<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 06:12:28 -0500Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:12:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 6, Telemundo 51 Continue Caravan of Joy Toy Drive]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:10:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Caravan+of+Joy+logo.png

Our 19th Annual Caravan of Joy Toy Drive is underway. Every year, your donations brighten up the lives of thousands of children in need throughout South Florida. To make this year exceptional once again, here is how you can help:

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the following locations from now through December 16th

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:

DADE COUNTY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION BRANCHES –

• Main Office, 1500 NW 107 Avenue, Miami, FL 33172

• Coral Gables, 475 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables, FL 33134

• Downtown, 172 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130

• Hialeah, 1738 W 49th Street, Hialeah, FL 33012

• Homestead, 29850 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead, FL 33033

• Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1801 NW 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

• Kendall, 10900 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176

• Nicklaus Childrens Hospital, 3100 SW 62nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33155

• Miami Gardens, 20645 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33169

• South Dade, 11245 SW 211th Street, Miami, FL 33189

• Miami Gardens In-Store (Inside Walmart) 19501 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33056

• West Kendall In-Store (Inside Walmart) 15885 SW 88th Street, Miami, FL 33196

SIMON MALLS GUEST SERVICES

• Dadeland Mall, 7535 N Kendall Dr, Miami, FL 33156

• Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

• The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St, Miami, FL 33176

• Coral Square Mall, 9469 W Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33071

MANIACS HOBBY

 

  • 7676 Peters Rd., Plantation, FL 33324
MIAMI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
  • 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132

 

MIRAMAR FIRE STATION #84 (ADJACENT TO NBC 6 STUDIOS)

• Drop Off on December 16th from 9AM – 7:30PM. 14801 SW 27 Street, Miramar, Florida 33027

The Caravan of Joy Toy Drive provides toys to children in need through wonderful local organizations including Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Redland Migrant Children Center, Sagrada Familia, the Hialeah Housing Authority and the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center.

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<![CDATA[Cavs Make it Look Easy in 114-84 Win Over Heat]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:52:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626885150.jpg

The Miami Heat were unable to keep up with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 114-84 loss on Friday.

Going into the building of the NBA champions figured to be a tough task for Miami and that proved true in this one. The Cavs took an 11-point lead into the half and only built it more in the second half. This was Miami's fourth loss in a row and dropped the team's record to 7-16.

LeBron James was not very friendly to his former team as he flirted with a triple-double in the win. The All-Star had 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help his team coast to the victory.

Hassan Whiteside was contained by Cleveland's defense and was mostly taken out of the equation for the game. Whiteside who has dominated most teams this year ended up with only eight points and 12 rebounds in the loss. The center also turned the ball over four times in one of his worst outings of the season.

Goran Dragic led Miami's starters with his 15 points, but was not at his best. Dragic had been on fire lately with solid production, and in this one he was only 4-11 from the field and committed four turnovers himself.

Miami tossed up 27 three-pointers in the loss and only made six of them. Trailing by a good deal of points forced the Heat to throw up some shots from behind the three-point line. That did not go so well however, as most missed the mark and the ball ended up going the other way down the court.

On Saturday, Miami will say hello to another former mate when it visits Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls.



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<![CDATA[Miami Shores Home Invasion Suspect Arrested in North Dakota]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:00:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120916+Marcel+Ashely.jpg

A suspect in an armed home invasion robbery and kidnapping in Miami Shores was arrested in North Dakota, police said Friday.

Marcel Ashely, 28, was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Service and was in custody in the Ward County jail, Miami Shores Police officials said.

Police say Ashely was behind the Nov. 28 incident at a home in the 600 block of Grand Concourse where a man was approached as he was working out in his garage.

Ashely, who was armed with a handgun, forced the victim to take him to a bank to withdraw money, police said. He then took the victim's Lexus and fled the area, police said.

The Lexus was later found unoccupied. Police haven't said how Ashely made it all the way to North Dakota.

Ashely is expected to be extradited back to Miami-Dade to face charges.



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<![CDATA[SWAG On 6: Madison Chamizo]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:48:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120916+Madison+Chamizo.jpg

Most high school kids spend their free time having fun. Madison Chamizo likes to monkey around, too. Literally. Madison has volunteered more than 2,000 hours at Monkey Jungle’s DuMond Conservancy.

“They don’t have a voice so we basically need to speak for them and we need to help them out,” Madison said, referring to the primates with which she works.

They are owl monkeys, named because their big, round eyes make them look like furry owls. The ones Madison cares for are retired from bio-medical research. Some are blind, some are missing internal organs. These monkeys helped humanity, now Madison is helping them. This high school senior has been volunteering at the conservancy since she was in middle school.

“All of us at the DuMond Conservancy are in awe of Madison, not only for her enormous commitment and dedication to helping us care for these wonderful monkeys but also for her humanitarian concerns,” said Dr. Sian Evans, the conservancy’s director.

Evans is talking about Madison’s efforts to recruit other teenagers to join the conservancy’s project to use the monkeys to help disabled teens.

