<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 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 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:03 -0400 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:03 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Sunny, Warm Easter]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:23:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/easter+weather1.jpg

A beautiful Easter Sunday is in store, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s.

Temperatures will be quiet and mild throughout the day. Expect partly cloudy skies overnight with lows in the upper 60s.

Monday will be another quiet day with low humidity and temperatures in the low 80s.

Quiet weather will remain in place throughout the week with dry conditions and warm temperatures. Highs will reach the mid-80s by the end of the week.

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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Executive Producer to Run Boston Marathon]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:53:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/boston+1.jpg NBC 6 Executive Producer Elizabeth Flores is in Boston this weekend to run in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Elizabeth, who also ran in last year's race, will be running her ninth marathon.

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<![CDATA[Police Look for Missing Man, 24]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:59:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/missing+man+miami+beach+fb+web.jpg

Miami Beach police are looking for a missing 24-year-old man.

Police said Jorge David Reyes was last seen April 7th at a Miami Beach bar called Lost Weekend.

Reyes was drinking with friends early in the morning, but his family members have not seen him since, according to police.

His father Jorge Reyes described him as a very social person and a talented musician, saying it's uncharacteristic of him to fall off the grid.

"He has a group like everybody's around him and he's always in touch with everybody, with his family and friends," his father said. "Never anything like this."

His father said he is desperate for information. The younger Reyes' cell phone was found days later inside the bar where he was last seen.

"The last phone call he made was the 7th of April at 12 a.m. to his friend that was with him," the father said. "He never called again because he lost his cell phone."

Reyes was last seen wearing a green Oakley shirt, beige shorts and flip flops. He is 6'02" and weighs about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police at 305-673-7945 or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Rain to Clear Out as Cool Front Sets In]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:27:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/saturday+weather+0419.jpg

Showers and isolated storms that popped over South Florida through mid-morning Saturday will clear, leaving partly sunny skies through the afternoon.

Highs will be at 86, but lows will dip into the upper 60s as a cool front passes over.

Easter Sunday will be drier with highs in the lower 80s and mostly sunny skies.

A quiet and dry weather pattern will stick around for most of the work week. Temperatures will be in the 80s each afternoon, with a mix of sun and clouds.

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<![CDATA[Stanton Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam To Give Marlins 8-4 Win]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:52:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/485147207.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton blasted a walk-off grand slam to give the Miami Marlins an 8-4 win on Friday night over the Seattle Mariners.

Stanton now has 26 runs batted in on the year which leads all of Major League Baseball to go along with six home runs. The long ball was hit to center field and came with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth after Miami won their first replay challenge ever. Prior to the at-bat, Marcell Ozuna had seemingly grounded into the first out of the inning on a bunt attempt. However, manager Mike Redmond challenged the call when Mariners' third baseman did not have proper control of the ball on a transfer to his throwing hand. The umpires back in New York saw evidence of just that and reversed the call setting up the bases loaded, nobody out situation for Stanton.

It was a moment of redemption for the Marlins' slugger who had misplayed a ball that led to two runs earlier in the game. It was Stanton's second error of the year was costly at the time as it tied the game at two. Still despite the error and even before the blast, Stanton had a big game reaching base four times. The right-fielder was intentionally walked twice and also singled twice with the first hit coming on what appeared to be an unintentional-intentional walk by Seattle. The pitch Stanton hit was outside but close enough to take a swat at.

Other hitters chimed in for Miami in a 13 hit barrage for the team with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sending a blast of his own out earlier in the contest. The Marlins' catcher put a ball into the upper deck in right field which is territory not visited often at Marlins Park. It was Saltalamacchia's second home run as a Marlin and his first at home. Christian Yelich also had a big day picking up another three hits to lift his average to .338 on the year.

Nathan Eovaldi started the game for Miami and turned in a quality start allowing only one earned run in his three innings of work. A total of three runs did score off Eovaldi but those other two were on the aforementioned Stanton error. Eovaldi struck out four and walked two to go along with seven hits allowed.

The Marlins will try to make it two in a row on Saturday when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound.



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<![CDATA[5-Year-Old Girl Missing in City of Miami, Found]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:55:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/missing-child-generic+722.jpg

City of Miami police have found the 5-year-old girl who was reported missing Friday night in the area of the 700 block of Northeast 85 Street.

