<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:57:51 -0400 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:57:51 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[BSO Investigating Fatal Crash in Deerfield Beach]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-stop-generic-traffic.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a fatal crash Friday evening.

It happened at Northwest 1st Avenue and Hillsborough Boulevard in Deerfield Beach.

BSO said one person was killed in the crash.

No further details have been released about how many vehicles were involved or what led to the crash.

Several roads around the crash scene have been closed to traffic.

To check the latest traffic conditions, click here.

<![CDATA[Crime Stoppers Tip Led Police to Sunrise Murder Suspect]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+Baijnauth+Ramsaroop.jpg

A Crime Stoppers tip led police to a man whose violent crime spree in a Sunrise neighborhood culminated in the shooting of a father of two, police said Friday.

Doderick Woods Smith was arrested early Friday in Lauderhill after a brief foot chase, Sunrise Police said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Smith is facing a number of charges, including murder in the Monday shooting death of 38-year-old Baijnauth Ramsaroop, police said. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Ramsaroop's body was found in the parking lot of a shopping center at 2320 N. University Drive. Police said Smith committed the murder, an attempted murder, an aggravated assault, an attempted armed robbery and four vehicle burglaries in the area in the span of 20 minutes.

Police said Ramsaroop may have been trying to thwart another vehicle burglary when he was shot by Smith. After shooting Ramsaroop, Smith demanded a wallet from a second victim and pulled the trigger on his gun three times but it didn't discharge, police said.

After demanding the wallet from a third victim, Smith fled the scene, police said.

A Crime Stoppers tip gave police Smith's name, but detectives also had a slew of evidence and helpful information, including DNA blood evidence left by Smith when he smashed the windows of the cars, video from red light cameras and nearby businesses, positive identification by the other victims, and a juvenile who witnessed the murder, officials said.

"He was a very loving husband to me and a father, he was a hard working husband," wife Shanaz Ramsaroop said.

Police said Smith had an active Interpol warrant for a May 2002 murder in the Bahamas. An investigation is ongoing into his immigration status, police said.

<![CDATA[Expert South Florida Couponer Reveals Her Secrets]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:32:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+marlene+ramirez+couponer.jpg

Marlene Ramirez is what is known as an extreme couponer. She has thousands of dollars worth of products she’s paid little or no money for. Ramirez calls it her "stockpile."

Her southwest Miami-Dade home looks like a small store with inventory stacked up on shelves and in a packed freezer. In her refrigerator, she points at 12 packages of brand name hotdogs and says, "all those hot dogs were for free, plus the sausages which are in the freezer."

As Ramirez gave NBC 6 a tour of her home, she showed off her bedroom where she keeps another "stockpile." This one has toiletries and medicine worth an estimated $1,600.

"I paid approximately $375," Ramirez said. That’s thanks to her shopping technique which combines sales with multiple coupons. Each week, Ramirez collects coupon magazines in the mail and newspaper. She also picks up coupon magazines she calls "green and purple" at the entrance of Publix. Last, she goes in search of what she calls "blinkies" which are coupons that come out of dispensers on store shelves.

Once she’s collected all of the coupons, she organizes them in a file, separating them by dates and coupon magazines. For example, she puts the Smart Source flyers in one file and the Red Plum inserts in another.

After filing them, she reads blogs that tell her what store special can be matched up with her coupons for even more savings. Some coupon bloggers know what will be on sale before the sale even starts. Since Ramirez gets coupons from family and friends, she has dozens of the same coupons and only cuts what she needs so she doesn’t waste time.

When she has her match-ups, she makes a shopping list and heads to Publix Thursday morning at 7 a.m., which is when the weekly sale begins. She wants to make sure another couponer doesn’t clear the shelves before her.

She also familiarizes herself with the store’s coupon policy and figures out which competitor coupons the store will accept; the information is posted on a sign at the entrance.
“You can use a Publix coupon, you can also use a competitor coupon, you can also use a manufacturer coupon to maximize savings,” Publix Spokesperson Nicole Krauss said.

Ramirez lowers the price of each item by using her own techniques.

If she buys a product worth $2 and gets a second free, she can still use a store or competitor coupon on each product, including the free one. On top of that, she can use a manufacturer coupon on each product and if all four coupons are for 50 cents off, she ends up getting both products for free.

She also makes money on some items if the discounts she has in coupons exceed the price of the product. She uses that surplus to help pay for the other items.

During a recent shopping trip, Ramirez bought over $100 worth of products at Publix and after combining coupons ended up paying only 20 cents. She credits much of her savings to bloggers like http://thekrazycouponlady.com and http://www.iheartpublix.com who have taught her the ropes. She also follows the Instagram account www.instagram.com/sophiecoupons which shows her the local daily match-ups and has even started her own account, www.instagram.com/canecouponer305.

In order to understand the match-ups, you have to learn the lingo. Here are some examples that may help:

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<![CDATA[Marlins Send Sam Dyson to Rangers at Deadline]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:30:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476292852.jpg

The Miami Marlins traded Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers for two players right before the trade deadline on Friday.

