<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 20 Oct 2017 14:01:36 -0400Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:01:36 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Knaus Berry Farm Set To Open On Oct. 31 ]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:54:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mansfield_Cinnamon_Rolls.jpg

Homestead’s beloved Knaus Berry Farm -- known for its wide selection of strawberry milk shakes and sticky buns -- is set to open on Oct. 31.

The farm closes during the summer months and re-opens during the fall. Knaus Berry Farm has been in operation since 1956 and has become a major attraction to anyone who enjoys fresh strawberries, fruit pies, smoothies and cinnamon rolls.

Yelp reviews of the farm are rife with compliments and rave reviews of the establishment's freshly baked goods.

“Trust me, if you never had fresh out the oven sticky buns from Knaus Berry Farms then you have not lived,” one review reads.

The farm posted an announcement about their re-opening, “Lord willing,” on Instagram.

Knaus Berry Farm is located on 15980 SW 248 St. and is open from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Monday-Saturday. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The farm store is cash only, the website says.

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<![CDATA[BSO Deputy Arrested for Alleged Sexual Battery of Teen]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:48:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102017+Leon+Andrae+Campbell.jpg

A Broward Sheriff's deputy has been arrested for the sexual battery of an underage teen, officials said.

Leon Andrae Campbell, 37, was arrested Thursday on one count of sexual battery on a victim 16 or 17 years of age and one count of promoting the sexual activity of a victim less than 16 years old, Lauderhill Police said.

Officials haven't released any other details of the arrest. BSO officials said Campbell will be suspended without pay.

"Deputy Leon Campbell‘s actions are a reflection of himself and not the hard-working, dedicated men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office," Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement Friday.

Campbell was booked into jail and had been held on $15,000 bond Friday morning. He refused to speak with reporters as he left jail after posting bond.

Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA['Nun With A Chainsaw' India Pale Ale Released]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:33:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102017NUNWITHCHAINSAW.jpg

You may remember a viral image of a nun clutching a chainsaw in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

That nun is now the inspiration behind a new India pale ale of “tropical and piney aromas and flavors.”

Appropriately named “Nun With A Chainsaw,” the Due South Brewing Company released the drink on Oct. 20. The beer will be served on draft and in 16 ounce cans.

The Miami nun, Sister Margaret Ann, went viral in September for going the extra mile to clear debris after Hurricane Irma. In full habit, Sister Margaret Ann used a chainsaw to cut down trees and clear roadways near Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School, where she is the principal.

"We just needed to get the trees out of the way so that cars could pass by safely," she said during an interview with MSNBC.

The manager of Boynton Beach’s Due South Brewing Company, Doug Fairall, noted Sister Margaret Ann’s determination to make sure the area was safe.

“When Irma blew through South Florida, one nun in Miami made it her mission to clear debris,” he said in a news release. “This is our tribute to those who had to – and continue to – do what’s necessary in the face of adversity.”

The India pale ail will be available at the brewery starting at noon on Friday.


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<![CDATA[Construction Worker Dies After Fall Off Palmetto Expressway]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:18:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102017+construction+worker+falls+off+palmetto+expressway.jpg

A construction has died after falling off the the Palmetto Expressway Friday morning, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

Authorities at the scene say the construction worker was injured after falling off the highway near Northwest South River Drive.

He was was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to a Medley police officer.

FHP officials confirmed he died at the hospital. His name hasn't been released.

Check back with NBC 6 as more details are made available on this developing incident.



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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know- Remembering Fallen Hero, Fatal Crash]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:25:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/DMksgNMX4AEH2IF.jpg

Here are the six things you need to know before heading out the door this Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on Turnpike in SW Miami-Dade]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:30:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102017+fatal+crash+turnpike+miami-dade.jpg

A deadly wrong-way crash closed part of Florida's Turnpike in southwest Miami-Dade for nearly four hours Friday morning, snarling traffic and forcing drivers off onto local roads into the morning rush hour.

All lanes along Florida's Turnpike between Southwest 216th Street and Caribbean Boulevard were blocked off by police after the crash happened around 4 a.m.

Florida High Patrol confirmed two people died as a result of the crash, which involved two cars and a Homestead Police prisoner transport van.

FHP officials said one of the drivers was killed at the scene, while another died at Jackson South Hospital. Three inmates who were in the van were also taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay.

Officials haven't released the names of the victims. No other details have been released.

Authorities are advising drivers to seek an alternative route if they're in the area.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Leaders React to Controversial Comments]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:26:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/South_Florida_Leaders_React_to_Controversial_Comments.jpg

For NBC 6, Andrea Cruz explains how South Florida leaders are reacting to controversial comments coming from the White House.

