<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 13:30:25 -0400Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:30:25 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Killed Following Plane Crash Into Daycare Building in Fort Myers]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Captscasure.JPG

A plane carrying two people crashed into a building Saturday morning on the campus of an early education center in Fort Myers.

The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. directly across from the Metro Commerce Center along Metro Parkway at Chico's Early Education Center campus.

One person was killed and one person was injured in the crash, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

"There was no one inside the daycare center so we are very relieved about that," Victoria Moreland, Port Authority spokesperson, told WBBH.

The FAA released the following statement regarding the incident:

"A Piper PA-28 Aircraft with two people on board crashed during takeoff at Page Field today around 8 am. Check with local authorities for names and conditions of those involved. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident. The FAA will investigate."

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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 4 Injured in Fort Lauderdale Block Party Shooting]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:21:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic24.jpg

A shooting in Fort Lauderdale claimed the life of one person and left four others injured early Saturday morning, police say.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police Department spokesperson Tracy Figone, the shooting occurred at 2335 NW 16th Court around 1:15 a.m.

When officers arrived, they discovered that five people were shot. Four of the shooting victims were transported to Broward Health Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. One shooting victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators say all of the shooting victims were attending a large block party in the neighborhood when an unknown suspect or suspects starting shooting into the crowd of people. All shooting victims were males, ranging from 16 to 27 years old.

The deceased shooting victim was 22 years old. Detectives have not released the victim’s name.

Detectives are encouraging anyone who was at or near the incident to please contact police at 954-828-5534.

<![CDATA[Trump WH Has Taken Little Action to Stop Next Election Hack]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:31:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632915364.jpg

The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.

Former FBI Director James Comey recently told senators during Congressional testimony that Trump never asked him about how to stop a future Russian election cyberattack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who sits on the National Security Council, testified that he has not received a classified briefing on Russian election interference.

Dozens of state officials told NBC News they have received little direction from Washington about election security. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week he had never addressed the matter with Trump.

That apparent indifference, coupled with a failure to fill key federal agency jobs, has resulted in a government paralyzed by inaction when it comes to protecting the next election, experts and government officials told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Crews Search for Missing Diver Near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:29:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/NBC+6+breaking+news+template.jpg

Fire rescue crews are searching for a missing diver near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Saturday.

According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, search and rescue crews are in the water looking for a missing 50-year-old male at Copenhagen reef.

No further details have been made available; check back with NBC 6 for updates.

<![CDATA[Inmates Captured After Escaping Juvenile Detention Center]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/escaped+teens.jpg

The three teens who escaped from a Jacksonville juvenile detention center have been captured.

On Saturday morning, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted that 16-year-old Derek Browley, 16-year-old Luther Davis, and 15-year-old Justin Silva were found and captured.

The three teens escaped from from a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Jacksonville on Sunday night.

Police say they their escape was planned and they battered staff members, took keys, opened a secure door, and fled the facility.

Photo Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Suffers Infection After Plastic Surgery in Colombia]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/062317+South+Florida+Woman+Infection+Plastic+Surgery.jpg

A South Florida woman is warning others about the dangers of traveling abroad for cosmetic procedures after being hospitalized with a nasty bacterial infection from an operation in Colombia.

The woman, who didn't want to be identified but agreed to share her story with NBC 6, said she's a breast cancer survivor and was cleared by her doctor in the U.S. to have breast reconstruction surgery.

"Since I had implants prior to that -- that were done in Colombia, they told me they would not open me here and I would have to go over there," she said.

Pain followed the surgery, completed in the Colombian city of Cali, but it never went away.

"I thought I was in good hands," she said.

The woman is now recovering from a bacterial infection after being treated once in Colombia and again at a hospital in Tamarac when she returned. She spent more than a month in the hospital.

"The pain," she said "My left breast [burst] open from the infection."

She is one of nearly a dozen women, eight in New York and two in Connecticut, who have recently come down with infections from cosmetic surgeries in countries like Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

It has prompted officials up north to issue a health alert and warn against so-called "loop tourism" -- attractive to some because of hefty savings.

"Some of it is because they don't clean," the woman said "It's not well sanitized."

This woman said the surgery has forever changed her life.

"I have to live with the scars," she said. She now has a warning for other women.

"Don't do it," she said. "Just because it's less money, because...it's not worth it."

