<![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 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:47:59 -0400 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:47:59 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Robber Followed Casino Winner Home: Davie Police]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:41:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100214+deljimmyo+wright-johnson.jpg

A man who followed a woman home from a Hollywood casino broke into her house and stole thousands of dollars worth of chips, police said.

Del'Jimmyo Wright-Johnson, 21, was arrested Wednesday on charges of home invasion robbery and grand theft, according to a Davie Police report.

Wright-Johnson, of Miramar, was being held without bond Thursday. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to the report, the woman had been playing Baccarat at the Seminole Classic Casino and left with $8,000 in chips.

As she was driving to her home in Davie, the woman felt that she was being followed. As she walked to her front door, a man yelled "excuse me ma'am" but before she could close the door, Wright-Johnson pulled it open, pushed her to the ground and took her purse, the report said.

A few hours later, Wright-Johnson went to the casino and tried to cash in $2,097 in chips, the report said. Wright-Johnson denied robbing the woman and told police the chips were from his winnings earlier in the day.

But video from the casino showed Wright-Johnson watching the victim while she played Baccarat and showed him following her outside.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Signing Books in Coral Gables]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:07:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_hillaryclinton7.jpg

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be signing copies of her new book in Coral Gables Thursday.

Clinton will be at Books & Books at 265 Aragon Avenue at 3:30 p.m. signing copies of "Hard Choices." Copies of the book will be available for $35.

Tickets are required for the event. For more information go to www.booksandbooks.com.

Clinton will also be delivering the keynote address at the Commercial Real Estate Women convention in Miami Beach.

<![CDATA[4 Bodies Found Floating Off Hollywood Beach Identified]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:28:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/search-coast-guard-generic.jpg

Officials have identified the four people whose bodies were found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off Hollywood Beach in August.

Family members helped identify the bodies as Guillermo Enrique Buitrago Milanes, 45, Jose Ramon Acosta, 35, Alberto Gonzales Mesa, 25, and Junier Fernandez Hernandez, 32, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

The Broward County Medical Examiner's office used DNA to identify the bodies, which were discovered floating in the water about 20 nautical miles off Hollywood Beach the morning of Aug. 24.

Officials said the victims were from Cuba and were trying to make it to the U.S.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased," said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District. "While the investigation has concluded, we will continue to work with our federal, state and local partner agencies to send a clear message to anyone contemplating this dangerous and deadly voyage to reach the U.S. illegally:  Don’t do it. Don’t risk your life, or the lives of those you love.  Don't become the next soul lost at sea. While our primary concern is safety, we will also prosecute smugglers to the fullest extent possible."

Tuesday marked the end of the fiscal year for the Coast Guard, which estimates that 3,722 Cubans, 5,478 Haitians and 601 Dominicans have attempted to try to cross the sea this year, a five-year high.

The 2013 fiscal year numbers were 2,129 Cubans, 4,358 Haitians and 420 Dominicans, the Coast Guard said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

<![CDATA[Elderly Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Tamarac]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:29:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100214+sunrise+pedestrian+struck+and+killed.jpg

Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Tamarac Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. on W. Commercial Boulevard at Nob Hill Road.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, an elderly man was trying to cross the street when he was struck by a sedan, a silver Acura.

The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating, BSO officials said. The victim hasn't been identified.

No other information was immediately known.

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

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Stabbing Girlfriend: "Prove It!"]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100214+jorge+borda.jpg

A Miami-Dade man accused of stabbing his girlfriend while she slept had a message for prosecutors during his appearance in bond court Wednesday.

"Prove it! Prove it!" Jorge Borda said repeatedly during the appearance before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens.

Borda, 33, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and armed burglary after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend at least 20 times as she slept in her home last month.

The woman was rushed to a local hospital in stable condition. Police believe Borda was involved in a hit-and-run accident the following day where he assaulted the driver of the other vehicle.

As prosecutors read the arrest affidavit in court Wednesday, Borda became Police believe Borda, 33, was involved in a hit-and-run accident the following day..

""Prove it! Prove it! This is so funny, you guys are all liars, you guys are all full of like, lies," Borda exclaimed. "You guys like listening to liars. Prove it, prove it, prove it!"

Borda didn't stop after he was asked to be quiet.

"So what, you guys throw people in jail without evidence? Oh my God, this is so fake," he said.

Borda was ordered held without bond. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

<![CDATA[Weather: Scattered Afternoon Storms Thursday]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100214+ryan+phillips.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- October 2, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Tobacco Road Closing After 102 Years in Miami]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:30:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tobaccoroad100114.jpg

The cocktails are flowing at Tobacco Road in Miami Wednesday night, just like they have since 1912. But that will come to an end on October 25th when the iconic Miami establishment closes.

The bar has seen traffic decline in recent years as construction continues to go up all around the bar. Staffers said the 140-year-old building is literally falling apart, so the time to get out is now. But, all is not lost for the bar or it’s legions of patrons.

It’s not quite the end of the road for the establishment. A new Tobacco Road will be built with all of the history from the first one.

