<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 30 Aug 2016 18:50:00 -0400Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:50:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Miami Mom & Son Plead Guilty in $16M Medicare Fraud Scheme]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:51:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/court-gavel-generic-law.jpg

A Miami mother and son pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a $16 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Niurka Fernandez, 54, and Roberto Alvarez, 29, both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Authorities say Fernandez, the owner of Calan Pharmacy & Discount Service and Best Pharmacy, both in Miami-Dade, organized the scheme which paid Medicare beneficiaries and patient recruiters for prescriptions that were medically unnecessary.

Fernandez admitted she billed Medicare for many prescription medications that they never even dispensed to the beneficiaries, authorities said.

Alvarez claimed to work at Best Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician but facilitated kickback payments to Medicare beneficiaries, and wrote checks to money launderers in order to obtain cash to pay the kickbacks to the Medicare beneficiaries, authorities said.

Medicare made more than $16 million in overpayments to Calan Pharmacy and Best Pharmacy as a result of the scheme, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:19:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/172*120/Tiger+2A1357547.jpg Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[100 Chickens Living in Florida Woman's House]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:12:29 -0400 ]]> <![CDATA[Broward Youth Soccer Coach Accused of Sexual Battery]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:19:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083016+juan+ramos.jpg

A well-known Broward County soccer coach is facing multiple charges of sexual battery on a minor, authorities said.

Juan W. Ramos, 43, was arrested in Plantation Thursday and remained behind bars without bond Tuesday, jail records showed.

A Broward County judge denied him bail after reading the police report, which claims a victim in her 20s came forward saying she and Ramos had sex on several occasions between 2003 and 2007, when the victim was a teenager.

In bond court, Ramos' defense attorney argued that Ramos has been working as a school employee and soccer coach at American Heritage and other schools over the last decade, and this is the first allegation against him.

The prosecutor claimed they have a taped confession.

Florida Youth Soccer Association executive director Dale Burke confirmed Tuesday that Ramos has been suspended by the FYSA pending the outcome of the litigation. The Plantation Football Club has also suspended Ramos.

Parents and community members said they were stunned to hear of the allegations.

"I think it's scary. It's a parent's worst fear that the coaches they trust are taking advantage of their kids," Sarah Spurlock said.



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<![CDATA[100 Chickens Found Living in Florida Woman's House]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/chickenhoarder.jpg

A woman is being investigated in Port Richey after police discovered about 100 chickens living inside a house.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office code enforcement deputies responded to the home where they found the flock of chicken in the unkempt residence.

The sheriff’s office has not said if the woman being investigated was living in the home with the chickens.



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<![CDATA[Pinecrest Woman Charged With Robbing Neighbor's Home]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083016+jessica+coggins+mug+shot.jpg

A Pinecrest woman is in trouble with the law after allegedly robbing her neighbors. Police say she broke into three different homes on the same street in the past six months.

37-year-old Jessica Coggins, a stay-at-home mom, was arrested Monday and charged with burglary and grand theft. Her attorney told a judge at a court hearing Tuesday that the mother of three is a hoarder and needs mental help. 

Police say Coggins stole items that were valued at $20,000, including jewelry and rare coins. Officers say she had already pawned a lot of the jewelry.

The incident reportedly took place while the homeowners were on vacation between Friday and Sunday. Officers say they grew suspicious when Coggins showed interest in the case.

Police search Coggins’ trash, which contained several coins as well as photographs of a second home in the neighborhood that had been burglarized months before. She was arrested, at which point cops found jewelry and medication belonging to the first victims inside her purse.

They also found keys to another home in the area, belonging to the parents of the couple in the earlier robbery. Police have yet to determine if Coggins had any role in the earlier robbery or was planning anything for the third home.

At a hearing Tuesday, Coggins was given house arrest pending her next hearing on Thursday. She was still allowed to take her children to school but the judge ordered her to stay away from the alleged victims.



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<![CDATA[No Serious Injuries In Crash Involving Car, Semi]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:22:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/plantation+car+under+truck.jpg

It was quite the scene in Planation Tuesday morning after a car was pulled from underneath a semi-truck with which it had collided.

A witness told NBC 6 they heard a crash and went running to the scene at the 800 block of North State Road 7, where a silver four-door car was found smashed under the tractor trailer.

Plantation Fire Rescue and Police say the man driving that car was able to get out alive, and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the truck was not hurt.



