Before he was tapped to serve as a bodyguard for then Miami Beach mayoral candidate Philip Levine in 2013, Eric Kolbinsky was a longtime police detective and special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was based in Atlanta, according to an online bio, and led a team "that traveled arou ... More >>
The crash killed two menIt was one of the most spectacular and horrible crashes in South Florida marine history. A powerboat traveling more than 130 miles per hour flipped over backward and two men drowned beneath the hull in a world championship event as rescue workers struggled to reach the site. ... More >>
Lower-income areas are set to bear the brunt of Mayor Carlos Gimenez's recommendation to close 22 libraries and ax six fire trucks to fix a budget deficit. Those libraries are disproportionately in poor neighborhoods, and the six fire stations set to lose a truck include Florida City and Goulds -- t ... More >>
With County Mayor Carlos Gimenez changing his mind on a tax increase, it's looking more and more likely that 22 of Miami-Dade county's 49 libraries will shutter next year. After a week of opposition to his proposed property tax increases, Gimenez will recommend to county commissioners today that no ... More >>
The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Miami-Dade County Animal Services rescued two horses and a dog in animal cruelty cases that rescuers refer to as "as bad as it gets." The horses, who were found at 15800 block of Northwest 57th Avenue, were at least 200 pounds ... More >>
The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) and Miami-Dade County Animal Services rescued two horses and a dog last week in animal cruelty cases that rescuers refer to as "as bad as it gets." The horses, found on the 15800 block of NW 57th Avenue, were at least 200 ... More >>
Brian Gentles wanted to be a firefighter even before he arrived in America from Jamaica at age 12. There was something simple and noble about solving other people's problems, not to mention saving their lives. "I was fascinated by putting water on a fire," he says.Now, however, it's the City of Miam ... More >>
Authorities have just confirmed that a third victim has died in yesterday's garage collapse at Miami-Dade College's West Campus in Doral.Samuel Perez, a 52-year-old construction worker, was trapped below his knees. Rescue workers had to amputate both of his legs in order to free him around 1 a.m. He ... More >>
Veldora ArthurVeldora Arthur, the disgraced Miami assistant fire chief who collected $120,000 in pay while she sat at home for seven months awaiting trial, could face a longer prison sentence if federal prosecutors have their way. On Sept. 30, a federal jury found Arthur guilty on three counts o ... More >>
To sidestep union demands and deal with its burgeoning financial crisis, the City of Miami declared a situation of financial urgency. It is the second straight year the city has done this. The idea stinks. (The text of Martinez's declaration follows the jump.) It gives the union 14 days to nego ... More >>
Considering Rep. David Rivera is under numerous investigations for scandals that, in the grand scheme of things, are far more serious than sending pictures of your junk to ladies on Twitter, it was a given that the Democrats would run a serious campaign against him in 2012. Now it appears the Dem ... More >>
While the shooting involving Raymond Herisse is dominating headlines, police have released details in the second police-involved shooting that happened on Monday morning in Miami Beach during Urban Beach Weekend. Though the suspect in the second shooting appears to be a bit surprising. He's a 45- ... More >>
Veldora Arthur is in some big troubleVeldora Arthur, a $184,336-a-year Miami assistant fire chief, is facing federal criminal charges for her alleged involvement in a $10 million mortgage fraud scam. Arthur, along with two other people, was recruited by a man named Neil Fagan to act as straw buye ... More >>
via Miami-Dade Fire RescueMiami-Dade Fire Chief Herminio LorenzoJoseph Mitrani was given the job of overseeing construction of a new training facility for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Mitrani was instrumental in making sure the project was completed on time and under budget, according t ... More >>
Christopher SmithMiami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Lisa Hart and the seven-and-a-half months she failed to show up for work during a two-year period, the county police department's internal affairs office was investigating her. Well, detectives concluded their case eight months ago, yet fire rescue offi ... More >>
Natacha Seijas believes in the old saying, "The enemy of my friend is my enemy too."When Natacha Seijas wants something done, you have to read between the lines. You have to decipher her messages with the keen sensibilities of a mob button man when he gets the order to whack somebody.So when a fr ... More >>
By Alex IzaguirreThe incoming president of the county firefighters union, Dominick Barbera, is demonstrating a terrible lack of ethics in his personal feud with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Herminio Lorenzo. This past December 9, sent Lorenzo an audaciously snarky letter mocking the chief's prop ... More >>
17 Year old Andy Rodriguez is being charged with one count of second degree murder after yesterday's fatal school stabbing at Coral Gables High after admitting to the crime. Students will return to school today, many wearing black. [WSVN]The Herald's Myriam Marquez wrote a column that was basically, ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsRed tape makes this puppy sad.Robbie Coy, founder of Homestead's Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue operation, includes in his adoption contracts a clause stating that the new owners cannot leave the animals leashed outside. So inn November, 2007, when Coy was driving by an adopter's home ... More >>
Jackie SayetThis clean plate club always chips in, even with the dirty work Lieutenant Ignacius "Iggy" Carrol, Public Information Officer for the City of Miami Fire Department, didn't mess around when I rang earlier in the week. I was looking for a firehouse willing to play guinea pig for a s ... More >>
Photo via ((april))'s flickr An unidentified South Florida man prepares for Fay, the storm that apparently overwhelmed state emergency officials, with grace and style. Notoriously non-fay Governor Charlie Crist has requested a disaster-area declaration (and the federal money that comes with it) to ... More >>
Give money, get contracts.
When election time rolls into gear, the union representing Miami-Dade County fire fighters doesn't waste time getting into action. According to campaign financial disclosure reports, Dade County Firefighters Local 1403 contributed $500 each to the reelection campaigns of Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmon ... More >>
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