<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Wed, 06 May 2015 20:37:27 -0400 Wed, 06 May 2015 20:37:27 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Tom Brady Scandal: Texts From "The Deflator" ]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 18:18:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tom-brady-461747782.jpg

New England Patriots' locker room staff accused of deliberately releasing air from the Patriots game balls after the footballs were examined by the referee complained about the work and the team's star quarterback, according to a NFL report released on Wednesday.

In colorful text messages included in the report between Jim McNally, the attendant for the locker room used by officials at Gillette Stadium, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant, McNally at one point refers to himself as "the deflator."

The so-called “deflategate” report, prepared by staff at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, found that it was “more probable than not” that McNally and Jastremski doctored the balls and that the quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”

In the messages between McNally and Jastremski, the pair grouse about Brady’s unhappiness with the balls’ inflation levels and discuss Jastremski’s plan to provide McNally with a needle to inflate or deflate balls, the report says. The report says McNally requested cash and sneakers to be provided along with the needle.

A statement from the Patriots' chairman, Robert Kraft, defended the team and questioned the report's conclusions.

"To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement," he said.

Attempts to reach McNally and Jastremski for comment have been unsuccessful.

On Oct. 17, 2014, after Brady had complained angrily, the men exchanged these texts, the report says.

McNally: Tom sucks...im going make that next ball a f----- balloon
Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and
said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done...
Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though...
Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn... The refs f----- us...a few of then (sic) were at almost 16
Jastremski: They didnt recheck then after they put air in them
McNally: F--- tom ...16 is nothing...wait till next sunday
Jastremski: Omg! Spaz

Then on Oct. 23, three days before a Sunday game against the Chicago Bears, Jastremski and McNally exchanged these messages:

“Can’t wait to give you your needle this week :)
McNally: F--- tom....make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..f----- watermelons coming
Jastremski: So angry
McNally: The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating

Here was their exchange on the next day, Oct. 24:

Jastremski: I have a big needle for u this week
McNally: Better be surrounded by cash and newkicks....or its a rugby sunday
McNally: F--- tom
Jastremski: Maybe u will have some nice size 11s in ur locker
McNally: Tom must really be working your balls hard this week

And again on Oct. 25:

Jastremski: Size 11?
Jastremski: 2 or 3X?
McNally: Tom must really be on you
McNally: 11 0r 11 half......2x unless its tight fitting
Jastremski: Nah. Hasn’t even mentioned it, figured u should get something since he gives u nothing

Eleven days before the AFC Championship Game, McNally and Jastremski discussed McNally receiving items autographed by Brady the following weekend, before the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to the report.

McNally: Remember to put a couple sweet pig skins ready for tom to sign
Jastremski: U got it kid...big autograph day for you
McNally: Nice throw some kicks in and make it real special
Jastremski: It ur lucky. 11?
McNally: 11 or 11 and half kid

Finally before the start of the 2014-2015 season, McNally referred to himself as “the deflator.”

McNally: You working
Jastremski: Yup
McNally: Nice dude....jimmy needs some kicks....lets make a deal.....come on help the deflator
McNally: Chill buddy im just f----- with you ....im not going to espn........yet




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<![CDATA[WATCH: Soldiers Cheer on Captain in Grueling Army Run]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 19:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/army-generic-soldier-458810.jpg

A video of an Army captain finishing the final 50 feet of a brutal 12-mile run at a New Jersey base as her fellow soldiers cheer her on has gone viral. 

Capt. Sarah Cudd, from the Public Health Command, weighed down by a 35-pound backpack and rifle, nearly collapsed but became one of the few to earn the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge when she completed the run April 27 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, urged on by her peers.

The video shows Cudd struggling to get to the finish line and falling twice before finally getting up as other soldiers erupted in applause. She crosses the finish line just before the clock hits 2 hours and 47 minutes of the three-hour-long march.

"My legs just turned to gelatin and my back said, 'Nope, I'm not going to stand up straight anymore,'" Cudd told NBC 4 New York Wednesday.

She said one sergeant in particular helped her get back to her feet. 

"As soon as I got up to my knees he told me, 'Now, take a breath, you have time. Take your time, get to the finish line,'" Cudd said. 

She crossed that finish line, though she said she needed an IV to re-hydrate after the grueling run, which is only part of the regimen for servicemembers seeking to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge.  An academy trainer who saw the video said the run looked like a hazing ritual.

Cudd, who is into endurance sports, says she doesn't think she pushed herself too far.

"I never lost consciousness; I was just very weak. I don't think I quite reached the limit, but I was very close," Cudd said, adding that she would wait a few days before resuming her training. 

The video of Cudd's heroic effort has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on Facebook, where a fellow soldier says Cudd was one of only 46 who earned their EFMD.

“This EFMB candidate wanted it, and she got it. It took heart, guts, determination, falling down and getting up, and a little motivation from the crowd to get across the finish line,” says Lloyd A. Mason on the Facebook post.

The Washington Post reports less than 25 percent of those who attempt the course typically pass and Cudd’s command confirmed she earned her badge.

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<![CDATA[Brooks Accused of Sexual Assault]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 20:26:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/brooksmain.jpg

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been accused of sexual assault by the same woman who claimed former 49ers player Ray McDonald raped her.

The allegation was included in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County against the two players. The woman alleges Brooks groped her in an unconscious state at McDonald's home before McDonald carried her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

McDonald, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears, sued the woman in a defamation case in March, claiming that they had consensual sex and her allegations had put him in “false light.” At the time McDonald’s filed the lawsuit against the woman, his mother stood behind him, saying that the woman “had lied on him.”

The 49ers released McDonald in December when the allegations against him surfaced. The team's general manager Trent Baalke cited a "pattern of behavior" in the team's decision to cut ties with him.  No charges were filed against McDonald at that time.

