Lost Treasures - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Lost Treasures

Posted: Updated:

It's been close to three years since former Broward Sheriff Nick Navarro passed away. As you might expect, it's been hard on his widow. But what you might not expect is the legal battle that has developed over the sale of his company. Investigative Reporter Carmel Cafiero has the story.

WSVN -- The funeral service for Nick Navarro is the last time most of us saw his widow Sharron.

The former sheriff spent his career fighting crime and was a larger than life figure here in South Florida.

Before being elected sheriff, he ran BSO's organized crime division and fought drug suspects not from a desk, but on the street.

After Nick left office, he and Sharron started a successful security business. But today she says she has lost it all.

Sharron Navarro: "You know Carmel, I lost my husband, just about lost my house, lost my business and I've lost the building that I owned that the business was in all within a year."

A fight over the sale of the Navarro Security Companies is pending in court.

Carmel Cafiero: "The main issue is money. It's all about revenue promised and revenue delivered. The buyer sued Sharron and Sharron sued the buyer."

Also at issue, personal items that Sharron claims were taken by the new owner when the company moved.

She says souvenirs from Nick's career are missing. Among them, two original posters from Scarface given to Nick by actor Al Pacino.

Nick had been a consultant on the movie.

Sharron says several paintings are also missing, including a portrait of Nick that is very important to her.

Sharron Navarro: "Well I'm sick over it. I truly am. I'm very sick about this. The whole thing I'm just sick about, you know, losing Nick's portrait which I loved and any personal items we had together."

But she's not alone.

Private investigator Wayne Black has volunteered to help.

Wayne Black: "Well we're gonna get it back. I don't know how yet but we're going to get it back."

Jamaican table tennis star Joseph Dibbs, seen here in a YouTube video, and his electronics company bought the Navarro Security Companies which now operates from Plantation.

In court papers, they deny taking any property in violation of the sales contract.

Dibbs declined an on camera interview but his attorney sent this statement: "Sharron Navarro's accusations concerning the alleged taking of her personal property are without merit and undeniably have been made in retaliation to the meritorious civil litigation that was filed against her arising from the sale of her security companies nearly three years ago. It is unfortunate that Ms. Navarro is now trying to gain leverage in the lawsuit by asserting such unsubstantiated claims."

The court case over the sale could take years. It's a fight that has taken an emotional and financial toll.

Sharron Navarro: "I can't sleep at night."

Carmel Cafiero: "You're still smiling.

Sharron Navarro: "Well, I'm smiling."

But there's no doubt Sharron Navarro was not smiling after reading this letter from Dibbs' attorney last Friday. It demands she withdraw her claims concerning the missing items.

In part it reads, "The accusations that her property was taken are plainly false and that the few items in Dibbs' possession are undeniably part of the sale."

It appears a courtroom is the only place this dispute will be settled.

IF YOU HAVE A STORY FOR CARMEL TO INVESTIGATE:

Miami-Dade: 305-627-CLUE

Broward: 954-921-CLUE

E-mail: clue@wsvn.com

  • Help Me HowardMore>>

  • Found Savings Bonds, Can't Find Owner

    Found Savings Bonds, Can't Find Owner

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:57:35 GMT
    It's what some people dream about: finding an envelope filled with money. One South Florida woman did find it in a parking lot, but she wasn't dreaming of riches. She was determined to find the owner. She couldn't, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    It's what some people dream about: finding an envelope filled with money. One South Florida woman did find it in a parking lot, but she wasn't dreaming of riches. She was determined to find the owner. She couldn't, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
  • Finding a Burglar

    Finding a Burglar

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:48 GMT
    Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
  • Still Paying Debt 15 Years Later

    Still Paying Debt 15 Years Later

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:04:13 GMT
    In 1999, she was a teenager who had a car accident. A judge hit her with a judgment to pay for the other drivers medical bills. For 15 years off and on she has paid that judgment and today found out she owes more than the original debt, even though she has paid nearly the amount owed. Is that legal? It's why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    In 1999, she was a teenager who had a car accident. A judge hit her with a judgment to pay for the other drivers medical bills. For 15 years off and on she has paid that judgment and today found out she owes more than the original debt, even though she has paid nearly the amount owed. Is that legal? It's why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

  • 7News InvestigationMore>>

  • Captain of Controversy

    Captain of Controversy

    Capt. Francesco SchettinoCapt. Francesco Schettino
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
  • Till Death Do Us Part

    Till Death Do Us Part

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-11-08 04:54:26 GMT
    Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up. Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up.
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
  • Blackwater Fever

    Blackwater Fever

    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As...
    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As Patrick...
  • Bite with BelkysMore>>

  • Grilled Oysters/Papa's Raw Bar

    Grilled Oysters/Papa's Raw Bar

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:15:41 GMT
    South Florida seafood is always a treat and tonight it's oysters on the half shell. That's what's cooking as we grab a Bite with Belkys.
    South Florida seafood is always a treat and tonight it's oysters on the half shell. That's what's cooking as we grab a Bite with Belkys.
  • Summer Pasta Alle Erbe/Pipalato

    Summer Pasta Alle Erbe/Pipalato

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:01:12 GMT
    In the hot Summer months people like to eat light and tonight we have a meatless dish that's tasty and easy to make. Italian is on the menu as we grab a Bite with Belkys.
    In the hot Summer months people like to eat light and tonight we have a meatless dish that's tasty and easy to make. Italian is on the menu as we grab a Bite with Belkys.
  • Lomo Saltado/La Mar

    Lomo Saltado/La Mar

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:51:30 GMT
    When you think of stir fry, you think Chinese. But we're heading to a Peruvian joint that is taking stir fry to a whole new delicious level. That's what's cooking tonight as we grab a Bite with Belkys.
    When you think of stir fry, you think Chinese. But we're heading to a Peruvian joint that is taking stir fry to a whole new delicious level. That's what's cooking tonight as we grab a Bite with Belkys.
  • Carmel on the CaseMore>>

  • BADge Behavior: Miami-Dade Police officer cuts a deal after being accused of stealing gas from the county

    BADge Behavior: Miami-Dade Police officer cuts a deal after being accused of stealing gas from the county

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:15:18 GMT
    Former Miami-Dade Police Officer Rose StabioFormer Miami-Dade Police Officer Rose Stabio
    WSVN -- There is one less police officer in South Florida tonight. She has resigned in disgrace after being caught stealing gas. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.
    WSVN -- There is one less police officer in South Florida tonight. She has resigned in disgrace after being caught stealing gas. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.
  • Former State Corrections Officer Cleared in Shooting Death Outside Bar

    Former State Corrections Officer Cleared in Shooting Death Outside Bar

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-07-09 02:34:21 GMT
    Tonight there's a decision on whether to charge a former state corrections officer who shot and killed a man outside of a bar. Was it murder, manslaughter, or self defense? Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero broke the story and is back On the Case.
    Tonight there's a decision on whether to charge a former state corrections officer who shot and killed a man outside of a bar. Was it murder, manslaughter, or self defense? Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero broke the story and is back On the Case.
  • Highway Hazard: FHP Investigates Rocks Thrown at Cars on Turnpike

    Highway Hazard: FHP Investigates Rocks Thrown at Cars on Turnpike

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-02 03:55:52 GMT
    Tonight, a warning for drivers along a portion of Florida's Turnpike: Rocks are being thrown at cars. Now, authorities are targeting those behind this "Highway Hazard." Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.
    Tonight, a warning for drivers along a portion of Florida's Turnpike: Rocks are being thrown at cars. Now, authorities are targeting those behind this "Highway Hazard." Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.