University Drive closed in Miramar after crash, diesel fuel leak

A stretch of University Drive was shut down in both directions Friday morning because of a crash.Miramar police the northbound and southbound lanes of University Drive were closed from Miramar Parkway to the Miami-Dade County line because of a diesel f…

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Miramar police seek help finding group involved in theft at gas station

Miramar police are asking for the public’s help in finding several people involved in a theft at a Chevron gas station.

It happened around 3:15 a.m. Oct. 5 at the gas station at 3100 Southwest 148th Ave.

Police said three males and two females arrived at the gas station in a stolen gray 2005 Ford F-150 truck.

Several of them entered the store and distracted the clerk, while one of them took $300 from or near the register, police said.

Anyone with information to asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

They stole $300 from a Chevron Gas Station & fled in a stolen truck. Identify them, collect a reward. Call @crimestoppers2 954-493-TIPS.

— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) October 13, 2017

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After Hurricane Irma’s sewage spill, Miramar residents continue to worry about water safety

The City of Miramar’s contractors have been cleaning contaminated canals, but although they have removed debris some neighbors were concerned about the possibility of pollutants that could be left over in the water.

Michael Kaufman is among the Miramar residents who have been worried about safety of the water since Hurricane Irma caused a sewage spill.

“We don’t know what’s sitting at the bottom,” Kaufman said. “We don’t know to what extent there is communication between the canal and our well systems.”

The city hired contractors to clean the canals. A firm’s independent testing showed that the well Kaufman’s family uses for drinking, cooking, and bathing was contaminated. Some of his neighbors had the same issue.

“After mine was sanitized, a couple of days later I had additional independent testing performed that showed that my well was recontaminated, and that was a real concern,” Kaufman said. 

City officials say they have done somewhere between 80 and 90 tests of the wells and say the only issues found were there before Hurricane Irma’s sewage spill.

This didn’t appease Kaufman and others who have hired an independent testing firm to come in and re-test canals in the area. They will also be testing for sediment that may have settled on the bottom of the canals.

Natasha Hampton, Miramar’s assistant city manager, said the city was committed to making sure that residents’ drinking water is safe.

The city also hired an independent testing firm that will be coming next week to test the canal systems and sediment at the bottom of the canals. They have also placed 72 signs to warn the public to avoid fishing in the canals.

“The city recognizes the concerns of the community,” Hampton said. “Our goals and every effort is to try to provide assurance that the area is free of contaminants.” 

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Cid Torrez’s sentencing continued to end of month after courtroom rant

Cid Torrez’s sentencing was continued to the end of the month after he went on a bizarre courtroom rant Thursday.

“Commander-in-chief, the witch hunt ends here,” Torrez said. “My name is Cid Torrez. The witch hunt ends here.” 

Thursday’s sentencing hearing came months after Torrez was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of his estranged wife.

His new sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 23. His attorney told Local 10 News reporter Shyann Malone that the judge ordered that his client be re-evaluated. 

The former couple’s eldest child testified during the trial that she heard a howling sound at her home on the morning that authorities believe Vilet Torrez was killed.

The teen told jurors that she then heard her father say, “No, you wake up.”

Vilet Torrez Jr., who shares the same first name as her mother, also spoke at her father’s sentencing hearing Thursday, telling her father in part, “You are going to go to hell. Thanks for everything dad.”

Vilet Torrez Jr. said she has suffered from depression and panic attacks since her mother’s disappearance.

“You make me sick. How dare you have the nerve to do this to me, to your sons, to your family, to my mom’s family, to everyone,” she told her father. 

Vilet Torrez Sr. was last seen on surveillance video early in the morning on March 31, 2012, after arriving back to her Miramar home after a night out with her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend, Zoe Rodriguez, testified during the trial, claiming that Cid Torrez told him to end his relationship with the victim.

Prosecutors painted Cid Torrez during the trial as a jealous husband, who was upset that his soon-to-be ex-wife had moved on with another man.

Detectives said two cadaver dogs detected the odor of human remains in the trunk and backseat of Cid Torrez’s car and at the couple’s home.

Police said Cid Torrez’s co-worker told them the defendant believed his wife had cheated on him and used a program to monitor her cellphone.

Vilet Torrez’s body has never been found. 

Cid Torrez did not testify during his trial. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced. 

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Miramar residents concerned about sewage spill, water conditions after Irma

Angry and frustrated about water conditions Miramar residents gathered Monday on the banks of a canal at the Canalin Country Club Ranches.

Residents say the canal, which sits off Southwest 132nd Avenue and Miramar Parkway, has a high concentration of dangerous bacteria after a sewer line broke when a tree was knocked over during Hurricane Irma.

During the past two weeks, thousands of gallons of raw sewage have spilled into the canal.

Residents fear that the water from the canal may have spilled into their well water.

“We have well water and we have to drink it and bathe in it,” Gene Heagney said. 

Crews from the city were sent in last week to fix the ruptured line. 

The city said the water is safe and have distributed flyers containing test results to residents.

But several residents have commissioned their own tests by using an independent lab.

The result of those tests contradict the city’s results. City members were not present at Monday’s meeting. 

“It wasn’t a big surprise when we found out that as far as the canal is concerned ” Michael Kaufman said. “This is a very dangerous canal.” 

Residents are demanding a City Hall meeting in order to discuss those findings. 

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