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#870100 - 02/13/06 02:11 AM Anyone Remember "COPS" - D/S Linda Canada?
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Watching first season of COPS tonight on Court TV and I was determined to research what I could find on Broward County (FL) Sheriff's Deputy Linda Canada (now LT. Linda Canada-Stuck) and her at the time (now huband) Deputy Jerry Wurms (today Sgt. Jerry Wurms).

I was trying to find a current photo of Linda, citing she was very attractive in the late 80's during the taping of COPS.

Anyways, a Google search revealed that one of her sons (some of you may remember him in a high-chair as an infant when COPS taped at her home when Deputy Wurms was moving in) is a real hellion on the road in Broward County, as well as neighboring counties.

Kinda interesting if you are a fan of Linda - unfortunately, no pictures available....

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Deerfield teen steering clear of tickets for street racing

Wurms' parents, both BSO veterans, deny son has legal `privileges.'

By Chris Kahn

Staff Writer
Posted May 30 2005


Florida's street racing law was meant to stop people like John Wurms. The 18-year-old mechanic from Deerfield Beach tears up roads in Broward and Palm Beach counties, hitting 100 to 140 mph in his shiny red Ford Focus.

In 21/2 years, Wurms has received at least 14 traffic tickets, court records show. None was for street racing, only two resulted in convictions, and the toughest penalty he's faced is a $130 fine for speeding.

Wurms is not alone in beating Florida's street racing law. Police and prosecutors often don't pursue cases because they're hard to prove. Only about one in 10 racing charges statewide leads to conviction.

While Wurms fights tickets in court, he brags that he also has another advantage -- he claims he has pull with the Broward Sheriff's Office, where his parents work.

Court records show that Broward sheriff's deputies have never ticketed Wurms, though many other law enforcement agencies have: Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and Coral Springs, Delray Beach and Boca Raton police.

As the son of Lt. Linda Canada-Stuck and Sgt. Jerald Wurms, both 18-year Broward Sheriff's Office veterans, John Wurms said he has "privileges." Instead of giving him citations, Wurms said, Broward deputies talk to his parents.

But Wurms' parents deny that claim. His mother, one of four lieutenants in the sheriff's Deerfield Beach district, said she did not know he raced. She said her son, who lives on his own, is responsible for his own actions.

"I won't [even] pay to have his car fixed," Canada-Stuck said. "I don't have anything to do with this. I have no idea what he's doing."

His father, who is assigned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said he has received calls from officers who have pulled over his son, but Jerald Wurms said he has never asked for favors.

"If a police officer calls me about his driving, I say, `Do what you need to do,'" Jerald Wurms said.

Police and prosecutors have not taken street racing seriously enough, said State Rep. John "Q" Quinones, R-Kissimmee. During the recent legislative session, Quinones pushed through a tougher version of Florida's street racing law.

The new law, if approved by the governor, would take effect Oct. 1. It would raise street racing from a second-degree to first-degree misdemeanor with maximum penalties of a $1,000 fine and one year in jail. Those convicted of racing again within five years could lose their cars.

But even with the stiffer penalties, street racing would remain as hard to prove in court, South Florida prosecutors said.

Prosecutors need witnesses who saw the cars speeding, and also must prove the drivers were competing against each other, said Jose Baldor, the assistant chief for DUI and traffic offenses with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

"Some of these drivers don't even know each other," Baldor said. "They're at a red light and they both have fast cars, and it's like, `I'm going to race you to the next light.'"

Only 11 percent of the 4,903 street racing tickets written statewide resulted in convictions in 2003, according to the latest statistics from the Florida Uniform Traffic Citations report. In contrast, 65 percent of the 65,113 citations for driving under the influence that year resulted in convictions.

Wurms, a self-described street racer, has never been cited under the original street racing law, enacted in 2003, the year after he got his driver's license.

But he's faced plenty of other citations. Court records in Broward and Palm Beach counties show police stopped Wurms for speeding five times, careless driving three times and other traffic violations six times.

According to court records, six of the charges were dismissed. Four were settled with "adjudication withheld" agreements that allowed Wurms to avoid conviction, though he was still ordered to pay fines ranging from $50 to $130.

Wurms was convicted of one charge of operating an unsafe vehicle and another charge of using improper equipment. Two other charges, for having an obscured tag and violating a traffic device, are pending.

Wurms said he fights his tickets, paying attorney's fees to keep points off his license and avoid suspensions. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Wurms has no points on his driving record and his license has never been suspended.

"I have a bunch of lawyers," Wurms said.

