Mexican actor guilty in Miami road rage death
A Mexican actor was convicted in South Florida on Tuesday of fatally punching a man during a road rage confrontation. A six-person jury in Miami-Dade circuit county found Pablo Lyle, 35, guilty of manslaughter, according to court records. “Two lives were destroyed by simple roadway anger, a situation we see far too often on our streets and on streets across the country,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
A Catholic charity hired a man to simulate a mass shooting at their building, complete with actors covered in blood. The drill ended with his arrest.
John Channels fired blanks at a conference room window where employees were gathered. One elderly woman told police she thought she was going to die.news.yahoo.com
Social media model charged with killing boyfriend in Florida
Prosecutors in South Florida announced a second-degree murder charge Thursday against social media model Courtney Clenney related to the fatal stabbing of her live-in boyfriend. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the charge against the 26-year-old model during a news conference. Clenney was arrested Wednesday in Hawaii.news.yahoo.com
Parkland school shooter’s sister wants to testify in his trial. But she’s in jail, too
As Nikolas Cruz enters the third week of his sentencing trial for the Parkland school massacre, his biological sister sits in a Miami-Dade jail on a carjacking charge — and her upcoming trial may now be complicated by his.news.yahoo.com
‘This is how you guys get killed out here,’ cop tells Black driver questioning traffic stop
A veteran Miami-Dade police officer is being investigated after video surfaced of him telling a Black man who questioned why he’d been pulled over, “this is how you guys get killed out here, man.”news.yahoo.com
English 16-year-old sent nude to her mom. It was meant for a Miami-Dade teacher, cops say
A relationship between a Miami-Dade teacher and a 16-year-old in England began with a comment on a cat photo online before blossoming into homework help and Harry Potter reading sessions, police say — but that wasn’t it.news.yahoo.com
Florida police officer convicted in woman's rough arrest
A jury took just over an hour to convict a Miami-Dade officer of felony battery and official misconduct in the rough arrest of a Black woman who had called police for help. Alejandro Giraldo was suspended after cellphone video circulated on social media in March 2019 showing him tackling Dyma Loving, who had called police to report that a neighbor had pointed a shotgun at her.news.yahoo.com
Police: Officer kills man who armed himself while in custody
The shooting occurred shortly before noon at a western Miami-Dade home, according to a police news release. Miami-Dade police officers had been assisting Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Marshals Service when they took a 53-year-old man into custody, police said. The man complained of feeling ill, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to evaluate him.news.yahoo.com
Warning issued for spring breakers and all swimmers from Miami Beach to Palm Beach
As spring break gets going this week in South Florida, the National Weather Service has extended the high rip current risk warning for the waters off Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to 7 p.m. Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Miami agrees to do something about its peacock problem
Peacocks could be on the outs in some South Florida neighborhoods after the Miami-Dade commission agreed to loosen a law protecting the birds. While the 20-year-old law still protects peacocks from harm, commissioners agreed Tuesday to allow cities to opt out if they present appropriate plans to humanely remove the divisive birds from areas where they're not wanted, the Miami Herald reported. “In my district, we learn to live with these peacocks,” said Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, representing Palmetto Bay, which has designated itself a bird sanctuary.news.yahoo.com
Northeast Florida gets over $54M for projects through resilient Florida grant program
Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Pinellas and Miami-Dade counties Tuesday to announce the award of grants totaling over $404 million for 113 environmental resilience projects across the state through the Resilient Florida Grant Program, which will help prepare coastal and inland communities for the adverse impacts of flooding and storm surge.