Coming back to Miami will be catcher Tomas Telis and reliever Cody Ege. Telis will head to Miami and serve as a third catcher while Ege has been assigned to AA Jacksonville.

Telis gives Miami an option to replace Jeff Mathis going into next season. While Mathis is known for his solid game-calling, he has bit a liability offensively. With Telis, Miami potentially has a backstop that can provide production on both sides of the field.

The 24-year old Telis put together a slash line of .291 / .327 / .404 in AAA this season. In his limited time in the big leagues, Telis did not do much offensively. This could be due in part to his small amount of at-bats and erratic playing time.

Ege is a left-handed reliever who has posted a 1.00 E.R.A and 1.22 W.H.I.P in the minor leagues this year. Also 24 years old, Ege could be an option for Miami's bullpen later this season. Finding a solid lefty reliever is a need for Miami in a division that features several prominent left-handed bats.

Earlier on Friday, the Marlins traded Dan Haren to the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers. This deal followed a day after Miami finalized another trade that sent Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While the deadline has come and gone, Miami could still make more moves during the waiver period.

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<![CDATA[Gymnastics Coach Arrested on Child Porn Charges: BSO]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:32:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+carl+lechner.jpg

A gymnastics coach from Lauderdale Lakes has been arrested on child pornography and gun possession charges, according to authorities.

Detectives served a search warrant Friday morning at the home of Carl Joseph Lechner, 66, who works as a gymnastics coach for children in Palm Beach County.

According to the arrest affidavit, detectives recovered videos, "Depicting children under the age of 12 engaging in various sexual acts."

Lechner was arrested on seven counts of possession of child pornography, one count of compiling computer pornography, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

Detectives said Lechner owned and operated TAG Gymnastic gyms in Weston from 1998 to 2010 and Davie from 1989 to 2000 and currently works as a coach at Cats Gymnastics-Children's Gymnastics and Fitness Center in Jupiter.

Investigators said Lechner admitted to using his computer to download software that allows users to transfer files. He also told detectives, "His interest in child pornography started when he used the programs to search for child pornography that depicted a child he was familiar with."

Anyone with related information about Lechner should call Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS.

It's unknown whether Lechner has an attorney. He's being held without bond.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Murder in Double Shooting Outside Miami Gardens Strip Club]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:12:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+justin+bailey+court.jpg

A man is facing murder charges in a shooting outside a Miami Gardens strip club earlier this month.

Justin Bailey, 26, was arrested on two counts of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon Thursday.

He made his first appearance in bond court Friday, where he was ordered held without bond. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

The shooting happened early on the morning of July 21 outside Mint Lounge on Northwest 187th Street.

According to an arrest report, the incident started when two women got into a fight inside the club. The fight carried outside when gunfire erupted.

Bailey and two others ended up shot during the altercation, the report said. One victim died at the scene and another at Aventura Hospital.

Police said Bailey was arrested after he was discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital.

According to the report, Bailey admitted to having a gun and opening fire but said his brother had been shot before he started shooting. He said he was defending himself, the report said.

<![CDATA[Possible Lightning Strike Causes Duplex Fire in Miami]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:26:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+duplex+fire.jpg

Severe weather in South Florida left thousands without power and displaced families at a Miami duplex.

Thunderstorms swept across the region on Friday.

Lightning reportedly struck the two-story duplex in the 1500 block of 70th Street in Miami, causing it to go up in flames. Ten families were displaced.

Just before 3:30 p.m., Miami Fire Rescue was dispatched to the fire, with reports of two people trapped.

MFR arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from the second floor balcony. Within 20 minutes, firefighters had the fire under control and all residents safely evacuated.

According to neighbors, they witnessed a possible lightning strike to the house and moments later observed smoke coming from the roof.

Fire investigators were on the scene to determine the exact cause and the American Red Cross was assisting the families.

Thousands of Broward and Miami-Dade residents also dealt with power outages during the severe weather.

More than 2,200 outages were reported in Broward and another 15,700 were reported in Miami-Dade.

In addition, Miami International Airport reported the storms were impacting arrivals and departures. Airport officials advised travelers to check with airlines for the most current information.

In Pembroke Pines, there were numerous reports of the strong winds causing trees to topple over.

For up-to-date weather information, stay with NBC 6 and check out our Interactive Weather Radar.

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<![CDATA[Death Investigation Underway in Lauderhill: Police]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:33:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+lauderhill+homicide.jpg

A death investigation is underway by the Lauderhill Police Department.

On Friday, officers said a person of interest walked into Broward Jail and said there was a deceased person at their apartment.

They responded to an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Northwest 43rd Avenue in Lauderhill.

No further details about the person of interest or the victim have been released.

Police said they anticipate this to be a long, slow investigation.

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<![CDATA[Teen Charged in Friend's Death in Cooper City Behind Bars]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:13:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+teen+shot.jpg

A 14-year-old boy was being held without bond Friday, a day after authorities said he shot and killed his friend in Cooper City.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon at a home on Northwest 41st Street.

When deputies arrived, they found 14-year-old Charlie Martin dead from a gunshot wound to the head inside the home's garage.