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<![CDATA[Commercial Flights Between U.S., Cuba Resume Wednesday]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:07:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/461830344-american-airlines-cuba-airport.jpg

For the first time in over half a century, commercial flights between the United States and Cuba will resume on Wednesday – and NBC 6 reporter Amanda Plasencia will be on board one of the flights, providing you extensive coverage of these historical journeys.

As part of President Obama’s efforts to restore relations with the island nation just south of Florida, a potential of 110 round trip flights will take place each week between the countries. That includes 20 daily flights to Havana and 10 each to other cities in Cuba.

The flights will come from airports across the country. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will see their first flights take off Wednesday on JetBlue, one of the airlines that bid for the rights to transport passengers.

NBC 6’s Amanda Plasencia will be on that flight, so you can look for her reports after her plane lands in Santa Clara.

The first flight out of Miami International Airport will be an American Airllines flight on September 7th.



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<![CDATA[It's a Girl! NBC 6's Adam Kuperstein Welcomes New Bundle of Joy]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:25:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+adam+kuperstein+baby.jpg

Congratulations are in order for NBC6 Anchor Adam Kuperstein after his wife, Michal, gave birth to a girl Monday.

This is the couple's third child.

Her name is Rafaeli Liv Kuperstein. She made her early arrival at 2 a.m. weighing 5lbs 8 ounces.

Little Rafaeli was greeted with hugs and kisses from her mom, dad and two older sisters, Jordyn and Berkley.

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<![CDATA[Senate Showdowns Highlight Florida Primary Election]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:43:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+florida+senate+carloss+beruff+marco+rubio+alan+grayson+patrick+murphy.jpg

The race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat will be narrowed down after Tuesday's Primary Election with Sen. Marco Rubio looking to clear the first major hurdle in his reelection bid.

Rubio, who said he wouldn't seek reelection while pursuing the Republican presidential nomination, then changed his mind and got back in after losing out to Donald Trump, still has some work ahead of him.

Complete Election 2016 Results

His biggest competition on the GOP side is Carlos Beruff, a businessman from Miami who now lives in Manatee County. While many candidates chose to drop out of the race once Rubio announced he was back in, Beruff decided to stay in, saying he's "fed up with the status quo in Washington."

It may be tough for the 58-year-old Beruff to beat his fellow Miamian, Rubio, who has held the position since taking office in 2011.

Rounding out the Republican field are Ernie Rivera, a businessman and pastor from Land O'Lakes, and Dwight Mark Anthony Young, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detention deputy.

Looking to face the winner of the Republican nomination in the November election are five Democrats, including Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson.

Murphy, who was born in Miami but represents Florida's 18th congressional district in Palm Beach County, narrowly defeated Republican Allen West in 2012 and was reelected in 2014. The 33-year-old has been endorsed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The outspoken Grayson, an attorney and former telecommunications company president, has represented Florida's 8th and 9th congressional districts. Grayson, 58, made headlines for describing the GOP health plan as "don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly." He called a Republic opponent "Taliban Dan" in an effort to paint him as a religious extremist for his conservative Christian beliefs and compared the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan.

Also running on the Democrat side are attorney and Navy vet Pam Keith, former car dealer and businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, and Jacksonville attorney Reginald Luster.

And for the first time in Florida history, the Libertarian party will hold a statewide primary election. Augustus Invictus and Paul Stantion are vying for the nomination.



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<![CDATA[Gimenez, Regalado Face-Off in Miami-Dade Mayor Race]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:18:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+raquel+regalado+carlos+gimenez.jpg

The field in the Miami-Dade mayoral race may look crowded but it'll mostly be down to two candidates.

Current Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has raised millions leading up to Tuesday's primary but still faces a challenge from former Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado. 

The mayor's race is non-partisan and features a total of seven candidates, but it's likely to be a showdown between Gimenez and Regalado.

Both candidates spent Tuesday greeting voters at different polling places throughout the county and encouraged residents to vote.

"It is a right that was paid for in the blood of a lot of people, a lot of veterans that came before us and it's really our duty to them," Gimenez said.

"It's such an important election. I truly believe that today will change the course of our county and I hope to have the support of all those that are watching," Regalado said.

Regalado, 42, practiced law for eight years before joining the school board. She's also the daughter of current City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

Gimenez, 62, was elected mayor in 2011 during a special election following the recall of former mayor Carlos Alvarez. Gimenez won reelection in 2012 with 54 percent of the vote. He is a former Miami fire chief, Miami city manager and Miami-Dade County commissioner.

