Miami detectives say 14-year-old girl is likely in danger

Detectives believe 14-year-old Dyanah Amaya was in danger on Friday evening, according to the Miami Police Department. 

Her mom, Marisol Amaya, told police officers that the teenage girl vanished about 2 p.m.

Officer Christopher Bess said Dyanah was last seen about at 1871 NW 21 Street, in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood. 

Amaya is 5-foot-3-inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. Bess said she was last seen wearing a black spaghetti shirt, gray basketball shorts and black and white Adidas sneakers.

Bess was asking anyone with information to call 305-603-6300 or 305-603-6310.

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Sporadic heavy rain likely to continue in South Florida this weekend

Local 10 News’ Weather Authority warns of more storms across South Florida on Saturday. 

This week’s rain already injured an 8-month-old baby after a roof collapse on Friday morning in Hialeah. And drivers dealt with flooding in Northwest Miami-Dade. 

Chief Certified Meteorologist Betty Davis said there will be off-and-on rain over the weekend. At times there will be some heavy rain. The National Weather Service reported the rain season began on Monday. 


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Trayvon Martin’s mom says more needs to be done to save lives in Miami

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, believes more needs to be done to save the lives of the African-American children who continue to die in shootings. After her son’s death five years ago, she turned into an advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Fulton said that when George Zimmerman said he killed her 17-year-old son, because he felt threatened, she was determined to not be a victim. In her new book, Rest in Power, she and Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, share their journey from despair to activism. 

Fulton said that she didn’t want her son’s death to become just another homicide. And while at Miami Norland Senior High School, her alma mater, she said more needs to be done. She believes her work with the foundation that she set up in her son’s memory and the book are still not enough.

“I am considering running for office … I can do my best,” Fulton said. 

Fulton joined the My Future, My Choice movement’s third town hall on Friday. The Local 10 News effort aims to raise awareness about the need to end the ongoing cycle of violence in Miami. The event highlighted programs that are working against the strong forces that are risking the lives of children and teenagers every day. 

Some of the cast members of “Moonlight” also participated in the town hall. Their success proves to be an example of the benefits of promoting the arts in Miami and supporting projects that expand opportunities for teens like Sharif Earp, who had been shot before a job with the film changed his life. 

“A lot of these kids get into trouble out of just sheer boredom,” Earp said. “There is nothing to do. You look outside, it’s hopeless.”

Xavier Gustave found a way out of the streets through the Guitars Over Guns program. He was among the students who talked about the program has changed their lives and exposed them to the power of creativity. Gustave said he hopes to one day give back with his own business. 

“I just want a place where we can give to the world what we have been given,” Gustave said. 

Fulton said she believes not enough is being done to end the cycle of violence that has many African-American parents living in fear. She got a taste of politics when she campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton last year. 

“The only thing I can do is try,” Fulton said about running for office herself. “And, I am not afraid to try.”


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Fort Lauderdale homeless raid a ‘sham,’ says commissioner

The only warning for those living in the park was the loud rumbling of the heavy machinery as it came to remove them from their makeshift homes.

Soon more than 50 homeless men and women were forced out of the park, with their belongings seized.

“They came in like a thief in the night,” said homeless veteran Trinidad DeLeon. “We’re distraught. We’re confused.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler held an impromptu press conference in which he told the public the city was forced to oust the homeless because the health department had issued a citation for rats in the park. But what Seiler didn’t mention was that it was the city itself which had complained about the rats just days after Seiler himself said at a barely publicized city workshop meeting that his goal was to remove the “negative visual impact of the homeless” from downtown.

“I have no doubt that this was a cooked-up inside job,” said homeless advocate Jeff Weinberger.

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis said he believed his own city had acted dishonestly.

“This was a sham by the city and we should be ashamed of ourselves,” said Trantalis. “It was totally inhumane and it didn’t make any sense to me.”

Trantalis said no one finds the camp ideal, but that such a dramatic action, which displaced dozens of people with their belongings seized by the city without notice, should have been publicly discussed and voted on by the commission.  

“We’re dealing with human beings, human lives, human conditions,” he said. “You don’t just take a bulldozer and push them out.”

And Trantalis says he believes it was Seiler himself who orchestrated the raid, along with city manager Lee Feldman.

“I believe [Feldman] worked with the mayor and the mayor instructed him to do that,” said Trantalis. “The city doesn’t work that way. The mayor is not a strong mayor. The city is run by a majority vote of the commission.”

Just nine day before the raid, Seiler spoke his mind about the homeless at the commission workshop meeting, which was held at the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Club in the park.

“My problem with the homeless is what we’re seeing right here out this window,” said Seiler. “The negative visual impact of so many homeless in downtown. … I would consider it a huge success if we can move the homeless out of this highly visual location that impacts our businesses and our commerce.”

Trantalis can be heard asking the mayor a simple question: “Where do they go?”

“Are you going to tell me that every person that shows up in Fort Lauderdale we’ve now adopted and we have to figure out where they’re going to sleep for the night?” said Seiler. “Where they go is where they go.”

“There is no way to argue with a point of view like that,” said Trantalis. “You’ve got to understand that you’re not just pulling weeds out of the ground you’re dealing with human lives.”

Seiler admits that it was at that meeting that he and other city officials first noticed rodent on the grounds.

“I observed rats the day I was at the women’s club,” he said. “I observed a live rat and a dead rat.”

The following Monday, the city’s homeless services director, Jeri Pryor, filed a complaint about the rats with the health department, leading to an inspection, the citation, and then the city’s decision to conduct the sudden raid.

When questioned about his statements regarding homeless people, Seiler insisted he never complained of the negative visual impact of homeless themselves, though the actual audio clearly contradicts that assertion.

“The park was a visual eyesore,” said Seiler. “I don’t consider any person a visual eyesore.”

Seiler insisted he didn’t direct the Feldman, the city manager, to either initiate the complaint or direct the city to clear the park, though he said he approved it greatly. And the mayor said Trantalis should have spoken to Feldman to learn what the city was doing, saying he and other commissioners check with the city manager daily for information.

“If Dean doesn’t choose to communicate with the city manager about an issue that is Dean’s decision,” said Seiler.

When Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman remarked that it sounded like a “shadow government” that was being run through Feldman without public debate, Seiler said, “If there is a life safety welfare issue you don’t wait for a publicly noticed meeting.”

Over and over again the mayor cited the health issue for the homeless as the reason for the rush.

“Don’t you agree it was a little inhumane not to give them any notice that they were about to be displaced?” asked Norman.

“When you’re dealing with life, health, safety, welfare … you need to take action,” said Seiler.

The ACLU is investigating the city’s action and is considering legal action, in part on the grounds that the city violated its own ordinance giving citizens 24 hours notice before their belongings are seized on public property. Seiler again said the health emergency posed by the rats superseded that law.

“Shame on us for thinking we have to sneak around procedure and the commission to accomplish something,” said Trantalis.

As homeless people return to the area even with the park closed, Trantalis said the raid did no discernable good in any way.  

“We’ve done nothing to really cure the problem,” he said. “All we’ve done is put a band aid on it and ripped it off.”

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