<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:02:24 -0400 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:02:24 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deputies Ramp Up Halloween Patrol]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:19:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015351226_1200x675_350784579729.jpg The Broward Sheriff's Office doubled the number of deputies on the sreet for Halloween. NBC 6's Dan Krauth reports.]]> <![CDATA[Consumer Reports: The Most and Least Reliable Cars]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:52:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cars_del_phones.jpg

Consumer Reports has just released this year’s ratings of the most and least reliable new cars and carmakers. There are some big changes this year, with Infiniti dropping most dramatically in the ranks.

The most reliable new car you can buy is the Scion xB. That’s according to Consumer Reports’ reliability survey, which shows data on over a million vehicles. And there’s data on 28 brands as well.

Once again the most reliable brands are dominated by the Japanese, with Lexus, Toyota, and Mazda taking the top three spots. Honda came in at number four.

The four least reliable brands are Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Fiat, all owned by Chrysler.
Consumer Reports says Chrysler has traditionally had more than its fair share of trouble, and with the addition of Fiat in the mix, it really has not helped. In fact the new Fiat 500L is ranked the least reliable car out of the 248 that Consumer Reports rated.

Some American brands did well. Lincoln shot up 12 spots this year, and Buick made it into the Top 10 list of reliable brands. It is the only American car to do so. GM has been one of the better domestic brands in terms of reliability. And Buick has often been its top brand.

The most reliable SUVs are the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the Subaru Forester, the Toyota Highlander, and the Lexus RX.

A few first-year cars, such as the Mazda6 and Kia Cadenza, got high marks for reliability. But most didn’t. So if you’re looking for a reliable car, Consumer Reports says that it’s really not best to buy a car that’s in its first year of the redesign. Wait a year or two until they work out some of those bugs. Case in point, the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado, which Consumer Reports’ research shows had lots of problems in its first year.

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<![CDATA[Inmate Escapes Miami-Dade Prison: Corrections Officials]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:10:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ronald+b+mccoy.jpg

Police are looking for inmate Ronald B. McCoy after he escaped the Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City Friday.

Officials say McCoy escaped the prison located at 19000 SW 377th Street at about 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information on McCoy's whereabouts should contact their local law enforcement agency or call the Florida Department of Corrections at 850-922-6867.

Photo Credit: Florida Department of Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[South Florida Halloween Street Closures]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:53:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kelly+street+closures.jpg Kelly Blanco reports on street closures on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Families of Wrong-Way Crash Victims Sue Driver's Employer]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:06:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/girls+in+wrong+way+crash.jpg

The families of two young women killed in a wrong-way crash last year are suing the wrong-way driver's employer.

Attorneys for the families of Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio's parents have added Mobile Store Operators, LLC to a previously filed civil lawsuit.

Authorities said then 20-year-old Kayla Mendoza was going the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway last November when her car struck another car head-on just before 2 a.m. Ferrante and Catronio, both 21, were in the other car. Catronio was pronounced dead on the scene and Ferrante died from her injuries just days later

Authorities said Mendoza had gone out to a bar after work with her colleagues from a T-Mobile store, owned by Mobile Store Operators, before the crash.

"They were at a work party that evening, in uniform," said attorney Jamie Finizio Bascome. "The T-mobile store operator employees were there with Kayla Mendoza when she was underage and drank to the point where she was no longer able to drive a vehicle safely."

The store did not respond to phone calls made by NBC 6.

Mendoza, who called herself the "pot princess" on Twitter, tweeted "2 Drunk 2 care" just minutes before the crash, according to FHP.

Authorities said she was driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit

"It's bringing justice to more people who are responsible for what happened on the day of my daughter's death and Katie Ferrante," said father Gary Catronio.

Mendoza suffered serious injuries from the crash as well. She is now in jail awaiting trial.

Both the Ferrante and Catronio families will be at the Sawgrass Expressway at Commercial Boulevard Saturday at 3:30 to hold a public informational meeting on roadside safety.

