<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:09 -0400 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:09 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Angry Car Owners Say Their Cars are Melting Away]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:38:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dash1sized.jpg

When you spend tens of thousands of dollars on a car, you don't expect it to literally melt away. Dozens of people across South Florida say that's what happened to their cars.

The complaints are about several manufacturers and models. Now, an attorney in Miami is taking action against what he says is one of the biggest offenders.

Matt Hobden saved up money for years to buy his 2006 Lexus IS 250. He said it's his ideal car except for one big problem.

"It's literally melting away, every day," Hobden said.

He claims his dashboard and side panels are turning sticky and melting in the Florida sun. When he touches his dashboard his fingers stick and turn black.

"It makes me mad," said Hobden. "It's frustrating knowing there’s nothing you can do about it."

Hobden said every time he gets in his car he worries the melting dashboard could be a safety issue.

"The dash reflects the sun from the windshield and it causes this reflection so it sometimes becomes hard to see," he said.

Hobden isn't alone. Team 6 Investigators have received similar complaints from more than two dozen people in South Florida from Pompano Beach to Wellington.

Miami attorney Juan Bauta filed suit against Toyota this month in Miami Dade County. He's asking a judge to grant class action status so others can join the suit. The lawsuit claims the company is refusing to replace the dashboards once the basic warranty runs out.

"By the time you’re out of the extended warranty that’s right around the time your dash starts falling apart," said Hobden.

A spokesperson for Toyota, Pat Hill, would not talk on camera but said by phone, "We can't comment on litigation issues, we certainly are continuing to investigate these dashboard issues that are affecting multiple manufactures."

The company issued a service bulletin back in 2011 that addresses an issue that appears to be similar. It states some 2006 to 2008 model year IS 250 and 350 vehicles have a similar problem. The bulletin stated dealers can repair the panels if it's covered under the basic warranty which is usually four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

"That's just ridiculous, if every person has the same exact problem why should everyone have to pay 900 dollars for their mistake?" asked Hobden.

He isn't a part of the lawsuit but said it’s something he'd consider if nothing is done to fix the problem.

"Being a Lexus owner I think they should have done something about it already but they haven’t so someone has to step u p and do something about it," he said.

If you have a dashboard issue you can file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hundreds of complaints have been filed with the government on this issue for various manufactures and models.



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<![CDATA[CDC: Ebola "Poses Little Risk" to U.S.]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ebola.jpg

Miami is one of the global entry points to the United States, which makes it vulnerable to the spread of diseases. And as a deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa continues to grow, fears of the disease spreading through air travel are increasing.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the disease “poses little risk to the U.S. general population.”

According to the CDC, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola since March in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the largest outbreak of the virus in history. The disease in the current outbreak is yielding a mortality rate of approximately 56 percent. Some outbreaks of Ebola have had mortality rates of up to 90 percent.

A case that popped up in Nigeria over the weekend sparked fears of airlines transporting the disease. According to Reuters, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry collapsed when he arrived at the Lagos airport on July 20 and died on Friday.

The man flew from Liberia and landed in Togo before arriving in Nigeria where he collapsed and later died. Nigeria has since stepped up at all “airports, seaports, and land borders,” and placed on “red alert,” according to the BBC. Liberia has since closed most of its border crossings, according to Reuters.

Two American health care workers in Liberia have contracted Ebola. One of the workers’ family had just returned to the United States before the person became symptomatic. The CDC said the family is being monitored for 21 days, the incubation period for the disease.

The CDC said the likelihood of the disease spreading outside of West Africa is “very low.” The CDC said the reason the disease is not likely to spread is because it spreads only through direct contact with the blood, secretions, or other body fluids of people and indirect contact with items like needles and other items contaminated with these fluids.

The CDC said it doesn’t have a projection how long the current outbreak may last, but that for the outbreak to be declared over there would have to be 42 days without a confirmed case.



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<![CDATA[FMA Endorses Medicaid Expansion: Report]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:51:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg

The Florida Medical Association approved a resolution that endorses the expansion of Medicaid in the state, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The vote on the politically charged issue was unanimous when it was taken on Sunday in Orlando. According to the Times, the public support for the program exists as long as the program “safeguarded patient access to care while increasing Medicaid payment rates to Medicare levels for all physicians.”

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act was legal, it left it up to states to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage. Many states expanded the government program to give more insurance, but most states in the South have remained firmly opposed to the program.

According to the Times, Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid has left 800,000 Floridians without health insurance in the so-called coverage gap. The gap exists for those that don’t qualify for Medicaid, but are too poor to qualify for federal tax subsidies to help pay for private insurance.

