<![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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:37:18 -0400 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:37:18 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Search On for N. Lauderdale Bar Shooter]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/barbrawlnorthlauderdale.jpg

A man bumping into another man at a North Lauderdale sports bar turned into a brawl and ended with one person shot in the back, and the entire chain of events was captured on surveillance video.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the shooting victim, Terrance McClendon, 41, bumped into the shooter and his accomplice inside the Player’s Sports Bar and Grill.

“Our victim was at the bar, he stepped back to make room for people to walk through and when he did that, he bumped into two men,” said Gina Carter of the BSO. “They had words, the words quickly turned to violence.”

A fight broke out and surveillance video showed one of the men putting McClendon into a headlock and pulling him through the bar. Security guards escorted the alleged shooter and his accomplice out of the bar.

But the violence that night wasn’t over. When McClendon exited the bar, video shows a man holding a gun chasing him into the parking lot and then shooting him in the back. McClendon ended up face down with a gunshot wound as the shooter got into a car and drove off.

“He ran him down and shot him in cold blood in the back,” said McClendon’s cousin Damian Edwards.

Edwards wasn’t with McCelndon the night of the shooting, but said his cousin is recuperating with “a lot of support from the family.” Edwards said it was a miracle that McClendon survived the shooting.

"Clearly the guy didn't care who he was hitting, he was shooting in the middle of a parking lot," Edwards said.

BSO said the shooter was seen on the video in a shirt that had the word Brooklyn across the front and his alleged accomplice is right behind him in the picture. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the car was a silver, new model, two-door sports car, possibly a Cadillac.

If you have any information about the shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[Flying Classroom Lands in Miami]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:53:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014787671_1200x675_332632131508.jpg NBC 6's Trina Robinson has the story of a new flying classroom in Miami.]]> <![CDATA[Fmr. Principal Still Trying to Collect Jury Award]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:38:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/woman+loses+verdict.jpg

It’s been almost two years since a jury of her peers awarded a South Florida a $155 million verdict that was quickly overturned by the judge overseeing the case.

But, the case between the Aventura City of Excellence charter school, the Aventura city manager, and former principal Katherine Murphy is far from over.

Murphy alleged that stress and harassment while heading up the Aventura City of Excellence Charter School caused her intestine to rupture and left her in a coma for six weeks. She alleged Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka compared her to prostitutes and accused her of stealing money from a parent.

“What goes through my mind is all of the things the city manager has done to me to harm me physically, emotionally, mentally bankrupt me essentially, or possibly and I look at the office where he sits every day,” Murphy said.

While the jury agreed with Murphy and gave her a $155 million verdict, she’s not collected a penny after Judge Rosa Rodriguez tossed out the entire amount.

“The judge took back what the jury had decided upon and said that the city manager could not be sued as a public official,” Murphy said.

Judge Rodriguez originally wrote in her decision, “I have not read one single case that in a context such as this, the type of statements made with no physical conduct do not rise to the level of extreme and outrageous conduct under the case law.”

A higher court this summer agreed with the judge saying, “…there was no evidence upon which a jury could render a verdict in favor of (Murphy) on her claims.”

Florida International University law professor Phyllis Kotey said that while Murphy may call it unfair after the jury took her side; the judge has the final say. Kotey likened it to the type of instant replay decision seen during a Miami Dolphins game.

“Everything appeared to be okay, but when the people in the upper booth looked at it, even when there hadn’t been a challenge, this really hadn’t been a valid call and we are going to overturn it,” Kotey said.

Kotey continued, “Ultimately, a judge is always left with the responsibility for ensuring justice has been followed.”

Murphy’s lawyer, Richard Burton, said the case isn’t over and is requesting a hearing en banc before the Third District Court of Appeals. One of the key issues will be the claim of immunity for Soroka.

“No man is above the law, the Richard Nixon theory if you will,” said Burton. “We are bringing it to the Court of Appeals attention that they didn’t deal with the state, which says he is not above the law.”

The school and city manager said it’s the judges and not the jury that ultimately got the case right.

If Murphy loses with the Court of Appeals, she can still appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

<![CDATA[Man Hacks ATM with Hatchet]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:42:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/atmhatchet092314.jpg

A central Florida man took computer hacking to an entirely new level Sunday when he was caught on surveillance video using a hatchet to open up an ATM.

South Daytona Police said Phillip Moore, 30, used the hatchet to smash and rip open the ATM at the SunTrust Bank on South Ridgewood Avenue early Sunday morning.

Police said no money was stolen out of the ATM, but the machine had more than $1,000 worth of damagers after the hatchet attack.

Moore was identified by the surveillance video and arrested just after midnight Monday. He faces one count of burglary and one count of criminal mischief with damage to property.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Top Child Safety Seats]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:51:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CR+Car+Seats+090414.jpg

For newborns, infant car seats are the best option. They provide the best fit, are convenient and they face backwards — the safest option for babies up to two years old.

