<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 23:06:19 -0400Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:06:19 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Duo Used Online Ad to Lure, Rob Man at Motel: Police]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:05:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+duo+arrested+bakpage+crime.jpg

A Miami-Dade man said he regrets responding to an ad he saw on Backpage.com last week, because he ended up getting robbed at knife point.

Michael Dominguez told NBC 6 in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he met someone on the website to distress, but little did he know the online encounter would end up in a violent struggle.

"It was still a shock," said Dominguez.

The meet-up happened at the Burkes Motel in Little Havana over the weekend. Alejandro Vasquez and Marieddy Garcia lured Dominguez to the motel to rob him, according to an arrest report.

Early Saturday, the alleged victim checked into the motel to meet up with the woman he thought he met online.

When he texted the woman that he was at the motel, another unidentified woman showed up and so did Garcia, an arrest report said.

“The unidentified codependent produced the knife and told victim it was a robbery and that he was not to scream or she would cut and kill them as this defender took would tie him up with tape,” a translator explained at a bond hearing Monday.

But, Dominguez put up a struggle and ended up getting the knife. Then, both women ran out of the motel room yelling for help, but the victim took their cell phone, according to a police report.

“At the time they didn't know that. So, they left and immediately came right back upon realizing that her phone was left with the victim. So, when they returned all three went to attack the victim again,” a translator said.

This time, the woman allegedly came back with Vasquez. The victim said the suspects got away with his cash and cellphone.

Garcia and Vasquez were arrested and charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Both were ordered held on no bond.

The third suspect remained on the run.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins' Pouncey Underwent Stem Cell Procedure: Report]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610383540.jpg

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey underwent a stem cell procedure on his injured hip, according to a report by ESPN.

The procedure is a standard step in rehabbing an injury such as Pouncey's and there have been no reported setbacks. Pouncey's hip has been a recurring problem over the past seasons, but Miami hopes to have him ready for the start of the 2017 season.

The 27-year old was only able to take part in five games last season and his absence was evident. Even though the Dolphins reached the playoffs, the loss of Pouncey played a role in a number of defeats for the team. The center is not only one of Miami's more talented players, but he is a consummate professional and one of the team leaders.

Pouncey was photographed on Monday, when he attended the funeral of former New England Patriots' tight-end Aaron Hernandez. Pouncey was seen with crutches in the photo, as he continues to rehab the difficult injury.

Miami head coach Adam Gase recently mentioned that Pouncey is expected back for the first week of the season. Those plans could change however, depending on Pouncey's progress during the remainder of the off-season. The Dolphins need Pouncey for the long haul and will want to avoid any potential setbacks.

The Dolphins announced their 2017 schedule last week and it features a relatively late bye. Miami will not have a week off until the 11th week of the season, which is the latest bye in franchise history. While this will give players much-needed rest later in the year, it could lead to some bodies wearing down in the first half of the year. Pouncey is one player who may have preferred an earlier bye.



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<![CDATA[Cooler, Less Humid Tuesday as Cold Front Passes]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:52:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042117+NBC+6+radar+11pm.gif

The hot and humid conditions will take a break Tuesday as a cold front passes, bringing beautiful late April weather.

Cooler temperatures will stick around until Wednesday as the humidity levels drop.

Things will rapidly warm up again around Thursday and the air will be considerably more humid. Temperatures will shoot back up to the 90s later in the week.

Rain chances drop Tuesday and there will be plenty of sunshine across South Florida.

Patchy dense fog was reported throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Monday morning but burned off quickly, leaving partly sunny conditions for much of the day. 

Keep checking NBC 6’s First Alert Doppler 6000 for storms in your area.


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<![CDATA[Cow Stuck in Belly-Deep Muddy Ditch Rescued Near Lakeland]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:48:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+cow+rescued+polk+county.jpg

The Polk County Sheriff's Office was busy Monday mooooving a cow that was stuck in a muddy ditch.

Photos posted to the sheriff's office's Facebook showed the cow trapped in belly-deep waters.

To pull the animal to safety, the agricultural crimes unit used equipment from the Florida Department of Agriculture and a front-end loader provided by the cow's owner.

The cow was back on her feet and in no time she happily returned to grazing in her pasture.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Brag About Your School: Miami Northwestern Senior High]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:29:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/201*120/Miami+Northwestern+Senior+High+BRAG+2017.PNG

Mention Miami Northwestern Senior High School, and most people think of a football factory, or perhaps an outstanding marching band. Those perceptions have a basis in fact. The school’s athletics history and its music program are the envy of most high schools. However, there’s another side to this Liberty City icon.

"They don’t see all those students that, extremely, do well inside the classroom," says Principal Wallace Aristide, speaking about the public’s perception of his school. "Those students that have been on the principal’s honor roll, superior honor roll, all kinds of honors they’ve received, students that are taking dual enrollment classes, students that are taking advanced placement classes."

