North Miami police officer arraigned on charges in Charles Kinsey shooting

A North Miami police officer charged in a controversial shooting was arraigned Friday on several charges.  

Officer Jonathon Aledda is charged with two counts of attempted manslaughter and two counts of culpable negligence.

Aledda did not appear in court for his arraignment.

“My client has entered a plea of not guilty,” Aledda’s attorney, Douglas Hartman, told Local 10 News. “He says he’s innocent and he’s going to go to trial.”

Aledda was arrested earlier this year, months after the July 2016 shooting of Charles Kinsey.

Cellphone video showed the unarmed behavioral therapist  lying on his back on the ground with his hands in the air.

Sitting next to him was his patient, an autistic man, identified as Arnaldo Rios, who was holding a toy truck that officers believed was a gun.

Investigators said Aledda, who has been with the North Miami Police Department for four years, fired his rifle three times.

Kinsey was hit once.

The shot reportedly came after another officer radioed that the toy did not appear to be gun.

Prosecutors said Aledda’s actions could have been deadly.

Kinsey was also not in the courtroom Friday, but his lawyer was there. He wouldn’t say much because of pending federal litigation surrounding the shooting.

“Obviously, this case is important to our civil case,” Hilton Napolean said. “This case is important to a lot of people and we’re monitoring it.”

Aledda’s trial has been scheduled for Oct. 10.

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1 killed, 1 injured in North Miami shootings

One person was killed Monday and one was injured in two shootings that are believed to be related, authorities said.

The shootings were reported in the area of Northwest 129th Street and 15th Avenue.

North Miami police said a man was found dead in a home and another male, whose age was not immediately known, was shot outside the house.

Someone took the surviving victim to a local hospital.

Police said a suspect is in custody.

A motive is not yet known.

“We don’t know exactly what the motive is, and that’s why our detectives are here investigating,” North Miami police Cmdr. Rafael Estrugo said.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released.

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Boy, 2, falls 20 feet out of window in North Miami

A 2-year-old boy fell 20 feet out of a window Monday night in North Miami, police said. 

The boy pushed the screen out of a window in an apartment complex in the 14000 block of Northeast 18th Avenue while he was home with his grandmother, police said. 

The grandmother was cooking in the kitchen at the time of the incident and told police she could hear her grandson’s cry from outside the family’s apartment. 

He was was alert when first responders arrived and was then transported to Ryder Trauma Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. 

 

 

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Stolen trailer full of toys recovered in Sunrise

A stolen trailer containing toys intended for children with cancer was recovered late Monday night in Sunrise.

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Sylvia Vanni, who is the co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation.

The trailer used by the organization was stolen from her driveway at her North Miami home early Monday morning. Vanni took to social media and created fliers, desperately hoping someone would come forward. 

Vanni said she received huge support online.

Tips led police to a home in Sunrise, where they found the trailer and many of the toys.

“When we arrived there, the toys were not in the trailer, but we waited until about 2:30 in the morning when Sunrise police obtained a search warrant for a shed that’s in the backyard,” Vanni told Local 10 News. “When we opened the shed, the majority of the toys were there.”

The Mystic Force Foundation helps raise money for cancer research. It also collects toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Vanni made her mission to help children with cancer after losing her own son, who died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

Sunrise police arrested Dudley Merus, 30, and a teenager. They face charges of grand theft.

Vanni said the toys will be given to children who are battling cancer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital next month.

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Missing trailer recovered by police in Sunrise after it was stolen in North Miami

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Sylvia Vanni, who is the co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation, after police recovered her missing tailer.

The trailer used by the organization was stolen from her driveway at her home in North Miami, early Monday morning. Vanni took to social media and created fliers, desperately hoping someone would come forward. 

Vanni said she received huge support online. 

“We had over 1,000 shares (on Facebook) and that is actually the way that we were able to recover our trailer,” Vanni said. “A friend on Facebook saw the post, saw the trailer and called it in. Another friend also saw it and called it in. It was a mutual effort by so many and the news stations that covered it.”

Police were able to find the stolen trailer parked at a home in Sunrise, Monday evening. At this point, it’s not clear if the toys were still inside.

“I am totally ecstatic that Sunrise PD did an absolutely phenomenal job in recovering our trailer,” Vanni said. 

Police are questioning some people, but it’s not clear if anyone has been arrested or charged. 

The Mystic Force Foundation helps raise money for cancer research. It also collects toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment in the hospital. Vanni made her mission to help children with cancer after losing her own son, who died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

If you’d like to donate, head to the website

Salvatore passed away just a month short of his eighth birthday. His death motivated Vanni to co-found the Mystic Force Foundation with her husband.

 

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Police find missing trailer filled with toys for children with cancer in Sunrise

A trailer packed full of toys that was stolen early Monday from the front of a home in North Miami was found at a home in Sunrise. 

Earlier in the day the trailer was reported missing by Sylvia Vanni the  co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation. 

Vanni has made it her mission to help children with cancer after her son, Salvatore, died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

“He was 4 1/2 years old and he went through treatment for 3 1/2 years. He died one month shy of his eighth birthday,” Vanni said. 

Her son’s death motivated her to co-found the Mystic Force Foundation with her husband. 

“One hundred percent of our funds go to research. But we also try to help children throughout their treatment,” Vanni said. 

For Vanni, that means injecting a little bit of fun into young patients’ lives.

“Whenever we can bring happiness to them, we do,” Vanni said. 

Vanni collects hundreds of toys for the children on a regular basis — toys like the ones that made her son so happy.

But she was heartbroken Monday morning when she discovered that someone stole a trailer filled with toys from in front of her home in North Miami.

“Well, this morning my friend got here and said, ‘Where’s the trailer? Did you move it?’ And I thought she was kidding, and I realized, no, the trailer is really gone,” Vanni said. “I ran right over because I couldn’t believe that somebody could drive into our guard-gated community, hook up a trailer and just drive out like it was nothing.”

Vanni called North Miami police and posted fliers in the neighborhood and online.

“I want them to know that they’re stealing from kids with cancer,” Vanni said of the thieves.

By the end of the day the trailer was found in Sunrise. 

Those looking to donate toys can find information at mysticforcefoundation.com.

 

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