But Consumer Reports says pay particular attention to the height limit of your infant seat because children are likely to grow too tall for the seat before they reach the weight limit.

When children are injured in motor vehicle crashes its most often is an injury to their head. And that happens when they contact something usually in the vehicle interior, like the front seat back. As they get taller, and are closer to the edge of the shell of the seat, that it becomes more of a risk.

Consumer Reports tested 33 convertible seats, which are ideal once your child outgrows an infant seat. The shells are longer. And they can be positioned rear-facing until the recommended age of two.

They all passed Consumer Reports’ simulated 30-mile per hour crash test and were also assessed for how well they fit in vehicles and how easy they are to use.

Top ratings went to the Chicco NextFit for $280.

Consumer Reports also recommends all of the Britax convertible seats it tested: The Britax Advocate, $305, Britax Boulvard $255, Britax Pavilion $270, Britax Marathon $230 and Britax Roundabout $145.

Another great choice, the Evenflo SureRide for $100.

Consumer Reports says children should remain in a car seat or booster seat a safety belt fits properly. That won’t happen until they reach four feet nine inches.

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<![CDATA[Thief Takes Victim on a Wild Ride]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/robberysuspectmd092314.jpg

Miami-Dade Police released a sketch Monday of a robber they say took his victim on a dangerous ride earlier this month.

According to police, the suspect approached a woman at a bust stop near the intersection of NE 112th Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue and started to talk to her. Police said when the woman didn’t show much interest in talking; the suspect acted as if he was going to walk away, but turned and grabbed her cell phone.

Police said the suspect then ran and got in a dark green Chevrolet Tahoe. The woman jumped onto the passenger side running board of the vehicle and held onto the door. The woman, according to police, pleaded for her cell phone to no avail and then pepper sprayed the suspect through the window.

Miami-Dade Police said the suspect then began driving erratically to try to get the woman off of his car. The suspect grabbed the woman’s purse off of her and then loosened her grip enough for her to fall off and roll onto the street.

The woman suffered a broken collarbone, sprained left foot, and severe abrasions.

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

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<![CDATA[9 Possible Cuban Migrants Reach Key Biscayne]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:31:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cubanmigrants092314.jpg

Nine men who appear to be Cuban migrants washed ashore in Key Biscayne Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The men made it to shore by the Mar-Azul condominiums at 600 Grapetree Drive, Key Biscayne Police said.

Officials said the men were at sea for four days, surviving four nasty storms and waves that were 10 to 13 feet high. They ran out of gas quickly and ended up rowing most of the way. When they saw land, they gave their makeshift engine one more try and it started, giving them the final push to reach land.

Witnesses said they could see smoke coming from the boat and hear cheers coming from the men as they reached the shore.

Fire Rescue responded to treat the men, who all appeared to be in good condition. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol were called to the scene to investigate.

Under the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, most Cuban migrants who reach U.S. shores are allowed to stay.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Newly-Appointed City Manager Resigns After Background Check]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:08:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jim+beard.jpg

The Coral Gables City Commission is looking for a new city manager once more.

Newly-appointed manager Jim Beard withdrew Monday after a routine background check showed a 2011 child abuse charge and more than one bankruptcy, according to The Miami Herald.

The commission hired Beard, 50, on Sept. 16 to replace Pat Salerno, who resigned in April after five years, the Herald reported. The city will now hire a new search firm to recruit candidates.

<![CDATA[Man's Body Washes Ashore in Dania Beach]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:35:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092314+body+washes+ashore+dania+beach.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a man's body washed ashore near John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach Tuesday morning.

The discovery was made just hours after the U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for a diver who went missing near Fort Lauderdale Saturday.

According to Hollywood Police, a jogger found the body in the water about a mile and half north of the park's entrance.

The Coast Guard and police haven't confirmed that the body found Tuesday is that of 45-year-old Marc Raroha, who went diving with two other people approximately one mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale near Oakland Park Boulevard.

Raroha never resurfaced and the Coast Guard had been searching since Saturday evening.

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<![CDATA[Man Struck By Lightning in Coral Gables]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092314+weather+radar+miami.jpg

An urban flood advisory was issued for parts of eastern and northeastern Miami-Dade Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service in Miami said the advisory was in effect until 12:30 p.m. due to heavy rain.

Up to two inches of rain had fallen and another two inches of rain were possible in areas including Miami and Coral Gables.

Aventura, North Miami Beach, Miami Shores and Little Haiti were also at risk for minor flooding.

The advisories were issued as nasty weather brought thunder and lightning to South Florida Tuesday morning.

In Coral Gables, a groundskeeper was struck by lightning at the Riviera Country Club, officials said.

