Homeless man turns himself in after robbing woman at ATM, police say

A homeless man turned himself in to authorities Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery at an ATM in southwest Miami-Dade, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Jesus Martinez-Rodriguez, 49, walked into the Hammocks police station and identified himself as the person who was captured on surveillance video earlier this month robbing the woman. 

The armed robbery was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at a Chase Bank branch at 13745 SW 152nd St.

Police said the 60-year-old victim was trying to deposit money when Martinez-Rodriguez pulled a knife on her. 

Authorities said the victim complied with the robber’s demands and handed him $680.

Martinez-Rodriguez was arrested on an armed robbery charge. 

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Miami Seaquarium reopens more than a month after Hurricane Irma

The Miami Seaquarium reopened Friday, more than a month after Hurricane Irma devastated South Florida.

“(It’s the) first day opening after the storm, and it’s been a long few weeks, you know. And just like everybody else in South Florida, there’s been a lot of cleanup,” Miami Seaquarium curator Dwayne Biggs said. 

The Miami Seaquarium closed while crews and staff rolled up their sleeves to clean up after the storm. 

But employees of the Seaquarium said they had a hurricane plane in place as the park is all too familiar with how damaging a storm can be. 

“I was actually here for Wilma in 2005 and we had a huge amount of storm surge on the backside of our park, so we learned that that could be a potential for this storm,” Marnie Wood said. 

Some animals were moved to higher ground ahead of the hurricane. 

Photos showed the storm surge after Irma inside the park, which was flooded with about 2 feet of water.

“We do have docks, natural wood docks, in the area, so the docks did sustain some damage,” Wood said. 

Flipper Stadium and Discovery Bay are still closed for repairs, but everything from shows to educational sessions and animal encounters are fully functioning.

“The Miami Seaquarium has been here a very long time, and this is not the first storm that they’ve had to deal with,” Biggs said. 

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Pence consoles in Las Vegas

Vice President Mike Pence delivered consoling remarks at a prayer walk in Las Vegas on Saturday, declaring in the wake of the mass shooting in the city, “Today, we are all Vegas strong.”

“In America, we mourn with those that mourn, grieve with those that grieve,” Pence told a group gathered at Las Vegas City Hall, adding that President Donald Trump asked him to be there.

Las Vegas was devastated a week ago when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert, killing 58 people.

Pence’s remarks were short, lasting less than 10 minutes, but in them the vice president told the heroic stories of mothers who shielded their children from the bullets and law enforcement officers who sprang into action to stop the killer.

Reiterating several times the President’s comments about the shooting, Pence said our “heroes give us hope.”

“To the families of these and all the fallen near and far, we extend the deepest condolences of the first family, of our family and of the American people,” the vice president said.

Pence, who is religious and often imbues his speeches with biblical scripture, asked for blessings for the Las Vegas victims and law enforcement officers, and second lady Karen Pence took to the podium to say a prayer after he finished.

The vice president said: “We find comfort in the knowledge that we are united as one nation, as one people, with one voice — united in our grief, united in our support for those who have suffered, and united in our resolve to end such evil in our time.”

After giving remarks, Pence made an unexpected stop at the site of the concert shooting, observing for a few minutes the 58 crosses that have been erected in memory of the victims who were killed by the shooter.

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Congressman: God is telling flood victims to move

The U.S. government can’t keep paying to repair homes that flood over and over, says a leading House Republican.

“The federal government is encouraging and subsidizing people to live in harm’s way,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling in an appearance on CNBC Thursday. “At some point God is telling you to move.”

Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was referring to the National Flood Insurance Program. The federal insurance covers flood damage for homes, which most most homeowner policies do not cover. Buyers purchasing a property at risk of flooding are generally required by mortgage lenders to have a government flood policy.

He cited a modest home outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that has flooded more than 40 times that has cost the program nearly $500,000. Another home in Houston worth $100,000 has filed $1 million in claims due to multiple floods, he said.

Statistics back up Hensarling’s concern that homes that have been damaged by multiple floods are draining the program. Less than 1% of nearly 5 million flood insurance policyholders collect 25-30% of the claims because they file repeatedly, according to analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

“We would be better off, they would be better off if frankly we bought out a lot of these properties and returned them to moisture absorbing soil and had it be part of a flood control plan,” he said. “Maybe we pay for the home once, maybe we even pay for it twice, but at some point the taxpayer has got to quit paying and you’ve got to move.”

The flood insurance program was nearly $25 billion in debt even before hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit. Estimates are that those storms will cause tens of billions dollars in additional claims.

“We have a bankrupt program that is essentially funded by a bankrupt nation,” he said, citing the fact that the total national debt has now hit $20 trillion. But getting reform for the program through Congress is tough, he admitted.

“A lot of these communities are concerned about the loss of their tax base,” he said. “Other people look upon this as essentially a form of entitlement spending, having federal taxpayers subsidize their premiums. So this is tough political sledding.”

He said he still hopes reform can pass.

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American Indian & Alaska Native Economic Development Conference Comes to Tulalip Resort Casino The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference starts on Tuesday, September 5th

Published September 1, 2017 TULALIPS, WASHINGTON – Next week, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host a new, regionally-focused event next week at the Tulalip Resort Casino north of Seattle. Titled the Northwest Enterprise Development Conference and themed “Power of the Past, Force for the Future,” the conference will […]

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Have you seen this boy? Detectives are worried about him

Lacole Michelle Enich has been getting arrested for prostitution since 2003. Court records also show she has been charged with battery twice.

For about two days, Miami-Dade County police officers have been searching for her and her 8-year-old biological son. Detective Argemis Colome said Enich, 32, lost her parental rights.

This is “why we are working to recover him,” Colome said. 

In Florida, courts can terminate parental rights when the parent-child relationship threatens the health and safety of the child. It’s a process that takes time and gives parents opportunities to rehabilitate. 

Colome said Enich picked up Jaylen from Partners Park in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood. He was wearing his yellow and orange football jersey and black football pants.

Detectives from the special victims bureau were concerned about his safety and were distributing a missing person flyer. They were asking the public for help and anyone with information to call the special victims bureau at 305-418-7200 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.



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