Officials say procedures abroad can not only be dangerous but leave women with little legal recourse for a malpractice claim.

<![CDATA['Stay Anonymous' Gun Buy Back in Miami Gardens]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:29:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/guns-GettyImages-168998106.jpg

Miami Gardens Police Department and community leaders are hosting a gun buy back event on Saturday.

As part of the "Stay Anonymous Gun Buy Back" program, Miami Gardens Police Department and city leaders are asking the community to drop off their guns.

The event is being held at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 21311 NW 34th Ave., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Anyone who turns in a gun will receive $100 in cash.

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<![CDATA[Basketball Star Dies of Cancer Day Before HS Graduation]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:22:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/basketball-corona.jpg

Hundreds mourned a rising basketball star who died of a rare form of cancer Thursday, a day before he was set to graduate from his Redondo Beach high school.

Ryse Williams, 18, played basketball at Redondo Union High School and was set to join the team in the fall at Loyola Marymount University, where he also received a full ride scholarship. He was supposed to go to orientation this weekend.

"He was a star, but he didn't act like it," his high school principal, Jens Brandt, told NBC4 at a vigil in Williams' hometown of Corona. "That was Ryse. He was an exceptional young man."

Williams started feeling sick weeks ago. He later found out he had stage four renal medullary carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the kidney. He died Thursday morning.

"He was stricken with an ugly, nasty cancer," his father, O'Brey Williams, said. "Once you're diagnosed with it, it's too late."

One of Williams' best friends drove five hours to grieve with the hundreds who at the candlelight vigil at the court where he grew up playing basketball.

"I'm just trying my hardest to stay as strong as I can," Elijah Nesbit said tearfully. "I know Ryse is looking down on us right now. I just want to say, 'I love you, man.'"

Redondo Union High School will honor Williams by playing his jersey on an empty chair at Friday's graduation ceremony.

"Right now, I'm looking out to all of you guys. I just can't help but be happy," said his sister, Sierra Williams, as she adressed the crowd Thursday. "He got to live 18 full years of a life of love from all of you."

Photo Credit: Courtesy Family]]>
<![CDATA[Family Rescued After Boat Sinks While Sailing From FTL]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:19:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/062317+Lake+Worth+Boat+Rescue.jpg

It was supposed to be a fun family boating trip for Matthew Esmacher and his two daughters from Virginia. They left Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning to get to Bimini. A graduation present for one of their daughters.

They didn’t make it very far. Just 20 minutes into their trip, one of the engines suddenly shut down. The family decided to turn around but then their second engine failed as well. They spoke to NBC 6 affiliate in West Palm Beach WPTV about the ordeal.

“We started to see water in the boat and that’s when I got nervous and we called in mayday,” Esmacher said.

Anne Spruit and her husband heard that call on their boat. When they got to the Esmachers, they were trying to help the family as quickly as possible.

“We tied the boat to our boat to tow it,” Spruit said. “Then we realized the boat was taking on water.”

The boat was sinking quickly.

“The stern began to go,” Spruit said. “The bow of course came up, they jumped off and were able to float on some of the cushions.”

Within 15 minutes, the boat had sunk.

“My daughters, I just screamed at them to get out of the boat,” Esmacher said.

One of the ropes on the boat had wrapped around Esmacher’s ankle and was starting to pull him down.

“It was extremely scary and I was thinking maybe this is it right here,” Esmacher said. “But God had a better plan in mind for me. I lost a shoe, but I was much happier to gain my life.”

Spruit said as they were helping the family out of the water one by one, they were worried the boat might tip and fall on them.

“For a minute we couldn’t see any people and it was frightening,” Spruit said.

Even scarier for the wife of Matthew Esmacher, who was on a different boat.

“For a moment she could only see two of us and thought one of our daughters had drowned,” Esmacher said.

Luckily everyone made it back to shore and although the Esmacher family is still in shock, they’re just grateful to be alive.

“It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Esmacher said.

Esmacher has been boating all his life and he said his family is already planning the next boating adventure.

“Next time we’ll need a bigger boat,” Esmacher said.

This story is courtesy of our news partner WPTV.

Photo Credit: WPTV]]>
<![CDATA[Panthers Select Owen Tippett in First Round of 2017 NHL Draf]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:25:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499435072.jpg

The Florida Panthers used their first-round pick to select Owen Tippett in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday.

