<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:49:32 -0400 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:49:32 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Miami Beach Police May Have New Chief Soon]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:30:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/danoateschief.jpg

Miami Beach Police may be on the verge of hiring a new police chief.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine confirmed to the Denver NBC affiliate 9News that Aurora, Colorado Police Chief Dan Oates is the finalist to take over the Miami Beach Police Department.

The last step for Oates will be a confirmation vote by the Miami Beach Commission. Mayor Oates said he believes the vote will happen sometime next week.

News9 said Aurora Police said they could not confirm the reports and referred questions to City of Miami Beach.

Oates was appointed Chief of Police in Aurora in 2005 and oversees 670 officers and 794 employees and a total budget of $94 million. Oates also worked for 21 years in the New York Police Department.

Chief Oates was in charge of Aurora Police during the theater massacre when James Holmes opened fire during a late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Photo Credit: Aurora, Colorado Police]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers Take on Photoshopped Ads]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:13:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ilean+ros+lehtinen.jpg

A South Florida lawmaker is taking on Photoshopped ads, saying the enhanced images send the wrong message.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has introduced a bill called the "Truth in Advertising Act of 2014" which would study the effects of pictures in ads that are Photoshopped to perfection.

Ros Lehtinen says these images are not giving young women the right idea of what beauty is.

"Especially young girls who think 'That's what I should look like, I need to get thinner, thinner, thinner,'" Ros-Lehtinen said. "And anorexia is a real eating disorder that can have serious health implications."

Kathleen McDonald, with the Eating Disorder Coalition, supports the bill and speaks from experience.

"I know from myself when I suffered and I look at the pictures, I thought that's what I needed to look like and that in turn propelled me to behaviors that caused an eating disorder that took up over half my life and almost killed me," McDonald said.

Ros-Lehtinen's bill reads in part that evidence links exposure to altered images to "emotional, mental and physical health issues, including eating disorders, especially among children and teenagers."

"Having a disclaimer on an ad that [says] 'This model is not what a real person looks like,' I think that could have a huge impact, especially on a teen who is starting to form their own body image," McDonald said.

But is disclosing a beautified picture in an ad the role of government?

"The reality is that we do regulate the kind of images that we show on advertisements for cigarettes and for alcohol," Ros-Lehtinen said. "It's not 'anything goes.' Advertising is a regulated industry."

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Good Food Gone Bad]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/consumer+reports+food.jpg

There’s a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We’re not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that’s no longer so good for you.

For example, air-popped popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks around, full of fiber and low in calories. But the minute you soup it up, with sugar, with salt, with cheese, that’s when you run into a problem. You take a healthy snack and you render it unhealthy.

Peanut butter is good-for-you food. It’s mostly peanuts and it’s loaded with protein. But Jif has come out with Hazelnut Chocolate to spread on your bread. Check the label! The leading ingredients are sugar and vegetable oil and it provides far less protein than peanut butter.

White turkey and chicken meat are some of the best sources of low-fat protein. But if you buy it packaged, like this Oscar Mayer Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, watch for added sodium. Just two ounces has 510 milligrams, that’s 21 percent of the daily limit.

Lowfat yogurt is another healthful food. But watch out if it’s topped with chocolate balls or cookie crumbles. And beware of packaged smoothies, even if they make lots of healthy claims. They can contain lots of sugar. You’re better off making your own smoothies, or topping your yogurt with fresh fruit. You can control the sugar and keep those foods that are good for you … good for you!

Consumer Reports says something else to be wary of at the supermarket are veggie chips. They are often made of potato flour and can have as much fat and sodium as potato chips.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Sex Trafficking of High School Girls]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:02:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/david+llama+lopez.jpg

A North Miami Beach man has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking operation in which  girls from a nearby high school were allegedly being sold for sex.

David Llama Lopez, 46, was arrested after a search warrant involving a SWAT team was executed at a home just off Biscayne Boulevard and 125th Street, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

Multiple agencies, including investigators from the SAO Human Trafficking Unit and Miami-Dade Schools Police, conducted the search. Authorities said a SWAT team also responded due to concerns of possible firearms on the premises.

