Defendant at Miami courthouse bites, punches officers, police say

A man is facing several charges after he bit and punched two police officers Monday at the Miami courthouse, police said.

Officials said while waiting on documents regarding Godel Leveille, 29, who was in the courtroom being taken into custody on a warrant, he was asked several times to exit the jury box, but he refused.

As one officer, only identified as Officer Perez, approached Leveille, he punched Perez in the head and said, “This isn’t justice,” the Miami-Dade Police Department said.

Police said a struggle then ensued, and during the altercation Leveille bit another officer, identified as Officer Pando, on the left forearm, causing serious injury.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said Perez also suffered a knee injury during the altercation.

Leveille was subdued and taken into custody, police say.

Miami-Dade officials said both officers injured in the incident were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Leveille is charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting officer with violence and disorderly conduct.

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Rescue crews work to hoist horse to safety at edge of Everglades

A team of Miami-Dade firefighters were helping to free a horse trapped near the Florida Everglades Sunday afternoon. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay said the horse likely took a tumble down a ditch at Southwest 112th Street and Southwest 197th Avenue in the area of the Edge of Everglades Trail.

The team included members of the MDFR venom unit and officers with the Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol. Lay said they were working to hoist the horse up to safety. 

Grace Delanoy, a spokeswoman for The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, described the horse as “severely emaciated and aged.”  The group takes care of abandoned and abused horses in their ranch in Hialeah. 

 

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Concourse at Miami International Airport evacuated after suspicious item found

A concourse at Miami International Airport was evacuated Saturday evening after a suspicious item was found.Airport officials said the Concourse J area was evacuated Saturday night at the airport.Miami-Dade police said they were investigating the suspi…

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Concourse at Miami International Airport evacuated after suspicious item found

A concourse at Miami International Airport was evacuated Saturday evening after a suspicious item was found.Airport officials said the Concourse J area was evacuated Saturday night at the airport.Miami-Dade police said they were investigating the suspi…

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