<![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 Fri, 22 May 2015 19:47:02 -0400 Fri, 22 May 2015 19:47:02 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Seaplane Forced to Land Without Landing Gear at FLL]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:41:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/seaplane+emergency+landing.jpg

One of the runways at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport was temporarily closed Friday afternoon after a seaplane was forced to land without its landing gear.

The plane was able to skid to a stop on the runway without its landing gear after it did not lower.

Two people were on board the seaplane, but no one was injured.

Earlier in the day, also at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, a Cessna 402 made a rough landing when part of its landing gear collapsed. No one was injured in that incident as well.



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<![CDATA[Man Convicted in 1970 Grove Murder Set Free]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:49:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+prince+johnson.jpg

A man convicted in a fatal robbery of a ice cream truck driver in Coconut Grove more than 40 years ago when he was just a teen is a free man.

Prince Johnson has been in prison since he was 16, following his 1971 trial for first-degree murder in the death of Marta Roman.

At a hearing Friday, a Miami-Dade judge furloughed the sentence. Johnson thanked his family after he was set free.

"My family, for all the moral support they gave me, standing by me," he said.

Prosecutors accused Johnson and another teenager of shooting Roman during a robbery of her ice cream truck in July 1970. Two 6-year-old girls told investigators they heard the shots and saw the teens running away from the ice-cream truck.

At first, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Johnson, but a judge sentence him to life in prison instead.

"The State knew that there was another person involved, they couldn't connect it. Prince was never alleged to be the shooter in this case, he was a kid who possibly got swept into this incident," public defender Gail Lewis said.

"I'm so happy and I want everybody to know there is a God up above," family member Olive Johnson-Coley said. "He missed his whole life, he was only 16."

"He wouldn't take anything from people, he was different but today is my day, I can't wait to kiss him," aunt Kathleen Basten said.

Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all juvenile offenders sentenced to death or to life in prison must be re-sentenced. The court deemed it a cruel and unusual punishment otherwise, and now the courts are seeing more cases like Johnson's.

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<![CDATA[Sketch Released in Brutal Attack of Disabled Woman]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 19:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/disabled+attack+sketch.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of one of the three suspects wanted for the brutal attack of a 61-year-old disabled woman in her Deerfield Beach home.

On the afternoon of May 15, the suspects walked in through a sliding glass door and demanded jewelry and credit cards from Deborah Plasse. They killed two of Plasse's kittens and threatened to kill her other pets if she didn’t comply.

The intruders, wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves and Halloween masks, became aggressive when she told them she didn’t have much to steal.

The woman is hardly able to walk because of a debilitating illness and often uses a walker.

The intruders threw her down, and she landed on a table and hit the floor. They ransacked her house and used shards of broken glass to cut her face, arm and abdomen, all while demanding valuables.

At one point, her house dress fell open and they sprayed paint on her body. They took only a small, grey safe with her medication inside, as well as the two dead kittens in a paper bag.

She later told Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives that the ordeal lasted between 30 and 60 minutes. Two of the men were inside the house and a third waited outside. One was a short, white male who spoke proper English and wore a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt. The second was taller and spoke with a Spanish accent. He wore a black, hooded sweatshirt. Both wore Halloween masks and gloves and seemed to be in their late teens or early 20's.

Investigators are searching for a white man with shoulder length dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.

The victim was treated for superficial cuts and bruises and released from North Broward Health Medical Center.

If anyone knows anything about this crime, please call Det. Vincent Coldwell at 954-321-4270 or Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.



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<![CDATA[Beckham Looking to Team up with UM to Get Stadium]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:25:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050714+david+beckham+in+miami.jpg

Worldwide soccer star David Beckham and University of Miami president Donna Shalala are talking about partnering on a stadium for both soccer and football.

And Miami-Dade county mayor Carlos Gimenez is encouraging the partnership between Beckham's group and UM.

"Something I actually asked them to do some time ago, so I'm happy we're at this point," Mayor Gimenez said. "I don't know how far into it they are... it's a good development."

The parking lots next to Marlins Park are one of the sites being considered. The land is owned by the county and it would be a much shorter drive for UM students to watch a game compared to Sun Life Stadium.

UM still has a long term contract with Sun Life Stadium, but President Shalala in the past has said she thinks it's too big for Canes games.

Two other sites being considered are the old Bertram Yacht yard just east Of Miami International Airport and a property in Overtown, just south of Interstate 395.

"I'll be happy to support the team wherever they decide to go," said soccer enthusiast Mitchell Torres, who is very involved in Beckham's plan to bring a soccer to South Florida.

Miami already has professional soccer, a team in the the North American Soccer League, and two clubs with the National Premier Soccer League, but they are considered lower tiered teams.

But MLS, says Torres, is considered the top tier, "You are looking at the top players, you're looking at the best product on the field, you are looking at big money, you are looking at global recognition," he said.

This effort is Beckham's third attempt to bring a club to Miami. People like Torres are hoping the third time's the charm.

All you have to do is look at any soccer event that happens in South Florida, it is sold out so I am certain that once this happens the support is going to be overwhelming.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Road Closures in Miami Beach]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+memorial+day+weekend+road+closures+miami+beach.jpg

Heavy traffic and road closures will be in effect this Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach.

Ocean Drive is only open for foot traffic. The roads will open back up for cars on Tuesday, at 7 a.m. There will also be a traffic loop running from 5th Street up Collins Avenue to 17th Street.

Collins Avenue will be one-way northbound and Washington Avenue will be one-way southbound beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday.

The Venetian Causeway will only be open to locals.

