<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 20:21:43 -0400Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:21:43 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Serial Strong Arm Robber Sought: Broward Sheriff's Office]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:56:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+serial+broward+robber.jpg

Authorities are searching for a man behind a series of strong arm robberies at Broward County Walgreens stores.

The four robberies the suspect is believed to have committed took place in June at Walgreens stores in Lauderdale Lakes, Oakland Park, Tamarac and Plantation, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Officials said in each robbery the suspect walks up to the cashier as if to pay, then pushes the cashier out of the way once the register is opened. He quickly grabs handfuls of cash and runs out.

The suspect was described as a black male, possibly in his late 30s. He's 5-foot-7 with a slim to medium build, has dark facial hair and dark shoulder-length dreadlocks.

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



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<![CDATA[Illegal Fireworks Inspections Underway in South Florida]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:51:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024346491_1200x675_717094979981.jpg Illegal fireworks inspections were underway in South Florida ahead of the July 4 holiday.]]> <![CDATA[MDFR Stresses Boating Safety on July 4th Weekend]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:22:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+mdfr+boating+safety.jpg

This Fourth of July weekend Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is out on the water.

"You got hundreds of boaters out on the water and if you aren't sure how to maneuver a vessel or how to get around vessels, something is gonna go wrong," said Orestes Gonzalez, a captain with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The U.S Coast Guard and other agencies say alcohol, drugs and overcrowding don't mix.

"We have guys that come out, lack of experience, and they'll put too many people in one vessel. They'll drink all weekend and they're highly intoxicated. Boating under the influence is also illegal," Gonzalez said.

Boaters heading to Key Biscayne or downtown Miami for Monday's firework displays should be mindful of this weekend's regulated navigation areas.

The 15-knot speed limit is from 7 p.m. until midnight July 4th. The area includes Turkey Point north to the Julia Tuttle Causeway and Elliot Key west to the shoreline. Crews say navigating these waters is difficult, especially at night.

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<![CDATA[Broward Crime Lab Suspends Doing Complex DNA Testing]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:02:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+bso+crime+lab.jpg

The Broward County Sheriff’s Crime Lab announced late Friday it is suspending doing some complex DNA analysis, a cornerstone of its operation.

The development comes as the laboratory fights losing its accreditation from the ASCLD/LAB, the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, Laboratory Accreditation Board.

The ASCLD/LAB received a complaint about how the lab was analyzing DNA and attorneys expressed concerns that those mistakes could implicate innocent people.

Defense Attorney Monique Brochu knew last year something was not right with DNA evidence coming from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab.

DNA was the only physical evidence helping place her client, Javon Gibson, at the scene of an April 2010 West Park murder.

So, Brochu brought in forensic analyst Tiffany Roy who found the crime lab was misinterpreting DNA evidence.

She filed a complaint with the ASCLD/LAB who agreed with her findings.

Those findings include that the lab was using DNA portions so minuscule that they should be disregarded and were injecting bias into the process by considering the DNA of a suspect before deciding what portions of DNA recovered from evidence would be used to connect someone to a crime.

Broward’s Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes says the Sheriff’s Lab has been tipping the scales of justice unfairly against defendants.

“When you have faulty evidence being used to convict then the entire justice system is falling apart,” Weekes said. “And that’s the problem when you inherently have a desire to find a match and it enters into your testing procedures and your bias enters into your interpretation of the evidence then you’re going to have a flawed conclusion.”

Brochu is fighting to keep the lab’s findings out of Gibson’s trial and Weekes’ office is doing the same with its cases.

Both wonder if the crime lab’s mistakes have convicted innocent people.

"It’s very likely that individuals have gone through this system on faulty evidence and ultimately have been convicted based on poor evidence," Weekes said.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory is appealing the accreditation board’s findings.

A spokesperson said in addition to suspending its analysis of complex DNA samples - where more than one person’s DNA is found - the lab is coming up with a plan to correct its issues. The plan is expected to include buying new software used in analysis.

If accreditation is revoked, the lab can continue to operate and produce evidence in court, but it’s findings would not be accepted by the FBI’s main DNA evidence.

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<![CDATA[Fisherman Who Found Message From Lighthouse Cubans Speaks Out]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:55:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052016+american+shoals+lighthouse+standoff.jpg

Some of the two dozen Cuban migrants who reached a Florida Keys lighthouse will be sent to Guantanamo Bay while others are being repatriated to Cuba as the fisherman who discovered a message in a bottle written by the migrants is speaking out for the first time.

"The words that were written were 'please help me, S.O.S. 24 people onboard,'" Jason Harrelson said.

