<![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 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:59:57 -0400 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:59:57 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dolphins Rest Starters in Loss to Bucs]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:50:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486399644.jpg

The Miami Dolphins finished off the preseason with a 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.

Miami rested the majority of its starters in the exhibition finale. This decision helped the Dolphins escape the preseason without any further injuries. Now, Miami can rest up some more and prepare for the regular season.

With the starters watching from the sidelines, there were roster spots up for grabs with the remaining players. Despite the result being meaningless, this game had plenty of meaning for a few guys.

DeVante Parker saw his first action in a Dolphins uniform. The first-round pick caught one pass for 11 yards. Parker missed most of the preseason due to foot surgery, but is expected to start in the season opener.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Josh Freeman split time at quarterback in the loss. Each man threw two interceptions, and made it more likely that Miami will opt to only have two quarterbacks on its roster. Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore will server as the one and two options respectively.

Running back Jay Ajayi had a solid game with 66 yards on nine touches. Ajayi will serve as depth behind starter Lamar Miller.

The Dolphins will need to make some roster decisions in the coming days. One of those decisions will be choosing a kicker. Incumbent Caleb Sturgis did not play in the finale, and is on the bubble to make the team. Rookie Andrew Franks nailed his only field goal try in the loss.

Miami's season will get underway in Washington on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Hialeah Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Jewelry Store]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:30:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+jewelry+store+robbery.jpg

Hialeah Police are investigating a terrifying armed robbery at a jewelry store.

It happened around 9 a.m. Thursday inside Ariel's Jewelry located at 2474 West 60th Street.

Police said two female employees were ambushed shortly after opening the store.

They said three masked suspects gained entry to the jewelry store by breaking through the dry-wall partition of an adjacent travel agency business.

A third female victim, an employee of the travel agency, was also assaulted when she walked into her store while the robbery was in progress.

Police said the victims were tied up and restrained during the incident but were not injured.

The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

Detectives said they are currently pursuing solid leads.



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<![CDATA[Pinecrest Homeowner Walks in on Burglary in Progress]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:28:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090415+pinecrest+home+burglary.jpg

Police in Pinecrest are investigating after a homeowner walked in on suspects allegedly burglarizing his home.

It happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday in the 13300 block of Southwest 83rd Court.

The homeowner said the burglars broke into the home by smashing a master bedroom sliding glass door.

"Someone's in my house right now," the homeowner said on his 911 call.

Police arrived and set up a perimeter. Police personnel, who were assisted by county K-9 and aviation, canvassed the surrounding area to no avail.

The homeowner told police one of the men fled the house in a red or burgundy newer model Nissan Altima. The vehicle fled southbound towards 136th Street.

"Two black men. They are in the car now, a red car," the homeowner said to the 911 dispatcher.

The second man reportedly fled barefoot westbound on Southwest 133rd Street towards Southwest 84th Avenue. The homeowner said he chased the man but lost sight of him.

The burglars reportedly got away with a Michael Kors women's watch valued at $350, and left behind pillow cases taken from the homeowner's bed with jewelry and tablets. A handgun that was taken from a secured lockbox was also left behind.

The two burglars were described by the homeowner as black males in their 20s.

Anyone who has information on this case should call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.



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<![CDATA[Child Struck By Hit-and-Run Driver in Coral Gables]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:56:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-080615.jpg

Coral Gables Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that injured a nine-year-old boy.

It happened around 6:40 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of South Greenway Drive.

Police said the vehicle, described as a white Honda Civic with a dark-colored hood, struck the boy who was standing beside his bicycle.

The vehicle then fled the scene westbound on South Greenway Drive.

Police said the boy was riding his bike with his father when he stopped to look at a sign and got off his bike. His father then witnessed the vehicle strike his son.

The vehicle was possibly driven by a white male with a beard.

The boy was transported to Miami Children's Hospital in stable condition with broken bones.

CGPD is requesting the public's assistance in locating this vehicle. Anyone with information on this crime or the vehicle's information is asked to contact police at (305) 442-1600.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Exposing Himself at Burger King]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:21:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+jefferson+king.jpg

A man is behind bars after police said he was exposing himself at a fast food restaurant.

West Palm Beach Police arrested Jefferson King, 33, on Wednesday on charges of indecent exposure.

The incident happened at a Burger King in the 1200 block of North Dixie Highway.

Police said a woman saw him expose himself. She and the restaurant manager called police, and they arrested him.

There's no word on whether King has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Paralyzed Shooting Victim Testifies Against Suspect]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:54:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+club+lexx+shooting+victim.jpg

The paralyzed victim of a club shooting testified in court on Thursday. He's one of two people who prosecutors said were shot by a club security guard.

The security guard is claiming self-defense and is acting as his own lawyer.

Now paralyzed after that violent night, Michael Smathers is a witness for the prosecution, and took the stand. He broke down as he recalled the night he and his friend, 29-year-old Kijuan Byrd, came under fire.

Byrd died from his injuries.

When asked in court what he said when the suspect, Lukace Kendle, pulled out a gun, Smathers said, "Don't shoot, my hands are up."

But Kendle, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder, claims he fired in self-defense.

It was back in June of 2012, when shots rang out in the parking lot of Club Lexx, a popular strip club on Northwest 27th Avenue.

Kendle reportedly stated he saw the men inside a vehicle rolling a joint, and heard one of them saying they were going to kill someone.

But according to Smathers that never happened, "We never made it out the car."

