Man, 3 children accused of robbing 2 women, leading police on chase

A man and three children were arrested Monday in connection with two robberies that led to a police chase in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police originally took five people into custody after the chase ended in a crash at Miami MacArthur South Senior High School.

The suspects who were arrested were identified Tuesday as Charles Flowers Jr., 27, two 14-year-old boys and a 12-year-old boy. Local 10 News does not identify children younger than 16 who have not been charged as adults.

Flowers made his first court appearance Tuesday morning and was ordered held in lieu of a $10,000 bond. The juveniles were ordered to remain in juvenile detention until at least their next court appearance.

According to Miami-Dade police, the suspects crashed into the side of a building Monday morning at the high school in Naranja after snatching purses from two women in southwest Miami-Dade County.

The first robbery was reported by a 60-year-old woman at a bus stop on Southwest 200th Street and U.S. Highway 1.

Police said the suspects then drove to Southland Mall, where they snatched a purse from a 94-year-old woman in the parking lot. The woman, Kathleen Johnson, told Local 10 News that she suffered bruises on her arm and hand during the robbery.

“You can’t let them overpower you and you have to stand up for yourself, don’t you?” Johnson said. “And as I said, I fought him back. He tried to grab the purse, and then I turned and grabbed it back from him, and then he took it a second time.”

Police said no one else was injured in the robberies and police chase.

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Florida deputies rescue cow stuck in muddy ditch

Sometimes a police officer’s duty involves rescuing a cat from a tree. In one Florida county, it can also involve rescuing a cow from a muddy ditch.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Monday rescued a cow that had become stuck belly deep in a muddy ditch.

The sheriff’s office said on Facebook that deputies used a front-end loader from the cow’s owner to pull the cow out so she could stand on dry ground.

Polk County is located between Orlando and Tampa.

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Marathon man arrested in fatal stabbing at Florida Keys mobile home park

A Marathon man was arrested Monday after he fatally stabbed another man and stole a car, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Kyle Miller, 29, was stopped by deputies in Tavernier while driving north in a stolen 2000 Cadillac Eldorado, Herrin said.

The car was missing from the driveway of a mobile home park where Andre Howard, 34, was found dead on the side of a road.

Homicide detectives said they believe Miller fatally stabbed Howard during an early-morning argument. A newspaper delivery woman found Howard’s body about 4 a.m. and called 911.

Detectives followed a blood trail from the body to a mobile home belonging to Jack Belknap, who was the registered owner of the stolen car. Detectives said Miller is an acquaintance of Belknap whom he calls “uncle.”

Miller told detectives that he stabbed Howard after Howard made unwanted sexual advances toward him, Herrin said.

Belknap said Miller didn’t have permission to use his car.

Miller faces charges of second-degree murder and grand theft auto.

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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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