<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:16:44 -0500 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:16:44 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Nov. 21, 2014]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:37:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Apple+Pie+519108.jpg This week's adoptable pets from the Broward Humane Society.]]> <![CDATA[FSU Students Return to Classes After Shooting]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:04:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112114+florida+state+fsu+shooting+john+thrasher.jpg

Students returned to classes at Florida State University Friday a day after a gunman opened fire at a campus library, wounding three students before he was shot and killed by police.

FSU President John Thrasher greeted students as they were allowed back inside Strozier Library, the scene of Thursday morning's shooting.

"There's a lot of unity, our students feel that love and support, that's why they're back on campus this morning," Thrasher said.

Senior Andrew Kitterman said his legs were shaking as he walked the steps up to the library Friday morning.

"I thought it was important to be here when it reopened," Kitterman said. "I've been to Strozier everyday for the last three weeks, you have to come back, you have to move on."

The library was closed Thursday and classes canceled after police say 31-year-old Myron May, a 2005 graduate of FSU, shot three victims in the library that was packed with students studying for exams.

Two victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital. One was in critical condition and the other was in stable condition, officials said Thursday. One of the victims was identified as Nathan Scott, who was shot in the leg, according to a statement released by the hospital.

The third victim was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene, police said.

FSU Police and Tallahassee Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Strozier said Thursday that there would be increased security measures at the school and that counseling would be provided for students, faculty and staff.



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<![CDATA[Special Thanksgiving at Krop Senior High]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:02:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015653135_1200x675_361745475819.jpg Students at Michael Krop Senior High celebrated Thanksgiving early to honor the school's Best Buddies chapter. Verne Troyer and Miss Universe Gabriela Isler participated in the event. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.]]> <![CDATA[Weather: Breezy With Isolated Showers Friday]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:48:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015661675_1200x675_361695811519.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- November 21, 2014]]> <![CDATA[FSU Shooter Said He Heard Voices]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:51:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/myronmay112014.jpg

Police have described, Myron May, the gunman who opened fire inside a library at Florida State University Thursday morning as in a “state of crisis.”

Team 6 Investigator Dan Krauth has obtained reports from New Mexico, where May lived, that paint a picture of delusional man on prescription medications and who had been admitted to the hospital a short time ago for a full mental health evaluation.

May, who was born in Dayton, Ohio, moved to Florida as a teenager, police said. He graduated from FSU in 2005 and later from Texas Tech Law School in 2009, police said. He only recently moved back to Florida from New Mexico.

According to Dona Ana County's District Attorney Mark D'Antonio, May was briefly employed at his office as an Associate Trial Attorney after having worked in Las Cruces as an Assistant Public defender. May resigned his position abruptly on October 6, 2014.

"[May] was an effective Prosecutor who was deeply commited to his work and serving the public while employed at our office," D'Antonio said in a statement.

While he worked there, two police reports from the past two months showed that he thought he was being watched.

On October 7, reports showed he went to his ex-girlfriend’s house and told her police placed cameras in his home and car. Police said he handed a piece of his car to her because he thought there was a camera inside.

In a separate report from September 7, May told police he could hear voices “coming through the wall” of his home. Police described May as “in a state of crisis.”

May’s ex-girlfriend told police that his mental condition was getting worse and that he was staying up for four to five days at a time without sleeping.

Police are currently searching for May’s car and cell phone trying to determine what happened in the three weeks since he moved to Florida that led up to the Florida State library shooting.

On his Facebook page, which has since come down, May frequently posted biblical verses and said that he feared the government was watching him. His last post on Tuesday was quoting Matthew 5:3 and read, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”



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<![CDATA[Security Cameras Not So Secure]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:45:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/securitycamera112014.jpg

You might call it “creepy-cam.”

A foreign website is offering one-stop access to anyone wanting to peer inside dozens of South Florida homes and businesses, whether bedrooms, driveways, retail counters or anywhere else in the range of security cameras attached to the Internet.

In all, tens of thousands of cameras worldwide are aggregated on the site – which Team 6 Investigators is not going to identify – providing web camera owners with what the site administrator says is a lesson: change your password.

