Black religious leaders promote COVID-19 vaccine: ‘God has used scientists’
MIAMI – A group of local Black religious leaders, including a Haitian American, met on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County to promote the COVID-19 vaccine campaign. Carl Johnson, of 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, spoke about his support of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in Miami-Dade. The meeting also included Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade commissioners, and other community leaders. Two of the pastors received their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Ron DeSantis expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Florida to people who are 40 years old or older.
‘I have to get justice for my kid,’ grieving father says after crash kills 2 teenage girls
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Fernando Santos said his daughter Valery was the light of his world. He said his beautiful 16-year-old girl was always laughing, and he described her as outgoing and smart. Valery and her 14-year-old friend Emily Luna died on Saturday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Northwest 79th Street and Northwest 18th Avenue. “My daughter died, literally, instantly,” said Jennifer Ospina, Emily’s mother. “My whole family is going through it.”The crash was hours before Valentine’s Day, so the girls’ family and friends delivered flowers and heart-shaped balloons in front of the restaurant where witnesses are also still dealing with the tragedy.
Police investigating as truck reportedly pulls into 7-Eleven parking lot with 3 people shot inside
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A pick-up truck riddled with bullets sat in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven near Northwest 95th Street and 17th Avenue on Saturday night. Police are working to piece together what happened — the truck may have pulled in to the gas station with the victims inside already shot. Officers arriving to the gas station at 9455 NW 17th Avenue found one man shot and a 7-year-old injured in the gunfire. A 7-year-old, who was grazed by a bullet, was released after being treated at the scene, according to police. AdInvestigators said they don’t have much of a description of the shooter and need the public’s help to get information.
Miami criminologist worries about rise in violence during coronavirus pandemic
MIAMI – A renowned criminologist with the University of Miami said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic is mostly to blame for a rise in violent crime in Miami-Dade County. In addition to the cocaine markets and the gang activity, Piquero attributes the violent offenses to the many ramifications of the pandemic. “Then you add to that an increase in gun sales, gun thefts.”The pandemic has also changed law enforcement tactics. The difficulty with finding solutions to the increased violence, Piquero said, is that homicides are typically situational, they’re not planned. To help reduce the violence, Piquero said community leaders need to figure out what are the police-related solutions and what are the non-police-related solutions.
Detectives search for 2 in basketball court shooting with 8 injured
MIAMI – Detectives are searching on Monday for two shooters who left eight injured — two teenage boys and six men — at a public park’s basketball court in Miami-Dade County. Two male shooters walked up to the basketball court and targeted the group at about 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, at the Little River Park, 10525 NW 25 Ave., in Miami-Dade’s West Little River neighborhood. Detectives investigate a shooting on Sunday night at a public park in Miami-Dade's West Little River neighborhood. Andrea Ferbee said like many in the neighborhood she frequently plays basketball at Little River Park, but she was working on Sunday night. Two hours after the basketball court shooting, detectives were responding to another mass shooting five miles south of the Little River Park.
8 injured when 2 gunmen shoot into crowd at NW Miami-Dade park, police say
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Miami-Dade police are now confirming that a total of eight people were hit by bullets when two people walked up to a crowd that was at basketball courts in Little River Park and began shooting. Police said the incident began after 7 p.m. Sunday when the pair walked up to a crowd before pulling out guns, opening fire, and then running away. Six adults, ranging in age from 18 to 27 years old, and two juveniles were hit in the midst of the chaos. One of those injured was a 16-year-old who was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma for treatment. Anyone with further information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8577.
Artist honors slain football coach Corey Smith during Miami vs. Norland game
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – Artist Jermaine Faehre Green unveiled a large painting on Thursday night at the Miami-Dade College’s Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium, near the West Little River neighborhood. It was a tribute to the late Corey Smith, a beloved football coach at Miami Senior High School and a Miami-Dade Public Schools employee for more than two decades. The unveiling of the “Cleaning Out My Locker” portrait was on display during the half-time of a high school football game between Miami Senior High’s Stingarees and Miami Norland Senior High’s Vikings. A 15-year-old boy is accused of killing Smith on Sept. 21 while trying to steal $7,450 from his home, 2140 NW 97th St., in West Little River. Green said the portrait belongs to the school and it will be on display at every Miami High football game this season.
