<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:17:26 -0400 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:17:26 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Puppy Rescued from Abandoned Roof Seeking Home ]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/07062015+puppy+on+roof1.JPG

Just Jacks Rescue is now accepting adoption applications for 10-week old puppy "Indy," the easy-going, energetic Fido who was rescued from an abandoned roof this holiday weekend.

On the Fourth of July, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue received a phone call that there was a puppy on the roof of an abandoned home. Normally dealing with fiery rooftops, MDFR had the unfamiliar task of handling a frightened pup.

After being rescued in front of a crowd of dozens, the pooch was taken back to the station where Just Jacks Rescue was called.

“He's a fairly healthy puppy, he's about 10 weeks old, he's very high energy, extremely loving, he does get along with cats and dogs,” said Jennifer Woolman, from Just Jacks Rescue.

How Indy wound up on top of a one-story house is a mystery, but there is a theory.

“The assumption by fire rescue is that someone actually threw him up there,” said Woolman. “They said there was absolutely no possible way he could have climbed."

To submit an application, log on to Just Jacks Rescue’s Facebook page. Indy has reportedly received his shots, will be neutered, and is looking for a forever home.

<![CDATA[Uber Suspending Operations in Broward on July 31]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:12:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/uber-file.jpg

Uber is suspending operations in Broward County at the end of the month due to its ongoing battle with the board of county commissioners, company officials said Monday.

Calling Broward "one of the most hostile regulatory environments in the nation," Uber officials said they'll suspend operations beginning July 31.

"It is impossible for Uber to continue providing the high standard of service and affordability the community has come to expect under the burdens of these unnecessary regulatory barriers," the company said in a statement. "Rather than provide substandard service, we have decided to suspend operations while we seek a path forward."

The company said riders will still be able to get dropped off in Broward.

In April, Broward commissioners passed an ordinance that requires vehicle inspections, background checks that include fingerprinting and 24/7 insurance that complies with state law for drivers of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Last month, commissioners set fines for unregistered drivers that could cost as much as $1,000.

<![CDATA[FBI Searching for Plantation Bank Robber]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:45:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070615+plantation+bank+robber.jpg

The FBI is searching for a suspect who robbed a Plantation bank Monday.

The robbery happened around 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo at 1191 S. University Drive when the robber entered the bank and demanded money from an employee.

Customers were inside but no one was injured. Money was taken but the amount wasn't released.

Investigators haven't determined the robber's gender, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000.

Photo Credit: FBI]]>
<![CDATA[Woman, 90, Found Dead in Hollywood Home: Police]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:48:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070615+elderly+woman+dead+hollywood.jpg

Police are investigating the death of a 90-year-old woman in Hollywood Monday.

The body of Helen Townsend was found around 8:30 a.m. in the home in the 2800 block of Fillmore Street, Hollywood Police said.

There were no obvious signs of the cause of death, but police said it could be suspicious in nature.

Detectives are investigating the death and are awaiting autopsy results. No other information was immediately known.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Hosts Q&A on Twitter]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-463215404.jpg

Fresh off a new contract with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade took time to answer questions from fans on Twitter on Monday.

Many questions were sent Wade's way in the session that lasted roughly 40 minutes. Among the subjects were money and of course, LeBron James. Wade replied in a lighthearted, and at times brutally honest manner.

Some other questions pertained to Wade's teammates and his thoughts on the upcoming Heat season.

Wade is currently vacationing and took the short break to interact with Heat fans who recently received good news about the All-Star. When free agency opened last week, Miami and Wade worked quickly to secure a new contract. While the deal can't be officially announced until Wednesday, Wade himself released a statement the day it was reported.

"I look forward to continuing our journey. I am extremely proud of my personal contributions in helping to build the HEAT franchise and for bringing three NBA championship wins to our great city," Wade said in the statement.

While that reported new deal is only for one year, this does not mean Wade's career is winding down. Wade in fact answered a question on Monday in reference to his remaining time in the NBA.

Miami's season is still months from getting underway, but excitement is building with a team that is expected to contend.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Graphic Video Shows Pregnant Woman Robbed: MDPD]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:13:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/woman+robbed+taking+out+groceries+miami.jpg

The Miami-Dade Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating three suspects who are accused of robbing a pregnant woman while she was taking out groceries in the driveway of her home in southwest Miami-Dade.

According to police, the woman was retrieving groceries outside her southwest Miami-Dade home from the backseat of her SUV on May 29. In the middle of the task, surveillance video shows a silver 4-door Sedan pull up alongside the residence on Southwest 69th Lane.

