<![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 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:45 -0400 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:45 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Florida Girls Arrested for Torturing Rare Tortoise]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:01:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071714+gopher+tortoise+torture.jpg

Two teen girls accused of lighting a threatened gopher tortoise on fire and stomping it to death in a videotaped incident have been arrested, authorities said Friday.

Jennifer Emoke Green, 18 and a 15-year-old girl are facing charges of felony cruelty to animals and taking harassing and killing a gopher tortoise, a second-degree misdemeanor, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Videos posted on Facebook showed the Orange Park girls dousing the tortoise with a flammable fluid and laughing as the creature tries to get away from the flames.
 
A second video shows one of the girls stomping on the animal until its shell breaks and it's dead.

The FWC received a tip about the incident on July 15 and worked with the State Attorney’s Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in the investigation.

"We take these issues very seriously," Col. Calvin Adams, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement, said in a statement. "We appreciated the help from the public and our partners in working to protect our valuable natural resources."

Green faces up to five years in prison plus up to 60 days in jail and or a $500 fine on the misdemeanor charge. The 15-year-old is being prosecuted in the juvenile system.



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck By Car in Pembroke Pines]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:34:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072514+pedestrian+struck+pembroke+pines.jpg

A pedestrian was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was struck by a car in Pembroke Pines Friday morning.

The crash happened around 6:22 a.m. in the 800 block of Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines Police said.

According to police, 21-year-old Francisco Nunez was crossing the southbound lanes of Flamingo Road when he was struck by a 2001 Saturn driven by 68-year-old Evelio Munoz.

Nunez was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with serious injuries. Munoz stayed at the scene.

No charges are pending but police are investigating the crash.



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<![CDATA[Broward Animal Shelter Offers Adoption Incentives]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:25:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/discounted+pet+adoptions.jpg

Broward County Animal Care needs your help! 

The shelter is at capacity and is reaching out to the community by asking residents to adopt a dog or cat. 

As an added incentive, the shelter is featuring a special promotion -- adopt a pet and you will be able to determine your adoption fee -- either $4 or a waived adoption fee by playing “Plinko.”

The adoption fee includes full medical exam and vaccination, spaying/neutering, Broward County Rabies Registration Tag and microchip.  Broward County Animal Care is located at 1870 SW 39th Street, Fort Lauderdale. 

The shelter is open for adoption Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.  and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Mail Carrier Robbed of Key in North Miami]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022112+postal+workers+generic.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a mail carrier was robbed of her master key Thursday at an apartment complex in North Miami.

The robbery happened around 11 a.m. at the building at 127 Northeast 10th Avenue as the letter carrier was delivering mail.

The woman was approached by two men who demanded the key and fled the scene. The letter carrier was shaken up but not physically injured, officials said.

Thieves use the keys to sell them to criminals who look for mail with credit card offers, or they have already applied for credit cards and try to intercept them at the addresses, officials said.

"What they want is to have access to that mail that they have stolen or acquired, they will mail it to an abandoned house, apartment and have some type of control over it," Postal Inspector Ivan Ramirez said. "On this situation unfortunately they got access to a device so they can monitor what kind of mail comes to this address."

Detectives handed out flyers in the area of the robbery Friday in the hopes of finding the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
 



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<![CDATA[Cyclist Left For Dead in Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:53:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072514+mohamed+anwer.jpg

Police are looking for the driver of an SUV that struck a man on a bicycle and left him for dead on a Pembroke Pines street.

Mohamed Anwer, 22, was cycling to his home in Hollywood when he was struck by a black Range Rover in the westbound bicycle lane of 6300 Pines Boulevard around 1:15 a.m. Monday, Pembroke Pines Police said.

The vehicle fled the scene. Anwer suffered extensive injuries and was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Anwer's father, Mohammed Ahmed, said his son suffered fractures to his skull, face, hip and leg, but said he's responding to family members and hopefully getting better.

"We have a big, big, huge community support," he said. "People are praying for him and it's working."

Police said the 2003-2005 Range Rover has front end damage, possibly on the passenger side. Anyone with information is asked to call Pembroke Pines Police at 954-431-2200.



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<![CDATA[Infant's Death in Lauderdale Lakes Suspicious: BSO]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:55:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072514+suspicious+death+infant+lauderdale+lakes.jpg

Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of an infant found in a bathtub in a Lauderdale Lakes home Thursday.

Deputies discovered the infant in the bathroom of a home in the 2900 block of Northwest 44th Terrace after receiving a 911 call around 4:15 p.m., the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Nickashae Beckford, 25, who lives at the home with her mother and stepfather, told deputies she had a miscarriage a few days before the infant was found.

The infant's remains were taken to the Broward Medical Examiner for an autopsy, and no arrests have been made. Detectives are investigating it as a suspicious death, the BSO said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Mostly Sunny Friday and Weekend]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:48:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072514+weekend+weather+miami.jpg

A chance for isolated showers remains in the South Florida forecast Friday but a better weekend is ahead.

There should be plenty of sunshine at the beaches with storms staying inland. Highs will be around 89.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with a chance for a few showers. Sunday will be mostly sunny yet again, with highs in the lower 90s.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Pembroke Pines Shooting]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:18:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pembrokeshootingpines.jpg

A man died following a shooting in Pembroke Pines Thursday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 9 p.m. in the 10600 block of Southwest 8th Street, Pembroke Pines Police said.

According to police, Rodney Gray, 47, had been involved in an altercation with 45-year-old Rodney Paul.

During the altercation, Paul pulled out a handgun and fired three times, hitting Gray twice in the upper torso, police said.

Gray was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he later died.

Neighbors said they heard five quick shots and a woman screaming. Another neighbor said they overheard a woman crying in a police car.

No charges have been filed but the incident remains under investigation, police said.

Stay with NBC 6 and NBC6.com for the latest updates.



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<![CDATA[Missing Woman Found in Hospital After Beating]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:51:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/maggyalvarez.jpg

The family of Maggy Alvarez, 34, has been looking for her for nearly a week. But after fearing the worst, Alvarez was found where she had been all week, in the hospital after being brutally beaten.

