<![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 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:12:55 -0500 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:12:55 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Weather: Afternoon Showers Tuesday]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021131115_1200x675_577297987747.jpg We had a fairly dry morning, but showers are making a push across the area Tuesday afternoon. Ryan Phillips says the rest of the day will be mostly sunny with a high of 82.]]> <![CDATA[MDPD Detective Pleads Guilty to Jewelry Theft]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:48:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Judge-gavel-generic.jpg

A suspended Miami-Dade Police Department detective pled guilty Tuesday after authorities say he stole expensive jewelry and watches as DEA agents executed a search warrant back in May.

Det. Karel Rosario pled guilty to the charge of Dealing in Stolen Property before Judge Teresa Pooler.

Officials said the theft happened on May 20, as agents executed the search warrant at the home of Yulia Martinez, who was taken into federal custody and later bonded out of jail.

When she returned home, Martinez discovered several items were missing, including a Cartier watch containing a custom diamond bezel worth $20,000, a gold bracelet with diamonds, Cartier-style “Nail” bracelet, Rolex Daytona watch, a Bulgari ring, Bulgari bracelet, a David Yurman bracelet and several expensive bottles of perfume, authorities said.

Within days, Rosario met with a jeweler to sell the items. The jeweler wasn't interested, but posted photos of the items on WhatsApp to see if other jewelers might be interested.

Another jeweler recognized the goods as items he'd sold to Martinez' husband. That jeweler then contacted the State Attorney's Office and Miami-Dade Police launched an investigation which ultimately led them to Rosario.

According to the State Attorney's Office, the unique nature of the jewelry played a key role in the investigation and ultimately, Rosario's arrest.

“Every police department depends on the integrity and professionalism of its officers,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a statement. “Detective Rosario sold out his integrity the minute he picked up that jewelry. He has let down the good people of Miami-Dade County and every professional police officer who risks death each day to uphold our laws.”

It is unknown if Rosario has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[3 Hurt as Small Plane Goes Down in Water in Opa-locka: MDFR]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:51:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/191*120/120115+small+plane+in+water+opa+locka.JPG

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to a small plane that went down in the water in Opa-locka.

According to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, the Cherokee PA28 single-engine aircraft departed from Opa-locka Miami Executive Airport at 10:35 a.m. and went down in the water area of 537 Burlington Street very shortly after takeoff.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue confirmed via Twitter that two patients were transported by air rescue, and another was transported by ground.

A dog was also on board with the passengers. The dog was treated at the scene by fire rescue teams.

No further information was immediately available.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Warm, Some Showers Tuesday]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:37:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021125342_1200x675_577020995566.jpg We're still warm and dodging a few showers this first day of December. Ryan Phillips says afternoon highs will reach the lower 80s.]]> <![CDATA[Sweetwater Fire Displaces Nearly 500 FIU Students]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:52:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120115+sweetwater+fire+FIU+students.JPG

A fire at a Sweetwater apartment tower has displaced nearly 500 Florida International University students, most of whom are preparing for final exams.

The fire started in a 10th floor kitchen just after 1 a.m. Tuesday at the tower located in the 700 block of Southwest 109th Avenue in Sweetwater. The 15-story Tower 109 is a new complex that houses FIU students.

The tower's sprinkler system put the fire out quickly, but left water damage from the 10th floor down.

Hundreds of students were displaced by the fire, many telling NBC 6 that finals are approaching and they do not know when they'll be permitted back into the building or if they'll be able to make it to their classes.

Some students tell NBC 6 that several of the residents are international students with no family nearby and no place to go. The Red Cross will be assisting students who need help.

In a statement, FIU indicated that no one was hurt but that the building was evacuated and is being inspected in order to determine if and when students can return.

"We ask that faculty be patient and sensitive to this situation, as many of the evacuees likely will be unprepared for class today," they went on to say.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Students in need of assistance are advised to contact FIU's Dean of Students' office at (305) 348-2797.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Police Investigating Drive-by Shooting in SW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+sw+dade+driveby+shooting.jpg

Miami-Dade Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in southwest Miami-Dade that occurred Monday evening.

Investigators said 27-year-old Quincy Taylor was sitting at a stop light near 211th Street and Southwest 107th Avenue, when a black Nissan Maxima opened fire on his vehicle.

Police said the Maxima was occupied by possibly 2-3 black males, who fled the scene.