Fire Rescue workers responded to the club around 7:45 a.m. and found the 56-year-old man unconscious and in cardiac arrest.

Paramedics were able to restore the man's pulse and he was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital where he was regaining consciousness, officials said..

<![CDATA[Drugs, Guns Found at JFK: TSA]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TSA-Drugs-Guns-JFK-Household-Items.jpg

Police arrested a Canadian woman Sunday at John F. Kennedy airport after two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammo and 33 pounds of marijuana were found in her checked luggage disguised as household items, the TSA says.

The arrest was made after TSA agents searching the luggage took a closer look at the items in two of the woman’s jam-packed bags, the federal agency said.

When they opened the bags, they found what appeared to be packages of baby wipes, coffee, floor dusting sheets, lemonade mix, iced tea mix, laundry tablets and cat litter. They looked inside the containers and found the drugs, guns and ammo.

TSA agents told Port Authority Police about the discovery, and the woman was arrested in the airport.

The woman, 24-year-old Nyesha McPherson of Scarborough, Ontario, was arrested on drug and weapons possession charges. Her flight was bound for Barbados, authorities said.

It’s not clear if she has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Chase Ends in Crash at Hallandale Beach PD]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:49:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092314+hallandale+beach+police+crash.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a police pursuit ended in a crash at the Hallandale Beach Police parking lot early Tuesday.

The crash happened sometime around 5 a.m. at the parking lot at 400 South Federal Highway. Footage showed one car overturned and another badly damaged and a palm tree knocked over.

Hallandale Beach Police officials said officers were conducting a traffic stop of a suspected stolen car, a Toyota Camry, with four people inside.

One of the four people got out of the car to speak with the officers and the other three suddenly took off, hitting an officer, officials said. The officers was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Camry somehow ended up in the police parking lot, where it struck a parked car and the tree.

The suspects were quickly taken into custody. Police haven't identified them or said what charges they may face.

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

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<![CDATA[Fans Wait Overnight for Opening of Hialeah Krispy Kreme]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:02:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092314+krispy+kreme+opening+hialeah.jpg

Dozens of doughnut fans waited in line overnight to get their hands on a year's supply of Krispy Kreme before the grand opening of the new store in Hialeah Tuesday.

The store, at the corner of W. 49th Street and W. 16th Street, opened at 6 a.m., with the first 100 people in line winning free doughnuts for a year.

Fans chanted "I believe that we want doughnuts!" while others laid on the ground and took naps.

The first person in line got a box of doughnuts each week, while customers 2 through 99 received a free box every month. A box costs $8.49.

The shop will be open 24 hours and will feature more than a dozen varieties of doughnuts.

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<![CDATA[Weather: Storms Likely Tuesday]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:20:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014775543_1200x675_332356163986.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- September 23, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Loaded Shotgun Found at MIA]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:27:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miami+international+airport+bomb+squad.jpg

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are investigating after a loaded shotgun was found in a bathroom at Terminal D of the Miami International Airport Monday afternoon.

Sources told NBC 6 that while the shotgun was found inside the bathroom, two boxes of ammunition were discovered outside of the bathroom in the terminal. The gun was reportedly found wrapped in a towel around 3:30 p.m.

Dogs were brought in to help sweep the area.

Passengers were not evacuated from the terminal and Miami-Dade Police said they are investigating who the gun is registered to, if it’s registered at all.

Miami-Dade Police said guns are found at the airport after passengers abandon them instead of taking them home to secure them.

<![CDATA[New Station Shakes Up Miami Radio]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shakeradiomiami.jpg

If you’re dialing through the radio in Miami, you may stumble across the region’s newest FM radio station, WMIV 107.9, also known as “Shake 108.” But, unlike most radio stations, this one is locally owned and operated by a computer and an antenna in Miami.

“In March of this year, I got a letter saying you’re approved for your station,” said Peter Stebbins, CEO of Shake 108.

Stebbins had been waiting to see those words for more than a decade. He had moved to Miami from Atlanta where he said the radio was less commercialized. He planned to launch his radio station, but ran into lots of red tape.

But then, a few years ago, Congress approved a bill that allowed the government to free up low-frequency airwaves to non-profits. Stebbins saw his opportunity and jumped in line.

“It was a five-day window where you could apply, that’s it,” Stebbins said.

And then about a month ago, Stebbins went on the air with Shake 108. He said he gets by from public donations, money from his own pockets, and support from family and friends. But, he also managed to line up one “voice” you may recognize.

“We’ve heard the same things over and over again, and it’s time for something new,” said singer Lina Gaudenzi.

Gaudenzi was a contestant on “The Voice” last season on NBC and is now lending her voice to Shake 108. There’s a host of other voices courtesy of Stebbins’ family members.