The first subject exited the vehicle, and approached her wearing a mask and armed with a handgun. He allegedly stated, “Señora deme su cartera” (Ma’am give me your purse). Upon hearing this demand, the victim ran.

A second suspect then approached her, snatching her purse and pushing her to the ground. Once they took her purse, the suspects then got into the waiting getaway vehicle, which was driven by a third unknown suspect.

The suspects stole approximately $3,000. The victim, who was 5-months pregnant at the time of the attack, sustained minor bruising.

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

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Construction Job Fair in Overtown]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:00:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic+construction+vg.jpg

With development underway for the mixed-use Miami Worldcenter project, organizers are hosting their first job fair in Overtown on Tuesday seeking thousands of local applicants to fill an estimated 18,000 new construction jobs.

Set to occupy 27 acres in the heart of downtown Miami, the 10-block Miami Worldcenter project will bring world-class retail, hospitality, and residential uses to the heart of downtown Miami. Phase one of the project is expected to yield approximately 18, 000 direct jobs and it projected to pump $1 billion into the local economy.

The job fair will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Agnes Episcopal Church located at 1750 Northwest Third Avenue in Miami.

For more information, visit Miami World Center.

Photo Credit: Valeria Gonzalez]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Pulls 4-inch Long Centipede out of his Ear]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:39:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/texas-centipede.jpg

A teenager in Arkansas who was suffering from a severe earache was left stunned when he pulled out a 4-inch centipede. Can you say gross?

According to New York Daily News, Grant Botti woke up at his home in Saline County last week in excruciating pain. The 14 year old then felt something wiggling around.

He then grabbed onto the mystery intruder’s tail and slowly pulled it out. It goes without saying he was shocked when he came face-to-face with the creepy crawler.

His mom Angela put the critter into a plastic bag, and took her son to the hospital.
Doctors found small abrasions in his ear drum, but he was later released and is expected to make a full recovery.

It’s still not clear how the centipede ended up in the teen’s ear. However, the family does believe it could have happened when he was swimming.

Nurses at the hospital say it was the first time they have ever had someone come in with a centipede in their ear.

In case you’re wondering, the centipede's condition is unknown.

Photo Credit: Furryscaly/Flickr]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Shower Chances Monday]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:02:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018955177_1200x675_477886531965.jpg We kick off the new work week with temps in the 70s but Ryan Phillips says we'll see a warm up into the low 90s with hazy skies by the afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Marlins Option Marcell Ozuna to AAA]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478899362.jpg

The Miami Marlins optioned Marcell Ozuna to AAA New Orleans on Sunday following a prolonged slump for the outfielder.

Ozuna entered the year with high expectations after a breakthrough 2014 season. The center fielder was unable to live up to the lofty goals however, and has struggled to be productive all season.

Following Sunday's loss in Chicago, Ozuna's slash line is .249 / .301 / .337. Of note is a lack of power for the outfielder. Ozuna only has four home runs this season, and has only knocked in 26 runs total.

With Giancarlo Stanton out of commission, Miami needs more production from the rest of the lineup. Ozuna simply has not been able to provide that, and he has also had numerous poor at-bats. In at least one at-bat during Sunday's loss, Ozuna appeared to lose focus and made poor decisions on pitch selection.

Ozuna only has one hit in his last 36 at-bats, and has been held without a knock for 17 straight. Not only is Ozuna failing to pick up hits, but he is also not taking free passes, Ozuna has not walked since June 30th, and had only one prior to that since June 19th.

The Marlins have a lack of options in terms of replacing Ozuna especially with Stanton on the disabled list. Miami could give some at-bats to Ichiro Suzuki and Cole Gillespie in the outfield. Michael Morse will also likely see time at a corner outfield spot. The Marlins may promote Jordany Valdespin from AAA for further depth as well.

Miami is off on Monday before heading to Boston for a quick two-game series against the Red Six.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Marlins' Bats Silenced Again in Chicago]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:12:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479559462.jpg

The Miami Marlins saw their offense stay quiet as the Chicago Cubs shut them out 2-0 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

The loss gave Chicago a series win, and Miami only managed a total of two runs in its last two games. The Marlins had a few opportunities to bring a run home, but went 0-3 with runners in scoring position. This followed a day after the Marlins had multiple run-scoring chances.

All five of Miami's hits were singles and none were particularly hard hit. Starting pitcher Mat Latos had one of the hits for Miami, and has his batting average over .300. The hit was only part of what was a productive day for the veteran.