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<![CDATA[NFL Protests: Off-Duty Cops May Boycott Miami Dolphins Game]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:22:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-856235980.jpg


Off-duty police officers may not volunteer to provide security during the Miami Dolphins game on Sunday because players "disrespect" the United States and law enforcement when they kneel in protest, a police union official said.

Weeks turned into months and over a year has passed since Colin Kaepernick first knelt to protest what he described as racial injustice and brutality by law enforcement in the United States.

The long-running debate reignited in September when President Donald Trump said the NFL players who protest should be fired by team owners, citing they disrespect the flag.

Since that comment, dozens of NFL players have protested in various ways – either to also protest the same issues for which Kaepernick knelt, to protest Trump himself or both. Players have locked arms in unison and some have knelt.

The show of solidarity spread to Hollywood's celebrities and to other sports overseas, as Germany's Hertha Berlin soccer team also recently knelt to support the American football players.

However, opponents of the protests are as measurable as supporters.

"If the players are allowed to disrespect America. If they can choose to disrespect law enforcement, then law enforcement has the right to decide if they want to protect these players," John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association told NBC 6. "We as a union stand behind our members."

In a statement to Miami-Dade police officers, Rivera said: "working the game, or not working the game, is a personal choice and has at the very least the same level of freedom these 'entertainers' claim to express."

"The irony of all this is that they disrespect the very officers that are there to protect them, the team owners and the property they own. But, then again, hypocrisy seems to be rampant these days," Rivera added.

It is not clear how many volunteer off-duty officers will boycott Sunday's Miami Dolphins game against the New York Jets.

Even if there are fewer officers on the ground at the Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami-Dade Police Department said there should not be any concern over public safety.

"Any shortfall in volunteer officers does not necessarily indicate that the game will result in less safety," the police department told NBC 6 in a statement. "We are weighing alternate options with our law enforcement and security partners to accomplish the desired outcome."




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<![CDATA[It's Not Too Late to Protect Yourself After Equifax Breach]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:50:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*128/hackeo-equifax-1.jpg

A survey done a few weeks after the Equifax breach was announced found only one in four people checked their credit scores or reports because of it. And that survey by creditcards.com found 53 percent of people heard about the breach and did nothing about it.

But April Lewis-Parks with Consolidated Credit Counseling says it's not too late.

"They got social security numbers, birth dates, in some cases credit card numbers and driver license numbers," she said about the massive breach.

It's estimated hackers stole that information from more than 145 million people.

The first step you can take is to find out if your information was stolen. Click here to go to the page devoted to helping you find out. Make sure the page has an image of a padlock and the letters https in the URL address.

Scroll down until you see the words "Am I Impacted?"

You'll need to input your last name and last six digits of your social security number.

If it was, you can enroll in a free credit monitoring service that Equifax is offering free from a year on that same site.

Lewis-Parks also recommends doing a credit freeze.

"Equifax is giving everyone a free credit freeze for one year. You have to enroll by January to get the freeze. But then you should also freeze your credit with the other bureaus," she recommended.

Those other credit reporting agencies, Experian and Transunion, will charge you $10 each to freeze and unfreeze your credit.

"A freeze means no one will be able to get new credit in your name, without consulting you first," Lewis-Parks said.

Your current creditors will still have access to your credit report, but new lines of credit won’t be granted access to your report without your consent. The downside, the next time you ask for credit, there may be a delay.

"For instance, if you go to the store and they offer you a credit card, 10 percent off, 20 percent off, get the discount now, you might not be able to get that offer," she warned.

That’s because the credit agency will have to consult you and unfreeze your report to grant access to that new creditor.

"It delays the credit granting process with loans, also car loans, homes, things will just take a little longer," she said. "It won’t be as instant but to have the safety to know that you’re protected is well worth it.

Even people who weren't clients of Equifax could be impacted. But clients who pay for credit monitoring service through the company will not be charged for that service for now.

You should also keep an eye on bank statements. If you see a charge from Equifax, dispute it immediately.

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<![CDATA[Kelly 'Stunned' by Rep.'s Criticism of Trump's Call to Widow]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:36:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kelly_FULL-150844371186000002.jpg

White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday he was "stunned" and "broken hearted" by a Florida congresswoman woman's criticism of President Donald Trump's phone call to one of the families of Americans killed in Niger nearly two weeks ago.

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<![CDATA[President Trump Meets with Puerto Rico's Governor]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:50:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/President_Trump_Meets_with_Puerto_Rico_s_Governor.jpg

President Trump welcomed the Governor of Puerto Rico to the White House on Thursday. For NBC 6, Andrea Cruz reports.

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<![CDATA[History of Florida Memorial University]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:48:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/History_of_Florida_Memorial_University.jpg

NBC 6 Reporter Darryl Forges is at Florida Memorial University, where he explains the history of the university.