2 arrested in killing of Miami-Dade pastor Gregory Boyd
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Two people have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a pastor last month at The Village Flea Market & Mall in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood. Miami-Dade police arrested Latravia Charm Bell, 20, and Nathaniel Bernard Roberson, 31, both of Miami, who will face charges of first-degree murder. Investigators say several people opened fire in a crowded parking lot Sept. 10, and that pastor Gregory Boyd was struck by the gunfire and critically injured as he walked to his vehicle. Boyd’s wife said he “was a good family man.”“He was my friend — my best friend, my fishing partner,” Dorothy Boyd said in an interview last month. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477 or visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com and select “Give a Tip.”
Detectives arrest teenage suspect in high school football coach’s murder
MIAMI – Miami-Dade detectives arrested a teenage suspect in the murder of the 46-year-old Miami Senior High School head football coach. According to Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, the arrest of the suspect in Corey Smith’s murder was on Thursday. A relative at Smith’s home confirmed on Thursday night that a teenage boy was arrested in his murder, which made the crime all the more tragic. While coaching children and teenagers, he developed a reputation as a mentor who helped to propel players to have college football and NFL careers. Zabaleta said on Monday detectives questioned a 15-year-old boy who was in the home when Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel found Smith dead.
Questions continue to swirl around Miami football coach’s shooting death
He is the son of Lamar Alexander, one of two suspects killed in the hijacking of a UPS truck driver last December. Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said on Monday that the teen was not injured in the shooting Monday. Detectives have been in and out of Smith’s Northwest Miami-Dade home since Monday and were back on the scene Wednesday morning, collecting evidence. “Coach Corey,” as he was known, worked for 20 years for Miami-Dade Public Schools, most recently as head football coach at Miami Senior High School. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
Miami football coach’s death remains under investigation
NFL players, college football players and Miami Senior High School’s Stingarees knew him better as Coach Corey. Last year, Smith was promoted to the job of his dreams: He started coaching his alma mater’s football team. With a heavy heart we send our condolences to Coach Corey’s family, our football team, @StingsAthletics & to all those lives Coach impacted. Coach Corey. 🏈 #StingPride #stingareesforlife #stingarees4life pic.twitter.com/30QiC5OD34 — Miami Senior High (@miamiseniorhigh) September 22, 2020
Detectives identify teen at home with dead coach as son of suspect who died in fatal police shooting
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – The yellow crime scene tape was back up on Tuesday outside of the West Little River home where a beloved 46-year-old Miami Senior High School football coach was killed. Detectives have been gathering evidence since Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel found Corey Smith dead on Monday. He had accomplished his dream job as a football coach at Miami Senior High School. Grief on social mediaRip to Coach Corey Smith pic.twitter.com/qk2s4o8r3K — Caneville (@caneville305) September 22, 2020Miami Senior alum @_jdf1 addresses the shooting death of Stingarees coach Corey Smith. — Coach Willie Simmons (@HCWillieSimmons) September 21, 2020Very sad to hear about the passing of Coach Corey Smith...A legend in the south Florida Community, very well respected and loved!
Shooting leaves Miami High School football coach dead in West Little River
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – A shooting left a 46-year-old Miami Senior High School’s football coach dead on Monday in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood, police said. Corey Smith was killed Monday during a shooting in West Little River. (Crop of Facebook Profile Photo)Manny Diaz, University of Miami’s football coach, was among the many who were mourning the loss of the football coach. “Our entire football program is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Corey Smith,” Diaz wrote in a statement. 3 PM REPORTBREAKING NEWS REPORTCommunity grievesDADE COUNTY MOURNING ABOUT THIS ONE 😢💔😢💔 COACH COREY Posted by Nathaniel Greatone on Monday, September 21, 2020Boy that news bought tears to my eyes.
Grieving widow: Rev. Gregory Boyd ‘was a good family man’
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – Dozens met Friday night at the Village Flea Market and Mall in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood to remember Rev. Members of his church, the New Birth Harvest Outreach Ministries Churches of Deliverance, tried to comfort Dorothy Boyd. Boyd left their home to buy dinner for the family and never came back. Gregory Boyd was killed in Miami-Dade County's West Little River neighborhood. They have been asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
Shooting leaves woman dead in West Little River
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – Officers found a woman dead after a shooting on Thursday night in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood. According to Detective Lee Cowart, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, officers responded about 7:30 p.m. to investigate a drive-by shooting near the intersection of Northwest 81st Street and Northwest 21st Avenue. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel declared the woman dead at the scene. The crime scene is near to the Village Flea Market and Mall where Rev. Gregory Boyd was killed during a shooting Sept. 9.
