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    A 17-year-old boy who died after getting into a fight with a group of juveniles at a Miami-Dade detention center this week was previously arrested by Miami Beach police on an armed robbery charge.

    Elord Revolte was arrested Aug. 27 after holding a man up at gunpoint with an accomplice and stealing the man’s cellphone, an arrest report said.

    According to the report, the victim was approached by two black males on Ninth Street and Washington Avenue. The victim told police that he was thrown to the ground by Revolte while the other robber pointed a silver revolver at him.

    The victim said he struggled with both robbers and was "in fear for his life."

    Police said Revolte was taken into custody in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. They said he was "sweating profusely" and was "out of breath."

    Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is launching an investigation into the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center after Revolte was pronounced dead Monday night at Holtz Children's Hospital.

    Miami-Dade police, who are investigating whether the center followed proper procedures, said Revolte was involved in a fight with 15 to 20 juvenile inmates Sunday afternoon.

    DJJ spokeswoman Heather DiGiacomo said Revolte was assessed by medical personnel at the center and then taken to the hospital the next afternoon. He died later that night.

    "It's absolutely heartbreaking to learn of the death of this young man," secretary Christina Daly said. "In addition to the investigation being conducted by Miami-Dade police, the department has initiated our own investigation to ensure that our very high standards of accountability and transparency are met and all proper procedures were followed. At the conclusion of this investigation, we will inform the public of the findings and take all appropriate action to ensure that we prevent any tragedy like this from ever occurring again.  If policies or procedures were not followed, we will hold the appropriate individuals accountable."

    The DJJ has sent mental health counselors to assist staff and children at the center in dealing with the tragedy.

    It's unclear if any arrests have been made.

    The cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner's office.

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    Police said they have arrested a man who was caught on surveillance video stealing a package from outside a retired police detective's home in Kendall.

    According to police, the thief parks his car across the street from a middle school where he picks up his son.

    When the final bell rang and class let out Monday, he got his son and pulled into a driveway minutes after he had seen a UPS truck make a delivery.

    At one point, he gets out of the car and talks on his cellphone.

    "I believe he's trying to blend in to maybe look like he’s trying to contact his child and let him know this is where I'm at," Miami-Dade police Detective Linda Cowgill said.

    The homeowner said he saw someone walk by his front window.

    "And before I get to the door, he's walking back the other way with a package in his hand," retired Sgt. Rick Cosner said. "So I walk to the door (and) went out. By the time I got out here, he was already starting to get in the car and they were driving away."

    Cosner worked for the Miami Police Department for 23 years.  He said he went after the thief.

    "He was saying that the package was in my flower bed on the driveway and he saw it and he was worried because all the kids were out here and thought one of them was going to walk away with the package," Cosner told Local 10 News crime specialist John Turchin.

    "You didn't buy that, did you?" Turchin asked.

    "No," Cosner said.

    Rafael Vazquez was taken into custody after Cosner called police.

    "He's a deer in headlights," Cosner said. "He got caught, and he was trying to make up a story. The sad part was he had kids in the back seat -- young kids -- and they're watching this."

    As for the contents of the package, Cosner said it was just a couple of boxes for index cards, worth $3 a piece.

    Here are some tips to prevent package thefts:

    - Have packages delivered to your office or ensure that you will be home when the delivery is made.

    - Request that the sender require a signature confirmation.

    - If making a purchase from a large retailer, request that the package be delivered to your nearest store.

    - Provide instructions to the sender asking that the package is left at a safe location at your home where it will be out of sight, such as a back porch.

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    A water main break has affected traffic in the Brickell area.

    The water main ruptured along Brickell Avenue at Southwest 12th Street.

    Traffic is down to one northbound lane and two southbound lanes while utility crews work to repair the water main.

    Residents and businesses in the area may experience lower than normal water pressure as workers repair the water main.

    Drivers are being urged to seek an alternate route.

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    The northbound lanes on Interstate 95 were shut down early Thursday morning after two crashes at Northwest 62nd Street in Miami.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a car slammed into a guardrail before 3 a.m. and then hit another car.

    One person was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition.

    Troopers said a hit-and-run crash happened near the first crash shortly thereafter. One person was arrested in that crash.

    Northbound lanes were closed for about three hours.

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    The so-called "Filter Bandit" appears to have struck again, this time at a Sunrise bank Wednesday.

    FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said a masked gunman entered the BB&T branch on North Pine Island Road shortly before 4 p.m. and demanded money from a bank teller.

    There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no injuries were reported.