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Mobile Home Engulfed in Flames, Man Hospitalized]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:08:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mobile+home+destroyed.jpg

A Broward man is suffering from critical burns and smoke inhalation after his mobile home was engulfed in flames Friday evening around 7 p.m., according to deputies.

The unidentified man received the burns while trying to rescue his dogs that were inside his mobile home located at 5299 SW 22 terrace.

The man was airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital and was later transported to the burn unit at Jackson Memorial’s Ryder Trauma center where he is currently being treated.
One dog was rescued from the fire.

The home is completely destroyed and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this story.
 



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<![CDATA[Elderly Woman Plunges Car into Canal]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:30:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/car+in+canal3.jpg

An elderly woman is in the hospital after her car plunged into a North Miami-Dade canal on Friday.

Two Good Samaritans pulled the woman out of her car window until officials arrived.

"She was clutching to the vehicle pretty hard. The two samaritans that went in after her they did a good job holding her up as far as they could and then she was able to be transported," said Paul Ortiz, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The canal is located at NE192 St. and 25 Ave. and is about 40 feet deep.

About 25 Miami-Dade Fire firefighters and scuba divers went underwater and rescued the woman.

"We had a couple of challenges. One was, it was a very deep canal and visibility was very difficult, so our divers had to use the skills again that they're trained with, to be able to locate the vehicle and also to be able to reach the victim and get the victim back on shore," said Lt. Eugene Germain Jr., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The woman is currently in stable condition at Aventura Hospital & Medical Center.

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this story.
 



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<![CDATA[Police Release Sketch in North Miami Murder]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:23:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/north+miami+shooting+suspect.jpg

North Miami Police have released a sketch of the man they believe is responsible for shooting and killing a 19-year-old on Monday.

Johan S. Ospina was walking in the area of northwest 142nd street and 6th avenue when a male shot him several times. Ospina was transported to Jackson Ryder Trauma Center where he later died from his gunshot wounds.

The suspect fled the scene in a dark gray, 2008-2009 Nissan Maxima, according to North Miami police.

Ospina's mother, who wishes to remain unidentified, immediately drove from her Fort Myers home to Miami when she found out about her son's murder.

On Friday, she gathered her sons things and decided to ask for the public's help in finding the man responsible.

"My heart hurts as a mother, having my son had his life cut short....he had a noble heart he was loved by a lot of people, a lot of friends, he was a nice person," Ospinas mother said through a translator.

Police believe the suspect is 5 feet 9 inches tall and is 20 to 21 years old.

Anybody with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305)-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Target Mailboxes for Tax Refund]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:43:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mailbox+thieves.jpg

The United States Postal Service says thieves are getting into mailboxes using counterfeit keys to steal tax returns.

In a video obtained exclusively by NBC 6, U.S. postal inspectors said William Gomez is seen inside a Coral Gables apartment building using an unauthorized key to gain access to the mailboxes.

Gomez is seen opening multiple boxes at a time--sifting through the mail. Federal officials believe he also went into a building in Miami Beach and Sunny Isles.

Officials say Miguel Cadierno is Gomez’s accomplice as he’s also seen in surveillance video opening numerous mailboxes. He appears to spot the camera--comes right up to it--and then returns to the boxes. Cadierno also opened the mailbox with the fake key, inspectors said.

Cadierno and Gomez ended up being sentenced to time in federal prison. Postal inspectors say their actions are just an example of fraud that many South Florida residents will shortly discover.

“A lot of people now after tax season has closed, are going to find out that their tax returns were already filed by someone else,” said Bladismir Rojo, U.S. Postal Inspector.

Access to mail boxes is critical in the tax fraud and identity theft operations, officials said.
Inspectors say crooks look for empty apartment units and have IRS checks or debit cards sent to where nobody will notice.

“The bad guys have already done a tax return on you. They've already gotten the return loaded onto a card or sent to one of these mailboxes and they've already gotten it,” Rojo said.

Federal officials say when crooks use fake keys its rare that anybody knows what they are doing, until it’s too late.

“Surveillance can get you, but for the most part you go unnoticed,” Rojo said.

Officials say if you see someone without a postal uniform going into the mailbox area--don't confront them--but remember what they look like and tell the apartment or condo management and notify police.

If your tax return doesn’t show up in a reasonable time, contact your local IRS office.



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<![CDATA[Locals March to End Violence in Liberty City]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:13:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/march+to+end+violence.png

A group of individuals held a rally on Friday to help bring Liberty City a step closer to peace.

