After he came back from the service in 2013, Marine Corps. veteran Ray Bueno paid roughly $3,850 over 11 months to a fake debt collection company. The costly mistake led him to create a YouTube channel on which he offers financial advice.
The state attorney’s office subpoenaed Miami Gardens requesting information on Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro’s travel to Africa dating back to 2012, including transactions in which his city-issued debit card was used.
The City Council approved an increase in the monthly stormwater bill from $4 to $6, a move that the city said will help it purchase new trucks and replace aging equipment for drainage treatment and maintenance. The average homeowner will also see a slight increase in property taxes due to increasing property values.
Delia Kennedy’s lawsuit claims that Opa-locka City Manager Yvette Harrell fired her not because she was an expendable employee during a financial crisis but because she became a target of retaliation for cooperating with the FBI and reporting misconduct.
The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation Thrive initiative held a showcase for the community’s summer camp on July 28. The summer camp offered arts and technology programs for first- through 12th-graders.
The “Healthy in the Gardens” Festival in Miami Gardens will kick off a week of health-related events in the city. The event is set for from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rolling Oaks Park, 18701 NW 17th Ct., and will feature health screenings, back-to-school giveaways, food and music.
The City Council approved a land sale in December 2016 with Urban Property Holdings, allowing the Topgolf project to proceed. Urban is managed by James E. Levin, a Massachusetts developer who, unbeknownst to city leaders at the time of the approval, had been indicted on federal wire fraud charges about four months before the council’s vote.
Hallandale Beach police issued a Missing Endangered Juvenile alert for 16-year-old Lacoria Gilbert, whose mother said she had a history of running away and threatening suicide, Wednesday morning after she was missing since Tuesday night. Hallandale police announced around 3 p.m. that she’d been found.
Charlene Joseph admitted in federal court to stealing Christmas cards mailed by a person on her Hillsboro Beach mail route and using the Walmart gift cards inside. Joseph did so in the process of pleading guilty to one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. She also admitted to stealing and selling five credit cards.
The Miami Gardens City Council recently approved contract negotiations with West Construction to build a new senior center that will include a walking trail, heated pool, community garden and other amenities.
Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles and Jemmy Jasmin, a former wide receiver for Central Michigan University, hosted their annual HangOut Day youth football and cheerleading camp on July 15 in Miami Gardens.
Biscayne Park’s Chelsea Halter was arrested on charges of DUI, DUI with property or personal damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage after she allegedly drove the wrong way on the Palmetto Expressway and Interstate 95 around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The City Commission deferred a decision on replacing City Manager Yvette Harrell until Thursday, July 6. The outcome came after an hours-long meeting where four candidates were interviewed and votes were taken to no avail.
Lance Dixon covers Coral Gables, Miami Gardens and North Miami. He joined the Miami Herald in 2013 and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.
Delma Noel-Pratt was sworn in as the first female police chief in Miami Garden's 14-year history on Monday, in front of a packed audience of several hundred people in the City Hall chamber Monday morning.
Remarks by Miami Gardens first female police chief
Former Opa Locka commissioner Santiago leaves federal court