Building manager David Clattenburg said Lopez was staying as a guest at his brother's apartment.

Lopez has not yet been formally charged, but the SAO said in a press release that he is likely to be charged with a variety of crimes including human trafficking, procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and interference with child custody.

Sources have told NBC 6 that Lopez had allegedly made contact with students at North Miami High School and planned to have them participate in an illegal human trafficking operation where they would be required to have sex.

Parents from the high school said they were worried once they heard about the investigation.

"I was concerned, so I come to pick up my son," said father Dinesh Palinal. "I think they should apprehend him and put him away. That's for sure. These kids go to school, not to do something like that."

Other parents said they had gotten a warning about the suspected activity.

"I heard about it," father Odlet Desrseos said. "I heard about it last week."

Sources say police are investigating what contact Lopez may have had with high school students by going over materials gathered in the search. The school's administration has been informed of the investigation and says it is taking the necessary steps to protect students.

In 2006, Lopez pleaded guilty to grand theft charges.

It is unclear if Lopez has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Man Killed in Crash Honored in Coral Gables]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:08:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+eduardo+hernandez+family.jpg

It certainly was a bittersweet day Tuesday for the family of Eduardo "Eddy" Hernandez, whose wife and three children were presented with the key to the City of Coral Gables in his honor.

The Hernandez family was given two plaques and the key to the city in front of a standing room only audience while wiping away tears.

After the ceremony, for the first time his wife Fatima, with the couple’s three children next to her, spoke on what the honor means to her family.

"He was our rock and we are very proud of what he did and he is our hero," she said. "He will always be our hero."

It’s Coral Gables city officials' way of honoring Hernandez, a city employee for 20 years in the parking department, who was killed in a tragic accident early in the morning of April 13th.

Hernandez had stopped to help Miami Sunset High Seniors Caroline Agreda and Anapaula Saldana, after a crash near the intersection of Miller Drive and Southwest 157th Avenue. While they were out of their cars a man named Christopher Masferrer slammed into them.

As a result, all three died.

The pain the family faces was still evident at the ceremony Tuesday. In trying to offer some kind of comfort, co-workers of Hernandez spoke to the family about how much of a joy he was to work with.

"You would come into work and it didn’t matter even in stressful situations he would be able to smile," Kevin Kinney said.

"We are very proud of him and that’s just the way he is. He’s like that with anybody," Fatima Hernandez said.

As of now, both car crashes are still being investigated and no charges have been brought against anyone.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Coral Gables Emergency Responders are organizing a car wash to benefit the Hernandez Memorial Family account. Car washes will be $5.  It will be located at 525 South Dixie Highway.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Free Microchips Offered for Cooper City Pet Owners]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:48:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Microchipped+Dog.jpg

Officials are helping pet owners keep track of their dog or cat by offering free microchips for Cooper City residents.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office and VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital are hosting a free “Chip-A-Pet" event on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BSO Cooper City Disctrict Office located at 10580 Stirling Road.

Microchip’s help identify lost pets to their owners. The information is held in a registered database.

Officials say all participants must register in advance by calling (954) 432-9000 ext. 249. Only dogs and cats will be chipped with a limit of two pets per household.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Man Who Went Missing in Miami Beach Spotted in Jacksonville]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:03:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+jorge+david+reyes.jpg

A 24-year-old man who went missing after a night at a Miami Beach bar was spotted in Jacksonville days after he was last seen in South Florida, police said Tuesday.

Jorge David Reyes attended the Spark event in downtown Jacksonville and was last seen riding the Jacksonville automated people mover at 2:30 a.m., Miami Beach Police said.

Reyes was captured in video and photos on the train, police said.

Reyes was last seen in South Florida on April 7 at the club Lost Weekend with friend Estuardo Secaida. He was reported missing by his sister on April 17, Miami Beach Police said.