The family and loved ones of Byrd and Smathers watched the testimony unfold on Thursday, at times wiping away tears.

Meanwhile, after the state rested, the presiding judge gave Kendle another chance to state his case or receive representation, both of which he declined.

The jury was deliberating on Thursday evening. If they find Kendle guilty on all charges, he could face between 15 years and life in prison.



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<![CDATA[Subject in Custody After Barricade in Miramar: Police]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:51:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+miramar+barricade.jpg

SWAT members were on the scene of a barricade situation in Miramar Thursday and it caused a traffic mess due to closures.

Roads were closed near Pembroke Road and West Island Drive.

Miramar Police investigators said a person barricaded themselves inside a home and refused to come out. No one else was inside.

The barricaded subject was taken into custody around 6:15 p.m. after surrendering to police.

Police said the incident started as a domestic dispute with family members.

The area has since reopened to traffic.



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<![CDATA[Arby's Fires Manager, Suspends Employee After Controversy]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:44:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+arbys+generic.jpg

The CEO of Arby's Restaurant Group has offered free meals to all police officers in the Miami area following a controversial incident in South Florida.

The incident involved an Arby's manager, a clerk and a uniformed Pembroke Pines Police officer. It started when the clerk reportedly refused to serve the officer.

The head of the chain issued an apology to the Pembroke Pines Police Department after the incident was reported.

The chain confirmed to NBC 6 the manager involved has been fired and the clerk has been suspended indefinitely.

According to the incident report, Sgt. Jennifer Martin said she was using the drive-thru when the clerk, identified as 19-year-old Kenneth Davenport, "seemed slightly rude and short with his responses," but she assumed there was a problem with the speaker system.

But when Sgt. Martin pulled to the window and handed her credit card to Davenport, manager Angel Mirabal approached the window.

"He doesn't want to serve you because you are a police officer," Mirabal told Sgt. Martin, according to the report.

Davenport had to be ordered to process Sgt. Martin's credit card, and she told Mirabal she felt uncomfortable and wasn't certain she wanted to dine there, the report said.

Mirabal handed her the food and assured her everything was okay, the report said.

"Mirabal even laughed and said he is allowed to refuse to serve me," Sgt. Martin noted in the report.

Davenport showed up at the restaurant on Wednesday with his grandfather and denied the accusation, calling it a joke and a misunderstanding. He added he has no problems with police officers.

On Thursday, Arby's CEO Paul Brown issued a letter to Miami Metro-area Police Departments, inviting police officers to Arby's for a free meal.

"As a show of our appreciation and support, this Friday, September 4 we invite you to visit any of our restaurants in the Dade-Broward metro area to receive a free combo meal of your choice. Simply show up in uniform to receive your free meal compliments of your friends at Arby's."

The letter also apologized again for the incident.

"Please accept our sincerest apology for the recent incident that occurred at our Arby's restaurant in Pembroke Pines, FL. This isolated incident does not represent Arby's Restaurant Group (ARG) views and Arby's values. We appreciate all that you do, as well as the hard work and sacrifices of your fellow law enforcement officials in communities across America."

The incident inspired numerous other businesses to show their support for the Pembroke Pines Police Department. On Thursday, the officers were treated to all-day breakfast from McDonald's and 102.7, bagels and muffins from Whole Foods and pastries from Sergio's.

"They give everything for us. They go out every day to support us, to be sure that we have a safe community. So it's just giving a little bit back for people that go outside and give their life for us," said Raul Abreu with Sergio's.



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<![CDATA[Smash-and-Grab Burglary Duo Hits Pompano Beach: BSO]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:36:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+smash+and+grab+video.jpg

Serial smash-and-grab burglars, wanted for at least 30 similar crimes since May, targeted five more businesses in August in Pompano Beach.

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public's help identifying the alleged burglars caught on security video.

On Aug. 31, surveillance cameras from the Mobile gas station and Vapor N Smoke captured the thieves using a window punch to break in through the glass doors.

Once inside, the burglars went directly for the cash register drawers and grabbed pricey items, according BSO.

"He chose six different vapors that are the most expensive ones and ran out," said the owner of Vapor N Smoke, Adam Fayad. "He knows what he wants and took what he wants without causing more damage to the store."

Officers said the suspects were driving a white, newer model Nissan Altima.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Police Warn Residents of Arrest Scam]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/money_handcuffs_generic_nbc.jpg

The Miami-Dade Police Department is conducting an investigation into an attempted scam regarding a false warrant.

The victim informed police she was contacted via phone by a subject who identified himself as Detective Kent Sellers of the Hammocks District.

The subject reportedly told the victim he was in possession of a warrant for her arrest and she needed to pay him $995, using PayPal, in order to avoid arrest.

The victim called police who informed her that a warrant for her arrest did not exist.

MDPD would like to inform the community of this incident and urge them to report any similar occurrences by calling Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Vehicle Burglars Wanted by Miami Police]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:31:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+miami+vehicle+burglars.jpg

Two suspects are wanted by Miami Police after allegedly breaking into a woman's vehicle, stealing her purse and attempting to use her credit card.

On Aug. 31 at approximately 10:30 a.m., police said a woman parked her vehicle outside her mother's home in the 1400 block of Southwest 21st Street.

Moments after she went inside, police said a gold Chevy Malibu drove up to the victim's vehicle, and two male suspects exited and proceeded to break her rear window and take her purse.

Shortly after, police said the two suspects went to an Exxon gas station at 2900 Coral Way and attempted to use the victim's debit card.

