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Why Florida law may shield companies behind deadly FIU bridge from criminal charges

Why Florida law may shield companies behind deadly FIU bridge from criminal charges Engineers working for Florida International University saw gaping cracks open in their brand-new bridge. Someone thought the damage was sufficiently ominous to take a series of pictures. But no one thought to share the photos with employees at the Florida Department of Transportation, which could have ordered Continue Reading...

Law prevents police from naming juvenile homicide victims

Law prevents police from naming juvenile homicide victims When 16-year-old Jholie Moussa disappeared from her northern Virginia home in January, Fairfax County police publicized her name and her picture, hoping for a tip that would help locate her. When Jholie’s body was found a few days later, police found themselves banned from identifying her by name now that she was Continue Reading...

He got shot through a barbershop door. Florida’s self-defense law cleared the killer

He got shot through a barbershop door. Florida’s self-defense law cleared the killer Two seeming strangers went into a North Miami-Dade barbershop. One man, Robinson Fertulien, finished his haircut and walked to the bathroom to urinate. The other, Garry Garcon, was about to get his hair cut. Suddenly, somewhere outside the barbershop, gunfire erupted on the street. Everyone inside scattered, Continue Reading...

Data Shows Racial Bias in Miami-Dade, Florida Marijuana Arrests

Data Shows Racial Bias in Miami-Dade, Florida Marijuana Arrests Many states, even those which haven’t yet legalized cannabis for adult use, have recognized the need to address the massive, historical and ongoing disparities in drug law enforcement. Over decades, these disparities have contributed to the United States becoming the world’s largest jailer, a country not just of mass incarceration but Continue Reading...

Red-light cameras can stay, Florida Supreme Court rules

Red-light cameras can stay, Florida Supreme Court rules Red-light cameras are legal after all, but many South Florida cities say they won’t be using them. The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an argument that the city of Aventuragave too much power to an outside vendor to determine whether the cameras’ photos showed traffic violations. The ruling preserves the state’s red-light camera law, which lawmakers have failed to Continue Reading...

Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Accused of Fondling Girl

Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Accused of Fondling Girl A Miami-Dade police officer has been arrested amid allegations he molested an underage girl. Lt. Braulio Gonzalez was arrested Thursday as a result of an ongoing investigation, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said in a statement. “Detectives from our Special Victims Bureau arrested a member of our agency. To say that I am Continue Reading...

Miami-Dade Police Give Most Pot Citations to White People, While Black People Are Jailed

Miami-Dade Police Give Most Pot Citations to White People, While Black People Are Jailed New data from the Miami-Dade Police Department confirms the conclusions of a recent New Times investigation showing that thousands of South Floridians are needlessly arrested and saddled with criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The strategy is employed in a racially biased fashion and wastes tens of Continue Reading...

Popular Broward doctor’s ‘pill mill’ punishment is much less than feds sought – Sun Sentinel

A federal judge didn’t fully buy prosecutors’ argument that Dr. Andres Mencia, who specialized in geriatric care, deserved a more severe punishment for illegally prescribing addictive pain pills. The appropriate penalty, the judge ruled, was six and a half years in federal prison. Source: www.sun-sentinel.com Popular Broward Doctor’s ‘Pill Mill’ Punishment is Much Less than Feds Sought When a popular Continue Reading...

Man shatters drive-thru window at Wendy’s in northwest Miami-Dade – Local10.com

By Amanda Batchelor – Senior Digital Editor   MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video smashing the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s restaurant in northwest Miami-Dade. Police said the incident happened at 4:50 a.m. Monday at the Wendy’s at 8295 NW 27th Ave. According to investigators, the man pulled up on a bicycle and Continue Reading...
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