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Opa-locka Commissioner Facing Corruption Charges Killed in Car Crash

May 24, 2016
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On Wednesday morning, Opa-locka city commissioner Terence Pinder was supposed to surrender to face allegations that he illegally accepted $7,020 from a solid-waste contractor in exchange for political favors.

On Tuesday, Pinder crashed the SUV he was driving into a tree in a large open field at a very high speed and ended his life.

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For the most part, mug shots are not a good thing, marked by bad lighting, slightly grainy resolution and a not-so-happy model. And yet, we seem to have a fascination with them in pop culture -- galleries of celebrity mug shots, hot mug shots and, of course, the most unflattering ones imaginable.

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Miami-Dade Parents of Murdered Kids held a protest outside of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Thursday (Feb. 4).

The parents, frustrated over murder cases that remain unsolved or cases that fall apart, demanded State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle conduct stronger investigations and enforce longer sentences for violent criminals.

Fernandez-Rundle did not attend the rally, but here is her full statement to WLRN in response to the protest:

Nadege Green / WLRN

About three dozen people protested Thursday outside the Miami-Dade State Attorney Office asking for stronger investigations and longer sentences for people who commit murders.

Miami-Dade Parents of Murdered Kids, led by activist Tangela Sears, say they are sending a message to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle.

“We want justice,” said Sears, who has been a longtime Fernandez-Rundle supporter.

Fernandez-Rundle did not make an appearance at the rally. No one from her staff commented publicly at the rally. 

Florida's highest court on Tuesday will hear a case that may determine the fate of some 390 people on the state's death row. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's system for imposing the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Florida has an execution set for next week. The state's highest court now must decide whether it can go forward.

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Florida State University announced Monday that it has agreed to pay almost $1 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused the school's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of sexual assault in a case that sparked a national conversation on athletics and rape.

Negron Questions FDLE On Backlog Of Rape Kits

Jan 14, 2016

The powerful chairman of a Senate committee that oversees the criminal-justice budget said Wednesday that Florida's backlog of thousands of untested rape kits is one of his top priorities.

Cabinet To Get Final Report On Dozier School

Jan 14, 2016

University of South Florida researchers next week will present a final report to Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet about work at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

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“My son name is Herbert Henderson. He was murdered on Nov. 7, 2012,” says Mary Henderson.

“My son was killed Sept. 10, 2015,"  says Neikole Hunt, her pain, still fresh, makes her voice crack. "His name is Randall Robinson.”

These moms belong to a group that calls itself Miami-Dade Parents of Murdered Kids.

They meet every month in the new North District county police station and they all share the same tragic story: They lost their children to gun violence.

The parents are focused on making changes to a system they say is broken.

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01/05/16 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents examines a project of the Florida Attorney General’s office called, SENIORS versus CRIME, particularly in the areas of fraud and elder abuse.

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Memorial services were held over the weekend for Amiere Castro. The 7-year-old boy was killed in South Miami-Dade last week during a drive-by shooting – just the latest South Florida child to die by gunfire in recent months.

Castro was visiting relatives at a house in Richmond Heights on December 27 when automatic rifle fire broke out over a drug dispute. The boy, a first-grader at Coral Reef Elementary School, was the only person killed.

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Calls by black state lawmakers on Wednesday for an independent probe into the fatal police shooting of a Delray Beach property manager and musician after his car broke down along I-95 were heeded by the governor — but brushed aside by the Palm Beach County state prosecutor.

After the state legislative Black Caucus gathered in Tallahassee to make its demand, Florida Gov. Rick Scott offered to enlist the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help investigate what led to the death of Corey Jones.

Kristen M. Clark / Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Outrage over the fatal shooting of a Boynton Beach man by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer reached the state Capitol on Wednesday, as members of the black legislative caucus called for an independent review of the man's death.

They also called for legislation that would put safeguards in place for future incidents, including body cameras for law-enforcement officers, dashboard cameras for police vehicles and automatic reviews of all police-related shootings.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Key West police clocked a motorcycle driven by Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz going 74 mph on a road where the posted limit is 30 mph Saturday evening. When police pulled over the motorcycle, they described the driver as having a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath," according to reports.

When he first stopped, Diaz had trouble controlling the motorcycle and it almost fell over.

"I'm Commissioner Diaz. I apologize," he told officers. Later, he tells them, "I'm the most pro-police guy there is," and apologized again.

Florida Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Pam Bondi put added pressure Wednesday on lawmakers to increase funding for crime labs as she detailed a massive backlog of untested rape kits across the state.

"Those need to be tested because, hidden in those estimated thousands of untested rape kits, we have the potential to solve cold cases and lock up sexual predators and make Florida the safest place to live and raise a family," Bondi said during a news conference at The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

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