<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 04:54:40 -0400Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:54:40 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Guard at Kendall Forever 21]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317+Forever+21+Pepper+Sprayed+Guard.jpg

Police released surveillance video Friday of a shoplifter pepper spraying a security guard at a Kendall shopping center.

Miami-Dade police are looking for the woman who attacked the security guard standing in front of the Forever 21 at the Palms at Town and County on June 17.

Footage shows the woman walking around the store with a bag filled with merchandise. She then runs toward the door, before pepper spraying the guard and bolting from the store. The suspect got away. 

The guard is seen covering his face and walks away. Paramedics were later seen coming into the store and covering their faces due to the fumes from the pepper spray. 

Miami-Dade detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Mystery Bidder For Marlins Revealed, Bush Joins Romney Group]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:25:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317+Jorge+Mas+Jeb+Bush.jpg

The third mystery bidder vying to purchase the Miami Marlins has been revealed as prominent South Florida businessman Jorge Mas, the Miami Herald reports. Another source revealed that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Tagg Romney's group in a bid to buy the team, according to Bloomberg.

Mas, the chairman for MasTec, Inc -- a utility infrastructure company, is among the three groups trying to buy the team. The businessman is also a managing partner of a Private Equity Group and is the chairman of the Board of the Cuban American National Foundation.

A source told the Miami Herald Mas is willing to contribute at least $200 million and possibly more to purchase the Marlins.

Mas along with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and a second group including Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine are vying for ownership of the Marlins. However, it was revealed Thursday that no group has enough funds to meet the $1.3 billion asking price.

Jeter's group remained the front-runner and is still trying to find investors. Bush, initially teamed up with Jeter in the bid for the Marlins, but it was revealed Friday that he has now joined Romney's group, according to Bloomberg.

Bush pulled out of Jeter's group last month because it struggled to meet the asking price and Jeter demanded he control both baseball and business operations.

The former presidential candidate joins forces with Tagg Romney, who is Mitt Romney's oldest son. The partnership could threaten Jeter's efforts, Bloomberg reports. People with knowledge to the partnership to Bloomberg Romney and Wayne Rothbaum, an investment firm exec, will provide most of the cash, but Bush will boost their bid with his national profile.

<![CDATA[Family Rescued After Boat Sinks While Sailing From FTL]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:24:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/062317+Lake+Worth+Boat+Rescue.jpg

It was supposed to be a fun family boating trip for Matthew Esmacher and his two daughters from Virginia. They left Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning to get to Bimini. A graduation present for one of their daughters.

They didn’t make it very far. Just 20 minutes into their trip, one of the engines suddenly shut down. The family decided to turn around but then their second engine failed as well. They spoke to NBC 6 affiliate in West Palm Beach WPTV about the ordeal.

“We started to see water in the boat and that’s when I got nervous and we called in mayday,” Esmacher said.

Anne Spruit and her husband heard that call on their boat. When they got to the Esmachers, they were trying to help the family as quickly as possible.

“We tied the boat to our boat to tow it,” Spruit said. “Then we realized the boat was taking on water.”

The boat was sinking quickly.

“The stern began to go,” Spruit said. “The bow of course came up, they jumped off and were able to float on some of the cushions.”

Within 15 minutes, the boat had sunk.

“My daughters, I just screamed at them to get out of the boat,” Esmacher said.

One of the ropes on the boat had wrapped around Esmacher’s ankle and was starting to pull him down.

“It was extremely scary and I was thinking maybe this is it right here,” Esmacher said. “But God had a better plan in mind for me. I lost a shoe, but I was much happier to gain my life.”

Spruit said as they were helping the family out of the water one by one, they were worried the boat might tip and fall on them.

“For a minute we couldn’t see any people and it was frightening,” Spruit said.

Even scarier for the wife of Matthew Esmacher, who was on a different boat.

“For a moment she could only see two of us and thought one of our daughters had drowned,” Esmacher said.

Luckily everyone made it back to shore and although the Esmacher family is still in shock, they’re just grateful to be alive.

“It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Esmacher said.

Esmacher has been boating all his life and he said his family is already planning the next boating adventure.

“Next time we’ll need a bigger boat,” Esmacher said.

This story is courtesy of our news partner WPTV.

Photo Credit: WPTV]]>
<![CDATA[Panthers Select Owen Tippett in First Round of 2017 NHL Draf]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:25:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499435072.jpg

The Florida Panthers used their first-round pick to select Owen Tippett in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday.

Tippett had 75 points while playing right wing for Mississauga in 2016-17. The 18-year old brings some potential to the organization for Florida and the Panthers used their valuable tenth overall pick to get him.

For this draft, the National Hockey League is posting little known facts about each player chosen. While some other leagues such as the National Football League have more well known names drafted, the NHL players can be obscure to some at times. Tippett's bio has some intriguing points in it, that could point to the type of player he will be in the NHL.

Tippett's dream is to play at the highest level of hockey possible and he now should have that opportunity at some point. While it may take a little time for Tippett to skate on the ice in Sunrise in a regular season game, the day is likely to arrive.

The league also has a little bit of a scouting report for each player selected on Friday evening. For Tippett, his speed is the main focus on the report. Tippett is listed as not only the one of the best skaters in the draft, but is high on the shooter list as well. For a Florida team that lacked depth during 2016-17, this is a welcome and encouraging sign.

Florida's next selection is scheduled to be the 40th pick overall during the second round. The Panthers will also have selections during the third, fourth and fifth rounds.

