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Detectives in the Upper Keys are investigating three reports involving hidden cameras found in women’s restrooms.

In all three incidents, miniature cameras hidden in coat hooks were found mounted on the walls in the women’s restrooms.

The coat hooks mounted in all three locations are identical to devices available for purchase on line, sold by various companies as “home security devices.” Detectives have notified Monroe County Public Works and Islamorada Public Works and asked them to check all the bathrooms at county and city facilities; Sheriff Rick Ramsay wants to let everyone know so they also can be on the lookout.

All of the devices found so far look like simple white coat hooks with the camera mounted behind it and utilizing a very small hole in the top portion of the coat hook for the lens of the camera. They use motion detection cameras inside to take video.

If you ever see one of these coat hooks in your hotel bathroom or elsewhere, leave immediately and call 911.

Hotels and the owners of other properties have a certain duty to tenants, visitors, and customers to keep the area safe and secure. When they fail to provide a safe environment and someone is injured as a result, property owners can be found liable.

Negligent security deals with an owner failing to show reasonable care for the safety of others. Lack of reasonable care can range from a robbery at an ATM on site or as this case shows, hidden cameras installed in hotel bathrooms.

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Texas club owners failed to amp up security for a show featuring two rival rap groups and an aspiring emcee was shot in the head, according to reports.

The man’s mother alleges the fight could have been expected.

The show was on April 9 and according to the Facebook post, it was for people 21 and over. The emcee that died was only 18.   

The court documents allege that the club put profit over the safety of patrons.  

“The show featured two competing and potentially violent rap music groups whose members are believed to be prominent in local street gang activity,” the lawsuit states.

A fight broke out at the event and spilled into a parking lot and that is when the emcee received a gunshot wound to the back of his head.

He died three days later in the hospital.

His mother is seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages for gross negligence, premises liability and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Nightclub owners are obligated to exercise caution and prevent guns from entering their club. When adequate security measures are in place, shootings and other injuries can be prevented. Sadly, security at nightclubs is not always taken as seriously as it should be, and when an accident that could have been prevented occurs, this results in negligent security cases. These lawsuits seek to hold the nightclub accountable for the wrongful injury or death of a victim. While no amount of money will bring the deceased back or heal an injury, it can send a message to the negligent nightclub owner and prevent any future incidents.

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According to police, a man was stabbed and critically wounded during an altercation outside a St. Petersburg nightclub early Sunday.

Just before 2 a.m., an argument involving several people inside the nightclub located at 2420 Central Avenue, continued outside on the street.

A witness told police they saw a 29-year-old man stab a 32-year-old man twice.

An officer on the scene arrested the man accused of the stabbing and charged him with attempted second-degree murder.

179875756_5ac7eb2447_zThe man that was stabbed was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where he underwent surgery. He is listed in critical condition.

Violent crime is a serious problem in and around bars and nightclubs. The Tampa Bay Negligent Security Lawyers at Whittel & Melton routinely represent victims of violent crime and help them to recover financial compensation for injuries, and in many cases, for wrongful death.

Business owners have a legal duty to provide adequate security for customers and visitors in order to prevent foreseeable violent crimes. If there has been criminal activity on or near the premises in the past, then the owner of the property should have known that future criminal activity could take place and taken proper steps to implement adequate security measures. When the proper steps are not taken, then the business or property owner can be held liable in a civil personal injury or wrongful death case based on negligent security and they could be required to pay compensation to the injury victim or the family of the person killed.

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St. Petersburg police believe gun shots fired at the Onyx Premium Nightclub may have left one man injured last night, but they can’t be sure.

The apparent victim arrived at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg shortly after police were called to the club about 3:15 a.m. According to reports, the 31-year-old refused to tell police how he ended up with a gunshot wound in his right leg.

nightclubA police spokesman claims the victims was “very uncooperative” and told officers to leave him alone.

No one else at the club or nearby it was able to provide police with details.

