<![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 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:43:47 -0400 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:43:47 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Supermarket Donating Truckloads of Supplies to Bahamas]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:41:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100715+sedanos+supermarket+truck.jpg

A South Florida supermarket is donating truckloads of food and supplies to the hardest hit islands of the Bahamas after Hurricane Joaquin.

Thousands of water bottles, hundreds of canned goods and baby food are among the nearly 15 tons on their way from the Miami River to the port of Nassau.

The goods are coming off Sedano's Supermarket shelves. Spokesman Javier Herran said the grocer joined forces with local philanthropist Mike Fernandez to give Bahamians a break.

"You know, make their lives just a little bit better. It's gonna be a long road to recovery for them," Herran said.

The food and supplies are headed for the Bahamas' outer islands, the ones whacked the worst by Joaquin.

"We're transporting the donated items over to Nassau, once they get to Nassau then they'll be distributed throughout the islands that were damaged in the storm," said Ron Adams, general manager of shipper Betty K-Line.

The shipment takes off for Nassau Thursday afternoon and is expected to arrive Friday at 8 a.m.

<![CDATA[Man Causes Disturbance at School in Coral Gables]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:41:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100715+west+lab+coral+gables+man+disturbance.jpg

A man is being questioned by Coral Gables Police after he reportedly got onto the grounds of an elementary school.

According to police, the man got onto the grounds of the Henry S. West Laboratory School at 5300 Carilo Street in Coral Gables Wednesday morning.

The man attempted to break out of a window. Employees called police, who took the man into custody for questioning. The incident occurred about an hour before students would have reported for morning classes.

No injuries were reported.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Mega Career Fair Coming to Miami Lakes]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:52:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Now+Hiring+Sign+Resize.jpg

A mega career fair is coming to Miami Lakes next Wednesday, and employers are prepared to conduct interviews and make offers on the spot.

Organizers say 36 top companies will be recruiting for more than 2,000 jobs next Wednesday at Don Shula's Hotel, located at 6842 Main Street in Miami Lakes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Benihana Walmart and Service Corporation International, and will feature dozens of companies including Swissport, Kent Security, Bed Bath & Beyond and KW Property Management and many many more.

Jobseekers can pre-register at jobnewsmiami.com, print out their registration page and bring it to the job fair as a "fast pass" into the fair at 10 a.m. only.

Organizers advise potential jobseekers to visit every employer at the event and tell them exactly what type of career you are interested in. If they do not have it available, they may be able to refer you to another company with similar opportunities.

Some additional advice and tips for jobseekers:

  • Dress professionally - no need to purchase a new, expensive outfit
  • Bring at least 25 copies of your updated resume
  • Research the companies you are most interested in beforehand
  • Make babysitter arrangements, as children will NOT be allowed into the job fair
  • Please note that neither food, drinks, gum nor cell phones will be allowed inside the career fair room

Good luck!

<![CDATA[Search for Missing Cargo Ship Continues]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:35:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/EL_FARO.jpg An NTSB team is in south Florida assisting with the investigation and searchfor missing cargo ship El Faro. NBC 6's Michael Spears reports from Miami Beach.

Photo Credit: Capt. William Hoey]]>
<![CDATA[Hurricane Joaquin Weakening in the Atlantic]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:05:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100715+joaquin+5a.jpg

Hurricane Joaquin is weakening as it moves rapidly across the Atlantic.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday have decreased to near 75 mph (120 kph) with additional weakening expected.

The storm is centered about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and is moving east-northeast near 32 mph (52 kph).

Photo Credit: NOAA]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Storm Chance Wednesday]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:02:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000020319375_1200x675_540031555532.jpg We're dry to start this Wednesday, but Adam Berg says a few storms are possible later today. Highs in the upper 80s.]]> <![CDATA[Pride Fort Lauderdale Set for Oct.10-11]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridela450302900.jpg

Get ready for Pride Fort Lauderdale this weekedn.

The signature two-day event taking place on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 at the War Memorial Auditorium and Holiday Park. In addition to a line-up of non-stop concerts, seminars and more than 150 vendors, a portion of the iconic AIDS Quilt will also be on display.