The public doesn’t see, Aristide says, the millions of dollars in scholarship grants his students win every year, and most people don’t know about the school’s Performing and Visual Arts Center, a magnet program which hones the skills of dancers, musicians, actors, and artists.

"Our students are passionate about their talents, so we teach them more about their talents and we make sure they have what they need to go into the world and become the best dancer, the best singer, the best instrumentalist, the best actor," said Natalie Baldie, the program’s artistic director, who also points out another benefit to her program: "Data shows that students that perform in the arts have higher test scores."

Northwestern also has a medical magnet program. It gives students a baseline foundation to pursue any type of healthcare career.

"Anything you want to be, you don’t have to be an RN, you can be a physician, you can be a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, you can be anything you want to be, the sky’s the limit," said Sonia Warren-Salmon, a nurse who runs the program.

It also can be a tremendous time and money saver. For example, students graduate high school ready to take a six-month course which leads to LPN certification. Then, just one year at Miami-Dade College’s nursing program and they can become a Registered Nurse.

"So they graduate as an RN for free," Warren-Salmon said.

"We don’t believe in one size fits all," said Aristide.

That’s why Northwestern offers a cornucopia of technical programs to train the next generation of auto mechanics, cosmetologists, and chefs.

It’s a legacy school, with a proud alumni base, and that spirit permeates today’s students, as well. Aristide says Students from next year’s graduating class are already vowing to collectively earn more scholarship money than the class of 2018.

Now that’s healthy competition.



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<![CDATA[Teen Accused of Death Threats at Palmer Trinity School: Cops]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:13:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+palmer+trinity+school.jpg

A South Florida high school student was arrested Monday after police accused the teen of threatening to kill a classmate and bringing a knife to school.

The teen suspect, who celebrated a 17th birthday Sunday, was found carrying a knife at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay, an arrest report said. NBC 6 withholds the identity of the suspect because he is a minor.

Police got a tip from a parent warning that there was going to be a shooting at the school. Detectives later learned the teen suspect threatened to shoot his classmate and stab him in the neck, according to an arrest report. The threat was made via text message, police said.

When the teen was taken into custody at the school, officers found a spring loaded, black 4 inch pocket knife in his book bag, according to police. The teen suspect allegedly told police that he carries the knife all the time, but never pulls it out.

"We cannot allow these type of cases to escalate to the level of violence where obviously someone gets hurt," said Alberto Zabaleta, Miami-Dade Police spokesman.

The 17-year-old is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon on school property. He was scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

"I was sad, wasn't expecting that from this school...knowing all the kids here are very nice and very well behaved, very respectful," said Brock Serrate, a student at the school.

Palmer Trinity School released a statement regarding Monday's incident:

 

Earlier today, we were made aware of a situation by the Miami-Dade County Police (MDCP) involving one upperclassman.   
The student was quickly removed from campus by MDCP. The situation has been resolved and we are cooperating with local authorities. 
As always, Palmer Trinity School is dedicated to preserving the safety and well-being of all of our students, faculty, and staff.   

"Earlier today, we were made aware of a situation by the Miami-Dade County Police (MDCP) involving one upperclassman.  The student was quickly removed from campus by MDCP. The situation has been resolved and we are cooperating with local authorities. As always, Palmer Trinity School is dedicated to preserving the safety and well-being of all of our students, faculty, and staff. "  

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Murder-Suicide at Southwest Miami-Dade Home]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:58:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+sw+dade+murder+suicide.jpg

Two people were found dead in the patio area of a home in Southwest Miami-Dade Monday afternoon.

Police said a man and his estranged wife were found shot to death at the scene. Investigators called the shooting a murder-suicide.

The shooting happened around 3 p.m. at Southwest 244th Street and 197th Avenue.

The man lived at the home with his adult son. His estranged wife showed up to the house to pick up some documents. When the son arrived home, he found the couple shot dead in the patio, Miami-Dade police said. 

The man is said to be in his early 50's and the woman is said to be in her mid 50's. Their identities were not released.

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<![CDATA[Monkey Spotted Near Restaurant in Central Florida]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:04:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+apopka+monkey+on+the+loose.jpg

A monkey that was spotted hanging out near a restaurant in Apopka has become the talk of the town.

Witnesses told NBC 6's affiliate in Orlando, WESH, they saw the animal frolicking near the Max and Me Jamaican Restaurant.

The primate has been seen in the area for several days.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been alerted, but officials said there was no active search for the monkey at this time. There have been no reports of injury or damage, officials said.

WESH reports that monkey sightings have not been uncommon in the area over the years.

There are feral groups in the area, and some believe they’re related to the monkeys brought to Silver Springs for film and TV productions.



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<![CDATA[Mom Defends Margate Woman Charged with Trying to Kill Man]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:29:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+alyssia+mcchristian.jpg

The mother of a Margate woman arrested and charged for allegedly trying to kill a man says her daughter was the victim of abuse.

Alyssia McChristian, 29, was ordered held in jail with no bond Monday after the State Attorney's Office said she and two unknown suspects tied up and tried to kill Gregory Jean. She was in tears when she appeared before a judge on attempted murder charges.

