<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:56:28 -0500 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:56:28 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Miami Gardens Police Chief Arrested, Fired]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+stephen+johnson+mug.jpg

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Dania Beach Friday, officials said.

Mayor Oliver Gilbert confirmed the arrest and said Johnson was fired immediately.

Jail records showed Johnson, 53, was being held on $300 bond. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report, deputies were conducting an undercover operation targeting solicitation of prostitution at a Dania Beach hotel when Johnson was arrested.

Authorities had placed an escort ad on backpage.com and two detectives were posing as prostitutes at the hotel, the affidavit said.

Johnson had called the number on the ad and arranged to pay $100 for 30 minutes with two prostitutes, the report said.

When Johnson arrived at the hotel room, he was let in and handed over the $100, the report said. He had two condoms in his pocket when he was arrested, the report said.

A news release from the department said Assistant Chief Antonio Brooklen will serve as interim chief.

"We remain committed to excellence and integrity on every level," the department said in the release. "We will not allow Mr. Johnson's bad judgment to reflect negatively on the hardworking officers of the City of Miami Gardens and the residents they serve on a daily basis."

The department came under fire earlier this month following the officer-involved shooting of 25-year-old Lavall Hall.

Johnson said Hall attacked two officers with a broom handle and was shot twice with a Taser before he was fatally shot by an officer.

Hall's family has been critical of police in the wake of the shooting, holding a vigil and protest and demanding more answers in the shooting.

Johnson was named Miami Gardens' Police chief in May 2014 after a long career with the North Miami Police Department. He also served as North Miami's city manager from 2011 to 2014.



Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Missing 10-Year-Old Boy Found Safe: BSO]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+trellvis+thomas.jpg

Authorities said a 10-year-old boy who went missing in Pompano Beach Friday has been found.

Trellvis Thomas had been last seen leaving his home at 348 Northwest 16th Court around 5 p.m., Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Thomas, a 5th grader at Sander Park Elementary, was wearing a black and red jacket, red shirt, khaki shorts and black shoes.

He was later found alive and well at a relative's home, BSO officials said.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Incident With Coconut Creek Police]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:11:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+calvon+reid.jpg

A man died after family members claim he was shot with a Taser during an incident with police in Coconut Creek.

Calvon Andreleus Reid, 39, died late Saturday or early Sunday, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The cause of his death is under investigation.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the death Friday but police haven't released any information, calling the death "confidential," the Sun Sentinel reported.

His father, Calvin Reid, told the newspaper that police told him his son had been shot with a Taser after he was "uncooperative" with paramedics. The father said the paramedics were treating Reid after he was injured in an unspecified attack.

"They called police and they [police] tried to talk to him," he told the paper. "He didn't deserve it."

Reid doesn't have a permanent South Florida address and has previous arrests for cocaine possession, trespassing and shoplifting.

The Broward State Attorney's Office said they will review the case.



Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Suicidal Man Sets House on Fire: BSO]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:11:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043313.jpg

A SWAT team responded to a Pompano Beach home Friday after a suicidal man set his home on fire, authorities said.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at a home in the 1500 block of Northwest 15th Way, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

When authorities responded the home was on fire and the suicidal man, who threatened to take his life and was believed to have weapons, was inside, officials said.

The SWAT team was called out to secure the area and try to get the man out of the house.

No other information was immediately known.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Fatal Miami-Dade Boat Crash]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+elliot+key+fatal+boat+crash.jpg

A man is facing charges related to a fatal 2014 boating accident near Elliot Key, authorities said Friday.

Felipe Escobar, 45, turned himself in to face a homicide charge in the May 26 crash that killed 37-year-old Giovanna Santos, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

Officials said Escobar was operating a 23-foot boat when he hit an anchored boat near Elliot Key in Miami-Dade. Santos was killed while Escobar and another passenger sustained serious injuries.

An investigation revealed Escobar operated the boat in a reckless manner, authorities said.

Escobar faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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<![CDATA[Breezy Weekend With a Few Showers]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:06:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MaxOneWebWeather_1200x675_405678659582.jpg A bit unsettled, especially the first half of the weekend. Then a slow warming trend next week.]]> <![CDATA[New Details, Photos Released in Dog Mauling Death]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:13:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+javon+dade+dog+mauling.jpg

Days before a Miami father goes on trial in the tragic dog mauling death of his young son, new details and photos have been obtained by NBC 6.

Javon Dade Sr., 30, will head to trial Monday on a manslaughter charge in the death of 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr., who was mauled to death in his family's backyard in August 2014.

Police said Dade Sr. and his girlfriend were high on crack cocaine and lost track of him, and a medical examiner's report obtained by NBC 6 said the child was out in the yard so long that the dog was basically feeding on him.

New images of the dog, Tank, were also released, including one taken in August shortly after police arrived when Dade Sr. called to report Javon missing. A short time later the child was found dead.

The medical examiner's report lists the boy's wounds on diagrams, and most disturbing, the examiner's findings suggesting the dog was feeding on the child.

"The skin of the face...neck...and most of the scalp is absent. The muscles of the face...and...neck are mostly absent except for a few scattered shreds of dry muscle that remains," the report said.

Video obtained by NBC 6 also shows Dade Sr. in the police interview room shortly after he was arrested. He sits in the corner of the room waiting for detectives.

Dade Sr. has pleaded not guilty and recently invoked his right to a speedy trial and that has prosecutors burning the midnight oil to be ready to present these disturbing reports on Monday.