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<![CDATA[Fecal Bacteria Levels at Collins Park Beach Too High]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:57:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101917+Miami+Beach.jpg

Think again if you're planning a beach day at Collins Park Beach near 21st Street, as Miami-Dade officials warn of an excess of fecal bacteria in the water.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Health on Thursday issued a swimming advisory in which it said it collected two consecutive samples at the beach that exceed the federal and state recommended standard for enterococci bacteria.

The standard is 70 colony forming units per 100-milliliter sample. A forming unit is what is used to estimate the number of visible bacteria or fungal cells within a sample.

"The advisory issued recommends not swimming at this location at this time," the health department said in a statement. "The results of the sampling indicate that water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals."

Since 2002, Miami-Dade's health department has been conducting marine beach water quality monitoring at 17 locations, which are selected depending from the number of visitors who swim there and that location's proximity to pollution sources.

Enterococci bacteria are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals and can cause diseases, infections or illnesses for humans such as urinary tract infections and, though less frequently, meningitis and pneumonia.

"The prevalence of enteric bacteria is an indicator of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage," the department said.

The health department did not detail how long the advisory would last.



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<![CDATA[Mother of Delray Beach Woman Missing at Sea Shares Pain]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:07:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101917+Mother+Speaks.jpg

Amparo Alvarez is living with a broken heart. But while she waits for the FBI to reveal what they think happened to her daughter, Isabella Hellmann, who disappeared off her husband Lewis Bennett's boat, Bennett is asking a judge to presume Isabella dead.

"I feel that they should not declare her dead because we have not been given anything," said Alvarez in Spanish, referring to the FBI investigation.

Back in May when Isabella disappeared, Bennett told the U.S. Coast Guard his wife was keeping watch on his boat while he was sleeping. He said he was jolted out of bed when the boat hit a submerged object. He looked for Isabella, but told the Coast Guard she was gone and the boat was taking on water. Bennett loaded his backpack onto a life raft and abandoned the boat. He was later rescued by the Coast Guard.

Alvarez said she didn't know if she believed Bennett's story. She said no, but she couldn't think something bad about someone who was so good. However, she said that she feels Bennett has changed since Isabella's disappearance.

"I never thought he was going to take my granddaughter away just 15 days after, without knowing anything about Isabella. That has been very hard for us," said Alvarez in Spanish.

"It hurt my soul the day he took the baby and he left me on the floor fainting," she said referring to a May 28 incident documented by police where Bennett went to the family's home to collect his daughter's things and take the baby.

Court documents suggest Bennett's lawyer plans to present the judge with the Coast Guard's findings that calculated, based on Isabella physical traits, she could not have functioned more than 13 hours in the conditions present during her disappearance or survived more than 120 hours.

Usually in Florida, a person has to be missing for 5 years before presumed dead. Alvarez said she doesn't know why Bennett is trying to get this done quickly.

Isabella went missing on May 15. The Coast Guard suspended its search for her on May 18 and on May 19 the Coast Guard sent Bennett a letter responding to his request to presume her dead, notifying him the U.S. Coast Guard is not authorized to do that.

Alvarez does not want a judge to presume Isabella dead. She is hoping to see her granddaughter again, but doesn't know where the baby is. Bennett is in jail awaiting trial on a federal charge accusing him of transporting stolen coins. Before his arrest, Hellmann's family wrote to him in England to try and visit the baby for her first birthday, but say he never responded just sent them a few photos of Emelia.

"Please help me. I need help to get my granddaughter back, have her given to me. And a reason, what happened to my daughter?" said Alvarez.

A judge is set to hear Bennett's petition to presume Isabella Hellmann dead on Thursday morning. Bennett is expected to stand trial in December in Key West.

This article comes courtesy of WPTV.

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<![CDATA[Open Casting Call for McConaughey Movie Filming in Miami]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:27:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/JAYTESTpicture1.jpg

If you’ve ever wanted to be in a movie, now is your chance. “The Beach Bum” starring Matthew McConaughey is casting in South Florida and are looking for you to be in their next film.

Casting agency Talent Powerhouse are looking for all types of people to fill a variety of roles in the film, including beach bums, courtroom extras, hospital extras, kids and teens of all ages and many more.

The film is described as an “irreverent comedy that follows the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large.”

For more information on the casting call such as locations, pay rates, requirements and contact information, click here



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<![CDATA[FBI Looking for Woman Who Robbed Miami Bank]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:05:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101917+woman+robs+miami+bank+of+america.jpg

The FBI is searching for a woman who robbed a bank in downtown Miami Thursday.

Officials said the woman entered the Bank of America at 150 W. Flagler Street just after 2:30 p.m. and demanded money from an employee.

No one was injured and the amount taken wasn't released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000.