<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Teen Overdose]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:33:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jordy+garcia+web.jpg

Police say they have arrested 20-year-old Jordy Garcia in connection to the drug overdose of four minors at a Miami park.

Garcia is charged with child abuse causing great bodily harm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, jail records show.

The four teens, who are between 14 and 16 years old, were rushed to the hospital Thursday after they overdosed on synthetic marijuana at Sewell Park at 1825 Northwest South River Drive, officials said.

When officers and fire rescue arrived, one of the teens was unconscious and the three teens that were still conscious were running around erratically, jumping on trees, and hallucinating, officials said.

Police said the teens had been smoking a type of synthetic marijuana called Ambrosia, which is legal and available over the counter. The teens, however, were not of age to be consuming the product, police said.

They have all been treated and since released from the hospital.

Garcia is being held on $8,500 bond. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[South Florida Nail Salon Dangers]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:12:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pedicure_investigates.jpg

Picking out that perfect polish at the nail salon was a favorite ritual for Tilwanda Bivens. But now the Miami mom says her mani-pedi days are over because of a staph infection she believes she got from a Miami salon.

“I told my sister—I say the pain hurts so bad I feel like chopping off my arm,” Bivens told Team 6 Investigators.

Bivens says the manicurist cut her while doing her nails last fall. The nick healed, but Bivens says the pain persists.

“Sometimes I can’t even wash my back,” said Bivens.

Bivens sued the salon. By phone, the salon owner insisted Bivens "…didn’t get any cuts that day” and said “…we’ve been here 15 years and never had any problem.” Team 6 Investigators checked state records for the last five years and found no citations at the salon.

But Jason Chalik, Bivens’ attorney says state inspections --- conducted every two years -- aren't sufficient to catch health hazards. He says many salon owners are more concerned with fast customer turnover than careful attention to cleanliness.

"You’re being paid per job. You’re not being paid for that extra time to set up or to clean up,” said Chalik.

The state has reprimanded more than 1100 salons in Miami-Dade and Broward since 2010 for offenses ranging from unlicensed employees to dirty spa filters to not using hospital-grade disinfectants.

Jennifer Schnipper says she's still dealing with what happened to her during a pedicure in Boca Raton eight years ago.

“It’s numb. I don’t have any feeling,” said Schnipper pointing to a scar near her shin.
Schnipper says it all started with what looked like a pimple on her leg that developed shortly after a pedicure. Despite medication, the infection got worse.

“I was in excruciating pain,” said Schnipper, “…I could not bear weight on my right leg.”

She saw an infectious disease specialist.

“The second that she saw my leg she asked me how often do you get pedicures. And I thought what does that have to do with anything. And she said ’I guarantee this is a microbacterium infection from a pedicure spa bath’,” said Schnipper.

Emergency surgery left an open wound on her shin. Doctors had to do a skin graft, using tissue from her arm. She sued then salon owner, Thach Nguyen, who settled out of court, she says, for more than 350-thousand dollars.

“What my salon did not do is use the proper anti-germicidal solution,” said Schnipper. She also says she didn’t realize she shouldn’t shave right before a pedicure.

Health experts recommend waiting at least 24 hours after shaving or waxing to allow the tiny tears they cause to heal.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2000 blamed improperly cleaned foot spas for infections in more than 100 pedicure customers in California. The study also found that shaving the legs with a razor was “a risk factor.”

Still podiatrist Gary Wallach says the most critical issue is making sure salon tools are clean.

“If they don’t come from a sterilized package that’s a red flag,” said Wallach.

Wallach says so many patients were coming into his practice with infections from pedicures he opened a pedicure salon in his medical office, Coral Ridge Podiatry. He says consumers need to carefully watch how salon employees clean their stations.

