<![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 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:57:45 -0400 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:57:45 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[South Florida Family Shares Story of Transgender Child]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:03:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jake+Transgender.jpg

A South Florida family is sharing their story of dealing with and supporting their child as she transitions to a boy.

Being a parent can be difficult, but imagine having your young daughter come to you and say she's a boy.

A mother in sunrise is doing her best to help her son feel “comfortable in his own skin.”

She was born as Aleena Hope, a premature baby who quickly grew into a healthy, adventurous little girl.

"When I look at the pictures, I do get a little sad, because she was an amazing little girl," said Aleena's mother, Deanna.

Until last august, when Aleena couldn’t tell her mother the turmoil she was living with. The 11-year-old instead sent her a life changing text message.

"'It said mom, I need to tell you something, I’ve been holding this in for a very long time but I need to let you know that I’m transgender,'" Deanna recounted.

And with that message Deanna’s daughter Aleena became her son, Jake.

"Every thought you could think of just hits you at one time but my initial thought was to go into the room and console my child," she said.

The changes at first were overwhelming, "This has changed my life profoundly, the way I look at life... but these aren’t tears of sadness, they’re tears of joy."

At finally seeing happiness in her son’s eyes.

"I hadn’t seen Aleena smile like that for a very long time and it was beautiful to see that smile," she said.

Now, after seven months, Jake is adjusting well, "Cause I get to be myself pretty much,” he said.

This month he started taking puberty blocking medication which basically suppresses puberty so it’s going to suppress the estrogen that would create breasts and other characteristics.

His mother calls it hitting the “pause button,” allowing her son to take the time to decide what to do next.

"When I was 11, I didn’t know a lot of things but I knew I was a girl," Deanna said. "I never questioned my gender and it just click to me.”

From the age of three, Deanna knew her child was special. She captured all of the playful memories on video camera.

"I can’t tell you know many earrings we’ve had in Aleena’s ear that she would pull out and I decided OK, we are not going to do the earrings, OK, we are not going to do the bow,OK, now are not going to do the dress."

Now together, they’re looking forward to making new memories, "I see Jake having a life that would not be possible living as Aleena."

And learning from each other along the way.

"People are going to look anyways whether you’re tall, whether you’re skinny, whether you have curly hair, you know what I told Jake is ‘they’re already looking, you might as well be you' and I’m learning to be me vicariously through my son.”

Jake will be on puberty blocking medications for about a year. From there, he can decide whether to do cross hormone therapy.

His mom says they’re taking it step by step, and deciding as a family what to do next.

<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Hit and Run in SW Miami-Dade]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:04:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Moshe+Moll+Hit+and+Run.jpg

A hit and run victim was in critical condition in the hospital Friday night, and police need your help to find the driver who put him there.

Moshe Moll was on his motorcycle Thursday night when he was hit by a stolen Chevy Tahoe in the area of Southwest 112th Ave. and 44th street in Miami-Dade.

The Tahoe crashed a few blocks away before the driver took off on foot.

If you can help police, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Inmate From Florida City Escapes Custody in Monroe Co.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:38:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sean+Michael+Stacey1.jpg

An inmate from the Plantation Key jail facility escaped from custody Friday while working as a trusty, which is a prisoner who is given special privileges or responsibilities in return for good behavior.

Sean Michael Stacey, 37, was working outside the jail facility as a maintenance trusty for Monroe County Public Works when he went missing.

He was last seen in the area of High Point Road on Plantation Key at 4 p.m. His orange jail jumpsuit was recovered nearby.

Stacey is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with blue eyes and short red hair. He has been in jail since September 2014 on charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Stacey is from the Florida City area and law enforcement in that area has been notified and is helping to look for him.

Anyone who sees Stacey or has any information which might help locate him should call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

<![CDATA[Man Shot at McDonald's in Lauderhill]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:08:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-crimen-foto-generica-yellow-tape-crime-scene-generic-shutterstock_16992496.jpg

There was panic inside a McDonald's Restaurant in Lauderhill after a man was shot Friday evening.

It happened in front of families and children around 7 p.m., right at dinner time.The victim left lying on his stomach while customers scramble for help.

Lauderhill Police say it started with an argument between two men at the restaurant on Northwest 55 Avenue, west of Oakland Park Blvd.

A woman said the victim is her god brother, his nickname is Meatball. She was with him earlier before his life took a sudden turn.

"I was just in the car with him two hours ago and I just got a call that he was shot and I came up here," she said. "I gotta go to the hospital."

Police sealed off the fast food restaurant and rushed the victim to the hospital. He's said to be in very serious condition.

Its unknown what the argument was about, regardless police say it was not an argument that should have happened in a family restaurant.

Police say the suspect was last seen running from the area.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[No Charges to be Filed Against DJ Laz in Fatal Boating Accident]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PKGADAMDJLAZLEAVESPOWER96_5470377_722x406_2219270220.jpg

Miami-Dade prosecutors will not charge radio personality DJ Laz in connection with a deadly boating accident.

Last May, DJ Laz, whose real name is Lazaro Mendez, was behind the wheel of a boat that got stuck in a sandbar off Nixon Beach in Key Biscayne.

Ernesto Hernandez, 23, died when he was sliced by the propellers while trying to help push the boat off of the sandbar.

Prosecutors concluded there was no evidence that Mendez was under the influence, or acted with disregard for human life.

Photo Credit: NBCMiami.com]]>
<![CDATA[FBI Looking for Raincoat-Wearing Bank Robber]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:25:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/raincoat+robber.jpg

The FBI Friday released photos of a bank robber who was apparently ready for a rainy day.

The suspect, seen wearing a bright yellow Publix Supermarket raincoat, is wanted for robbing the Desjardin Bank on 2741 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach.

The robbery happened at 11:02 a.m. Investigators said the robber displayed a weapon and demanded money from a bank employee.

NO one was hurt, but the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

If anyone has information as to the identity of this bank robber, they should call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or Crime Stoppers.

<![CDATA[Firefighters Battling Small Brush Fire in SW Miami-Dade]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:46:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SW+Dade+Small+Brush+Fire.jpg

Firefighters are on the scene of a small brush fire burning in Southwest Miami-Dade in the area of SW 120th Avenue and 232nd Street.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is battling the flames from the ground and in the air.

They are dropping buckets of water to try to put that fire out.

