Detectives search for gunman in teen’s shooting in North Miami Beach

A 15-year-old girl was critically wounded in an overnight shooting in North Miami Beach.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter early Friday to announce the shooting. Carvalho demanded that the so-called “code of silence” be broken, using the hash tag “enough.”

Cowardly gun violence strikes again. 15-year old girl in critical condition after being shot overnight. Break the code of silence. #Enough

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 12, 2017

North Miami Beach police confirmed on Twitter that a person had been shot near Northeast 155th Terrace and Northeast 14th Avenue.

Police said the victim, identified by her mother as Milinda Michel Pierre, was taken to a local hospital.

Gina Pierre told Local 10 News that her daughter was outside their home when she was shot. She said the bullet went through Milinda’s torso and came out through her back.

Pierre said had just checked on her daughter, who was sleeping, shortly before the shooting. Pierre said said she went to sleep and shortly after was awakened by her daughter screaming.

“By 11 o’clock, I just hear, ‘Mommy! Mommy! I got shot!’ That’s it,” she said.

Pierre said her daughter attends North Miami Beach High School, where she is a member of the JROTC program and plays volleyball.

“She’s a sweetheart. Never had problem with her, and she’s an A student,” Pierre said.

Pierre said Milinda is in critical condition, but she is expected to survive.

“They said she is going to be fine, but maybe paralyzed. I hope not,” she said.

About an hour and a half before the teen was wounded, police said a man was injured in a shooting and crash on 19th Avenue and Northeast 171st Street.

Police said they do not believe the shootings were related. 

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1 injured in shooting, crash in North Miami Beach

One person was injured in a shooting and crash late Thursday night in North Miami Beach.North Miami Beach police were called to the incident at Northeast 173rd Street and Northeast 19th Avenue.Police said the victim was taken to a hospital in stable co…

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Holocaust memorial run held in North Miami Beach

South Florida is home to 2,000 survivors of the Holocaust, and of those about 600 live below the poverty line.

When Lior Levy-Minkowitz learned that those statistics are reflected across the country, she decided it was time to take action and organized the inaugural Shoah 5K Holocaust Family Run/Walk, which took place Sunday.

The event was attended by about 400 people, including a few holocaust survivors.

A majority of the proceeds from the event will be going to the Jewish Community Services of South Florida to help those survivors in need by giving them  access to  health aides, housekeeping, counseling, food, care management and financial assistance.

“We were honoring the local Holocaust survivors,” Levy-Minkowitz said. 

Organizers said they wanted to honor the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the survivors with the run.

“My grandmother was a Holocaust survivor,” Levy-Minkowitz said about her grandmother, who was in Auschwitz. “The holocaust was a big part of my upbringing.”

So when she learned that about a third of survivors live below the poverty line, Levy-Minkowtiz gave herself 11 weeks to create the run.

She hopes that other communities will put on similar runs and that awareness will continue to be spread.  

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Boy riding bicycle airlifted to JMH after struck by vehicle

A young boy was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon while riding his bicycle in North Miami Beach, authorities said.

The incident was reported shortly before 6 p.m. at 13621 NE 21st Ave.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Felipe Lay said the boy was airlifted as a trauma alert to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

A woman accompanied the boy in the helicopter, Lay said.

Authorities said the boy is under 10 years old.

His identity was not immediately released.

Northeast 151st Street was shut down after the incident.

It’s unclear whether the driver was at fault.

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North Miami Beach high school student arrested on child porn charges

A North Miami Beach Senior High School student was arrested Wednesday on child porn charges, police say. 

During an investigation involving child porn,  police obtained a warrant to search the Dropbox account of Darin Brockett, 18. 

It was on the computer that police found several video files of children being involved in sexual acts with adults, police said. 

The children in the videos ranged in age between 2 to 12 years old, police said.

In total, 10 videos were found. 

After being read his rights, Brockett told police he’d uploaded the porn files into his Dropbox account. 



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Home Depot evacuates store in North Miami Beach after 11 get sick

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics and Miami-Dade police officers responded to the Home Depot in North Miami Beach on Friday night, after customers and employees started to feel sick. 

Home Depot evacuated the store at 1205 NE 163 St. A strong odor prompted nearly a dozen people to start coughing and vomiting, according to MDFR. Three required hospitalization. 

The MDFR’s HazMat unit investigated the source of the chemical odor that some reported caused them a burning sensation. 

The store reopened it’s doors at 6 a.m. Saturday.


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