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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know- Lyft Driver Arrested, NBC 6 Cafe]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Capture286.JPG

Here are the six things you need to know before heading out the door this Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[1-Year-Old Taken to the Hospital After Near Drowning]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:34:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/237*120/pool+water+swimming+drowning+generic.JPG

Fire rescue crews responded to a home in Hollywood, after a 1-year-old was found at the bottom of a pool.

The incident happened Thursday morning at the 5000 block of Jackson Street in Hollywood.

According to officials, the child has been pulled from the bottom of the pool by the time rescue crews arrived.

The child was in cardiac arrest and crews began to perform CPR on the child.

He was taken to the hospital, where his condition is unknown. 



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<![CDATA[Responds: How to Avoid Being Scammed on Amazon]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:04:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/Amazon+Avoid+Being+Scammed+Responds.JPG

Be careful of how you pay for your items when shopping online, including on the popular Amazon website. There are more than 2 million third-party vendors on the online retail store. Here are some tips to help you avoid being scammed.

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<![CDATA[Cooler Weather in The Forecast For South Florida Next Week]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:38:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/010612+cold+weather+miami+man+fishing+generic.jpg

Though you won’t be digging out the thick sweaters and making hot chocolate, South Florida will notice a dip in the temperature come next week.

The first autumn cold front - and possibly an end to the rainy season - is on the horizon for South Florida around the middle of next week. The cold front itself is just entering the Pacific Northwest. It will track across the United States through the weekend and team up with a second cold front early next week.

These two fronts should have enough of a push to not just clear South Florida, but bring some really nice weather. Exact timing of the cold front will determine our highest rain chances, but right now it looks to be Tuesday into Wednesday.

Behind the front we’ll get into northwesterly winds and that could allow us to enjoy highs in the 70s toward the end of next work week, but no doubt lower humidity and lower rain chances.



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<![CDATA[Lyft Driver Accused of Molesting Minor Confesses: Police]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:09:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101917+julio+perez.jpg

The Lyft driver accused of molesting a minor confessed to the offense and admitted to believing the victim was 12 years old, officials said.

Julio C. Perez, 43, was arrested in Hialeah Wednesday night on an out-of-county warrant, Davie Police officials said.

According to the warrant, Perez was working as a Lyft driver on Tuesday when the victim, a 16-year-old boy, requested a ride from his school through the Lyft app.

"He's a pervert. That's what he is. He's a pervert," the victim's mother said. "Emotionally, I'm a wreck ... I'm feeling helpless."

Perez drove the teen home but about 10 minutes later, knocked on his door. Perez began making advances toward the teen, telling him he was very attractive and asking him if he liked boys, the warrant said.

The warrant said Perez caressed the teen's face and leaned in to kiss him on the mouth. The teen, fearing Perez would force his way in, let Perez inside the home, the warrant said.

Perez "was able to coerce his way into getting into the residence. Once inside the residence he forced the boy to perform oral sex on him," Davie Police Cpt. Dale Engle said.

While they were inside the home, Perez sexually battered the teen, the warrant said. Before Perez left the home, he left a business card, telling the teen he'd like to pick him up from school again, the warrant said.

"Emotionally, I'm a wreck. I haven't gone to work in three days already," the teen's mom told NBC 6 Thursday. "I have to go pick my son from school every day. My son doesn't feel safe anymore. It's just horrible."

Perez, who has been charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor, was being held in the Miami-Dade jail Thursday. Attorney information wasn't available.

"We are horrified by these allegations. We deactivated the driver as soon as this was reported, and stand ready to support the passenger and his family," Lyft said in a statement Thursday. "We are currently in contact with law enforcement and have offered our full assistance and cooperation."

The victim's mother said Lyft should have properly screened Perez. Despite the horror, she is glad her son told her what happened.

"I wish Lyft would've done a better background check, especially if he's a predator," she said. "I think my son had the guts and the courage to come to me and tell me everything that had happened and he is my hero. My son is my hero."



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<![CDATA[Student Honored After Overcoming Tragedy to Teach Tolerance]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:37:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Student_Overcomes_Obstacles_to_Encourage_Inclusiveness.jpg

Nearly a dozen Miami-Dade students were honored by a program that works to build and reinforce positive relationships between police officers and young people.

One of those being recognized by the Do The Right Thing organization is Guychar Nicaisse, a fifth grader at Eneida Hartner Elementary School. But the amazing thing about her story is how she got to this point – as some say she's not even supposed to be here.

“She was only three and a wall fell on her from her house during the 2010 Haitian earthquake, and she was paralyzed,” said the organization’s executive director, Jodi Atkison.

Guychar and her family immediately moved to the United States, but they had to overcome more adversity - including living in a shelter for six months while they strived to adjust to a new country.

