<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:50 -0400 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:50 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dad Arrested After Child Thrown From Car: BSO]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:11:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082114+roland+delancy.jpg

A Miami man is facing child neglect charges after his small child was thrown from a car in Hallandale Beach, authorities said.

Roland Delancy, 25, is also facing a resisting arrest without violence charge in the Wednesday afternoon incident, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Delancy was ordered held on $1,000 during a bond court appearance Thursday. It's unknown whether he has an attorney.

According to the report, Delancy and his girlfriend were driving eastbound in the 4200 block of Hallandale Beach Boulevard when they got into a verbal altercation.

Delancy, who had the child sitting on his lap without a safety belt, wanted to make a call so he grabbed the phone from his girlfriend's hand, causing her to swerve, the report said.

As the car slowed down, Delancy intentionally jumped from the car, causing the child to fall onto the roadway in the middle of traffic, the report said.

Delancy ran from the scene and the girlfriend picked up the child, who apparently wasn't badly injured, and drove away, the report said. A witness called police and gave a description of the car, which was found a short time later.

Deputies were able to find Delancy, who braced his arms and yelled at officers before he was taken into custody, the report said.



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<![CDATA[Assistant Principal Stabbed Trying to Break Up Fight]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:19:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape.jpg

A female assistant principal at a Palm Beach County school was stabbed in the wrist while trying to break up a fight off campus, officials said.

The stabbing happened after the woman, who was working outside of Royal Palm Beach High School, saw a group of students fighting and tried to intervene, WPTV reported.

As she tried to break up the fight, the unidentified woman was stabbed, suffering minor injuries. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing, and there was no word on any arrests.



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<![CDATA[Death of Connecticut Baby Left in Hot Car Ruled a Homicide]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:48:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ben+seitz+ridgefield.jpg

The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on July 7 has been ruled a homicide.

Benjamin Seitz died of hyperthermia due to environmental exposure, the medical examiner has determined. Detectives are in the process of meeting with officials from the state's attorney's office.

Police said the child's father, Kyle Seitz, was supposed to drop the little boy off at daycare but instead drove to his workplace, Owl Computing Technologies, at 38A Grove Street in Ridgefield, with the baby still in the car.

According to investigators, Kyle Seitz parked his vehicle at work with Benjamin still inside and left him there for "an extended period of time," on a day when temperatures in the area reached 88 degrees.

Lindsay Rogers-Seitz, Benjamin's mother, said her husband went to the daycare to pick up Ben. When he learned his son wasn't there, he asked the staff if his wife had picked him up earlier in the day.

He was told she had not, and so he went back to his car, found Ben then rushed him to Danbury Hospital, Rogers-Seitz said.

As she deals with the grief of losing her son, Lindsay Rogers-Seitz said she forgives her husband for leaving their son in the car and has decided to channel her grief into activism.

The couple is spreading the word about hyperthermia in children and Rogers-Seitz started a blog, The Gift of Ben, to raise awareness of heatstroke in children and help others avoid the tragedy she suffered.

According to the NHTSA, hyperthermia is the leading cause of non-crash-related death in children under the age of 15. 

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Car in Northeast Miami-Dade]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:38:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082114+man+shot+in+car+miami-dade.jpg

A man was shot in the head after a car full of people were ambushed by gunmen in a K-Mart parking lot in northeast Miami-Dade early Thursday.

The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the store at Northeast 12th Avenue and 109th Street.

Police said two men and three women were in the car at the time of the shooting.

The driver reportedly tried to drive away as the gunmen opened fire, but the car struck a tree. The injured driver and his friend ran a block away and were knocking on doors asking for help, police said.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where his condition was unknown.

Miami-Dade Police are investigating the incident.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[Pines Police Giving Stray Dogs a Hand]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pinesdog1.jpg

Pembroke Pines Police help make many reunions possible, but one this past weekend showed off a new side of the police department as they try to help out man’s best friend.

Six months ago, Tammy Moses’ German shepherd mix named Gypsy was stolen from her home in Bell, Florida, near Gainesville. The theft came at an especially tough time for Moses’ family.

“We had just lost the children’s father in November and it was extremely hard,” Moses said.

Then last Thursday, Gypsy was found wandering the streets in Pembroke Pines. A Pines police officer spotted the dog and brought it back to the police department’s animal assistance program. It’s a temporary shelter for dogs often found by officers on their beats. The area for the dogs used to be a picnic area.

“We’ve made the best use we can out of this area for employees,” said Pembroke Pines Police Captain Al Xiques. “It’s now gone to the dogs.”

The program is partnered between Pines Police and the non-profit “Pooches in Pines” which takes in the animals after they’ve run out of time at the department. Space at the department only allows for five dogs at a time for five days.

Still, since 2011, volunteers with the Pembroke Pines Police Department have been able to help 500 dogs find their owners or new homes. Police volunteers help out by walking and feeding the dogs during their breaks.

“I volunteer because I love this program,” said Tracy Calvino. “I would hope if my dog got lost, someone would bring it back to me.”

Even as NBC 6 was at the facility learning more about the program, another dog, appropriately named “Lucky” went home after a few hours after his tag led volunteers to his rightful owner.

And soon, police hope a new kennel will be put in for the department’s program. The program will be relying on donations form the community to make the upgrades possible. The upgrades will be for the program that for Tammy Moses has given her a new life with an old friend.

“To just reach out and do what they did for me and my family; it’s just amazing,” Tammy said. “I will forever be indebted to them. They are my angels.”