So far, there are at least 20 acres burned, but no homes are in danger.

This comes after a massive brush fire that burned for days this earlier week, scorching more than 2,000 acres.

No cause of the fire has been released, but officials say it was likely sparked by lightning.

<![CDATA[Seminole Police Arrest Casino Arson Suspect]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:28:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/seminole+arson.jpg

A man is under arrest accused of an arson attack that disrupted hundreds of people from having a good time at a South Florida casino.

Adenis Araujo, 43, is not allowed anywhere near the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek after allegedly gambling with the lives of a lot of people.

A small fire on April 17th forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from the casino.

Prosecutors say Araujo allegedly had beef with the casino for kicking him out the week before after getting in an argument.

According to police, Araujo came back anyway and he came back for pay-back.

He allegedly placed a gasoline-filled orange juice container inside a West entrance door and lit the container on fire, scorching a wall and carpet area.

A quick-thinking casino patron saw the fire and put it out with a nearby fire extinguisher.

All casino guests were briefly evacuated and allowed to return once the smoke cleared and the casino secured.

Araujo is charged with first degree arson.

<![CDATA[Woman Uses Dress to Rip Off Weston Radio Shack Store]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:09:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/radio+shack+dress+thief.jpg

A bizarre crime is caught on camera, as a dress thief strikes, ripping off hundreds of dollars of computer parts from a Weston Radio Shack store.

She may not have been dressed to impress, but she clearly used her clothing to pull off a high tech heist.

"clearly she's done this before," said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Dani Moschella. "She puts them in there quickly and she's gone."

Detectives with the Broward sheriff's Office said the couple, who were caught on surveillance video, orchestrated a brazen theft.

"Employees didn't even know it had happened until one of them noticed an empty shelf at the end of the day," Moschella said.

The crime took place at the Radio shack on Weston Road.

According to Radio Shack employees the female suspect was wondering around the store until she reached one particular aisle and found the more valuable items on the shelf.

"The man hands the woman a pretty sizable box containing a computer component," Moschella said.

On the surveillance video, the woman is seen placing not one, not two, not even three, but at least seven boxes inside her dress, with her male accomplice by her side.

"Detectives believe she must of had a bag or something set up," Moschella said.

At one moment in the video, the woman is seen adjusting her dress to make room for the loot.

Authorities say they were in and out in minutes. But, thanks to surveillance cameras, their run from the law may soon come to an end.

"The images are super clear. Anyone who knows this couple can see this video and you're gonna know who they are," Moschella said.

The thieves got away with almost $12,000 in merchandise. If you know anything about the crime, call Broward Crime Stoppers (954) 493-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Shop Owner Busted for Installing Fake Airbags in Cars]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:35:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/bogus+airbags.jpg

If you buy a used car, you probably check to make sure the engine is in good shape, but what about the airbags? How can you be sure they are installed properly? One south Florida man was recently arrested for installing bad airbags or no airbags at all.

What began as a routine inspection at Mas Interior Repairs in Hialeah turned into a multi-agency investigation when Miami-Dade Police auto theft detectives say they found fake airbags inside several cars.

According to officials with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the vehicles with the fake airbags were headed for local car dealerships where they could’ve been sold to unsuspecting customers. The authorities say the bogus airbags would have put drivers and their loved ones at risk of injury or death.

Miami-Dade’s Office of Consumer Protection also assisted in the investigation. County Enforcement Supervisor Jorge Herrera says the vehicles were “repaired in such a way that you would never know that those airbags don’t work.” Tony Fernandez with the NICB says “if you get involved in a wreck, it’s not going to deploy which means that the person driving the vehicle or the passenger could die.”

The shop’s owner, Aristides Santiesteban, is charged with three felony counts of installing fake or junk-filled airbags. In a statement his attorney told us, “Aristides Santiesteban denies the charges against him. He owns a small business that reupholsters car interiors. Mr. Santiesteban has no criminal record and has a good reputation for honesty in the community."

Investigators say they have the evidence to prove he was swapping out airbags and sent us pictures showing piles of airbags inside the repair shop. Santiesteban is fighting those charges but has already paid a thousand dollars in fines for operating without a license. The NICB says consumers need to be aware of this potential problem to protect themselves.

To ensure that your airbags are in tip top condition, make sure the airbag light goes on when you start your car and then turns off. You can also have your vehicle inspected at an authorized dealer or run a Carfax report to see if it’s been in an accident. Fernandez says if the car was in a wreck with frontal damage “the airbag probably deployed so the airbag that I have there is either a new airbag or could be a fake airbag.”

Airbags are apparently big business. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says some 50-thousand airbags are stolen each year. While an airbag normally costs one to three thousand dollars, on the black market it goes for just 50 to 200 dollars. As for Santiesteban, he plead not guilty to the charges. His trial is set for June.

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Unveils New Children's Courthouse]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:42:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/new+children%27s+courthouse.jpg

Miami-Dade county has officially opened the doors to a brand new, multi-million dollar juvenile courthouse.

After 25 years in the making, the new juvenile courthouse, now known as the Children's Courthouse is finally a reality.

"And between the legislature and the Dade County Commission and the court system, we finally came to this," said Chief Judge Bertila Soto, 11th Judicial Circuit Court.

The grand opening ceremony got underway with judges, community leaders, members of the legal system and even former Governor Bob Graham.

The new courthouse cost about $140 million to build. It's located right next to the Department of Children and Families on 3rd street in Downtown Miami.

"They're able now to coordinate their efforts and do what's best for the child and that's what's really the significance and importance of this new courthouse," said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

This new 375-thousand square foot courthouse consolidates 17 agencies that deal with juvenile legal matters. It's 14 stories with 16 courtrooms.

"We have an opportunity to have all of the needs of the family and children met in one location," said Chief Judge Orlando Prescott, 11th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Division. "It's not bifurcated, it's not severed, it's all together."

The state of the art courthouse is surrounded by artwork, both inside and out, and it will be fully operational by the end of May.

<![CDATA[Michael Pizzi Wins Appeal, Is the Mayor of Miami Lakes]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:53:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_miami_lakes_edited_1.jpg

This is a big step for Michael Pizzi in his efforts to get his job back and if this were a football game he'd have a big lead going into the fourth quarter but this fight is not completely over yet.

The Florida Third District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that Pizzi should be the Mayor of Miami Lakes immediately.