“They basically learn how to do independent and employability skills, they cut fruit, they clean their cages, basically things that they need in their everyday life that we can teach ‘em here,” Madison explained.

At Southwest Miami High School, Madison is an academic achiever. She’s in the top 1 percent of her class, taking all AP and dual enrollment classes. One of those classes is AP Art. Her artwork was recently selected to be displayed in a gallery show. Madison is also a star on the school’s championship badminton team. Is there anything this kid can’t do?

"I don’t think so, anything she puts her mind into, she’s gonna succeed,” said her coach, Marta Guinea.

Madison’s classmates say her love for wildlife conservation rubs off on everyone.

"And she’s very passionate about it and she’s really made me more conscientious about the environment and what we need to do to conserve it,” said Emily Diaz, one of Madison’s friends.

Another friend described Madison as the kid everyone turns to for help.

"And she’s gotten me involved in thinking of nature and how i can make it better,” said Kristen Gandon.

The way Madison sees it, spreading environmental awareness is a mission.

"A lot of this stuff isn’t really taught in schools, so I try to teach them what I know so they can help the environment as much as they can,” Madison said.

In many ways, Madison Chamizo is just getting started. She plans on studying zoology in college. The monkeys have taught her how rewarding a career dedicated to wildlife conservation can be.



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<![CDATA[Woman Gets Billed for Damage to Leased Vehicle]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:46:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120916+maria+caro.jpg

If you spend some time with Maria Caro, you’ll quickly notice she’s meticulous. It’s a trait she says she learned from her mother.

“Whatever I have, I try to take care of it because that’s the way I was taught when I was a little girl,” Caro said.

That’s why the retired accountant says she took good care of her 2014 Lexus RX 350.

“It was immaculate inside and out,” she said.

And when her lease was up in July, Caro took it to the closest Lexus dealership to her home in Pembroke Pines and handed over the keys to a salesman.

“He came back and said ‘your vehicle is in perfect condition – it’s beautiful. You hardly have an miles on it,’” Caro said the salesman told her.

That same day Caro decided to trade in the vehicle for a smaller SUV, so she signed a worksheet saying there was no damage and that she didn’t owe any money. She thought everything was fine.

“Two months later, almost to the date, I received a letter from Lexus finance company saying that I owe $278 and some change because of wear and tear on the vehicle,” Caro said. “I thought it must be a mistake.”

But when she called the dealership, Caro says they sent her a picture allegedly showing the damage.

“It’s very hard to tell that there is damage to the car,” she said.

When they kept insisting she was responsible for the damage, Caro called NBC 6 Responds.

“You were my last resort because everybody had told me no,” she said. “Nobody wanted to help me.”

Consumer producer Selena Hernandez got right to work and it didn’t take long for Caro to get the news she had been hoping for.

“Selena called me in three days and told me, ‘Maria, Lexus of Pembroke Pines is taking care of the bill,’” Caro said. “I couldn’t believe it … what a relief.”

Caro is grateful and says the next time she turns in a car at a dealership, she’ll take a different approach.

“I’m probably going to take video of my car,” Caro said. “I’m going to take pictures.”

Mona Green, a spokesperson for the dealership, sent a statement saying: “Lexus of Pembroke Pines tries to do the best to take care of all our guests. We review each case and make a determination of what’s the right thing to do in helping our guests. In Maria’s case, we felt the right thing to do was to take care of the situation. Lexus of Pembroke Pines always believes the customer is our foundation.”



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<![CDATA[Man Attacked and Robbed Woman at Pompano Beach ATM: BSO]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:25:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120916+pompano+beach+ATM+robbery.jpg

Authorities are searching for a crook who was caught on camera attacking and robbing a woman at an ATM in Pompano Beach.

The robbery happened back on May 1 at a Wells Fargo ATM  on Sample Road as the victim, a senior citizen, was making a deposit, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

The man pretended to use the ATM next to the woman but as she was making her deposit, the man reached over and snatched several hundred dollars from her hand. He then grabbed her and the two struggled for several minutes, authorities said.

During the struggle, the victim's watch was torn from her wrist. The suspect momentarily fled as the victim broke free, but he returned, punched the woman several times in the face, grabbed her watch and left, authorities said.

"This is a horrible person that would go out of his way to come back after having robbing this woman of her money just to steal her jewelry, just to inflict a little more violence upon her," BSO spokesperson Gina Carter said. "So this is clearly a man we want to get off the streets."

Authorities said the suspect, described as a black male possibly in his early 30s, fled in a dark-colored four-door Toyota.

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



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<![CDATA[Boat Parade To Close Bridges in Fort Lauderdale This Weekend]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:57:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Boat+parade+santa.jpg

The annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is floating through South Florida this weekend to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

Hundreds of thousands of lights, blaring music, celebrities, and more will adorn the parade of Comics & Cartoons Rockin' the Night Away-themed showboats and megayachts.

The parade will float down the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale traveling east to the Intracoastal Waterway, then north toward Pompano Beach.

Local drivers are urged to plan ahead as the following bridges will be closed during the parade. 