One more note on Tammy's story, Gypsy was reunited with her owners when Detective Dean Soubasis drove the pooch half-way to Bell, Florida on his day off to make the reunion happen.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[South Florida Doctor Heads to Nigeria to Treat Ebola Patients]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:50:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dr+aileen+marty.jpg

A Miami doctor is on her way to Nigeria to help infected patients fight the Ebola virus.

Dr. Aileen Marty, who teaches at Florida International University's Wertheim College of Medicine, left Miami Thursday to work with the World Health Organization's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

Marty will treat patients infected with the virus, along with participate on a team focused on threat analysis and risk assessment.

The FIU doctor has more than 30 years of medical experience, including 25 years in which she served as a Navy doctor and traveled 50 countries, treating diseases like leprosy, dengue, malaria and Ebola.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[OC May Keep New Pools Empty]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:49:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/swimming+pool+-+orange+county.PNG

Some Orange County pool owners may not be able to fill their pools if a strict water-saving ordinance goes into effect in response to California's drought concerns.

Officials estimate it takes 20,000 gallons of water to reach the top of most swimming pools. The ban would prevent new pools from being filled, refilled or even topped off if they drop a foot of water.

"The major concern is that we don’t know if we’re in the third year of a drought, or we’re in the third year of a 10-year drought,” Santa Margarita Water District official Daniel Ferons said. “And so we do have to really plan ahead what is efficient use of water.”

The ban on water for new pools applies to the city of Rancho Santa Margarita and other cities served by that water district. The new ordinance is considered one of the strictest in the state.

Pool builder Cecil Fraser builds about 100 pools a year. In some ways, pools are no more of a water guzzler than a backyard sprinkler, he said, adding that if pools are covered most of the surface evaporation is eliminated.

"I'm saying that the water loss is half what it was with grass and that half, we can solve that problem…by covering," Fraser said.

The district has 56,000 water connections in Orange County, including community pools. District officials said that about four feet of water disappears annually from both pools and lawns.

Some pool builders are concerned that the cost on conservation could run into the millions if jobs are lost and supplies aren’t needed.

"I think it’s responsible for us to look at all these issues and figure out a smart solution," John Shippy of Geoscape Landscape said.

Pool builders and homeowners who hope to change the ordinance are expected to be in attendance at a district meeting Friday morning.

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<![CDATA["We Believe We Can Police Ourselves": Armed Group Kicks Off Dallas Patrols]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:29:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/self+defense.jpg

A new group calling itself the Huey P. Newton Gun Club launched armed self-defense patrols Wednesday with one stated purpose: to protect Dallas neighbors from police.

Group leader Charles Goodson said recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown by a white police officer is only part of the reason for the new Dallas patrols.

The group is named after Huey P. Newton, a founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s who was killed by a rival militant in 1989.

"We don't think that what happened to Michael Brown in St. Louis is an isolated incident. We have so many Michael Browns here in the city of Dallas," Goodson said.

Another leader, Huby Freeman, said the group wants to educate neighbors about the right to bear arms and the need for it.

"We believe we can police ourselves and bring security to our community, ridding our community of black-on-black crime, violence, police terror, etc., etc.," Freeman said.

Freeman and more than two dozen other people, many carrying rifles, marched Wednesday afternoon along Martin Luther King Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard, streets named for civil rights leaders.

David Harrison, whose mentally disabled brother was killed by Dallas police two months ago, attended the march in support. Harrison said an autopsy showed his brother was shot six times, twice in the back.

"When you have to plant your loved ones, it's rough. And it's forever," Harrison said.

At one point, the march went to Elaine's Restaurant on Martin Luther King Boulevard, where demonstrators piled rifles on tables as they ordered cold drinks and food.

A Dallas police lieutenant and deputy chief were eating lunch in the restaurant at the time. They politely spoke to the demonstrators as they paid their bills.

Owner Elaine Campbell said police officers look out for her and she is not worried about them.

"No, I'm here over 25 years and I'm not afraid of them," she said.

Campbell also welcomed the extra business from the armed demonstrators.

"I just happen to go with the flow and don't let them bother me," she said.

Watching the march go by on Malcolm X Boulevard, tire store owner George Rogers said he was not ready to join.

"If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have to worry about the police," he said. "As long as you're abiding by the law, I think you're all right."

Huey P. Newton Gun Club organizers hope neighbors will take up arms and join future patrols.

"We think we can lead by example, so hopefully they will see that they have the ability to do this and they will exercise this pertaining to the issues that we're dealing with in this city," Goodson said.

In response to a request to Dallas police for comment about the Huey P. Newton Gun Club patrols, Chief David Brown issued a statement saying, "the Dallas Police Department supports the constitutional rights of all."



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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Leads to Search at Pembroke Pines School]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:44:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082114+silver+trail+middle+school+threat.jpg

Authorities searched a Pembroke Pines school Thursday morning after a teacher received an email threat including the words "blowing up the school," officials said.

The threat was received by a teacher at Silver Trail Middle School at 18300 Sheridan Street Wednesday night from an unknown source, Pembroke Pines Police said.

The email was identical to one sent earlier in the year and to the same recipient, police said. That incident, which happened in April, also led to a search.

As a precautionary measure, the school was searched early Thursday and nothing suspicious was found. Students were requested to not bring a book bag or backpack to school Thursday, officials said.

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



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<![CDATA[Low Pressure Area Could Become Tropical Depression]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:06:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082114+low+pressure+area.jpg

An area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next couple days, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday.

The area was about 300 miles east of the Windward Islands and was expected to move west-northwest at 10-15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The mountainous terrain of eastern Cuba and Hispaniola could limit development but the chance for formation increases to 70 percent over the next five days, the NHC said.