The vehicle behind Taylor saw what happened, pulled him out of the car, put him in his vehicle and drove him to Jackson South. Taylor was then airlifted to Kendall Trauma, where he was listed in stable condition.

No further details have been released.

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<![CDATA[Heat Unable to Erase Early Deficit in Loss to Celtics]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:35:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-497589188.jpg

The Miami Heat fell behind early to the Boston Celtics and were not able to battle back in their 105-95 loss on Monday.

With the loss, the Heat have now dropped two of their last three games and have a 10-6 record overall this season. That mark is good enough for fourth best in the Eastern Conference as Miami sits only 2.5 games behind first place Cleveland.

Dwyane Wade did all he could do to keep Miami out of the loss column with his 30 points in 32 minutes. The All-Star also added four rebounds, four assists and five steals. Wade did turn the ball over six times, but a lot of that was due to the ball behind in his hands often.

Chris Bosh had a solid game as well with 21 points and ten rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. Bosh also blocked a shot in a strong game on both sides of the court for the big man.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra went with an 8-man rotation for the game with Gerald Green making another spot start. Coming off the bench were Josh McRoberts, Justise Winslow and Tyler Johnson. The bench has been a strength for Miami this year but that wasn't the case in this loss. The best of the group was Johnson who contributed ten points in his 20 minutes.

Green has been seeing big minutes in his recent starting duty and had 36 minutes on Monday. The extra play could be taking a toll on Green who looked taxed at times. The guard ended up with only nine points and was inefficient on his field goal attempts.

Miami will try and turn things back around on Thursday when it travels to Oklahoma City for a game with the Thunder.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Line Up for Food Basket Giveaway Vouchers]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:26:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/113015+holiday+basket+giveaway.jpg

Thousands are expected to line the streets of Miami for the annual holiday food basket giveaway sponsored by CAMACOL.

Every year, CAMACOL gives away 3,000 holiday gift baskets. Wednesday is the voucher giveaway, but as of Monday evening, the line for just the tickets was already around the block in Little Havana.

"I've been here since Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day," said Letty Rojas, who was first in line but still has two days to go. She said the annual giveaway is worth the wait.

"It's very appreciated by all of us in the community," said Juanita Alvarez.

Dozens showed up early so they can get their hands on one of the coveted 3,000 tickets at Wednesday's distribution. The tickets will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

"The economy is really, really low lately and the food stamps went down," Alvarez said.

Most use the items in the basket to make a Christmas meal. Some said they can feed up to four people, while in the past, others have managed to pull off a dinner for 22.

Although it's the first time in line for a few in the crowd, the CAMACOL ticket giveaway has become a holiday tradition for the majority who have it down to a science.

"I have people coming at night and then I go home to be with my son," said Lisa Portillo.

"We do rotation, because my other number one person, she goes to sleep and then I stay," Alvarez said.

The ticket distribution will be Dec. 2 and the basket giveaway will be Dec. 16.

It is limited to one ticket per person, per family. Participants must be an adult and present a valid identification card and Social Security card to be eligible.

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<![CDATA[Woman Charged After Taping Dog's Mouth Shut]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112815-dog-mouth-new.jpg

A woman who posted a picture of her chocolate lab-mix with its mouth taped shut on her Facebook page has now been charged, according to city officials in Cary, North Carolina.

The photo was labeled with a South Daytona, Florida location. However, the woman was staying with the dog in Cary, which is where she's been charged, officials said.

Katharine F. Lemansky, 45, whose Facebook page lists her name as Katie Brown, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty after admitting the incident took place in Cary.

The charge carries a fine and up to 150 days in jail. Police said no additional charges are pending.

"Taping the dog's muzzle shut was a terrible decision on Ms. Lemansky's part, and charging her with animal cruelty under North Carolina law was the right thing to do," said Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne. "At the same time, it's important to also note that our animal control officers who physically examined both Brown and her littermate found the dogs to be very well cared for, which is why we did not and could not remove them from the owner. The dogs are current on their shots, spayed, and microchipped. They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings. And there were no signs of injury to Brown's muzzle, not even detectable hair loss."

Town of Cary Police said they worked with law enforcement officials across two states to determine jurisdiction and to pursue a resolution to the situation that had prompted public outcry and messages to local officials from thousands of people.

Cary Police sent animal control officers to investigate Lemansky after being contacted by South Daytona Beach law enforcement regarding the photo and the possibility that Lemansky was in North Carolina.