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<![CDATA[Woman Suffers Infection After Plastic Surgery in Colombia]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/062317+South+Florida+Woman+Infection+Plastic+Surgery.jpg

A South Florida woman is warning others about the dangers of traveling abroad for cosmetic procedures after being hospitalized with a nasty bacterial infection from an operation in Colombia.

The woman, who didn't want to be identified but agreed to share her story with NBC 6, said she's a breast cancer survivor and was cleared by her doctor in the U.S. to have breast reconstruction surgery.

"Since I had implants prior to that -- that were done in Colombia, they told me they would not open me here and I would have to go over there," she said.

Pain followed the surgery, completed in the Colombian city of Cali, but it never went away.

"I thought I was in good hands," she said.

The woman is now recovering from a bacterial infection after being treated once in Colombia and again at a hospital in Tamarac when she returned. She spent more than a month in the hospital.

"The pain," she said "My left breast [burst] open from the infection."

She is one of nearly a dozen women, eight in New York and two in Connecticut, who have recently come down with infections from cosmetic surgeries in countries like Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

It has prompted officials up north to issue a health alert and warn against so-called "loop tourism" -- attractive to some because of hefty savings.

"Some of it is because they don't clean," the woman said "It's not well sanitized."

This woman said the surgery has forever changed her life.

"I have to live with the scars," she said. She now has a warning for other women.

"Don't do it," she said. "Just because it's less money, because...it's not worth it."

Officials say procedures abroad can not only be dangerous but leave women with little legal recourse for a malpractice claim.

<![CDATA[Man Pulled From Pool at Miramar Apartment Complex]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:44:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/062317+miramar+pool+drowning.jpg

A near-drowning was reported at a pool at an apartment complex in Miramar Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at the Solano at Miramar Apartments near Red Road and Miramar Boulevard. A man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, Miramar Fire Rescue said.

No other information was released.

<![CDATA[Free Coding Camp For Low-Income Kids]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:25:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/coding+boot+camp.jpg

Walk into the Big Brothers, Big Sisters headquarters building in Miami and it looks like school never ended. Instead of hanging out at the beach, the park, or the mall, there’s a group of high school kids designing currency exchange apps. It’s all part of a computer coding boot camp, a six-week free program for low-income students. All they have to bring is effort and a willingness to learn.

“So we can close the economic divide,” said Arnie Gurnin of the Florida Vocational Institute. “The divide that exists for minorities and tech, and create a spark, a spark of interest so students can really understand the opportunities available to them.”

Partnering with CareerSource South Florida, an initiative called TechLaunch@FVI, part of the Florida Vocational Institute, is running computer programming camps for 400 students, spread out over several locations in Miami-Dade County.

“Initially, we had over 900 kids apply and the interest across the entire city has been amazing,” Gurnin said. “We know how quickly jobs are changing, everything is innovating around technology.”

Some of the kids in the camp are receiving their first-ever exposure to coding, and that’s one of the goals of the boot camp program, to simply expose the students to the field.

“It really opens a lot of doorways so we can, like experiment, it’s really cool,” said Eliseo Sierra, a rising junior at Coral Park High School.

In one week, students create their apps, giving them a taste of success which shows them they can do it, they can shoot for careers in the tech world.

“I’ve been kind of interested in technology so this is a good chance for me,” explained Paula Salazar, also a Coral Park High student.

By some estimates, there are one million tech jobs either available now or being created in the United States.

“I’m learning how to do more stuff than just making games, so if it doesn’t work with that I can still do something in technology,” said camper Esgar Philistin, a student at Turner Tech High School.

“Doing something in technology” doesn’t mean just a tech company like Google. Healthcare, logistics, tourism are just some of the industries in South Florida which need techies.

“Kids that are willing to give up those casual summer days to really learn about careers in tech and how they can participate in these future careers is gonna have a huge impact on our community in the near-term and as Miami continues to evolve into a tech center,” Gurnin said.

Next week, the students move on to working on cyber security, and at the end of the six week program, they can earn Microsoft certification. Instead of sunburns, the coding camp kids will go back to high school with confidence and possibly, a sense of career direction.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Person Found Shot at Oakland Park Gas Station]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:42:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062317+Oakland+Park+man+shot+at+gas+station.jpg

A person was found shot at a gas station in Oakland Park Friday afternoon.

Police responded to the Valero on the 2600 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard around 4 p.m.

A young male was found with a gun shot wound to the abdomen, Oakland Park Fire Rescue said. The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

Broward Sheriff's Office said the victim was not shot at the gas station, but detectives are not sure where the shooting occured. 

The victim was in movement when he was shot, officials said.

No other information was released.

<![CDATA[JetBlue Flight From NY Makes Emergency Landing in Charleston]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:40:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052015+jetblue+airways+generic.jpg

Nearly 100 passengers deplaned via emergency chutes after a Florida-bound JetBlue flight out of Westchester County Airport had to land suddenly in South Carolina following a report of smoke in the cockpit, officials said. 

No one was hurt when JetBlue flight 913 was evacuated upon landing at Charleston International Airport around 10:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials at the Charleston airport say about 97 passengers were aboard the plane, which had been headed to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Passengers were bused from the tarmac to the terminal and were to be accommodated on other flights. The FAA says its investigation is ongoing. 

JetBlue didn't immediately release a statement on the emergency landing. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Miramar Police Seek to ID Man Who Doesn't Know Who He Is]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:25:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Unidentified+Miramar+Man+Wearing+Rings.jpg

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who wandered into a McDonald’s in Miramar Wednesday evening.

Authorities say the man, who is estimated to be between 70 and 80 years old, says he does not know who he is or how he got to the fast food restaurant. He was wearing a black shirt, black jeans, black/white sneakers, and at least seven rings on his fingers.