It's unknown whether South Florida could feel any effects from the system, which is forecast to move near or over the Bahamas early next week.

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low Thursday afternoon, if necessary.



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<![CDATA[White House Petition for Miami Man in ISIS Video]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/white-house-generic-722.jpg

A new White House petition is demanding the president take action to help a freelance journalist from Miami believed to have been captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

The petition asks President Barack Obama to "do everything possible" to save the life of Steven Sotloff, who is believed to have been kidnapped in 2013.

Sotloff is featured in a video released Tuesday that shows the beheading of a man believed to be freelance journalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped while reporting in Syria two years ago.

The video shows an apparent ISIS militant standing next to a man identified as Sotloff, saying he will suffer the same fate as Foley if Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq.

On Wednesday, the National Security Council said the video showing Foley and Sotloff is authentic.

"The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff," NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic. We will continue to provide updates as they are available."
 
Sotloff, 31, grew up in Miami and had most recently lived in Pinecrest. NBC 6 has been unable to contact Sotloff's family.

"I met with the Sotloff family in Miami and have spoken to them over the phone while in DC regarding their son Steven’s situation," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement Wednesday. "My office has contacted the relevant agencies, departments and even organizations with connections on the ground in Syria to try to get answers for the Sotloff family. This is a tragic situation and we have seen that ISIL has no respect for human life."

 

Sen. Bill Nelson also released the following statement Wednesday:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the murdered journalist and those still held captive, including a reporter who grew up in my state,” Nelson said in a release. “The inhumane and brutal nature of this crime shows just how barbaric this group really is. Those who committed this atrocity must and will be brought to justice."

Sotloff's Twitter profile shows his last tweet was more than a year ago, on Aug. 3, 2013, about the Miami Heat. A few days before that, he tweeted that he had been in the city of Antakya, near the Turkish border.

"Stand-up philosopher from Miami. Currently in Libya. I've been published in TIME, National Interest, FP, CSM, The Diplomat, LWJ, & more," the Twitter profile reads.

Sotloff had attended the University of Central Florida, where he majored in journalism. UCF spokeswoman Zenaida Kotala told NBC 6 that records showed Sotloff attended the school from Fall 2002 to Fall 2004, but the school has no record of him earning a degree.

"This is an unspeakably terrible circumstance. We join so many others who hope for Steven's safe return," UCF spokesman Grant Heston said in a statement Wednesday.

Josh Polsky shared a dorm suite with Sotloff at UCF. Polsky said that even years later, and under difficult circumstances, Steve has helped bring his group of friends from school back together.

“We all have talked on the social media network and the phone,” Polsky said. “Everyone is in a different field and different professions at this point, but we’ve all kind of come together for the first time in quite a while because of personal tragedy and our connection to Steve.”

Another friend of Sotloff’s, Anat Benarie, said everyone is continuing to hold out hope for his friend to come back home.

“But, it is scary to think about what the potential outcome could be,” Benarie said. “Everybody wants to have hope. That’s the only thing you can really hold onto, right.”

That hope is unifying the friends again with Polsky saying they admire Steve for choosing to work in war torn areas.

“He went out there to find himself in his profession,” Polsky said. “He was doing what he believed in and really looking to help the world and report back as a freelance journalist.”



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<![CDATA[Florida Prison Chief Announces Changes]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:16:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mikecrewsprisons.jpg

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced major changes to the agency’s handling of mentally ill inmates across the state.

Among the changes are: expanded training for officers to deal with emergencies; specific centers where inmates can get specialized counseling for life after incarceration; and a pilot program with the Department of Children and Families to bring in their expertise as well.

“We must act now, with a sense of urgency,” Crews said. “Over the last several weeks and months, we have seen stories and reports where we have fallen short in specific instances with regards to leadership, safety, security, training and services for our mentally ill inmates.”

Crews continued, “We are working diligently to fix the problems we have already identified. As we identify new issues, we will work diligently to fix those as well.”

One of the issues that prompted the changes to the department was the death of developmentally disabled inmate Darren Rainey at a south Dade prison. Rainey, according to the Miami Herald, was allegedly locked in a “brutally hot shower” by guards and left in there until he collapsed and died.

The corrections department launched an investigation into what happened to Rainey, including the allegations of the scalding shower. The head of the prison where Rainey died was initially placed on administrative leave, but later fired. Two correctional officers involved with the Gaines case have resigned.

At least one community group has asked for the Department of Justice to investigate what happened to Rainey.

Crews said the allegations from the system have spurred him to travel from jail to jail to meet with inmates across the state.

“Our department should be held to the highest standard and I have zero tolerance for anything less,” Crews said Wednesday.

Some of the training that Crews announced has already started with more than 600 officers already going through it.



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<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Humid With Isolated Storms Thursday]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:47:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082114+weather+miami.jpg

Another humid day is ahead Thursday with a chance for isolated storms popping up in the afternoon.

The morning could see a few passing showers as temperatures start out in the low 80s and quickly reach the 90s.

Drier air will move in Friday as storm chances stick around through the weekend.


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<![CDATA[Two M-D School Districts Underperforming: Study]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_empty_classroom_0127.jpg

A new study from the National Council on Teacher Equity of the nine Miami-Dade Public School Districts says two are providing the least experienced and least effective teachers.

“It’s a hard, hard job,” said Nancy Waymack of the National Council on Teacher Equity. “They’re not coming and going because it’s an easy place to be. So certainly teachers in those schools need support and they need to know they’re gonna have that support.”

