Woman struck, pinned underneath SUV outside J.P. Taravella High School

A woman was struck by and pinned underneath an SUV Wednesday morning outside J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, according to the Coral Springs Fire Department.

Sky 10 flew above the scene as the doors to the SUV were open and orange traffic cones marked the location of the victim’s shoes.

Firefighters arrived and had to lift the SUV to free the victim.

The woman was flown to Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.

Police are investigating.

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South Florida attorney accused of stiffing clients out of money

The Florida Bar is demanding answers from a South Florida attorney who has been suspended from practicing law in the past.

Aire Lawrence said she hired Coral Gables attorney Andrew Kassier and gave him several thousand dollars to represent her.

Instead, she said, he has done nothing.

Lawrence recently broke into tears after she saw Kassier’s picture attached to a recent Miami Times online article.

“I saw the picture of the attorney and I’m like, ‘How can he do this?’ Like, he’s just taking on other cases, and he act like mine didn’t matter,'” Lawrence said.

Lawrence said she gave Kassier a total of $2,500 in 2012.

She said Kassier agreed to represent her legally in an adoption.

Lawrence provided Local 10 News with a canceled check, receipts and a signed retainer agreement.

“I did everything that he said I needed to do,” she said.

Lawrence has legal guardianship of her goddaughter, Karlicia Darling, but wants to legally adopt her.

Records show that Kassier was on probation with the Florida Bar when he took Lawrence’s money and agreed to represent her five years ago.

Lawrence said she confronted Kassier in 2014 about the lack of progress, and he refunded her $1,000 and promised her the other $1,500 back.

“He asked me if I would give him a chance, he would refund me my money and he asked if I would allow him to finish what he started,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence said Kassier refuses to return calls.

She said she has not been contacted by the courts and nothing has been filed.

Lawrence said she has no money to hire a different lawyer. She said her goddaughter is now 9 years old and sees her pain.

“l feel bad for her, and I ask her, ‘What’s wrong?'” Karlicia said. “When she says ‘nothing,’ I say, ‘I know something is wrong,’ then I hug her,” Lawrence said.

Kassier refused to talk to Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier about Lawrence’s allegations. He didn’t respond to a Local 10 attorney’s request for comment either.

Records from the Supreme Court of Florida show the Florida Bar wanted to disbar Kassier in 1998. Instead, he was suspended from practicing law for a year.

An audit revealed Kassier misappropriated a client’s trust funds and wrote several bad checks.

Two other clients claimed he took money to represent them and did nothing.

After serving his suspension, Kassier was reinstated in 2010 and placed on probation.

Lawrence has now filed complaint with the Florida Bar.

Local 10 has learned the Bar sent Kassier a letter requiring him to respond to the allegations.

The Florida Bar won’t talk about open investigations, but Lawrence is hoping someone will help.

“All I want is for the adoption of my baby to be final so that she can have my last name and we can go on happily with our lives,” she said.

Kassier represents Miami Gardens pastor Eric Readon.

Local 10 recently aired several stories about Readon after speaking with people who claim the pastor stole their money.

Readon has filed suit against WPLG, claiming that his reputation was ruined. Station management denies those charges and stands by the stories.

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3 in custody after shootout in Miami Burger King parking lot, police say

 

 Three people are in custody after a shootout Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Burger King in Miami.

Miami-Dade police said Daniel Rodriguez and Enrique Santana walked into the fast-food restaurant at 11595 Southwest 40th Street and began acting disorderly and being disrespectful to the staff.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said as Daniel Rodriguez and Santana walked out of Burger King, they made disrespectful comments to Jorge Rodriguez, who was standing outside.

The duo got into their vehicle and pulled out a gun, and Jorge Rodriguez responded by getting a gun from his vehicle, police said.

The Police Department said as Daniel Rodriguez and Santana circled the parking lot, shots were fired.

Police said Jorge Rodriguez was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center to be treated for a small laceration on his back. He was treated and released.

Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome said all three men are in custody.

 

It’s unclear what led to the dispute. 

 

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Man identified in connection with armed robbery at Miami gas station

A 30-year-old man was identified Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery early this month at a gas station in Miami.

The robbery was reported about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Valero gas station at 2200 SW 27th Ave.

Miami police said Darshiel Pratt approached the counter, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded all of the money from inside the cash register.

Police said the clerk, who was in fear for her life, complied with Pratt’s demands and handed him all of the money in the register.

Pratt grabbed the cash and fled south on Southwest 27th Avenue, authorities said.

Authorities said the victim identified Pratt in a six-photo lineup.

Pratt faces an armed robbery charge, once he’s caught.

Miami police originally said in a news release that Pratt was arrested. A spokesperson later called to correct that report, saying investigators identified the suspect; they did not arrest him.

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Former state Sen. Greg Evers killed in car crash

A former Florida state senator was involved in a fatal crash near his home.

Greg Evers, who was in the State Legislature for 16 years, died Monday night in a single-car accident near his home in Baker.

A representative of the Evers family confirmed his death Tuesday.

“My wife Ann and I are heartbroken after learning of the passing of Senator Greg Evers,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lori, and their entire family during this terribly difficult time.

“A dedicated public servant, Senator Evers truly loved Florida and devoted his life to serving his community — not only on his family farm, but during 15 years representing the people of North Florida in the state House and Senate. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him as the kind, hardworking farmer from Milton who tirelessly fought for Florida families.”

The 62-year-old Evers served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2001 to 2010 and then was in the Florida Senate from 2011 to 2016. During his time in the Senate, he was part of many of the gun legislation bills, including revisions to “Stand Your Ground.”

Evers ran for the open 1st Congressional District seat last year but was defeated in the Republican primary.

He gained national notoriety for giving away a “Homeland Defender” AR-15 rifle to people who liked his candidate page on social media.

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3 in custody after shootout in Burger King parking lot, police say

 

Three people are in custody after a shootout Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Burger King in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome said Daniel Rodriguez and Enrique Santana walked into the fast-food restaurant at 11595 SW 40th St. and began acting disorderly and being disrespectful to the staff.

A man, who asked not to be identified, said the men were angry about their order.

“The menu being messed up, or, like, their order being messed up,” he told Local 10 News.

Colome said as Rodriguez and Santana walked out of the Burger King, they made disrespectful comments to Jorge Rodriguez, who was standing outside.

Daniel Rodriguez and Santana got into their car and pulled a gun on Jorge Rodriguez, who also got a gun from his car, Colome said.

As Daniel Rodriguez and Santana circled the parking lot, shots were fired, Colome said.

Jorge Rodriguez was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center to be treated for a small laceration on his back. He was treated and released.

Colome said all three men were taken into custody.

 

 

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