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New Honorary Member of Miami Fire Rescue

MIAMI, FLA – With so much news about animals attacking humans, it is nice to hear of a feel-good story every now and then. That is exactly what the city of Miami was treated to last Monday morning.

One lucky area family will be able to adopt a new kitten thanks to city firefighters.

Now named Storm, the tiny kitten was stuck in a storm drain at Ninth Avenue and Northwest 30th Street. Firefighters had a hard time seeing the kitten because she was wedged in a small pipe within the drain. Responders first tried to flush the kitten out with a bit of water but were unsuccessful.

Javier Corrales, one of the firefighters responding to the scene, said, “Today, we had a call about a cat stuck in a drain. We came out and used our resources, and we were luckily able to get her out.”

After initially trying to rinse the kitten from the drain, firefighters decided to use a bit more water. The flood of water scared the kitten into exiting out the other side of the pipe. According to the firefighters, the entire ordeal was over in about 20 minutes. Storm is doing well now and will soon be ready to go home to her forever family.

Kris Gurucharri, a paramedic/firefighter, may want to think about a career in veterinary medicine. She syringe fed the animal a bit of kitten formula to perk her up. She also gave the kitten a bath to clean the remnants of the storm drain out of her fur. Healthy and adorable, Storm would undoubtedly thank the people who saved her life if she was able.

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Florida Students Injured in Cuba

MIAMI, FLA – An international vacation should be exciting. Visiting family is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable. Unfortunately for a pair of travelers, plans changed drastically after a car accident left one of them stranded.

Barbara Jimenez and her boyfriend, John Fox, were in Cuba visiting the woman’s parents. While in the country, the two were involved in a car accident. Jimenez, who lives in Tampa, was unable to return to the United States because she does not have insurance. According to her family, flying her back in her current condition would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Fox, on the other hand, was transported by air to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is hospitalized and recovering from injuries sustained in the crash. Jimenez is hospitalized in Cuba, where her parents traveled to be with her. “I wish we could take her back,” said Jorge Jimenez, the woman’s father. “I feel so frustrated. The truth is this is the hardest thing that has ever happened to me in my life”

Barbara, who was initially in a coma, is now able to breathe on her own. She remains weak and frustrated at her inabilities. Fox suffered a broken hip, a cerebral fracture and a shattered orbital plate. Fox also had a stroke after the wreck. According to family members he is making extraordinary progress in light of his serious injuries.

A University of South Florida student, Barbara had hopes of graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. It is unknown whether she will be on track to graduate when she is released from the hospital.

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Why Plea Bargains Happen in DUI Cases

If you have been involved in a drunk driving crash in Miami, you will undoubtedly find yourself in court, even if you are the victim. Your family may face a drawn-out legal process full of motions and what may seem like stalling techniques on the part of the defense. Sometimes, the prosecutor for your case may determine that offering the suspect a plea bargain is in everyone’s best interest. This may leave you and your family feeling as though justice hasn’t been served.

Why Plea Bargains Happen

Victims and their families often wonder why a prosecutor would make the leap from a trial filled with testimony to a plea bargain behind closed doors. Plea bargains are often a necessity in a court system bogged down with cases. In order to move cases through the system more efficiently, plea bargains are offered in certain cases.

Benefits of a Plea Bargain

One of the benefits of a plea bargain is that the case is resolved without the chance of the offender going free. It also guarantees that the driver who was intoxicated at the time of your crash has a criminal charge on their record. In almost all cases where a plea bargain is offered, the defendant must give up their right to appeal.

Determining Factors

Prosecutors do not offer plea bargains without serious thought. The feelings of the victim and their family are always taken into consideration along with other factors, including the strength of the case, the defendant’s criminal history, policies of the office, and the wishes of the victim.

The prosecutor may also consider who is sitting on the jury, which judge will be hearing the case, and several other factors that may impact the outcome of a trial.

Judge’s Rights

Even if the prosecutor and defense attorney agree upon the plea, the judge does not have to accept the deal. The judge may order the two sides to

2 Drunk 2 Care Driver Faces Sentencing

Just moments before she crashed into and killed two young women on the Sawgrass Expressway, Kayla Maria Mendoza, 22, tweeted that she was “2 drunk 2 care.” She will be sentenced for her crime Monday.

Mendoza will face up to 30 years in prison when she stands before a judge on May 5. She has plead guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter for the deaths of Nicole Ferrante, 21, and Marisa Catronio, 21. The young women were killed on November 17, 2013, when Ferrante’s Toyota Camry was struck by Mendoza’s Hyundai Sonata head-on.

Catronio was pronounced dead on the scene. Ferrante died at Broward Health North Medical Center four days after the accident. Mendoza broke both of her legs in the crash and suffered head injuries.