The station can be heard as far north as the Golden Glades and as far south as Coral Gables. When it comes to format, the best description may be anything goes. Stebbins said you can expect everything from bluegrass to Bob Dylan to 2 Live Crew and some other new names.

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<![CDATA[FIU's Butt Grabber Strikes Again]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090514+florida+international+university+generic+fiu.jpg

The Florida International University Police Department is once again warning students on campus of a serial butt grabber on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

FIU Police said the most recent incident occurred on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Police said the serial butt grabber has hit multiple times since June. FIU Police said the man rides his bicycle past women and grabs their buttocks.

"Our university is an open campus, so we don't kow if this person is a student or someone from a nearby area," said FIU Police Chief Alex Casas.

Police said the incidents typically happen in the evening hours along areas like the Green Library Breezeway and other areas. FIU Police said they haven’t confirmed the incidents are related, but believe the actions are similar enough to continue telling the community about the occurrences.

Meanwhile, several students said they are outraged.

"It's violating, violating women, our bodies, our privacy, everything," student Gabrielle Martinez said.

Student Alicia Doolin said she isn't necessarily scared, but wants the harassment to end.

"I don't really think I would be mentally or physically scarred by it, but no one really wants that," she said. "No one needs that sexual harassment in their life."

FIU Police said if you have any information or have been a victim to call 305-438-2626.

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<![CDATA[Hillary to Campaign for Charlie Crist: Report]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:24:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455461900.jpg

Former Governor Charlie Crist is getting another boost from the Clinton family.

Just a few weeks after headlining a fundraiser with former President Bill Clinton, Crist will headline a dinner in Miami with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to Politico, Hillary Clinton will headline a dinner for Crist in Miami on October 2nd. Clinton will also hold a book signing the same day at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

Clinton is mulling a run at the White House in 2016 and having a fellow Democrat in Crist in charge in Florida would be a big boost for Democratic chances.

Crist is falling behind Governor Rick Scott in recent polling. The Florida gubernatorial race is widely considered one of the toughest races in the country.

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<![CDATA[Accused Child Porn Cop's Ex Saw No Warning Signs]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:36:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/Juan+Roman.png

The ex-wife of a retired Miami Police officer accused of multiple counts of child pornography charges said Monday that she “never expected this.”

Juan Roman, 57, was re-arrested over the weekend following a search warrant of his home last month. At the time, Roman was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

When detectives continued going through evidence this week, they allegedly found disturbing videos which they said were filmed with a hidden camera inside his home. Authorities allege that the former detective who retired from the force about 5 years ago--filmed himself fondling a 7-year-old child.

Roman’s wife, a former sex offender parolee officer, told NBC 6 that everything involved in the case, “hurt’s my heart.”

“My heart goes out for that,” Iris Espinosa said. “I loved this guy. I was married to him for eight years. I never expected this.”

Espinosa said that during the eight years of her marriage to Roman, she never “noticed anything.” The couple divorced in 2010 and Espinosa said the last year of the marriage was rocky and led to her having a mental breakdown.

“I was disgusted. I didn’t want to see him because I knew something, something was going through my mind, but I wasn’t sure what it was,” Espinosa said. “I thought he was having an affair, I don’t know.”

The only suspicious activity Espinosa noticed was Roman’s use of his computer, which was the same computer investigators claimed contained child pornography.

“It was a lot. It was many, many hours, many hours on the computer and we had many fights because of that,” Espinosa said.

Roman faces 3 felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child. He was held with no bond and remains in jail.

<![CDATA[Truck Plows Into Business]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:03:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014768308_1200x675_332183107702.jpg A truck plowed into a business, causing part of the building to collapse. No one was injured. NBC 6's Keith Jones reports.]]> <![CDATA[Student Dies After Collapsing During P.E. Class]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edly+louis+pierre.jpg

A high school sophomore has died after collapsing last week during a physical education class.

Edly Pierre-Louis, a 10th-grader at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, collapsed on the basketball court during a game last Wednesday.

A teacher performed CPR and paramedics rushed him to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, but after 5 days in critical condition, Pierre-Louis died on Sunday.

"There's a tremendous sense of loss," said Principal Dawn Baglos. "The school's grieving as a family."

Doctors said Pierre-Louis died due to an undetected congenital heart disorder.

Physical exams to screen for these types of heart disorders are not required to take part in PE class like they are for high school sports. Miami-Dade School Board member Martin Karp said fatal heart attacks are so rare among students, that it's not realistic to make every student undergo a physical exam just to participate in PE.

Pierre-Louis' web page shows he was an active teenager who loved to play basketball and football. He said on his web page that he wanted to become a doctor.

"[He was a] wonderful individual who was doing all the kinds of things you'd want a young adolescent to do in order to be successful, and that take, that vibe is permeating our school right now," Baglos said.

Now students are organizing activities to commemorate their friend's life.

