<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/localhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttp://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 26 Jul 2016 15:59:08 -0400Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:59:08 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[NBC 6 at the Democratic National Convention]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:45:49 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/072516+dnc+sign.JPG]]><![CDATA[Man's Pet Bearded Dragon Accidentally Sold by Pet Store]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:58:10 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*128/san-francisco-zoo-bearded-dragon.jpg

A simple trip to the pet store in North Miami ended with a messy transaction for one owner of a bearded dragon lizard. He claims they sold his pet reptile by mistake.

For Brandon Cabrera, his beloved bearded dragon, Kenny, is more than just a pet.

"He sleeps with me." said Cabrera. "I'll put him on the pillow next to me sometimes and then really I mean, it's like part of the family."

But now he's without his scaly friend. Cabrera boarded up Kenny at a pet store when he was on vacation. But when he returned, he was faced with some lizard drama.

"The guy says listen man, we have bad news: one of the girls here, she's new, she just sold your bearded dragon to some guy," said Cabrera.

The mixed up transaction went down at Moc Reptiles in North Miami. The store owner did not want to speak to us on camera but he confirmed the mistake. The owner has terminated the employee who sold Kenny for $70 and tells us he is doing everything to track down the man who purchased the reptile. They even found him on Facebook.

"He was posting pictures with my bearded dragon," said Cabrera. "I messaged him and I even offered double the cash. I clicked on his profile and I was blocked, so that's kind of where we are right now this guy has blocked me."

So far Cabrera hasn't had any luck. He says the purchaser called the store and said he would bring Kenny back last Sunday, but the day came and went. He also tried calling the purchaser but the number was disconnected.

Cabrera has had Kenny for about than seven months and even built him a cage from scratch.

"If you would have told me a year ago that I'd be doing this for a lizard, I would have said you were crazy but he is part of the family now." said Cabrera. "It's literally like another pet; like anyone else's pet."

The store owner did offer to give Cabrera another lizard or even compensate him.

Cabrera says it's not the same: "At the end of the day he said that he's replace the lizard but that's like someone losing their dog and someone bringing a replacement dog. it's just not the same."

At this point Cabrera's hoping the man who mistakenly purchased Kenny will hear his plea so he can be reunited with his cold-blooded pet.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Makes Surprise Visit to Florida Delegates at DNC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:45:17 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072616+bernie+sanders+florida+delegates.jpg

Sen. Bernie Sanders crashed the Florida delegates breakfast at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday where he endorsed Hillary Clinton and hammered Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"This man has a unique feature that not all Republicans share by any means. And that is he is a demagogue, a bully," Sanders said.

Unity and coming together is the focus for the Democrats in Philly Tuesday, especially in light of Monday's calamity with party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled and booed because of leaked emails showing the party orchestrated primary elections in Clinton's favor.

Sanders delegate Ricky Ly from Orlando is ready to move on, somewhat.

"We are here to vote for Bernie, we have not voted yet and it seems like the convention has moved on without us," he said.

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam insisted Democrats are united, at the same time appreciating the process.

"You will always have a small percentage of never Hillary individuals who will do whatever they can to disrupt that process and that is normal and quite frankly that is OK, that is why we live in this country that is a democracy," he said.

"On the one hand you have somebody who is a narcissist, totally absorbed in himself, and then you have someone who has dedicated her life to public service, that ought to be a contrast enough," Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said.



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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters 2016: ADOPTED!]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:43:35 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/73e588382af246c98b377e2eb8871ac5.jpg

Click on the links below for photos of the animals adopted at all the participating South Florida shelters during #ClearTheShelters Day 2016.

These will be updated throughout the day, so keep checking back!

Last week, in preparation for Clear The Shelters, I shared my thoughts on South Florida’s alarmingly high shelter pet population.  Additionally. I shared my thoughts on our community’s low spay/neuter compliance rate, and the correlation between that, and the need for what is becoming an annual adoption event.

 

There are many reasons why conscientious pet owners do not spay or neuter their pets.  Some pets are poor candidates for anesthetic procedures, others still may benefit from waiting until adolescence or adulthood before having said procedures performed.  Such animals, however, are the exceptions, rather than the rules.

 

I also detailed whom I was not addressing in my “why do you have an intact pet?” rant, and offered some solutions for pet owners who are genuinely struggling.  In case you missed it, let me go over it again:

 

If your pet is not a candidate for an early spay/neuter procedure due to a legitimate veterinary concern, this next bit is not for you. Carry on, and spay or neuter your pet if and when your veterinarian decides the time is right. Ditto for those of you whose pets are not healthy enough to have surgery.

 

Additionally, if you are a licensed, responsible breeder of healthy, purpose-bred dogs, I am not addressing you either. Ditto for those of you with genetically strong specimens whose bloodlines will truly benefit future generations of the breed. Thanks for not sending me hate mail. Keep up the good work.

 

And once again,  if you would absolutely love to get your pet spayed or neutered, but simply cannot afford to do so, I am not calling you out either. I am no stranger to financial hardship. Trust me, you won’t see any poor shaming here. Click here for a list of organizations that will spay or neuter your pet at a steeply reduced price, or perhaps even for free. http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Low-Cost-Spay-and-Neuter-Clinics-in-Miami-Dade-Broward-Palm-Beach-Monroe-Counties-386355091.html  These organizations are here to help, and would love for you to take advantage of their services.

 

If none of the above reasons apply to your pet, you undoubtedly have a reason for having an intact pet. Chances are, I’ve heard it before; and chances are, it’s bunk. Sadly, these misconceptions have been around for so long, that we tend to assume they are true.  So let’s do a little veterinary “mythbusting” as I share some of the most oft-repeated excuses for spay/neuter non-compliance.

 

“It makes them lazy and boring.”