The woman's suit comes in response to McDonald's defamation suit, the woman's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Wednesday during a press conference in Los Angeles. Allred said her client has also filed an anti-SLAPP lawsuit against McDonald, who she accused of bullying her client.

"We believe Mr. McDonald filed the lawsuit to intimidate her," Allred said, adding that they wanted the civil defamation suit dismissed with sanctions against McDonald. "Our client is determined to fight Mr. McDonald."

Allred asked media not to name her client, who is 22 years old and resides in California.

The anti-SLAPP lawsuit, Allred said, had been filed to send the message to McDonald that he could not sue her client for reporting an alleged rape to police.

"All alleged rape victims should know they cannot be bullied against for reporting to police if they believe a crime has been committed against them," she said. "We will not allow NFL football players to intimidate those who allege they are rape victims."

In Wednesday's cross complaint, first obtained by TMZ, the woman claims that on Dec. 14, 2014, she was invited by McDonald to his house, and that surveillance video shows acts of sexual assault.

In the lawsuit, the woman says she slipped and fell on a “negligently maintained, dangerously slippery deck” near the swimming pool and struck her head, suffering a traumatic brain injury which knocked her unconscious for more than eight minutes.

She alleges that McDonald believed her to be dead, did not call 911 and told others he “did not want a dead female to be found on his property.”

The woman alleges that Brooks groped her in a sexual manner while she was unconscious.

In her lawsuit, the woman claims that McDonald then carried her upstairs to his bedroom, removed her clothes and engaged in unconsented touching and sex. The lawsuit asks for damages from McDonald and Brooks for assault and battery and infliction of emotional distress, among other things.

Brooks agent Gregory Williams told The Associated Press he was just learning of the allegations and did not immediately have a comment. McDonald could not be immediately reached for comment.

Baalke released a statement, saying: "The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the media report regarding Ahmad Brooks. We were disappointed to learn of this matter and will continue to monitor the situation."

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<![CDATA[Body Wrapped in 9 Bags: ME Report]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 20:32:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/body+in+box+lakeside.JPG

The body of a 28-year-old paraplegic woman found dead in her mother's San Diego-area apartment was wrapped in at least nine trash bags in a suitcase and weighed only 40 pounds, laying in a fetal position, according to an autopsy report obtained Wednesday by NBC7.

The remains of Brooke MacBeth, 28, who was wheelchair bound and functioned at the level of a two year old, were found in March in Lakeside.

On March 3, San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Bonnie MacBeth's apartment to serve an eviction notice, according to a report from the Medical Examiner’s office obtained by NBC 7.

The details on this report may be disturbing to some readers.

When deputies knocked on the door of the apartment on the 11600 block of Woodside Avenue, according to the report, Brooke’s mother Bonnie answered and told deputies she had something to show them. When they entered, they immediately noticed a foul odor.

“My daughter is dead in the bedroom,” she told deputies.

When deputies walked into the bedroom but could not find the daughter, they asked where she was.

“In a suitcase,” she told them, according to the report. Her mother reportedly told officials she had found her daughter dead in the bedroom.

Under a pile of clothes and blankets, deputies found a black duffle bag with black duct tape around it. A deputy used his duty knife to cut into the duffle bag and found a second bag under it, which he also cut open. Under that second duffle bag sat a pink and brown suitcase with silver duct tape around the zipper.

In that suitcase, they found a black trash bag. Under seven or eight layers of the trash bag, they found a purple towel or blanket. It was then officials contacted the medical examiner. In the blanket, the medical examiner found evidence of bones, including ribs.

Brooke’s mother was taken to the hospital and placed on psychiatric hold, the report said. She reportedly told officials she tried to hang herself the evening before they arrived and had tried to commit suicide previously. She also told deputies she had been on a “vodka binge” for three days, the report said, because she knew someone would be coming to evict her.

Her mother told them her daughter had died six months ago, 18 months ago and two years ago when questioned and told them she “felt guilty” since she passed. She was reportedly seen alive by her sister one year ago, who said she had been losing weight. Medical examiners said they later weighed her body and found it weighed 40 pounds.

An autopsy report obtained by NBC 7 reported no evidence of trauma or obvious natural disease. 

Brooke may have died of natural causes, the autopsy report said, but determined the cause and manner of her death undetermined. The medical examiner could not determine a date of death, but determined based off the Sheriff’s investigation that Brooke was likely dead for several months before she was found.

When officials called her younger sister, they learned she had last seen her before Christmas in 2014, when she appeared to have lost some weight, according to the report, and her sister believed it was from having difficulty eating. Her sister said she had been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

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<![CDATA[Casket Dug Up, Left on Street: Cops]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 17:55:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mystery+casket.jpg

Human bones were confirmed to be inside a decades-old casket that was dug up and found dumped on the street near a cemetery in Brooklyn, authorities say.

Police tweeted that "nobody knows" who dumped the casket on Piling Street in Bushwick, not far from The Evergreens Cemetery. They also don't know where it came from.

There were a few bones in the coffin, but no body. The medical examiner's office later determined the bones were from a human hand and foot.

Police were called to the scene Tuesday evening. They said it appeared the casket had been buried 25 years ago.

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<![CDATA[The Freddie Gray Arrest: Minute-by-Minute]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 07:45:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FreddieGrayVan.jpg
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<![CDATA[Snorkeler Finds Plastic Skeletons Having Underwater Tea Party]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 15:04:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/f_skeleton_partay_150506_6a819ada04e4d948f980d79e51334ebb.nbcnews-ux-640-360.jpg

A pair of sunglass-clad skeletons were caught lounging in lawnchairs beneath the Colorado River on Monday.

Divers discovered the duo 40 feet beneath the river near the Arizona-California border on Monday morning, after a snorkeler spotted the bones and reported them to police, thinking they were real.

