Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald File

To help stop transmission of the coronavirus, many federal immigration facilities have closed as of Tuesday night. But many are staying open in South Florida.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The city of Miramar on Monday held one of the more than seven celebrations across Broward County honoring the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Thousands lined up with their families along South Sherman Circle to watch the parade. Local high school marching bands stopped every few feet to hype up the crowd and play music.  


Many people brought chairs and camped out for the morning under some shady trees. 


Two bystanders shouldn’t have been killed in a police shootout nearly two weeks ago, and the lawyers representing one victim’s family met with the police on Tuesday in a push for answers.

Commuter Richard Cutshaw and UPS driver Frank Ordoñez both were killed Dec. 5 when a storm of bullets was traded between police and robbers on a packed road in Miramar. The two robbers who led police on a chase also were killed in the shootout with at least 18 officers.


Broward prosecutors are now in charge of reviewing whether any police officers broke the law when they fired their guns in a public shootout last week that left four people dead.

The fierce gunfight in a traffic-packed street killed a UPS driver who had been taken hostage, a commuter caught in the crossfire and the two jewelry store robbers who had led police on a wild chase.

But police haven’t yet said whose bullets killed them.


The police car chase and gun battle that killed two armed robbers, a UPS driver and a bystander was a chaotic affair that stretched across two counties and involved a slew of South Florida cops.

The ensuing investigation — at least for the public clamoring to know how a police chase broadcast on live television ended in two innocent people shot to death on a busy Miramar street — has been equally confusing.

Robbery Suspects, Hostage And Bystander Killed After Hijacking, Dramatic Police Chase

Dec 5, 2019
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Armed robbers hijacked a UPS truck after a robbery in Coral Gables, leading police cars on a harrowing chase up Interstate 75 that ended Thursday night in a dramatic shootout on a busy street in Miramar.

Carlos Naranjo / WLRN

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that could end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). 


Miramar ICE
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Several immigrant-rights groups gathered in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Miramar Tuesday morning, chanting "Melt the ICE!" and "Shut it down!"

Wayne Messam
Sam Turken / WLRN

After failing to raise the funds to qualify, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam was not part of this week's Democratic debates in Miami. 

But Messam is continuing to run his presidential campaign from South Florida.

WeBuildTheWall Inc. Screenshot

The state of Florida has officially launched an investigation into the group that raised over $23 million online, in a stated effort to privately build President Trump’s proposed border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“In response to consumer complaints, including those referred by the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has opened an investigation into this charity,” Department of Agriculture spokesperson Franco Ripple told WLRN in an email.

Wayne Messam
Sam Turken / WLRN

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam held on Saturday the first rally of his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, emphasizing his aim to restore the American Dream and arguing that his mayorship makes him especially ready for the presidency.

Standing onstage before more than 300 people at Florida Memorial University, Messam touted his background as the son of two Jamaican immigrants and said addressing climate change, eliminating student loan debt and reducing gun violence will be among his top priorities as president.

City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is scheduled to announce his 2020 presidential bid on March 30.

ICE protests
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Sixteen people who were arrested after demonstrating outside a Miramar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility Wednesday have been released from the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. One other person was transferred to the jail in Pompano Beach and is expected to be released soon.

The 17 protesters were charged with unlawful assembly, a second-degree misdemeanor, and obstructing a roadway, a first-degree misdemeanor charge, after gathering in the intersection of SW 29th St. and 145th Ave. to call on Mayor Wayne Messam to shut down the ICE office. 

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

South Florida activist groups held a march and blocked traffic Wednesday near the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement field office in Miramar.

The group blocked streets at the intersection of SW 29th Street and 145th Avenue for hours.

Sam Turken / WLRN

"If you could wave a magic wand and have the governor do one thing, what would it be?"

That was among the questions asked of those attending Monday's Democratic primary gubernatorial debate.

The Color of Change political action committee passed out bingo cards as an ice-breaker for representatives of different Democratic organizations at the event. The bingo cards prompted attendees to answer questions about challenges facing Floridians and what they are looking for in a governor.