The suspect's mother, Marilyn Nash, is defending the 29-year-old, saying the "tables have been turned." She said McChristian told her the alleged victim was abusive. She flew down from Chicago to speak at Monday's court hearing, but she didn't make it in time.

"There has been a history of domestic abuse with this individual. I believe she was severely, very scared," said Nash.

On Saturday, Jean managed to escape a barrage of bullets inside a home on Southwest 11th Street and 55th Avenue, Margate police said. He ran to a nearby Citgo Gas station and called for help.

"She was directing the two unknown males how to act when the alleged victim tried to escape. She tried to prevent his escape blocking him, evidence he alleges that he was tied up," the state prosecutor said Monday.

Jean was treated and released from the hospital.

Bullet casings were found at the scene, with one bullet found lodged inside a fence, Margate police said.

McChristian's family said she's been wrongfully accused.

"It's hurting because this is just not her, it's just not her," said Nash. Margate police said the shooting is domestic and NBC 6 uncovered a previous domestic violence case involving McChristian and Jean.

"She's a good woman. She's an honest lady, goes to work every day. She's not one to do something like that," said the suspect's friend, Rodney Davis.

Detectives said they are still searching for the other two suspects connected to the attempted murder.



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<![CDATA['Cocaine Cowboy' Caught After 26 Years Extradited to Miami ]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:19:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041317+gustavo+falcon+combined+pics.jpg

One of the last "Cocaine Cowboys" arrested nearly two weeks ago in Kissimmee was extradited to Miami Monday.

Gustavo Falcon, who had been on the run for 26 years, was transferred to the Federal Detention Center in Miami. He was scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Falcon is the last known original "Cocaine Cowboys", a crew of notorious drug traffickers who operated in South Florida in the 1980s.

On April 13, the drug lord was captured by a team of U.S. Marshals from Miami working with U.S. Marshals in the Orlando-Kissimmee area.

Federal officials said Falcon, who also goes by several aliases, including Augusto Falcon and "Taby," was using the alias Luis Reiss when he was arrested. Authorities stopped the 51-year-old as he rode his bicycle at a traffic light, after U.S. Marshals surveilled Falcon and his family at a vacation rental property for several weeks.

Falcon, along with his brother, Willie and partner Sal Magluta, were indicted in 1991 for trafficking cocaine on speedboats from Colombia to South Florida during the 1980s. Gustavo Falcon fled before his indictment.

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<![CDATA[Suspects in Custody After Chase, Crash at SW Dade School]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+sw+miami-dade+chase+crash+miami+macarthur+south.jpg

Multiple suspects were taken into custody after a police pursuit ended with a crash at a southwest Miami-Dade high school Monday morning.

The incident happened near Miami MacArthur South Senior High School on Southwest 264th Street.

Police said there were two purse snatchings Monday morning, including a woman in her 80s who was targeted at Southland Mall and another woman in her late 50s who was robbed at a bus stop.

After the purse snatchings, officers spotted a vehicle believed to be connected to the purse snatchings and the pursuit began.

The suspects drove onto the school property, through a parking lot and a field before they crashed into a wall and bailed out of their car, officials said.

All five suspects were taken into police custody. One is just 12 years old, while two are 14, police said. The others are 26 and 27.

The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution, but the lockdown was later lifted.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[Manatee Rescued at Key Colony Beach Released Back Into Wild]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/198*120/rescued+manatee+Key+3PO.PNG

After 8 months of recovery, a rescued manatee is now ready to be released into the wild.

A manatee that suffered a severe injury after being struck by a boat at Key Beach Colony was rescued by the Dolphin Research Center from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission last August. The manatee lost about 95 percent of his paddle, leaving only a portion remaining.

The 900-pound injured marine mammal was taken to Miami Seaquarium to recuperate, where he was given Star Wars-inspired name: Key 3PO.

"So we have a Star Wars theme going on at the Seaquarium and since he came from the Keys, we wanted to be different and named him Key 3PO," says Jessica Schiffauer, Miami Seaquarium Animal Care Supervisor.

Miami Seaquarium has a rehab facility where they provide medical care and resources to rescued manatees.

"Any animal that we get here, if it’s months if it’s years, our goal is to release them back out so they can help the population,"

Key 3PO will be returned to Key Colony Beach, where it will be released back into the ocean.

The public is advised to contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC to report a distressed or injured manatee. 



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<![CDATA[Miami Passport Agency Closed Until Further Notice]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:27:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/passports-us-generic.jpg

Some travelers hoping to get their passport at the U.S. State Department's Miami office will have to go elsewhere after the office was closed Monday until further notice.

The State Department announced on Twitter that the Miami Passport Agency was currently closed and unable to take appointments or process passports.

In response to one Twitter user asking why the office was closed, the State Department said it was "due to significant water damage in the building."

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At the office Monday morning, several people who had appointments were turned away, and some said they were frustrated that they received no notice or phone call canceling their appointment.