Tippett had 75 points while playing right wing for Mississauga in 2016-17. The 18-year old brings some potential to the organization for Florida and the Panthers used their valuable tenth overall pick to get him.

For this draft, the National Hockey League is posting little known facts about each player chosen. While some other leagues such as the National Football League have more well known names drafted, the NHL players can be obscure to some at times. Tippett's bio has some intriguing points in it, that could point to the type of player he will be in the NHL.

Tippett's dream is to play at the highest level of hockey possible and he now should have that opportunity at some point. While it may take a little time for Tippett to skate on the ice in Sunrise in a regular season game, the day is likely to arrive.

The league also has a little bit of a scouting report for each player selected on Friday evening. For Tippett, his speed is the main focus on the report. Tippett is listed as not only the one of the best skaters in the draft, but is high on the shooter list as well. For a Florida team that lacked depth during 2016-17, this is a welcome and encouraging sign.

Florida's next selection is scheduled to be the 40th pick overall during the second round. The Panthers will also have selections during the third, fourth and fifth rounds.

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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Guard at Kendall Forever 21]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317+Forever+21+Pepper+Sprayed+Guard.jpg

Police released surveillance video Friday of a shoplifter pepper spraying a security guard at a Kendall shopping center.

Miami-Dade police are looking for the woman who attacked the security guard standing in front of the Forever 21 at the Palms at Town and County on June 17.

Footage shows the woman walking around the store with a bag filled with merchandise. She then runs toward the door, before pepper spraying the guard and bolting from the store. The suspect got away. 

The guard is seen covering his face and walks away. Paramedics were later seen coming into the store and covering their faces due to the fumes from the pepper spray. 

Miami-Dade detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Free Coding Camp For Low-Income Kids]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:25:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/coding+boot+camp.jpg

Walk into the Big Brothers, Big Sisters headquarters building in Miami and it looks like school never ended. Instead of hanging out at the beach, the park, or the mall, there’s a group of high school kids designing currency exchange apps. It’s all part of a computer coding boot camp, a six-week free program for low-income students. All they have to bring is effort and a willingness to learn.

“So we can close the economic divide,” said Arnie Gurnin of the Florida Vocational Institute. “The divide that exists for minorities and tech, and create a spark, a spark of interest so students can really understand the opportunities available to them.”

Partnering with CareerSource South Florida, an initiative called TechLaunch@FVI, part of the Florida Vocational Institute, is running computer programming camps for 400 students, spread out over several locations in Miami-Dade County.

“Initially, we had over 900 kids apply and the interest across the entire city has been amazing,” Gurnin said. “We know how quickly jobs are changing, everything is innovating around technology.”

Some of the kids in the camp are receiving their first-ever exposure to coding, and that’s one of the goals of the boot camp program, to simply expose the students to the field.

“It really opens a lot of doorways so we can, like experiment, it’s really cool,” said Eliseo Sierra, a rising junior at Coral Park High School.

In one week, students create their apps, giving them a taste of success which shows them they can do it, they can shoot for careers in the tech world.

“I’ve been kind of interested in technology so this is a good chance for me,” explained Paula Salazar, also a Coral Park High student.

By some estimates, there are one million tech jobs either available now or being created in the United States.

“I’m learning how to do more stuff than just making games, so if it doesn’t work with that I can still do something in technology,” said camper Esgar Philistin, a student at Turner Tech High School.

“Doing something in technology” doesn’t mean just a tech company like Google. Healthcare, logistics, tourism are just some of the industries in South Florida which need techies.

“Kids that are willing to give up those casual summer days to really learn about careers in tech and how they can participate in these future careers is gonna have a huge impact on our community in the near-term and as Miami continues to evolve into a tech center,” Gurnin said.

Next week, the students move on to working on cyber security, and at the end of the six week program, they can earn Microsoft certification. Instead of sunburns, the coding camp kids will go back to high school with confidence and possibly, a sense of career direction.

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<![CDATA[Man Pulled From Pool at Miramar Apartment Complex]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:44:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/062317+miramar+pool+drowning.jpg

A near-drowning was reported at a pool at an apartment complex in Miramar Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at the Solano at Miramar Apartments near Red Road and Miramar Boulevard. A man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, Miramar Fire Rescue said.