Thousands are expected to take part in the festivities, an annual celebration and tribute to the LGBT community and its unique culture. As a non-profit organization, Pride Fort Lauderdale donates 100% of the proceeds to qualifying local organizations in the form of Grants.

Become Pride, the official Closing Party of Pride Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, October 11 will feature an array of entertainment and family-friendly fun from 6 pm until midnight, courtesy of the Downtown Himmarshee Village Association.

This street festival under the stars in historic Himmarshee includes live performances, dancers, DJs and a Pub Crawl.  Jazz Jennings, reigning Miss Teen Pride USA, Transgender Activist and TLC’s Reality TV Star, will crown the Fort Lauderdale Teen Pride USA winner at 7 pm.  The main stage will be located at 200 SW 2nd Street.

Tickets include parking and are $10 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday, or purchase online in advance, tickets for $20 for a two-day pass.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 for each day, which includes aadmission to Pride Fort Lauderdale, access to the VIP tent next to the stage, complimentary soda, water and mixed drinks all day while in the VIP tent, special front stage viewing area (standing room only) and complimentary parking. 

A maximum 120 “Meet & Greet” tickets for Sunday, October 11 are available for $75 each, which includes admission to Pride Fort Lauderdale, a Meet & Greet Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex of DUMBLONDE, along with other performers and complimentary parking.

Pride Fort Lauderdale’s two-day center of activity takes place on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 from 11 am till 7 pm at Holiday Park and the War Memorial Auditorium, 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale. For information, click here. or call (954) 751-6305. To purchase tickets, click here.

Holiday Park / War Memorial Auditorium
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Main Stage
   NOON            National Anthem - Jennifer MCclain
12:00PM           Host: Electra (Host)
12:15PM           Cindy Curtis
12:45PM           Church of The Holy Spirit Song Choir
01:15PM           Jessie Lawrence
01:30PM           DJ Tatiana
02:00PM           Kitty Meow (Host)
02:30PM           Shadina
03:00PM           DJ Citizen Shane
04:00PM           Daisy Deadpetals (Host)
04:00PM           Tiffany & Oreana (Host - FOX TV show “Home Free”)
04:00PM           Angelina Joni
04:30PM           Taryn Manning
05:30PM           Candice
06:00PM           Trina
DJ Stage
NOON              DJ Jared Curry
02:00 PM          DJ Jalil Z
04:00 PM          DJ/Producer Mark DeMarko
Holiday Park / War Memorial Auditorium
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Main Stage
NOON              National Anthem
NOON              NIKKI ADAMS (HOST)
12:15PM           Pride Wind Ensemble
01:15PM           DJ Lady Bunny
02:00PM           Serena Cha Cha (Host-Rupaul’s Drag Rage)
02:15PM           Winstar
02:30PM           Scarlet Santana
02:45PM           George Lamond
03:30PM           Shadina
04:00PM           Tiffany Fantasia (Host - Best Drag Queen 2015)
04:30PM           Fantine
05:00PM           Lillie Nicole McCloud (Special Guest Performance)
05:30PM           Carlito Olivero
06:00PM           Dumblonde
DJ Stage
NOON              DJ Joshua Atom
02:00PM           DJ Alex Ramos
04:00PM           DJ Deanne

Main stage: 200 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
Live performances, dancers, DJs and more!
7 PM: Jazz Jennings, reigning Miss Teen Pride USA, Transgender Activist and Reality TV Star will crown the new Fort Lauderdale Teen Pride USA.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Crime Prevention the Focus of National Night Out]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:33:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+coral+gables+police.jpg

National Night Out is a good opportunity for residents to get to know police officers and fire officials, but police said it's also a good time to discuss crime prevention.

One crime that has Coral Gables residents concerned is the creeper who is still on the loose. He's known as the serial creeper, terrorizing women across Miami-Dade County since April 2014, and many of his victims live in Coral Gables.

"It's frightening. Especially as a woman, it's frightening," said Anaili Cure.

According to police, the man is linked to more than a dozen cases. Most victims said they wake up to him standing near their bed.