Pizzi met supporters who turned out late this afternoon in front of Miami Lakes Town Hall to make what they believe is a victory lap.

For two years Pizzi has been in a legal fight to be reinstated as the Mayor. The governor removed him and the town elected Wayne Slayton after Pizzi was indicted on federal corruption charges but when found innocent Pizzi says in the eyes of the law he has never committed any crime and therefore should be Mayor here again.

The Third District court of appeal Friday afternoon agreed with him.

"Under the Florida constitution I was immediately entitled to resume my duties the minute I was acquitted. And I am entitled to immediately resume my duties once again," Pizzi said.

The court's opinion says, "The Supreme Court found that upon acquittal of criminal charges the Governor has a mandatory duty to revoke the order... his original term has not expired and his is entitled to resume his official duties..."

"Once again today the court of appeals has reaffirmed what we have been saying for more than two years now," Pizzi said.

The town put out a statement saying, "We respect the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision and are in the process of reviewing the order... We will move forward from these proceedings and continue to work for the residents of our great Town."

Pizzi says he wants all the legal fighting to end.

"I'm extending an olive branch to them and lets resolve this and lets put the circus past us," he said."

Mayor Slayton sent NBC 6 an email Friday afternoon saying, “I thank the Appellant Court for their expedited consideration of this case. My attorneys will be reviewing the court's ruling and we will be deciding the most appropriate manner in which to proceed.”

That means, they can either give in and let the five days go by and call it a day, or file motions to fight Pizzi again.

Photo Credit: Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[Marlins' Jose Fernandez Sworn In as U.S. Citizen]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040713+marlins+jose+fernandez.jpg

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is officially a U.S. citizen.

USCIS held a special ceremony at their field office in Kendall Friday morning where Fernandez, along with 140 other South Florida residents, became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Fernandez also served as they keynote speaker for the event, taking the Oath of Allegiance among family and friends.

In honor of his naturalization, the team presented Fernandez with an American flag that previously flew over Marlins Park, while the team congratulated him via Twitter.

The young pitcher came to the U.S. from his native town of Santa Clara in Cuba in 2008.

In his 2013 professional debut season, Fernandez was named 2013 National League Rookie of the Year.

He took to Twitter Friday afternoon to express his excitement.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Claims She Could Get No Help After Sexual Assault in Jail Courtyard]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/jail+sex+assault+042415.PNG

"Never in my wildest dreams would I think that something could happen to somebody and you couldn't file a police report," Barbara Marquez told us. Marquez says she was the victim of a sexual assault in the courtyard of the Miami Dade Corrections Pre-Trial Detention Center where she was visiting her husband.

Surveillance cameras were rolling when the South Florida woman says she was sexually assaulted on county property. It's a place teeming with those sworn to protect the public: the Miami-Dade County Correctional Facility next to the criminal courthouse. At the heart of the matter …. it appears a turf hot potato. Which agency has jurisdiction over the jail courtyard? On the street and sidewalk, the City of Miami police told us they are responsible. Inside the jail, Miami-Dade police investigates.

Barbara Marquez says she stepped outside into the courtyard for a cigarette. She says a man who appeared to be homeless asked her for a cigarette, then gave her a hug and touched her inappropriately.

"I was like frozen at the moment and when he's coming towards me. He puts his hand directly underneath and it went right in between my legs," Marquez said.

She says she paused while she told another woman --- not seen on camera --- what had happened. Then she headed inside.

Carolyn Jensen was also visiting the jail. She said she saw Marquez inside crying.

“She told me the guy put his hands inside her pants," Jensen said.

Marquez says corrections officers told her they were calling police and went outside to see if the man was still there. But then Marquez says another corrections officer told her something different.

"Second time I was told that it should be Miami Dade to respond, that it's their jurisdiction," she stated.

Marquez says an hour went by and no police officer arrived, so she called 911 herself.

The jail--although a county facility---has a city of Miami address and that apparently is at the heart of the confusion.

911 recordings indicate she told the operators at the city of Miami she had been sexually assaulted but it took two calls before a Miami Dade officer arrived.

Lt. Freddie Cruz is with the city of Miami police department.

"What I can tell you about this incident is that we did receive the 911 calls and we referred the call to Miami Dade county which was responsible for this call for service," he stated.

But when a Miami Dade officer showed up at the jail, Marquez says she was told Miami Dade wasn't the police department that should because the courtyard was not their jurisdiction.

Cruz says this sort of turf confusion is not uncommon." I will give you a perfect example. We have the Marlins stadium. Miami-Dade County is responsible for anything inside and we handle the traffic on the outside," he said.

When it comes to the jails though, the written agreement between Corrections and Miami Dade Police says "Corrections will promptly notify MDPD of allegations of any felonies and MDPD will investigate."

After we asked questions, a Miami Dade police officer did go to Marquez's home.

She says, "The first thing he told me was I want you to be aware that I reviewed the video and it seemed like it was consensual."

The department apparently continued investigating and presented Marquez with a photo lineup 6 weeks later. She identified Kenneth Washington as her attacker. He was already in jail, charged with battery on another woman and is a registered sex offender.

Corrections is investigating its officers actions the day Marquez needed help. No one from the Corrections Department would comment on any of this because of the investigation.

The authorities have not yet said whether they will charge Washington in the Marquez case. He pleaded not guilty to the battery charge.

<![CDATA[Massive Gator Makes Appearance in Fla. Neighborhood]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:34:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/11173336_973079039377650_3499605609548235798_n.jpg

A Florida neighborhood got quite the surprise as a large alligator took a stroll by several homes after storms came through the area.

Police in Palmetto, a city located just south of Tampa, posted several photos of the alligator on their Facebook page, with the caption, "A resident in the Terra Ceia Golf and Country Club had an unexpected visitor after today's storms."

A follower of the police department's facebook page posted that residents nicknamed the gator "Stumpy" for his shortened tail. Several other residents commented, saying Stumpy has lived in the community's pond for a long time and has never been a nuisance.

Palmetto Police said the alligator walked around and then went back into the housing community's pond.

"Some nearby residents came out and said that this guy has lived in the pond on the golf course for years and has never posed a threat," the police department posted on Facebook. "He was not aggressive but couldn't have cared less about us standing in his way. Even though the trapper enroute wanted us to keep him from going into the pond, we let him go on his way. He probably lived here long before the golf course and housing community were built. An old native Floridian."

