<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:47:56 -0400 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:47:56 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Archie]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:48:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/00CB8AE1.jpg

Our pet of the week is Archie, a 1-year-old terrier mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Archie is very sweet and good with other dogs. He has plenty of energy, and walks well on a leash. Archie would make a great family dog.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Archie or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website here

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page. 

<![CDATA[Marlins Man Stealing Show at World Series]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:14:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457679922.jpg

He's not faster than a speeding bullet nor is he more powerful than a locomotive but Laurence Leavy has been a big part of the 2014 World Series.

Leavy, the self-proclaimed "Marlins Man" has been up-front and center during every World Series game thus far. This is nothing new for Leavy who has been seen in years past at big sporting events including the NBA Finals. The one constant for Leavy is the Miami Marlins red-orange alternate jersey he dons daily.

The local attorney was also present for the deciding game of the ALCS when the Kansas City Royals punched their ticket to this World Series. He could be seen right behind home plate standing out in a sea of blue.

People around the world have taken notice of Leavy at the games and at one brief point, "Marlins" was even trending worldwide on Twitter during that ALCS clincher. Leavy's appearances have led to several stories both locally and nationally as more people take notice of his consistent attendance.

During Friday's World Series game, Leavy found himself making more headlines when he gave his seat up to Steven Powell of the U.S. Navy. Powell had just finished his rendition during the 7th inning stretch which was marred by some early audio issues. Leavy on his Twitter account let it be known that he did this as a thank you for Powell's service.

Leavy is a season ticket holder for the Marlins and he even has a custom car based on the team. The car features the colors of the Marlins along with a drawing of Billy The Marlin and the Marlins logo on the side.

It's likely that Leavy will be sitting behind homeplate again during the 2015 World Series wherever it is played. The Marlins hope that Leavy will just take a short drive to Marlins Park next October. With the team expected to improve a roster that was in contention into September, "Marlins Man" could possibly continue his annual tradition from the comforts of home.

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<![CDATA[Forecast: Sunny, Breezy Saturday]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:21:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/B0yUaOfCEAE8YzT.png

Dry air has filtered in behind the front that left us soggy conditions all week, giving us beautiful weather just in time for the weekend. Highs will be in the low 80s. It will be breezy, with a moderate risk of rip currents.

Sunday will have a cooler start, with temperatures in the upper 60s. It will be another dry day under sunny skies. Rip currents will again be possible.

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We will have a dry start to the work week. A few showers should return to the forecast by Wednesday, but we shouldn't have any torrential downpours in sight for some time. Highs will be in the mid-80s all week.

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<![CDATA[Week 8 Preview: Dolphins at Jaguars]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:20:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/175892550.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will seek a second straight win on Sunday when they battle the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Picking up two wins in a row is something that has plagued Miami this year but the Jaguars offer a good opportunity to complete the task. Jacksonville is one of the worst teams in the entire NFL with their 1-6 record. That one win came last week but it was over the last place Cleveland Browns.

After winning their first game of the season, Miami lost two in a row. It then followed that with a decisive win over Oakland only to fall in heartbreaking fashion to the Green Bay Packers. Then last week, the Dolphins picked up a huge victory over the Bears in Chicago. The win over the Bears was important for Miami coming off the last second loss to the Packers. It was a boost in morale for the team as well as a boost in the standings.

Ryan Tannehill had an explosive game in Chicago throwing 25 of his 32 passes for completions and his first half was even more exceptional. The quarterback completed his first 14 pass attempts of the game and ended up with 277 yards and two touchdowns on the day. That was just the air attack for Tannehill as he also rushed for 48 yards in the game.

It's unlikely that Tannehill will post numbers as good as that for a second straight week but he may not need to. As long as the third year QB can avoid turning the ball over, the Dolphins should be able to walk off with a victory. The game in Chicago was only the second time this season that Tannehill avoided throwing at least one interception.

Dion Jordan should return on Sunday following his drug suspension. Jordan has missed the entire regular season thus far and is unlikely to play a big role in his first game back. As of yet, Miami has not made a necessary roster move in order to activate Jordan. If the team opts to not do so, Jordan would remain inactive until next week's game.

As has been the case for much of the season, Lamar Miller's production will be critical to the outcome of the game. The running back who has been cemented into the primary running role has continued to be an asset since taking over for Knowshon Moreno. Miller has outperformed many expectations and will need to continue to do so with Moreno gone for the season due to a torn ACL.

