BROWARD HOME DECLARED UNSAFE
- BSO Case Number: SW02-05-532
- PIO Number: 02-5-60
- Date: May 29, 2002
- Place of Occurrence: 6410 SW 185th Way, Southwest Ranches
- Arnold Goodman, 87, 4/28/15, 6410 SW 185th Way, Southwest Ranches
- Maurice Goodman, 38, 8/30/63, 6410 SW 185th Way, Southwest Ranches
Description of Incident:
Day two of an ongoing Broward Sheriff's Office investigation into a rubbish strewn Southwest Ranches home has led to the home being deemed unsafe by Broward County fire officials.
The afternoon of Tuesday, May 28, 2002, BSO deputies went to the home of 87-year old Arnold Goodman and his 38-year old son, Maurice Goodman in response to a call about possible animal abuse. When deputies arrived at the home at 6410 SW 185th Way, they noticed the dwelling and surrounding property piled high with debris. Inside the abode, garbage and assorted items stood as high as five feet in many areas with only narrow pathways between rooms. Outside, at least a dozen vehicles in various stages of disrepair littered the landscape.
After taking both men to the Cleveland Clinic for physical and psychiatric evaluation, investigators began the daunting task of securing the property. On Tuesday, BSO detectives and deputies found nine dogs, seven birds, and numerous rifles and handguns. The work continued the next day with additional weapons discovered and five more dogs taken from the home.
The approximately 50-60 weapons are currently being held for safekeeping and the pets have been turned over to animal control.
The Broward Sheriff's Office is working with other agencies to get the Goodmans any help they may need as the investigation continues.
At this time, no criminal charges have been filed against either man.
- INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. L. Duff, and Lt. R. Baranski
- THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 5/29/02 5:00 p.m.