No other information was released.

<![CDATA[Multiple Arrests Made in Alleged Hialeah Stolen Car Friday]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/062317+hialeah+stolen+car.JPG

Five people were taken into custody early Friday morning after they were found in what police are saying was a stolen car in Hialeah.

Officers responded to the scene at Palm Avenue and East 46th Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. Two of those arrested were juviniles - including one with an open warrent in Broward County.

Three others, 30-year-old Alejandro Moncada along with 18-year-olds Luis Perez and Amanda Sherman, were arrested and charged with resisting arrest while Sherman was also charged with grand theft of a vehicle.

More details have not been released as the investigation continues.

<![CDATA[Video Released From SW Miami-Dade Home Invasion]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:56:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Video_Released_From_SW_Miami-Dade_Home_Invasion.jpg

Miami Dade Police are closer to finding the two men who ambushed a home and handcuffed the homeowners - all because it was caught on camera

Surveillance video shows two armed men breaking into the home last week posing as cops. Police identified one suspect as Usmael "Mylo" Carvajal

Carvajal and another unidentified man were seen breaking into the home on Southwest 159th street and 98th Avenue wearing vests and a police badge.

Police say three kids were inside the home sleeping at the time but luckily were not injured

“When the duo made it inside, they handcuffed the homeowners and forced them open their safe,” said MDPD Det. Argemis Colome.

The family of five has since repaired their front door - but neighbors are still shaken up from this break in and hope detectives find the two men responsible for stealing everyone's security

If you have any information on the case, call Miami Dade CrimeStoppers.

<![CDATA[Police Searches Drop in States That Legalized Marijuana]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic-pot-smoke-weed-marijuana-smoke.jpg

Traffic searches by highway patrols in Colorado and Washington dropped by nearly half after the two states legalized marijuana in 2012, NBC News reported.

In Colorado, the change occurred gradually, with searches dropping initially by 30 percent, and then flatting out to a more than 50-percent drop within a year.

In Washington, there was a drop of more than 50 percent in searches within three months of legalization. The search rate remained low thereafter. The 12 states in the Stanford study that did not pass marijuana decriminalization legislation during the period did not experience significant drops.

The drop in searches also reduced the racial disparities in the stops, according to a new analysis of police data, but not by much. Latino and Black Americans are still searched at higher rates than whites.

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<![CDATA[Person Found Shot at Oakland Park Gas Station]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:42:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062317+Oakland+Park+man+shot+at+gas+station.jpg

A person was found shot at a gas station in Oakland Park Friday afternoon.

Police responded to the Valero on the 2600 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard around 4 p.m.

A young male was found with a gun shot wound to the abdomen, Oakland Park Fire Rescue said. The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

Broward Sheriff's Office said the victim was not shot at the gas station, but detectives are not sure where the shooting occured. 

The victim was in movement when he was shot, officials said.

No other information was released.

<![CDATA[Mystery Bidder For Marlins Revealed, Bush Joins Romney Group]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:25:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317+Jorge+Mas+Jeb+Bush.jpg

The third mystery bidder vying to purchase the Miami Marlins has been revealed as prominent South Florida businessman Jorge Mas, the Miami Herald reports. Another source revealed that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Tagg Romney's group in a bid to buy the team, according to Bloomberg.

Mas, the chairman for MasTec, Inc -- a utility infrastructure company, is among the three groups trying to buy the team. The businessman is also a managing partner of a Private Equity Group and is the chairman of the Board of the Cuban American National Foundation.

A source told the Miami Herald Mas is willing to contribute at least $200 million and possibly more to purchase the Marlins.

Mas along with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and a second group including Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine are vying for ownership of the Marlins. However, it was revealed Thursday that no group has enough funds to meet the $1.3 billion asking price.

Jeter's group remained the front-runner and is still trying to find investors. Bush, initially teamed up with Jeter in the bid for the Marlins, but it was revealed Friday that he has now joined Romney's group, according to Bloomberg.

Bush pulled out of Jeter's group last month because it struggled to meet the asking price and Jeter demanded he control both baseball and business operations.