A concerned customer took the man to Memorial Hospital Miramar, where he was found to have no injuries at the time.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding his identity to contact Det. Jepkema at 954-602-4000.

Photo Credit: Miramar Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Multiple Arrests Made in Alleged Hialeah Stolen Car Friday]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/062317+hialeah+stolen+car.JPG

Five people were taken into custody early Friday morning after they were found in what police are saying was a stolen car in Hialeah.

Officers responded to the scene at Palm Avenue and East 46th Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. Two of those arrested were juviniles - including one with an open warrent in Broward County.

Three others, 30-year-old Alejandro Moncada along with 18-year-olds Luis Perez and Amanda Sherman, were arrested and charged with resisting arrest while Sherman was also charged with grand theft of a vehicle.

More details have not been released as the investigation continues.

<![CDATA[Car Rolls Off Boat Ramp At Hollywood Marina ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317_BOATRAMP.png

A car rolled off a boat ramp at the Hollywood Marina Friday, prompting divers and a tow company to arrive on scene.

The incident occurred at 700 Polk St. No further information was immediately available. 

Check back for more updates on this breaking news story. 

Photo Credit: Chopper 6]]>
<![CDATA[Video Released From SW Miami-Dade Home Invasion]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:56:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Video_Released_From_SW_Miami-Dade_Home_Invasion.jpg

Miami Dade Police are closer to finding the two men who ambushed a home and handcuffed the homeowners - all because it was caught on camera

Surveillance video shows two armed men breaking into the home last week posing as cops. Police identified one suspect as Usmael "Mylo" Carvajal

Carvajal and another unidentified man were seen breaking into the home on Southwest 159th street and 98th Avenue wearing vests and a police badge.

Police say three kids were inside the home sleeping at the time but luckily were not injured

“When the duo made it inside, they handcuffed the homeowners and forced them open their safe,” said MDPD Det. Argemis Colome.

The family of five has since repaired their front door - but neighbors are still shaken up from this break in and hope detectives find the two men responsible for stealing everyone's security

If you have any information on the case, call Miami Dade CrimeStoppers.

<![CDATA[Marlins Activate Martin Prado from Disabled List]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488366074.jpg

The Miami Marlins activated third baseman Martín Prado from the 10-day disabled list on Friday.

Prado has been on the DL since May 7th, with a hamstring injury. The 3B has already had two stints on the disabled list this season and his absence has been noticeable. With Prado out of the lineup, Miami has used a combo of Derek Dietrich and Christian Colón at third base.

Dietrich will now slide back into a utility role off the bench, while Colón was designated for assignment. Colón may end up staying in the organization after a dissapointing stretch with Miami. The former Kansas City Royal prospect was given an opportunity, but only had five hits in 33 at-bats.

Prado's injury came at a tough time, as the veteran was riding a hot streak at the plate. Before landing on the DL, Prado collected nine hits in six games. The 3B is hitting .290 on the season, with a .315 on-base percentage. Prado also offers dependable defense at 3B on a daily basis.

While Prado was gone, Miami made some changes to the lineup. Giancarlo Stanton now hits second, a spot that Prado had occupied for most of this season. With Stanton's success in the two-hole, manager Don Mattingly may have a decision to make. It is possible that Mattingly will drop Prado to the latter half of the lineup and see how that configuration works.

The Marlins are close to having shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria return as well, though it is possible he is traded beforehand. JT Riddle has performed well in his opportunity at SS and there have been reports of a possible trade involving Hechavarria.

Miami will look to rebound from a loss, when it hosts the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[One Firefighter Injured in Hallandale Building Blaze]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/062317hallandalefire.jpg

One firefighter suffered a non-life threatening injury while putting out a fire that burned for about 80 minutes at a commercial and residential building in Hallandale on Friday, officials said. Two others were evaluated on the scene and then released.

The Red Cross relocated three adults from the home, officials said.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the fire near Foster Street and 5th Avenue. Chopper 6 flew over the scene, where black smoke can be seen coming from the building.

<![CDATA[Cop Urges Judge to Keep Key West DUI Suspect in Jail]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:59:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cop_Urges_Judge_to_Keep_Key_West_DUI_Suspect_in_Jail.jpg

The surviving Delray Beach officer traveled back to speak in court against the woman charged with killing her fellow cop and friend.

<![CDATA[Popular Miami Chef Airlifted to Hospital After Explosion]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:28:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Chef-Ralph-Pagano_2.jpg

A popular South Florida chef was air lifted back to a Miami hospital after an explosion inside his new restaurant in the Bahamas.

Ralph Pagano was in Bimini to open the newest branch of his Naked Taco restaurant inside the Resorts World complex when an explosion occurred, his wife Buffy told NBC 6. 

"I got the phone call yesterday afternoon that there was an explosion in Bimini. I know that I kissed him goodbye yesterday to go to Bimini with all of his skin on and I expected that he come home with all of his skin but apparently there was an explosion and that's all I know," Buffy explained.

Pagano pushed a cook out of the way following an explosion around 3 p.m. Thursday inside the kitchen, suffering third degree burns to over 40 percent of his body – mainly his arms and legs, his wife said.

"He's got third-degree burns over most of his body and that's all we really know right now it's gonna be a long road to recovery for him definitely," Buffy noted. "He's breathing, he's talking he's doing as well as can be expected."

Pagano was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his condition is unknown. A source to the Miami New Times the chef was given the okay to turn on gas burners inside the kitchen when the explosion occurred.

