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3 Arrested After TSA Agent Gunned Down in Front of Child

Jasmine Martinez allegedly used PPP loan to hire hitman to kill Le'Shonte Jones

(Newser) - A hitman who fatally shot a young mother in front of her 3-year-old daughter was paid with a federal loan meant to help small businesses during the pandemic, according to police in Florida. Jasmine Martinez had requested the Paycheck Protection Program loan to keep her beauty salon operating, though it'...

Inspection Shuts Miami Landmark for Repairs
Miami Landmark
to Reopen After
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Miami Landmark to Reopen After Inspection

Dade County Courthouse was shut after condo tower collapsed

(Newser) - Update: The historic courthouse in downtown Miami is scheduled to reopen Dec. 6, now that an inspection ordered after the Surfside condo building collapse has been completed. An outside firm, EXP, issued an engineering report last month saying it discovered no structural problems involving steel columns in the Dade County...

A Twist for Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Teen

Cops say Heiry Calvi, 41, who allegedly had sexual relationship with 15-year-old, is 8 months pregnant

(Newser) - A Florida teacher arrested last week on accusations that she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student is eight months pregnant, per CBS Miami . It's not known who the father is of Heiry Calvi's unborn child, according to the outlet. However, the 41-year-old teacher came under scrutiny...

5 Miami Beach Cops Charged After 'Unspeakable' Actions

Footage shows officers kicking suspect and tackling, punching a bystander

(Newser) - Five police officers have been charged with battery after two Black men were violently arrested at a hotel in South Beach in Miami Beach. The arrests last week were captured on surveillance video recorded by the Royal Palm Hotel , the AP reports. The footage picks up Delonta Crudup running into...

Death Toll at 5, More Remains ID'd in Surfside

Number unaccounted for dropped to 156 Saturday, mayor said

(Newser) - Rescue crews found another body in the rubble of a collapsed 12-story condominium tower near Miami on Saturday, raising the death toll to five as they raced to recover any survivors while fighting back fire and smoke deep inside the concrete and metal remains. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced...

Florida Condo Building Crumbles: 'It Felt Like an Earthquake'

At least one dead, 8 injured after Champlain Towers South condo partially collapses

(Newser) - Search and rescue efforts continue after a condo tower partially collapsed overnight in the town of Surfside, Fla., just north of Miami Beach. Sources tell CBS Miami that at least one person has died, while ABC11 reports at least eight have been hospitalized with injuries, with one person said to...

Cops: Boy Shot in 'Drive-By,' With Dad Behind the Wheel

Father of 10-year-old charged with child neglect after paintball incident leads to real gun violence

(Newser) - Police say a Florida man agreed to take his son out for a "drive-by" shooting using a paintball marker, which ended with the 10-year-old boy being shot with a real gun. Michael Williams, 26, drove his van as his son leaned out, firing off paintballs into a crowd of...

Firefighter Too Late to Save Wife From Blaze at Own Home

'His whole world has been flipped upside down'

(Newser) - A Florida firefighter who rushed to the scene of a local fire made an awful discovery this week. Per a GoFundMe page set up by fellow firefighter Christopher Morales, Corey Logan, a 20-year veteran of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, was working overtime Tuesday when he got a Ring alert on his...

Miami Backtracks on Reopening
Miami Backtracks on Reopening

Miami Backtracks on Reopening

'It is a hard blow,' restaurant owner says as coronavirus cases jump

(Newser) - As coronavirus cases multiply in the area, Miami-Dade County has decided it's not ready for a full reopening after all. An executive order by Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez again closes gyms and prohibits in-restaurant dining, per the New York Times . "I am continuing to roll back business openings,...

Trump Tweet Set Off Mad Scramble Among Aides
Trump Tweet Set Off Mad
Scramble Among Aides
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Trump Tweet Set Off Mad Scramble Among Aides

Retweet of 'white power' video caused a ruckus, but he had left for golf course

(Newser) - President Trump set off a firestorm Sunday morning when he retweeted a video (watch it here , but note language) of a Trump supporter shouting "white power" to counterprotesters in a Florida retirement community. The tweet came down about three hours later, and the White House said Trump hadn't...

