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Dozens of protesters filed into the North Miami police department wearing all black.

 

For the second time in days, community members and activists took their displeasure inside the police department's lobby after Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man, was shot in the leg.

Black Lives Matter Miami staged a peaceful sit-in and requested to file formal complaints against Officer Jonathan Aledda.

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The North Miami Police Department called a press conference on Thursday after the shooting of an  unarmed mental health care worker by an officer earlier this week.

But there were more questions than answers.

Community Groups Demand Action On School Discipline Reform

Mar 18, 2016
Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

Churches and community groups from around the city gathered in North Miami Monday night to demand public officials do more to reform discipline practices in local schools.

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A North Miami High School principal has been removed from his post after making comments online about a racially charged incident in Texas.  

Alberto Iber had defended a white police officer who resigned Tuesday after slamming a 14-year-old black girl to the ground and pulling his gun on teenagers at a pool party.

In comments posted in response to an article on the Miami Herald website, Iber supported the actions of McKinney, Texas, officer Eric Casebolt.

 

North Miami is used to colorful and contentious elections. But this election season, voters will be spared the drama in the mayoral race.

Mayor Smith Joseph was facing former North Miami councilman Jean Marcellus as his sole opponent. But Marcellus has been disqualified from running after his $2,400 qualifying check bounced, according to city spokeswoman Pam Solomon.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

    

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A major dispute over works of art has finally been decided in North Miami.

When board members left the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some 600 pieces of artwork were left in limbo. The city of North Miami, which owns MOCA, and the former board each laid claim to the art in a bitter battle that drew national headlines.

On Wednesday, in a joint released statement, both sides said they reached a settlement. Most of the artwork will remain at MOCA.

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Hundreds of college students flocked to a North Miami residential neighborhood to party at a gym normally used by elementary and middle school kids.

DJ Thunder, who was celebrating his birthday, tweeted to his followers that the indoor gym can easily fit 1,000 people, “so thats what we aimin for.”

College students from as far as Boca Raton streamed into Cagni Gym, 700 NE 137 St., for what some were calling “the all you can drink” party.

The much-anticipated bash with free liquor and a $15 to $20 cover charge was not authorized.

The City of North Miami

The Internal Revenue Service will be taking a closer look at the City of North Miami’s books this month.

In a letter sent to the city on Sept. 2, the IRS is specifically asking to review employee payroll records and information about eight city vendors from 2012.

Three days after the IRS announced its review, the North Miami finance manager who would have helped coordinate the Service's request resigned.

Camelia Siguineau in her brief resignation letter wrote, “Due to unforeseen family obligations, I am unable to continue my employment with the city.”

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The primary election in Miami-Dade County was, for the most part, unremarkable. Voter turn-out was low, and there weren’t many contentious races

But at one North Miami precinct, every election is drama-filled.

Dozens of campaign volunteers lined the sidewalks around the Sunkist Grove Community Center on Northwest 125 Street and 13 Avenue.

They shouted at voters in English and Creole from bullhorns. They sprinted after unsuspecting drivers to shove fliers  into their car windows.  And they aggressively argued with one another over whose candidate will win.

In the quest for votes, candidates often vie for high profile endorsements.

In North Miami, the city has a history of mayoral candidates seeking and receiving endorsements from the son of the most high: Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday, campaign workers for North Miami mayoral candidate Jean Marcellus handed out fliers  to voters with his picture and the word "Jesus" in bold blue print. The flier also had a declaration in French: "Victory in the blood of Jesus."

Marcellus was not immediately available for comment.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

North Miami Acting  Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime believes the city may have disregarded its own hiring procedures for city employees.

He points to the recent arrest of the city’s former purchasing director MarcAnthony Tulloch as an example.

Tulloch previously worked for the city of Sunny Isles Beach. Apparently,  Sunny Isles Beach was investigating him for the misuse of a city credit card.

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department

North Miami suspended its purchasing manager without pay on Friday, after the city's police chief confirmed he was recently arrested. 

Court records show MarcAnthony Tulloch was arrested by Sunny Isles Beach police on July 24 for third-degree grand theft and official misconduct.

According to North Miami City Manager Aleem Ghany, the felony charges stem from Tulloch's time as purchasing manager at  the City of Sunny Isles Beach.

A spokesperson for Sunny Isles Beach was not immediately available for comment.

North Miami’s elections are typically drama-filled.

The upcoming mayoral election, triggered after former mayor Lucie Tondreau was arrested by federal agents and removed from office, is no different.

Three candidates are vying to replace Tondreau: Jean Rodrigue Marcellus, a former city councilman, Kevin Burns, a former two-term mayor and Dr. Smith Joseph, a local physician. All three men are familiar faces to voters; they ran for mayor last election against Tondreau.

Woman Who Killed Grandmother Finds Poetry In Prison

May 16, 2014
Emily Michot / Miami Herald

In her dark poetry, Alma Rosa Maseda explores the jagged emotions of her troubled teen years, a creeping sense of loneliness and isolation — and a burst of seemingly inexplicable violence.

Just some of the details of her past — drugs, gangs, mental illness — would weave a complex, painful narrative. But Maseda’s life plumbed depths few young women ever reach.

Just six months months ago, she was released from Homestead Correctional Institution after doing nearly 10 years. For murdering her grandmother in North Miami.

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