Miami Gardens resident James Bell got sentenced in federal court to 22 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bell’s done six turns in Florida prisons, totalling 15 years and one month, almost half his adult life.
Miami Gardens police are looking for an Infiniti SUV as the gunman’s car after a man and a 2-year-old were shot as they rolled along Northwest 27th Avenue in their own car. Both were taken to Ryder Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Miami Gardens police are looking for Emmanuel Saint Fleur, the ex-husband of Mildred Danis. Danis said Saint Fleur showed up at her home shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday and killed her mother Paula Danis, 69, and critically wounding her 32-year-old brother, Jude Danis.
Melinda Miguel and other members of a state board overseeing the government of Opa-locka’s financial problems were met with constant resistance and sometimes hostility by Mayor Myra Taylor and other commissioners.
Members of a state oversight board want to know why Opa-locka, a city brought to the brink of insolvency by corruption and mismanagement, paid more than $30,000 to a former manager for his unused vacation and sick leave after he had pleaded guilty in a corruption probe.
Rapper Kodak Black, native of Pompano Beach and Pembroke Pines resident, was back in court last week on violation of house arrest charges. Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, is accused of going to strip club Club Climaxx and a boxing match without permission. He’s also accused of battery while at Climaxx.
Outraged by what they see as Opa-locka’s failure to fix a long-standing water-billing problem, homeowners filed a class-action lawsuit demanding millions of dollars in refunds on their utility charges and customer deposits.
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, which has corporate offices in Miami and Dallas, announced Wednesday it will contribute $150 million to Florida's Step Up For Students Scholarship Program in 2017-2018, which allows underprivileged children to attend schools in the program’s network, including some private charter schools.
Police say Arturo Exum, 31, killed Lester Reid, 36, after Reid argued with Exum’s girlfriend as the two worked at a Chili’s Grill & Bar in Miami Gardens. Exum’s on three-year probation after a domestic violence conviction in Broward County.
A state House lawmaker has proposed allowing the governor to replace elected officials in financially troubled cities such as Opa-locka, if they fail to comply with an oversight board’s demands on spending and other fiscal matters within 60 days.
A mother of a teenage girl showed up at Carol City Senior High School, knocked a cell phone out of another teen’s hand and hit her several times, police say. Ernstlatta LaFrance, 30, continued to unleash her fury when the teen showed up at her home with her friends to retrieve her cell phone, according to a police report.
Merrett Stierheim, the dean of South Florida public administrators and the man brought in to help right the finances of Opa-locka, offered a bleak assessment of the city’s dysfunction as he stepped down.
Naika Venant, a 14-year-old diagnosed with depression and ADHD, was prescribed medication that carried a ‘black box’ warning about increased risk of suicide. In January, 45 days after the dosage was increased, she hanged herself in the bathroom of her foster home in front of a Facebook Live audience.
The 12th annual festival was held March 18 and 19 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and featured performances from The Roots, LL Cool J, Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock and many more.
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.
Luis Santiago, former commissioner for the City of Opa-Locka, exits the Federal Courthouse in Miami after surrendering to bribery charges. He pleaded 'Not Guilty' and was released after posting $50,000 surety bond on Friday, December 30, 2016. His attorney Roderick Vereen left the courthouse with Santiago
C.M. GuerreroThe Miami Herald
Former Opa Locka commissioner Santiago leaves federal court