Southwest Miami-Dade teacher arrested by school police for inappropriate behavior
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A social studies teacher at a Southwest Miami-Dade high school is accused of having a romantic relationship with a student, which has led to his arrest and his being fired by the school district. Miami-Dade Schools Police Department arrested Rafael Birriel, 39, a teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School following an investigation into improper behavior, which involved a student. The school district said that Birriel had no other issues in his 13 years of employment with Miami-Dade Public Schools. The victim told police that most of the conversations she had with the teacher were through the messaging app, Discord. AdOver the course of the year, police said Birriel told the girl he loved her as well as his sexual attraction and intentions toward her.
Driver trapped as pick-up truck ends up pinned under semi on Krome Avenue
A pickup truck was pinned under a semi on Sunday afternoon on Krome Avenue. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A pick-up truck with one person inside ended up pinned underneath a semi-truck Sunday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m. near Southwest 88 Street and Krome Avenue. According to fire rescue, the driver was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the pinned truck. The cause of the accident and the driver’s condition is not known at this time.
FAA investigating small plane forced to land on Krome Avenue
SOUTHWEST MIAMI DADE, Fla. – A small plane was forced to land on Krome Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade County. It happened Saturday afternoon approximately 1.5 miles west of Miami Executive Airport, also known as Tamiami Airport. According to the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) who is investigating the incident, the plane is a single-engine Piper J-5A. Police blocked off parts of Krome Avenue after the plane ended up in the northbound lanes. Officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department and Florida State Troopers were at the scene after the plane landed.
Day after rush-hour shootout, police focus on cafe’s surveillance video
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – The day after a shootout during rush hour in Southwest Miami Dade, police said surveillance video from a nearby café is serving as a key component in the investigation. That’s when shots were fired from an SUV into a white BMW sedan. On the video, the passenger doors of the SUV open and gunfire can be seen hitting the sedan. Sky 10 over the scene captured the sedan after the shooting with all doors open and bullet holes in the front windshield. (See the surveillance video below.)
2 men arrested after turnpike chase, bail out, FHP says
Florida Highway Patrol tried to stop a reckless driver when two men got out of the car and took off. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A large police perimeter was set up in Southwest Miami Dade after a police chase and crash around 10:40 a.m. Friday. Florida Highway Patrol said the incident started on the Florida Turnpike in the area of Southwest 112 Avenue when a trooper tried to stop a reckless driver who sped away. People said they saw the men knocking on doors at the South Pointe Apartments and called police. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and both men were caught shortly after.
Robber hits Chase bank in Kendall, FBI says
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A robber entered a Chase bank in Kendall and took an undisclosed amount of money Thursday. The FBI released photographs from the robbery that took place at approximately 1:30 p.m. at a Chase Bank branch located at 13745 Southwest 152 St. According to the FBI, there were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, but there were no injuries. The amount of money taken was not released. Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000.
Coronavirus vaccine rollout continues across South Florida
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continued across South Florida as more shots were administered on Saturday. All over Miami-Dade County, access to the vaccine for those over 65 is expanding, but so is demand. In Broward County, more lines and more waiting. Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said he is estimating that it could be 6 to 8 weeks to have all Broward County seniors vaccinated, but he stressed “if, and only if, we have enough vaccines coming in.”RELATED: Where are coronavirus vaccines available in Miami-Dade County? Where are coronavirus vaccines available in Broward County?
SW Miami-Dade morning crash injures 1 adult, 4 juveniles after driver crashes into palm tree
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A one-car crash in Southwest Miami Dade sent 5 people to the hospital early Saturday morning. Miami-Dade Police said they responded to a vehicle crash in the area of SW 128th Street and 137th Avenue. When Local 10 arrived at the scene, a 4-door Infiniti was wrecked and mangled after crashing into a palm tree. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the injured to Kendall Regional Medical Center and Jackson South Medical Center. Stay tuned to Local 10 and Local 10.com for updates.
20-year-old horse stolen from pasture, SPCA Rescue says
The South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue posted a picture of a stolen broodmare that the believe was taken from a pasture unincorporated Miami-Dade County. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A 20-year-old horse was stolen late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, who is working with the Miami-Dade County Agricultural Patrol, to locate the broodmare. 🚨Stolen Horse - Miami Dade County🚨 Please be on the lookout, there is a stolen horse in Miami Dade County! The 20 year... Posted by South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue on Wednesday, December 30, 2020“Standing together and standing up is the only way we continue to combat horse theft and slaughter,” the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue posted on its Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami Dade Ag Patrol at (786) 218-8344.
Man shot in leg, woman in buttocks, suspect on the loose
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Two people were shot Thursday in the late afternoon. Police have cordoned off an area in southwest Miami-Dade and are searching for a suspect. Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area of Southwest 101st Avenue and 172nd Street around 4 p.m. A man had been shot in the leg and a woman in the buttocks, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Police have blocked off a large area of 172nd Street.
8-year-old Florida Keys boy hospitalized with illness caused by COVID
SOUTHWEST MIAMI DADE, Fla. – An 8-year-old Florida keys boy never showed any symptoms of COVID-19, according to his mother, but now he is in Miami at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital fighting for his life. Doctors say Zane Wampler of Tavernier has multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), an illness associated with having COVID-19. After days of no improvement, convulsions, and delusions, Wampler said the family then rushed Zane to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. ”In Miami-Dade, 301 cases of COVID-19 cases and 218 cases of COVID-19 cases in Broward county were counted in patients 18 and younger on Friday. Doctors at Nicklaus Children's Hospital said it is very common for kids to have COVID-19, but to not have any symptoms at all.
Police: Neighbors pulled boy from water an hour before mother pushed him a second time
The 45-year-old mother faced a judge Saturday on charges of murder and premeditated attempted murder in connection with the death of her son, Alejandro Ripley, whose lifeless body was found floating in a canal Friday. “We love Alejandro and I don’t agree with whatever they’ve said about my wife,” a sobbing Aldo Ripley said Saturday. Patricia Ripley, left, faces murder charges in the death of her 9-year-old son, Alejandro. Police now allege that Ripley had pushed her son into another canal an hour before a second attempt. Our community is shocked by the killing of 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley allegedly by his own mother, Patricia Ripley, presently charged with Attempted 1st Degree Premeditated Murder & 1st Degree Murder &No Bond.
Boy, 3, dies after car crashes into Valentine’s Day vendor’s tent near Homestead
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 3-year-old boy died Friday near Homestead after the driver of a Dodge Charger lost control and crashed into a Valentine’s Day vendor’s tent, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Witnesses said the boy was with his mother, who was selling Valentine’s Day gifts, when the driver of the Charger was speeding out of the Spitzer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Homestead. The car was traveling north on U.S. Highway 1 when it crashed into the tent set up across the street. The man who was driving the car with a woman as a passenger remained at the scene of the crash. The boy was airlifted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.