Harrelson described Friday the unusual discovery on the open waters. The fisherman from Tampa found the handwritten note where the migrants claim mistreatment while on a Coast Guard cutter where they were detained.

"I immediately contacted the Coast Guard, regardless of where you're from, you need help at that point, I would do it for anyone," he said.

Coast Guard officials said the letter was determined to be authentic and said they are planning on launching an internal investigation.

In another change of course, late Thursday the U.S. Attorney said they re-interviewed the so-called Lighthouse Cubans, and 20 of the 24 claim to have legitimate fears that they could face harm if they go back to Cuba. They've been sent to a camp in Guantanamo Bay where officials will now look for a third country to eventually sent them.

"We are very happy that the 20 people will be given the chance to remain in freedom," said Ramon Saul Sanchez, with Movimiento Democracia. "Of course we would have liked the 24 to do so but apparently the other four might not have said the key words, even though they probably have the same fears and they might be repatriated. I don't know if at this time they're already getting back to Cuba."

Family members in Miami reacted to the latest update on the fate of their loved ones Friday.

"We're very happy because yesterday the government approved 20 of them to apply for political asylum so at least they're gonna have the right to live in freedom," said Fernando Alvarez, cousin of one of the migrants.

While a federal judge ruled the lighthouse was not dry land, there are still some legal uncertainties and family members are holding out hope.

"There is one thing that we are completely sure. We will keep fighting for all of them. It doesn't matter if he's in the group of the 20 or of the 4. We're gonna keep fighting," Alvarez said.



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<![CDATA[Panthers Agree on Eight-Year Extension With Ekblad]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:25:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462376402.jpg

Aaron Ekblad and the Florida Panthers came to an agreement on an eight-year contract extension on Friday.

The extension has not been finalized and is not official, but it was confirmed by Ekblad himself on Twitter. The deal is worth a reported $60 million and will kick in following the 2016-17 season.

The 20-year old has had two solid seasons since joining the NHL, and now is locked up for the next nine seasons. The Panthers can now continue working on a plan to build around the young star.

Florida made Ekblad the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft and ever since then, he's shined. In 78 regular season games this past year, Ekblad had 15 goals and 21 assists. Not only did Ekblad fill the stat sheet offensively, but the defenseman did a solid job of getting in the way of the opposition's scoring chances.

This off-season, the Panthers changed their look and have also kept busy in the transaction department. Florida will likely make a few more moves before the season gets underway. The 2015-16 season was a great one for the Panthers, and the team will look to build on that success.



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<![CDATA[Man Tried to Steal Store Clerk's Purse: Miami-Dade Police]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:15:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+store+clerk+robbed+miami-dade.jpg

Police are looking for a thief who tried to take a purse from a clerk at a northwest Miami-Dade store.

The incident happened the morning of June 22 at the Dollar Plus store at 6886 Northwest 169th Street, Miami-Dade Police said.

According to police, the suspect entered the store and wandered aimlessly before he reached across the counter and grabbed the clerk's purse. A struggle ensued and the 23-year-old woman was pushed to the floor, hitting the back of her head, police said.

The woman was able to grab her purse and held on to it despite the thief's attempts to take it, police said. The man eventually fled the store on foot, damaging the door during his escape.

"I came out of the register without thinking and I grabbed the purse from him," the woman, who didn't want to be identified, told NBC 6. "And then he started running and since the door is a 'pull door' he started pushing and pushing it until he broke it and he ran away."

Fire Rescue workers treated the clerk for her injuries at the scene.

Police described the suspect as a white male in his 20s, about 6-foot, 250 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Worker Falls in Cargo Ship Hold at Port Everglades]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:23:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+worker+falls+port+everglades.jpg

Fire rescue workers responded after a worker fell in the hold of cargo ship at Port Everglades Friday.

The incident happened at 2800 Eisenhower Boulevard at Berth 15 at the port, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials said.

Footage showed the worker strapped to a gurney and being lifted out of the hold and put into the back of an ambulance. His condition wasn't immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[How Facebook Changes Impact News You Receive From NBC 6]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/260*120/NBC6+facebook.png

Facebook announced this week that it is tweaking its news feed algorithm to emphasize posts from friends and family. But that change could cause Facebook users to see fewer posts from media companies like NBC 6. 

Some viewers have asked how they can be sure to continue to receive local news they count on from NBC 6. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to guarantee you see everything from NBC 6.   

Take these quick steps to be sure you still get Facebook posts from NBC 6 in your news feed.

Go to NBC 6’s Facebook page and be sure you’ve liked the page.

On your mobile device, click on "Following" and you receive three options. If you'd like to see every post from NBC 6, click "See First." If you'd prefer to see what the Facebook algorithm serves you, click "Default," and Facebook will show you posts based on how often you engage NBC 6's content.