"We're marching on this Good Friday because God has called us on this particular day to make a difference in our community," said Charles Jackson, the march organizer.

Wearing black, people took to the streets, with a casket in tow-- to deliver a 7 mile message. They carried signs that read "Don't Shoot, Pray" and "Only God Should take Life."

"If the people....don't wake up...then we are just as guilty as those who pull the trigger," Jackson said.

The people participating-- are also personally affected. Including Latrice Anderson. Her mother, the latest victim of random gun violence.

"Everyday is harder without my mom. Like you said I just never felt in a million years I would be here either but I'm here to support whatever it is that needs to be changed," Anderson said.

On Monday, 62-year-old Linda Grant, a mother of six was gunned down,  two others were shot in the same incident. Grant is the fourth woman to die in a drive-by, multiple shooting since March 20.

"We cannot continue to let innocent children, women, young men to be gunned down, AK-47's and even unborn children," Jackson said.

Nearly 30 people participated in the march and passed out 500 bibles.

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<![CDATA[Heat Improve Cellular Experience For Selfies]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/170994426.jpg

The Miami Heat have improved their cellular coverage at AmericanAirlines Arena to prepare for increased social media activity including selfie taking per the Sun-Sentinel.

The Heat will begin their quest for a third straight championship this Sunday and are expecting sellout crowds for each and every game. Those fans will bring a slew of mobile devices and a high demand for wireless connections. Fans will be tweeting, liking, checking-in, Instagramming, and of course taking selfies. With all that demand in one place, slow speeds and upload errors were likely to be a problem.

Fan experience is something that the Heat have always taken into consideration and this time is no different. With a Distributed Antenna System, the Heat will now have access to a system that has 320 antennas spread out the report states. This design allows for better speeds and more reliable connections even in the busiest zones. With those many fans and the multitude of social media activities these days, there may not be a zone of AmericanAirlines Arena that isn't busy during the playoffs.

“This allows our patrons to instantly share their in-venue experiences via their mobile devices by sharing calls, videos, texts and photos ensuring a superb cellular wireless experience,” Tony Coba, the Heat’s chief information officer told the Sentinel.

Selfies have grown into one of the biggest crazes with celebrities and fans alike uploading them daily from all over the world. From the Oscars, to the San Antonio Spurs and most recently the President and Vice President of the United States -- anyone and everyone is taking part. Heat fans are sure to do the same with possibly a view of the court behind them to share with their friends back home. Now they can send those selfies with confidence of quick speeds and a lack of upload failures.

The first playoff game for Miami will be at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats. It will be nationally televised and also now well covered live on social media by fans at the game.

Send your selfies to NBC 6! Email to isee@nbc6.com, or on Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #NBC6.



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<![CDATA[School Stabbing Victim Released from Hospital]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:10:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Piper+HS+aerialcrop.jpg

A 16-year-old who was stabbed three times by a schoolmate at a South Florida high school Thursday has been released from the hospital.

The injured student, Urique Wilson, said he is feeling much better and is no longer in pain.

Piper High School was put on lockdown after a senior stabbed a sophomore with a pocket knife in the school gymnasium, authorities said. The fight apparently broke out after an argument over a basketball game.

A witness told police that that the suspect, Kimanie Jumanee, said he would stab somebody if they bumped into him again while he was in the gym.

Wilson was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with a non-life threatening wounds. His father, Joseph Watson, said he was stabbed three times in the chest and back.

"God blessed everything that he's alive and didn't lose his life in this situation," said Watson.

The suspect, Kimanie Jumanee, also a student, is in the custody of the Sunrise Police Department and will be charged with attempted murder, according to police.

During a news conference, school officials described the stabbing as an isolated incident. The lockdown was lifted by midday and the school resumed normal operations.

"I wanted to assure them that the school is safe, you know, this is a very isolated incident. Piper is a great school as you know, last year it became an A rated school," said Robert Runcie, Superintendent Broward County Public Schools.

Just last week, one student was taken to the hospital with a head injury and another was arrested after a fight broke out in the school cafeteria.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Charged With Sharing Child Porn on Twitter ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:07:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FirefighterTwitterMug.jpg

A Miami-Dade firefighter is facing child porn charges for allegedly using Twitter to share photos of underage girls having sex.

Authorities say Gabriel Diaz, 38, posted thousands of pornographic images through the public micro-blogging site, which also has a private messaging feature and allows for protected accounts, between 2012 and 2013.