“We’re going to raise enough money initially to save all of the historic elements,” said Tobacco Road spokesman James Goll. “We’re going to take the bar top from outside. We’re taking the façade, the neon signs.”

Still, it’s going to be a tough haul for some of the workers and the customers.

“I grew up in Miami. I had my first beer here,” said Leo Holtzman. “I used to come up to the old upstairs before we redid it.”

“It won’t be the same place,” said Erin Hansman. “It won’t be the same, but I think we can handle it.”

Ownership said after Tobacco Road closes, the bar food will be sold in food trucks and construction will begin on the new Tobacco Road.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Alleged Fort Lauderdale Burglar Arrested Carrying Drugs]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:31:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/whetselmugshot.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale man is facing multiple charges after he tried to break into a man’s home and was caught with a smorgasbord of illegal and prescription drugs.

Miramar Police say Jonathan Whetsel, 37, followed a man walking to his house. Police said Whetsel went into the backyard of the home and tried to force his way into the back door. The homeowner tried to get the man to leave, but he didn’t for more than two hours.

Police said as Whetsel left the backyard, he hit the homeowner in the face with his fist and then used a small piece of wood to again hit the homeowner. The homeowner suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

When police began to question Whetsel, they said he gave multiple stories for being at the home. The homeowner told police he doesn’t know Whetsel or why he was trying to enter the residence.

Miramar Police said after they took Whetsel into custody, an officer asked if he could search a duffel bag that was with the suspect. Whetsel agreed and when officer looked inside they noticed a small red and black toolbox.

Inside the toolbox, police found 38.7 grams of marijuana, 2.6 grams of cocaine, two blank prescription bottles with the first containing 29 Clonazepam pills and the second containing 37 Xanax pills. A third container contained six Flurazepam pills. Police also found two digital scales, five needles, two spoons, two straws, and rolling papers.

Whetsel was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of battery on a person 65 years or older, possession of cocaine, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, three counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substances and five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whetsel remains in the Broward County Jail. It’s unknown if he has an attorney. 

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Jim Kelly To Be Grand Marshal of Homecoming]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:24:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/79272856.jpg

Jim Kelly will return to his roots and serve as Grand Marshal of UM's homecoming festivities per a release from the school.

Kelly who in August received amazing news in his battle with cancer will also be the honorary captain for the Hurricanes on November 1st. On August 10th, Kelly gave the good news that doctors found no evidence of cancer in his body. That was only about 14 months after Kelly had announced his condition to the world.

“We’re honored that Jim Kelly will be returning to campus as the Grand Marshal of Homecoming ceremonies. Jim is the definition of a Miami Hurricane. He is a winner and a leader, and his successful fight against cancer serves as an inspiration to all of us," head football coach Al Golden said in the release.

The quarterback is also in the Hall of Fame at UM and was a five time Pro Bowler during his illustrious NFL career. His #12 is retired with the Buffalo Bills and he remains the only QB to ever lead his team to four consecutive Super Bowls. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2002.

“The University of Miami was and remains an important part of my life. “My family and I are honored and we look forward to being Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade and Honorary Captain for the Homecoming game," Kelly added.

Homecoming festivities for UM will be from October 31 through November 1st and feature a Homecoming Parade before the Homecoming Game on the 1st. That game will be against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Sun Life Stadium.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jackson Ready for Ebola Testing]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014908351_1200x675_336433219638.jpg There are only 13 states certified to conduct Ebola testing and Florida is one of them. Officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital says they are prepared to treat the virus. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.]]> <![CDATA[The Spot Owner 'Disturbed' Children Involved in Mass Shooting]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:05:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/elijahdukes.jpg

The owner of the property where 15 people, including children, were shot said he is working with police investigating the crime and that he’s ready to “step on some toes and knock on some doors to find out exactly what happened.”

Elijah Dukes, 72, owns the land that the restaurant The Spot sits. Dukes, who owns a single commercial property, said he was last on the property two weeks ago, and everything appeared to be in order.

Since the weekend shooting, Dukes said he’s been trying to get in contact with The Spot's owner, John Stuart. Dukes said the restaurant was “absolutely not” supposed to be operating as a club.

Dukes’ remarks come a day after the manager of The Spot, Tiffany Johnson, 31, was arrested and given a notice to appear in court for allegedly selling liquor without a license.

Investigators said they found bottles of liquor behind the bar, though the restaurant only had a license to sell beer and wine. The discovery of the liquor prompted the arrest of Johnson Tuesday.

The shooting at the restaurant last Sunday morning left 15 people injured, the youngest just 11 years old. The shooting was initially reported to be at a night club, but The Spot is licensed as a restaurant.

Dukes said the shooting was the first time police had been called to his property, and he wants to make sure it’s also the last.

When asked if he had a message for the kids who were at the club, Dukes said no. “I don’t want to say anything to them. I want to talk to their mothers, their parents,” Dukes said.