Also charged with child neglect is Dade's girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco. Carrasco has also entered a not guilty plea and her case has been severed from the Dade Sr. case.

Records indicate the Department of Children and Families had been to the home before with questions about the dogs.

Photos show inside the home where detectives say it was where the pair was smoking marijuana laced with cocaine and lost track of Dade Jr. while Tank was free in the yard.

The dog Tank was put to sleep.

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<![CDATA[Family of Cyclist Killed on Rickenbacker Suing Driver]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:04:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+walter+reyes.jpg

The family of bicyclist who was struck and killed on the Rickenbacker Causeway announced they're suing the driver's family.

Walter Reyes was killed in January while training for a charity bike race.

"I guess it's fitting that he died doing something to help others," widow Maribel Reyes said at a news conference Friday.

Police said a 21-year-old driver using his father's car, Alejandro Alvarez, plowed into Reyes and his cycling partner, Henry Hernandez. Reyes died at the scene.

Alvarez is facing DUI charges related to Reyes' death. NBC 6 reached out to the attorney for the Alvarez family Friday but received no response.

"Stupid actions have tragic consequences, and it's amazing how many people keep dying on our roads and it's completely preventable," Maribel Reyes said.

Reyes and her daughters wore gold bicycle pendants to honor the husband and father while they used the news conference to urge people to take a cab or call a friend but not to drive drunk.

"Making that one person change their mind, think twice, that's all I need," Jennifer Reyes said.

The Reyes family is suing the Alvarez family in a wrongful death lawsuit, and their attorneys said they hope the lawsuit shines a light on the need to beef up DUI enforcement on Key Biscayne.

"How many does it have to be? How many times does it have to happen before we have more police presence there?" attorney Mike Eidson said.

Cyclist Aaron Cohen died the same way in the same place three years ago. His son is growing up without his father.

"When Mr. Reyes was killed, I got so angry, how can this happen again?" widow Patty Cohen said Friday. "How could we not have learned from previous accidents?"

Maribel Reyes said she now has a singular focus.

"I have two daughters, I have a life and now I have a mission and I'm gonna do it, and my husband would want us to do it," she said. "If there's anything that comes out of this that can save somebody's life, I'm gonna do it."



Photo Credit: Reyes Family]]>
<![CDATA[Girl, 10, Struck By Unmarked Police Car in Miami Gardens]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+girl+struck+by+car+miami+gardens.jpg

A young girl was hospitalized after being struck by an undercover police car in Miami Gardens Friday.

The incident happened in the area of Miami Gardens Drive and Northwest 7th Avenue.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they transported the 10-year-old victim to Joe DiMaggio Hospital, where she was in stable condition.

The car stayed at the scene and the crash remains under investigation, police said.



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<![CDATA[Battery Charge for Man Who Threw Water Balloon at Nurse]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:37:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022715+kevin+bain.jpg

A South Florida man who threw a water balloon at a nurse in a hospital hallway is facing a battery charge, authorities said.

Kevin Bain, 34, was arrested Thursday following the incident at Pembroke Memorial Clinic in Hollywood. He appeared in court Friday before Broward Judge John Hurley where he was ordered held on $1,000 bond.

"An unusual set of circumstances," Hurley said of the case.

It was unknown whether the nurse was injured but Bain's attorney said the alleged crime was "on the low end" of the battery spectrum.

"If one knew that the only thing in that balloon was water, and you were at a picnic or out at a park, I would say yes, but being a nurse walking down the hallway of an active hospital, having a 34-year-old man throw something at her that got her wet, I would say that could be concerning because you don't know what's in that liquid, you don't know what was in that balloon," Hurley said.



Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Rainy Weekend Friday Midday]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:15:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017092084_1200x675_405531715568.jpg Erika Delgado says the rain is expected to continue through the weekend, with a change in conditions by the beginning of the next workweek.]]> <![CDATA[Bossa Nova Brunch On Lincoln Road]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:03:02 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sushbrunch__0001.JPG A look at some of the eats served at the relaxing bossa nova brunch on Lincoln Road at Sushi Samba. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Tongue & Cheek Advance And Celebrate]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:01:21 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tandc11_j_0001.JPG Miami's own Jamie DeRosa and his team at Tongue And Cheek had a watch party for their winning night on Bravo TV's Best New Restaurant advancing to the semi-finals. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Body Discovered in Missing Woman's Car Found in Water: Police]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:34:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/noodlezcar.jpg

A body was inside the car of a missing Fort Lauderdale woman that was found in the water at Cooley's Landing Marina in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

The car belonging to Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon's, a blue 2003 Hyundai Elantra, was found just after noon on Friday.

A private boating company assisting in the search discovered the car.

The car was found in the area of 450 Southwest 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, less than a mile from where she was last seen.

Police confirmed a body was inside the car but the medical examiner will have to identify the remains.

"We are confirming that there is a body in the vehicle, but at this time we are not confirming who that person is," Fort Lauderdale Police Det. Tracy Figone said.

Hayden-Gordon, 52, was last seen on January 24 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Family members say she suffers from bipolar disorder.

Police, along with family and friends, have canvassed the downtown area searching for Hayden-Gordon with no luck. Her family has also set up a website to help find her.

"We've covered all Wilton Manors and this was the last stop here. This was about the last place for us to look," said Allison McManus, with Guardians for the Missing. "I'm just glad, and it sounds terrible, that it was only a month, because I deal with families that go years and years and years without knowing anything. So at least we found her as soon as we did."

Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Lauderdale Police at 954-764-HELP.

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<![CDATA[Jackson Health Announces Doral Expansion Plans]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:16:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jackson-memorial-492462895.jpg

Jackson Health System announced plans today to expand with a new outpatient campus in Doral.

The group announced plans to purchase a 27-acre parcel of land at 7800 N.W. 29th Street which will be become known as "Jackson West."

Immediate plans for the site include a free-standing emergency room/urgent care center for adults and children, as well as a children’s ambulatory center for specialized pediatric care. Long-term plans could include the creation of a medical mall that will offer services such as same-day surgery, outpatient cardiac catheterization, dialysis, chemotherapy, outpatient rehabilitation, a wellness center, and more.

A press release from the City of Doral indicates that "Jackson West" must still be approved at the County level and go through the city's regular development process.

The release also expressed that the city is excited about the prospect of being the site of "Jackson West," indicating that it has been an ongoing desire of the entire City Council to attract enhanced health care services to Doral.

Doral already hosts urgent care centers by world-class health care providers like Baptist Health South Florida and Miami Children’s Hospital, and Jackson West’s state-of-the-art outpatient campus, featuring emergency room, ambulatory center and urgent care facilities for children and adults.



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<![CDATA[Last Chance Dogs at Broward Animal Care]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:34:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*122/NINO1.jpg

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

Nino is an 11-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix.  He's a phenomenal dog who finds himself the victim of circumstance.  When his owner moved and couldn’t take him with her, he was left to find a new forever home through Animal Care.  Nino is very nice and has been good with other dogs his entire time at Animal Care.  So good in fact that unfortunately he may have injured himself while playing.  Nino stopped putting weight on his right hind leg and appears to have a ligament tear in that leg.  He will need some TLC, but we know he is good with kids and cats, and will make a wonderful addition to any family.

Banks is a 2-year old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. You might be wondering if his ears ever go down. Well, they really don’t. He is always alert and his “bat ears” are ever so cute!  Banks is great with other dogs and will make a wonderful family pet.  He will also make a great exercise partner since he loves to play and go for long walks.  If you have an active family, then Banks could be the perfect life partner. 

Reggie is a 3-year old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He is an amazing dog, highly social and with a wonderful personality.  He is an active guy, who loves to go for walks. Reggie is still looking for someone to love and we’re sure that if you take the time to get to know him, you will want to be the one that honors him with a forever home! 

If you can adopt any of these amazing dogs and give them a second chance, please stop by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption, 1870 SW 39th Street, Fort Lauderdale. The shelter is open for adoptions Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or you can contact the shelter at (954) 359-1313, or email rescue@broward.org.

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<![CDATA[Three Injured, Two Critical, in Crash: Miami Fire Rescue]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:04:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/womenincrashsss.jpg

Three people were injured, two critically, after they were involved in a serious car crash early Friday morning, Miami Fire Rescue confirms.

Just before 10 a.m., crews were paged out to a crash involving an SUV and a compact car, as well as a person lying on the ground.

Crews found two women trapped inside the compact vehicle, neither of the women were breathing.

Teams extricated both women and performed CPR. They were taken to Ryder Trauma Center.

A third patient, the driver of that SUV, was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Miami Police are continuing to investigate the accident.



Photo Credit: Miami Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Surfside Man, On Probation, Had Guns, Ammo, Fake Grenade]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:51:23 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/camposgammo.jpg

A Surfside man who is on probation is again under arrest after police discovered multiple rifles, a large amount of ammunition and a fake grenade inside his home.

Surfside Police received a tip that 62-year-old Anthony Francisco Campos may have had firearms inside his home located at 9125 Dickens Avenue in Surfside.

After an unannounced search of that home, probation officers uncovered 14 rifles and a large quantity of ammunition inside a cabinet in the home. Officers also found a grenade which was later determined to be fake.

Campos was arrested and taken to jail. The weapons, ammo and police paraphernalia were impounded by Surfside Police.

"Usually if you have guns and they are legally possessed then that is not an issue but in this case we have someone with a criminal history who is on probation for past criminal history and is not allowed to be in possession of any firearms," Surfside Police Det. Marian Cruz said.

According to police, Campos portrays himself as a retired Miami-Dade Police Sergeant. The validity of this claim is not immediately known.

Campos resides in that home with his girlfriend, Gloria Acuna, and two children. Acuna claims to be a Miami-Dade elected official, but according to police, this claim is not true.

Acuna is not under arrest, nor is she under any type of investigation.

Neighbors said they've been complaining about barking dogs at the property owned by Campos for a long time.

Surfside Police ask that anyone with information on either Campos or Acuna please contact Detective Gambirazio at 305-777-1592.



Photo Credit: Surfside Police]]>
<![CDATA[Bus Driver Accused of Sex Assault on Child: MDPD]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:31:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bookingschoolbusassault.jpg

A school bus driver is under arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl inside a school bus on multiple occasions, according to Miami-Dade police.

The man, 44-year-old Enrique Napoles, was arrested Friday morning just after 2 a.m. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

The disturbing arrest report alleges that Napoles repeatedly attacked a 7-year-old girl on the bus at least ten times, the latest attack allegedly taking place on Monday between 2 and 2:30 p.m. inside the school bus.

