<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 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 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:16:23 -0400 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:16:23 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in Coral Gables Fatal Hit & Run]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:43:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/juancarlosredero2.jpg

Coral Gables Police say they've made an arrest in a fatal hit and run crash that happened in March.

Police say they've arrested and charged Juan Carlos Redero with three felonies, including tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of a crash causing death.

The arrest stems from a deadly hit and run crash on March 26th, in which a bicyclist was struck and killed and left in the road to die in Coral Gables.

Police later found the mangled bicycle about four blocks west of the victim's body.

A partial tag was taken by a witness and there were parts of the Nissan Altima left at the crash scene, which enabled police in their efforts to track down the car.

The Nissan Altima had extensive damage consistent with the crash.

It appeared that the driver tried to hide the damaged car and its shattered front windshield, police say.

"There was absolutely no doubt looking at the forensic evidence on the vehicle that he knew he had hit somebody," said Edward Hudak, Coral Gables Interim Police Chief.

At about 3:15 a.m on March 26, police say Redero hit Carlos Suarez, 33, who was riding his bike at the intersection of Bird Road and Granada Boulevard.

A piece of the car left behind, and a partial license plate number narrowed the search.

"These guys were on the computers throughout the morning," Hudak said. "As we were taking measurements identified three types of vehicles with that year model from the manufacturer."

They were three Nissan Altimas, all in Miami-Dade county.

Police found the one involved behind Redero's house near Tropical Park hours after the crash, with the seriously damaged front end covered with a kiddie pool.

Police say Redero hit Suarez, continued driving, got out to dislodge the bike from the car, then kept going.

Investigators spent about a month building their case, at the same time keeping tabs on Redero. They finally arrested him Friday morning.

Chief Hudak talked about drivers colliding with bicyclists on South Florida's streets.

"It happens way too often," he said. "It is something that every police department and all of my colleagues as chiefs have to deal with. People need to stop and render aid."

Photo Credit: Coral Gables Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Shop Owner Busted for Installing Fake Airbags in Cars]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:35:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/bogus+airbags.jpg

If you buy a used car, you probably check to make sure the engine is in good shape, but what about the airbags? How can you be sure they are installed properly? One south Florida man was recently arrested for installing bad airbags or no airbags at all.

What began as a routine inspection at Mas Interior Repairs in Hialeah turned into a multi-agency investigation when Miami-Dade Police auto theft detectives say they found fake airbags inside several cars.

According to officials with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the vehicles with the fake airbags were headed for local car dealerships where they could’ve been sold to unsuspecting customers. The authorities say the bogus airbags would have put drivers and their loved ones at risk of injury or death.

Miami-Dade’s Office of Consumer Protection also assisted in the investigation. County Enforcement Supervisor Jorge Herrera says the vehicles were “repaired in such a way that you would never know that those airbags don’t work.” Tony Fernandez with the NICB says “if you get involved in a wreck, it’s not going to deploy which means that the person driving the vehicle or the passenger could die.”

The shop’s owner, Aristides Santiesteban, is charged with three felony counts of installing fake or junk-filled airbags. In a statement his attorney told us, “Aristides Santiesteban denies the charges against him. He owns a small business that reupholsters car interiors. Mr. Santiesteban has no criminal record and has a good reputation for honesty in the community."

Investigators say they have the evidence to prove he was swapping out airbags and sent us pictures showing piles of airbags inside the repair shop. Santiesteban is fighting those charges but has already paid a thousand dollars in fines for operating without a license. The NICB says consumers need to be aware of this potential problem to protect themselves.

To ensure that your airbags are in tip top condition, make sure the airbag light goes on when you start your car and then turns off. You can also have your vehicle inspected at an authorized dealer or run a Carfax report to see if it’s been in an accident. Fernandez says if the car was in a wreck with frontal damage “the airbag probably deployed so the airbag that I have there is either a new airbag or could be a fake airbag.”

Airbags are apparently big business. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says some 50-thousand airbags are stolen each year. While an airbag normally costs one to three thousand dollars, on the black market it goes for just 50 to 200 dollars. As for Santiesteban, he plead not guilty to the charges. His trial is set for June.

<![CDATA[Rescued Baby's 25-Year Reunion]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:55:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dumpster-robin-barton-dads.jpg

Twenty-five years ago a California policeman saved a baby's life. This week, the same Santa Ana officer gave him his parents back.