"When firefighter Foerstner located the alleged remains, he found it to be an underwater tea party with two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs," the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Divers plan to recover the skeletons later this week, and some officials are considering placing them outside the sheriff's office as a joke, according to the sherriff's office.

Officials say they don't plan to locate the person responsible for the skeletons.

<![CDATA[Fake Masonic Cops Arrested: Sheriff]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 14:35:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/189*120/5-6-2015-FakeCops.JPG

Three people accused of posing as police officers with a rogue force they said had existed for thousands of years wound up behind bars after trying to schedule meetings with real law enforcement officials.

The trio, including an aide to the California attorney general, claimed to be members of the Masonic Fraternal Police Department (MFPD) in letters sent to several agencies in Southern California, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

After this aroused suspicion, detectives launched an investigation, and arranged for them to meet Captain Roosevelt Johnson of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.  

During the meeting, the three said that their group was descended from the medieval order the Knights Templar and that their agency had been in existence for 3,000 years, authorities said. They also said their department had sovereign jurisdiction in 33 states and across the border in Mexico.

The group's website describes differences between the MFPD and "other police departments."

"The answer is simple for us. We were here first! We are born into this Organization our bloodlines go deeper then (sic) an application. This is more then a job it is an obligation," the website says.

During raids in the 28000 block of Linda Vista Street and the 17000 Block of Sierra Highway, in Santa Clarita, investigators discovered badges, identification cards, weapons, uniforms, police-type vehicles and other law enforcement equipment.

The three — David Henry, 46, who claimed to be the MPFD chief,  along with Tonette Hayes, 56, and Brandon Kiel, 36, who claimed to be chief deputy — were arrested and booked on charges of impersonating a peace officer. Henry is also accused of lying under oath, while Kiel is accused of misusing government identification.

Kiel has worked as deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice, according to the Los Angeles Times. A department spokesman declined to comment, but told the Times Kiel is on administrative leave.

Detectives believe the suspects were trying to deceive individuals in the community as to their status as law enforcement officials for a purpose yet to be determined. They also believe there may be other individuals associated with this organization.

Jail records did not indicate a court date for the suspects. It was not clear Wednesday morning whether the three suspects had obtained an attorney.

Anyone with further information about their activities is asked to call detectives on  323-980-2211, or they can anonymously  call "Crime Stoppers" on 800-222-8477.

<![CDATA[Serial Stowaway Arrested at Chicago Airports Three Times]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 19:58:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hartman+ohare+mug.jpg

A woman described as a "serial stowaway" and a "high security risk" has a court date in Chicago Thursday morning.

But as has been the case across the United States, Marilyn Hartman faces only misdemeanor charges, raising questions about whether she will be released to repeat the dubious behavior she has practiced at airports in at least half a dozen American cities.

The 63-year-old Hartman has been arrested three times in the last two weeks, attempting to board aircraft at O’Hare and Midway airports, incident reports show. She made another attempt on April 19, an incident for which she received only a warning.

At least three times, Hartman appears to have been successful in her attempts. In February of last year, she made it all the way onto an aircraft bound from San Francisco to Honolulu. Last August 4, she stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles. After her release from jail, she was ordered to stay away from the Los Angeles airport, but was arrested there the very next day. Sentenced to 117 days in jail, Hartman was released after just a few days in custody because of jail overcrowding.

In January, she was discovered in a vacant hotel room at the posh Amelia Island resort, where she told police that she had just arrived after slipping onto a flight from Minneapolis to Jacksonville. Wary of her movements, airport police noticed her roaming the Jacksonville airport again on April 14. But this time, Hartman insisted she was flying legally to Chicago. A police report shows that airport personnel walked her to the American Airlines ticket counter where they watched her purchase a ticket to Chicago. That report shows they then walked her through the TSA process because she had no photo ID and made sure she boarded the Chicago-bound flight.

But a Chicago police source said no one from Jacksonville ever notified them she was headed here.

Last August, Hartman was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, telling reporters that even she was shocked at the seeming ease which which she had been able to board airplanes unnoticed.

"Why has the government allowed me to get past security points until I forced the issue back in February?" she asked, "and pretty much had to beg to be arrested."

But how does she do it? Investigators said that in the San Jose case, Hartman managed to slip past the TSA officer examining ID’s and boarding passes by slipping past while a larger group was being checked. After that, she passed through the metal detector unhindered. It wasn’t clear how she was able to actually board the aircraft.

"The individual was screened along with other passengers to ensure that she was not a security threat to the aircraft," said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy. "Following an initial review by TSA at San Jose International Airport, the agency has initiated minor modifications to the layout of the document checking area, to prevent another incident like this one."

McCarthy said the agency had been unable to substantiate Hartman’s story that she pulled a similar ruse on the flight from Minnesota to Florida on February 8, but police in Jacksonville clearly believed her.

Hartman, who has claimed she has an unrecognized illness called "whistleblower trauma syndrome,"  has previously said she was forced by the FBI to flee her house, rendering her homeless. Authorities tried to get her help at a San Mateo County treatment center in the Bay Area, but checked herself out of that facility after just two days.

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<![CDATA[FAA Announces New Drone Initiatives]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 12:59:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/drone+123114.jpg

Federal regulators announced a new initative to research drone safety at the nation's largest drone convention in Atlanta Wednesday, as they work to implement new regulations on the burgeoning technology.

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said the agency is partnering with three leading U.S. research companies to figure out how to expand drone operations in the U.S.