His wife is trying to stay positive throughout the recovery. She said her husband's sense of humor is helping them get through this ordeal.

"If you know my husband he's always in good spirits. He's always cracking jokes, you know so he's the best he can. He's a little doped up right now but he's not angry or anything," said Buffy.

Paul Castronovo, the morning host on Big 105.9, was one of the first to tweet the news of his friend who regularly appears on his show.

The Resorts World Bimini released a statement regarding the incident:

“While overseeing the construction of a new Naked Taco restaurant at Resorts World Bimini, Ralph Pagano was seriously injured in an accidental gas fire. No guests or other staff were injured in the incident. The company is fully cooperating with local fire officials and thoroughly investigating the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Pagano and his family.”


Pagano has become one of the most well-known chefs from South Florida, opening up locations under his “Naked” brand from Miami Beach to the campus of the University of Miami.

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<![CDATA[Authorities Searching For Dog Statue Thief In Oakland Park ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:47:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062317_DOGTHIEF.jpg

Authorities in Oakland Park are searching for a man who stole a $800 statue of a dog from a local antique shop.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office released surveillance footage of the suspect, who was seen driving a dark Ford Ranger with chrome rails to the Decorative Arts & Fine Antiques store at 3263 N. Dixie Highway on June 10. The suspect hit the same store just a few days later, stealing a $600 statue of a lion and a 5-foot wall planter on June 12.

Authorities believe the suspect is involved with similar burglaries that have occurred on North Dixie Highway in the past couple of weeks. He is 5-foot-8, weighs 180 pounds and has short hair. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Any tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for an award of up to $3,000. 

<![CDATA['Miami Mama' Employee Arrested During FBI Raid]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:39:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/062217+Evgeny+Kovtunenko+Miami+Mama.jpg

Federal agents arrested an employee at a Hallandale Beach business that helps Russian women give birth in the U.S., NBC 6 exclusively learned Thursday.

Evgeny Kovtunenko was taken into federal custody Wednesday during an FBI raid at Miami Mama. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit offense against the United States and six counts of making false statements on federal applications, according to a six-page indictment obtained by NBC 6.

On Wednesday, NBC 6 was the only news station there as federal officials raided the business, which assists Russian mothers obtain visas for childbirth in the United States and engages in paperwork to get U.S. citizenship for their newborns, according to the Miami Mama website.

The indictment against Kovtunenko, who is listed as a Logistics Manager at the business, alleges between March 2013 and August 2015, he made false statements on federal application to get passports for children, “falsely and fraudulently” claiming to have witnessed “non-applying parents” sign the statement of consent. Kovtunenko is also accused of committing the crimes in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Kenneth Hasset is the defense attorney for Miami Mama. The owner of the business has not been charged with a crime.

"I do not represent that employee but I went to the hearing to see what was going to happen and that person is in the process of bonding out," said Hasset. The attorney offered no comment when asked whether his client knew about the alleged crime citing an active criminal investigation.

The company, which has been operating locally since 2009, is legally registered in Florida. Miami Mama charges up to $50,000 for its services, according to its website.

While lying on a passport application is illegal, birth tourism is not, according to U.S. immigration laws. The maximum penalty for one count of making a false statement on a passport application is 15 years.

Photo Credit: Miami Mama]]>
<![CDATA[Attorneys For Dalia Dippolito File Motion For New Trial ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:30:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17159702895305.jpg

Attorneys for a Palm Beach County woman convicted of trying to hire an undercover officer to kill her now ex-husband are asking for yet another trial after allegations that one juror slept through important moments during the last one.

The Palm Beach Post reported that lawyers for Dalia Dippolito filed a motion Thursday for that new trial, saying in their request that the alleged sleeping juror was allowed to stay despite their assertions that several people saw her sleeping and tried to wake her up during testimony.

Dippolito was convicted last week in the 2009 case, where she was caught on camera trying to hire who she thought was a hit man to kill her husband of six months, Michael.

If the motion is granted, it would lead to a fourth trial in the case. Dippolito was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but that conviction was later overturned three years later. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict during the second trial last year, while she was convicted during a third trial next week.

If the motion is denied, Dippolito is scheduled to be sentenced on July 21st, where she could face up to 20 years in prison.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Bam! The Story Behind Heat Draft Pick's Unique Name]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:04:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Heat+Draft+Pick+Bam+Adebayo+Press+Conference.png

Everyone calls him Bam Adebayo. Even his own mom, who originally named him Edrice.

The Miami Heat's 1st Round draft pick out of Kentucky earned the nickname "Bam" as a child.

"It's funny because everybody thinks I got that name from dunking," Adebayo explained. "But it was actually way earlier. When I was younger, me and my mom were watching the Flintstones and I guess I flipped over a coffee table and there it went, 'Bam'."

The nickname stuck with him ever since. In fact, when NBC 6 asked if anyone still calls him by his birth name, Edrice, he paused, and then laughed.

"Nobody really," Adebayo said. "Only my mom when I call her by her first name joking around."

Heat fans at the team's official draft party instantly fell in love with Bam's name, even though they admitted to not knowing much about him as a player.

"Bam, there it is!" shouted one fan.

"I'm not familiar with him from college," said another Heat fan, "but I trust the organization and I love his name!"

When Adebayo scores a basket this upcoming season, you can almost count on Heat announcer Eric Reid to dial up a "Ka-Bam!"

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Beach Police Holding Pet Adoption Day on Friday]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:01:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/061317+miami+dade+pet+adoptions.JPG

With Friday being ‘National Take Your Dog to Work Day’, the Miami Beach Police Department wanted to make sure that furry friends in the county got a chance to one day be taken to their owner's work.