The former presidential candidate joins forces with Tagg Romney, who is Mitt Romney's oldest son. The partnership could threaten Jeter's efforts, Bloomberg reports. People with knowledge to the partnership to Bloomberg Romney and Wayne Rothbaum, an investment firm exec, will provide most of the cash, but Bush will boost their bid with his national profile.

<![CDATA[JetBlue Flight From NY Makes Emergency Landing in Charleston]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:40:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052015+jetblue+airways+generic.jpg

Nearly 100 passengers deplaned via emergency chutes after a Florida-bound JetBlue flight out of Westchester County Airport had to land suddenly in South Carolina following a report of smoke in the cockpit, officials said. 

No one was hurt when JetBlue flight 913 was evacuated upon landing at Charleston International Airport around 10:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials at the Charleston airport say about 97 passengers were aboard the plane, which had been headed to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Passengers were bused from the tarmac to the terminal and were to be accommodated on other flights. The FAA says its investigation is ongoing. 

JetBlue didn't immediately release a statement on the emergency landing. 

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<![CDATA[Marlins Activate Martin Prado from Disabled List]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488366074.jpg

The Miami Marlins activated third baseman Martín Prado from the 10-day disabled list on Friday.

Prado has been on the DL since May 7th, with a hamstring injury. The 3B has already had two stints on the disabled list this season and his absence has been noticeable. With Prado out of the lineup, Miami has used a combo of Derek Dietrich and Christian Colón at third base.

Dietrich will now slide back into a utility role off the bench, while Colón was designated for assignment. Colón may end up staying in the organization after a dissapointing stretch with Miami. The former Kansas City Royal prospect was given an opportunity, but only had five hits in 33 at-bats.

Prado's injury came at a tough time, as the veteran was riding a hot streak at the plate. Before landing on the DL, Prado collected nine hits in six games. The 3B is hitting .290 on the season, with a .315 on-base percentage. Prado also offers dependable defense at 3B on a daily basis.

While Prado was gone, Miami made some changes to the lineup. Giancarlo Stanton now hits second, a spot that Prado had occupied for most of this season. With Stanton's success in the two-hole, manager Don Mattingly may have a decision to make. It is possible that Mattingly will drop Prado to the latter half of the lineup and see how that configuration works.

The Marlins are close to having shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria return as well, though it is possible he is traded beforehand. JT Riddle has performed well in his opportunity at SS and there have been reports of a possible trade involving Hechavarria.

Miami will look to rebound from a loss, when it hosts the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Lobbyist Wounded in GOP Shooting Leaves Hospital; Scalise Leavse]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:40:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mika+Condition+Improves.jpg

The congressman who was shot and wounded at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week has been moved out of an intensive care unit, hospital officials say. 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is now listed in fair condition and continues to make progress.

Lobbyist Matt Mika has been released from the hospital Friday, according to his family. He was upgraded to good condition earlier in the day.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth paid Mika a visit on Thursday. A photo shows Mika smiling and holding up a Werth jersey, with Werth at his hospital bed.

U2 lead singer Bono met with members of Scalise's staff Wednesday and signed a card wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.

Mika is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement last week. Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and had previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

Photo Credit: George Washington University Hospital]]>
<![CDATA[Car Rolls Off Boat Ramp At Hollywood Marina ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062317_BOATRAMP.png

A car rolled off a boat ramp at the Hollywood Marina Friday, prompting divers and a tow company to arrive on scene.

The incident occurred at 700 Polk St. No further information was immediately available. 

Check back for more updates on this breaking news story. 

Photo Credit: Chopper 6]]>
<![CDATA[More Americans Believe Comey Over Trump: Poll]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:06:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/james-comey-donald-trump-hearing.jpg

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump in regard to their differing accounts of the events that led up to Comey’s firing, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-five percent of respondents say they are more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the U.S. Senate, versus 22 percent who are more likely to believe what Trump has said, NBC News reported.

Eight percent of respondents said they believe both Trump and Comey, while 21 percent responded that they believe neither of them.

By party, 76 percent of Democrats side with Comey, while 50 percent of Republicans believe Trump. Independents break for Comey over Trump, 47 percent to 17 percent.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[Popular Miami Chef Airlifted to Hospital After Explosion]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:28:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Chef-Ralph-Pagano_2.jpg

A popular South Florida chef was air lifted back to a Miami hospital after an explosion inside his new restaurant in the Bahamas.