According to the police report, Martin's friend, also 14, and Martin's 16-year-old brother were present when the shooting happened.

When interviewed by police, the 14-year-old told police the trio were at his house without any adult supervision. He said they were in the garage when they found his stepfather's handgun in a box.

According to the report, the 14-year-old stated he took the gun out and said it had a magazine in the well of it. A second magazine was in the box, which was loaded with ammunition.

The teen told police he took the first magazine out of the gun and observed the magazine was unloaded. He said he pulled the slide back on the gun and observed the gun did not have a round in the chamber.

According to the report, the teen told police the group started playing with the gun. He said they each pulled the trigger several times, and nothing happened.

But on one occasion, the teen said when he pulled the trigger, the gun went off, shooting Martin in the head.

He said after Martin was shot, he panicked and ran from the house and did not call police or render any aid. He said he dropped the gun after the shooting as he fled the garage.

The 911 call from the shooting was released on Friday. It came from a man at a nearby sushi restaurant who said he heard a possible gunshot and somebody screaming from a garage, "I heard either a firecracker or a gunshot."

The man also told dispatch he saw two males running around hysterical.

According to the report, the teen said his stepfather had showed him the gun before and even warned him about touching it.

After recovering the gun used in the incident, it was determined by investigators the gun in the magazine was loaded with 14 rounds and the gun had one live round in the chamber.

The teen, whose name is not being released by NBC 6 unless he's charged as an adult, was arrested on one count of manslaughter with a firearm.

He appeared in court Friday afternoon, where a judge ordered him to be held until next week to give prosecutors time to decide how to proceed with the case.

The boy's attorney said he did not intend to cause harm.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Trade Dan Haren to Cubs]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480512258.jpg

The Miami Marlins sent veteran Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers on Friday.

Haren was seen as a likely candidate to be dealt before Friday's trade deadline due to his impending free-agent status. The right-hander has enjoyed a fine season with a 3.42 E.R.A and was eyed by several contenders according to reports.

Before the season began, Haren was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. As part of that deal, the Dodgers sent $10 million to cover Haren's salary. It is unknown if Miami is sending any cash along with Haren.

Coming back to Miami in this deal will be shortstop Elliott Soto and pitcher Ivan Pineyro. This continues a week which has shown that Miami is committed to rebuilding its depleted farm system. After a flurry of moves last off-season, the Marlins were left with a lack of depth in the organization.

While the prospects acquired thus far in deals have not been considered upper tier talent, they are young and could eventually contribute at the big-league level. The minor leaguers could also end up being trade chips in future deals.

The Marlins could make additional trades prior to the deadline. Some names that have been mentioned in recent rumors are Carter Capps and Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins are not expected to move either player unless significant talent was coming back. Both Ozuna and Capps have minimal salaries and controllable contracts.

Miami will take on the San Diego Padres on Friday evening at Marlins Park.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Murder Charge Dropped Under 'Stand Your Ground']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:56:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+michael+greico+kimberly+matthews.jpg

A woman accused of shooting and killing a man outside a southwest Miami-Dade strip club last year had a second-degree murder charge dropped Friday under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rodolfo Ruiz granted the motion to dismiss the charge against Kimberly Matthews, who had been arrested in the April 20, 2014 shooting of 25-year-old Terrence Henderson outside The Office Gentlemen's Club.

“Based on the totality of the circumstances as they appeared to Matthews when she acted, a reasonable and prudent person situated in the same circumstances, knowing what Matthews knew, would have similarly discharged a firearm in self-defense," Judge Ruiz said in his ruling.

Matthews, 32, had claimed she opened fire to protect her brother and herself after a fight broke out in the club's parking lot. She had been facing up to life in prison if convicted.

"We're very pleased with the court's ruling, this was a long time coming," attorney Michael Grieco said. "This is not about celebrating the death of anybody, this is about saving a life, in this case my client's."

A two-day hearing was held last month. Surveillance video of the fight was used in court to support Matthews' claim of self-defense.

Prosecutors could still appeal the judge's ruling but for now, Matthews has no criminal record.

"For now, she's a free woman and we couldn't be happier," Grieco said.

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<![CDATA[Picking the Perfect Shelter Pet (Part One)]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:35:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kupkee+clear+the+shelters+073115.jpg

If you’re heading to a shelter on August 15th to adopt a pet on #ClearTheShelters Day, you still have time to do your homework and get your ducks in a row. If you’re still coming around to the idea, here are some things to consider before bringing home a furry friend. Please take the time to make sure your lifestyle is conducive to responsible pet ownership.

Walking into a shelter for the first time can be overwhelming. Decisions that were made during the family meeting can easily fall by the wayside. Write down all of the decisions that were made at home, and bring the list with you to the shelter. If your children are old enough to read, give them copies of the list as well. They may need to be gently reminded that Grandma is allergic to cats, or that a high drive Norwegian Elkhound won’t be happy in a two-bedroom townhouse. While having the kids in tow might make the visit a bit more complicated, you need to be certain that your new pet is comfortable with your kids. We’ll talk more about that later, but for now, plan on bringing the kids along - even the little ones.