A recent visit to the site turned up images of a doll in a Miami bedroom, a crib cam in Miramar and a woman sitting at her desk in a South Florida office – a veritable World Wide Window into people’s private domains.

While the images vary, they share one bond: a weak password, often the same one that came with the device.

In an email to our sister station, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, a man answering an email addressed to the website administrator wrote he was doing research “and was shocked by results.” He said his site is designed to “point users into a large security problem: … millions of insecure cameras.”

The security hole is ironic for consumers seeking to enhance their security with cameras, said Alex Rincon, a video surveillance expert with the Zehirut Group. “People want a security system in order to increase their security, but what this is doing is basically the opposite,” Rincon said.

He said owners of surveillance cameras and other devices on wireless networks need to change the default user names and passwords – those that come with the device – to more secure versions.

For instance, many camera systems come with the user name “admin” and password “123456”.

“This is usually what people don’t change,” Rincon said. “They don’t know they have to change it (to a) password that will prevent people from getting inside” their security system.

The Federal Trade Commission gives this advice for choosing a password:

 

  • The longer the password, the tougher it is to crack. Use at least 10 characters; 12 is ideal for most home users.
  • Mix letters, numbers, and special characters. Try to be unpredictable – don’t use your name, birthdate, or common words.
  • Don’t use the same password for many accounts. If it’s stolen from you – or from one of the companies with which you do business – it can be used to take over all your accounts.
  • Don’t share passwords on the phone, in texts or by email. Legitimate companies will not send you messages asking for your password. If you get such a message, it’s probably a scam.
  • Keep your passwords in a secure place, out of plain sight.



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<![CDATA[Supreme Court Asked to Block Document Release]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:19:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/174197278.jpg

Attorneys for a Republican political consultant have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in their effort to block the release of emails and documents from Florida's redistricting process.

Lawyers for Pat Bainter and his Gainesville-based firm Data Targeting filed an emergency petition on Thursday to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asking that the documents remain sealed until at least February.

The documents were cited by a circuit judge as a reason why he ruled this summer the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature violated a state law that says congressional districts cannot be drawn to favor any political party or incumbent. State legislators were forced to hold a special session in August to redraw the districts although the changes won't take effect until the 2016 elections.

But the emails and documents have remained sealed as lawyers paid by the Republican Party of Florida have asserted that disclosing them would violate First Amendment rights and trade secrets.

The state Supreme Court earlier this month ruled that the documents should be released to the public and chastised the consultants for not raising First Amendment questions until six months after the documents were first requested.

Justices on Thursday reaffirmed that decision, although they said they would agree to keep the 538 pages of documents sealed until Dec. 1 in order for an appeal to be filed.

Justice Barbara Pariente said that time had come to release the information.

"This court has unanimously concluded that the documents and testimony must be unsealed, and the public's right to view these materials that the trial court relied on in rendering its final judgment has been delayed long enough," Pariente said in a concurring opinion.

However, in their petition to Thomas asking for an emergency stay, Bainter's lawyers contended they would be harmed if that happened.

"Absent a stay, documents and testimony that contain the names, contact information and internal deliberations of people with whom the applicants associated to advance shared political values would suddenly be revealed," states the filing. "Fear of being caught in a litigious dragnet would stifle speech. Loss of anonymity would do the same."

The filing asks Thomas to keep the documents secret until at least February when an appeal must be filed, or until the legal dispute is finally resolved by the federal courts.

Media organizations, including The Associated Press, had asked in a friend of the court brief to the state Supreme Court for the documents to be released.

Lawyers who represented the groups challenging the districts said the records will reveal the "shadow process" they said existed between the consultants and the Legislature.

Voters in 2010 passed the "Fair Districts" amendment. The League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups that sued contended that the congressional map adopted in 2012 violated these new standards.

Judge Terry Lewis in July agreed there was enough evidence to show that consultants helped manipulate the process and ruled that two districts were invalid. Legislators in August adopted a new map that alters seven of the state's existing 27 districts and shifts nearly 400,000 voters in central and north Florida.



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<![CDATA[GOP Governors Discuss Next Move on Immigration Fight]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:54:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rgameeting102014.jpg

As President Barack Obama made final preparations to his announcement on deferred action on immigration, GOP governors were in Boca Raton registering in vivid language their protest.

