14 year old girl gone missing in Miami


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA. – On Wednesday morning, a missing person flyer was released. Miami-Dade police are searching for a 13-year-old girl. The girl was reported missing on Tuesday.

Isabella Companion was last seen in the 9000 block of Southwest 142nd Avenue, said the police. However, it is unclear what she was wearing.

Police said Companioni is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds.

She has black hair and brown eyes.

Police said she may be in need of services.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Detective O. Tellez or any detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Special Victims Bureau/Missing Persons Squad at 305-715-3300. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Centner Academy will not employ vaccinated teachers


MIAMI, FLORIDA – The Centner Academy in Miami, a private school founded by an anti-vaccination activist, has warned teachers and staff against taking the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it will not employ anyone who has received the shot.

The school sent a notice to parents on Monday informing them of a new policy for its two campuses for about 300 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Teachers or staff who have already taken the vaccine were told to continue reporting to school but to stay separated from students.

Co-founder Leila Centner told employees in a letter last week that she made the policy decision with a “very heavy heart.” Centner asked those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine to wait until the end of the school year, and even then recommended holding off.

Centner stood by the decision Tuesday in a statement sent to The Associated Press, which featured the biologically impossible claim that unvaccinated women have experienced miscarriages and other reproductive problems just by standing in proximity to vaccinated people.

“You can’t pass it from one person to another if you stand next to someone,” said Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, NYU Langone gynecologist. “That’s a very horrible misconception because it opens up this crazy thinking that you can stand next to people and get what they have, which we know historically has in public health really created a lot of damage.”

The Florida Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the school’s stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and leading women’s health authorities have declared the COVID-19 vaccines being used in the U.S. to be safe and effective, and they are undergoing unprecedented scrutiny for safety. Around the country, teachers were prioritized for early access to the vaccines to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus as schools reopened.

Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist with Florida International University’s Wertheim College of Medicine, said there is no evidence that unvaccinated people face any risks from the vaccinations of others.

Centner and her husband David Centner started the school in 2019 after moving to Miami from New York. The school’s website promotes “medical freedom” from vaccines and offers to help parents opt out of vaccines that are otherwise required for students in Florida.

Earlier this month, Centner criticized measures by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to curb the spread of the virus and said her school went against the guidelines from the moment it reopened in September.

“We did not follow any of the tyrannic measures that were in place. I did not force our kids to wear a mask,” Centner said while attending a “Health and Freedom” rally for a Republican candidate that featured Donald Trump supporters and critics of public health restrictions in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Woman goes into water, vanishes in Biscayne Bay



MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY, FLORIDA – On Sunday morning, a person in a high-rise condominium building in downtown Miami called 911. The person reported that a woman went into the waters of Biscayne Bay and disappeared. Hours later, the body of an adult female was pulled from the water after a search.

According to City of Miami Fire Captain Ignatius Caroll, fire rescue responded to the area of Biscayne Bay behind the Intercontinental Miami hotel. According to the caller, she saw the woman sitting next to a ladder along the boardwalk before she watched her get into the water around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

“Shortly after, she did not see her and believed (the woman) went under,” Caroll said.

Miami Fire Rescue’s dive team and fireboat conducted the search of the bay along with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, Miami Police Marine Patrol, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, according to Caroll.

“The search went on for about three hours and we ended up finding the woman not far from where she had gone into the water,” Caroll said.

They also found items left near the seawall that may have belonged to the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The city of Miami Police are conducting an investigation. The woman’s identity has not been released and Caroll could only confirm that the victim was “an adult female.”

“This was an arduous search by all agencies involved. Everyone worked together to locate the missing swimmer. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s divers were able to locate and remove the victim from the water,” said Erika Benítez, spokesperson for MDFR.

Body found near Miami Marine Stadium


MIAMI, MARINE STADIUM, FLORIDA – On Sunday, the Coast Guard ended the search for a 27-year-old after more than 30 hours. A good Samaritan located his body in the water near Miami Marine Stadium

Latrell Harris had disappeared. The Coast Guard received notification of the disappearance of Latrell Harris on Friday at 8 p.m. Marine Stadium was the site of live music festival Trillerfest Miami this weekend.

Harris was last seen aboard a charter boat. The boat crew confirmed Harris was aboard when they left Miami Marine Stadium but noticed, later on, he was missing as they approached the southeast point of Brickell Key.

A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach boat crew and an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew searched the waters. Crews with Miami Fire Boat, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Miami Air Rescue, and Miami Marine Unit were also part of the search.

