<![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 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:33:13 -0500 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:33:13 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Miss Universe Pageant's Effect on Doral]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:47:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000016604813_1200x675_389350467692.jpg An economic student will determine the Miss Universe pageant's effect on Doral's bottom line.]]> <![CDATA[Marketplace Teaching Real World at Pompano Beach School]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:49:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012615+somerset+pines+charter+school.jpg

No, they’re not running a child labor sweat shop at Somerset Pines Charter School, but the kids do work for their “Bulldog Bucks” at the Pompano Beach academy.

"We just wanted to make it a city within a school," said Dr. Donna Kaye, principal of the five-year-old public school.

From a smoothie shop to a photo studio where they charge $10 per picture to a paint your own pottery store, there are 21 businesses at the school's marketplace.

"It's a whole new way of teaching and learning with the students and the teachers, but it's been fantastic so far," Dr. Kaye said.

Twice a month, for 90 minutes at a time, the K-8 school transforms into the marketplace, with students alternating between work days and shopping days. They get paid but have to pay taxes and donate to charity. They learn citizenship, the value of work and lots of math.

"Instead of using work sheets and doing practice problems, they're actually using these math skills we're teaching them in real-life situations, they're getting paid, putting it into a banking system, having to pay taxes and at the end of the day having to count out how much profit did we make with a business or giving someone change," math teacher Jason Skolits said.

In the nail salon, the workers learn to do manicures. In the bakery, they learn how to bake and sell cookies, cupcakes, and brownies.

“I think they get a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, they actually make their own goods, they see it getting sold, they see the value of the Bulldog Buck they're earning," bakery manager Sara Goddard said.

Goddard said the bakers are making so much dough for the program, they've already asked for raises, which she says is exactly how the cookie would crumble in the real world.

Dr. Kaye said her goal now is to expand the program next year to include a central bank. For now, she’ll settle for a student body excited to be getting a taste of adult life.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Steal High-End Wheels in Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:40:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/carthieves012615.jpg

A Southwest Miami-Dade homeowner said it took thieves just 20 minutes to put two cars on concrete blocks and steal thousands of dollars’ worth of wheels and tires overnight Monday.

Luis Perna said he woke up at 6 a.m. Monday and found his car, a Lexus IS-F, on blocks in front of his home on 5900 block of SW 46th St. Security cameras captured the suspect’s car pulling up to a neighbors’ house to steal four concrete blocks before parking behind Perna’s Lexus.

“It’s a sport package, and that’s exactly what they were going after,” Perna said.

According to Perna, the stolen wheels and tires from his car cost more than $4,000. But the thieves weren’t done; they also stole the wheels and tires form a neighbor of Perna. The crime took a total of 20 minutes to jack the cars up, remove eight wheels and tires, and then lower the cars back onto blocks.

And while the cost of replacing the tires and wheels is high, that’s not what shook Perna the most.

“My family sleeps right there and it’s just very uncomfortable knowing that where you park and where you live that people would do such things,” Perna said. “They have to resort to 2 to 3 in the morning, robbing people.”

Perna said he had heard of 5 more wheel and tire thefts in the south Miami-Dade area, all in just one night. He told NBC 6 he thinks a ring of thieves are targeting new vehicles for theft and later sell the items online or at body shops.

“They may not get caught this time, they may not get caught next time; but eventually their luck is gonna run out,” Perna said.

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



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<![CDATA[Man Who Killed Sister Takes Stand at Resentencing Hearing]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:33:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012615+ronald+salazar.jpg

A man convicted in the brutal slaying of his 11-year-old sister when he was just 14 took the witness stand Monday as he attempts to have his life sentence reduced.

Ronald Salazar, now 24, was convicted in the 2005 rape and murder of his sister, who was strangled and had her throat slashed. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

"This tragedy has changed me," a crying Salazar said as he took the stand Monday.

Salazar is hoping the hearing will pave the way for a reduction in his sentence. Shortly after he was sentenced, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a juvenile could not be given a life term without the possibility of parole.

Salazar's defense argues the teen became resentful and suicidal after his parents left him behind when they moved to the U.S. from El Salvador. He spent 10 years with his grandparents before his parents finally sent for him.