Latos dazzled on the mound, but was tagged with the loss. The right-hander allowed only one hit across his seven innings of work. Latos struck out seven, walked one and allowed a run. That lone score came in the first inning on a wild pitch. Latos had two wild pitches in the game, though one could have easily been called a passed ball.

With Latos' spot due up in the eighth inning, manager Dan Jennings called upon Michael Morse to pinch-hit. Morse was activated from the disabled list before the game, and represented the go-ahead run. The veteran would strike out however and Miami was kept a run down.

Marcell Ozuna's struggles continued with an 0-3 day. The center fielder has a season average of .249, and could be in danger of losing playing time.

The Marlins are off on Monday before opening a two-game series at Fenway Park on Tuesday. On the mound for Miami will be Dan Haren.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[NFL Player Injured by Fireworks in Broward: Reports]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-455434102.jpg

A New York Giants football player is currently in the hospital after allegedly injuring his hand in a fireworks accident in Broward County, according to multiple reports

Andy Slater of WINZ tweeted that Pierre-Paul "severely injured" his hand. Slater also referred to a neighbor of the player, who had a posted a photo of a "truck load of fireworks" in a van. That neighbor later deleted the picture.

TMZ reported Pierre-Paul suffered injuries to some of his fingers and thumb, while Sports Illustrated confirmed the injury but not the severity.

Another tweet said Pierre-Paul was taken to Broward Health North Medical Center in Deerfield Beach.

Pierre-Paul posted a video earlier in the evening talking about fireworks:



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<![CDATA[Man Loses Hand in Fourth of July Fireworks Accident]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:36:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ambulance-generic-ambulance-stock1.jpg

A man lost his hand while setting off fireworks for the Fourth of July in Dania Beach Saturday night.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units responded to the 100 block of NW 13th Avenue just before midnight after receiving a 911 call about a man bleeding profusely in the street. Officials said the 24-year-old from Margate lost most of his left hand above the wrist. He was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition.

Witnesses told firefighters that a firework went off in his hand. Responders noticed a large amount of debris in the roadway, saying it was consistent with the detonation of multiple fireworks.

Inspectors from the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal's Bureau are investigating the incident along with the State Fire Marshal.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[Cosart Provides Fireworks as Marlins Fall at Wrigley]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:44:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479491478.jpg

Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was no match for the Chicago Cubs in a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

This game was over in the blink of an eye thanks to two long home runs by Kris Bryant. The Cubs' third baseman hit a two-run shot in the first inning that nearly left the stadium. In the second inning, Bryant followed that up with a grand slam to put the game out of reach.

One oddity in this game was the hit disparity between the teams. Miami had ten hits compared to Chicago's four. Yet, the Cubs ran away with the all-important run column. This can be attributed to Bryant's home runs, and Miami's inability to hit with runners in scoring position.

After the game, Miami optioned to Cosart to AAA New Orleans. He will be replaced on the roster but Michael Morse who had been on the disabled list. Cosart's spot in the rotation could go to David Phelps or Jose Urena.

The Marlins were 1-14 with runners in scoring position and left a total of 12 men on base. The opportunities to come back were there all game, but Miami was unable to cash the runs in. This has been a problem for Miami all season long. Being without Giancarlo Stanton for a few more weeks will not help matters.

Cole Gillespie took advantage of a rare starting opportunity with a pair of doubles. With Stanton out and Ichiro Suzuki struggling, Gillespie has found some unexpected playing time. That time may dwindle now with Morse returning however.

After Cosart gave up seven runs in 1.2 innings, the bullpen did an admirable job of containing Chicago's lineup. David Phelps, Bryan Morris, and Brad Hand combined for 6.1 innings of no-hit relief.

Miami will try to win the series on Sunday when Mat Latos makes the start against Chicago.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in Wynwood: Police]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:12:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wynwood+shooting+flyer+070415.jpg

Police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man in the Wynwood area of Miami early Saturday morning.

Miami Police said 41-year-old Thomas Quass was walking to his car with his girlfriend in the area of 51 NW 26th Street around 1:15 a.m. when they were confronted by a man with a gun. Police said Quass exchanged words with the gunman and was then shot.

The gunmen fled by jumping into the passenger side of a grey 2013 to 2015 2-door Hyundai Veloster.

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Quass to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

Investigators urge anyone with information to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: Miami Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Police Search for Gunmen Involved in Fatal Shooting]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:52:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/coral+gables+shooting+070415.PNG

Police are on the hunt for two possible subjects who shot and killed a man in Coral Gables Saturday afternoon.