He made his remarks at the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, held by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 17:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pope+francis+honorary+globetrotter.jpg View weekly updates on the very best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Spray-Painted Prom Proposal on Cliffside Angers Climbing Community]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 11:04:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prom-vandalism-480p-NA28W05062015_1200x675_440635971705.jpg A spray-painted prom proposal on the side of the Black Cliffs in Ada County, Idaho has upset the climbing community, and may be a federal crime as well for damaging an area with cultural significance to local Indian tribes.]]> <![CDATA[Man Accused of Slaying Parents]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 17:38:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ken+jane+young+sudbury.jpg

A Massachusetts man accused of killing his parents during a family vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands then fleeing St. Thomas had for years struggled with mental illness and substance abuse, friends and neighbors of the slain couple say. 

Mikhail Brian Young was apprehended in his hometown outside of Boston after authorities discovered the bloody bodies of his parents, Kenneth and Jane Young of Sudbury, in a condominium they had rented to celebrate their retirement. The 24-year-old son, who authorities say left the island on a flight on Saturday, is being held on fugitive charges in Massachusetts. He's expected to face charges for the murder of his parents in St. Thomas.

The news rippled through the wealthy communities where the well-liked couple, Ken and Jane Young, had lived with their son, who friends say was adopted along with his sister from Russia when they were children. 

"They're just the loveliest people. I'm still in shock," another friend and neighbor, Connie Marotta said.

Friends of the family said the 24-year-old has a history of mental illness. Several restraining orders mark his relationship with his parents.

"He could get uncontrollable. Verbally for sure and I guess physically, on occasion," said friend and neighbor Graham Taylor. "It's just unfortunate and shows you how deep some of these psychological problems can go." 

Young was arrested Monday night at their Goodmans Hill Road home on a warrant for probation violation on a charge of indecent exposure.

But not everyone was aware of the trouble, including their next door neighbors.

"He's around. He helped us with our ice on the roof. He wasn't anyone I was (worried about). He seems very nice," Marotta said

Jane Young, who was 66, retired in January after teaching math for 17 years at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. Marotta, whose son was in her class, remembered her as "fabulous" and a "wonderful teacher."  Ken Young was 73, was also retired.

Friends say the couple tried hard to help their son overcome his alcohol abuse and find his way.

"Despite the fact that you knew that he was disturbed. For them to take him down on this trip, to give him that trip," Taylor said, shaking his head and sighing.

Young's lawyer said he has mental health issues and requested a competency hearing.

Officials in the Virgin Islands said two police officers will be sent to Massachusetts to bring Young back to face murder charges, according to The Associated Press. In Massachusetts, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Young has not waived extradition and is scheduled for a May 12 status hearing in a Framingham court.

"We are heartbroken by the loss of our brother and his wonderful wife Jane," said the family in a statement. "We truly appreciate the outpouring of support that we have received, and at this time we ask everyone to please respect our privacy during our grieving process."

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<![CDATA[Tech Exec's Death Highlights Potential Treadmill Dangers ]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 17:25:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/485244803.jpg

Each day, runners in gyms and homes across the country turn to the treadmill to improve their physical fitness. But even the most well-intentioned workouts on the popular machines can have serious, and sometimes deadly, results.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 24,400 injuries associated with treadmills were treated in emergency rooms in 2014. And at least 30 people were killed in accidents related to treadmills in the 10-year period that spanned 2003-2012, the CPSC reported, an average of three treadmill deaths per year.

The potential dangers returned to the spotlight this month, with news that tech executive David Goldberg, husband to Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, was found dead from severe head trauma next to a treadmill while vacationing in Mexico. A Mexican official told The Associated Press that the Survey Monkey CEO apparently slipped on the machine and fell.

Major factors that contribute to treadmill injuries include whether the user is distracted, what they’re wearing and whether they understand how to properly use the equipment, said Dr. Laura Miele-Pascoe, an expert in sport and recreation and injury prevention.  Still, Miele-Pascoe and other health and fitness experts stress that following easy steps can help exercisers stay safe while working out.

One top safety rule that users can follow is to stand on foot rails before turning on the treadmill, Miele-Pascoe said. Safety clips and lanyards are attached to many treadmills, offering support. If a user steps on a moving treadmill they can easily lose balance and “receive a significant injury.”

“People don’t look down,” she said. “Sometimes treadmills are left on and [people are] trying to engage their mp3 player and they step on to a treadmill as opposed to straddling and they step on the moving treadmill.”

Televisions, music players and phones are also big causes for injuries, Miele-Pascoe said. It’s important that a user sets up their music or television before beginning their workout.

“Unfortunately a lot of people press start before they turn the monitor on,” she said. The results are usually bad shoulder injuries, facial and skin burns, and chipped, broken or lost teeth.

Miele-Pascoe also advises users to consider their clothing before going for a run. Avoid loose garments and slip-on sneakers and check to make sure your shoes are tied.

Lastly, Miele-Pascoe stressed the importance of following the manufacture’s recommendations. Facility operators should post signage that informs users of how equipment should be used and remain available in case users need assistance or find themselves in trouble.

Both gym operators and private treadmill owners should also make sure children do not have unsupervised access to the powerful machines. The danger the equipment can pose to children made headlines in 2009, when the 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died of injuries sustained when she choked on a treadmill cord.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lions Poisoned at Marine Rehab]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 03:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP763516659252_11Seals.jpg

Police are looking for a person who dumped a large amount of chlorine into a pool for sick sea lions at a Southern California marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center last week, leaving the sea lions with eye burns.

Seventeen sea lions being treated at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach were reinjured when the chlorine entered the water filtration system and contaminated their pool habitat.

Fifteen of the marine mammals have been diagnosed with varying degrees of corneal ulcerations. Eight have healed since the attack, but seven others are still receiving veterinarian treatment, Laguna Beach police said.

A Pacific Marine Mammal staff member arrived at the rehabilitation center around 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 28. The employee smelled a "really strong odor" and noticed that the seventeen sea lions were out of the pool water.

Some of the sea lions eyes were "all puffed up and swelled up," Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.

Prior to the attack, the mammal center had given most of the sea lions a "clean bill of health," and they were due for release into the wild the following day.

