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Deaths at Kendall home raise issues with short-term vacation rental operation

KENDALL, Fla. – The luxury home in Kendall that turned into a crime scene on Tuesday after two mysterious deaths had been flagged by code enforcement officers over violations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since June, Miami-Dade County code enforcement officers had issued a series of citations related to not following COVID-19 emergency orders pertaining to short-term rentals.

The citations at the home at 19330 SW 136 St. had triggered a three-strike rule that code compliance said puts the owner’s certificate of use in jeopardy of being revoked.

The rule, which is part of the measures Miami-Dade authorities are taking to keep coronavirus infections under control, also included a police watch order for five weeks over the Summer.

Property records show Michael P. Hanna is the owner of the home. He could not be reached for comment. Records show he is a licensed real estate broker with an active certificate of use to operate a short-term vacation rental at his home.

Mystery at Kendall mansion: Detectives ask public for help solving case of 2 deaths
Mystery at Kendall mansion: Detectives ask public for help solving case of 2 deaths

On Tuesday, there were advertisements for the home on several short-term rentals including Airbnb, which profiled the home as a “Lake House Villa” with 5 bedrooms. The profile had been removed by Wednesday.

David Martinez was among the neighbors who had complained about the home’s suspicious houseguests and disruptive parties. He said the short-term rental operation at the home had become a threat to the quiet family-friendly neighborhood.

As crime scene investigators gathered evidence in the home on Tuesday, Martinez said the situation was so dire that seeing a Crime Scene Investigation van there didn’t shock him.

A crime scene investigations' van is parked in front of a home where two people were found dead on Tuesday in Kendall.
A crime scene investigations’ van is parked in front of a home where two people were found dead on Tuesday in Kendall. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved.)

“We knew something was going to happen,” Martinez said.

On Wednesday evening, the death investigations were still ongoing and the police department had not released any more information about the case.

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the death investigations to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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Covid-Free Flights Now In Operation

On Tuesday, the first proven Covid-19-free flight will touch down at London Heathrow from New York’s Newark airport. It’s the first plane to arrive in a month-long trial that is hoped will get the travel bridge between the U.K. and the U.S. up and running again.

It will be Covid-19-free because all the passengers and crew onboard the United Airlines flight will have been tested for Covid-19, at the airport immediately before they fly, and only travelers with negative results will be allowed to travel.

According to a company statement, United Airlines said, “from November 16 through December 11, the airline will offer rapid tests to every passenger over 2 years old and crew members on board select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR), free of charge. Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure.”

The U.S. imposed a travel restriction on March 14, from anyone arriving directly from the U.K. and whilst the U.K. is allowing U.S. arrivals, they must quarantine for 14 days.

The economic value of flights between the U.K. and the U.S. shouldn’t be underestimated. A leading aviation industry company calculated that with an expected 85% decrease in flight capacity planned between the U.K. and the U.S. from October onwards, approximately £32 million is wiped off U.K. GDP each day.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye called the report’s findings “a stark warning that action is needed immediately to safely open up connections with our key trading partners in the US”.

Industry professionals have been pushing for rapid PCR testing at airports to allow passengers to board planes after taking a test upon arrival at the airport, rather than having to quarantine upon arrival for 14 days. It makes sense to use the U.K.’s most valuable route to begin with—from New York to London. Other airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic, are trialling other routes and airports.

United Airlines is also piloting a new digital health application called Common Pass, where information is shared between governments using a standardized form, meaning that passengers don’t need to carry different papers and forms across different borders.

Travelers are given an online account by the lab where they’re tested for Covid-19—Common Pass logs in to their respective lab’s system and pulls their results into the app. This information is shared at each border—in the first trial at the end of October, passengers showed a QR code with data to officials at Heathrow and then again, when they landed to officials at Newark airport.

On 10 November, the U.K. government signaled that it was ready to expand rapid airport testing for Covid-19 across all U.K. airports should the results of several trials prove their effectiveness.


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Lakeside Chautauqua wants to be year-round destination, with extended hotel operation, new restaurant

LAKESIDE, Ohio — Lakeside Chautauqua, the Victorian-era summer resort community on Lake Erie, is making a pitch for winter visitors.

The Fountain Inn, one of two hotels on the Lakeside grounds, will be open year-round this year.

