Man suspected in UM laptop theft believed responsible for other on-campus thefts

A man suspected of stealing a laptop at the University of Miami’s main campus is believed to be responsible for other on-campus thefts, authorities said.

Police said the man was most recently captured on surveillance video Jan. 25 walking onto the fourth floor of the university’s Flipse Building during a short time frame when the victim’s laptop was stolen from her office.

Police said the man resembles a subject of interest in numerous other office thefts that have been reported on campus.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call UM police at 305-284-6666 or Coral Gables police at 305-442-1600.

Authorities advise the public to place purses and valuables in a locked drawer when stepping away from your desk and locking all doors into your office, even if you are close by or leaving for a few minutes.

 

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Miami man arrested after Metro PCS employee notices child porn on phone

A Miami man’s trip to a Metro PCS store to get a new cellphone ended with him behind bars on child pornography charges.

Orlando Chang, 55, was arrested Monday on 11 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to an arrest warrant, Chang went to a Metro PCS store in Coral Gables to buy a new phone. While the employee was transferring the data from Chang’s old phone to his new one as requested, the employee “saw what appeared to be pornographic images of an unknown young girl in sexual positions.”

The employee called police and showed officers the pictures when they arrived.

When police confronted Chang about the pictures, he admitted that he knew about them and said they were sent to him by the child’s mother.

Chang, who had an outstanding warrant from 2007 for driving with a suspended license, was being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $77,000 bond.

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Man accused of killing hotel employee during Coral Gables carjacking

Edward William Reid remained at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Sunday. He was accused of killing a hotel employee in Coral Gables. Reid, 40, is accused of going on a crime spree that left a man dead during a carjacking, and a pers…

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14 Coral Gables police officers say city is ignoring sexual harassment claims

It’s not just Hollywood that’s dealing with allegations of sexual harassment. In fact, it seems all is not pretty in the City Beautiful. 

In this case of bad blood between the city administration and the police chief, 14 female officers are speaking out through their attorney and union president, claiming they’re victims of sexual harassment, but no one is doing anything about it.

“This group of women have been sexually harassed and the city is turning a blind eye to them?” Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden asked the union’s attorney, Osnat Rind.

“That’s how they feel,” Rind said. 

Some call it police politics, but for 14 female officers, they said it’s been torture. 

“The city administration has decided to go ahead and investigate an anonymous complaint, which they have known for three months is baseless and have ignored the complaints of these women,” Rind said. 

The women claim that their suffering began over the summer after a photo surfaced on Instagram.

Rind believes that the photo was posted by a fake user, which shows the officers wearing bathing suits in a pool with their boss, Chief Ed Hudak, in the background.

“They hoped that he would show up, and all of them were actually happy and honored that he did,” Rind said. 

But weeks later, the city received an anonymous letter from a person who claimed to be at the party.

Officials said the letter was filled with allegations of sexual misconduct against the chief and sexually explicit comments about the women.

Similar derogatory remarks were also made on the Instagram post.

According to a collection of emails, the head of the police union asked city officials for an independent investigation in August, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that officers sat down with the investigator.

“The city never reached out to any of them in three months just to ask them if they were OK,” Coral Gables Police Union president John Baublitz said. 

Baublitz shared an email with Local 10 News showing how the city is now paying $140 an hour to an independent investigator to get to the bottom of a situation that Baublitz said has no credibility.

“As the women have said themselves, they put their name and their face to this complaint, and they’ve been ignored,” he said. 

City officials declined Local 10’s requests to go on camera, but after Seiden started asking questions, they added the item to Tuesday’s agenda.

“What does this do to the morale of this Police Department?” Seiden asked Baublitz. 

“It is demoralizing, and for these woman to say, ‘I’ve been here for 25 years and I’ve never not trusted the city’ — now that’s a very powerful and sad statement,” he said.

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Gov. Rick Scott calls for special election to fill Daisy Baez’s seat in Florida House

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Thursday calling for a special election for District 114 of the Florida House of Representatives.Rep. Daisy Baez, D-Coral Gables, resigned last week and was forced to abandon her Democr…

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