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<![CDATA[FBI Looking for Davie Bank Robber ]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:22:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Davie+bank+robber.jpg

The FBI is looking for a suspect who robbed a Chase bank in Davie Thursday.

The robber entered the chase bank branch at 15651 Sheridan Street in Davie at about 9:20 a.m. and demanded money from a bank employee.

No one was injured, but the robber did get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The bank robber was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt which covered most of his face.

Anyone with information as to the identity of this bank robber are asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Man Named Innocent Wanted in Cell Phone Robbery]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:51:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Emmanuel+Innocent.jpg

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man named Emmanuel Innocent for his part in the robbery of a man who was selling his cell phone.

Around 7:15 on May 15, deputies responded to the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of West of Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach.

The victim had fired at a group of suspects whom he agreed to meet to sell a cell phone, which he had advertised on Craig’s List.

During the investigation, detectives determined the four suspects held the victim at gunpoint and took him in their vehicle after stealing his phone and money. As the driver slowed to make a turn, the victim jumped out of the vehicle and fired several shots at the car. One of the bullets struck the tire, which disabled the vehicle and the suspects fled on foot.

BSO deputies apprehended Yodilion Jeanty, 23, and Kesnel Kercius, 21, that same night.

The third suspect, Emmanuel Innocent remains at large and is wanted on a warrant for armed robbery with a firearm and kidnapping with a firearm. The fourth suspect has not yet been identified.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Emmanuel Innocent, 22, or this robbery is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

A reward of up to $3,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest.



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<![CDATA[First Alert Forecast Midday Friday]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:22:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018317727_1200x675_449341507610.jpg Scattered thunderstorms are still possible Friday afternoon. Erika Delgado says storms should be dying out by early evening with partly cloudy skies.]]> <![CDATA[Dozens of Bodies Found Buried Beside I-95 in Sunrise]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:07:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+bodies+found+under+i-95.jpg

Concerned citizens are speaking out after dozens of bodies were discovered buried near the edge and possibly underneath one of South Florida's busiest highways.

Recent expansion plans near I-95 at Sunrise Boulevard led to the discovery of at least 65 bodies. The area was once part of Woodlawn Cemetery. The cemetery is so close to the interstate that it could be mistaken for a field along the highway.

The final resting place was established back in the 1920's, a time when whites and blacks were not permitted to be buried in the same cemeteries in South Florida and across much of the U.S.

Edna Elijah tells NBC 6 South Florida that several of her relatives were buried at Woodlawn. She's unsure of their exact location, as many of the plots are unmarked and there are few records of who was buried there.

The state purchased the land decades ago as the Florida Department of Transportation began to build I-75.

As officials began to survey the area in preparation for expansion plans to the highway, the disturbing discovery was made. They say it's possible that some of the unmarked graves were paved over when the highway was originally built and later widened.

"We're determined there are possibly 80 individual sites in that area, 65 are most definitely - or at least to us they appear because of the shape," said Barbara Kelleher of FDOT. "There are another 15 that are possible, but we're just not sure."

The mystery offers little comfort to Elijah.

"I just think about, is somebody running over my aunts? Is somebody running over somebody else's loved ones?" she says.

It will be up to the state to figure out what to do with the land.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested in Battery of Miami Police Officer]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 19:07:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+alvino+garza+louis+codone.jpg

Two men accused of attacking a Miami Police officer were behind bars Friday as authorities searched for a third suspect.

Alvino Garza, 20, and Louis Codone, 23, are both charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, police said. Garza is also charged with attempted murder.

Garza was being held without bond while Codone's bond was set at $10,000, jail records showed. It was unknown if they have attorneys.

According to police, the officer was on routine patrol Thursday afternoon in the area of Southwest 10th Avenue and 3rd Street when he saw Garza riding a bicycle against traffic.

The officer tried to stop Garza but he took a fighting stance then fled the scene and ran into a nearby building, officials said. When the officer tried to take Garza into custody, Garza's friends heard the commotion from an apartment.

Garza and the officer fell into the apartment during the struggle and Garza pleaded for his friends to shoot the officer, officials said. Codone started hitting the officer and the third suspect pointed a gun at the officer, officials said.

When the suspects heard sirens, they fled the area. Police put up a perimeter and placed two nearby schools on lockdown, and Garza and Codone were arrested. A handgun was also recovered at the scene.

The officer wasn't seriously hurt, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Body Found Near Canal in Hialeah: Police]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:31:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+hialeah+canal+body+found.jpg

Police are investigating after a body was found near a canal in Hialeah Friday morning.

The body was found on the side of the road close to a canal at 7550 West 29th Avenue in Hialeah at around 9 a.m.

No further details were immediately available. Police are investigating.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Key Biscayne Police Add New Patrol Boat]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+key+biscayne+new+marine+patrol+boat.jpg

Memorial Day Weekend boaters have extra protection in Key Biscayne this weekend thanks to a brand new, 26-foot marine patrol boat.

Those familiar with the waters in the area know the potential dangers in boating, especially when the crowds swell as they are expected to this weekend.

Last Memorial Day weekend, a woman was killed near Elliot Key when her boat collided with another.

Chief Charles Press of the Key Biscayne Police Department knows first hand the tragedy of boating accidents. His daughter was nearly killed when she was run over by a boat propeller several years ago.

Since the accident, Chief Press has pushed for tougher safety laws and better resources for his department, like the new boat which can go places and respond to emergencies quicker than the department's current boat.

"That happened to my daughter in our own waters," he says. "And not being able to protect and do the job that we're meant to do, it was - it tore me apart."