 

  • 7th Avenue Bridge - Up: 6:20; Down: 8PM
  • Andrews Bridge - Up: 6PM; Down: 8PM
  • Las Olas Boulevard Bridge - Up: 7PM; Down: 9PM
  • Sunrise Boulevard Bridge - Up: 7:20PM; Down: 9:30PM
  • Oakland Park Boulevard Bridge - Up: 7:40PM; Down: 10PM
  • Commercial Boulevard Bridge - Up: 8PM Down: 11PM

Bridge closing times are estimated and based on the number of boats participating in the parade and current weather conditions.

For more information on Winterfest Boat Parade bridge closures, click here



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<![CDATA[Suspect Sought in Violent Armed Robbery on Miami Beach]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:31:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120916+miami+beach+alton+road+armed+robbery+suspect.jpg

Miami Beach Police are searching for an armed suspect behind a violent robbery at an Alton Road apartment building.

The robbery happened back on Nov. 29 at the building at 1346 Alton Road, Miami Beach Police officials said Friday.

Police said the victim was walking to his building when he noticed another man following him. The suspect approached the victim from behind, pulled out a gun and demanded the victim's property.

After the suspect received the victim's property, he pistol-whipped the victim in the head which caused the gun to fire, police said. The suspect fled the scene in an older model green four door car, police said.

The victim told NBC 6 Friday that his wallet and cell phone were taken.

"The guy push me, he say 'give me your wallet, give me your wallet, give me your wallet, give me the phone,'" victim Romeo Suhul said. "I go 'hey take it, take it.'"

Police released video of the suspect outside the building in the hopes of catching him. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Presents For Pets: Creative Holiday Pet Toys]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:00:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kupkee+xmas+gifts.jpg

According to a recent survey, over 95% of Americans routinely buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season. At Casa Kupkee, our dogs take great delight in tearing open their gifts from Santa on Christmas morning.

Many pet owners, however, admit to giving little thought to the types of gifts they buy. Pets are not usually picky about toys, and inclusion in the holiday fun is all our pets truly want for Christmas.  But the right kind of toy can be a gift that keeps on giving long after the lights and tinsel have been packed away.

Preventative Presents

Many of the behavioral problems I see in pets can be linked to a lack of sufficient cognitive enhancement. In other words, our pets are bored. Many of us spend long hours away from home on a daily basis. Our evenings tend to be consumed by television, computer use, and other sedentary activities. Such diversions are no fun for our pets, and the resulting boredom can lead to all sorts of unwanted behaviors. Nuisance barking, destruction, hyperactivity, self-mutilation, and failure to use the litter box are just few of the problems I see in pets who literally have nothing better to do. Since some such behaviors can also be linked to medical problems, the first thing to do is have your pet examined by a veterinarian.  If the behavior has no underlying medical cause, it’s time to ask Fluffy to put on her thinking cap!

Interactive Pet Toys

These toys come in all varieties and price ranges, but they all have the same goal in mind: encouraging your pet to interact with the toy, and use her brain to get what she wants. Dogs are often intrigued by large toys stuffed with small toys which the pet must figure out how to remove.

A toy that moves or makes noise when touched by the dog can also keep them entertained for hours.

Cats are huge fans of these types of toys as they appeal to their natural hunting instincts.

Anything that bounces, wiggles, squirms, or rolls will probably be a big hit with your feline friend. And if you can find something with a timer that will entice your kitty at random intervals, even better.

Food Puzzles

If your pet is not particularly motivated by brain teasers, try tempting him with a food puzzle. These toys encourage both dogs and cats to move and manipulate the toy until a treat is dispensed. Food puzzles come in an endless variety of shapes, sizes and degrees of difficulty.  Owners of especially high drive pets will often serve their entire meals in these sorts of puzzles. Such toys encourage pets to think, solve problems, and burn calories without involving any extra time or effort on behalf of their care takers. If you’re shopping on a budget, or looking for a fun holiday activity for the kids, there are all sorts of ways to make DIY food puzzles for cats using items you probably already have in the house.

If you have multiple dogs, and plan to leave them alone with food puzzles, be sure each dog is confined to a separate part of the house.  Food puzzles can be very stimulating for dogs, and you don’t want to run the risk of a fight breaking out while you are away from home.

Continuing Education

If you have the time, why not consider treating Fido to some scheduled classes? A Certified Professional Dog Trainer can teach you how to have all sorts of fun with your dog. Whether it’s nose work, trick training, agility, or obedience, these activities are fun for both dogs and humans. In addition to keeping Fido happy and fit, they provide him with something to think about besides which designer handbag to destroy next. Learning new behaviors not only reduces both boredom and anxiety, but help active dogs burn up some energy as well.

Many trainers and behaviorists are fond of the adage, “A tired dog is a happy dog.”  While I don’t disagree, I’ll take it one step further: “A cognitively enriched pet is a happy pet.”  By putting a little more thought into shopping for our pets, we can create a happy holiday for the entire family.

Dr. Kupkee is the lead practitioner at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.

Do you have a question for Dr. Kupkee? Send im an email by clicking here.

