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With the threat of a storm, officials and rescuers were concerned about the safety of searching the rubble and the potential for the rest of building to collapse

The structure was demolished around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday using a method Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava called “energetic felling,” describing it as a process that “uses small, strategically placed explosives and relies on gravity to bring the building down in place.”
The demolition came after part of the building fell early in the morning on June 24, collapsing approximately 55 of the building’s 136 units. Crews immediately began digging through up to 16 feet of concrete and have confirmed at least 24 people were killed, including children. There are 121 people who remain unaccounted for.
With the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa looming, officials and rescue crews were increasingly concerned about the safety of those searching the rubble and the potential the rest of the structure would collapse.
“It appears as though the approaching storm may have been a blessing in disguise for us in that it initiated the demolition discussion,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said Sunday night. “We want to make sure that we control which way the building falls and not a hurricane, so all of this together I think ended up being a good thing.”
Burkett said he hopes the demolition will eliminate a potentially dangerous threat to workers and possibly open an estimated third of the remaining pile to search and rescue teams.
Search efforts at the partially collapsed building were paused Saturday around 4 p.m. so engineers could secure the site and prepare for the demolition.
“As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work,” Levine Cava said Sunday night.
When the work does resume, it will be without five to seven members of the Israeli rescue team, Col. Elad Edri, Deputy Commander of the Israeli National Rescue Unit said, adding the decision was made based on what capabilities of the team will be needed after the demolition.

Residents ordered to evacuate multiple buildings

Since the collapse, multiple Miami-area buildings have been evacuated.
Ahead of the demolition at the South tower, the condominium board for Champlain Towers East suggested residents evacuate, according to a letter from the condo association’s board of directors obtained by CNN.
The letter encouraged residents to evacuate in advance as streets nearby would be congested due to the demolition. The board also asked residents to take their pets and valuables, including passports and important documents, with them.
“Our building foundation has been checked multiple times, but we make this suggestion in an abundance of caution,” the letter reads. “We do not expect any impact to us but you can’t be too careful under the circumstances.”
On Saturday, the city of Miami Beach ordered the evacuation of a residential building out of an abundance of caution after a city inspector looked at an empty unit and flagged a “flooring system failure in that unit and excessive deflection on an exterior wall,” according to city spokesperson Melissa Berthier.
The day before, North Miami Beach officials ordered the evacuation of the Crestview Towers, saying the building was delinquent with its 40-year recertification. Officials cited the late certification report to say the building was structurally and electrically unsafe.
Many residents of Champlain Towers South whose condos didn’t collapse had to evacuate without many of their belongings, leaving behind clothes, valuables and family photographs.
On Sunday, Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III said homicide detectives had been “collecting items that are retrievable, and are logging them and documenting them.”
Any type of heirloom that was safe to retrieve is being documented to “be addressed at a later date with family members,” he said.

24th victim identified

David Epstein, 58, has been identified as the 24th victim confirmed to have died in the collapse. His body was recovered Friday, officials said.
The victims range in age from 4 to 92.
Those who died include 4- and 10-year-old sisters, an elderly couple and the daughter of a firefighter.
Nicole Mejias told CNN on Saturday that five of her family members were in the Champlain Towers South building when it collapsed, including 7-year-old Stella Cattarossi, the daughter of the Miami firefighter. Cattarossi’s body was found Thursday night.
“We just miss them so much already, we wish this tragedy didn’t happen, and will always remember them,” Mejias said.

Tropical Storm Elsa

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 15 counties Saturday — including Miami-Dade County — because of Tropical Storm Elsa.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida Keys and a tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of southwest Florida as far north as Tampa Bay.
Surfside is no longer in Elsa’s forecast cone, but the area could still receive some rain from the storm.
The governor expressed his support for the demolition plan ahead of Elsa’s impact and said Saturday he believed it would be best for the building to be down before the storm arrives. “With these gusts potentially, it would create a really big hazard.”

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Austin police still searching for 20-year-old suspect

Austin police still searching for 20-year-old suspect

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother of Christopher Ray Martinez, who died after being shot in southeast Austin on March 21, is urging the public to come forward with any information they may have — in hopes of catching the suspect believed to have fired the weapon.