The report claims that Napoles would lock the child inside the school bus then remove her clothing and sexually assault her.

"The young female apparently provided this information to family members who in turn contacted the investigators," Miami-Dade Police Det. Alvaro Zabaleta said. "Throughout the investigation they were able to learn that the victim used the bus transportation service to go to school."

Miami-Dade schools tell NBC 6 South Florida that Napoles is not an employee of Miami-Dade schools or a contractor.  Officials say he is employed by a private company, J&A Bus Service.

The owner of the service said she had no idea but is cooperating with the investigation.

Miami-Dade Police confirm that Napoles transports children for several area schools, including but not limited to:

  • American Senior High
  • Palm Springs North
  • Spanish Trace Lake Elementary School
  • Mater Academy
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School
  • Country Club Middle School



Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Two Arrested in Islamorada Burglary: Deputies]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:46:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/keysburglars.jpg

Deputies arrested a man and woman from Jupiter who burglarized an Islamorada home and stole jewelry from the homeowner.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the victim returned to his Preston Street home Thursday afternoon to find his doors locked. The homeowner says he never locks his doors.

The homeowner then went to the rear of his house and saw a man inside. He yelled at the man, and the man took off running from the house, deputies say. The homeowner later followed the man on a bicycle after seeing that same man on a skateboard headed to a nearby convenience store. A store employee saw the man meet up with a woman, and the pair then took off in a car, according to deputies.

Deputies were notified, and later spotted that car northbound on the highway but could not catch them because of traffic. After some time, they again spotted the car parked in Harry David Circle. The couple had reclined the seats in the car in an attempt to hide.

The suspects were identified as Keith Knespler, 28, and Stacey Legate, 26, both of Jupiter. They were identified by the homeowner and a witness.

The couple stole jewelry, including four Rolex watches, all of which were returned to the homeowner.

Knespler and Legate were booked into jail and charged with grand theft. Knespler was also charged with burglary, while Legate was charged with being a principle to the crime of burglary.

It is not known if either Knespler or Legate have hired an attorney.
 



Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office]]>
<![CDATA[Breaking Barriers: An NBC 6 Special ]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:09:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017075061_1200x675_405405251721.jpg In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate those who are breaking barriers across South Florida. Hosted by Jawan Strader and Trina Robinson.]]> <![CDATA[Preventing Pet Poisonings]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:01:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Prevent+Pet+Poisoning.jpg

March is Poison Awareness Month. In this series, Dr. Kupkee discusses some of the most common causes of toxicity in pets, and what you can do to prevent them.
Almost every day our clinic receives a call from a concerned pet parent asking which over-the-counter medications they can give to their pets. The short answer is, not many. Sadly, many pet owners assume that if a medication is safe for humans, especially children, then it must be safe for animals. Our pets’ bodies are different. They do not metabolize substances in the same way that we do. Let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits of medication toxicity.
Tylenol
The “pain reliever hospitals trust most” is perhaps the number one reason our pets are rushed to the emergency clinic. The active ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen, has been linked to liver failure in both dogs and cats. Cats are especially susceptible to acetaminophen poisoning as even a single, child-sized dose can be fatal. Many people assume that if it is safe for babies, it is safe for pets. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Ibuprofen and Naproxen
These common over-the-counter pain medicines can cause bleeding ulcers and irreversible kidney damage. If you suspect your pet is in pain, call your veterinarian for a veterinary approved alternative.
Aspirin
Back in the old days, veterinarians would prescribe baby aspirin or buffered aspirin for pets. We now know that this seemingly benign drug can cause ulcers, internal bleeding, liver damage, and kidney damage.
Adderall
Commonly used to treat ADHD in children, Adderall contains stimulants that cause hyperactivity, high fevers, elevated heart rates, tremors and seizures in our pets. It also contains a binder that many users report as having a sweet, citrus-like taste. It is entirely possible that this is why pets find it irresistible. Make sure children who are taking these medications understand that they can never be given to pets.
Sleep Aids
Medications such as Ambien and Clonazapam can lead to extreme agitation and elevated heart rates in pets. Because these pills are often kept on bedside tables, they are easy for pets to find and ingest.
Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications
While certain medications can be used for pets in very small doses, most drugs of this type can cause anxiety, tremors, excessive vocalization and seizures. Do not ask “Dr.Google” for advice on dosing your pets, and do not attempt to medicate them for anxiety without a veterinarian’s supervision.
Decongestants - The Devil in the “D”-tails
Certain antihistamines, such as Benadryl and Claritin are perfectly safe for pets. However, certain varieties of these drugs contain decongestants such as pseudoephedrine, that can lead to dangerous heart palpitations. Be sure to check with your veterinarian regarding antihistamine doses and never, ever use a product containing decongestants. Helpful hint: an antihistamine that ends with “-D” probably contains a decongestant. A good rule of thumb when shopping for these drugs is “D stands for Don’t”. Never give Psuedophed intentionally, and keep those pretty red tablets out of Fluffy’s reach.
Cough and Cold Medicines
There are times when it is appropriate to treat a coughing pet with over-the-counter cough medicine intended for children. That being said, most of these drugs contain acetaminophen and/or pseudoephedrine. If your veterinarian recommends one of these products, have him/her write down exactly what you should purchase, including which active ingredients should be included. If you must ask the pharmacist to get it for you, chances are you are getting the wrong product, as defined by one containing pseudoephedrine. Stop, call your vet, and get clarification before buying anything. Remember, pharmacists are not trained in veterinary medicine, and it is not their job to be familiar with off-label, veterinary uses of human products. If you find yourself getting conflicting opinions, go with your vet’s. Your pets are our patients and our responsibility.
Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications
While certain medications can be used for pets in very small doses, most drugs of this type can cause anxiety, tremors, excessive vocalization and seizures. Do not ask “Dr.Google” for advice on dosing your pets, and do not attempt to medicate them for anxiety without a veterinarian’s supervision.
Marijuana
While medicinal uses are being studied by veterinary researchers, marijuana remains one of the leading causes of drug-related toxicity. Pets who ingest marijuana usually do so in large doses, causing lethargy, respiratory depression, dangerously low heart rates, low blood pressure, coma, and seizures. They are often guilty of raiding the “special brownies”, and suffer from the toxic effects of chocolate as well.
If you think your pet has gotten into your stash, the most important thing you can do is to be honest with your veterinarian. Several years ago, I treated a teacup Yorkie who presented several times in the course of a week with dilated pupils, shallow breathing, and neurological symptoms. We tested her for hypoglycemia, liver problems, distemper, as well as a host of rare conditions that would have put Dr. House to shame. Every test came back normal. It wasn’t until I recommended a $3000 MRI with a veterinary neurologist that the teenage son sheepishly admitted to “doping” the dog in an attempt to stop her from barking. Your veterinarian is not there to judge you. Our job is to help your pet, and we cannot do that without knowing the facts. Be honest, and don’t attempt any “herbal remedies” at home.