Click here for deals and discounts exclusively for NBC 6 viewers!



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<![CDATA[Tour Bus Catches Fire on MacArthur Causeway]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:24:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/120916+miami+tour+bus+fire.jpg

About a dozen people on board a popular Miami bus tour got an unwelcome part of their tour on Friday when the vehicle they were on caught fire.

Chopper 6 was over the scene on the MacArthur Causeway eastbound, where a bus from Pirate Duck Tour was heavily damaged near the intersection of Star Island.

Passengers said the fire was in the back of the vehicle, near the emergency exit, so they had to escape out the side.

"We come out of the water, we've done the water bit and we're driving along and then suddenly there was smoke...and flames in the floor," passenger Chris Busk said.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue units responded and quickly extinguished the fire.

"Just got off very quickly, well not too quickly, hanging on to the railings going down from the steps and then everyone was told to move further away in case it exploded, that's what they were worried about," passenger Joan Daswell said.

Miami Beach Police said no one was hurt in the fire but it was causing traffic delays.

A bus from a separate tour company later stopped to pick up the stranded site seekers and take them back to the Pirate Duck Tours headquarters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Broward Students Trying Out New Food Options For School Menu]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:16:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/120916+broward+students+school+lunch+taste+test.jpg

Katrice Burke is a vibrant and exciting fourth grader. This lifelong learner will go on to the fifth grade next year and says she's looking forward to being a leader…and also next year’s school lunch,

Burke, along with hundreds of students, is trying out new foods for the Food and Nutrition Services fourth annual Food Show.

“We have elementary students in the morning and middle school in the afternoon, and we select a different school every year,” said program director Darlene Moppert. “They come through and they taste at each station food items.”

The items range from Sriracha Chicken salad wraps to barbecue rib sliders and even vegan food. Once students taste the food, they go to the nearest iPad describing their taste.

The choices range from awesome to gross, and these junior food critics didn't take the judging lightly.

School officials say the day is not only a time for kids to try new foods, but to also think more about eating healthy. That's something Katrice says she takes seriously.

“I want to keep my body healthy,” said Burke. “My grandma and grandpa say to me you have to eat healthy. I just can't eat junk food all day.”

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<![CDATA[Hialeah Motorcycle Cop in Crash on Palmetto Expressway]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:50:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/120916+palmetto+expressway+cop+crash.jpg

A motorcycle officer with the Hialeah Police Department was involved in a crash on the Palmetto Expressway Friday afternoon.

The crash happened in the southbound lanes near Northwest 74th Street, where the motorcycle appeared to have been hit from behind by a truck.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said the officer suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash was unknown.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot and Killed at South Miami Market]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120916+markeith+nickles.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting in South Miami that left one person dead Friday morning.

Officers from South Miami Police responded to the scene at the South Miami Market off Southwest 70th Street and 59th Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Once inside, they found a man who had been killed and the case was handed over to Miami-Dade Police.

Police said the man was involved in a dispute inside the store when he was shot.

The identity of the victim wasn't released by police but family members identified him as 22-year-old Markeith Nickles.

"Who killed my son inside this store? We need to find out who killed my son inside this store," mother Shakeshia Nickles said. "Exactly, there's cameras so somebody is going to say something. Something is going to be out. Something is going to be done."

Police said they're looking for suspects. No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[Liberty City Students Taken to Hospital After Taking Meds]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:41:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/120916+liberty+city+elementary+school.jpg

Six school children in Miami were transported to the hospital as a precaution after becoming sick from taking medication Friday morning.

The students from Liberty City Elementary School were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital shortly before 11 a.m. after a fifth grader brought his ADHD medication called Clonidine to school and shared it with the other students, officials said.

All those transported are expected to be okay and parents were notified. It was enough of a scare for several parents who came to the school to make sure their children were okay.

"As soon as I heard it my heart just, I was like hell no, I need to go get to my child right now so I'm here, even if I had to walk here, run here, skip here, I'm here," parent Laquesha Fulwood said.

"They said everything was okay but I was like no, something is going on, that's why I came to check," parent Janae Brown said.

The school district says it will consider disciplinary action for the child who brought the drugs and shared them.



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<![CDATA[Local HS Teams Compete For State Titles This Weekend]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:35:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Generic-Football-4573.jpg

For the next two days inside Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, six high school teams from South Florida will each take the field looking to call themselves state champions.

The annual Florida High School Athletics Association Finals began on Thursday. The event is being held over three days this year – after originally being a two weekend scheduled event, but being consolidated when college football’s Atlantic Coast Conference moved their championship game in September.

Friday, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic will go for the Class 2A title when they take on Jacksonville University Christian at 10 AM. That’s followed by Plantation American Heritage and their run toward another Class 5A state title when they face Ponte Vedra at 3 PM. The nightcap features Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas as the national power faces Tampa Plant in the Class 7A finals at 8 PM.