"I'm leaving in less than two weeks to go to London, and I just walked in here and they are not open," Robert Rhau said.

One woman said she went inside the building, looked inside the passport office and saw water on the ground.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and will make an announcement as soon as the Miami Passport Agency can re-open to the public," the Department of State said in a statement.

Anyone who was scheduled to pick up a passport, has a pending appointment or is in need of expedited passport services is asked to call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793.



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<![CDATA[Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Dragging Police Officer]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-24+at+10.43.20+AM.png

Body camera footage shows a Florida police officer being dragged by a driver attempting to flee a traffic stop.

Police said Frank Wetzel, 61, was pulled over after blowing through a stop sign. Police said he started fidgeting with something next to him, making the officer suspicious. He was allegedly later found with a machete and handgun.

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<![CDATA[Dad of FSU Football Star Travis Rudolph Killed in Shooting]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:00:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-599534398.jpg

The father of Florida State University football star Travis Rudolph was killed in an accidental shooting at a gentleman's club in Palm Beach County.

Darryl Rudolph died at a local hospital Saturday after he was shot at Sugar Daddy's in West Palm Beach Friday night, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Rudolph, 55, was shot from an adjacent room in the club as a coworker was moving a firearm off of a shelf, officials said. He was shot in the back/neck area and taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Officials said Rudolph was at the club to repair some items.

Travis Rudolph, a junior wide receiver for the Seminoles who is entering the NFL Draft, made national headlines last year after a photo of him eating lunch with a child with autism who was eating alone went viral.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Accused of Snorting Cocaine in Front of Deputies]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:46:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+joshua+benz.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after officials say he snorted cocaine in front of deputies as they were evacuating residents from a neighborhood that was being threatened by a massive brush fire.

Joshua Paul Benz, 25, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of cocaine, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

Benz was booked into jail where he remained on $5,000 bond, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

Deputies were clearing residents from the Golden Gate Estates neighborhood where the 5,500-acre fire was approaching when they spotted Benz walking in the middle of the street, NBC 2 reported.

Benz motioned for a deputy to stop his patrol car and walked up to the deputy and snorted the cocaine from a plastic bag, officials said.

Benz turned around with his hands behind his back and stood there with the bag still in his hand, officials said. He was taken into custody.



Photo Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:17:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/PIC+1+BILLBOARD.jpg

Miami Beach will be buzzing with excitement when the 28th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Conference kicks off at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach next April 24-26.

The oldest and most exclusive conference dedicated solely to Latin music returns for three-days of jam-packed musical panels, superstar Q&A sessions, one-on-one workshops and an array of musical showcases featuring top Latin music industry artists and influencers.

One of the most anticipated events this year will be the first-ever social media panel featuring one of today’s rising reggaeton superstars.

Maluma, the charismatic self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” from Medellin, Colombia will take center stage at the “Socializing Maluma” panel where he will discuss the important role social media plays in his career, as well as the secret of how he has managed to become the top Latin male with the most followers on Instagram.

Current Billboard Magazine cover boys JBalvin and Nicky Jam will join forces this year when they headline the “Superstar Mano a Mano” panel.

The chart-topping reggaeton artists are expected to address the current state of Latin Music, artist social responsibility and the genre’s global domination.

Leading the conversation over at the “Pop + Urban = The Perfect Marriage” panel will be iHeart Radio’s star DJ Enrique Santos who along with guests, Wisin, Reik, Ozuna, Silvestre Dangond and ChocQuibTown’s Tostao will be discussing the urban/reggaeton/pop fusions phenomenon that is currently dominating the Billboard Latin Music charts

Television host Jorge Bernal will also be at hand to moderate “The Life of Jenni Rivera” panel where Rivera’s daughter Chiquis and sister Rosie will give attendees an inside look at how the upcoming bio-series about the beloved Queen of Banda music came to be.

Glenda Pacanis SVP of Programming and Content for Telemundo will join Chiquis and Rosie Rivera to discuss just how the family and producers are working together to create an authentic look into the life of Jenni Rivera.

Other superstars joining the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference’s famous Q&A panels are Spanish singer/songwriter Miguel Bosé, Calle 13’s co-founder El Residente, Becky G and Jackie Cruz among many others.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference wraps up on Thursday April 27th with the Billboard Latin Music Awards show which airs live on NBC6’s sister station Telemundo at 8pm/Eastern.

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<![CDATA[Broward Heart Walk Raises Millions to Fight Heart Disease]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/heart+walk1.jpg

Cheers rang out as the Broward Heart Walk kicked off Sunday morning.

The event raised more than $1 million for the American Heart Association

"The money we raise which is already over a million dollars stays right here in South Florida to fight heart disease and to help people who have heart disease," said Rick Case, owner of Rick Case Automotive Group.

More than 10,000 people came out to help fight heart disease and stroke by either walking a 5K, volunteering and donating.

"I have a best friend who died of a heart attack at age of 26 so I'm doing this in solidarity to him," Juilet Stewart said.