The City of South Daytona reportedly received confirmation from Lemansky's family that she had not lived in South Daytona Beach for over a year and contacted Avon, Connecticut police, who also said Lemansky no longer lived there.

Lemansky was then tracked to Cary where she was located and charged. She has a court appearance in Wake County Court on Dec. 14. 

Photo Credit: Screenshot via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Which Heat Player is Most Likely to Cry During Sad Movie?]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:26:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+miami+heat+criers.jpg

You wouldn't expect big, tough NBA players to admit they cry during sad movies, but apparently a few Heat players have a softer side.

Dwyane Wade said of all his teammates, Hassan Whiteside is most likely to cry at a sad movie, "He's a big teddy bear."

Whiteside was surprised by Wade's suggestion, but didn't put up much of a fight, "Me? Oh wow. I guess."

Head Coach Erik Spoelstra and Point Guard Goran Dragic both joked that Birdman is the most likely crybaby.

"No," Birdman swiftly replied. "Does it look like I would cry? I ain't got time to cry."

Amare Stoudemire suggested Udonis Haslem is an undercover movie-crier.

"He said that?" Haslem asked. "He just got here!"

"He looks mean and tough on the court," Stoudemire explained. "But you get him in a sad movie like the 'Titanic' or something, and tears start flowing out of his eyes, I guarantee you."

"Titanic?" Haslem paused at the suggestion. Then said, "Everybody would tear up!"

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<![CDATA[TERRA Offers Strong Science, Art Programs]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:48:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+terra+research+institute.jpg

The place is so green, the building, of course, is LEED certified. TERRA Environmental Research Institute is a mouthful to say and it has a tasty menu of academic choices, from the AP Capstone program to three distinct choice academies on its Kendall campus.

"What they get out of the programs, I believe, is a strong, rigorous curriculum and a strong education that is not only good for their high school years but also for the years to come," said Principal Carrie Montano.

When "terra" is in the name, you should reasonably expect the students to get dirt under their fingernails. They do, in the Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy. The kids are always conducting experiments with plants, including testing which vegetables might grow best on Mars.

"Environmental education is everything, it is in law, it is in architecture and engineering, so these kids get a view of the world that is a little bit different than anyone else because they're already thinking green," said Surey Rios, a teacher in the academy.

TERRA is an all-magnet, public high school which draws students from as far north as Davie and from as far south as Florida City.

The other academies are Biomedical Research and Robotics and Engineering. The engineering students learn hands-on by building all kinds of stuff, including electric cars, remote-controlled robots, even a catapult. You never know when you might need to storm the walls of a castle.

"They have a lot of fun, they're really enthusiastic about it, these are great kids," said robotics teacher Ivan Rico.

There's no question TERRA is science geek heaven. But the school also has a strong arts program with a full range of classes, from basic level to AP, and its students have produced art displayed at the airport and featured in the New York Times.

"So what we're producing here is a well-rounded student," Montano said.

TERRA has been recognized in several forums as one of the nation's top high schools, and it's just getting started.

"The great thing to say about that is we've only had three graduating classes, so within that short period of time we've become iconic," Montano said. 

They're reaping the benefits of what they've sown at TERRA.

Photo Credit: Miami Dade Schools]]>
<![CDATA[Families in Need of Transplants Find Each Other]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:27:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+kidney+transplant+families.jpg Two families with loved ones in need of kidney transplants seemed to be out of luck, until they found each other. NBC 6's Erika Glover has the story.]]> <![CDATA[Details on Climate Change Summit in Paris]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:25:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/113015+climate+change+summit.jpg World leaders, including President Obama, were in Paris Monday attending the COP21 climate change conference. NBC 6's John Morales has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Marlins Considering Barry Bonds for Coaching Staff: Report]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:29:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477647717.jpg

The Miami Marlins are thinking about adding Barry Bonds to their coaching staff, according to a report by MLB.com.

Bonds would serve as an assistant to incumbent hitting coach Frank Menechino. The assistant spot is currently held by Lenny Harris who is expected to remain on the staff. Harris also finished the year as third base coach and should return to that same role.

Adding Bonds to the staff is an interesting and possibly controversial move by Miami. The All-Time home run leader in Major League Baseball has mostly been out of the game since he last played in 2007. Bonds has never held a coaching position at any professional level and only briefly was a spring training instructor for the San Francisco Giants.