On Saturday, the action gets underway at 10AM when Hollywood’s Chaminade-Madonna will go for the Class 3A title against Jacksonville Trinity Christian. At 3 PM, Miami Carol City will face Lakeland’s Lake Gibson for the Class 6A crown, while Miami Southridge will finish the weekend against Orlando Dr. Phillips in the Class 8A finals at 8 PM.

The Class 1A and 4A finals were held Thursday with no South Florida schools taking part. If all six schools bring home titles, it would tie the record for most ever from the area in one year – matching the six titles won by teams during the 2013 season.

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<![CDATA[Trending Topics - December 9th]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:39:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000026920562_1200x675_828936771663.jpg NBC 6 keeps you updated with the stories you'll be talking about today around the water cooler.]]> <![CDATA[Deadly Crash Shuts Down Major Road in Miramar]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:40:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/120916+miramar+parkway+deadly+crash.jpg

A deadly crash has shut down part of Miramar Parkway early Friday morning.

The scene, which police say involved a car and a motorcycle, has closed the roadway near Flamingo Road in both directions.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, including Pembroke Road, as the investigation is expected to continue for a while. No other details about the crash were released.

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

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<![CDATA[South Florida Expecting Slightly Cooler Temps This Weekend]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:26:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/120916+south+florida+lows.PNG

It’s not exactly going to feel like winter, but residents across South Florida will feel a slight change in the temperatures this weekend.

Lows in the region reached around 70 degrees in most places Friday morning, with some areas dipping into the high 60’s. Over the weekend, those morning lows are expected to only reach the low to mid 60’s.

Afternoon highs are expected to reach 76 on Saturday and 78 on Sunday, both below the average temperature for this time of the year. You can expect breezy conditions with a chance of scattered showers through the weekend.

Monday, temperatures are expected to return to normal with highs in the low 80’s and drier conditions through the week.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Restaurants Raided for Illegal Activity]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:36:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/120916+sw+miami-dade+drug+bust.jpg

Police spent Thursday night raiding two restaurants in southwest Miami-Dade where authorities say drug dealing, prostitution and illegal gambling were on the menu.

The restaurants - Kareta Kafe and El Cortadito, both on Bird Road - were raided by Miami-Dade Police after they received a Crime Stoppers tip, officials said.

"Narcotics sales, mostly cocaine in both establishments, gambling payoffs from the machines and alcohol violations," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Joe Gonzalez. "You had several ladies that would come to your side and ask you to buy them a beer. That beer was ten dollars. And then after that it would lead to conversations of propositions for sex."

Carolina Hernandez, 39, 47-year-old Ileana Medina and 31-year-old Yusimi Ponce-Garcia were arrested and charged with possession and distribution of cocaine, while 35-year-old Yanelis Lamont was arrested on three counts relating to gambling activities inside.

The arrests come after an undercover investigation dating back to September, in which a detective purchased multiple bags of cocaine from employees.

NBC 6 cameras were rolling as officers were seen escorting several handcuffed suspects out of Kareta Kafe. Police say the restaurants are owned by the same person, who was not present at the time of the arrests.

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<![CDATA[Scam Lands South Florida Man's Father in South Korean Jail]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:26:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+Kent+Malinowski+Julius+Malinowski.jpg

A South Florida man's father is now imprisoned overseas after his family says he fell victim to an Internet scam, and now his son is telling his story in the hopes he'll be released in time for the holidays.

It's a twisted tale that began with a phone call to Kent Malinowski.

"My brother called me, said dad's been arrested, he's in South Korea in jail," Malinowski said.

At first, he thought it was a joke but this was no laughing matter. The U.S. embassy called to confirm his dad, 79-year-old Julius Malinowski, had been arrested on fraud charges and was awaiting trial in a South Korean prison.

"Never thought in a million years something like this would happen," Malinowski said.

Malinowski had no idea what his father was arrested for, nor could he communicate with him directly so he started his own investigation.

"We were able to create a timeline and track him through his credit card receipts," he said.

And what they found was shocking. His dad had exchanged several e-mails with BB&T Bank in North Carolina. Julius, a retired vice president for the Federal Reserve, was interested in part-time work again in the banking industry.

"He did a job interview, they came and met with him, played a round of golf with him," Malinowski said.

Shortly after, they sent business cards and an employment contract, but it was all fake. Then they sent him on an international assignment to Australia to deliver a contract. The trip was a success and his next assignment was South Korea.

According to a hand-written note from jail to his son, Julius followed his assignment to the "T" and on the last day meeting with a client, he was arrested.

"We think that they knew that about dad, they targeted him and they used that to their advantage to convince him that this was a legitimate deal," Malinowski said.

The timing could not have been worse. Only weeks before they were to celebrate the holiday, now they’re just hoping they see him again soon.

"Here's dad's place setting, we're gonna leave it empty until he comes home for Christmas," Malinowski said.

No trial date has been set. The family hopes to convince a judge in South Korea that their father was the victim of a scam.



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<![CDATA[MDPD Release Body Cam Video of Arrest of Woman in Wheelchair]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:41:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+miami-dade+police+wheelchair+arrest.jpg

Miami-Dade Police released body camera footage Thursday after cell phone video began circulating on social media showing a woman in a wheelchair fall to the ground as officers tried to arrest her.