    An undisclosed amount of money was stolen during the robbery.

    The FBI believes the robbery may be the work of the same man who has struck at least seven other South Florida banks since August 2014.

    Anyone with information about the robber's identity is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000.

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    A Miami police officer assisting with a traffic crash on Interstate 95 was hit by another driver Thursday morning while in her patrol car.

    This happened in the northbound express lanes about a half-mile south of Northwest 62nd Street shortly after 3 a.m.

    According to police, the Miami police cruiser was blocking traffic in the express lanes when a woman in a white car hit the cruiser. The officer was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    An officer said the woman who hit the officer was also taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

    The crash blocked the express lanes before State Road 112 while the crash is cleared.

    Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.

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    A driver is dead after a crash on Interstate 95 at Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale.

    The Florida Highway Patrol said Patrick Gustin, 35, of Plantation, was driving his Porsche northbound early Thursday morning when he veered to the right and left the roadway onto the grass shoulder.

    His Porsche then struck a tree.

    Gustin was taken to Broward Health North, where he later died.

    The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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    Two men remain behind bars Thursday after they were arrested in a gambling raid at a smoke shop in Weston Wednesday night.

    The Broward Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit raided the cigar bar, Smoke on the Water, after a weeks-long investigation.

    The owner of the shop, Daniel Frederick Husley, 38, and Michael Kierab McGuinness, 60, who is accused of running the games, were arrested on a charge of keeping gambling houses; a third-degree felony.

    Investigators said they found money, poker chips and other items involving gambling at the shop.

    According to an arrest affidavit, the men were running an illegal poker business inside the shop. But the men claim it was all for charity.

    "I didn't do anything wrong," McGuinness told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. "(I was) taken off and embarrassed in front of all these people. I'm going to sue the county."

    But before he files a lawsuit, McGuinness will have to face a judge.

    "I work for Bar Poker Pros. That's a charity company. These are charity games," McGuinness said.

    "So you're going to jail for charity?" Seiden asked.

    "I don't know why I'm going to jail. I didn't do anything," McGuinness said.

    Husley also spoke to Local 10 News and said that there was no illegal operation going on inside his store.

    "Can you tell us why there's an illegal gambling operation going on here?" Seiden asked.

    "There is not," Husley said. 

    Undercover agents began investigating the shop after receiving numerous complaints from residents in Weston.

    "The poker operation they're running at the cigar bar is not allowed," an undercover detective said. "They have no licensing for a card room. There's nothing legal about what they were doing."

    Detectives said some deputies went undercover during the operation and took photos of the suspects in action.

    Authorities call the incident an ongoing investigation.

    "I can't go into the details of the actual dollar amount gambled in this game as it varies, but I can assure you that we wouldn't waste our time with a small game," the undercover detective said.   

    As far as the poker players, deputies said none will be arrested as the operation was only targeting the owner and man accused of running the games.

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    A Hollywood woman told detectives that she was sitting on the toilet when a man who she knows as "Yellow" entered her home and shot her.

    Gregory Lee, 29, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges, including aggravated battery with use of a firearm and burglary with assault or battery.

    Hollywood police were called to the apartment building in the 1800 block of Dewey Street about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday.

    According to an arrest report, the victim, Mary Ann Gillen, 58, was in the courtyard of her apartment with her sister when she went inside her unit to use the bathroom.

    Gillen told detectives that she left the front door ajar and the bathroom door open.

    Police said Lee walked into her home and shot her once.

    According to the report, Gillen's husband, who was sleeping in their bedroom, woke up and ran to help his wife until help arrived.

    Gillen's husband, Michael Warfield, told detectives that he saw Lee hop over a fence and run off.

    Lee was found later in the day and taken into custody.

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    The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday, challenging a policy they claim denies religious meals to Muslim inmates at Miami-Dade County jails.

    The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims authorities with the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department have refused to serve Halal meals to Muslim inmates, while providing faith-based meals to inmates of other religions.

    "Just because individuals are being detained in jail doesn't mean that the county can unilaterally strip them of their First Amendment right to practice their faith," said Shalini Goel Agarwal, staff attorney for the ACLU of Florida. "Where the county offers faith-based meals to inmates of other faiths, it should not deny these meals to Muslim inmates just by professing ignorance of Islam-especially when the inmates themselves and Muslim organizations have made clear the requirements of their faith."

    According to the complaint, Muslim inmates were provided kosher meals until October 2014, when the county allegedly pulled the option for them.

    However, the complaint said inmates of other religions are still provided kosher meals if requested.

