Month: March 2019

State will retry North Miami police officer accused of shooting unarmed man

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. - Prosecutors have decided to retry North Miami police Officer Jonathan Aledda on charges of attempted manslaughter in connection with the July 2016 shooting of an unarmed mental health therapist who was with his patient at the time. Aledda was found not guilty of culpable negligence earlier this month; however, the jury was hung on the more serious charges of attempted manslaughter. According to authorities,... [...]

Former executive director accused of stealing money from Overtown charity

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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 feet. But now they need help as... [...]

South Florida lawmakers call for defective drywall makers to pay up

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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... [...]

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

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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 last... [...]

Attorney, Judge Argue Over Parkland School Shooting Evidence

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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 and timely manner evidence McNeill and... [...]