Opa-locka leaders announce termination of Police Chief James Dobson
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. City of Opa-locka Mayor Matthew Pigatt and City Manager John Pate released a joint statement Friday morning, announcing the recent firing of Police Chief James Dobson. With a heavy heart and passion for law enforcement, I have made the unfortunate decision to remove Chief James Dodson as Police Chief for the Opa-locka Police Department, Pate said. It is for these reasons, as well as others, that the City has moved in a different direction.The mayor and city manager said the decision to fire the police chief was made after several months of investigation. This new commission took that into consideration when we recruited a former Chief of Police as our current City Manager. Pate, along with the help of the Miami-Dade Police Department, conducted a thorough assessment of our police department.
Celebratory gunfire can kill and will land you in jail this July 4, police say
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. For some people, fireworks arent enough to celebrate the Fourth of July. Its a dangerous practice that can kill people, because innocent bystanders can get hit by falling bullets. What goes up must come down and we have to stop the celebratory shooting, added James Dobson, chief of the Opa-locka Police Department. One bullet may kill. Police say they are increasing patrols in an effort to curb the celebratory gunfire.
Woman stabbed multiple times in Hialeah
HIALEAH, Fla. – Police are investigating after a woman was stabbed multiple times in Hialeah, authorities confirmed. The stabbing was reported Thursday at an apartment complex at 5653 W. 26th Ave.Hialeah police Sgt. Ibel Perez said officers arrived at the scene to find the 27-year-old victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. Sky 10 over stabbing scene in Hialeah. “The subject here resisted, was actually tased here on the scene and taken into custody by the Miami-Dade Police Department.”Back in Hialeah, crime scene technicians were collecting evidence.
Opa-locka police officer suspended with pay after raid on wrong home
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - An Opa-locka police officer who knocked a cellphone out of a man's hands during a raid on the wrong home has been suspended, Chief James Dobson announced Wednesday during a news conference. The Opa-locka Police Department began an internal investigation after Thursday's botched raid at an apartment complex at 13875 NW 22nd Ave."We just have to look at the totality of what occurred within this incident," Dobson said. Byron began recording the incident with his cellphone, but the video ended when a masked officer knocked the phone away. "To me, honestly, I feel like just that officer right there, he just needs to be off the force because he's, he's just a loose cannon," Byron told Local 10 News. "We are very serious about this investigation," Dobson said.
Opa-locka police officers, acting on tip, burst through wrong door
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - Opa-locka police officers received an anonymous tip and raided the wrong home, police said. Dobson said responding officers began to search the area and eventually entered an apartment. According to Bryon, officers burst through the door with their guns drawn while their 8-month-old boy was in the home. Byron began recording the ordeal with a cellphone until an Opa-locka police officer knocked the phone away. It's unclear if officers found the alleged gunman that prompted the tip in the first place.
Opa-locka officers respond to tip, burst through wrong door
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - Opa-locka police officers received an anonymous tip and raided the wrong home, officials said. According to Dobson, responding officers began to search the area and eventually a group of officers entered an apartment. Video provided by resident Jeff Bryon and Stephanie Crespo shows detectives with guns drawn. According to Bryon, officers burst through the door with their guns drawn while their 8-month-old boy is in the home. It's unclear if responding detectives found the alleged gunman that prompted the tip in the first place.
Palin says she learned of divorce plans from attorney
Sarah Palin told a Christian broadcaster she learned her husband was seeking a divorce in an email from his attorney. Palin said she received an email June 19 from the attorney, almost three months before Todd Palin filed for divorce on his birthday in September. Palin later said God doesn't want families to split up. A message seeking comment was left for an attorney believed to be representing Todd Palin. "Yeah, maybe that's why God has had them not be so interested lately" because God knew what was coming, she said.chicagotribune.com
Possible international car theft ring uncovered in Opa-locka
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - An anonymous tip led police to a strip of warehouses in Opa-locka, where they discovered nearly a dozen high-end vehicles parked outside. Police believe cars were being shipped and sold out of the country either in their entirety or stripped down and their parts sold. Chief James Dobson, of the Opa-locka Police Department, said his office received a tip two weeks ago and began a joint investigation with Miami-Dade police. Five cars and an SUV, including an Audi, two Mercedes-Benzes, two BMWs and a Cadillac Escalade, were discovered at the business. Dobson told Local 10's Roy Ramos that the tipster gave police the address and said that there were stolen vehicles being shipped out of the country.
Man shot to death in car during attempted robbery in Opa-locka
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - A man was found shot to death in a car Friday in Opa-locka, police said. Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson told Local 10 News a man was shot to death in the car -- a black Chevrolet. A view from Sky 10 showed a yellow tarp covering the front driver's side of the car. Police said Labady tried to drive away when the subject shot at him. Labady drove around the backside of the parking lot before losing control of his car and crashing it.