Coral Gables Police responded to a 911 call about a shooting on the 1000 block of Salzedo Street. Officers discovered a man in his mid-20s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics rushed the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

Police said two men were observed running westbound toward LeJeune Road. Miami-Dade Police Department's Homicide Bureau had established a perimeter to search for the subjects, but the men remain on the run.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[Key Lime Pie Eating Contest in the "Limelight"]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:27:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/185*120/Key+lime+pie+eating+contest+2015.jpg

New York City's hot dog eating contest was not the only American eating competition this Fourth of July.

Key lime pie was in the "limelight" in Key West as competitors with an appetite for the Florida Keys' signature dessert vied for top honors in the annual Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' contest.

Steve Carr of Key West won the wacky consumption competition, a highlight of the three-day Key Lime Festival, by devouring an entire whipped-cream-topped pie in just 1 minute and 18 seconds.

"My strategy was face-plant into that pie, get right down to the crust and tear it up," said Carr after the contest, his beard still covered in whipped cream.

The challenge drew 10 entrants, each tasked with consuming a 9-inch pie topped with mounds of whipped cream, faster than their rivals, but without using their hands.

"This is the southernmost city's answer to Nathan's hot dog eating contest," said competition organizer David Sloan. "They can have the main course and we're going to have dessert right down here in the Florida Keys."

Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Its primary ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of tiny yellow Key limes, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and crowned with whipped cream or meringue.

The concoction is so popular that few people visit the Florida Keys without sampling at least one slice.

"On this Fourth of July, if you're in Key West and you're not eating Key lime pie, you're just not American," said Carr.

Other Key Lime Festival events included a Key lime pie-making championship, an offbeat talent show, the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll and distillery tours featuring samples of locally crafted rum flavored with the tangy lime.

Photo Credit: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Small Plane Crashes Off Star Island: MDFR]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/plane+crash+star+island+070415.PNG

A small plane went down in the area of Star Island in Miami Saturday afternoon.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the plane crashed into the waters off Star Island around 2:45 p.m. The pilot was able to escape before the plane sunk and was pulled onto a fire boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard is also investigating. It is not yet known what caused the plane to crash.

The pilot is reportedly in good condition and did not suffer any injuries.

"I'm good, safe," the pilot told NBC 6. "No one got hurt. That's the important part."

<![CDATA[AAA Offers Free Towing for 4th of July Weekend]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:28:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tow-Truck-generic.jpg

Drivers who drink during the long Independence Day weekend can get a free tow home, thanks to the American Automobile Association's "Tow to Go" program.

Any driver can use the service; AAA membership is not required. The company says the service, sometimes called "Tipsy Tow," should be used as a last resort, and free tows are based on truck availability. Drivers can request a tow until 6 a.m. on July 6th.

Drivers should call (855) 286-9246 to arrange for a tow. AAA says tow trucks can take up to two people home along with the vehicle.

The free tow offer is a partnership between AAA and Bug Light, and offers the free rides for various holidays throughout the year. AAA has transported more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers since the program began in 1998.

Free towing is offered in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. For more information, visit AAA's website.

<![CDATA[Green Bay Packers Player Arrested in Miami Beach]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:01:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/andrew+quarless+green+bay+packers+mug+070415.jpg

Miami Beach Police arrested an NFL player after they say he shot his gun into the air early Saturday morning.

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, 26, was charged with discharging a firearm in public around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

A parking attendant on the 500 block of Lenox Avenue told police he spotted a black Porsche Panamera with two men and two women inside. According to the arrest report, the two men got out of the Porsche and approached a white vehicle with several women inside.

The attendant said the discussion soon became hostile. That's when he told police he spotted Quarless walking up to the white car with a semi-automatic handgun. The witness then told police Quarless pointed the gun in the air and fired off two rounds before taking off in the Porsche.

Another witness told police Quarless "discharged his firearm in an apparent attempt to emphasize his dominance and manhood," according to the police report.

The white vehicle left the scene and was not seen or heard from again, the report stated.

Police put out a "be on the lookout", or BOLO, alert for the Porsche. Officers spotted the vehicle parked on the 400 block of Washington Avenue with its lights on.

According to the report, Quarless was discovered nearby, "attempting to conceal himself and the black firearm in a nearby plant."

It is unclear whether Quarless has an attorney.

A spokesman for the Green Bay Packers issued a statement, saying, "We are aware of the matter involving Andrew Quarless and are in the process of gathering more information. We will withhold further comment."

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Lightning Over Disney's Magic Kingdom]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/allyson+conway+magic+kingdom+disney+lightning+070415.jpg

Each night, thousands gather at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando for fireworks. But Mother Nature decided to put on a show of her own Friday night over Cinderella's Castle.