Rick Case is co-chair of this years heart walk alongside Keith Koeing of City Furniture who said that he is here in memory of his brother Kevin who died of a heart disease at age 54.

The fields of Nova Southeastern University were filled with families and friends as they enjoyed the day and learned more about why heart disease is America's number one killer.

"I'm a heart surgeon and I hope that whatever the American heart to do can and one of the things is they want to put me out of business and that's fine by me if they can put me out of business because that means people are getting better and healthier," said Ed Savage, Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon.

The million dollars raised will go to research in Broward County and education.

"We want to get the school system to certify every graduating senior in CPR," Koenig said. "So education will help."



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<![CDATA[Marlins Winning With Defense]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:51:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669625910.jpg

The Miami Marlins are using their gloves to pick up wins often thus far this season.

Miami has committed a total of five errors this season, which is the second-best total in the National League. Only the Cincinnati Reds with four miscues sit atop Miami in the league. Due to these strong defensive efforts, the Marlins have been in nearly every game this year.

Two of Miami's five errors have been charged to members of the pitching staff, while the other three have gone to players in the starting lineup. Having a sure-handed defense behind them has been a welcome sign for Miami's pitching staff.

New Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler took to Twitter on Sunday, following a highlight reel full of gems in Saturday's win.

With the game on the line in the tenth inning, Martin Prado made two clutch plays at third base. The second play ended the inning and saved what appeared to be a game-ending hit. Due to Prado's glove, Miami went on to win the game the following inning.

Before Prado's heroics on Saturday, Adeiny Hechavarria and Miguel Rojas also flashed some leather in the win. Both Rojas and Hechavarria have had other memorable moments in the field as well this year.

The Marlins have also had contributions from behind the plate defensively. While J.T. Realmuto's hitting has taken over the headlines this season, the catcher has also shined with his gear on. Realmuto has already caught three runners on the base paths. That total is good for sixth-best in the National League.

Longtime infield instructor and first base coach Perry Hill is credited with the glove work from the infielders. Hill's pupils often post outstanding fielding percentages and get to balls that other players may miss. Gold gloves have been won under Hill's tutelage as well. Up until an error by Prado recently, Miami's infield had gone the entire season without committing a single error.

After wrapping up a trip to San Diego, the Marlins will travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday for a series with the Phillies.



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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know for April 24]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:41:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+6+things+nbc+6.jpg

Here are your 6 things to know from NBC 6 for April 24, 2017.

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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old and Uncle Shot in NW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:03:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miami+gardens+shooting7.jpg

A 20-year-old man and his 2-year-old nephew were shot Sunday afternoon in Northwest Miami-Dade, police say.

The uncle and his young nephew were traveling in car on Northwest 179th Street when another car pulled up and opened fire, according to Miami Gardens Police.

They were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

Police are searching for a large Infiniti SUV, possibly with Carolina tags.



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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Struck and Killed by Miami-Dade Transit Bus: Police]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bicyclist+struck+by+bus.JPG

A bicyclist was fatally struck by a Miami-Dade Transit bus Saturday night, police say.

Investigators say at around 6:30 p.m., a Miami-Dade Transit bus pulled up to a bus stop on NE 79 Street NE 5 Avenue. The bicyclist crossed NE 79 Street and struck the side of the bus.

The driver was not aware that a bicyclist struck the bus and continued driving, running over the bicyclist.

City of Miami Fire Rescue responded and pronounced the bicyclist dead on the scene.



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<![CDATA[Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Collier County]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/collier+county+fire.jpg

Thousands of residents in southwest Florida were forced to evacuate Saturday due to a fast moving wildfire that charred trees, scorched brush, and destroyed homes.

The monstrous fire rapidly spread across 5,500 acres in Collier County Friday night. The latest updates from officials say at least nine homes are destroyed and 10 percent of the fire is contained.

"There was a lot of activity with fire and ashes burning. The end of the street it was terrible. We were worried and my neighbors all evacuated," said John Krimmel, who lives near the fire.

The fire ripped through the area near Naples and was so destructive residents from 7,000 homes were forced to evacuate. Strike teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties were called in as reinforcements.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"It's something I never experienced this is something totally mind blowing today to be able to see this," said Tammy Smith.

Smith is an owner of the Ngala Wildlife Preserve and on Friday her business partner was severely burned trying to help some animals including a 5,000-pound rhino who is now safe.

"It was devastating. It was a devastating day," Smith said. "I mean it could have been worse but it was pretty crazy."

As crews work around the clock to put out the flames, officials urged residents to take these evacuation orders seriously so they can do their jobs and keep people safe.

Thousands of residents are displaced and waiting it out— praying their homes are intact as crews work to get this under control.

"Unfortunately, this morning people are waking up to find their homes destroyed and their lives completely changed, which is tragic. for those of you with lost or damaged homes we will be with you every step of the way. Florida is a great state; everybody shows up to help," Gov. Rick Scott said.

The Trump administration has also approved fire management grants allowing the use of federal funds to reimburse the costs from fighting the massive fire here and others in Polk and Lee counties.