On desktop, you can find the "See First" and "Default" options by clicking on the small arrow right next to the Like button. 

To manage your notifications on your mobile device, click on the "More" button and then click down to "Notifications." There you can select which notifications you'd like to receive on the page. 

On desktop to edit notifications, click on the small arrow to the right of the like button and select either all on or all off. You may also choose to receive specific notifications, such as videos and photos. To do so, click on the pencil next to the notifications button to select which post types you'd like to receive notifications for. 


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<![CDATA[MDFR Save Cat Trapped Inside Car Engine]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:26:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+miami+beach+cat+rescue.jpg

Members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were the heroes for one cat on Miami Beach in the morning hours of Friday.

A call came into 911 shortly before 9 AM that the animal was trapped inside a car engine located at the Marathon Gas Station at 790 N. Miami Beach Blvd.

MDFR was able to free the cat from the vehicle. The animal belong to the car owner’s neighbor and was safely returned.

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<![CDATA[Flight Has Rough Landing at Palm Beach Airport]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:42:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/american+airlines+plane+tail.JPG

An American Airlines flight from North Carolina had a rough landing at a Florida airport.

Airline spokesman Ross Feinstein says Flight 2043 experienced a mechanical issue with its landing gear upon landing late Thursday at Palm Beach International Airport.

Feinstein says the Airbus A319 landed safely but had to be towed off the tarmac.

Brad Heisle of Boynton Beach tells WPTV he heard a loud boom and the plane "started shaking like crazy" when it landed.

The flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, carried 118 passengers and six crew members. Feinstein says no injuries were reported and the passengers were bused to the airport from the tarmac.

Feinstein says the airline took the aircraft out of service and canceled a 6 a.m. flight Friday from West Palm Beach to Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Hassan Whiteside to Re-Sign With Heat]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:41:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519700544.jpg

NBA Free Agency began at 12:01 AM Friday morning and the Miami Heat seem to have already signed the first piece of their puzzle to get back to the NBA Finals.

Center Hassan Whiteside, who was sought after by several teams, posted a message on Snapchat saying that he intends to re-sign with the Heat, which was sent throughout social media by happy Heat fans:

Whiteside later posted a short message on the website The Players' Tribune, saying in part "I've played on eight teams since college...I am not ready for there to be a ninth."

Whiteside has spent the last two seasons with the Heat, leading the NBA in blocks last season and being named to the All-Defense second team.

The Miami Herald reported Whiteside will make around $98 million over four years, starting with $22 million in the 2016-17 season. The Heat will now look to re-sign another player from last year’s team, veteran guard Dwyane Wade, as well as several other targets.



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<![CDATA[Gator Climbs Fence at Fort Myers Golf Course]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:50:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/070116+gator+on+golf+course.jpg An estimated eight foot long alligator can be seen climbing a fence at a Fort Myers golf course, terrifying golfers and nearby residents.]]> <![CDATA[New Charge Filed In Attempted Synagogue Bombing]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:31:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+james+medina+new+background.jpg

Months after he was arrested for allegedly trying to detonate a bomb outside a South Florida synagogue, a 40 year old man is facing a new charge in the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed that James Medina has been indicted on a charge of attempting to damage religious property. He was arrested and charged earlier this year with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Medina is alleged to have plotted with an undercover informant to acquire a bomb to attack the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in April. The FBI arrested Medina after the "dummy" bomb he was given by the informant didn’t explode.

Recordings show Medina reportedly supporting the terror group ISIS and saying it was his “obligation” to attack Jews in the United States. His attorney says Medina has suffered from a long term mental illnes and he has pleaded not guilty for the previous charge.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Drop Third Straight in Rainy Atlanta]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:19:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-544013328.jpg

The Miami Marlins waited out rain delay before falling to the Atlanta Braves by a final score of 8-5 on Thursday.

The loss continued a season-long trend of dominance for Atlanta over Miami. Despite having one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, the Braves have won nearly every game against the Marlins this season. Thursday's loss was also Miami's third defeat in a row.

The rain delay lasted 68 minutes and came when Miami was leading 3-0. Starter Wei-Yin Chen remained in the game after the delay, but did not appear to be as strong. Chen ended up going 5.1 innings in which he allowed four runs on eight hits. The lefty now has a 4-3 record this season and a 5.11 E.R.A.

When Chen was lifted from the game, Miami was still leading by one. Mike Dunn entered however and allowed Chen's two inherited runners to score. Dunn also let two of his own runners to score. Dunn now has a 5.40 E.R.A this season and has allowed a high percentage of inherited runners to reach the plate.

