<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 30 Sep 2016 13:08:22 -0400Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:08:22 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Parents Remove Children From Daycare After Child's Death]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:33:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DAYCARE+LIBERTY+CITY.jpg

Instead of dropping off their children at a Liberty City daycare Friday morning, parents are permanently removing their kids following the death of a two-year-old boy.

A mother is in tears as she reacts to the death of her son Angel Matute Chavez, who died after he was found unresponsive inside a van in the daycare's parking lot on Wednesday.

A parent says she was asked to come back to Vision for Life Academy Friday morning to pick up paper work in order to take her five-year-old son to a new preschool- and she's not the only parent.

Parents yesterday filed paperwork at the daycare in order to remove their children.

"How can you forget a whole child in a car- a whole baby in a car," parent Jessica Lewis said. "It's children you go to pick up so how can you just not remember who you brought with you."

The Department of Children and Family said the daycare was not authorized to transport children to begin with and according to a Miami-Dade County policy, the van should've had safety features in order to prevent a death like this

"Any person that you lose under your responsibility is a problem," said Emy Etien, friend of daycare owner. "So, I can say she cares for those children as her own so I'm pretty sure she is devastated."

The daycare has an attorney who issued this statement on how the co-owner has dedicated 13 years of her life to the care of children and is in shock. The statement also says they are cooperating with Miami Police

The daycare is closed to the care of children; however, we have seen a few people inside working with parents, including state and city employees.

"Next time it could be one of them and I'll have no sympathy," a parent said.

Charges are pending based on a death investigation with Miami Police and DCF.



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<![CDATA['Back Without A Bang' Anti-Violence Youth Rally at Jungle Island]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:25:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jungle+island.jpg

Miami-Dade County Public Schools students along with Do The Right Thing will participate in the “Back Without A Bang" anti-violence youth rally Friday at Jungle island.

During the rally, students will take a stand against violence by signing a pledge card, which will be sent to the Florida Governor. Students will also get to interact with some of the world’s rarest animals.

The event will take place at Jungle Island, which is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

The rally was created by the Do The Right Thing Program in response to the Columbine school shooting in 1999 and to address the ever-increasing, national problem of school violence and other forms of violence including domestic violence.

All participating students will engage in a hands-on, multi-sensory journey around the 18-acre park. Youth will have the opportunity to connect with nature and wildlife including some of the world’s most rare critters, such as lemurs from Madagascar, Australian red kangaroos and giant Aldabra tortoises from the Seychelles Islands, and also see three entertaining animal shows.

Several schools will perform their own anti-violence presentations including poems, raps and other expressions against violence.

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<![CDATA[Miami Police Search for Missing Teen Girl]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:39:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/missing+miami+teen.jpg

Miami Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing teen who suffers from depression.

Tiffany Jiron, 15, has been missing since Monday and was last seen at 3025 SW 23 street in Miami.

According to detectives, Tiffany suffers from depression and has displayed signs of suicidal thoughts.

She was last seen wearing a white polo shirt, beige shorts and blue sneakers.

If you have any information, please contact the Miami Police Department at (305) 603-6300 or (305) 603-6310



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<![CDATA[Man Stole Car With Infant Inside, Swiped Purse: BSO]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:15:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Frederic+Mordon+Mug+Video.jpg

A man suspected of stealing a purse from a Florida woman's car in a viral video has been arrested, authorities said. He is also accused of stealing an SUV with a baby inside in North Lauderdale days later, according to an arrest warrant.

When a local television station aired surveillance footage of a woman jumping on the hood of a car driven by a man who stole her purse, several people called Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives to identify him, county officials said.

Three people told officers that they "were certain" the bald man seen in the Mobil Gas Station video grabbing a purse and driving off was Frederick Mordon Jr., a convicted felon, according to an arrest warrant released Thursday.

Mordon’s parole officer also said the suspect "appeared to be his client," a detective wrote in the warrant.