Police believe some of those images portray girls under age 18, including four that are described as showing 12-year-olds, according to an arrest document. He was arrested Thursday and charged with 16 counts of promoting sexual performance by a child.

Diaz is expected to bond out Friday afternoon but was ordered no contact with children, including his own two children.

Diaz has been placed on administrative leave, according to Miami-Dade Fire.

"He himself as a trained officer in this area, had difficulty ascertaining the age of the victims," Gus Lage, Diaz's lawyer said in bond court.

The case, which began after Twitter sent several images to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is believed to be the first investigation involving child porn posted to Twitter in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Herald reported. 

According to Diaz's arrest affidavit, thousands of pornographic images were uploaded to his Twitter accounts between April 2012 and December 2013. Several of the images listed in the complaint are close-ups of private parts of females under 12-years-old.

"He's a wonderful person, he's a wonderful family man, he's got two children that he adores," Lage said.

The rules page on Twitter.com bans pornographic photos as a profile picture, header or background, but not in tweets. Last year, the popular  social media site started using a program that flags child porn photos. Twitter then reports the images to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

This is a developing story, check back on NBC6.com for updates

 



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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Police Veteran to Lead Ultra Security ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:46:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Raymond+Martinez1.jpg

A South Florida police veteran has been tapped to lead security for Ultra Music Festival as organizers face added scrutiny following a high-profile safety incident at last month's event.

Raymond Martinez, the outgoing chief of police in Miami Beach, will serve as the festival's new chief of security, organizers of the Miami-based event announced Friday.

The decision comes after a security guard was hospitalized from injuries suffered during this year's festival.

That security guard was trampled by ticketless gate-crashers. The trouble led Miami Mayor Tomas Regaldo to call for an end to the Ultra Musical Festival in his city. Commissioners recently postponed a decision on a proposal to bar the organizers from holding the 16-year-old festival at Miami's Bayfront Park. 

Festival organizers have announced plans to complete a "comprehensive review of all security procedures" in the wake of this year's issues. They said Friday that Martinez will play a central role in that effort.

"Under Chief Martinez’s leadership our commitment will only be strengthened as we strive to provide the highest quality event at all levels," Russell Faibisch, founder and CEO of Event Entertainment Group, Inc., producer of Ultra Music Festival, said in a statement. 

Martinez, who also served in the Marine Corps, announced last month his plans to retire after decades in the force.

“As a public servant of this community for almost four decades I look forward to being part of Ultra Music Festival and working with the organizers, local leaders and fellow law enforcement professionals, all of whom are committed to the well-being of the event participants, staff and overall safety of the community,” he said in a statement.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the festival was in its 14th year. It has been running for 16 years, including 14 in conjunction with the Bayfront Park Management Trust.



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<![CDATA[Dog Found on I-95 Could Get New Home ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:02:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DogAdoptionFreewayMiami.jpg

A dog spotted on a South Florida freeway this week just as the morning commute was starting to pick up is set to get a new home.

The white and tan terrier, who is believed to be about 3 years old, was discovered on Northbound I-95 near Northwest 54th Street at around 5 a.m. Thursday. Animal control officers corralled the dog into a safe spot away from traffic about a half hour later and took him to a shelter.

The dog, who sustained an small cut to his leg, is being examined by a veterinarian, according to Miami-Dade County Animal Services. He is expected to be available for adoption on Monday, April 21, if the veterinarian gives the green light to release him.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Person on Fire Dies in Hialeah: Cops ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:55:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/224*120/Burned-body.jpg

A man caught fire and died in Hialeah today, police said.

Police are investigating the death at 1st Avenue and 36th Street. They have not determined whether the death was a suicide or accidental.

Neighbors told NBC 6 that they do not know the deceased man.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

 

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<![CDATA[VIDEO: Man Named Cocaine Appears in Court on Drug Charge]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:54:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000012359097_1200x675_229639747887.jpg

A Broward County judge was left befuddled and bemused this week not by the charges filed against a man appearing before him, but the accused's name.

Edward Cocaine appeared in Broward County Court this week on Xanax possession charges. After calling the case, Judge John Hurley paused to take a double take and let out a surprised "what?"

"What's your last name?" he asks the man, with a look of disbelief.

"My last name is Cocaine," the man responds.

A person off camera in the bond court video confirms, saying the term for the illicit drug is in fact on the accused driver's license.

"You know, I thought I'd seen it all," Hurley mused.

The suspect's surname sparked a colorful courtroom back-and-forth between Cocaine and the judge.