Pastor dies in shooting Local 10 News journalists witnessed while doing live report
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A pastor died Thursday after a shooting that happened right as two Local 10 News journalists were reporting live at The Village Flea Market & Mall in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood. Terrell Forney, a reporter, and Nick Lupo, a photojournalist, were doing a live report on the drive-by shooting that left 7-year-old Alana Washington dead when shots rang out. “I’m waiting to wrap up the package before we go live again and all of a sudden I hear all of these shots,” Forney said. “He was wearing a white shirt and he started shooting and shooting and shooting,” Lupo said. Miami-Dade police officers said the man, who is a local pastor, was the victim in the shooting.
Local 10 News Crew narrowly escapes drive-by shooting
MIAMI, Fla. – While Local 10′s Terrell Forney and his videographer Nick Lupo were reporting live outside of the Village Flea Market and Mall in West Little River, they narrowly missed being caught in the middle of a drive by shooting. “We were reporting outside of the flea market at Northwest 79th Street and 27th Avenue," Forney said. That’s when, just towards the end of his 6:06 p.m. report on Thursday, he said multiple shots were fired from a car. He said that one person appeared to have been shot multiple times at the flea market and a Toyota Corolla was riddled with bullets with a back window shot out. “You were watching and you saw me at the beginning but there were multiple shots fire literally right next to us.
Man locked mother in efficiency with bugs, dry urine, clutter, police say
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Officers said a 50-year-old man locked up his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease in an efficiency. Inside, officers reported finding bugs, spoiled food, dry urine on the floor, a mattress without sheets, trash, disarray, and a small air conditioner that didn’t cool the space. The woman also didn’t have access to proper drinking water, police said. Bacallao’s defense attorney said in court that he loves his mother and didn’t mean to hurt her. The defense attorney said she was in stable condition.
7 months after random shooting on I-95, family seeks justice in 22-year-olds killing
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. Behind the face mask is the pain of a grieving mother, crying over her daughters grave. It's the reality today for Sheila Nunez, seven months after Melissa Gonzalez was killed by a stray bullet while driving south on Interstate 95. For her Melissa Gonzalez, her mother said. Police have circulated this surveillance image of a dark colored car that they hope might lead them to whoever shot Melissa Gonzalez. (WPLG)Police have circulated a surveillance camera image of a dark colored, four-door car with dark rims, as a possible vehicle of interest.
1 person shot at public park in West Little River, police say
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – One person was shot on Thursday night at the Soar Park Teen Center, a small public park in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood. According to Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, the gunman ran away from the park at 120 NW 83 St.About six years ago, 17-year-old Keimouria Gardner was killed at the park during a shooting. She was sitting in a bench at the park when a stray bullet struck her, police said. Officers are asking anyone with information about the Thursday night shooting to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Wilson Louis contributed to this report.
Victim tells Miami-Dade judge about video of racist rant
MIAMI – Dwayne Wynn told a Miami-Dade County judge on Tuesday about the video he recorded on June 14 of Joseph Fucheck’s racist and homophobic insults. Fucheck saw Wynn and returned to park in front of Wynn’s home in Miami-Dade’s West Little River. Victim of apparent gunman's racist rant testifies in court“As soon as the door opened, he began his profanity-laced rant,” Wynn said during a court hearing that was held on Zoom. Officers arrested Joseph Fucheck on Tuesday after he was accused of holding a man at gunpoint during a racist rant in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade records show he has a pending March 18 case for a petit theft charge.
Driver in stolen car crashes into West Little River home, police say
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A driver in a stolen car crashed into a West Little River house while Alberto Navarro played with his daughter in the living room on Thursday evening. He and his girlfriend, Vicky Santos, ran outside after the impact. “I thought that they were literally going to hit through it,” Navarro said. Jalisa Canon also ran outside of her neighboring home. The driver of an alleged stolen vehicle crashed into a West Little River home on Thursday evening.