In conjunction with Miami-Dade Animal Services, the HOPE Express Adoption Unit is at the city’s police department located at 1100 Washington Avenue until 2 p.m. in the Major James Smith Community Room.

All animals come spayed, neutered and microchipped.

"You adopt them for a nominal fee, and they only ask that they go to a good home," said Ernesto Rodriguez from the Miami Beach Police Department.

Whether you adopted today on the beach or any other time, a complete list of requirements for adoption is available on the county’s website, including the identification needed, costs for adoption and other information.

<![CDATA[Heat Select Bam Adebayo in First Round of 2017 NBA Draft]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:36:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-655297022.jpg

The Miami Heat selected power forward Bam Adebayo in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday.

The Heat had the 14th pick and saw a few potential targets come off the board ahead of their selection. Adebayo came out of Kentucky after only one year, but it was a solid campaign. Adebayo who goes by "Bam" averaged 13 points and eight rebounds in slightly over 30 minutes a game.

In addition to his rebounding and scoring ability, Adebayo brings some blocking talent to Miami. Alongside Hassan Whiteside, the Heat could have some big block numbers ahead of them. Adebayo could need time to develop into a big-time NBA talent, but the potential is there.

Adebayo is listed as 6'10" and weighs in at 242 pounds. The forward who should backup Justise Winslow, made 59.9% of his attempted shots while playing in Kentucky. Finding a reliable big man was a priority for Miami this off-season, after dealing with a myriad of injuries in 2016-17. The Heat are now better positioned in 2017-18, if they have to turn to the bench.

Prior to selecting Adebayo, it appeared Miami could land a guard. With the Denver Nuggets on the clock at #13, Donovan Mitchell remained available. The Nuggets traded the pick to Utah and Mitchell came off the board. It is possible Miami would have went for the guard if given the chance.

Miami only has one pick in this year's draft and currently has no picks scheduled for 2018.

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<![CDATA[Several People Shot at Davie Apartment Complex Near PD]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:23:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/062217+Davie+Several+People+Shot.jpg

Police are trying to connect the dots after several people were shot at an apartment complex in Davie Thursday afternoon.

The shooting happened at the building located two blocks from the Davie Police Department on Evergreen Drive.

Detectives are not sure how many victims were involved in the incident. They are aware of only one victim who was driven to an urgent care center in Sunrise. That victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police are still searching for answers. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Responds Helps Man Desperate for Answers About Pension]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:08:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/205*120/062217+Man+fights+to+get+pension+fund.jpg

Alfredo Llaguno is no stranger to hard work. He worked his entire life including the last 11 years for the City of Sweetwater. In February, Llaguno, 77, decided he was ready for something new and formally retired. But, he had troubles getting money he believed he was owed.

While working for the city, Alfredo would occasionally receive general mail from a pension fund, he said. But he said he did not know exactly how much money he was supposed to get.

“I got an idea, but nothing confirmed,” he said, adding he never received any details in writing. He said he was told he’d get those details, but weeks passed and nothing arrived.

“When I called them in two or three weeks, after I sent my papers, they ask me ‘what is your social security number?’” he said. “I said, well this, this and this. They said, ‘well we don’t have that social security number in here’.”

They determined the number on file was off by one digit, he said. He sent them copies of his social security card and driver’s license several times and even had the City of Sweetwater try to intervene in an email, but he said he still didn’t receive what he was promised.

“I was so depressed, I was so anxious, I was so mad because I couldn’t get any confirmation,” he said. “No information at all.”

NBC 6 Responds contacted the pension fund and sent Alfredo’s documents. The following day our team received an email from the pension fund, saying they had received his application and records and that he should contact the office directly. This time when he did, Alfredo was told his wait was over.

“Oh, yes, Mr. Llaguno, of course. I got all these papers ready for you,” he remembered the representative saying. Days later, those paper finally arrived at his home.

“I was so happy when I saw that,” he said. “It was a relief, you know, it feels much better.”

According to Flavio Carrillo, a professor of finance at Florida International University, consumers should meet with their HR department to be clear on the details of their potential pension well before retirement.

“If you qualify for a pension, first of all, you need to make certain that you are aware of what the pension is,” Carrillo said. And, just because you receive information from a pension fund, that doesn’t mean you’re going to get a benefit, Carrillo added.

“Maybe you’re not vested yet. Maybe you’re receiving this information because they’re sending it out to all the employees,” he said. “You really need to be aware of what it is that you’re eligible for.”

Alfredo finally got his first payment in June. He said it was retroactive and included the money he was supposed to receive since February.

“I’m going to celebrate,” he said.

He opted to get payments for the rest of his life, instead of a lump sum. That is the best option in most cases, Carrillo said. He said it’s also a good idea to have an attorney or an expert look at your paperwork to help you make the best decision for your situation.

<![CDATA[Man in Court for Allegedly Making Bomb Threat to Mosque]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:15:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317+shawkat+mzayek+mugshot.jpg

The man accused of calling in a bomb threat to a South Florida Islamic Center during the holy month of Ramadan made an appearance in court on Friday.

Police arrested 38-year-old Shawkat Mzayek Thursday, and charged with making a bomb threat.

Broward Sheriff's Office investigators say Mzayek called the Islamic Center of South Florida in Pompano Beach, claiming he would bomb the mosque and kill everyone inside.

The center was evacuated and the bomb squad did a sweep of the building, according to BSO. Within a few hours, the bomb squad cleared the building allowing worshippers back in.

The executive director, who answered the troubling call, took down the suspect's number on caller ID and detectives traced it back to Mzayek.