“How many times have the police told you to step out of the car sir in your life?" Hurley asks.

“Just about every time I get pulled over," Cocaine responds.

“Right. As soon as they go, 'What's your name?' 'Cocaine,' 'All right, smart guy, out of the car'” Hurley said with a laugh.

An attorney for the man started to go over his client's credentials for release, but Hurley was still stuck on the name.

"I'm still trying to absorb this," the judge interrupted. 

Cocaine told the judge that the family name was changed when his great grandparents came to the United States from Greece in the 1920s.

"Back then they didn't know, you know?" he said.

"Right," the judge quipped. "Or maybe your grandparents knew and just didn't tell anyone else."

 Cocaine was reportedly released on his own recognizance.

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<![CDATA[Miami hosts "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World"]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:40:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/177*120/AP991194326078.jpg

A survey of Caribbean art and history that debuted at three New York City museums two years ago has made its way to its perhaps more natural home in Miami.

"Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" opens Friday at Perez Art Museum Miami. The revised exhibit has more than 180 paintings, sculptures, photographs and art installations — including 50 works not shown in New York. It mixes historical artwork dating to Haiti's revolution with contemporary pieces by living artists from the islands and elsewhere.

Curator Elvis Fuentes has organized the exhibit by theme: the Caribbean's fluid environment, its economic importance, its complex relationship with Europe and the U.S. and its exoticism, a colonial legacy that its artists still face today.

"Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" runs at PAMM through Aug. 17.



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<![CDATA[Scattered Showers to Continue on Warm, Humid Day ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:50:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ShowersScattered.jpg

Some South Florida drivers are experiencing some wet roadways this morning, as isolated showers continue throughout the region.

The rain passed through the Coconut Creek area around 6:30 a.m. Showers ae expected to cross Miami-Dade County next.

Weather should be warm and humid later in the day, with temperatures hitting the low-to-mid 80s in the afternoon.  Scattered showers are possible.

 

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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Executive Producer To Run Boston Marathon]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:03:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/193*120/Elizabeth+in+running+gear.jpg

NBC 6 Executive Producer Elizabeth Flores will head to Boston this weekend to run in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Elizabeth, who also ran in last year's race, will be running her ninth marathon.

Join us in wishing her success by posting your well wishes on the NBC 6 Facebook page or by tweeting her @ElizabethNBC6.

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<![CDATA[Boy Electrocuted in Swimming Pool, Laid to Rest]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:58:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/swimming3.jpg

A 7-year-old boy who died while swimming in a North Miami pool was laid to rest Friday.

Police said the boy may have been electrocuted by a light that sent charges through the water.

Calder Sloan died Sunday after he was shocked as he swam through the pool, police said. An officer attempted CPR before fire rescue transported the boy to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Friends and family gathered at a public memorial in Miami Beach to honor the life of Calder Sloan.

"He was a superhero. As he grew up, he amazed us with his atheltic ability," Chris Sloan, the boy's father said at the memorial service.

The boy was swimming with his brothers, ages 5 and 22, under the watch of his nanny when the older brother first felt a shock and urged the others to get out of the pool, The Miami Herald reported. Calder apparently did not hear and was jolted out of the water.

A neighbor who performed CPR on the child, Fabian Pesantes, told NBC 6 he was also shocked by the water.

"The minute I saw him, I just started doing what I know how to do and I started performing CPR on him," Pesantes said.  "I cleared the vomit and water out of his mouth and when I was cleaning my mouth I stuck my hand in the pool. When I stuck my hand in the pool, I got shocked."

While police are still investigating the cause of the electrocution, the family suspects a malfunctioning pool light may have been to blame. A contractor was hired to fix the light after it stopped turning on about nine months ago, according to the boy's father, and electricians told the boy's uncle that a problem with the light switch suggested the power was going directly to the pool instead of being diverted from it, The Herald reported. The steel surrounding the light is now rusted and burned, according to the paper.

A fund has been set up at Sloan's school to establish a foundation in his honor. Click here to donate.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Senators Hold Rally in Doral for Venezuelan Community]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:25:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/marco+rubio+bill+nelson.jpg

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson met with the Venezuelan community at Arepazo 2 in Doral on Thursday to discuss the future of the violence in Venezuela.

Rubio and Nelson held the event to rally support in the House and Senate for sanctions.

Rubio announced that the Senate leadership and foreign relations committee agreed to hold substantial and significant hearings solely on the issue of Venezuela.