 

While spaying and neutering will reduce a pet’s sex drive, that’s the only type of drive it affects. They will still retain their play drive, prey drive, activity level, protectiveness, eagerness to please, ability to work, and all the other things you love about them. In fact they will be more focused on the things you love about them because, as my wife so eloquently puts it, they will be thinking with the correct organ! The sex drive of a pet dog or cat can make them extremely unpleasant to live with. They can yowl, escape, fight, roam, and spray foul-smelling urine. Intact dogs are involved in roughly 90% of serious attacks on humans. https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Pages/dogbite-summary.aspx These are the pets who bolt into traffic, dig under fences, destroy property, and make your neighbors hate you. They are often deemed “out of control” and surrendered to shelters - along with the unwanted offspring they produce. Both of our dogs were spayed and neutered before they were five months old. Grendel will swim until she is blue and shivering. Zohan is the Ironman of play. Lazy and boring? See for yourself.

 

Grendel running.jpgZ pool small.jpg

 

“It’s just so unnatural.”

 

So is killing over two million pets via lethal injection every year because there aren’t enough homes for them all. http://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics

 

Cats and dogs are the quintessential genetically modified organisms.  There is no such thing is a free-ranging Schnauzer or an indigenous Golden Retriever. There is nothing natural about them.  Why we suddenly go into “granola mode” with regards to their reproductive organs is utterly beyond me.

 

A colleague of mine sometimes chides his clients by reminding them that rattlesnake venom is 100% natural and organic. In other words, not everything that’s natural is automatically good.

 

A spayed pet has a zero percent chance of developing a life-threatening uterine infection known as pyometra. Ditto for the risk of testicular cancer in neutered pets. The risk of metastatic breast cancer in intact female pets increases drastically with each heat cycle - and let’s not forget, our pets generally have between eight and ten breasts! And in nearly 20 years of practice, I’ve seen just one case of prostatic cancer in a neutered dog. For an intact male, this condition is almost inevitable -  dare I say, a “natural” progression of events.

 

“I really want one of his/her puppies!”

 

Just as every family has it’s black sheep, there is no guarantee the traits you love will be passed to the next generation. Breeding for temperament is something best left to qualified, experienced, professional breeders who know what the heck they are doing. I am nothing like anyone in my family, and I’m convinced my wife was left on her family’s doorstep by the fairy folk. Personality is not always an inherited trait.

 

If you still insist on breeding for “one of the puppies”, I would strongly encourage you to closely examine that sentence. There is a word included therein that saddens the hell out of me, and it should sadden the hell out of you too. Do you see it? Look closely...

 

One.

 

You want one of the puppies. She may have four. Or nine. Or twelve! What will become of the rest of them once you select the pick of the litter?

 

Don’t answer that. I know what you’re thinking. (I’ve been at this a while.) You’re thinking of the friends, coworkers and family members who have told you they would line up for one of Snowflake’s puppies! And yet what people say and what they ultimately do are often two separate things. Life changes quickly, and those surefire homes may be relocated, foreclosed upon, filled up with babies, or occupied by someone else’s surplus puppy.  Guess where that leaves Snowflake’s litter? You guessed it! Your friendly neighborhood shelter.If your friends and family members have puppy-ready homes, great! There are plenty in our shelters. And if we want said shelters to maintain their much-lauded, “no-kill” status, we as individuals must get our own houses in order. No-kill shelters are not sustainable in communities whose residents do not spay and neuter their pets. Period.

 

Folks, we all like to think our pets are special. I am absolutely besotted with mine. But in terms of the pet population’s gene pool, well...they’re not. I love them to pieces, but truth is truth. And if my dogs aren’t special enough to warrant a genetic legacy, chances are, yours aren’t either.

 

Next time, we’ll discuss even more of the reasons we don’t spay and neuter our pets! I’m sorry, did you think I was done? Like I said I’ve been at this a while, and I’ve got some good ones. Manliness, motherhood, miracles, educa

Last week, in preparation for Clear The Shelters, I shared my thoughts on South Florida’s alarmingly high shelter pet population.  Additionally. I shared my thoughts on our community’s low spay/neuter compliance rate, and the correlation between that, and the need for what is becoming an annual adoption event.

 

There are many reasons why conscientious pet owners do not spay or neuter their pets.  Some pets are poor candidates for anesthetic procedures, others still may benefit from waiting until adolescence or adulthood before having said procedures performed.  Such animals, however, are the exceptions, rather than the rules.

 

I also detailed whom I was not addressing in my “why do you have an intact pet?” rant, and offered some solutions for pet owners who are genuinely struggling.  In case you missed it, let me go over it again:

 

If your pet is not a candidate for an early spay/neuter procedure due to a legitimate veterinary concern, this next bit is not for you. Carry on, and spay or neuter your pet if and when your veterinarian decides the time is right. Ditto for those of you whose pets are not healthy enough to have surgery.

 

Additionally, if you are a licensed, responsible breeder of healthy, purpose-bred dogs, I am not addressing you either. Ditto for those of you with genetically strong specimens whose bloodlines will truly benefit future generations of the breed. Thanks for not sending me hate mail. Keep up the good work.

 

And once again,  if you would absolutely love to get your pet spayed or neutered, but simply cannot afford to do so, I am not calling you out either. I am no stranger to financial hardship. Trust me, you won’t see any poor shaming here. Click here for a list of organizations that will spay or neuter your pet at a steeply reduced price, or perhaps even for free. http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Low-Cost-Spay-and-Neuter-Clinics-in-Miami-Dade-Broward-Palm-Beach-Monroe-Counties-386355091.html  These organizations are here to help, and would love for you to take advantage of their services.

 

If none of the above reasons apply to your pet, you undoubtedly have a reason for having an intact pet. Chances are, I’ve heard it before; and chances are, it’s bunk. Sadly, these misconceptions have been around for so long, that we tend to assume they are true.  So let’s do a little veterinary “mythbusting” as I share some of the most oft-repeated excuses for spay/neuter non-compliance.

 

“It makes them lazy and boring.”