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<![CDATA[American Airlines Video]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/647190268-American-Airlines-generic.jpg

Video posted online and receiving thousands of shares on social media appears to show the aftermath of an alleged altercation between an American Airlines flight attendant and a number of passengers.

American Airlines spokesperson Leslie Scott said the flight attendant has been released temporarily while the company investigates the incident.

The altercation occurred Friday on American Airlines flight 591 bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from San Francisco International Airport.

Video taken inside the plane shows a sobbing woman, who was holding a baby, pleading to flight attendants that her stroller be returned. A man sitting in one of the plane's front rows then stood up and demanded that he receive the name of the employee responsible.

Another apparent female passenger came to the woman's defense before a man dressed in American Airlines garb stepped onto the plane. A male passenger from the plane's front rows got up from his seat and told the man, "You do that to me, and I'll knock you flat."

The American Airlines flight attendant responded by pointing his finger at the passenger and yelling, "Hey, you stay out of this."

Another apparent flight attendant helped escort the male passenger to his seat and said the incident with the woman was an "accident."

Scott said the woman got off from the plane and was booked for the next flight to Dallas.

American Airlines also issued the following statement to NBC Bay Area late Friday:

We have seen the video and have already started an investigation to obtain the facts. What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers. We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident. We are making sure all of her family's needs are being met while she is in our care. After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their international trip. The actions of our team member captured here do not appear to reflect patience or empathy, two values necessary for customer care. In short, we are disappointed by these actions. The American team member has been removed from duty while we immediately investigate this incident.



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<![CDATA[#MarchforScience: Scientists Hit the Streets of Miami]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:57:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/earth+day+miami.jpg

Scientists and science enthusiasts from all over South Florida descended on Miami to join in on the worldwide March for Science.

Hundreds of scientists gathered on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami Saturday conveying a global message of scientific freedom without political interference.

“The level at which science is misunderstood and misused to misinform is alarming,” says organizer Theresa Pinto. "We observe and collect information, we analyze data and adjust for mistakes, and we experiment further to get at knowledge. Why is this under attack?”

The rally in South Florida is just one of many going on across the globe, including the big one— Washington D.C.'s March for Science which drew thousands of marchers.

Speakers at the rally included Delaney Reynolds, founder of The Sink or Swim Project; Pete Gonzalez of Urban Paradise Guild; Caroline Lewis of the CLEO Institute; astronomer and planetarian Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego and Florida State Rep. Daisy Baez.



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<![CDATA[Frito-Lay Recalls Chips Over Salmonella Concern]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:10:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/frito+lay+recall.jpg

Frito-Lay is recalling certain varieties of potato chips over potential salmonella contamination in the seasoning.

A statement released by the company Friday says a seasoning blend which includes jalapeño powder could contain salmonella. The supplier of the powder recently recalled the product.

"Although no salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay, the company has decided to recall these products out of an abundance of caution," the company wrote in the statement.

The products recalled include Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips. The two products will have a “guaranteed fresh” date of July 4 or prior printed on the front upper panel of the package.

The following multipacks that have a “use by” date of June 20 or prior and a “guaranteed fresh” date of July 4 or prior are being recalled:

  • 12 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Sack
  • 20 count Frito-Lay Bold Mix Sack
  • 30 count Miss Vickie’s Multipack Tray
  • 30 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Tray
  • 32 count Miss Vickie’s Multipack Box

Consumers who have purchased these recalled products are advised not to consume them.

Consumers can contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations at 866-272-9393 for additional information from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Representative product images can be found at fritolay.com. For product reimbursement, consumers can visit www.jalapenochiprecall.com.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Participating in Comcast Cares Day in South Florida]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:37:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/comcast+cares3.jpg

NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 teamed up with Comcast and NBCUniversal employees for the annual Comcast Cares Day Saturday.

Employees worked side-by-side with community volunteers on projects in Miami-Dade and Broward.

One project had volunteers filling teacher's supply boxes with pencils and hygiene products.

"It's so important because a lot of teacher spend their own personal money making sure their students have supplies they need, so this way we are able to give them those supplies," said Elyssa Linares.

The Miami-Dade event also included paint in the park, support our veterans and tools for schools projects at Athalie Range Park.

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"I'm here volunteering and I'm going to be painting a mural on the school to make it look beautiful," said Comcast volunteer Matthew Nickerson.

City of Miami Annette Eisenberg Community Center and its surrounding park in Little Haiti were transformed with some color.

"We're bringing families together to make sure that the community here is supported and looks great and that students want to come here to this local park," Michelle Vidal said.

Hundreds of volunteers also helped beautify and clean the park.

This annual day of service is taking part all across the country and the world by Comcast employees.

"I'm glad to make other kids communities amazing," Nickerson said.

In Broward, volunteers gave Margate STEM Middle School a makeover for the 1,000 students and educators who spend each weekday there.