At 3-3, Miami is in third place in the AFC East but a win on Sunday would go a long way in its hopes of making a return to the postseason. A 4-3 record would keep the Dolphins right in the thick of things for both the division and the wild card race with nine games to go.

The game against Jacksonville will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday

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<![CDATA[South Florida Woman Tells Her Airbag Horror Story]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:16:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/air+bag.JPG


Claribel Nunez still has a gash on her forehead, three months after she was struck by a piece of metal, which shot through the airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic during an accident.

The South Florida woman is now suing the airbag company that’s the subject of a nation-wide recall as well as the maker of her car, after the airbag went off during what she calls a minor fender-bender in Miami Gardens in July.

“I feel now in shock, sad, a little nervous to drive now,” Nunez said of her accident.

Nunez’s car is one of the eight million that are part of the growing nationwide recall over air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. The inflators can rupture, ejecting shrapnel in a crash. The list of recalled cars includes cars from multiple manufacturers including Honda and General Motors. Safety advocates says as many as 25 million vehicles may be equipped with the faulty air bags in the U.S. alone, according to The Associated Press. There have been recalls in Japan, Europe, China and other areas.

“If it landed two inches below on either side, she could be blind or even worse, killed,” Nunez’s attorney, Jason Turchin, said of the metal part. “What should’ve been a normal everyday car accident turned into something much scarier.”

Takata didn’t respond when NBC 6 requested a comment about the lawsuit. Earlier in the week, Takata said it’s working with the federal government and automakers: “Our joint objective is to do all that is possible to maximize motor vehicle safety.”

Honda didn’t respond to a request for comment via phone, email, or social media.

Nunez said that what happened to her should be a warning to other drivers to get their cars checked as soon as possible. Turchin said he’s already had four other clients who have claimed a similar thing has happened to them during an accident.

Automakers said there are now so many cars on the recall list that parts are starting to run out and it could take months for more parts to be delivered.

The most updated recall list from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration can be seen below:

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2004 – Ranger
  • 2005 – 2006 GT
  • 2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
  • 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
  • 2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003 – 2011 Honda Element
  • 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 – Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 – 2007 Mazda6
  • 2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
  • 2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 – 2005 MPV
  • 2004 – B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2004 – 2005 Lancer
  • 2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 – 2005 Baja
  • 2003 – 2005 Legacy
  • 2003 – 2005 Outback
  • 2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
  • 2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra 

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<![CDATA[Children's Group Sues Over Broward Ballot]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:51:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/browardballot102414.jpg

Ballot problems are nothing new in South Florida and now; the 2014 ballot is under fire after over where the issue of keeping the Broward Children’s Services Council falls on the ballot.

“I said, ‘What happened to the Children’s Services Item?’” said voter Karen Dickerhoof. “So I went backwards, and there it was at the bottom of the page under Amendment 3. Well, my plan was to vote no on Amendment 3, and so what did I do? I voted no on the Children’s Services Item.”

Children’s Services attorney Mike Ryan filed suit against Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes. Ryan alleged that the three-column ballot is misleading.

“You get to Amendment 3, people are naturally going right to the bottom,” Ryan said. “What’s missing right here is any prominence.”

Ryan says that going forward, Broward County should print a revised ballot, or hand voters a note that, “directs their attention that there are four items on page 1A, and in column 3, there are two.”

The first two columns feature election items, their Spanish and Creole translations, and a yes or no vote at the bottom. Column three features two issues, with two yes or no votes, and many voters are skipping to the bottom.

The CSC said that the mistake could be costly to the program. According to CSC president Cindy Arenberg, it could cost 150,000 kids valuable developmental service, and hurt service providers.

“Over the next year, we would have to say this is the end of your contract, stop all programming,” Arenberg said.

Snipes was briefed on the issue and issued a warning to voters to be careful when filling out the 2014 ballot.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Tablet-Laptop Combos]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:58:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CR+Laptops+081114.jpg

Tablets have been one of the fastest growing consumer electronics. But sales are starting to level off. And the laptop market has been declining for some time. Now there’s an emerging class of computers called detachables that combines a laptop and a tablet.