Regalado touts her record on the school board, where she spearheaded a plan to replace old school buses and helped improve the district's social media policy. She's been critical of Gimenez and what she calls the "institutionalized chaos" in Miami-Dade.

"I want to make the mayor's office more than just about giving contracts to friends, but about advocacy," Regalado said. "People are coming out, they want a change and we hope to win this tonight."

Complete Election 2016 Results

Gimenez points to his record of tax cuts, including the largest tax cut in county history. He also lauds improvements to the county's transportation system under his leadership.

"My vision is economic development, jobs for everybody, and obviously we have to do something about transportation," Gimenez said.

Five other Miami-Dade mayoral candidates qualified for the ballot including Alfred Santamaria, Frederick Bryant, BJ Chiszar, Miguel Eizmendiz, and Farid Khavari.

If one of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, they'll become the county's next mayor. If not, the top two will go head-to-head on Election Day in November.


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<![CDATA[Charter School Recovers Fundraising Money From Restaurant]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:22:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+hive+prep.jpg

Schools depend on fundraisers to cover certain costs. So when a South Florida charter school didn’t see the cash they raised from an event at a fast-food restaurant, they turned to NBC 6 Responds.

This all started in April, when the HIVE Prep School in Hialeah hosted two fund-raising nights at a McDonald’s Restaurant on Northwest 67th Avenue. One night raised $600, the other $550.

The money was supposed to help pay for a field trip, but when two months passed and the restaurant still hadn’t forked over the money, the school’s PTA had to loan the money for the trip.

Then someone associated with the school contacted NBC 6 Responds, saying they were “baffled by this turn of events” adding that “…the school has held similar events at the restaurant for the past four years and has always enjoyed a positive relationship.”

McDonalds looked into the situation after we got involved. Chris Sparks, McDonald’s Director of Operation, sent us a statement saying:

"We are grateful for the opportunity to resolve this issue, which was a result of miscommunication on our part. I contacted the school upon learning of this situation and immediately took steps to provide them with their well-deserved funds. We apologize to the school, students, and parents for the delay. We take pride in being a good community partner and look forward to continuing to work with Hive Preparatory School and other schools within our community."

The restaurant sent the school a check for $1,150 – the amount raised by both events.



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<![CDATA[FSU Scientists Develop Potential Zika Virus Treatment]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:43:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/235*120/082916+fsu+zika.jpg

A team of Florida State University researchers has repurposed existing drugs to potentially stop the transmission of the Zika virus.

One of the drugs discovered is already available and used to treat tapeworm.

In an article published by Nature Medicine, scientists from Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health described the two different groups of compounds found that could stop the Zika virus from spreading through the body and stop the infection from causing fetal brain damage.

One the drugs in which the compounds derive from is Nicolsamide, a treatment that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This drug showed no danger to pregnant women in animal studies.

Even though the drug is available today, more tests are needed to determine the efficacy of using it to specifically treat the Zika infection.

Researchers are hoping to soon test the drugs on animals infected with Zika.



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<![CDATA[Alleged Fake Teen Doctor Arrested Again]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:26:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/malachiloverobinson.jpg

Malachi Love-Robinson, the alleged fake teen doctor, has been arrested again.

He faces new charges of larceny between $20,000 and $100,000, and fraud.

According to The Palm Beach Post , Love-Robinson was arrested Monday during a court hearing where his attorney asked to be released from serving as the 19-year-old's lawyer.

Love-Robinson was first arrested in February and charged with practicing medicine without a license, fraud, theft and faking a naturopathy license.

Last month, attorneys for the so called "Dr. Love" filed documents saying they are "exploring the viability of a defense focused on limitations presented by the defendant's mental health."

Earlier this year, Love-Robinson turned down a plea deal in which he would have served three years in prison.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Road Rage Shooting in Southwest Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:56:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+sw+miami-dade+road+rage+shooting.jpg

A traffic dispute between two men turned deadly Sunday in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Police say a driver and a man riding an ATV got into an altercation at Southwest 192nd Street and 197th Avenue around 6 p.m.

When officers arrived at the scene they found Ricky Enrique Iglesias, 43, with an apparent gunshot wound. Iglesias died at the scene.

The driver involved, Andres Diaz, 57, remained on scene and was interviewed by police. Miami-Dade detectives are working with the State Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed.



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<![CDATA[Guide to the 2016 Florida Primary]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:09:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+miami-dade+voting+generic.jpg

Florida voters headed to the polls on Primary Day Tuesday with a number of important races needing to be decided.