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

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Awareness Month Deals and Donations]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:12:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/Generic-Breast-Cancer-Ribbon.jpg

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Offers "Think Pink" Packages

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa will donate 10 percent from all "Think Pink" package bookins made during October to the American Cancer Society. The package comes with a choice of two pink cocktails and two pink desserts for each guest. Spa Atlantic, on the fifth floor of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, will also offer "pink-inspired" specials throughout the month inlcuding: a pink grapefruit body scrub for $75; a pink grapefruit pedi scrub for $10 and a pink diamond mask for $35. Spa Atlantic will also donate 10 percent of proceeds to the ACS.

Baptist Health Lowers Cost of Digital Mammograms

Baptist Health will reduce the cost of digital mammograms for uninsured patients through the month of October. Screening mammograms will cost $50 and diagnostic mammograms will cost $100. All digital mammograms will be reviewed and interpreted by board-certified radiologists. A doctor's prescription and appointment are necessary.

  • Baptist Health outpatient diagnostic centers:
  • Baptist Diagnostic Center, West Kendall Baptist Hospital Medical Arts Building, 15955 SW 96th St., Suite 101
  • Baptist Outpatient Center, 8950 North Kendall Drive, Second Floor
  • Baptist Mammography Center at Macy’s, The Falls, 9100 SW 136th
  • St., Second Floor
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Brickell, 2660 Brickell Ave.
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Coral Gables, 10 Giralda Ave.
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Coral Springs, 6264 West Sample Road
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Davie, 4741 S. University Drive
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Doral, 9915 NW 41st St.
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Miami Lakes, 14701 NW 77th Ave.
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Pembroke Pines, 15885 Pines Blvd.
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Tamiami Trail, 14660 SW 8th St.
  • Baptist Medical Plaza at Westchester, 8840 Bird Road
  • Homestead Hospital, 975 Baptist Way (Campbell Drive and SW 147th Avenue)
  • Mariners Hospital, 91500 Overseas Highway, Tavernier
  • South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd Street (Sunset Drive and SW 62nd Avenue)


Festival Flea Market Offers Mammogram Screenings

On Oct. 13, Festival Flea Market Mall will offer on-site mammogram screenings. Shoppers will be able to get screened between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the Boca Raton Regional Hospital MammoVan. Festival Flea Market Mall is located at 2900 West Sample Road in Pompano Beach.


JCPenny to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Through the month of October, JCPenny will be selling breast cancer awareness tees, hoodies, pants, accessories, men's ties and more. Customers will also receive pink temporary highlights, free with any $32 salon service. The week of Oct. 11th, JCPenny will also donate $1 from every hair cut or trim to City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer. Customers will also be invited to "Give Breast Cancer the Boot" by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar to support breast cancer awareness programs.

Miami-Dade Firefighters Wear Pink

Miami-Dade firefighter/paramedics will be wearing pink through Oct. 11 to support breast cancer awareness. MDFR's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" team is looking for raise $5,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will take place Oct. 11 at Marlins Park. To see how you cna donate, click here.

Miami Police Goes Pink

The Miami Police Department will sport pink badges through the month of October to support breast cancer awareness. For the third year in a row, officer purchased their pink badges individually to benefit breast cancer research.

P.F. Chang's and National Breast Cancer Foundation to Paint 11-Foot Horses Pink

More than 250 of P.F. Chang's iconic warrior horses will be painted pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone who posts a selfie to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with one of the pink horses and uses #PaintPFChangsPink will generate $1 towards the cause. P.F. Chang's will also donate $1 for each Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll ordered at the restaurant. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alice Edward]]>
<![CDATA[Bandits Botch Beer Burglary]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:10:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bumblingbeerbandit.jpg

A pair of beer bandits fumbled their way through the crime as they tried to steal upwards of 72 cans of beer from an Oakland Park, Florida, convenience store.

The two men were seen on surveillance video walking up to the store’s coolers and grabbing six 12-packs of beer. The duo then slowly made their way towards the registers before walking past them and trying to open the door.

That’s when the duo met their stiffest test: the front door.

The door was locked, and the first burglar twice tried running into it with his shoulder, both times to no avail. He slipped on the rug by the door and became frustrated enough to put down his beer and kick the door open, which finally opened for a getaway.

While the first man was picking up his beer, the second burglar walked quickly through the open door only to slip and fall just outside the store. The second burglar lost one of his cases of beer when he slipped and fell outside.

The first burglar ran out as the second man got up and retrieved as much of the beer as he could. Both eventually staggered back to their car, which was described as a green 1996 Honda with a Florida tag U39 4SC.

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

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Police Search for Man Who Robbed 2 Miami Gas Stations]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043312.jpg

Miami Police are looking for a man who has robbed two gas stations at gunpoint.

The first robbery happened Aug. 14 at the Shell gas station at 6690 W. Flagler Street when the man, who was wearing something to cover his face, pointed a pistol at the clerk and demanded money, police said.

He reached over the counter and took money from the register and fled the scene in a newer model black BMW, police said.

