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U.S. Fights Opioid Epidemic With New Newark/Philadelphia Strike Force

The federal government is expanding its efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis and health care fraud with a new regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force operation for the Newark and Philadelphia areas. The Newark/Philadelphia Medicare Strike Force location is the tenth region-specific operation. All of the Strike Force locations monitor health care activity in a specific region for fraud affecting government health care programs. The growing crisis of opioid abuse and addiction has not just harmed tens of thousands of individuals and their families across the U.S., it has also taken its toll on the Medicare program, which loses billions ... Read More

Miami Beach Apartment Settles Negligent Security Case For $3 Million

A Miami man who sued the owner of a North Miami Beach apartment complex for negligent security after he was shot multiple times on the property has reached a $3 million settlement. According to the Daily Business Review, Dennis Gore was visiting his mother’s apartment with a friend one night after work in May 2014. After watching a playoff basketball game there, Mr. Gore and his friend left to go to Walgreen’s after the game. While walking to the car, Mr. Gore realized he left his wallet in the apartment and ran back inside to retrieve it. While making his ... Read More

Midair Flight School Plane Crash Above Everglades Kills Four

Federal and local authorities are investigating a plane crash involving two Dean International Flight School aircraft that collided midair over the Everglades Tuesday, killing four people. The plane crash involved a Piper PA 34 and a Cessna 172 airplane operated by Dean International out of Miami Executive Airport in West Kendall, according to NBC Miami, Preliminary reports indicate that the plane crash killed two flight instructors and two students, presumably one instructor and one student per plane. Authorities identified the plane crash victims as Jorge Sanchez, 22; Nisha Sejwal, 19; Carlos Alfredo Zanetti Scarpati, 22; and Ralph Knight, 72. Mr. ... Read More

Bahamas Boat Explosion Kills U.S. Tourist, Critically Injures Others

Several U.S. vacationers and their families are coping with devastating injury and loss in the aftermath of a boat explosion in the Bahamas. On June 30, a tour boat operated by Four C’s Adventures exploded with 12 people aboard. The boat explosion killed 39-year-old Maleka Jackson of Woodstock, Georgia, and seriously injured her husband, Tiran. The couple was in the Bahamas celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary. The couple was among 12 people aboard the boat who were injured when it exploded. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Jacksons booked a half-day tour with Four C’s Adventures to snorkel and see ... Read More

Bakery equipment supply company cited for putting workers at risk

Miami, Florida-based BC Direct Corp., doing business as Robotray, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for putting workers at risk for electrical shock, fire and explosion hazards, and faces a proposed $42,682 in penalties. The bakery equipment supply company was also cited for putting workers at risk for being struck by an object. Robotray manufactures rack loaders and unloaders, tray stackers and unstackers, as well as depanning, scoring and retractable panning systems for snack food and wholesale bakeries. The company was cited for allowing its employees to use spliced extension cords and ... Read More

South Floridians Urged to Address Unrepaired Takata Airbags Immediately

Concerned about the number of unrepaired Takata airbags in high-risk cars, federal auto regulators have issued an urgent plea to South Florida motorists, some of whom remain at an exceptionally high risk of injury or death. Defective Takata airbags have inflator mechanisms that rely on ammonium nitrate to create a chemical reaction that fills airbags in a crash. The chemical compound, however, is extremely volatile and grows increasingly unstable as it ages, especially in areas with a humid climate. As a result, the Takata airbags may deploy with deadly force, blasting car occupants with metal shrapnel in much the same ... Read More

NTSB Miami Bridge Collapse Report Underscores Cracks

Federal investigators probing a Miami pedestrian bridge collapse that happened during the construction process, killing six people on a busy road below, said they are evaluating the emergence of cracks on the bridge, among other clues. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicated in its preliminary report of the March 15 bridge collapse that cracks that had appeared on the north and south ends of the bridge, noted by construction workers in the days before the collapse, could hold the key to understanding what went wrong. The pedestrian bridge was being constructed over eight lanes of SW 8th Street. Slated ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Suspected In Florida Man’s Death

Authorities in Florida believe a St. Petersburg man died from blast injuries he sustained from an e-cigarette malfunction Saturday, May 5. According to the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Fire Rescue unit responding to a fire just north of downtown St. Petersburg found the 38-year-old man, identified as Tallmadge D’Elia, dead in his 19th Ave. North home with “multiple injuries to his face.” The explosion reportedly started a fire in a room of the house. Investigators said they are uncertain whether Mr. D’Elia died from injuries he suffered directly in the explosion or from the resulting fire. If authorities confirm ... Read More

FIU Bridge Safety Questioned Hours Before Deadly Collapse

Three hours before Florida International University’s (FIU) 950-ton concrete bridge collapsed onto a busy street and killed at least six people, school officials met with the Florida Department of Transportation and engineers to discuss whether cracks found in the bridge were a threat to safety. FIU stated over the weekend that in discussions of the cracks on the pedestrian crosswalk bridge, which was under construction, officials determined there was no risk to public safety. “The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise ... Read More

Deadly FIU Bridge Collapse Crushes Multiple Cars

A pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami collapsed Thursday afternoon, killing and injuring multiple people. The FIU bridge was under construction and when it came toppling down over SW 8th St. at 109th Ave., crushing at least eight vehicles on SW 8th St. underneath tons of concrete and steel. The Miami Herald reported that construction crews had finished dropping the bridge’s elevated span in place less than a week ago. The bridge was expected to be completed in early 2019. The FIU bridge was being built to give university students a safer way to cross ... Read More