The Times reported that if Medicaid had been expanded, the federal government would have given the state $51 billion over the next decade.



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<![CDATA[Bus Crash Sends 6 to the Hospital]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:20:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jeepbuscrash.jpg

An afternoon bush crash in Wilton Manors sent six people to the hospital. The accident involved a city bus and a black four-door Jeep.

The accident happened just after 1 p.m. Monday. According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the crash left heavy damage to the Jeep that was involved.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said six patients were taken to two different hospitals. Several other people were treated at the scene and refused to be taken to the hospital. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said five of the patients taken to the hospital were from the bus.

FLFR said none of the injuries from the accident appeared to be life-threatening.



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<![CDATA[Man Blamed for Classic Car Blaze: "It's Impossible"]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/augustoagostini.jpg

A former employee of the classic car shop that burned down in Miami last week is fighting back, after he says the business' co-owner blamed him for the destructive blaze.

Augusto Agostini told NBC 6 exclusively that he believes he's the one co-owner Robin Vernon meant when she pointed the finger at a disgruntled former employee. The only catch is he was in jail at the time.

“She did a lot damage to me and my family,” Agostini told NBC 6 exclusively Monday.

Agostini said his reputation has been marred after the fire that hit Ted Vernon Specialty Autos, home to the "South Beach Classics" reality TV show, located at 8301 Northwest 7th Avenue.

Vernon said the morning of the fire that she she thought it was sparked by "a disgruntled employee who we simply fired after we found out he provided a false identification."

Police have not identified any suspect in the fire as of Monday evening.

"I’ve been complaining to the Miami-Dade Police Department about somebody that threatened to burn down our places," Vernon also said last week of the fire.

Agostini believes Vernon is talking about him, because he had been arrested on an identity theft charge in Broward County — a charge that was later dropped — after moving to South Florida earlier this year. He was arrested again in July in Miami due to a document he said stemmed from the Broward case.

But an arrest is what Agostini said proves he didn’t set the fire.

“It is impossible, because at time the fire was going on, I was being counted on a head count from the county jail,” Agostini said.

Agostini was arrested on July 10 but wasn’t released until July 26 – two days after the fire took place.

He showed NBC 6’s Willard Shepard what he said were threatening text messages he said Vernon had sent him. One text said “no mercy and promise." He said it was sent a week before police took him away.

“I went to the police department, and I did a restraining order against her, because there were a lot of threats on my phone she'd text me,” Agostini said.

Agostini said he was watching television inside the jail when he saw Vernon’s comments.

“Just because I have these tattoos and all this doesn’t make me an arsonist,” Agostini said. “I never did none of that.”

The Vernons' attorney told NBC 6's Shepard he didn't want his clients speaking on television. The lawyer did say both want to get to the bottom of who started the fire.

The fire caused about $1 million in damages, and the Vernons said the cars were not insured.



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<![CDATA[Marshals Jewelry Auction Set for Friday]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:08:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/goldbuillonbars.jpg

Bargain hunters looking for gold, silver, coins, loose diamonds, and more jewelry may hit it big when the U.S. Marshals service holds an auction in Miami Beach and online this Friday.

The Marshals Service said the auction will have more than 350 lots of precious metals and jewelry along with other items. The items come from cases in California, Alaska, Eastern New York, and a Ponzi scheme.

The auction will be held on Friday at the Miami Beach Convention Center at 10 a.m. A preview of the auction is set to be held Thursday at the Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Murder Suspect Curses & Yells at Bond Court Judge]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hendricksmugshot.jpg

A man Miami-Dade Police arrested on a second-degree murder warrant last week let loose in bond court with a string of expletives as he denied he was involved in the case.

Miami-Dade Police arrested Anton Hendricks, 34, for allegedly killing a woman and leaving her body in a grass field.

The body of Gena James was found last October near Northwest 81st Terrace and Northwest 25th Avenue. Her body was spotted by a passerby next to a chain link fence in a grass field.

Hendricks was arrested by Miami-Dade Police on July 24 for the crime. In his initial court appearance, he was initially quiet before screaming his innocence to the court.

Judge Steven Lefman: “You’ve been advised by counsel not to say anything. I would advise you to do the same.
Anton Hendricks: “This is *expletive* man. This is *expletive*. Because I’m *expletive* innocent. I’m innocent. It’s not *expletive* me. It’s not me. You’ve got the wrong person. I don’t know what that information that you got on the paperwork. It’s not *expletive* me though. IT’S NOT ME!”