 

While spaying and neutering will reduce a pet’s sex drive, that’s the only type of drive it affects. They will still retain their play drive, prey drive, activity level, protectiveness, eagerness to please, ability to work, and all the other things you love about them. In fact they will be more focused on the things you love about them because, as my wife so eloquently puts it, they will be thinking with the correct organ! The sex drive of a pet dog or cat can make them extremely unpleasant to live with. They can yowl, escape, fight, roam, and spray foul-smelling urine. Intact dogs are involved in roughly 90% of serious attacks on humans. https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Pages/dogbite-summary.aspx These are the pets who bolt into traffic, dig under fences, destroy property, and make your neighbors hate you. They are often deemed “out of control” and surrendered to shelters - along with the unwanted offspring they produce. Both of our dogs were spayed and neutered before they were five months old. Grendel will swim until she is blue and shivering. Zohan is the Ironman of play. Lazy and boring? See for yourself.

 

 

 

“It’s just so unnatural.”

 

So is killing over two million pets via lethal injection every year because there aren’t enough homes for them all. http://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics

 

Cats and dogs are the quintessential genetically modified organisms.  There is no such thing is a free-ranging Schnauzer or an indigenous Golden Retriever. There is nothing natural about them.  Why we suddenly go into “granola mode” with regards to their reproductive organs is utterly beyond me.

 

A colleague of mine sometimes chides his clients by reminding them that rattlesnake venom is 100% natural and organic. In other words, not everything that’s natural is automatically good.

 

A spayed pet has a zero percent chance of developing a life-threatening uterine infection known as pyometra. Ditto for the risk of testicular cancer in neutered pets. The risk of metastatic breast cancer in intact female pets increases drastically with each heat cycle - and let’s not forget, our pets generally have between eight and ten breasts! And in nearly 20 years of practice, I’ve seen just one case of prostatic cancer in a neutered dog. For an intact male, this condition is almost inevitable -  dare I say, a “natural” progression of events.

 

“I really want one of his/her puppies!”

 

Just as every family has it’s black sheep, there is no guarantee the traits you love will be passed to the next generation. Breeding for temperament is something best left to qualified, experienced, professional breeders who know what the heck they are doing. I am nothing like anyone in my family, and I’m convinced my wife was left on her family’s doorstep by the fairy folk. Personality is not always an inherited trait.

 

If you still insist on breeding for “one of the puppies”, I would strongly encourage you to closely examine that sentence. There is a word included therein that saddens the hell out of me, and it should sadden the hell out of you too. Do you see it? Look closely...

 

One.

 

You want one of the puppies. She may have four. Or nine. Or twelve! What will become of the rest of them once you select the pick of the litter?

 

Don’t answer that. I know what you’re thinking. (I’ve been at this a while.) You’re thinking of the friends, coworkers and family members who have told you they would line up for one of Snowflake’s puppies! And yet what people say and what they ultimately do are often two separate things. Life changes quickly, and those surefire homes may be relocated, foreclosed upon, filled up with babies, or occupied by someone else’s surplus puppy.  Guess where that leaves Snowflake’s litter? You guessed it! Your friendly neighborhood shelter.If your friends and family members have puppy-ready homes, great! There are plenty in our shelters. And if we want said shelters to maintain their much-lauded, “no-kill” status, we as individuals must get our own houses in order. No-kill shelters are not sustainable in communities whose residents do not spay and neuter their pets. Period.

 

Folks, we all like to think our pets are special. I am absolutely besotted with mine. But in terms of the pet population’s gene pool, well...they’re not. I love them to pieces, but truth is truth. And if my dogs aren’t special enough to warrant a genetic legacy, chances are, yours aren’t either.

 

Next time, we’ll discuss even more of the reasons we don’t spay and neuter our pets! I’m sorry, did you think I was done? Like I said I’ve been at this a while, and I’ve got some good ones. Manliness, motherhood, miracles, educational value...I’ve heard them all. And next time, so will you.

 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go answer some hate mail…

tional value...I’ve heard them all. And next time, so will you.

 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go answer some hate mail…



Photo Credit: Ashley Igo
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<![CDATA[Sanders Makes Surprise Visit to Fla. Delegates at DNC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:10:23 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+bernie+sanders+DNC+florida+delegates.jpgNBC 6's Steve Litz has the latest from Philadelphia, as the former Democratic presidential candidate made an visit Tuesday morning to Florida delegates.]]><![CDATA[Broward County Inmate Who Escaped Appears Back In Court]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:15:16 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+dayonte+resiles+court.jpg

Eleven days after his escape from the very same courthouse that led to a five-day manhunt across South Florida, a Broward County murder suspect was back in court Tuesday.

21-year-old Dayonte Resiles appeared in front of a judge, only this time with much more security than the July 15th appearance where he escaped from shackles and handcuffs and left through a back door at the Fort Lauderdale building.

At least six armed deputies were inside the courtroom, while others were located outside of the chambers. Bailiffs required all people inside to turn off their cell phones, a move stemming from reports that one of the seven people who are alleged to have helped Resiles escape coughed into their phone as a signal that he had left the room.

Over a dozen family members showed up in support of Resiles, many saying they believe he is innocent of all charges.

"I think he's innocent and I believe he deserves a fair trial," aunt Latavis Johnson said. "They just want a closed case so they can pin it on him, I believe he was framed."

He is charged with the September 2014 murder of a Davie woman inside her home. Tuesday’s hearing was to see if he would undergo a psychological evaluation, with both the prosecution and defense agreeing it wasn’t necessary.

Resiles’ next hearing in court will take place in October. A hearing to decide whether the death penalty will be allowed in the case, which was the hearing Resiles escaped during earlier this month, has not been rescheduled.

"It's certainly going to be difficult to pick a jury, given the amount of publicity that he received over five days," attorney Dohn Williams said.

The escape prompted BSO to create new protocols to guard inmates charged with murder. When they're moved from the jail to the courthouse, armed deputies are with them all the time.

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<![CDATA[Miami PD Reopened After Evacuation Due to Suspicious Package]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:49:39 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+miami+pd+evacuation.jpg

Two suspicious packages caused the evacuation of the Miami Police Department’s main headquarters for almost two hours.