Polls opened in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Anyone who is in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Florida law requires voters to present a picture ID with signature. If the voter’s picture ID does not contain a signature, an additional document with signature may be used. If you don't have a valid and current identification, you may be asked to vote using a provisional ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Florida driver's license
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood Association identification
  • Public Assistance identification

 

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates for an office in a primary election.

Aside from some rainy weather, only a couple minor issues were reported at polling places Tuesday.

At Miami Gardens Elementary, the power went out but was quickly fixed. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a long-time polling place, was closed due to Zika spraying, and voters were directed down the street to City Hall.

In Miami-Dade about 50,000 participated in early voting, with about 130,000 voting by absentee ballots. In Broward, about 43,000 early votes were cast and more than 77,000 by mail.

Complete Election 2016 Results

The biggest race for registered Republicans in Florida will be for Senate, where incumbent Marco Rubio looks to keep his seat after dropping out and re-entering the race. He'll try to fend off three challengers, including businessman Carlos Beruff.

Democrats will also have their say in the Senate race, with five contenders on the ballot. The President Obama-backed Rep. Patrick Murphy and Rep. Alan Grayson.

In South Florida, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seeks to keep her seat in the 23rd District following her resignation as Democratic National Committee chairwoman. She'll try to fend off Tim Canova, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University and a first-time candidate.

Perhaps the most important local election for Miami-Dade voters will be for county mayor, where current Mayor Carlos Gimenez faces ex-Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado.

For complete information on Primary Day in Miami-Dade, including polling places and sample ballots, click here.

For complete information on Primary Day in Broward, including polling places and sample ballots, click here.

For complete information on Primary Day in Monroe, including polling places and sample ballots, click here.



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<![CDATA[Wasserman Schultz Battling Canova in District 23 Race]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:11:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/053116+Tim+Canova+Debbie+Wasserman+Schultz.jpg

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign from her spot as Democratic National Committee chairwoman and now she's trying to fight off a Bernie Sanders-endorsed challenger in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.

Tim Canova, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University and a first-time candidate, has a tough challenge in trying to top Wasserman Schultz in the District 23 race.

District 23, which covers parts of Broward and Miami-Dade including Miami Beach, has been in Wasserman Schultz's hands since it was redistricted from the 20th District in 2013. Wasserman Schultz represented the 20th District beginning in 2004.

Wasserman Schultz, 49, resigned as DNC chairwoman after the leak of thousands of emails by the group WikiLeaks just before the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia in July. The 19,000 emails showed that supposedly neutral party officials were favoring Hillary Clinton over Sanders during their primary contest for the presidential nomination.

"I have not lost the trust in my constituents. I have maintained the trust of my constituents throughout this process, I came home after being in Philadelphia to the warmest embrace, enthusiasm all across the district," Wasserman Schultz told NBC 6 recently.

Canova, 56, gained the backing of Sanders in May, and has received fundraising help from Sanders' Our Revolution organization. Wasserman Schultz has been backed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Both have been critical of each other on a number of issues, including trade, healthcare and campaign finance. Canova has accused Wasserman Schultz of taking money from banks and corporations, while Wasserman Schultz has said Canova's funding comes from interests outside of Florida.

"Who are these outside owners? They are like all of us, they are schoolteachers, they're nurses, they are working families all over the country, they were students, they are seniors," Canova said. "Look at Debbie Wasserman Schultz's outside donors. This should be the real issue."

"I think it is unfortunate the way my opponent has run his campaign, that's not the kind of campaign that I run," Wasserman Schultz said. "I run on my record, I talk about the issues that are important to families and seniors across my district because I am living through those issues with them."

Canova is putting stock is his field operation.

"Hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors and they're not just knocking on doors and leaving literature, they are having conversations with people in this district," Canova said. "This is what democracy looks like, democracy is not a monologue, it is a dialogue."

The winner of the Democratic primary will face the winner of the Republican primary, which has Joe Kaufman facing Martin Feigenbaum. Kaufman lost the 2014 District 23 race to Wasserman Schultz by a hefty margin.



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<![CDATA[Some Heavy Rain, Strong Winds in South Florida From TD 9]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:22:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/john+morales+headshot.jpg

Though no longer a threat to directly strike South Florida, the effects of Tropical Depression Nine are expected to be felt over the next few days as the storm gathers steam in the Gulf of Mexico.

The depression, with winds of 35 miles per hour, is still poorly organized as it moves away from the Florida Straits and Cuba.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, the depression was centered about 170 miles west-southwest of Key West and was moving west near 7 mph.