The suspects have been described as black males, 30-35 years of age, 5'6" to 5'10" and 180-200 pounds. One was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants, while the other was wearing a white shirt and red hat.

They were last seen driving a 2015 gold Chevy Malibu 4-door, with dark tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Burglar Breaks Through Door of Pines Smoke Shop]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+pembroke+pines+smoke+shop+burglar.jpg

Police are looking for a burglar who used a rock to smash through the front door of a Pembroke Pines smoke shop.

The burglary happened at the All in One Smoke Shop at 1300 N. University Drive around 2:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

The suspect used a large rock to smash through the glass door, then smashed a display case. He removed cigarettes and two glass smoking pipes, and took cash from the register, police said.

Police believe the same suspect has hit other businesses in Hollywood. He's described as a black male between 20-25, six-foot and 150 pounds. His vehicle was a gold Chevy Trailblazer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pembroke Pines Police at 954-431-2225.



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<![CDATA[Humane Society of Broward County Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Flame+352873.jpg Check out the adorable animals up for adoption in Broward County.]]> <![CDATA[Safe Car Travel for Your Pets]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/161*120/Travel+with+your+pet.jpg

We’ve all seen them - those happy hounds riding along South Florida’s roadways, tongues lolling, ears flapping wildly in the breeze. You’ve probably laughed, or pointed, or reached for your camera. I’ve done that too. But since last week, I’m doing it considerably less often.
Last week, one of my patients was enjoying such a ride when something outside the window caught his eye. He took a flying leap out the window, regardless of the fact that the car was still travelling at 25 miles per hour. Thankfully, his injuries were not life-threatening. That being said, he scared the living daylights out of his family, and the bill for his care came at a very bad time.
We all love seeing the look of unbridled joy displayed by a dog riding shotgun. But when you combine unpredictable animals with moving vehicles and (let’s face it) Miami drivers, you get a recipe for potential disaster that puts both human and animal lives at risk. Here are few things to think about before hitting the road with your pet.
Lack of impulse control
While we love projecting human attributes onto our pets, the fact remains that they are animals. Many dogs descend from lines that were bred to independently hunt prey. These dogs have a natural prey drive that can be very difficult to control once it is triggered. From the window of a moving car, just about anything can look like a running prey animal. If you happen to pass an actual animal, be it a small dog, free-roaming cat, or squirrel, all bets are off. I like to think my intelligent, high drive dachshund would have enough sense not to jump out of my car to chase a child’s soccer ball. Truth be told, I wouldn’t bet my life on it, and I certainly wouldn’t bet his.
Accidents
 
No one ever plans to have an accident, yet they happen often. Additionally, they are most likely to happen close to home and at low speeds. If you’re in a situation that requires you to slam on your brakes, the dog that is hanging out the window is going to fall. Every veterinary professional has horror stories of dogs who were run over by the cars in which they were riding, crushed by the other car involved in a wreck, or who died of strangulation when collars or leashes became caught. Others still bolt from the scene of an accident never to be seen alive again. Sorry to be graphic, but these deaths are senseless and can easily be prevented.
Bear in mind that a loose pet can even cause or exacerbate an accident. Small dogs and cats who climb onto drivers, or crawl under brake pedals have caused many a serious crash. And even in a low-speed wreck, a loose pet can easily become a dangerous projectile. Animals are not likely to survive these situations, and frankly, neither are you. Always secure pets who are travelling in your car. I’ll get to how to do that shortly.
Airbags
Several years ago, one of my clients was driving to Central Florida with her show dog riding in her lap. Another driver ran a stop sign, and the airbag deployed in the ensuing crash. The impact of the airbag shattered Max’s shoulder. Extensive surgery was needed to save his leg, and while he survived, his gait was never the same. His promising show career was over. While his story is a sad one, the silver lining is that he is incredibly lucky to have survived.
The National Highway Safety Transportation Agency has long contended that airbags are dangerous for children aged 12 and under. If a 12-year-old kid is at risk of dying from the impact of an airbag, our pets don’t stand a chance.
So what’s a pet owner to do?
For starters, retrain yourself and your family to place pets in the back seat. Always. Also, the bed of a pickup truck does not count as a back seat. While it is not uncommon to see large dogs riding in this manner, it is actually illegal to do this. As of 2011, travelling with a loose pet in an open truck bed is against the law, and punishable with a fine.
While it is not illegal for a secured pet to travel in a truck bed, the experience can be frightening for him. It is also important to remember that he will be exposed to South Florida’s extreme summer weather.
Every driver in the household should be on board with the new plan of keeping pets out of the front seat. No riding in laps, no goofy heads hanging out the windows. While the NHTSA does not issue guidelines on specific pet restraint products, the Center for Pet Safety, sponsored by Subaru, performed an extensive study on the crashworthiness of some of the most commonly used travel harnesses and carriers. It’s a long read, but it’s comprehensive. We’ve always been fans of the Sleepypod, and not surprisingly, it did not disappoint!
If your pet is not happy with the new travel accommodations, a catnip toy or stuffed Kong should help keep the objections to a minimum. It only takes little bit of due diligence and follow through to help create a safer holiday road trip for everyone!

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<![CDATA['We Want Them Off the Street': Victim's Family Reacts to Arrest]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+joseph+cabrera.jpg

A fifth suspect in the brutal murder of a teen in Homestead has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.