The most recent incident was reported in Miami Beach in August. A woman told detectives she woke up to a man performing oral sex on her. 

Over the weekend, a man with a similar MO was arrested by Miami Beach detectives, but officials said DNA shows this is not the creepy criminal.

"We know the profile that we are looking for. We're gonna continue and there is not a day that goes by that the detectives assigned don't think about that case," said Coral Gables Police Chief Edward Hudak.

They not only think about the case, they're actively working with other agencies to zero in on him, and officers said community members are often their best eyes and ears.

Initiatives like National Night Out bring residents and law enforcement together to talk about crime prevention and safety.

The Coral Gables Police and fire departments brought out all the bells and whistles for their night out, showing community members how they get the job done.

Officers want to remind everyone if you "See Something, Say Something" and take the necessary precautions to stay safe, such as locking your doors and windows.

In addition, many police departments offer free home security checks if needed.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA['Latin American Music Awards' to Debut on Telemundo]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:26:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+latin+american+music+awards+2015.jpg

The very first installment of the "Latin American Music Awards" will debut this Thursday on NBC Universal's Spanish network Telemundo.

The newly created Spanish-language spin-off of "Dick Clark's American Music Awards" airs live from Hollywood's legendary Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set to follow the AMAs classic award show format with an A-list of Latin performers like Daddy Yankee, Yandel, Farruko, Gloria Trevi, Paulina Rubio, hosted by Latin America’s sweetheart actress and singer from Mexico Lucero.

The Latin AMAs honors the year's most influential and iconic Latin artists as voted by the fans. Included in the nominations are Reggaeton's Nicky Jam and JBalvin, Bachata artist Romeo Santos, and Latin-pop artists Enrique Iglesias, Selena Gomez, Ricky Martin, Mana and Calibre 50.

A special tribute to the late Celia Cruz will highlight and commemorate the Queen of Salsa's career with special singing contributions from Colombia's urban singer Maluma, Puerto Rico's salsa singer India, Mexico's 80's pop superstar Yuri and singer and actress Aymée Nuviola who portrays Cruz in Telemundo's bio series "Celia" set to air on Oct. 13.

The "Latin American Music Awards" will air live Thursday, Oct. 8 on NBC 6's sister station Telemundo broadcasting simultaneously on NBC Universal with a one-hour red carpet pre-show starting at 7 p.m.

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:12:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Cinnamon+A1729366.JPG Check out the animals up for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[Citation Issued in Sunny Isles Beach Building Explosion]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:30:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100215+explosion+miami+beach+building.jpg

The purging of the gas piping system of a Sunny Isles Beach building that exploded last week was not performed up to code, city building officials said Tuesday.

Twenty construction workers were inside the Chateau Beach Residences on Collins Avenue when the explosion happened Friday. Four civilians and two firefighters were injured in the explosion, which happened in the boiler room on the top floor of the high-rise building.

"The fuel gas was vented into a confined space with sources of ignition," the building department said in a citation. "Precautions were not taken to safety purge gas piping."

The temporary certificates of occupancy for the building were also revoked and the project was deemed unsafe, according to a letter from the city to the building's owners.

The building cannot be occupied by anyone except the general contractor, its employees, its agents and designated owner representatives, the letter said. Any repair work will have to be approved by the city's building department.

Coastal Construction, the company handling the project, said they're investigating the cause of the explosion.

"Forensic engineers continue to investigate the cause of the ignition, which remains unknown at this time," the company said in a statement Tuesday. "Once the cause is determined and the equipment is put back into service, we expect that ... the TCO will be reissued."

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA['I Was Hacked': Author Seth Bramson Accused of Posting Racist Rant on Facebook]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:22:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+racist+rant+author.jpg

A prominent South Florida author is facing some heat after a racist rant on Facebook.

The online post focused on the Holocaust and included offensive comments about President Barack Obama. But author Seth Bramson is denying any wrongdoing.

The political, racist rant on Facebook has the noted Miami historian and author defending himself.

"If you want to make somebody look bad, this is an easy way to do it," Bramson said.

Bramson insists he did not write these words on Facebook: "And this whole thing with what is going on with this (expletive) Kerry and this no good black (expletive) of a president is making me sicker."