Police believe the poisoning occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Monday, April 27, and 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 28 and are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen anything unusual. City surveillance footage is currently under review, Kleiser said.

Detectives from the Laguna Beach Police Department are conducting a joint investigation with investigators from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a police statement.

There has been an "unusually large increase" in the number of California sea lion pups stranding on the beaches of southern and central California, according to a recent report released by NOAA. Rescue centers have taken in hundreds of starving and sickly sea lions that have washed up along California's coast.

Those responsible for the attack could face thousands of dollars in fines and jail time. The perpetrator(s) are facing both state and federal charges, Kleiser said. Poisoning sea lions is considered a violation of California's animal cruelty code and the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laguna Beach Police Department's Detective David Gensemer or Abe Ocampo at 949-497-0377 or NOAA hotline at 1-800-853-1964.

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<![CDATA[Hiker Recounts Nepal Quake]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 21:52:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kat-Heldman-0505.jpg

A San Diego hiker who survived the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal followed by an avalanche thought she was going to die in the disaster and was in disbelief when she came up for air.

“I thought, ‘This is where I die,’” said Kathleen “Kat” Heldman, recounting her harrowing experience for reporters in San Diego on Tuesday.

“Going through the earthquake and the avalanche was terrifying. It was horribly devastating to see what happened to people there and all the people who lost their loved ones,” she added.

The still-rising death toll from the quake has reached more than 7,500.

Heldman traveled to Nepal last month with her husband, Kevin Krough, and their friends Oscar Olea and Brigida Martinez, setting out on the hiking trek of a lifetime.

The quartet was in the small Nepalese area of Kyanjing Gompa when the quake hit changing the course of their trip – and their lives – forever.

The friends were in a tea room waiting to have lunch when the earthquake struck, Olea told NBC 7 Monday night.

What happened next is something Heldman said she will never, ever forget.

“The whole earth started shaking. The whole building was rumbling. There was this loud, deafening noise and I looked at our guide and his eyes were bugged out and white and he screamed, ‘Earthquake! Run!’” Heldman recalled.

Heldman said everyone began running out of the building as the earth shook uncontrollably beneath their feet. She realized Martinez was still inside the building and she ran back inside the crumbling structure to get her friend. After they came out safely, Heldman said they were in utter disbelief.

The group captured some of the earthquake and its aftermath on video.

“We were standing around stunned. We were all in shock,” she said. “I’m from California; we have earthquakes – but nothing like this. I’ve never experienced or seen anything like this. [It was] terrifying.”

Heldman and her friends, however, did not have much time to make sense of the quake that had moved the earth. Moments later, they had to run for their lives again as an avalanche struck.

“I looked over the mountain ridge and saw a giant cloud of white and gray. It was an avalanche,” Heldman explained. “It was really fast – ice, snow, rocks – that’s what was hurling down the mountain towards us. We started running for our lives, blindly, as fast as we could away from it.”

Seconds later, Heldman felt the ice and snow plowing against her body.

“I felt it hit me and I felt like I was doomed,” she said.

Heldman quickly dove behind a rock wall and tried to protect her head as the avalanche continued to barrel down on her. She said that’s the moment she thought she for sure wouldn’t make it out alive.

“I was praying to God to save us. After, when we came up for air, I couldn’t believe I was alive,” she said. “I’m super grateful.”

A few minutes after the avalanche, Heldman and her group dug themselves out of the snow.

The scene unfolding before their eyes was the stuff nightmares are made of.

“All you could hear was the whaling of people screaming and crying. There was blood all over the snow,” Heldman said. “It was surreal.”

The hiker said she’ll never forget the image of people carrying others to safety: her small-framed guide hoisting a full-grown, unconscious man on his back as he walked up a hill; a man carrying a baby who was somehow still alive.

“The rest of the day was in a daze. All we did was try to find missing people,” said Heldman.

She and her group spent the next few days stranded in the area, trying to help the injured and find food and shelter. She said Martinez is a nurse and used her skills to tend to earthquake victims.

When her group was finally able to fly home days later, Heldman said she couldn’t help but feel a huge sense of guilt.

“Leaving Nepal, I feel guilty. I feel really fortunate to be alive, but I also feel really sad to leave the people there in the state that they’re in,” she lamented. “To be back in the U.S. – it feels totally surreal. The contrast between what we have here and what they have there – it’s incredible.”

Heldman said she and her husband and friends had left a tiny village that was completely destroyed by the earthquake just hours before the quake hit.

“Our lives were saved by three-and-a-half hours,” she added.

Heldman feels so fortunate to be alive, she’s now dedicated to helping other survivors in Nepal.

She has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for residents of rural Nepalese villages who lost everything in the disaster. She said the money will help survivors rebuild.

As she counts her blessings, Heldman is also planning a trip back to Nepal next year on the same date as the earthquake.

“It would be a memorial trip," she said. "Maybe we will try to climb that mountain we were trying to climb."

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<![CDATA[D.A. Donovan Wins Special Election for Grimm Seat: AP]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 22:57:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NY-DA-Daniel-Donovan.jpg


A district attorney connected to the case of an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer's chokehold was elected Tuesday to fill a congressional seat left vacant when the incumbent pleaded guilty to tax fraud.


Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who empaneled the grand jury that declined to indict the officer who placed Eric Garner in the fatal chokehold, will keep the congressional seat in Republican hands. He defeated Democratic City Councilman Vincent Gentile in a low-turnout special election to succeed Michael Grimm.

The race occurred in the shadow of the Garner decision, which helped fuel the national debate on the relationship between police and communities of color.

With more than 96 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results, Donovan led Gentile 60 percent to 38 percent. More than 37,000 votes had been counted.

