The SoFlo Scoop: Former Opa-locka city manager pleads guilty; Battery charges dropped against Alvarez; Wasserman-Schultz presses for Zika aide

2016-09-12T20:27:58+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Tuesday, September 13. Miami is expected to have a high of 85 and low of 80 with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon, while Key West will see cloudy skies in the morning with a high of 86 and a low of 80. Fort Lauderdale will have a mix of clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms and a high of 86 and a low of 79. Those in Naples will have a partly cloudy morning and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. They will have a high of 85 and a low of 75. Time to get smart fast:

  • Former Opa-locka City Manager David Chiverton pleaded guilty on Monday to bribery charges connected to an FBI investigation of corruption at City Hall. Chiverton was forced to resign in July after allegedly accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from local businesses in exchange for favors. He faces up to five years in prison, and another city official is scheduled to be sentenced next month for involvement in the crime. 7 News Miami
  • A misdemeanor battery charge was dropped against former Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez after his accuser, former girlfriend Evelyn Fernandez, failed to appear at trial on Monday. Fernandez is facing her own legal turmoil after an arrest for allegedly breaking into Alvarez’s home in July. Miami Herald
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Weston) called on Republicans to put aside partisan politics and support a bill that would provide funds in the fight against Zika. The statements were made in a press conference Monday at Nova Southeastern University where she was joined by a pregnant woman who spoke about living in fear of the virus. Disagreements about the amount of funding as well as Republican-supported provisions to defund Planned Parenthood have stagnated the bill’s process. CBS Miami
  • Model Kate Upton criticized four Miami Dolphins players for kneeling during the national anthem on Sunday. In an Instagram post followed by a series of tweets, Upton called their protest “horrific” in part because it took place on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. She was immediately roundly criticized by social media users who accused her of exercising her “white privilege” and for otherwise missing the point of the demonstration. Miami Herald
  • The European airline WOW Air announced that flights from Miami to Reykjavik, Iceland, are selling out quickly as of Monday. Last week, the airline announced one-way trips between the two cities would be offered beginning April 2017 for just $99. Their push into the American market has received popular attention. Miami New Times
  • A 21-year-old murder suspect who escaped a Broward County courthouse and eluded authorities for six days issued a letter of apology Monday. Dayonte Resiles said that he escaped because he felt he was at a “dead end with nowhere to turn.” The one-page handwritten letter also maintained his innocence. Sun-Sentinel

— Yaneli Gonzalez and Chris Rodriguez, South Florida News Service