As a 14-time All-Star with a career average of .298 to go along with the aforementioned record 762 home runs, Bonds has a wealth of hitting knowledge. If not for a cloud of alleged performance enhancing drug use hovering over his head, the outfielder would surely be in the Hall of Fame at this point.

If Bonds should end up on Miami's staff, he could have his biggest impact on Giancarlo Stanton. Much like Bonds in his heyday, Stanton often finds himself being pitched around. Bonds excelled at making the most of those spots with exceptional patience. During his 22-year career, Bonds was walked 2,558 times. That is a MLB record as are his 688 intentional walks.

Stanton has at times been clearly frustrated by the lack of hittable pitches he is thrown. This has led to the slugger swinging at poor pitches and ending up with poor at-bats. Improving his patience and pitch selection could make Stanton even more of a force in Miami's lineup.

Manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff is expected to have veterans Perry Hill and Reid Cornelius on it as well as Juan Nieves who would serve as pitching coach.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins: Pouncey and Matthews Injury Updates]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:37:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453329473.jpg

The Miami Dolphins received injury updates on Monday for Mike Pouncey and Rishard Matthews who were both injured in Sunday's game.

Pouncey was carted off the field in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. At the time, the injury appeared serious and possibly season-ending. As of now, Pouncey's status is considered day-to-day which puts his playing status for the next game in some doubt.

Without another true center on the depth chart, Miami turned to Jamil Douglas on Sunday. The guard has very little experience at the center position but did was involved in 64 plays due to necessity in the loss. More should be known on Pouncey's status as the week progresses and Miami could turn to Douglas again if the Pro Bowler can't go. 

Matthews who left Sunday's action early due to chest and rib injuries will not play in the next game. Matthews was the victim of an errant throw by Tannehill which sent him into harm's way. The wide receiver took a hard hit and appeared to have some difficulty catching his breath following the contact. Matthews suffered multiple fractured ribs from the hit, according to NFL.com.

Without Matthews for the foreseeable future, it is likely that DeVante Parker will see an increase in his workload. The first-round pick came away with a touchdown on Sunday and will likely be one of Tannehill's main targets going forward.

The Dolphins sit at 4-7 this season and have endured sweeps at the hands of the Buffalo Bills and Jets. As its dismal 0-5 record in the division shows, Miami has had trouble all season long against its main rivals.

Miami will look to get back into the win column on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium.

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<![CDATA[2 Men Arrested for Fatal Nightclub Shooting]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:18:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+nightclub+shooting+arrests.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office has arrested two men allegedly involved in the death of a Pompano Beach man outside BAM Nightclub near Fort Lauderdale.

27-year-old Awince Lasseur was located in Plantation and arrested without incident on Nov. 28. 32-year-old Peudritto Joseph was located and arrested in Jacksonville the next day.

Both men face a charge of attempted second degree murder for their role in the events that led to the death of 27-year-old Joshua Rogers, according to BSO.

On Nov. 25, a deputy patrolling near Fort Lauderdale heard gunshots around 4:20 a.m. and quickly responded to the scene.

As the deputy arrived, club goers were scattering, and Rogers was laying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The nightclub is located at 2829 West Broward Boulevard.

<![CDATA[Alleged University of Miami 'Fondler' Arrested]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:38:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+Richard+Sciandra.jpg

There has been a break in the case of a so-called "fondler" on the University of Miami campus.

Police have arrested 49-year-old Richard Sciandra for battery on a University of Miami co-ed near the Bank United Center.

Detectives believe Sciandra is the same man seen in surveillance pictures exposing himself, then grabbing a female student on the buttocks.

"It was disturbing, not only to the University, but to the police department. We have somebody preying on an innocent college student," said Kelly Denham with Coral Gables Police.

Police said it was a collective effort. A Miami Beach resident saw the alert and recognized Sciandra as the same man who assaulted her and her daughter in 2012.

"Contacted the detective in that case and went forward with identifying and locating where the subject lived," Denham explained.

Sciandra has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1996, from marijuana possession to indecent exposure, sexual battery, and lewd and lascivious behavior.

"You never know what the subject is going to escalate to. I believe because she fought back and confronted him, that this did not escalate," Denham said.

The feisty female was able to get away from Sciandra by screaming at him and using her purse to fight back. He was able to get away from police, until officers busted him near his Cutler Bay home.