When you meet Guychar, you would never know what she's been through. Her laugh, hugs, and warmth lights up a room every time she walks in, which she says she gets it from her mother.

“She's always there no matter what, and tells me to put those things away and think on the bright side,” said Guychar.

Thinking on the bright side to use her experiences and to help her peers, Guychar is an advocate for those being bullied. She uses a million dollar smile, and that love she receives from her loving mother to help others.

“Even if they're little, they can do anything,” Guychar said. “Anything can happen and be possible for them.”

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<![CDATA[USCG Searching for Man Who Went Missing Near Boynton Beach]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:13:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/US-Coast-Guard-Generic.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing while swimming near Boynton Beach early Thursday.

Officials say 21-year-old Amantay Brown was swimming with his girlfriend when they were separated around 3 a.m., officials said. Brown was last seen wearing blue shorts and no shirt.

Crews from the Coast Guard and Palm Beach Fire Rescue and sheriff's office were searching for Brown by sea and by air.

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<![CDATA[Young Miami Fan Trolls FSU Players During School Visit]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:38:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/101917+miami+kid+trolls+fsu.JPG

After getting their first win over the rival Florida State Seminoles this decade, fans of the Miami Hurricanes have been vocal in letting their friends know who they root for.

Apparently, even FSU football players, officials and even one of their mascots weren’t safe during a recent visit to a Tallahassee school.

After a pizza party event at the elementary school, players and others posed for a group photo with the kids. Orlando Sentinel beat writer Safid Deen captured video of the event – where one kid decided to put up “The U” famous with fans of the Canes.

Miami defeated FSU 24-20 on October 7th, scoring a touchdown with six seconds left to break a seven game losing streak to the Noles. The eighth ranked Hurricanes will look to stay unbeaten this week when they take on Syracuse inside Hard Rock Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.



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<![CDATA[White Nationalist Event at the University of Florida]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:37:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-863110446.jpg

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<![CDATA[Air Berlin Pilots Suspended After Risky Fly-By Farewell]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/859804628-Air-Berlin-Dusseldorf.jpg

An Air Berlin's low-flying, ceremonial fly-by over the airline's hub in Dusseldorf got its pilots suspended, Reuters reported.

They reportedly wanted to mark the insolvent airline's last long-haul flight, which originated in Miami, when they took the A330 jet in a "go-around" maneuver with a sharp bank over the terminal on Monday. The airline said they were suspended on Wednesday.

"In aviation, safety always comes first. We are taking the incident very seriously," an Air Berlin spokesman said.

A pilot for a different carrier said that the maneuver "an unnecessary risk," though one of the pilots told German broadcaster ZDF that he wanted to give "a dignified and emotional goodbye."



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<![CDATA[Fort Lauderdale Man Charged in Alleged Sexual Assault]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101917+james+hodge+mugshot.jpg

Police in Fort Lauderdale have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a woman outside an apartment complex earlier this month.

Officials say 41-year-old James Hodge was arrested Thursday morning and charged with sexual battery by force.

According to the police report, the victim told police she was walking in the early morning hours of October 5th on Middle River Drive and Northeast 26th Street when a man jumped out, tackled and assaulted her in the lawn of a nearby apartment complex.

Detectives say when she screamed or tried to fight him, he threatened to kill her.

Police obtained and released video earlier this week of a car, described as an older Ford Crown Victoria, that they identified as the one allegedly driven by Hodge before the attack.

Police said he was arrested at an auto shop where he works in Fort Lauderdale. Hodge is a registered sex offender, having served 10 years in federal prison before being released in 2011 for having sex with a minor in 2000 while living in Coral Springs.

Hodge later violated his probation in 2011 and was arrested again, being placed on probation again - which ended in 2013. He is being held on $750,000 bond Thursday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[Tri-Rail Train Crash With Car Causing Delays in Hollywood]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/101917+hollywood+car+vs.+train.JPG

Police are advising drivers to stay away from one busy Hollywood intersection after a collision between a Tri-Rail train and a car Thursday morning.

Hollywood Police and Broward Sheriff’s Office say the train and car collided shortly after 8 a.m. on Pembroke Road near I-95.

So far, no injuries have been reported but heavy delays are expected.

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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Votes to Close Sand Access Earlier ]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:32:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami_Beach_Votes_to_Close_Sand_Access_Two_Hours_Earlier.jpg

Miami Beach commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to close the city’s sandy white beaches two hours earlier.

Beachgoers will soon be barred from the sand on Miami Beach after 10 p.m., rather than at midnight, and will reopen to visitors at 5 a.m.

Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez says that the new curfew will reduce late night crimes on the beach that target tourists and residents. The curfew will also help protect beach wildlife from harm.