Photo Credit: Palmetto Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Birdman's Newest Tattoo is Scary Good]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:48:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/birdmangivemewar.jpg

Miami Heat star Chris 'Birdman' Andersen is ready for war! Or at least, his newest tattoo says so.

The famously Mohawked, tattooed forward took to Instagram to show off his freshest ink - a pair of skulls on the back of his head and the words "Give Me War" in bright, bold lettering.

The intimidating tattoo is courtesy of tattoo artist Justin Stephan of A Stroke of Genius Tattoos in Deerfield Beach.

The shop posted a photo to Facebook on Tuesday showing Justin "doing a little something on Zilla's head and neck" as he enjoyed a can of Hard Rock Energy drink.


Justin doing a little something on Zilla's head and neck

Posted by A Stroke Of Genius Tattoos Of Deerfield Beach on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The shop has locations in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton.

(h/t Bleacher Report)

Photo Credit: @birdzilla.ro/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in Coral Gables Fatal Hit & Run]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:43:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/juancarlosredero2.jpg

Coral Gables Police say they've made an arrest in a fatal hit and run crash that happened in March.

Police say they've arrested and charged Juan Carlos Redero with three felonies, including tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of a crash causing death.

The arrest stems from a deadly hit and run crash on March 26th, in which a bicyclist was struck and killed and left in the road to die in Coral Gables.

Police later found the mangled bicycle about four blocks west of the victim's body.

A partial tag was taken by a witness and there were parts of the Nissan Altima left at the crash scene, which enabled police in their efforts to track down the car.

The Nissan Altima had extensive damage consistent with the crash.

It appeared that the driver tried to hide the damaged car and its shattered front windshield, police say.

"There was absolutely no doubt looking at the forensic evidence on the vehicle that he knew he had hit somebody," said Edward Hudak, Coral Gables Interim Police Chief.

At about 3:15 a.m on March 26, police say Redero hit Carlos Suarez, 33, who was riding his bike at the intersection of Bird Road and Granada Boulevard.

A piece of the car left behind, and a partial license plate number narrowed the search.

"These guys were on the computers throughout the morning," Hudak said. "As we were taking measurements identified three types of vehicles with that year model from the manufacturer."

They were three Nissan Altimas, all in Miami-Dade county.

Police found the one involved behind Redero's house near Tropical Park hours after the crash, with the seriously damaged front end covered with a kiddie pool.

Police say Redero hit Suarez, continued driving, got out to dislodge the bike from the car, then kept going.

Investigators spent about a month building their case, at the same time keeping tabs on Redero. They finally arrested him Friday morning.

Chief Hudak talked about drivers colliding with bicyclists on South Florida's streets.

"It happens way too often," he said. "It is something that every police department and all of my colleagues as chiefs have to deal with. People need to stop and render aid."

Photo Credit: Coral Gables Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Lockdown Lifted at North Miami Charter School: Cops]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:15:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/martinezcharterschool.jpg

Police have lifted a lockdown at a North Miami charter school after earlier reports of a possible gun or weapon on school grounds, police confirm.

After an exhaustive search of each student, police say they did not turn up any weapons. The investigation will now focus on finding whoever made the earlier 9-1-1 call that prompted the lockdown.

It is illegal to falsely call 9-1-1 in Florida.

Police swept Raul Arnaldo Martinez Charter School, otherwise known as ASPIRA Ram, after someone called and claimed a student on campus had a gun.

The investigation into the false call is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Car Fire Extinguished on I-75 NB]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:21:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/220*120/i75nbcarfire.jpg

Crews were busy responding to a car fire on I-75 northbound during the early morning rush hour commute Friday.

The car was on fire on I-75 northbound just before Pines Boulevard.

Traffic was delayed for much of the morning. The scene has since been cleared.

There is no word of any injuries.

<![CDATA[Weather: Dry Start, Showers Later Friday]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017898609_1200x675_433671747505.jpg We're starting off dry this Friday morning. Ryan Phillips says the afternoon will bring some more shower and storm activity, leading to a sunny, dry and hot weekend with temperatures in the low 90's.]]> <![CDATA[2 Hurt in Fire at La Fondita Restaurant in Homestead]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:04:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/lafondita.jpg

Two people had to be airlifted to the hospital Friday after a Homestead family business was leveled by an explosion early Friday morning.

Rescue crews were called to the scene of the La Fondita Restaurant at 219 Southwest Sixth Avenue in Homestead just before 6:30 a.m.

Fire officials said Alfredo Serrano, 64, and his daughter-in-law, Odelia Mondragon, walked in to open the business in the morning, probably flipped on the lights and that's all it took: an ignition source to spark the propane explosion, a blast that could have killed them.

"There probably was a leak through the evening and all night,obviously, charged the whole building, about 500 square feet, and they came in, some ignition source, contact with the gas and a massive explosion," said Alfie Hernandez of Miami-Dade Fire.

Both Serrano and Mondragon were airlifted to Regional Medical Center. Serrano suffered second and third degree burns and is in the intensive care unit.

His grandson was on hand to survey the damage along with his grandmother.

"It's a family restaurant, been open for years for it to go down in flames really hurts. We've had this restaurant for many years it's a tragedy to see it all go to waste," said Davie Espinoza , the owner's grandson.

"So many years and so much effort to build this business," said Balbena Serrano, who owned La Fondita with her husband, Alfredo Serrano.

The building is a total loss, but the family does have insurance so they are hoping to rebuild and start over. In the meantime, it's tough for the family to digest the sudden loss.

"I worked here when I was a kid, all through elementary, middle school, high school," said Espinoza.

The restaurant, which specializes in Mexican food, has been in business for about 15 years.

Espinoza says his grandfather and aunt are expected to be okay, but will likely be in the hospital at least until Monday.

Investigators will have to bring in heavy equipment to get to the source of the propane leak.

<![CDATA[Missing Pembroke Pines Teen Found Safe]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:12:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/denaysia3.jpg

Police in Pembroke Pines say a teenager who had been missing since leaving school on Wednesday has been found safe.

Denaysia Renay Walker, 17, was last seen leaving West Broward High School just before noon Wednesday following her third period class.

Police announced Friday afternoon that she has been located and is in good heath.

Police believed the teen runaway may have been in danger because the group home Denaysia was living in claimed to have found a note left by the teen in which she stated she was depressed and was considering harming herself.