"On Thanksgiving Day, they were able to call us and say, 'Hey, we got your man. You need to come down and get him,'" Denham said.

Sciandra bonded out of jail and now has an attorney.

<![CDATA[Man Charged With Attempted Murder of Miami Gardens Officer]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:02:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+tory+starr.jpg

A man accused of trying to kill an officer made an appearance in court Monday. Dozens of brothers in blue showed up to make sure justice was served.

"One count of attempted first degree murder on a law enforcement officer, two counts of felony possession of a firearm," the judge said during the hearing.

Tory Starr, a habitual felony offender, was in court again. Prosecutors said he shot at a Miami Gardens Police officer and is now charged with attempted first degree murder.

"We're here in support of one of our officers that was shot at a couple of weeks ago," said Capt. Ralph Suarez with Miami Gardens Police.

Prosecutors said Starr was outside the Strawberry Market on Northwest 191st Street when a police officer approached him. The arrest report says Starr was "extremely nervous and hesitant to provide his name" and instead ran away into the market.

The officer went after him and according to the report, Starr "fired at the officer" from behind a soda machine.

"The officer is doing really good and now it's just a matter of waiting for the trial to go ahead and go," Capt. Suarez said.

Starr will have another hearing in a couple of months and then he'll go on trial on Feb. 16. In the meantime, he remains in jail without bond.

<![CDATA[Weather: Showers, Rain Midday Monday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:47:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021113206_1200x675_576390723560.jpg We're starting our first day back from the Thanksgiving holiday with showers and rain across South Florida. Erika Delgado says temperatures will reach the mid 80s.]]> <![CDATA[Freed Cuban Artist 'El Sexto' Addresses Media]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:36:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+el+sexto+media.jpg

Cuban artist and human rights activist Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado told reporters in Miami Monday that he feels "more responsibility" after spending 10 months in a Havana jail.

Maldonado was among several thousand Cuban prisoners who were pardoned and released in October ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Cuba in September.

As reported by NBC News, Maldonado was awaiting trial on a charge of "disrespect" for painting "Fidel" and "Raul" on a pair of pigs in a satire of former President Fidel Castro and his brother, current President Raul Castro.

Maldonado was arrested before even making it to Havana's Parque Central, but was never formally charged.

Several international human rights organizations rallied for his release, many using the hashtag #FreeElSexto on Twitter.

President Barack Obama also reportedly brought up Maldonado's case during his historic meeting with Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in April.

His address to the media Monday morning marks Maldonado's first visit to Miami since his release from Valle Grande Prison last month.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Lights for the Animals]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:55:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Holiday+Lights+for+the+Animals+celebration.JPG

You’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas tree and the Menorah during the annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event. The walls of our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center will surely be decked and ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with all of our four-legged friends on Saturday, December 5th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

There will be plenty of entertainment and Yuletide fun for the whole family! Children will enjoy frolicking around our shelter to take part in exciting and festive activities, like a very merry scavenger hunt, which includes stopping by the kissing booth to get a kiss from one of our precious pooches under the mistletoe. The whole family will relish in holiday cheer as they delight in performances and savory treats, like delicious hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, holiday cookies, cupcakes and much more. You will not want to miss the arrival of Santa “Paws” on the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck from the 22nd station as the shelter becomes illuminated with twinkly holiday lights; the perfect ending to the jolliest holiday celebration of the season! 

WHO: Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:  4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals

WHEN: Saturday, December 05, 2015 4:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.

The 4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event is a celebratory event for our annual fundraising campaign for our Humane Society of Greater Miami. This year, the campaign will directly benefit our Second Chance Fund, a fund developed to pay for treatments and services that are above and beyond the standard preventive vaccines and medical care that every animal receives and for services that are not available through our own clinics. This commitment to the health of our animals is possible because of support from generous people like youWe hope you can make a donation to our Second Chance Fund to help the animals in need. You may use this opportunity to make a holiday gift in honor or memory of someone you love. A $20 donation will illuminate one light or candle. You can set a strand of lights aglow for $100; illuminate a wreath or menorah for $200; or light an entire tree for $500!


Please join us for the lighting of the trees and menorahs, refreshments, caroling, and the arrival of Santa “Paws” on December 5th while we celebrate the joy and companionship of animals!

<![CDATA[Suspicious Boxes at Mount Sinai Deemed Safe: Cops]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:56:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/113015+mount+sinai+boxes.jpg

Miami Beach Police have determined three suspicious boxes left outside Mount Sinai Hospital are safe and only contained garbage.