Storms rolled through the Orlando area, bringing flashes of lightning to the skies over the "Happiest Place on Earth." Visitors gathered at the park captured stunning photos and shared them on social media.

Instagram user @ally_conway captured this photo outside the castle:



Check out other photos captured of the stunning display by visitors to the park:






 (H/T: WPTV)

Photo Credit: Allyson Conway]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Raise Concern About Debris in Sand Ahead of Holiday]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:40:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070115+beach+debris.jpg

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the most popular times of the year for families to head to the beach. But its what's in the sand in some areas that has many residents concerned.

Residents in the normally quiet town of Surfside were making their voices heard on this holiday weekend. A group of protestors were calling change after the NBC 6 Investigators revealed potential dangers in the sand in Surfside and on Miami Beach.

The lawyer for the developer who put the sand on Miami Beach that had glass, nails, other construction items, tells NBC 6 that situation in the area of Collins Avenue between 57th and 52nd Street has been for the most part cleared up. And state records show progress has been made there. Its in Surfside where these protestors were sending out a warning to anyone thinking about spending the holiday at the beach.

Residents say at the height of the time they'd like to use the beach, they're staying away. They shared photos that they say show the danger: nails, rocks and debris from a construction site are ending up in the surf and sand.

"Its a hazard. I have not taken my toddler to this beach in over 400 days," said Surfside resident Larisa Alonso. "Why? I am afraid he will step on a nail and get tetanus. Why should a visitor come here, why should a world wide traveler come here to Surfside and visit us if they could potentially get tetanus and visit the emergency room?"

The town says the debris came from a condo development called the Surf Club on Collins.

"Right now they are not in compliance... because the debris that was shown to be in the area and the fact that the town itself has asked for removal of the sand and replacement of the sand." said Surfside City Manager Guillermo Olmedillo.

The Surf Club told NBC 6 it "has, and will continue to, diligently follow all of the State of Florida’s requirements regarding the excavation and transfer of compatible sand onto the beach, keeping the best interests of our beach, its inhabitants, and our shared community in mind."

"They've stalled and stalled and stalled, and now they're using two turtle nest as the reason to do nothing until November," said resident Jeff Platt.

The state's environmental rules to protect the turtle nests that are on the beach are strict so the developer told us their teams to fix the problem can't bring any heavy equipment onto the sand.
The developer and the state are coming up with a plan to put the beach in the condition its supposed to be, but it appears executing that plan is gong to take some time.

<![CDATA[BSO Deputies Rescue Victims From Fiery Crash]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:32:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fiery+crash.jpg

Two Broward Sheriff's deputies are being hailed as heroes after they risked their lives to save two people from a burning car.

The driver of the car passed away at Broward Health Medical Center Friday morning. His passenger remains in critical condition as we learn about the heroic actions of the deputies who risked their lives to save the men.

A Torched shell of a car was all that was left at the scene of the fiery early morning crash along the Two-thousand block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.

"It just started skidding, it flipped like two or three times, then slammed into the pole," said Bernardo Smith, who witnessed the crash.

Investigators say 40-year-old Kenny Allen of Lauderdale Lakes was driving eastbound at an excessive speed when he lost control of the car, striking a raised median and sliding across the eastbound lanes and finally smashing into a tree and utility pole.

"The car flipped. Then I just saw sparks and flames, so I just ran over and I saw the passenger get out of the car," Smith said.

That passenger, identified as 45-year-old Howard Randolph, shares a home with Allen. As he crawled from the crunched car, BSO Deputy Dustin Sisson arrived and discovered Allen still strapped into the driver’s seat. Sisson raced to cut through Allen’s seatbelt and pulled him from the car. Seconds later, the car exploded in flames.

"The seatbelt was kind of wrapped around him so the officer had to drag him out," Smith said.

A second deputy, Jonathan Zinglo, also helped pull Allen from the car and began CPR. Zinglo later suffered from heat exhaustion himself and rescuers rushed him to a different hospital.

Traffic homicide detectives are now working to uncover what caused Allen to veer off the road, as witnesses recount the quick actions of two brave deputies.

"He did it quick, because a second later, the whole car would be in flames," Smith said.

Deputy Zinglo was treated and released from the hospital. The investigation into the crash continues, while NBC 6 has learned Allen had a lengthy criminal history, including multiple drug and driving charges.

Photo Credit: nbc6.com]]>
<![CDATA[So. Fla. Man Says He Plans to Take on ISIS]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:34:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Suleiman+Yousef.jpg

ISIS is one of the deadliest terror groups and a South Florida man says he's ready to take them on.