The hearing will continue Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Brag About Your School: Somerset Pines Academy]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:11:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Brag+About+Your+School+THUMBNAIL+Website.jpg Jawan Strader and Ari Odzer were at Somerset Pines Academy in Pompano Beach where students are taking a real world approach to their education.]]> <![CDATA[Fugitive Wanted on Child Porn Charges Arrested]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/146870567.jpg

A man wanted on a dozen counts of promoting child pornography was arrested at Miami International Airport as he arrived from Belize.

Robert Andrew Ragin, 54, was wanted in Brevard County on the child porn charges. The U.S. Marshal’s Service, along with Customs and Border Protection met Ragin at the gate and he was immediately taken into custody.

“CBP officers work closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to make sure wanted fugitives face justice,” Port Director Christopher Maston said in a written statement. “We remain vigilant and will continue to proactively address threats, minimize vulnerabilities and maximize security.”

Ragin has been turned over to Brevard County authorities for prosecution.



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<![CDATA[Possible Explosive Device in Wilton Manors]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:10:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012615+wilton+manors+bomb+squad.jpg

A bomb squad responded to a Wilton Manors home Monday after a man had a possible explosive device Monday morning after neighbors complained of a brush fire in the backyard of John Gregory Knepper's home, officials said.

The incident was reported at a home in the area of Northwest 24th Street and 3rd Avenue.

When officials arrived at the house, they found shell casings in the pit. After further investigation, police found an explosive device in Knepper's bedroom and the bomb squad was called in.

Officials said the area was evacuated and the bomb squad was detonating the possible device. Three nearby schools - Pace Center for Girls, Somerset Academy and Wilton Manors Elementary - were warned to stay away from the neighbors until the device was detonated.

The Fort Lauderdale bomb squad took over the investigation and took Knepper in for questioning.

No other information was immediately known.



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<![CDATA[Cab Driver Accused of Kidnapping and Sexual Battery of Passenger]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:27:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012615+ronald+smith.jpg

A Broward County cab driver is accused of kidnapping and sexually battering a female passenger, authorities said Monday.

Ronald Smith, 61, was arrested Sunday by Wilton Manors Police on charges of sexual battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment, jail records showed. He was being held without bond following a Monday court appearance before Broward Judge John Hurley.

During his bond court appearance, Smith's attorney called it a "he-said, she-said case," and said the encounter was consensual.

According to the arrest affidavit read by Hurley, the victim had been using Smith as a cab driver for about a year and called him for a ride on Saturday.

“Since he was like family, I never expected this to happen,” the victim told NBC 6.

Smith took the woman to a hotel in Wilton Manors, but when they arrived, the woman refused to get out of the cab, Hurley said.

“He told me get off the car, and I said no,” the victim said. “Then he showed me a liquid and said if I didn’t get off the car he would put me to sleep with that.”

The woman got off the car and they both went into the hotel, where the victim claims she was sexually molested, Hurley said.

“I can’t. I just can’t anymore,” the woman said. “I don’t feel I’m the same person I was before.”

Smith then drove the woman to the hospital, Hurley said. The victim said Smith told her not to report the alleged assault or she would be deported.

After the woman reported the alleged crime to police, officers searched Smith's car and found several cans of mace and two stun guns, Hurley said.



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<![CDATA[Weather: Some Showers, Sunny Midday Monday]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000016598946_1200x675_389178947881.jpg Showers are racing through South Florida this midday, but Ryan Phillips says the sunshine will be back through the afternoon hours.]]> <![CDATA[MTA Bus Hits Pedestrian in Miami]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:08:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012615+mta+hits+pedestrian.jpg

A pedestrian was hit by a Miami-Dade Transit bus in Miami Monday morning.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Southwest First Avenue and First Street in Miami. Miami-Dade police say the bus was southbound on Southwest First Avenue and was attempting to make a left turn onto Southwest First Street when it struck the pedestrian.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue teams were on the scene performing CPR on the victim. The victim was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where they were in critical condition, officials said.

No other details were immediately known.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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<![CDATA[Two Shot, One Dead, Near Country Club in NW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:55:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shooting+miami+dade+012615.jpg

Miami-Dade police said one person was killed and another injured in a shooting early Monday near a country club apartment complex.

The shooting happened at the Venetian Gardens country club apartment complex, located at 18111 NW 68th Ave. just after 4:00 Monday morning.

According to police, the victim was sleeping when the suspect entered his home and a confrontation ensued.

