Boy seriously injured after horse kick in South Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue rushed a boy to the hospital after a horse kicked him in Southwest Miami-Dade on Saturday.  

When firefighters arrived to an area near 136th Street and Krome Avenue, the 5-year-old was unconscious and had a fractured skull

A Fire Rescue helicopter took the boy to Kendall Regional Hospital’s Trauma Center.

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Woman of ‘cop gets pulled over for speeding’ video gets restraining order against union president

With some 1.28 million views, Claudia Castillo’s YouTube video embarrassed a Miami-Dade police officer. When she asked him to stop, the polite police officer said he thought she needed help. But instead, she told him she was stopping him for speeding.

In the January 2016 video, Castillo said she followed him from Kendall to downtown Miami on the Palmetto Expressway. She accused him of pushing 90 miles per hour and said it was important that police officers “lead by example.”

In response to her daring request, Miami Police Department Lt. Javier “Javi” Ortiz used social media to target her as a “wanna be cop” and “cop hater.” The police union president said it was to show his support for MDPD.

The doxxing incident was about a year ago. The department relieved him of duty with pay on Friday. 

Castillo claims that when Ortiz started to face consequences over the social media attacks, she was afraid and filed a request for a restraining order on Wednesday. After Ortiz got served with the restraining order, the department reassigned Ortiz with pay pending an April 5 hearing.

Castillo first filed a complaint  against Ortiz on Feb. 3, 2016. The official investigation revealed that after her video went viral officers from both MPD and MDPD requested her record from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle. Ortiz shared it on social media.

Ortiz also posted a picture of her business card on his Facebook account asking his friends to “feel free” to contact her.  He also posted a picture of her at the helm of a boat with an unknown drink can in her hand and wrote “let her know drinking and driving on a boat isn’t safe.”

An internal affairs investigation first accused Ortiz of “discourtesy and improper procedure” and submitted their report to the city’s Civilian Investigative Panel Dec. 16. The panel recommended on Tuesday that “harassment” be added to the official list of violations.

Ortiz who was hired on March 22, 2004 has 29 citizen complaints, one driving complaint and 17 use of force incidents, according to the CIP record. Ortiz was involved in the 2011 beating of Jesse Campodonico at the Ultra Music Festival. He was cleared of wrong doing. But he was reassigned just in time to avoid another encounter at Ultra this year. 

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Attorney says Caballero Rivero Dade North cemetery ‘shuffled’ family’s graves

The Hunt family is mortified over a grave mistake made at the Caballero Rivera Dade North cemetery. 

“It is terrible that people have to go through something like this,” Keith Hunt said. “You put your loved one down and you expect them to be there eternally.”

Years ago, the family purchased two double plots. Stepfather Ulysses Mitchell died and was buried in the plot in 1998. His wife, Johnnie Mae, was buried a row above him in 2012, but when their nephew died last fall, the family got a call as they were headed to the cemetery.

“We cannot bury my son into the hole because the plot we were going to bury him in already had a body,” Daryl Hunt said.

Family members who care for and visit the gravesite often said they believe their parents’ gravesites have been tampered with.

“Somebody shuffled the deck, essentially,” attorney David Charlip said.

The family’s attorney alleges the cemetery moved their stepfather over a plot to have a plausible excuse for the mistake.

“The real concern the family has is that there is another family out there whose loved one is not where he is supposed to be,” Charlip said.

Cemetery officials kicked Local 10 News off the property while the Hunts were having the graves exhumed, despite the family’s wishes.

It’s not the first time the cemetery has had a gravesite mix-up. The grandmother of former NFL star receiver T.Y. Hilton was wrongly buried in an unmarked grave in 2015 and also had to be disinterred.

“It’s like I’m going through three funerals and one again,” Daryl Hunt said.

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South Miami street renamed after 96-year-old World War II veteran

A street in South Miami was renamed Friday in honor of a World War II veteran who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 70 years.

Southwest 63rd Court is now Mitchel Chockla Court.

Relatives and friends came together Friday for the unveiling of the street sign.

Chockla has lived in the same house on the street for 67 years, and the honor comes because of his great service to the U.S.

“Amazing, amazing. I just can’t get over how it happened, and I’m grateful to the city of South Miami,” Chockla said. “It’s embarrassing, in a way. I didn’t expect all this, but it all went together well thanks to my daughter.”

“My heart swells with pride for my father,” Chockla’s daughter told Local 10 News.

Loved ones who gathered to celebrate the tribute to the 96-year-old veteran found comfort in knowing that he is still here to witness the street being named after him.

“He’s my hero,” Chockla’s daughter said.

 

 

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Miami jewelry store sold counterfeit items, police say

The owners of a Miami jewelry store were arrested for selling counterfeit luxury items, police said.

Jimmy Hernandez, 40, and his mother, Tania Verona, 57, the co-owners of Lord of the Rings Jewelry at 6230 SW Eighth St., were each booked on charges of selling counterfeit items more than $20,000.

Detectives were tipped off to the counterfeit items and found them displayed inside the store. According to the police report, the counterfeit jewelry was being sold for one-tenth of the normal retail value.

The normal retail value of the jewelry exceeds $31 million. Police said the items appeared to be identical to the authentic products to the ordinary person.

“You’re taking away from the owners of these companies who have taken the time to trademark these properties,” Detective Michael Hufnagel Jr. said. 

Inside the store, detectives found counterfeit items of the following brands:

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Bulgari
  • Chanel
  • Tous
  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Rolex
  • Gucci
  • Cartier
  • Michael Kors
  • Hermes
  • Tiffany
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Christian Dior
  • Ray Ban

“They were trying to give a defense of it’s an inspired property,” Hufnagel said. “It’s not inspired if it’s word-marked.” 

Detectives said consumers should be vigilant when purchasing designer items from third-party vendors, and said that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

“Be cognizant of your value,” Hufnagel said. “If you are looking for a $5,000 Chanel bracelet and they are selling it for $25 dollars, it very overwhelming should be known that it’s not real.”

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Teen, bystander shot near apartment complex in northwest Miami-Dade

A 16-year-old is in critical condition after a shooting Thursday night in northwest Miami-Dade County.

According to Miami-Dade police, Zackery Dixon was shot just before 10:30 p.m. at an apartment complex at 4725 NW 24th Ave.

Authorities said he went running through the neighborhood for help after the shooting.

A neighbor said she tried covering Dixon’s wounds and called 911.

Police said Dixon had gunshot wounds to his groin, hands and legs. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

A second victim drove himself to the hospital. Police said Brian Zachary, 55, was walking to a friend’s apartment when the shots were fired. He told officers that he saw two men running from the scene.

Zachary drove himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his forearm and buttocks.

“I’m traumatized.  I can’t stop shaking, it’s unbelievable,” Zachary’s fiancee, Tonya Burns, said. “I just wish you guys would stop shooting guns and find something more productive to do with your lives.”

A woman who lives in the area told Local 10 News that she heard too many gunshots to count.

“It’s terrible over here,” Sabrena Jones said. 

Jones said one of the bullets went through the bumper of her pickup truck.

Police are searching for the shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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