No other details were provided about where the teen was during the time she was missing.

Photo Credit: Pembroke Pines Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Gun Allegedly Brought To School By 2nd Grader]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gun+at+our+lady+of+the+lakes.jpg

Parents of students at a Catholic school say they learned that a student brought a gun to school, two days after it happened.

Parents were even more surprised and shocked to hear that it was a second grader who allegedly brought the gun to Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School in Miami Lakes.

A concerned parent contacted NBC 6 Thursday night after receiving an email from the school two days after it happened.

NBC 6 obtained the email which reads, "Yesterday evening school officials were informed that a second grade student had allegedly brought a gun to school in his backpack which may have been shown to several classmates.
The matter was immediately investigated by the school administration. Appropriate remedial measures have been taken and a report to law enforcement has been made."

The same parent who sent NBC 6 the email says many parents are upset they were not notified about the incident sooner and they are planning a protest at the school Friday morning.

<![CDATA[So. Fla. Reacts to Viral Breastfeeding Photo]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/breastfeeding+controversy.jpg

It's a photo that's sparking a firestorm on social media.

Actor Michael Beach's wife smirks at the camera while breastfeeding her daughter, sitting on a toilet.

The photo getting mixed reactions, such as "Disgusting," or "Completely normal. It's not that problematic at all."

The actor said on Instagram that he took the photo because his wife thought it was a classic shot about some of the things she deals with as a mom.

Elisha Beach uploaded the photo earlier this week with a caption that reads "This is motherhood and it ain't always pretty."

"She has to use the bathroom and her kid's hungry, so why not do both," asked Marva McCraney, a South Florida parent.

Social media is buzzing with comments about the photo, but a member of a local chapter of international breastfeeding support organization La Leche League sums up the picture with "What's the big deal?"

"That's actually very indicative of the way most mom's lives are. Our children come to the bathroom with us," said Christine Thompson, of La Leche League of Fort Lauderdale.

Hygene, however, seemed to be a concern for those who saw the picture both on the streets of Miami and online.

"I mean who would breastfeed a baby on the toilet?" asked Regina.

"Breastmilk has antibacterial properties to it. So it's not like her breasts were touching anything other than the babies mouth," added Thompson.

Others, specifically men had absolutely no problem with the breastfeeding, but a pretty big disagreement with the husband volunteering to snap the bathroom image.

"The picture of you on the toilet and out in the open on social media like, nahh! I wouldn't approve of that," said Patricio Blanco.

"If she's doing number 2.. it's wore," added Matias Rivera.

"Do you go to the toilet? We all do! I don't see what the problem is?!"

<![CDATA[South Florida Seeing The Calm After the Storm]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:06:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tree+on+car3.jpg

South Miami Avenue is cleaned up and back open after a huge mess shut it down Thursday Afternoon.

Minutes before rush hour a large tree came crashing down on top of two cars stopped at the intersection.

Alessandro Capuccio said it came from nowhere, "I'm still in shock a tree fell on my car," he said.

He and the driver in a white Toyota Camry were not hurt.

City crews cut up the tree and hauled most of it out of the way within two hours. The only sign of the mess that was here earlier are the shards of glass the still litter the street.

It wasn't high winds or severe weather being blamed for the toppled tree. Officials said the saturated ground from days of rain may have caused it to give way.

"It was a miracle it didn't go to the drivers side or anything, thank god I left my family at home safe otherwise it'd be a different story," Capuccio said.

Much more menacing clouds were caught on video near Belle glade in western palm beach county.

A funnel cloud grew into a tornado, but there was no damage.

And in Downtown Miami, the rain didn't stop the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run.

Thousands of runners and walkers were ready and even welcomed the downpour.

<![CDATA[Students Support Classmate’s Fight for Cystic Fibrosis Cure]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:59:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Melissa+Tamayo.jpg

A South Florida teenager is counting on friends to help her fight to stay alive.

Eight grader Melissa Tamayo, who goes by the nickname Meli, loves music, her folks, and her dad's service dog Sam.

She's a lot like other teens at Hialeah Gardens Middle School, except for one big difference that she wears around her neck.

"It says the disease that I have and some of the medicines I take," said Tamayo

Before her first birthday, doctors diagnosed Meli with cystic fibrosis. It's a life threatening condition that damages her lungs and other organs. It put her in the hospital three times already this year. Doctors only expect her to reach her 37th birthday.

"She's a fighter, she's my little trooper, she's a warrior," said Elizabeth Tamayo, Meli's mother.

Each morning before school, Meli starts her day with a breathing treatment.

"It helps like to breathe easier and like to clear your lungs," she said.

And now Meli's classmates are lining up behind the cause for her cure.

"Every year we walk like five kilometers around Miami Lakes," said one student.

Seven years ago, two people started walking in Melissa's honor to raise money, this year that number will be closer to 200.

Band members, teachers, and friends are stepping out to support Meli at the Great Strides Walkathon this weekend to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"I've been raising money online," Melissa said.

she's already raised more than $5,000 on her walking team called Meli's Roses. Those roses want her to know something.

"She's a leader and she makes me who I am," said Jose Tamayo, Melissa's dad.

"We'll always be there for her, like no matter what happens," a friend said.

To Meli, just being there is enough, "When I'm with my friends, I don't really think about cystic fibrosis or anything," she said.

She does think about growing up to be a scientist and finding a cure to be able to celebrate many more birthdays past the age of 37.

To find out how you can help support Meli’s team, click here.

<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets, April 23, 2015]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:44:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/1Grace+511268.jpg Check out the pets looking for loving homes at the Humane Society of Broward County]]> <![CDATA[Good Samaritan Honored]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/good+samaritan+honored.jpg

A South Florida man, credited with saving the life of a Miami Police officer, was honored Thursday.

It was an emotional moment at Miami City Hall, met with applause as that police officer was reunited with the man who he credits with saving his life.

William Ramirez received a proclamation for bravery as officer Rosny Obas praised him for his heroic actions.

"I truly believe that God sent Mr. Ramirez that day and without him I would not be standing here," Officer Obas said.

On April 14th, police say Ramirez drove officer Obas to safety after a cab driver shot at the officer with an assault rifle near Northwest 79th Street.

According to the arrest report, the cab driver, Frantzy Armand, 29, then jumped into the patrol car and took off, firing his weapon randomly out of the window, injuring two bystanders before he was shot by police in North Miami.