The GOP governors were in Boca for a Republican Governor’s Association meeting. The governors, many of which are looking at running for president in 2016, wasted no time in issuing strong condemnations of President Obama.

“The president is violating the U.S. Constitution,” said Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott, who is considering suing the president over the planned executive action.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Obama had the opportunity to do something with Congress when he was first elected, but squandered that opportunity.

“He had enormous majorities in Congress and campaigned in 2008 to the Hispanic community all across this country that he was going to deal with this issue and he refused to deal with it and instead decided that he wanted to do Obamacare.

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill last year dealing with many of the issues both sides champion. However, the House of Representatives never allowed the bill to come to a vote, even though whip counts from both sides of the political aisle predicted it would have passed.

With no bipartisan Congressional action coming, Obama is expected to issue executive orders Thursday night that will protect up to 5 million more undocumented immigrants from deportation. The executive actions will benefit multiple groups and expand visas for high-skilled workers, while also reorienting resources to help secure the border.

The Justice Department released a memo for the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Counsel to the President which said that all of the expected Presidential actions Thursday are permissible under the current laws.

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey also said Thursday that despite the calls by some governor’s to sue the president over the executive action, the lawsuits would likely not succeed.

“I don’t think any lawsuit to stop what the president seems inclined to propose would be successful,” Mukasey told Fox News. “There is something called the political question doctrine, that basically courts apply when they want to stay out of a controversy between the other two branches of government, and they would apply it here.”



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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Comes Early for Some in Miami]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:59:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dayofgiving112014.jpg

Thanksgiving may still be a week away, but for hundreds of families across Miami, Thursday was a day that they were thankful for the people in their community.

Nearly 500 families carried, wheeled out, or hauled away their thanksgiving turkeys at the Miami-Dade County auditorium. Commissioner Francis Suarez and dozens of other city employees took part in a the big turkey giveaway that for many families came just at the right time.

“We have a city that has a tremendously high level of poverty,” Suarez said. “Every time we do a food giveaway, we are bursting at the seams with people.”

Across town, Miami Marlins front office employees spent the day giving to nine community as part of the Miami Foundation’s day of giving.

“We have different groups out at Camillus House; we have a river cleanup, we have a beach cleanup, we have care packages that are getting sent out to the troops,” said Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. “It’s Thanksgiving and we all have so much to be thankful for.”

The Miami Foundation said it’s also accepting donations for local nonprofits as part of “Give Miami Day.” For more information on donating to the Miami Foundation, click here.



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<![CDATA[Former Cop in False Imprisonment Case Going to Jail]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:25:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061714+german+bosque.jpg

A former Opa-locka Police officer convicted of false imprisonment and tampering with a witness was sentenced Thursday to 364 days in jail, according to the Miami Herald.

However, German Bosque won't be heading to jail just yet. Bosque will remain on bond as he appeals his conviction.

German Bosque learned his fate following his conviction in June for illegally handcuffing and detaining a man at the Opa-locka Police station after the man tried to file a complaint. He was found not guilty on a battery charge.

The man attempted to file the complaint on Aug. 3, 2011, after Bosque allegedly punched him while responding to a domestic call, authorities said. The man was held against his will and not allowed to file the complaint, authorities said.

Bosque was later fired by Opa-locka Police in October 2012.



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<![CDATA[FSU Student Says Books Saved Him From Bullet]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:03:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112014+jason+derfuss+fsu+shooting.jpg

A Florida State University student said he survived a bullet from a gunman during Thursday's shooting thanks to some books he had just checked out from the library.

Jason Derfuss said he was about five feet from the gunman when he heard a shot behind him at the Strozier Library on FSU's campus.

"There is no way I should be alive," the 21-year-old humanities student told NBC News. "Literally, those books saved my life."

Derfuss said he didn't feel the bullet hit the books but looked and saw the shredded books a few hours after the shooting.

"I never thought to check my bag. I assumed I wasn't a target, I assumed I was fine," Derfuss wrote on his Facebook page. "The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened."

Police said between 300-400 people were in the library when the gunman opened fire around 12:30 a.m. Two students were shot and taken to a nearby hospital, where one remained in critical condition Thursday. A third student was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene.