Robin Barton's adoptive family only recently told him his infamous origin story: that he was left to die in a Southern California dumpster as an infant until his rescuer discovered him and resuscitated him.

On the news in 1989 he was known as Baby "Adam," and he was barely breathing when officer Michael Buelna discovered him in Santa Ana. Buelna was investigating a stabbing in the area when neighbors waved him down, saying they'd heard a baby crying. He investigated, according to a contemporary LA Times report.

Barton, now 25, and Buelna reunited earlier this week. "When I first met him, it was slightly overwhelming. But it was just a wonderful moment," Barton said.

Barton said he and Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna caught up on each other's lives when they reunited -- there must have been a lot to go over after 25 years.

In their meeting, Barton mentioned that he was looking for his birth mother, who served time in prison for abandoning her child and was eventually deported.

Barton wanted to get the message out by reuniting with the man who saved his life, hoping his mother might hear the story and find him. Instead, news reports caught the attention of Barton's birth father, Marcos Meza, who'd been looking for him for years.

On Sunday, they finally met, along with two of Barton's five newfound sisters. The reunion was thrilling, he told NBC4.

Barton felt much the same way: "Shock and awe, joy, happiness. I'm just overwhelmed." He was able to speak with his mother as well by phone, he said -- Santa Ana police said she was deported to Mexico after being released from prison.

Sunday morning, Barton was able to pose for pictures with both of his fathers -- all thanks to the police officer who stopped what he was doing when residents told them they'd heard a baby crying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Beth Slepp-Paz/Archival photo]]>
<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Attempts Aerial Record]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:42:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/042615+Guinness+Aerials+Record.JPG

A 9-year-old girl from Orange County, Califronia, was head over heels Saturday as she attempted to break a world record for most consecutive aerials.

Ollivia Nguyen completed 42 of the handless cartwheels on a mat in an Anaheim gym in front of a cheering crowd and a Guinness World Record camera, according to her mother.

"In the beginning it feels easy because I have a lot of oxygen but at the end my breathing kind of gets heavy," Nguyen said in a practice before the record attempt.

Nguyen practiced for over six months to accomplish the feat, said her current coach, Sarah Eshom.

"We've worked on different techniques," Eshom said, "and once we found the technique that best fit her we started building up the numbers. We went from 10 to 20 to 30 and then now she's doing 40 consecutive with no problem."

The current record for “Most Consecutive Aerials-Breakdance,” is six, Anthony Yodice, a spokesman for Guinness World Records North America Inc., told the OC Register.

The idea of Nguyen breaking the record came from a conversation her mother, Nicholle Aguilar, had with another of Nguyen's coaches.

"(He) said, 'You know I think that she can really do this,'" Aguilar said. "He kind of put this in her heart or the inspiration in her heart."

The attempt was recorded and sent to Guinness World Record officials to verify the two-and-a-half minute video, according to the OC Register. Two certified gymnast instructors and a notary were present at the event.

"I believe in her and I knew she could do it, so we pursued it," Aguilar said at the pre-record attempt practice.

Photo Credit: Kevin Dahlgren]]>
<![CDATA[Raw Video: Truck Goes Up in Flames]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:12:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bell-gardens-tanker-fire-710.gif

A huge ball of flames engulfed a gasoline tanker truck on a freeway outside of Los Angeles on Sunday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and causing a traffic nightmare.

The double-tanker truck was hauling 8,800 gallons of gas on the southbound 710 Freeway when it jackknifed near the Florence Avenue exit in Bell and exploded in flames, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Dozens of firefighters arrived just after 3:30 p.m. to battle the huge fire, which could be seen as far as downtown Los Angeles.

Crews managed to extinguish the flames about an hour later. No injuries were immediately reported.

The driver escaped the crash with minor bumps and bruises, fire officials said. A passenger in the truck was also OK.

Northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway reopened about 9:30 p.m. after an hours-long closure.

Southbound lanes were expected to remain closed through mid-Monday morning, CHP officials said.

Crews were working to clean up what was left of the charred tanker and Caltrans officials were assessing the severity of the damage to the road.

The cause of the crash was unclear. CHP officials said no other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

NBC4's Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Man Had 18 lbs of Pot at Airport]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:05:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/163*120/42615drugs.jpg

A leaky suitcase led to the arrest of a New York man who is accused of attempting to board a flight at New York's Laguardia Airport with several pounds of marijuana and a few ounces of crack cocaine in his baggage.