The 35-year-old was arrested Thursday in connection to the Sept. 17 incident. Cameras captured Mordon pulling up to the gas station in a light-colored car, opening a woman's driver side door while she pumped gas, and then taking her purse. The victim jumped on his car, falling off when he sped away.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, he was released from prison June 18 after an 11-year jail sentence for grand theft, burglary of a dwelling and reckless driving. Acquaintances who recognized Mordon in the viral video had advised him to turn himself in, but he refused, saying he was scared and "didn't want to go back to prison," the warrant said.

Authorities said that Mordon was also connected to a car theft at a shopping plaza in North Lauderdale on Sept. 24. A two-month-old infant was inside the Nissan Murano when it was stolen as the baby's mother spoke to a store manager nearby.

The SUV was later found abandoned nearby, with the unharmed baby still inside.

Mordon was booked into jail Thursday evening and was being held without bond on charges charges including burglary, strong arm robbery, kidnapping, child neglect, grand theft auto, and violation of parole, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Fall to 1-3 With Loss in Cincinnati]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:20:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611466252.jpg

The Miami Dolphins were beaten for a third time this season with their 22-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

With the loss, Miami is now 1-3 on the year and has lost all three of its road games. It has been a difficult start to the season for a team that began the year with playoff aspirations. With a quarter of the season already over, Miami will need to turn things around fast.

Miami had a lead early in this one, but it did not last long. Following a quick field goal from the Bengals, Ryan Tannehill found Kenny Stills for a 74-yard touchdown reception. That TD put Miami ahead by four points, until roughly six minutes later when Cincinnati entered the end zone.

At the half, the Dolphins trailed by nine points and that deficit only grew larger in the third quarter. Miami was behind by 12 entering the fourth quarter and that lead proved to be insurmountable.

Tannehill finished the day going 15-25 on his passes for 189 yards. The quarterback had one touchdown and one interception in a mostly quiet game in the air. Tannehill however made a critical mistake in the final minutes of the first half. During a sack, the QB fumbled the ball away and the Bengals added a field goal about a minute later. The interception for Tannehill would also be costly as it ended any hopes of a comeback in the fourth quarter.

Without Arian Foster available for the game, the Dolphins had a patchwork running game. Jay Ajayi led the team with his 33 yards on six carries and team only had 62 rushing yards combined.

Miami will next be in action on October 9th against the Tennessee Titans. That game will be the first of four in a row at home for the Dolphins.



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<![CDATA[Rally Held as Family Seeks Answers in Jada Page Shooting]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+jada+page.jpg

Family members came together for a rally Thursday night to push for information that will lead to an arrest in the northwest Miami-Dade shooting that claimed the life of little Jada Page.

Mother Rosalind Brown lost her 8-year-old daughter 30 days ago and still the shooter is free.

"We need justice, she was only 8 years old. She was innocent, didn't deserve this, I don't deserve this," Brown said.

Brown was surrounded by friends, family and her community at Thursday's rally. Jada was playing outside her home near Northwest 101st Street and 25th Avenue on August 30 when gunmen pulled up and fired shots. Jada and her father were hit and he survived while she later died.

"Don't just say something when a shooting happens," Miami Gardens mayor Oliver Gilbert said. "If you see strange people on your block, say something, if you know something that looks like narcotics activity, say something, if you know or see groups of people out late at night and look like they might be doing, say something. Don't just say something when violence strikes us."

Brown said she'll be grateful when the person who shot her daughter is found. There was a sign in the skies telling her to hold on to hope.

"I know she's here, smiling down," Brown said. "She came to me in a dream smiling ear to ear."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[New Brazilian Butt Lift Complaint Made Against Doctor]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:26:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092916+Osak+Omulepu.jpg

A Miami-based plastic surgeon is facing another complaint with state health officials over his popular Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.