Bramson believes it's a reference to the recent Iran nuclear deal. Again, he said he didn't write it, "I was hacked, I don't know what else to say. You know what happens with hacks, you know what they can do now."

Some people don't believe Bramson and think he is behind the rant.

The post appeared in a Facebook group called "Jews of South Florida" Sunday evening. It was part of a bigger message responding to a "60 Minutes" report on the Holocaust.

Bramson has published more than a dozen books about the history of South Florida. While his website says he's an adjunct professor at Barry University and FIU, spokespersons at both schools said that's not true.

Barry released a statement saying, "The comments attributed to Bramson do not represent the views, mission, and core commitments of Barry University. The university is reviewing the matter."

"I'm not happy about it but I'm not going to go into a rage which wouldn't do any good anyway, and what else can I say," Bramson said.

Bramson last taught at FIU back in 2012 and is currently a lecturer for a history class at Barry University.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Allegedly Robbing 2 Banks: FBI]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:36:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+daniel+michael.jpg

The FBI has arrested a man for his alleged involvement in two bank robberies last week in Coral Springs.

Daniel Michael, 41, was arrested without incident by the FBI in Margate.

Michael has been placed in federal custody at the Broward County jail and is facing federal charges. His initial appearance will be in Fort Lauderdale Federal Court on Wednesday.

The first robbery happened on Oct. 1 at a BB&T Bank branch on North University Drive, and the second happened the next day at the TD Bank branch on North State Road 7.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

The amount of money stolen has not been disclosed.

Photo Credit: BSO]]>
<![CDATA[Full Closures on I-75 SB Scheduled to Begin Tuesday]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+75+sb+closures.jpg

The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to close all southbound lanes along I-75 at Pines Boulevard, beginning Tuesday night.

The closures will allow crews to set overhead beams for the new Pembroke Road Bridge.

Traffic will be detoured during the following dates and times:

  • All lanes of I-75 southbound at Pines Boulevard will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
  • The closure scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 has been postponed for Thursday, Oct. 8 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Motorists on I-75 southbound can exit at Pines Boulevard West (Exit 9B), continue west on Pines Boulevard to Dykes Road, south on Dykes Road to Miramar Parkway and east on Miramar Parkway to re-enter I-75 southbound.

Motorists will also be able to take the exit ramp at Pines Boulevard East (Exit 9A), continue eastbound to Southwest 145th Avenue, then south on Southwest 145th Avenue to Miramar Parkway and west on Miramar Parkway to re-enter I-75.

FDOT said this schedule may change due to inclement weather or other unexpected conditions.

Photo Credit: FDOT]]>
<![CDATA[Brawl at Oakland Park Walgreens Caught on Camera]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+walgreens+brawl.jpg

Surveillance cameras caught the confrontation between a Walgreens loss prevention employee and a man reportedly stealing merchandise.

It happened around 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at 601 East Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park.

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives now need help identifying the subject who is wanted for robbery and battery.

During the incident, deputies said the loss prevention employee stood at the exit of the Walgreens to stop the man from leaving the store after seeing him pocket six packs of Oral B toothbrush heads.

As the suspect approached the exit, he unzipped his vest. The employee told him to return the items and he could leave, but instead the two began to tussle, with the fight spilling outside the store.

BSO said the suspect punched the loss prevention employee in the head and after another brief struggle, he fled on foot.

The suspect, described as a black male with a beard and shaved head, weighs approximately 200 pounds and is about 5'5" tall. He was seen wearing black pants, a black T-shirt and a camouflage vest.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect's identity is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

Photo Credit: BSO]]>
<![CDATA[Man Critical After Shooting at Plantation Car Shop]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:52:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+plantation+car+sales+shooting.jpg

A man is expected to recover after he was shot in Plantation Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The man was shot when a gunman opened fire at a car sales and service shop in the 4400 block of Peters Road just before 3 p.m., according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials.

The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. Police said he was shot multiple times.

BSO detectives said several people were in the shop when the shooting happened. Witnesses said they heard several gunshots and one witness said he saw the gunman run off toward the back of the business.

