Wounded man drives himself to McDonald’s, police say

A wounded man drove himself to a McDonald’s in Northwest Miami-Dade on Friday night. 

Miami-Dade police officers responded to the fast food restaurant at 11899 NW 7th Ave., next to a Marathon gas station. 

Detective Robin Pinkard said the 40-year-old man told police officers that he wasn’t shot at the restaurant, but nearby.  

The man, who was in a silver Nissan Juke NISMO, suffered gunshot wounds to his arm and lower back, Pinkard said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. 

About two hours later, another man was shot in Opa-locka. Police officers and paramedics responded to a West Star gas station at 14124 NW 27th Ave.

Lt. Felipe Lay said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue airlifted the man to Ryder Trauma Center.

Detectives were investigating both shootings as separate incidents. They were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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Local 10 News Marcine Joseph contributed to this report. 

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Men posing as police sought after Miami-Dade home-invasion robbery

A 29-year-old man is being sought in connection to a home-invasion robbery that took place June 13 in Miami-Dade County, police said.

Meanwhile, another man believed to be involved in the incident remains at large, police said.

Usmael “Mylo” Carvajal and another man forced their way into a residence in the 9800 block of Southwest 159th Street through the home’s front door, police said.

While inside, the pair handcuffed the homeowners and demanded money, police said. They then made the homeowners open a safe and took an undetermined amount of cash.

Carvajal was wearing a police vest and badge during the robbery, police said. His counterpart was wearing a shirt that said “police” on it as well.

Neither the victims nor their children were harmed during the incident, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

 

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‘Major’ drug dealer arrested in South Miami-Dade, prosecutors say

A convicted felon was arrested Thursday on drug trafficking charges after a long-term narcotics investigation by the Office of the State Attorney and Miami-Dade police.

Prosecutors said in a news release that Luis Manuel Charchabal, 53, was found in possession of 2.5 kilograms of suspected heroin and fentanyl.

According to the news release, Charchabal knew how deadly fentanyl was and told detectives that if he wanted to see it work, he would give a small dose to someone he didn’t like to “watch them fall.”

Prosecutors said Fentanyl is 50 to 80 times stronger than heroin and is so potent that an amount the size of three grains of sugar can kill the average adult.

“Selling fentanyl is selling death by a different name,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said. “The opioid epidemic that America, Florida and Miami-Dade County are all experiencing is made possible by those individuals who see illegal profits as more important than human life.

“In this community, we will continue to fight such drug dealers on the streets and work to end addiction through our drug court. Working hand-in-hand with the Miami-Dade Police Department, we have potentially saved thousands of lives with this superb investigation. These officers deserve the thanks of the entire community.”

Authorities said fentanyl is cheap to produce and is often mixed with heroin or sold as heroin on the streets.

“The Miami-Dade Police Department’s primary concern is for the safety and security of our residents,” Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan J. Perez said. “Illegal opioids have had a deadly impact on our community.

“This case serves as just one example of the ongoing efforts of Narcotics Bureau detectives, who will continue to work diligently, together with our law enforcement partners, to prevent additional overdose tragedies related to this poison. Working with our community, we will overcome the opioid epidemic that has plagued the entire country.”

Charchabal is charged with three counts of illegal trafficking in heroin and three counts of possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver. 

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Endangered loggerhead turtle’s death investigated

A mystery is surrounding the death of an endangered 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle found Monday morning on Miami Beach.

“This particular turtle, it appeared to have died after nesting,” said Teal Kawana, with Miami-Dade County’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program. “There was a nest directly behind her and then the turtle was a little further east of the nest.”

She said it looked like a “normal, healthy turtle.”

But marine biologists said a few minor cuts can be seen on the turtle’s neck, along with a cracked shell.

The cause of death still under investigation, but it’s believed that an all-terrain vehicle could be to blame after tire marks were found in the sand nearby.

“The turtle has been taken to a facility to hopefully (have a necropsy) sometime in the near future,” Kawana said.

The turtle’s eggs were not destroyed, but Kawana said what happened on Miami Beach should serve as a reminder to the public about respecting the ecosystem.

Right now, Miami-Dade County has nearly 300 nesting sites across 18 miles of beach, so residents are cautioned to be on the lookout while on the sand.

“If you do happen to come across the nesting sea turtle, to leave her alone, let her do what she’s supposed to be doing naturally,” Kawana said. “We want sea turtles to return to this beach in the future.”

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Driver smashes into patrol car during chase in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens police assisted Miramar police Wednesday when a person fled from a traffic stop, Miami Gardens spokeswoman Petula Burks said.During the chase the driver struck an unmarked Miami Gardens police vehicle and eventually came to a stop af…

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