The districts in question are District One and Two. Both have more African-American students and more low-income students than anywhere else in the county. The study said as a result, students are being shortchanged a quality education at Carol City, Norland Senior, North Miami, Central, Edison, Jackson, Northwestern, and Booker T. Washington High Schools.

The study also said teachers in Districts One and Two also have a higher turnover and are absent more.

“They often also have the youngest teachers, the least experienced teachers, those that are out of the classroom,” Waymack said.

Miami-Dade County Public School administrators said they identified the inequities years ago and started making changes to correct it.

“Since that time, we’ve already understood and recognized the need to increase our teacher retention rates in particular at our most fragile schools and we’ve seen a dramatic increase with the teachers that are staying,” said Pablo Ortiz of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The president of the Miami-Dade teachers union also said that during the first week of the new school year, the focus should be only on that.

“I think our teachers are working really, really hard, be they novice teachers or experienced teachers. It takes a combination of everybody to make this school,” said Frederick Ingram of the United Teachers of Dade.



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<![CDATA[More Charges in Videotaped Beating of Autistic Teen]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:49:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs12.jpg

An 18-year-old man police say beat up a 16-year-old boy with autism in a brutal attack captured on video will not be charged with a hate crime but does face tougher new charges, according to WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Andrew Wheeler, 18, is accused of choking the teen unconscious at a house party earlier this month, beating him until he regained consciousness, threatening him with a knife and dragging him by his hair.

Wheeler now faces a new charge of aggravated child abuse, in addition to the child abuse charge he already faced, the Okeechobee County State Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Evadean Dailey, the woman police say hosted the party, has also been rearrested on three more child abuse charges, after having earlier been arrested on charges concerning the party.

She now faces charges of aggravated child abuse, child abuse and child neglect, in addition to the earlier charges of hosting an open house party and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

It's unknown if either have an attorney.

Police said the victim was at the party on August 8 when he was told to go outside to fight someone. When he refused, Wheeler was called over and began to beat him, the victim told police.

The victim told police Wheeler followed him outside, choked him until he lost consciousness and kept hitting him until he woke up. Wheeler then held a small knife to the victim's throat and ordered him to leave, the report said.

Video of the beating posted to Facebook that and shows a person police have identified as Wheeler punching and kneeing the victim, then dragging him across the floor by his hair. The victim, crying throughout the video, holds up his arms to cover his head.

Police found the victim after midnight lying in the street on Southwest 6th Street. He said he had been battered and forced to walk to that location. Police said he appeared intoxicated, was complaining of chest pains and had vomited on the street.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a concussion, a sprained neck and bruises on his face and scalp, the police report said.

Wheeler, meanwhile, told police he had received a call from someone at the party saying there was a drunk person in her house who wouldn't leave. Wheeler said he went inside the house to help the teen before stepping outside to take a phone call. Wheeler said that when he went back inside, the teen was punching and pushing someone else.

Wheeler told police that when he tried to take the teen outside, the teen tried to hit Wheeler but missed. Wheeler told police that he lost his temper and struck back at the teen.

Wheeler’s bond was set at $100,000, while Dailey’s bond is $200,000. Prosecutors said more arrests are pending in the case.



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<![CDATA[Twitter Cheers Mo'ne Davis at LLWS]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP35427040879.jpg

Some hard-hitting Las Vegas batters may have gotten the better of Philadelphia's Taney Dragons at the Little League World Series on Wednesday, but Taney fans' confidence in their team, led by pitching phenom Mo'ne Davis, didn't flag on Twitter.

Taney lost to their Nevadan rivals 8-1, despite plenty of impressive plays — including a hit from Mo'ne in the fourth inning that helped give the Dragons their first run of the game, and an impressive sliding catch by Zion Spearman. Fortunately Taney isn't out yet. They play Chicago Thursday night for a shot at the U.S. Final.

Wednesday night, supporters from their hometown and far beyond took to Twitter to cheer on Taney with the hashtag #BelieveInDragons.

Before the game, Philly's big-league, grown-up teams had offered their support, too:

 So did state-wide leaders:

 One fan had a helpful reminder to over-eager fans, though, that they're just kids, after all:



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<![CDATA[Officer Who Beat Woman Disciplined]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:16:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chp-officer-hitting-woman-10-freeway-video-youtube.jpg

The California Highway Patrol officer seen in a widely distributed video punching a woman on the side of a Southern California freeway last month was relieved of duty and sent home with pay while prosecutors weigh possible criminal charges, officials said Wednesday.

Officials have stripped CHP Officer Daniel Andrew of his badge and gun, effective immediately, CHP officials said.

He has been moved from desk duty to paid time off while prosecutors review his case, said CHP Sgt. Melissa Hammond, a department spokeswoman.

CHP officials forwarded the results of a criminal investigation to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office outlining what they said were "potentially serious charges for the officer."

Civil rights activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson believes the decision to relieve Andrew from duty was a partial victory.

"The officer should be fired. And the officer should be prosecuted. One without the other is not justice," Hutchinson said.

Andrew repeatedly punched Marlene Pinnock on July 1 on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway on-ramp in Los Angeles. She was hospitalized for several weeks. She was treated for head injuries and continues to have slurred speech, according to her attorney, Caree Harper.

Pinnock's attorney, Caree Harper, said Wednesday it was about time.

"Finally," she said. "This is something that could have occurred the first week of July. There was a felonious battery that occurred with videotaped evidence. There's not much investigation that needs to be done to show that someone was rendered defenseless and this officer went beyond attempting to detain her."

In an interview after the attack, Pinnock, 51, said she feared for her life.

"He was trying to kill me," she said. "He was trying to beat me to death. He wouldn’t stop."