The video shows the woman arguing with officers as they confronted her about panhandling and trespassing outside a gas station in South Miami-Dade on Dec. 3.

The woman appears to fall out of the wheelchair as officers tried to put her in a patrol car.

Police said they released the footage in response to "numerous inquiries" and as part of their "commitment to openness and transparency."

"I have taken a personal interest in the video regarding the arrest of a disabled woman in South Miami-Dade. As a result, I've directed staff to contact organizations for disabled persons, to ensure our officers are utilizing current best practices when dealing with individuals requiring special assistance," Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said in a statement. "Although this discretionary arrest was appropriate, it's important that we continue to work with our community and social service agencies in identifying alternatives to arrest that can provide meaningful assistance to those in need while addressing the quality of life concerns of our residents and businesses."



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<![CDATA[Girl Undergoes Surgery in Miami to Remove Large Birthmark]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:01:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+Brianna+Brewer.jpg

A 3-year-old Ohio girl is recovering after undergoing surgery in Miami to remove a large vascular birthmark.

Brianna Brewer, a bubbly 3-year-old, had a very large vascular tumor on her face and lip, until Wednesday's procedure at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

"We had to go inside and open the lip and take out the tumor and then reconstruct the lip to give her a normal appearing face," Dr. Chad Perlyn said.

The tumor was starting to affect her speech and growth of her face and teeth. She's patient number 100,000 to be helped by the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.

It all started with a spot on her lip about two weeks after she was born.

"They told me not to worry, it was going to shrink and then it just continued to keep growing," mother Holliana Lockheart said.

And it wasn't just how she looked or how her development was affected, but also the psychological impact of the birthmark.

"We would get people come up and say you know, 'oh she's a beautiful child if it wasn't for her lip,'" Lockheart said.

But not anymore. Now Brianna is making a full recovery and her doctors say that birthmark will not be coming back.

The family is now heading home to Ohio with something more to celebrate during the holidays: a new bright future for Brianna.



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<![CDATA[Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy Facing Sexual Battery Charges]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+Jason+Nebergall.jpg

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy appeared in court Thursday following his arrest for an alleged sexual assault.

Jason Nebergall, 38, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of sexual battery. He was ordered held on $100,000 bond at Thursday's hearing, WPTV reported.

Nebergall, a 9-year veteran, was arrested after a woman claimed he showed up at her home, in uniform, and forced himself on her.

The alleged attack happened in July. Nebergall has been placed on paid administrative leave. His attorney said he's a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying it "holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust.

"Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and subsequently determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges. The Sheriff’s Office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect."



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<![CDATA[NBC 6's Ari Odzer Plays Principal for a Day]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:19:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000026910479_1200x675_828388419575.jpg NBC 6 Education on 6 reporter Ari Odzer plays principal for the day at Aventura Waterways K-8 Center.]]> <![CDATA[Boynton Beach Car Burglar Caught on Camera]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:08:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+boynton+beach+car+burglar.jpg

Police in Boynton Beach are looking for an unsuspecting burglar who was caught on camera rummaging through a car looking for things to steal.

Police say the suspect made off with a coin purse filled with about $10 Sunday during the burglary outside a home on Northeast 12th Terrace.

The suspect left behind crystal clear images of his face as he searched through the car. Police say he may be behind similar break-ins in the area.

Anyone who recognizes him can call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Miami-Dade Girl Who Went Missing Found Safe]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:29:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+Nathalia+Gonzalez.jpg

A 15-year-old girl who Miami-Dade Schools Police reported missing since Wednesday has been found safe.

Nathalia Gonzalez had been last seen leaving Citrus Grove Middle School on Northwest 3rd Street, police said.

On Thursday, school board officials said Gonzalez was found safe.



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<![CDATA[5 in Custody After Pembroke Pines Armed Carjacking, Pursuit]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:00:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+pembroke+pines+carjacking+miramar+chase.jpg

Five suspects were in custody after an armed carjacking in Pembroke Pines and a brief pursuit that ended in Miramar Thursday, officials said.

Police say a 49-year-old woman was the victim of the carjacking in the Arium Community in Pembroke Pines on Monday. Three suspects stole her 2016 gray Honda Civic at gunpoint, police said.

On Thursday, a detective found the car in the area of Palm Avenue and Pines Boulevard, where five suspects fled in the car, police said. The car finally stopped in the 2000 block of Southwest 99th Terrace in Miramar where all five suspects fled on foot.

The suspects, who are juveniles, were all caught a short time later. Nearby Sea Castle Elementary was briefly placed on lockdown during the incident.

Police said the incident remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[FBI, Broward Agencies Stage Child Abduction Training Drill]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:05:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/120816+broward+abduction+drill.JPG

When it comes to abductions and amber alerts, a child's life can change in an instant. So today, local and federal law enforcement came together to train and to prepare for missing child cases.

Police K-9s, role players from the community and an influx of officers poured into Weston today for a child abduction training. It was only a drill held by FBI Miami, but the simulated scenarios even included a fake abduction script with witnesses and a mock press conference.