Choosing The Right Dog

Cat people, bear with me; there’s a very special article in the pipeline that’s just for you! But since dogs are more likely to be returned to a shelter as a result of a pet/household mismatch, we’re going to start with Fido.

When you get to the shelter, do a walk through of the kennels, checking out every dog that meets your criteria. Familiarize yourself with the basics of canine body language, and try to figure out what a possible contender is “saying”. A dog that is hiding in the corner, looking away, showing the whites of her eyes, standing with one foot raised, or tucking her tail between her legs, may be feeling anxious or fearful.

In any other setting, this would be a red flag - especially where children are concerned. But it’s important to remember that shelters can be scary, overwhelming places for dogs. That frightened looking dog may have just been surrendered by the only owner she has ever known. Perhaps she was found in the streets the day before. We have to cut shelter dogs a certain degree of slack. Ask the shelter’s staff and volunteers for any information they may have about a particular dog. See if you can meet with her in a separate space, away from the noise and chaos. You may find that she comes out of her shell in a less hectic environment.

A dog who is friendly should be willing to come up to the kennel to greet you and sniff you. She should be equally happy to see your kids. If she’s more interested in the kids than she is in you, even better! Look for a dog whose body is wiggly, loose, and has lots of curves when she moves. We often tell kids that a friendly dog’s body should move like a cooked noodle or a piece of spaghetti. A dog that “play bows” by lowering her front paws and upper body, while sticking her back end in the air, really wants to play. Lolling tongues and goofy smiles are good signs as well. If a potential pet seems a bit too excitable, again, cut her a little slack. Shelters are often too understaffed to give their residents the exercise and human interaction they so desperately crave. Start walking away, and see if she calms down; if she does, that’s a great sign. If she doesn’t, don’t give up on her.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, ask the shelter staff if you can take her for a walk and get to know her one on one. This is the best opportunity for spotting potential problems, and for assessing a potential pet’s drive, or energy level.

Potential Problems

If you’re assessing a dog that seems shy or fearful, see if she relaxes when she is outside the kennel environment. The tail should be straight out or slightly lowered, not between the legs. If she looks around quickly and nervously, licks her lips when there is no food present, yawns (she should not be sleepy in this setting), or looks away from you, she may be fearful by nature. See if she cringes when you pet her. If she allows you to pet her, then immediately shakes her whole body, she is literally trying to shake off the stressful experience of being touched. This dog is not a lost cause, but make no mistake - she will need some work. It will take time, patience, persistence, and professional assistance to help her gain some confidence. Ask yourself if you’re willing to make this commitment, and be honest. If you have young children, this dog is not a good choice for you. Many normal childhood behaviors such as chasing, screaming, hugging, and kissing can be downright terrifying to a fearful or anxious dog. And frightened dogs are very likely to bite. Keep looking.

If you choose a dog with a stiff body posture whose tail is straight in the air, you have probably chosen poorly. Ditto for the dog who stares intently, especially at your children. Don’t even take this dog out of the kennel. Unless you have extensive experience in rehabilitating dogs, and do not have children or other pets in your life, don’t even think about it. She wasn’t born aggressive. Humans made her what she is. It’s not her fault she’s aggressive, but she’s aggressive just the same. Unless you are highly trained and uniquely qualified, she is not the dog you want.

Now about Miss Hyper Hound. This one requires more of a judgement call. As I’ve stated before, we need to cut shelter dogs a bit of slack. A dog that is overly bouncy and excited, may just be suffering from a lack of exercise and interaction. She may display behaviors such as leash pulling, jumping on people, and play biting. I am not a professional trainer, and I may get backlash from people who are, but these behaviors really don’t bother me. Don’t get me wrong - they’re obnoxious and they need to be fixed. But they’re fixable, and they’re easy to fix. Remember, a shelter dog is a bargain! Take some of the money you would have spent at the vet’s office and hire a trainer to help you. If on the other hand, Miss Hyper Hound is too big for you to safely control, bulldozes your children, or if you simply cannot get her attention at all, she may not be a good fit. If you think she’s the one, be ready to spend a considerable amount of time getting her caught up on basic manners, and giving her a lot of exercise.

Regardless of what type of dog you adopt, it’s always a good idea to invest in some training as a way of setting behavioral expectations. Two of our favorite trainers, Applause your Paws in Miami, and K9 Advisors in Broward, are offering discounts to families who adopt on August 15th.

Assessing Drive

When I talk about drive in this context, I’m referring to the dog’s general levels of both physical and mental energy. I’m also referencing the dog’s endurance levels. A medium drive dog likes to run, swim, fetch, play, and blow off steam. A high drive dog needs to run, swim, fetch, play, and blow off steam! This dog will want to keep going long after you’ve called it quits. Additionally, mindless calorie burning may not be enough for this dog. Many high drive dogs are also very intelligent, and they seem to have a need to do meaningful work, such as agility, scent work or trick training. Our younger dog Zohan is a high drive dog, but he’s small, so he tires quickly. While we enjoy the challenge of a high drive dog, if he weighed 60 pounds, he would be way too much dog for us. Any large dog that lived in our home would have to be a low drive couch potato in order to mesh with our lifestyle.