The tropical depression is forecast to become a tropical storm soon and turn towards a path that could have it hit the Big Bend region of North Florida later in the week, possibly Thursday.

For South Florida, unsettled weather will continue, with on and off showers and occasional heavy downpours. The heaviest storms are expected to bring winds between 35 and 40 MPH, while the rip current risk remains high on the beaches across the area.

Meanwhile, another tropical depression that formed west of Bermuda was moving toward the coast of North Carolina. That depression is expected to become a tropical storm, and while it threatens to bring wind and rain to eastern North Carolina, there’s a chance the worst of the weather will remain offshore.

The depression was centered about 160 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was moving northwest near 7 mph. A tropical storm watch was in effect for North Carolina's coast from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.

Farther east, Hurricane Gaston has weakened a little as it drifted northward in the middle of the Atlantic.

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<![CDATA[Search On For Armed Robber Who Struck Multiple Broward Spots]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:35:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*135/Race+Trac.jpg

Police are searching for a man they say held up two couples at gun point last month in Lauderhill Lakes.

The first armed robbery took place around 9:30 PM on July 28th at the RaceTrac gas station located off State Road 7. The gunman approached a man near his car demanding the keys. When the man said he didn’t have them, the gunman lowered his weapon which allowed the victim to run away.

The gunman opened fire at the car, with the man’s wife inside, before running away. She was not hurt.

The second scene took place 30 minutes later at a Bank of America branch on Oakland Park Blvd. A man was approached by the same gunman – this time in a Toyota Corolla - while walking back to his car from the ATM. After pulling out his weapon and pointing it at the victim, he demanded money. The victim handed over his money and the gunman fled the scene.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call Broward CrimeStoppers at 305-493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Marc Anthony Cries While Paying Tribute to Juan Gabriel]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:10:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/marc-anthony-radio-city.jpg

Singer Marc Anthony couldn't hold back his emotions or his tears during his Radio City Concert Sunday night as he paid tribute to his friend, Mexican singer Juan Gabriel who died of a heart attack Sunday morning.

The emotional moment came while Anthony sang Gabriel's song, "Abrázame muy fuerte."

"Ayúdenme, por favor," "Help me, please," he asked the audience.

It was Anthony's third Radio City Music Hall concert, one where he and ex-wife Jennifer Lopez sang together after she surprised him on stage.



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<![CDATA[Road Rage Possible Cause in SW Miami-Dade Shooting: Police]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:26:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights11.jpg

Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man following a possible road rage incident Sunday evening.

Officers responded to the scene near SW 197th Avenue and 192nd Street around 6 PM. Once there, they found the victim with a gunshot wound on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the shooting took place after a dispute between the victim, who was driving an ATV and another driver. The other man involved stayed on the scene and was questioned by police, with charges still pending.

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<![CDATA[Family Says 8-Year-Old Brain Dead After Drive-By Shooting]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:51:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/baby+shot+in+nw+dade.jpg

A family in Northwest Miami-Dade is coming to terms with the tragic shooting of a young child while pleading for answers to help them get justice.

The 8-year-old girl was killed after a bullet struck her in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting Sunday evening near NW 101st Street and 25th Avenue.

The girl was walking with her father, who was shot in the torso. Both were transported to Ryder Trauma Center, where the child is reportedly brain dead and the father remains in critical condition according to family members.

Miami-Dade Police have put out a $23,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those involved.

"We need to bring justice to the family, justine to the child and justice to this community," said Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted an emotional reaction to the latest shooting involving a child:

The shooter's vehicle is described as a newer model black four-door Ford Fusion with dark tints.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.



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<![CDATA[Latin Boy Band CNCO Celebrates Album Debut in Miami]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:32:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/170*120/CNCO+in+Miami+7.jpg

The International Mall in NW Miami-Dade was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of screaming teen-age girls were gathered at the entrance near Macy’s for the opportunity to see a special performance by Latin boy band, CNCO.

In celebration of their debut album “Primer Cita” (First Date) members; Christopher Velez, Erick Brian Colon, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesus treated their Miami fans to a free concert and a meet-and-greet opportunity with each of the five band members.

Lucky fans who made a purchase of $35 or more in the Macy’s Juniors Department received a free copy of CNCO’s first album and a speed pass to meet and take pictures with the guys.

At the meet-and-greet the Miami-Dade Mayor’s office on behalf of the Miami-Dade board of commissioners and all the Miami-Dade residents presented the group with a special recognition certificate congratulating the group on the release of their album.