Donovan becomes the lone Republican to represent the city in Congress. His victory also will put an end to the tally on the front page of the Staten Island Advance, the local newspaper, which noted the number of days — well more than 100 — the area was without congressional representation.

Donovan came to national attention last year after a cellphone video showed Garner being placed in a chokehold during a street confrontation with police. The grand jury decision in December led to protests, and Garner's name was cited on social media by a gunman who killed two New York Police Department police officers weeks later.

It also was a perpetual presence as Donovan campaigned, even as he took pains to avoid the subject. At a debate between Donovan and Gentile, a former state senator, someone in the audience yelled, "I can't breathe!" a reference to Garner's last words.

In an interview, Donovan said that he had people ask him how the grand jury's decision could have happened but that it was a misconception that he could have determined the outcome.

"I always try to correct people when they say, 'You failed to get an indictment,'" he said. "That means that our goal should have been to get one. And our goal is to present fair and impartial evidence to 23 members of our community."

But the specter of the Garner decision didn't hurt Donovan on Staten Island, home to a significant number of police officers, firefighters and working-class white people, and the outcome of the race was never truly in doubt.

The 11th Congressional District is considerably more conservative than other districts in the city as it includes Republican-heavy Staten Island along with a small part of southern Brooklyn.

Grimm had won re-election last November even under federal indictment, handily defeating another City Councilman, Domenic Recchia, the beneficiary of a significant investment by the national Democratic Party.

This time, the national Democrats largely stayed away, and local powerbrokers including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo did little more than offer perfunctory endorsements. And, for the second straight race, the Democrats picked a candidate from Brooklyn, who inherently faced an uphill climb in a district largely drawn from Staten Island.

Democratic officials have suggested they will mount a fiercer challenge in 2016, when a presidential election could bolster turnout. Grimm will be sentenced next month and could face more than two years in prison.

Also on the ballot in Tuesday's special election was a quirky race for the 43rd state Assembly District seat.

The district, in heavily Democratic Brooklyn, did not feature a candidate on the Democratic line since the candidate who was chosen by the local party didn't file the required paperwork on time. Instead, three Democrats ran on other party lines in an effort to represent Crown Heights and East Flatbush neighborhoods.

With 98 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results, Diana Richardson, who was on the Working Families line, had 50 percent of the vote, ahead of Shirley Patterson on the Independence Party line, Republican Menachem Raitport and Geoffrey Davis on the Love Yourself party line.

Democratic state Assemblyman Karim Camara left the position after he became the executive director of the governor's Office of Faith-Based Community Development.


Associated Press writer Eileen AJ Connelly contributed reporting.

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<![CDATA[JetBlue to Offer Flights From NYC to Cuba]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 20:53:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cuomo-JetBlue-Cuba.jpg

JetBlue has announced it will begin offering roundtrip flights to Cuba out of New York's Kennedy Airport each week.

The Queens-based airline becomes the first major carrier to announce a new flight to Cuba from New York since travel restrictions were recently eased. The flights will begin July 3. 

The flight to Havana will leave JFK at noon each Friday, with a scheduled landing time of 3:30 p.m. at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. A return flight each Friday departs Havana at 4:30 p.m. and lands in New York at 8 p.m. 

While operated by JetBlue, the flight is being offered by Cuba Travel Services, and travelers should make arrangements directly with the carrier service provider at cubatravelservices.com. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his recent trade mission to Cuba was aimed to developing new economic opportunities, and "JetBlue's exciting announcement today is proof that our approach is delivering results for New York businesses." 

Thet JetBlue charter flight to Cuba will be on an Airbus 150-seat A320.

<![CDATA[Mystery Lottery Winner Was Agent]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 17:21:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050115+Lotto+Ticket1.jpg

A mystery that appeared to involve an unfortunate lottery winner who walked away from a Southern California gas station with just $75 after handing over a $75,000 scratcher took a turn this week.

The man caught on store surveillance camera video that was circulated during the weekend was really an undercover lottery agent with a decoy ticket. The man handed over the card at about 4:15 p.m. on March 25 at a Chevron station in Palmdale as part of a compliance check.

The cashier who was working at that time claimed to have been unaware how much the ticket was worth and handed over just $75, the store's manager Shamsun Nahar Islam said. Islam claims they only realized the ticket was worth $75,000 after the undercover agent left.

She said she realized the mistake and contacted the California State Lottery.

Video and photos were circulated during the weekend in what Islam said was an attempt to identify the man, turning what was a regular compliance check into an unusual situation for lottery officials. On Monday, the agency identified the man in the video as a compliance investigator.

"This is an odd situation,"  Russ Lopez, a deputy director with the state lottery, told the Los Angeles Times. "We don't want the public looking for a winner that doesn't exist."

A lottery spokesman said it appears the store kept the decoy ticket for 40 days before contacting the lottery, though they did not try to cash the ticket. Investigators are still attempting to determine whether the clerk's actions were accidental or deliberate.

A receipt with a scanned lottery ticket's value is required to be provided to a winner, according to lottery rules. But no receipt was provided in this case, according to the Times.

Photo Credit: David Gregory/Palmdale Chevron Station]]>
<![CDATA[Victim Feared She Wouldn't Survive]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 21:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Trial-James-Holmes.jpg

A newlywed woman who was wounded in the Colorado theater massacre testified Tuesday that when the shooting began, she told her husband she loved him because she feared they wouldn't survive.

"I didn't know if it was the last time I would be able to do so," Denise Axelrod told the jury.

Axelrod testified in the sixth day of the trial of James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack.

Axelrod said she and her husband, Brandon, had just returned from their honeymoon when they went to the suburban Denver theater with a friend, Joshua Nowlan, to watch a Batman movie.

Brandon Axelrod suffered leg injuries when they dropped to the floor to hide from the gunfire. Nowlan also was shot.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys have acknowledged he was the shooter but say he has schizophrenia and didn't know right from wrong.