Pinnock filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last month. She believes Andrew should face charges.

"It does bother me cause if it had been me, I would have been charged. I would have gone to jail had it been the other way around," Pinnock said.

An investigation was launched by the CHP and the District Attorney’s Office to prepare a "thorough assessment" of what occurred that evening.

An NBC4 I-Team investigation revealed details on how the confrontation went down. According to CHP service logs, the first call to 911 came in around 7:11 p.m. According to the logs, Pinnock was on the freeway for at least 29 minutes.

"Everyone asks 'why was she on the freeway?' Why the hell did he kick her ass? Someone ask him 'why did you kick Marlene Pinnock's ass,'" Harper said.

The District Attorney’s Office will review the investigation and decide on the filing of criminal charges against Andrew, the CHP said.

District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison confirmed the office received the case, but declined further comment.

Separately, the CHP will also complete an ongoing internal administrative investigation into incident.

"The CHP understands the public’s interest in this case, and it is our desire to be as transparent as possible while adhering to the laws and due process that govern any investigation," Hammond said in a statement. "We value the public’s trust and appreciate the community’s patience as we complete this important process."

Patrick Healy and Beverly White contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Special Ed Kids Had to Sort Trash]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:49:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Trash-Bins-Hansen.jpg

Parents of special education students in a Southern California city say they were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.

The Press-Enterprise reported Wednesday that Jurupa Unified Superintendent Elliot Duchon apologized to humiliated students and suspended the activity.

The apology came at a heated school board meeting Monday night. Parents sounded off over the program at Patriot High School that had special education students sort through campus trash bins for recyclables.

Duchon says the program aims to teach special education students general life skills like budgeting and purchasing groceries.

Parent Carmen Wells complained after learning her autistic son was digging through trash on his first day as a high school freshman.
 



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<![CDATA[Broward School Repairs Hinge on Bond Vote]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nehighschoolbroward.jpg

Broward County voters will decide in November whether to approve an $800 million bond issue earmarked for public school renovations and technology upgrades. It would cost each homeowner about $50 dollars a year, which the superintendent says is a wise investment in the county’s future.

“Our entire community depends on this, property values, our quality of life, all connect very intimately with the quality of our schools, this is an investment in our kids,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

NBC 6’s Ari Odzer took a tour of what might be the poster-child school to showcase how badly some schools have deteriorated.

“What you’re seeing is a day when it rains here at Northeast High School, and this wasn’t even one of the heavier rains, this is just a day that it rained,” said Principal Jonathan Williams, showing a video his staff made.

When it rains, it pours at Northeast High School in Oakland Park. Administrators shot the video last Friday that shows hallways flooded five inches deep, and rain dripping onto the basketball court, which isn’t surprising since the home of the Hurricanes has been covered by a tarp since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

“I can’t imagine it being much worse. I think my frustration with it is public education is supposed to be the great equalizer,” said Williams.

Northeast has 1,800 students using a building which Williams says should’ve been torn down and replaced years ago.

“I don’t think the children should have to come to school and worry about the condition of the facility. They should be able to just concentrate on learning,” the veteran educator said.

The roof leaks in dozens of places, the floors are warping, there’s exposed wiring, some days there’s no air conditioning, the locker room doesn’t have air conditioning at all. The place is a mess.

“It’s frustrating and the children deserve better,” Williams says. “We spend so much time on these other issues, facilities issues, that it takes away from what should be going on in the classrooms.”

They’re using outdated, eight-year-old computers, and only 10 classrooms have smartboards. Williams says Northeast is a perfect example of why voters should pass the school bond issue.

But despite the condition of Northeast High, and dozens more in similar shape, it won’t be enough to persuade some voters because the Broward School District has a history of wasting money on construction projects. In 2011, under the previous administration, two school board members went to jail for corruption involving the building of new schools.

“We’ve made a tremendous amount of reforms to ensure that when we get these dollars, we’re gonna execute them well,” Runcie said, pointing out that if the bond issue is passed, a civilian oversight board will be appointed to keep an eye on where the money is spent.

Runcie also promises complete transparency, saying the public will be able to see exactly where every dollar is going. Williams said it’s time to get over the past and invest in our kids.

“We’re inheriting a bad situation, but that doesn’t change the fact that children need to be educated. It doesn’t change the fact that investing, or making a decision that dollars should be spent on children will definitely have a positive impact on their future,” the principal said.

And they shouldn’t have to slosh through a flood to get to class.



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<![CDATA[1994 Cuban Exodus Anniversary Celebrated in Miami]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:04:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021814+cuba+flag+generic.jpg

Elected officials and Cuban-Americans commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Cuban Exodus, when some 35,000 rafters left the Communist nation and came to the United States.

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. and members of Fundacion Exodo 1994 marked the occasion with a ceremony at Amelia Earhart Park at 401 E 65th Street in Hialeah.

Many of the rafts people used to try to cross the Straits of Florida were home-made or even inner tubes. It’s estimated that 30,000 of the people who fled the Castro regime made it to the United States. Many of those survivors were at the Wednesday event.

“When you feel oppression from the government you know, you must make one decision to change your life; sot that’s what I do,” said Armando Marrero of his decision to leave Cuba in 1994.

There were hundreds of stories to be told by the survivors. The one unifying message was the motivation of what drove the people to attempt such a desperate act some 20 years ago.

“There was no future for us,” said Pavel Cusco. “You have dreams. I wanted to make music. I want to say what I think. I could not say anything and I wanted to know what was beyond the ocean.”