The state’s surgeon general filed a new administrative complaint against Dr. Osak Omulepu, who has been practicing medicine in Florida for more than eight years.

According to the administrative complaint, a 30-year-old woman went to Dr. Omulepu to undergo a butt lift procedure last year. The complaint says the doctor injected too much fat into her backside, used the wrong amount of medication and didn’t provide the proper after care.

State health officials want to suspend or revoke his license altogether.

In an email to the NBC 6 Investigators, Dr. Omulepu’s attorney said they have "disputed the allegations" and "look forward to the opportunity to defend Dr. Omulepu."

Four other women filed complaints with state health officials in the past year alleging the doctor’s procedures landed them in the hospital with life-threatening complications. All four procedures took place in May of 2015.

In response to the cases, one of Omulepu’s attorneys sent a letter to Department of Health attorneys stating:

"Dr. Omulepu has practiced medicine for more than eight years in Florida and he has performed liposuction with fat transfer over 5,000 times, without a single incident prior to or since the cases at issue before the Panel. Unfortunately, the patients experienced complications following their respective liposuction procedures. However, each of these complications was covered within the informed consent signed by the patient and the fact that such a complication occurs does not indicate the practitioner deviated from the standard of care."

Another patient, Crystal Heath, shared her story with the NBC 6 Investigators back in May after undergoing surgery with Dr. Omulepu. She said she paid for a Brazilian Butt Lift but said the doctor performed a tummy tuck instead. And she said she had complications from it.

"I started throwing up instantly, I was throwing up so bad it was like everything was bursting in my stomach," Heath said.

Dr. Omulepu is scheduled to have a hearing in front of the State Medical Board next month where his license will be under review.

The State restricted his license in February of 2016, but an appeals court overturned the restriction last month. 

The NBC 6 Investigators have confirmed Dr. Omulepu is still performing plastic surgery procedures in South Florida.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Visits Nova Southeastern University for College Week]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:53:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025754870_1200x675_776064579912.jpg NBC 6 pays a visit to Nova Southeastern University to check out their sea turtle program during College Week 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Investigation Continues In Death of Boy Left in Daycare Van]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:36:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092916+Angel+Gabriel+Matute-Chavez.jpg

Investigators in Miami are searching for answers in what led to the tragic death of a 2-year-old boy who was found unconscious inside a daycare van.

The Vision for Life Day Care Center is no longer operating, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Children and Family, the agency that regulates day care centers. The center was not authorized to transport children. DCF has opened a death investigation and is assisting law enforcement.

At the Vision For Life Day Care Center Thursday parents came to fill out paperwork to take their kids out of the center after 2-year-old Angel Gabriel Matute-Chavez died after he was discovered in a van Wednesday.

"How can you forget a whole child in a car, a whole baby in a car?" parent Jessica Lewis said. "It's children you go to pick up so how can you just not remember who you brought with you?"

Lewis was at the school Thursday withdrawing her kids.

"Absolutely, yes, they are not staying in this school at, they are not coming back to this school," she said. "Even if it does open back up which I don't think that it should."

Justin Beckham, an attorney for one of the owners of the daycare, Karen Julissa Aviles, said she is "completely devastated" by the news.

"She has dedicated the last 13 years of her life to the care of children, and she is in shock," Beckham said in a statement. "We have reached out the City of Miami Police department in order to cooperate fully with their investigation. She wishes to specifically express her deepest condolences to the child’s family."

At the women's shelter where the boy was staying with his mother, other women described the horror the boy's mother is going through.

"Her reaction was when she got home, she fell to the ground, she was crying and her mother had to help her up and put her back inside the car because who can handle that," Charlene Lafleur said. "Believe me, I am a mother and I almost went to tears."

Police say the call came for help when the toddler was found in the van. He was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital but later died.

"We are devastated by the loss of Angel Gabriel Matute-Chavez and grieve with all those who loved him," DCF said in a statement. "The child had no previous interaction with the child welfare system."