"It's a nightmare for any mother to go through,” Alina Alvarez said. “You don't know where your daughter is. You don't know if she's alive. If she's dead. And I was beginning to think she was dead."

Wednesday, a police officer came to the Alvarez’s door and they were shocked when the officer said Maggy had been at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center since last Friday after being severely beaten.

"A lot of back injuries, scrapes, burns,” Alina said of the injuries. “I'm not sure what they are because I'm not sure what they did."

Maggy, the family was told, nearly went into kidney failure as a result of her injuries. She was last seen in her Little Havana home before turning up in the hospital.

"I think some nice lady passing by, and she got to call 911,” Alina said. “I don't think if she called 911, who knows what would happen."

Maggy did not want to speak on camera. Her mother said it’s because she’s terrified after being the victim of the beating.

"She's not doing good,” Alina said. “She doesn't remember anything. She's bruised up and she's scared.”

The missing persons case filed by the family is now solved. But what neither police nor Maggy’s family has been able to figure out is how she ended up on the receiving end of such a beating and how she got to the hospital.

"Yeah, I think something suspicious happened,” Alina said. “I don't know who did it or why they did it but it would be great if whoever saw anything, knows anything would come forward and say something."

If you know anything about the case, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).



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<![CDATA[911 Calls from Wrong-Way Wreck Released]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:31:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/norman+mello.jpg

Nearly a week after 42-year-old Norman Mello was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver on I-95, law enforcement released the 911 calls that showed the harrowing moments just after the accident.

911: "How many people are hurt?"
Caller: "2! 2! 2!"
911: "2 people"
Caller: "The motorcyclist and the girl that’s driving the car."
911: "Ok. Are they, are they both....listen to me.....Listen to me sir I need you to let, let me know what’s going on. Are they both completely awake?"
Caller: "Yes, an accident they got in an accident”
911: "I know that, I understand that but are they both completely awake?"
Caller: "The woman is awake I don’t know about the guy. They guy I don’t think he."

The he referenced in the call turned out to be Mello. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Mello was riding his motorcycle last Saturday on I-95 South near the 836/Dolphin Expressway. FHP said that’s when 20-year-old Varissa Vargas was driving the wrong way in the express lanes and hit Mello head-on.

Caller: "There’s like, yeah there's like six cars are stopped. There’s 10 people trying to get him out of the car because he like flipped through the car...and there’s a man, a police officer now helping to break the window."

Mello was actually approximately four car lengths behind an SUV that swerved to miss Vargas’ car first. Norman had little time to react and when the motorcycle hit the car, Mello’s body went through the windshield and into the back seat of Vargas’ car where he died.

Megan Herff said, "He’s an amazing person. He did everything for everyone but himself."

Megan said she was one of Norman’s best friends, but his pit bull Diamond was everything, calling the dog “his absolute world.”

Herff said the wrong-way accident is a tragedy and started an online petition to send a letter to Governor Rick Scott demanding the state makes changes that will make it impossible for drivers to go the wrong way.

Herff said, "Yeah it could be prevented by putting spikes on the road or putting signs that are bright enough that will catch attention. Not just strips saying wrong way."

Friday there will be a memorial ride in Norman’s honor. So far at least a hundred people are expected to attend.

As for the wrong way driver, no charges have been filed. FHP said it’s awaiting a toxicology report and that she was transported to JMH trauma. NBC 6 tried getting her side of the story, but the hospital says it has no record of her being there.

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<![CDATA[The Truth About Recycling]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:14:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/recyclingmiamidade.jpg

We haul our plastics to the curb to be picked up and recycled, but that does not mean every item will get a second life.

Yolanda Dilella feels good about her weekly recycling routine. She packs the blue bin with everything from newspapers to plastic coke bottles.

“I want my children to have a better future and have more land and not have all these landfills that are using up all our space,” Dilella said. “So I think it’s important to reuse things.”

But to Dilella’s surprise, Team 6 Investigators discovered several items in her bin won’t get recycled, including a plastic bottle that once contained pool chemicals.

“Very surprising…but I guess the residue or the elements that were inside would be a problem,” said Dilella.

Dilella is right, home chemical containers for items such as paint, lighter fluid and other flammables cannot be recycled because of the toxic residue. A plastic bag in Dilella’s bin won’t get recycled either.

Debbie Matthews, with the environmental group Sierra Club Florida, says putting plastic bags in recycling bins is a common mistake.

“You’re wasting your time, you’re wasting your energy and you’re thinking you’re doing good, but you’re really not,” Matthews said. “You’re making it harder for everyone.”

The problem is bags get tangled up in recycling machines and shut down entire plants, as do hoses and electrical cords. Folks at Miami-Dade County’s Waste Management Department say up to 30% of what’s collected from homes can’t be recycled.

Residents put just about everything into their recycling bin, and that literally includes the kitchen sink. It leaves recycling centers making many unusual finds.

“Some of the craziest things are--we’ve seen a bowling ball, we’ve seen actually an unexploded grenade come through and those are not only wrong they’re very dangerous for our workers,” said Dawn McCormick with Waste Management Inc. of Florida, the company that collects recyclables for Miami-Dade County.

At recycling plants, items are sorted and prepared for the next step: delivery to a buyer. For instance, soda cans will become new cans and a ton of paper will be sold to China for $100. But not all will plastics will be recycled.

Even though the container has that small recycling triangle on it, it’s actually the tiny resin number inside the triangle that will help determine its fate. The plastics with numbers 1 and 2 are easily sold—for instance water bottles can be turned into completely new products such as t-shirts.

But numbers 3 through 7 are harder to sell and without a buyer they often end up back at a landfill. In fact, some community recycling programs only want homeowners to place plastics in the recycle bin if it has a narrow neck—which are the easily sold plastics such as soda bottles and milk jugs.

Recyclers say when residents send in too many plastics that aren’t part of a community recycling program; it can contaminate an otherwise marketable load of plastic. While recyclers say they’re always looking for new markets for all plastics; they say the real key is using less, especially water bottles.

“Kick the plastic habit. While there is a place for them (water bottles) to go and be recycled there is still just too many of them,” said Patti Hamilton, a spokesperson with Southern Waste Systems in Broward.

Since plastic is made out of petroleum, McCormick says preserving plastic helps our environment in more ways than one.