'Seriously?????' Jaws Drop Over $10M Renaming Offer

It's hard to imagine going to BangBros Center

(Newser) - BangBros Center? Technically, possible—in reality, don't hold your breath. But the porn site best known for mixing sex with vans says it's offering $10 million to rename the Miami Heat's arena for 10 years once American Airlines' sponsorship ends this year, CNET reports. "We intend...

Girl Shot by Coast Guard Dad Dies 9 Days Later

Case is now a triple murder-suicide

(Newser) - McKenna Presnar should have spent Christmas Day celebrating with her family. Instead, the 8-year-old succumbed to her injuries Christmas morning at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami—nine days after she was shot by her own father . Police say the case is now a triple murder-suicide, WPLG reports. Police say...

Cops Must Return Stripper's $20K in Cash

Miami-Dade police must also pay the woman's legal fees

(Newser) - Police in Florida have been ordered by a judge to pay back nearly $20,000 they seized from a stripper. Judge Rodney Smith ruled in favor of 20-year-old Lizmixell Batista and her husband, Ras Cates, in the case that began with a May traffic stop in Miami. Miami-Dade officers said...

Florida Mall to Be America's Biggest—by a Long Shot

You'll definitely need a map

(Newser) - In an era of shuttered shopping malls, the biggest one in America is set to be built. Officials in Florida's Miami-Dade County last month approved zoning changes for a 6.2-million-square-foot shopping and entertainment center on a 174-acre site off the Florida Turnpike, complete with an indoor water park,...

Teachers in This County Could Soon Live at School

Miami-Dade in preliminary planning stages for apartments on school grounds

(Newser) - Home is where the heart is, and maybe soon for some South Florida teachers, where the whiteboard is. Miami-Dade County has worked up a rough draft of plans for apartments on school properties in an effort to make housing for teachers more affordable and the commute obviously easier, per the...

2 Undercover Cops Shot in Ambush
2 Undercover Cops
Shot in Ambush

2 Undercover Cops Shot in Ambush

Miami-Dade police looking for 6 suspects

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway after two undercover officers conducting gang surveillance were shot in Brownsville, Florida, late Monday in what police describe as an ambush, say Miami-Dade police. The officers of the Homicide Street Violence Task Force were sitting in an unmarked van in the parking lot of an apartment...

One Immigrant Sanctuary Ends in Face of Trump Order

Miami-Dade's jails will hold undocumented immigrants for feds

(Newser) - President Trump's threat to withhold federal money has worked on at least one "sanctuary" jurisdiction, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, the mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County ended a 2013 policy that kept local jails from holding undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities. While Trump called the...

8 Injured in Shooting at Miami's MLK Park

2 suspects are being questioned

(Newser) - Miami-Dade police say eight people—five of them juveniles—have been wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, the AP reports. Police spokesman Detective Daniel Ferrin says in a news release that two suspects are being questioned about the Monday afternoon shooting. He says two firearms...

84 Pregnant Women in Florida Have Tested Positive for Zika

At least 1 baby has been born with microcephaly

(Newser) - Not only are locally acquired Zika cases on the rise in Florida, but 84 pregnant women have tested positive for the virus in the state, including at least 15 who've already given birth, say health officials. It isn't clear how many of those pregnancies had complications, but doctors...

Grandma Living in Trees for 25 Years Told to Destroy Home

Miami-Dade County officials says Shawnee Chasser's treehouse is unsafe

(Newser) - For almost a quarter-century, Shawnee Chasser has returned home in the evenings to a house in the trees, the latest one a wooden two-story structure built high above the ground on the Florida property where her late son used to live. But Miami-Dade County officials are now ordering the 65-year-old...

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