A 300-pound endangered sea turtle was mowed down on the shore of Miami Beach by an ATV in the middle of the night on Miami Beach in June.

The new beach curfew will go into effect next Oct. 28.

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<![CDATA[Afro Pick Sculpture Unveiled in the Heart of Opa-Locka]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:02:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101817_afro_pick_statueOpaLocka.jpg

“All power to all people.”

That message is encapsulated in a new, bold statue erected in the City of Opa-Locka Tuesday.

An 8-foot tall sculpture of an afro pick was unveiled in the heart of the community at the Town Center Apartments along Aladdin Street.

The grooming utensil, which is used in everyday life, is now larger than life. Since the 70s, the black fist afro pick has been a cultural icon. The fist represents black pride and identity.


Hank Willis Thomas is the internationally known artist behind the sculpture. Most of his art installations reflect on identity, history and pop culture.

“I wanted to put something in the public that forced people to ask questions. ‘Why is this important to someone? Why is it preserved? How do I as a person relate to it?’” Thomas said at Tuesday’s unveiling. 

Thomas’ piece in Opa-Locka represents values of community and resistance to oppression.

“Hopefully, it’ll bring people to talk....[become] a locus for people to come to,” Thomas said.

The Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation commissioned the statue. The group hopes “The Pick” will encourage more open discussion about race and racial identity.

The afro pick sculpture is one of many initiatives the Opa-Locka CDC sponsors in effort to revitalize the city.

Opa-Locka is not the first city to host the "The Pick" statue. The same 800-lb sculpture created by Thomas was installed in Philadelphia back in September.



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<![CDATA[Florida Sheriff's Office Issues Creepy Clown Warning]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-615688730.jpg

A Florida sheriff’s office has issued a warning to “creepy clowns” after a young boy was nearly attacked by someone wearing a red foam nose and rainbow-painted face.

The 11-year-old boy was approached by the suspicious clown while riding his bike north along Howland Boulevard on Oct. 16. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the clown jumped at the boy from behind some bushes and attempted to grab him. No physical contact was made, but the victim was afraid the clown would hurt him, the department said.

In an act of self-defence, the boy grabbed a metal selfie stick and hit the clown several times. The clown retreated back into the bushes after being struck.

The boy notified the school crossing guard and teachers about what happened. An officer surveyed the area and checked the surrounding bushes, but did not find the clown.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office issued the following warning:

“Warning to evil clowns and anyone considering creepy clown activity: We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well.”

The act of dressing up as a clown and encroaching upon unsuspecting victims is a sinister trend that made headlines last year. In Florida, sightings were reported in Ocala, Palm Beach, Gainesville, Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and several other Florida cities.

The clown was reported wearing a green long-sleeved shirt, black pants and black boots.




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<![CDATA[Cosmic Collision Strikes Gold with Scientists]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:36:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cosmic_Collision_Strikes_Gold_with_Scientists.jpg

First Alert Meteorologist Angie Lassman explains how a cosmic collision affects our jewelry.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Decry 'Nazi Hate' at White Nationalist's Speech]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:27:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-863078442.jpg

Crowds of demonstrators gathered at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville Thursday, holding signs and chanting anti-Nazi slogans in protest of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Hundreds of police officers stood outside the UF Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to prevent violence. 

Anti-Spencer protesters shouted, "Not in our town! Not in our state! We don't want your Nazi hate!"

Inside the venue, dozens of officers in riot gear stood guard around the auditorium. Throughout the event, protesters tried to drown out Spencer's speech, chanting "go home Spencer" and "black lives matter."   

Spencer, who preaches a fiery brand of politics and looks to preserve a white majority in America, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August that left one counter demonstrator dead and several others injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other top state officials urged people to ignore Spencer and his event. On Tuesday, Scott even declared a state of emergency to direct resources to ensure the community's safety during the event.

"The values of our universities are not shared by Mr. Spencer, the National Policy Institute or his followers," UF President W. Kent Fuchs said in a taped message earlier this week. "Our campuses are places where people from all races, origins and religions are welcome and or treated with love."

Fuchs estimates the school will spend $600,000 on security for Spencer's speech. The school has called in hundreds of law enforcement officers from federal, state, county and city sources. Streets will be blocked off, and movement around the campus tightly controlled.

The president said Spencer is "hijacking" public universities — which are compelled by the First Amendment to provide a speaking forum — and forcing taxpayers to pay the resulting security costs. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government, in this case a public university, cannot charge speakers for security costs.

Earlier in the day, Spencer got into a heated exchange with NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders during a press conference before his speaking event.

Spencer denied Sanders claim that he would "only allow my extremist supporters into the audience" and demanded a retraction.

Sanders reported on the "Today" show Thursday that Spencer had 700 tickets to distribute for the event and would "only give them to those who believe in his extremist beliefs." 