Though he has never gotten a ticket from the Broward Sheriff's Office, Wurms said he often races in the Deerfield Beach area because that is the sheriff's district where his mother works.

Twice in March, a South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter watched as Wurms was pulled over by sheriff's deputies in northeast Broward. He didn't get a ticket either time, court records show.

Late at night on March 18, deputies stopped Wurms after he raced another car at about 100 mph on Powerline Road. Ten days later, also late at night, deputies stopped Wurms after he said he skidded through the intersection of Powerline Road and Southwest 10th Street in a high-speed stunt called "drifting."

Although Wurms doesn't live with either parent, he said Broward deputies spoke with his mother on the phone both times they stopped him. Wurms said he got a tongue lashing from his mother, but that was the end of it.

Canada-Stuck disputed her son's account.

"I have nothing to do with him getting out of tickets," she said. "I would never condone anyone fixing his tickets. If people are not writing a ticket because that person's family is in law enforcement, that's their own problem."

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cheryl Stopnick said she doesn't know why deputies did not cite Wurms either time. "That's up to the law enforcement officer at the scene," Stopnick said.

Despite repeated requests, Stopnick declined to provide any documentation on traffic stops involving Wurms, saying it would be too difficult to track down such information.

Wurms said he told his father he was racing the night he crashed into the back of a Buick in Boca Raton on Sept. 17, 2004, totaling his car and crushing his left hand.

At the hospital, Jerald Wurms said he yelled at his son "till I was blue in my face." But John Boylston, the Boca Raton community service officer investigating the crash, said neither father nor son told him anything about racing. "I probably would have looked a little more into that," Boylston said.

Jerald Wurms said he did not ask for special favors his son; Boylston agreed with that account. "I was there as a father," Jerald Wurms said. "I didn't do anything with the investigators."

Boylston cited John Wurms for careless driving, a noncriminal infraction that comes with a $115 fine. But Boylston failed to include specific details explaining the careless driving charge, prompting the judge to dismiss the case, court records show.

David Armstrong, the owner of the Buick that Wurms struck on Yamato Road, said he was shocked when a reporter told him that Wurms said he had been racing, and that the charges had been dismissed.

"He's going to keep doing it, doing it, until he ends up killing himself or someone else," said Armstrong, 70.

Five months after Wurms got out of the hospital, he said he bought another Ford Focus and started building another racer.





Pretty pompus kid, huh????
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#870101 - 02/13/06 02:49 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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#870102 - 02/13/06 02:50 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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real winner there.. I guess some apples do fall far from the tree.
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#870103 - 02/13/06 08:25 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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Yeah, very unfortunate. It seems like a large amount of cop's kids turn out to be real sh!theads......that statement is true in my dept, but most have very young children at this point in time.
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#870104 - 02/13/06 08:30 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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real winner there.. I guess some apples do fall far from the tree.




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#870105 - 02/13/06 09:59 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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I would like to see what she looks like.....she was very attractive during the late 1980's COPS.
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#870106 - 02/13/06 11:06 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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I'd be funny if his mom or dad pulled him over and arrested him for street racing.
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#870107 - 02/13/06 11:08 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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i can't remember anything about her. do you know if cops was made available on dvd and which episode she may have been in
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#870108 - 02/13/06 11:41 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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She was on the cover of the "COPS - Shots Fired" DVD.
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#870109 - 02/13/06 11:54 AM Re: Anyone Remember
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does look familiar
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#870110 - 02/13/06 12:05 PM Re: Anyone Remember
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Or maybe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree... Think about it. ;-)

If anyone caught the "documentary" on street racing in Toronto, you will recall one scene where the cops are lined up waiting to pounce on a potential street race... The cops are talking about how reckless and dangerous the racing is. Suddenly, the street race is on, cops go on high, and what do they do? They peel out with their cv's in hot pursuit. Lets see, they where in the middle of telling the camera how dangerous the kids are in driving at high speeds... ;-)

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#870111 - 02/13/06 12:10 PM Re: Anyone Remember
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Toronto PD and Broward County are nowhere even near each other.
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#870112 - 02/13/06 05:03 PM Re: Anyone Remember
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No!? I'm floored. What am I gonna do!? NOTHING. The anecdote stands.

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#870113 - 02/13/06 05:04 PM Re: Anyone Remember
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Though it makes little sense, it shall stand.
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#870114 - 02/13/06 06:07 PM Re: Anyone Remember
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that kid is a total douche
he's gonna get killed doin that crap in a Focus!
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