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<![CDATA[Teen Patients Celebrate a Night to Remember at Special Prom]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:37:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042117+holtz+children%27s+hospital+prom.jpg

Teenagers who spend a lot of time at the hospital and are not able to attend their high school prom partied like Hollywood stars Friday night.

Holtz Children’s Hospital hosted “A Night at the Oscars” Prom Night for teen patients and gave them VIP treatment.

The teens were hooked up with gowns, suits, shoes and accessories to dress up for the big night. Then, the teens and their dates walked down the red carpet and smiled for the cameras. Before the party, the teens were dolled up, getting their hair and makeup done. 

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The fourth annual event was organized by Isabella Allen, a sophomore at Miami Country Day School and Kim Juanico, a nurse at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

“Many teen patients at Holtz missed their own high school proms because they were hospitalized,” said Juanico. “We want to give them a night they will always remember – and a chance to feel like a teenager and not a patient.”

Chase Havard knows that experience first hand. He's never been to a prom before, but at 18 years old he's already had two intestinal transplants and spent more time than anybody would like in the hospital.

Stories like his are exactly why organizers put so much work into making the prom happen for the past four years.

"A lot of people have to miss out on it because of something out of their control," said Havard.

The patients who attended the prom have suffered from varying medical conditions, including cancer, neurological disorders, traumas and transplants, and some are terminally ill.



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<![CDATA[Court Allows Brazilian Butt Lift Doctor to Resume Surgery]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:40:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/osak+omulepu.JPG

Dr. Osak Omulepu will be allowed to continue performing Brazilian Butt Lifts and other cosmetic procedures while he appeals the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision to revoke his license.  The 1st District Court of Appeals granted what’s called a “stay” Friday afternoon, meaning Dr. Omulepu can continue practicing while he fights to get his license back.

Earlier this week, the Florida Board of Medicine filed paperwork to officially revoke the license of Dr. Osak Omulepu.

Department of Health officials said the doctor was "reckless" in performing Brazilian Butt Lift procedures on two women in 2015. Both women were hospitalized with life-threatening conditions. 

On May 15, 2015, mothers Nyosha Fowler and Donna Mcrae traveled from out of state to Miami to undergo Brazilian Butt Lift procedures. That's where fat is taken from a patients stomach or back and injected into their butt.

An administrative judge ruled Dr. Omulepu committed malpractice by improperly using the metal instrumented to inject fact, along with record keeping violations. The doctor struck McRae's liver and Fowler's bowel. Both women were hospitalized and Fowler said she still has trouble walking two years later.

During a recent medical board hearing, Dr. Omulepu's attorney argued hitting an organ is a known complication that is covered in the consent form signed by patients.

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is growing in popularity around the world. A series of NBC 6 Investigations into the surgery sparked a worldwide study that found the risk of dying is up to 20 times greater than any other cosmetic procedure. The study also issued new recommendations to doctors, encouraging them to not insert instruments too deeply into the body to avoid veins and organs.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Struck and Killed Cyclist Accepts Plea Deal]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:16:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029170514_1200x675_926800451648.jpg

The man who struck and killed a cyclist in Northwest Miami-Dade accepted a plea deal Friday, nearly a year after his arrest.

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<![CDATA[Car Bursts into Flames Outside N. Miami Home, Driver Bails]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:43:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/042117+fiery+hit+and+run+north+miami.jpg

Two people ran from a burning car after it plowed into a pole outside a home in North Miami Friday.

Minutes before the crash, police officers were attempting pull over the car, but the driver did not stop.

The car sped away without officers chasing it.

Moments later, police responded to a crash involving the car outside a home on Northeast 147th Street and Spur Drive.

The black sedan slammed into a light pole outside of the home and burst into flames on the front yard.

The occupants of the car ran away on foot, police said.



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<![CDATA[Teen Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Pompano Beach]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pompano+beach+hit+and+run.JPG

A 14-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital Friday after he was hit by a car that fled the scene in Pompano Beach.

The incident happened just before 3 p.m. in the 1200 block of Northwest 6th Avenue, near Blanche Ely High School, according to Broward Sheriff's Office.

The teen suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital, BCSO spokesperson Gina Carter says. His injuries were non-life threatening, officials said. He suffered road rash and cuts to his body.

Authorities say the teen was struck by a four-door car, believed to be a 2016-2017 Genesis G80 with South Carolina tag EN306, and they are searching for the driver. The car may have damage on the front passenger side.

A witness told NBC 6 that they saw the car possibly involved in the incident doing doughnuts in the area of Northwest 10th Street and 6th Avenue shortly before the crash. The witness said the teen had been on a bicycle.

"It was driving slowly then when it got in the middle it started going in circles about three or four times then it came zooming," explained witness Dontavius Mack. 

Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run can call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Teacher Arrested After 2nd Grader Roughed Up]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:07:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042117+Toni+Boykin.jpg

A South Florida father is outraged after he said his 8-year-old daughter was injured at the hands of a teacher at her school.