“Recycling one ton of plastic, for instance, saves 16 barrels of oil,” says McCormick.

And there’s room for South Floridians to do more for the environment. According to Miami-Dade County, South Floridians produce about 10 pounds of waste per person every day —that’s about double the national average. A waste management study in 2010 showed more than half (52%) of what was thrown out had the potential to be recycled.

In Miami-Dade, much of that garbage will end up at a plant, 1.2 million tons each year, burned at the incinerator. And while the energy produced at the waste-to-energy plant will power approximately 30,000 homes, 100,000 tons of ash will remain with a landfill in West Miami-Dade becoming its permanent home.

But there are ways to make sure those troublesome plastics are recycled. Plastic bags will be recycled if you place them in the recycle bin at your grocery store and that includes bread and newspaper bags, dry cleaning sleeves and even the plastic packaging wrap found in many products.

The pharmacy at Publix will also take your prescription bottles. At Whole Foods Market, some stores are recycling plastics with the number five on them which includes containers for items like yogurt, sour cream, butter and paper cup lids.

The bottom line is consumers passionate about recycling have to do a little bit of homework because some community recycling programs want residents to send in all sorts of plastics, while others are more selective.



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<![CDATA[Miami Commission Pitches Hiring 100 More Cops]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic+money+new.jpg

While Miami-Dade County is discussing possible layoffs of cops and rescue workers, Miami Commissioners told Mayor Tomas Regalado to try to bring back a proposal to hire 100 new police officers, according to the Miami Herald.

If the measure passed, it would increase the size of Miami’s police force to roughly 1,300, the Herald reported. City commissioners voted to hire 95 officers last year, but haven’t been able to fill all of the positions.

The commission did complicate matters by setting the city’s tax rate which will drop to approximately $8.38 per $1,000 of a property assessed value, the Herald reported. Much like with the county, once the rate is set, it can be lowered, but it can’t be raised.

The Herald reported that city manager Daniel Alfonso said hiring 20 officers was more responsible. Alfonso said the city would have a $17 million surplus from the current fiscal year and could get another $13 million from a referendum in the fall, according to the Herald.



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<![CDATA[Cancer Organization Founder Arrested on Multiple Charges]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:07:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/haaacfounderbondcourt.jpg

Jacques Calixte has been the face of the Haitian American Association Against Cancer, but Thursday he was in a Miami-Dade County Court facing a litany of charges surrounding the organization that he founded.

The charges range from grand theft to organized fraud and many others. Authorities first became suspicious of Calixte’s work when his organization moved out of its Wynwood office due to what Calixte said was a lack of funds.

The Florida Department of Health provided the HAAAC with over $400,000 of state funds to help people get access to free cancer screenings. But, investigators said Calixte did little to help others and instead pocketed money himself.

Authorities said Calixte should have taken a $35,000 salary for his work. Instead, the DOH said Calixte bilked taxpayers for over $287,000. The alleged theft was discovered found following an audit of the organization.

Investigators said Calixte fabricated medical reports with doctors’ signatures, billing invoices, and even employee payroll checks. The arrest warrant said that attempts to reach the women who were purported to have received benefits of the program revealed that most of the women could not be established as being real people.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused in Louis Salgar Death Appears in Court]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/raul+reinosa.jpg

The man accused of killing a popular South Florida bartender appeared in Miami-Dade court Thursday.

Raul Reinosa, 51, is charged with second degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Louis Salgar.

Salgar, a bartender at the Broken Shaker and a musician, was found dead inside his home at Northeast 86th Street and 8th Court last month. Police said Salgar's roommate found the 28-year-old's lifeless body around 3 p.m. on June 24.

Police said Reinosa broke into Salgar's home looking for food. When he heard Salgar arrive home, Reinosa hid in a closet with a gun he found in the home, according to an arrest affidavit.

Salgar opened the closet and Reinosa pistol whipped him before shooting him three times, according to the affidavit.

Police said Reinosa then took Salgar's car, a Honda Civic, and fled. At some point, police said Reinoso sold Salgar's laptop to an undercover officer for crack cocaine. He later drove north on Interstate 95 towards Palm Beach. As he was driving, he fell asleep and crashed into a tree, police said. From there, Reinosa reportedly ran from the scene, stole a bicycle from a front porch and left the scene.

Reinosa was arrested July 11th in St. Augustine and extradited to Miami-Dade County.

Jail records show Reinosa is being held in Miami-Dade jail without bond. He was appointed a public defender to represent him in the case.

Reinosa is also waiting to be extradited to California where he faces charges on a fugitive warrant.



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<![CDATA[Sports League in Middle of FIU Expansion Plans]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:04:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tamiamibasketball.jpg

Last week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously agreed that Florida International University should expand on the youth fairgrounds. The Fair currently leases the land next to FIU and would have to find a new home, along with other groups who have nothing to do with the Fair or FIU.

The Tamiami Youth Basketball league has been in operation at the Fair’s Expo Center for almost 43 years. It’s a home away from home for more than 1,500 kids who dream of landing a spot in the NBA or the WNBA.

But being in the Fair’s Expo Center could be problematic if FIU expands.

“Tamiami basketball, through Tamiami Parks, has an agreement with the youth fair to utilize this facility for our basketball league,” said Oscar Farinas, president of the Tamiami Basketball League. “We don’t really know what will happen to us.”

In a letter to the FIU community, university president Mark Rosenberg said FIU will propose a plan that will still allow for all of the Tamiami Park activities like youth baseball and basketball to remain on the land.

Baseball wouldn’t be impacted by the deal because the fields are on property that isn’t leased to the fair. However, the Expo Center sits right in the middle of the disputed land. It’s left Farinas uncertain about the future of the league.

“Obviously if FIU does take over everything and they do tear down the facility, our kids will have no place to play at this stage,” Farinas said.

Miami-Dade Parks may have a partial solution. The Parks Department told the league that there is a piece of land available to build a facility to house the league. However, there is no funding to build the facility at this time.

Miami-Dade County administrators are expected to recommend a new site for the Youth Fair by September 3rd.