Detachables work like a laptop with more memory, storage, and power than a tablet. Then they can be converted into a tablet when you need something lightweight and easy to carry along. Consumer Reports has been checking out several detachables, and so far its testers haven’t been overly impressed.

The problem is detachables don’t do either task particularly well. As a laptop, they’re not as fast or as powerful as you would like. As a tablet, they tend to be a little bit heavy.

There are other concerns, too. On the Lenovo model, you can’t adjust the viewing angle of the screen like you could on a standard laptop. And on the Asus model, you get only 2GB of memory. Most laptops come with at least 4GB.

The only detachable that Consumer Reports recommends as both a tablet and a laptop is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It has a great display and great battery life. And at 12 inches, its screen is larger than most other tablets. The Surface Pro 3 comes equipped with a Surface Pen, camera, and memory card reader, and starts at $800. The keyboard is sold separately for $130.

Consumer Reports says that more and more detachables are coming on the market, and it hopes to see lighter, more powerful models soon.

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<![CDATA[Guard Injured at Ultra Suing for $10 Million]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:20:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/IMG_64561.JPG

A security guard injured during this year’s Ultra Music Festival in March will file a lawsuit Monday against the festival organizers, the city of Miami, and others for $10 million.

Erica Mack was trampled while working security at the festival after fencing in the area she was working collapsed. She was injured after a large group of people outside the festival tried to push over a fence at SE 1st Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

Miami Police had reportedly been warned that the area where Mack was providing security needed stronger fencing in case of any problems. Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said organizers didn’t follow through.

Mack suffered a skull fracture and a broken leg when she was trampled. Her attorney, Eric Isicoff, said she remains under the care of her doctors and regularly attends rehab for her broken leg.

Mack hasn’t spoken to the media about what happened since the incident, but Isicoff said she will speak on Monday about her ordeal.

UPDATE: Ultra's organizer's released a statement that read in part: "We continue to wish Ms. Mack the best for her future and hope she has made a full and complete recovery, but the complaint her lawyers have now filed as part of a lawsuit does not properly recite the facts of the unfortunate accident. Without question, event organizers believe that the incident was caused by illegal actions of unknown third parties for which it is not responsible."

<![CDATA[Email Schemes Getting More Clever]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:52:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/computer2.jpg

At first glance, the emails may look legitimate, containing warnings about accounts that need updating, or packages that need to be delivered.

But, upon closer inspection, the emails from a bank, online pay site or delivery service are clearly bogus.

It’s called “phishing,” the mass-spamming of millions of email accounts by fraudsters who hope a few recipients nibble and turn over valuable information: passwords, account numbers, you name it.

“The best thing to do when you receive these emails is to not respond to them and immediately contact your financial institution,” said Chris Catania, a Wells Fargo senior vice president “They’re then able to use your information to make purchases on line. If you give them your information, say your online banking information, they’ll be able to go right online and possibly transfer your money into other accounts.”

“The best thing to do when you receive these emails is to not respond to them and immediately contact your financial institution,” Catania said.

One technique phishers use, he said, is intentionally misspelling a key word or two, an attempt to avoid detection by filtering systems in email servers.

For instance, an email sent to Team 6 Investigators purportedly from Wells Fargo spells the bank’s name “Wells Fago” in an email address. A filter would be less likely to keep out a brand name it does not recognize.

“As they become more technologically advanced, it is becoming more on the rise and that’s why it’s very important to protect yourself as much as possible,” Catania said.

He suggested those concerned about phishing should review these tips from the Wells Fargo website.

<![CDATA[FDLE to Investigate Miami-Dade Police Shootings]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:31:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/093009+miami-dade+police.jpg

The Miami-Dade Police Department will no longer investigate itself for criminal wrongdoing in police shootings and deaths in custody.

Instead, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will step in.

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted 9-2 Tuesday to approve an agreement hammered out by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, State Attorney Kathleen Fernandez Rundle and FDLE.

Gimenez proposed the changes earlier this year, in part over concerns about the police investigation into the killing of its own informant -- along with three suspected armed home invaders -- during a botched 2011 sting operation in the Redland.

Gimenez and Rundle told Team 6 Investigators the change will make the department more transparent and strengthen the community's trust in the investigations’ conclusions.

Rundle will continue to assess the evidence and decide whether criminal charges will be filed, but that evidence will now be gathered and presented to prosecutors by FDLE – not Miami Dade police.

