FREE FLU SHOTS
Vouchers for free flu shots are available for people without health insurance coverage, through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Walgreens. The vouchers are available at health department locations in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. They can be taken to any Walgreens pharmacy to receive the vaccines at no cost. The locations are Miami-Dade County: 8600 NW 17th St., Suite 200, 305-470-6827; Broward County: 780 SW 24th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-4700; Palm Beach County: 800 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, 561-671-4003.
Palm Beach County
David Muringer, 40, of Lake Worth has been charged in the Oct. 26 murder of Doris Lopez. Her body was found stuffed inside a barrel and placed in her car which was left in a Delray Beach parking lot. Police were called about an odor and flies that covered the car. After his cell phone receipt was found in Lopez’s car, Muringer confessed. He said the two often had rough sex, during which he would choke her, but on that last occasion she passed out and died.
BROTHER DEAD, ANOTHER CHARGED
A strange twist of unrelated events that took place in Belle Glade last Sunday night left one brother dead, another in jail and their family devastated. Reginal Mila, 26, was driving his Ford pickup truck in the 600 block of Southwest Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when another vehicle pulled alongside and riddled him with bullets. The assailants fled and remain at large. Bystanders rushed Mila to the hospital, where he died. Just minutes later, in an unrelated incident, his elder brother, Jean Claude Mila Jr., was arrested. Already out on bond related to an attempted murder charge, 27-year-old Mila Jr. was speeding and weaving through traffic, police said. At a traffic light, he cut off an SUV which was being driven by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy whose family was with him in his vehicle. The deputy began to follow Mila Jr. and called 911. Mila Jr. fired several shots at the SUV as they neared an intersection and continued firing more shots as the pursuit continued, police said. Mila Jr. drove to a police substation and surrendered. He was taken into custody, along with his three passengers. Authorities are asking anyone with information about these shootings to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458- 8477.
KIDDIE PORN CHARGES
Andre Cyriaque, 26, of West Palm Beach was arrested on 99 counts of possession of child pornography photos and videos, including some showing small children being raped, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. He was caught when he began sharing images with an undercover cyber cop, police said. A subsequent search of his home turned up more than 500 videos and pictures, police said. He faces up to five years in prison on each count. Book’em Danno!
Wells Fargo Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the Riverbend Corporate Park located on Broward Boulevard just west of Interstate 95 in Fort Lauderdale. The development has two mortgages totaling $15.6 million and the only major tenant is Strayer University. The 17-acre property had been owned by the city of Fort Lauderdale, which operated a low-income housing project on the site. It was supposed to be replaced by a mixed-use development consisting of offices, a hotel and residential units, most of which have not been built.
DRASTIC PAY CUTS
Deerfield Beach city officials will move to roll back the salaries of about 45 employees who are being paid above the caps of their salaries. The group comprises the city’s highest paid managers and department heads, mostly. Without commission approval, the group somehow received pay increases several years ago totaling tens of thousands of dollars. In related news, the city is proposing to end all raises, increase the amount employees pay for healthcare and restructure its pay scales. City Manager Burgess Hanson presented the proposals at the outset of labor negotiations with the general employees union, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
Fort Lauderdale’s first black police officer has died. Doug Evans was hired in 1963 and retired in 1987. Despite the overt racism he endured, he excelled in his job and went on to become one of the department’s top detectives. Though his struggles were many, the example Evans set paved the way for many other black policemen in Fort Lauderdale, including the first black police chief, Frank Adderley. Services are pending.
Prosecutors with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against Gilberto Matamoros, 22, a man who was brutally beaten by Miami police last Halloween night. He was facing several charges but, after video of the beating showed up on YouTube, prosecutors dropped the charges.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied 32 health and safety violations against Lead Enterprises, a Miami-based lead manufacture company. OSHA found the company neglected to protect workers from lead exposure, to have proper ventilation and more. Federal law regulates lead, which can cause numerous health problems. The fines over the violations could top $300,000. The company manufactures lead weight for fishing lines, diving vest and lead dividers used to in medical facilities around radiation equipment.
MURDER MAN HUNT
Brothers David and Charles Johnson are wanted in connection with a shooting that left one woman dead and four others suffering from gun shot wounds. Witnesses allege that the brothers showed up at a home in the 1900 block of Northwest 92nd Street in North central Miami-Dade, angry over a break-up with a woman who lived at the home. The dwelling was riddled with bullets from an assault rifle. When the shooting was over, 22-year-old Luvonia Williams was dead and four others wounded. The men fled in a gray Chevy Impala. Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.