Press says the new boat can quickly maneuver in and out of large crowds in the shallow waters surrounding Key Biscayne.

Also increasing safety is a new rafting ordinance which prevents more than five boats from being rafted together.

This weekend marks the first Memorial Day celebration with this new law in order.

The boat was paid for with police seizure funds, and was of no cost to Florida taxpayers.

Two new officers have also been hired by the department to staff the patrol boat.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in Young Man's 2013 Murder: MDPD]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:59:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+juan+salgado.jpg

A suspect who was already behind bars in an unrelated case is now facing a murder charge in the 2013 shooting death of a 21-year-old man in Miami-Dade.

Juan Salgado, 21, is facing second-degree murder and grand theft charges in the death of Christian Joseph McKenzie, Miami-Dade Police said Friday.

Salgado was already in the Desoto Correctional Institute on unrelated charges. It's unknown if he has an attorney.

McKenzie was reported missing on Nov. 14, 2013, after he didn't show up to work. His bullet riddled body was found the next day near his truck, which was abandoned in a remote area of southwest Miami-Dade, police said.

In January, detectives recovered a firearm that was owned by McKenzie, and it was determined that he had been killed with his own gun, police said.

The physical evidence and witness statements led detectives to Salgado, police said.



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<![CDATA[How to Prevent Children From Suffering Dog Bites]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:13:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dog+bite+prevention+052215.jpg

This week is Dog Bite Prevention Week! Which means it’s time for me to remind readers once again, that every year, nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs. And again, I should point out that nearly half of those bitten are children between the ages of five and nine. This year, however, I’d like to examine a different number: seventy seven. This is the percentage of children who are bitten by dogs owned by their family or friends.

Let’s allow that to sink in for a moment - 77% of pediatric dog bite victims are injured by dogs with whom they are very familiar. When parents and dog owners are interviewed by animal control officers or quoted by the press, someone almost always says “The dog just snapped!” This article is not intended to invalidate or diminish the experiences of anyone, especially a child, who may have bitten by a dog. I apologize in advance for any offense this next statement may cause, but it has to be said: dogs do not “just snap”. Ever. So how do these things happen? Why do dogs bite, and why on earth do they bite small children?

Regardless of how deeply we involve our dogs in our lives, at the end of the day, they are animals. As such, they are hard-wired with a “fight or flight” response that determines how they react to stressful situations. While most of us would love to trade our own stress levels for those of the family dog, it’s important to understand that many normal human behaviors can be very frightening to dogs. While I’ve not been able to find an exact statistic, a striking number or dog bites to children happen in conjunction with activities that we consider nice, playful or fun. This only further traumatizes the pediatric bite victim who truly does not understand what he or she did wrong. Here are some everyday childhood behaviors that dogs can perceive as threats.

Hugging and Kissing

Children love giving hugs and kisses. Since they love their dogs as well, it makes perfect sense for them to lavish this sort of attention on the family pet. Hugging and kissing are primate behaviors - and dogs are not primates. In the world of dogs, being grabbed around the neck precedes being taken down by another predator. A kiss can be perceived as an impending bite to the face. Many dogs will tolerate this behavior, but few of them actually enjoy it. And all of them will “tell” you with their body language that they anxious or stressed.

The dog in the picture with me belongs to one of my nurses. She’s a great dog and I love her. But she associates me with shots and x-rays, so the romance is understandably one-sided. Look carefully at her body language. Her ears are back. Her body is tense. The whites of her eyes are visible - a textbook sign of canine anxiety. Most importantly, she is deliberately looking away from me. This is an avoidance behavior, and if you need any more convincing, just Google “child hugging dog image.” The vast majority of them feature dogs that are looking away, looking up or down, or turning their bodies away from the child. Just like Soliel in the picture above, they are tolerating the interaction, but they are not enjoying it. And that can spell trouble down the road. I’ve known Soleil for a long time. She has a very high bite threshold. Had I decided to be stupid and give her a hug or a kiss, she would not have bitten me. However, if I did so several times a day, every day for months or even years, she would have no choice but to correct my behavior with a bite to my face. This is precisely what happens a dog’s warning signs go unnoticed or ignored. Learn these subtle signs of anxiety and stress, and separate children from dogs who may be exhibiting them. The late Dr. Sophia Yin produced a great teaching tool for this purpose. You can check it out by clicking here.http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com/behavior/bodylanguageindogs.html

Sharing

Children are taught from an early age that sharing is desirable behavior and a gesture of kindness towards those whom they love. Sadly, many children are bitten because they expect dogs to share their toys or treats. Many dogs are guilty of resource guarding, and will lash out at children who approach them while they are eating, or who attempt to take their toys. I believe it is wise to teach children that since people and dogs are different, the rules for them are different as well. People are expected to share. Dogs are not. Keep it simple.

Whenever I write articles like this, I always feel like I’m harping on parents. So this time, my fellow dog owners, I’m talking to you. Resource guarding is unacceptable. It may be understandable, but it almost always leads to aggression down the road. Do not set your dog up for failure. We have zero tolerance for it at Casa Kupkee, and our dogs are far from perfect. If you see signs of resource guarding in your dog, call a trainer and get it fixed.

Chasing

Remember the “fight or flight” mentality I mentioned earlier? When a child is bothering a dog, all the dog really wants to do is walk away. This is another reason why hugging is so dangerous - the child’s grip might take away the flight option. A dog who walks away from an overbearing child is actually making a very good decision. This behavior, however, makes no sense to a young child, especially given that most youngsters are taught that such behavior is rude. They are expected to pay attention when someone is addressing them, yet Fluffy can make an unceremonious exit without so much as a by-your-leave. It’s confusing! Again, keep it simple. Dog rules are different. If Fluffy doesn’t want to play, she doesn’t have to. Bites to children often occur when the child pursues or chases a dog who has repeatedly “told” its family that it’s had enough.