The same club, under its former name, The Scene, was the site of a February 2012 shooting where at least one man was injured. Following that incident, at least three negligence claims were filed against the club’s former owners in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court.

When people go out to bars and nightclubs in Tampa and St. Petersburg, they expect to enjoy their evening and have a good time. Unfortunately, there are too many times when a night out on the town ends in a violent attack, unnecessary injuries, beatings, shootings and even death. In certain situations, people may have been subjected to unreasonably dangerous conditions that harmed them. If you have been the victim of an act of violence that caused a terrible injury at a nightclub or bar, a Tampa Negligent Security Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help.

Under the law of premises liability, owners and supervisors of nightclubs and bars can be held liable for any violent crimes that occur on their property, including shootings, accidents, assaults, injuries and wrongful death. Bar security staff, bouncers, restaurant and bar managers and other employees may also be held accountable for violent acts when extreme force is used.

If you or someone you love was the victim of an attack, beating, shooting, accident, injury or even death at a nightclub or bar, you may be infuriated and unsure of how to obtain justice. Opportunely, the law allows those who have been the victims of nightclub or bar negligence to seek compensation for damages including past, present and future medical care needs, lost past and future wages, emotional pain and suffering, hospital and ambulance bills and other expenses through what is known as a personal injury lawsuit.

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The family of one of the Navy Yard shooting victims re-filed a suit in Florida state court earlier this year in April for the wrongful death of their loved one, according to reports.

This wrongful death lawsuit names the United States government and two government contractors as defendants.

bulletsLast year, the family filed a similar suit in federal court, but the case was dismissed for procedural reasons. Now, the family has added the two government contractors as defendants, specifically claiming that these contractors, who employed the shooter, failed to recognize several signs of mental health issues that the shooter displayed in the time leading up to the heartbreaking event.

The suit also states that the government was negligent in failing to secure the Navy Yard as well as run and adequate background check on the shooter.

The most recent lawsuit was filed in Florida state court, as opposed to federal court where the wrongful death suit was filed last year. This was done to keep all the defendants together. However, if the defendants choose to do so, the case can be moved to a federal court in Florida.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed when the death of a family member was caused by someone else’s negligence. As this case demonstrates, the named defendant does not actually have to be the sole cause of the death. In fact, in most cases it only needs to be shown that the death could have been avoided if the defendant’s negligence was not a factor.

In addition to showing that the defendant played a role in the victim’s death, a wrongful death suit must usually be brought by an immediate family member of the deceased, such as a parent, child or spouse. With that said, in certain cases it may be possible for another living  relative to bring the suit, however, every case is different. A Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can advise you on whether a party is appropriate in a wrongful death claim.

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A 28-year-old cruise ship worker has been arrested after being accused of raping a passenger aboard a Holland America Line vessel and then trying to throw her overboard, according to authorities.

The FBI arrested the man Sunday when the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The incident apparently occurred early Friday morning in international waters off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.

The victim, a 31-year-old U.S. woman, told detectives that she was attacked and raped in her stateroom. She went on to tell authorities that her attacker attempted to throw her from the balcony, but she escaped and received help from another passenger.

holland america cruiseThe accused eventually turned himself in. According to reports, the 28-year-old Indonesian man told investigators he attacked the victim because she had disrespected him earlier.

The man has been charged with attempt to commit murder and aggravated sexual abuse.

Holland America Line issued a statement on Tuesday stating that they are working with the authorities to understand how the incident occurred and what additional actions the company can take to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

“At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests is our highest priority, and we are shocked and deeply saddened by this incident,” Holland America Line president and CEO Stein Kruse said in a news release. “To our knowledge, no incident like this has occurred in our company’s 140-year history.”

The MS Nieuw Amsterdam took a seven-day western Caribbean charter cruise that left from Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 9.