Both senators say their strategy is to educate lawmakers on the situation in Venezuela.

"A country that is sliding further and further into the abyss," said Nelson.

"I think that if we can create a strong bipartisan consensus in the senate in favor of sanctions and take up this cause, I think the White House will follow," Rubio said.

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<![CDATA[Food Prices Rise in South Florida]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:22:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/grocery-store-shopping-generic.jpg

Your next trip down the grocery aisle could mean less cash in your wallet. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports food prices are on the rise.

"It's a cycle and we have to get accustomed to it," said Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, Professor of Economics at Florida International University.

Chicken breast, lime, bacon, wine -- all rising several cents. Beef is at its highest price in almost three ecades.

"I'm buying less meat because it's very expensive," said shopper Guillermo Rey.

"Maybe three months ago we were paying $1.70 for beef. Now we might be paying $2.00 for that same beef," said Sedano's supervisor Pedro Mesa.

Economists say it’s not unusual to see this spike, especially when you factor in global instability, drought, and disease - all happening at the same time.

"This is a crisis that we've seen many times and sometimes you have soybeans in low supply, but sugar is very abundant," said Salazar-Carrillo.

Professor Salazar-Carrillo recommends substituting one item with another.

“You can adjust your offerings and your budget to what is cheaper at that particular moment and let the storm pass,” he said.

Consumers aren't the only ones feeling the impact.  Pedro Mesa, a supervisor at a South Florida Sedano's, said the grocery chain loses profits at the expense of customer satisfaction.

"We're making less than we're accustomed to making, but it's important for us to make sure we have the best price for our customers. So we're willing to take that hit," Mesa said.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports Recommends Ooma]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:15:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_72457825.jpg

The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than $150 a month, according to market research firm, the Mintel Group. One way to trim your costs is to cut the cord and switch to a phone service that delivers calls via the Internet. Consumer Reports recommends a phone service called Ooma.

Ooma is a device that connects to your Internet service on one end and your regular phone on the other. There’s a one-time cost of about $150 for the Ooma box — and then the savings begin.

Local and domestic long distance calls are free. You pay just a few dollars per month in taxes. International calls are extra, but the rates are also very low. There is a limit of 5,000 minutes of calls per month. And if you want to keep your home phone number, you have to pay an additional one-time fee of $40.

In a survey of more than 50,000 Consumer Reports subscribers, Ooma was the top-rated phone service.

Those who used Ooma rated the service higher than those who used any other service,  Users also gave th service top marks for value, what they received for the money they paid. As for reliability and the quality of calls, the survey found that Ooma was on par with traditional service from big companies like AT&T or Verizon.

If your phone is bundled with TV and Internet service, Consumer Reports says it’s important to check with your provider before buying Ooma. Dropping a phone line from a telecom bundle might only shave about $5 a month off your bill.



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<![CDATA[Fans Mourn Cheo Feliciano on Social Media ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP070907056835.jpg

The death of Puerto Rican singer Cheo Feliciano shocked and saddened lovers of his legendary salsa and bolero music.

Many fans took to social media to share their memories after news broke that the 78-year-old musician was killed in an early morning car crash in an area of San Juan.

The grieving masses online included several Latin music stars.

Marc Anthony offered condolences from his Twitter account, while Ricky Martin tweeted in Spanish, "Rest in Peace, Puerto Rican hero."

For some, the best way to honor his contributions to salsa was to listen to the music that made him a legend.

"Been hearing his music all day," one person said with a screenshot of a playlist. "RIP #cheofeliciano, it wasn’t his time."

See a collection of social media posts honoring Feliciano.

 

 



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<![CDATA[Neglected Animals Taken to Humane Society ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/animal+abuse.png

The operator of a South Florida pet rescue center is facing animal cruelty charges following complaints that she kept hundreds of animals in what prosecutors described as a "squalid warehouse."

Authorities say hundreds of animals were subjected to "deplorable conditions" after Gisela Tacao took them in at Gigi's Rescue in Hialeah, a site an arrest warrant describes as"a fairly small, poorly ventilated warehouse."

Dozens of animals were removed from the operation in 2012 -- less than two years after it was opened -- following complaints about the presence and stench of feces and urine and the conditions of animals kept on the premises, the state attorney's office said in a press release. An arrest warrant states that "at the very least, every dog removed appeared filthy, smelly and dehydrated. Some also "had obvious sores and injuries," it said.