“They are not being cognizant of the fact that they are doing surgical procedures, although we don’t think of it as surgery. Because the minute you cut that flesh, the moment you cut that flesh open, germs have the chance to get in, said Wallach.

The Team 6 Investigators visited a salon with zero citations and zero lawsuits to find out what they are doing right. At Something Perfect Nails in Miami Beach, the owner uses a 3-step cleaning process for all tools and schedules ten minutes between clients to ensure thorough cleaning of work stations. Schnipper believes all salon owners need to take cleanliness very seriously.

“It’s their job to keep consumers safe. And by taking short cuts they put everyone that enters the salon at risk,” said Schnipper.

Team 6 Investigators’ attempts to talk to salon owner Thach Nguyen were unsuccessful.

To check to see if your salon has been reprimanded by the state, Team 6 has created a searchable database for salons in Miami-Dade and Broward.

<![CDATA[Armed Robbers Break Into Store Through Roof: BSO]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:34:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/robberycheckstore1031.PNG

Police are searching for armed robbers who broke into a Check Cashing Store in Dania Beach.

Two men broke into the store through the roof of the store, located at 112 S. Federal Highway in Dania Beach, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. One female employee was inside at the time.

"It was a terrifying experience for this young lady," said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gina Carter.

The employee did not have access to the store's safe. Deputies said the suspects pushed the employee to the ground and stole the victim's purse. They then fled through the back door.

BSO is asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[Construction Worker Injured on Top of Brickell Building]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:05:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/00CC3F6F.jpg

A construction worker was injured when a wall of rebar collapsed on top of him Friday morning.

The accident happened on the 30th floor of the Brickell City Centre at 801 Brickell Avenue, prompting a daring rescue from the building's roof.

Firefighters stabilized the man in a Stokes basket before using a crane to lower him to the ground.

The man was then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

It is unclear what caused the rebar to collapse. 

A Team 6 Investigation in April showed nearby businesses have filed complaints saying construction from the new building is a hazard to employees and customers.

Alfredo Zayden, who owns Frame Art at 96 Southwest 7th Street, has filed a lawsuit against the developers of Brickell City Centre, the massive new mega mall that is slated to fill up 4 million square feet in the area. The court has yet to determine whether construction will be halted.

Others, like bystander Eddie Marrero Jr., said they have also felt endangered. Marrero said a concrete object fell from the building and hit his car when he was driving nearby on Thursday.

"Out of nowhere, a piece of cement just hits the car," he said. "I'm lucky to be alive. It sounded like a bomb went off when it hit."

The building's developer, Swire Properties, has told NBC 6 that it has done everything it can to be a good neighbor, including putting up safety barriers.

Meanwhile, the building's developers have set up a website to inform the community about the project. To see it, click here.

<![CDATA[Body Found Outside Laundromat in Little Havana]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:52:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/laundromart.png

Police are investigating after a body was found Friday morning outside a laundromat in Little Havana.

A patron of the Laundromart at 1277 NW 7th Street called police around 7 a.m. to report a deceased male. Police started canvassing the area for witnesses.

Laundromart customers told NBC 6 that the victim was a homeless man in his mid to late 40s who lived under the 836 bridge near the courthouse. They said the man would come to the 24-hour laundromat once a month to get his social security check money from an ATM.

Miami Police Detective Frederica Burden said that, while it is still early in the investigation, there are signs of possible foul play. A cause of death was not immediately known.

"We do have signs of trauma, so we are investigating as we speak," Burden said.

Homicide investigators have no known motive at this time.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami Police Department's Homicide Unit at (305) 603-6350, or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida
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<![CDATA[Body Found Floating in Water in Miami Beach]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:34:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/00CC4174.jpg

A body was found floating in the water near a yacht Friday morning.

Miami Beach Police responded to the scene near 47th Street and Collins Avenue around 9:30 a.m.

Chopper 6 was over the scene as detectives investigated a small area between a yacht and the dock.

No other information was immediately available.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 and NBC6.com for updates.