According to Miami Beach Police, the three boxes were located by a temple on hospital property Monday morning. The boxes were moved into the hospital's security office.

Bomb squad and hazmat teams were called in as a precaution.

The hospital was not evacuated, and all traffic around the area has been reopened.

The hospital is located at 4300 Alton Road in Miami Beach.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured in Oakland Park Shooting: BSO]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+oakland+park+shooting.jpg

Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that happened early Monday morning in Oakland Park.

Deputies responded to the shooting around 1:35 a.m. in the 2900 block of Northwest 29th Street. They found two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds.

Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported both men to Broward Health Medical Center.

One victim, who is not being identified, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The other, 45-year-old Eugene Randall of Fort Lauderdale, was transported in critical condition but was later pronounced dead.

BSO homicide and crime scene detectives searched the area for potential evidence and witnesses to the crime.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Fire Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100213+miami+dolphins+helmet+generic.jpg

The Miami Dolphins have fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor following Sunday's 38-20 loss to the New York Jets.

The team confirmed the news, first reported by Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, in a statement released Monday morning.

A team source told NBC 6 that Lazor was fired Monday morning, and that quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will take over, which was later confirmed in the release.

The Dolphins also announced that assistant wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan had been promoted to wide receivers coach.

The Dolphins are in last place in the AFC East with a record of 47-7. Former head coach Joe Philbin was fired earlier this year after the team first fell to the Jets. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was let go in October.

NBC Sports reports that interim head coach Dan Campbell held a different philosophy than Lazor, who has limited quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

The Dolphins needed a win and instead ended up with a lopsided loss when the Jets took Sunday's game 38-20.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Weather: Monday Morning Showers]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:42:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021106075_1200x675_576161859886.jpg We are dealing with some showers in Broward County this Monday morning. Erika Delgado says highs will reach into the mid to lower 80s with increasing moisture coming into the forecast later this week.]]> <![CDATA[West Palm Beach Mega Job Fair Tuesday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/85506265.jpg

A mega job fair coming to West Palm Beach may help you get hired just in time for the holidays!

Sponsored in part by NBC affiliate WPTV, the South Florida Mega Job Fair is taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Marriott West Palm Beach, located at 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

Positions range from $11 hourly to more than $100,000 per year. More than 30 companies will be participating in an effort to fill more than 500 jobs.

For those with broadcast media expertise, WPTV will be at the event interviewing for photojournalists, news producers, reporters, studio technicians and more!

Additional participating companies include:

  • Admirals Cove
  • Dunbar
  • Advanced Communications Group
  • Hilton West Palm Beach
  • Avis Budget Group
  • and many many more!

Before the fair, jobseekers should:

  • Pre-register online at jobnewsusa.com and print out your registration page. This will serve as your "fast pass" into the job fair at 10 a.m.
  • Dress your best
  • Update your resume and bring at least 15 copies with you
  • Research the participating companies
  • Make babysitter arrangements, as children will not be permitted into the job fair

Tips for what to do at the job fair:

  • Arrive with a positive attitude
  • Do not bring any food, drinks of gum into the job fair
  • Do not bring cell phones or large purses

Good luck!

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<![CDATA[Beckham Looking at New Options for Miami Stadium]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:04:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/113015+miami+mls+beckham+rendering.JPG

International soccer star David Beckham has given up on the approval process to build a Major League Soccer stadium near Marlins Park, but he's possibly looking elsewhere in Miami.

The Beckham stadium deal was taken off the city commission agenda for Tuesday. The proposed plan needed to be on the agenda in order to make the Dec. 10 deadline to get on the March ballot.

"Apparently it is because of the property owners there, the asking price, et cetera," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Mayor Gimenez is hoping soccer superstar David Beckham can figure something out.

"All I want is a stadium here. I will support them as much as I can, again with a caveat there's no public financing, no public funds to go to the stadium," Mayor Gimenez said.

Beckham had grandiose plans of building his stadium on the water. He liked the giant boat slip next to American Airlines Arena but that deal failed. He also liked a piece of property at Port Miami, but that went south as well.

Beckham's stadium would have squeezed up against Marlins Park. Lydia Gonzalez, who lives in the area, prefers Beckham not build there, "It does not bring us any benefits. We are going to have more traffic, we won't be able to afford the games."