Hendricks continued to yell about his innocence to the court. Judge Lefman didn’t respond to Hendricks’ outburst, which continued.

Hendricks: “I’m fighting for my *expletive* life. It’s not *expletive* me…..*expletive* (walks away)
Judge Lefman: Information has been filed, a plea of not guilty has been entered. The matter will be sent down for trial.”

Hendricks remains in jail on no bond.



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<![CDATA[Couple Wants Gay Marriage Case Taken to Fla. Supreme Court]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/aaron+huntsman+and+william+lee+jones.jpg

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in a Florida Keys gay marriage case have asked Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals to send the case directly to the state's Supreme Court.

While the case was expected to end up before the Florida Supreme Court eventually, plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones said they are seeking a swifter final judgment.

Earlier this month, Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that marriage licenses could be issued to gays in Monroe County.

Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed notice of appeal, triggering an automatic stay that prevents any gay marriages. Last Week, Garcia declined to lift the stay, leading Huntsman and Jones to take their case to the Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeals.

Voters added the same-sex marriage ban to Florida's constitution in 2008.



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<![CDATA[Mad Decent Block Party: Fort Lauderdale]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Mad+Decent+Block+Party+2014+133.jpg The 2014 Mad Decent Block Party tour made its first stop in South Florida at Revolution live in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Electronic Dance Music fans jumped to beats of various artists including DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead and more.]]> <![CDATA[A1A Reconstruction Project Begins]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/a1a+reconstruction.jpg

The A1A reconstruction project began Monday in Fort Lauderdale, marking the first day of road closures that will last more than a year.

The road work will span A1A from Sunrise Boulevard to Northeast 18th Street.

The Florida Department of Transportation says the $11.8 million project will clear the way for a brand new promenade on the east side of A1A, restored beach showers, turtle-friendly pedestrian lighting and signalized pedestrian crosswalks. The road work will also replace portions of the road that were eroded in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy.

While residents say they aren't looking forward to the inconvenience, they are looking forward to a nicer roadway.

"If it looks nicer, I could live with that," said resident Ron Prescia who regularly jogs down A1A.

Workers will also install a new underground drainage system to prevent flooding.

"It's a French Drain system so to a point it holds water internally and takes some of the pressure off the outfall system so not all the water has to rush out of the system at the same time," said Brian Gibbs, with Russell Engineering.

Gibbs said the work will eventually narrow the roadway, to create one lane in each direction by the end of the reconstruction.

The work will take up about 11 hours each day -- from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- and could include Saturday hours as needed. It will take about one week before crews establish a familiar traffic pattern in the area.



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<![CDATA['Turtle Cam' Captures Loggerhead Hatchlings]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:59:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/turtles+hatch+on+turtlecam.jpg

Nearly 100 tiny sea turtles were caught on camera hatching and sprinting to the ocean's edge.

The 3-inch long loggerhead sea turtles were born Friday just before 9 p.m. in the Florida Keys.

The video was captured by the Florida Keys "Turtle Cam" by using infrared lighting, so as to not confuse the newborns heading to sea, and was livestreamed at Fla-Keys.com.

Loggerhead turtles are considered threatened or endangered in Florida and it is illegal to disturb the nests. The "Turtle Cam" project was created to help raise awareness of the endangered species.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Tamiami Trail Crash]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/car+accident2.jpg

Two people were killed in a crash that blocked a long stretch of Tamiami Trail for hours Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at 24050 SW 8th Street, 11 miles west of Krome Avenue, just after 7 a.m. FHP said the driver of a Ford Mustang heading west swerved into the eastbound lane and crashed into a truck.

Both drivers died on impact, officials said.

"We had to put together the model of the vehcile by finding small pieces," said Trooper Joe Sanchez.

The driver of the Ford Mustang was identified as Jerome McKinley Huggins from Ochopee. He was a Miccosukee Tribe member, was going the wrong way on the road. The other driver, Russell Larkin, was in a truck and was a well-known member of the air boating community.

Larkin lived at the Airboat Association Headquarters on the Tamiami Trial just west of the accident scene.

"We all loved Russell Larkin," said Susan Greenberg. "He did a lot of work with the Wounded Warriors Project, Scout troops. A sad day for everyone out here."

Both eastbound and westbound lanes on Tamiami Trail were blocked off for six hours Monday. The road reopened just before 1 p.m. Monday's deadly accident was the latest in a string of such crashes on the road.