<![CDATA[Your Photos: Halloween!]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/168*120/392e15adbe1a4ecd86b0c59fed9aa673.jpg NBC 6 viewers share their Halloween photos.

Photo Credit: Lauren Green]]>
<![CDATA[Share Your Halloween Photos!]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:24:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/halloween+pets+friday.jpg

Are you dressed up this Halloween? Share your spooky photos with NBC 6!

We want to see your scary, funny or interesting costumes.

Just tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #NBC6 and we may repost your photo and share it on NBC6.com. You can always email your photos to ISEE@NBC6.com

<![CDATA[4th Victim Comes Forward in Alleged Attempted Abductions]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hwdkidnapsuspectsketches.PNG

Hollywood Police said they are now investigating a fourth alleged attempted abduction.

The fourth alleged incident happened near the location of the latest attempted abduction, by the intersection of 19th Avenue and McKinley Street.

"I am so scared to know that someone touched my daughter," said Elsa Desrosiers, the mother of the latest victim. "I want this creep caught. I want him behind bars so he won't hurt another child again."

Police said the man, suspected to be in his 20s, came up from behind this fourth victim and grabbed her buttocks as she was walking down the street.

Two sketches have been released in the search for the suspect. A new sketch released Friday is based on information from the first three victims. Police said that although the two sketches differ, they believe it is the same person.

The attempted abductor allegedly tried to grab his first victim around 6:30 Friday morning on the 1900 block of Funston Street in Hollywood. The second attempted abduction was on South 21st Avenue, police said.

One father said that having this man still on the loose will prompt his family to make different trick-or-treating arrangements.

"I'll take them to a mall or something like that, or go in crowds," the man said. "The last thing we want to see is two or three kids out there by themselves."

Police presence was increased in the neighborhood Friday night as children trick-or-treated. Officers say they are investigating several leads.

"If you see something, say something," Fernandez said. "We're looking at all of our sexual predators who live in Hollywood, we're making visits."

Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[One Dead After Parking Lot Fight Leads to Shooting]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:56:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/220*120/1031shootingmd.PNG

One man has died after shots were fired in a shopping center parking lot in southwest Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade Police responded to a Winn-Dixie parking lot in the area of US-1 and SW 104th Street just after 11 p.m. Thursday night.

Police said two drivers got in a verbal dispute in the parking lot. Juan Agriel, 67, got out of his Toyota Corolla with a tire iron in an attempt to assault the other driver, 48-year-old Eric Harris. This prompted Harris, the driver of a Toyota Camry, to shoot. Harris then called police and remained on the scene. Agriel was transported to a local hospital, but later died.

Harris and an unidentified woman were questioned at the scene before being released. They drove off in the Camry, but refused to speak to reporters. The Corolla was towed by police.

Police said all findings will be presented to the State Attorney's Office for review. Charges, if any, are pending.

<![CDATA[Body Found Near Banyan Elementary: Police]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:19:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043312.jpg

Police are investigating after a body was found in a vehicle near an elementary school in Miami.

Miami-Dade School Police responded to a report of an abandoned SUV by Banyan Elementary School at SW 30th Street and SW 85th Avenue. Officers discovered the body of a deceased female inside. The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating with the assistance of School Police.

The Miami-Dade County School Board released a statement to parents, saying, "At this time, this incident does not appear to be school-related in any way. The school will be open and in session as normal on Friday."

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<![CDATA[Halloween Forecast: Cooler Trick-or-Treating Weather]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:35:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/B1Q38-NCIAEJvxV.png

A cold front will make its way through this afternoon, bringing with it a chance of showers for the commute home. The skies should clear in time for trick-or-treating, with temperatures reaching the mid-60s in the evening. Highs today will be in the mid-80s.

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That cold front will give us fall-like temperatures for the weekend, with highs only reaching the 70s. Lows at night will be in the 50s. This weekend also marks the end of daylight savings time.

