Deputy suspended, accused of sleeping on duty at Stoneman Douglas

Doug Mendoza
March 22, 2018

A sophomore was hospitalized for a mental-health evaluation after deputies learned he had posted photos of himself on Snapchat with a gun in his waistband along with images of bullets, according to the sheriff's office. He is now being held on $500,000 bail.

A Broward County grand jury indicted the 19-year-old Cruz earlier this month on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree. Governor Rick Scott and Florida legislative leaders made their appointments Tuesday. Scott says he continues to hear from parents who lost their children in the February 14 shooting, and they are still concerned about student safety at the school. "I'm focused on lots of individuals that shouldn't be allowed to go onto a school campus".

Also this week, Broward County sheriff's deputy Moises Carotti, the school's resource officer, was suspended with pay after a student discovered the officer sleeping in his patrol vehicle on Monday.

Local media report a student found Deputy Moises Carotti asleep in his patrol auto outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Monday.

We have reached out to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office about the allegations and are awaiting their response.

The teen's attorney argued the bond for misdemeanor trespassing is typically $25.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested Monday in Parkland for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his older brother killed 17 people. Meanwhile, a 9-inch knife was found in the backpack of Gavin Stricker, leading to his arrest, according to the police report. "Given the developments over the past 24 hours, we will further enhance school safety measures".

The members of the 16-member commission were announced Tuesday. "Up until now, they were not even checking the people who were coming in through the other exits, they just let us walk in without question".

Scott also appointed Ryan Petty and Andrew Pollack to the commission.

The commission will review what happened at Parkland and other mass shootings and make recommendations on how to prevent future attacks.

Broward Schools issued a statement saying they will continue to work with law enforcement regarding these incidents.

Deschamps described making a death bed promise to Lynda Cruz to take in her two sons, Nikolas and Zachary, after she died. "The only thing that it going to matter is to change the gun laws", said 10th grader Ben Dustin. She called 911 on three separate occasions.

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"Zachary explained that he and his friends, when they were younger, had bullied Nikolas, which he now regrets ever doing", the report said.

Cruz, who shares a mother with the accused gunman, was ordered to have zero contact with his brother.

Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered Cruz to be fitted with an ankle monitor should he post bail and told him to stay at least a mile away from the high school in Parkland.

She stills cares for Zachary, she said. To do so, he bypassed the locked doors and gates of the campus and ignored previous warnings by school officials to stay off the property, officials said.

Deschamps was in NY at the time of his arrest, according to prosecutors.

Both suspects were charged with weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon on school property, according to the police reports.

"And I said, 'What's different this time?"

"Of all the schools in America, you would think this would be the safest one right now", Rubio said. Her father, Scott, told the judge, "My daughter's never been in trouble a day in her life".

But prosecutors said Zachary Cruz has "all the same flags" as his brother and he's been overheard admiring his brother's popularity during jailhouse visits, the Herald reported.

Nikolas Cruz was living with a different family when the Stoneman Douglas shooting took place.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, however, told a local newspaper there was no security breach.

In the five weeks since the deadly school shooting that took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman, survivors have become the face of #NeverAgain, a gun control movement.

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