Also new this off-season: The Slack House, a new Lakeside restaurant, which is open year-round, offering specialty burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Lakeside, about 90 minutes west of Cleveland, is a hub of summertime activity, with cultural, educational, religious and recreational programming offered during a three-month summer season. But the Ottawa County community quiets down considerably in the off-season.

Daniel Rogers, Lakeside’s new president and CEO, said the coronavirus pandemic is altering visitation habits. Lakeside homeowners are staying longer into the off-season, he said. And long-time visitors are expressing a desire to come back throughout the year.

“We really believe this is the right moment for us to experiment,” he said. “My goal and objective is to have Lakeside function year-round. It may take us a few years to get there.”

The 47-room Fountain Inn, built in 1977, is the newer of Lakeside’s two hotels. The other, the lakefront Hotel Lakeside, built in 1875, remains closed for the season.

The Fountain Inn, located in Lakeside’s small downtown, is attached to the new Slack House Historical Cafe, which occupies the site of a former doctor’s office and guesthouse. Historic photographs of Lakeside, founded in 1873 by the Methodist Church, adorn the walls.

Lakeside off-season

Lakeside’s Fountain Inn will be open year-round this year.

Lakeside off-season

The new Slack House cafe in Lakeside.

On the menu: burgers, perch, salads, soups, shakes and more. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, it’s one of a handful of retailers open year-round in Lakeside. A portion of the restaurant’s proceeds will support environmental causes.

Rogers said he’s hoping to bring more people to town with a series of special events, including a Christmas festival on December 5 and possibly an ice-sculpting event in January.

Unlike during the summer, there is no fee to get into Lakeside in the off-season. For information: lakesideohio.com.

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At least 9 nabbed in sex-for-hire hotel sting operation: Orange Police Blotter


Soliciting: Orange Place

A multi-agency sex trafficking task force, set up through the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, booked a local hotel room for a sting operation on Oct. 21. They wound up greeting at least six would-be customers who arrived at the door after agreeing over the phone to pay for sex.

The suspects were responding to ads posted by undercover agents on targeted websites designed to solicit sex for hire, and included:

— A Willoughby Hills man, 30, agreeing to $80 for an hour at 6:50 p.m., confirmed when police checked his phone

— A Cleveland Heights man, 32, seeking 15 minutes for $60 at 8:18 p.m.

— Another Cleveland Heights man, 33, scheduling a quick visit for $80 at 8:40 p.m. Police noticed that his concealed-carry permit had expired and asked him if he had any guns in his possession, seizing a loaded .380-caliber Bersa from under his car seat

— A Cleveland man, 45, seeking full service, including oral, for $70 at 9:21 p.m.

— A Livingston County, N.Y. man, 49, who negotiated $220 for an hour, but only had $206 upon arrival at 10:10 p.m. Being from out-of-state, he also had to post a $150 bond.

Prostitution: Orange Place

As part of the multi-agency sting operation conducted out of a local hotel room, and with Orange officers taking part, at least three women were arrested on prostitution charges Oct. 21, including:

— A Mansfield woman, 20, who agreed to have sex for an hour for $200 around 5 p.m., then was also charged with resisting arrest when she refused to put her hands behind her back

— A Parma woman, 31, who also negotiated a price of $200 for an hour, then had undercover police meet her in her room at another Orange motel around 9 p.m. Police found a warrant with Solon and took her to the jail there.

— A Seven Hills woman, 46, who agreed to perform oral sex for a negotiated price of $120, admitting to conducting sex-for-hire at 9:40 p.m.

Aggravated robbery (gun), larceny-theft: Orange Place

An Akron woman, 23, reported around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 that she had planned on hooking up for sex with a man she had met online, but when she opened the door to her room at the Courtyard Marriott, he pointed a gun at her head, demanding money and her phone.

She told him she had no money and gave him the phone, for which he made her give him her password, then forced her into the bathroom and told her not to leave. A few minutes later, she called the front desk from the hotel room phone.

The visibly shaken woman described the suspect as a Black man in his mid- to late 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and heavier set, possibly wearing a red sweatshirt and dark sweatpants.

T-Mobile initially refused to track her phone.

As for suspects, she said she had noticed three men standing by an older

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