Scott Israel, the suspended Broward sheriff who is running to reclaim the position, is now answering questions about his omissions in a past job application.Israel appears to have omitted details from an application completed while applying for the job of North Bay Village police chief in 2004, after serving as a Fort Lauderdale police officer since 1979.His leading opponent, Sheriff Gregory Tony, was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January 2019 to replace Israel.Tony, who was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to replace Israel in Jan. 2019, recently faced scrutiny as well, regarding issues such as his decision not to disclose his experimenting with LSD and a juvenile arrest on a murder charge in Philadelphia, for which he was later found not guiltyMeanwhile, Israel’s 2004 application was part of a background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He wrote on the application that he had never been named as a defendant in a lawsuit and never had a lien against him.However, Israel had actually been named in two foreclosure actions, as well as twice as a named defendant in lawsuits against the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.Both foreclosure actions involved the same property. Israel was never served with a notice in the first one, according to records.“In the mid-1980s, Sheriff Israel lent money to a friend to buy a condo and co-signed the mortgage for him,” Israel campaign consultant Amy Rose explained in an email to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His name was not on the title.She added, “Sheriff Israel never owned the property or lived in it. … It became apparent that Sheriff Israel and the Homeowners Association were only named as defendants to wipe out their interest in the property.”Please see a note from Sheriff Gregory Tony below. pic.twitter.com/0Q1BQR8Gia— Sheriff Gregory Tony 2020 (@sherifftony2020) May 3, 2020 As far as the police lawsuits, Israel again said he was never served and was unaware that he was sued.“During the time period these suits were filed [in the 1980s] Sheriff Israel worked as an undercover narcotics detective and it was common for the city to be sued for seizures,” Rose said. “All lawsuits against the city or an officer in his/her official capacity were served on the Police Dept. and handled by the City.”Both lawsuits were dismissed soon after they were filed, according to court records.On his FDLE form, Israel disclosed a 1975 arrest for trespassing at a motel in Key West. “Israel could have easily lied about his teenage arrest record because no documentation exists and generally it is very difficult for background investigators to uncover misdemeanor arrests,” Rose said. “Sheriff Israel has always disclosed this information as required.”Gov. DeSantis suspended Israel last year due to criticism of his handling of mass shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Madison native Craig Smith scored a pair of goals in the Badgers\’ thrilling 3-2 victory Friday night over the Gophers at the Target Center.[/media-credit]MINNEAPOLIS — Even with the WCHA playoff seeds set before Sunday’s game between the Badgers and Gophers, Minnesota — unlike Wisconsin –showed it still had plenty to play for on Senior Day.The Badgers spent most of the day watching the Gophers’ power play dominate en route to a 6-1 UM victory in the final regular season game of the year.UW couldn’t stay out of the penalty box Sunday, and it was costly as the Badgers forced junior goaltender Brett Bennett and a worn out penalty kill unit back out onto the ice time and time again to face a red-hot power-play unit.“This team is lethal on the power play, and they were on fire tonight,” tri-captain Ryan McDonagh said. “We take pride in killing penalties, but when you go back-to-back that many [times] it just wears on the same guys.”In Friday’s game, the Badgers took their fair share of penalties but behind a strong shorthanded effort, they forced the Gophers to go 0-for-6 with man advantage and UW came out with a win.The Badgers were not so fortunate Sunday, and Minnesota made the most of its opportunities, going 5-for-8 on the power play.UW came out with a ton of energy in the second period after falling behind early, but all the momentum created by several solid shifts and Michael Davies’ game-tying goal was sucked away with a penalty.McDonagh got in a scrap with UM co-captain Ryan Flynn and after both were given 10-minute misconducts, McDonagh was handed an extra minor for crosschecking. That’s when the onslaught began.“Up until the point that McDonagh got into the wrestling match, we tied the game; we were coming on, and from there it just deteriorated,” head coach Mike Eaves said.Freshman defenseman Justin Schultz joined McDonagh in the penalty box and co-captain Tony Lucia redirected a shot from the point to give the UM the lead with the power play goal.“We just took a penalty, and that was the turning point in the game right there,” Davies said.Cody Goloubef was called for roughing just over a minute later and Jacob Cepis buried a wide-open rebound with the man advantage.Then it was Brendan Smith’s turn to visit the box as he went off for unsportsmanlike conduct. That put another Badger in the box and it created another goal for Lucia.UW had spells of good pressure in that second period, but repeated trips to the penalty box ended any hope for a comeback.“I felt we were shorthanded the whole day,” tri-captain Blake Geoffrion said. “Every time we got something going we took a penalty and lost all the momentum.”The Gophers poured it on in the third period as they added two more power play goals.“Tonight they took advantage of the opportunities we gave them,” McDonagh, who was forced to watch the game slip away from the penalty box, said. “But if we continued to play five-on-five it could be a different story.”Aside from Sunday’s outing, Eaves’ squad has been terrific on the penalty kill throughout the season. Afterward, he seemed confident Sunday’s performance was just a fluke for the Badgers.“What happened out there was an aberration,” Eaves said. “But we will have their attention going into next week.”Like his coach, Geoffrion knows how critical special teams play is come playoff time and that he and the rest of the Badgers will need to straighten out the special teams to be successful.“We have to stay out of the box to win games this late in the season,” Geoffrion said. “Special teams is a huge thing going into the tournament and it’s hard to win games when you’re always shorthanded.”Now, the Badgers will go back to the drawing board with a bad taste in their mouths in preparation for first-round playoff opponent Alaska Anchorage.Eaves just hopes his team’s recent performance doesn’t carry over into the post-season.“Hopefully we got a lot of things out of our system today.”