Category: News

Feeding South Florida is Seeking Volunteers

Feeding South Florida is the largest, most efficient food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. More than 98% of all donations are put back into the community. Through innovative direct-service programs and a network of nonprofit partner agencies, Feeding South Florida distributed nearly 119 million pounds (99.3 million meals) of food last fiscal year to over 706,000 individuals – 236,000 of whom are children and 100,000 are older adults.

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Investigation Report: Pierre Cher Frere

On December 8, 2020 an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer-involved shooting investigation involving Pierre Cher Frere.

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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Supports Beauty of Sight Event at Camillus House

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle recently attended the Beauty of Sight Foundation’s (BSF) free optical pre-screening event at Camillus House. The common area at Camillus House’s Project Phoenix transformed into a clinic as BSF’s volunteer optical technician used state-of-the-art scanning technology to offer free eye exams to several Camillus House residents.

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For Immediate Release: Suspect Charged in 2001 Homicide

As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, 45-year-old Berkley Calvin Curtis Jr. has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Rebeca Pena.

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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Recognizes ‘Bill of Rights Day’

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and our entire SAO team recognize December 15 as Bill of Rights Day, a national celebration of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

The Bill of Rights “guarantees civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, press, and religion and rules for due process of law, and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the states.”

To learn more visit https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/bill-of-rights

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Investigation Report: Aimara Santa

On December 8, 2020 an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer-involved shooting investigation involving Aimara Santana.

Click below to view/print investigative report.

Aimara Santana Investigative Report

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For Immediate Release: Prison Guard Charged with Cocaine Trafficking

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Click here for the PDF version of this release.

Miami, Fla. (December 12, 2020) – As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Dade Correctional Institution Sergeant Travis Thompson has been charged with one (1) count of Cocaine Trafficking, a first-degree felony. Bond has been set at $25,000 with a requirement of house arrest.

Pursuant to a narcotics investigation, Sergeant Travis Thompson, who has worked for the Florida Department of Corrections since 2015, made contact with an undercover MDPD officer. It is alleged that Thompson agreed to accept a cash payment of $3,000 and an amount of cocaine with the intention of bringing the cocaine into the Dade Correctional Institution premises. Upon taking possession of the cocaine and cash, Thompson was taken into custody.

“Bringing drugs into a prison is like lighting a match near an open container of gasoline, dangerous and foolish,” noted State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Drugged inmates can be totally unpredictable and potentially violent as they relate to other
inmates and to guards, placing everyone in danger. I commend the Miami-Dade Police Department and the investigators and prosecutors of our Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office for aggressively pursuing this investigation.”

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For further information, contact Ed Griffith, Public Information Officer, at (305) 547-0535 or EdGriffith@MiamiSAO.com.

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Happy Hanukkah from the State Attorney’s Office

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“For those of you celebrating Hanukkah which begins this evening, may the warmth and glow of each candle you light make your heart and home happy and your Hanukkah bright. Hanukkah is a celebration of the miracle of the oil that was only supposed to last for one night, but lasted for eight nights. It is such a great story about the resiliency of the Jewish people.May this festival of lights bring blessings upon you and all your loved ones for happiness and good health.Stay safe, healthy and strong. Happy Hanukkah!”

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