Olga Woltering and her husband, Ralph, thought they’d have a safer trip to Fort Lauderdale if they left Georgia one day ahead of a snowstorm threatening their state.
They were wrong.
Olga Woltering was one of five people killed Jan. 6, 2017, in a mass shooting by gunman Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, who opened fire in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Now, her family wants to hold Delta Air Lines, airport operators, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and two security companies responsible for her death as other suits loom. It retained Di Pietro Partners, a Fort Lauderdale law firm headed in part by former Broward Judges Jay Spechler and Gary Cowart.
The firm represents two other families whose relatives died or were injured in the airport shooting. It plans to file additional suits on their behalf.
The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was being quizzed by FBI agents today in the hope she will reveal the motive behind the shooting spree that left 59 people dead at a country music concert.
Marilou Danley, 62, was met by federal investigators when she touched down at Los Angeles Airport on a flight from the Philippines.
The US authorities remain baffled why Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant with no criminal record and no history of violence, would plan and carry out the worst mass shooting in American history.
While Ms Danley was not formally arrested, she was described as ‘a person of interest’ by Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, whose department is leading the investigation.
A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested and charged Wednesday with secretly recording footage of a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January and then releasing it to TMZ, according to BSO.
Michael E. Dingman, 47, was booked at the main jail and released on a bond of $2,000 shortly after he turned himself in around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The arrest warrant alleges that Dingman used his cellphone to secretly record about 20 seconds of footage near the beginning of the airport shooting and then illegally send the video to the gossip website. The warrant also states Dingman tried to reset his phone to factory settings and submerge the phone in water to cover his tracks.
“This is a deputy who violated his oath, and I hope the truth surfaces and justice is served,’’ said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested a veteran deputy Wednesday, accusing him of secretly recording security video that showed a gunman shooting at passengers in January at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Two days after the mass shooting that took five lives, the video appeared on the gossip website TMZ.com.
Deputy Michael Dingman, 47, turned himself in to his employer’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday morning and was taken to the main jail in that city, Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said.
Dingman, who was hired in 1996, was charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence; unlawful use of a two-way communication device; violation of public records law and criminal use of a public record or public records information.
The 20-second video clip that showed the beginning of the mass shooting was a record that was not available for public release because it was part of a continuing criminal investigation, the sheriff’s office said. Dingman
Airport officials weren’t prepared to handle a mass crisis, clashed with law enforcement, and some workers simply didn’t know what to do in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 shooting that left five dead at Fort Lauderdale airport, according to a review by an outside consultant released Tuesday.
The 82-page report found that the Broward Sheriff’s Office overstepped its authority by taking control of duties that should have been left to airport officials. Also faulted: the airport’s “inadequate” plans to care for and efficiently evacuate passengers in an emergency.
The review is the latest to reaffirm a Sun Sentinel investigation published in April. The Sheriff’s Office in June released a draft evaluation of its own response, also echoing the Sun Sentinel’s findings.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Weeks after the arrest of the man accused of opening fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, he was having fits of crying and laughter, records say.
Broward County Jail records released Friday give a glimpse into Esteban Santiago’s life in custody after the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL), according to the Sun-Sentinel.
“Move on, that’s it for me,” he reportedly told staff after he was found crying while using a phone in jail two weeks after his arrest.
His time in the Broward jail was mostly spent in solitary confinement, on suicide watch, and under constant observation.
As the families of the victims recuperated after the attack, Santiago was mostly laying in his jail bunk sleeping or staring. His meals were brought to his cell and sometimes he refused to eat or shower.
On one occasion, he was seen doing push-ups and shadow boxing with himself.