The victim, Marile Gutierrez, said she didn’t even look at the suspect as she was too scared to make eye contact with the gun in her face. Ray Hernandez was at the store and said he had no idea the robbery was even happening.

“We were in the back working when the girl came out screaming and we saw the car take off eastbound down Flagler Street at a high rate of speed,” Hernandez said.

A month later, on Sept. 14, the same suspect robbed the Shell station at 3601 Biscayne Boulevard. He took money from the attendant and fled the scene in a similar black BMW.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6-feet, 170-180 pounds. Police say the BMW is possibly a 7 series with four doors and tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Escaped Weston Prisoner Arrested in Tallahassee]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:34:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100114+damian+fernandez.jpg

A burglary suspect who escaped custody of the Broward Sheriff's Office in Weston last month was arrested in Tallahassee, authorities said Wednesday.

Damian Alexander Fernandez, 21, was arrested late Tuesday at a friend's house, five days after escaping custody, the BSO said. He now faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and escape, in addition to previous charges of car burglary, petit theft, obstruction without violence, grand theft of a firearm and armed car burglary.

Two accomplices who helped him hide, Andrew Gonzalez and Mirko Vall de Ruten, both 25, were also arrested and face charges of accessory after the fact and aiding an escaped prisoner, the BSO said.

Deputies had picked up Fernandez on a burglary warrant on Sept. 25 and he was brought to a district office when he managed to escape while in handcuffs. The escape set off a massive search in Weston with helicopters and K-9 units unable to find Fernandez.

Fernandez was given help by his friends, who provided a handcuff key, let him clean himself up and make phone calls, the BSO said. He somehow made his way to his girlfriend's house in Tallahassee where he was arrested.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Police Investigate Fake Notices]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:04:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014901576_1200x675_336228931973.jpg The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating fraudulent notices that have been mailed out to residents throughout Miami-Dade County.]]> <![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck and Killed in North Miami Beach]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100114+pedestrian+struck+north+miami+beach.jpg

A pedestrian was struck and killed on a North Miami Beach street Wednesday morning.

The victim, a woman, was hit by a car traveling northbound on Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 163rd Street around 5 a.m., North Miami Beach Police said.

Police didn't release the identity of the victim. The driver stayed at the scene.

Police officials said the driver had the right of way when the woman was struck.

No other information was immediately known.

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

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<![CDATA[2 Found Dead at Sunrise Apartment Building]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:55:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100114+2+dead+sunrise.jpg

Police are investigating after two people were reportedly found dead from gunshot wounds at a Sunrise apartment complex late Tuesday.

The bodies were found at the Sunrise Lakes Apartments at 2900 Sunrise Lakes Boulevard.

Police, however, haven't confirmed that the deaths were a result of gunshot wounds. The identities of the victims have not been released.

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

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<![CDATA[Jailed Marine's Mom Asks for Congressional Help]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:11:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050214+andrew+tahmooressi.jpg

The mother of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was on Capitol Hill Wednesday talking to a room full of interested lawmakers as she continues to fight for his freedom from a Mexican jail.

“I was very pleased by the level of participation, because Congress isn’t in session right now,” Jill Tahmooressi said. “I was pleasantly surprised with the Congressmen and women who have come back to DC to hear about Andrew’s fight for freedom.”

Sgt. Tahmooressi has been in Mexican custody facing weapons charges since he was arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on April 1 with three U.S.-registered guns in his possession. Jill said her son made a wrong turn in the dark while driving in southern California and crossed the border at San Ysidro.

Andrew has been in jail for several months and his mother said that what he’s going through in a Mexican prison is worse than the tours of duty he served in the Middle East wars.

“The phone calls I’ve received while he’s been in prison have been far worse than any of the calls I received in Afghanistan,” Jill said. “He nearly lost his life several times in the Mesa penitentiary,”

The hearing before a House Subcommittee was chaired by Representative Ed Royce and the subcommittee called for Mexico to release Tahmooressi immediately. Jill also had support from Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and talk show host Montel Williams.

“Since visiting Sgt. Tahmooressi at his prison in Mexico, I have become more committed than ever to ensuring his immediate released on humanitarian grounds,” said Representative Royce.

Tuesday, the family received some encouraging news after a psychiatrist appointed by the Mexican court system agreed that Andrew is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Lawyers for Andrew have called for his release saying he can’t be treated properly in a Mexican prison for PTSD.

“This is a marine who made a mistake. He suffered from an illness that we caused,” Williams said. “We caused it while he was protecting our democracy. We need to do everything we can to protect him in his hour of need.”

Jill said that she’s more encouraged now that more members of Congress are giving attention to her son’s problem with the Mexican system. She also said she’s “disappointed” in the amount of help she’s received from the White House.

“I was disappointed in the White House because I used the platform President Obama set up, which was “We the People,” and it was difficult to garner 100,000 signatures in 30 days, yet I did that on May 30,” Jill said. “The response, to me, was inadequate because it wasn’t direct enough. It wasn’t, yes, the president is aware of Sgt. Tahmooressi and he’s actually made a phone call to his counterpart. Instead it was, ‘we’re urging Mexico to expedite the judicial system.”