A quick and easy way to assess a dog’s drive is to see how she reacts to a brightly colored squeaky toy. Don’t do this in the presence of other dogs as it’s bound to start a commotion. If she’s more interested in you than she is in the toy, you’ve likely found a low drive, lovable marshmallow. Unless you’re looking for a cycling partner, or the next agility champion, she’s a keeper. And if you don’t adopt her, I just might! This type of dog is perfect for first time dog owners, or busy families who don’t have a lot of time to devote to training or rigorous exercise. These dogs ask for nothing more than the privilege of sitting at your feet.

A medium drive dog will be interested in the toy, and may shift into play mode while the toy is visible. She will likely become more animated and bouncy, and that’s fine. Once the toy has her attention, put it away. Place it in your purse, or tuck it under your shirt, but don’t make a big deal over it and look away from the dog. If after a few minutes she has settled down, refocused on you (or your kids), and seems to have forgotten about the toy, she too is a keeper. This is likely a medium drive dog. These dogs will play hard, but they power down quickly, making them a perfect choice for active individuals and families with children. They need exercise and playtime, but they don’t need to feel like they’re building rockets. And if it’s too rainy to go for a walk, a family evening with NetFlix will suit them just fine.

If you’re assessing a high drive dog, she will not just want to find the toy. She will need to find the toy! Five minutes after the toy disappears, she will not be looking at you. It’s all about the toy. It was right there. She saw it. She knows it’s there somewhere. It is now her mission in life to find the toy. You may see that her level of activity increases with each failed attempt to find the toy. This dog will need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep her happy and mentally balanced. As the owner of a high drive dog, I’ll be the first to tell you that they are a lot of fun. But they need to work whether we feel like working with them or not. Running around in the yard with the kids is not enough for these dogs - in fact, their intensity can actually be frightening for young kids. If you’re physically active and your schedule is flexible, you may have found the perfect dog. But if your plate is already full, a high drive dog, especially a large one, is probably not a good fit.

If all of this sounds daunting, consider hiring a Certified Professional Dog Trainer to accompany you to the shelter. These experts do a great job of spotting traits that a novice might overlook. They can be an invaluable tool in helping you to make the best choice.

One Last Consideration

You’ve got a lot to think about, but when you’re looking for a four-legged soulmate, there’s one more question you need to ask.

Do you love her?

The dog you go home with will be your dog for the rest of her natural life. That’s a 12 to 15 year commitment. Your reward is a place at the center of a grateful heart whose only desire is to please you. So choose wisely, but listen to your heart as well. Chances are, you’ll know when you’ve found the one!

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<![CDATA[Last Chance Pets at Broward Animal Care]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:48:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/197*120/inki+073115.PNG

Five dogs and one cat at Broward County Animal Care are considered "last call" and are in need of urgent adoption or rescue. The adoption fee for all of these pets has been waived!

Babs is an affectionate 4-year-old Black Mouth Cur mix who needs a new home! She would make a great apartment or townhome dog, as she is short and only weighs 30 pounds. Babs loves people and enjoys being around other dogs as well.

Louise is a friendly, 7-year-old American Bulldog who would love to be your new best friend! She is 63 pounds, and is a sweet, well-socialized girl who enjoys the company of people and other dogs. Louise is gentle, well-mannered, and even walks well on a leash!

Brianna is an energetic American Staffordshire Terrier who just loves to play! This 2-year-old girl weighs 48 pounds and is described by shelter staff as an energetic bundle of joy. Brianna loves to give kisses, and gets along well with other dogs.

Inki is a 5-year-old, 65-pound American Bulldog who is exceptionally well-behaved and knows basic commands. Inki is affectionate and so eager to please. She loves people and other dogs. Inki and her brother Rocco (see below) are very bonded and hope to find a new home together.

Rocco is a 3-year-old, 57-pound American Staffordshire Terrier who just loves his sister Inki. Unlike his sister, Rocco is in need of some basic training. He is a friendly boy who loves both people and other dogs. Since he and Inki have been through a lot together, the shelter would love to keep this pair together.

Scarlette is a beautiful 8-year-old domestic shorthair cat in need of a forever home. She is one of the longest residents at the shelter, since she arrived January 15th after her her owner passed away. Scarlette has actually been adopted twice, but was returned because she likes her space. She gets along with people and other cats, but she's an independent lady who prefers to be alone. Scarlette needs a new family who can give her the love and space she needs.

Broward Animal Care and Adoption is located at 1870 SW 39th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on adopting animals from Broward Animal Care, visit their website or call (954) 359-1313.

<![CDATA[Weather: Chance for Storms Friday]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000019340532_1200x675_494951491772.jpg Our Friday is off to a dry and warm start. Erika Delgado says that by the afternoon we may see some thunderstorms with highs around 91.]]> <![CDATA[2 Police Officers Involved in Miami Collision: MDPD]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:41:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+police+ax.jpg

Two police vehicles were involved in a crash Thursday evening, according to Miami-Dade Police.

