Police officer accused of domestic violence is relieved of duty

A Coral Gables police officer was relieved of duty on Friday during an ongoing investigation. Officer Manuel Rivero was with the Coral Gables Police Department for about 17 years.  Chief of Police Edward J. Hudak Jr. took his marked car …

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Underground explosion in South Miami causes power outages

An underground explosion near The Shops of Sunset Place mall in South Miami caused power outages, street light malfunctions and street closures on Friday evening.

Police officers temporarily closed access to Southwest 57th Avenue (Red Road) between South Dixie Highway and Sunset Drive, where there was an open manhole.

Florida Power & Light reported about 50 customers were without power and street lights were not working in the area. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was investigating the cause of the underground explosion. 

Local 10 News’ Robert Alpizar and Marcine Joseph contributed to this report. 

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3 in custody after off-duty police captain reports ‘car-hopping’ crime

An off-duty South Miami police captain spotted a group of men trying to break into vehicles early Wednesday morning across the street from his home. 

The captain said he was sitting on his patio when he saw four men pull up to an apartment building near Southwest 58th Avenue and Southwest 74th Terrace.

He said the group walked through the parking lot and checked for unlocked cars to target, a crime that investigators called “car hopping.”

The captain called to report the crime.

Police found three of the men and took them into custody.

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University of Miami student, 21, found dead in apartment, police say

Miami-Dade police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old University of Miami student found dead in his apartment Wednesday night.

Nicolas De Lavalette’s body was discovered in a bathroom at about 3:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of Southwest 57th Avenue.

He was pronounced dead in the apartment.

De Lavalette’s body is being examined by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office.

An initial investigation revealed that were was no trauma involved in the student’s death and no foul play was suspected.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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South Miami street renamed after 96-year-old World War II veteran

A street in South Miami was renamed Friday in honor of a World War II veteran who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 70 years.

Southwest 63rd Court is now Mitchel Chockla Court.

Relatives and friends came together Friday for the unveiling of the street sign.

Chockla has lived in the same house on the street for 67 years, and the honor comes because of his great service to the U.S.

“Amazing, amazing. I just can’t get over how it happened, and I’m grateful to the city of South Miami,” Chockla said. “It’s embarrassing, in a way. I didn’t expect all this, but it all went together well thanks to my daughter.”

“My heart swells with pride for my father,” Chockla’s daughter told Local 10 News.

Loved ones who gathered to celebrate the tribute to the 96-year-old veteran found comfort in knowing that he is still here to witness the street being named after him.

“He’s my hero,” Chockla’s daughter said.

 

 

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