 

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<![CDATA[One Killed in Crash on Sawgrass Expressway: FHP]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:09:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fatalsawgreass.jpg

Police were at the scene of a fatal crash in Broward County Friday morning.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a tractor trailer was accelarating to merge into traffic on the Sawgrass Expressway via the on ramp at Commercial Boulevard. That's when the driver of a pickup truck crashed into the right rear corner of that tractor trailer.

The pickup truck's driver, 45-year-old Paul Fiedler of Fort Lauderdale, was killed, FHP confirms.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 50-year-old Jose Ruiz of Miami, was not injured.

FHP says the cause of the crash is still being determined.  It is not known if any charges will be brought against Ruiz.

The Sawgrass Expressway southbound on ramp was closed at Commercial Boulevard for much of the morning  as crews responded to the crash. The on ramp has since been reopened.

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<![CDATA[Homeowner Fatally Shoots Attempted Burglar]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:10:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/lauderdaleshootingg.jpg

A North Lauderdale homeowner is not facing charges after shooting and killing a would-be intruder in the overnight hours Friday.

According to deputies with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, someone attempted to break into the home at 8161 SW 11th Street just after 3 a.m. That's when the homeowner retrieved a gun, and shot and killed the intruder.

Three people live in the home, including a child. The family were all inside the home at the time of the attempted break-in.

Police have not yet released specific details on the incident, but they do indicate that no one inside the home was injured, and that the homeowner is not facing any charges.

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<![CDATA[Weather: Isolated Showers Friday]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:21:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017083777_1200x675_405344323543.jpg Temperatures will be in the 70s this Friday. Erika Delgado recommends bringing an umbrella, as isolated showers are possible at any point in the day.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. and Cuban Officials Meeting for Second Round of Talks]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:28:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017078243_1200x675_405260355743.jpg Opening a U.S. embassy in Cuba will be the main topic of the second round of diplomatic talks with Cuban leaders on Capitol Hill Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - February 26, 2015]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:40:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Guila+524797.jpg Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets for Feb. 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Cooler Conditions Friday]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:19:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022615+weather+miami.jpg After nearly setting a record high in Miami today, cooler breezy conditions settle in.]]> <![CDATA[Defendant Takes Stand in Historic Marijuana Trial]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022615+jesse+teplicki.jpg

A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition took the stand at his historic trial Thursday.

The defense rested its case Thursday as 50-year-old Jesse Teplicki took the stand to tell his side of the story.

The question for jurors is was Teplicki a drug dealer or was he growing large amounts of pot to help with his medical condition. The state wants him to be a convicted felon for growing large amounts of marijuana in his Hollywood home.

"I just want to live, I want to live and be a normal human being and vote and be on a jury maybe one day and raise my kids," Teplicki said Thursday.

"Do you feel like you can do that without cannabis?" his attorney asked.

"No," he replied. "Who would give up the right to sit on a jury in the future or give up the right to vote or give up the right to uphold the Constitution of the United States if they didn't feel something is important?"

Teplicki suffers from a severe case of anorexia which suppresses his appetite and makes him nauseous. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him last year for the cultivation and possession of 46 marijuana plants. For the first time in Florida history, a jury will get to decide if cannabis was medically necessary.

"The thing is, orally you can't just take a medication when you have my condition. You vomit, so to take something orally like a pill, it doesn't work for me anyway," he said.

The state implied Teplicki's story doesn't add up and asked him to explain why he had so many plants at one time.

"I grew my plants once a year in January, December, February, in those months in which the sun started climbing until June 20th, the longest day of the year," he said.

The state also drilled Teplicki on his medical history, questioning him about his truthfulness with doctors and lack of medical records.

"If the jury wants to find me guilty based on the evidence I am willing to take my guilty, and that's it. That's why I'm here, that's why I'm here," he said.

The charge is manufacturing cannabis. If convicted, Teplicki could be spending up to five years behind bars.