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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: What to Buy at Costco]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:06:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/494303693.jpg

Looking to load up on bargains at a warehouse store? Joining Costco can lead to big savings in your household budget, but it’s important to know what to get and what to forget when you’re filling your cart.

Definitely bring home the bacon. Kirkland brand is top-rated and crisps up nicely.
Kirkland Signature Olive Oil is another good pick-up. It has a distinct flavor and is a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

But there are things to skip. Don’t bother with the Kirkland facial tissues. When Consumer Reports tested for strength, they rated just so-so. But do grab the Kirkland paper towel. Testers found it has excellent absorbency.

A check-in to the dishwasher labs at Consumer Reports found Kirkland Signature Gel struggles to clean dishes, so instead, get the Kirkland Dishwasher Pacs, which do much better.

If you’re entertaining, Consumer Reports says several good choices include Cuisine Adventures Spanakopita, Hannah Classic Hommus, Kirkland cooked, tail-on shrimp, and Kirkland Signature Vanilla Ice Cream, which beat out Breyers in Consumer Reports’ taste tests. And, when the party’s over, break out the Kirkland Signature Trashbags. Consumer Reports says they’re strong enough to handle most messes.

When you’re tallying your savings, don’t forget to factor in the cost of the membership fee to shop there. But be aware that Costco has a generous return policy. It accepts virtually everything except electronics anytime. With electronics, you typically have 90 days to return your purchase.
 



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Anchor & Wife Welcome Birth of Baby Girl]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/berkley+noa+kuperstein.jpg

If you’re wondering why you don’t see NBC 6 Anchor Adam Kuperstein on TV, it’s because he and his wife Michal just welcomed the birth of their baby girl, Berkley Noa!

The baby was born on Wednesday at 5:52 p.m., weighing 5 pounds and 11 ounces.

“We are so full of happiness! My wife and baby Berkley are both healthy and beautiful,” Adam said.

This is the second child for the Kupersteins, who welcomed daughter Jordyn on Aug. 14, 2013.

“Watching my daughter meet her baby sister for the first time was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Adam has been keeping viewers up to date on his baby progress on social media with the hashtag #MiniKuper2. You can follow Adam on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Adam Kuperstein anchors the NBC 6 news weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Partial Closures on S.R. 836, S.R. 112 Next Week]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:41:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/a0146-000130a.jpg

Closures will be in effect on S.R. 836 and S.R. 112 next week as construction crews perform some overnight work.

The closures include:
 

  • Monday, July 28 SR 836/Dolphin Expressway in the eastbound direction will be completely closed between NW 72nd Avenue and NW 57th Avenue from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. 

 

  • Tuesday, July 29 SR 836/Dolphin Expressway in the westbound direction will be completely closed between NW 57th Avenue and NW 72nd Avenue from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

 

  • Wednesday, July 30 SR 112/Airport Expressway in the westbound direction will be completely closed between NW 22nd Avenue and I-95 from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

 

  • Thursday, July 31 SR 112/Airport Expressway in the eastbound direction will be completely closed between I-95 and NW 22nd Avenue from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.


For more information visit www.mdxway.com.



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<![CDATA[Large DUI Checkpoint in Downtown Miami on Thursday]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:37:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dui-check-walk-flashlight-7.jpg

Miami Police are cracking down on drunk drivers with a large multi-agency DUI checkpoint on Thursday from 7 p.m. to midnight, according to a news release.

The checkpoint will take place in Downtown Miami on NE 1st Avenue and 10th Street near popular nightclubs, Space and E11even.

Along with the checkpoint, officials will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol, looking for drivers who are breaking any traffic laws. Drivers not wearing a seatbelt will also be ticketed as police will show zero tolerance.

Officials say the goal of the checkpoint is to identify and apprehend impaired drivers to prevent them from harming others.

Traffic delays are highly possible.


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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - July 24, 2014]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:43:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Baby+509894.jpg This week's adoptable pets from the Broward Humane Society.]]> <![CDATA[Dog Shot and Killed By BSO Deputy in Tamarac]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:13:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072414+bso+deputy+shoots+dog+tamarac.jpg

A Broward County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a family’s dog in Tamarac Thursday after the deputy said the dog tried to bite him three times.

The dog allegedly tried to bite another person who walked by the home on the 6900 block of NW 76th Drive. That person called 911 and deputies came to the home. After the officer said the dog tried to bite him three times, he shot and killed the animal.

“It’s never a good reaction, all in all, in my eyes,” said neighbor Robert Bulcroft.

Crime scene tape roped off the area as deputies began their investigation. A worker from critter control took the animal’s carcass from the family’s home later in the day. Neighbors said the dog was a mixed breed and weighed less than 45 pounds. They were shocked by the shooting of the dog.

“They’ve never been aggressive. They’ve barked, but that’s what a dog’s supposed to do when someone comes around. They’re supposed to bark,” said neighbor David Mansell. “That’s why you have them. You love them and want them for protection.”

The person who initially called police on the dog said the dog didn’t bite into their skin, only into their pants leg. The deputy wasn’t injured. At least one neighbor had mixed feelings on the shooting.

“I don’t believe a dog should ever be shot,” Bulcroft said. “But hey, if a dog’s charging me, you gotta take your course of action and make the right decision in the end.”

Deputies haven’t released any more information about the shooting.

On Tuesday, a Miami Police officer shot and killed a dog that allegedly bit a police horse.



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<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Police Involved Shooting]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:46:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072414+miami+gardens+police+involved+shooting.jpg

Miami Gardens Police have made an arrest after a man allegedly led a Hollywood Police officer on a chase that saw the officer shoot at the suspect before the suspect crashed into another car.

The Hollywood Police officer was on duty and in an unmarked car near the intersection of Northwest 199th Street and Northwest 3rd Court when the shot was fired, Miami Gardens Police said. The Hollywood officer said he was trying to conduct a traffic stop after seeing the suspect's car speeding.

Hollywood Police said the officer shot at the suspect, Varnelson Ceus, 23, after he tried to run over the officer.

Deloris Parks was driving in Miami Gardens when she came face to face with the entire incident. Her car was hit by Ceus, who being chased by the Hollywood Police officer. The officer then pulled up right behind the suspect’s car.

“Oh, God — I was crying, I was shaking,” Parks said, after she recounted the encounter.