"The center had no major, class one child care violations. The center was not authorized to transport children," the DCF statement read. "DCF child care licensing staff will continue to closely monitor the center."

Lafleur says other moms almost put their kids in the van.

"We considered using it but they stepped in and couldn't accept no more kids," she said.

The county also has an ordinance requiring child care center vans be equipped with an alarm to drivers to check any vehicle with kids. But one parent whose child rode in the van told NBC 6 she never saw anything like that.

The county said they do inspect for those alarms to alert drivers. The county department that oversees those inspections say they went to the center in August 2014 to inform them of the requirement. 



Photo Credit: Courtesy: Miami Herald]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Beach PD to Begin Using Non-Lethal Bean Bag Shotguns]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:50:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092916+miami+beach+police+non-lethal+bean+bag+shotgun.jpg

In an effort to better the relationship between the community and the police department, Miami Beach officials have announced the force will stop using lethal shotguns and will instead be using bean bag shotguns.

With officers forced to make life or death decisions in a matter of seconds, the chief of police says the weapon allows officers to incapacitate a person and take them into custody before hurting someone else or themselves.

"We have an obligation to be constantly looking for different options to move the organization forward and reduce the potential of inadvertently harming somebody," Chief Dan Oates said.

The new non-lethal weapons will replace 140 patrol lethal shotguns and work better than stun guns, which require officers to be within 12 feet of a subject. The shotgun range is up to 70 feet.

"It creates greater space and distance for the office, and is another compassionate way to take someone into custody without having to use deadly force or expose the officer to that kind of grave danger," Oates said.

With the new shotguns comes new training, which will last six weeks.



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<![CDATA[3 Teens Reportedly Shot in Miami Gardens]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:32:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092916+miami+gardens+triple+shooting.jpg

Police are investigating after three teens were reportedly shot in Miami Gardens Thursday.

Miami Gardens Police confirmed that three males were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries following a shooting in the 19100 block of Northwest 46th Avenue in the Carol City neighborhood.

Footage showed at least 40 bullet casings at the scene. Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that the victims were teens.

"The indiscriminate and cowardly cycle of violence continues, with three teenagers shot in the Carol City area. #EnoughisEnough. Speak up!" Carvalho tweeted.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 College Week - Nova Southeastern University]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:56:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025746366_1200x675_775694915856.jpg NBC 6's Sheli Muniz is at the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie as part of College Week.]]> <![CDATA[Coral Springs Cop Claims Workers Put Soap In Coffee]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:15:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/467023705.jpg

A Coral Springs donut shop is coming under fire after one officer in the city is claiming employees put something in her coffee.

The city’s Fraternal Order of Police posted a message on their Facebook page saying that the officer went to the Dunkin’ Donuts off Wiles Road recently. When she ordered a coffee and took a sip, she noticed a strong taste of soap in it.

"She sat the coffee down on the counter and kind of looked at the officer and looked at the coffee and smirked again and walked away," FOP president Glen Matonok said.

The officer went back a second time days later, saying the same employees were working at the store. One of them reportedly pretended to spit in the coffee before handing it to the officer, the post claimed.

"The same employee from the day before came over and took the cup from him and she moved her mouth towards the cup and she made a motion like she was going to spit in the coffee," Matonok said.

The FOP claims the employee laughed about the incident with a co-worker before the officer left.

Officials reported the incident to the owner of the store, who said they are investigating the incident and will take action if it is proven to be true.

Dunkin' Donuts said they're taking the situation seriously and working with the restaurant owner to look into the matter.

"Dunkin' Donuts is nearly 100 percent franchised, and the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Coral Springs is independently owned and operated by a franchisee," the company said in a statement Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Broward Man Accused of Breaking Into Tented Homes]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:39:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092916+derek+lavon+bell+new.jpg

A Miramar man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into nearly a dozen homes across Broward County that were being fumigated at the time.