"I heard 'bang, bang, bang,' and I thought it's a gun, but assumed it was a car backfiring because I hear that all the time," said Luis Cabiya.

"I hear 4, 5, 6 shots and went to the window to see what I could see what was happening and couldn't see anything," said David Jeffrey.

Investigators said the shooter and the victim know each other, but wouldn't say how or whether they were employees or customers.

"Detectives have said that there was some type of confrontation that resulted in the shooting and that the circumstances surrounding that are still under investigation," said Michael Jachles with Broward Fire Rescue.

Authorities said no weapon was recovered and no arrests have been made.

Photo Credit: Marissa Bagg/NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Assistant for MLB Star Accused of Selling His Yacht]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+anthony+acosta.jpg

A former assistant for Major League Baseball star Bronson Arroyo was arrested after selling the pitcher's yacht without his permission, authorities said Tuesday.

Anthony Acosta, 38, is facing grand theft and forgery and was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on $50,000 bond, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Acosta, who was Arroyo's personal assistant but was fired in 2012, is accused of selling the $167,000 yacht for $22,000 in 2013, according to the FDLE.

Investigators said Acosta told Arroyo that the yacht, which was being stored in Tampa, had sunk. Acosta then purposely reported higher repair costs on the boat to Arroyo to get more money, while moving the boat to a storage facility in Opa-locka and later selling it, authorities said.

Once the new owners of the boat realized there was a lien on it, they contacted Acosta to get their money back but Acosta refused, authorities said. The new owners contacted Arroyo, who discovered Acosta forged his signature on the bill of sale while selling the boat without his permission, authorities said.

The case is being prosecuted by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

Arroyo, who was born in Key West, has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers but is on the disabled list for the rest of the year.

Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Vying for Affordable Housing in Miami]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:26:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+affordable+housing+for+miami+seniors.jpg

An elderly group camped out on Monday night for a shot at affordable housing. The applications for the new complex were being accepted on Tuesday.

It was a long night for dozens of people who camped out at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Miami. It was barely sundown and already fatigue settled in for the elderly hoping for a chance at affordable housing.

"I'm praying, that's the only thing, but it looks very difficult," said Martha Diaz.

Chairs served as beds for Betty Milia and her aunt on Monday night. She's trying to get her aunt into the highly sought after apartment building for those 62-plus or with disabilities, through the Catholic Archdiocese.

"My aunt has been bounced from house to house. She has a limited income and she lives in somebody's room now in their house, so she's looking for something on her own," Milia explained.

200 applications will be accepted. NBC 6 was told many more than that have already signed up to apply.

The Archdiocese said they will be selecting tenants on a lottery basis, not first come first serve.

"Within a few hours, we got 200 people. Problem was, some people came and left and some of the ones who stayed overnight didn't think that was fair. So the second day there was a new list for the people who were here again," Milia said.

There was a lot of confusion on the process, and that's why many slept in their cars. They didn't want to lose their chance at what might be their only opportunity for low rent in a safe place.

However, some people in line couldn't take the wait. A few needed an ambulance, and one elderly woman was even hit by a car in the parking lot.

Police officers tried to keep order as the crowd pushed forward.

It's unclear how many of the 200 applicants will eventually be approved and then how soon they'll be able to access the housing. It could be months or even years until some of them get into the units.

Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, with many still flowing in.

<![CDATA[Marlins' Jennings to Leave Dugout and Return to Front Office]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:49:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490571810.jpg

The Miami Marlins made things official on Tuesday when they announced Dan Jennings will return to his role as general manager.

Jennings made the rare move of going from the front office to the dugout in May when Mike Redmond was fired as manager. When Jennings was moved, there were a lot of question marks surrounding the decision. Not only had Jennings never managed before, but he also never held a coaching job at any professional level.

There had been speculation that Jennings could end up leaving the organization completely, but team president David Samson quieted those rumors.

Samson stated that Jennings is a "signed member" and would return as general manager due to that. The team has the option to terminate Jennings' contract, but does not plan to do so. Should Jennings opt to head elsewhere, he would forfeit the remainder of his salary.