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<![CDATA[$975K Payment in Fatal Miami Police Shooting]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:11:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/021111+travis+mcneil.jpg

Four years after a man was shot and killed by Miami Police, commissioners have approved a $975,000 payment to his estate.

Miami commissioners approved the payment to the estate of Travil McNeil on Thursday as part of a settlement.

McNeil, 28, and cousin Kareem Williams were shot by police during a Feb. 11, 2011 traffic stop. Williams survived the shooting.

The officer said he thought McNeil reached for a gun but no guns were found in the car. Prosecutors didn't charge the officer in the shooting.

McNeil's estate includes his teenage son and younger daughter.



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<![CDATA[Detective Used Stolen License Plate to Avoid Tolls]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:27:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022615+octavio+oliu.jpg

A Sweetwater Police Officer is facing public corruption charges after authorities say he used a used a stolen Michigan license plate on an unmarked police car and racked up more than 530 SunPass violations.

Det. Octavio Oliu is facing charges of organized scheme to defraud and three counts of official misconduct, police said. He was being held on $20,000 bond Thursday and it was unknown if he has an attorney.

Police said Oliu was pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol for speeding and when his car was searched, troopers found several unauthorized license plates.

Oliu was placed on unpaid leave. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

“The only way that officers can operate under my administration, is in an ethical and legal manner," Sweetwater Mayor Jose Diaz said in a statement. "I will not tolerate Officers who betray the badge or the Citizens of the City of Sweetwater."



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<![CDATA[Stanton Faces Live Pitching for First Time]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:48:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/494192351.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton took batting practice against live pitching on Thursday for the first time since his 2014 season ended early.

The last time Stanton stepped up the plate against live pitching was in Milwaukee last September when a fastball hit him in the face. That pitch from Michael Fiers ended the year for Stanton and left a bloody scene at Miller Park. 

While there is no concern about Stanton's physical condition, there are questions remaining in terms of any mental hold-ups related to the scary incident.

Stanton did not swing on Thursday but stood in the box and tracked each pitch as it went by. Teammate Henderson Alvarez was on the mound for the first BP session. Later in the morning, Stanton also faced teammate Brad Hand but only tracked the pitches once again.

During the season, Stanton will wear a custom helmet that has an extra piece to protect his face when he turns into pitches. On Monday, Stanton flew out to try out the helmet and he should be using it in Jupiter soon. Until then, it is likely that Stanton will not take swings and will instead simply work on pitch recognition and timing.

The Marlins are confident that Stanton will be fine and comfortable at the plate. They showed that confidence with a 13-year, $325 million contract earlier this off-season. All of that money is guaranteed and would be paid to Stanton even if he was to not be the caliber of player he once was.

Miami will begin its exhibition season on March 2nd, and in all likelihood Stanton will be swinging by that point.



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<![CDATA[Parasite Infecting Snails Poses Health Danger: Study]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:15:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP110811057311.jpg

A rare parasite found in snails and rats that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals is more pervasive in South Florida than previously thought, a new study has found.

University of Florida scientists say the nightmarishly named "rat lungworm" has been found in multiple species of snails in the Miami area, including the invasive giant African snail.

The scientists, who published their results in the "Journal of Parasitology," made the discovery while investigating the death of an orangutan that died after eating snails and falling ill. It was the second primate to die from ingesting infected snails in Florida since 2004.

The Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasite is already a public health issue in Hawaii and throughout Asia, and it's been found previously in Louisiana and Florida. But until now was not considered common in the continental U.S.

Becoming infected with the lungworm is as bad as it sounds: once consumed, the parasites eat their way to the central nervous system, where they eventually die. While in rare cases the infection can be fatal, the worms often cause severe headaches, and sometimes even paralysis in people.

In Hawaii, the infected snails have caused dozens of people to fall ill, mostly from accidentally ingesting tiny snails on salad greens or other produce that had not been properly washed.

Robert Cowie, a research scientist at the University of Hawaii who studies the lungworm and was not involved in the Florida paper, said the research shows the worm thrives in subtropical climates. Whether it recently spread here or is just now being found is difficult to say.

"It's taken hold in the most consistently warm parts of the U.S.," Cowie said. "People are becoming more aware of it and scientists are looking for it and finding it."

Figuring out how pervasive the worm is in Florida was important because of the human health hazards. Still, humans who don't eat snails are safe.

"Humans can't become infected with this parasite unless they eat an undercooked or raw snail," said Heather Walden, the study's lead author and a professor of parasitology at University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. "As long as food is cooked and you wash your produce, you will most likely never ingest it."

The rat lungworm was first reported in humans in Taiwan in 1945, according to the report, and about 3,000 cases have since been reported worldwide, mostly in China, Thailand and the Pacific Islands. Most of the cases involved snails being ingested by humans.

In the continental U.S. there has been only one confirmed case of infection from the parasite in the 1990s, when a boy was sickened in Louisiana after eating raw snails.

The parasite flourishes because of the symbiotic relationship between snails and rats — rats eat the infected snails, and the snails in turn feed on the rat feces. Since rats and snails are easily transported on ships, the parasite has had ample opportunity to move.

Of the five species of snails tested by University of Florida, three tested positive as hosts for the rat lungworm.

One of the snail species identified by Florida researchers with lungworm was a first, which shows how many different snail species can become infected, Cowie said.

"It's not just one snail species, in my view any snail is a potential host of this parasite," Cowie said.