Joseph Michael Cabrera, 23, was in St. Louis, Missouri, with Miami-Dade Police detectives and U.S. Marshals, officials said.

Cabrera was awaiting extradition to South Florida Thursday. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Cabrera is one of five people charged in the murder of 17-year-old Jose Amaya-Guardado, who was found buried in a shallow grave near his school in July by a family member. The police report said his face was caved-in by a machete.

The other defendants, Amaya-Guardado's classmates at Homestead Job Corps, include 20-year-old Kaheem Justin Arbelo, 18-year-old Jonathan Isiah Lucas, 19-year-old Christian Raul Colon and 18-year-old Desiray Alisha Strickland.

All four were charged with second-degree murder. The exact charges against Cabrera were unknown.

Strickland confessed to planning the murder with the others and told detectives they lured Guardado into the woods and attacked him with a machete. They set fire to the evidence and then Strickland told detectives she had sex near Guardado's dead body, police said.

You could see the pain in the family's eyes, after police announced Cabrera's arrest.

"I feel happy because we wanted them to arrest everybody, because we don't want those criminals to stay on the street. It can happen to other kids," said the victim's brother, Freddy Amaya-Guardado.

It wasn't police who found the body, it was the victim's brother.

"I cannot stop thinking about it. Every time I pass by there, I cannot stop looking back to where I found him. I'm always looking back," Freddy expressed.

Now the family is looking forward, hiring an attorney to help determine whether they should take legal action against the school or anyone involved.

They're hoping to find out why Jose was killed in the first place, and what part the fifth suspect may have played.

"I don't want them to be on the street and doing other things. The only thing I want is, they can keep away, if possible, forever or more," Freddy said.

As for a motive, family said Jose may have owed them money, but police aren't saying anything on that. The arrest warrants have been sealed.

Police said they don't expect to make any other arrests in this case.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Thursday it's shutting down the Job Corps Center in Homestead for at least the near future:

"The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the suspension of education and training classes at the Homestead Job Corps Center in Florida and directed the transfer of students to other centers in Florida and nearby states. This pause in operations will provide additional time for Job Corps to complete its review of safety and security at the Homestead center and to consider actions to further strengthen oversight and accountability of Job Corps contractors.

We believe this action is in the best interests of the students enrolled at Homestead. Notices are being sent to students and families by the center operator, and Job Corps will take steps to ensure students can continue training that meets their goals and career plans.

Homestead students are on summer break, which was previously scheduled to end on September 9. No date has been set for the completion of the review or resumption of services and activities at the center.

The safety and security of Job Corps students remains our top priority and drives our actions."



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<![CDATA[Report Details Exchange Between Arby's Worker, Officer]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:44:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+pembroke+pines+police+jennifer+martin+arbys.jpg

The head of Arby's restaurant chain has apologized to the Pembroke Pines Police Department after an employee at a South Florida restaurant reportedly refused to serve a uniformed officer.

Arby's Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown and Senior Vice President of Operations Scott Boatwright contacted PPPD Chief Dan Giustino to apologize on behalf of the organization, according to a police report.

Both men assured Giustino that the employee's behavior was "unacceptable" and did not represent the company's values.

Giustino accepted the apology, and the department considers the matter closed.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, another officer alleged that on Monday, a fellow uniformed officer was denied service at the Arby's located at 11755 Pines Boulevard near the Pembroke Lakes Mall.

"Real nice, Arby's" the post says, before encouraging others to boycott the restaurant.

According to an incident report, Sgt. Jennifer Martin said she was using the drive-thru when the clerk, identified as 19-year-old Kenneth Davenport, "seemed slightly rude and short with his responses," but she assumed there was a problem with the speaker system.

But when Sgt. Martin pulled to the window and handed her credit card to Davenport, manager Angel Mirabal approached the window.

"He doesn't want to serve you because you are a police officer," Mirabal told Sgt. Martin, according to the report.

Davenport had to be ordered to process Sgt. Martin's credit card, and she told Mirabal she felt uncomfortable and wasn't certain she wanted to dine there, the report said.

Mirabal handed her the food and assured her everything was ok, the report said.

"Mirabal even laughed and said he is allowed to refuse to serve me," Sgt. Martin noted in the report.

Sgt. Martin felt uncertain of the condition of her food and decided to go inside and get a refund. She said Davenport refused to have contact with her, ignored her and refused to give her his contact information, the report said.

At Davenport's home Wednesday, his mother questioned why her son was so bad, considering he was called in to work again earlier in the day.

Davenport showed up at the restaurant later Wednesday with his grandfather and denied the accusation, calling it a joke and a misunderstanding.

"[My manager] just made a joke and she couldn't take it the right way, she has no sense of humor," Davenport said. "It was busy and then she was probably one of the last cars we had, she wasn't for the joke I guess. We're too busy so my manager's like 'oh, I get to serve you instead of him,' like he's getting overboard for that?"

Davenport added that he has no problems with police officers.

"No, not at all, never had a problem but, is this, this kind of changes me now, I'm starting to think like, could it be a publicity stunt, or what is it, racism, something, I didn't do anything to this lady," he said. "Why is this so worldwide, like you guys say? To me I'm just gonna keep living my life and whatever happens happens, there's nothing I can do at this point."

"Their job as an officer is very serious and I appreciate all that they do, but I don't appreciate my grandson that I have raised being accused in something like this," said Thomas McCutcheon, Davenport's grandfather.