Derek Bell, 28, was arrested by Hollywood Police in connection with the crimes. Officials say Bell would target the homes early in the morning that were being tented for bugs.

More than $300,000 worth of items were found inside Bell’s Miramar home as well as several storage units, police said. In total, 23 different victims have come forward – including several in Pembroke Pines, Miramar and Fort Lauderdale.

Bell, who is being held on 35 charges in the case, has prior arrests for robbery and burglary and is currently on probation. He also had two outstanding warrants in Broward County.



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<![CDATA[Possible Water Contamination at Aquifer Has Residents Fuming]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:06:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/091616+mulberry+sinkhole.jpg

Neighbors of a huge sinkhole sending cascades of contaminated water and fertilizer plant waste into Florida's main drinking-water aquifer are fearful and fuming that it took weeks for them to be notified about the disaster.

Mosaic Co. spokeswoman Jackie Barron on Thursday said one well on the fertilizer plant's property has found contamination spread, not multiple wells as she previously stated.
 
  So far, more than 200 million gallons of tainted water from the central Florida fertilizer plant owned by Mosaic Co. has drained from a waste heap through a 45-foot-wide hole down into the Floridan aquifer, which provides water to millions of people in the state.
Mosaic Co. spokeswoman Jackie Barron on Thursday said one well on the fertilizer plant's property has found contamination spread, not multiple wells as she previously stated.     

So far, more than 200 million gallons of tainted water from the central Florida fertilizer plant owned by Mosaic Co. has drained from a waste heap through a 45-foot-wide hole down into the Floridan aquifer, which provides water to millions of people in the state.

The company said Wednesday that it's starting to see contamination in tests of monitoring wells at the site, which shows the waste has spread.

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<![CDATA[National Coffee Day Celebrated With Free, Discounted Cups]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/latte-generic-coffee-cup-2015.jpg

If you are one of those who needs at least one cup of coffee each day, Thursday is going to be your lucky day. Businesses across the country are giving discounted and even free cups of the beverage as part of National Coffee Day.

Some of the special deals include:

- Krispy Kreme will be giving out not just a free cup of coffee, but also one glazed doughnut to celebrate the day with no purchase necessary.

- Dunkin’ Donuts is combining the day with their 66th year in operation, selling medium sized hot coffees for 66 cents.

- Starbucks isn’t giving out free beverages, but will donate a coffee tree for each cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee purchased.

- Einstein Bros. Bagles will be giving a free medium coffee with every purchase.

-McDonald's is giving away a free small coffee with any purchase.

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<![CDATA[PBA President: Graduating Class Won't Solve Officer Shortage]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:10:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/johnriverapba.jpg

The President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association says there's a record-breaking shortage of Miami-Dade police officers.

In a statement released Wednesday, PBA President John Rivera pointed the finger at Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"We are, at best, 390 officers short since Carlos Gimenez took over," said Rivera.

This week, 140 police officer trainees graduated, but the PBA says the new addition will do little to offset the shortage at the department.

"During his time in office, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has severely depleted manpower, slashed departmental resources and cut important community programs," added Rivera.

The PBA head also said the mayor's policies have had deleterious effects on the department.

NBC 6 reached out to the mayor's office for comment.

County officials said the department has added a record number of police officers, calling Rivera's comments "half-truths" and "distortions".

"Mayor Gimenez will continue to support adding police officers, equipping them with body-worn cameras and encouraging community-oriented policing. Mr. Rivera will continuing issuing press releases," said Mike Hernandez, Director of Communications at the mayor's office.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Fall to Mets in Home Finale]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611033658.jpg

The Miami Marlins fell to the New York Mets 5-2 in their final home game of the season on Wednesday.

Miami jumped out to a quick two-run lead in the first inning, but that would be all of the scoring for the team. Just like Tuesday's loss, the Marlins were unable to find the scoreboard after a quick initial inning.