Miami native Suleiman Yousef is a firearms expert, a security specialist and a mixed martial arts fighter.

He thinks ISIS is the worst and there's a burning desire inside of him to do something about what they are doing.

"If you are on that side and you are the one getting... your child got kidnapped or your husband got shot or your wife got beheaded I'm pretty sure you are going to want somebody to come and save you," Yousef said.

Yousef and about a dozen specialists from South Florida are training to go fight the terrorist group. His plan is to go from town to town in ISIS controlled areas.

"What they lack is leadership they don't have that leadership, so what we can provide is a good solid base and give them that backbone to stand up," he said.

Yousef was raised Muslim and Catholic but now he said he doesn't believe in religion.

He knows his look is intimidating. He has a beard and tattoos, especially the tattoo that's an invitation to cut his throat, a taunt he says, to anybody, including ISIS, interested in challenging his mission to help.

"You need to stand up for what you believe in and you need to stand up for people who can't do it themselves," he said. "And if I can be an example for the next person to stand up for themselves then I did my job."

Yousef's group consists of three teams, six members each. For safety and security reasons, he will not say exactly when or where they are going.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burning in Northwest Miami-Dade]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:48:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nwmd+brush+fire.jpg

A brush fire was burning in Northwest Miami-Dade late Friday.

Flames were seen in the area of Krome Avenue and Okeechobee Road.

Forestry officials were on the scene. No word on how many acres have burned, but no structures were in danger.

A second brush fire was also burning in Pembroke Pines in the area of Pines Boulevard just west of US 27.

It's believed both fires may have been sparked by lightning strikes.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Deadly Bank Robbery Standoff Site Remains Crime Scene]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:37:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/standoff+site.jpg

The street on Miami Beach where a police standoff with a bank robber went down Thursday night may be open, but the apartment where it all ended is still considered an active crime scene.

A heavy round of gunfire brought a 12 hour standoff to a deadly end. Thirteen hours later the medical examiner removed the body from the apartment, located just blocks away from the Regions Bank that was allegedly robbed by the suspect.

"They seemed pretty calm, they seemed to do things in a methodical manner in a professional manner. I think the guy had an opportunity to change the results," said neighbor, Johnathon Folland.

Authorities still haven't released the name of the dead suspect, but neighbors said they recognized him.

"I've only seen him like twice in two years that I've lived there, but I have seen him., I know he lived there," a neighbor named Michael said.

For hours police tried to negotiate and use non-lethal methods to get him to come out of his apartment. The FBI said it all started after he robbed the Regions Bank at 780 Arthur Godfrey Road and assaulted a couple of people just blocks away. Surveillance photos from the robbery show the suspect sporting a smile and what appears to be a gun.

The intense police activity paralyzed the area.

"It felt like a million miles away," said a mother who said she couldn't get to her teenaged son for hours on Thursday. "I was just a wreck."

Other neighbors were not allowed back in their apartments overnight and had to find a place to sleep, but they said they believe police handled the situation well.

"For me, I think the cops a good job, I don't think the guy was as intelligent as a bank robber should be, to rob a bank a block away from your house," Michael said.

Also on Thursday, police worked a suspicious package that created a lot of traffic troubles for anybody trying to get to the beach using the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Everything was back open and residents allowed back in their homes in time for the holiday weekend.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[So. Fla. Law Enforcement on Alert This 4th of July]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4th-of-july-security.jpg

Although Fourth of July security advisories are fairly common, this year's concern is heightened with the growing concern over ISIS carrying out attacks around the world.

And law enforcement in South Florida is ready this holiday weekend. From crowded beaches to fireworks displays to people taking out their boats, any time people congregate in mass that means a security concern for law enforcement agencies across the board here in South Florida.

The U.S. Coast Guard, from the water and from the air, will have its hands full this weekend. In addition to the large number of boaters in the water, the Coast Guard has to keep a close eye on the the entrance ways to the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. They are two of the facilities that drive South Florida's economy and are vital infrastructure that law enforcement and the military are always concerned about.

"At this time we don't have any credible or specific threats to the boating public but we always encourage the public on a busy weekend like this to have a heightened sense of awareness while you are out there.. Take a close look for suspicious activity," said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss.

The threats made by the Islamic State against the United States have the Department of Homeland Security sharing more information with local police departments, especially on the weekend where tourist and locals combine to celebrate America's birthday in South Florida.

Miami International Airport receives a large number of international flights daily. Homeland Security has already enhanced airport screening and random searches of passengers and carry-on luggage on flights headed into the United States. The airport in Fort Lauderdale has also increased its international traffic, something that means keeping an extra eye on things.