Jennings will find new people surrounding him in his office as Miami has made additions to its front office in recent months. Jennings will be joined by Marc DelPiano who returned to the team after a stint in Pittsburgh. DelPiano will serve as the Director of Baseball Operations. While Jennings will have a role in decision making, it appears those decisions will be more of a group effort.

The Marlins will begin an "extensive and exhaustive" search for a new manager according to Hill. There were reports that the Marlins have already interviewed several candidates including Larry Bowa. It seems that Miami will look for an experienced manager this time around.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Warm, Showers Midday Tuesday]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:41:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000020305240_1200x675_539481667718.jpg It's a warm afternoon with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Erika Delgado says some showers have already begun to form and will begin impacting our area this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Man Shot During Argument in Hollywood]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:17:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043314.jpg

Police are looking for a gunman after a man was shot by an acquaintance during an argument in Hollywood early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened around 6 a.m. in the victim's home in the 1900 block of Fillmore Street.

A man who is in his 20s got into a verbal dispute with the acquaintance, who pulled out a gun and shot him. The victim was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, where his condition is unknown.

The suspect fled the scene.

Police are investigating the shooting.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Toy Gun Prompts School Lockdown in Hollywood: Cops]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:48:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+hollywood+police+lockdown+toy+gun.jpg

Hollywood Police say that a student brought a toy gun to an elementary school Tuesday, prompting a brief lockdown.

The ordeal lasted only a short amount of time at Orange Brook Elementary School, located at 715 South 46th Avenue in Hollywood, police say.

Police said initial reports were that a fifth grader had a handgun in his backpack.

"Hollywood Police responded, we had a school resource officer on site already and during the course of the investigation it was determined the item suspected of being a weapon was actually a toy gun," Hollywood Police spokesperson Jamie Hernandez said.

Broward County Public Schools confirm that the event has been cleared and that no one was injured.

It is not known whether the child will face any disciplinary action.

The incident had some parents who picked up their kids Tuesday afternoon worried.

"Especially with everything that's going on in the world, it's scary," parent Kesha Bedgood said.

No further information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Weather: Light Showers Tuesday]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:56:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000020301156_1200x675_539251779572.jpg Keep the umbrellas handy this Tuesday. Erika Delgado says if showers don't hold together in the morning, we'll need them later this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s with plenty of sunshine in and out the clouds.]]> <![CDATA[North Miami Adult Education Center Principal Arrested]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:28:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+jean+ridore.jpg

The principal of the North Miami Adult Education Center is facing charges after he accepted cash in exchange for hiring a handyman who turned out to be an undercover officer, authorities said.

Jean C. Ridore is facing charges of grand theft, unlawful compensation and official misconduct following his arrest Monday, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office said.

It was unknown if Ridore has hired an attorney. He's been the NMAE Center principal since July 2005.

After receiving anonymous complaints about Ridore's hiring practices, the state attorney's office public corruption task force began the undercover operation. Ridore met in an alleyway with the undercover officer, who was posing as a handyman.

Ridore accepted $1,000 in exchange for hiring the handyman and arranged a kickback of the handyman's salary, authorities said. Ridore arranged for the handyman to be a ghost employee who wouldn't show up for work, as long as Ridore received 50 percent of his salary, authorities said.

Ridore then approved 40 hours of work for the handyman.

"Thinking that you can use government money to benefit yourself is the mentality of a thief, not a public servant," State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. "Each educational dollar is intended to better individuals and our community, not someone who can manipulate the system. I am proud that this multi-agency law enforcement effort has been able to end such financial abuse. This kind of collaborative Public Schools and law enforcement anti-corruption investigation is one of the strengths of our local community."

The state attorney's office said they're other ghost employees.

The NMAE Center is housed in North Miami Senior High School but is administratively separate from the high school. Miami-Dade County Public Schools released a statement saying they are collaborating in the investigation.

M-DCPS has been actively collaborating with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General in this case," the statement read. "Let this serve as an example that any attempt to engage in illegal activity or to defraud the community will not only be investigated, but prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Both internally and externally, we are fully committed to protecting the integrity of our school system."