Prosecutors maintain Holmes was sane. They're seeking the death penalty.

On Monday, jurors watched a video of Holmes after the attack asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?"

The video shows detectives interviewing a dazed-sounding Holmes at police headquarters about two hours after the shooting.

The detectives don't answer Holmes directly about children but say, "We'll get to that." One of the 12 people killed was 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan.

Detective Chuck Mehl testified later that Holmes saw a sign for the Crimes Against Children Unit in police headquarters while he was being taken to the interview room, which might have prompted the question.

Some of Holmes' interview answers are odd. Asked if he needs anything, he says, "Oxygen." The detectives ask if he is having trouble breathing or wants a fan, but he says no.

When asked how to spell "Holmes," he answers, "Like Sherlock."

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<![CDATA[Matthew Charged With Capital Murder]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 19:52:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hannah-graham-jesse-matthew.jpg

The man charged in the abduction and killing of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is now charged with capital murder in the case.

If convicted, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. could now face the death penalty in the death of 18-year-old Graham, who went missing last fall following a night out with friends. Her remains were found five weeks later.

A prosecutor said new forensic evidence led to the additional capital murder charge and prosecutors will seek the death penalty if Matthew, 33, goes to trial.

Matthew was previously charged with first-degree murder, a charge which carries up to a life sentence. He is also charged with abduction with intent to defile and two counts of reckless driving for incidents that occurred early in the investigation.

His jury trial had been scheduled to begin June 29, but in March, an Albemarle County circuit judge granted a request to postpone the trial. Tuesday's hearing had initially been scheduled to set that new trial date.


Matthew was the last person seen with Graham, authorities say.

The second-year U.Va. student met friends for dinner at a restaurant on the night of Sept. 12, a Friday, before stopping by two off-campus parties. Officials said she left the second party alone, later texting a friend that she was lost.

Surveillance videos showed her walking unsteadily, and at some points running, past a pub and a gas station and then onto Charlottesville's downtown mall very early that Saturday. She was also shown with a man whom police say is Matthew. In the video, the man is shown wrapping his arm around Graham.

Matthew was also accused of buying her alcohol.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said police have no reason to believe the two knew each other before that night.

Over the days and weeks that followed Graham's disappearance, search teams fanned out over Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and authorities asked property owners to check their land.

Graham's remains were found in a rural area Oct. 18, 2014, just miles from where she was last seen.


At the time of Graham's disappearance, Matthew was an operating room patient technician at the University of Virginia Medical Center, according to the university.

He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg from 2000 to 2002, said officials from the school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. In October 2002, Matthew was accused of a sexual assault at Liberty, but charges were never filed, said Lynchburg's deputy commonwealth's attorney.

More recently, Matthew was a volunteer for a football team at a Christian school in Charlottesville. Officials said he underwent normal background and reference checks.

Online court records show Matthew was convicted of trespassing in 2010 but provided no details about the incident. Details also were unavailable for two other charges of assault and attempted grand larceny relating to a 2009 incident. Those charges were not prosecuted.

In late September 2014, Matthew was arrested on a beach in Galveston, Texas, and extradited to Virginia on a charge of abduction with intent to defile Graham. "Defile," in a legal context, means "sexually molest." Matthew was later charged with her murder.

LINKS TO 2005, 2009 CASES

Authorities say DNA evidence has also linked Matthew to a 2005 sexual assault and the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, whose remains were found in early 2010.

Matthew was already in custody in connection with the Graham case when he charged with attempted murder and sexual assault in the 2005 case. In that case, the 26-year-old victim was attacked while walking home from a grocery store in the city of Fairfax. She was dragged into a wooded area and sexually assaulted. Her attacker was interrupted by a passerby and then ran off.

Matthew pleaded not guilty in that case. His trial in Fairfax is scheduled to begin June 8.

Before Matthew was identified as a suspect, authorities said they had linked the 2005 Fairfax attack to the disappearance of Harrington, who went missing after attending a concert at U.Va. and getting separated from her friends.

Harrington had planned to find her own way home that night. Her remains were found in early 2010.

Authorities have said that DNA under a fingernail of the Fairfax victim provided a link to Matthew.

According to a search warrant obtained by NBC29, Charlottesville police found a "wooden tip from a cigar butt" inside Matthew's wallet; the document states that the DNA from that tip provides matches to both the Harrington case and the 2005 Fairfax case.

Matthew has not been charged in Harrington's death.

Her mother, Gil Harrington, was in court Tuesday afternoon to show support for the Graham family. Before entering the courthouse, she said she hoped for justice.


Graham was a second-year student at U.Va. and had graduated from West Potomac High School in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria.

She intended to pursue a career in global public health and wanted to help others, her parents said. They have said their hearts were broken that she would never get to pursue her dream.

On Oct. 24, 2014, Albemarle County authorities announced that the remains found on an abandoned property a week earlier belonged to Graham.

That day, her parents, John and Sue Graham, released a statement that read in part, "Put simply, Hannah lit up our lives, the lives of our family and the lives of her friends and others who knew her. Although we have lost our precious Hannah, the light she radiated can never be extinguished. We will hold it in our hearts forever and it will help sustain us as we face a painful future without her."

U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan also released a statement that day, saying Graham "brought immense energy and delight to her learning at the university, [where] she was a source of friendship and joy for so many people."

<![CDATA[Drug Policy Change for Mass. Town]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 12:05:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/heroin+needles+generic.jpg

Police in Gloucester, Massachusetts, are shifting their approach in how to battle the growing abuse of opioids and other substances in their community.

Beginning in June, addicts who surrender their drugs or drug paraphernalia and ask for help will not be charged, The Gloucester Police Department said.