South Florida's FBI office sent NBC 6 a statement saying: "This weekend, as always, the FBI will work around the clock as necessary with our local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention."

Law enforcement officers say they can't be everywhere and they are really relying on the public's help this weekend to be alert, and if you see anything that doesn't look right, alert a nearby officer or if necessary call 911.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Philadelphia]]>
<![CDATA[17 No-Bake Treats for the 4th of July]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/Blueberry+Cheesecake+070315.jpg

The Fourth of July is upon us, and we’re all getting in full on party mode! But the question is: what are you going to make for your guests? With so much to do, like clean the house, buy food, and watch your child to make sure they don’t blow their hand off with a firecracker; you don’t have much time to get too creative. Thankfully with the help of Buzzfeed and other contributing websites, we’ve come up with 17 No-Bake Treats to make your holiday weekend a little bit sweeter. And to be quite honest, we’re all waiting for 5 p.m. to roll around so we can go home and make some of these for ourselves!

  1. No Bake Cheesecake Parfait
  2. Patriotic July Tie Dyed Fudge
  3. 4th of July No-Bake Cheesecake
  4. Red, White and Blue Finger Jello
  5. Red, White and Blue Watermelon Salad
  6. Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark
  7. Red, White and Blue Popsicles
  8. Coconut Berry Icebox Cake
  9. Chocolate Dipped Oreo American Flag
  10. Red, White and Blue Rice Krispie Bars
  11. Red, White and Blue Jello Candied Popcorn
  12. No-Bake Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes
  13. Star Spangled Gum Drops
  14. 4th of July Dessert Fruit Pops
  15. Patriotic Rice Krispie Treat Pops
  16. Red, White and Blueberry Sundae
  17. Vodka Soaked Cherry Bombs
So whichever you decide to make, remember one thing: invite us to your party. Oh, and have a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend!
(H/T Buzzfeed)

Photo Credit: Brandy O'Neill via nutmegnanny.com]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: GoPro Captures "Twiggy" the Waterskiing Squirrel]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:59:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070315+twiggy+squirrel+gopro+waterskis+youtube.jpg

"Twiggy" the Squirrel is the real MVP.

Voted Most Valuable Pet at this year's X Games Austin, "Twiggy" took to the water to show off her sick waterskiing skills for the crowd.

The video was posted to GoPro's YouTube channel on Thursday and was shot "100 percent on the HERO4 camera from GoPro."

Since then, the video has been viewed more than 260,000 times.

Photo Credit: GoPro/YouTube]]>
<![CDATA[Last Chance Dogs & Cats at Broward Animal Care]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/ROXY+A1748251.jpg

Fifteen animals at Broward County Animal Care are considered "last call" and are in need of urgent adoption or rescue. The adoption fee for all of these dogs (and one cat) has been waived!

Roxy is an incredibly sweet and gentle American Staffordshire Terrier with lots of love to give! She is 3 years old and weighs 58 pounds. Roxy gets along great with both people and other dogs. She would love to find a new home, and would adapt well with any kind of family.

Tucker is a happy puppy with lots of energy! This 8-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier is 43 pounds of fun. Tucker loves to play, and gets along wonderfully with people and other dogs.

Sir Waggins earned his name at the shelter with good reason: he wags his happy tail all the time! He is a 1-year-old Pointer who is athletic and loves to play ball. Sir Waggins weighs 41 pounds and plays well with other dogs as well. This happy boy can't wait to show you just how excited he is to meet you!

Mali is a beautiful, sweet girl who would love to find a forever family. She is a 3-year-old, 45-pound American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is full of love. She really enjoys play time with shelter volunteers, and gets along great with the dogs in her play group as well!

Simba is a striking, gorgeous dog with one blue eye and one brown eye! This 2-year-old, 65-pound American Staffordshire Terrier mix is super sweet and loves to give hugs and kisses! He loves being around people and other dogs, and has a blast during playtime.

Flynn is a handsome 5-year-old Labrador mix. He is 67 pounds of love, and really enjoys being around people and other dogs. Flynn is a quiet, calm boy who can't wait to find a family of his very own.

Bishop is that loyal pet every dog lover would want. This handsome American Staffordshire Terrier is just 1 year old and weighs 56 pounds. Bishop has excellent doggie manners and a wonderful disposition. This good-natured boy would fit in with any kind of family.

Sweetie is a 2-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who stays true to her name! This gentle 53-pound girl truly loves everyone she meets. Sweetie plays and eats well with other dogs, and even walks well on a leash.