In June 2011, informant Rosendo Betancourt was shot to death by officers after he was seen on video surrendering, his hands up, then dropping to the ground as ordered by the officers who would shoot him to death 70 seconds later.

One of the officers said he feared Betancourt – who was working with the police – was reaching for a gun.

“There’s a lot in there that’s not believable,” Rundle said of the investigation during an interview with Team 6 Investigators last spring. Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence in the Miami-Dade Police investigation to support charging any of the officers involved in the four killings.

“There’s a lot in there that just leaves big holes and big questions,” Rundle said. “There’s a lot that’s in all of those findings that says what a terrible operation this was.”

Gimenez said, “Whatever the results are of that particular investigation, it would be viewed as more objective because an agency shouldn’t be investigating itself …. It’s akin to the fox guarding the henhouse.”

Miami Dade police promoted the head of the operation from lieutenant to major, as it continues to investigate whether any internal policies were broken.

Police union president John Rivera opposed bringing FDLE into the investigation.

“We are the elite,“ Rivera told NBC 6. “We’ve never had a problem so, there’s no, you know, it’s sort of like you’re trying to fix the wheel that isn’t broken."

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<![CDATA[Police Probe Suspicious Cat Deaths in Palmetto Bay]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:55:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/172*120/cat+generic.JPG

Police are investigating after at least two cats have been found dead under mysterious circumstances in the same Palmetto Bay neighborhood in the past week.

The first cat was found Monday in its owner's front yard on Southwest 84th Court Monday morning, according to a Miami-Dade Police incident report.

"It is unknown how the cat perished," the report said.

The next day and on the same street, a woman found her pet cat dead in her front yard. The woman, who doesn't want to be identified, said the cat was pierced by an arrow.

"She had a big hole in her back and there was flesh coming out of the back and her spinal cord had been cut in half," said the cat's owner, who asked not to be identified.

Police aren't sure if the two deaths are linked but both are under investigation.

In 2009, a South Florida teen was arrested after police accused him of mutilating and killing 19 cats in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay. The charges against Tyler Weinman were later dropped in November 2010.

The cat owner who spoke to NBC 6 said she doesn't believe the recent cat deaths are related to the previous incidents.

<![CDATA[Family Found After Toddler Taken to Wrong School]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:53:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/abandonedchild102414.jpg

The family of a one-year-old boy who was thought to be abandoned at a daycare center Friday morning has been found.

The boy, named Nicholas, was brought to Lincoln Marti Daycare at 880 SW 8th Street by an unknown Latin woman who was accompanied by two small children.

Miami Police said Nicholas was dropped off at the wrong daycare by a relative and that no one will be charged in the case.

The Department of Children and Family Services took custody of the child as of Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Nicholas or this incident is asked to call the Miami Police Department at (305) 603-6310 or (305) 603-6304.

Photo Credit: Miami Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[90-Year-Old Fan Challenges Heat's Wade to One-On-One]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:35:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/wadegrandmaplay.jpg

For her 90th birthday, Miami Heat fan Illuminada Magtoto only had one wish: to play one-on-one with Dwyane Wade.

Magtoto challenged Wade in a YouTube video, saying, "Dwyane Wade, on my 90th birthday, I want to play one-on-one with you, okay?"

The Heat star accepted her challenge, and the unlikely duo took to the court at the team's practice facility on Tuesday.

"Happy birthday!" Wade greeted Magtoto. "Thank you so much for being a fan of mine and the Heat."

As the two took turns shooting, Magtoto lobbed the ball high, and Wade dunked it in.

"You throw lobs better than Mario Chalmers," he said to Magtoto's delight.

Seeing how happy the experience made her, Wade appeared to tear up in an interview with the team's Heat TV.

"This is real, and this is what it's about," Wade said as he dabbed at his eyes. "This gives me life. It gives me purpose."

Magtoto expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to meet her favorite player.

"Now I feel like I'm very, very happy, and I'm very grateful," she said. "This is my dream come true."