It happened around 7:40 p.m. near Southwest 137th Avenue and Southwest 152nd Street in Miami.

Photos from the scene show a Miami-Dade Police truck and a Biscayne Park Police car involved in the collision, along with several other vehicles.

According to investigators, the Miami-Dade officer was in his marked unit and traveling westbound on the eastbound lanes in emergency mode with lights and sirens.

The Biscayne officer, who was off-duty in his marked police car, was traveling westbound, attempting to turn into a shopping center.

Both vehicles collided, sending the Biscayne vehicle into three other vehicles that were stopped in traffic, and the Miami-Dade vehicle into a parked, unoccupied vehicle.

The officers were transported to area hospitals, where they are both listed in stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Stephen Ross Has High Expectations for Dolphins]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:01:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460102896.jpg

The Miami Dolphins are entering the season with high expectations from many people including their owner, Stephen Ross.

Ross addressed his team on the first day of training camp on Thursday, and let it be known that he expects a lot from the group. The strong message from Ross is a sign of a potentially short leash for head coach Joe Philbin.

When Ross was asked about the prospect of missing the playoffs, he responded with a few words that spoke volumes.

"Obviously, I’d be disappointed," Ross responded.

That disappointment would likely lead to the end of Philbin's time in Miami. After three seasons of missing the playoffs, Philbin enters this year with an improved roster. Another year that ends before the postseason would seemingly be too much for Ross.

Ross referred to this year's team as the most talented Miami has had in "many, many years.”

In addition to addressing his team, Ross also met with the media and fielded a variety of questions. When the topic of season tickets came to light, Ross let it be known that the Dolphins' fan base is strong and growing.

"I think the Dolphins are a team that are capturing the imagination of the whole fan base here in South Florida,” said Ross.

In the end, wins are going to bring fans to Sun Life Stadium. Miami has not had a winning campaign since 2008 when it won 11 games. The last two years have ended with 8-8 records, but gave some hope to a dedicated fan base.

Miami will kick the preseason off on August 13th in Chicago against the Bears.

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<![CDATA[Heat Announces Preseason Schedule]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465923644.jpg

The Miami Heat announced their schedule for the preseason on Thursday which is set to begin on Oct. 4 at home.

Coming off a season that did not feature a playoff appearance, the Heat should be focused quickly in their first game action. The preseason is a good opportunity for head coach Erik Spoelstra to make some final tweaks and decisions before games start to count.

Miami will take on the Charlotte Bobcats in the aforementioned preseason opener. That game will be the first of three at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

Following the contest with the Bobcats, the Heat will take on the Orlando Magic on Oct. 7. This game will actually take place far away from Florida despite the fact both teams hail from the Sunshine State. The game is set to be played at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Oct. 12 will feature a return to the AmericanAirlines Arena when the Heat host the San Antonio Spurs. Even though this is a preseason tilt, it should be a much-anticipated game after a busy and productive off-season for the Spurs. These two franchises also have a recent rivalry after playing in back-to-back NBA finals.

Miami will play games on consecutive days twice in the preseason and the first comes on Oct. 13. The Heat will travel to Orlando for another game with the Magic which is set to tip off at 7 p.m.

Four days later, the Heat will once again begin a back-to-back set. First on Oct. 17, Miami will head to Houston for a game with the Rockets. The following day, Miami will stay on the road as it heads for Atlanta and a meeting with the Hawks.

As the preseason winds down, the Heat will host the Washington Wizards on Oct. 21 before a finale at New Orleans two days later.

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<![CDATA[Humane Society of Broward County Adoptable Pets - July 30, 2015]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Boy+George+534292.jpg Check out some of the adorable pets up for adoption in Broward County.]]> <![CDATA[Doral Man Arrested on Multiple Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:36:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+matthew+dulian.jpg

A Doral man faced a judge Thursday following his arrest on multiple child pornography charges.

Matthew Dulian, 47, was arrested Wednesday on five counts of possession of sexual performance by a child, six counts of electronic transmission harmful to minors and two counts of computer services/certain uses prohibited.

Dulian appeared in bond court where he was ordered held on $150,000 bond in the Miami-Dade jail. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

He had been arrested on an arrest warrant, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Michael Hill Hopes Marlins Fans are 'Educated Enough']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:41:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-459240648.jpg

Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that he hopes Marlins fans are "educated enough" to understand the team's moves.

The quote from Hill came shortly after Miami finalized a salary slashing deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. In the trade, the Marlins received three obscure prospects in exchange for Mat Latos, Michael Morse and a highly sought after draft pick. 

The answer came in response to a question on how fans may interpret the trade. Historically, the Marlins franchise has made several deals where the motivation appeared to be salary reduction. This deal too appears to center around salary relief.

Fans took to Twitter quickly to react to the comments from Hill:

In dealing Latos and Morse, the Marlins were able to shed a significant part of this year's payroll as well as a piece of next year's. Morse had signed a lucrative two-year deal before the season while Latos is set to become a free-agent.

