FIU bridge near MMC campus collapses, killing and injuring several

A pedestrian bridge scheduled to open to the public early next year near Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus collapsed Thursday, killing several people, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on the scene to treat those injured and search for survivors trapped beneath the rubble. At least eight cars had been

Gun shop owners survey follow-up [Video]

Several weeks ago, the South Florida News Service conducted a survey of gun shop owners and pawnbrokers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Moti Adika is the owner of Masa Firearms in Coral Springs and one of the people we spoke to. His shop is located about two miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where Nikolas

2018-11-20T16:20:42+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Business, Education, MSD Aftermath, News, Politics, Public Safety, Video/Audio|

Survey Follow-up: Feedback from members of the gun industry

South Florida News Service recently conducted a survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawn shops in South Florida and found similarities and differences in their answers.  The area's two most populous counties were split on whether the age to purchase firearms should be raised to 21. Broward County was largely in favor of such legislation, while Miami-Dade County gun dealers and

2018-03-22T20:39:26+00:00 March 8th, 2018|MSD Aftermath, News, Politics, Public Safety|

Portal app, Fix It NMB, helps residents easily report and track problems in North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach's website boasts a feature that provides citizens with a unique means by which to report issues they encounter in the city.  Fix It NMB, an app and portal service launched on the city's website in 2012, is meant to improve the community by allowing citizens to report any issue they encounter right away, according to city officials. Other state municipalities, including North

2018-03-06T11:00:33+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News, Public Safety|

SFNS/FIU Survey of Gun Dealers and Pawnshops

A survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawnshops in South Florida found wide agreement that the state should continue to allow the sales of weapons like the AR-15 -- the weapon used in the shooting in Parkland Feb. 14 -- but disagreement on whether arming teachers would make schools safer. People in Broward and Miami-Dade

2018-04-10T08:42:03+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Business, Data Desk, MSD Aftermath, News, Pickups, Politics, Public Safety|

Schools, guns and the aftermath: Shootings at Florida schools since Sandy Hook

On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, opened fire in the school. There were 17 fatalities and 30 injuries. In the aftermath of the worst mass school shooting in Florida’s history, South Florida News Service is taking a closer look at school shootings in Florida in the last five years.

2018-03-22T10:57:04+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Data Desk, Education, News, Politics, Public Safety, Since Sandy Hook|

Activist claims discovery of prostitution ring in Pompano

An anti-human-trafficking charity founder claims he has discovered a prostitution ring disguised as a massage parlor in Pompano Beach. John Rode, founder of the Global Children’s Rescue, has been investigating a business in Parkway Plaza at 1280 South Powerline Rd. that advertises on Backpage.com. The risqué advertisements, which list neither spa nor massage services, instead offers unspecified relaxation services, he said. Rode, who

2018-02-15T10:48:26+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Business, News, Politics, Public Safety|

Banners of aborted fetuses stir controversy at FAU

Updated Feb. 14, 2018 04:22 p.m. A string of banners depicting aborted fetuses at Florida Atlantic University this week has sparked revulsion and support among students on social media. Alexandra Weot, a student at Florida Atlantic University, posted her disgust with the banners in a public Facebook post Tuesday morning. “The fact that Florida Atlantic University

2018-02-15T10:50:29+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Education, News, Politics, Public Safety|

Documenting Miami’s homeless [Photos]

As Cheo Sobalvarro turned the corner on a recent afternoon, he noticed his friend Robert scribbling on a notebook. As he took out his camera and focused the lens, Robert looked up. “Hey Robert,” Sobalvarro said. “How are you doing, man?” Robert, who declined to give his last name, is a homeless man living on

Florida roadway fatalities climb despite reaching record seat belt usage

Though more Floridians use seat belts than ever, traffic fatalities continue to rise, a disparity that some lawmakers attribute to motorists distracted by their phones. More than 90 percent of Florida residents use seat belts—an all-time high, according to an analysis by the Preusser Research Group. But despite the prevalence of safety belt usage, traffic

2017-12-01T11:21:41+00:00 December 1st, 2017|News, Politics, Public Safety|