Fiona is 5-year-old Labrador mix who is eager to please! She weighs 50 pounds and loves to have fun during playtime with volunteers and other dogs. Fiona is very calm and gentle, and will be the perfect pet for any family.

Coby is a friendly dog who is just bursting with energy! He is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix who weighs 35 pounds. Coby would fit in perfectly with an active family who can give him daily exercise and stimulation. He gets along well with other dogs, and would make a great jogging partner!

Terry is a lovable 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier. Weighing 61 pounds, this gentle boy is a little shy at first. But once he warms up to you, his wonderful disposition shines through! Terry would love to find a forever family!

Waldo is a handsome puppy who needs some help! This 10-month-old, 37-pound Golden Retriever mix is sadly heartworm positive, but he'll be perfectly fine once he receives treatment. Waldo is a calm, mild-mannered boy who is a little timid with new people and new surroundings. But he is a sweet puppy who just needs a kind, patient family to help bring him out of his shell.

Black Beauty is a gorgeous, athletic Labrador Retriever mix. She is just 1 year old and weighs 40 pounds. Black Beauty doesn't just have good looks, she has a great personality to match! She is good-natured, calm and sweet. She gets along very well with other dogs as well.

Sam Smith is a handsome American Staffordshire Terrier who is full of personality! He is 1 year old and weighs 44 pounds. Sam is a friendly boy who gets along well with people and other dogs. He will be a fantastic pet for any family!

Joan is a beautiful 2-year-old Tabby who really needs a forever family! She has been at a Pet Supermarket location, but was constantly overlooked because of her shyness. Joan would hide in the hooded litter box during the day while customers were in the store, and would only come out to eat, drink and stretch at night. Sadly, this routine meant very few people got the chance to see how sweet Joan really is. She loves being petted and is very affectionate, and actually really likes being around people.

Broward Animal Care and Adoption is located at 1870 SW 39th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on adopting animals from Broward Animal Care, visit their website or call (954) 359-1313. 

<![CDATA[Study: Mustard is America's Favorite Hot Dog Topping]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:14:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Hot+dog+722.jpg

Move over, ketchup!

This Fourth of July weekend, it's estimated that Americans will consume 150 million Hot Dogs. That's enough to stretch from Washington, DC to Los Angeles more than five times. And according to recent data, the red stuff doesn't make the cut.

Charlotte-based JJ's Red Hots, an award-winning upscale Hot Dog and sausage brand, released its annual study of the top ten Hot Dog toppings Friday, and it looks like most America's favorite Hot Dog condiment is... mustard!

The findings are based on three years of the brand's sales data.

“People are getting more and more experimental with their toppings," said JJ's owner founder and noted ketchup loather, Jonathan Luther. "It seems that the dreaded ‘Foodie’ movement is creeping its way into the mainstream.”

Luther believes customers will say 'hold the ketchup' when presented with more diverse and appealing options.

Here's how Americans love their Hot Dogs, in order of preference:

1. Mustard
2. Onions
3. Chili
4. Slaw
5. Pimento Cheese
6. Relish/Pickles
7. Bacon
8. Sauerkraut
9. Salsa
10. Caramelized Onions

<![CDATA[Driver Slams into Seawall, Lands on Dock: Police]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070315+boynton+beach+seawall+crash+bill+hodges.jpg

Police are trying to determine how a woman crashed her car straight into a seawall and landed on a dock in Boynton Beach Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters had to cut and peel back the windshield in order to rescue the woman as her car dangled on the dock.

The woman was safely pulled from the car, but as crews tried to remove the vehicle from the dock, it went crashing down into the water below.

Police are working to determine what caused the bizarre incident.

Video courtesy of Bill Hodges

Photo Credit: Bill Hodges]]>
<![CDATA[Car Fire Snarls Traffic on NB US-1 in Miami]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070315+charred+remains+of+car+fire+on+us+1+northbound.jpg

An early morning car fire snarled traffic on northbound US-1 for much of the early morning hours Friday.

The incident occurred on northbound US-1 at Southwest 17th Avenue in Miami around 5 a.m. Aerial footage showed Miami Police on the scene blocking off a portion of the street as the charred remains of the car were placed on a flatbed truck.

The roads have since been reopened.

It appears that the car slammed into a tree in the median. One person was taken to the hospital. Their condition is not immediately known.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

<![CDATA[Weather: Hazy Sunshine Friday]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:17:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018927383_1200x675_475783747850.jpg Isolated shower activity is possible before noon Friday. Ryan Phillips says the afternoon will bring hazy sunshine with highs around 92, with conditions much the same friday night into the Fourth of July holiday weekend.]]>