Staring

An animal that is about to attack or kill will stare at its intended target before making its move. While children can be taught that it is impolite to stare, babies cannot. And babies stare! It’s very cute - one can’t help but wonder what is going through their minds as they process this big, crazy world. But a dog might interpret a baby’s stare as a challenge or even a sign of an impending attack. Even when they are carried out by small dogs, bites and attacks to babies are often fatal. Tragedy can strike within seconds. Never leave babies alone with a dog. Not even for a second.

Articles on dog bite prevention are almost always followed heated debates in the comment thread. Dog owners accuse parents of raising badly-behaved kids with no common sense. Parents accuse dog owners of failing to take responsibility for the actions of their out-of-control dogs. The fact of the matter is that safe interactions between children and dogs have the potential to benefit communities as a whole. It is therefore everyone’s responsibility to speak up for members of our communities who cannot speak up for themselves.

 

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<![CDATA[Small Plane Makes Rough Landing at Fort Lauderdale Airport]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:05:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+cessna+landing+fort+lauderdale+airport.jpg

No one was injured after a small plane made a rough landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday.

The Cessna 402 was landing at the airport when part of its landing gear collapsed, officials said.

One pilot was on-board and he wasn't injured.

The incident had the south runway closed and all airplanes were being diverted to the north runway, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Broward Shelter's "Dig"nitary Needs a Home]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:50:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/layla+broward+052215.jpg

A dog who helped break ground at the new Broward Animal Care shelter is in need of a forever home.

Layla is a gorgeous 2-year-old Pointer mix, who was named the star "dig"nitary for the new shelter's groundbreaking ceremony. Even though she was surrounded by more than 80 people, Layla had no stage fright and performed her digging duties beautifully.

Shelter staff say this well-behaved girl has been at the shelter for over a month. Layla is in urgent need of a new family.

For more information on Layla, visit Broward Animal Care's website. Her animal ID number is A1741096.

Anyone interested in meeting Layla can visit the shelter, 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.



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<![CDATA[Man Found Dead After Taking Kayak Into Lake: BSO]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:37:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+west+park+body+in+water.jpg

A frantic man who ran through a West Park neighborhood and climbed onto a roof was found dead after taking a kayak into a lake early Friday, officials said.

The bizarre incident happened around 6:30 a.m. in the 4300 block of Southwest 33rd Street, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Officials said a neighbor called 911 after spotting the man possibly trying to break into a home. The man seemed agitated and claimed someone was chasing him as he ran to a second home.

The man climbed onto the roof of the home then jumped off and took a kayak into the lake behind the home. At one point, the kayak flipped over and the man went underwater.

A BSO marine unit responded and found the man's body in the water about an hour later, officials said. He hasn't been identified.

It's possible the man was under the influence of a drug, officials said.

The man's remains were taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Charity Event Features No Players]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:18:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/471006638.jpg

The Miami Marlins hosted a charity event at their ballpark on Thursday evening and zero members of the active roster showed up.

The annual "Fish 'N Chips" event offers fans an opportunity to mingle with players while taking part in casino related activities. This year's iteration included members of the coaching staff including new manager Dan Jennings. However, the coaches were the only members of the team to attend as no players were seen.

The official invitation for the event stated the following:

"Please join the Marlins Foundation for an evening of fun and stakes at the Craps, Blackjacks, Roulette, Poker and Domino tables as you rub elbows with your favorite Marlins players, coaches and alumni."

In the middle of a seven-game losing streak, the Marlins may not be in the best of moods. The team has endured a long stretch of disappointing losses and saw their former manager Mike Redmond given the boot. Giancarlo Stanton left without talking to the media following Thursday's loss.

Marlins fans were upset about the lack of players in attendance and took to Twitter to vent.

A few more fans commented on the situation directly to NBC 6 as well.

"Well, the team probably lost a few more fans tonight since none of the players showed up to the charity event that they were advertised to be there," said Serdar Sirin.

"Jennings becoming the manager removes the buffer that Redmond had in the clubhouse," Kenny Crespo said.

"Think some of them need some time in AAA or AA to remind them they play a child's game for large sums of money while there are real problems in this world," added Robert Garcia.

Marlins president David Samson commented on the event Friday.

"The foundation events are very important to us and of course I'm disappointed no players were there," Samson told the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro. "I think win or lose what we do in the community matters most. Obviously we want to win more and they're working very hard to win. But from my standpoint when you have a commitment, when you have a commitment with the community, you got to do it."

Last year's version of this event featured multiple players in attendance including Justin Bour, Garrett Jones and Christian Yelich among others. In previous years, the event also featured other high-profile names including Hanley Ramirez.

The Marlins players will show up for Friday night's game when they take on the Baltimore Orioles at Marlins Park as they look to halt a skid.



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Rescued From Fort Lauderdale Bridge]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 19:25:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+naked+jumper+fort+lauderdale.jpg

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews helped rescue a naked man who become stuck on top of an upright rail bridge in Fort Lauderdale Friday morning.

Aerial footage showed the naked man atop the Florida East Coast Railway bridge located at 100 Southwest Second Street with crews below reaching out to comfort the man.

According to witnesses, the unidentified man was walking across the railroad bridge around 8:30 a.m. when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top.