"He was a boy who always strived for success academically," said fellow student government member Luc Pierre-Louis, who is unrelated. "We're grieving his passing but also celebrating his life as a student."

Grief counselors were taken to the school to help students and faculty, some of whom witnessed Pierre-Louis collapsing on the court. Meanwhile, his family has requested an autopsy to review the cause of death.

<![CDATA[Beware of BPA-Tainted Receipts]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:10:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BPA+Receipts.jpg

Cash register receipts, ATM receipts, the receipts the gas pump spits out, and even baggage claim checks—if they’re printed on thermal paper, they probably contain bisphenol A, known as BPA. It’s a chemical that raises safety concerns because it’s linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive abnormalities.

The BPA in thermal-paper receipts readily transfers to the skin, where it can penetrate quickly. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that volunteers who were handling BPA-coated receipts for just 2 hours had significantly higher levels of BPA in their urine.

Fortunately, it’s easy to spot thermal-paper receipts by rubbing the printed side with a coin or paper clip. If a dark mark appears, it is thermal paper. Consumer Reports has this advice for avoiding BPA in receipts:

  • Get e-mail receipts when possible.
  • If you must keep paper receipts, don’t just stuff them into your wallet. Store them in a plastic bag. Not only does BPA rub onto your hands but it also comes off onto anything it comes into contact with, including paper money.
  • For people who handle a lot of thermal paper, cashiers, for instance, wear nitrile gloves—the type you see in doctor’s offices or in the hospital.
  • And everyone should wash his or her hands after handling thermal paper.

Some manufacturers of thermal paper have switched from BPA to a similar chemical, BPS. But a government study shows that BPS may pose the same health hazards and also can transfer easily to the skin. An important note: Pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable to the health risks from thermal paper.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Homestead Mayor Guilty of Corruption: Jury]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:09:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091714+steve+bateman+in+court.jpg

A Miami-Dade County jury found former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman guilty of two felony counts of corruption Monday afternoon after just a few hours of deliberations.

However, according to the Miami Herald, the judge in the case didn’t adjudicate Bateman guilty because of “substantial issues” raised by the defense team in motions to dismiss.

Bateman, 59, was arrested in August 2013 on charges that include two counts of unlawful compensation, unregistered lobbying, exploitation of his position and acquiring financial interests related to a secret consulting job with a Florida health clinic company.

Bateman was charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors. He was found not guilty on the misdemenaor counts.

The trial featured testimony from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who took the stand last week.

Prosecutors said Bateman was a consultant with a Florida health care company, CHI, and pressed other local leaders, such as Mayor Gimenez, for work while on the job.

Bateman has denied the claims.

Bateman was elected Homestead's mayor in 2009 and won re-election in 2011. He served as the city's vice mayor and councilman and was the chairman of the city's planning and zoning board. He lost the mayoral primary in October, finishing in third.

Bateman faces anywhere from probation to 15 years in prison.

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<![CDATA[Body Found Floating in Lauderdale Lakes Canal]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:59:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092214+lauderdale+lakes+body+in+canal.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a body was found floating in a canal in Lauderdale Lakes Monday morning.

Workers discovered the body floating in the waterway near Northwest 24th Street and Northwest 38th Terrace.

Homicide and crime scene detectives were responding to the scene, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

No other information was immediately known.

A second body was found floating in a waterway in the 1700 block of East Oakland Park Boulevard in Oakland Park. Authorities haven't given any information on that body.

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

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<![CDATA[Convicted Dunkin Donuts Killer Awaits Fate]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:43:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092214+james+herard.jpg

The sentencing phase of a South Florida man convicted of murdering two people during a string of Dunkin’ Donuts robberies in 2008 continued Monday, with James Herard again daring a judge to give him the death penalty.

“As far as being this killer and this murderer and all, that’s not who I am,” Herard said. “I honestly don’t feel like you are going to give me the death penalty anyway. I don’t see it happening. I don’t think it’s in you. I don’t feel like you have it in you.”

Herard, 25, was convicted on 18 of 19 counts related to the robberies and murders. The same jury that convicted him recommended the death penalty for Herard.

Herard dared the judge to sentence him to death during the first part of the sentencing hearing on Sept. 12.

“Honestly and truly, I’m not asking you to spare me," Herard said. "Go ahead and do what you gonna do. I pretty much dare you to give me the death sentence, because I’m innocent."

Prosecutors said Herard didn’t pull the trigger in the 2008 murder of 39-year-old Eric Jean-Pierre. But, they say he, along with other members of a gang, were part of a “body count competition” and Herard pushed Tharod Bell to murder Jean-Pierre.

“He’s had every opportunity to present the evidence he presented today to all three juries and chose not to,” prosecutor Stephen Zaccor said. “Quite frankly, I think you are looking at the desperate attempts by a desperate man to save his own life.”