The department sent out a tweet announcing the evacuation shortly after 10 AM, affecting their main building downtown off NW 2nd Avenue. Bomb squad crews have were called in and officials urged people to stay away from the area.

Officials detonated the device before giving the all clear that people could return inside.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Strike Brings Down Tree at Fort Lauderdale Home]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:55:24 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072616+fort+lauderdale+tree+collapse+on+car.jpg

Outside of a Fort Lauderdale home, a tree that lived through hurricanes like Andrew, Wilma, Katrina was no match for an overnight storm.

Hector Berrios told NBC 6 that lightning struck his massive pine tree, which came tumbling down onto his car and left it a total loss.

“My heart dropped, my heart dropped to my foot,” Berrios said. “I’ve never seen something like this in my life…never ever.”

His once soaring high pine tree, over 70 feet tall, now lays to rest on his beloved convertible BMW

“Katrina, Andrew never touched it never and this had to do it. It’s just a boom and it’s down”

Berrios believes around 1:30 am Tuesday morning, lightning struck his tree and that’s what caused the top part of the pine tree to come flying down, also damaging his daughter’s car bumper

Berrios says the tree had been in his yard for more than 30 years, but without a doubt he says he’s counting his blessings

“I’m still alive, my family is good, and everything is good.”



Photo Credit: Twitter / @MelissaNBC6]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Man Charged in Deadly Wrong Way Crash on I-95]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:54:50 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072616+franklin+chavez+mug+shot.jpg

A 23-year-old Miami man is behind bars after being charged in the deadly wrong way wreck that killed a student from South Florida and severely injuring her brother.

Franklin Chavez was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with three counts, including DUI manslaughter, for the December 13th accident on I-95 in Miami that killed 23-year-old Carmen Criales instantly.

She was driving to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and heading to New Jersey, where she was set to begin orientation for medical school.

Her brother, 22-year-old Bryan Criales, was seriously hurt in the crash and is still dealing with severe brain trauma. Their mother was also in the vehicle, but has recovered from her injuries.

In March, the Florida Highway Patrol said Chavez had a blood alcohol level of .046, which is below the legal limit. The case handed over to the State Attorney's Office, who decided to charge him after more evidence was presented.

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<![CDATA[Body Found Inside Oakland Park Hotel Room]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:18:35 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072616+oakland+park+hotel+homicide.jpg

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the scene at a Oakland Park hotel where the body of a female was found Monday night.

Crews were called to the Days Inn, located at 1595 W. Oakland Park Blvd., after a 911 call was made about a woman reportedly needing help. When deputies arrived and entered the fifth floor hotel room, they found the woman’s body.

The woman was later identified as 30-year-old Jasmin Antee Nealy, of Orlando.

Deputies would not say what the cause of death was, but did say they are investigating it as a homicide. Currently, officials say they do not have any suspects or persons of interest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Baby Who was in Car Stolen in Pompano Beach Found Safe: BSO]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:05:51 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

A 1-year-old child that was sitting in a car that was stolen in Pompano Beach Monday night was found safe a short time later, authorities said.

The baby was in a car seat when the car was stolen around 9:30 p.m. at the 7-Eleven at 2391 N. Dixie Highway, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Authorities began a search using K-9s and helicopters and the car was found abandoned about 20 minutes later in the 1500 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue.

The child was unharmed. Authorities are still investigating the incident and no suspects are in custody, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Squading Up In Miami!]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:09:43 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/174*120/squadsm_0001.JPGThe Suicide Squad Block Party in Miami's Wynwood District had a mural reveal, DJ Laz and the films cast but we catch fans of the film in the crowd as the film is set to release August 4, 2016. Photos by Jipsy]]><![CDATA[Search Continues for Girl Whose Mom Told Judge She Died]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:12:51 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+angela+dufrene.jpg

Police continued their search Monday for a Miami toddler who's been missing since last November and is feared dead.

Detectives passed out flyers Monday evening with a picture of little Angela Dufrene, who would be two years old now.

On Thursday, the girl's mother, Marjorie Dufrene, told a Miami-Dade judge that the girl had died and "was no longer with us," the Miami Herald reported.

The 30-year-old mother said her daughter died "sometime last year," the Herald reported. Sources told the Herald that the mother provided investigators with conflicting accounts of what happened to her daughter. In one version, the girl suffered a fatal fall and her mother discarded the body in a dumpster, the report said.

Authorities hope Angela is still alive and are continuing their search for her. She's listed as "endangered" on the police flyer.

Dufrene hasn't been charged with a crime. In an email to NBC 6 Friday, Florida Department of Children and Families officials confirmed that the mother had a history with the state's child welfare system, but said the details are confidential.

"We are very concerned about the well-being of this child," DCF wrote in statement Thursday. "The department has initiated a child protective investigation regarding the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the child and we will continue to work closely with law-enforcement."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Miami Police at 305-397-4795.



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<![CDATA[BSO Bailiff Speaks Out After Attempted Murder Charge Dropped]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:10:05 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+kendrick+busby.jpg

A Broward Sheriff's Office bailiff who was once facing charges of attempted murder of a prostitute in February is now working to clear his name after the charges were dropped last week.

Kendrick and Octavia Busby can smile now that prosecutors have dropped the case against him.

"Words can't express, I never knew the shame, humiliation you go through sitting on the other side, especially for something you didn't do," Kendrick Busby said Monday. "It totally affected me mentally."

"Never doubted him, he was with me that night but I would never doubt him anyway with something like that because that's not his character," Octavia Busby said.

"It took a toll, I've been telling 'em from day one that it wasn't me," Kendrick Busby said.

But Miami-Dade Police said the Broward courthouse bailiff with the sterling reputation had picked up the woman, a prostitute looking for customers at a Miami gas station, and stabbed her multiple times in his SUV. Police said the victim identified Busby in a photo lineup.

"It was a case where zero investigation was done prior to an arrest, and that's what's really so egregious about the whole thing," attorney Elias Hilal said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department wouldn't offer comment on their investigation Monday.