If you are a cruise ship passenger that has been injured on a cruise ship then you need to seek experienced legal help as soon as possible. Special laws govern injury claims for passengers of cruise lines, limiting the time you have to file a lawsuit, sometimes as soon as six months from the incident date. A Fort Lauderdale Cruise Injury & Maritime Law Attorney at Whittel & Melton proudly helps passengers that have suffered harm in many different cruise ship accident situations. From criminal assaults or sexual attacks committed by other crew members or passengers to slip, trip and fall accidents and other mishaps arising from negligence, we can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones suffered a head injury early Monday morning after he was apparently struck over the head with a champagne bottle by a stripper named Sweet Pea on a party bus.

According to TMZ.com, Jones was partying on the bus in D.C. celebrating Bryant McKinnie’s 34th birthday when the alleged stripper hit him over the head with a “gigantic Ace of Spades bottle.”

After Jones was struck by the bottle, and ambulance was apparently called for “a bleeding male.”

Sources from TMZ say that people were leaving a club at 3 a.m. when the party bus brawl began.

TMZ reported that Jones, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant, was “bleeding everywhere.”

Several other Ravens teammates were out celebrating McKinnie’s birthday. The Ravens were coming off of a 30-9 win over Houston on Sunday.

Ace of Spades.jpgIt is unclear why Sweat Pea struck Jones over the head with the bottle. It is also unknown how large the bottle was that hit Jones. However, Ace of Spades bottles come in eight sizes, ranging from 750 milliliters to 30 liters.

According to TMZ, one of Jones’ friends apparently tried to retaliate against the stripper, but McKinnie stepped in to stop the fight. However, an alleged altercation then broke out between McKinnie and Jones’ friend.

Authorities responded to the scene, but no one was arrested.

Business and property owners in Florida have a duty to warn all patrons and visitors to their property of any dangerous conditions. This includes taking necessary action to prevent any injuries from occurring on their property. In areas that are highly susceptible to crime, such as night clubs, parking lots, parking garages, strip clubs, college campuses, hotels, apartment buildings and even party buses, business or property owners have a duty to provide sufficient security. However, many business and property owners fail to take such precautions simply because of the high cost associated with adequate security measures. Too often, this failure leads to serious injury or wrongful death.

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Former chief of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reportedly reached an agreement to settle a civil suit filed by the hotel maid that accused him of rape.

According to the New York Times, full details of the settlement are unknown, but the French media reported that Strauss-Kahn would be paying the maid $6 million.

The Associated Press reported that a New York judge facilitated the deal.

1341162_hotel_fasade_3.jpgIn any personal injury case, there are varying degrees of injuries. In many rape cases, there may not be any serious physical injuries, but emotional and psychological trauma, which can be equally as devastating as a catastrophic physical injury, if not more. A Florida Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton knows how difficult it can be to move forward after a violent attack and can help you obtain the necessary compensation needed to fully recover.

Sadly, sexual assault in the workplace is not a new topic. In the case involving Strauss-Kahn, a New York hotel maid alleged that he forced himself on her sexually while she was attempting to clean his room. Cases involving violent and sexual attacks are not uncommon, but it is important to understand that all employees have the right to feel safe in their work environment. When a dangerous situation arises and results in injuries, a person may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against negligent property owners, managers and even other staff members.

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The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that a 17-year-old young man was shot and killed during a party at the Lake Padgett Estates, in Land O’Lakes, FL. The 2:00 a.m. shooting occurred allegedly in a parking lot outside of the evening festivities.

The information reported indicates that a group had gathered outside of the development clubhouse, specifically in the parking lot. It is unknown what the Pasco County housing development knew with respect to any other criminal activity in the area. This shooting may open up the development to liability in the form of a Premises Liability action or what is coined a Negligent Security lawsuit.

Negligent Security actions are most commonly found in parking lots out front of clubs or convenient stores where criminal activity is known to be a problem in the area. Florida law obligates property owners to create safe environments and avoid foreseeable risks for their guests. The most obvious way for owners to help themselves and their customers can be simply to employ security and install cameras – but unfortunately many do not. The Pasco County Sheriffs Office continues to investigate and may make an arrest in this case.

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