Wade later posted about Magtoto's visit on Instagram, saying, "I had the chance to meet this lovely lady. You never know the impact you have on people and meeting her made me realize yet again that my life is bigger than basketball. She presented a challenge to play me one on one for her 90th bday. Thanks to her family, the Miami Heat and TeamWade for making this wish come true. #biggerpurpose #hertearsalmostmademetear #happybday"

Photo Credit: Miami Heat]]>
<![CDATA[Toddler Hospitalized After Fall From Balcony in Hialeah]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:57:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102414+hialeah+balcony+fall+child.jpg

A young child was airlifted to a hospital after falling from the fourth floor balcony of a Hialeah apartment building Friday morning.

The incident happened at the apartment complex at 6975 W. 16th Avenue.

“His mother came knocking on my door like all worried and she was crying because he like, fell off the fourth floor,” said neighbor Nayahliz Ruiz.

A man acme to rescue the child after he fell from the balcony, neighbors said.

“When he grabbed the kid, he was moving and crying and I see his face with sand and scratches and his lips were like this and purple,” said Ruiz.

The 2-year-old child was conscious and alert but suffered some facial injuries and was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Hialeah Fire Rescue officials said.

Hialeah Police said the entire incident appears to be an accident.

“A grandma, mom, and an aunt and somehow, very quickly, he got away from them,” said Hialeah Police Detective Carl Zogby. “They claim that for seconds they left the sliding glass door that leads to the balcony and he must have run out without them noticing and fell over.”

Police don’t expect to file any charges and the child is expected to be okay.

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<![CDATA[Kitten Needs Donations to Repair Leg]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:43:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*284/Crushed+kitten+leg.jpg

A good Samaritan, who rescued a two-month-old kitten named Jasper, needs your help.

Jasper was nearly crushed by a wooden panel in Miami and escaped with a broken leg. He now needs surgery to repair the fracture, but his rescuer, Achliann Gallardo, doesn't have enough funds for the procedure.

The Animal Welfare Society of South Florida's estimates the surgery and follow up care will cost $1,776.

Gallardo has set up a fund to help offset the cost. Click here if you’d like to help.

<![CDATA[Weather: Wet Friday, Drier Weekend]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102414+weather+miami.jpg

We'll be ending the work week with plenty of rain in South Florida Friday.

Heavy rain was already moving through much of Miami-Dade and parts of south Broward Friday morning. Along with the rain will be breezy conditions and high temperatures around 82.

The rain will clear out in time for the weekend, leaving drier conditions on Saturday and Sunday.

<![CDATA[Police Search for Miami School Camera Thief]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:52:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102414+miami-dade+schools+camera+thief.jpg

Miami-Dade Schools Police are looking for a thief who has been stealing surveillance cameras from public schools.

The suspect has stolen several cameras from Miami schools dating back to September 2013, causing more than $10,000 in damages, police said.

Police said the suspect commits the thefts between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m., and has been captured on cameras before removing them.

The suspect is described as a black male between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-9 with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Provocative "Vest or Vote" Campaign Hitting Airwaves]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:32:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/vestorvotecampaign.jpg

A new ad campaign from a group called the Dream Defenders is using powerful imagery about guns and safety to try to get out the vote.

The ad is in black and white and is set in a kitchen. A mom is talking with her son and asks him to wear a bulletproof vest. The son protests and the mother asked her son to wear it so that she knows he will be safe.

The ad campaign, according to Steven Pargett of the Dream Defenders, is intended to be provocative and conjure images of fatal shooting of unarmed young men of color.

“It speaks to that moment that’s so familiar,” said Pargett. “But we have that twist on the end of strapping on that bulletproof vest onto the son.”

The Defenders believe the deaths of both Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown can be traced to systematic bias against minorities and in state laws like “Stand Your Ground.”

The political ad finishes with a call for Floridians to cast their ballots on November 4th with the three words, “vest or vote.”

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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Abduct Miami-Dade Teen: Police]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/attemptedabductor102314.jpg

Miami-Dade Police released a sketch they hope will aid them in catching a man they say tried to abduct a teenager Monday morning.

Miami-Dade Police said the man in the sketch tried to abduct the teenager as she was walking to school early Monday. The attempted abduction happened near the intersection of NW 22nd Avenue and 87th Street in Miami-Dade County.

Police said the man came up behind the girl, grabbed her, and tried to force her into his car.

“It’s a scary feeling knowing that somebody’s out here trying to snatch our kids, especially when they’re just going to school to get an education,” said neighbor Vernarda Teal.