An old boat yard near Miami International Airport was, and still may be, a location for Beckham's stadium. NBC 6 learned the area near Northwest 7th Street and 7th Avenue in Miami's Overtown neighborhood may also be a consideration.

Miami Beckham United released the following statement:

"While Miami Beckham United is still hopeful we can secure the necessary private properties adjacent to the Marlins Park site, we are faced with the fact that some owners are not interested in selling or are seeking completely unreasonable prices. Fortunately, we have been receiving interest from a number of private land owners with sites across Miami-Dade County and we are now in the process of evaluating those alternatives. David, Marcelo, Simon and Tim appreciate the strong support of our fans and we are doing everything in our power to make our dream of an MLS club in Miami a reality."

<![CDATA[Man Shot After Miramar Home Riddled With Bullets]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112915+miramar+home+shot+at.jpg

Bullets riddled a home in Miramar, hitting a man inside. There are bullet holes everywhere and the shooter is still at large.

Miramar Police said around 1 a.m. Sunday they received 911 calls about shots fired in the 7900 block of Pembroke Road. Authorities believe the home was targeted.

One neighbor said the gunshots woke him up. He heard more than 10 shots fired.

Another neighbor identifies the person injured as Oral Wilmot. Police said the man is in stable condition at the hospital.

If you know anything about this shooting, you're urged to call police or Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Blown Out as Jets Complete Sweep]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:03:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499168170.jpg

The Miami Dolphins needed a win and instead ended up with a lopsided loss when the New York Jets took Sunday's game 38-20.

The loss dropped Miami to 4-7 on the season and completed a sweep by the Jets. The Dolphins had already been swept by the Buffalo Bills earlier this year, and will face another potential sweep by the Patriots later this season.

While even running the table would have made the playoffs only a possibility, now that goal becomes nearly impossible. Miami has an awful 0-5 record in the division and one of the worst records in the AFC overall.

Ryan Tannehill threw early and often in the loss to the tune of 58 passes overall. Miami's quarterback completed 33 of those for 351 yards. Tannehill was picked off once and threw three touchdowns including two in the final minutes with the game out of reach.

The busy day for Tannehill showed in Miami's rushing statistics. As a team, Miami only had 12 yards rushing in the game. The Dolphins only tried to run the ball nine times and the longest went for five yards.

An old friend made it look easy against Miami as Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 131 yards. The former Miami player brought in two touchdowns as well. One of Marshall's catches was good for 47 yards and he outplayed Brent Grimes multiple times.

On top of the poor play, Miami also suffered two key injuries during the game. Mike Pouncey was carted off with a foot injury while Rishard Matthews left early with chest and rib ailments.

The Dolphins will host the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Free Shuttle Services for Miami Beach Art Week and Art Basel]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:38:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/459949254.jpg

The City of Miami Beach, in conjunction with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County Transit, will be providing trolley services between Midtown Miami and the Miami Beach Convention Center for the 2015 Miami Beach Art Week and Art Basel event.

There will be two routes, an east-west route that will connect the City of Miami with the City of Miami Beach via the Julia Tuttle Causeway, and a north-south route that will run through South, Middle and North Beach serving populations traveling within the City of Miami Beach.

There will be two stops, the 41st Street & Royal Palm Avenue stop and the Convention Center Drive and 17th Street stop, that will serve as connection/ transfer points between the two routes.

Trolleys traveling between Miami and Miami Beach will arrive every 15 minutes at each stop and the trolleys traveling within Miami Beach will arrive every 30 minutes.

All routes will be running Dec. 2-6 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday only).

East-West Loop:

Midtown Miami/Wynwood Stops:

  • 29 Street & Midtown Boulevard
  • 36 Street & Buena Vista Avenue

Miami Beach Stops:

  • 41 Street & Royal Palm Avenue
  • Convention Center Drive/17 Street

North-South Loop:

South Beach Stops:

  • 10 Street & Washington Avenue
  • Convention Center Drive/17 Street (Northbound)
  • 17 Street/Washington Avenue (Southbound)

Middle Beach Stops:

  • 41 Street & Royal Palm Avenue
  • 46 Street & Collins Avenue

North Beach Stops:

  • 72 Street & Collins Avenue (Bandshell Park)

Note: Connection to the Fifth Street & Alton Garage from the Convention Center is provided by the South Beach Local/Route 123 - Park and Ride ($0.25 fare).

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