Photo Credit: Facebook.com/freeusmctahmooressifrommexicanjail]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Dry Early, Wet Afternoon Wednesday]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:58:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014896306_1200x675_336115779988.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- October 1, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death in Southwest Miami-Dade]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100114+fatal+shooting+sw+miami-dade.jpg

Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death in southwest Miami-Dade late Tuesday.

The man's body was discovered on the side of the road in the area of Southwest 212th Street and 119th Avenue.

Police haven't identified the victim but said they're looking for at least two male suspects. A woman was also reportedly involved. The suspects fled the scene in a black Honda Civic, police said.

Several officers were at the scene early Wednesday gathering evidence. Neighbors described the area as peaceful and quiet.

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

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<![CDATA[Body Found Under Miami Beach Dock]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:47:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dockbody093014.jpg

Miami Beach Police has a mystery on its hands after a body was discovered under a dock on Di Lido Drive.

“Police tied him to this police so he wouldn’t float away,” said 11-year-old Brooke Lanster.

Lanster was having a sleepover when Miami Beach Police began to show up to the dock behind her house. According to Miami Beach Police, a neighbor had reported seeing the floating body in Biscayne Bay. But, it wasn’t until Sunday morning when it was spotted wedged in the area.

“I go to the back door and I see these three people outsides and I don’t know who they are and I open the back door and I say, ‘Excuse me, what are you doing’ and they told me they’re police,” Lanster said.

Lanster told NBC 6’s Jamie Guirola she was officers, “pull the dead body” onto a boat. The body was so badly decomposed, an identification still hasn’t been made. Police said it was a man in his mid-50’s and stood about 5-foot 8-inches tall.

“They were looking for the body throughout the day and then my neighbor found the person floating in the water and then he ended up at my house," Lanster said. “It was kind of weird, really scary. My friends were freaking out."

The body was taken to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Held by Armed Kidnapper for 3 Days]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:29:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gableskidnappingherrera.jpg

Coral Gables Police are searching for a man they believe held a woman against her will for three days at a motel on the 4700 block of SW 8th Street.

According to Coral Gables Police, officers responded to the motel after a call about domestic violence. Police said Roberto Rafael Herrera, 36, was using a knife to hold a woman hostage. Police said Herrera used the knife to terrorize the woman, his common-law wife, over a three-day period.

Police said the woman finally fought back by hitting Herrera with a lamp that was in the room. Herrera then ran from the motel before police got to the scene.

Coral Gable Police said Herrera is armed and dangerous and faces charges of armed kidnapping, aggravated assault, and possibly more as the investigation into the incident continues.

If you have any information about Herrera’s whereabouts, call Coral Gables Police at 305-442-1600 or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 6 Caring for Our Community: Abandoned Pet Rescue]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:11:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/IMG_48564.JPG

As part of this month's Caring for Our Community service program, NBC 6 team members volunteered at Abandoned Pet Rescue in Fort Lauderdale.

APR is a no-kill shelter, meaning no animals are put to sleep. Right now, the shelter, which is one of Fort Lauderdale's largest, has about 250 to 300 cats and dozens of dogs.

The rescue has a small staff -- there are usually only about five employees caring for the animals every day.

Because of its limited resources, APR is always looking for donations and volunteers. To find out more about how you can help, visit apr.rescuegroups.org.

And for more about how NBC 6 is helping the community, visit our South Florida Community page here.

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<![CDATA[Family Dollar Store Robbed in Possible Act of Revenge]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:24:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014888776_1200x675_335860803608.jpg Two armed robbers terrorized employees in a swift search for cash at a Family Dollar Store in Pembroke Park. Managers say it could have been an act of revenge. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports.]]> <![CDATA[Pit Bull Awareness Month: Portrait of a Dangerous Dog]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:08:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_dogs_generic_shelter_puppies.jpg

In April of 2012, an unattended, eight-week-old boy in South Carolina was killed by a dog while his father slept in another room. I stumbled upon the story by accident as I was researching dog bite fatalities for another article. It was mainly reported in the local online news sites. Over the next week or so, I asked friends and clients if they had heard about this baby’s death. Their reactions were strikingly similar: “Oh my God! No, I hadn’t heard that! Was it a pit bull?”

The dog that killed baby Aiden was a Golden Retriever.

In December of 2013 the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published the most comprehensive, multifactorial study on dog bite fatalities to date. The purpose of the study was to determine what factors contribute to the makings of aggressive dogs, as well as which factors did not. The following is an excerpt from that study:

“Based on an analysis of all DBRFs (dog bite related fatalities) known to have occurred over a ten-year period, the researchers identified a striking co-occurrence of multiple, controllable factors:

  • no able-bodied person being present to intervene (87.1%);
  • the victim having no familiar relationship with the dog(s) (85.2%);
  • the dog(s) owner failing to neuter/spay the dog(s)(84.4%);
  • a victim’s compromised ability, whether based on age or physical condition, to manage their interactions with the dog(s) (77.4%);
  • the owner keeping dog(s) as resident dog(s), rather than as family pet(s) (76.2%);
  • the owner’s prior mismanagement of the dog(s) (37.5%);
  • the owner’s abuse or neglect of dog(s) (21.1%).