Herard was previously convicted of the murder of 58-year-old Kiem Huynh in 2008. He received sentences of life imprisonment for Huynh’s death. Herard made national news when he barked like a dog during an appearance before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley after his initial arrest.

The judge in the case set a final sentencing date for October 20th when Herard will learn whether he lives or dies.

“I’m actually not scared because I didn’t do these things,” Herard said in court Monday. “So, I’m not going to sit her and put on this sad face and like because I shouldn’t have to.”

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<![CDATA[Boy, 3, Shot in Leg in Northwest Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:09:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092214+toddler+shot+miami-dade.jpg

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was shot in the leg in northwest Miami-Dade Sunday evening.

Family members said the shooting happened at a home in the 200 block of Northwest 82nd Street when the boy's mother's ex-boyfriend burst into the home and started a dispute.

Miami-Dade Police said Jenny Gomez, the mother of 3-year-old Jayden Gomez, was assaulted by the suspect, 20-year-old Ricardo Desravines.

Desravines, who is the father of the younger of Gomez's two sons, engaged in a fight with Gomez's current bofriend. Desravines took out a gun and at some point it went off, hitting Jayden in the leg. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit, but family members said he was expected to be fine.

"He could have been killed, he's innocent, he doesn't have anything to do with it," said the boy's uncle, Gilbert Hidalgo. "It's crazy."

A judge ruled Monday that Gomez and her two sons be placed with Belinda Bermudez, the boys' great grandmother.

Gomez did not comment following the hearing, but her father said he is happy that his grandson is recovering.

"Jayden is doing good," Melvin Gomez said. "The doctor is waiting to say it is okay to take him to the house."

Police are looking for Desravines, who has a criminal record that includes fleeing police, resisting an officer with violence and marijuana possession. Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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

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<![CDATA[Weather: Afternoon Storms Monday]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:48:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014757410_1200x675_331943491946.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- September 22, 2014]]> <![CDATA[S. Dade Senior High Student Arrested for Sex Assault: Police]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092214+victor+marshall+nash.jpg

A South Dade Senior High School student who police say sexually assaulted a teacher at the South Florida school after hours is now facing several charges.

Victor Marshall Nash, 18, was arrested Friday on charges of attempted felony murder, sexual battery, robbery and grand theft of a vehicle.

Nash was arrested by Miami-Dade Schools Police, officials said. He was being held on $62,500 bond Monday, and it's unknown if he has an attorney.

According to an arrest affidavit, two hours after school let out, Nash grabbed the victim, putting his arms around her as she started to cry and tried to push him away.

That affidavit says that Nash body-slammed the victim to the ground, choked her until she lost consciousness and then raped her. He then allegedly put the condom he had used in her personal bag.

Police say Nash then stole the victim's car, which they say he was found driving five hours later in Homestead.

Parents of students at school were informed about the rape over the weekend in a message from the school's principal.

Counselors were at the school Monday as classes were held as usual. Students who spoke to NBC 6 said there were more worried about their own safety than their school work.

"Today, I started hearing kids talk about the buddy system when going to the bathroom," one student said. "We shouldn't have to feel that way in school."

Nash's mother, who did not want to be identified, released a statement asking for privacy.

"Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the victim and her family," she said. "Although the road to resolution is uncertain at this time, we ask that the media respect our privacy and allow our families to get through and heal in this difficult period in our lives."

Victor Nash's father, Victor Nash Sr., is a registered sex offender. He has been charged in the past with crimes ranging from sexual battery to aggravated child abuse.

Teachers' union United Teachers of Dade said in a statement that it was "shocked and dismayed" at the attack. "Our schools should be a place of safety and serenity, not only for students, but the adults who work there as well," it said.

Miami-Dade Schools Police are working with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in the investigation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Injury Woes Continue for Miami As Ozuna Sprains Ankle]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:24:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455880388.jpg

The Miami Marlins lost another big bat on Sunday when Marcell Ozuna went down with a season-ending right ankle sprain.

Ozuna did not slide while approaching second base with a double and twisted his ankle awkwardly as he tried to step on the bag. The center-fielder crumbled to the ground and appeared to be unable to put any weight on his leg. With help from the training staff, Ozuna exited the field.

After leaving the game, Ozuna was sent for x-rays on the ankle which came back negative. It was good news but the sprain itself will keep Ozuna out for the last seven games. The 23-year old was seen with crutches and a walking boot following the injury.

This is the second straight season that Ozuna will end while injured. Last year, Ozuna's year came to an end on July 23rd. On an attempted catch in the outfield at Coors Field, Ozuna sustained a left thumb ligament tear and ended up having surgery. He was actually optioned to AA prior to the injury being diagnosed but likely would've returned later in the season if healthy.