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<![CDATA[BSO SWAT Trains for Worst-Case Scenario]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:33:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015330782_1200x675_350235203705.jpg NBC 6's Dan Krauth shows you the training exercise held Thursday by the Broward Sheriff's Office SWAT team as they prepared for an event everyone hopes will never happen.]]> <![CDATA[Police Arrest Alleged Serial Robber]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:13:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/andresgonzalezmugshot103014.jpg

Miami Police said they have arrested and charged a man connected with the robbery of a Subway restaurant in mid-October.

Police arrested 31-year-old Andres Raymond Gonzalez Thursday and charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon.

In the Subway robbery, Gonzalez allegedly walked up to the counter, pulled a black pistol, and demanded money. Once he got the money, police said he left the scene in a white older model sedan.

Police are looking into whether Gonzalez may be involved in other robberies in the area.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police]]>
<![CDATA[New Poll Shows Shift in Florida Voters]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015329018_1200x675_350104643753.jpg A new Quinnipiac poll shows Charlie Crist has a slight lead among independents voting in Florida's gubernatorial race. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports.]]> <![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Man Takes Off With Rolex Watches]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:16:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015328228_1200x675_350092355955.jpg Police are looking for a man that was caught on camera taking two rolex watches from a Surfside jewelry store. NBC 6's Dan Krauth reports.]]> <![CDATA[UConn to Honor Jasper Howard with Memorial Statue]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:12:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032511+jasper+howard.jpg

It’s been five years since University of Connecticut football player, and Miami native, Jasper Howard was murdered. The school will unveil a statue for Jasper Saturday after two football fans led a drive to help remember the fallen football star.

“He’s kinda emblematic of the entire UConn football program,” said UConn fan Dan Lowry.

Howard was described as a player who would never quit. In his final game, Howard recorded 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

“Was he the biggest? Was he the fastest? No, but he probably had more heart than any other defensive back,” said Howard’s coach at UConn, Randy Edsall.

Jasper’s family said he dreamed of providing a better life for them and for his fiance’ His dream was cut short when he was stabbed to death during an on-campus fight that began over a girl. Jasper’s killer, John Lomax III, is serving an 18-year-prison sentence for Howard’s death.

While Howard’s life was cut short, his memory and what he stood for isn’t forgotten by those who knew him the best.

“He wanted to change lives for other children who grew up in the same place as him, who come from rough neighborhoods, who didn’t have much. He wanted to give back to that community,” said Howard’s fiancé, Daneisha Freeman.

Howard’s legacy will also live on through his four-year-old daughter Ja’Miya, who was born just months after her father was murdered.

“Her being able to walk up, when she can really understand what happened and to be able to see this tribute to him and say, ‘Ya know what, UConn loved my dad,’” Lowry said.

“He would have that big smile on his face and he’d be, you know, gleaming from ear to ear,” Edsall said Howard would have looked if he was there for the ceremony.

About thirty of Jasper’s former teammates will be at Saturday’s game for the halftime memorial ceremony. Jasper’s family and friends from Miami are also planning to travel to the game for the ceremony.

The UConn Huskies will play the University of Central Florida on Saturday with a noon kickoff. The game can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Arrested Cop Blasted by Bond Court Judge]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:17:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jose+maldonado+dick.jpg

Miami Police Officer Jose Maldonado-Dick made his first court appearance Thursday after he was arrested for allegedly providing protection to drug traffickers and the bond court judge wasted no time blasting the defendant.

“Mr. Maldonado, counsel, all I can say that’s incredibly stupid for Mr. Maldonado to put himself in the position that allegedly he was,” Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat said.

Officer Maldonado, a seven-year veteran who patrolled the Wynwood area, faces two counts each of armed cocaine trafficking, receiving compensation for unlawful behavior, official misconduct by a public servant, and using a communication device unlawfully, according to an arrest affidavit.