Now, Tacao is facing 53 counts of animal cruelty after a joint investigation by the Hialeah Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. It was not immediately clear if she has an attoreny.

The 40-year-old was licensed to start the rescue, located at 269 West 24th Street, in 2011 and began taking in pets from Miami-Dade Animal Services, according to an arrest warrant.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle called the case "a perfect example of the old adage that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

"These animals were living in the worst of circumstances, sadly waiting to be rescued from their supposed rescuer," she said in a statement. "Such neglect is not a mistake, it is a crime."

Some of the pets were taken to the Humane Society of Broward County where they are being treated and placed in foster homes.

"Checking them from head to toe giving them their shots checking their heart their eyes their ears just to make sure theyre in general good health," said Caroline Crane, an employee at the Humane Soceity of Broward County.

Tacao was charged with 53 felony counts of animal cruelty, based on the number of animals examined. The total bond was set at 265,000.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Amazon to Start Collecting Taxes in Florida ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:23:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/amazon-453056767.jpg

Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases.

A spokesman for the Seattle-based company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on May 1.

The move follows the decision by Amazon to build two distribution centers in the Sunshine State.

Currently, Floridians are supposed to pay taxes for online purchases, but there's no way to enforce the law. The state can't force companies like Amazon to collect the tax unless it has a physical presence, such as a warehouse or store.

Last year, Gov. Rick Scott and Amazon announced a deal in which the company would create 3,000 new jobs in Florida by 2016. The exact details of the deal were kept confidential by state officials.

Initially, Scott rejected a proposed deal with the company because of concerns it would result in higher taxes for Floridians. But he reversed that decision last June.

Amazon's decision to expand in Florida reflects the retailer's desire to put in a system to guarantee quicker delivery of products ordered online. The company has reached similar agreements regarding warehouses and payment of sales taxes in several other states.

Retailers in Florida have been pushing for years for state legislators to change state law in an effort to prompt Internet retailers to collect sales taxes. Representatives of brick-and-mortar stores contend that online companies have an unfair competitive advantage. But despite winning support from some Republicans, the bills have repeatedly stalled in the state Legislature.

A representative with the Florida Retail Federation said the group was pleased that Amazon would soon start collecting sales taxes.



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<![CDATA[Student Stabbed at Piper High School "Doing Great": Father ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:54:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/stabbing+scene.jpg

A 16-year-old who was stabbed three times by a schoolmate at a South Florida high school Thursday is "doing great" and recovering without any complications, his father said Friday.

Piper High School was put on lockdown after a senior stabbed a sophomore with a pocket knife in the school gymnasium, authorities said. The fight was apparently broke out after an argument over a basketball game.

The injured student, Urique Wilson, was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with a non-life threatening wounds. His father, Joseph Watson, said he was stabbed three times in the chest and back.

"He's doing okay right now at the moment, but right now they still got him up in the room right now so we're just waiting. God blessed everything that he's alive and didn't lose his life in this situation," said Watson.

The suspect, Kimanie Jumanee, also a student, is in the custody of the Sunrise Police Department and will be charged with attempted murder, according to police.

During a news conference, school officials described the stabbing as an isolated incident. The lockdown was lifted by midday and the school resumed normal operations.

"I wanted to assure them that the school is safe, you know, this is a very isolated incident. Piper is a great school as you know, last year it became an A rated school," said Robert Runcie, Superintendent Broward County Public Schools.

Just last week, one student was taken to the hospital with a head injury and another was arrested after a fight broke out in the school cafeteria.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Head in NW Miami Dies ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:19:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handgunresize.jpg

A man was shot and killed in Northwest Miami overnight in what neighbors described as an ambush attack.

Police said the man was shot in the head at Northwest 67th Street and 4th Avenue. He later died at the hospital.

Neighbors said the victim, who was not identified by police, was ambushed by two men who opened fire on him as he sat on his porch. A man who identified himself as the victim's father said his son was shot under the chin.

 



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<![CDATA[Condom Shortage Reported in Cuba ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:20:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WEB_CONDOMS_BY_MAIL.png

The latest food and product shortage to rock Cubans is being felt in the bedroom.

Complaints that condoms are scarce are emerging from the island, part of a dry spell that has lasted several weeks, The Miami Herald reported. 

One Havana author wrote on a Spanish-language website based in Miami that some shops continue to sell condoms, but at prices tailored to tourists that are unaffordable for most Cubans, according to The Herald. The shortage has lasted about two weeks, she wrote.