Little Tamara Gonzalez suffered scratches and bruises after she says the teacher aggressively dragged her at Caribbean K-8 Center in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Toni Renee Boykin was arrested and fired for the alleged attack, school officials said. Boykin was charged with child abuse.

"Grabs me by the hair, goes around the table, drags me and gets me off the table and drags me on the floor and I was hitting myself and she scratched me so I grabbed onto her necklace and her leg," said Tamara. The incident happened Thursday in the school’s cafeteria.

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The girl’s father, Eddie Gonzalez, was disturbed when he found out through her foster guardian.

"I felt very angry. I felt very hurt because she's an eight-year-old. You don't do that to a child, you don't do that basically to anyone but I think that's just completely wrong," Gonzalez said.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools released a statement regarding the incident:

“Immediately upon learning about the disturbing allegations, Miami-Dade Schools Police began its investigation. The employee has since been arrested and dismissal procedures have been initiated. The alleged actions are reprehensible and unacceptable. Our decision to terminate, even as the criminal proceedings evolve, is guided by our highest priority - the protection and welfare of our students.”

Tamara says she was suspended for an incident that happened at the YMCA, but that has now been lifted. She'll be back at school on Monday.



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<![CDATA[Meowmaste: Yoga with Cats at Miami-Dade Animal Services]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20161223+yoga+generic.jpg

Ever wish you can bring your cat to yoga class? Now, you can!

Miami-Dade Animal Services is holding a zen-filled session just for cat lovers.

Yogis will join yoga instructor Tara Smith and shelter cats Saturday from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.

Miami-Dade Animal Services hopes the event will encourage more pet adoptions. Adoption fees for all cats and kittens will be waived on Saturday only.

Registration is required for the Yoga with Cats workshop and a $20 donation is requested.

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<![CDATA[A Look at Starbucks' Unicorn Frappucino Craze]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:25:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/unicorn-frappucino-AP_17110523439978.jpg

The color changing, flavor changing, Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is all the rage on social media!



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<![CDATA['I Want to Kiss You': Video Shows Teacher During DUI Arrest]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:32:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042117+saryna+parker+dui+arrest+video.jpg

Police dashcam video showing the arrest of a former Miami-Dade teacher suspected of driving drunk with her child in the backseat last month was exclusively obtained by NBC 6 Friday.

In the video, which is nearly two and a half hours long, Saryna Parker, a former 8th grade science teacher at South Dade Middle School, appears to be stumbling during a field sobriety test and slurring her words as she speaks, telling a Florida Highway Patrol trooper she wanted to kiss him.

"I want to kiss you. If you don't stop looking at me like that, I'm going to kiss you," Parker tells the trooper.

According to the arrest report from the incident, during the test, Parker was unsteady, swayed, failed to follow directions, stumbled, and at one point touched the trooper on the back and said "I feel like I want to kiss you."

Parker was placed under arrest, and as she sat in back of the patrol car, she "violently kicked me in the groin with her right leg then continued to kick my right rear passenger side door," the officer wrote in the report.

In the dashcam video, Parker can be heard admitting she kicked the trooper but says she was kicking the door. She can also be heard complaining about the students she taught.

"I’m so f---ing tired of dealing with these p---- a-- teenagers...let me go home for a while," Parker says in the video.

FHP officers responded to a report about a suspect crashing into a car on South Dixie Highway near Southwest 182nd Avenue in Homestead on March 19.

School board officials said Parker was a probationary teacher and has been fired. She will never be allowed to apply to Miami-Dade Schools again, officials said.

Parker was driving her Cadillac when she slammed into the back of a van, according to the arrest report. During the traffic investigation, the responding officer observed Parker slurring her speech and noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath, and saw a 10-year-old child in her backseat, the report said.

The former teacher said she "wasn't driving" and said she needed to use the restroom, the report continued. The officer tried to grab her arm and she "violently pulled away" and started walking toward Burger King to use the bathroom, the report said.

The 43-year-old was booked into jail and later released on bond. 

She faces charges of DUI, DUI with property damage, careless driving and battery on a police officer. Police initially charged her with child abuse for having her child in the car, but prosecutors did not pursue that charge.



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<![CDATA[10-Foot, 400-Pound Crocodile Undergoes Surgery at Zoo Miami]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/A39.jpg

A 396-pound endangered crocodile underwent surgery at Zoo Miami Friday after suffering a critical injury.

The 13-year-old male Orinoco crocodile from South America underwent a procedure to treat an infected wound likely caused by a bite from another crocodile, according to Zoo Communications Director Ron Magill.

The nearly 10-foot-long crocodile sustained an injury to its wrist that needed medical attention, but in order to so, the massive reptile had to be immobilized and transported to the zoo hospital where it was attended to by veterinarians and zoo staff.

The affected area was successfully treated surgically by removing the infection and medicating the wound. The crocodile will remain in the zoo hospital for the next several days before being returned to its exhibit at the Amazon and Beyond area of the zoo.

Orinoco crocodiles are a critically endangered species that is found in isolated pockets of the fresh water tributaries of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela.



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