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Doral City Hall feud escalates with arrest

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The drama at Doral City Hall has turned from soap opera to searing reality.

Two weeks after a tussle between a developer and City Manager Joe Carollo made headlines, an old charge of Carollo’s who is now the city’s police chief, ordered Juan Carlos Tovar to turn himself in for allegedly faslifying a police report.

In the report, Tovar claimed that Carollo grabbed him and called him, in Spanish, a “Venezuelan piece of sh--,” an exchange captured on surveillance video.

Mayor Luigi Boria called it “silly.”

Doral Police Chief Richard Blom doesn’t think it’s funny.

And Tovar surrendered around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. He walked into the front door with his attorney and processed inside the police station. He was handcuffed, taken to the back of the station and driven away in a Doral police cruiser.

“I trust he’ll be at the station at 10 a.m.,” said Blom, who was hired by Carollo in February after having had a long working relationship with him from their days with the city of Miami. Blom said Tuesday he contacted Tovar’s attorney, and they agreed to have Tovar surrender Wednesday.

Tovar’s attorney, Jesus Suarez, confirmed this — and called the police actions an abuse of power.

More here.


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