2014 was a breakout season for Ozuna who settled in nicely in the middle of Miami's lineup. Ozuna finished with a slashline of .269/.317/.455 to go along with 23 home runs and 85 runs batted in. Also of note were 26 doubles and five triples in addition to his excellent defense in the vast outfield at Marlins Park.

Going into 2015, Ozuna could find himself getting a promotion in the lineup. It is possible that he will slide into the four-spot and hit behind Giancarlo Stanton. That slot was held by Casey McGehee for the majority of this season. McGehee had a lackluster second half which could ultimately lead to the change.

Ozuna is under team control until 2020 and is not arbitration eligible until the 2016 season. He is a candidate to be bought out by Miami as well.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Audition for Estefan Broadway Musical]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:37:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/ByFp42FIIAAFUpY.jpg

A new Broadway musical is based on the life and music of the Estefan's and hundreds of local artists think they've got what it takes to take the stage next November.

A mix of nervousness and excitement filled the lobby of the Adrienne Arsht Center as hundreds of performers waited their turn to audition for the "On Your Feet" Broadway musical.

SOT, Liz Viloria, auditioning- "I know I have the drive and the talent and I'm a fast learner, so I hope they can see all that," said auditioning hopeful Liz Viloria.

SOT, Melina Almodovar, auditioning- "I sing salsa music," said Melina Almodovar, "and I love when Gloria sings the salsa, so I hope to be able to be in it and be a part of it."

The search for the perfect cast kicked off online and in New York City, but the second and final stop for open call auditions was right here in Miami, home of the power couple who've been ambassadors for the Magic City around the globe.

SOT, Emilio Estefan- "I think Miami is a great place because you know most of the people are bilingual," said Emilio Estefan. "They know how to sing in Spanish, English, they can be able to understand the music and they know the history."

While many practiced before facing the judges, the participants got quite the surprise when Gloria and Emilio walked in and even posed for selfies. Although this is an international casting search, South Florida performers may have some home-court advantage.

"I'm hoping that we find me here," said Gloria Estefan. "That would just be icing on the cake I think."

"On your feet" is the story of the Estefan's from about childhood to adulthood with a focus on their pursuit of the American dream. The musical is set to Gloria's chart-topping hits as well as new songs penned by the couple.

SOT, Gloria- "The theme is that in life you have to keep getting on your feet," Estefan said. "You know it might knock you down once in a while, you go through a lot of things, but the magic of it is just to keep plugging away and doing what you do."

Opening night for "On your feet" is November 5th at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

<![CDATA[Sweep Ends Hopes of Winning Season]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:49:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455875054.jpg

The Miami Marlins will need to win their remaining seven games to finish with a .500 record after the Washington Nationals won 2-1 on Sunday.

The win completed a four-game sweep for Washington and sent the Marlins reeling to their fourth consecutive loss. Miami is only 3-7 in its last ten games and has fell to fourth place in the division. It remains possible that the Marlins could tumble all the way into last.

There was a scary moment in the bottom of the seventh inning when Marcell Ozuna injured his ankle on a play at second base. The center-fielder had to be helped off the field and was diagnosed with an ankle sprain that will end his season.

Nathan Eovaldi did about as much as he could but it wasn't enough. Eovaldi allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of work. That goes down as a quality start in the books but also his 13th loss of the season. The right-hander is expected to make one more start this year and he will look to improve upon his 4.44 E.R.A.

Andrew Heaney gave the Marlins a nice positive sign next with three fantastic innings of relief. The top prospect allowed only one hit, walked none and struck out two. Heaney will enter Spring Training with a chance at cracking the starting rotation in 2015.

The one run batted in for Miami was courtesy of Donovan Solano in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Marlins only had four hits on the day as Stephen Strasburg dominated them along with the Washington bullpen.

Miami will begin its final home series of the year on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Henderson Alvarez will make the start for the Marlins.

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<![CDATA[Early Morning Fire Damages Hialeah Restaurant]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:26:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/223*120/hialeahrestfire921.PNG

A Hialeah restaurant went up in flames early Sunday morning.

Firefighters responded to the Asian Hibachi Buffet at 1500 W 49th Street around 3:30 a.m. Police said the fire spread quickly and people had to be evacuated from the area.

Investigators said the building was considered too dangerous to enter until the property can be inspected.

"There's some cracking of the foundation walls and the roof is starting to sag as well," said Hialeah Fire Department Captain Caesar Espinosa. "So the state fire marshal is unable to start his investigation until the building engineers get out here and say it's safe to go in there."

Once cleared to enter, the state fire marshal can investigate the cause of the fire.  

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

<![CDATA[Coast Guard Searching for Missing Diver]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:53:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/COAST+GUARD+CHOPPER+GENERIC.jpg

Coast Guard crews are searching for a missing diver after he never resurfaced Saturday.

According to the Coast Guard, 45-year-old Pompano Beach resident Marc Raroha went diving with two other people approximately one mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale near Oakland Park Blvd.