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Coral Reef High School Ranked Among Nation's Top Schools]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:57:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1005+coral+reef+hs+students.jpg

Coral Reef High School has a reputation for academic excellence. Newsweek magazine ranked it among the nation's top high schools. But most people don't know it also has the national champion dance team.

"We started in the summer with practices and camp. They practice technique, choreography, they take ballet class, modern jazz, hip hop. They do a little bit of everything," said dance coach Rebecca Santalo.

You might say Coral Reef High collectively does a little bit of everything, and it does it very, very well. They call themselves the mega magnet, because it's an all-magnet, powerhouse school.

"The powerhouse in terms of academics, athletics and activities," said Principal Thomas Ennis, who said he's thrilled by the school's "consistency of academic excellence."

Every student at the school joins one of six academies: International Baccalaureate, Medical and Health Sciences, Business and Finance, Legal, Agriscience and Engineering, or Visual and Performing Arts.

"It's incredible because we are a random selection school, meaning that students that come here, they are selected by random selection. So sometimes we get students that are not at their highest academic level but when they come here, there's a level of expectation and students meet those expectations. That's what makes us so amazing," said Martha Cabrera, the magnet program coordinator.

Cabrera said the school preaches the virtues of strong schedules to its students, knowing that's what the top colleges want to see. 

98 percent of the Cudas go on to study in college, including the best universities in the country. There are Coral Reef alumni all over the Ivy League.

"I think what I'm most proud of is we've built on 18 years of excellence and every year we seem to do something better," Cabrera said.

With an active and supportive PTSA, a staff of dedicated teachers, and a student body that buys in to the notion of hard work paying off, Coral Reef has created a culture where it's cool to be smart. That's always a recipe for success.

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<![CDATA[4 Pounds of Cocaine Found in Coffee at MIA]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:36:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100515+cocaine+coffee+grounds+mia.jpg

Security workers at Miami International Airport found a shipment of coffee illegal to the last drop after they discovered four pounds of cocaine concealed inside.

The cocaine was sent in a package from Peru on its way to an address in New Jersey when Customs and Border Protection officers at MIA seized it last month, officials said.

A physical inspection of the coffee grounds found several clumps that later tested positive for cocaine.

"We’re extremely proud of our CBP officers and their ability to detect and seize narcotics," MIA Port Director Christopher Maston said in a statement. "They remain dedicated to protecting the American people from dangerous drugs."

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Bour Named NL Rookie of the Month]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:51:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486188730.jpg

Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was named the National League Rookie of the Month for September on Monday.

Bour ended his rookie campaign in a big way, and it may have earned him the everyday job to begin 2016. Miami has been searching for a consistent first baseman for several years, and has also been in need of a powerful bat. Bour offers the Marlins protection for Giancarlo Stanton at a low cost.

The slugger hit nine home runs in the final month alone and knocked in 27 runs. Miami was one of the best teams in baseball since August 31st, and Bour is a big reason why. Bour also doubled five times and had a .274 average for the month. It was Bour's most consistent month as a big leaguer thus far.

Bour began his year on a torrid pace with .322 average in May to go along with five home runs. The first baseman experienced issues in June however when he batted only .138. Bour's power disappeared that month as well when he knocked only two balls out of the park.

Slumping after initial success is very common with first year players such as Bour as opposing pitchers make adjustments. The key to success for a young hitter is being able to adjust back to those new attacks. Bour did a fine job of finding renewed success after enduring a long and dismal slump.

Bour increased his numbers in virtually every statistical category over the final three months of the season. During this time, Stanton was out with a broken hamate bone and the lineups featured a myriad of names.

Heading into next season, Bour will undoubtedly work on his defensive game. While Bour held his own at first base, there were several balls that were out of his range. Improving his glove work could make Bour one of the premier first basemen in the game.

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<![CDATA[State-of-the-Art Production Facility Opens in South Florida]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:03:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1005+production+facility+miami.jpg

South Florida is giving Hollywood a run for its money. A state-of-the art film and television production facility opened in Overtown on Monday, hoping to attract more filmmakers and producers.

Entertainment giant Viacom is vaulting Miami more into the international entertainment business, opening the giant sound stage in the heart of the city's Overtown neighborhood.