City Commissioners also proclaimed Thursday William Ramirez Day and the Fraternal Order of Police gave Ramirez its unsung hero plaque and $1,000.

Ramirez said he remembers everything from that day, "I'm crying too, because it's for the families. The family of the officer and my family too. Because everybody's happy."

A City of Miami dispatcher who took some of the 911 calls that day was also honored.

The Chief of Police described what transpired on April 14th as scary and close to the worst nightmare a police chief could have.

"If it wasn't for the quick action, quick thinking and bravery of Mr. William Ramirez, it could've turned out very different," said Miami Police Chief Rudy Llanes.

<![CDATA[Suspects Accused of Firing at Officers Go Before a Judge]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:49:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/nwdadespreesuspects.jpg

Four people arrested after after a violent crime spree that culiminated with a shootout with police in northwest Miami-Dade, went before a judge Thursday.

The chaotic scene unfolded during rush hour Wednesday through northwest Miami-Dade.

Theodist Grimes, one of the four men wanted for getting into a fight and a car chase while shooting at cops outside the Yellow Meat Market on NW 79th street.

Grimes is charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

Detectives say a neighbor called 911 to report the fight. One of the other suspects, Bienvenido Valera, told the bond judge that he was the victim of the armed robbery inside the convenience store and was defending himself.

"He is a convicted felon and was in possession of a firearm, he is out on bond," the prosecutor said. Valera told the judge it was the other guys, it wasn't him, that he was fighting for his life.

Police also arrested Antonio Jones, another convicted felon who allegedly had a gun. In fact, police confiscated several weapons from the suspects after a brief chase outside the meat market.

"Mr. Jones was coming to the aid of another individual who had just had an armed robbery perpetrated upon him," said Jones' Public Defender.

Jones got a $5,000 bond and Valera, $1,000 bond. A fourth suspect, Wendell Clark already bonded out of jail. No officers were hurt during the chase and shooting.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Rejuvenated Marlins Win Second Straight]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/470745718.jpg

The Miami Marlins won for the second time in as many days with their 9-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

After ending a five-game losing streak a day earlier, Miami carried that momentum into this one. With four runs in the fourth inning and another four in the sixth frame, Miami picked up an easy win.

Giancarlo Stanton finished off a strong road trip with another good game. The slugger hit a two-run home run during the sixth inning to give him four on the season. Stanton also has 14 runs batted in on the season despite a slow start. All four of Stanton's blasts came during this trip that stopped in New York and Philadelphia.

Martin Prado had his best day as a Marlin thus far with three hits. Prado brought home four runs on a day that included his third double. Since moving to the second spot in the order, Prado has hit better which has had a domino effect on the lineup.

Not to be outdone, Adeiny Hechavarria had four hits to lift his batting average to .311. After starting out the year in a big slump, the shortstop surged on the trip and could move up in the lineup if this persists.

While his offense exploded for eight runs, David Phelps had a banner day of his own with seven shutout innings. Phelps allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out five. The reliever turned starter now has a 3.55 E.R.A this season.

The Marlins will open a homestand on Friday against the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Thief Shows 'Bad Humor' While Stealing Ice Cream]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:35:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ice+cream+thief.jpg

A man is under arrest for stealing a Good Humor ice cream cooler from an Oakland Park gas station. And he showed some 'bad humor' by shooting the middle finger at a surveillance camera right before taking off with it.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said at 4:09 a.m. on April 2, Dennis Norman, 25, walked up to the Chevron gas station convenience store to find the clerk sleeping inside.

Initially he opened the ice cream cooler, which was located on the outside of the store, as if to make a purchase.

He then looked closely at the clerk for a minute and then directly into the camera and flashed it his middle finger.

He then examined the cooler more closely, walked around it and looked at it from different angles.

He began to pull the cooler slowly away from the wall, cautiously so as not to disturb the sleeping clerk on the other side of the glass.

It takes the man almost 15 minutes to push and drag the large refrigerated cooler, but he got away with it.

Norman was arrested on April 22 and is charged with grand theft.

<![CDATA[2 People Hospitalized After Both Are Stabbed in Dispute]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:24:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/doral+stabbing.jpg

Police say a violent and ongoing dispute between two men ended in Doral with two men getting stabbed.

Witnesses say it was a gruesome scene that went down in the parking lot near this a U-Haul truck at 5201 Geneva Court.

It was so bad, the fire department was called in to hose down the area.

Police found a large knife and a sword after a violent dispute that has been going on for days

Police marked off more than a dozen pieces of evidence at the crime scene, everything from those two weapons to a bloody hat and a blood soaked pair of pants.

Police said it all started on Sunday when a fight broke out between two men. A man attacked another guy with a knife. Police arrested the suspect for battery.

According to police, that man came back last night with a gun after getting released from jail. Police say he shot the victim, then took off.

Police were concerned enough to post an officer at the scene, but that officer left once the stabbing and shooting victim left for work.

Then on Thursday at about 1:30 p.m., when the victim returned home, police say the suspect stabbed him, and the victim stabbed back. Both were rushed to the hospital.

Neighbors are understandably concerned. They've heard all of the commotion and the shots fired over the past few days.

"I just heard three gun shots last night, sounded like a nine millimeter and I called the police just after 11 o'clock and it was going on for close to an hour and didn't see no cops show up or nothing," said neighbor Kenny Marshall. "Then I heard the helicopter from midnight to 2 a.m. circling around with the spotlight on."

Both men were rushed to the same hospital,Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

The suspect, is in critical condition. Police say the victim is going to be OK.

<![CDATA[Weather: Warm, Showers Thurs. Midday]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:57:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017885935_1200x675_433011267633.jpg Temperatures are in the mid-80's across South Florida this Thursday afternoon. Ryan Phillips says there remains a chance for some heavy rain and storms throughout the early evening.]]> <![CDATA[Second Teen in Hollywood Rape Case Takes Plea Deal]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:34:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/erica+avery+arraignment.jpg

A second teen in a group of of five teens accused of beating and raping a Hollywood girl in 2013 has accepted a plea deal and will spent the next four years behind bars.

Erica Avery, now 17, accepted the deal Thursday morning. Another teen accused in the attack, 17-year-old Patricia Montes, accepted a similar deal Monday in the case.

A judge revoked a $100,000 bond for Avery Tuesday after the teen was caught posting photos to social media, a violation of her pre-trial release orders which mandated that the teen stay off of the internet.

