Rafael Olmeda, chicagotribune.com

Rafael Olmeda


Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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Past articles by Rafael:

McDonald’s found liable for girl’s burns from chicken nuggets. Next up: Jury to determine how much company will pay

McDonald’s is to blame for not warning customers about the dangers of its overheated Chicken McNuggets, one of which fell on a little girl’s lap and left her with second-degree burns, a jury ruled. → Read More

Hollywood woman guilty in 2015 death of toddler stepson

Analiz Osceola, the Hollywood mother accused of lying to cops about her missing 3-year-old stepson eight years ago and failing to seek medical attention as he lay dying, was found guilty Friday of aggravated manslaughter. → Read More

Trial opens for man accused of DUI crash that killed sheriff’s deputy

Jurors listened intently Tuesday as Assistant Broward State Attorney Ross Weiner laid out the case against Darran Johnson, 36, who told investigators that morning that he was in Miami and could not remember the accident that killed Broward Sheriff's Deputy Darran Johnson. → Read More

Leave Drake alone, judge tells defense in XXXTentacion murder trial

A Broward Circuit Judge again blocked a defense lawyer from trying to force rapper Drake to go on the record about anything he may or may not know about the murder of XXXTentacion. → Read More

New bid emerges to interview Drake in XXXTentacion murder case

Defense lawyers are still trying to pull rapper Drake into the trial of the three men accused of murdering rising hip hop star XXXTentacion, filing a legal notice in court saying they’ve scheduled an out-of-court interview for next Friday afternoon. → Read More

Stoneman Douglas locked down for 2 hours a day after somber anniversary; ‘no threat’ to students, Sheriff’s Office says

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went on lockdown for two hours Wednesday afternoon, one day after the community marked the fifth year since the mass shooting that left 17 dead. The school and students were safe. → Read More

The legacy of Parkland: Changes in school safety and gun laws

Changes like red-flag laws and higher minimum ages to purchase guns that were implemented in the past five years remain part of the legal legacy of the Parkland mass shooting. → Read More

Boca Raton man pleads guilty with 5 others in New York federal mob case

Six men connected to the Genovese crime family, including Nicholas Calisi of Boca Raton, pleaded guilty this week to racketeering charges in a federal courtroom in New York. → Read More

Hollywood nursing home deaths in sweltering heat after hurricane portrayed as a tragedy and a crime

Lawyers in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom began sparring Monday over whether multiple overheating deaths at a Hollywood nursing home in the days after Hurricane Irma were the result of a mere tragedy or a criminal act of reckless disregard for human life and safety. Former administrator Jorge Carballo is on trial for manslaughter. → Read More

Broward courthouse to reopen Friday after inspectors say cracks in roof beams pose no threat

The upper floors of the Broward courthouse can reopen now that inspectors have determined the cracks found in beams two weeks ago pose no threat to the public. → Read More

Boynton Beach man convicted of 1985 murder

Nearly four decades after the crime, a Palm Beach County jury convicted a Boynton Beach man of sexually assaulting and killing a 78-year-old woman. → Read More

Deputies fatally shoot man after chase in Pompano Beach

Broward sheriff's deputies are investigating a chase that led to a crash and fatal shooting on Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. → Read More

Broward courthouse cracks cause for concern, not panic, experts say

Does a concrete crack mean an unsafe building? Experts are investigating the Broward courthouse and know that a number of questions have to be answered before the issue of danger is fully determined. → Read More

Delivery driver found guilty of killing Boca woman and setting her on fire

An appliance delivery man has been convicted of beating a 75-year-old woman to death and setting her on fire at her home in Boca Raton. → Read More

‘Structural issues’ force partial closure of Broward courthouse

A crack was discovered on the upper floors of the Broward Courthouse, and dozens of employees were barred from their workspaces to give engineers time to review “potential structural issues” that could pose a danger. → Read More

Accused killer shuns jury trial and agrees to let a judge decide if he’s guilty

No jury will decide the fate of accused killer Jorge Dupre Lachazo. The defendant, accused of the brutal 2019 murder of Evelyn Udell at her Boca Raton home, wants Palm Beach Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss to decide whether he’s guilty and deserves to be sentenced to life in prison. → Read More

Florida jury awards rapper Flo Rida $82 million in Celsius energy drink endorsement lawsuit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Celsius energy drinks would be nothing without the backing of... → Read More

Rapper Flo Rida sues Boca Raton energy drink maker in endorsement squabble

Miami rapper Flo Rida was in a Broward courtroom on Tuesday, helping his lawyer pick a jury to decide his lawsuit against a Boca Raton energy drink distributor accused of shortchanging the rapper on an endorsement deal. → Read More

Broward magistrate works two months without law license

Broward magistrate Yves Laventure worked for two months with an inactive law license, presiding over dozens of cases involving people whose family members were challenging their ability to make their own decisions because of mental health or substance abuse issues. → Read More

Former death row inmate from South Florida incapacitated by ruptured brain aneurysm

Former death row inmate Seth Penalver, who was found not guilty after a third trial in a 1994 triple murder, is now incapacitated after experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm. → Read More