Ralph Pagano was in Bimini to open the newest branch of his Naked Taco restaurant inside the Resorts World complex when an explosion occurred, his wife Buffy told NBC 6. 

"I got the phone call yesterday afternoon that there was an explosion in Bimini. I know that I kissed him goodbye yesterday to go to Bimini with all of his skin on and I expected that he come home with all of his skin but apparently there was an explosion and that's all I know," Buffy explained.

Pagano pushed a cook out of the way following an explosion around 3 p.m. Thursday inside the kitchen, suffering third degree burns to over 40 percent of his body – mainly his arms and legs, his wife said.

"He's got third-degree burns over most of his body and that's all we really know right now it's gonna be a long road to recovery for him definitely," Buffy noted. "He's breathing, he's talking he's doing as well as can be expected."

Pagano was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his condition is unknown. A source to the Miami New Times the chef was given the okay to turn on gas burners inside the kitchen when the explosion occurred.

His wife is trying to stay positive throughout the recovery. She said her husband's sense of humor is helping them get through this ordeal.

"If you know my husband he's always in good spirits. He's always cracking jokes, you know so he's the best he can. He's a little doped up right now but he's not angry or anything," said Buffy.

Paul Castronovo, the morning host on Big 105.9, was one of the first to tweet the news of his friend who regularly appears on his show.

The Resorts World Bimini released a statement regarding the incident:

“While overseeing the construction of a new Naked Taco restaurant at Resorts World Bimini, Ralph Pagano was seriously injured in an accidental gas fire. No guests or other staff were injured in the incident. The company is fully cooperating with local fire officials and thoroughly investigating the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Pagano and his family.”


Pagano has become one of the most well-known chefs from South Florida, opening up locations under his “Naked” brand from Miami Beach to the campus of the University of Miami.

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<![CDATA[One Firefighter Injured in Hallandale Building Blaze]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/062317hallandalefire.jpg

One firefighter suffered a non-life threatening injury while putting out a fire that burned for about 80 minutes at a commercial and residential building in Hallandale on Friday, officials said. Two others were evaluated on the scene and then released.

The Red Cross relocated three adults from the home, officials said.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the fire near Foster Street and 5th Avenue. Chopper 6 flew over the scene, where black smoke can be seen coming from the building.

<![CDATA[Authorities Searching For Dog Statue Thief In Oakland Park ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:47:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062317_DOGTHIEF.jpg

Authorities in Oakland Park are searching for a man who stole a $800 statue of a dog from a local antique shop.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office released surveillance footage of the suspect, who was seen driving a dark Ford Ranger with chrome rails to the Decorative Arts & Fine Antiques store at 3263 N. Dixie Highway on June 10. The suspect hit the same store just a few days later, stealing a $600 statue of a lion and a 5-foot wall planter on June 12.

Authorities believe the suspect is involved with similar burglaries that have occurred on North Dixie Highway in the past couple of weeks. He is 5-foot-8, weighs 180 pounds and has short hair. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Any tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for an award of up to $3,000. 

<![CDATA[BSO Deputy Donates $20 To Man Searching Trash For Food ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:43:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/062317shriffdonation.jpg

A man who told police he was walking to Winn-Dixie to search for food in the trash received cash from a Broward Sheriff’s deputy Friday morning, officials said.

The agency posted a photo on their Facebook page of the encounter between Captain Schnakenberg and the unidentified man:

The post went on to say that once Schnakenberg learned of the man's plans, he gave the man $20 to use inside the store. The man was also “offered services to help with his circumstances,” BSO said.

Photo Credit: Facebook / Broward Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg

Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians.

NBC News reported that pediatrician, cancer specialist, cardiologist and family doctor groups were denouncing the Senate version of the bill within hours of its release Thursday.

"The Senate draft health care bill is literally heartless," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Among the reasons so many medical professionals oppose the changes Republicans have proposed to the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is that it reduces funding for Medicaid, the state-federal health plan that covers many low-income, disabled and pregnant people, as well as a large portion of American children.

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<![CDATA[Cop Urges Judge to Keep Key West DUI Suspect in Jail]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:59:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cop_Urges_Judge_to_Keep_Key_West_DUI_Suspect_in_Jail.jpg

The surviving Delray Beach officer traveled back to speak in court against the woman charged with killing her fellow cop and friend.