Police said Reyes had lost his job and had broken up with his girlfriend shortly before he disappeared and that his behavior had recently been spiraling out of control.

"According to his sister, because of everything that has been going on in his life, recently he has started using alcohol and drugs," Det. Vivian Thayer said Monday.

Secaida said his friend had been acting out of character before the disappearance. Reyes' father said his son, a budding musician, always stays in contact with family and friends.

Police said there has also been no movement in Reyes' bank account or on his Facebook or Twitter profiles.

As of now Miami Beach Police are treating this as a missing persons case. Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305–471–TIPS.

<![CDATA[Guilty Verdict in Newlywed Murder Case]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:01:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+michel+escoto+guilty.jpg

A jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday for a South Florida man accused of murdering his newlywed wife to collect a $1 million insurance policy.

Michel Escoto, 42, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of wife Wendy Trapaga in October 2002 to collect the policy. The couple had returned from their honeymoon just days earlier.

The body of Trapaga, 21, was found next to a trash bin at a warehouse parking lot between the Palmetto Expressway and Miami Springs.

Escoto showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Trapaga's family cried.

Both sides presented closing arguments Monday. Escoto faces life in prison at sentencing, which was scheduled for May 7.

The trial, which began last month, has provided for some dramatic and awkward moments as Escoto, who is not an attorney, represented himself. Escoto had pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors had repeatedly objected to Escoto, who was also held in contempt at one point after he allegedly threatened a witness on the stand.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[South Dade High School Theatre Students Win State Championship]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+south+dade+theatre.jpg

South Dade High School in Homestead is rapidly building a reputation for winning state championships. The football team just did it, and now the school’s theatre students have followed that up in dramatic fashion by winning the state championship in theatrical performance.

Yes, they have such a competition, and the kids from South Dade have been judged best in show business, selected to represent Florida at the national competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
"It’s a beautiful thing," said student actor Nicole Garcia.
Garcia’s colleague and star of the show, Marco Guerra, puts the honor in perspective.
"This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to us, to our troupe,” Guerra said.
Another student said winning the state title was "amazing." What’s really amazing is the kids didn’t perform Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams or Oscar Wilde. The winning play is an original, "Amygdala," by a previously unknown playwright named Juan Espinosa, who just happens to be the theatre teacher at South Dade High.
"Amazing to see something I wrote get this far, it’s just incredible,” Espinosa said, explaining that his students fleshed out his play, making it come to life on the stage.
It’s a compelling drama, but the drama off stage may prevent the kids from staging their play at the national competition. They have plenty of talent, but a shortage of money. The school is trying to raise $30,000 to raise the curtain in Lincoln.
"These kids deserve it, they're the best of the best, they deserve this opportunity, some of them have never even gotten on a plane," Espinosa said. "This is an opportunity to experience new things, a whole other world they’re not used to.”
They’re asking, pleading, begging for help from the public. You can donate by going to www.gofundme.com, search South Dade High Theatre.
The students are already winners, but what a shame it would be if "Amygdala's" run ends before it gets to the biggest stage.

<![CDATA[Miami Seaquarium Wants Public to Name Baby Dolphin]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:54:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+baby+dolphin+miami+seaquarium+panama.jpg

The Miami Seaquarium is asking for the public's help in naming the newest addition to their dolphin family.

The female dolphin calf was born on April 11 to mom Panama, a 20-year-old dolphin and member of the Top Deck Dolphin exhibit. On average, a dolphin calf weighs between 35-45 pounds and are 3 1/2 to 4 feet long.

It's the fourth calf for Panama, but so far the baby dolphin doesn't have a name. The park has narrowed it down to four options: Fiji, Bali, Sanibel or Calypso.

A Facebook contest has been launched to allow fans to pick the newborn's name. Click here to vote. Voting ends May 7 and the winner will be announced on May 8.

The dolphin is part of several new additions to the Seaquarium, including six baby cow nose sting rays, 50 baby octopi and an orphaned baby manatee named Cadbury that arrived at the park on April 9 for rehabilitation.