In a statement, Pembroke Pines Police Department Chief Dan Giustino said he was "offended" and "appalled" at the incident, and that the department would be contacting the Arby's CEO to demand an apology.

Giustino went on to say that the incident appears to be confined to a single individual employee, and is not in keeping with the support the department regularly receives from the Pembroke Pines community.

"We are very proud of the partnerships we have built within our city," Giustino said. "For an incident like this to have happened is very disappointing for everyone."

In a statement provided to NBC 6 South Florida, Arby's said the company takes "this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities."

"As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicates the case is closed," the statement reads. "We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to."

John Rivera, the president of the Miami-Dade Police Union, called for a boycott of Arby's until the employees involved are fired.

"It is beyond comprehension and deeply troubling that a business would deny service to a law enforcement officer just for being a law enforcement officer," Rivera said in a statement. "This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge. It is unacceptable and warrants much more than an apology."

Arby's released a second statement Wednesday afternoon stating that they will be taking disciplinary action.

"We take this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities. As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicated the case is closed," the statement said. "We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to. Further, we will be following through with disciplinary action up to and including termination of the employees involved, as appropriate."

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.


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<![CDATA[Officers Find 2.7 Pounds of Cocaine in Woman's Bra at Airport]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:01:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+cocaine+in+bra+fort+lauderdale+airport.jpg

Officers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport who noticed "abnormalities" while inspecting a woman discovered nearly three pounds of cocaine in her bra, officials said.

The discovery was made back on Aug. 2 as the Jamaican woman was traveling through the airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

Officers discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine and found about 2.7 pounds, officials said. The woman, whose identity wasn't released, was arrested.

"This is another excellent example of our CBP officers’ expertise in preventing dangerous drugs from entering the United States," Airport Director Jorge Roig said in a statement. "CBP officers demonstrate vigilance, integrity and professionalism on a daily basis."



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<![CDATA[FHP Investigating ATV vs. Bicycle Crash in Miami Gardens]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+atv+crash.jpg

The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating a crash on Wednesday evening involving an ATV.

It happened on Northwest 27th Avenue (State Road 817) in Miami Gardens.

FHP said an ATV and a bicycle collided. No other vehicles were involved.

Officers shutdown 27th Avenue southbound, just south of 167th Street, as they continued their investigation.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the juvenile on the ATV was airlifted to the hospital in unknown condition. There's no word on the bicyclist's condition.

No further details have been released.



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<![CDATA[7 Arrested in Credit Card Fraud Raids at 2 Homes: MDPD]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+counterfeit+arrests.jpg

Miami-Dade Police raided two homes late Wednesday and early Thursday making seven arrests as part of a credit card fraud investigation.

Two of those suspects will face federal charges.

The first raid happened Wednesday night in Westchester, where an estimated $60,000 in cash and dozens of credit cards were seized.

"On the scene tonight, we've taken over 30 counterfeit credit cards," said Marcos Rodriguez with Miami-Dade Police.

Detectives said an estimated $25,000 worth of items were purchased with those cards, to be sold at 60 percent off. Items seized by police on Wednesday included women's purses, shoes, men's shoes, jewelry, alcohol and electronic devices.

At the home in West Kendall, a husband and wife were arrested and more than 65 fraudulent credit cards were recovered, as well as a weapon and $5,000 in cash, police said. The couple had a minor child who was placed in the custody of family members, police said.

Investigators said the raids were connected and were proof that a long standing problem continues to require the crackdown of law enforcement.

Undercover detectives said an ongoing investigation brought them to the Westchester apartment complex, and to another apartment where they said five people were arrested.

Detectives said they don't know how long the sales were going on, but said they have an idea how much money was illegally coming in.

"We have information they were making $20,000 to $30,000 per week," Rodriguez said.

Investigators said they watched several people go in and out of the apartment to buy merchandise, before they moved in on the raid.

Police have released the names of five of the suspects arrested: Michel Ramon Tenorio, Sergio Molina, Aldo Blanco, Larry Rolando Milanes-Garcia and Yoandy Alfonso.



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<![CDATA['We'll Protect You': Police Agencies Reintroducing Themselves]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:05:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+miami+beach+police.jpg

Police departments all over South Florida know the perception of them right now is not in their favor, but those same agencies are doing what they can to reintroduce themselves to the public.

"It's a real interesting time in American policing. We've been under a lot of scrutiny," said Chief Dan Oates with Miami Beach Police.

On Wednesday, Miami Beach Police gave NBC 6 exclusive academy access to its class for citizens. It's open to the public and was created to educate and build relationships.

NBC 6 will participate in the three-month course, which is in the 57th session. 1,200 people have already graduated from it.

"For the next two weeks you're going to have unprecedented access to the Miami Beach Police Department. We're going to take you through our shooting range, going to see a marine patrol in action, even test drive one of our police vehicles," said Officer Ernesto Rodriguez with MBPD.

In the last nine days, eight officers have been attacked. The academy is just one method police are using to reintroduce themselves to the public.

In Miami-Dade on Wednesday, a ceremony was held to remember law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty. 138 shirts were on display for the 138 officers killed.

"There is no doubt people have declared war on police and we have to fight back, and we'll do it by ourselves or help of the community," said John Rivera with PBA.

From Miami to Broward, officials echo that sentiment.

"We are here with you, we need you, we know the overwhelming majority of the community is hardworking and we'll protect you," said BSO Undersheriff Steve Kinsley.