There was an exchange of gunfire and the subject was killed. The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Homicide investigators are on the scene. No other information was immediately available.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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<![CDATA[63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant Behind the Scenes]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:33:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000016595487_1200x675_389133379895.jpg Roxanne Vargas talks to some of the biggest stars on the red carpet ahead of the 63rd annual Miss Universe pageant, including hosts Natalie Morales and Thomas Roberts, William Levy, Giancarlo Stanton and more.]]> <![CDATA[Travelers Scramble to Fly Ahead of Blizzard]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:29:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012615+miami+international+airport+travelers.jpg

With a potentially historic snowstorm pounding much of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts; air travelers across the country, including South Florida, were scrambling to try to beat the expected flight delays and cancellations.

As of 4:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was reporting 24 arrival cancellations, 67 rrival delays along with 40 departure cancellations and 70 departure delays. Down at Miami International Airport, a total of 36 flights were delayed (34 arrivals and two departures) and 42 cancelled flights (31 departures and 11 arrivals).

Some 1,852 northeast-bound flights are expected to be cancelled through tomorrow.

The majority of cancellations Monday have come on United Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, and Southwest. As the blizzard in the northeast worsens, more cancellations and delays are expected for all flights trying to get into airports in New York, Boston, and New Jersey.

Travelers are advised to check with their airline before heading to the airport, as many airlines are waiving the fee to change flights if necessary due to the storm. Meteorologists say the blizzard is expected to bring "historic" snow accumulations well into Tuesday night across the northeast.

Click here to check on flights at Miami International Airport.

Click here to check on flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.



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<![CDATA[Your Wintry Weather Photos]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:28:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/angela-cranford-mashable.jpg New Yorkers face the wintry weather. NBC 4 New York viewers sent us these photos of their snowy moments in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut! Send us your weather photos by emailing them to tips@nbcnewyork.com or uploading them here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/ugc/]]> <![CDATA[Weather: Cool, Sunny Monday]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:58:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000016591572_1200x675_389078083867.jpg Monday morning is off to a cool start. Ryan Phillips says it will be sunny and breezy later, with temperatures in the 70s.]]> <![CDATA[Miami Gardens Man Shot, Killed In Front of Kids]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:05:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/manshotMG2.jpg

Police and distraught family members were on the scene of a drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens where a man is believed to have been shot and killed in front of his girlfriend's young children.

NBC 6 spoke to the girlfriend, who identified the victim as her boyfriend, James Hall. Ashley Walton said Hall was returning the children to the home they share at 1621 NW 175th Terrace in Miami Gardens from another relative's home early Monday morning.

The children, ranging in age from 10 to 13, got out of the car. When Hall followed them, the suspects pulled up in a car and one got out and shot him in the head. They then drove off, witnesses said.

A cousin believes the children also witnessed the shooting.

"They didn't have to do him like that in front of my kids," Walton said. "They ambushed him right in front of my door."

A neighbor, who happens to be a nurse, came outside to try and help, but says his pulse was very low and that there was nothing she could do.

"I smelled the gunpowder," said the nurse, who didn't want to be identified. "I went and I got the pulse, the pulse was really, really low and he looked at me and he passed out."

"This is not ok," Walton said. "I promise to God they're going to pay for this. This is not ok."

Police are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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<![CDATA[Impact with Jackie Nespral - Jan. 25, 2015]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:43:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/impact+012515.PNG Impact with Jackie Nespral - Jan. 25, 2015]]> <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Luna]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:27:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/luna+featured+pet+012515.PNG

Our featured pet is Luna, an 8-month-old short-hair kitten at Broward Animal Care who hopes to find a loving home.

Luna is a beautiful cat who is full of energy. She is friendly, playful, and loves a good ear scratching. Luna would make a great family companion.

Luna's adoption fee includes spaying, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt her or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website here.

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

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<![CDATA[Boat Operator Arrested After Crashing Into Piling]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:27:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/boat+accident+012515.PNG

Authorities are investigating after jet boat with nine people on board crashed into a wood piling Saturday night, injuring one person.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. near the Venetian Causeway.

"While riding, they may not have been paying attention and struck this piling," said Capt. Ignatius Carroll of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Carroll said investigators are also working to determine if speed played a factor. The impact of the crash injured one woman, who was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is in charge of investigating the crash. FWC officials arrested the operator of the jet boat for boating under the influence after he failed a field sobriety test.