Photo Credit: Miami Seaquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Who Got Out of Car on I-595 Struck and Killed: FHP]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:46:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+595+fatal+crash.jpg

A driver was struck and killed while getting out of a car after a crash on Interstate 595 in Tuesday morning, officials said.

The incident happened when the driver of a BMW sedan, 45-year-old Gregory Carl Gardner, was involved in a crash on westbound I-595 at the ramp to the Florida Turnpike, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

Gardner got out of the car and was struck by a Lexus driven by 33-year-old Michel Ramon Rondon, officials said. Gardner was killed, while Rondon stayed at the scene.

The FHP is investigating the incident.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Hollywood Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Buttocks: Police]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:55:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic-gun-091613.jpg

A man who was cleaning his gun ended up accidentally shooting himself in the buttocks in Hollywood, police said.

The incident happened Sunday as the man, who is in his 20s, was cleaning the .38 caliber handgun at his home in the 3300 block of Forrest Drive, Hollywood Police Lt. Derik Alexander told the Sun Sentinel.

Alexander said the firearm dropped to the floor and discharged, hitting the man in the backside.

The man was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital as a trauma alert patient but his condition was unknown Monday, Alexander said.

Alexander said police were alerted after the man went to a neighbor for help. The man, whose name wasn't released, won't face charges.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Massive Fire Rips Through Miami Gardens Public Storage]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:03:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+public+storage+fire+miami+gardens.jpg

Authorities said an accidental and electrical fire ripped through a Miami Gardens Public Storage business Monday night.

The fire broke out at the building at 3505 Northwest 167th Street and took some two hours to bring under control as several Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded.

Dozens of storage units were destroyed but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical and accidental, officials said.

Storage units renters will be allowed back into the facility Tuesday morning to see what's left of their property.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Juanes, Marc Anthony Talk Music at Latin Billboard in Miami]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:58:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+juanes+today+show.jpg

Juanes, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias are among the pop stars divulging the secrets of how they make and market their music at this year's Billboard Latin Music Conferences.
The four-day event began Monday and runs through Thursday, culminating that night in the annual award show. Hosting the event is Leila Cobo, Billboard's executive director of content and programming for Latin music.
Also sharing inside stories are the execs behind the films "Chavez," "Instructions Not Included" and the upcoming "La Vida Robot." They are discussing the music that made their films.
The conference takes places at the JW Marriot Marquis in downtown Miami. The award show will be the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Warm and Mostly Dry Tuesday]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:40:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+ryan+phillips+weather.jpg

Expect a mostly dry and sunny Tuesday in South Florida as the gorgeous weather continues.

Temperatures will start out in the upper 60s and will reach the low to mid 80s with low humidity. Conditions will be mostly sunny , dry and warm.

We'll continue to warm up through the work week, with humidity increasing into the weekend.

<![CDATA[Massive Fire Destroys Dozens of Storage Units]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:44:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000012417026_1200x675_233538115835.jpg A massive fire destroyed several storage units in Miami Gardens. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports.]]> <![CDATA[Interrogation in Kidnapping, Rape Released]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:03:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/willard+rape+tapes.jpg

NBC 6 has exclusively obtained interrogation tapes in a North Miami Beach kidnapping and rape.

While the confession has been redacted from the video, North Miami Beach Police have said then 16-year-old Antonio Hodgson admitted to the January crime.

Police said the victim was picking up food from a restaurant at 1026 North Miami Beach Blvd. close to midnight when she was approached by two men wearing black gloves and wielding handguns. The men allegedly forced her into the back of her white car and drove to the Oak Grove Area in North Miami-Dade where she was sexually assaulted by Hodgson, 17-year-old Terry Petitfrere and 18-year-old Steve Pryce. They then drove her around various locations in North Miami-Dade and North Miami Beach including fast food restaurants and gas stations before dropping the victim off by her home, police said.