The Marlins are officially eliminated from playoff contention and are simply playing out the remainder of their schedule. With three games left, Miami will end up playing 161 games this season. The Marlins will need to win every game left to finish with a winning record.

In his last start of the year, Jose Urena went five innings in which he allowed five runs on eight hits. The right-hander figures to be given a chance to win a rotation spot in spring training next year. Miami will face many questions with its rotation and Urena had some good starts mixed in.

Martin Prado hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give Miami the aforementioned early lead. It was Prado's eighth home run of the season and it also gave the veteran 75 runs batted in this year.

Miami's only other extra-base hit was picked up by Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger doubled for the 20th time this year as part of a 1-4 day.

The Marlins are off on Thursday and will begin their final series of the season on Friday against the Washington Nationals.



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<![CDATA[Walt Disney World Offering Discount Tickets to U.S. Military]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:34:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Disney-GettyImages-94967642.jpg

If you've served our country, Walt Disney World is saluting you and your family.

The Orlando theme park is offering U.S. military personnel a special discount through 2017.

Active and retired members of the military can purchase discounted park-hopper passes for them and up to five other family members or friends starting Wednesday.

Four-day park-hopper passes start at $209; five-day park-hopper passes start at $224. A typical four-day park-hopper pass starts at $394.

The tickets may be used from January 1st through December 19th, 2017, with some blackout dates in April.

To buy the tickets, you can call 407-939-5684 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Rename Rookie Award in Honor of Jose Fernandez]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:13:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611035372.jpg

The Miami Marlins renamed the team's annual Rookie of the Year Award to honor Jose Fernandez on Wednesday.

Going forward, Miami's rookie award will be known as simply the "Jose Fernandez Award" to recognize the star pitcher who passed away earlier this week. Fernandez won the award back in 2013 when he also took home the Major League honors.

This is expected to be one of the first of many honors for Fernandez as time goes on. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria announced that no player will ever wear #16 again for Miami, but the team has not announced a formal retirement ceremony as of yet. The team could also create more awards and other ways to remember and honor the fan favorite.

Taking home the Rookie of the Year Award for Miami on Wednesday was reliever Kyle Barraclough. The first winner of the Jose Fernandez Award will come next September in the final home series of the season.

On Thursday, Miami will attend the funeral of Fernandez. It will be a private service for family, friends and the team. Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna are expected to speak at the funeral before the team flies off for its final road trip and series of the season.

Miami's next game will come on Friday against the Washington Nationals.



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<![CDATA[North Miami Mayor Calls For Halt of Haitian Deportations]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mayornorthmiami.jpg

The mayor of North Miami is asking the White House to reverse a policy that blocks Haitian migrants from entering the U.S. at the border between Southern California and Mexico.

Mayor Smith Joseph held a news conference Wednesday announcing that the city council approved a resolution urging President Barack Obama to allow Haitian migrants to cross the border.

Last week, The Obama administration authorized the deportation of Haitians trying to cross the border near San Diego.

After the massive 2010 earthquake, the U.S. had been welcoming Haitian migrants based on the poor conditions on the island nation.

The White House now says the conditions have improved, prompting the crackdown on migrants crossing the border.

Leaders in the South Florida Haitian community are outraged.

"This is wrong. You cannot target a particular ethnic group and decide you are not going to let them in when thousands of ethnic people from other countries are arriving to this country and we are welcoming them with open arms," said Mayor Joseph.

The mayor says the conditions in Haiti are still awful and that migrants should be allowed into the U.S.

A copy of the resolution is being sent to the White House.

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<![CDATA[Broward County's Pets of the Week]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Bella3.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Danny+A1816103.JPG Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week -- September 28, 2016]]> <![CDATA[BSO Fire Rescue Helps Woman in Broken-Down Wheelchair]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:33:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092816+wheelchair+bso.jpg

A woman whose wheelchair broke down on the side of a Lauderdale Lakes road got a helping hand from some Broward firefighters.