The boat took on water but did not sink. It was towed to the nearby Sea Isle Marina, while the remainder of the passengers on board were brought to shore by Fire Rescue.

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<![CDATA[Man Attacked Stranger "Because He Loved Her": Deputies]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:12:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/william+roberts+keys+012515.jpg

Authorities in the Florida Keys arrested a man for attacking a woman, who claimed he did it out of love.

The 63-year-old victim told Monroe County Sheriff's deputies she was inside her Islamorada apartment just after midnight Sunday when a man, identified as 66-year-old William Roberts, knocked on her back door.

Roberts, from Tennessee, was wearing a sweater he had taken from the victim's vehicle. The woman told police she had never seen Roberts before and had no idea who he was.

Deputies said Roberts then began beating her with a stick. The victim asked him why he was beating her, and he told her he was doing it because he loved her.

As she struggled to get away, the victim tore off the sweater. Deputies said he had nothing else on besides a pair of underwear. Roberts backed away from her, and the woman ran back inside her apartment to call police.

Roberts was found a short distance away and arrested. He is charged with aggravated battery and burglary of a vehicle.

It is unclear whether Roberts has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Forecast: Cool, Sunny Sunday]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:31:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/B8MlwD5CYAAn6Be.png

Yesterday's overcast skies and showers were not in vain, as the cold front that swept through the area brought beautiful conditions for today. It will be sunny all day, as well as a little breezy. Temperatures will start out in the low 50s and will struggle to reach the 70s.

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Another cold front will come through the area Monday, bringing even cooler conditions to us on Tuesday. These cool temperatures will stay with us throughout the work week.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Snowflake]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:51:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/snowflake+potw+012415.PNG

Our pet of the week is Snowflake, a 2-year-old pit bull mix from Pooches in Pines.

Snowflake is an active, sweet dog. She loves giving kisses and getting belly rubs. Snowflake enjoys playing fetch and tug o'war.

Pooches in Pines is helping Snowflake find her forever home. Her adoption includes vaccinations, spay and microchipping.

For more information on how to adopt Snowflake or any other animal, visit the Pooches in Pines website here or on their Facebook page

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

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<![CDATA[Street Closures for Miami Marathon]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:31:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/marathon_runners_generic.jpg

Streets throughout Miami will be closed Sunday morning for the Miami Marathon.

Traffic in the area of downtown Miami as well as portions of Miami Beach will be affected. The following streets will be closed at various points between 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Biscayne Boulevard
  • Rickenbacker Causeway
  • MacArthur Causeway
  • Alton Road
  • Ocean Drive
  • Fifth Street (Miami Beach)
  • Venetian Causeway
  • NE 15th Street (Miami)
  • Miami Avenue
  • Second Avenue
  • Brickell Avenue
  • Bayshore Drive
  • Mary Street
  • Grand Avenue
  • Commodore Plaza

Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes to avoid potential delays. To view the full marathon course, click here.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Double Homicide in Miami]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/95+shooting+012415.PNG

Police are investigating after two men with gunshot wounds were found on Interstate 95 early Saturday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a call came in around 3 a.m. about two people who were shot in a vehicle on southbound I-95 near NW 54th Street.

Troopers found one man outside the car with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

Another man was found dead in the passenger seat.

FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez said that the car was riddled with bullets when it was found on the highway, but they do not know where exactly the shooting took place.

"We know the shooting did not take place on I-95, it took place somewhere in the city," Sanchez said. "But it did end up here on 95."

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

Authorities are now searching for at least one gunman. Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[Forecast: Cloudy, Breezy Saturday]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:09:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/B8HOBzcCAAEge6O.png

 The start of the day is bringing overcast skies and breezy conditions ahead of a cold front making its way through South Florida. Showers will pop up late in the morning ahead of the front, which will come through this afternoon. We will begin to see a cool down this evening. Highs will be in the upper 70s. There will be a moderate risk of rip currents.

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Sunday will look very different. Temperatures will start out in the low 50s and will struggle to reach the low 70s. Those cool and at times breezy conditions will stay with us throughout the work week.

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<![CDATA[IRS Warns of Phone Scam Demanding Money]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:17:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/IRS_SCAM_PKG_080414.jpg

The phone calls sounds threatening. Someone calls claiming to be from the IRS and tells you to pay immediately or you could face anything from arrest to deportation and other threats. But the call is nothing but a scam, the IRS said this week.