“This is perhaps one of the most egregious breaches of trust, of public trust and narcotic trafficking event possible,” prosecutor Warren Eth said.

Maldonado-Dick allegedly used his uniform, gun and badge to protect drug dealers and make sure they were safe to conduct their transactions on the streets.

According to the arrest affidavit, a confidential police informant called Maldonado-Dick to arrange two illegal drug transactions involving large amounts of cocaine. The informant told Maldonado he needed protection during the transactions, according to prosecutors.

Maldonado met with the informant several times and oversaw the two drug transactions conducted by the informant and an undercover officer, according to the affidavit. For one of the transactions, Maldonado-Dick suggested they use the McDonald's parking lot near his patrol area, the affidavit said. The officer allegedly arrived to each meeting in his marked City of Miami Police patrol car. He was dressed in full uniform and armed with his standard issue Glock handgun, the affidavit said.

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said in a statement that he would be moving “as swiftly as the process allows to terminate the employment of Mr. Maldonado.”

Maldonado’s attorney, Steven Amster, said Maldonado has “faith in his innocence.”

“I do to, and obviously, right now, it’s a bit of a circus and when the dust settles and the evidence gets presented; I think my client will be exonerated,” Amster said.

Maldonado-Dick is being held without bond. If convicted of the armed cocaine trafficking charge, he could spend the rest of his life in jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for next month.

<![CDATA[New Hair Saints In North Miami]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:25:25 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ssamy_001.JPG Inside the new Miami salon Saints -N- Scissors where Amy Miller and her crew play with scissors, color and style. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Tropical Chinese Turns 30]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:23:31 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tropchi_j_0001.JPG Celebrating Tropical Chinese’s 30th year anniversary with friends, family and a taste of some of Miami's favorite dim sum bites. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Consumer Reports: The Real Deal on Outlet Stores]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:16:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/161*120/livermore4.JPG

We’re spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top $42 billion this year, according to the trade publication Value Retail News. Consumer Reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of almost 16,000 subscribers, and can help you bag the best bargains.

Most shoppers that Consumer Reports surveyed are happy with the outlet deals. Sixty-four percent say outlets offer great value. Those surveyed found superior value at Bon Worth, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh, Izod, and L.L.Bean. But the ratings from subscribers were not as good for some other stores, including American Eagle Outfitters, Old Navy, Gap, Nike, and Levi’s.

These days most merchandise is made especially for the outlets. But is it the same quality? For example, two Coach bags: One from the Coach store for $378 and the other from the outlet for $150. The retail version is made of a nice, heavy, embossed leather. It has a rounded top, so it sits nicely, and a rounded handle, which is more comfortable. The outlet version is a fine bag, but it has a few less fine details and a flat handle.

There’s a big price difference between J.Crew’s outlet ballet flats ($42) and those from its retail store ($150). The shoes are very similar. But the retail version is made of leather in Italy, and the outlet version is made in China of polyurethane. And the retail version also has a heel, which will provide much better support.

Also be aware that not everything is cheaper at the outlets. Although a Corelle dinnerware set is identical to the one at the retail store, it actually costs more: $80 instead of $75. Same with a Revere Ware pot and pan set. It’s $70 at the retail store and $68 at the outlet.

Bottom line: Some outlets definitely offer bargains, but you have to shop carefully. Consumer Reports has more tips for outlet shoppers. Head to the back of the store first. You’ll find the biggest markdowns there. And if an item is damaged, always ask for an additional discount. Consumer Reports shoppers got at least 10 percent off, every time.

Photo Credit: Bob Redell]]>
<![CDATA[Halloween Hazards and Your Pets]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:13:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/60621689230149ca818b9f9bfb67a1cc.JPG.jpg

No matter how old you are, or whether or not you have kids, Halloween is fun! But just like during other hectic holidays, fun and games need to be tempered with a little due diligence. Here are some tips to keep your fur kids safe this Halloween.