Officers shot and killed the gunman at the scene.



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<![CDATA[FSU Student Says He Was 1st Target in Shooting]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/derfuss1.jpg Three people were injured and a gunman was dead after a shooting at Florida State University. Student Jason Derfuss was in the library at the time the shooting happened and said he was the gunman's first target.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 21, 2014]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:50:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*146/Skippy+A1659919.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 21, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Teen Struck By Car in Lauderhill]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:11:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/450148534.jpg

A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was struck by a car in Lauderhill Thursday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m. in the area of 56th Avenue and Northwest 19th Street, Lauderhill Fire Department officials said.

The teen was taken to a nearby hospital with a serious leg injury, officials said. The incident happened across the street from the fire house and rescue workers were able to quickly respond.

The driver of the car stayed at the scene. Officials said the boy wasn't using the crosswalk when he was struck.



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<![CDATA[Weather: Breezy With Some Showers Thursday]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:39:23 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112014+weather+miami.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- November 20, 2014]]> <![CDATA[No Citation for Elderly Man Feeding Homeless in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:32:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/110514+arnold+abbott.jpg NBC 6's Keith Jones has the details as Arnold Abbott wasn't cited while he fed the homeless outside in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed After Answering Online Ad for Sex]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:31:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/brandonhinckmugad.jpg

A 19-year-old Kansas man was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida after allegedly stabbing a man who answered a Craigslist ad for a tryst.

According to the police, Brandon Hinck, 19, posted a shirtless photo of himself on Craigslist seeking a sexual encounter. Dave Sero, 46, was vacationing in South Florida from Washington and answered the ad and the two agreed to meet at a gas station in Boca Raton.

The two had lunch and then went to a hotel in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, the BSO said. They went to the suspect’s room and agreed to have sex. At some point, while the victim was nude on the bed, Hinck started stabbing him.

Police say, the two men began fighting and the weapon was dropped in the room. The victim ran to an elevator where he collapsed and was found by hotel employees who called for help. The suspect ran into the lobby and told the front desk employee that he had just stabbed a man.

Sero was taken to Broward Health North suffering from multiple stab wounds. BSO said Hinck is believed to have arrived in South Florida a few weeks ago and stayed briefly in a halfway home and at a local rehab.

BSO said anyone else who had a violent encounter with Hinck should call their office or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).



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<![CDATA[State Warns Company: Drop the Word "Obamacare"]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:38:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/obamacarebiz111914.jpg

All over South Florida, the word “Obamacare” appears on building signs, vans, fliers, yard signs, business cards and placards twirled by streetside hawkers directing traffic to or advertising storefront insurance agencies trying to get clients signed up for health insurance.

But the insurance agency behind 11 of those storefronts, doing business as the Obamacare Help Center, is drawing the attention of the state Department of Financial Services because its business name includes the word “Obamacare.”

Joel Fink is an owner of Fink Wealth Management LLC, the licensed insurance agency which also owns the name “Obamacare Help Center,” used to attract business to its offices, from Palmetto Bay to West Palm Beach.

And the state has a problem with that one word: Obamacare.

When Fink tried to get an insurance agency license for a corporation called Obamacare Help Center Inc., the state in August rejected the application, saying the “use of this name would mislead the public and possibly violate … statute.”

Florida law says the department may reject a name that may imply it’s a state or federal agency.

Chris Cate, spokesman for chief financial officer Jeff Atwater, said the department objects to “Obamacare” being in the name of a corporation or any other name marketed to the public .

“The issue we have with the name is that it could potentially confuse consumers into thinking this agency is actually part of the federal government,” Cate told Team 6 Investigators in an interview from Tallahassee.

But Fink said there is no confusion.

“We simply explain we’re an independent insurance agency. We’re here to assist them at no cost to them,” Fink said, adding his company makes money from commission or fees paid by the insurance companies that ultimately provide policies to his customers.

And, technically speaking, he said, “Obamacare” is not in his company’s name.

The storefronts display the insurance agency license of Fink Wealth Management, which owns the Obamacare Help Center “fictitious name” – the name registered with the Florida Department of State and used in business permits, signage, fliers and other materials.