It was a mostly quiet day for Miami's offense, outside of one blast from Justin Bour. The first baseman hit his 15th home run of the year, and it was of the three-run variety.

Miami has not announced a starter for Friday's game, but it is expected that Justin Nicolino will return from AAA for the job.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Wynwood Shooting Charged in Separate Murder]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:01:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062416+devin+lewis+new+mug+shot.jpg

A man accused of shooting a Swedish student in Wynwood is now facing charges in the murder of a man just days after the Wynwood attack.

Devin Lewis, 25, appeared in court Thursday to face a first-degree murder charge in the June 11 killing. Lewis, who was already being held in the June 7 shooting in Wynwood, was ordered held without bond. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to an arrest report, Lewis shot and killed a man in the driveway of his home in the 1400 block of Northwest 58th Terrace just before midnight on June 11.

The victim had just pulled into the driveway in his truck when an armed Lewis approached and told him not to move, the report said. When the victim turned toward Lewis, Lewis shot him twice in the chest, pulled his neck chains off and ran to a waiting car, the report said.

The victim, who wasn't named in the report, later died at the hospital.

Detectives were able to get a fingerprint from the truck, which matched Lewis, the report said.

Lewis was arrested last Thursday in the June 7 shooting of 28-year-old Frank Hammar, a student at Miami Ad School. Hammar had just finished dinner with his parents at the Wynwood Diner when he was approached by two men. The men took his cell phone but when he refused to hand over his wallet, one of the men shot him twice, police said.

Hammar spent days at Jackson Memorial Hospital before he was released.

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<![CDATA[Florida Lawmakers Cracking Down With Anti-Skimmer Law]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024323929_1200x675_716367939831.jpg New legislation makes it easier to prosecute Florida criminals who use gas pump skimming devices.]]> <![CDATA[Man Asks NBC 6 Responds for Help Getting New Cuban Passport]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:17:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/063016+nbc+6+responds+passport.jpg

 

After waiting nearly two years for an answer, an elderly Cuban man is one step closer to seeing the relatives he left behind some 16 years ago.
“They are waiting for him for a long time and they are very, very old,” said Sahily Yabor, the man’s daughter.  “The oldest one is 97 years old and they’re still waiting for him. He deserves to go.”
Miguel Yabor Hernandez went to a Cubamax travel agency branch in June 2014 hoping to renew his Cuban passport.
“They asked him for an original birth certificate and the old Cuban passport and $440,” said Sahily. 
Cuba doesn’t recognize the U.S. nationality of United States citizens who are Cuban-born.  That means even though Miguel became a U.S. Citizen a few years ago, he still has to renew his Cuban passport in order to travel to the island.  
When he asked Cubamax how long the renewal process would take, he says he they told him 3 or 4 months.  But when months turned into nearly 2 years, the family reached out to NBC 6 Responds. 
"He has been waiting for a Cuban passport and nothing,” said Sahily.  “They [Cubamax] didn’t return his document, the money, nothing.  Not even a clear answer, an honest answer to him.
“We want Cubamax [to] take it seriously and honor their commitment,” she adds.
The branch where Miguel turned in his paperwork referred us to Carlos Trujillo, the owner of the agency.  He declined our requests for an on-camera interview, but explained in text messages that:
“Mr. Yabor’s case is common. There was a discrepancy between his birth certificate and his old [Cuban] passport.  As a result, the consulate asked for additional information to ensure the documents belonged to the same person.  In the end, because this involved a person in their 80s and because of your insistence and ours, the consulate made the decision to print the [new] passport.”
Trujillo also tells us they process around 2,500 passports a month.  He adds that the Cuban consulate has a small staff so, in many instances, when there’s a discrepancy, the consulate does not immediately notify the agency, leaving the case pending and everyone waiting for an answer.
Miguel, meanwhile, says he’s grateful to now have his new Cuban passport in hand.  He’s already planning that trip he’s been anxiously waiting to make.

After waiting nearly two years for an answer, an elderly Cuban man is one step closer to seeing the relatives he left behind some 16 years ago.

 

"They are waiting for him for a long time and they are very, very old," said Sahily Yabor, the man’s daughter.  "The oldest one is 97 years old and they’re still waiting for him. He deserves to go."

Miguel Yabor Hernandez went to a Cubamax travel agency branch in June 2014 hoping to renew his Cuban passport.

“They asked him for an original birth certificate and the old Cuban passport and $440,” said Sahily.

Cuba doesn’t recognize the U.S. nationality of United States citizens who are Cuban-born. That means even though Miguel became a U.S. Citizen a few years ago, he still has to renew his Cuban passport in order to travel to the island.