    A Halal diet, among other things, prohibits the consumption of meat from certain animals or their derivatives, such as pork. Animals that are eaten are to be slaughtered in a particular manner, and the diet prohibits the consumption of alcohol or food containing alcohol.

    Under Islamic principals, Halal food is not to come into contact with non-Halal foods.

    "The law is clear. The right to practice your religion without government interference is a fundamental right guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution," said Thania Diaz Clevenger, civil rights director at CAIR Florida. "The county's excuses for their unlawful discrimination and refusal to provide a proper religious diet to the Muslim inmates are completely without merit. You shouldn't have to choose between starving yourself and practicing your religion."

    Click here to view the full complaint.

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    A final arrest has been made in the slaying of a 17-year-old boy found hacked to death with a machete in Homestead earlier this summer.

    Joseph Michael Cabrera, 23, was found in St. Louis, Missouri, Miami-Dade police announced Thursday.

    Cabrera, Desiray Strickland, 18, Kaheem Arbelo, 20, Christian Colon, 19, and Jonathan Lucas, 19, face first-degree murder charges in the death of Jose Santos Amaya Guardado.

    On Monday, the state announced that it would be seeking the death penalty against Strickland.

    According to arrest reports, the suspects and victim were students at the Homestead Job Corps center, a live-in school and vocational program.

    Police said the group plotted to kill Guardado and buried a grave in the woods two weeks before executing their plan.

    According to police reports, the group lured Guardado to the woods on June 28 and ambushed him with a machete.

    Police said Arbelo's friends watched him slash Guardado until his face caved in.

    According to the report, the suspects got rid of the shovel and murder weapon and attempted to burn their clothes and Guardado's belongings after the attack.

    Guardado's body was found by his brother on July 1.

    The medical examiner determined the victim's cause of death to be trauma and ruled the death a homicide.

    Fall classes have since been suspended at the school. A spokesman confirmed Friday that the Homestead Job Corps' summer break has been extended until at least Sept. 9, and 17 students who had been staying at the school over the summer have been moved to another Job Corps center.

    A motive for the attack remains unclear, but a police source said the victim had been bullied before by the group and that Guardado may have owed Arbelo money.

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    Vice President Joe  Biden made a strong case for the nuclear deal with Iran Thursday morning before some of South Florida's most prominent Jewish leaders. 

    He spoke at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie at an event hosted by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Weston, whose district includes many Jewish residents.

    The congresswoman, in introducing Biden, said she is still making up her mind on how to vote on the deal, and added, "I am not afraid to make this decision…This decision will be made not only with my head, but with my Jewish heart."

    Biden pointed out his long history in negotiating disarmament treaties as a senator, including agreements with Russia to reduce its storehouse of nuclear weapons.  He said he rejected arguments that the Iran deal is unacceptable, because Iran is a bad actor in the region and cannot be trusted.  

    The important thing about the deal, Biden said, is verification, not trust.

    "This is a good deal for the U.S., the world, the region and for Israel," Biden said as he sat at a U-shaped table with 40 Jewish leaders from Miami-Dade and Broward counties.   

    After Biden's opening statement the media was escorted out of the room.

    Meanwhile, more than 100 protesters gathered in Davie to protest against the Iran deal.

    The meeting comes after Biden discussed the Obama administration's work to address middle-class economics and college affordability during a Wednesday stop at Miami-Dade College's Science Center.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has locked up much of the Democratic establishment in the presidential campaign, and few expected Biden to enter the race until Clinton's recent slide in the polls.

    If Biden joins the field, he will be most closely associated with Obama's policies.

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    The Broward Sheriff's Office is searching for two people believed to be involved in at least 30 burglaries throughout Pompano Beach since May.

    The latest burglaries were reported Monday at a Mobil gas station at 1481 S. Pompano Parkway and a Vapor N Smoke store at 1430 E. Atlantic Blvd.

    Deputies said surveillance video shows one person waiting in a newer-model white Nissan Altima while a man breaks into the businesses with a "window punch" device. Video from several of the businesses show the thief heading straight to the cash register once he's inside.

    The owner of Vapor N Smoke told Local 10 News that he is considering putting steel bars outside his front windows.

    "I hope they catch them and that they don't do this to other people who are working hard," Adam Fayad said. "They're probably lazy and they don't want to work, and they want to take easy money."

    Other businesses that have been targeted include:

    Café La Buca at 451 S. Cypress Road.

    Croissant'licious Bakery at 345 W. McNab Road.