Fink said he has abandoned efforts to have the corporation Obamacare Help Center Inc. licensed as an insurance agency. He said he believed the state limited its objection only to that corporate name.

But Cate said if Obamacare Help Center is being used by the agency in its dealings with the public -- whether as a fictitious or corporate name -- the department could take action.

Fink argues he is not alone using Obamacare to market his insurance services.

“All you have to do is drive up and down the street and you see the name Obamacare all over the place,” he said. “It’s the name people know.”

A few blocks away from Fink’s office, Team 6 found “Obamacare Enrollment Center” and “Obamacare Free Enrollment Center” being used on signs advertising other insurance agencies.

But Cate noted the word “Obamacare” is not banned from advertising; it simply may not be in the corporate or fictitious names those insurance agencies use. (A search of public records by Team 6 Investigators found those agencies calling their offices “enrollment centers” are not using Obamacare in their corporate or fictitious names.)

As for Fink’s operation, “the company is not authorized to be operating under the name Obamacare Help Center,” Cate said. “So, if that is the case, we will be going to check out the business.” If violations are found, the agency could be fined.



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<![CDATA[Daycare Chief Fights Back Over Child's Death]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:31:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081012+jordan+coleman.jpg

The head of a daycare at the center of a manslaughter case said there was medical information about a 4-year-old boy who died in a hot car that was never given to her until recently.

Cecily Roberts is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter and felony child care misrepresentation about Coleman’s death two years ago. Police said Coleman died after he was left in a hot SUV at a Broward County apartment complex for approximately two hours.

Roberts talked exclusively with NBC 6’s Willard Shepard Wednesday and said that no one let her know that Jordan Coleman, 4, had a significant respiratory problem and that could have impacted when he died or how he was supervised at the Three C’s Daycare.

Wednesday, Roberts’ attorney, Gary Ostrow, said Coleman had a respiratory problem that haven’t been presented anywhere before.

“This kid suffered from a respiratory condition that very well could have been part of his cause of death,” Ostrow alleged. “Maybe the heat stroke factor contributed. He might have been dead before the heat stroke for all we know. This was never disclosed.”

“Had we known about the nebulizer, then we would have been able to make sure that he was, stayed close, more attention,” Roberts said. “You know that we will know like his nebulizer, let’s check to make sure that everybody is okay, breathing wise. Is it time for him to have the nebulizer to be on the safe side.”

NBC 6 reached out to the Broward State Attorney’s office about the allegation about the medical information. The state attorney’s office said it had not received the filing and couldn’t comment on the matter.

Two women working for Roberts at the Three C’s Day Academy who were with Jordan are also awaiting trial in the case. The family of Jordan Coleman has also filed a civil lawsuit against the daycare saying they expected the boy to be safe.

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<![CDATA[Advocate Continues Feeding Homeless]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:06:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015633376_1200x675_361007683979.jpg Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old advocate for the homeless, was out again feeding the homeless despite receiving several citations from the city of Fort Lauderdale. NBC 6's Keith Jones reports.]]> <![CDATA[Doctor Questioned in Revenge Killing Case]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015633179_1200x675_361002563919.jpg Prosecutors questioned a doctor used by the defense and pointed out inconsistencies in his testimony in the trial of Janepsy Carballo, accused of killing the man who killed her husband. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo reports.]]> <![CDATA[Give Miami Day Starts Thursday]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:03:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112014+give+miami+day.jpg Give Miami Day is a 24-hour effort to raise money for local businesses. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez has a preview.]]> <![CDATA[11 Charged in Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Scheme]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:08:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gavel12111.jpg

Federal agents raided Florida Healthcare Plus in Cora Gables Wednesday for allegedly running a more than $25 million Medicare, Medicaid, and wire fraud scheme.

Authorities said eleven people were involved in the schemed to defraud the government. According to the federal indictment, Florida Healthcare Plus (FHCP) was authorized by Medicare and Medicaid to offer plans to the beneficiaries, which was then allegedly taken advantage of by the defendants.

The indictment said the group recruited people living in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to fraudulently sign up for Medicare and Medicaid by saying they lived in Florida. Medicare and Medicaid then made monthly payments to FHCP and other Medicare plans based on the fraudulent residents’ submitted to them.

