year-old man was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Hollywood early Saturday. The accident occurred at State Road 7 and Lincoln Street about 2:25 a.m. as the pedestrian crossed the road, Hollywood police spokesman Sgt. Pablo Vanegas said. It is unclear whether the victim crossed at a crosswalk, he said.
A 36-year-old Dania man driving the blue Jeep Cherokee that struck the man fled the scene, Vanegas said. A witness followed the driver and called police. Investigators detained the driver, Marc Smart, for questioning, Vanegas said. The pedestrian was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not released pending notification of next of kin. The investigation continues.
An 18-year-old man fatally stabbed and beat another man with a bat in Hollywod
Joseph B. Valcarcel was accused of slaying Robert Cahill, 57, and was ordered held without bail during his first appearance court hearing last Friday. According to a witness, an altercation between Valcarcel and Cahill started outside the apartment, where she saw the younger man strike Cahill in the head, the report said. Cahill tried to protect himself by using a plastic chair as a shield, the witness told police. She called police after seeing the fight. Meanwhile, another witness noticed Valcarcel outside his apartment armed with a bat. Cahill came out of the apartment and Valcarcel struck him with the bat, police said.
He then allegedly dragged Cahill inside the apartment, the witness told police. Valcarcel noticed the witness and told her to go back inside her apartment, according to the report. The woman heard banging and glass breaking inside Unit 6 before everything went quiet. While being interviewed by police, Valcarcel reportedly said he had argued with Cahill over his having interrupted him during an earlier conversation with another friend. During that dispute, Cahill called Valcarcel a coward, police said. According to the police report, Valcarcel admitted to police that he used an aluminum bat to beat Cahill and then a knife to stab him in the neck.