The attempted abductor was described as being between 35 and 40 years old with low-cut hair, 6’1” tall and approximately 180 pounds. The abductor has brown eyes, a muscular build, and had a beard. He was also wearing a dark blue shirt with dark colored jeans.

“It’s not somebody I know,” Teal said. “It could be a common person. I mean, I would be looking out and looking at everybody now to see if I could recognize him.”

If you have any information about the suspect or the crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[Fire Rescue Workers Show How They are Prepared for Ebola]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:37:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015226947_1200x675_347081283532.jpg NBC6's Laura Rodriguez shows off how Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue workers are prepared for the possibility of a biohazard emergency and the equipment that is used to treat patients.]]> <![CDATA[Copper Theft Targets Miami Beach Lightpoles]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/copperthefts102314.jpg

Miami Beach officials are trying to fight back against a series of burglaries that have plunged neighborhoods into darkness.

The thieves are targeting light poles and stealing the copper wire contained inside. The wire inside the light fixtures is valuable on the black market. Miami Beach Police have gone as far as placing their own camera crews out to document the trouble the copper thieves are causing.

“Folks are taking advantage and attacking our light poles and similar street fixtures to rip out as much copper wire as they can in the middle of the night,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales. “All of a sudden, you’ve got a block that’s in the dark.”

Multiple locations have had to be repaired after the copper thieves hit. It’s all coming at a cost to taxpayers.

“Just the replacement of it is costing us between material and labor, over $200,000,” said Morales.

Miami Beach Police detectives said they are after Frederick Hamm, who they believe may be involved with some of the thefts. Detective Chris Mitchell also said there are four other men he wants to talk to about the copper thefts: Armando Sanchez, Daniel Ambrose, Luiz Lopez, and Tony Prado.

“We seem to think this is just not one or two individuals, it’s an organized crime,” said Detective Mitchell. “We seem to think this is a group of individuals working for one particular person.”

Police said the areas that have been hit the hardest are: MacArthur Causeway, South Point Park and its neighborhoods, and the boardwalk.

Morales told NBC 6’s Willard Shepard the city is trying to stay a step ahead of the thieves by replacing the copper with aluminum. Detective Mitchell said if you see someone near a light pole without a city uniform call 911.

If you have information locating the men involved or about the copper thefts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[Davie Man Allegedly Molested Boys with Autsim]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:23:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/orlandopalaciosmugshot102314.jpg

Davie Police arrested 47-year-old Orlando Palacios Wednesday night on multiple charges after he allegedly sexually molested two boys with autism.

“I mean, I’d bury him under the jail if I could,” one of the child’s parents told NBC 6. “He targeted kids with special needs.”

According to Davie Police, last weekend Palacios allegedly touched a boy’s buttocks from inside his shorts and underwear and prevented the boy from leaving his bedroom during the incident. Davie Police said Palacios also allegedly committed sex acts on a different child.

According to the arrest affidavit, one of the boys said he walked into the room during Palacios allegedly having sex with the other child, allowing both kids to escape and tell their parents what had happened.

“I was shocked because actually both boys told me and my wife,” one child’s father said. “Because the other boy is my son’s best friend.”

Police said after being read his rights, Palacios said he made lewd comments to one of the victims and asked if he was gay. The arrest affidavit said Palacios gave “several accounts of his actions and whereabouts during the date and time of this incident.”

Neighbors told NBC 6’s Dan Krauth there was always a steady stream of kids coming and going from Palacio’s home, especially on weekends.

Davie Police said when Palacios was confronted with the differing stories, he stopped cooperating with police.

Palacios was arrested and charged with one count of battery, one count of lewd/lascivious molestation of a victim older than 12, but younger than 16, and three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a person older than 12, but younger than 16.

Palacios was taken to the Broward County Jail and remains there on more than $40,000 bond. It’s unknown if Palacios has an attorney.

If you know more about the case, or were a victim of Palacios, call Davie Police or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:34:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102314+armed+robbery+suspect.jpg

Police are looking for a man they say robbed a northwest Miami-Dade convenience store and may be responsible for two other armed robberies.

The latest robbery happened Oct. 6 at the store at 533 Northwest 103rd Street, Miami-Dade Police said Thursday.

The suspect entered the store, covering his face with a shirt. He pulled out a gun and demanded money from the register from the clerk, who complied with the demand before the suspect fled.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, between 30-40 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, and about 200 pounds.

