Man killed in hit-and-run crash in Miami, police say

A man was struck by a car and killed Thursday night in a hit-and-run crash, Miami police said.

Authorities said officers were called shortly after 7 a.m. Friday to the 6400 block of Northwest 72nd Avenue about a pedestrian lying on the side of the road.

Miami police said the victim, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe that the victim was struck late Thursday night by a vehicle that was heading north on 72nd Avenue.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

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

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Families of victims killed in unsolved cases feel Miami-Dade police prioritize their own

Several residents of the Annie Coleman housing complex where two Miami-Dade police officers were shot Monday night told Local 10 News that they don’t understand how detectives were able to arrest a suspect so soon, but have yet to solve the cases in which their loved ones were killed.

Spray paint, broken glass and police tape remained Thursday at the Annie Coleman housing complex, where authorities said the undercover officers were ambushed by four people.

Police said tips helped officers zero in on Damian Thompson, 19, at a hotel less than 12 hours after the shooting.

Families at the northwest Miami-Dade complex who have lost loved ones to violence are raising questions about the speed and intensity of the arrest, and why their cases are unsolved.

“I’m used to it. They never found the killers,” Antquanya Williams said.   

Williams’ 18-year-old sister was shot to death in a drive-by shooting that happened blocks away from the scene of Monday’s shooting. Her case remains unsolved, despite officers canvassing the area and pleading for tips from the public.

“It doesn’t mean that an officer’s life is any more valuable,” Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera said.

Rivera said a lack of cooperation is a major issue in certain investigations.

“We have thousands of leads on open homicide cases (and) we don’t have enough detectives to follow each and every lead,” he added.

Since both officers survived, authorities said Detective Terence White was able to identify Thompson as one of the gunmen.

Police said White had arrested Thompson in January.

Authorities said it’s more difficult to rely solely on witnesses, since many people fear retaliation.

Another concern for police is repeat offenders who are released from jail while awaiting trial, as was the case with Thompson.

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Thief steals Louis Vuitton purse, cash from vehicle at Weston gas station

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a thief who stole a Louis Vuitton purse and cash from a vehicle earlier this month at a gas station in Weston.

The theft was captured on surveillance video on the morning of March 9 at the Mobil gas station at 1108 Weston Road.

Deputies said the man paid for his gas and then walked to the victim’s car, where he stole a Louis Vuitton purse and wallet, some cash, several credit cards and a cellphone.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Detective Michael Kravecz at 954-659-3531, or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Gutsy gas station clerk tries to grab gun from robber

A gutsy gas station clerk tried to grab a gun from a man last month who robbed the convenience store, authorities said.

The robbery was reported just after 1 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Mobil gas station at 901 W. Sample Road in Deerfield Beach.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said the robber pointed a gun at the clerk and ordered him to place the cash drawer in a backpack.

Surveillance video shows the clerk trying to grab the gun, but the robber managed to hang on to it.

The two struggled briefly before the robber yanked the cash drawer and ran out the store.

The bandit was wearing a Miami Heat hat and a cloth over the lower part of his face during the robbery.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective David Agusti at 954-321-4200. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Woman’s ex-niece burglarizes victim’s home in Deerfield Beach, deputies say

A woman’s former niece from her ex-husband’s side of the family is accused of burglarizing her home in Deerfield Beach.

According to an arrest report, Amber Duryea, 27, entered the victim’s home in the 1400 block of Southeast 13th Avenue Saturday and stole the victim’s jewelry, purses and two laptops.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said a witness saw Duryea at the victim’s front door during the time of the burglary and identified her in a photo lineup.

Authorities said Duryea pawned her ex-aunt’s necklace for $220 at Gold Pawn City in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. She is accused of pawning the victim’s ring on Monday for $200 at Value Pawn & Jewelry in Wilton Manors.

Deputies said the victim saw a photo of Duryea on Facebook that showed the woman wearing the victim’s stolen rings at her boyfriend’s apartment.

Authorities said Duryea’s boyfriend allowed them to search his apartment and even told deputies that his girlfriend hides stolen property in the water heater rooms of the apartment building.

Deputies found the two stolen Dell laptops in the water heater room on the 12th floor of the building, the report said.

Authorities said they also found stolen jewelry and a pawn shop receipt inside the apartment.

Duryea was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, fraud for giving false ownership information to a pawn shop and dealing in stolen property.

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Deputy accused of falsifying records at Broward County Jail

A Broward sheriff’s deputy assigned to work at the Broward County Jail is accused of spending his shifts using his cellphone instead of conducting security checks.

Oreth Smith was arrested Tuesday after an investigation that also showed that he falsified inmate head count records at the Broward County Jail, officials said.

The 34-year-old deputy is charged with official misconduct and introducing contraband into the jail.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said Smith has been suspended without pay.

According to a letter sent to Smith from Internal Affairs, Smith was ordered to surrender his BSO ID and any BSO-issued weapons.

He is also not allowed to drive a BSO vehicle or enter any BSO facility during his suspension without the approval of Internal Affairs.

An arrest warrant said an inmate complained in July 2016 that Smith wasn’t conducting checks or head counts. His supervisors watched surveillance videos to confirm the allegations.

Officials said it’s against the agency’s policy for deputies to have personal cellphones in the jail.

Smith was released on bond. Records don’t list an attorney.

Smith was reassigned to restricted administrative duty July 25, 2016, as part of an investigation into how murder suspect Dayonte Resiles was able to escape from the Broward County courthouse.

Authorities said it’s unclear whether Smith had a role in the escape.

“The public corruption investigation continues,” Coleman-Wright said. “So far, investigators have found no evidence connecting the deputy to the Resiles escape.”

Smith has been employed by the BSO since April 2, 2007.

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