Trooper Sancez said, "In the last six months, we have had three bad accidents that took the life of many people" on the Tamiami Trail.

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Anti-Semitic Vandalism Hits Synagogue]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/synagogue+vandalized.jpg

More anti-Semitic messages were found Monday in South Florida, this time at a synagogue.

Neighborhood watch volunteers found swastikas and the word "Hamas" spray painted in red outside the doors to Torah V'Emunah Congregation at 1000 N.E. 175th Street in Northeast Miami-Dade.

This is the second act of anti-Semitic vandalism in South Florida in the last few days. On Saturday, vandals egged two cars at a Miami Beach home and smeared cream cheese on the cars, spelling out the words "Jew" and "Hamas."

The acts coincided with an ongoing three-week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas. As of Sunday, the fighting had killed more than 1,000 people -- 1,030 Palestinians, 43 Israeli soldiers, two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker, according to NBC News.

Yona Lungerm who he found the latest messages around 1 a.m. during his neighborhood watch shift, said vandalism isn't an answer to the conflict. He said the graffiti is “very uncomfortable and it’s unprofessional.”

"We understand you're angry, but that's not the way to resolve it," Lunger said. "Best way is to get out there and pray for peace and let's all get along."

Police have not yet identified any suspects in either case, and have not yet determined if there is a connection.

The Anti-Defamation League released a statement that condemned the act and said in part:

"It is our hope that local South Florida community leaders will join the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the local expression of anti-Semitic hate right her in our backyard."

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



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<![CDATA[Dry Weather, But Not for Long]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:51:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/monday+weather.jpg

South Florida is seeing some relief from the rain, but it won't last long.

After nearly 9 inches of rain so far in July, Monday will be mostly dry and sunny.

Some shower activity will pop in during the afternoon hours, but it will be isolated to small areas in Broward.

Highs were expected to reach 93 degrees by 3 p.m. There will be no rip current risk at area beaches and the UV index will be in the extreme, so be sure to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water.

Storm chances will increase by mid-week, with a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain from Wednesday to Saturday.

Only one area to watch in the tropics this week - a disturbance across the Atlantic by the lesser Antilles could develop by the end of the week.



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<![CDATA[Cars Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Messages]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:19:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/hamas+car.PNG

On a Jewish holy day of rest, there was unrest in one South Florida community.

A Miami Beach home was the target of hate. One car egged in multiple places and another damaged by cream cheese, with the words "Jew" and "Hamas" smeared on two different areas.

Rachel, who also only wanted to be identified by her first name, said, "We woke up in the morning and the entire Jewish community was out here with the cops. They flagged down the cops for us because we can't call them ourselves because it was the sabbath."

The crime was committed as a tense and violent conflict roars on in the Middle East with both Israel and Hamas firing rockets at each other. Josh and Rachel do not think their family was singled out; their car on the block just happened to be the first one to have a sticker that said Miami Beach Jewish Community Center.

"It was just really frightning to see such an act in Miami Beach," said Rachel.

Josh equated it to terrorism in their back yard, but Rachel wouldn't go that far.

"It's not necessarily terrorism, but it's like a hate crime," Rachel said. "It's clearly racism right here and we thought this is America. It shouldn't be happening to us, but it does."

It is unclear if the attack was motivated because of the crisis. One thing is for sure - this is a first for this family.

"You know, we live in like a prominently jewish neighborhood and weve never experienced such a thing," Rachel said. "We never were hated for being Jewish. We were never looked down upon at all."

The family says it is now thinking about installing security cameras to try to deter this from happening again.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Complete Sweep of Astros]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:17:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452793936.jpg

The Miami Marlins completed an interleague sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday with a 4-2 win.

Miami has now won four straight and seven of eight. With the victory, the Marlins stand at 51-53 on the year and could potentially become buyers at the upcoming trade deadline. Miami remains in third place in the National League East trailing the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.

Jacob Turner continued to turn his season around with another solid effort. The 23-year old went 5.2 innings and struck out four while only walking one. Turner gave up a run while scattering six hits to Houston.

After spending some of the season in the bullpen, Turner has looked good in recent outings and should have a strong hold on his spot in the starting rotation for the foreseeable future. The right-hander is now 4-6 on the season with a 5.69 E.R.A

Dan Jennings, Chris Hatcher and Bryan Morris all came out of the bullpen with scoreless efforts building a bridge to closer Steve Cishek. In the ninth, Cishek picked up his 26th save of the year but did allow a solo home run.