"I picked up and immediately he said your mosque is going to be blown f- something tonight. We are going to kill you and Isis in America," explained Nihad Sakallah.

NBC 6 caught up with Mzayek's wife Friday morning. She says he converted to Judaism and has no reason to threaten this mosque.

"I don't think, he doesn't know Pompano mosque. I never went there, he's never been there either," Ngwa Mzayek said.

According to the police report, Mzayek admitted to making the threats.

Muslims are currently observing Ramadan, which ends Saturday.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Jeter Meets With Marlins, Remains Short on Funds: Report]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:19:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-683113516.jpg

Derek Jeter met with the Miami Marlins on Thursday and remains short on funds, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

Jeter is part of one of three reported groups that is vying for ownership of the Marlins. Thus far, no group has been able to come up with the reported $1.3 billion asking price. After meeting with Marlins' president David Samson and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday, Jeter still is trying to find investors.

Along with Jeter, Samson and Manfred, Greg Fleming sat in on the meeting. Fleming may be one of the most important aspects of the meeting, as he is the former chief of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Fleming is said to be one of the investors in Jeter's group and it could be a sizable stake.

While Jeter will only contribute a relatively small amount to the team, he would be in complete control of the club. This requirement by Jeter was the reported reason for Jeb Bush exiting the group. Jeter would handle both the baseball and business sides of the organization, if a deal comes to fruition.

While there are three groups reported to be in the running, Jeter remains the front-runner. A group including Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine is considered to be the runner-up. The third group has unknown members in it and would be looked at as a dark horse candidate.

In addition to coming up with the funds to buy the team, MLB wants the new owner to have enough equity to run the team properly. Miami is expected to take losses in the near future and would need to be able to cover those. The Marlins have a losing record this season, but will host a valuable All-Star Game in July.

With the ownership talks hanging in the balance, Miami will look to continue a turnaround on the field. The Marlins are currently hosting the World Series champion Chicago Cubs for four games at Marlins Park.

Photo Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[BSO Deputy Donates $20 To Man Searching Trash For Food ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:43:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/062317shriffdonation.jpg

A man who told police he was walking to Winn-Dixie to search for food in the trash received cash from a Broward Sheriff’s deputy Friday morning, officials said.

The agency posted a photo on their Facebook page of the encounter between Captain Schnakenberg and the unidentified man:

The post went on to say that once Schnakenberg learned of the man's plans, he gave the man $20 to use inside the store. The man was also “offered services to help with his circumstances,” BSO said.

Photo Credit: Facebook / Broward Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Miami Fire Rescue Truck, Car Collide and Crash Into Building]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062217+miami+fire+rescue+truck+vs+car.jpg

A City of Miami fire rescue truck and vehicle collided and crashed into a building in Liberty City Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened on Northwest 54th Street and 13th Avenue.

The female driver of the car was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The first responders traveling in the truck were not injured, Miami Fire Rescue said.

The woman, said to be in her 20's, crossed in front of the ambulance as it was heading to a call, according to officials. The rescue truck had its lights and sirens activated as it traveled on 54th Street. 

The impact of the crash was so significant, the two vehicles drifted and plowed into a linen business. An awning outside the building and the front metal door were damaged. The car's bumper was found inside the building. There were employees inside at the time; none of them was injured. 

The crash is under investigation. 

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman at Hollywood Spa]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:42:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062217+Hollywood+Spa+Sexual+Assault.jpg

A predator is on the run in Hollywood after police said a woman was sexually attacked at a spa Sunday.

The assault happened at the East Jing Spa around 11 p.m. on Father's Day. The spa is located on the 5100 block of State Road 7. The man entered the spa and sexually battered the woman, Hollywood police said.

Detectives released a composite sketch of the attacker. The suspect is described as a White/Hispanic man in his mid 20s to 30s, 5'7", 140 lbs, thin build with dark hair, dark eyes and a medium complexion.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4411.

<![CDATA['Monitor-Release' Inmate Who Escaped Back in Custody]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:42:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062217+Miami+Inmate+Escaped.jpg

A monitor-release jail inmate was back in custody Thursday night after he escaped from corrections officers earlier in the afternoon.

A perimeter was set up in the area near Northeast 39th Street and 1st Avenue. Miami police, Miami-Dade police and Miami-Dade Police Corrections conducted the search. A short time later, inmate Arsinio Lannigan surrendered to authorities.

Lannigan was being removed from an unsecured residential treatment facility when he ran from officers, Miami-Dade Corrections said.  The Director at the center, Concept Health Systems Inc., Assistance for Substance Use and Mental Orders, told officers Lannigan violated program rules and regulations. The Director asked officers to remove Lannigan immediately, but that's when he took off. 

Police did not reveal what additional charges he faces. 


<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - June 23rd]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:18:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_US_Mayors_Conference.jpg

Before you head out the door on Friday, NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know.

<![CDATA[$120,000 Worth of Marijuana Found During I-75 Traffic Stop]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:38:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Ibrahim+Michael+Makhoul+Pot+Bust.jpg

More than 40 pounds of marijuana worth about $120,000 was found in a BMW during a traffic stop on I-75 in Golden Gate on Tuesday, Collier County Sheriff’s officials said.

Ibrahim Makhoul, who is 24 and from Miami, was arrested and charged with marijuana trafficking in excess of 25 pounds. Police are still searching for a second passenger, who fled the scene.

Makhoul was driving in the area of the I-75 toll plaza when police noticed the black BMW he was in appeared to have illegally-tinted windows, authorities said. An officer conducted a traffic stop, and while police questioned the driver and passenger, a K-9 officer sniffed the outside of the vehicle.