This deal follows a trade that sent Steve Cishek to St. Louis. In that deal, Miami was also able to slash money from the payroll. Much like Thursday's deal, the player that came back in the deal with St. Louis is unlikely to make much of an impact.

When a team includes significant cash in a trade, the return is usually greater in terms of talent. However if a team tries to shed as much payroll as possible, the returning package is unlikely to be productive in the future.

Miami has the third worst home attendance in baseball despite playing in one of the newest stadiums in the league. At an average of only 21,713 fans per game, the Marlins are only ahead of the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Marlins will continue their disappointing season on Friday against the San Diego Padres.

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<![CDATA[STEM Camp Helps Students Complete Science Projects]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:08:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+stem+camp.jpg

Once your kids get to middle school, public or private, chances are they will be required to complete a science fair project. For some students, this is a satisfying, exciting adventure into the world of research and experimentation. For others, it's a huge hassle and takes time away from homework during the school year.

Veteran science teacher Guillermo Garcia decided the best solution was to get kids to do their projects in the summer. So he founded STEM Camp.

“The whole idea for this thing is to give kids a very positive science experience, to show them that science investigation can be a lot of fun,” Garcia explained. “STEM Camp is different in that this camp produces a product, they’re going to walk out of here with a finished science fair project.”

In a one-week session, the 30 students, ranging from 5th to 9th graders, will complete their experiments and finish their boards and write-ups, ready for science fair.

“You get it over with so with school you don’t have to worry about doing it with all your other work, so it’s much better doing it now,” said Alex Vives, an 8th grader at Miami’s Carver Middle School.

Garcia holds the camp sessions wherever he can find space. We visited STEM Camp at Florida Christian School. He’s holding another session at the Miami’s Museum of Science the week of August 10th, and says he can barely keep up with the demand from parents.

“One of the girls’ moms came up to me and said my daughter is so excited about this project and she’s never liked science before and that’s the whole idea, to get them to own the project,” Garcia said.

The projects themselves cover a wide range of physics, chemistry, and biology.

“We have everything here from chemistry, a gas law analysis, to what design of boat holds the most weight to what hull design resists water the best,” boasts Garcia. “We even have blood spatter, forensic analysis going on, and one student is doing a psychological exam which messes with your left brain and right brain.”

Besides a finished project, the students leave camp with something else: confidence.

“They do get a good self-esteem boost when their project works out and they also learn to communicate with adults and others about their work, about their results,” said Garcia, explaining that one of the overlooked benefits of competing in science fair is learning communication skills.

If you’re interested in sending your child to STEM Camp’s last session, or to reserve a spot for next summer, send an email to STEMCamp@yahoo.com. The cost is $225 per session, and some limited scholarships are available.

<![CDATA[North Miami Hoarder Gets Helping Hand From Police]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:13:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+north+miami+hoarder.jpg

Police officers assisted a North Miami man in cleaning up his home Thursday in what officials say is one of the worst cases of hoarding they've ever seen.

Televisions hanging from trees, old tires and bicycles and ancient lawnmowers were just some of the items stacked up at the home.

The home belongs to a man named Jovo Skundric, who's lived there 30 years and managed to accumulate a lot of stuff.

"Everything he found, he collected it and brought it home and it got to the point where it was just too much," Officer Natalie Buissereth said. "The front yard, the backyard, there was only a walkway to get in and out. It was very dangerous for him, very dangerous for the community as a whole."

After years of trying to clean up, North Miami Police stepped in to finish the job Thursday.

"He did a great job but he got to a point, the last time we were here, he says I'm tired, I can't do anymore, I'm old," Buissereth said. "And that's when we decided you know what, we gotta help him out. And that's how we got involved."

Before cleaning crews started getting rid of the junk you could barely walk through the stacks of stuff.

"It was pretty bad because the backyard was completely full, the front yard was completely full," neighbor Kelly Shannon. "It just got out of control."

Skundric initially collected the items to make some money.

"Everything I pay for. I'm broke now. After 30 years American...but I'm pretty okay with people," he said.

"He wanted to buy it to sell it at the flea market. Right, he says he bought all this stuff thinking he could go to the flea markets on Saturdays and Sunday's and sell the stuff but unfortunately it kind of got out of control," Buissereth said. "He said it was difficult for him to be able to sell them and he just kept saving them because he said he paid good money for it."

The roof of the house was caving in so it was condemned. Skundric has been living elsewhere in the meantime.

"It's bittersweet as he said for himself, because he's attached to these things but you know, we're here to help him out. We want to help him out," Buissereth said.

The stuff being removed will be recycled for the most part.

"I'm so glad that this is happening because it's not like he's a bad person. He's a great man and he needs help," Shannon said.

Photo Credit: North Miami Police]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida: Thursday Evening Forecast]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:23:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+thurs+wx.jpg The weekend is approaching! John Morales has your latest forecast for South Florida.]]> <![CDATA[Teen Arrested in Shooting Death of Friend: BSO]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073115+cooper+city+teen+shoots+teen.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 14-year-old boy was killed while he, his brother and a friend played with a handgun.

It happened around 3 p.m. Thursday at 10000 41st Street in Cooper City.