The album “Primera Cita” (First Date) was produced by Urban artist Wisin with collaborations from Colombian singer Maluma and Spanish singer Abraham Mateo.

CNCO’s first single “Tan Facil” (So Easy) released in January 2016, landed the band on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart at No.25 and on the Hot Latin Songs chart at No.23, later peaking at No.1 on the Latin Airplay chart.

Earlier in the week, CNCO’s co-creator and mentor singer Ricky Martin who is in Miami shooting a video with singer Maluma dropped by CNCO’s listening party where he got a chance to check out the songs before the album’s official debut on Friday.

Gracias @ricky_martin por estar presente y por todo tu apoyo siempre! #PrimeraCita

A photo posted by CNCO (@cncomusic) on

CNCO was formed on December 2015 after its five members were chosen as finalists in a reality singing competition that formed “La Banda” (The Band) created by entertainment extraordinaire Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin.

Since January the band has been busy recording their album and touring as opening act for Ricky Martin’s “One World Tour” through Latin America, the U.S and Puerto Rico.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Hit Into Six Double Plays in Loss]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:49:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-597182084.jpg

The Miami Marlins hit into six rally-killing double plays in their 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Miami had plenty of chances to get runs on the board, but put an end to those opportunities quickly. The six double plays were a season-high for the Marlins and resulted in a series loss to San Diego. With Miami trying to hang in the Wild Card race, the lowly Padres played the spoiler role well in the series.

Four of Miami's double plays were on the ground and the last one came on a line drive back to the pitcher. Grounding into double plays in the loss were Martin Prado, Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas, Christian Yelich and Jeff Francoeur. Gordon despite his speed was on the back-end of one of the early double plays.

Justin Nicolino was brought up from AAA for the emergency start after Andrew Cashner was scratched due to a blister. Nicolino pitched decently but was let down by his offense. The lefty had a quality start in which he allowed three runs in six innings. Nicolino walked one and allowed eight hits while taking the loss.

Miami's lone run was knocked in by Xavier Scruggs. The first baseman had a good day for the Marlins with two hits and a walk. One of those hits was a double which was the first of the season for Scruggs.

J.T. Realmuto also doubled in the game as part of a two-hit day. Miami's starting catcher now has 26 runs batted in this season.

The Marlins will next head to New York for a series with the Mets. Jose Fernandez will make the start for Miami in the series opening game on Monday at Citi Field.



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<![CDATA[Teen Jumps Through Window of Stuart Home, Attacks Residents]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

Police say a 19-year-old has been hospitalized after hurling himself through the window of home and attacking residents in Stuart on Sunday.

Martin County Sheriff's Office says they were responding to a 911 call early Sunday morning at a home in Stuart.

According to WPTV, when deputies arrived, they found the 19-year-old male being held down by the homeowner's adult son. MSCO says that the teen was high on drugs at the time of the attack. The intruder displayed extreme strength and a high tolerance to pain during the fight and the homeowner and her son struggled to control him. The victim struck the intruder in the head with a baseball bat several times.

Authorities managed to restrain the intruder. Fire rescue crews transported the man to a local hospital where he is in critical, but stable condition

During their investigation, deputies say they interviewed the intruder's friend, who said they had ingested methylone and acid.

The female resident was injured by glass during the attack and was hospitalized, but has since been released. Her son was unharmed.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Held Scoreless in Loss to Padres]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:09:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-596729056.jpg

The Miami Marlins were beaten 1-0 by the San Diego Padres on Saturday at Marlins Park.

The Padres have one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, but appeared much better in this one. Miami was unable to get anything going against starter Clayton Richard and the San Diego bullpen.

Jose Urena made the start for Miami and lasted 5.2 innings. The right-hander struck out six, walked two and allowed a run on four hits. It was a decent start for Urena, but he was charged with the loss due to the lack of run support. Urena is now 2-5 on the year with a 5.83 E.R.A.

The Marlins needed to use several relievers to keep the game close. Mike Dunn, Kyle Barraclough, A.J. Ramos and Fernando Rodney combined for 3.1 scoreless innings of relief work. Rodney loaded the base in the ninth inning, but was able to strike out Brett Wallace to end the threat.

Miami had nine hits in the game and only one of them was for extra bases. Martin Prado's 28th double of the season joined eight singles for Miami. Prado was 4-4 in the game, while the Marlins as a team were only 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Nicolino will be on the mound for the Marlins in the series finale on Sunday.



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