Airport screeners contacted Port Authority police at about 11 a.m. Saturday after noticing liquid leaking from a checked bag that emitted an odor of marijuana, investigators said Sunday.

After finding marijuana inside the bag, police traced it to Kelvin E. Smith, 55, of the Bronx, who was waiting for a flight at a US Airways gate, investigators said. Police learned that Smith had checked in an additional bag and found that it contained more marijuana wrapped in plastic and 2.8 ounces of crack cocaine.

Smith's two bags contained 18 pounds of marijuana, investigators said.

Smith was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. It was unclear whether he had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Court records indicate that Smith has 41 prior convictions for drug offenses, investigators said. 

<![CDATA[Police Search for Gunman After Man Shot in Hialeah]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:44:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124123.jpg

Police are on the hunt for a gunman after a man was shot in Hialeah Sunday afternoon.

Hialeah Police said an unidentified male was shot near the Tri-Rail station near E 11th Avenue and 36th Street. The man was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Police have issued a "Be on the Lookout", or BOLO, alert for a 24-year-old male driving a red Honda.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[South Floridians Keep Cool in Record-Breaking Heat]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*291/Lara+Hamwey.jpg South Floridians Keep Cool in Record-Breaking Heat

Photo Credit: Lara Hamwey]]>
<![CDATA[College Network End Classes for 16K]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:06:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP726758529250.jpg

Roughly 16,000 students enrolled in a chain of troubled for-profit colleges are no longer able to take classes after the schools' parent company, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., announced Sunday it is ceasing all of its operations.

The Orange County-based school network has not yet made arrangements with other schools to find "continuing educational opportunities" at its 28 remaining campuses, which are closing effective Monday, the school said.

CCI added that it would rely on the help of regulatory agencies and partner institutions to place students enrolled at Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York.

“Now we're going have to make a mad dash to find another option. For some of us this was our last resort," said Krisa Mata, a student who said she took out loans to attend CCI's Everest College in Reseda.

"It's the first thing I saw on my phone when I woke up. I have no idea what I'm gonna do now," she said.

The announcement occurs less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education said it was fining the institution $30 million over misrepresentation. The department contends that Corinthian has not addressed allegations of falsifying job placement data and altering grades and attendance records, The Associated Press reported.

The school was unable to sell off all its schools under a deal with the U.S. Department of Education, it said in a statement, though it has sold 56.

"Largely as a result of recent state and federal regulatory actions, we were unable to complete a sale, and our only option was to close our schools," CEO Jack Massimino wrote in a letter to students posted on the school's website. 

California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian in 2013 for allegedly misrepresenting how many of its graduates were placed in jobs in actions she called “unconscionable” and “predatory." She also alleged that the chain advertised that it offered classes it did not.

It agreed the next year to sell 85 campuses and close a dozen more in an agreement with the Department of Education, which was closely monitoring school data, according to information submitted to a federal regulatory agency.

Corinthian was one of the country's largest for-profit educational institutions, according to the AP. It collapsed last summer amid a cash shortage and fraud allegations.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Reward Offered for Escaped Florida Keys Inmate]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:33:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sean+Michael+Stacey1.jpg

An inmate who escaped custody from a Florida Keys jail on Friday is still at large.

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps to locate and recover 37-year-old Sean Michael Stacey.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Stacey was working outside the Plantation Key jail facility as a maintenance trusty for Monroe County Public Works when he went missing. He was last seen in the area of High Point Road on Plantation Key around 4 p.m. Police recovered his orange jail jumpsuit nearby.

Stacey has been in jail since September 2014 on charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Deputies describe Stacey as six feet tall, 200 pounds, with blue eyes and short red hair. He is from the Florida City area.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 346-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Two Dead After Car Goes Into Canal]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:27:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/car+canal+042615.PNG

Two men died after their vehicle went into a Lauderdale Lakes canal late Saturday evening.

The Broward Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a car in a canal in the 4000 block of NW 33rd Avenue around 10 p.m. Fariles Jean-Louis, 47, was behind the wheel of a 1997 Ford Ranger pick-up truck with 55-year-old Herold Ductan in the passenger seat when the truck went into the canal.

Witnesses told deputies the men were able to escape the vehicle, but after initially surfacing became submerged in the water. BSO divers recovered the two men from the canal.

Fire rescue officials transported Jean-Louis to Florida Medical Center, while Ductan was transported to Plantation General. Both men were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities recovered the pick-up truck, and are working to determine how it ended up in the water.