Deputies responded to a dispatch call of shots fired at a home. When they arrived, they discovered the body of the victim inside the garage and a handgun nearby.

"A tragedy, just an absolute tragedy," Sheriff Scott Israel said. "It's with a real heavy heart that we have this tragedy that a youngster lost his life."

SWAT cleared the house and SWAT medics confirmed the teen's death.

Homicide detectives spent hours talking to two other teens who were there at the time of the shooting; the victim's 14-year-old friend and his 16-year-old brother.

Detectives later arrested the 14-year-old for manslaughter with a firearm.

The shooting remains under investigation.

<![CDATA[3 Rescued From Sinking Boat Near Haulover Beach]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+boat+rescue.jpg

Rescue crews responded to the scene of a rescue on the water Thursday afternoon.

Footage showed a boat mostly under water near Haulover Beach.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said three people were on board and were rescued by crews. No injuries were reported.

No further details were released on what caused the boat to go under.

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<![CDATA[Burglary Call Leads Cops to Florida City Grow House]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:00:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+florida+city+grow+house+pot+marijuana.jpg

Police investigating a burglary call at a Florida City home found a marijuana grow house Thursday, officials said.

Officers were called to the home in the 800 block of Northwest 3rd Street around 12:30 a.m. and found nothing, Florida City Police said.

But when they were called to the home a second time, they spotted the plants inside the home. Officers waited for a search warrant before going inside.

About 25 pot plants were found at the home, and some were found outside the home among some bushes, officials said.

The value of the plants was about $25,000, police said.

The homeowner said he is evicting the people who live in the home and said he hasn't seen them in months.

"It seems like it could've been somebody was trying to either burglarize the home or take the plants out themselves," Florida City Officer Ken Armenteros said.

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<![CDATA[This Week's Rare Blue Moon]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:01:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/moon-GettyImages-169149710.jpg

Be sure to set your gaze skyward Friday to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon.

The moon will rise at 8:27 p.m. ET Thursday and will set at 7 a.m. ET Friday. The moon will rise again at 10:12 p.m. Friday and set at 8:11 a.m. Saturday. 

While the moon can be seen both nights, the peak time for viewing will be at 5:43 a.m. Friday. 

Don't be fooled by the name "blue moon," however. Most likely, the moon will look gray or white as usual, but it will be a full moon.

Blue moons are not actually defined by their color. Instead, by popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The phenomenon only happens every few years, making it a relatively rare occurrence.

A moon that appears blue is caused by dust in the atmosphere, according to Larry Ciupik, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. If the atmospheric conditions are just right on Friday, then the blue moon may appear slightly blue in color, but Ciupik says that isn't likely to happen.

The popular definition of a blue moon is as incorrect as the assumption that the moon will actually look blue, however, according to Ciupik. The Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar season, which is just as rare as the second full moon in a month. The two kinds of blue moons do not usually align, however.

The last blue moon — by popular definition — happened in August 2012, and the next one will not appear until January 2018. The phenomenon can happen any month except February, even during  a Leap Year, because the month does not have enough days, according to Ciupik.

Although Friday's moon may not look any different than any other full moon, Ciupik believes the popularity of the blue moon is due to the general mystery of the moon, including the faces some people see in the orb and the myths that proliferate about full moons causing strange events.

"It's also a kind of romantic thing," Ciupik said. "I think it's kind of primal. You look at the moon, and it's kind of primal. You could be seeing this a thousand years ago, the same thing."

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<![CDATA[Broken Pipe Causes Gas Leak in Davie]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/a0146-000130a.jpg

A strong smell of gas had roads in Davie shut down Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was shut down in the area of University Drive and Nova Drive, Davie Police said.

Officials said the gas leak was caused by a broken pipe that was later fixed.

No injuries were reported and the roads were opened back up.

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<![CDATA[$2,500 Reward in Plantation Dog Cruelty Case]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:15:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072715+plantation+dog+animal+cruelty+princess+muzzle.jpg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $2,500 reward to help solve a brutal case of animal cruelty in Plantation.

PETA is hoping the reward will help catch a suspect who left a dog wandering with severe injuries to its mouth after its muzzle was tied shut.

The dog, a pit bull mix named Princess, was found in the 7000 block of W. Sunrise Boulevard on July 18. The dog was muzzled so tightly that a thick rubber band had cut through the flesh around her mouth down to the bone, leaving her with severe injuries to her jowls and tongue.

Police said Princess had a collar with tags, and her owner was found in Lauderhill. The owner said Princess had run away from home on July 12 and that attempts to find her were unsuccessful, even after posting an ad on the internet on July 14.

The day before Princess was found, on July 17, a 911 caller reported seeing a man abandon a dog near the Florida's Turnpike overpass on W. Sunrise Boulevard, police said. The dog matched the description of Princess.

Police said it's estimated Princess' mouth was bound for between 4 and 14 days.

"Someone in the Plantation area was cruel enough to strap this dog's mouth shut and leave her for dead on the side of the road—and that person is dangerous," PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien said in a statement. "PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward now, before anyone else is hurt."

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

Photo Credit: Plantation Police]]>