When he asked Cubamax how long the renewal process would take, he says he they told him 3 or 4 months. But when months turned into nearly 2 years, the family reached out to NBC 6 Responds.

"He has been waiting for a Cuban passport and nothing," said Sahily.  "They [Cubamax] didn’t return his document, the money, nothing. Not even a clear answer, an honest answer to him.

"We want Cubamax [to] take it seriously and honor their commitment," she adds.

The branch where Miguel turned in his paperwork referred us to Carlos Trujillo, the owner of the agency. He declined our requests for an on-camera interview, but explained in text messages that:

"Mr. Yabor’s case is common. There was a discrepancy between his birth certificate and his old [Cuban] passport. As a result, the consulate asked for additional information to ensure the documents belonged to the same person. In the end, because this involved a person in their 80s and because of your insistence and ours, the consulate made the decision to print the [new] passport."

Trujillo also tells us they process around 2,500 passports a month. He adds that the Cuban consulate has a small staff so, in many instances, when there’s a discrepancy, the consulate does not immediately notify the agency, leaving the case pending and everyone waiting for an answer.

Miguel, meanwhile, says he’s grateful to now have his new Cuban passport in hand. He’s already planning that trip he’s been anxiously waiting to make.

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<![CDATA[3,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks Found in Lauderhill Warehouse]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/063016+fireworks+bust+lauderhill.jpg

Authorities say some 3,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were found in a Lauderhill warehouse Thursday.

The fireworks were found at the warehouse in the 3700 block of Northwest 16th Street.

Lauderhill Fire Rescue officials said code enforcement had received a tip about the warehouse.

The building was evacuated and the power was cut off, officials said. The fireworks will be taken out Friday and disposed of, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Police Dog Killed in Standoff]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:33:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/knbc-long-beach-police-k-9-credo-officer-mike-parcells.jpg

Editor's Note: Some of the footage in this story may be difficult to watch.

Police in Southern California gave an emotional salute Tuesday to a K-9 killed during a deadly SWAT standoff in Long Beach.

K-9 Credo and the suspect, who was armed with a knife, were both fatally shot.

A SWAT team had been locked in a standoff in the 2800 block of East 15th Street with a man wanted in a shooting case involving multiple victims, the Long Beach Police Department said. The investigation began around 9 a.m.

Officers said the man aggressively charged at police, who deployed intermediate force options, including a 40mm rubber baton round and a police service dog that was part of a special weapons team.

The service dog, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Credo, tried to stop the man's advance toward officers, Long Beach police said.

As Credo fought with him, the man produced a knife. One officer fired his weapon to protect himself and the other officers, authorities said. Both the suspect and Credo were struck by the officer's gunfire. The knife was recovered at the scene.

The suspect, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported, police said.

After shots rang out, aerial images showed a clearly distraught officer laying the dog’s limp body on a sidewalk and throwing his helmet to the ground. He then picked the dog up again and placed him in the back of a police cruiser. The canine was rushed to a veterinary clinic, where he died of his injures.

Credo served with the department for two years.

Photos of Credo posted on the Long Beach Police Department's Facebook page in 2014 identified his handler as Officer Mike Parcells, who lost another 4-year-old Belgian Malinois during a shooting in 2005.

Long Beach police officers stood in formation for a farewell to Credo outside the veterinarian's office Tuesday afternoon. Parcells appeared inconsolable, breaking down in tears as Credo was loaded into the K-9 cruiser.

Parcells, an officer for more than 21 years, is dealing with Credo's death 11 years after the death of K-9 Ranger, another K-9 killed in the line of duty.

Many residents came out to pay respects to Credo, who was involved in more than 30 apprehensions in his police career.

City News Service contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: Long Beach Police Department
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<![CDATA[Father And Son Victims of Armed Carjacking in Miami Beach]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:31:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/063016+luis+mercado+ramon+mercado.jpg

A father and son were robbed and carjacked at gunpoint outside a Miami Beach club early Thursday, police said.

Luis Mercado, 57, and his son, 24-year-old Ramon, were leaving Studio 23 when they were approached by two armed men in the 300 block of 23rd Street just after 2:15 a.m., the Miami Beach Police report said.

The two suspects made them stand against a wall and empty their pockets. They grabbed the pair's cell phones and a gold chain, then fled the scene in their 2015 Ford Escape, the report said. Neither man was injured and Luis Mercado actually said he wanted to thank the suspects for letting he and his son live.

"If they out there looking at this, I appreciate letting us go bud. You know, I’m not hating," he told NBC 6.

Luis Mercado said his son wasn't as ready to cooperate during the carjacking.