Walden said she often warns pet owners not to let them eat lizards or catch mice to avoid potential infections.

"If you know you have a snail problem, try to keep your pet away from that area," Walden said.

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<![CDATA[Homebuyer Shot and Killed in Fort Lauderdale]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:56:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022615+fort+lauderdale+shooting.jpg

A man who was searching for potential homes to buy was shot and killed during a robbery in Fort Lauderdale Thursday, authorities said.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, someone entered the home at 2729 Northwest Sixth Court around 10 a.m. and shot the man inside the house.

Witnesses tell NBC 6 South Florida that a realtor was showing that home to a couple when an armed subject came in and demanded the man's chain. That's when witnesses say he was shot and killed.

Authorities said the man was inside the home with his wife and a real estate agent when the shooting happened. The wife and real estate agent weren't hurt.

The man was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he later died. He was later identified as 51-year-old Kenol Jean, of Pompano Beach.

The suspect fled the scene. BSO officials described him as a black male in his mid to late 50s with salt and pepper hair and beard. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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



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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Man Charged in Revenge Porn Case]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:08:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022615+katherine+fernandez+rundle+antonio+giansante.jpg

A Miami Beach man was ordered held on $100,000 bond Friday as he faces child pornography charges after posting nude images of his underage girlfriend online in a revenge porn case, authorities said.

Antonio Oscar Giansante, 37, is charged with transmission of child pornography, possession of sexual performance by a child, promotion of sexual performance by a child, cyber stalking, video voyeurism dissemination and criminal use of personal identification information.

Giansante was taken into custody at his South Beach home Thursday. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel J. Oates held a joint press conference to announce the arrest.

"We are here today with a new type of criminalization aimed primarily at women and as I said revenge porn," Fernandez Rundle said. "Revenge porn involves some type of sexual explicit materials, sometimes video and sometimes still photos, that are put out into the internet without out the consent of the pictured individual."

Authorities said Giansante posted nude photos of the woman online and sent them to her co-workers.

Giansante met the woman when she was 15 in Puerto Rico, when he was her high school soccer coach, authorities said. They started dating when she was 16.

During their relationship, Giansante took nude photos of the victim, some taken with her consent. He also recorded them having sex, which she didn't consent to, authorities said.

They moved to Miami Beach in 2009 and broke up in 2012, but remained in contact.

After the victim got a job with a Miami-Dade governmental entity, Giansante started trying to post nude images of her to the government website from a Facebook account, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[Heat Bring Michael Beasley Back on 10-Day Contract]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_453365981.jpg

The Miami Heat will have familiar face available to them off the bench after they signed Michael Beasley on Thursday.

Beasley will be on a ten-day contract and should have an opportunity to stick with the team the rest of the way. The 26-year old most recently played in the Chinese Basketball Association where he was an All-Star. Beasley scored 59 points in the game which was a record and also earned him the MVP award.

Last season with Miami, Beasley played sparingly but had some fleeting moments of success. There were times where Beasley showed glimpses of the potential he had earlier in his career. Overall, Beasley made two starts and played in 55 of Miami's games in 2013-14. The forward shot nearly 50% in his time with the Heat.

The need for Beasley increased when Chris Bosh was lost for the year. While Beasley will not perform at Bosh's level, he gives the Heat much-needed depth at the forward position. Josh McRoberts can still not be counted on to return this season and Miami has played with a depleted roster several times recently.

Beasley's NBA career started way back in 2008 when Miami selected him with the second overall pick in the NBA draft. His time in Miami was short lived however as the Heat dealt Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the 2010-11 season. This was a salary cap related move as the Heat were forming the "Big Three".

Miami will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday at 8:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Missing Elderly Broward Couple Found in Miami]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:11:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/centuryvillagemissingcouple.jpg

An elderly husband and wife who were reported missing and feared to be in danger as they both suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia and require medication have been found, Pembroke Pines Police confirm.

Sylvan Roden, 85, and his wife Sydell Roden, 83, are both residents of Century Village located at 1000 SW 125th Ave. in Pembroke Pines.

The couple had been last seen on Wednesday morning driving their 2005 beige Toyota 4-door Corolla with Florida tags YOSXY.

Sunpass records show their car passing through the Golden Glades at about 11:30 Thursday morning and again through the Florida Turnpike south extension at Southwest 8th Street.

They were found around 4:45 p.m. at a gas station in the area of 167th Street and Northwest 37th Avenue in Miami Gardens, police said.

Son Roy Roden said it's unusual for his parents to leave home. He last saw his parents at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, but when he got to their house at 11 p.m. they weren't there.

"I went to their room and they were both missing and they're never out, never," he said. "Mom takes pain pills, dad's had three or four heart attacks. And they're both under a lot of medication and they take them daily."

A Silver Alert and statewide alert were issued Thursday. Pembroke Pines police feared the couple could be in danger as they both require daily medication.

Mr. Roden is 5'9" and weighs 200 pounds with white hair and blue eyes. Mrs. Roden is 5'2" and 100 pounds, also with white hair and blue eyes.

"They need to be home as soon as possible so we can take care of them," Roy Roden said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pembroke Pines Police at 954-431-2200 or 954-436-3213.



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<![CDATA[Mom Arrested After School Bus Fight Leads to Stabbing: BSO]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:19:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/schoolbusstabbing1.jpg

A woman was arrested after she stabbed a 15-year-old girl during a fight with the teen and another parent on a school bus in Pompano Beach Thursday, authorities said.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said the fight broke out as the bus was near Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 5th Street around 8:40 a.m.