"Instead we will walk them through the system toward detox and recovery," Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello said in a Facebook post annoucing the new policy. "We will assign them an 'angel' who will be their guide through the process. Not in hours or days, but on the spot."

Addicts will be offered treatment in partnership with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and Addison Gilbert Hospital.

“I’ve never arrested a tobacco addict, nor have I ever seen one turned down for help when they develop lung cancer, whether or not they have insurance,” Campanello said. “The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money. Petty reasons to lose a life.”

Nasal Narcan, an antidote for an opiate overdose, has also just been made available at local pharmacies without a prescription. Police have entered into an agreement with Conley's Drug Store and are working on one with CVS.

"We are poised to make revolutionary changes in the way we treat this disease," Campanello said.

Campanello will travel to Washington, D.C., on May 12 and 13 where he will meet with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Congressman Seth Moulton.

"I will bring the idea of how far Gloucester is willing to go to fight this disease and will ask them to hold federal agencies, insurance companies and businesses accountable for building a support system that can eradicate opiate addiction and provide long term, sustainable support to reduce recidivism," says Campanello.

Last year, more than 1,000 people died from overdoses of heroin and other opioids in Massachusetts, according to state health officials.

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<![CDATA[Road Raging Teen Targets Man, Tot]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 23:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/I-95+Road+Rage+Suspect+Will+Henderson+Composite.jpg

An angry teenager fired a blank shot at a man driving along Interstate 95 Monday night and not even the victim’s 2-year-old daughter being in the car stopped the rage, said Pennsylvania State Police.

State police put out a bulletin after the incident around 9 p.m. Monday along the southbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 40 in Bristol Township, Bucks County.

Philadelphia police later spotted a suspect matching the description of 18-year-old William Henderson of Philadelphia driving a silver 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis believed to be used in the incident in Northeast Philadelphia, state police said in a affidavit of probable cause.

It turned out that the gun state police said Henderson used in the road rage incident was actually a starter pistol with blank rounds.

Henderson told police that he fired the pistol at the 30-year-old man's car because he believed the man had cut him off.

The Northeast Philadelphia man told police he accidentally cut off Henderson's car while merging onto I-95 south from Route 413. Henderson then pulled up beside the man's car and fired a single shot out of the passenger window, according to the affidavit.

"He said that he immediately slowed down because he thought that he had been shot," reads the affidavit.

The 30-year-old driver and his young daughter weren’t hurt, said police.

A judge arraigned Henderson overnight on reckless endangerment, simple assault, harassment and weapons charges and sent Henderson to county jail after the teen was unable to post 10 percent of $10,000 bail, according to court records.

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<![CDATA[Girl Shoots Herself With Cop Gun]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 20:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gilroy7.jpg

A 13-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the leg on Monday with a police officer’s gun in Gilroy, California - the second time in three years that a child grabbed an officer’s gun in that town and fired it. In the 2012 case, the accident was deadly.

Sgt. Royce Heath said police and firefighters were called out to the home, owned by a Gilroy police officer, who is the girl's stepfather, about 3 p.m. There, they found the teen suffering from a non-life threatening, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. It was not his service weapon, Heath said.

She was taken to the hospital, Heath said, and was listed in stable condition. Her stepfather is taking his "normal days off," Heath said, and isn't scheduled to return to work until Friday. It has not yet been determined, Heath said, if he will be placed on any type of administrative leave. He would not state how many years the officer had been on the force.

The preliminary investigation revealed that she got the officer’s firearm and accidently discharged the weapon into her leg at the home in the 500 block of El Ceritto Way, Heath said.

Police did say there was an adult home at the time of the shooting.

In July 2012, Officer Brandon Orlando’s 3-year-old son, Preston,  grabbed his father’s gun and killed himself with his dad’s Glock 30, which he thought he had put in the lockbox under the bed, but had put in the top wicker draw of his nightstand before falling asleep. Two months later, prosecutors decided not to charge Orlando,  a nine-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department, with any crime.

He could have possibly faced a misdemeanor charge of improperly storing a gun at his Gilroy home because the law generally states that adults must lock up their weapons, keeping children out of harm's way.

Still, prosecutors in that case found that there was no criminal negligence, and that even though it may appear counter intuitive, a mitigating factor while applying the law is whether someone has attended firearm safety courses, which Orlando did in his role as a peace officer.

Gilroy police are looking into the matter involving the girl, and will forward the results of the investigation to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office for review.

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<![CDATA[Devon Still's Daughter Begins Stem Cell Transplant]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 18:34:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Devon-Still-daughter-463303576.jpg

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared a photo on Instagram of his daughter preparing for a stem cell transplant on Tuesday, the latest update on Leah's condition since she was diagnosed with cancer last June.

The 4-year-old's cancer has been in remission for over a month but, according to Still's post, Leah needs the stem cell transplant to beat off any cancerous cells that might still be hiding in her body.

In the Instagram photo, Leah, who turns five on Wednesday, is pictured sitting on a hospital bed in a pink dress with her fists raised in the air, ready for the latest round in her fight with the disease.

"It's a very serious, scary and long treatment but it is a step in the right direction," Still said of process, which can take four to six weeks. "I'm definitely nervous about this because of the unknown of how her body will react and all the risk that come with the procedure but as you can see Leah is ready and I will gain my strength through her like I have since the beginning. Please send up a prayer for her!"

On March 25, Still announced Leah's stage four neuroblastoma cancer was in remission. He has continued to post updates on Leah’s progress using the hashtags #LeahStrong and #BeatCancer.

In an Instagram post five days ago, Still said Leah was sad about spending her fifth birthday in the hospital at first but then told him, "That’s ok! Can we just have cake and balloons in my room?'”

Instead the football player surprised his daughter with a weekend trip to her favorite place, Disney World.

“Although her only wish was for cake and balloons I couldn't let my baby celebrate her bday like that,” he wrote in the post.

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