In addition, the Florida Medicaid program paid Medicare premiums and deductibles for many beneficiaries who didn’t live in Florida, the federal indictment alleged. Federal officials also said doctors were designated as a primary care physician who saw the people and then provided diagnoses which were used by the defendants to calculate how much to charge Medicare.

Federal officials said Pedro Hernandez, 51, of Miramar was the chief operating officer at FHCP until May 8, 2013, during the time of the alleged fraud.

“Health care fraud is a devastating crime that threatens the strength and integrity of our health care system,” said U.S. Attorney Ferrer. “We are dedicated to protecting Medicare from fraud and abuse to ensure that beneficiaries of federal health care programs receive appropriate medical care. The charges announced today demonstrate that law enforcement in Miami will continue to fight the battle against health care fraud locally and across our borders.”

For legitimate patients, the news was "upsetting."

"Strenuous you know," said Dinorah Rangel. "It's upsetting because after all, we are retired and we should not be dealing with this."

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, substantive counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and make false statements related to health care matters and substantive counts of making false statements related to health care matters.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Getting Wi-Fi Throughout Your House]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Free+WiFi.jpg

We’re dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house.

Many people get Internet service through their cable provider. The signal comes in through a modem that connects to a router. Then the signal is sent wirelessly through the house. So what can go wrong? Plenty, but Consumer Reports says start with where your router is placed.

Router signals do not go through walls that easily, so the fewer walls, fewer closed doors, fewer floors the signal has to travel, the better your chances are of getting the signal covering your entire house. So if you’re having trouble, try moving your router and modem to the middle of your home. Your service provider may be willing to re-run the cable where you need it.

Also check your service plan to make sure you’re getting enough Internet speed. For U.S. homes, 10 megabits per second is the average, but you’ll need 20 or more if you’re playing demanding games online or streaming a lot of high-def movies at once.

If you’re paying for enough speed from your service provider and you’re still not getting good speed in your house or you have some dead spots, then there is a good chance it could be your router, and a newer, faster router could actually help.

One to look for is the Netgear AC1900 Nighthawk for $185. Consumer Reports says it’s good for larger houses and will handle several devices that are using Wi-Fi simultaneously. For far less, Consumer Reports also recommends the Netgear N750. It costs $90 but doesn’t use the latest 802.11ac technology for the absolute fastest speed.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Murder of Pompano Beach Teen: BSO]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:21:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/demontae+heath+web.jpg

A man suspected in the February shooting death of a Pompano Beach teen has been arrested.

Demontae Heath, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the death Feb. 26 death of 19-year-old Michael Lubitus.

Deputuies said Heath shot Lubitus in front of his Pompano Beach home at Southwest 8th Avenue and 6th Court. Heath and Lubitus allegedly had an ongoing feud, but detectives said the shooting may have been the result of a botched drug-related robbery.

Officials found Lubitus' body on the swale with his cell phone and a small amount of marijuana on the ground next to him.

Heath is also charged with armed robbery, armed burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief, according to online jail records. He is being held without bond at the Broward County Main Jail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

Anyone that can provide additional information is urged to call BSO Detective Valerian Perez at 954-321-4356 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477), or email www.browardcrimestoppers.org.



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<![CDATA[Body Found in Car in Pompano Beach Canal]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:33:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111914+car+in+canal+pompano.jpg

The Broward Sheriff’s Office’s dive team was simply going through training Wednesday when a discovery re-opened an investigation and ended months of agonizing for Kathleen Platt.

Divers were performing a training exercise in the canal in the 3200 block of N. Palm Aire Drive when they came across a car with a body in side.

"They just literally made contact with it, ran right into it, completely blind," said BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter. "You can see nothing in the water, so it was really just a lucky break that they were able to find the car."

The skeletal remains found inside the car have not been identified, but investigators said the car was registered to 56-year-old Charlene Azzaro, who had been reported missing in 2013. Azzaro was homeless and detectives said she lived in her car.

The woman's twin sister, Kathleen Platt, said she is sure that the remains belong to her sister.

“I just knew in my heart, we never went a day without talking,” Platt said. “I knew something bad happened. I knew.”

