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Officer Roger Castillo and Officer Amanda Haworth

I-Team: A Hero’s Tale – Inside A Deadly Police Shootout

Running toward the gunfire, Miami Dade Police Detective Oscar Plasencia turned the corner of a Liberty City duplex and found himself only a few yards from Johnny Simms – a wanted fugitive who had just shot and killed Plasencia’s two partners, Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo.

CBS Miami–05/17/2011


Charter Changes Spotlighted

To pay them or not to pay them, that is the question. Or at least that is the central question to the first charter amendment that Miami Dade voters will have an opportunity to decide on May 24.



I-Team: Alvarez Seeks Answers In Transit Affair

Amid mounting criticism, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez faced more questions Thursday about twelve transit employees who have allegedly been campaigning for him on county time.


Robert Meyers

Miami-Dade Ethics Commission Boss Resigns

Robert Meyers, the embattled executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics who was accused of engaging in a questionable “personal relationship” with an aide, resigned Tuesday.



I Team: GOP Can’t Account For Funds To Rivera Ally

In the final weeks of last year’s election, the Miami Dade Republican Party paid a close ally of Congressman David Rivera thousands to buy time on Spanish language radio stations for a variety of Republican candidates.


Former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina  (Source: City Of Hialeah)

I-Team: Robaina Loans Investigated

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, who earlier this month announced he was running for mayor of Miami-Dade County, is being investigated for alleged acts of loan sharking, mortgage fraud and tax evasion.



I-Team: Rivera Given $137K From Mom’s Firm

After weeks of denying he did not take so much as a penny from a business operated by his mother, Congressman-elect David Rivera now admits receiving $137,000 from the company.


Defede Web Column Blue

DeFede: Jackson CEO Ill-Suited For Job

In her letter announcing that she was stepping down as president and chief executive officer for Jackson Memorial Hospital, Eneida Roldan decried “the politically charged environment” that surrounded her 18 month tenure.


(Source: CBS4)

DeFede: Still Crazy After All These Years

Tuning into Joyce Kaufman’s radio program Thursday afternoon, an old, sickening feeling crept over me.