Keep candy away from pets

While cats are not generally drawn to candy, dogs will eat it with gusto. Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to companion animals. Clinical signs of theobromine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination. These signs can to progress to irregular heartbeats, seizures, internal bleeding, cardiac arrest, and even death. While the amount of theobromine found in dark chocolate or baking chocolate is much higher than amounts found in milk chocolate, all chocolate candies can pose serious risks to your pet. The high fat and sugar contents can lead to gastrointestinal upset or life-threatening pancreatitis.

In addition to chocolate, nuts can pose problems for pets as well. Their shape, size, and texture make them difficult to digest, and in the worst case scenario, they can cause an obstruction that requires a surgical repair. Walnuts can contain toxins produced by fungi that can lead to neurological symptoms, and macadamia nuts have been linked to muscle tremors, hindquarter paralysis, high fever and rapid heart rate. As of this writing, veterinary researchers have not identified the substance that causes these symptoms. Raisins must also be kept away from pets. While scientists do not know why, raisins and grapes have been linked to kidney failure in dogs. And it only takes a small amount to make a dog seriously ill.

It is important to make sure children know about the doggie dangers in their trick-or-treat bags. Make sure they know that candy is never to be shared, and must be stored out of your pet's reach. Ask them to bring any unwanted candy to an adult so they will not be tempted to get rid of it by sharing it with your pet. If your pet has a habit of getting into the trash, try to find a creative solution for unwanted candy.

Remember that Halloween is scary

While many pets are happy to join in the fun, some find it absolutely terrifying. Constant ringing of doorbells, strangers at the door, loud noises, freaky costumes - all of these things can be frightening to dogs and cats. Since the front door is likely to opening and closing often, the best place for your cat may be in another room, behind a closed door, with access to food, water, and a litter box. If your dog is not having fun, it's okay to put her in her kennel. Frightened animals can bolt through open doors. Additionally, a frightened dog is statistically likely to bite. Keep a watchful eye on both dogs and children, and calmly remove dogs from situations that may trigger them to bite.

Clean up after crafts

If you are making Halloween costumes this year, clean up all crafting debris as soon as possible. Shiny needles and wispy threads are irresistible to cats. When swallowed, they present a life-threatening emergency. Ribbons and strings can cause problems as well, so keep your kitty away from the crafting supplies.

Keep pets inside

As Halloween approaches, our neighbors may decide to head out for a bit of mischief. Do not leave pets unattended outside where they can be teased, harassed, or frightened.
Most importantly - have fun! By taking a few simple precautions, we can save our pets from a scary Halloween trip to the vet!

Photo Credit: Mary Gales
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<![CDATA[Homestead Man Arrested for Battery of Disabled Adult]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103014+carlos+cuzan.jpg

A South Florida hospital worker is facing an abuse of the elderly charge after he battered a disabled adult, authorities said.

Carlos Cuzan, 44, was arrested Thursday by the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department, according to the Florida Attorney General's Office.

Cuzan was booked into the Miami-Dade Jail was was being held without bond Thursday. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

Authorities said a co-worker witnessed Cuzan punch the victim several times in the face while employed as a medical health technician at the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Hialeah.

The victim, who suffers from schizophrenia, was treated for a laceration to his lip, the Attorney General's office said.

Cuzan faces up to five years in prison.

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<![CDATA[Serial Arsonist Torched Neighbors' Cars: Hialeah Police]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:16:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103014+armando+hernandez.jpg

A serial arsonist who has been lighting his neighbors' vehicles on fire in Hialeah was arrested after torching his girlfriend's car, police said.

Armando Hernandez, 51, was arrested late Wednesday after undercover detectives spotted him lighting his girlfriend's Jaguar on fire, Hialeah Police officials said.

Hernandez faces eight felony arson charges. He was being booked into jail Thursday and it's unknown whether he has an attorney.

