Miami police arrested Ashley Perez, Felipe Aviles, Rachel Torna and Jenifer Cortez for kidnapping and attempted premeditated murder after a man said they held him for four days and shot him in the head over a drug debt.
Miami police booked Nicholas Castelao of Hialeah Tuesday on charges of grand theft auto and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Castelao, police say, stole the BMW that collided with a Volkswagen Jetta just south of Little Havana Sunday afternoon. The Jetta driver died on the scene.
A year after surviving a spectacular 75-foot plunge from an I-95 highway overpass into a city of Miami park while in a city of Miami garbage truck, Kaseem Smith took his own life, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday.
The alleged carjacker, 23-year-old Arturo Breton, was arrested Tuesday in Miami Gardens, charged with carjacking and aggravated battery of a senior citizen. The victim, whom police did not identify, picked out Breton from a police lineup.
The fight began with a handful of men on a sidewalk, but less than a minute later the fight splintered into several small groups that fought in the middle of the street that was closed to vehicle traffic because of Calle Ocho.
Carmen Cincotti ate an impressive 158 croquetas in eight minutes, beating out Joey Chestnut, who Major League Eating called “the greatest eater in history.” This was the first year Calle Ocho held the contest, called “El Croquetazo.”
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Little Havana Sunday for the annual Calle Ocho Street Festival. While the festival is held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, road closures will begin Saturday night.
Fanny Ben-Ami’s tale of determination has been dramatized in the film “Fanny’s Journey.” The protagonist and survivor herself, now 86, visited two charter high schools in Miami on Feb. 14 to share her story and promote the movie, which can be seen theatrically in Palm Beach County.
A road-rage shooting in Little Havana reportedly put one man in critical condition and shut down the Northwest 12th Avenue drawbridge in both directions, affecting pickup at nearby SLAM Charter School.