A Lamborghini split in half and briefly caught fire after an early morning crash Friday in North Miami Beach.The crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. at Northeast Third Avenue and Northeast 167th Street.North Miami Beach police said two men were in the car a…
A day after the outskirts of Hurricane Irma pounded South Florida, causing hundreds of thousands to lose power, one local politician attempted to use her Florida Power & Light connections to restore electricity to the homes of her family.
A series of text messages to an FPL lobbyist beginning on Monday, Sept. 11 shows Florida Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-North Miami Beach, sent company Vice President John Holley the addresses for her mother and sister, requesting help with power restoration.
“I am helping people, helping constituents with some of their lights,” Campbell told Local 10 News. “I have done nothing wrong for all this news, news, news, news.”
Rise News was first to report the story and Campbell confirmed to them that the texts were real.
Campbell, who represents District 38, which includes Miami Beach, North Miami, and other parts of northeastern Miami-Dade County, confirmed the texts at an event Saturday night.
The first text to Holley came at 1:55 p.m. on Monday, with Campbell requesting help as she had a sick person in her house on oxygen.
After Holley replied that he would work on the matter, Campbell immediately texted back that it was her sister’s house, not her own.
A day later, Campbell texted again saying the power was still not on at her sister’s house, and then asked for help at her mother’s house.
Holley wrote back “I will def let them know,” referring to FPL.
FPL confirms the text exchanges took place, but denied any wrongdoing on Holley’s part.
“I am positive that she did not receive special treatment,” FPL spokesperson Mark Bubriski told Rise News.
Campbell told Local 10 that her mother is a constituent and her medical condition made her a priority.
“My mother is on oxygen,” Campbell said.
Power was eventually restored to her mother’s address and that of her immediate neighbors on Sunday evening, but much of the neighborhood remains without power.
“I did ask for other constituents,” Campbell said.
An assisted living facility with no power in North Miami Beach is being evacuated, hours after eight people died at a Hollywood Hills nursing home.
Sky 10 was over the Krystal Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as 110 patients were being removed from the building and driven by a fleet of buses to 13 other facilities and hospitals with power.
Eyewitnesses on the scene described miserable conditions inside the center.
“It is insufferable,” said North Miami Beach Commissioner Barbara Kramer. “It’s heat that is unbearable, it’s unbearable for young people, so you can just imagine what it’s like for people who are not feeling well.”
The manager of the facility called 911 when he started to see signs of distress in patients. There are no reported injuries and the residents remain in good health.
Police said one of Krystal Bay’s two generators had failed and the other was not working properly.
“They are going to be mobilized to other facilities like theirs — nursing home facilities and some hospitals — whoever has room,” Kramer said. “This manager has connections, and he made it happen for these residents, and we’re very proud to have this facility in our city.”
The City of North Miami Beach is assisting with the evacuation by offering city trolleys and other vehicles.
“We have mobilized our parks and recreation trucks, our vehicles, our vans, police vehicles, trolleys; whatever it takes to save lives,” said North Miami Beach City Manager Ana Garcia.
The Krystal facility at 16650 West Dixie Highway has yet to have power returned since the fringe of Hurricane Irma struck South Florida on Sunday.
The evacuation came the same day eight elderly residents died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early this morning.
“In light of what happened in Hollywood, the tragedy that happened in Hollywood under our watch was not going to happen in North Miami Beach,” said Garcia.
A North Miami Beach police officer was injured Thursday during a struggle with a suspect at a public library, authorities said.The incident was reported at the Lafe Allen Memorial Library at 1601 NE 164th St.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the of…
A North Miami Beach police officer was injured Thursday morning in a crash while he was riding a motorcycle, authorities said.
The crash was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. in the area of Northeast 170th Street and West Dixie Highway.
Police said the officer was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It’s unclear whether anyone else was injured.
A 15-year-old girl who was at her North Miami Beach home when she was shot is speaking about the incident after spending nearly a month in a hospital.
“It got the point where I couldn’t see nothing, like, it was just going dark,” Melinda Michel said. “I was like, ‘Mommy, mommy, I got shot,’ and after that I don’t remember nothing.”
The teen spent nearly a month in the hospital and is just finding the strength to share her story.
“One to the chest and then it hit my heart, so I had to have heart surgery,” Melinda said.
Melinda said she heard a knock at the door and when she went to answer it, she was shot in the chest.
Hooked up to machines and wires, Melinda underwent a series of surgeries. Her mother is grateful her only daughter managed to pull through.
“One thing I can say is thank God my daughter is alive, my only princess,” Gina Pierre said.
Genesis Anderson is who police said pulled the trigger that night. The 24-year-old was arrested on a charge of attempted murder, something that provides some comfort for Melinda.
“How does that make you feel, that they did find him and put him behind bars?” Local 10 News reporter Shyann Malone asked.
“I feel great,” Melinda said.
It’s the scar that runs from the top of her chest to the bottom of her stomach that reminds the junior reserve officer in training about the day that could have ended her life.
“Sometimes I can’t breathe that good and then I have chest pains,” Melinda said. “Certain movements I can’t do.”