Hilal pointed out numerous issues with the police investigation. To start with, the victim described a red SUV, and the one in the security camera video had dark cladding on the bottom. Now compare it to Busby's vehicle, which is light beige on the bottom.

The victim also said there was a toddler seat in the back, but Busby doesn't have one because his youngest child is 13. She also described a heavy-set man with perfect teeth but Busby is slim and has a gold tooth.

Police said there was blood in the car, but the CSI report found no blood at all. Busby's lawyer said police never bothered to check his Sunpass or cell phone records either.

"Mr. Busby resides in a community in which they have surveillance footage at the gate, had they just gone and obtained that surveillance at the time they started the investigation, it would've easily shown that the vehicle never left the complex, it could've been as simple as that," Hilal said.

Busby said he wants his job and reputation back.

"I've been coaching football for 15 years, I got parents now saying, 'that guy coached my son?'" he said. "They look at me a whole different way."



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<![CDATA[Pole Crashes Through Windshield, Narrowly Misses Child]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:06:50 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+pole+into+car+coral+springs.jpg

It was a close call for a driver and her child in Coral Springs Monday when she struck a gate and caused a pole to come through her windshield, missing the child by inches.

The accident happened just after 9 a.m. when the woman lost control of her car and struck a gate in the 8300 block of West Atlantic Avenue, Coral Springs Police said.

The crash sent a pole through the windshield, through the passenger seat headrest and into the child's safety seat in the second row, Coral Springs Fire Department officials said.

"All of a sudden I don't know what happened, O just hear boom and a pole come through," driver Besayda Sosa said.

Officials said the pole was inches from hitting Sosa's daughter, 4-year-old Khloe, in the safety seat. No one was injured but the child was checked out a a local hospital as a precaution.

Sosa said she's not sure what caused the accident. She recalled talking to her daughter and singing in her car on the drive to work before the pole came through the windshield.

"Thank God, that's what I really think, that we are lucky," Sosa said.



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<![CDATA[A/C Repairman Accused of Attempted Murder]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:49:58 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072516+dario+hernan+dotto.jpg

A Palm Beach County air conditioning repair man is facing an attempted murder charge after authorities say he assaulted a woman and restrained her young children.

Dario Hernan Dotto, 34, was arrested Saturday after going to an appointment at a home in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials said, according to WPTV.

Dotto, of West Palm Beach, was at the home to repair the air conditioning but for some reason restrained the children and assaulted the woman, officials said.

He struck the woman multiple times with a blunt object, causing severe laceration on her face and head, officials said. Dotto later confessed to the attack, officials said.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, he's facing kidnapping and child abuse charges. Dotto was being held without bond Monday, and it's unknown if he's hired an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Katy Perry Sings New Olympics Song, 'Rise' ]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:23:22 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/KatyPerrySongRise.jpgTake a look at the new NBC Olympics video featuring a new Katy Perry anthem “Rise." The Rio Games begin August 5.

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<![CDATA[Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Not Open DNC First Day]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:52:20 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DNC-Tues-P17.jpg

Amid a storm of controversy regarding emails and what looks on paper to be a bias toward one candidate, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not have a role in opening the Democratic National Convention.

The congresswoman from Weston told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that "in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention."

Wasserman Schultz, who said she will resign her role as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when the convention ends, declined to answer further questions.

At a Florida delegate breakfast Monday morning in Philadelphia, Wasserman Schultz received an unwelcome reception from Bernie Sanders supporters.

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not welcome here, in fact we were told she's going to be quarantined and she would not be showing her face here," Sanders delegate Kelly Thornton said. "If they want unity here at this convention she is not welcome, that is a very first step of unifying this party."

The controversy started after the release of nearly 20,000 emails that appear to show a bias toward the party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, over challenger Sanders. Items in the emails showed strategies for how to defeat the Vermont senator, including exploiting his religion in areas where it would be valuable.

Sanders, at an event Monday before the convention begins, kept his endorsement of Clinton – a move that was booed by many of his supporters in the audience. Sanders told the crowd it was important to do whatever it took to defeat Donald Trump in November’s general election.



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<![CDATA[Protest Held in North Miami Officer Involved Shooting]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:13:42 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami-Police-Shooting-Video.jpg

One week after North Miami was thrust into the national spotlight with the shooting of an unarmed man in the middle of a city street, a group of protesters held a sit-in and asked for an indictment for the officer who pulled the trigger.

Using the hashtag #CharlesKinsey, those who wanted to join in the efforts gathered in front of the North Miami Police Department Monday. A flyer posted online called for the event to be peaceful, encouraging attendees to wear black and bring posters.

"Killer cops and wannabe killer cops should be jailed and fired," protester Cassia Lahm said. "That's why we're here."

North Miami Police went out of their way to set up a tent, sound system, coolers of ice water and a designated free speech zone, but the sit-in turned into a march into the police department's building.

Overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to file a complaint, officers handed out paper for people to write contact information. Some protesters called that insulting.

"We've received thousands of calls, we're transcribing the calls, we're putting the calls up. We answer calls, we're getting emails, we have phone lines set up," Officer Natalie Buissereth said. "We're not turning our backs, we're listening to our community."

Kinsey, who worked as a caregiver for a nearby group home, was lying on the ground last Monday afternoon with an autistic man he worked with, 26-year-old-Arnaldo Soto, after police responded to a call that there was a suicidal man sitting in the street.

Soto, who barely speaks according to his family, was holding a toy truck while sitting in the street. Kinsey was heard on a cell phone video attempting to tell officers that Soto did not have a weapon.

With his hands in the air, Kinsey was shot multiple times by Officer Jonathan Aledda, a four year veteran of the department who is still suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

"They said 'put your hands up, lay down on the floor.' He did everything right but he still got shot," protester Emma Nuella said. "Yes we do want a conviction. We want to hold him accountable for his action."