The IRS said the calls often include people spoofing called ID to make their number look like a legitimate call from the IRS. Federal investigators said the scammers use fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers, and other identification to try to get you to pay up.

In some cases, the scammers would leave urgent messages urging callers to call back or face penalties.

According to the Treasury Department, the inspector general for tax administration has received approximately 290,000 contacts about the scams since October 2013. The IRS said that 3,000 victims have collectively paid over $14 million as a result of the scam.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

The IRS said there are several things to know to help you protect yourself. The IRS said it will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you do get a call, the IRS said to do the following things:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

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<![CDATA[Supreme Court to Examine Death Penalty Drug]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:54:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Arizona-Execution.jpg

One of the drugs used in Florida’s three-drug lethal injection cocktail may be on the chopping block after the Supreme Court agreed to review the usage of midazolam in executions in Oklahoma.

A trio of inmates in Oklahoma sued over the state using midazolam as part of that state’s three-drug process in lethal injections. The inmates’ case comes after an Oklahoma prisoner’s execution that used midazolam was botched in April 2014.

The inmates argued that the usage of midazolam can’t achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery and therefore the usage of it would violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Specifically, the lawyers for the trio argued that midazolam isn’t approved by the FDA as a general anesthetic and is being used by prisons on an experimental basis, according to USAToday.

Florida has used midazolam in executions for the last few years after a previous drug, which was used by many states, was taken off the market by its European maker. The state uses a three-drug process for lethal injections. The drugs first produce unconsciousness then paralysis and finally cardiac arrest.

Midazolam was used in the execution of Juan Carlos Chavez for his killing of nine-year-old Jimmy Ryce. Chavez also argued to the court that usage of the drug was cruel and unusual punishment, but the high court allowed his execution to go forward. It’s been used in several other executions as well.

While Oklahoma and Ohio have had issues when using midazolam in executions, the Sunshine State hasn’t had serious issues with its usage.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Killed in Police-Involved Shooting in Lauderhill]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:21:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/200*120/turnermugshot012315.jpg

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said a suspect was killed during a shooting involving Lauderhill Police Friday afternoon.

BSO said that detectives from the Lauderhill Police Department were investigating a stolen car at the Summit Palms Apartment in the area of NW 19th Street and NW 47th Avenue when the shooting happened.

BSO said when detectives tried to arrest Demaris Turner, 29, in a stolen Hyundai Genesis; he rammed a marked Lauderhill Police K-9 unit with both the officer and K-9 officer inside. BSO said a Lauderhill detective fired his gun, hitting Turner.

BSO said more than one shot was fired and that Turner was hit at least once.

Lauderhill Police began performing CPR until Lauderhill Fire Rescue arrived and took Turner to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died. The K-9 officer was taken to a veterinary hospital and remains there Friday evening.

Residents said they were nervous about the neighborhood after the shooting.

"The environment has been a little rough because I see security guards at night and stuff. That kind of scares us and makes sure we’re protected and stuff. I just hope my family is okay,” resident Nizell Wilson said."

Turner was no stranger to law enforcement. He has been arrested numerous times over the years for charges ranging from battery on a law enforcement officer to aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and others.

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<![CDATA[Sunset HS Student Charged with Stalking Teacher]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:52:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012315+student+stalker.jpg

An 18-year-old student from Miami Sunset Senior High School was arrested this week and charged with stalking a teacher at the school.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jordan Sotomayor, 18, told police he had a crush on the teacher and requested to be her friend repeatedly on social media. However, the teacher refused the requests, which she said she did of all current and former students.

Wednesday, the teacher said she walked into her classroom and found a message on her whiteboard that was sexually explicit. The teacher said it was the second incident that had happened in the last few days. According to the teacher, she discovered the first sexually explicit message left on her whiteboard on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, police said closed-circuit cameras captured Sotomayor entering the classroom and then leaving several minutes later on Tuesday. Sotomayor told police he went in the room and left the sexually explicit messages for the teacher and that he had about 15 pictures of her from Facebook.

The affidavit revealed the teacher told police she was in great fear for her safety and Sotomayor offered a written statement for police as well. He was taken to jail for processing on Wednesday.

It's unknown if Sotomayor has an attorney.

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