Man in custody after caught running on tarmac at Miami International Airport

A man is in custody after being caught running on the tarmac at Miami International Airport.

The unidentified man was captured after calls to Miami-Dade police informed them of the violation.

Police said the man said he was “going somewhere” after he was dropped off and believed the quickest route to his destination was through the airport instead of entering via proper access points.

Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome said police are unaware of how the man was able to gain access to the tarmac on the airport’s south runway, although a preliminary investigation revealed he jumped over a fence.

The airport was functioning as normal during and after the incident.

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Hollywood man found asleep behind wheel of car stopped on I-95 with boy in front seat

A Hollywood man was arrested last month after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car, which was stopped in the middle of Interstate 95 with an unbuckled 3-year-old boy in the front passenger seat, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Benjamin Durant, 31, faces several charges from the Dec. 30 incident, including driving under the influence, child abuse without great bodily harm and driving with a suspended license.

According to the FHP report, a trooper found Durant asleep in the driver’s seat of a Ford Fusion in the center lane of northbound I-95 near Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The trooper noticed that the keys were still in the ignition and Durant’s foot was on the brake, the report said. He also saw a 3-year-old boy sitting in the front passenger seat. There was no child seat in the car.

“I identified myself to the driver and observed that he had the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath,” the trooper wrote in the report. “I also observed that he had bloodshot, glassy eyes.”

The trooper said Durant had trouble standing and was using the car to balance himself.

Durant agreed to a field-sobriety test, but he refused to submit to a breath sample, the report said.

The boy was turned over to his mother’s custody, the report said.

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Hollywood man found asleep behind wheel of car stopped on I-95 with boy in front seat

A Hollywood man was arrested last month after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car, which was stopped in the middle of Interstate 95 with an unbuckled 3-year-old boy in the front passenger seat, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Benjamin Durant, 31, faces several charges from the Dec. 30 incident, including driving under the influence, child abuse without great bodily harm and driving with a suspended license.

According to the FHP report, a trooper found Durant asleep in the driver’s seat of a Ford Fusion in the center lane of northbound I-95 near Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The trooper noticed that the keys were still in the ignition and Durant’s foot was on the brake, the report said. He also saw a 3-year-old boy sitting in the front passenger seat. There was no child seat in the car.

“I identified myself to the driver and observed that he had the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath,” the trooper wrote in the report. “I also observed that he had bloodshot, glassy eyes.”

The trooper said Durant had trouble standing and was using the car to balance himself.

Durant agreed to a field-sobriety test, but he refused to submit to a breath sample, the report said.

The boy was turned over to his mother’s custody, the report said.

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South Florida murder suspect argued with woman about daughter’s ‘bad attitude’

A South Florida man accused of fatally shooting a woman and her 11-year-old daughter had been arguing with the woman about her daughter earlier in the day, police said.

Marlin Joseph, 26, of West Palm Beach, was taken into custody Tuesday. He had been sought on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 28 deaths of Kaladaa Crowell, 36, and her daughter, Kyra Inglett.

According to a West Palm Beach police probable cause affidavit, Joseph and Crowell “had been arguing during the day about the fact that Kyra Inglett had a bad attitude and was not getting along with the other children who lived in the home.”

Police said Joseph’s brother was in his room when he heard a gunshot and found Crowell on the ground.

“Please call 911,” Crowell asked Joseph’s brother, according to the report.

Joseph’s brother told police he ran out of the house and saw his other brother wrestling with Joseph.

The other brother told police that he had seen Joseph running out of the house behind Kyra. Police said Joseph “had a gun in his hand” and “was firing the gun” at the girl.

Another family member told police that he watched Joseph shoot Kyra and then run back into the house before hearing two more gunshots. He said Joseph then came back outside and drove away.

Joseph appeared before a Palm Beach County judge Wednesday morning. He was being held in jail without bond and was ordered not to have contact with the victim’s family or witnesses.

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FAU employee accused of pretending to be student to collect class refunds

A 27-year-old Florida Atlantic University employee is accused of pretending to be a student and receiving almost $30,000 worth of fraudulent checks.

Denise Keaton was booked into the main Palm Beach County last Thursday on a charge of organized scheme to defraud. Keaton had been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee.

According to an FAU police report, Keaton registered to take classes five times in June 2014 as “Elizebeth Denise Keaton” and paid $54,008.16 using fraudulent online checks.

The arrest report said Keaton, who worked at FAU’s controller’s office, canceled the classes and received refunds for three of the five classes in the amount of $29,883.44. 

FAU disbursed the funds before finding out that the account tied to the student was nonexistent and stopped payment on the remaining refunds.

Police said Keaton had forged academic transcripts from Colorado State University Pueblo.

According to the report, information from someone named “Mona Wilson” submitted to FAU’s admissions office “contained similar information” submitted by Denise Keaton and Elizebeth Keaton. A Colorado State University Pueblo official provided a sworn statement that no transcripts for either Keaton or Wilson existed.

Police said the Social Security number provided for Wilson belonged to a Kansas woman who died in 2012, while the Social Security number for Elizebeth Keaton belonged to a 48-year-old Florida woman.

FAU later determined that Elizebeth Keaton and Denise Keaton had the same date of birth.

Keaton, who is representing herself, wrote a Palm Beach County judge in November asking to dismiss the felony charge, saying that she is currently serving a 46-month federal prison sentence. The motion was denied.

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Hialeah burglary suspect accused of stabbing dog to death

A burglary suspect accused of stabbing a dog to death in the backyard of a Hialeah home told a judge in court Friday that he had a “spiritual vision.”

Genaro Lastra-Moreno, 39, was arrested early Friday on charges of burglary, animal cruelty and resisting arrest.

According to a police report, officers were called to a home on East Ninth Lane after someone reported seeing a man killing a dog in the backyard.

When officers arrived, they found Lastra-Moreno with a knife in his hand, police said.

Lastra-Moreno dropped the knife and tried to run away, ignoring officers’ commands to stop and get on the ground, police said. He started kicking officers after they grabbed him, prompting them to use “necessary force” to take him into custody, the report said.

“The dog was discovered severely injured and bleeding from multiple wounds and had a cord wrapped tightly around its neck,” the report said.

Miami-Dade County Judge Victoria Sigler ordered that Lastra-Moreno remain in jail without bond on the burglary charge.

“This is all false,” Lastra-Moreno told Sigler through an interpreter. “I have witnesses that I came into that property. I saw a spiritual vision that there was going to be a bad spirit there.”

Sigler didn’t seem convinced.

“And the court will order a psychological evaluation,” she said. “Thanks for coming.”

“I am fine,” Lastra-Moreno said. “I can prove that.”

“Good,” Sigler said.

“I can prove that, but…” Lastra-Moreno said before Sigler interrupted.

“All right, but our time together has come to an end,” she said. “So you’ll need to go have a seat.”

As Lastra-Moreno continued to ramble, Sigler invoked a little Spanish.

“Lo siento, señor,” the judge said. “Hasta luego. Hasta manana.”

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