Four or more of these factors were present in 80.5% of the cases.”

The study also concluded that family dogs were rarely involved involved in fatal attacks. While witnesses, and media reports referred to these dogs as family pets, in truth they were kept on the property as resident dogs. This distinction is vital. In short, resident dogs simply live on the property with little positive interaction or guidance from humans. They are neither trained, nor socialized, and therefore revert to their natural, predatorial instincts. A resident dog is likely to perceive a small, warm, wiggly baby as prey. A child that screams in response to a bite will further intensify the prey drive of these truly dangerous dogs. According to the JAVMA study, over 76 percent of dogs involved in fatal attacks were resident dogs, despite media reports that referred to them as pets.

Breed was NOT a contributing factor in the attacks.

Pit bull haters, start your engines! But before you start calling me names and blowing up the comment section with junk science, I would respectfully encourage you to look at some of the other findings in this study. According to said study, the breeds of the dogs involved could not be accurately identified in over 80 percent of cases. Media reports, animal control officers, journalists and witnesses contradicted each other and routinely misidentified breeds. In fact, breed attributions were only correctly assessed 18 percent of the time. If you think it’s easy to identify a dog’s breed, especially a pit bull, check out these findings from a study by the National Canine Research Council. In this study, 687 people were shown pictures of 22 different breeds of dogs. The participants included nine veterinarians, seven veterinary technicians, and 15 animal control officers. Over half of the participants, including the professionals, claimed to have firsthand experience with pit bulls. Of those surveyed 30 percent mistook a Boxer for a pit bull, 45 percent mistook a mastiff for a pit bull, and only 2 percent correctly identified the pit bull without also misidentifying the other breeds pictured. Yes, you read that correctly - 2 percent. In a group that included professionals like myself, and individuals who claimed to be knowledgeable about the breed. I have clients whose neighbors are terrified of their “illegal” American Bulldogs. When my wife owned Boxers, complete strangers would scold her for owning a “banned” breed. Not only has breed been scientifically proven NOT to be a factor in dog bite related fatalities, the breed most commonly blamed is misidentified 98 percent of the time.

There is a great line in the movie “The Horse Whisperer” where Robert Redford states “I don’t help people with horse problems. I help horses with people problems.”

Miami does not have a pit bull problem. We don’t even have a dog problem. We have an irresponsible owner problem. Or as Robert Redford put it “people problems.” The father of baby Aiden was charged with illegal neglect of a child. The father of the four-year-old Miami boy, Javon Dade Jr., who was killed by a resident dog or dogs, was charged with manslaughter. While it is appropriate and just to hold dog owners accountable for the actions of their dogs, no charges or sentences will bring these children back. We must put aside our breed-based assumptions and take an honest look at the portrait of a dangerous dog. And in that same process, we can go a long way towards solving our people problems as well.

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<![CDATA[Robber Makes Off with Thousands from Bal Harbour Man]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:45:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/balharbourrobber.jpg

Bal Harbour Police are looking for a robber who targeted a patron of Club Liv at the Fontainebleu and made off with $16,000 in property and cash.

The clubbing and crime caper started at Club Liv, but then the male victim decided to bring the party back to his apartment in the Kenilworth Building. Around 3 in the morning, while the man was asleep, she made her move.

The woman was seen on surveillance video walking out of the building carrying her heels, wearing his $700 Gucci shoes, and carrying around $16,000 in property and cash.

“She’s a little experienced because she appears to be hiding her face from the cameras,” said Detective Hector Gonzalez. “I believe she has done this before and she knows there’s a camera there did everything to conceal her identity.”

Bal Harbour Police said this type of crime could be more common than many think. Police said the crime may be under-reported because men are sometimes too embarrassed to report it.

“These women are predators in one sense, they purposely look for individuals with money or wealth and they try to seduce or victimize them,” Bal Harbour Police Chief Mark Overton said. “There’s two elements to crime, opportunity and desire. If the person has the desire and you give them opportunity; you’re going to be victimized.”

Police said it’s possible the woman has other victims. If you have any information about the woman or were a victim, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477). 

Photo Credit: Bal Harbour Police]]>
<![CDATA[Mgr. of Restaurant at Scene of Mass Shooting Arrested]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:45:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tiffanyjohnson2011mugshot.jpg

The manager of a Miami restaurant where 15 people, including children, were shot during a party last weekend was arrested and given a notice to appear in court for allegedly selling liquor without a license.

Agents with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, in coordination with Miami Police, conducted an inspection of The Spot on Monday and found three bottles of liquor behind the bar, officials said. The restaurant only has a license to sell beer and wine.

That prompted the arrest of The Spot's manager, Tiffany Johnson, 31, and notice to appear in court.