"He wasn't complying, he's 24 and plays sports and stuff," Luis Mercado said. "We’re still here so that’s all that matters. I'm looking at the bottom line. I couldn’t get another son."

Police are looking for the car, with the Florida license plate YN18S. They're also looking for the two armed suspects, plus a third suspect who was driving a tan Lincoln that the other two suspects were seen getting out of, police said.

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

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<![CDATA[Hoverboard Catches Fire in Weston: BSO Fire Rescue]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/063016+hoverboard+fire+weston.jpg

Firefighters responded after a hoverboard caught fire at a home in Weston Thursday, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials said.

The incident happened at a home in the 100 block of Lakeview Drive, officials said.

Officials said a child was riding the hoverboard then started charging it, and an hour later it exploded in the living room.

Four kids and an adult were home at the time but no one was injured, officials said.

"I heard a lot of kids coming out, running out, they were screaming and they said 'it's a blast in our apartment and fire,'" neighbor Annul Khurshi said.

A construction crew that was working next door unplugged the burning device and the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived.

The fire caused about $1,000 in damage to the home, officials said.

"You get what you pay for, you want to look for something that has an approval seal, something that has been tested and approved," BSO Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.



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<![CDATA[8 Child Porn Charges Dropped Against S. Miami Detective]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:29:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/063016+joe+mendez.jpg

Prosecutors dropped eight child porn charges against a South Miami police detective Thursday but added a couple of new charges.

Det. Joe Mendez was facing eight charges of child porn after an investigator from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested him in September. Mendez was in charge of the Police Explorer program that motivates young adults to get involved in their communities and learn about law enforcement.

But in June of 2014, an underage female cadet reported Mendez for inappropriate behavior and for giving her alcohol, authorities said. And investigators said Mendez had pictures of children performing sexual acts on his cell phone.

"No children on there in any shape or form," defense attorney Doug Hartman said Thursday.

Instead, according to Mendez' attorney, the pictures were of his girlfriend.

"The young lady who was pictured gave them a sworn statement so they have no case whatsoever," Hartman said.

But besides dropping the porn charges, prosecutors added new charges of showing obscene materials to a child and giving alcohol to minors.

Mendez will be back in court for the new felony charges and prepare for a trial, expected to begin in August.



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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade to Meet With Spurs, Mavericks: Report]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:08:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507433042.jpg

Miami Heat fans have been through this before with longtime veteran guard Dwyane Wade. With free agency in the NBA set to get underway at 12:00 AM Friday morning, Wade has again made it clear that he wants to be paid like the man who helped lead the franchise to three NBA titles.

The 13 year guard, who has spent his entire career with the team, signed a one year contract with Miami last offseason and is now reportedly willing to listen to potential offers from other teams.

Various reports from outlets such as ESPN have Wade talking with several teams outside of Miami, including the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks. Heat fans might find a move to those teams hard to swallow as Miami played both franchises in four of their five all-time Finals appearances, going 1-1 against each team.

Wade, who has dealt with his share of injuries in recent years, is coming off maybe his best season in the last five years and will likely use that (along with those three championships) as a reason why he should get the maximum contract money the team can offer.

What will complicate things for Heat President Pat Riley is that Miami has a sit down with the biggest free agent this year, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant this weekend in New York. Add that to the team’s hope the keep center Hassan Whiteside, who has become a sought after free agent and may also seek max money, and the team may not be able to give Wade the money he is seeking right now.

A Chicago native, Wade may also consider the hometown Bulls, who recently traded star guard Derrick Rose and are in the market for a replacement.



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<![CDATA[Miami Promoting Gun Safety During July 4th Weekend]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024316503_1200x675_716084803623.jpg The City of Miami is asking residents again to not shoot guns over the July 4th holiday. NBC 6's Julia Bagg has more.]]> <![CDATA[Fire Guts Home, Family Dog Dies]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:29:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/063016+west+park+fire.jpg

A fire in West Park displaced a family of five who is now also mourning the loss of a family pet.

Crews responded to the 100 block of Edmund Road Thursday morning to put out the fire at the home. Two of the family dogs got out safely, but another one died at the scene, despite firefighters' efforts to resuscitate it.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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<![CDATA[Lighthouse Cubans Claimed Mistreatment in Message in Bottle]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:17:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052016+american+shoals+lighthouse+standoff.jpg

Two days after a federal judge ordered two dozen Cuban migrants returned after reaching a lighthouse in the Florida Keys, one group is vowing to fight for them to stay in the U.S., as a letter that appears to have been written by the migrants and claims they were mistreated was found in a bottle.