As part of the deal, they will testify against Lanel Singleton, now 19; Dwight Henry, now 18; and Jayvon Woolfork, now 20. All are being tried as adults.

The victim claims she was visiting one of the teens when Woolfork and the others approached her. Police said they told her, "You have to have sex with Jay or we are going to beat you."

The teens are accused of beating her and dragging her through the house before forcing her into a bedroom where the rape occurred.

One of the teens captured the entire attack on cell phone video that was later recovered by police.

The crime occurred on November 1, 2013 when the victim was 16.

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Charged With Burning Child on Stove: BSO]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:04:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/burnedchildonstove.jpg

A Pembroke Park, Florida, woman has been arrested and charged with intentionally burning her son's arm and hands on a stove allegedly because the child wouldn't stop playing with her iPad, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

According to an arrest form, the 7-year-old boy was playing with Angelina Garcia's iPad on March 8th. The child told police that Garcia told him that if he didn't stop playing with the device, she would burn his hand.

The child continued playing with the iPad, and claims that Garcia put his hand on the hot stove as punishment.

A doctor examined the child on March 13th and indicated that the boy had burns on his left forearm, including three burn marks with the longest one in the middle and thickest area of the middle of his wrists.

Garcia, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse. She stated that she would not provide any details or a statement about the incident without her attorney present.

It is not known if she has hired an attorney.

Garcia's bond was set at $10,000, and she is not allowed to have contact with her son.

The investigation is ongoing.

Photo Credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[MDCPS Scrap Hundreds of Year-End Exams]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/161*120/carv.jpg

Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced Thursday that they've slashed nearly all of the 300 District-Developed End-of-Course (DDEOC) exams that were set to take place this Spring.

Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho announced Thursday that only 10 subjects will be included in the field test. Those subjects include:

  • Middle/Junior Comprehensive Science 1
  • Middle/Junior Comprehensive Science 2
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry 1
  • Physics 1
  • Middle/Junior United States History
  • Middle/Junior World History
  • World History
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2

No tests will be administered at all on the elementary level, MDCPS announced. Carvalho said the move is in response to concerns from students, teachers and parents who agree that too much test-taking "deprives our students of valuable instruction time."

The results from the computer-based tests will not be used for the 2014/2015 school year

Several new exams are expected to be field tested each year.

<![CDATA[Mystery SW Fla. Couple in Proposal Photo Found]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:41:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/193*120/wbbh.jpg

The mystery couple from a romantic marriage proposal caught on camera by a complete stranger are a mystery no more thanks to the magic of social media, NBC affiliate WBBH reports.

Ivan Seligman said he was rushing to dinner Monday evening when he stopped to check the low battery on his camera. At that moment, he glanced across the street and spotted a man on his knees midway through a romantic marriage proposal.

Seligman said he had "goose bumps" watching the proposal unfolding, so he quickly snapped a photo, shouted "congratulations" and rushed off to dinner.

The photographer told WBBH that he initially assumed the photo would come out blurry. Later that night, however, he zoomed in on the two people and saw something completely different.

“Oh my God," he exclaimed. "Look at this picture of adoration and love on his eyes and her total surprise.”

He reached out to WBBH for help in finding the couple. 

The photographer's account:I was in a rush going to dinner yesterday evening 4/20/15 when I saw this unfolding...

Posted by NBC2 News on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In less than 30 minutes after posting the photo to their Facebook page Tuesday, users helped WBBH identify the happy couple as Lauren Ferrara and Joey Schaefer.

Schaefer said he originally planned to propose to Ferrara on the beach, but instead decided to just go for it on the sidewalk.

WBBH arranged for a surprise meeting between Seligman and the happy bride-to-be at her job where she exclaimed, "You're the guy that took the picture!"

Seligman has offered his photography services once again to the couple, saying he'd like to be a "second shooter" at their wedding, capturing candid photos.

"You're going to make me cry," Ferrara said in response.

Photo Credit: WBBH]]>
<![CDATA[Stabbing Suspect Arrested in Miami Beach: Police]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:08:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/perimetersearch.jpg

Police in Miami Beach caught a man suspected in a stabbing attack Thursday morning after a joint search with Miami Police.

Authorities say the man had last been seen on the Miami side of the MacArthur Causeway just after 7:30 a.m.

Police set up a search perimeter for about an hour early Thursday. The suspect was caught around 7:40 a.m. and the perimeter was taken down.

Few details are known about the stabbing. Police confirm that it happened Thursday in Miami Beach, but the exact location, condition or ID of the victim is not yet known.

No further details were immediately available.

Stay with NBC 6 South Florida and refresh this story for updates.

<![CDATA[Armed Man, Accomplice, Arrested on UF Campus: Police]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:53:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

Police arrested two people after an attempted robbery on the University of Florida campus and another robbery off-campus ended with a police chase and one of the suspects being captured in the gator-teeming waters of Lake Alice, police say.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, two UF students were walking on campus just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a man with a gun tried to rob them.

The two victims got away and called 911, activating the campus Emergency Blue Light system. University Police conducted a perimeter search and sent out an alert to students with a description of the suspect as a black male, medium build with a black "banana" (should have read "bandana") with white lettering over his face.

Then, roughly an hour later, Gainesville Police were called to an armed robbery in the 800 block of Northwest 15th Street by a suspect matching the description given by the two students.

The victim in the store called 911 and gave police a description of the suspect's car. GPD spotted the suspect's car and a chase began.

The pursuit continued back onto the University of Florida campus where the suspect eventually lost control of the car and crashed at the intersection of Fraternity Row and Museum Road.

The female suspect, who was driving the car, was immediately apprehended, while the male suspect took off running into a wooded area.

Within an hour, the male suspect was found hiding in the waters of Lake Alice, an on-campus lake teeming with live alligators, and taken into custody. Students were immediately notified.

Police arrested Jared Williams, 22, of Alachua, and Kaetlyn Smith, 19, of Gainesville.

They've been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault. Additional charges may follow as the investigation continues.

<![CDATA[Weather: Scattered Showers Thursday]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:47:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017879642_1200x675_432741443664.jpg Ryan Phillips says the early morning will be mostly dry but scattered showers and possible t-storms could impact our area later this afternoon. Highs around 87,]]> <![CDATA[Fire Destroys $3.5M Yacht in Ft. Lauderdale Marina]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:21:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/201*120/ftlaudfireyacht.jpg


A late night fire at a Fort Lauderdale marina torched a $3.5 million yacht and forced passengers on an even bigger, nearby yacht to evacuate late Wednesday, police say.