"The first crews arrived and noticed an adult male on top of fully extended bridge he was naked and appeared agitated," said Chief Timothy Heiser.

The height was too far for fire department ladders, so a member of the Broward County Sheriff's Office climbed the remaining distance and secured the man with a rope harness.

Crews gave the man a white towel to cover himself with, and slowly lowered the bridge bringing the man back down to safety.

He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for burns he suffered from the hot metal and observation, officials said.

Two years ago, a woman became stuck on this same bridge. The 55 year-old Dania Beach woman was rescued from the bridge after she ended up hanging on with her hands and feet as the bridge moved into an upright position. She was participating in a breast cancer walk at the time and was only stuck for 20 minutes.

"I was here that day too. This is where I live. This is my back yard," said Michael Kellett. "Why would anybody walk across a rail road bridge a draw bridge at that?"

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<![CDATA[Rip Current Risk Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 08:02:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018313881_1200x675_449185859682.jpg Erika Delgado explains how rip currents work, and what beachgoers can do to safely escape them, as there will be in increased rip current risk this Memorial Day weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Weather: Dry Start, Storms Possible Friday]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:41:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018313375_1200x675_449163843614.jpg Aside from some early shower activity in the Keys, we're mostly dry this Friday. Erika Delgado says highs today will reach the lower 90's with scattered storms possible. Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be warm and breezy, but beachgoers should be aware that we will be dealing with rip currents.]]> <![CDATA[Miami Beach Gears Up for Urban Beach Week]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:39:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052413+urban+beach+weekend+miami+beach.jpg

Police and volunteers on Miami Beach are gearing up for Memorial Day weekend, which is like the Super Bowl for the beach. For the next few days the pace and crowds will pick up significantly.

From dusk to dawn, and from now until Monday, hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over will party in Miami beach.

"We are going to see a lot of beautiful women good weather and enjoy the beach," said one tourist.

Its Urban Beach Week, a multi-day festival dominated by hip hop, food and of course tourists. Hundreds of cops from multiple jurisdictions have the job of keeping hundreds of thousands of people safe. And it starts at the causeways.

"At the entrances to our causeways--the Julia Tuttle Causeway and MacArthur Causeway we are going to have our license plate readers out so any vehicle that comes into the city is actually going to be read by that license plate reader," said officer Ernesto Rodriguez of the Miami Beach Police Department. "That reader is going to check for stolen vehicles---just do a comprehensive check of everything that has to do with that vehicle."

From causeways to the sidewalks, police are already cracking down on Ocean Drive.

Traffic in the city is also getting an overhaul. Only locals can access residential streets, everybody else has to loop around some of the major roadways. And during certain times Ocean Drive will be pedestrian only.

Volunteers will be out in full force helping the police. They actually work for the city or county, but are giving up their personal time to make sure police and tourists get along.

"We are here to help defuse and de-escalate any tension. We are here to empathize with the people and assist them," said a city official.

For more information about Urban Beach Week events and traffic plans, click here.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Dies at Hospital Less Than Day After Arrest]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:43:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Man+Dies+After+BSO+Arrest.jpg

Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives are investigating after an Opa-locka man died in a hospital less than a day after being arrested.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, deputies responded Wednesday evening to a possible robbery at the Exxon gas station at 600 N.W. 27 Avenue near Fort Lauderdale.

The deputies reported finding Markus Clark, 26, struggling with a clerk in an enclosed register area. After climbing through an opening in the protective enclosure, it reportedly took several deputies to get control of Clark, who authorities say appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic.

Clark was arrested on charges of burglary, battery and false imprisonment. Officials say Clark was taken to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation. He was pronounced dead Thursday morning.

The Broward medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.



Photo Credit: NBCMiami.com]]>
<![CDATA[Pope Francis Shown South Florida Holocaust Album]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:23:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+holocaust+album+pope+francis.jpg

From a German concentration camp to Coral Springs to the Vatican, a relic of the Holocaust has opened eyes everywhere it’s gone in its travels since World War II ended.

Decades after discovering a photo album in her late father's closet, Shari Unger-Klages showed it to Pope Francis at the Vatican two weeks ago for his blessing.

“It was just a few minutes but he seemed to be genuinely interested in what he was looking at,” said Unger-Klages, recounting her meeting with the Pope, who in photographs, appears to bless the album. “It's a tremendous validation, tremendous validation of the significance of the artifact, the significance of the work that we’re doing.”

Shari's father, Arnold Unger, survived the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp as a young boy. The liberating American soldiers made him their mascot, and apparently made the album for him. Unger never spoke about it to his family, so no one knows why 30 original water colors, depicting life in the camp, were included in the album. The artist was a political prisoner from Poland, a Catholic named Michael Porulski, who died many years ago.

“I felt that it was important that the story of a Dachau survivor, who’s Roman Catholic, who was a brilliant artist, needed to be shared with the world and that the Roman Catholic world needed to know this,” said Avi Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Arnold Unger Foundation for Remembrance.

Hoffman, whose father was also a Holocaust survivor, accompanied Unger-Klages on the trip to meet Pope Francis. The two have made it their mission to use the album, with its Catholic connection, as an educational tool to expand the scope of Holocaust discussion. Unger-Klages says it doesn’t diminish the Nazi genocide against Jews to also acknowledge the Germans’ vicious campaign against political dissidents, gays, gypsies, and others.

“By expanding the dialogue, we’ll get more attention paid to everybody that was impacted,” Unger-Klages said.

