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Alert causes police to surround transit bus on Rickenbacker

A mistakenly-triggered alarm caused officers to stop and surround a Metro-Dade Bus on the Rickenbacker Causeway this morning, police said. 

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The transit bus was surrounded by at least four police cars, and some officers wore body armor as as they approached the vehicle on the northbound lanes of the Causeway. The incident took place near the Miami Seaquarium. 

“It was a mistake,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Argemis Colome. “The driver hit an emergency button and couldn’t turn it off right away,” he said. 

The bus displayed an electronic message that said “Call 911” on its exterior. 

Colome says there were only two passengers on the bus at the time and the vehicle was only detained a few minutes. 

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Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.

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