Garrett Jones hit his 11th home run in the first inning in what was a three-run inning for Miami. Later in the game, Marcell Ozuna hit his 16th blast of the year to extend the lead for the Marlins.

A day after hitting his first home run of the season, Jordany Valdespin tripled for the first time as a Marlin in this one. Valdespin also brought home a run and scored another of his own. The versatile player is batting .250 since joining the big league team.

It was not such a good day for Giancarlo Stanton as he went 0-4 with four strikeouts. The Marlins' slugger has had a tough July slashing only .224/.341/.342 in the month.

The Marlins will travel home and begin a series with the Nationals on Monday. The scheduled starter for Miami is Nathan Eovaldi.



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<![CDATA['We Still Coming:' The Real Story Behind a Viral Wedding Pic]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:49:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/195*120/we+still+coming.jpg

After Amy and Ian said "I do," they never thought their wedding photo shoot would go viral.

"It just started taking on a life of its own," said the groom's mother, Suzanne Hicks. " It was like a domino effect."

The groom, originally from South Florida, and his bride from Michigan wed during Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The couple and their bridal party quickly gained fame after a photo of them went viral, accompanied by a message snapshot where a woman texted a wedding photo shoot invite to the wrong person. The stranger then responded, "We Still Coming".

"The 'we still coming' text message was like a hoax, it was fake. Somebody somehow got a hold of this picture -- we don't know where or how -- and they put this fake text with it," said Hicks.

Although the text is fake, there is a real story behind the photo. The best man says they stopped at Michigan Central Station to take wedding pictures and upon arriving a rap group named 7262 was filming a music video at the same spot.

"We were in a good mood, we were all celebrating the wedding and we went over there to say what's up," said Mike Maloney, the best man. "They said they were filming. We said let's hear the song and then one thing led to another, we made friends with them, started dancing with them, and the next thing we know we're on all these internet sites."

Since its July 1st upload, 7262's "Anthem" video already has nearly 200,000 views. The best man says it was an unexpected collaboration; however, they were practicing their moves prior to the video anyway.

"I mean, we were definitely ready to dance cause we were there for a wedding. So we were ready to dance for the reception so we were already working on our moves before that," said Maloney.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Win Sixth Game in Last Seven Tries]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:19:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452746294.jpg

The Miami Marlins won their third game in a row on Saturday with a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Helping the Marlins win their 50th game of the year and sixth in their last seven tries was Tom Koehler. The right-hander did not have his best stuff but he did enough to battle through five innings and earn his seventh win of the season.

Koehler gave up nine hits in his five innings but only three runs came across. He needed to battle out of repeated jams and stressful innings. Even though Koehler had thrown only 71 pitches, manager Mike Redmond elected to take him out when the game headed to the sixth inning.

Dan Jennings, A.J. Ramos worked the next three innings and did not allow a run. With the Marlins up four in the ninth, the ball was given to Chris Hatcher who finished the game with a scoreless inning.

One of the big hits of the day came from Giancarlo Stanton when he hit a three-run double in the second inning. Stanton now has 69 runs batted in on the season which leads the National League.

Casey McGehee had a run-scoring single which was a positive sign for the third baseman. McGehee has been struggling as of late after going most of the season without any prolonged slump.

In the ninth inning, Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run home run to pad the lead for the Marlins. It was the first blast of the year for Valdespin who recently joined the team.

The Marlins will go for the sweep on Sunday when Jacob Turner is slated to make the start.



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<![CDATA[Florida Keys Webcam Captures Sea Turtle Hatching]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:06:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/174*120/seaturtlewebcam726.jpg

A live-streaming, high-definition "turtle webcam" positioned on a beach in the Florida Keys has recorded the hatch of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles.

The webcam has been focused on the nest in the Lower Keys for almost two weeks. Friday evening, the 3-inch-long babies erupted from a hole, came out en masse and headed to the Atlantic Ocean under dim moonlight.

The camera uses infrared lighting so hatchlings won't be confused by artificial light and will go to sea — guided by moonlight reflecting on the water -- instead of pushing further onto land.

"This webcam is high-definition, the first time ever used (to record a turtle hatch), and also an infrared IR-emitting light that is so important because it does not disturb any of the activities of the turtle trying to find the ambient light of the moon," said Harry Appel, president of the Keys-based Save-a-Turtle organization, that helped to coordinate the webcam in partnership with the Florida Keys tourism council that funded the effort.

The webcam is part of ongoing efforts in the Keys to raise awareness of sea turtles and the need to protect them.

"It's so important here in the Keys to protect these nests and these turtles," Appel said. "They've been around for millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of years."

Loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp's ridley sea turtles nest on beaches in the Keys and other parts of Florida, and inhabit Florida and Keys waters. All five species are considered either threatened or endangered.

The webcam was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

To view the webcam and recording of the turtles hatching, visit www.fla-keys.com/turtlecam.



Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Marlins Continue To Shine With Replay Challenges]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/483867227.jpg

The Miami Marlins have been the most successful team in Major League Baseball when going to instant replay this season.

Much of the credit goes to Pat Shine who serves officially as a Major League administrative coach. Shine is in charge of video replays for the Marlins and he is the man who lets bench coach Rob Leary know when a play should be challenged or not. 

Shine joined the Marlins this season when the new replay system went into effect. Previously he has coached in the college ranks. While he is listed as a coach with the Marlins, he only is in uniform during pre-game and is not in the dugout during games.

This year, the Marlins have won 17 of their 21 attempted challenges. On each of those, Leary could be seen in the dugout on the phone with Shine who is back in a video room. When Leary is given the word, he informs manager Mike Redmond of the decision. Leary will tip his cap if the Marlins should challenge the play.

Under the rules that MLB has placed for instant replay, teams must decide if they are going to challenge within 30 seconds and before the next pitch is thrown. This gives Shine little time to examine replays and come to the all-important decision.

Three of the four failures for Miami came on force play challenges while the other was a tag play. On the other side of the coin, teams have initiated challenges against the Marlins 16 times this year. Those have been exactly even with Miami losing out on half of them. 

A lot of games come down to one pitch and despite not being in the dugout, Shine has made a huge impact for the Marlins and is one of the main reasons they are in the playoff race.



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<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Brownie]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:29:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/brownie2potw.PNG

This week's pet of the week is Brownie, a one-and-a-half year-old shepherd mix.

Brownie is a calm dog with a sweet disposition, and he even knows "sit." He is eager to learn new tricks with his new family.

Brownie's adoption fee is only $50 and includes neutering, vaccinations and microchip.

Through the end of the month, Broward Animal Care is offering a special promotion on adoption fees. Potential adopters can play "Plinko" to determine their adoption fee, which could be completely waived or as little as $4.

For more information on how to adopt Brownie 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[Sunday Forecast: Inland Storms]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:33:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/weather727.PNG

Drier air has moved in leaving us with a sunny morning. We can expect thunderstorms this afternoon mainly inland and along some east coast areas. Highs will be in the lower 90s. We should have a low risk of rip currents.

It will be a hazy start to the week while temperatures continue to warm into the mid 90s by mid-week. An approaching cold front will leave better rain chances for the second half of the week. Highs will remain in the 90s.

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<![CDATA[Miami Gardens Farm Share Helps Families in Need]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:30:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/farm+share+726.PNG

Bags of free food in hand, hundreds of Miami Gardens residents left Norwood Park with a smile.

"Oh Lord, I think I must have like 5 bags," said food recipient Robin Anderson. "A little bit of everything."

And there's plenty more where that came from. A large scale foodbank named Farm Share hosted the distribution and they say they arrived with 30,000 pounds of goods.

"When the community gives us a call and lets us know that they need help and would like us to do a distribution in the community, we go ahead and we find a way to coordinate this," said Farm Share's assistant operations manager John Delgado.

"I can pay a bill now with the money that I'm getting for the food," said Anderson.

Much of this food is donated from farmers across the United States. Farm Share also has an agreement with USDA and other food companies.

"It's important that we share this from the federal government through Farm Share to make sure that our residents get nutritional food," said state representative Barbara Watson.

Dozens of volunteers from the community helped carry boxes and gave out food. Many say they're happy to give back to their community.

Farmshare hosts about two food distributions per week. Upcoming distribution locations are posted on the organization's website, www.farmshare.org.
 

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<![CDATA[Police Involved Shooting at Century Village]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:15:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/century+village+shooting+726.PNG

Authorities are investigating what led to a deputy-involved shooting at a Deerfield Beach retirement community on Saturday.

Broward Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a man armed with a gun chasing a woman through the Century Village community around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The two were recently divorced and lived in separate apartments in the community.

BSO says the man, identified as 67-year-old Richard Sanfratello, broke into the apartment of his ex-wife, 64-year-old Linda Sanfratello, through a window. Deputies say the victim fled to the nearby apartment of her brother-in-law, 69-year-old Daniel Basilone. The suspect fired several shots at the victim as she fled. Sanfratello forced his way into Basilone's apartment, assaulting Basilone and holding his ex-wife against her will.