Police from over 16 departments participated in the exercise. The main purpose was to be ready for a real life situation and improve communication and response time between agencies - as every minute counts in an emergency, especially when it involves a missing child.

"Time is of the essence in these sorts of cases and we're really racing against the clock,” said the FBI’s James Lewis. “We’re trying to preach to these detectives to have a plan in place in the event of an emergency."

"Speaking as a mother of three children, it's extremely important because getting things done in a timely measure is crucial to solving these cases,” said Teri Lewis, one of the community members who participated in the drill.

This drill also stressed the importance of the public's role in keeping an eye out during a child abduction.

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<![CDATA[Final 'Zika Zone' Lifted By Gov. Scott Friday]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:04:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/120916+gov+scott+zika+announcement.JPG

During a press conference Friday morning at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach, state and local officials - as well as business people from the area - got the news they had been waiting to hear: the last so-called "Zika Zone" is no longer in exsistence.

Governor Rick Scott made the announcement, clearing the zone between 8th Street and 28th Street on Miami Beach. It will be the fourth zone lifted in Miami- Dade County since the outbreak started this summer.

Scott called it an "interesting year" for the area in the fight against the outbreak, while officials - including the state's surgeon general, Dr. Celeste Philip - advised people to stay active in the fight against the disease - saying the influx of tourists over the winter means infected people may still be coming to the area.

"Mosquito control is a year-round responsibility," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement. "We continue to rely on everyone who lives in or travels to Miami-Dade to help us stop the spread of Zika by draining any standing water, wearing mosquito repellant, and covering up with long sleeves and pants when going outdoors."

"It resonated internationally and had an impact on Basel, on local economy, for maybe an extended period of time for about six months and we're hoping it doesn't resonate any further," Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco said.

Zones in the Wynwood and Little River sections of Miami as well as one from 28th Street to 63rd Street have been lifted over the course of the last two months. A transmission zone gets removed when there are no new cases confirmed over a 45 day period.

The Centers for Disease Control have still maintained an advisory for pregnant woman to avoid the Miami area, one that has been in effect since the summer and has been fought by city and county officials as well as business leaders in the areas where “Zika Zones” were placed.

Friday's announcement is welcome news to the producers of the South Beach Jazz Festival, which kicks off this weekend.

"Fantastic. Well we deserve a break and it's gonna be a great event and we don't have to worry about anything except some great music," producer David New said.

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<![CDATA[Couple's Belongings Held Hostage For Months After Move]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:35:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/111016+responds+photo.jpg

A newlywed couple - dedicated to serving others as first responders- ended up needing help themselves after hiring a South Florida-based moving company. They were desperate for answers after months passed and the company still hadn’t delivered their goods.

“It’s been heartbreaking,” Ian Collier said. “We’re kind of weirdly numb.”

“Yeah, it’s kind of still coming to terms with it at this point,” added his wife, Thalia Cronander.

Ian and Thalia’s journey started in May, after an online inquiry connected them with In & Out Movers of Coconut Creek for a cross-country move.

“I probably did like 5 or 6 bids and ended up choosing this one because it was the least expensive bid by almost $1,000,” Thalia said.

Not only was the company the cheapest, but Thalia says it also promised a quick delivery.

“The estimate they told her over the phone was 7 to 10 days,” Ian said.

So the couple gave In & Out Movers more than $1,500 - most of the cost for the job. The movers picked up the shipment in Bowling Green, Virginia on May 16. But when weeks passed and nothing had arrived at their new home in Oakland, California, the couple became concerned.

“I started calling them and being like, ‘OK, listen, you’re not being recorded. Is it a matter of money? What can I do to get my stuff here?’” Ian remembers saying. “I just gotta do whatever it takes.”

Ian says he only got excuses, so he filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation.

“We had this illusion that OK, alright, the government is involved, things are being investigated, we’re making moves and, at the end of the day, they can get fined, but that doesn’t make our stuff get here,” Ian said.

That’s why the couple ended up calling NBC 6 Responds. We wanted answers for Ian and Thalia, so we went to the moving company in Coconut Creek and found out it had a new owner - Zoltan Hajdu. Hajdu invited us inside their offices and told us he let go of nearly all the employees. He said he was trying to sort through the mess the previous owner left behind, adding that he had “knowledge about a warehouse full of stuff, but they have to deliver, that’s the only thing.”

We asked Hajdu about Ian, reminding him that he and his wife were still waiting for their belongings.

“What I can promise, I try to fix the problem,” Hadju responded.

Weeks later, Hadju texted us pictures showing the couple’s stuff - offering a glimmer of hope.

“I recognized the bikes more than anything and the bourbon barrels, which were really prominent in the photos,” Ian said.

When we got an address for the warehouse, Ian flew to the East Coast to pick up his stuff. A friend documented what they saw, noting that the warehouse appeared to contain “tons and tons of people’s personal belongings.”