In a statement, Movimiento Democracia said their legal team will continue the battle despite the fact that a temporary injunction was not filed Thursday morning, effectively paving the way for the migrants' return to Cuba.

The group believes that the migrants will be subject to persecution if they are returned to Cuba following their arrival over a month ago. They cited Judge Darrin Gayles’ ruling, in which he acknowledges Cuba’s "violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Lawyers for the migrants argued that the lighthouse, which sits seven miles off shore, is property of the United States and thus part of the country’s “wet foot, dry foot” policy regarding those coming from Cuba, something Gayles said did not apply.

Movimiento Democracia said they will file a motion for an emergency stay of the judge’s ruling.

"The court believes it has no authority to prevent the return of these refugees to Cuba," attorney Kendall Coffey said. "In the meantime the judge has expressed the hope that the government would consider not doing so immediately and that the government would consider some form of access."

Meanwhile, it was revealed Thursday that a fisherman found a message in a bottle that appears to have been written by the migrants. The message claims the migrants were mistreated while being detained on a Coast Guard cutter.

Coast Guard officials said the letter was determined to be authentic and said they are planning on launching an internal investigation.

"While this was a challenging situation for everyone involved given the extenuating circumstances, we take any report of improper treatment of migrants very seriously," the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The U.S. Coast Guard is a humanitarian service with a proud history of saving lives at sea. Our men and women have demonstrated tremendous professionalism, genuine empathy, and concern for the safety and welfare of all migrants interdicted. With respect to the 24 Cuban migrants recovered on American Shoal Lighthouse, they were treated with care, compassion and respect during the past five weeks."



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<![CDATA['Missing' Miami Woman Lied About Being Kidnapped: Police]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:16:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070116+karla+vasquez+mugshot.jpg

A 32-year-old Miami woman who had been reported possibly abducted early Thursday was charged with falsifying a police report after she was found safe, officials said.

Karla Vasquez and her SUV were found safe in the area of 157th Street and 15th Avenue in North Miami Beach, police said.

Vasquez was later charged with falsifying a police report after she lied about being kidnapped, police said.

According to an arrest report, Vasquez had been out drinking with a man and was never harmed.

"We had enough to arrest her for filing a false police report," Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said. "It appears she was never in danger, she had a number of resources from the beginning until late hours into the day."

According to authorities, Vasquez sent a text message to her husband saying that she was in danger early Thursday. When her husband didn’t respond, Vasquez sent another text. When he tried to call her back, there was no answer and he called police.

Officers were searching the area around Northwest 42nd Street and 18th Avenue earlier Thursday, where Vasquez was last thought to be located.

Vasquez was found driving the vehicle she claimed to have been kidnapped in, police said.

Police had said earlier that they were also questioning a man who may be involved. He was later released and won't face charges, police said.

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<![CDATA[Shots Fired at Lamborghini on Palmetto]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:30:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/063016+palmetto+car+shooting.jpg

An early-morning shooting on the Palmetto Expressway led to one person being hospitalized while police investigate if this was a case of road rage.

Police say a Lamborghini was traveling northbound from Flagler Street, trying to get onto State Road 836 eastbound around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when someone shot at the vehicle.

In a statement to FHP troopers, the driver said a white SUV drove on the left shoulder of the on-ramp and began shooting. He said there were between three and five shots fired, but because glass from a shattered window went into his eyes, he was unable to get a view of the shooter or car.

The driver took himself and his girlfriend to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where police set up a perimeter around the vehicle. The driver sustained injuries to his eyes from the broken glass, but his girlfriend was unhurt.

Officers still do not know if the vehicle was targeted or if this was an act of road rage. The driver was released from the hospital and left in his vehicle without speaking to the media.

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

Stay tuned to NBC 6 on air and online for any updates.

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<![CDATA[Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Parrot Thief: Miami PD]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:17:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062916+parrot+thief+shooting+miami.jpg

A Miami homeowner exchanged gunfire with an armed parrot thief in an incident that was caught on camera, police said.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of June 23 at a home in the 200 block of Southwest 62nd Court, Miami Police officials said.

Police said the homeowner was watching his surveillance camera when the suspect open a bird cage in his backyard and remove two African grey birds. The homeowner ran out with a shotgun, and the thief fired two shots at him, police said.

The victim returned fire three times but the suspect got away with the birds, valued at $1,500, police said. A second suspect was also involved in the theft.

The suspects were described as white Hispanic males, about 5-foot-8, 160-170 pounds, with medium builds. Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Freezes Times Sq.]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:09:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/AP_16182543821113-edited.jpg

A naked man yelling, "Donald Trump, where are you?" climbed to the top of the red TKTS stairs in Times Square Thursday morning, then fell to the ground in an attempt to escape police, photos and video posted to social media showed.