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<![CDATA[3 Juveniles Arrested for Vehicle Vandalism in Pompano Beach]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:45:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+vehicle+vandalism+arrests.jpg

New information has been released about a group of vandals that authorities said broke nearly 80 vehicle windows at a South Florida condo complex.

Investigators said three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the crime.

The vandalism happened on Aug. 19 at Waterford Point Condominiums at 801 South Federal Highway.

Neighbors at the Pompano Beach complex said they woke up to find dozens of vehicles had their windows smashed.

"They apparently went from vehicle to vehicle to vehicle and in some cases not taking anything," an official with Broward Sheriff's Office said.

There's no word on a potential motive for the vandalism.



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<![CDATA[Heat Fan Goes on Shopping Spree With Birdman]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:39:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+heat+shopping+spree.jpg

Receiving $1,000 in free groceries is great but for Miami Heat fan Sam Roman, a shopping spree with an assist from Miami Heat player Chris "Birdman" Andersen was even better.

"Besides my kids being born, this is definitely one of the top three things in my life," said the father of two from Pompano Beach.

Roman's 5-year-old son Max is a huge fan of Birdman. He's the reason they entered the contest at Winn-Dixie that won his family a much needed shopping spree at the store in Davie.

"This does alleviate some of the bills for the month," Roman said. "I can start putting money away to save."

Roman came prepared for his shopping spree. He even had a specific strategy. And Birdman approved.

"You gotta have a strategy when you buy groceries, don't ya?" Birdman said.

Roman’s plan included Birdman tackling the meat-section.

"I'm the butcher," said a stonefaced Andersen. "The butcher."

We aren't quite sure what that means. But Birdman clearly meant business. He showed it by serving as a coach during the shopping spree.

The Heat big man shouted encouraging words at Roman as he hurried up and down the aisles. He also acted like a team player, especially in the frozen food section, where his "basket awareness" came in handy, shoveling Eggo waffles into Roman’s cart.

"Hey, the man said every flavor," Birdman remarked.

In the end, it took longer to ring up the groceries than to shop for them. In fact, the cash registers showed a total bill of $2,500, and Winn-Dixie had no objections.

"He came in with a mission and he conquered," Birdman said.

Roman said he did so well, he had to ask his family members to help him store all the groceries.

But even more valuable than all that meat, frozen food and diapers, Roman shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience with one of the NBA’s most interesting players.

"For the rest of my life I'll remember this moment," he said.



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<![CDATA[Preseason Finale Preview: Buccaneers at Dolphins]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:43:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485763878.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will play one more preseason game and it will take place on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Thus far in the preseason, the Dolphins are 1-2 and are coming off a win in their last game. Miami has played well on both sides of the ball in the first three weeks of the preseason.

Following this exhibition tilt, the Dolphins will began preparation for their first regular season game against Washington. This preseason game may not feature much time from the starters, but it will help make some final roster decisions. The most important thing for Miami is to come out of this game with no additional injuries.

After lighting up the stat sheets in three preseason games, it is expected that Ryan Tannehill will see a rather light workload in this one. With a full first half of play in his last game, Tannehill showed that he is ready for the season. The arm strength and the accuracy is there, not it is just about staying healthy.

Ever since Louis Delmas went down with a season-ending injury, there has been a starting job available. Walt Aikens and Michael Thomas will battle once again to see who lands the starting safety gig. Whoever performs better in this finale could ultimately get the nod in the first week of the season.

Incumbent kicker Caleb Sturgis saw punter Brandon Fields released this week and knows the pressure is on him going into this one. Andrew Franks is in camp as a rookie much like new punter Matt Darr. This game could decide if Miami goes with Franks or Sturgis for the regular season. The team has shown that it is not afraid to hand over the reins to a rookie.

One more competition to watch is between several linebackers. Zach Vigil, Jeff Luc, Neville Hewitt and Mike Hull are all competing for a spot on the final roster.

Thursday's game is set to begin at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Co-Defendant Testifies in Hollywood Rape Trial]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:00:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+patricia+montes+court.jpg

Wednesday was day two of the trial for Jayvon Woolfork, who is accused of sexually assaulting and kidnapping a teenage girl in Hollywood.

One of his co-defendants testified in front of the jury.

Jurors watched video of Woolfork's first interview with police. He repeatedly denied raping the victim but then goes back and forth about whether he had sex with the victim.

Disturbing cellphone video taken by the teens during the alleged assault was shown in the courtroom. You can see the victim being beaten over and over, her head pounded into the pavement and then dragged by her hair.

The victim said two girls, Patricia Montes and Erica Avery, turned on her and instigated the beating. She testified that two boys, Dwight Henry and Lanel Singleton, also got involved. She claims all four teens tore her clothes off and held her down while Woolfork allegedly raped her.

Montes choked up and got emotional as she took the stand on Wednesday, saying this was not consensual sex between Woolfork and the victim.

Montes also testified the victim was beaten, had swollen eyes and was bleeding from her ears after being kicked and beaten for hours.

The defense still argues that it's unclear what actually happened in the bedroom since that was not recorded.

The trial will pick up again next week. If convicted of these crimes, Woolfork could face life in prison.



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<![CDATA[New Innovative Programs Hitting South Florida Schools]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:53:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+innovative+programs.jpg

Over the years, Broward and Miami-Dade Public Schools have added many new programs.

From Cambridge to IB, and a new magnet performing arts program to marine biology, there seems to be an explosion of new innovation in South Florida schools.