According to the BSO, a teen boarded the bus along with a parent. This action led to an altercation with another parent. It is not clear how that parent came to be on the bus.

In the midst of the fight, the teen was stabbed in the hand. She was transported to Broward Health North and was being treated for her injury. BSO Violent Crimes detectives are investigating the incident.

BSO officials said Chaquinne Demps faces aggravated battery and felony possession of a firearm charges.

Demps brandished the knife and stabbed the teen and had gone to her car to retrieve a gun when deputies arrived at the scene, BSO officials said.

Demps wasn't listed in jail records and it was unknown if she has an attorney.

Family members and authorities said Demps went on the bus to confront the bullies of her son.

None of the other children were injured.

Broward County Public Schools spokesperson Tracy Clark released a statement about the incident.

"The safety of our students is always our highest priority. Following this morning’s incident, all of the students aboard the bus were brought to school where counseling support services were made available. School and District staff members are also working closely with local law enforcement and Broward District Schools Police Department regarding their investigation into the situation," the statement read.



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<![CDATA[Driver Flees After Car Slams Into North Miami House]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:28:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/carslamsNMhouse.jpg

A North Miami home was left with a gaping hole in its side Thursday morning after a car slammed into it in the overnight hours.

Police say the four car accident happened at around 1:40 a.m. outside the house located at Northeast 12th Avenue and 147th Street in North Miami.

According to police, a black Nissan failed to yield and ran a stop sign at a four-way intersection, causing two other cars to swerve and lose control.

One of those cars slammed into another, causing it to run into the house.

Two people were inside the home at the time. Neither were injured.

"Even though the vehicle struck the house and made significant damage to the wall of the house, the people who were inside luckily were not injured," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Jose Herrera said.

Witnesses in the neighborhood believe racing was involved, however police tell NBC 6 South Florida there's no proof of that.

Police say the driver who was responsible for hitting the car that went into the house left the scene after the accident. 

The car is a four-door white sedan with front end damage, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Bus Slams Into Building in NW Miami, Dozens Hurt]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/IMG_08381.JPG

Nearly two dozen people, some of them students on their way to school, were injured this after an SUV ran a stop sign, crashed into a city bus, which then sent that bus filled with passengers careening into a northwest Miami-Dade building Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, a white car riddled with bullets also stopped at the crash scene to request help.

Chopper 6 captured aerial images after the bus slammed into the Everything Warehouse store just before 7 a.m. at 1551 Northwest 36th Street in Miami-Dade.

The store sells house fixtures and appliances.

"I was going to work and I was on the front of the bus, my bicycle was totally lost, and we were sitting there, I laid my head on my helmet to catch a few Z's and next thing I know, my head hit the rail and then I flipped over, my arm got caught, people was on top of me," passenger Tempie Lowe said.

Traffic to the area of Northwest 36th Street and 17th Avenue was shut down as multiple crews respond to this very active scene.

NBC 6 South Florida has learned that at least one person, a driver of that SUV, was arrested at the scene of that crash. However, police say that person is under arrest for an unrelated incident.

The SUV driver was later identified as 34-year-old Natashus Registe.

The details of this unrelated incident are not yet known.

Nearly two dozen people were transported for treatment for injuries, and one person was treated on the scene of the crash, according to police. Their injuries are described as relatively minor. The driver of the bus is said to have sustained the most serious injuries, but is expected to be okay, police say.

Officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital said 15 patients were taken there with two in serious condition and 13 listed in good condition.

"With the amount of people that we had on this bus, this incident was a mass casualty level 3, with over 20 patients," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll said.



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<![CDATA[Dolphins Could Move Mike Wallace: Report]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:13:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_453329641.jpg

The Miami Dolphins are exploring trade scenarios for wide receiver Mike Wallace, according to a report from NFL.com.

Wallace signed a five-year contract with Miami in 2013 and the deal still has three seasons remaining on it. Should Wallace remain in Miami, he would earn $9.85 million next season. Cutting the wide receiver could be an option for the Dolphins as well.

After signing the large contract with the Dolphins, Wallace has been a disappointment which could be due in part to a lack of chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. The quarterback and receiver have not been on the same page often and a change in scenery could revitalize Wallace's career.

In addition to a lack of production, Wallace has been a problem at times in the locker room. In the final game of the year, Wallace requested to sit due to a lack of balls thrown in his direction. This does not sit well with the coaching staff or his teammates.

Wallace's ten touchdown receptions in 2014 led all receivers for Miami. The team would need to try and find a way to replace Wallace should they find a taker for his contract. One name that could see increased opportunities is Jarvis Landry who enjoyed a fine rookie campaign.

Ideally Miami may look to add a wide receiver with a larger skill set. Wallace did a decent job on deep routes but was not as versatile as some of the game's best receivers. For the Dolphins to end their playoff drought, it is imperative that the team gives Tannehill the best opportunity to succeed.

The Dolphins will kick the 2015 season off on Sunday, September 13th.



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<![CDATA[Weather: Humid, Hot Thursday]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:02:00 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017064778_1200x675_404701251724.jpg Quiet start to our Thursday but that will all change by this afternoon. Erika Delgado says it will be warm and humid with temperatures reaching 86 by this afternoon.]]>