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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Former executive director accused of stealing money from Overtown charity

MIAMI – For nearly 50 years, the Overtown-based Transition Inc. charity has helped formerly incarcerated or homeless people get back on their feet. “They helped me find employment,” Freddie D. Clarke said. “They work with you, with your resume.” Transition estimates they helped place 1,000 people in jobs last year and thousands of others get help in other ways to get back on their Continue Reading...

South Florida lawmakers call for defective drywall makers to pay up

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – South Florida families affected by defective Chinese drywall were joined Monday by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Federica Wilson in urging action against the responsible companies, which have thus far avoided legal consequences. David and Corina Gonzalez are one of five families who have been financially and emotionally drained after finding contaminated Chinese drywall in their homes. “This whole Continue Reading...

Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz want to shield names of mental health experts

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Less than a week after a contentious exchange with the judge, an attorney for Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was noticeably absent from court during a status hearing. Assistant public defender Melisa McNeill wasn’t present for Tuesday afternoon’s hearing. McNeill’s absence comes after Broward County Judge Elizabeth Scherer chastised her for “being disrespectful” during a previous hearing Continue Reading...

Attorney, Judge Argue Over Parkland School Shooting Evidence

An attorney representing the suspect in last year’s Florida high school massacre and the judge overseeing the case got into a brief but heated argument Friday during an otherwise routine pretrial hearing over evidence. Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill accused Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer of misrepresenting her arguments during a hearing over whether prosecutors are turning over in a full Continue Reading...

Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Charges Against Patriots’ Robert Kraft As Part of Deal: Report

Kraft, 77, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. About 300 men have been charged and 10 massage parlors closed in multiple counties between Palm Beach and Orlando as part of a law enforcement crackdown on illicit massage parlors and human trafficking. Several operators and employees have also been charged. Police say Kraft visited the Continue Reading...