She says her dad’s album will eventually be displayed at the Library of Congress. In the meantime, Unger-Klages and Hoffman are hoping their moment with Pope Francis will help spread the still-relevant lesson that genocide against any people, anywhere, cannot be tolerated.

“The Pope’s personal acknowledgment of this artifact is an enormously important tool in bringing the message of this album to the world,” Hoffman said.

A documentary is being made about Arnold Unger’s album. It should be completed within the year.

For more information about the album and its contents, see our first story on it.

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<![CDATA[President Obama to Visit National Hurricane Center]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:21:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP924608241433.jpg

President Barack Obama will be visiting the National Hurricane Center in Miami next week to take part in the annual hurricane preparedness briefing, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"He'll be hearing from our experts, both about our weather forecast that is expected for this summer, but also to hear about the important plans that are in place to mitigate against the risk that are associated with storms that are predicted for the upcoming season," Earnest said.

The president's visit comes ahead of the of June 1 start of the annual Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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<![CDATA[SWAT Team Searching for Suspect in Miami]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:26:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+miami+suspect+search.jpg

A narcotics investigation turned SWAT situation on the streets of Little Havana Thursday. It all began around 3:00 p.m. off of Southwest 10th Avenue and 4th Street Miami police say a man pointed a gun at an officer.

"Luckily that officer was not hurt and nobody in the nearby area was hurt," said officer Kenia Fallat.

Police quickly set up a perimeter, brought out the K9's and began their search for six suspects. Two schools in the area, Riverside Elementary School and the Young Women's Preparatory Academy, were also placed on lockdown.

"We do urge the community to come together with us and help us," officer Fallat said.

Area residents were on edge Thursday evening and upset that they haven't been able to get to their homes for more than seven hours.

One resident, who spoke in Spanish, said she's scared but she's glad police are on top of the situation and that they won't move out of the area until they arrest all involved.

City of Miami police officers captured five suspects, but later continued going door to door looking for the man they say pointed the gun at one of their officers.

"Why he ran away, why he pointed the gun, we don't know, but we're seeing this happen a bit too often," officer Fallat said.

Police officers will remain on the scene through the night until they find the suspect.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Shot and Killed by Police in Fort Lauderdale: Officials]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:43:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+fort+lauderdale+standoff.jpg

A suspect who was reportedly barricaded inside a home in Fort Lauderdale was shot and killed by officers Thursday, officials said.

The standoff was over Thursday evening, but the investigation had just begun on Southwest 29th Avenue and 29th Terrace. The scene of the crime is a home well known to neighbors and police for domestic disputes, and now for a police-involved shooting death.

Hours after the deadly ending, detectives removed a mattress, box spring and other evidence from the home. The SWAT team swarmed the house just before 3:00 p.m., killing the armed suspect as he held a woman hostage inside.

The suspect was later identified as 29-year-old Javoris Washington, a Fort Lauderdale resident.

"There was tons of SWAT all over the place, with assault weapons, and that was it, surrounding the entire house," said neighbor Jennifer Diefenbach.

Neighbors said it all started as a domestic dispute - a loud fight in the driveway.

"And then I heard the lady crying, and the renter of the house came out and said leave that lady alone," said Tanya Alexander. "I didn’t really hear anything he was saying, but I just heard the woman yelling."

When officers first arrived, family members told them the suspect had a gun and might be high on the dangerous drug flakka. Negotiators made their way inside - but after tense discussions - investigators say SWAT members were forced to open fire.

"Obviously, there was a point during that encounter, where this male took an action that our officers felt was going to result in the loss of life or grave danger to the female being held hostage," said Captain Frank Sousa if the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

The home’s owner tells NBC 6 that his longtime renter is a grandmother who has had issues with her son in the past.

"I understand she does have a troublesome son, that’s had some issues, he doesn’t live there, he’s older, he’s an adult," said Dr. Bud Fine.

Distraught family members packed their car and left the home late in the evening, too upset to speak with the media. And as investigators work to uncover what happened, neighbors say they are glad the ordeal is over.

"It’s a little scary, I never expected it... it’s not what I expected when I got up this morning, so I’m glad it’s over with."

Police said Washington has a long history of domestic violence and child abuse. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is common practice in a police-involved shooting.



Photo Credit: Stephen Schuler/NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets, May 21, 2015]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 09:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Bert+and+Ernie+1.jpg Check out the pets looking for loving homes at the Humane Society of Broward County]]> <![CDATA[Boy Scouts Say Gay Ban Not Sustainable]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:47:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Boy-Scouts-America-Kerchief.jpg

The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.

In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban.

"The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained," he said.

Gates said no change in the policy would be made at the national meeting. But he raised the possibility of revising the policy at some point soon so that local Scout organizations could decide on their own whether to allow gays as leaders.

In 2013, after bitter internal debate, the BSA decided to allow openly gay youth as scouts, but not gay adults as leaders. The change took effect in January 2014.

Gates, who became the BSA's president in May 2014, said at the time that he personally would have favored ending the ban on gay adults, but he opposed any further debate after the Scouts' policy making body upheld the ban.

On Thursday, however, he said recent events "have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore."

He cited the recent defiant announcement by the BSA's New York chapter in early April that it had hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader. He also cited broader developments related to gay rights.

"I remind you of the recent debates we have seen in places like Indiana and Arkansas over discrimination based on sexual orientation, not to mention the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer on gay marriage," he said. "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

Gates said the BSA technically had the power to revoke the charters of councils that defied the current ban on gay adults, but he said this would be harmful to boys in those regions

He also noted that many states have passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, raising the possibility of extensive legal battles.