According to police, Hernandez has been terrorizing his neighborhood within the last few weeks, torching  seven vehicles and throwing an incendiary device into a neighbor's yard.

Hernandez has been living in the neighborhood for the past month with his girlfriend, who is a long time resident.

Police are still trying to determine a motive for the crimes.

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<![CDATA[Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:48:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/broward+pets+thumb.jpg This week's adoptable pets from the Broward Humane Society.]]> <![CDATA[Judge Upholds Guilty Verdict for Ex-Homestead Mayor]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:07:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_stevebateman2.jpg

Former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman's guilty verdict on corruption charges was upheld by a judge Thursday.

Last month, a jury found Bateman guilty on two counts of unlawful compensation, unregistered lobbying, exploitation of his position and acquiring financial interests related to a secret consulting job with a Florida health clinic company.

On Thursday, the judge struck down one of the unlawful compensation charges.

Prosecutors said Bateman was a consultant with a Florida health care company, CHI, and pressed other local leaders, such as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, for work while on the job.

Bateman was elected Homestead's mayor in 2009 and won re-election in 2011. He served as the city's vice mayor and councilman and was the chairman of the city's planning and zoning board. He lost the mayoral primary last October, finishing in third.

Bateman faces anywhere from probation to 15 years in prison at sentencing in December.

<![CDATA[55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Begins]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:01:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015323209_1200x675_349922371933.jpg The 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is kicking off Thursday. NBC 6's Bobby Brooks has the story.]]> <![CDATA[Crossing Guard Hit By Car in Sunrise]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:35:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103014+crossing+guard+struck+sunrise.jpg

A 72-year-old school crossing guard was struck by a car in Sunrise Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 8:25 a.m. in the area of Northwest 44th Street and 94th Avenue, Sunrise Police said.

The crossing guard suffered a head injury and was taken to Broward General Medical Center where he was in stable condition, officials said.

Police said the driver of the car stayed at the scene and charges are pending. It's unknown what caused the accident.

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<![CDATA[Teens Overdose in Miami Park: Fire Officials]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103014+kids+overdose+miami+park.jpg

Four teens were rushed to the hospital after they apparently overdosed on synthetic marijuana at a Miami park Thursday, officials said.

The teens, who are between 14 and 16 years old, were found at Sewell Park at 1825 Northwest South River Drive. One of the teens was unconscious as they were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Fire Rescue officials said.

The teens, a girl and three boys, had been smoking Ambrosia, a synthetic marijuana, officials said. When officers and fire rescue arrived, the three teens that were still conscious were running around erratically, jumping on trees, and hallucinating, officials said.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.

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<![CDATA[FHP Teams With NBC 6 for Thanksgiving Food Drive]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:29:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103014+fhp+stuff+the+charger+food+drive.jpg

The Florida Highway Patrol is kicking off its inaugural "Stuff the Charger" Thanksgiving food drive with help from NBC 6 South Florida and Telemundo 51.

In partnership with food banks across the State of Florida, FHP is collecting food donations for Florida’s families and will be collecting non-perishable items beginning Friday through November 6.

FHP will be accepting non-perishable food donations at the Florida Highway Patrol station located at 14190 State Road 84 in Davie Friday. Drop off your food donations between the hours of 12 Noon and 2:00 p.m. NBC 6's Kelly Blanco and Telemundo 51's Jasmina Marazita will attend the event to assist.

The food collected will be delivered to the Feeding South Florida Food Bank for distribution to families for Thanksgiving.

The following items are needed for Thanksgiving:

  • Canned Goods: Sweet potatoes and yams, carrots, green beans, corn, spinach, sweet peas, black eyed peas, cranberry sauce, shelf-stable canned ham, canned meats, hearty soups and pie fillings 
  • Dried Goods: Stuffing, instant potatoes, gravy mix, macaroni & cheese, rice, cornbread mix, grits and oatmeal
  • Other Goods: Nuts, evaporated milk, broth