Porsche-Loving Miami Realtor Accused of ‘Execution Style’ Murder Spree
Miami Police/Miami-Dade JailA crypto-dabbling, Porsche-loving real estate agent has been denied bond after being accused of carrying out a chilling and unprovoked murder spree targeting homeless men in Miami.Willy Suarez Maceo, 25, was arrested and booked into the Miami-Dade jail system at 2:28 a.m. Friday on a murder charges.Miami Interim Police Chief Manuel Morales said Maceo allegedly drove up to a homeless man near downtown Miami on Tuesday night and shot him in the head. The unidentified manews.yahoo.com
Off-duty Miami-Dade officer commits assault, taps gun at son’s wrestling meet, cops say
A Miami-Dade police officer attending a high school wrestling match while off-duty over the weekend got a little carried away, police said, attacking and pushing someone to the ground in the gymnasium, then lifting his shirt and tapping his holstered firearm while being escorted out of the gymnasium.news.yahoo.com
Investigators trying to identify hundreds of bodies in Miami
Twenty-five years ago, a man feeding ducks with his nephew spotted a cardboard box wrapped in rope and duct tape floating down a Miami Lakes canal. Thinking it might be something valuable, they corralled the box, opened it and were immediately met with the smell of rotting flesh.
State Board of Education eyes 11 school districts over mask policies
Continuing to pressure school districts over their handling of COVID-19, the State Board of Education has scheduled a meeting next week to look at whether 11 districts have complied with rules aimed at preventing student mask mandates.
2 more large Florida school districts defy state over mask mandate
Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties have become the third and fourth school districts in Florida to adopt stricter mask mandates, a day after school boards in Broward and Alachua counties faced threats of severe penalties for defying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration, which says parents should decide whether their children wear masks.
Brother of NFL player charged in 2016 murder of an FIU student in parking garage
Miami-Dade police detectives have arrested two men in the killing of Michael Zaldua, the Florida International University student who was fatally shot inside a parking garage near the school in December 2016, the Miami Herald has learned.news.yahoo.com
Ethics panel rejects penalty for sham no-party candidate as not tough enough
A state ethics panel on Friday rejected a $6,500 fine against a sham no-party candidate who ran in a 2020 Miami-Dade legislative race, a rare move that was triggered by calls for stiffer penalties in a case one commissioner called one of the “most egregious” in Florida.news.yahoo.com
COVID is surging in Florida. Wanna bet DeSantis won’t put that on his beer koozie? | Editorial
As Florida faces one the highest rates of new coronavirus cases in the country, a more transmissible variant and millions of eligible Floridians have yet to be vaccinated, Gov. Ron DeSantis has found a way to make a buck from distrust in science and masks.news.yahoo.com
Selling site where Surfside condo collapsed shouldn’t mean there’s no memorial to victims | Editorial
We have just entered the third week since the horrific collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, such a short amount of time, it seems, to start putting a price tag on the property where the building once stood.news.yahoo.com
Miami-Dade judge approves pursuing sale of Surfside property that is site of condo collapse
Hundreds of victims of the deadly collapse of a Surfside condo building could expect to see compensation in the near future, as a Miami-Dade Circuit judge Wednesday approved the planned sale of the oceanfront property, valued at more than $100 million, as well as the disbursement of millions more in insurance payments for property and personal damages.news.yahoo.com
Fentanyl, alcohol killed South Beach tourist. Men accused of rape may face homicide charges
Miami prosecutors are weighing whether to upgrade criminal charges against two men accused of raping a South Beach tourist after an autopsy report revealed that she died, in part, because of fentanyl and alcohol.news.yahoo.com
Miami-Dade commission chairman, vaccinated for COVID-19, tests positive for the virus
The chairman of Miami-Dade’s county commission has tested positive for COVID-19 about four months after he said he was fully vaccinated for the virus — prompting a wave of planned tests for senior county leaders and raising questions about exposure at the Surfside command center.news.yahoo.com
Death toll rises to 90 in Surfside condominium collapse. Up to 31 remain missing Sunday
Search crews have discovered an additional four victims of the Surfside condominium collapse, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Sunday, bringing the confirmed death toll from the June 24 catastrophe to 90 with a remaining list of 31 people feared lost under the rubble.news.yahoo.com
Gov. DeSantis waives deadline for property taxes from Champlain Towers condo units
Families of people lost in the Surfside condominium collapse and surviving unit owners won’t have property taxes due this fall or see notices next month after an emergency order from Gov. Ron DeSantis waived deadlines tied to yearly bills from local governments.news.yahoo.com
14 more victims recovered from condo collapse site