After the shooting, the agency drew even more fire after the head of the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association, John Rivera, told reporters at a press conference that the officer was shooting at Soto and missed. 



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<![CDATA[LABB Miami's Pop Up At W Hotel During Swim]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:03:49 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/louwswim_0001.JPGAn exclusive retreat to cool off and sip on cocktails, the Labb Aesthetic Beauty Bar pop up during Miami Swim Week at the W Hotel. Photos by Jipsy]]><![CDATA[Miss Florida Gives Back Title Over Makeup Controversy]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:56:32 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/072516+miss+florida+gives+up+crown.jpg

Some crown chaos this weekend as Miss Florida is forced to give up her title after a photo on social media triggered trouble.

Organizers of the competition ordered 24-year-old and Miss Miami Beach, Genesis Davila, to turn in her crown. She's accused of using professional help with her hair and make-up on a night she was not allowed to, a violation of pageant rules.

An Instagram photo confirmed that Davila was with an artist who's unaffiliated with the pageant. Producers say the professional help is an unfair advantage.

Davila spoke exclusively to NBC 6 and says she was visiting a family friend in her mother's hotel room.

“I still feel like I’m Miss Florida USA because I was crowned Miss Florida USA that night,” Davila said. “Even though all these false accusations and allegations and rumors have been wandering all over social media, I know that I have proof to show the world that none of this is true.

The crown now goes to the runner up, who is from Sunny Isles Beach.

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<![CDATA[DNC Preparing to Start With Several Distractions]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:56:48 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/philly-curiosa-2.jpg

There is drama at the Democratic National Convention before it has even begun, as national party chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announces she's stepping down from her chair post when the convention ends.

The website WikiLeaks dumped thousands of internal Democratic Party emails, accusing top party officials of favoring Hillary Clinton and derailing Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

Some of his delegates in Philadelphia for the convention are irate.

“I do not think we are disappointed as much as we are furious about the collusion between the democratic national party and Secretary Clinton's campaign,” said Sanders supporter and Florida delegate Miguel Valdez

The resignation comes on the eve of the convention that is expected to elevate the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.

For many delegates, it's just a distraction from their mission to make sure Republican nominee Donald Trump doesn’t win the White House.

“It is going to be a unifying week it is going to be a week about hope positive, optimism,

said delegate and Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine. “It is not going to be a hate filled week. We are going to see something very different at the Democratic convention.”



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<![CDATA[Group of Migrants Spotted Off Coast of Fort Lauderdale]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:11:20 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cuban+migrants.jpg

Cye Leoand calls himself an avid fisherman, spending plenty of time out on the water in Fort Lauderdale.

"A raft was intercepted about 24 miles off shore," said Leoand. "We heard chatter over the radio."

Instead of reeling in a big fish this Sunday boaters caught wind of rafters seen here in these pictures. Leoand says he was JUST two miles away from the migrants trying their best to make it ashore. He could not tell how many rafters were on board.

"But I did see the Coast Guard out there doing their operations," said Leoand.

This comes just four days after 11 migrants were spotted by the Coast Guard about a mile from Key Biscayne. Authorities say the group tried to evade law enforcement and was non-compliant. Officials tell is in June alone more than 100 Cubans have attempted the dangerous journey to the United States.

"The coast guard has seen a 21 percent increase in Cuban migrant flow this year compared to last year," said Marilyn Fajardo, U.S. Coast Guard.

This growing trend catching some boaters off guard.

"Unfortunately, this year I've seen it many times." said Leoand. "I've noticed an increase in the amount of people who are trying to make refuge to America."



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<![CDATA[Marlins Drop Series to Mets]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:07:39 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579546658.jpg

The Miami Marlins were beaten 3-0 by the New York Mets on Sunday at Marlins Park.

With the loss, Miami dropped the series to New York and now only had a half-game edge in the Wild-Card race. The Mets had entered the series 1.5 games behind the Marlins for the final playoff spot in the National League.

Jose Urena made the start for Miami and gave his team a chance to win. The right-hander lasted six innings in which he allowed one run on four hits while walking none. Urena has had two solid starts in a row since returning from New Orleans.

Kyle Barraclough had a tough outing in relief. The usually dependable reliever allowed a pair of runs in his 0.2 innings of work. This extended a one-run deficit into a three-run one for Miami.

Despite Miami's lack of runs, Martin Prado still had a solid day. The third baseman was 3-3 and also walked in the loss.

The Marlins were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Miami had its chances to score but could not find the big hit all game long.

Jarred Cosart will be recalled from AAA to start on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.



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<![CDATA[Shooting at Miami Gardens Gas Station, 1 Wounded: Police]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:36:33 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Emanuel+Hilton.jpg

Miami Gardens Police is investigating shooting at gas station that left one man wounded Saturday.

The shooting occurred at an Exxon Gas station located at 16850 NW 27th Ave in Miami Gardens.

Investigators say that the Jared Simmons-Smith, 23, and Emanuel Hilton, 23, were customers at the Exxon Gas Station and while inside they became involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, the Simmons-Smith pushed Hilton out of the store. Hilton then re-entered the store armed with a gun and fired once striking Simmons-Smith.

Hilton later surrendered at the Miami Gardens Police Department and was charged with Second Degree Murder.



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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Balto]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:53:42 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pet+of+the+week+balto.jpg

Our pet of the week is Balto, a two-year-old Husky mix, who is looking for his forever home.

Lisa Mendheim with Broward Animal Care stopped by NBC 6 on Sunday with Balto. She said Balto is very active and loving, and friendly.

Balto would make a great pet for a family with an active lifestyle.

If you're interested in Balto or other animals up for adoption, contact Broward Animal Care at (954) 359-1313.

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals section.



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<![CDATA[Stanton Powers Marlins Past Mets]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:07:48 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579384148.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in Saturday's 7-2 win over the New York Mets.

The homer hit off the scoreboard in left field and was registered at 441 feet by Major League Baseball's Statcast. Not only did the ball travel far, but it do so with speed. The home run left with an exit velocity of 115.8 miles per hour.