The 21-year-old man from Manhattan, identified by police sources as Krit McClean, was seen in videos and photos posted to Instagram and Periscope gesturing wildly and pacing outside the railing at the top of the stairs overtop the ticket booth as several police crowded around. 

"I went out to get a cup of coffee and came out here and saw a gentleman up there dancing around naked," one man said. 

He appeared to be ranting as he held his hands up in the air, and at one point in Periscope footage he appeared to lunge at police officers in tactical gear.

After a brief standoff with police, McClean tried to run off. But he fell 16 feet off the top of the booth and hit the asphalt, barely missing a blow-up mat that police had placed to bring him to safety.

He broke his arm and cut his elbow in the fall. He screamed and moaned as rescuers rushed him to an ambulance. He was in stable condition when taken to a hospital. Officials say he'll undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Police said that McClean was combative with negotiators while he was atop the ticket kiosk and was incoherent when they tried to bring him to safety.

Pedestrians were advised to avoid the area amid the fracas.

Police say McClean had earlier been spotted a few blocks away. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

McClean is a professional model, according to his website, and attended the elite Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He writes that he was pursuing a bachelor's at Columbia University before taking time off for his modeling career. 



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<![CDATA[First U.S. Owned Hotel Opens in Cuba Since Revolution]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:37:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*128/FourPointsHavana-Cuba-CourtesyHotel.jpg

In another sign of the thawing relations between the United States and Cuba, travelers to the island nation will get to enjoy the luxury of an American hotel while on their trip.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts opened Four Points Havana this week, the first new hotel opened and run by an American company since the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

The hotel is part of a three resort deal between the company and the Cuban government. While Cuba still owns the building that was once called the Hotel Quinta Avenida, Starwood will run the day-to-day operations.

The 186 room resort is set in the Miramar section of the city and just 15 minutes from the business areas of downtown Havana. It includes pools, a spa and sauna area as well as multiple bars and restaurants on the property.

The hotel’s arrival is the next step in the renewing of normalcy between the two countries separated by just 90 miles. President Barack Obama ordered the restoring of relations in December 2014, with both countries opening embassies less than a year later.

While travel is still restricted to certain requirements, six airlines have announced plans to start commercials flights later this year, in addition to Stonegate Bank has started issuing credit cards in what was once a cash only country.



Photo Credit: Four Points Havana]]>
<![CDATA[Teen's Punishment From Parents Draws National Attention]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:59:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/063016+new+mexico+parents.jpg A New Mexico teen has been kicked out of his home during the day after stealing from his parents. NBC 6's Julia Bagg has the story that has drawn national attention.]]> <![CDATA[Boater Trapped Under West Venetian Bridge: MDFR]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:22:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062916+boater+trapped+miami.jpg

A boater needed a helping hand after his sailboat was pushed under the West Venetian Bridge by a strong current Wednesday, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.

When a fireboat crew arrived, they found the boater holding on to the mast of the vessel as he tried to prevent it from becoming damaged.

The fireboat crew helped bring the man to safety and the mast was released to free the boat from the bridge.



Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Mouse-Chasing Dog Trapped Under Truck, Rescued]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:57:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062916+dog+stuck+truck+mdfr.jpg

A mouse-chasing dog needed help from Miami-Dade firefighters after he became stuck under a parked truck Wednesday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded after the dog became stuck in the undercarriage of the truck, with his jaw lodged between two pieces of metal and unable to close his mouth.

Rescue workers maneuvered the dog's head until it became dislodged. The dog's owner said the pooch was chasing a mouse when he became stuck, and the mouse got to watch the rescue operation.



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<![CDATA[Man Knocks Over, Robs Elderly Woman With Walker: Police]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:57:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062916+elderly+woman+robbed+miami.jpg

Police are looking for a young thief who was caught on camera knocking over an elderly woman and robbing her of her purse and walker outside her Miami home.

The robbery happened Monday afternoon in the 600 block of Southwest 60th Court, Miami Police said.

"I thought he was coming to help me, but then I see he wants to take my hands off the walker," victim Maria Viciedo told NBC 6.

As rain poured down, Viciedo was trying to get in her car when the man approached, pushed her to the ground and ran off with her purse and walker.

A neighbor heard the woman's screams for help and came to her aid. She suffered a cut on her right hand.

"He told me 'I'm sorry ma'am' when he approached me, so it seems he felt bad about committing the crime," Viciedo said.

Police described the suspect as a slim built white man, possibly Hispanic, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8. He fled in a black SUV, possibly an Isuzu Ascender.

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



Photo Credit: Miami Police]]>