Three BSO deputies observed Sanfratello holding the victim at gunpoint. When she broke free, Sanfratello fired his weapon, forcing deputies to return fire. Sanfratello was injured and taken into custody.

Both the suspect and the victim were transported to Broward Health North with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to contact BSO Homicide Detective John Curcio at (954) 321-4210, or call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Raven]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:29:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/ravenpotw.PNG

This week's pet of the week is Raven, an 8-month-old terrier mix.

Raven is still a puppy with a sweet personality. She is loving and playful and gets along with other dogs. Raven is very obedient and quick to learn, so she should be easy to train.

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

For more information on how to adopt Raven or any other animal, call (954) 479-4884 or visit the Pooches in Pines website here.

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<![CDATA[Saturday Forecast: Isolated Storms]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:16:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/sat726wx.PNG

It will be a mostly sunny Saturday morning with a shower or two. We can expect thunderstorms this afternoon mainly inland and along some east coast areas. Highs will be in the lower 90s. There should be a low risk of rip currents.

Drier air will move in to South Florida leaving for mostly sunny skies on Sunday. A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible throughout the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 90s.

It will be a hazy start to the work week with better rain chances for the second half ofthe week. Highs could reach the mid-90s by mid-week.

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<![CDATA[Residents, Businesses Upset Over Alton Road Mess]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/norman+mello.jpg

Alton Road on Miami Beach has gone from an avenue through the area to a perpetual nuisance, all in the name of progress. Instead of the beach architecture, barricades, piles of concrete, and cranes line the never-ending fixtures along the road.

"I try to avoid Alton Road as much as I can," said Miami Beach resident Brittany Roverson. "It's just a real inconvenience to everyone around."

The constant construction is frustrating drivers and business owners along the road. They say the massive reconstruction of the road is leaving a big hit on their bottom line.

"We're losing about $30,000 a month due to the construction," said Daniel Venegas, owner of Woktown.

Sam Brejt, owner of Metro PCS Miami Beach echoed Venegas' claim saying, "We've seen a 40 percent hit right off the bat.

Some companies have developed strategies of promoting delivery instead of dining in to try to stay in business. But others haven't been able to get through the $32 million reconstruction project. Umami Burger, Boston Market, and Gino's Pizza have all closed recently during the construction, according to the Alton Road Business Association.

It's not just the road that is causing problems for people. The sidewalks are unpaved and parking, which is already a problem on the beach, has become an even bigger headache that stores are facing during the repairs.

"What they accept or the construction company accepts as acceptable access really is pretty much dirt and rock," said Brejt, who is also vice-president of the ARBA.

Complicating matters further for the stores is that even though business is down, the rents along the area remain sky high.

"You're still paying like you're on the best street on South Beach and you're probably in one of the worst streets in the whole Miami," Venegas said.

The Florida Department of Transportation said they're trying to be a "good neighbor" by providing blue business signs with portable stands for visibility. FDOT also said it sends weekly email updates to property owners in the area.

"Definitely there's gonna be impacts," said Heather Leslie, Alton Road Project Information Specialist. "We do try to capture as many people as possible through the door-to-door distribution and through the weekly emails."

For residents and anyone visiting Miami Beach, there's no relief from the Alton Road woes coming soon. FDOT said the bulk of the construction between 8th and 17th Street will be completed by the end of this year. But, the overall project isn't scheduled to be completed until the summer of 2015.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:18:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/l_l_pa_gay_marriage1200a-3.jpg

A Miami-Dade judge has struck down Florida's gay marriage ban, becoming the second Florida judge in a week to find it unconstitutional.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel found that the state's ban, approved by a referendum in 2008, "offends basic human dignity" and violates the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a notice of appeal of the ruling within an hour of the ruling being issued.

“Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest,” Judge Zabel wrote in her order. “It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society.”

Florida originally enshrined a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution in 2008. Voters approved an amendment that year banning same-sex marriage. Since then, the Supreme Court has overturned the Defense of Marriage Act at a national level and lower-level courts have repeatedly overturned state laws as appeals over state bans moves towards the U.S. Supreme Court.

“At its heart, this case is about the right to marry the person of one’s choice. It is about whether the right to marry can be denied to members of a particular group based upon their sexual orientation, and whether couples and families who have members that fall into that group are entitled to the respect, benefits, and protections which marriage brings,” Judge Zabel wrote.

Zabel put an immediate stay on her order pending the outcome of the expected appeals to be filed by the state of Florida.

