Man bitten by water moccasin in Pembroke Pines

A South Florida man was bitten by a snake Thursday in Pembroke Pines, authorities said.

“We were contacted today by Palmetto General Hospital and Poison Control about a 34-year-old male bitten by a venomous snake they were describing as a water moccasin,” Lt. Scott Mullin, of Miami-Dade Venom One, said.

The Pembroke Pines worker drove himself to the hospital in Hialeah, but authorities said that could have sped up the damage from the venom.

“He was actually bitten up in Pembroke Pines, working up there, and that is where we get most of our bites. Anything west of Interstate 75 basically was built out in the Everglades,” Mullin said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said now is the time to be on the look-out for venomous snakes that usually dwell below ground.

“This is the beginning of our snake bite season. From April to October is our busiest time,” Mullin said.

The water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth, is a pit viper, and there is a single anti-venom to treat those type of bites.

“The faster we give it, the more tissue we can save. So it is not just about saving a life,” Mullin said. “It is about saving that person’s ability to do their job. In this case, if they are bitten in the hand and they work with their hands, we are trying to prevent further damage from happening.”

In this case, they believe the man got treatment in time and should recover from the bite.

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Hialeah police officer fatally shoots dog while being attacked, authorities say

A police officer fatally shot a dog Thursday in Hialeah, authorities said.

Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said the incident happened at 330 E. 16th St.

Authorities told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden that the shooting happened when officers responded to the neighborhood for the second time Thursday after receiving complaints about an “aggressive, stray dog” in the area.

Police said the second call was made by a tow truck driver who claimed that the dog was trying to bite him.

Residents in the area told Seiden that a jogger was also forced to jump on top of a car to avoid being attacked by the dog, shattering the front windshield in the process.

Police said the American bulldog bit one of the responding officers in the leg and the officer fired at the dog, shooting it three times in the back.

Police said a resident who lives in the area took the dog to an animal clinic, where the dog died.

The resident told police that the dog had been roaming the area for days, and he had been feeding the dog because he couldn’t find its owner.


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Teens accused of robbing man at gunpoint in Hialeah to stay in juvenile detention

Six teenagers who are accused of armed robbery and eluding police appeared Wednesday before a Miami-Dade County judge in juvenile court.

Each teen was ordered held in secure detention, and to stay away from the victim and co-defendants. 

“These are dangerous people who committed armed robbery,” Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said.

Jeremiah Brunson, 16, Rahkem James, 17, and Jaida McMillian, 16, were arrested Tuesday morning along with three other minors: a 15-year-old boy and two girls, ages 15 and 13.

“We don’t think this is the first time they’ve done this,” Zogby said.

Hialeah police said the group of teens robbed a man of his backpack at 1 a.m. Tuesday in front of an apartment complex at West 29th Street and Ninth Avenue. 

“The victim described seeing two of the males with guns,” Zogby said.  

Police said the teens fled in a black van, crossing into Broward County. The van was later spotted by police near Hialeah Gardens before it crashed into an officer’s car at Northwest 103rd Street and 80th Court, police said.

Police said all the teens confessed to their roles in the crime.

The officer suffered minor injuries in the crash.

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6 teens taken into custody after police pursuit in Hialeah

Six teenagers were taken into custody Tuesday morning after a police pursuit.

The suspects, between the ages of 13 and 17, are accused of robbing a man who was walking on a sidewalk in the area of West Ninth Avenue and 29th Street in Hialeah about 1 a.m.

Local 10 News does not identify children under the age of 16 who have not been charged as adults. The teens arrested who are 16 and older include Jeremiah Brunson, 16, Jaida McMillan, 16, and Rahkem James, 17.

“These are dangerous people who committed armed robbery,” Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said.

According to an arrest report, the victim spotted a black van driving slowly passed him and watched it until it was out of his sight.

Police said James and a 15-year-old boy approached the victim shortly after, pointing guns at him and demanding the man’s property.

The victim told detectives that he stayed still because he was in fear for his life and the younger teen forcefully grabbed his backpack from his left shoulder.

Police said the teens ran to the van, where the other suspects were waiting for them.

“We don’t think this is the first time they’ve done this,” Zogby said.

Police said officers spotted the van shortly thereafter, pursuing the van until it crashed into a Hialeah police car at Northwest 80th Court and Northwest 103rd Street in Hialeah Gardens.

The officer suffered minor injuries. The van and police cruiser were later towed away.

All six suspects, three boys and three girls, were arrested and face several charges.

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Hialeah teen to possibly be sent to Apalachicola youth camp for stabbing

The father of a 17-year-old boy accused of stabbing another teenager earlier this month outside a Hialeah Wendy’s restaurant appeared Wednesday in juvenile court to give Judge Angelica Zayas an update on his son’s mental health evaluations.

Yosiris Fernandez is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing Eduardo Rivero, 18, during a fight March 9 outside the fast-foot restaurant.

Rivero, who was stabbed in the back, spoke to Local 10 News outside the courthouse after the hearing.

“Sometimes I can’t bend over too much. It kind of hurts when I run, you know, small things,” Rivero said.  

The melee was captured on surveillance video outside the Wendy’s in Hialeah shortly after school let out.

Rivero said he didn’t know the suspect and was trying to get his friend to leave the restaurant when the fight broke out.

Fernandez turned himself in to police not long after the stabbing.

Zayas addressed Fernandez’s family in court and spoke about the 17-year-old possibly attending a youth camp in Apalachicola. She said she would need doctors’ reports before that could happen. 

Meanwhile, Rivero is still upset about the incident.

“I don’t know why he did it,” Rivero said. “Why couldn’t he just put the knife down and fight me like a real man?”

It’s still unclear whether Fernandez, who remains in custody, will be charged as an adult. His next court hearing is scheduled for April 18.

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Hialeah man breaks mother’s cellphone, eyeglasses during dispute, police say

Three Hialeah schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning while police searched for a man who ran from police while armed with a knife.

Sky 10 was flying above Ben Sheppard Elementary School as police swarmed the campus with their guns drawn.

Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said the elementary school, along with Ben Sheppard Primary Learning Center and Jose Marti Mast Academy, were on lockdown during the search.

Zogby said the man, identified as John Chavez, 30, ran from police after a violent domestic dispute at his home on West 21st Avenue.

According to an arrest report, Chavez and his mother got into an argument after Chavez found out that she had an ex parte order issued against him.

Police said Chavez broke his mother’s cellphone and eyeglasses, while waving a knife around.

When officers showed up at the home to serve the order, Chavez fled, the report said.

Zogby said Chavez, who is trained as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, was eventually taken into custody.

“Imagine — big, strong, trained fighter having a psychiatric crisis, armed with a knife — potentially very dangerous,” Zogby said.

Police established a perimeter from West 20th Avenue to West 24th Avenue and from West 52nd Street to West 56th Street during their search for Chavez.

Police said Chavez has depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“Instead of putting him in jail, they should have taken him to the hospital to be checked by a doctor, you know, because he’s a nice guy,” a neighbor told Local 10 News.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the lockdowns have since been lifted.

Chavez has an extensive arrest history and has previously faced numerous charges, including drug possession, theft, burglary, domestic violence, battery, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Chavez faces an aggravated assault charge for Wednesday’s incident against his mother. Zogby said he will also face charges of burglary and fleeing and eluding police for hiding out in his neighbor’s yard.

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