    Ruby's by the Sea at 2608 N. Ocean Blvd.

    Detectives said one burglar appears to be 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. The second person involved in the burglaries stayed in the car in each incident and was not clearly captured on video.

    Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Detective Pedro Cordero at 954-786-4284 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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    The owner of a South Florida restaurant gave a state inspector the boot from the restaurant. The place has been ordered shut several times in the past, but despite that, along with hefty fines, the issues continue.


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    A 9-year-old boy was injured Thursday night when a car struck him and kept driving.

    Police said the boy was riding his bicycle with his father in the 1100 block of South Greenway Drive when the boy got off his bike to look at a sign.

    A white Honda Civic with a dark hood struck the boy and continued driving west, Coral Gables police Officer Kelly Denham said.

    The boy was taken to Miami Children's Hospital with broken bones. He is listed in stable condition.

    Coral Gables police are asking anyone who may have any information on the hit-and-run to contact them at 305-442-1600.

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    Broward, Miami-Dade hit-and-run crashes of 2015


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    You'll excuse the Pembroke Pines Police Department if they change their motto to "I'm Lovin' It."

    Days after one of its officers was refused service at a local Arby's, the department was showered with love and food from McDonald's.

    McDonald's served breakfast and lunch to the department, while Magic 102.7 and Whole Foods Market offered up all sorts of goodies to the officers.

    "We're proud and honored for being part of such an amazing community," was posted on the department's Facebook page on Thursday. "A special thanks goes out to the individuals, businesses, and organizations who took time out of their day to visit the PD and show their support in person."

    Sgt. Jennifer Martin filed a report Tuesday claiming an Arby's employee had refused her service when she attempted to order food. Arby's offered up an apology after Pembroke Pines Police Chief Dan Giustino chastised the fast-food franchise for the unacceptable behavior of its employees.

    In a statement released Thursday, Arby's said it will be disciplining the employees involved; actions that could possibly include termination.

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    Two people were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation after a house fire in southwest Miami-Dade County.

    The fire broke out early Friday morning at a home on Southwest 123rd Avenue.

    Firefighters arrived and put the fire out.

    Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Both are listed in serious condition.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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    A Call Christina investigation into car break-ins at a Miami-Dade County cemetery has prompted security changes.

    A mother contacted Local 10 News investigative reporter Christina Vazquez in June after she said thieves stole her purse from Graceland Memorial Park South just days after she buried her daughter.

    READ: Thieves steal woman's purse at Richmond Height's cemetery.

    After taking Juanita Leal's call, Vazquez uncovered that police had responded to the site for 13 incidents involving "theft from a motor vehicle' in a six-month time span.

    Graceland told Local 10 News that it planned to step up security and it has fulfilled that commitment.

    Crews have installed an all-new security system following  Leal's burglary incident.

    In a statement, Yvette McPhillips, general manager of Graceland Memorial Park, told Local 10 News: "In response to the Juanita Leal burglary incident, Graceland Memorial Park has completed a thorough re-evaluation of its current safety measures and made a dedicated effort to make any necessary improvements, which included the installation of various security cameras throughout the property as well as continued engagement of periodic security patrols. The safety of our client families is of the utmost importance to us, and we can assure visiting families that the proper security systems are in place to discourage this type of incident from occurring again. For the privacy and respect of our client families who visit for quiet contemplation with their loved ones, we prohibit any on-site filming."

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    A driver is dead after a single-car crash in Coral Gables.

    It happened early Friday morning in the 9600 block of Old Cutler Road.

    Police say the car crashed into a tree.

    The roads was closed in the area and traffic was diverted as police investigated the crash.

    Police have not released the name of the driver.

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    A Texas woman was arrested Thursday night, accused of stabbing her son's girlfriend during a visit to the Florida Keys.

    Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said deputies were called to a Grassy Key home several times during the evening before the stabbing took place. Herrin said the 25-year-old victim told deputies that her boyfriend's parents were visiting and she didn't get along with his mother, Samantha Freeman, 64, of Weatherford, Texas.

    At one point, the victim called her boyfriend and threatened to throw all of his belongings outside, so his parents tried to stop her, Herrin said.

    Deputies arrived as Freeman was removing a screen from a window in an attempt to get inside the house, Herrin said.

    When deputies went back to the home for the final time, they found the victim bleeding from a large cut on her right forearm. She told deputies that Freeman had punched her in the throat, stabbed her with a knife and repeatedly threatened to kill her.

    Freeman was arrested on charges of battery, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The victim was treated for her injuries.

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