“The police say, ‘Get out the car, get out the car!’ And the boy didn’t get out, and he popped right in front of me,” Parks said. “The car was still before me and [police said] ‘Get out of the car, get out of the car,' and he goes, 'Pop!' And the guy backed up a little bit and takes off, and he [goes] ‘Pow!’ again.”

Deloris said that at that point, the police asked her if she was okay. She answered yes, but she was still shaken up by the entire chain of events.

Ceus was charged with two counts, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and hit and run with injuries.

If you have any information about the case, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).



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<![CDATA[Woman Carjacked at Gunpoint at Miramar Walmart]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:08:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072414+miramar+walmart+carjacking.jpg

Police are investigating after a woman was carjacked at gunpoint at the parking lot of a Miramar Walmart Thursday morning.

The carjacking happened around 6:45 a.m. at the store at 1800 University Drive, Miramar Police officials said.

The woman told officers she was approached by two suspects who demanded her purse and car keys. She didn't resist and handed them over, and the suspects fled in the car, police said.

At least one of the suspects was armed, but no shots were fired and no one was injured.

Police are looking for the suspects and anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Isolated Showers Thursday]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072414+weather+miami.jpg

A few isolated showers and storms will stay in the South Florida forecast for Thursday with more sunshine expected.

The storms should be moving inland, leaving partly sunny conditions. Highs will be in the lower 90s.


The chance for isolated storms will continue Friday and into the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Fire At Classic Car Shop Caused $1M in Damages]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:05:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072414+ted+vernon+autos+fire.jpg

A suspicious fire that swept through a classic car shop featured in reality TV show South Beach Classics caused about $1 million in damages Thursday, officials said.

The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. at Ted Vernon Specialty Autos at 8301 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.

When firefighters responded, they saw heavy smoke and flames and found several cars on fire as well as part of a warehouse and mechanical garage, Battalion Chief Ray Jadallah said.

Firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was unknown but Jadallah said it was suspicious.

"We're getting reports from the owners that some issues that maybe led up to the circumstance of the fire," Jadallah said. "That's part of the investigation. We're still in the preliminary phase of the investigation."

Co-owner Robin Vernon said she had no doubt it was arson, and believes it was a disgruntled former employee who was fired after it was discovered he provided false identification.

"I've been complaining to the Miami-Dade Police Department about somebody that threatened to burn down our places," she said.

Miami-Dade Police said detectives are investigating the fire.

Husband Ted Vernon said the cars were not insured.

"It's upsetting, but it's OK. We'll get through it," Robin Vernon said.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[S. Miami Fights County Spraying Mosquitoes]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:41:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_01.jpg

As mosquito-borne viruses like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya continue to spread throughout the area, one South Florida community has decided that the spraying of insecticide to kill mosquitoes will no longer be allowed in the city limits.

South Miami adopted a new law Tuesday night that forbids Miami-Dade County mosquito control from spraying any broad-spectrum insecticides or biocides within the limits of South Miami.

The commission also voted to negotiate a plan that both sides that they can agree on moving forward.

So what led to the city taking the current stand?

According to the Miami Herald, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said the new ban was needed to keep insecticides from killing the food supply of some of the state’s rare mammals and insects. Stoddard told the Herald the spray used to kill salt marsh mosquitoes destroy the food supply for young bats.

Stoddard also told the Herald that the spray used by Miami-Dade County is “between 400 and 4,000 times more toxic to butterflies than it is mosquitos.”

Stoddard wants to use alternative methods to control the mosquito population including less toxic chemicals. The county told the Miami Herald that they have received numerous calls from South Miami for mosquito control and that they have a high count of mosquitoes in the area.

In the meantime, health officials are continuing to monitor the area after the first locally acquired cases of Chikungunya Virus were reported in a Miami-Dade County woman and Palm Beach County man last week.

Chikungunya is not fatal, but there is no treatment or medicine for the disease. The symptoms include fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or a rash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The virus originated in Africa, but showed up in the Caribbean last year and has slowly made its way through the islands before arriving on the U.S. mainland. The name comes from an African language and means “that which bends up” which refers to the position many people who contract the disease end up due to the pain.

The CDC said the people at highest risk for the disease include newborns, adults over 65, and people with medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.



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<![CDATA[ARM Looks for Man Caught Slaughtering Hogs]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hogslaughtersuspect.jpg

An undercover video that captured a man known as “Elvin” butchering pigs alive has Animal Recovery Mission investigators trying to find the culprit.

“Taking sledgehammers and beating them one after the other with sledgehammers, holding them down, stabbing them repeatedly, gutting them alive,” Richard Cuoto, ARM lead investigator, said while describing what the video showed.

ARM’s Operation Noche Buena, a five month investigation, helped shut the slaughterhouse down. Several people including the farm’s owners were arrested on charges of animal cruelty. But the man wielding the sledgehammer, known only as Elvin, is still at large.

“He is the most violent person and really the main killer on the property,” Cuoto said.

Cuoto told NBC 6 that Elvin may still be torturing animals for human consumption. But, he may also be working as a tow-truck driver and is well-known in the area of Northwest Miami-Dade County. ARM is offering a $10,000 for information leading to his arrest.

“Once this guy is caught, he’s probably looking at hundreds of extreme animal cruelty crimes, felony crimes. So he’s in trouble,” Cuoto said.

Cuoto said some parents even brought their children to the slaughter farm and that they were witnesses to what he described as being “butchered alive.”

“Look at your dog right now on the couch,” Cuoto said. “And these pigs in that operation are smarter than that pet. So what’s going through their minds during this process and watching their friends butchered alive is horrific.”



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<![CDATA[Homes Turn to Hotels for Israelis Stuck in U.S.]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:39:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edtAP696738796631.jpg

South Florida’s Jewish community is half-a-world away from the fighting in Israel and Gaza, but that doesn’t mean the impact of the invasion isn’t hitting home. For one local family, they are opening their home to Israelis who can’t leave the United States.

Gavin Susman and others are offering to turn their homes into hotels for Israelis who can’t fly back due to the FAA restrictions for planes flying to Israel. Susman and others said they will continue to offer their homes to Israelis for free until the flight restrictions to the nation are lifted.