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

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police]]>
<![CDATA[Missing Pot-Bellied Pig Lucy Found]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:33:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/missingpig2102214.jpg

Lucy, a family’s 60-pound pot-bellied pig that was believed to have been stolen Monday, found her way home Thursday.

The pig, belonging to Bianca Sierra, went missing and the family thought it was two men who had allegedly tried to steal the pig before. The family said neighbors of their home had frightened away the potential pig-nappers in the past.

When Lucy disappeared, her caretakers feared the worst.

“I thought that they were going to cook her,” said Lucy’s caretaker Rebeca Gusman. “Because, like Christmas is right around the corner. Get her really fat, and eat her.”

After the pig disappeared, Sierra and her friends drove the neighborhood posting flyers asking for Lucy’s safe return. Then, Thursday morning, the phone rang and it was the news they had been hoping to hear. Two men at a Home Depot near Lucy’s home found the pig and contacted Sierra.

Lucy is back at home Thursday night and the pig’s caretakers had a message for the pesky pignappers.

“Please don’t do that again,” said caretaker Tito Gusman. “Please. It is a pet. Just imagine how it would be if they took your pet. It’s not a good thing; not a good feeling.”

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Man Filmed Woman, Young Kids in Bathroom: BSO]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102314+Isaias+Ramos.jpg

A Broward man is facing video voyeurism charges after authorities say he filmed a woman and her two young children inside their bathroom.

Isaias Ramos, 32, was arrested Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff's Office on two counts of video voyeurism, jail records and court documents released Thursday show.

Ramos was being held on $20,000 bond Thursday and it was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to an arrest warrant, Ramos installed a device to secretly view and record the victim, a 25-year-old woman, and her two children, ages 5 and 7, between February and April.

Deputies found several videos on Ramos' computer of the victim and her kids bathing and using the toilet at a North Lauderdale home where Ramos rented a room, the warrant said.

“He abused that trust and obtained the video of her inside the bathroom when she didn’t want to be videotaped,” said Kalya Concepcion of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The woman told investigators she found the videos on Ramos' email account after his former girlfriend warned her of the videos and gave her his email password.

“The warning to people is just be mindful as much as you can. Do your homework,” said Concepcion. “He had no priors; so even a background check would not have revealed this.”

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[2 Arrested in Shooting That Left Man Paralyzed: Cops]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:02:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102314+isaac+coles+quinton+grate.jpg

Police have arrested two suspects and are still looking for a third in a home invasion shooting that left a South Florida man paralyzed.

Isaac Glen Coles, 21, and Quinton Grate, 20, have been arrested and charged with attempted murder, armed kidnapping, armed burglary and armed robbery in the Aug. 18 shooting, Miami-Dade Police said Thursday.

Both men were being held without bond Thursday and it was unknown if they have attorneys.

According to police, 20-year-old Bryan Perez was sitting on his patio at 20761 Northeast 4th Court with a friend when three men robbed them at gunpoint and tried to force them into the home.

But as Perez went inside, he closed the sliding glass door behind him, and his attackers fired several shots into the home, striking him, police said.

Perez suffered several gunshots and underwent surgery. Doctors determined his spine was severed and he would be paralyzed from the waist down. His friend wasn't injured.

Coles and Grate were arrested and were identified by Perez and his friend in a six-person photo lineup, police said.

Police are looking for the third suspect, who is believed to be a 15-year-old black male. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:13:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/102314Scrappy+517160.jpg This week's pets available at the Humane Society of Broward County.]]> <![CDATA[Man Charged in Woman's Murder: Miami-Dade Police]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:56:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102314+Sandra+Santiesteban+Alonso.jpg

A Miami man is facing second-degree murder charge in the brutal beating death of a woman in July in Opa-locka.

Lazo Santiago, 52, was arrested Tuesday in the death of 49-year-old Sandra Santiesteban Alonso, Miami-Dade Police said.

Santiago was being held without bond Thursday and it was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to police, officers found the body of Alonso inside her Honda Accord in the area of Northwest 135th Street and Northwest 26th Court the evening of July 10.

Police said the investigation and laboratory analysis led them to issue a warrant for Santiago.

<![CDATA[Weather: Showers and Storms Thursday]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:46:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015216545_1200x675_346618947979.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- October 23, 2014]]>