BMW that struck Lyft driver’s car in Miami was reported stolen, police say

A BMW that crashed into a Lyft driver’s vehicle over the weekend in Miami was reported stolen in Hialeah, an arrest report said.

The driver of the BMW, identified as Nicholas James Castelao, 35, was arrested Tuesday on charges of grand theft of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the report, patient care technicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital collected Castelao’s clothing and belongings after he was taken there following the crash and found three small bags of suspected crystal meth in the right front pocket of his shorts.

Police said they also found a credit card, debit card and food stamp credit card in the names of three people.

The crash was reported about 2 p.m. Sunday at Southwest 17th Street and Southwest 25th Avenue.

Miami police said the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta, who sources identified as Lyft driver Robert Torra, had four people in his car when his vehicle was struck head-on by the stolen BMW.

Torra was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragic accident,” Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said. “We have been in contact with Robert’s family during this unimaginably difficult time, and are available to support law enforcement in their investigation.”

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said two women and four men, who range in age from 25 to 35, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center following the accident.

Their injuries range from head injuries to broken bones.

Castelao was arrested after his treatment was finished at the hospital.

Authorities said detectives are still investigating the crash, and it’s unclear whether Castelao was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.

Castelao is being held at the Pre-Trial Detention Center.

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Florida couple claim they are part of Illuminati during arrest

A Florida couple that claimed they were part of the Illuminati during an arrest probably broke the first rule of the Illuminati: Never admit that there is an Illuminati.

The Sebastian Daily reports Kristen Morrow, 37, and George Major Harris, 25, were detained after a neighbor complained the duo were doing something possibly indecent under a blanket nearby.

When approached by an officer with the Indian River Sheriff’s Office, Morrow began to spill the unconfirmed beans.

“I am part of the Illuminati and free masons. You have no authority and I don’t have to leave,” Morrow said, according to the police report.

Morrow continued her rant at the “top of her lungs,” and said she was a “famous music talent” and had connections to judges that would cost the officer his job.

Davis joined in, seconding Morrow’s threats and allegations.

“He continued to yell along with the female about free masons and their impending music record deal and the celebrities, judges, and power their family had,” according to the report.

Both Morrow and Davis were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Many believe the Illuminati and Freemasons are secret societies made up of world leaders and intellectuals who aim to control the world by orchestrating world events through government and corporate influence.

 

 

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Layoffs begin at Rexnord plant, down the road from Carrier in Indiana

Rexnord has issued the first layoff notices for workers at its Indiana plant.

The plant, which makes metal bearings, is less than 2 miles from the Carrier center where President Trump took credit for saving hundreds of manufacturing jobs last year. That claim was inflated, and automation will ultimately replace some of the jobs that were saved.

Rexnord is closing the Indiana plant in June and cutting 300 jobs in all. Twenty-three assembly line workers will lose their jobs in the first round of cuts, said Chuck Jones, the president of the union local.

Most of the 300 jobs will be moved to Mexico. The first round of cuts is to make room for jobs at an assembly plant in Texas, Jones said.

Jones said the plant is offering a week’s pay for every year of service, along with $1,500 and several months of health coverage. But employees can lose those benefits if they accept a new job before their position at Rexnord officially ends.

The Rexnord announcement came a day before President Trump touted a “big announcement” by Ford about jobs in Michigan.

Jones, the union president, said he’s been paying attention to Trump’s proclamations.

“I just want to see some results,” he said. “If he’s sincere about what he’s campaigned on, or what he’s said since he’s been elected, labor would most certainly sit at the table with him and see what we can do to keep jobs here.”

— CNNMoney’s Patrick Gillespie contributed to this story.

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2 detained in connection with police-involved shooting

Two people have been detained related to a police-involved shooting Monday night in northwest Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade police Detective Jennifer Capote said.

Police officers took two people into custody Tuesday morning at the Hyatt Place on LeJeune Road, near Miami International Airport.

One of the people detained, Alexander Stalling, 18, was arrested for unrelated charges.

Earlier in the month, Stalling was shot in the right hand during a shooting in northwest Miami-Dade shooting. 

A Local 10 News crew was at the scene as police led one of the handcuffed men into the back of a police car. A blue, four-door car was also towed from the scene, which authorities confirmed is connected to the investigation.

Two officers were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center after they were ambushed about 10 p.m. Monday while conducting surveillance at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Northwest 59th Street as part of a multi-agency operation on gang activity, Maj. Hector Llevat said.

“We just heard a whole bunch of sounds. It sounded like loud bangs,” a man who lives in the area, identified only as Jim, said. “There were a lot of detectives so we knew it was bad.”

The wounded officers were rushed to the hospital in the bed of a pickup truck and were able to limp inside with the help of their colleagues.

“Some officers — some brave officers went into that hot zone, pulled them out, put them in the back of that pickup truck and brought them to safety,” Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez said.

The injured officers were identified Tuesday as Terence White and Charles Woods. White is a 26-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, while Woods is an 11-year veteran.

“They were ambushed and we’re not going to tolerate it,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.

Detective Robin Pinkard said the undercover officers were ambushed by at least two armed assailants, who approached the officers’ unmarked vehicle and opened fire.

Woods, who was shot in the leg, has been released from the hospital.

“This is going to ignite a bigger fire within us to protect our citizens and communities and neighborhoods here in Miami-Dade,” Perez said.

Police said they received an anonymous tip that led them to the third floor of the hotel. It isn’t clear what involvement the men had in the police-involved shooting.

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Florida coach, Auburn player clash after softball game

Florida softball coach Tim Walton was involved in an altercation with Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan on Monday night after Walton gave Fagan a slight push during postgame handshakes.

The Tigers beat Florida 1-0, and when Fagan left Walton hanging for a handshake, the coach lightly shoved her in the shoulder with his right hand. Fagan turned and pushed Walton back, and the two exchanged words. 

A scrum broke out around them, and Fagan ended up being pulled away from Walton while screaming at the coach.

Fagan’s sisters, Kasey and Sami, both played for Walton at Florida but were dismissed from the Gators in 2012. Kasey is a graduate assistant with the Auburn softball team.

Florida is the top-ranked team in the country, per the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. The Tigers are ranked sixth.

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