Officials released surveillance video which shows the men coming out of shrubs on the night of the incident, with one suspect pointing a gun at the woman, who is off-screen. Officers said they were able to quickly catch the three suspects due to the surveillance video.

Police can't release the exact moment of the video where Hodgson confesses to the crime as they wait for the case to go to trial, but according to police documents, he was the first of the three to admit to the crime. Petitfrere allegedly confessed to the crime as well, but Pryce has not issued a confession, according to police.

The three suspects have pleaded "not guilty."

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Marlins Fight Back But Fall to Braves]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:09:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/485955929.jpg

The Miami Marlins came back to tie Monday’s game in the ninth inning only to fall in the tenth by a final score of 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves.

Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-hit day which continues to pace the big leagues. Yelich also stole his fourth base of the season and remains perfect in his career in stolen base attempts. Garrett Jones smashed his third home run of the year in the second inning for the first Miami run of the day. In the top of the ninth, the Marlins mounted a rally against All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and tied the game via a pinch-hit RBI double courtesy of Derek Dietrich. With men on second and third with one out, Miami was unable to take the lead however.
Tom Koehler continued his terrific start to the season with 6.1 innings of work in which he allowed two runs on five hits. Koehler struck out eight and walked two before being lifted with runners on the corners and one out in the seventh inning. Mike Dunn entered and allowed one of the runs to score before A.J. Ramos ended the rally with a strikeout. Due to Dunn’s ineffective outing, Koehler was charged with the second run on his line despite only allowing one while on the mound. Ramos stayed in for the eighth and provided a perfect inning of relief to keep the deficit at one.
Carlos Marmol worked the bottom of the ninth inning following the rally by Miami in the top half. Due to two walks and a double, the erratic reliever loaded the bases but escaped and eventually sent the game to extra innings. Arquimedes Caminero took the mound for the bottom of the tenth and gave up the game winning home run to Evan Gattis.
Miami continued their success with replay challenges by winning one in the eighth but could not take advantage of the opportunity. Under the transfer rule, an out call originally made at second base was changed and created a bases loaded situation with one out. The Braves would go on to retire the next two batters however.
The Marlins will try and even the series on Tuesday with Jose Fernandez scheduled to start.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Campus on Edge After MDC Professor Attacked]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:58:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mdc+professor+attacked.jpg

A Miami-Dade College professor said he was left bruised and beaten after being attacked last week in broad daylight.

The alleged attack on Professor Marc Magellan happened April 15 in the south parking lot of the school’s Kendall campus on SW 104th Street.

According to the professor, he was walking to his car around 6 p.m. when a stranger yelled out “Professor Marc” and when he acknowledged the person; he said he was hit in the face and beaten.

Professor Magellan said in a statement to NBC6 that the “altercation happened in about 3 waves which consisted of me absorbing blows to the head and face while attempting to get away and block said blows.”

Magellan said he escaped the attack once, but when he was escaping a second time the criminal managed to get on top of him and hit the professor seven or eight times before stopping and running off.

The professor said he chased the attacker and yelling out for assistance, but the man got into a blue sports car and sped off before anyone could get a license tag.

"Someone must have had a grudge," Magellan said. "There was no attempted robbery, so it wasn't like someone wanted to take my car or my wallet or anything like that."

Miami-Dade Police said Magellan was taken to Baptist Hospital and the professor told NBC6 that he has wounds to his head, face, arms, knees, and feet. He also said he has a broken nose, broken hand, and still is waiting for a diagnosis on his jaw.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Marc Magellan]]>
<![CDATA['Hero' Dies Trying to Save Dogs From Fire]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+jerry+bone+chapman.jpg

Family members and friends are mourning a man who died after trying to save his two pet dogs from a fire at his mobile home in Dania Beach over the weekend.

Jerry "Bone" Chapman passed away on Saturday from injuries he sustained in the fire that broke out at his home at 5299 Southwest 22nd Terrace Friday night, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Relatives said when Chapman realized the house was on fire, he threw 10-year-old Princess out the window. He then ran out of the home, but noticed 4-year-old Peanut was still inside, so he went back to try and save her.

