Officers search for Miami burglar with appetite for high-protein foods

Selva Negra Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana serves Nicaraguan food from about 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most weekdays. Most recently a thief has been showing up after hours, and he isn’t after their popular fried cheese or their gallo pinto. 

The regular of the restaurant at 2025 W. Flagler St., near the Marlins Park, prefers beef, poultry and seafood. He is accused of taking about $3,000 worth of consumable goods during a series of robberies. 

Officer Kenia Fallat, who serves as a spokeswoman for the Miami Police Department, said the thin-built male has been breaking into the restaurant’s refrigerator.  Surveillance video shows he usually rides a white bicycle, carries a black Nike backpack and wears a baseball cap. 

Authorities were asking anyone with information to call the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6420 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

 

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3 juveniles arrested after crashing stolen vehicle in Little Haiti, police say

Three juveniles were arrested Thursday afternoon after they crashed a stolen vehicle in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, authorities said. 

Sky 10 was above the 5800 block of Northwest Second Avenue and saw that one vehicle had crashed into a fence.

Police said the boys struck a van with the stolen gray Acura MDX, causing the van to take out a stop sign. 

A waitress at Clives Café said she was serving a customer when she heard the crash.

She said she rushed outside to see if anyone needed help and saw police tending to a woman on the ground near a car.

She said the injured woman was not in the stolen car.

Police said no one inside the van was injured. 

The suspects’ ages were not immediately released, and no other information was immediately provided by police. 
 

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Donna Brazile talks about new book during Miami Book Fair 2017

About a week after she released “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” and faced controversy over itDonna Brazile was in downtown Miami promoting the new book.

She talked about the grief and fear that she felt in the aftermath of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich’s murder July 2016. There has been speculation about the motive of his murder. 

Rich, 27, was found with two fatal gunshot wounds near his home in Washington, D.C. Detectives believe he was a robbery victim, but they never found the murderer. 

“He was like my son,” Brazile, 57, said.

Hundreds filled the Chapman Conference Center in Miami Dade College to listen to the former interim Democratic National Committee chair Wednesday night.

Local 10 News Michael Putney introduced Ana Navarro, who interviewed Brazile during the sold out event.

Navarro, whom Brazile referred to as a “sister friend,” said she burned some bridges with her new book.

Brazile said the process was “rigged” and Bernie Sanders was at a disadvantage during the 2016 campaign, because of the party’s fundraising approach. Hillary Clinton supporters say “she bailed” the DNC out. 

“After this chapter of my life, I am going back to what I love best,” Brazile said about her plan to focus on teaching at Harvard University. 

The next sold out political event of the fair will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, with former vice president Joe Biden, who will talk about his new book “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.” 

The Miami Book Fair events, which began Nov. 12 and run through Nov. 19, are featured on the YouTube livestream page.  

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MIA director resigns, Miami-Dade County officials say

The director and chief executive officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Dr. Emilio Gonzalez, submitted his resignation Tuesday, county officials said.

“It has been my high honor to serve as director the Miami-Dade Aviation Department over the last 4.5 years,” Gonzalez said. “There is no higher professional calling than serving our fellow citizens and I am thankful to have been able to lead the Aviation Department and Miami International Airport.

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said he reluctantly accepted the resignation, which is effective Feb. 1.

Gonzalez, who was appointed by Gimenez in April 2013, has helped to grow the department across all levels of its operations, including welcoming 44.6 million passengers to Miami International Airport in 2016, the largest number of passengers in its 89-year history, officials said.

Gonzalez additionally oversaw four aviation airports in the Miami area, which supported more than 280,000 jobs and generated $33.7 billion in business revenue.

“I am extremely proud of all the incredible work Emilio has achieved in the 4.5 years he has been a part of the Miami-Dade County family,” Gimenez said. “Although I am saddened by Emilio’s resignation, I understand he is eager to spend more time with his family and move forward in his professional career. In his years with Miami-Dade County, he has accomplished all his major objectives and I thank him for that and wish him, his wife Gloria, and his family nothing but the best.”

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Miami police pass out flyers in hopes of finding student-athlete’s killer

Miami police passed out fliers Tuesday afternoon in hopes of finding out information about the person who fatally shot a student-athlete over the weekend.

Relatives said Malcolm Nicholas III, 18, had recently transferred to a special school in Tennessee to hone his basketball skills, and was back in town ahead of Thanksgiving to attend a family party.

Instead, the promising student-athlete was gunned down Sunday night in the 1700 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue, authorities said.

His cousin told Local 10 News that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

“(It was a case of) mistaken identity,” Devondre Hopkins said. “He doesn’t do anything. He plays basketball. He came down from school to go to one of his family member’s party.”

Nicholas was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center after the shooting, where he died.

Nicholas previously attended Miami Senior High School, Mater Academy and Believe Prep Academy.

According to 247sports.com, Nicholas had offers to play for the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the IUPUI Jaguars.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest. 
 

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