During her court appearance in February, Mendoza apologized to the victims’ families as she wiped tears from her eyes. At the time, Mendoza was confined to a wheelchair. Mendoza told the families, “It’s my fault. One mistake changed all of our lives, one stupid mistake, and I’m sorry.”

According to court records, Mendoza had been in a Coral Springs restaurant, drinking with co-workers.

At the time of the accident, Mendoza had a blood alcohol content of 0.15, close to twice the legal limit. There were also traces of marijuana in her system. Mendoza hit the young women head on because she was traveling east in the westbound lanes at more than 80 mph. She had been doing so for approximately seven miles before her ride came to an abrupt and deadly halt.

Each of the young women killed were the eldest of three siblings. Both were students at Palm Beach State College. Families of the two young women are waiting to see what punishment the judge will see fit to impose upon Mendoza, apology or no apology.

Drunk driving can severely impact the lives of people in a matter of seconds. One

Drunk Driver Caught in Miami

MIAMI, Fla – Saturday morning, just after 5 a.m., a car accident claimed the life of a woman. A Miami man has been arrested and charged with her death.

At 5:19 a.m. Saturday, police say that Gustavo Sanchez, 29-years old, was driving a white Oldsmobile east on Northwest 54th Street. Witnesses tell police the man was driving at a high rate of speed.

A woman was walking, attempting to cross Northwest 54th Street when Sanchez sped into her with his car. Sanchez struck the woman in the eastbound lane and continued driving. The man was last seen speeding east along the road.

According to the police report, the victim was dragged for 85 feet before she came to a rest. The impact was severe enough to cause serious injury to the woman’s body. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Sanchez was stopped at Northeast 163rd Street and 15th Avenue after an officer spotted a white Oldsmobile driving with a shattered front windshield.

As the officer approached the car, fresh damage and blood was observed on the front of the vehicle. Sanchez was questioned briefly, giving no indication that he was aware of the accident Sanchez claimed to be on his way home.

Sanchez’ vehicle was confirmed to be the car involved in the accident.

The arresting officer noted that Sanchez had bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol on his breath, and slurred speech. Two beer cans were located inside of Sanchez’s vehicle. During the stop, Sanchez made several voluntary statements that he had been consuming alcohol prior to the accident.

Sanchez was arrested and charged with one count of driving under the influence manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of a crash death.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident due to someone’s negligence or poor choices, you may be entitled to compensation including payment for medical

MADD Urges Vigilancy in South Florida

High season has hit Florida, and it means a flock of spring breakers and other holiday goers looking for a warm area that will help them shake off cabin fever. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the beautiful scenery, but it also means an increase in drunk driving.

According to national statistics, one person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes and a person is killed every 52 minutes.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) makes a concentrated effort to help drivers make better choices. Those include choosing a designated driver, utilizing public transportation, calling a cab, or even using an app to request an Uber driver.

Uber has gained popularity in recent years, allowing people to use their smartphones to summon a ride. The company partners with reliable, local drivers, and connects the drivers with riders who need to get where they are going safely. When you use Uber, you are picked up in a matter of minutes and taken to your destination safely.

Since its launch in the area just six short months ago, Uber has provided thousands of rides to residents and visitors alike. MADD believes that Uber can be a proactive tool in the fight against drunk driving. Why?

Since Uber began operating in Seattle in 2011, there has been a 10 percent decline in DUI arrests. In California, drunk-driving related crashes fell by a count of 60 each month. Since July 2012, it is estimated that 1,800 crashes have been prevented thanks to Uber.

Looking at the numbers, people choose to use Uber in Miami at the same time drunk-driving crashes peak. This is an indicator to MADD and other advocates that Uber can have a positive impact on the community. The app can be an important tool in the fight against drunk driving.

Local officials are looking to put together a framework for ridesharing. In the meantime, people who plan to go

Child Drowns in Neighbor’s Pool

RAMONA, Cal – A child has drowned in a horrible accident in the Ramona section of San Diego County.

A 4-year-old boy wandered into a neighbor’s backyard and into the swimming pool. The boy ultimately drowned according to the local sheriff’s department. It is not immediately clear why the boy was on his own or how he ended up in the swimming pool.

The homeowner of the house located in the 16000 block of Swartz Canyon Road heard her dogs barking and found the boy in the pool. 911 dispatchers gave instructions to the woman to perform CPR on the boy.

Paramedics arrived on scene and took over the life-saving measures in an attempt to resuscitate the child. The boy was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Swimming Pool Requirements in Miami-Dade

In 2009, the Florida Legislature passed the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act in an attempt to reduce the number of fatalities due to drowning or other pool accidents.

According to the Act, all outdoor swimming pools in the city must have a barrier around the outer perimeter of the pool that is four-feet tall or higher. There must be no gaps in the barrier. That fence must be far enough away from the edge of the pool that if a child does scale it or get through it, they will not immediately fall into the water.