Jennifer Bastidas was stuck far from home in her broken down motorized wheelchair when Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue workers stepped in to assist.

She had just gotten off a bus, the weather was awful, and she figured 911 was her best and only option.

"I mean, you can only imagine when your car breaks down on the side of the road, how you feel, imagine yourself in a wheelchair in the rain in the elements broken down on the side of the road," BSO Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.

Bastidas was on 441 in Lauderdale Lakes on her way to check out an apartment. The battery on Her chair was full but something went wrong and she found herself stuck on a very busy roadway.

Enter firefighters from Station 37, who received the 911 dispatch and responded in minutes. Jimmy Winkle, a 12-year veteran of the department, volunteered to do the pushing.

"I felt kind of bad because I know I am kind of heavy with the wheelchair and stuff, it makes it hard to push, but he was very nice about it," Bastidas said.

From 441 down the street, they took a left hand turn about a half a mile, right into the station.

"Firefighters did what firefighters do and that is come up with a solution to any kind of problem," Jachles said.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6's College Week: Barry University]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:01:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/206*120/092816+college+week+barry+university.jpg NBC 6 pays a visit to Barry University during College Week 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Miami Beach Approves Plan to Improve Ocean Drive]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:56:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/208*120/TLMD-10-TLMD-10-MIAMI-FLORIDA.jpg

One of the world's hottest destination is about to get even hotter.

On Tuesday, Miami Beach City Commissioners approved a 10-point proposal to improve Ocean Drive.

"It's time to clean up the Ocean Drive experience for the consumers and to get the residents back to Ocean Drive and really deliver a better experience for everybody," said Mike Palma, Ocean Drive Business Owners Association.

The ten points of improvement includes lighting and reducing noise pollution.

"It was dark actually yeah, the restaurants themselves were quite well lit but outside of that area it was quite dark," said Thelma Jones, who's visiting from Australian.

The plan will also make it easier to navigate the strip for drivers and pedestrians.

You'll also see more police officers, better customer service and less chain restaurants.

City commissioners also considered passing a 2 a.m. curfew on serving alcohol, but that didn't pass.

Right now, you can drink until 5 in the morning.

"I don't believe it was an end all be all. It was a way to push people to see what could be taken away if we didn't clean things up," explained Palma.

Commissioner Ricky Arriola crafted the new plan to improve these 10-blocks on Ocean Drive.

The changes could start almost immediately.



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<![CDATA[Special Report on Fernandez Funeral Airing Thursday on NBC 6]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:33:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092816+remembering+jose+fernandez.jpg

NBC 6 will be airing another special report Thursday for the funeral mass for Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

The report will begin at 1 p.m. 'Days of Our Lives' will not air on NBC 6 but can be seen at 1 p.m. on Cozi-TV, which is on Comcast channel 216, AT&T U-verse on channel 578, and DISH TV on channel 82.

Thursday's 'Days of Our Lives' will also be available Friday on NBC.com.

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<![CDATA[Child Left in Hot Daycare Van in Miami Dies ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:57:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/childvan.jpg

A two-year-old boy was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital after he was found unconscious inside a hot van in Miami Wednesday, police said.

Detectives said several people including the driver of the van were being questioned.

Miami Fire Captain Ignatius Carroll said the call came in as a child in cardiac arrest around 3:45 p.m.

The incident happpened at Vision for Life Academy located at Northwest 41st Street and 7th Avenue. The van has signage that reads "Reaching Children For Christ Ministry."

Police said the boy, identified as Angel Gabriel Matute-Chavez, was found in the rear compartment of the van. Officials did not say how long he was left in the van. It's unclear if the child was properly restrained.  

"When you see someone so young and helpless, and fragile that isn't able to tell you what's happening, what's going on, then that's when you start fearing the worst and a whole lot of things go through your mind," said Capt. Ignatius Carroll, Miami Fire Rescue. 