Fifteen people were injured, the youngest just 11 years old, in a mass shooting Sunday morning at The Spot, which initially was reported to be a nightclub but is actually licensed as a restaurant.

Neighbors said the adult club had recently started hosting a teen night that was drawing large crowds.

Of the 15 wounded, one student named Trayvon was reported to be in critical but stable condition Monday. The other victims remaining in the hospital were in good condition. Some victims have been released from the hospital.

Lataara Ingram was one of the students who were shot. Friends told NBC 6 that she is a cheerleader at Booker T. Washington High School.

"Every time you see her, she kept to herself," said fellow student Briana Hines. "She doesn't cause any problems. So when I heard she was shot, it was unbelievable. Little Lataara. Innocent Lataara? Wow."

Police said it’s not immediately clear how many shooters were involved or what prompted the violence.

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

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 6 Caring for Our Community: Abandoned Pet Rescue]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:13:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/0thumb1.jpg As part of this month's Caring for Our Community service program, NBC 6 team members volunteered at Abandoned Pet Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale.]]> <![CDATA[Mirror Captures Image of Coral Gables Crook]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:41:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/coralgablesrobbery093014.jpg

Police say a man who burglarized a Coral Gables law firm tried to hide his identity by moving around surveillance cameras on the wall, but the tactic didn't exactly work in his favor.

According to Coral Gables Police, the burglar went into the office building at 3211 Ponce De Leon Boulevard on Sept. 19 and repositioned the surveillance camera to try to conceal his identity.

Instead, the crook moved the camera lens towards the elevators where a large mirror was located, and the camera continued to capture the suspect’s actions.

“He opened the door,” said attorney Carlos Del Amo. “He did not pry it open. There was no destruction to my front door, so either he had a key or he knew how to jimmy the door.”

Police said the burglar went into the law firm’s suite and made it all the way to Del Amo’s office where he forced open his file cabinet. When he left, the crook walked out with roughly $3,700.

“Which is very strange because I don’t keep that amount of money in my office at any time, but that day I had a client come in and give me that,” Del Amo said. “While the money is important, okay, it’s not in comparison to feeling violated. This is a place where my door was never locked. None of the other offices were ever locked. Now, we’re locking all of our interior doors. It’s like you don’t feel safe in your own home.”

If you have any information regarding the identity of the burglar, call Coral Gables police at 305-442-1600 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: Coral Gables Police]]>
<![CDATA[Frontier Airlines Arrives in Miami with $15 Fares]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:34:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_042914_frontier.jpg

Frontier Airlines expanded its service to Miami International Airport on Tuesday and is celebrating with a one-day sale that has fares as low as $15 each way.

The new service will take off in late December from Miami International Airport to Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

“We welcome the arrival of Frontier Airlines at MIA and are thrilled to offer our customers this fantastic low fare option to leading U.S. destinations,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González.

The arrival of Frontier into Miami was welcome news for some travelers.

“My brother called me from Florida to tell me that they’re coming, so I’m thrilled,” said passenger Gail Gitin.

Frontier Senior Vice-President Daniel Schurz said Miami’s market is “underserved” and that by adding the service to Miami International, “we’re going to bring more people to this region.”

"This is very beneficial. First of all, the extra stops and the extra time. Miami is one of the furthest points south in the United States,” said traveler Peter Schindler. “So, to be able to get here faster and more convenient makes everything a lot quicker and easier."

It also may be cheaper, even after the promotional rates expire. On average, other carriers charge between $380 and $420 for non-stop trips from Denver to Miami. A non-stop flight on Frontier from Dallas to Miami will average between $100 and $300.

Frontier said it offers cheaper fares and what it calls “Classic Plus” fares which include extra leg room, refundable fares, and one checked bag. Some travelers said that’s nice, but it’s not the main reason they would fly Frontier.

“I don’t care about any of that. I just want to get to where I’m going,” said passenger Andrew Jeon.

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<![CDATA[Fort. Lauderdale Firefighter Dies While Changing Tire on Highway ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:12:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ltkevinjohns.jpg

A 29-year veteran of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue died Tuesday afternoon after he was hit by a car while changing a tire on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County.

Florida Highway Patrol said Lt. Kevin Johns was working on a flat tire around 7:30 a.m. when two cars were involved in an accident near the Yamato Road exit.

One of the cars hit the other and after the initial impact, the car continued off the road and hit Johns. The lieutenant was taken to Delray Medical Center, but died a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Chief Robert Hoecherl released the following statement later on Tuesday:

"Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue is deeply saddened by the loss of Fire Lieutenant Kevin Johns. Kevin served the citizens of Ft. Lauderdale for over 28 years and saved countless lives during that time. Kevin will be dearly missed by his fire department and city family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s wife Brenda and three children. Fort Lauderdale Fire wishes to thank all those in the community for the outpouring of support and kind words. We also would like to thank all our fire department brothers and sisters for being there for Kevin’s family and for being there for the members of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue."