Judge Zabel’s order came in a motion for summary judgment in the case Catherina Pareto, et al vs. Harvey Ruvin, and the State of Florida. The summary judgment was granted, giving the plaintiffs an immediate victory.

Pareto and Karla Arguello were one of five gay couples who sued in Miami to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. The couples claimed the ban on same-sex marriage violated the equal protection and due process clause, which Judge Zabel agreed with.

Aguello and Pareto didn't know the decision was coming down on Friday.

"We got a text, 'congratulations,' from one of our friends, and we're like, 'congratulations for what? What? What happened? Did we miss something?" Aguello told NBC 6.

"While it was hard to wait for it, it was well worth the wait," Pareto said.

Judge Zabel's ruling also said that Article I, Section 27 of Florida’s Constitution is “void and unenforceable.” She also declared the Florida Statutes that prohibit the issuance of marriage licenses “unless one party is a male and the other party is a female is similarly void and unenforceable.”

The ruling also said that the Clerk of Courts should not be prosecuted for complying with the order and that the Clerk of Courts should modify marriage licenses to conform to the ruling.

"We're just like any other couple out there that wants to protect one another," Karla Aguello said.

The ruling from the Miami-Dade Court would apply only in Miami-Dade County. It comes just a week after Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

Judge Garcia’s order was immediately stayed when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a notice of appeal. Garcia later declined to lift the stay while the case is on appeal. 

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Residents, Businesses Upset Over Alton Road Mess]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:24:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Alton+Road+sign.jpg

Alton Road on Miami Beach has gone from an avenue through the area to a perpetual nuisance, all in the name of progress. Instead of the beach architecture, barricades, piles of concrete, and cranes line the never-ending fixtures along the road.

"I try to avoid Alton Road as much as I can," said Miami Beach resident Brittany Roverson. "It's just a real inconvenience to everyone around."

The constant construction is frustrating drivers and business owners along the road. They say the massive reconstruction of the road is leaving a big hit on their bottom line.

"We're losing about $30,000 a month due to the construction," said Daniel Venegas, owner of Woktown.

Sam Brejt, owner of Metro PCS Miami Beach echoed Venegas' claim saying, "We've seen a 40 percent hit right off the bat.

Some companies have developed strategies of promoting delivery instead of dining in to try to stay in business. But others haven't been able to get through the $32 million reconstruction project. Umami Burger, Boston Market, and Gino's Pizza have all closed recently during the construction, according to the Alton Road Business Association.

It's not just the road that is causing problems for people. The sidewalks are unpaved and parking, which is already a problem on the beach, has become an even bigger headache that stores are facing during the repairs.

"What they accept or the construction company accepts as acceptable access really is pretty much dirt and rock," said Brejt, who is also vice-president of the ARBA.

Complicating matters further for the stores is that even though business is down, the rents along the area remain sky high.

"You're still paying like you're on the best street on South Beach and you're probably in one of the worst streets in the whole Miami," Venegas said.

The Florida Department of Transportation said they're trying to be a "good neighbor" by providing blue business signs with portable stands for visibility. FDOT also said it sends weekly email updates to property owners in the area.

"Definitely there's gonna be impacts," said Heather Leslie, Alton Road Project Information Specialist. "We do try to capture as many people as possible through the door-to-door distribution and through the weekly emails."

For residents and anyone visiting Miami Beach, there's no relief from the Alton Road woes coming soon. FDOT said the bulk of the construction between 8th and 17th Street will be completed by the end of this year. But, the overall project isn't scheduled to be completed until the summer of 2015.



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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Amazon's First Smartphone]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CR+Amazon+Fire+072314.jpg

Amazon has just released its first smartphone, the Fire. Consumer Reports has started checking out the phone in its labs. Its cell phone team is excited about some of the phone’s features, like dynamic perspective. It gives the phone a 3D look. They’re also intrigued by Firefly, which helps you identify objects in front of you by scanning them. It can even identify music and movies by listening to them.

So how well do the features work? Firefly sometimes had trouble identifying movies, songs and objects in front of it. And the hands-free gesture feature is a bit clunky. It didn’t always work.

Another feature of the Fire is called Mayday, which is free video tech support with live people. They can access your phone and fix problems or change settings while you watch.

So, is all this new technology worth switching over? Consumer Reports take so far: this is a really fun phone with a lot of unique features. But some people won’t like the fact that it can’t run popular Google apps like YouTube or Gmail.

You can get more information on Consumer Reports’ first impressions of the Fire here.



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