When Stanton hit the HR, his team was behind by one run. After the blast, the Marlins had the lead and they never would surrender it. Stanton also added three singles for good measure. The outfielder is now hitting .241 on the season with 21 home runs and 55 runs batted in.

Christian Yelich had a fine day as well with three hits of his own and two runs scored. Yelich reached base four times and is hitting .326 on the season, which gives him a chance to end up the batting champion.

Jose Fernandez helped those runs stand up with another win at home. Miami's ace is 12-4 on the season with a 2.54 E.R.A In this one, Fernandez allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out seven in his seven innings. On the season, Fernandez is 9-1 with a 1.63 E.R.A when pitching at Marlins Park.

The Marlins moved back to 1.5 games ahead of the Mets with the win in the Wild-Card standings. If the season ended today, Miami would be in the postseason as the second Wild-Card. The Marlins currently trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by a game for the top slot. Miami is also 4.5 games back of the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Miami can pick up a big series win on Sunday when Jose Urena takes the mound against the Mets.



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<![CDATA[Mother of Autistic Man Speaks on Police Shooting]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:40:17 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024689469_1200x675_731062339839.jpgThe mother of an autistic man that police aimed and fired at, but instead missed and struck his therapist, spoke out Saturday.]]><![CDATA[Clinton Makes Debut With Running Mate Tim Kaine in Miami]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:30:46 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16205626403566.jpg

Clinton's vice presidential pick is making his official debut today among an energetic crowd of more than 4,000 people packed into FIU's Panther Arena.

"Please join me in welcoming the next vice president my friend senator, Tim Kaine," said Hillary Clinton at Saturday's rally.

Saturday's rally in Miami marks their first public appearance together. So who is Tim Kaine?

"For many of you this is the first time you've even heard my name, but that's okay because I'm excited for us to get to know one another," said Virginia Senator Tim Kaine

Today the current Virginia senator introduced himself to America on a larger stage.

"I'm one of only 20 people in American history to serve as a mayor, a governor and a united states senator," said Kaine.

The senator also fought housing discrimination as a civil rights lawyer in Richmond and he speaks fluent Spanish.

Kaine greeted his Spanish speaking audience by saying, "Bienvenidos a todos."

Taking time off from Harvard to work with missionaries in Honduras. Rally goers reacted to this vice president selection after his speech.

"I did not know who he was honestly but I really loved the way he talked. He talked about himself," said Yaneli Gonzalez, an attendee at the rally.

Andrea Gutierrez also attended the rally and said Clinton couldn't have picked anybody better. "I feel like she got to know him and she wants us to get to know him," said Gutirrez.

While some ralliers were convinced, there are critics calling him the safe choice. The new team discussed also discussed gun control, building an economy for all and immigration.

"In the first 100 days we will put forward a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship," said Kaine

They also weren't shy about taking some jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"As he did say I alone can fix it," said Clinton. "He's not only wrong he's dangerously wrong."

"Do you want a you're fired president or a you're hired president?" asked Kaine.



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<![CDATA[Multiple Shot, Including 1 Child, in Miami: Police]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:07:44 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police+tape+3.jpg

The Miami Police Department said two adults are dead and a child was injured in a shooting on Saturday afternoon.

Police responded to reports of multiple people found shot. Roberto Alfonso Jr., 55, and and Ivy Abigail Torres, 36, were confirmed dead, while a 7-year-old child sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Investigators say Alfonso had a domestic connection to the Torres; however, the seven-year-old boy is not his son. Florida Department of Children and Families is determining who will take custody of the child, since the female victim was the mother.

The incident occurred near the area of Northwest 36th Court and 2nd Street.

Officers working the scene say their focus is on the front right of the duplex. Detectives say the Torres was shot dead at the scene. Alfonso was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The youngest victim, 7 years old, suffered one gunshot wound and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

One neighbor living right across the street says the woman was very approachable, always saying hi when passing his house.

Officers say this homicide investigation may or may not be the result of a domestic dispute.  

No other details were made available. 

This is a developing story, check back with NBC 6 for updates.


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<![CDATA[Pet Lovers Help Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:27:06 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/md+animal+services+1249pm+5.JPG
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<![CDATA[Fire Sweeps Through Miami Automotive Business]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:34:36 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072216+miami+fire.jpg

Firefighters battled a blaze in a Miami automotive business Friday night.

The fire broke out at the building at 49 Northeast 22nd Street, Miami Fire Rescue officials said.

Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building but were able to get it under control in about 15 minutes.

No one was inside the building and no injuries were reported.

Crews will monitor the scene through the night to make sure nothing flares up. The cause of the fire is unknown.



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<![CDATA[New Program to Root Out Fraud in Florida's Guardianship System]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:36:47 -0400http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072216+guardianship+story+nbc+6.jpg

Charles Waldon spent decades working several jobs while raising a family of five children. He invested in real estate in South Florida and in Georgia, all aimed at building a nice nest for retirement.

"I worked all my life, you know, and tried to build up a retirement," said Waldon via Skype Monday. "I think I did a pretty good job."

But Waldon can’t enjoy the fruits of the retirement he worked so hard to build. The 85-year-old former firefighter is in the midst of a family conflict between his youngest daughter, Carla Alger, and his daughters – Sandra Dunn, Inez Howard and Glenda Waldon. The family’s strong divisions over money, care of their parents, and properties and produced accusations of exploitation from both sides. So Alger asked Miami-Dade Probate Court to help protect her parents and the retirement funds they need during their senior years, she said.

"Granted I started the process out of desperation because I thought if I don’t do something they [her sisters] are going to take mom and dad,” Alger said while in court last week.

Her sister Sandra "Sandi" Dunn disagrees.

“My dad is on food stamps. She’s preventing him for accessing his own money,” Dunn said.

Last year, a Miami-Dade probate judge appointed a professional guardian for the couple – Charles and Peggy Waldon – after a panel of doctors said they were incompetent. Peggy, who suffers from dementia and requires round the clock care, is a ward of the state.