"On a project-by-project basis, or production-by-production basis, we estimate that we will be hiring in the hundreds every time we do a show in this studio and we estimate that 80 percent of the year it is going to be occupied," said Pierluigi Gazzolo with Viacom.

They'll be big time productions from MTV to BET. The Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, a branch of city government, built and owns the studio.

"Now when you go to the Miami blue sky and the Miami blue water, there is no reason to pack up and go home and go to LA and go to North Carolina or go to Atlanta or go to New Orleans. This is a state-of-the-art facility," said Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.

The facility is 80,000 square feet in all, including office space, editing suites and other accessory rooms, making it one of the largest production facilities in South Florida.

All kinds of productions happen in Miami. "Miami Vice" may be the most famous show taped in the area. "Burn Notice," a hit on cable for seven seasons, was shot in Miami as well.

But incentive dollars from the state have dried up, slowing the pace of productions.

Former "Burn Notice" producer EK Keratsis is hoping this facility bumps business up, "It shows that level of the sort of Hollywood. We have a real studio, a real working facility. Many times, we work out of warehouses before having a place to actually shoot, so it is a great thing."

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<![CDATA[Technology Gives Inside Look at Active Shooter Situations]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:45:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1005+video+for+police.jpg

A move by one South Florida city could save lives if police have to contend with an active shooter. Cutting edge technology is now letting police and emergency responders actually see the danger before they get there.

After the horrific tragedy in Oregon, emergency teams across the board are taking a second look at how they would respond. NBC 6 got an inside look at how Miami Beach is taking steps to save lives.

Video cameras are what could be the lifeline when police are looking for an active shooter inside a school.

Unfortunately, eight students and an instructor were killed in the latest tragedy last Thursday when police said Chris Harper Mercer went on a shooting rampage at a community college in Oregon.

Miami Beach is deploying new technology in case it ever faces an emergency where lives are on the line. The city has hired the private company Mutualink to fuse cameras from inside buildings like City Hall, the Convention Center, road intersections, even cellphone video from emergency responders, all into a central location at the emergency operation center.

If needed, officers racing to and already on the scene, could actually see what's going on on their smart devices.

"Using technology to get everybody on board and on the same page early enough can mean the difference between life and death. It really can," said Shari Holbert with Miami Beach Emergency Management.

"What happens as in the case of what happened in Oregon, a panic button would be pressed. Once the panic button is pressed, the local police department gets notified on a desktop and video and radio automatically gets integrated into their system," said Jeff Kelly with Mutualink.

Kelly's company aided in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing by providing the video feeds. He showed NBC 6 how the image coming off of his iPad while we were in the fire station parking lot, made it to the command center. The next step is tying the body cameras officers on Miami Beach are getting into the system.

"A lieutenant is looking at his video feed and he's telling his people how to respond and what he's viewing on the video camera. 'Beware around the corner. I can actually see the bad guys,'" Kelly explained.

"It can be used in a myriad of ways and we've been training with this equipment a lot so we are trying to get everybody on board to keep everybody safe," Holbert said.

It's not just video. Each of the separate radio frequencies for emergency teams are also tied together so everyone can talk to each other.

In Miami Beach, even code enforcement officers will have cameras that could show what's going on. 

While this technology is moving quickly in Miami Beach, Kelly said they are also seeing if it can be installed at Miami-Dade Public Schools and also with police agencies across the county.

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<![CDATA[Broward to Consider Pot Possession Fine]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:28:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/marijuana-GettyImages_698723.jpg

Broward County commissioners are set to discuss a proposed ordinance that would relax penalties for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss the proposal, which would allow police officers to issue a $100 fine instead of filing a criminal charge against someone with 20 grams of marijuana or less.

The proposed civil fine is $100 for the first offense and $250 for repeat violations.

"I believe this is an important issue for Broward County and our residents," Vice Mayor Marty Kiar, who brought the proposal forward, said in a statement. "If passed, it will give good people, who have made a mistake a second chance in life."

If initial approval is given, a public hearing will be set for Oct. 27.

Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach and West Palm Beach have passed similar laws in the past few months.

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