The crippled yacht was towed from the marina Thursday. Fire investigators say it is a total loss.

The 70 foot yacht, housed at Bahia Mar marina at 801 Seabreeze Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, went up in flames around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews.

Marina staff noticed the flames and called 911. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue teams responded and put out the large fire.

No one was on the vessel at the time of the blaze. A responding firefighter had to be treated for heat exhaustion on the scene.

Two people aboard a 120 foot yacht next to the burning vessel had to be evacuated due to the fire. Their yacht sustained some damage, but they are said to be okay.

"Fort Lauderdale P.D. rescued two people off that vessel," Heiser said. "The egress from that vessel was blocked by flames from the other boat that was burning."

That boat was left with scorch marks. Fire officials say the damage is in the $300,000 range.

Investigators are looking for surveillance video from the marina. Fire investigators say it does not appear the fire was suspicious, however they have not determined a cause yet.

Photo Credit: Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[SUV Slams Into Little Caesars Pizza in Homestead]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:36:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/car+into+little+caesars.jpg

Ten people were injured, including a three-year-old child, when an SUV slammed into a Little Caesars Pizza in Homestead Wednesday night.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene at 2854 Northeast Eigth Street in Homestead.

Police say the driver was trying to park and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, causing him to slam into the restaurant.

It is not yet known what charges, if any, the driver will face as a result of the accident.

Stay with NBC 6 and NBCMiami.com for updates.

Photo Credit: @Puchy_91]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill Find New Lives]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/puppy+mill+dogs.JPG

Seven dogs were resting easy Wednesday night, after long ride and finding a new life in South Florida.

Just weeks ago these healthy, happy dogs were living in filthy, deplorable conditions in a puppy mill.

"The dogs lived in small confined cages, their sole purpose in life was to produce puppies," said Cherie Wachter of the Humane society of Broward County.

More than 130 dogs were seized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from the puppy mill in Alabama. Now, they've been transported to various animal welfare agencies across the country, including the Human Society of Broward County.

"It's a really sad thing and people need to be aware of when you buy that puppy from a pet store you know... the parents.. the conditions they are living in," Wachter said.

Another no-kill sanctuary in Arkansas also surrendered their dogs to the ASPCA recently, adding 2 more pups to the Humane Society's care. Many of the dogs suffered from malnourishment, medical issues, and even the remains of puppies were found on the property.

"They admitted that they could not take care of the animals anymore. The pets there were not all spayed or neutered," said Wachter.

The Human Society of Broward county says they're taking good care of the dogs and now hope South Florida residents will give them a second chance to live a better life.

"Hopefully these animals will be able to forget their pasts and go on to live very happy lives," said Wachter

The animals are expected to be ready for adoption by Friday. If you are not able to adopt, you can always make a donation to the Humane Society. You can find the information here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy: ASPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Marlins Finally Return to Win Column]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:04:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/470730570.jpg

The Miami Marlins ended a five-game losing streak with their 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

The win gives the Marlins a 4-11 record this year, and comes at a time when rumors are swirling about manager Mike Redmond's job. With this victory, the rumors should be quieted a little for a day. If Miami was to fall in the series finale however, that could change again.

Miami's offense had a breakout day with ten hits including two-hit days from four different players. Martin Prado collected his second double of the year as one of those aforementioned two-hit players. That double was the only extra base hit for the Marlins in the win.

Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria also had two hits in the game. For Realmuto, the day lifted his average to .318 in what has been a good start for the prospect. Realmuto is likely to remain Miami's starting catcher for the foreseeable future.

Five of Miami's runs actually came courtesy of mistakes by the Phillies. The big one was during the eighth inning when Dee Gordon's fly ball to center-field was dropped. All three base runners scored to pad Miami's lead. An inning earlier, the Marlins took the lead on a balk.

Jarred Cosart came away with the win after a solid effort. The right-hander allowed only one run on four hits in six innings. If his spot in the lineup was not due up, it is possible Cosart would have stayed in for another inning of work.

Steve Cishek saw action for the first time in a week even though there was no save situation. While getting work in, Cishek contributed a perfect inning of relief/

The Marlins will try to win only their second series of the year when they send David Phelps to the mound on Thursday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mercedes Benz Corporate Run Thursday]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:04:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/299*120/MERCEDES-BENZ+CORPORATE+RUN.jpg

Thousands of runners will take to the streets of Downtown Miami on Thursday, April 23rd, for the 30th Anniversary of the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run.

Drivers should expect multiple road closures and avoid the area if possible.

The following road closures will be in effect for the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run:

• Biscayne Blvd. northbound lanes from Chopin Plaza to NE 5th St will be closed approximately 2PM to 11PM. All North bound traffic will be re-routed to the south bound lanes of Biscayne Blvd. at Chopin Plaza.

• Biscayne Blvd. from Chopin plaza south to Biscayne Blvd Way will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 7:15PM.

• Biscayne Blvd. Way from Biscayne Blvd to SE 3rd St. will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 7:20PM.

• SE 3rd Ave. from Biscayne Blvd. Way to SE 2nd St. will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 7:30PM.

• SE 2nd St. from SE 3rd Ave. to North River Drive will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 7:40PM.

• North River Drive from SW 2nd St. to NW 5th St. will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 7:50PM.

• NW 5th St. from North River Drive to NW 3rd Ct. will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 8:00PM.

• NW 3rd Ct. from NW 5th St. to NW 3rd St. will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 8:10PM.

• NW 3rd St. from NW 3rd Ct. to North Miami Ave. will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 8:20M.

• North Miami Ave. from NW 3rd St. to NE 2nd St. will be closed from approximately 6:45PM to 8:30PM.

• NE 2nd St. from North Miami Ave. to NE 2nd Ave. will be closed from approximately 6:45PM to 8:40 PM.

• NE 2nd Ave. from NE 2nd St. to NE 4th St. will be closed from approximately 6:45PM to 8:50PM.

• NE 4th St. from NE 2nd Ave. to Biscayne Blvd northbound lanes will be closed approximately 6:45PM to 9:00PM.

To see a map of the race course, click here.