"Thus, between internal challenges and potential legal conflicts, the BSA finds itself in an unsustainable position, a position that makes us vulnerable to the possibility the courts simply will order us at some point to change our membership policy," Gates said.

He expressed concern that an eventual court order might also strike down the BSA's policy of banning atheists.

"Waiting for the courts is a gamble with huge stakes," he said. "Alternatively, we can move at some future date -- but sooner rather than later -- to seize control of our own future, set our own course and change our policy in order to allow charter partners -- unit sponsoring organizations -- to determine the standards for their Scout leaders."

Such an approach, he said, would allow churches, which sponsor about 70 percent of Scout units, to establish leadership standards consistent with their faith.

"I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement," he said.

Zach Wahls of Scouts for Equality, a group that has campaigned against the ban, welcomed Gates' remarks.

"Dr. Gates has built his reputation on straight talk and tough decisions," said Wahls. "It seems like the Boy Scouts will continue an internal dialogue about the subject and that a change within the next year or two is imminent."

Until Thursday, there had been no indication how the BSA would respond to the New York Councils, which on April 2 announced the hiring of Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout. Tessier, currently finishing his freshman year of college, has been a vocal advocate of opening the 105-year-old organization to gay scouts and leaders.

Tessier had been getting legal advice from prominent lawyer David Boies, whose recent causes include arguing for recognition of same-sex marriage. Boies said it was possible that Tessier's hiring could lead to litigation between the New York chapter and the BSA's national headquarters, but he expressed hope this could be avoided.

Another of Tessier's lawyers, Josh Schiller, expressed hope that the BSA's ban would be lifted.

"People will join the Boy Scouts and look at them as an organization that has the principles of equality," he said.



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<![CDATA[Cocaine, Gun Charges Dropped Against Rapper Trick Daddy]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040414+trick+daddy+aka+maurice+young.jpg

Charges were dropped Thursday against Miami rapper Trick Daddy in his April 2014 cocaine and firearm arrest.

Trick Daddy, whose real name is Maurice Young, had been charged with cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at his Miramar home.

According to the affidavit, the Broward County Drug Task Force had a "sniff warrant" to search the home and stopped Young as he was leaving in his car.

When deputies searched the home, they found 1g of powder that field tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. A 9mm Sig Sauer and a box of ammunition were also found in the home, the affidavit said.

The 40-year-old rapper is best known for his 2001 hit "I'm a Thug." He's released eight records, including his 1997 debut, Based on a True Story, and has collaborated with several artists including Pitbull, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Cee Lo Green and Ludacris.



Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Swim Teacher Accused of Molesting Children: BSO]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 21:43:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+Francisco+Xavier+De+Aragon+II.jpg

A Deerfield Beach life guard was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing children during swimming lessons, the Broward County Sheriff's Office says.

According to an arrest report, Francisco Xavier De Aragon II, 27, is accused of touching at least two students in two separate swim lesson sessions at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center where he is a life guard and swim instructor.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred during an 11 a.m. and an 11:30 a.m. swim session on Tuesday. The victims are each six years old, the report says.

During the swim lessons, the report claims that De Aragon reached inside the children's swimsuits and touched them inappropriately.

The children, who police say did not know each other prior to the incident, each told their parents what happened on the same day.

De Aragon faces several charges including sexual battery, child molestation and lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12.

He is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon. Records did not indicate whether De Aragon had hired an attorney.

City officials said De Aragon was a part-time water safety instructor who had been working at the center for just over a month. He has already been fired.



Photo Credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Honored for Helping Killian Stabbing Victim]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:58:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+arelys+jimenez.jpg

A teen was honored Thursday for her heroic actions after a fellow classmate was stabbed at Killian High School.

Arelys Jimenez was recognized by Miami-Dade Schools Police for her life-saving work at a ceremony Thursday morning.

Jimenez helped give first aid to 15-year-old sophomore Deandre Johnson after he was stabbed by a 17-year-old female classmate at the school on March 31.

"I don't even know what to say," Jimenez said.

The 19-year-old senior said she doesn't see what she did as a big deal or deserving of recognition, but police said otherwise.

"You do acts like this, you don't do it to get recognition but at the end of the day we have to recognize our students for the great work that they do, the great civil service that they do," Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said.

Jimenez had only recently learned how to give first aid. Johnson is still recovering from his injuries.



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<![CDATA[Car Impaled by Tree Limb in Davie Crash: Police]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+davie+crash+woman+impaled+by+tree.jpg

A woman was rushed to the hospital Thursday after her car was impaled by a tree limb that went straight through her windshield in a crash in Davie. 

The accident happened at 9:21 a.m. on Interstate 75 at Griffin Road. According to a police report, the woman was driving southbound on I-75 when, for undetermined reasons, she veered to the right, driving off the roadway on the west shoulder.

The driver struck some wood debris and rotated backwards into a tree. A limb from that tree crashed through the left rear window next to the headrest and came through the front windshield.

Aerial footage showed the seriously injured woman being taken by ambulance to Broward Health Medical Center.
Her current condition is not immediately known. The report indicates that she was wearing a seat belt and that alcohol is not a factor in the accident.



Photo Credit: Davie Fire Rescue/South Florida PIO's]]>
<![CDATA[South Florida Celebrates Red Nose Day!]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 09:44:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+morning+show+red+nose+day.jpg

Happy Red Nose Day, South Florida!

It's cute, it's fun and silly. But did you know Red Nose Day also helps raise money for the nearly 20 percent of American children who live in poverty?

People from all walks of life are encouraged to have fun and raise money through buying red noses, organizing fund raising events and watching and donating during the television special.