For example, Ramblewood Middle School became the first in Broward to feature a culinary arts class. The school already has fine arts, band, chorus and drama, so it was a natural, yet ambitious, expansion.

Ramblewood is part of the STEAM movement, which adds "arts" to the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math.

"We wanted to enhance and give our students here a foundation to prepare them for what's awaiting them in high school," said Principal Cory Smith. "We want to provide them with as many opportunities to prepare them for college and careers but we want to make the learning fun and engaging."

Ramblewood also added a new engineering design class this year, and like the culinary arts class, students will get high school credit for it.

"So we want the students to work on collaboration, design skills, working in their engineering journals and really by the end of the class, know what it feels like to work like an engineer," said teacher James Nance.

The kids in Mr. Nance's class will learn underwater robot design, digital design and they'll work with 3D printers. He said the influence of competition from private and charter schools is part of the reason why there are so many new innovations cropping up in public schools. They need to offer more choices to attract students and to keep them in the fold.

"I want the public to know a quality education with really good electives is available right here for free," Nance said.

A ton of families have already gotten the message. In Miami-Dade, more than half of all students are enrolled in either a magnet or choice program. This year the district rolled out dozens of new programs, including cyber security at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School.

"This is an amazing program here, these students are at the forefront of the future, this is the future," said Principal Lisa Garcia.

In four years, the freshmen in the program will graduate with three industry certifications, making them ready for the job market or for college, ready to defend against hackers or to join the dark side.

"A knife can be used by a surgeon or by an assassin, the skills that they learn in this classroom, they can do a lot of good with it or they can do some damage," said teacher Peter Melton. "They will primarily be taught to defend and set up networks and systems that are unhackable."

Students in the class feel like they're on the cutting edge because they are.

"All new and exciting, and something new is coming out for computers every single day," said student Sarah Lantsman, expressing the excitement the entire class feels about being in the cyber security program.

The trend in public schools is to offer more and more options to appeal to more and more students.



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<![CDATA[Cab Driver Exchanges Gunfire With Attempted Robbers: Miami Police]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:59:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+Christian+Suarez+and+Nicole+Iacono.jpg

Miami Police detectives were investigating a case where a taxi driver was shot at, as the result of a robbery.

Police said the cab driver demanded payment from a man and woman who initially pretended to be customers as he picked them up after flagging his taxi down at Biscayne Boulevard and 54th Street, shortly before 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

According to detectives, a young couple approached the taxi cab seeking his services, began conversing with him and instructed him to go to several parts of Miami.

The taxi driver felt uneasy and as they approached the corner of the 3500 block of Biscayne Boulevard, he stopped and demanded payment. Simultaneously, police said the supposed male customer pulled a gun out, pointed it to the driver's head and demanded money.

Before the pair fled on foot, gunfire was exchanged between the taxi driver and the robber who pointed the gun.

No one was hurt during the exchange of gunfire. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the driver.

Detectives learned the couple was seen running into a room at the Wishes Motel located at 3530 Biscayne Boulevard. After minutes of knocking on the door, the four occupants of the room were detained and taken into custody for questioning.

Christian Suarez and Nicole Iacono have both been arrested.



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<![CDATA[Shooting Suspect Representing Himself During Trial]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:33:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+lukace+kendle+court.jpg

The man accused of shooting and killing one man, and leaving another paralyzed, appeared before a judge on Wednesday.

Lukace Kendle is acting as his own attorney in his trial. He's facing second degree murder for killing Kijuan Byrd and attempted second degree murder for shooting Michael Smathers.

Kendle was working as a security guard three years ago at Club Lexx on Northwest 27th Avenue. He told police he shot Byrd and Smathers in the parking lot, outside the club in self-defense.

Byrd's mother and other family members were in the courtroom as Kendle cross-examined prosecution witnesses.

Kendle's former defense attorney was also in court during Wednesday's proceedings.

"We have physical evidence and testimonial evidence has been given pre-trial that there was another gun involved, but Mr. Kendle, because he's representing himself, doesn't know how to get that evidence to the trial," said Carlos Pelayo Gonzalez.

If convicted, Kendle could face a minimum of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison.

Smathers, the victim who survived and is paralyzed, is expected to testify on Thursday. An ambulance will bring him to the courthouse.



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<![CDATA[Photos: Atlas V Launch from Cape Canaveral]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/3bc7dd1f0db34b98949875792606c700.jpg After being delayed by Tropical Storm Erika, United Launch Alliance propelled Atlas V, a U.S. Navy communications satellite, into orbit at 6:18 a.m. from Cape Canaveral.

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<![CDATA[Hollywood Dad Accused of Fatally Shooting Son]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:26:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+reynaldo+reyes.jpg

A Hollywood father accused of shooting and killing his son during an early morning confrontation remained behind bars without bond Wednesday.

Reynaldo Reyes Sr., 53, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Reynaldo Reyes Jr., authorities said. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

The shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 2300 block of N. 69th Terrace, according to a Hollywood Police arrest affidavit.

Reyes Sr., his wife, his son and his son's girlfriend were drinking and dancing when the shooting happened, the report said.

Officers who responded to a call of a shooting encountered Reyes Sr., who doesn't speak English but said "My son, my son inside," the report said. In the home they found the younger Reyes laying in a pool of blood in a hallway, the report said.

Reyes Jr. was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he later died from a gunshot wound to his head.

According to Reyes Jr.'s girlfriend, Emily Robinson, Reyes Sr. began yelling at his son in Spanish before he went in a bedroom and got a gun.

