Lyft driver leaves with child in car after misunderstanding, police say

A misunderstanding between a Lyft driver and his passenger ended with the driver leaving with a woman’s child in the car, police said.

The incident took place at 1190 NW 86th Street in Miami.

Miami police Officer Christopher Bess said the mother loaded her items and child into the car and told the driver to wait a moment while she went back inside her home to get a car seat.

Bess said the driver misunderstood her and thought he was taking the child to the intended destination.

The mother came outside to find that the car was gone and called 911.

Police later found the driver at the intended destination — a daycare at 7134 Byron Street in Miami Beach.

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Public housing tenants trapped in parking lot after Hurricane Irma

With a shortage of affordable housing in Miami, leaving Section 8 subsidized housing isn’t something the dozens of residents of the Civic Towers in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood are ready to do.

Some said they paid rent on time Sept. 1. They evacuated during Hurricane Irma, but when they came back they couldn’t get inside. They said the landlord took their money Sept. 15 although they knew they were leaving them homeless.

The residents said Redwood Housing Partners, the owners of the two buildings that the city has deemed unsafe, hasn’t done anything to help them. They fear that if they go to shelters they will end up living in the streets. 

With nowhere to go, the public housing residents have been sleeping in the parking lot of the Section 8 subsidized housing property. Among the residents suffering is a cancer patient, single mothers, several children and their pets. 

Nine hot days after the storm, some families were still sleeping in their cars. Some of them are seeking shelter under tents and umbrellas. The Lion’s Club donated items to help them be a little more comfortable and representatives have talked to officials to try to get them help. 

The City of Miami is in talks with the federal Housing and Urban Development Department, but as of Wednesday morning they still didn’t have a solution. 

 

 

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Opa-locka police officer arrested on aggravated battery charge

An Opa-locka police officer was arrested Monday night in the city of Miami, authorities said.Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson confirmed that Officer Stanley Jean-Francois has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the c…

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Hurricane Irma crashes Brickell couple’s wedding

Pricilla Gonzalez and Gabriel Garcia have been together for close to two decades. 

They were supposed to get married Sept. 16, but Hurricane Irma forced them to postpone the big day. 

“I was really overwhelmed last weekend really sad and stressed out,” Gonzalez said. 

Storm preparations for the Sunday storm changed all of their plans. And after the storm, their church and the Douglas Entrance reception venue still didn’t have power.

The couple plans to use the same vendors, but decided to change the date to next year. They won’t lose their deposits, but will have to go on their honey moon before their wedding. 

Their family and friends shared their Zola Registry account. The couple was staying positive and Gonzalez joked that they are even considering naming their baby Irma if it’s a girl. 

 

 

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Shake-A-Leg Miami needs help to recover from Hurricane Irma’s destruction

Harry Horgan sailed into South Florida in the 90s after a car crash left him paralyzed. He found a sense of purpose and direction in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. 

Through Shake-a-Leg Miami he has worked to offer rehab and educational programs that have changed the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families for more than two decades. 

Hurricane Irma hurt the operation Sunday when it destroyed their dock at the Dinner Key Marina in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. There was so much damage Horgan got emotional. 

“Coming down and seeing the carnage of everything piled up was just painful and sad,” Horgan said.

The loss of the dock puts Horgan’s work on hold. The dock’s design allowed for universally-accessible sailboats and boats. Replacing it will take time and money.

“We’ve worked with him before and he does fantastic things here,” Dan Martin, a sea tow from Key Biscayne, said. “We love being a part of that and seeing the smiles on all the kids faces.”

Horgan is not giving up, but he needs the public’s help to get the programs back in action. Daniel Kaplan, Matthew Kertesz, Kevin Rodriguez and Sofi Torrents set up a Go Fund Me account for anyone who wants to help. 

The group said all of the donations will go towards navigating SALM out of rough waters and back to smooth sailing. 

“Unfortunately, mother nature threw us a hard hit this time, but we’ve got to get back on-board and we’re asking people to get involved with us,” Horgan said. 

Local 10 News’ Andrea Torres contributed to this report. 

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Rollover crash reported at Miami intersection without working traffic lights

A rollover crash was reported Friday afternoon at a Miami intersection, nearly a week after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to traffic lights throughout South Florida.

Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the lights were out at the intersection of Northwest 12th Avenue and 50th Street, where two vehicles collided just before 2 p.m.

Sky 10 was above the scene and saw a Ford Escape rolled over onto its roof.

Carroll said two elderly women were inside the SUV. He said the driver was able to get out on her own, and the passenger had to be helped out by a Fire Rescue crew.

A woman who was driving a four-door Infiniti was also helped out of her car.

Carroll said all three were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It wasn’t immediately clear who was at fault. The crash is under investigation by Miami police.

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