The 1994 influx of refugees led to the establishment of the “wet food, dry foot” policy for Cubans trying to reach the United States. The policy allowed any Cuban who made it to the United States shore were allowed to stay in the U.S.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot Outside Miami Assisted Living Facility]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:40:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082014+man+shot+miami.jpg

A man was shot during a robbery outside an assisted living facility in Miami early Wednesday, witnesses said.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. outside Singer Plaza in the 1300 block of Northwest 16th Street, as the man was walking home pulling a cart full of bags.

Witnesses said a car pulled up and someone got out and pointed a gun at the man. At least one shot was fired and the man was left bleeding on the sidewalk, witnesses said.

The man, who is between 45 and 50 years old, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with two gunshots in his leg. Police said his wallet was stolen.

A car matching the description of the one used in the crime was later found burning in the area.

Police are investigating the incident.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[Aide's Elder Abuse Caught on Camera]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:36:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/health+care+aide+abuse.jpg

Disturbing video captured by surveillance cameras shows a home health care aide abusing a 78-year-old Queens stroke victim, slapping his trembling arm and jerking his head by his nose while trying to force-feed him.

The family of Bentsion Murakhovsky, a 115-pound man paralyzed on his left side who has trouble speaking and swallowing food, installed the surveillance cameras after Murakhovsky told them a home health aide provided by Personal-Touch Home Care treated him improperly.

That home health aide was replaced by a second one sent by Personal-Touch Home Care after Murakhovsky's wife and granddaughter complained about the alleged abuse; the surveillance system was installed prior to the start of the new home health aide's employment in the home to ensure no future lapses in care would occur.

Video captured on surveillance cameras April 8 show the new home health aide abusing Murakhovsky. In one clip, the aide grabs his wrist, slams it into his side and grabs Murakhovsky's nose while pushing a napkin into his face in an effort to force-feed him.

A second clip provided by Murakhovsky's attorney shows the aide twice grab his nose while feeding him and using it to jerk his head back and forth as the patient nervously taps his fingers on his leg.

In another clip captured the same day, Murakhovsky lifts a blanket from his lap to wipe his face and the attendant grabs it, flings it away from the man and slaps his right arm. The 78-year-old is seen trembling as the aide gestures as if yelling at him. The videos have no audio.

 

The family only checked the surveillance archive after Murakhovsky's wife returned home one day in April to find her husband's face bruised, the family's attorney, Philip Monier III, said. Monier said Murakhovsky's wife said he was unusually withdrawn that day and appeared depressed and frightened. She called her granddaughter; the two of them checked the surveillance cameras and discovered the abuse.

The Murakhovskys called the NYPD. Charges against the home health aide are pending, and the family is suing the New York City branch of Personal-Touch Home Care, which has more than 50 locations in 11 states.

"Mr. Murakhovsky was a prisoner of his own body, defenseless to stop the healthcare worker looming in front of him," Monier said. "You see a fearful, elderly man being terrorized by a home healthcare aide."

"No one should be treated like that," Monier added. "This company is supposed to be sending trained and qualified workers to help elderly disabled people like Mr. Murakhovsky, and they are getting paid a lot of money for sending unqualified workers."

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Kings County Supreme Court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Murakhovsky's granddaughter Gabriel Murakhovsky said he's a proud Russian immigrant who helped raise her and is now virtually helpless.

"My grandfather was a very strong man and it's bad enough he got sick and he's humiliated now that he can't change or he can't do certain things," she said. "For a person to destroy him like that physically and emotionally, I think that is very reckless." 

David Slifkin, CEO of Personal-Touch Home Care, said the allegations were disturbing.

"Each and every one of the thousands of patients we service are treated as part of the Personal-Touch family," Slifkin said. "Even one incident of potential patient abuse is not acceptable. We exercise many precautions to prevent this type of situation from happening." 

Slifkin said the company, which draws staff from a pool of about 12,000 paraprofessionals and 3,000 nurses, puts each aide it hires through a criminal background check using fingerprints. References are checked and prior work history is verified. The company said hires are assessed for any signs of inappropriate behavior during on-the-job training, and representatives make random welfare checks at homes where aides are placed.

Slifkin said Personal-Touch is cooperating with police.

-- Rob Schmitt contributed to this report. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[2 Charged in School Shooting Plot]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:59:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/editsouthpashighschools.jpg

Two South Pasadena boys have been charged with making criminal threats for threatening to kill another teen who knew of their alleged plot to shoot students and staff at their high school, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, are each charged with one count of making criminal threats. They both made appearances this afternoon in Pasadena Juvenile Court and denied the charge, which is the equivalent of a not-guilty plea in adult court, according to City News Service.

The father of the 17-year-old boy spoke with NBC4 outside of the courtroom, but asked that his name not be used. He said he has not been able to speak with his son and he does want to hear the boy's side of the story.

"We were greatly saddened and disappointed by the allegations. We would like to apologize to the community of South Pasadena. We would like to thank the person who stepped forward, who had the courage, to advise the authorities," he said.

"And thank South Pasadena Police Department for their professionalism and their kindness to us during this difficult issue."

The step-father of the 16-year-old boy also spoke to reporters before he was whisked away by a defense attorney.

"My wife and I would like to apologize to the whole community, every student, every parent, every faculty. We do not condone this kind of behavior," he said.

Prosecutors say the teens began making detailed arrangements to kill three staff members at South Pasadena High School and gun down as many students as possible.

The pair told another student about the mass shooting plan and they threatened to kill him, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The plan was thwarted after the boys were arrested following a police investigation into the alleged plot.

The boys were arrested Monday after a search of their homes. South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said the threat the two posed was credible.

"It was very viable, what they were plotting," Miller said. "They were making a huge plan of a school massacre."

