Suspect in custody after police chase in West Miami

A suspect was being taken into custody Tuesday morning after a police chase in West Miami.

Sky 10 was above the scene as police were handcuffing the suspect near Southwest Fourth Street and Southwest 77th Avenue.

Police appeared to be focusing on a white SUV that was stopped in the grass with its driver’s side door open.

Local 10 News has contacted the West Miami Police Department for additional information.

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Controversial Miami-Dade police union president Rivera voted out of office

The controversial president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association has been voted out of office after decades in the position.

John Rivera, who had been the longtime president of the PBA, was defeated by Steadman Stahl in recent elections.

“The members have voted for change and I totally respect our system of democracy,” said Rivera in an email to union members.

Rivera had been a lightning rod for controversy during his tenure, condemning those who opposed his officers in any capacity.

In June 2016, Rivera made national headlines after a North Miami police officer shot Charles Kinsey, an unarmed behavioral therapist who was helping an autistic patient. Rivera claimed the officer was trying to protect Kinsey because he believed the patient had a gun, and then only accidentally shot him.

Rivera called out the media by saying news stories about the incident were “sensationalism.”

A North Miami police commander was fired after an investigation into the shooting.

Protesters showed up at PBA headquarters in June 2015 after Rivera claimed Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez was only going after votes by implementing police body cameras for those on-duty officers in areas with African-Americans.

“(Gimenez) is so desperate to gain favor in the African-American community, because they are the ones who are pushing for this,” Rivera said on a talk show at the time.

Rivera said he was not opposed to the body cameras, just where they were being implemented.

More recently, Rivera believed fans attending Miami Dolphins home games at Hard Rock Stadium would be less than safe as police officers would refuse to work due to player protests during the national anthem.

With more than 63 percent of the vote, Steadman unseated Rivera with all ballots counted.

“I have steadfastly worked my tail off and made tough decisions when others ran away from them and I am proud of the legacy I leave behind,” finished Rivera in his email.

 

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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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Toy grenade prompted Miami International Airport evacuation, police say

Miami-Dade Police Department detectives were investigating how a toy grenade got inside a restroom at Miami International Airport’s Terminal J. 

The toy prompted an evacuation Saturday night, while the bomb squad examined the potential weapon. 

The incident at the South Terminal lasted for about two hours. Authorities were examining the surveillance video. 

The area of the airport serves 20 domestic and international carriers including Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, Avianca, Bahamasair, Caribbean Airlines, Copa, Delta, GOL, IBC Airways, LAN, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAM and United.

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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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