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Police-Involved Shooting in Sunrise]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:29:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/093014+sunrise+police+involved+shooting+new.jpg

A 38-year-old man who was allegedly armed with a knife is dead after Sunrise Police shot him Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened near a Walgreen's in the 2300 block of N. University Drive, officials said. The incident began when a call about a man with a knife acting irrationally. The caller said the man suffered from mental illness, may not be taking his medication and could become violent.

Sunrise Police officers caught up with the man at a Mobil gas station on the corner of N. University Drive and Sunset Strip. Police said the man still had the knife when the first approached him.

According to Sunrise Police, the man ran north to a Walgreen’s parking lot and still had the knife on him. Police said they initially tried Tasers and then a K-9 to subdue the man. One officer finally fired at the man with his gun.

“He was laying on the ground and they were putting handcuffs on him and he was already shot and he looked lifeless,” said witness Cherie Ince.

The man was taken to Broward Health, but was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said the officer who fired is on administrative leave which is departmental policy.

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<![CDATA[Sentencing for Man Convicted in Murder of Politician Dad Delayed]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:30:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jason-Beckman-November-18-2.jpg

Sentencing was delayed Tuesday for a South Florida man facing life in prison after he was convicted of murder in the shooting death of his politician father.

Jason Beckman, 22, was scheduled to be sentenced at a hearing Tuesday in Miami-Dade in the 2009 shooting death of Jay Beckman, a South Miami city commissioner.

Beckman was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting in November and faces between 25 years and life behind bars.

The sentencing was also delayed in June.

Jason Beckman was originally charged with manslaughter with a firearm after he told police that he had just wanted to show the gun to his father, but he slipped and fell causing the gun to fire. The charges were upgraded to first-degree murder after friends and family came forward saying the then-17-year-old had talked of killing his father.

A search of the son's belongings showed the former South Miami High junior had compiled a hit list of enemies, with his dad's name on the top, authorities said.

Defense attorneys had argued that Jason Beckman didn't shoot the gun intentionally.

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<![CDATA[Pair Arrested in Armed Attack on 'Pirate': BSO]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/093014+Muhamad+Ahmad+Ahmed+Othman.jpg

A South Florida man in a pirate costume was attacked and held at gunpoint by two men who were frightened by his appearance, authorities said.

Ahmed Othman, 24, and Muhamad Ahmad, 22, were arrested on charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, battery and false imprisonment in the Sept. 24 incident in Dania Beach, according to recently released Broward Sheriff's Office arrest reports.

Othman and Ahmad were booked into jail and later released. It was unknown if they have attorneys.

According to the arrest reports, Othman was near his home in the 300 block of E. Sheridan Street when he "saw the victim dressed in a pirate costume and it scared him."

Othman went to his apartment and told Ahmad about the bearded man who was dressed in black and walking down the street. The two grabbed loaded handguns and drove around until they spotted the victim walking in the hallway of his apartment building, the reports said.

The two men pointed their guns at the pirate and told him to put his hands up and get on the ground. One of the men put the victim's hands behind his back and put his knee in the back of the victim's neck, the reports said.

The men told the victim not to move or they would shoot him in the head. Othman and Ahmad later confessed to keeping the man against his will, the reports said.

The victim told deputies he dresses as a pirate around this time of year for entertainment.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Con Man Gets 5 Years in Prison in Hotel Scam]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:49:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100213+james+sabatino.jpg

A South Florida con man who spent weeks living in Miami and Miami Beach hotels racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bills he never paid was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday.

James Peter Sabatino, 37, was sentenced during a 9:30 a.m. hearing in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. The sentence is part of a plea deal made with prosecutors.

Sabatino was arrested on first-degree grand theft and organized scheme to defraud charges last year after racking up tabs at hotels totaling nearly $600,000.

According to a Miami Beach Police report, Sabatino checked into the Hilton Miami Beach at 101 Ocean Drive back in August 2013, reserving five rooms for himself and his guests and telling the hotel to charge the rooms to the Sony Entertainment Corporate account.

By the time he checked out almost five weeks later, Sabatino had racked up an unpaid balance of $174,000, including over $100,000 of champagne, the report said. Prosecutors said hotel workers later called Sony and discovered he didn't work for them.

Sabatino pulled off a similar scheme at other local hotels. As part of the plea deal, Sabatino will have to repay $594,000 to the hotels.

According to the Miami Herald, Sabatino's cons didn't end after his arrest. In August, while in jail, he somehow got Miami-Dade County taxpayers to pay for a surgery to repair a lazy right eye he's had since he was a kid, the Herald reported.

Sabatino feigned headaches and claimed the lazy eye was a result of a stroke he had while in custody at the jail, according to the report.

"I kept saying I was having these headaches, and how can we make them stop?" Sabatino told the Herald in a phone interview. "Next thing I know, they approved the surgery."

Sabatino claims the surgery, which he considers a cosmetic procedure, cost taxpayers $247,000, though the actual figure may be much lower.

Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ed Griffith said the procedure was deemed medically necessary.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>