Searches of the boys' computers turned up evidence they were looking at weapons, bomb-making supplies and bulletproof vests, Miller said.

The investigation into the thrwarted plot is ongoing and the boys may face additional charges.

The boys' attorneys were not available for immediate comment.



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<![CDATA[U.S. Safety Agency Offers Online Recall Check]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:54:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/passingcars.jpg

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov.

Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results. The number can be found on the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver's door post near the latch.

Also starting Wednesday, automakers must keep the same data on their own websites, and they have to update it at least once per week.

The safety agency's site will show data if there's an open recall, or it will tell drivers there are none.

The agency also said used-car buyers also can check for unrepaired vehicles before they make a purchase.

NHTSA said millions of vehicles are recalled every year, yet about one-third of them are not repaired. That can be dangerous for used-car buyers.

Also, many people move, and automakers often have a difficult time finding them to notify them of recalls.

Without the search feature, car owners who hear or read about recalls of their make and model had no way of finding out if their car was covered, said Carroll Lachnit, consumer advice editor at the Edmunds.com auto information site.

"It is a huge step forward,'' said Lachnit.

U.S. automakers have recalled more than 40 million vehicles so far this year, breaking the previous annual record of 30.8 million set in 2004. About 29 million of those are General Motors vehicles as the company undergoes a sweeping safety review. The review began when GM revealed that it knew about a deadly small-car ignition switch problem for more than a decade, yet it didn't issue any recalls until this year.



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<![CDATA[Charges Filed Against Teens Who Entered Ray Allen's Home]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:49:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081414+ray+allen.jpg

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office filed trespassing charges against the seven people who walked into former Miami Heat star Ray Allen’s home last week.

Coral Gables Police originally said they were not filing charges against the teenagers. The teens were identified by police as: Ernesto Romero, 18; Jonathan Ramirez, 19; Kevin Ramos, 18; Alana Garcia, 18; Christian Lobo, 18; Angel Sanchez, 18; and Jorge Guerrero, 18.

Coral Gables Police said the group of seven teens was at a party next door when they decided to enter Allen’s home through an unlocked back door in the early morning hours of August 14. Allen wasn’t home, but his wife and children were sleeping inside and were awoken by the commotion.

The teens ran from the home after Shannon Allen, Ray’s wife, yelled at them, according to Coral Gables Police. In a 911 call made by Shannon Allen, she described the teens’ actions as if they were on a tour of the home.

“They were like, if they were on a tour, pointing out stuff,” Allen told the 911 dispatcher. “Like, ‘Oh, wow, look at this picture. Oh my God, look, he’s got a flat screen TV.’”

The Allens met with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office this week to give statements on the incident and to push for charges to be brought against the teens.

The Allen's attorney, Gregory Victor, gave a statement Wendesday afternoon that read:

"Ray and Shannon have been advised that the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office has filed Trespass charges against the 7 intruders to their home. The determination as to what specific charges to file was entirely within the discretion of the State Attorney's Office and the Allen's are satisfied with both the decision to prosecute and the charges being pursued. The Allen's are thankful that no one was hurt and they are appreciative for all the support they have received from their community."



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<![CDATA[Charges Filed in Case of Missing Teen]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prescovitzgidermugshot.jpg

Fort Lauderdale Police say a 14-year-old girl who set off a massive search after she was reported missing was found Wednesday with a man at a local hotel and now charges have been filed.

Shaina McBride was found “hanging out in a hotel” on Fort Lauderdale Beach, with a young man. She had been reported missing last Friday after she had been last seen at her home in the area of Las Olas Boulevard and Isle of Venice.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police detectives, the male with McBride was identified as James Pescovitz-Gider, 19. Detectives said McBride and Pescovitz-Gider had started a relationship in June and that led up to her running away and staying with the boy at the local hotel since last Friday.

Detectives said the couple had several consensual sexual encounters over the past several days. Because of that, Pescovitz-Gider was arrested and charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery of a minor.

The girl's father, David McBride, said earlier Wednesday he was relieved his daughter was found safe and said he "doesn't care about the details."

Fort Lauderdale Police said anyone with more information on the incident should call Detective Brice Brittenum at 954-828-5898 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).



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<![CDATA["Affluenza" Teen's Father Arrested for Impersonating an Officer]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:57:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/frederick-couch-inset.jpg

The father of a North Texas teen whose defense blamed “affluenza” for his deadly DUI wreck has been arrested and accused of identifying himself as a police officer.

Frederick Anthony Couch was arrested Tuesday for falsely identifying himself as a police officer and for misrepresentation of property, North Richland Hills police said.

Officers were called to a disturbance on the 4400 block of Mackey Drive just after 1 a.m. July 28, police said Tuesday. 

There, resident Keith Capo said Couch had a gun and had shown up with Capo's neighbor, who he said threatened him following a disagreement days before.

Capo's wife then called police.

"The officer I was speaking to was all gung-ho. He said, 'What do you want to happen?' I said, 'I want to press charges,'" Capo said.

Investigating officers spoke with Couch, who they said presented a badge and an identification card and identified himself as a reserve officer for the small Lake Worth community of Lakeside.

According to police, as officers were wrapping up their investigation at the scene, Couch reiterated that he was a reserve police officer and said he had his "police stuff" in his car.

"Couch reached into his vehicle and took out his wallet, displaying what appeared to be a police badge and identification card, suggesting he was a police officer," police said in a news release Tuesday.

The officers at the scene looked into Couch's status as a reserve officer and learned that he was not an officer with the City of Lakeside and has never been licensed as a police officer in the state of Texas.