The captain of the the diving boat notified the Coast Guard around 4:45 p.m. that two people resurfaced but Raroha did not.

The Coast Guard launched the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin along with a rescue helicopter and a small boat to search for Raroha. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Broward Sheriff's Office and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue are all assisting in the search.

The Coast Guard said it will send an aircraft to search for Raroha Monday morning.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Lucky]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:29:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/potw+lucky+921.PNG

Our featured pet this week is Lucky, a one-and-a-half year-old terrier mix who hopes to get his "lucky" break and find a loving home.

Lucky loves kids and even cats, and would make a wonderful family dog. He walks well on a leash and knows basic commands as well. Lucky would be the perfect fit for a family.

Lucky's adoption fee is only $50 and includes neutering, vaccinations and microchip. For more information on how to adopt Lucky or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page. 

<![CDATA[Hurricanes Fall in Nebraska]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:51:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455830366.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes went into Nebraska for a game against the 24th ranked Cornhuskers on Saturday and lost 41-31.

Brad Kaaya had a night to forget as he threw two interceptions. The efficiency wasn't there either for Kaaya who was only 28-42 on his pass attempts. That was good for 359 passing yards overall. The freshman did also throw three touchdown passes on a busy night in the air for the Hurricanes.

Those passing yards were divided up relatively evenly with Duke Johnson leading the way. Johnson caught five passes for 84 yards in the air and also added 93 rushing yards on the ground. The Junior took one of his runs into the end zone and now has three rushing touchdowns on the year.

The aforementioned other three touchdowns for Miami came by way of the passing game. Clive Walford, Braxton Berrios, and Malcolm Lewis each picked up a touchdown reception. Walford caught the most passes of the day with seven in what was the busiest day of the year thus far for the Senior.

Miami was 4-10 on third downs and 2-3 on fourth downs. The big problem was Nebraska's efficiency in similar situations. The Cornhuskers did not need to attempt a fourth down conversion and were 7-10 on third downs. The ability to continue to pick up a fresh set of downs allowed Nebraska to dominate the time of possession in the game.

The Hurricanes will take on the Duke Blue Devils in Miami next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Eliminated From Playoff Contention]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455812980.jpg

The Miami Marlins were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with their 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

The loss was the third straight for the Marlins and also their 80th of the season. One more loss would eliminate the opportunity to have a winning season. Miami has been in a tailspin since losing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a season-ending injury.

Jarred Cosart continued his fine season as a Marlin with three-run ball over 6.1 innings. The loss was tagged to Cosart though due to a lack of run support. With nine hits and two walks, it wasn't Cosart's best outing but it was still a quality start. The right-hander is now 13-10 on the year when combining his time with the Houston Astros.

Mike Dunn, Chris Hatcher and Carter Capps combined for 2.1 scoreless innings of relief after Cosart exited. That kept the Marlins in the game even though it ended up being a wasted effort when Miami's bats were silenced.

Justin Bour continued to show that he is big league ready with another solid day. Making a second straight start at first base, Bour had two hits and a run batted in. While he's struggled off the bench, Bour has been exceptional as a starter.

Reed Johnson made another start in right-field and doubled for the 13th time on the season. Most of the starts in the corner outfield spot have gone to Johnson as of late. Johnson mishandled a couple of plays in right field along the way.

The Marlins will try to salvage one win in the four-game series on Sunday when Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound.

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<![CDATA[Week Three Preview: Chiefs at Dolphins]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:18:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455440346.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will be looking for a bounce back win on Sunday when they battle the Kansas City Chiefs at Sun Life Stadium.

Last week Miami fell to Buffalo in a game that was dominated by the Bills. The Dolphins lost Knowshon Moreno early and never found their footing. At the end of the day, the Bills dropped the Dolphins to 1-1 on the year. 

One thing that Miami knows going into this one and is that it will be without Moreno. He's going to be gone for several weeks with a dislocated elbow. The majority of the snaps on the ground are coming to come by way of Lamar Miller. For Miami to succeed, Miller is going to need to step up big and take some pressure off of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill had a tough day last week in Buffalo. The QB was put on the ground four times for 31 yards. He was forced to throw 49 passes due to the unexpected loss of Moreno. Tannehill would throw one touchdown pass but he also threw a pick. The average passing yardage came in at 4.9 as the Dolphins struggled to get their offense going.

As for the Chiefs, they will be without their running back as well. Jamaal Charles is out with a high ankle sprain. Without Charles, Kansas City will turn to Knile Davis instead.

This will be the first game between Kansas City and Miami since 2011 when the Dolphins trounced the Chiefs 31-3.

After an exciting comeback win in Miami in the season opener, the Dolphins will hope for some more home cooking on Sunday. The game is set to begin at 4:25 p.m.

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