"You're really going to shoot me?" the son said before his father fired one shot at his head, Robinson told police.

Reyes Sr.'s wife and the mother of Reyes Jr., Vivian Ramirez, told officers that her husband told the son to leave because he was drunk and being disrespectful to Robinson, the affidavit said.

The mother said her son slapped her husband with a "glancing blow" and she tried to separate them before the shooting, the report said.

Reyes Sr. told officers he had gotten the gun to calm his son down but that his son punched him several times in the face, the report said. He said he didn't point the gun at his son but it somehow went off.



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<![CDATA[Neglected Dog Gets Makeover in Palm Beach]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:42:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+neglected+dog+palm+beach.jpg

A dog that was dropped off at the Palm Beach Animal Care and Control with overgrown fur matted from urine and feces is recovering after getting a makeover.

The dog couldn't see because fur was covering its eyes when it was dropped off Tuesday after being found in Delray Beach, WPTV reported. The hair around his mouth was trimmed just enough so he could eat, Animal Care officials said.

Workers noticed the dog was limping and after he was shaved they discovered part of his foot was missing.

Witnesses are being questioned and animal cruelty charges could be filed against the dog's owner, WPTV reported.



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<![CDATA[Crews Cap Gas Leak in Fort Lauderdale]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:03:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+fort+lauderdale+gas+leak.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale neighborhood was evacuated Wednesday after workers cut a gas line causing a leak, fire officials said.

The three-inch line was cut at 3604 Southwest 13th Court, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials said. It has since been capped.

A Hazmat crew responded and the area was evacuated, officials said. The leak was quickly capped.

No further information was immediately available.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[Man Enters Hollywood Home, Shoots Woman: Police]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+gregory+lee.jpg

A woman is recovering after a man entered her Hollywood home and shot her early Wednesday before running away.

Frances Gillen says she and her sister, Mary Ann Gillen, were sitting outside of their home around 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of Dewey Street. Gillen tells NBC 6 that Mary Ann went inside the house, and the gunman quickly followed.

"She went into the house, then some guy came to the side of our house running like a ninja and shot her," said Gillen. "It was like crazy"

Gillen told NBC 6 that the shooter "came out of nowhere." Gillen's husband came out after hearing the gunshot, and says he immediately recognized the shooter who climbed a fence to get away.

Both Gillen and her husband say the shooter is known around neighborhood and hangs out in the area, but they have no idea why Mary Ann was targeted. They say the shooter is believed to be homeless.

Police officers swarmed the area with K9's in search of the suspect, but came up empty handed.

Mary Ann, 58, was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital. She is reportedly in stable condition and is expected to live.

The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Gregory Lee, was later arrested, police said. He's charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with an aggravated battery.

The shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Gets Spectacular Views of Atlas V Launch]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:54:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090215+atlas+v+launch+tara+french.jpg

Many South Floridians woke up Wednesday to witness what looked like a shooting star that grew to be 20 times bigger. 

After being delayed by Tropical Storm Erika, United Launch Alliance  propelled Atlas V, a U.S. Navy communications satellite, into orbit at 6:18 a.m. from Cape Canaveral. The military satellite will complete a constellation that acts like cell phone towers in space and allow troops to better communicate while in combat or on the move in remote locations.

The so-called "narrowband" communications system will relay calls, texts and other data critical for missions.

According to NBC 6 Meteorologist Ryan Phillips, the sun angle at first light made for beautiful colors and a perfect view of the launch even from South Florida. 

Do you have more photos of the Atlas V launch? Email your photos to isee@nbc6.com and/or share your photos on social media using the hashtag #NBC6! We may use them on-air or in a gallery on our app!



Photo Credit: Tara French/@frenchie361
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<![CDATA[Weather: Warm, Mostly Dry Wednesday]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:40:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000019816799_1200x675_517822019844.jpg It's a warm and muggy but mostly dry morning in South Florida. Ryan Phillips says aside from a few pockets of shower activity, it's a great day to be outdoors with highs of 92. But going into the holiday weekend, expect more tropical moisture to return to the forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Bour Stays Hot as Marlins Top Braves Again]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:49:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486188730.jpg

Justin Bour helped power the Miami Marlins to a 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Bour's three-run home run in the seventh inning extended Miami's lead and put it out of reach. The blast was the 15th of the year for Bour as he continues to lead Miami's offense. The first baseman is hitting cleanup for Miami, and is proving worthy of the slot. Bour has a chance of landing the everyday job at 1B in 2016.

The Marlins nearly shut the Braves out for a second straight day. Atlanta was able to plate a run in the eighth inning to avoid that rare occurrence. It was still a terrific outing for Miami's pitchers as well as its offense.

Marcell Ozuna (20) and Christian Yelich (17) each doubled as part of two-hit days for each man. Yelich missed some playing time recently with a knee injury, but it has not had an effect on his play. The left fielder also scored two runs in the win.

Dee Gordon reached base twice and promptly stole two bases. Gordon has a .329 average which leads the team, and has swiped 47 bases this year.

Justin Nicolino looked strong once again in picking up his third big-league win. The rookie went seven shutout innings in which he allowed six hits. In one frame, Nicolino loaded the bases with nobody out before escaping the jam. Bour made a diving catch that turned into a double play to help bail Nicolino out of that one.

Adam Conley will get the ball on Wednesday afternoon as the Marlins try to sweep the series in Atlanta.



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