According to investigators, the driver dropped off other children then sometime later another driver spotted the toddler in the van. 

Emergency crews rushed the toddler boy to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where police said he died upon arrival. 

The child's identity has not been released. 

NBC 6 checked out the facility's record from July which shows the academy is in good standing. However, records show the center doesn't provide transportation.

The day care center has not responded to a request for comment. 

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<![CDATA[4-Year-Old Boy Missing From Jacksonville Found Safe]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:20:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/amber+alert+jacksonville.jpg

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a 4-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday has been found safe.

Earlier in the day, an Amber Alert was issued for little Norris Dail, Jr. who was said to be in the company of his father Norris Dail, Sr.

Deputies are still looking for the boy's father and vehicle, a 2000, silver Mitsubishi Galant with the Maryland specialty tag number 1BK9546.

Aroung 10:15 Wednesday morning, JSO said deputies responded to a home where the 4-year-old and his father lived for a welfare check. Once inside, deputies found a dead woman. Investigators suspect foul play. 

Little Norris was located hours later with a family member. 

Anyone one with information on Norris Dail, Sr.'s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Seminole Tribe Votes to Remove Chairman Billie From Office]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:26:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092816+james+billie.jpg

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has voted to remove Chairman James Billie from office following a recall petition.

The tribal council voted 4-0 Wednesday morning to remove Billie, effective immediately. A special election will be held within 30 days to elect a new chairman.

Billie has served as tribe chairman since 2011 and was re-elected last year. The recall petition cited various issues with policies and procedures from Billie's office.



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<![CDATA[Margate Man Arrested For Sexual Battery on 12-Year-Old Child]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:55:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/margate+sex+crime+arest.jpg

The FBI and Margate Police teamed up in an investigation against Thomas Swayze, 38, who was arrested Tuesday for sex crimes on a minor.

Authorities said Swayze sexually battered a 12-year-old child for about three to four years.

Police initiated their investigation of Swayze when the FBI said it identified the 38-year-old for downloading child pornography onto his personal computer.

Federal agents executed a search warrant and arrested Swayze. He is currently being held at Broward County Main Jail without bond.

Swayze is charged with two counts of sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

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<![CDATA[Week Four Preview: Dolphins at Bengals]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:38:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-186694305.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday as they look to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Miami is coming off its first win of the season and can make a statement with a road victory on a short week. While the Bengals are not considered a powerhouse, winning any game on the road with only three days off is a difficult task.

The Dolphins will be shorthanded in the game with tight end Jordan Cameron and running back Arian Foster out of action. Miami will have to turn to backups at both spots and it could make things tough on Ryan Tannehill. Miami's quarterback has not had a full offensive unit at his disposal yet this season.

Mike Pouncey who has not played this year, may continue to miss action. The Dolphins have not committed to the veteran center as of yet. The expectation is that Pouncey will sit out the game and possibly return for Miami's next contest.

Last week, Tannehill was solid in the second half after a poor first half of play. With potentially tired legs under him and around him, Tannehill will likely need to be better in both halves for Miami to win this one. Falling behind early could be a critical error for the Dolphins this time around.

In the last four years, the Dolphins have gone 2-2 when playing on Thursdays. The two losses both came on the road as minimized rest is only amplified by playing on hostile ground. These two teams have met up in another Thursday game back in 2013. In that one, Miami beat Cincinnati in overtime, but the roster and coaching staff was vastly different.

The Bengals this year have not been a good team on the ground, but Miami has played poor defensively against the running game. The combination could be an interesting aspect to watch as something has to give. Stopping the running game and making Bengals QB Andy Dalton beat them could be a pivotal thing for the Dolphins.

Thursday's game will start at 8:25 p.m.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 College Week - Barry University]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:37:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025727179_1200x675_774856771659.jpg NBC 6's Eric Harryman continues College Week with a stop at Barry University.]]>