Coast Guard Capt. JoAnn Burdian, Commander Sector Miami, said after an exhaustive search, Harris was located by a good Samaritan and was deceased.

Buridan did not release the name of the person who found Harris. The 30-hour search covered more than 180 square nautical miles, according to the Coast Guard.





3 dead after shooting inside home in Southwest Miami-Dade

Shooting at Miami

MIAMI, SOUTHWEST – FLORIDA – On Sunday, through a usually quiet neighborhood in Southwest Miami-Dade Sunday the sound of a police flash-bang traveled.

A man in the hospital and three people dead inside a home, including the gunman.

“Detectives now have the daunting task of figuring out piece by piece what took place at this residence,” said Detective Angel Rodriguez of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

According to the Police, they arrived at the area just before 5 p.m. Sunday. A man ran to a neighbor’s house after telling them he was shot by his own son. The shots were fired at a home on Southwest 191st Terrace and Southwest 129th Avenue.

Ivette Marrero, who lives nearby, said she heard about three gunshots.

Cell phone video showed that when police arrived at the home, they attempted to shout commands and then heard what resembled a gunshot. That’s when SWAT and hostage negotiators were called to the scene.

After trying to make contact, officers eventually forced their way into the home and found the gunman and two adult women dead inside.

Two children who were inside when the initial shots were fired were able to make it out safely.

The gunman’s father, the victim who was able to escape to a neighbor’s house, was taken to Jackson South in stable condition.

The motive as to what led up to the shootings is still unclear. It is also not known what the relationship of the gunman was to the two women that were killed.

Police continue to investigate.

Nurse threatens V.P Kamala Harris’s life


Vice President Kamala Harris was threatened by a Miami based woman. Apparently the woman is a nurse. Moreover, the women sent a series of videos to her husband in prison with regards to threatening the life of Kamala Harris.

39 year old Niviane Petit Phelps sent five 30-second videos and two photographs to her husband back in February through a service known as “JPay,” which is used to share media between incarcerated and non-incarcerated individuals, according to a Secret Service complaint.

“The videos generally depict Phelps complaining and speaking angrily to the camera about her hatred for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others,” authorities said.

“However, in those videos, Phelps also made statements about killing Vice President Harris.”

In one video from February 13th Phelps said that Harris was “going to die” after “someone paid me $53,000 just to f— you up,” according to the complaint.

Moreover, in another from February 14th Phelps claimed she was going to a gun range “until you f—— leave the chair,” officials said. And in a video from February 18th she said Vice President Kamala Harris would die in 50 days, according to the complaint.

Old Tamiami Blocking removed


For nearly a century, along the northwest corner of Miami-Dade County, Old Tamiami Trail served Florida’s tourists and indigenous tribes. Now in hopes of restoring the Everglades’ historic sheetflow of water, state agencies are working to remove it.

Just south of U.S. 41 near the Miccosukee Indian Village, the South Florida Water Management District is removing 5.5 miles of the unused highway to make way for fresh water flowing south from the heart of the Everglades — Lake Okeechobee.

The $7 million project was approved last summer, but crews had to wait until the area’s water levels dropped after the wet season to begin work.

On Tuesday, the district hosted Gov. Ron DeSantis and heads of various state agencies to witness the removal in action during a project celebration at the construction site.

“This is really an important milestone,” DeSantis said at the event. “It will improve the volume of water flowing south through the Everglades and support reducing harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.”

The project is part of the overall Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan authorized in 2000. The project has been a partnership between the state of Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

DeSantis said that despite people saying the state’s budget would be a disaster, “we’re going to end up having a lot of success in this budget” for Everglades and water infrastructure funding.

In March, Florida’s representatives in the U.S. Congress asked President Joe Biden for $725 million, an increase from the $250 million in federal funding last year.

The roadbed removal is expected to increase the flow of freshwater into the northeast Shark River Slough by 220 billion gallons per year, DeSantis said.

“They tell me that this project is expected to be completed by January,” DeSantis said. “So, we’ll hold you to that and make sure that we continue working hard to be able to get that done.”

Noah Valenstein, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, said during the event that Everglades restoration has hit a “battle rhythm” of getting things done.

“When water is not moving south, you have water moving to the estuaries. You don’t want it there,” Valenstein said. “You also have, I’ll mention, our tribal nations — when we have high water levels — are having flooding on their own homes. This is not acceptable, and we look forward to more water going south.”

When Old Tamiami Trail was built about 97 years ago, Miccosukee families moved out of the hammocks and set up near the highway to sell handmade toys to tourists as they traveled back and forth between Naples and Miami, Betty Osceola, a member of the Miccosukee, said.

