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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events In South Florida




MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls this year on Monday, January 17, and on that day we honor the memory of this great civil rights icon with celebrations, community outreach, and continued advocacy for justice.

Here is a list of top events in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to commemorate his memory.

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Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bike Ride: The City of Miami Gardens is set to host a mass community bike ride to honor King and his legacy on Saturday, January 15, at When: 8 a.m. at Charles Hadley Park. Admission is free.

MLK Community Karaoke: This community event also hosted by Miami Gardens, calls for the city to unite in honoring King through music, with a karaoke event titled, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This event is scheduled to take place Saturday, January 15,  at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Pre-Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 5K Run & Fitness Walk: Before kicking off the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, those interested, can start off their day with a morning run honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will begin at the MLK Plaza Metrorail Station. Runners should arrive for registration between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade: Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 17. The festivities are scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Miami. The event will feature high-school marching bands, student-athletes, dance teams, drill teams, and cheerleaders on foot, as well as floats, cars, and fire trucks carrying local politicians, union leaders, and activists. The parade will conclude near Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, where a family-friendly festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, dance, cultural programming, and theatrical performances. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March: Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining the City of Tamarac in a Unity March on Monday, January 17, at 8:30 a.m. at Tamarac Park. Refreshments and entertainment will be available. The first 100 registrants for the event will receive a free T-shirt. Admission is free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Poetry Contest:  The city of Pembroke Pines invites students who are into poetry, speeches, and performances, to come out and honor the man who had a dream. Students can enter the Student Poetry Contest and winners will recite their winning entries during the event. Local officials will pay tribute to Dr. King, as well as local dancers and performers.

Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood Clean-Up: United Day: Join the YMCA and other volunteer groups in a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 17, at Provident Park. The cleanup is set to take place at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more information.

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MLK Celebration At Lakeshore Park: The City of Miramar welcomes those interested to an honorary MLK parade and other festivities at Lakeshore Park Monday, January 17. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. around Sherman Circle, where the festivities after are planned from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Team

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Homestead Police release picture of person of interest in fatal hit-and-run




HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Homestead Police released a picture of a man they consider to be a person of interest in a hit-and-run that left an elderly man dead.

Police on Friday said they would like to question 20-year-old Edgar Mendez about Sunday’s crash in the area of Northwest Eighth Street and Campbell Drive.

Investigators said 71-year-old Carlos Diaz was walking was hit by a driver who took off before police responded.

If you have any information on this hit-and-run or Mendez’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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Armed Robbery In Medley Leads Investigators To Human Trafficking Arrests




MEDLEY (CBSMiami) – An armed robbery in Medley leads investigators to make two arrests in human trafficking.  

“Medley Police Department responded to South River Suites located at 12484 Northwest South River Drive, in regards to an armed robbery, when officers arrived they encountered three victims that stated they have been victims of an armed robbery,” Medley Police Sgt. Louis Ponce said.  

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Officers responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victims said the two men knocked on their door, and apparently had on masks.  

“And when the victims went to open the door, they were armed with firearms and robbed the victims,” Ponce said.  

According to State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundel’s office, one of the victims, one of those victims was at the location awaiting a pre-arranged prostitution encounter.  

“Our officers were able to identify specific things during their conversation that they were able to pry at which point the victim came forward and advised that yes she was in fact a victim of human trafficking.”

Through the investigation, the two other people were arrested. 40-year-old Raul Antonio Jimenez-Rodriguez and 30-year-old Grettel Caceres-Grego are facing charges that include, human trafficking and directing another to a place of prostitution.

“Broward was one of the places that she was trafficked in, as well as Tampa,” Roger Dehart said. 

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This case hits close to Roger Dehart, a Broward Sheriff’s Office Court Bailiff.

He has not only witnessed hearings on human trafficking, but he says people he’s known to have been people affected. 

“Violence towards her kids at the time were 8 and 11 so they had pictures of her kids, they knew what school they went to they did their research,” Dehart explained. 

Too often people don’t know it is happening, that’s why Dehart is speaking out, and in the past has walked from Fort Lauderdale to Washington DC to raise awareness. It took 51 days he told CBS 4.  

“I would encourage people to educate themselves.”  

The US Department of State has a list of potential indicators: 

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution

“You know this isn’t just about Miami-Dade County or Florida as a whole this is an issue that’s going on throughout the nation, throughout the world, and we need the public’s assistance to put a stop to it,” Ponce said.

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There is a human trafficking hotline for anyone who needs help. It’s 1 (888) 373-7888. Police are also still looking for any information on the robbery suspects.

Jacqueline Quynh

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M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy ‘Servant’ returns to Apple TV+ for Season 3




M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant” is a series full of twists and turns. Season 3 of the show returned Friday night. We talk with M and the cast about what creepy cult craziness viewers can expect.

Lauren Ambrose (as Dorothy Turner): “What is going on?”

You’re about to find out what’s going on in the new season of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant.”

The Apple TV+ show follows Dorothy and Sean turner and their nanny Leanne, who used to be in a cult.

In Season 3, the Turners attempt to live a normal life with their son Jericho.

But that’s not possible, thanks to Leanne and her craziness.

Nell Tiger Free: “This is a very new Leanne. There’s a lot of paranoia that comes with it.”

Lauren Ambrose: “They’re fighting over the the soul and the love of this child. It’s pretty intense.”

Just like prior seasons, M. asks up-and-coming directors to join his vision.

M. Night Shyamalan: “I guess, in some little mini way, this is like a little mini-studio, “Servant,” where I get to see something anywhere in the world at a film festival, if something is sent to me, or I get to see a movie, and if I feel that kind of deep connection to it, I’ll call up the filmmaker, talk with him or her. And if I feel like, ‘Wow, they’re in a great place,’ I say, ‘Hey, will you come to Philly and direct one episode?’”

Now, with so much going on in the show, the cast members have questions from time to time.

Toby Kebbell: “I had quite a lot this season ’cause, you know, we had the break, because the pandemic hit us in Season 2, and then we started off doing Season 3 pretty quickly after that. And I was like, ‘So wait, so I don’t – I’m suddenly going to church every day? What is happening?’”

Well, hopefully, all will be answered when “Servant’s” fourth and final season airs in the future.

Rupert Grint: “Where we’re heading, I have no idea, for Season 4, is kind of anything can happen, and there’s something quite exciting about that.”

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