West Little River street shooting leaves 5 injured in 2 cars, police say
Published: May 21, 2020, 11:35 pm Updated: May 22, 2020, 7:13 amMIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. A shooting in West Little River left five people injured on Thursday night, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. A damaged sports utility vehicle was parked outside Jackson Memorial Hospital after a Thursday night shooting in West Little River. (Kenneth Rice/ Local 10 News)Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel also picked up two victims from another damaged vehicle outside of a Lemon Peppers restaurant at Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 54th Street in Brownsville, police said. A damaged car is parked outside a restaurant in Brownsville after a Thursday night shooting in West Little River. (Local 10 News)Rodriguez said a police officer was on patrol when the shooting happened near the intersection of Northwest 31st Court and Northwest 88th Street in West Little River.
Miami-Dade detectives search for 21-year-old man’s killer
WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – Detectives are investigating a shooting that left a man dead and two men injured on Tuesday night in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood, according to Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department. The shooting about 9 p.m. outside of a home at 1741 NW 88 St., about a block away from Arcola Park, left Kristopher Vega dead. His family and friends were grieving outside of the home on Wednesday afternoon. The shooting also left his 24-year-old brother and a 22-year-old man injured. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
$5,000 reward offered for information in girl’s fatal shooting on I-95
Nunez said the killer cut Gonzalez’s dreams of going to law school short. She had recently graduated from Florida International University, and she was preparing to take the Law School Admission Test. Miami-Dade detectives released a surveillance video image showing a car they believe is related to the fatal shooting. Detectives released surveillance image of the vehicle that was linked to the Jan. 3 fatal shooting on I-95 in Miami-Dade County. (Local 10 News)Nunez is asking anyone with information about her daughter’s murder to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
Dog found burned to death in West Little River
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A dog was found burned to death Tuesday morning in the West Little River neighborhood of Miami-Dade County. "It's a massacre against an innocent animal," Cindy del Castillo, who lives nearby, told Local 10 News. Miami-Dade County Animal Services is planning a necropsy to determine the exact cause of death. Police and animal services are investigating. "They need to find out who it was because the dog doesn't have anything to do with what happened to anybody else," del Castillo said.
Beloved comedian mourned outside his West Little River barbershop
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Overcome with grief, Juan Martinez's loved ones gathered Wednesday night outside Luigi's Clippers Barber Shop in Miami-Dade County's West Little River neighborhood to honor him. Some shared their memories of the 35-year-old entrepreneur and comedian, who was born in the Dominican Republic. Martinez was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon when an ongoing altercation with a neighbor escalated into gunfire. Detectives said Dorta Martinez became enraged after the victim had another fight with his father because of loud music played at the barber shop. There were rows of candles and loud music during Martinez's candlelight vigil.
Man detained following shooting in West Little River
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A man has been detained for questioning following a shooting in West Little River, authorities said. Witnesses told Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol that they heard several gunshots and ran for cover. "And then somebody said, 'Somebody got shot. Somebody got shot.' And we found somebody shot and laying on the floor right there," one witness said.
Video shows armed carjacking at Miami gas station
MIAMI - Miami Police Department detectives released surveillance video Tuesday showing an armed carjacking at a gas station in Miami near the Little Haiti and West Little River neighborhoods. The robbers spotted a 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup truck carrying bicycles about 7:30 p.m., on June 30 at the 7 Eleven gas station near Interstate 95 on Northwest 79th Street. Two armed robbers jumped out of a gray Nissan Altima. The other robber threatened the driver who was trying to secure his friend's bicycle onto the bed of the truck. The driver jumped onto the bed of the truck where he had a shotgun.
Miami police search for armed robbers who targeted pickup truck
Miami Police Department detectives released surveillance video Tuesday showing an armed carjacking at a gas station in Miami near the Little Haiti and West Little River neighborhoods. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Video shows armed carjacking at Miami gas station
MIAMI - Miami Police Department detectives released surveillance video Tuesday showing an armed carjacking at a gas station in Miami near the Little Haiti and West Little River neighborhoods. The robbers spotted a 2004 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck carrying bicycles about 7:30 p.m., on June 30 at the 7 Eleven gas station near Interstate 95 on Northwest 79th Street. The robbers jumped out of a gray Nissan Altima. The driver jumped onto the bed of the truck where he had a shotgun. When they realized, the victim was armed with a shotgun, they stopped and exchanged gunfire before taking off running.