Capo said if Couch broke the law this time, he should pay the consequences, like anyone else.

"I just hope he understands that you can't sit there and say and do whatever you want, just because you got more money than anybody else. I mean, that's not right," Capo said.

Following his arrest Tuesday, Couch was taken to the city's detention facility for processing with bond set at $2,500.

Couch's son, Ethan, was intoxicated and behind the wheel of a pickup truck when he crashed and killed four people while injuring several others in June 2013.

The "affluenza" defense, which garnered national attention, maintained that the teen suffered from a condition where he had no sense of responsibility due to a lack of parenting.

Couch was subsequently sentenced to 10 years probation on four counts of intoxication manslaughter and ordered to be admitted to a rehabilitation facility at his parents' expense.

Since the verdict, the Couch family has settled several lawsuits worth millions of dollars with the families of the victims.



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<![CDATA[Calif. Patient May Have Ebola Virus]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:48:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola.jpg

Health officials said Wednesday a patient who was being tested for Ebola in Sacramento is at low risk for the virus.

Speaking to the media during a conference call, state and federal officials said they will not divulge which West African country the patient traveled to or from in order to protect the individual's privacy.

Officials will not be releasing the patient's identity, gender or whether the patient is an adult or minor. Health officials are also contacting those who may have come in contact with the Sacramento patient.

"It is unlikely that Ebola presents a significant risk to Californians," said Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director for the Center for Infectious Diseases and State Epidemiologist at the California Department of Public Health. Chavez said that the CDPH has not received any reports of high-risk patients being treated in California hospitals.

He said that the results of the testing of the Sacarmento patient would be available in three days.

Health officials announced Tuesday that the patient who was admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have neem exposed to the Ebola virus. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient.

"In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of hospital operations for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, said in a statement. "This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists. This enables the medical center to provide care in a setting that safeguards other patients and medical teams."

The Ebola virus got worldwide attention earlier this month when two United States aid workers were infected in Liberia. The aid workers were move to an Atlanta hospital for treatment in a specially equipped plane. Both patients are recovering, officials said.

The Ebola outbreak started in December of last year in West Africa. Since the outbreak, some 2,200 people have been diagnosed with the virus and nearly half o those people died.

Even though the Ebola virus can be deadly, doctors said, survival rates are improving because people are getting checked if they feel they have come in contact with the virus.

Chavez told reporters that any hospital in California should be able to treat Ebola patients. The Sacramento case is the first case in Caifornia linked to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Chavez said.

"We knew it was a matter of time before we had a case in California," he said.

For more information about Ebola, please visit the CDPH home page's "Other Hot Topics" and the CDC's page on information and updates.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd and Riya Bhattacharjee contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[ISIS Threatening Journalist from South Florida]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:01:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sotloffstill1.jpg

A video showing the beheading of a man that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham claims is a missing American journalist also threatens a second man believed to be a journalist with South Florida ties with the same fate if President Barack Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq.

The first part of the video shows a man believed to be James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist who was kidnapped while reporting in Syria two years ago, reciting threats against the United States before he is executed by an ISIS militant.

In the video, ISIS also claims they are holding a second journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff. The video shows an apparent ISIS militant standing beside next to the man identified as Sotloff, saying his life depends on Obama's decisions.

Sotloff grew up in Miami and went to the University of Central Florida. He’s reportedly been held by kidnappers for more than a year. His last tweet from his account was on August 3, 2013. A few days before that, he tweeted that he had been in the city of Antakya, near the Turkish border.

As reports of the video began to come out Tuesday, his friends were holding out hope for Sotloff.

“Everyone is scared right now,” said Emerson Lotzia, a college friend of Sotloff’s. “No one really knows what to think of this situation, because we never really thought that we would ever have one of our friends in this situation.”

While ISIS said it might spare Sotloff’s life if Obama withdrew U.S. forces, forensic psychologist Dr. Harley Stock said that’s an unlikely deal and the U.S. and ISIS will each stand firm with no room to negotiate.

“They’re never going to deal with us, because if they negotiate with us, their followers will see them as weak,” Stock said. “So, from both sides, it’s not going to happen.”

Obama hasn’t commented on the video yet, but was briefed on the situation on Air Force One Tuesday. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden issued the following statement on the video:

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available."

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<![CDATA[Train Derailment in Hialeah]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:44:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082014+train+derailment.jpg

Workers responded to an Amtrak mechanical yard in Hialeah after a train derailment early Wednesday.

The derailment happened at the yard at Northwest 37th Avenue and Northwest 103rd Street.

No injuries were reported and it's unknown what caused the derailment.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[BSO Busts Alleged Oakland Park Grow House]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:01:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/potbust0081914.jpg

More than 150 marijuana plants were seized Tuesday morning when Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators raided a grow house in an Oakland Park duplex.

The raided home is on the 4500 block of Northeast 16 Avenue.

According to the BSO, the plants were as small as seedlings and up to five feet tall. The plants filled roughly five rooms of the house and each plant was being grown in individual garden pots.

BSO said it arrested a woman that lived next door who detectives said was seen going into and out of the house multiple times over the past few weeks. Detectives also arrested a Cooper City man that was connected to the house.

The BSO said both people who were arrested face charges of cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Hot and Humid Wednesday]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:47:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082014+weather+miami.jpg

It'll be a muggy Wednesday in South Florida with temperatures starting out in the low 80s and quickly reaching the low 90s.

The chance for isolated storms will stick around in the afternoon, but otherwise it'll be mostly sunny and humid.

Storm chances will remain isolated for the next few days, with highs staying in the 90s.


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