"He wouldn't come back out and a neighbor that lives behind him pulled him out, made him come out and they sat him down, and all he did the whole time was scream for his babies," relative Jackie Cardenas said.

Officials said Chapman was badly burned and suffered smoke inhalation and was air lifted to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and then Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

Princess did not survive either.

"He was a hero," Cardenas said. "He went back in for something he loved."

The fire completely destroyed the home, BSO officials said. Chapman is survived by his wife, Doris "Dorito" Chapman, who he was married to for 19 years. Family members said she feels like she's lost everything.

"She couldn't have children," Cardenas said. "And of course people don't understand. They think he was foolish, he was dumb, but he lost his life for what he loved. Those were their babies."

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe.com account to help pay for funeral expenses. They are also asking anyone who may have seen Princess to contact the family through this website.

"In honor of Jerry's bravery to save his dogs that he loved so much, any remaining funds will be used for a memorial at the doggie park they went to... His loving heart and love of his family is beyond measure," a post on the site read. "He was always a dedicated man in every aspect of his life, even in his decision to risk his life for what he loved. He gave all for what he believed in !!!"

Photo Credit: Chapman Family Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns More Than 800 Acres]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+miami-dade+brush+fire.jpg

Less than 50 percent of a brush fire that bruned near Florida City in south Miami-Dade had been contained as of 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Florida Forest Service.

More than 800 acres had burned as of Monday evening, according to the Florida Forest Service, which is the lead agency on the fire. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Police are assisting.

The fire was crossing Card Sound Road, which has been shut down on and off due to visibility issues since the fire broke out Saturday afternoon. Residents in the area were forced to leave their neighborhoods through a 45-minute detour.

While there has been no structural damage and no injuries, officials said hot embers from the fire were being blown away by the wind and causing the fire to grow.

At one point, a fire was put out near a cell phone tower, Forest Service Supervisor Gary Lewis said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Lewis said.

Efforts to put out the fire have been slowed due to marshy terrain in the area.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Missing Man Lost Job Before Disappearance: Police]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:58:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+jorge+david+reyes.jpg

A 24-year-old man who went missing after a night at a Miami Beach bar had lost his job and had broken up with his girlfriend shortly before his disappearance, police said Monday.

Jorge David Reyes was last seen around 3 a.m. on April 7 at the club Lost Weekend, and was reported missing on April 17 by his sister, Miami Beach Police said Monday.

Surveillance video shows Reyes leaving the club with friend Estuardo Secaida, and since then the budding musician hasn't been seen or heard from.

Police said Reyes behavior had recently been spiraling out of control.

“According to his sister, because of everything that has been going on in his life, recently he has started using alcohol and drugs," Det. Vivian Thayer said.

Secaida, who only spoke with NBC 6, said when the two were at Lost Weekend together Reyes was acting out of character.

"He was a little bit strange because he lost his job, his girlfriend, everything, he changed a lot," Secaida said.

Secaida said before he parted ways with Reyes, his friend told him he was getting a tattoo.

"He decided to go get a tattoo at Miami Ink but Miami Ink at that time is not open," he said.

Reyes' father Jorge also spoke exclusively with NBC 6 and said his son always stays in contact with family and friends. He said he's confused his son's phone was found left behind at Lost Weekend four days after he went missing.

“The last phone call that he made was the 7th of April at 12:12 in the morning to the friend he was with and after that he never called again," father Jorge Reyes said.

Police said there has also been no movement in Reyes' bank account or on his Facebook or Twitter profiles.

"Since the day he went missing and was reported missing there’s been no activity on his social media accounts," Thayer said.

As of now Miami Beach Police are treating this as a missing persons case. Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305–471–TIPS.

Photo Credit: Reyes Family Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Couple Hospitalized After Possible Domestic Stabbing]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+overtown+miami+stabbing.jpg

A Miami couple was hospitalized with stab wounds after a possible domestic incident that led to a kitchen fire Monday morning, officials said.