“I just got back from Israel before the war started,” Susman said. “We’re very supportive of what’s going on in Israel and it’s just something we could give back; a sliver of something to the Israeli community.”

Susman said Israeli families that are stuck in the United States can contact him by clicking here. After that, Synagogues and other Jewish organizations will step-in to get them housing until the ban is lifted and they can fly back.

The Federal Aviation Administration has kept a no-fly rule in place for flights to Israel for the last 48 hours. The FAA adopted the plan after a missile landed near an airport in Israel. The FAA hasn’t said when it may lift the ban.



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<![CDATA[Miami's Winning Streak Comes To An End in Atlanta]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452577970.jpg

The Miami Marlins lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Wednesday which ended their three-game winning streak.

Nathan Eovaldi allowed five runs in the first two innings and then settled in for five shutout innings after that. Unfortunately for Eovaldi and the Marlins, those two innings cost them the game.

Eovaldi went seven innings in which he walked two, struck out two and allowed six hits. The right-hander fell to 5-6 on the season and saw his E.R.A rise to 4.20. 

In the eighth, Sam Dyson entered and allowed an additional run to pad Atlanta's lead to five runs.

It was a tough day for the bats in Miami's lineup as the team combined for ten strikeouts against Braves' starter Ervin Santana. In addition to the strikeouts, Santana held the Marlins to only five hits and they were all singles.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich each had two hits and did not strike out at all. Donovan Solano and the aforementioned duo were the only three players in Miami's lineup to not strike out on Wednesday.

The Marlins had their opportunities to score but were unable to pick up timely hits. As a team, they left eight on base and were 1-7 with runners in scoring position.

The four-game series in Atlanta will wrap on Thursday when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound with Miami looking for a series win.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Start 2014 Journey on Thursday]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP134431391725_0.jpg

Summer may still be in full swing, but football season officially returns in South Florida on Thursday when the Miami Dolphins begin their 2014 campaign. The team is set to report to training camp Thursday and should be at almost full strength to start the season.

The only notable absence from the Dolphins roster will be center Mike Pouncey. The Pro Bowl center is the only holdover from last year’s offensive line and was expected to be the glue the held together the all-new line tasked with protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

But, Pouncey had to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last month and will not be back until September or possibly October at the earliest.

So, the Dolphins will have five new starters across the offensive line to start the 2014 season. It’s almost unheard for a team to completely revamp the offensive line, but after giving up more than 50 sacks last year; the team decided on the complete rebuild.

The Dolphins signed free agent Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert to anchor the line. If he stays healthy, he should solidify the left tackle position for the first time since 2009-2010 when Jake Long was outside.

The Dolphins then drafted right tackle Ja’Wuan James in the first round and guard Billy Turner. The Fins also signed free agent guard Shelley Smith and hope last year’s third-round pick, guard Dallas Thomas, can lock down a spot on the line.

The Fins projected line could look something like this (with Pouncey healthy): Left tackle – Branden Albert, Left Guard – Dallas Thomas/Billy Turner, Center – Mike Pouncey, Right Guard – Shelley Smith, Right Tackle – Ja’Wuan James.

The line will be expected to give Tannehill time to connect with a talented group of receivers. Wideouts Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson return from last season’s squad. The Fins also have high hopes for Rishard Matthews and expect good things for receiver Jarvis Landry, a rookie out of LSU.

If Tannehill can connect with Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson returns from an injury last season in good shape; and Jarvis Landry plays as expected; the Dolphins could have one of the most talented groups of receivers in the league.

The running back position will also be closely watched as the team hopes Lamar Miller can finally put his potential into production on the field. When he gets healthy, the Fins hope Knowshon Moreno can also help produce in the running game to take the pressure off Tannehill.

The offense will live and die with Tannehill’s improvement. The third year quarterback showed some progress last season, but still took 58 sacks and threw 17 interceptions. Tannehill completed 60 percent of his passes and threw 24 touchdown passes in 2013.

Still, when the Dolphins needed Tannehill to produce the most in the final two weeks of the season, the entire offense disappeared. In the final two games, which the Dolphins needed to win just one to get into the playoffs; Tannehill was 30-67 (45 percent completion rate) for 292 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.

On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins should be loaded on the defensive line. The Fins return Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake along with defensive tackles Randy Starks and Jared Odrick. The Fins also have Olivier Vernon opposite Wake coming off an 11 sack season last year.

In addition, the Fins hope to get a return on their investment in defensive end Dion Jordan. The former number three overall pick struggled last year with an injury and had a hard time getting on the field. He’s bulked up ahead of this season and said he hasn’t lost any of the speed the Dolphins saw in him when they drafted him.

The Dolphins also hope free agent addition Earl Mitchell can continue to push the pocket backwards like he did in Houston the last few seasons. Altogether, the Fins’ defensive line should once again be one of the strengths of the team.

Behind the line, the linebacker corp will have a different look as the team hopes moving Koa Misi to middle linebacker will help firm up the linebacker play. Misi played last season at outside linebacker, but the Fins will move Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler outside this year as both are playing to stay on the team.

In the defensive secondary, if the unit stays healthy, it should also be a strength of the team. Cornerback Brent Grimes got a contract extension and played like a Pro Bowler last season. The Fins hope a similar reclamation project will happen with fellow cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The Dolphins also have Jamar Taylor, a promising second-year player that may get on the field at times this year.

At safety, the Dolphins return Reshad Jones who struggled last year after securing a large contract extension from the previous regime. Jones had 84 solo tackles and one interception on the season, but the Fins still want more from Jones in 2014.

Strong safety may have the biggest question mark in the secondary. The Fins signed a big hitter in Louis Delmas, a South Florida native, to take the position. The key for the Dolphins with Delmas will be keeping him on the field. The sixth-year player has missed 13 games over the last three years.

Last season, Delmas had 64 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions on the year. A repeat performance by Delmas, who had spent his entire career with the Detroit Lions, will help the Fins’ secondary in a big way.

The Dolphins fell apart in the final two games of the 2013 season and missed the playoffs. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008 when Chad Pennington quarterbacked the Fins to a 10-6 record when Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was out for the season and the Dolphins rode the Wildcat to several wins.