The death toll in the Florida condominium collapse has risen to 78 after 14 additional victims were pulled out of the rubble. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine called it “staggering” and “heartbreaking" during a news conference on Friday. (July 9)news.yahoo.com
Legal snag halts Coconut Grove Playhouse revamp plan again. Our community is the loser | Editorial
The question of how to carve a new future for the Coconut Grove Playhouse has been discussed and debated since the aging but venerable venue on Main Highway closed its doors in 2006 in what we thought, at the time, would be a temporary move.news.yahoo.com
Surfside death toll jumps to 60 one day after shift from search-and-rescue to recovery
Two weeks after the building collapse at Surfside, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 60 bodies have been recovered from the rubble, as authorities pledged on their first official day of search and recovery to find every single victim.news.yahoo.com
Tears, prayers mark end to search for Miami condo survivors
A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed. The painstaking search for survivors shifted to a recovery effort at midnight Wednesday after authorities said they had come to the agonizing conclusion that there was “no chance of life” in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside. “We have all asked God for a miracle, so the decision to transition from rescue to recovery is an extremely difficult one,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a news conference.news.yahoo.com
Florida condo laws under scrutiny by Florida Bar task force after Surfside collapse
The Florida Bar has assembled a collection of experts to conduct a thorough review of the state’s condominium laws and make policy recommendations to state lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis that could prevent future tragedies like the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside.news.yahoo.com
Snook fishing reopens for some areas February 1st
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Snook is slated to reopen for recreational harvest on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to carefully handle and release snook you are not going to keep, which helps them survive after being released and helps ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”For more information about snook, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”
Miami-Dade hits grim milestone: 200K virus cases
MIAMI – The Department of Health said Saturday that Florida logged 4,452 new coronavirus cases, with 3,151 current hospitalizations. Miami-Dade has the most number of cases, logging more than 200,000 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to state statistics. The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Florida hospitals have risen in recent weeks. The state’s online census of hospitals showed numbers hovering between 2,000 and 2,200 for most of last month. The state’s outbreak peaked over the summer, with nearly 10,000 patients being treated in late July.
Eta soaks South Florida, weakens as it moves away from Keys
Tropical Storm Eta caused severe flooding in South Florida in areas already saturated from previous downpours. The system made landfall in the Florida Keys and posed a serious threat across South Florida, which was already drenched from more than 14 inches of rain last month. The Hurricane Warning for the Florida Keys and Florida Bay have been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning. The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for the Florida west coast from Englewood to Anna Maria Island. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will gradually pull away from the Florida Keys and south Florida today and be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Wednesday.
Facing state pressure, Miami schools OK reopening next week
MIAMI – Faced with a state ultimatum, the Miami-Dade school board agreed unanimously to reopen schools for classroom instruction next week despite looming fears that they're unprepared to prevent another spike in coronavirus infections. It was either share classroom air again or lose millions in state funding by scratching a reopening plan approved by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. He ordered the board in a letter last week to follow through on Monday, and said the state would allow only case-by-case exceptions for certain schools. Ron DeSantis have pushed for classroom instruction to begin again. In Miami-Dade, where schools have struggled to successfully implement remote instruction this school year, no school has more than four infections, the numbers show.
Teenager arrested in cyberattacks on Miami-Dade schools
District police said they also believe others were involved in the cyberattacks, which have plagued the Miami-Dade schools since they reopened Monday and students began receiving online instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We will not rest until every one of them is caught and brought to justice,” schools police chief Edwin Lopez said. Earlier, officials revealed that Carvalho had never signed a $15.3 million contract with the online platform at the center of the crisis. Ron Steiger, the Miami-Dade County school district's chief financial officer, made the announcement Wednesday during a school board meeting to discuss the failures of K12's online platform, My School Online, the Miami Herald reported. And the district could only measure one-time log-ins, not sustained participation, which is a feature offered by My School Online.