A report in a Communist Party newspaper pinpointed the prophylactic pinch to labeling and packaging issues with a batch of condoms purchased wholesale from China, The Herald reported.

Residents have also reported recent shortfalls of staples like toothpaste, toilet paper, soap and beer, the paper reported. 

 

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<![CDATA[Salsa Singer Cheo Feliciano Killed in Crash]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:02:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP070907056835.jpg

Puerto Rican salsa and bolero singer Cheo Feliciano died in a car crash early Thursday morning, Telemundo Puerto Rico has confirmed. He was 78.

Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, better known as Cheo Feliciano,  was killed just after 4 a.m. when the Jaguar he was driving hit an electrical post in the Cupey area of San Juan, according to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Feliciano, the sole passenger in the vehicle, died on impact following the 4:13 a.m. crash on a road near the Universidad Metropolitana. A police inspector told the newspaper he was not wearing a seat belt. He is survived by his wife, Puerto Rican dancer Coco Prieto Leon Feliciano, and four sons.

Feliciano, one of the most recognized musicians of his genre, was credited as influencing other salsa stars, including Ruben Blades and Gilberto Santarosa. He produced a list of hits that includes "One in a Million," ''My Promise," and "I Learned with You," according to The Associated Press.

The musician, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, started his career as a percussionist in New York before joining the Joe Cuba Sextet as a singer. He recorded 17 albums with the band performing with top Latin artists of the era, before joining Fania Records' All-Stars ensemble and starting a successful solo career, according to a biography on Billboard.com.  He was honored with the Latin Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was a vocal participant in anti-drug campaigns following his own battle with addiction, El Nueva Dia reported.

Feliciano had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer last year, but continued to make public appearances. According to El Nueva Dia, he was supposed to fly to Acapulco for a show with other salsa singers later this week.



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<![CDATA["Sweetheart Scammer" Released on Bond ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:03:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/michelle+nicholas+web.jpg

A woman who deputies call the "Sweetheart Scammer" has been released on bond after she was arrested for allegedly conning an elderly man out of thousands of dollars during what was supposed to be a romantic getaway.

Broward Sheriff's deputies said 46-year-old Michelle Nicholas pretended to have a romantic interest in 82-year-old John Deam, but she used it against him. Authorities said the victim gets confused easily because of his age.

Nicholas allegedly went on a trip to the Florida Keys on March 24th with Deam while his wife was out of town, according to the deputies. During the three-day trip, Deam bought Nicholas a Rolex watch worth $13,000 and paid for all the expenses, deputies said.

When they returned, deputies said Nicholas used Deam's identity to open a credit card under his name that listed her as an additional card holder.

On March 29, Nicholas allegedly convinced Deam to buy her a 2006 Lexus for $25,877.

Nicholas faces charges of grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney. Bond was set at $30,000.

Anyone with additional information on Nicholas is urged to contact Detective Mitch Gordon at 954-321-4255 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.



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<![CDATA[Sleeping Man Injured After Shots Fired Into Home ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:15:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Tape+Generic+NJ.JPG

A man was shot when upwards of of 20 bullets tore through a Northwest Miami-Dade home as he and his family slept overnight, police said.

Authorities and paramedics arrived at the Northwest 82nd Terrace and Northwest 2nd Court residence overnight to find multiple bullet holes piercing through walls and windows.  A man who had been sleeping inside was hit in the stomach, police said. The man, who was conscious and breathing as he was wheeled into an ambulance en route to the hospital, is expected to recover, authorities said.

Desileine Cetoute, who lives nearby, said the gunfire jolted him out of bed.

Police say bullets appeared to come from two guns including a high powered rifle, though they are not sure how many shooters were involved. It is unclear whether the shooters were on foot on in a car.

A man who lives on a nearby street said the neighborhood can't tolerate the violence.

"We need things to be changed," he said. "It cannot be like this.  How many people get killed for nothing?"

Police do not yet have a a description for the gunman. Authorities ask that anyone with information about the shooting call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

 



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<![CDATA[Muggy Morning to Make Way for Showers ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:45:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/weather61.jpg

Showers are starting to move in around South Florida this morning.

Thursday got off to a warm an muggy start, with temperatures expected to stay in the mid-70s this morning. The region could warm to the low-to-mid 80s around lunch, before scattered showers move in this afternoon.

Scattered showers are also expected throughout the evening.

Click here for the latest on South Florida weather.

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