Police seek to identify 2 persons of interest in connection with hardware store burglary

Homestead police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest who they believe may have been involved with an overnight burglary at a hardware store.

The burglary was reported Monday morning at Berry’s Hardware Store at 896 N. Homestead Blvd.

Police released surveillance video Thursday that shows two men inside the store, looking at lawn equipment.

Detectives believe they may have been involved in the burglary.

Authorities said about $100,000 worth of lawn equipment was stolen from the store.

Anyone with information about the men’s identities or the burglary is asked to call Homestead police at 305-247-1535 or call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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‘Nazis’ scrawled on side of New Hampshire GOP HQ

The New Hampshire Republican Party headquarters was vandalized with the word “Nazis” scrawled on the side of the building, police said Thursday.

The word, written inside a heart, was spray-painted and several windows on the back of the building were broken after rocks were thrown at them, Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford told CNN, citing officer dispatch notes.

Police are on site canvassing the area, speaking to neighbors and looking through potential video available for any further information.

Police did not immediately name any suspects.

A message left with a spokesman for the state Republican Party was not immediately returned Thursday. But New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said in a statement that “it is certainly disturbing and very sad to see vandalism with such hateful rhetoric. There is no place for that in our politics or society.”

The vandalism comes after remarks President Donald Trump made on Tuesday in which he blamed “both sides” of the Charlottesville protests — the white supremacists and those protesting against them — for the violence that took hold of that small Virginia city.

While Trump condemned the neo-Nazi and white supremacists who protested, he insisted there were “very fine people” among those protesting the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville.

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Floyd Mayweather has big plans for his retirement

Floyd Mayweather is looking to score some hits in the retail gym market.

After he boxes UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Mayweather plans to launch a line of boxing and fitness gyms.

The flagship Mayweather Boxing and Fitness is set to open in Los Angeles in November. Franchise gyms and affiliate partnerships at established fitness brands will follow, according to James Williams, the CEO of Mayweather Boxing and Fitness.

Mayweather, who had a volatile childhood, found stability in boxing gyms, where his father and uncles trained him to become a superstar.

“He wanted to create something where everyone could participate, so the flagship will be more expensive but then the franchise and affiliate levels will be more economical,” Williams said.

More than 162 million people around the world belonged to a health club in 2016, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Globally, the fitness industry generates more than $83 billion in revenue.

Franchises are set to open in the U.S. starting in 2018, and they’ll carry the Mayweather imprimatur.

Williams said the company plans to sell 500 franchise gyms and affiliate licenses within the next five years.

Affiliate gyms won’t carry Mayweather logos or signage, but they’ll be able to offer classes and programs designed by the boxer. The idea is to provide as much access as possible.

“Floyd wants a successful global business, but he doesn’t want to be exclusive,” Williams said. “He wants to enable others to train like he has for the past 20 years.”

For those who cannot make it to a physical location, Mayweather will provide virtual training through an app, which will launch after the McGregor fight on August 26. Users of the app will get special training exercises and workouts from Mayweather.

The app is free, but users who want to access Mayweather’s workouts will pay an in-app subscription.

The launch of the gyms and the app will mark the first time Mayweather has ever shared his techniques. It’s also the first time he’s put his name to a licensing deal.

Mayweather at 49-0 is tied with Rocky Marciano as the fighter with the most wins and no losses or draws. If he wins his fight against McGregor he has a serious claim as the best boxer ever.

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Man visually impaired by eclipse warns others of viewing solar event

For all the wrong reasons, Lou Tomososki still remembers when he viewed a partial eclipse outside his Oregon high school back in 1962.

Tomososki and a friend believed that if they stared at the sun long enough to view the eclipse, the brightness would go away.

However, as soon as that night, Tomososki, now 70, began having vision problems that have existed the rest of his life.

KEZI reports Tomososki burned his retina during the eclipse, and now he’s warning others ahead of Monday’s solar event.

For months leading up to next week’s eclipse, doctors have issued warnings to avoid looking at the sun and to make sure eclipse glasses meet protective requirements.

Without that protection, many could suffer serious eye damage like Tomososki.

“You know how the news people blur a license plate out,” said Tomososki. “That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that.”


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Coral Gables Police Officer Manuel Rivero arrested on domestic battery charge

A Coral Gables police officer was arrested Thursday on accusations that he attacked his wife.

According to an arrest report, neighbors called 911 Wednesday after Officer Manuel Rivero, 39, got into an altercation with his wife outside their home in southwest Miami-Dade.

Police said Rivero’s wife had gone out for a jog after work and got into an argument with her husband when she returned home.

Police said the officer’s wife left the home in their family’s only car, but returned a short time later because she forgot her cellphone.

Three neighbors told police that Rivero met the victim in the driveway, grabbed her by the arm and began to pull her.

The witnesses said the woman was screaming, “Call the police. He’s hitting me. He always hits me.”

Police said Rivero pushed the victim in the head area several times, entered the garage with her and closed the door.

Neighbors said they could hear muffled screaming and then saw the couple get into their car. They said the woman, whose hair was disheveled, sat in the front passenger seat with her head down. 

Police said Rivero’s wife had minor abrasions to her neck and clavicle area.

They said Rivero had a large cut on his neck, stretching to his clavicle area. Police said Rivero claimed that he got the cut while retrieving a ball from a tree in his front yard.

Authorities said the officer denied physically touching his wife and said that they had just gotten into a verbal argument, “as they always do.”

Rivero was arrested on a domestic battery charge.

The incident comes two months after Rivero was relieved of duty by the Coral Gables Police Department for a domestic violence incident that was reported at a South Miami mall.

Officer Kelly Denham said in a statement in June that Rivero was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation involving the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.

The Coral Gables Internal Affairs unit was also investigating Rivero, according to Denham.

Records show that Rivero was also arrested April 3, 2016, after his wife told police that Rivero had choked her, shoved her into the doorframe of the closet door in their bedroom and shoved her head into the wall inside the bathroom.  

The case was dropped because Rivero’s wife eventually decided not to press charges against her husband and there were no witnesses. 

According to the most recent arrest report, Rivero has been employed by the Coral Gables Police Department for 18 years.

The couple has two children together. 

Denham said Rivero remains relieved of duty following his arrest. 

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Man snatches cash register through drive-thru window at Miami Burger King

Miami police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video stealing a cash register from a Burger King.

The burglary was reported at about 7 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Burger King at 3601 NW 27th Ave.

Police said a man approached the restaurant’s drive-thru window and tried to open it.

Realizing that the window was locked, the man then pried the lock open with an unknown object, authorities said.

Surveillance video shows the thief reaching inside the window, taking the cash register and driving away.

Police said employees were inside the restaurant at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the thief’s identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 


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