Florida passes 300,000 COVID-19 cases, averaging about 10,000 cases a day in July
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Florida reached yet another grim milestone Wednesday, passing 300,000 total cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began. According to data released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health, the state has reported 301,810 confirmed COVID-19 cases. So far for the month of July, Florida has reported 149,376 cases in just over two weeks, averaging just over 9,958 cases a day. The state has now recorded 4,626 COVID-19 deaths with seven more deaths reported in the greater Jacksonville area. Health officials attributed most of the new cases reported Tuesday to infections in Columbia Correctional Institute.
7 more COVID-19 deaths in greater Jacksonville, 133 more statewide
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The number of new cases of coronvirus in both Florida and Duval County continued to decline in Tuesdays report from the Department of Health, but there were 133 more deaths from COVID-19 reported statewide -- a new daily record -- there were three additional deaths COVID-19 in Jacksonville, three more in Clay County and one more in Nassau County. While that was the smallest daily increase since last week, the rate of positive tests went up from 11.46% on Monday to 15.02% on Tuesday. St. Johns County added 114 cases -- one below its daily record set last week. Columbia County surged by 149 cases after an increase of 114 the day before. Clay County has now had 39 deaths from COVID-19.
Virus detours Florida drivers getting licenses
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Floridas newest drivers still need to take behind-the-wheel tests to get licenses, but they should expect some changes in the way tests are conducted, at least while the coronavirus is still around. State and local offices across Florida have been closed since March due to the pandemic, leaving thousands of teens and new drivers waiting to get their drivers licenses. In April, 65 drivers licenses were issued, compared to the 3,800 licenses issued last April, he said. As Bay County restarts road tests, drivers license offices in a number of Florida counties and state-operated offices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Volusia counties have not reopened. He said his instructors are taking precautions and wear a double mask, a face mask and a plastic shield, every time they conduct road tests with students.
FBI joins search for missing baby after deaths of 3 women
MIAMI, Fla. – The FBI has joined the search for a newborn baby who disappeared after his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were fatally shot in South Florida, official said. FBI spokesman Michael Leverock confirmed the agency is assisting in the case, the Miami Herald reported Monday. Andrew Caballeiro was a week old when his father, Ernesto Caballeiro, 49, kidnapped him last month, Miami-Dade police said. A short time later, police found the bodies of Arlety García Valdés, 40; Isabel Valdés González, 60; and Lina González Licor, 84. “Our detectives are still following all the leads they have in the case," Miami-Dade police Detective Ángel Rodríguez said.
Snook fishing reopens Feb 1st
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Snook is slated to reopen for recreational harvest on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”The season will remain open through May 31. This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data, such as the size, age, maturity and sex, of one of Florida's premier inshore fish. For a county-by-county list of drop-off locations, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Snook” under the heading “Saltwater Fish,” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”Capt Don Dingman, of Hook The Future TV, releases a healthy snookFor more information about snook, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”
Miami-Dade to no longer prosecute minor marijuana cases
Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesMIAMI, Fla. - The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office will no longer prosecute minor cases involving marijuana, and police there will now be required to confirm suspected marijuana in felony cases with lab testing. Our sister station, Local10.com, reports the decision was announced Thursday in a memo sent to law enforcement agencies. Smelling or observing what officers suspect is cannabis will no longer be sufficient to establish probable cause of actually being cannabis, according to the memo. Hemp, which is similar to marijuana but does not contain THC, became legal in Florida in July. "There is no way to visually or microscopically distinguish hemp from marijuana."
How bad is crime where you live?
Some counties have a crime rate six times higher than other counties. In general, larger counties tend to have a higher crime rate, but there are many other factors that contribute to crime than more people. With 3,948 crimes per 100,000 residents, Duval County's overall crime rate is second only to Leon County (Tallahassee) among Florida counties. Alachua County's crime rate (3,706 per 100,000) has the fourth-highest crime rate in the state, one spot ahead of Miami-Dade, which has 10 times more people. Among Florida's metropolitan counties, Duval County clearly has the most murders per capita.