"She always ordered me, because mom was not a passive person at all, to be taken care of at home," Alger said of her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer disease. “And that’s a promise I made to her. That’s a big motivation why I filed the petition."

No Financial Oversight

With Florida’s 3.7 million people over 65 years of age, elder exploitation has become the crime of the 21st century, experts said. The guardianship system is driven by money and entrenched in relationships with all the ward’s assets used to pay the fees of all attorneys, medical experts and the guardian, sometimes exhausting seniors’ savings.

"When you take away someone’s constitutional rights and you put into third party hands – a total of $270 billion in the United States – it is just simply rife for fraud, waste and abuse,” said Sharon Bock, Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller.

Charles and Peggy Waldon are among 8,000 guardianship cases in Miami-Dade probate courts system with virtually no financial oversight or a system in place to watch over how the money is spent. Miami-Dade is hardly alone – a few counties in the state have watchdogs looking over the trouble guardianship system.

In recent years, Palm Beach County has stepped into that role by using trained auditors and fraud investigators who work for the clerk and comptroller’s office under the division of the inspector general in charge of investigating fraud, waste and abuse and by performing in-depth audits.

"I think that now the whole United States has seen that a court system without an intermediary, like the clerk, is a conflict of interest. That’s been proven,” Bock said.

To address this issue across the state, Florida Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese and Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock announced Friday a pilot investigative program during Florida State Guardianship Association annual conference held in Fort Lauderdale.

"If you are unscrupulous and you are looking for an easy way to make money or especially targeting the elderly, you are not going to look to guardianships any more. We are closing that hole,” Bock said.

The program will include a hotline where people can file a complaint that would spark an investigation into how senior’s money is being spent by a guardian.

The Waldon sisters are not accusing their parents’ guardian of financial wrongdoing.

Few Rights Left

Last year, probate court granted Charles Waldon limited guardianship, stripping him of the right to make financial and medical decisions. But a few rights were left to him, including the right to choose where to live, travel with assistance and his social environment.

Sandra Dunn says her father is not incompetent.

"I didn’t know there was a family dispute. All I know that all of the sudden she’s [Alger] petition the court to have the control over everything they own and over them,” said Dunn, who lives in the Keys. “Also, when she claimed that my father is incompetent or incapacitated or whatever the word they use. I thought, What?”

Charles Waldon has been in Lookout Mountain, Ga., since October. His sudden departure after the courts deemed him incapacitated on Sept. 22, 2015 has created a legal storm on both sides.

But the story of how Waldon got to Georgia differs depending on whom you ask – Alger, the guardian and the courts here in Florida said that Waldon’s other daughters “influenced and brainwashed” their father and took him to Georgia against his will, court documents shows.

The daughters, including Dunn, denied those accusations. Charles and Peggy Waldon used to spend several months of the year in Lookout Mountain, where they have a four-bedroom house, and the rest of the year in South Florida.

"He’s been saying that he wanted to go to Georgia since he got tricked into coming down here,” said Dunn, who did not travel with her sisters and father to Georgia. “So he came here, never got to speak to the judge, lost all his rights and then whenever he had the right to choose wherever he wanted to live, he chose to go to Georgia. He had the right to do that."

Charles Waldon has testified in Walker County, Ga.’s courts twice as the guardian and the attorneys she’s hired asked the court to enforce the pickup order to bring him back to Florida.

In both occasions, the court has ruled that it lacks the jurisdiction to enforce the legal action.

On Dec. 1, 2015, Waldon answered questions about who is currently the president of the U.S., where he was born, his wife’s birthdate and mathematical problems. During that testimony he even noted several times that this particular day was special because it was his 65 anniversary.

Waldon also noted that he never met the judge who approved the guardianship. He described a phone call with the judge about the three doctors that declared him incompetent.

"I asked him what did the three doctors that I went down to see, what they…was the results? He said that’s court material, you can’t have that and he told my lawyer the same thing,” Waldon said during his testimony on Dec. 1.

He also testified in February answering all the questions.

Lookout Mountain Circuit Judge Brian M. House said during a Feb. 6 hearing that he’d researched the law and Waldon’s case should be transferred to Georgia because his domicile is in Walker County now.

"They might have found him incompetent down there [Florida], but the day he testified in front of me, he was not incompetent. Okay?” House said. “He was…I understood everything he said. And he said he came up here on his own free will."

Last week, Charles Waldon was supposed to appear in probate court via Skype after his attorney filed a petition to terminate his guardianship in Florida because he no longer lives here.

But his attorney, who was appointed by the guardian’s attorney, was not able to connect via Skype with Waldon who was at his attorney’s office in Georgia.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Genden denied the petition.

"We have a spouse who is a 60-year spouse, who is a plenary ward, who is in need of the assets that are in that trust,” Genden said. “I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m trying to get Mr. Waldon back and trying to get his money back."

Financial Turmoil

Waldon doesn’t have control over his money, including his firefighter’s pension, since he left Florida. Early this year, the guardian filed a monthly budget with Miami-Dade probate court to cover Waldon’s personal expenses in Georgia like electric, water, health insurance bills and groceries, documents show.

"I’m not getting anything except Social Security and food stamps," Waldon said. "I went to Social Security and they said that my guardian had no right to seize my Social Security. They gave it to me."

In the meantime, their guardian, attorneys and caretakers are racking up bills and will get paid from the Waldons’ money. But how much they are getting paid is a mystery because documentation such as monthly invoices is not part of the public file.

At a time in his life where Waldon should be tending to his wife and enjoying life, his15 grandkids and 27 great-grandchildren, he’s worrying about his wife and the future.

"I want my wife back and my life back and my freedom back," he said.

Waldon, his three daughters, grandkids and other relatives are not allowed to talk to Peggy Waldon on the phone.

"I feel my heart is split in shreds. I don’t know how to go anywhere from here,"Dunn said, breaking in tears. "I miss my mom. I want her to be with Dad. She feels safe with Dad and Dad needs to be with her too."

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