"I have said the exact opposite of that on multiple occasions to many reporters," Spencer said. "So, one of two things happened: You were ignorant of this and you didn't do suitable research, which is understandable, I've certainly made lots of mistakes. Or you lied. So I'm curious, which of those two things happened."

Spencer initially refused to take questions until Sanders retracted his statement, to which the reporter responded, "Let’s try this: Tick tock. People are here to hear you speak."

The school initially said it would not approve an application for the speech from the National Policy Institute before reversing course, saying while they disapprove of Spencer’s message, he has a First Amendment right to speak at the public university.

The leader of the conservative alt-right movement recently spoke of his First Amendment right and his upcoming speech in Gainesville.

"This is where the rubber hits the road, this is where free speech is really meaningful," he said in an alt-right podcast online. "It's not just some abstract concept. I mean every single American citizen, if you ask them, 'Do you support free speech?' 99.9 percent of them say ‘Yes, of course we love free speech.'"

Spencer's National Policy Institute is paying $10,564 to rent space for the speaking event.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Butch Davis' First Year as FIU Football Coach]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Butch_Davis__First_Year_as_FIU_Football_Coach.jpg

NBC 6 Sports Reporter Chris Fischer talks about Butch Davis' first year as football coach at FIU.

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<![CDATA[Two People Shot and Killed While Driving in NW Miami-Dade]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:36:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/101817+nwmd+shooting.jpg

Two people inside a car were shot and killed inside a South Florida neighborhood.

Gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon near I-95 and Northwest 79th Street.

According to police, shots were fired into a silver Nissan Sentra as it was moving, killing both men inside. The car traveled about half a block before running into hurricane debris.

“I like to be outside. I’m a nocturnal type of person and it’s getting to the point that I can’t even be in my yard or have my grandchildren come over and be with me outside,” said Olga, a resident who heard the gunfire. “Today’s bad guy went right in front of my house.”

Witnesses told police they saw another car at the time the incident happened.

Police don’t have any suspects and don’t know if the shots came from another car or someone on foot.

The public is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS if they have any information on this crime. 

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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - PR Governor Visits White House]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:37:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_PR_Governor_Visits_White_House.jpg

Before you start your Thursday, NBC 6 has the top six stories we are working on for you.

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<![CDATA[US Rep. Calls Trump a 'Liar,' Niger Attack His 'Benghazi']]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:33:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/AP_171284199158.jpg

Calling Donald Trump a "liar," U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson on Wednesday fiercely defended her statements over his call with a fallen U.S. soldier's widow. She is also demanding answers on the Niger attack in which her constituent and three other soldiers died, saying it will be "Mr. Trump's Benghazi."

Wilson gave several interviews in which she discussed Trump's call and also detailed the exemplary service of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, a Miami Gardens native.

Trump has been under heavy criticism after Wilson recounted her version of the conversation on Tuesday.

"I heard him say 'Well, you know ... I'm sure he knows that this is what he signed up for, but it still hurts,'" Wilson told "The View." "And the saddest part of this, he kept referring to La David as 'your guy.' He never called his name. It was almost as if he forgot his name, and that's what hurt the mother so badly, the wife, she said 'he doesn't even know his name.'"

Wilson said Trump had to be aware that there were multiple people who could have heard the conversation between him and Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow.

Wilson, Wilson's driver, the limousine driver, Johnson's aunt and uncle, Myeshia, and a U.S. Army official were all present in the car at the time of the call, Wilson recounted.

When Trump called, Myeshia had recently found out that her husband would not receive an open-casket funeral because of the condition of his body.

Wilson said Myeshia was "grief-stricken."

After hearing Trump's comment, Wilson said she demanded to speak to him.

"And they said 'No ... You can't speak with him. Why did you want to speak with him?' I said 'because I wanted to curse him out,'" Wilson added.

Wilson unapologetically responded when the ladies of "The View" mentioned Trump has denied making the comments.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to state: "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!"

Trump did not elaborate on what proof he could provide.

"President Trump is a liar. If he was taping the conversation, bring it on!" Wilson said.

A White House spokeswoman said later there was no recording of the call.

Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that she did hear the conversation and that Trump "did disrespect my son," also corroborating Wilson's account of the conversation.

In demanding answers about the attack that killed Johnson and three other U.S. special forces soldiers, Wilson said she wants to know why it took two days to discover his body, why he was not protected in an armored truck while traveling and why he had weapons weaker than those of the militants that carried out the deadly Oct. 4 ambush.

"This is going to be Mr. Trump's Benghazi because I cannot get the answers. Nobody can get the answers, and until we get those answers ... It is his Benghazi and this whole thing about what he said to the widow is a cover-up," Wilson said.