The incident happened at the couple's home in the 800 block of Northwest 4th Avenue in Overtown, Miami Police said.

Miami Fire Rescue officials said the couple was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where their condition was unknown.

A small fire that broke out in the kitchen also had to be contained, officials said. Authorities didn't say how the fire may have started.

Police called it a possible domestic incident, but said they didn't know who stabbed who first. No other information was immediately known.

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

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<![CDATA[Closing Arguments Begin in Newlywed Murder Trial]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/escoto+and+trapaga.jpg

Closing arguments began Monday in the trial of a South Florida man accused of murdering his newlywed wife.

Michel Escoto, 42, is accused of killing wife Wendy Trapaga in October 2002 to collect a $1 million insurance policy. The couple had returned from their honeymoon just days earlier.

Prosecutor Gail Levine spent Monday morning delivering her closing argument before the defense presents theirs in the afternoon.

"There is no one else who could have done this crime," Levine told jurors.

The trial, which began last month, has provided for some dramatic and awkward moments as Escoto, who is not an attorney, represents himself. Escoto has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors have repeatedly objected to Escoto, who was also held in contempt at one point after he allegedly threatened a witness on the stand.

<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Warm and Dry Monday]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:55:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+erika+delgado+weather.jpg

A mild morning will be followed by a warm afternoon Monday in South Florida.

Temperatures will start out in the mid 60s but will rise into the low 80s by the afternoon as conditions stay comfortable and dry with mostly sunny skies.

Tuesday will be stay mostly the same, with a few more clouds and slightly warmed temperatures. The quiet weather pattern is expected to continue through the work week and into the weekend.

<![CDATA[Body Found Floating at Haulover Beach on Easter]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:18:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/haulover+floater.jpg

It was supposed to be a nice, relaxing peaceful holiday at Halouver beach, but for some, the weekend came to a screeching halt after a body was found floating in the water about a mile or two off shore on Sunday.

The body was taken to the Haulover Marine Center where officials waited for the coroner to remove it.

The situation brought some marine traffic to a halt, leaving some boats waiting, anchored in the water, before being allowed to dock.

The body was found by a group of fishermen who were deep sea fishing.

"I was shocked," said Captain Chuck, who was manning the Outkast. "No one ever goes out there expecting to find that kind of thing, so it's really an eye opener."

The captain said he was the one that spotted the body and made the call to authorities.

Witnesses were also alarmed by the discovery.

"It's pretty sad," said witness Elizabeth Hill. "It's Easter Sunday, it's very sad. I have children that go diving out here on a regular basis in the water. I started calling my sons to make sure they're home and everybody's safe."

Police are still investigating the situation and have not confirmed many details, including the identity of the body.