Spring breakers go wild amid DeSantis’ rule break – COVID 19 rate to go up


Spring breakers cause chaos as millions of them have come to the state by claiming that “there are no lockdowns in Florida” amid Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to break local pandemic rules. However, the rule-averse Republican left local city leaders hamstrung in their efforts to control unruly crowds and the spread of the virus.

Governor Ron DeSantis recently did away with fines on people and businesses for violating local pandemic orders – as a way of ‘advertising’ to tourists that Florida is indeed safe. Governor Ron DeSantis also abolished restrictions on bars and restaurants. The new COVID 19 variants are said to drive up the rate of new COVID 19 infections through spring break.

Recently in Miami Beach, a surge of spring break visitors filled the island city well beyond its capacity. Officials in Miami Beach, which relies heavily on tourism dollars, were forced to impose an 8 p.m. curfew on the city’s entertainment district in the middle of its most lucrative season of the year after police clashed with party-goers.

“DeSantis rolled out the red carpet for visitors, and he left us to deal with the aftermath,” said Miami Beach City Commissioner David Richardson, a Democrat. “People call it spring break and I correct them — this is a high impact period.”

A thriving economy is a huge selling point for Republicans, and Governor Ron DeSantis is already using his pandemic track record to stage for a grueling reelection campaign next year and possibly a 2024 presidential run.

Governor DeSantis, a conservative darling and close ally of Donald Trump, earned praise from Republicans for resisting lockdowns and pressing to keep kids in school — however, more than 32,000 Floridians have died from the pandemic and this week the state became the first in the country to have more than 1,000 cases of Covid variants. The spring breakers and DeSantis decision is only going to worsen the situation.

Florida over the past three weeks has only seen a slight increase in newly reported Covid-19 infections. The seven-day average rate of new infections as of Tuesday was 5.84 percent, which is up from 5.73 percent on March 2, according to an analysis of daily reports published by the Florida Department of Health.

Democrats in the state, determined to bounce back after Republicans flipped seats in the state Legislature last year, are also capitalizing on the Spring break confusion to hammer the governor. Broward County Mayor Steve Geller, a Democrat, this week accused DeSantis of ignoring his requests for help in planning for the crowds of tourists that were anticipated in January. Geller ended up consulting with federal health agencies, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as Broward County brokered a spring break enforcement plan with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

“Governor Ron DeSantis told us we cannot find the bars, and then nothing,” Geller said, adding that just like the governor, Broward and Fort Lauderdale are eager to revive the economy after more than a year of uncertainty that forced many bars and restaurants to close.

“We had to do something to try and help, so I started working with the CDC,” Geller said.

Democrat Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings also took matters into his own hands after he said demand for the Covid-19 vaccine had dropped at a vaccination site in the county convention center for several weeks. Demings dropped the age limit at the convention center to 40 even though the latest executive order signed by DeSantis limits shots to people who are 50 years old and older. Staffers at the site filled 7,000 appointments in 13 minutes, Demings told reporters during a Monday news conference.

DeSantis said last week that Demings’ plan to drop the age was not his decision, though Demings said he’s not worried about the backlash from Tallahassee.

“Those are just words he’s using, you know, so we will move beyond that,” Demings said. “This is about the life, health, and safety of individuals in our community.”

But the most dramatic news came over the weekend, when this year’s revelers brought guns, incited street brawls, and made everyday life impossible for Miami Beach’s roughly 90,000 residents. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the city was happy when DeSantis left emergency restrictions such as beach closures and mask mandates to the localities. But, Gelber said, DeSantis also failed to consider the consequences of bringing millions of visitors to one of the few warm-weather vacation destinations in the country.

“Well, I’m not a fan of the way he’s handled this,” Gelber said. “When you have a sense of the chaos here, no one — not one of the visitors — are thinking about wearing a mask.”

When asked about the lax Spring Break support from the state, DeSantis spokesperson Meredith Beatrice said the governor’s office sent Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents to Miami and Miami Beach.

Gelber said Miami Beach ended up using local code enforcement and an 8 p.m. emergency curfew order to restore order after the weekend’s mayhem, though local community leaders criticized the authorities for cracking down on the predominantly Black crowd and ignoring their white counterparts. The two causeways connecting the city with the mainland are also restricted at night to local traffic.

“I don’t know what else we could have done but close everything down, which is what we did,” Gelber said. “It’s not something you typically do, which is shut the causeways and create a curfew.

“It’s so unusual because it’s all we had available to us,” Gelber said.