Pool fence gates must open outward and have self-closing and self-locking devices installed. Those devices must be outside of the reach of children.

Pools that are housed indoors or within some type of screened barrier are not required to have a secondary fence or barrier. The walls, screens, windows, and/or doors of the indoor pool must be alarmed or have self-closing and self-latching devices installed out of the reach of children.

Kiddie pools are popular with families and are outside the bounds of the act. These small, temporary

Miami Beach Centennial Celebration

It was March 26, 1915 when the city of Miami Beach was first incorporated. The commemoration will take place in the form of a 100 hour-long party set to begin on March 22, 2015. Participants will be treated to entertainment from Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estephan, Wyclef Jean, and Flo Rida; a line-up that will appeal to the tastes of just about everyone!

The party, which will take place on the lush white sands of South Beach, is set to run for 100 hours non-stop and will be punctuated by the all-day Miami Beach Centennial Concert music festival. Mayor Phillip Levine promises “…the biggest entertainment event in Miami Beach’s history which will feature the most significant iconic figures to have contributed to the fabric of the City.” And what a rich history the city enjoys!

The city of Miami Beach is a coastal resort town comprised of both man-made and natural islands.  In 1979, the city made history for its Art-Deco architectural styling and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for the collection of buildings in this design. Past and present residents add to the lure and allure of the city, including: Al Capone, J.C. Penney, Gianni Versace,  Julio Iglesias, Sean Combs, Don Johnson, and Madonna to name a few. The 100th birthday celebration is bound to be spectacular.

The public is welcome to participate in the event at the Complimentary Public Viewing area and the city has made available free tickets for residents of Miami Beach. Other reserved seating areas are available with ticket prices ranging from $55 to $1,000. To plan your 100 hours of fun, purchase tickets, or get more information on this epic event, visit

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10 Safety Tips for and Enjoyable Miami Beach Centennial Celebration

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Want to Avoid Traffic? There’s a (Safe) App for That

Drive through Miami-Dade any day of the week at any time of the day and you are more likely than not to be caught up in a congested nightmare. Bumper-to-bumper traffic isn’t anything new to the folks who drive through the area. A new app is taking aim at traffic, helping drivers extricate themselves from the snarl.

If you have an iPhone or Android-based smartphone, you can drive easy from now on. Audio Traffic Miami-Dade launched last week, helping travelers avoid snags when practical. We know what you are thinking: Using an app and driving is dangerous. Not so with this new offering. The reports are spoken rather than written. You won’t have to take your eyes off the road for a second.

Reports delivered by the app typically last anywhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. You can set the audio delivery in one of two languages: English or Spanish. The developers of the app can be trusted to deliver timely traffic information. They got their start in radio stations across the country doing the same thing.

According to Audible Broadcasting CEO Roger Koch, people don’t listen to the radio the same way they used to. Drivers don’t want to wait 20 or more minutes for an up-to-date traffic report; they want it now.

As soon as the app is clicked, reports start to play. Once you have listened to the latest traffic news, you can listen to public-service announcements or timely news reports. These reports are provided by Miami-Dade County, a partner in the launch of the new app.

Partnering with the app developers means that the county can use the app for emergency announcement or warnings about in-progress crimes. The Miami-Dade are is the fourth in Florida to get a traffic app. The service debuted in West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Jacksonville earlier this year. Drivers in Orlando and Broward can expect their own version soon.


Miami Teen Collides with Pedestrian

MIAMI, Fla – When you give your teenager the keys to the family vehicle, you worry that they will be safe. You hope that they have paid attention when learning the rules of the road, and you hope that they will return home unharmed.

What you rarely consider is that your teen will cause someone else harm.

That is what happened Friday when an inexperienced 16-year-old driver drove through a crosswalk, failing to yield for a pedestrian, sending that pedestrian to the hospital.

The driver who remains unidentified due to age, drove through a crosswalk near Albenga Avenue and San Amaro Drive just after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The driver struck 20-year-old Matthew Wisehaupt, a student at University of Miami.

The 2015 gray Audi struck Wisehaupt with enough force that the man was rushed to the hospital from the scene. Wisehaupt’s injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. The teen driver remained on the scene and cooperated with responding officers.

Teach Teens About Distracted Driving

While no information has been reported as to the cause of the accident, not seeing a person in a crosswalk can very well be due to distracted driving. Before you let your teenage driver take control of the wheel, make sure that you lay down some ground rules.

It is recommended that new drivers do not transport groups of friends in the car. Even if your teen driver is focused on the road, the conversation going on in the car can be distracting enough to cause your teen to make mistakes. Do not let your child drive a vehicle containing more than a single friend.

If your teen has a cell phone, install a parental block on that phone and activate it before your child gets in the car. Do not assume that telling your child not to text and drive is enough. There are several apps that you can install that will