Can the team take the next step into the playoffs and become a consistent contender? The team will start anew Thursday when training camp officially opens at the team’s facility in Davie.



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<![CDATA[Israel Flight Restrictions Leaves Family Worried for Daughter]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:42:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP910203377428.jpg

The flight restrictions being imposed on Israel-bound flights has a Hollywood family worried about when they are going to be able to pick up their 16-year-old daughter who has spent the last six weeks in the war-torn area.

"Counselors or teachers said Jenna (Marks) ‘Quick you go to the shelter,’ and she went and that was her first experience,” said Jenna’s mother Cindy Marks. “She said, ‘I wasn’t really afraid. I just was stunned that that’s what it was."

Jenna, 16, has been in Israel in a learning program earning credit for high school. She’s in the country with one hundred other kids, all experiencing turmoil in the Middle East first hand. The alerts to go to the bunker have become common and cell phone video she’s taken shows the group singing while in the shelter.

Gary Marks, Jennas father said, "She goes, ‘I feel safer there than I do over here.’ I said, ‘How can you feel safer over there than over here?’ And she said, ‘Because everybody is looking out for everybody else.’"

Jenna’s trip is set to end next week, but the violence has jeopardized her travel plans. The FAA has kept flight restrictions to Israeli airport in place for the last 48 hours after the airport was hit by rockets. Airlines have also stopped service to the area indefinitely.

Gary said, "You just have nervous calm, as crazy as that may sound. I know that at work it’s very, very difficult. I spend quite a bit of time watching the news as it comes out."

Jenna’s group may make alternate arrangements using Israeli carriers to get her home on time. Her parents are concerned, but they are surprisingly more comforted because of Jenna’s perspective on the whole situation.

Cindy Marks said, "Truly what really, for me, inspired me was Jenna. She said, ‘I’m not afraid. I feel strong. I feel empowered being here seeing people, everybody, helping each other."



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<![CDATA[Educators Prep for New Florida Standards]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:58:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/classroom-generic-back.jpg

Students may still be enjoying summer break, but Miami-Dade County teachers and principals have been hard at work trying to learn the new Florida Standards Curriculum. It’s Common Core, but with a few twists.

Teachers and principals have been attending a three-day workshop giving them not only visual, but also hands-on training. It’s also served as a way for the educators to network with coaches, leadership team members, and take the experience back to their schools.

Concepcion Santana, principal at Gulfstream Elementary, said her teachers have been implementing the new, tougher standards for the past four years.

“We have been doing a lot of professional development with our teachers,” Santana said. “With this training, we have really been able to solidify as a leadership team what these standards are looking for.”

The Florida standards are expected to be dramatically different than last year’s material. Teachers said the workshop was critical for them to come up with everything from strategies to material presentation.

“This three-day professional development was awesome opportunity for me and my team and principal to sit down and develop a strategic plan on how we’re going to present the material,” said English teacher Harvey Stribling. “Students are having to critically think and write and compose writing along with reading is a great thing.”

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho spoke to the group and said he believes in the tougher standards and pushing students to achieve. But, there’s still an issue with the new standards. Carvalho said the new, tougher test that’s replacing the FCAT is being implemented blindly.

Carvalho said he wants to know how teachers are supposed to prepare students for the new exam when the teachers don’t know what’s on the test.

“We don’t even know what the exam, the final exam looks like. It hasn’t even been published,” Carvalho said. “A’s of yesterday will become C’s of today. That’s my expectation.”

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<![CDATA[Miami Woman Takes Cruise Fight to Congress]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:57:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/amanda+butler+before+congress.jpg

A Miami woman spoke in front of a special Senate Committee Hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday afternoon. Amanda Butler said she’s trying to make it safer for the thousands of people who go on board cruise ships every year.

“What my family went through, no one deserves to go through that,” said Butler.

She was one of four victims who testified Wednesday to try and strengthen safety regulations onboard cruise ships nationwide.

Butler’s 51-year-old mother dropped to the ground on board the Carnival Conquest last year. Butler said it took more than 15 minutes for medical help to show up.

“The way these contracts are written, you don’t know what you’re signing onto and you’re literally signing all of your rights as a human away,” said Butler.

Kim Ware of Houston also testified in front of members of Congress. She was on board the Carnival Triumph when it caught fire and lost power.

"They really didn’t know what to do or how to take care of us, didn’t have a plan,” said Ware.

The ship was stranded at sea for four days. Ware said she wants to prevent a similar situation from happening to anyone else.

“Our ship was set out to sea with only four of six generators working and Carnival had been told that fuel hoses were leaking and they were not fixed,” said Ware.

The head of the Senate Commerce Committee is sponsoring a new bill that would not only strengthen safety regulations but it would also make it easier for passengers to file complaints.

“It’s not about human life anymore for larger corporations, its’ the bottom line, it’s a dollar bill,” said Butler.

The Cruise Lines International Association, the group representing the cruise corporations, released a statement shortly after the hearing. A spokesperson said:

“Today’s hearing presented a distorted picture of an industry that has an exceptional guest care and safety record. More than 22 million cruise passengers every year enjoy exceptional vacation value and a lifetime of positive memories, as demonstrated by a more than 90% customer satisfaction rate and 70% repeat cruisers. The cruise industry is already heavily regulated. Adding a new layer of federal regulation and bureaucracy at the expense of taxpayers, cruise lines and cruise passengers is both unjustified and unnecessary. The CPPA is a solution in search of a problem.”



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<![CDATA[Police Look for Leads in Beating Death]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/opa+locka+murder.jpg

Miami-Dade Police are asking for the public's help as they continue to search for a suspect in the brutal beating death of a woman in Opa-locka two weeks ago.

Police said they found Sandra Santiesteban's body inside a gold Honda Accord on Northwest 135th Street near 27th Avenue on July 10th.

Authorities are classifying the death as a homicide, but said that so far, they have no leads.

"We are trying to gather as much information as possible," said Miami-Dade Police Det. Elena Hernandez.

Hernandez said police are speaking with the victim's friends and relatives.

The victim's brother said he has no idea why Santiesteban was in Opa-locka that day.