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<![CDATA[Heat Start Title Defense With 99-88 Win Over Bobcats]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:57:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/485759827.jpg
The Miami Heat’s journey for a third straight title got off to a good start on Sunday with a 99-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
It wasn’t an easy win for the Heat, but when it was needed most Miami was able to put together a run and maintain their home court advantage in the series. The big story in this one was James Jones who wound up with 12 points in 14 minutes and hit multiple critical shots in the second half to help the Heat build a lead. LeBron James wound up with 27 points to go along with one assist and eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade had a big game scoring 21 points with 5 assists in 34 minutes of play. Chris Bosh had a tough day only shooting 4-13 on his field goal attempts for 13 points. 
Things started a little slow for the Heat with the Bobcats outscoring Miami by four in the first quarter. In fact, at one point the Bobcats held a 21-12 lead before the Heat turned the tables. That nine point lead for Charlotte wound up being their biggest and it fell apart shortly after Al Jefferson was forced to exit due to a strained left plantar fascia. With Jefferson being tendered to in the locker room, the Heat cut the deficit to two before his return in the second quarter.   
Even though he returned, Jefferson was clearly not at his best and the Heat took advantage of that going up by ten towards the close of the half. Kemba Walker’s buzzer beating three-pointer made it a seven point game at the half instead but that would prove to not matter in the end. One of the more surprising moments of the first half was a layup by Jones with 1:21 left in the second quarter. Jones who did not see much action during the regular season as a whole, almost exclusively lives on the perimeter. After the layup, Jones also sank two of three free throw attempts following a foul from behind the arc. 
The second half started off about as rough as the first half for Miami when the Bobcats opened up the half on an 8-0 run to give them a quick one point lead before the two minute mark even hit. The Heat called a quick timeout but Charlotte maintained control and still led five minutes into the half due to Walker’s electric play. The guard had eight points in the first four and a half minutes of the third quarter. With about two minutes to play in the third quarter, Jones picked up another layup in what was part of a turning point in the game. That layup followed a three-pointer from James who added a layup of his own shortly after. Jones would then go on to sink a three moments later before James drained another tough three-pointer at the buzzer. In the blink of an eye, the Heat opened up a seven point lead to close out the quarter which put them right back where they started at the beginning of the half.
In the fourth, the Heat continued to keep their foot on the pedal with Jones adding another three-pointer in the early minutes before taking a break. The Heat extended their lead to ten points and never looked back. Wade took and made a rare three-pointer with 6:50 left in the game to make the lead 15. Following a Charlotte timeout, the Heat continued to build up their advantage ballooning it all the way to 20. The extension of the lead took place with James resting on the bench and featured a lot of Wade who did not appear rusty. The Bobcats put together a 9-0 run as the clock ticked down to two minutes but the Heat were able to put a stop to it and complete the win.
The second game of the series is set for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on TNT as the Heat will look to go up 2-0 before heading to Charlotte for a pair of games.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Come From Behind To Complete Sweep of Seattle]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:13:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/485755093.jpg

The Miami Marlins came from behind for a 3-2 win on Sunday to complete a sweep of the Seattle Mariners. 

Adeiny Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly to right-field in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in this one. With the bases loaded and one out, the Marlins’ shortstop hit a fly ball just deep enough to score Giancarlo Stanton for what was the second run of the inning.  Christian Yelich extended his major league leading hitting streak to 14 games with a double earlier in the inning. It was the fifth double of the year for Yelich who went on to score the tying run after the Marlins won a replay challenge. The home plate umpire originally ruled Yelich out at the plate on a force, but replay showed that Yelich clearly slid in safely ahead of the ball.

Kevin Slowey made his first start of the year after spending the first part of the season in the bullpen and he turned in a good effort. Slowey wound up going five innings in which he allowed two runs on three hits while walking none. The veteran also struck out three including the first two hitters of the game. Due to his time in the pen, Slowey has not built up the arm strength of a starter and was lifted after 57 pitches with 42 of them going for strikes.

Arquimedes Caminero was the first arm out of the bullpen and gave the Marlins 1.1 scoreless innings of work. Caminero who had not appeared in a game since April 14th struck out one and allowed a hit. Daniel Jennings and Carlos Marmol worked the rest of the seventh inning with the latter cleaning up a mess left behind by Jennings. The young left-hander walked two and allowed a hit to load the bases before Marmol entered to strike out the only batter he saw. In the eighth, Mike Dunn turned in a perfect inning of relief to keep the deficit at one. Steve CIshek worked a scoreless ninth for his third save of the year and his 32nd consecutive save chance converted overall.

The Marlins will look to win their first road game of the year on Monday when they open a series in Atlanta with Tom Koehler set to make the start.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Strip Club Shooting]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:43:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-lights-generic.jpg

A man is dead after a shooting at a Southwest Miami-Dade strip club, according to officials.

Miami-Dade Police said an argument started just after 2 a.m. at The Playhouse Gentlemen's Club at 13045 SW 87th Avenue.

The argument moved outside where shots were fired, striking a 25-year-old man, police said. The unidentified man was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital where he later died.

The shooter, who was only identified as also being in his mid-20s, was detained and questioned, police said. Other witnesses were detained and questioned too.

Stay with NBC6.com for updates on this developing story.

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