The sniff exam revealed that there was probable cause to search the vehicle, officials said. When police were unable to open the center console or trunk, Makhoul told them that both were locked when he purchased the car and that he had never attempted to open them.

“It’s crazy,” Ibrahim told police. “I don’t know how they gave me the car like that, like with the middle thing shut and the back thing shut too.”

Eventually, officials opened the console and found an unsealed package with marijuana. Then, they identified a switch that they flipped to unlock the trunk, where police found two large black plastic bags with small, clear packagers of marijuana.

Though Makhoul told police he had never been in the truck, police found paperwork with his name inside.

During the search, the car’s passenger climbed over a nearby fence, swam across a canal and ran into nearby woods, police said.  Officials searched for the suspect but were unable to find him.

About 43.5 pounds of marijuana were confiscated from the car, officials say.

Makhoul was arrested and transported to the Naples Jail Center.

Photo Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Office ]]>
<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Int'l Olympic Day]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_Int_l_Olympic_Day.jpg

Before you start your Friday, NBC 6 has the top six stories we are working on for you.

<![CDATA[Panthers Add Chris Pronger to Front Office]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632881320.jpg

The Florida Panthers hired Chris Pronger as a Senior Advisor to the President of Hockey Operations on Thursday.

Pronger is a former NHL Most Valuable Player and will bring with him a wealth of knowledge of experience. The 42-year old is also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Pronger's last action on the ice came in 2011, but he remained under contract as a player through the 2016-17 season.

"I like to hire smarter people than myself, to make myself look smarter," said Florida's hockey operations president Dale Tallon. "I've gotten to know him for the last four or five years. He's got a lot to say. He doesn't sugarcoat it. I like his approach. I like his knowledge. He's opinionated and we like a staff that has that in them."

Pronger's playing career ended due to post-concussion issues and a right-eye injury. During his storied career, Pronger was known for his high-energy play and his fearlessness on the ice. The defenceman was a dominant force among his peers and served as team captain during his final season.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from an executive with the track record that Dale has," Pronger said. "I'm looking forward to doing everything I can to help the Panthers work towards winning the Stanley Cup."

Florida has been busy adding former players to the front office. Shawn Thornton took on a role as vice president of business operations earlier this off-season. Bryan McCabe is also a member of the executive team as he serves as director of player development.

Pronger's addition to the front office, comes just a day after two significant on-ice losses. Florida saw Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith both head to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mama Gator Nearly Attacks Photographer in Florida]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:37:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/Gator+Nearly+Attacks+Photog+in+Gainesville.JPG

A photographer encountered a close call with a mama alligator in north Florida after getting a bit too close to its babies.

The gator is seen in the video launching from the water toward a man who was inching closer for a good photograph. The gator bit the photographer’s tripod as he leaped backward through nearby bushes.

Ben Boukari Jr., who filmed the encounter on a trail in Paynes Prairie in Gainesville, remained on the boardwalk above the gator in a safe location along with other bystanders.

Despite nearly getting bit, the man pulled out his cellphone and continued to take photos. The hissing gator, in response, warned the persistent photographer with another snap.

As the gator crawled back into the water, the man moved in closer, this time to grab his bag. The gator charged once again before the photographer grabbed his belongings and hopped back on the trail. 

"Certainly a what not to do," said Boukari.

Photo Credit: Ben Boukari Jr.
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<![CDATA[Police: Drug Dealer Caught With 2.5KG Of Heroin, Fentanyl]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:08:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062217FENTANYLARREST.jpg

An accused drug dealer is behind bars after police found him in possession of 2.5 kilograms of heroin and the synthetic opioid known as Fentanyl, according to the state attorney’s office and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The arrest of Luis Manuel Charchabal, 53, is the result of a long-term narcotics investigation from both departments. Charchabal is a convicted felon and was booked into the Miami-Dade County jail at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. He is being charged with three counts of illegal trafficking in heroin and three counts of possession of Fentanyl with intent to deliver.

Fentanyl is estimated to be 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The synthetic opioid was originally created as an intravenous anesthetic for hospital use in the 1960s. The drug is cheap to produce and is often mixed with heroin (or sold as heroin) when sold on the streets.

“Selling Fentanyl is selling death by a different name,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. “The opioid epidemic that America, Florida and Dade County are all experiencing is made possible by those individuals who see illegal profits as more important than human life.”

In May, Gov. Rick Scott declared opioid abuse a public health emergency in the state of Florida. In 2015, 2,538 Floridians died as a direct result of opioid use. 

 “This case serves as just one example of the ongoing efforts of Narcotics Bureau detectives who will continue to work diligently, together with our law enforcement partners, to prevent additional overdose tragedies related to this poison,” said Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan J. Perez. “Working with our community, we will overcome the Opioid epidemic that has plagued the entire country."

Charchabal is being held on bond and will have to prove the money is legal -- not from his alleged drug deals. 

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade County Corrections ]]>
<![CDATA[House Fire in Miami Sends Two People to Hospital]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:10:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/207*120/062117HOUSEFIRE.PNG

Two people were transported to the hospital after a duplex caught fire in the Little Haiti neighborhood. 

Three adults and a 4-year-old child were in the duplex on Northwest 64th Street when the fire began. The adults tried extinguishing the flames and left the smoking home before Miami Fire Rescue arrived on scene. 

Next door, a group of teenagers were sleeping as smoke started to fill their unit. They had no idea there was a fire next door, authorities said. Firefighters were able to rescue the teens before the fire spread. 