They eventually found Ian’s pallets, loaded up a truck and drove back West to Ian’s new home with 61 of his 66 boxes. The couple is hoping to move on from this frustrating chapter.

“In the back of my head, for sure, it was like ‘Victory! Yay!” Ian said with a smile.

Still, he wants a refund and he also asked to be reimbursed for the missing boxes and the money he had to spend to go retrieve his stuff.

Hadju told us - in a text message - that he was willing to issue the refund and would send Ian information on how to file a claim for the rest. Ian says he has not received anything from Hadju.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also investigated In and Out Movers. Its website lists 31 complaints against the company for a variety of issues including holding a load of goods “hostage.” That’s the industry term for what happened in Ian’s case.

The agency confirmed it fined In & Out Movers $15,470 based on complaints. If the fine isn’t paid, the company could face losing its license to do business.

FMCSA offers ways to research a company and protect your move. You can access that information here.

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<![CDATA[Voyeur Sought After Taping Woman In Coral Gables Restaurant]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:04:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120816+pollo+tropical+voyeur.jpg

Police in Coral Gables are looking for a man they say shot cell phone video up a woman’s skirt inside a fast food restaurant.

The incident took place in November 10th inside the Pollo Tropical located off Douglas Road and Coral Way. According to their report, an employee at the store told a woman that they saw a man bend down and acted like he was tying his shoe while place his phone on the ground multiple times.

The employee believed the suspect may have been filming the victim each time.

The victim attempted to confront that man, but he left the restaurant and was last seen crossing onto the Sears store parking lot across the street. He was described as a Hispanic man, between 5’8” and 5’10” tall while weighing around 180 lbs.

"As always, in this day and age you need to be aware of your surroundings," Coral Gables Police Sgt. Tomas Salcedo said. "If the restaurant worker had never said anything, we wouldn’t have known about this."

Anyone with information is asked to call Coral Gables Police or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers.



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<![CDATA[Surveillance Video Shows Key Biscayne Armed Home Invasion]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:25:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/120816+key+biscayne+home+invasion+video.jpg

Surveillance video was released Thursday showing the moments when an armed home invader broke into a Key Biscayne house and tied up a woman inside.

The video shows the suspect, described as a black male with a beard, grabbing the 48-year-old victim and taking her to another part of the house during the December 2nd incident at a on Woodcrest Lane.

That victim, a housekeeper, was later tied up with plastic ties while the intruder demanded money and items. He would flee the scene and she would eventually free herself to call police. The victim would suffer minor injuries and be taken to the hospital.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

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

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<![CDATA[Publix Issues Pancake, Waffle Mix Recall Over Safety Concern]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:47:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/zzzPublixStore.jpg

Publix Supermarkets have issued a voluntary recall for several brands of their pancake and waffle mixes over potential health concerns.

The items, sold at stores in several states including Florida, contain a milk powder that may contain salmonella, according to a supplier.

Some of the flavors sold include Banana-flavored Chocolate Chip and Blueberry. For a complete list, click on this link to the Publix recall website.



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<![CDATA[Outrage Sparked on Social Media Over Fake 'Baby Bar' Product]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fisher-price-photo2_blurred-faces-2.jpg

An online backlash over a supposed “happy hour playset” for kids has proven to be misplaced since the item in question doesn’t exist.

After a Facebook user posted a photo Tuesday that showed the set –  complete with bar stools, plastic bottles and featuring what appeared to be the Fisher-Price logo – people began to post messages on the company’s social media pages condemning the product.

The box featured three toddlers, two holding bottles while a third appearing behind the bar.

The hoax debunker website Snopes.com investigated the item and found that it isn’t real.

Fisher-Price also responded with a statement saying the set is “not endorsed, produced or approved.”

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<![CDATA[Trending Topics - December 8th]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:54:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000026898353_1200x675_827910723554.jpg From another big night on NBC to quite the interesting candle scent for the holidays, here's Thursday's edition of Trending Topics.]]> <![CDATA[Pricey Theft of Cell Phones Caught on Camera at Davie Store]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:55:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/120816+davie+cell+phone+robbery.jpg

Davie Police are looking for two men caught on camera in the theft of over $1,000 worth of cell phones from a local store.

Footage from November 18th shows the men coming into the Sonic Boom store located off Davie Road north of Griffin Road. While one man speaks with an employee, the second can be seen taking the phones from a display counter.

A rose gold iPhone 6S, valued at $649 was stolen as was an iPhone SE valued at $399. The two men were seen arriving in a newer model Honda Civic.

Anyone with information is asked to call Davie Police or Broward CrimeStoppers.



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<![CDATA[Survey Released of Worst Holiday Gifts Given at Work Parties]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:56:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120611+christmas+gifts+wrapping+generic.jpg

It's beginning to look a lot like that time when workplace holiday gift exchanges can make for some awkward moments between co-workers.

For CareerBuilder's annual holiday survey, workers across the nation shared the most unusual gifts they've received from a colleague during the holiday season.

Among the gifts making the list this year include two left-handed gloves, a coconut bra, a jar of gravy, a fake lottery ticket and a real stuffed duck.



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