Meanwhile, Santiesteban's 17-year-old daughter is trying to get a visa to travel from Cuba to Miami for her mother's funeral.

"A visa was denied and we are in the process to try to get the visa again," said the victim's brother Carlos Hernandez. "At least for humanitarian reasons, they should allow her to travel to her mother's funeral. That is all she wants."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS(8477).



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<![CDATA[Broward Judge Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:18:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/judge+rosenthal+booking+mug.jpg

Broward County Judge Lynn Rosenthal pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless driving after the state attorney’s office declined all DUI charges against her for an accident in the parking lot of a Fort Lauderdale courthouse.

Rosenthal’s attorney, Brian Silber, said the judge pled no contest and prosecutors decided to withhold adjudication. Rosenthal was sentenced to one-day probation, which began and ends today.

Silber said Judge Rosenthal qualified for a short probation because she’s served 25 hours of community service, viewed a basic victim impact panel, and submitted to a substance abuse evaluation conducted by a doctor from outside of the area. Silber said the doctor concluded Rosenthal doesn’t have any alcohol or substance abuse problem and no treatment is necessary.

Judge Rosenthal was arrested earlier this year after she allegedly crashed her car into a parked patrol car. The police report of the incident said Judge Rosenthal’s SUV hit the patrol car and then hit the security gate several times before deputies were able to get to the driver.

Deputies said in the police report that Judge Rosenthal then got out of her vehicle and "appeared unsteady on her feet, her speech was slurred and she had difficulty obtaining the required documents." However, deputies said they did not detect an odor of alcohol on the judge’s breath.

When advised deputies were conducting a DUI investigation, Judge Rosenthal told law enforcement she “had not consumed any alcohol for a long time,” according to the police report.

The police report said Judge Rosenthal told deputies that she had been involved in another accident on I-595 earlier in the morning. She said a truck had tried to run her off of the road and she had video of the incident on her cell phone.

When Rosenthal showed the investigating deputies her video, her SUV was seen “drifting between lanes and over the solid yellow lane line into the breakdown line” and eventually it collided with the concrete barrier wall, according to the police report. Deputies said they never saw a truck or any other vehicle influence her driving.

Judge Rosenthal agreed to a field sobriety test and said she was not injured, but had taken an Ambien CR at 10 p.m. Monday.

During the sobriety test, deputies said the judge failed to maintain balance during instructions, missed all heel-to-toe steps, raised arms to maintain balance, stopped during turn to request instructions to continue the exercise. The judge also had problems standing on one leg, according to the arrest report.

When the judge was given a breath test for alcohol, she blew a .000 on two tests. Judge Rosenthal refused to submit to a urine or blood test. She was arrested for DUI and a traffic offense-DUI and damage property. She was taken to the BSO Main Jail and her cell phone was taken as evidence.



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<![CDATA[Gator Bites Man Fishing Golf Balls From Lake]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/alligator+caught+in+weston.jpg

A Florida man fishing golf balls out of a lake around the Bonaventure Country Club in Weston encountered an especially difficult water hazard when an alligator bit him.

The victim, 51-year-old Stephen Martinez, of Pompano Beach, said the gator bit his hand and then kept trying to attack him. Martinez then got in a golf cart and drove to the golf course and told two employees of the course. It was the second time in five years that Martinez, an independent contractor who sells balls back to golf clubs, has been attacked on the job.

“I knew exactly what it was because a turtle can only bite so hard and when it snapped, it’s 2,000 pounds per square inch and I felt like I lost my hand,” Martinez said.

Martinez drove to the clubhouse to get help for his injury. The wounds were said to be superficial and Martinez said his wetsuit helped to stop the biting of the skin.

Martinez said was also attacked at a different course about five years ago, when an eight-foot aligator "locked on to me," leading to 12 puncture wounds. 

The initial call about the latest incident came into the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program, SNAP. The center handles all of the call for alligator-related issues. A trapper came to the scene and was able to capture the 8-to-10-foot alligator.

As for Martinez, even as he clinched a blood-stained cast, he is ready to return to his job.

“I’m more likely to get cut by a shell, by glass, by turtle,” Martinez said. “Thank God the alligator let loose and I’m here today."



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<![CDATA[Shuckers Reopening A Year After Deck Collapse]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Shuckers+Friday+722.jpg

North Bay Village's Shuckers Waterfront Grill, formerly Shuckers Bar & Grill, is set to reopen more than a year after a deck collapse injured dozens of patrons.

The bar at 1819 79th Street Causeway will open for a private party Wednesday night before opening to the public Thursday at noon.

"They're going to really love the place, it's beautiful," said Shuckers General Manager Joe Portela. "We can't wait to see them, we've missed them as much as they've missed us."

About 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers last June watching the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals when it collapsed into the shallow water of Biscayne Bay.

Officials said 33 people were injured, with 24 hospitalized and two suffering serious injuries.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said at the time that something in the deck structure "gave out."

Along with a new bar, a new draft system and a remodeled interior, the new Shuckers features a safe and secure deck, according to Portela.

"They just over engineered it, made it as strong as possible," Portela said. "This deck will be here for a long time."

Many former employees returned to work at the new Shuckers Wednesday.

"We promised them when everything happened that they would be our first call, which we did, and we got a lot of them back," Portela said. "They were very happy to be back."

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<![CDATA[Underwear-Clad Burglars Stripped in Restaurant, Stole Meat]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:32:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072314+underwear+burglars.jpg

Authorities are looking for a group of underwear-clad burglars who broke into a southwest Florida restaurant and stripped down to their birthday suits before stealing hamburgers and peppers.

Detectives say the men broke into Doc's Beach House at 27908 Hickory Road in Bonita Springs on Sunday wearing nothing but their underwear.


Video showed the men roaming around the kitchen area before taking off their underwear and walking around nude. They fled the store on foot, and the peppers were found along the beach a few hours later.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with info is asked to call 1-800-780-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[1 Injured After Truck Overturns at Port Everglades]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:03:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072314+overturned+truck+port.jpg

One person suffered minor injuries after a truck fell on its side at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday morning.

The truck was being offloaded from a barge when it shifted and fell on its side, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

A man in his 40s suffered minor injuries. Operations were running normal at the port.



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