Two adults were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. 

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Men Use Stolen Credit Card To Buy Uber Ride, Phone: Police]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:44:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/188*120/062217THIEVESSTEALUBERRIDE.png

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase an Uber ride and a prepaid cell phone.

Both men are accused of burglarizing a Weston resident’s car on the evening before Memorial Day, police said. The resident’s dashboard camera and American Express credit card were reported missing after the two suspects ransacked his white Audi.

Recently-released surveillance footage shows both men using the stolen credit card at a Walmart Supercenter at 5851 NW 177 St. The Uber driver enters the store while the suspects are in the shopping center. The three are seen leaving the store together.

One suspect was wearing black Adidas pants and a black t-shirt. The other was wearing a red long-sleeved t-shirt and black Nike shorts over black pants, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 954-434-2000. Anonymous tips can be sent to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or at browardcrimestoppers.org.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office ]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Woman Shot in Head During Road Rage Incident]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062117+Alyssa+Sanchez+Road+Rage+Victim.jpg

A 19-year-old woman was in a medically induced coma after she was shot in the head during a road rage incident in Miami, family told NBC 6.

Alyssa Sanchez, identified by her brother, was riding in her boyfriend's car early Monday morning when someone in another car fired shots, according to the victim's brother Lazaro Sanchez.

Miami police said they found a white Cadillac riddled with bullets on Southwest 14th Street and 27th Avenue. Detectives have not identified the victims involved, but family said Sanchez was shot in the head when her boyfriend got into an argument with strangers in another vehicle.

Sanchez was the only person hit in the incident. Her boyfriend drove her to Jackson Memorial Hospital after the shooting, police said.

Her brother, Lazaro, said the 19-year-old is in critical condition.

The shooter or shooters are still on the loose. Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Pembroke Pines Dog Park Will Be Named After Fallen Officer]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:43:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rupp.png

A Pembroke Pines dog park will be named after a fallen police officer who suddenly died earlier this month.

“It is with heartfelt emotion to report the park naming passed unanimously,” Jay Schwartz, Pembroke Pines district 2 commissioner, announced on Facebook. Schwartz proposed that the park, on Johnson Street near the intersection with Northwest 98th Street, be renamed Wednesday.

The area will be named after K-9 Police Craig Rupp, who died just more than a year after retiring.

Rupp was well known in the community for his service on and off duty. He worked for the department for more than 25 years, including 11 years with the K-9 unit.

Rupp is survived by his wife and two teenage daughters. 

<![CDATA[Protesters Upset Over Hollywood Cop Taking Pic With Foes]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062217+hollywood+officer+protester+pic+BACKGROUND.jpg

Two photos circulating social media have the Hollywood Police Department on the defense after one of their officers was seen taking pictures with members of a group supporting keeping the names of several former Confederate generals on city streets.

Levell Strong, who was part of the group protesting the names of three streets – Lee, Hood and Forrest – snapped a photo about an hour after the protests had ended. It showed an unidentified officer posing for photos with those supporting the names – people who some protesters said were hurling racial slurs at them during the often contentious events Wednesday.

The anti-street name protesters, including members of Take Down Slavery Symbols Hollywood and the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, say that the pro-street sign members were still pointing and laughing while taking pictures with the officers – however, they say he did not participate in that behavior.

"It wasn't quick and not just a picture, it was contact he participated in. He was laughing and joking and to see these women turn and point at us and laugh after it was all over was absolutely disgusting," said Jasmen Rogers with Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward.

Hollywood Police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman spoke with NBC 6’s Marissa Bagg, saying a woman asked to take a picture with the officer as part of the Hug a Cop initiative designed to thank officers for their service.

Grossman went on to say that “this wasn’t the officer or anyone with the police department siding with either side” and that members of the department were talking to both sets of protesters. She did agree that it “wasn’t the right time to fraternize”, but said it wasn’t malicious and he did not mean to upset anyone.

Five people were arrested during Wednesday’s events – the latest in various efforts that have been made in the past to change the names, honoring Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Some of the people protesting in the counter-rally called themselves white supremacists and yelled at members of the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward. 

"I'm against them entirely. I hate them. They're black supremacists," said Chris Cedeno, a member of the Florida League of the South.

State Rep. Shevrin Jones says the counter protestors called him a racial slur.

"I was called the n-word and a monkey. I've heard about those terms from my parents and read from the Civil Rights Movement, but I've never been called that," Jones said.

Although the women in the photos with the officer weren't the ones screaming racial slurs, the clothes they wore spoke for what they came to represent.

Several cities, including Orlando and New Orleans, have taken down statues in recent weeks commemorating the Confederacy after heated debate from both sides of the issue.

Photo Credit: Levell Strong]]>
<![CDATA[Man Impersonates Cop, Pulls Over Miami PD Officer: Police]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:23:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062217+Milton+Morales-Perez+mugshot.jpg

A Hialeah man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly pretending to be an officer - when pulling over an actual Miami Police Department official.

Police say 46-year-old Milton Morales-Perez was driving along Southwest 7th Avenue near 13th Street when he pulled next to a black Ford Taurus. That car was being driven by MPD's Public Information Officer, Kenia Fallat.

Morales-Perez, according to the police report, flashed a silver badge while identifying himself as police in Spanish and telling Fallat - who was in her full police uniform - to hang up her phone and stop the car. 

Fallat called for another officer to come to the scene and Morales-Perez was arrested. He told officers that he had a badge because he is a security guard and stopped the officer because “she was on the phone, and it is very dangerous to be on the phone while driving.”

He was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer. 

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department]]>