The shooting happened in a parking lot located in the 2200 block of East Riverside Drive, just east of the H-E-B store on Interstate 35. When officers arrived, they found the 40-year-old Martinez with gunshot wounds. Despite attempts to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene around 5:45 p.m.

Police have identified the suspect as 20-year-old Christian Perez-Morales.

The motive for the murder is believed to have been a fight over a woman who both Martinez and Morales had a romantic interest in, according to witnesses.

A $ 1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Detectives are asking anyone with information or video to call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS, email [email protected] or call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477. You may remain anonymous.

Author: Russell Falcon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

1 critically injured after north Austin shooting, police searching for suspect

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in north Austin Friday night.

Austin Police said the call came in at 8:22 p.m. for the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and Thurmond Street. That’s just north of U.S. 183.

Officers said one person was shot. They were taken to the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

A suspect has not been caught. Officers are still on scene.

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

APD searching for 73-year-old man

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Austin Police need your help looking for Terry Canipe (APD)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police need your help searching for a man who disappeared in South Austin Thursday night.

They say Terry Lee Canipe, 73, has cognitive impairment. He is five feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.

He has grey hair and brown eyes. Canipe was wearing long sleeve tan t-shirt and jeans or khaki pants.

Canipe was last seen 8:30 p.m. on Alta Vista Avenue in a silver, 2004 Chevrolet Silverado with a Texas License Plate AT99637.

Premier League's five still alive in Europe are all searching for redemption

Five of the Premier League’s Big Six begin their search for redemption in European football this week.

There’s only one problem… they can’t all achieve it.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all have their individual stories as to why their respective Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals are absolutely paramount.

Under Pep Guardiola, City have won everything except for the Champions League.

Despite all the plaudits, and even if they pull off a domestic Treble this season, it will feel slightly hollow to Guardiola and the club if they do not win the Champions League at last.

Everyone connected with City knows they need this trophy to truly crown their greatness.

Liverpool’s decline from Premier League champions has been alarming.

Klopp and Guardiola are going for glory in the Champions League
Klopp and Guardiola are going for glory in the Champions League

A number of people, me included[1], sense that they might continue bringing their very best to the Champions League – and could win it.

But make no mistake, if they do not lift that trophy, the 2020/21 season will represent a disaster for Liverpool.

Chelsea have done well since Frank Lampard’s sacking, but they are still a mile away from the standards set by City and Liverpool over the last few years.

Champions League football for next season is on a knife-edge and without it, it will be difficult for them to bridge that gap. Lifting the Champions League solves all those problems.

Manchester United are still searching for a clear path back to the Sir Alex Ferguson glory days.

There is improvement but a double-digit points difference behind City doesn’t lie.

Arteta and Solskjaer would love to add the Europa League to their trophy cabinets
Arteta and Solskjaer would love to add the Europa League to their trophy cabinets

Finishing second in the Premier League will be encouraging, but we are talking United here – I can feel Roy Keane’s glare at saying United feel ‘encouraged’ in coming second!

Jose Mourinho led them to the runners-up spot in the league and glory in the Europa League.

If they can win it again it will add far more weight to the progress they are making.

Arsenal are a shadow of their former selves.

The irony is overwhelming that so many fans moaned about Arsene Wenger in his later years at the club, despite having secured 19 seasons of Champions League football.

Now they lie in mid-table mediocrity.

Winning the Europa League is their only way of getting back in the Champions League next season.

And it would be exactly what they need to begin rebuilding themselves.

English clubs are still a major force in Europe and after two seasons of not a very competitive Premier League, the scrap between them for European glory will be intense.


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Man shot in east Austin; police searching for suspect

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police officers are looking for a suspect after one man was shot Saturday afternoon.

Austin-Travis County EMS took him to a local trauma center with critical life-threatening injuries.

The call to 6601 Bradley Drive, which is northwest of the Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt, came in to police just before 5 p.m.

At last check, Austin police did not have a description for the suspect. It is unknown if the suspect and victim knew each other.

KXAN will update this story as more information becomes available.

Chelsea Moreno