Investigators were able to pull the car out of the canal and are currently working to make a positive identification on the remains. For Kathleen, it’s the second-straight heartbreak as she just buried her son, who died of a heart attack, two weeks ago.

“He kept saying, ‘Mom, we’ll find her,’” Platt said of her son. “So the detective came to the door today and I said, ‘It’s bad isn’t it.’ And there I am sitting there, ready to try and write thank you card. She’s in heaven with God, with my son. It’s been one thing after another.”

Investigators said the last time Azzaro was seen was on August 13, 2013 when she left her sister’s house, about a half-mile from where the car was discovered in the canal.



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<![CDATA[Suspect in Bar Brawl Shooting Arrested in NJ]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:51:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shawn+fletcher+web.jpg

A man suspected in a shooting that happened during a North Lauderdale bar brawl was arrested Monday in New Jersey.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Shawn Fletcher, 30, for his alleged involvement in the Sept. 13 brawl at Players Sports Bar and Grill.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the shooting victim, 41-year-old Terrance McClendon, was trying to make room for people passing by in the bar when he bumped into Fletcher and another man. The two men began arguing with McClendon and eventually, one of the men put McClendon in a headlock while the second repeatedly hit him, deputies said.

Security guards were able to break up the fight and asked the men to leave the bar, deputies said. Fletcher then went to his car, took out a black handgun and waiting for McClendon to leave the bar, BSO said. When McClendon stepped into the parking lot, Fletcher opened fire and chased after McClendon as he ran away, according to deputies.

After firing several shots, Fletcher shot McClendon in the lower back, deputies said. Fletcher then jumped into the passenger side of a car driven by the second man involved in the bar brawl.

North Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting and transported McClendon to Broward Health Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

Officials had been searching for Fletcher when he was caught in New Jersey. Fletcher is now being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility and will be extradited to Broward. Deputies said Fletcher has been arrested five times in Broward County since 2010. His previous charged include several counts of battery, cannabis possession, resisting arrest with violence, burglary and driving with a suspended license. It is unclear if Fletcher has an attorney.

The second man involved in the brawl has not yet been found. He is described as 5'9" with low-cut hair and was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants, a red hat and black shoes.

Anyone with information that can help deputies find the second man involved in the shooting is urged to call BSO Detective Jeffrey Curtis at 954-321-4214 or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.



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<![CDATA[Wanted Suspect in Police Standoff in Opa-locka]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111914+miami-dade+police+barricaded+suspect.jpg

A suspect wanted on weapons charges barricaded himself inside an Opa-locka home Wednesday when officers attempted to serve a warrant, officials said.

The incident happened at 14100 Northwest 24th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said.

Nearby Nathan B. Young Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a precaution, school board officials said.

The suspect, who was wanted in Broward County, was believed to be armed and dangerous, police said.



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<![CDATA[Defense Begins Case in Revenge Killing Trial]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:16:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111814+janepsy+carballo.jpg

Defense attorneys began presenting their case Wednesday ion the trial of a South Florida woman charged with killing her husband's business partner.

Janepsy Carballo, 37, is on trial for second-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Ilam Nissim. Prosecutors finished their case Tuesday.

Carballo claims self-defense, saying Nissim had murdered her husband a month before and was coming for her when she shot him six times.

Husband Orlando Mesa and the couple's son were shot outside their home on April 20, 2008. Mesa was killed and the young boy was injured but survived. Mesa's murder was never solved.

Prosecutors argue Carballo was out to avenge her husband's death, saying she lured Nissim to her home the night she fatally shot him.

Carballo could face 15 years to life in prison if convicted.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6's Bagg Sisters Featured in Sun-Sentinel]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:44:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111914+bagg+sisters+sun-sentinel.jpg

NBC 6's sister act is making headlines in South Florida.

Reporters Julia and Marissa Bagg were featured in a front page article in Wednesday's Sun-Sentinel.

The sisters, born and raised in South Florida, are both general assignment reporters. Julia joined the NBC 6 family in 2010 and Marissa was brought on in August.

"For me, the best day of my career was when she started working here, because that was an answered prayer and a dream come true," Julia told the newspaper.

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