A GoFundMe page was created Monday in Myeshia's name to benefit her and the sergeant's kids' college funds. As of Wednesday night, it had raised more than $515,000.

On an earlier appearance on MSNBC, Wilson said Myeshia was "crying the whole time, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even remember his name.'"

"He was almost like joking. He said ... something to the fact that 'he knew what he was getting into when he signed up but I guess it hurts anyway," Wilson said. "You know – just matter of factly, that this is what happens, anyone who is signing up for military duty is signing up to die and that's the way we interpreted it. It was horrible. It was insensitive. It was absolutely crazy and unnecessary. I was livid."

When asked if she was complicit in politicizing the conversation about the deaths of soldiers, Wilson said she was just answering a question asked by the local press.

"Someone asked me a question. 'Did you hear the call? Tell us what you heard.' I told them what I heard. That's not politicizing anything. That was my constituent," Wilson said.

Wilson also further cemented her position on Wednesday by releasing an official statement.

“Despite President Trump’s suggestion that I have recanted my statement or misstated what he said, I stand firmly by my original account of his conversation with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson," Wilson wrote. "Moreover, this account has been confirmed by family members who also witnessed Mr. Trump’s incredible lack of compassion and sensitivity."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders strongly criticized Wilson's statements.

"The hardest job he has is making calls like that. I think it is appalling what the congresswoman has done in the way she's politicized this issue and the way she is trying to make this about something that it isn't," Sanders said Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Water Taxi Of Ft. Lauderdale Offers Special Before Boat Show]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:08:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-496019386.jpg

With the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show quickly approaching, Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale is offering discounted passes to attendees at the annual nautical event.

Guests can purchase an all-day Water Taxi pass for $15, according to a press release. The Water Taxi service is a popular option in navigating the boat show, as guests don’t have to worry about parking and have the ability to “hop on” and “hop off” at various locations.

The service begins one hour prior to the show and ends two hour after the show is finished. There are various routes, each with different stops. Pick-up locations are located at the Bahia Mar, Broward County Convention Center, Riverside, Doubletree and Pier 66. To see a complete map of routes and locations, click here.

The 58th annual boat show will take place from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5. Boats like runabouts, sportsfishers, center consoles, cabin cruisers, sailing yachts, catamarans and others will be on display during the event.

You can purchase Water Taxi tickets at the boat show’s official website here.



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<![CDATA[Employees Hospitalized After Propane Leak at Middle School]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:03:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/101817+miami+springs+middle+school+carbon+monoxide.JPG

Over a dozen employees of a Miami-Dade middle school were taken to the hospital after falling ill to what rescue crews said was a possible propane leak inside.

Crews responded to Miami Springs Middle School, located off Royal Poinciana Blvd., shortly after 11:30 a.m., where 14 employees were outside after the cafeteria was evacuated.

The adults complained of being nauseous, dizzy and experiencing fatigue. Miami-Dade County Public Schools said they were taken to the hospital, where their conditions are unknown, while no students were injured.

HazMat teams are investigating the scene and where the leak originated from.

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<![CDATA[Police: Coral Springs Middle Custodian Molests Teenager]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/101817+coral+springs+lewd+and+lascivious.jpg

A Coral Springs man is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

According to police, Robert Grant, 27, was a former flag football coach and he helped the victim with physical therapy, football and served as a mentor to the victim. Police said Grant established a bond of trust with the victim’s mother.

Grant is a custodian for Coral Springs Middle School and would serve as assistant coach in various school sports and served as a chaperone on field trips.

"He used to come to the classrooms and speak to the kids, so I guess a lot of kids like him and he was very well known," Marybeth Molina, a parent, said.

Police said Grant drove to Coral Springs Middle School on Saturday to help the victim with his Algebra homework.

Once they finished the Algebra homework, Grant allegedly instructed the victim to lie on the floor so that he could stretch him. That’s when police said Grant sexually assaulted the teenager.

The victim told police that Grant assaulted him several times after that. The victim said he was afraid to say anything because he didn’t know what Grant would do next and was in fear that Grant would kidnap him if he tried to stop him.

Police arrested Grant on Tuesday. Grant told police that he was on campus, helped the victim and assisted him with physical therapy activities. However, he denied all sexual allegations.

"He was actually my coach and I’ve seen him stretch other people and I feel like he did not do it, even though there are allegations against him I feel like he did not molest that child," Angelo Medrano, a student, said.

Grant is facing 11 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He’s being held on $100,000 bond.

"I always think someone is innocent until proven guilty," Wendy Sheppard, a parent, said.

The news of the arrest has caused concern among parents.

"You know, we are trusting our teachers and I like this school. My son and my daughter both go to this school. It’s really shocking," another parent identified as George said.

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