We want to see YOUR Red Nose Day photos, South Florida! Email your Red Nose Day photos to isee@nbc6.com or Tweet/Instagram us using the hashtags #RedNoseDay and #NBC6. We may use your photos in a gallery on our website!

ABOUT RED NOSE DAY

The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice. Grants are awarded to projects on the ground that work to give people a leg up, not a hand out.

The money raised will go directly to The Red Nose Day Fund, which will allocate grants to the twelve charity partners which were chosen based on their fit with a number of key criteria, including their ability to demonstrate excellent governance, financial management, reach, impact reporting and transparency. For more information, please go to Red Nose Day USA.

Charity partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

– Buy and wear a Red Nose You can get yours at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores for $1, and 50¢ will go to The Red Nose Day Fund. Noses are available until August 31 or as supplies last.

– Raise money with friends, family or colleagues Hold a bake sale, play your favorite sport in costume or style your hair funny: all ideas welcome as long as they make people laugh and you bring in the cash.

– Post a selfie of you and your friends wearing a nose and doing your bit for Red Nose Day to the official Facebook and Twitter accounts and pledge 50¢ for every like or retweet you get. You can download the official Red Nose Day NBC app here.

– Tune into the star-studded Red Nose Day show on NBC It’s coming to a screen near you on Thursday, May 21, so book your seat on the couch and invite friends and family over to watch. Other entertainers scheduled to appear include Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Jodie Foster, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones, Simon Cowell, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales and Danny Pudi. Plus, Cast Members from HBO’s "Game of Thrones" and the Netflix Original Series "Orange is the New Black."

The Red Nose Day Special airs Thursday, May 21 from 8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Weather: Afternoon Storms Thursday]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 06:42:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018293327_1200x675_448662083858.jpg If you're looking to do things outdoors today, make sure to do them in the early hours! Ryan Phillips says storm chances are back in the pattern Thursday with scattered thunderstorms rolling in by midday. Highs around 90.]]> <![CDATA[BSO Deputies Hit the Streets to Fight Flakka]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 05:40:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/flakka.jpg

Fighting flakka. The designer drug is causing bizarre and uncontrollable behavior across South Florida and the Broward Sheriff's Office is working to get it off the streets.

There's been is a huge spike this year in flakka cases. Northern and central Broward have seen a lot of it. Wednesday night alone, NBC 6's cameras tagged along and caught two instances, one with an arrest, another with a man who ended up in the hospital.

The night began with a 911 call about man at a convenience store in Deerfield Beach acting erratically.

When police showed up, they knew right away the person was on flakka. That person is currently in the hospital fighting for his life.

"He's pushing me, I think he's coming toward the register but I hold him like that and he pretends like he sick or something like that," said the store clerk who had no idea what was happening and pressed the panic button. "He asked for... he said give me something... I told him to go over there go get something to drink."

And later in the evening, a routine traffic stop turned into a significant drug bust with a large amount of flakka.

"What one would see would lead them to believe it was something else. But just the smallest amount of flakka is detrimental and that's why we consider this a great arrest today," said a Broward Sheriff's deputy.

BSO’s Crime Suppression Team is aggressively cracking down on flakka, which they say is poisoning the streets. It's cheap and unpredictable. It produces a psychotic state and makes people believe they have superhuman strength, "which makes it difficult for us because normal police tactics just aren't working."

The biggest side effect of flakka is excited delirium. One case saw a man stripping down, bolting through the streets of Fort Lauderdale claiming people are chasing him and trying to get him.

Another case saw a man, who also thought people were after him, tugging and slamming the doors to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He also threw rocks against the hurricane proof glass.

"And that's why we get one individual who's been using flakka on a particular day... uses it again, same amount... experiences excited delirium where they have to be rushed to the hospital where their life is in jeopardy," said the deputy.

Last year there were fewer than 200 cases of flakka in Broward County. This year has already passed that by more than double. And now kids are at risk.

"At schools, in night clubs and parties. A lot of times, for my experience, when I've seen it, it is by accident. They think they're using another type of synthetic drug and in fact they're using flakka."

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<![CDATA[Man Wanted For Shooting at Cops Captured in TN]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:41:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052115+matthew+pryor+new+mugshot.jpg

A man on the run for more than 24 hours after shooting at Miami-Dade police officers was in custody in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Police in Knoxville say officers recognized a stolen car with Florida plates at a Value Inn. Officers went door to door to try to locate the driver.

That's when the suspect, later identified as Matthew Pryor, 30, opened his door and shot one time striking the officer in the chest area.

The officer will be OK because he was wearing a protective vest, according to Knoxville Police.

Pryor barricaded himself and refused to come out. But, as members of the department's Special Operation Squad got to the scene, he gave himself up.

The Miami-Dade Police Department says arrangements will be made to begin the extradition process.

Pryor has been on the run since Tuesday, when he allegedly opened fire on officers who were trying to serve probation warrants at his Miami-Dade home.

Police said Pryor fled the scene and carjacked a woman, making off in her Nissan Rogue.

Pryor was described as a career criminal, with previous arrests for theft and burglary.

His mother and sister said his recent connection with the Islamic religion changed him.

"This is not my son, this is not his nature to do this and I don't understand it," mother Elaine Pryor said. "Ever since he has been involved in that religion his attitude has changed, he is totally a different person."

"Thank God my brother did not hurt me or hurt anybody, he really seemed like he was trying to do a turnaround," sister Melissa Pryor said.



Photo Credit: Knox County Sheriff's Office]]>