<![CDATA[Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Pedestrian]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:17:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/hit+and+run+ax+042615.PNG

Police are on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a man early Sunday morning in northwest Miami-Dade.

The victim was a man in his late 40's with Cerebral Palsy, according to Miami-Dade Police. He had just left a supermarket in the area of NW 47th Street and 32nd Avenue and was seen slowly crossing the street.

That's when police said he was fatally hit by a dark-colored vehicle, which did not stop after striking the man.

"Because of his condition, he was crossing at a slow rate of speed, he can't run across the roadway," said Detective George Wilhelm II. "He's a helpless victim as he's crossing the roadway and he can't get out of the way of the vehicle."

Traffic homicide detectives are still searching for the suspect, and said the vehicle should have heavy front-end damage.

Authorities are urging anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[Who Were the Americans Killed in the Everest Avalanche?]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:39:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Americans-Died-Avalanche.jpg

As the first group of survivors from Saturday’s earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest were flown to Nepal's capital, the U.S. State Department confirmed that three Americans were among the 17 people killed in the disaster.

Filmmaker Tom Taplin, Google executive Dan Fredinburg, and camp doctor Marisa Eve Girawong all died in the avalanche. Here’s more about their lives:


Google issued a statement Saturday confirming the death of executive Dan Fredinburg who was the head of privacy for innovation lab Google[x].

Fredinburg had been scaling the mountain for the past three weeks with three other Google employees through U.K.-based tour company Jagged Globe, according to NBC News. The three were found safe, according to Google.

"Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," the statement read. "Dan Fredinburg a longtime member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly."

Actress Sophia Bush, who Fredinburg dated from 2013 and 2014, expressed her sadness over his passing on social media.

"Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," the actress said in a statement on Twitter and Instagram. "He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth.”


Marisa Eve Girawong, from Edison, N.J., was described as an emergency room physician assistant. A Seattle-based mountaineering company said she was serving as a camp doctor for its team on the mountain when she was killed in the avalanche.

She was an avid rock climber and mountaineer who was pursuing an advanced degree in mountain medicine, Madison Mountaineering said in a statement. She attended school in Chicago and had successfully reached the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier.

"Our hearts are broken," the company said in a statement.


Tom Taplin, 61, was a Denver-born filmmaker working on a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp at the time of the avalanche, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.

His wife, Cory Freyer, told NBC News he was a photographer, filmmaker and mountaineer, and had written a book about his experiences climbing South America's tallest peak, Aconcagua, in the early 1990s.

She also said that it was on that trip that Taplin broke his arm after falling into a crevasse. However, he was able to pull himself to a place where he was reached by other mountaineers, she added. He was able to successfully climbed the mountain the next year, she said.

"It sounds trite, but he died doing what he loved doing," Cory Freyer told NBC News.

Photo Credit: Madison Mountaineering, Cory Freyer, Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Axel]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:54:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/axel+potw+042615.PNG

Our pet of the week is Axel, a 9-week-old Snowshoe/Bobtail mix kitten from the Humane Society of Broward County.

Axel is a sweet kitten who is looking for a loving home. He is adorable and playful. Axel loves to snuggle.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Axel or any other animal, call (954) 989-3977 or visit the Humane Society of Broward County's website.

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals page. 

<![CDATA[NY Daily News Truck Driver Dies]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:09:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/daily+news+driver+killed+crash.jpg

A 24-year-old driver for the Daily News was killed Sunday morning when his delivery truck collided with a green outer-borough taxi in Brooklyn, police said. 

The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of Nostrand and Flushing Avenues in Williamsburg.

Dash cam video taken from a car not involved in the accident shows the Daily News truck approach the intersection at a yellow light before it collides with the taxi.

The collision was so violent that it sent the Daily News truck toppling over.

When police arrived they found the driver, identified as Jonathan Long of Brooklyn, unconscious and suffering from traumatic injuries.

Long was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

“The Daily News offers Mr. Long's family its deepest sympathies,” a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. 

A 58-year-old passenger in the truck was also taken to Woodhull Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

Delivery truck drivers often don't wear seat belts and drive with their doors open, as they're continuously hopping in and out of their trucks.

The 26-year-old taxi driver was treated at the scene. His taxi license has been suspended just two weeks after he started driving a taxi, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said. 

Police are still investigating what caused the accident.

No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Woman Among Nepal Earthquake Victims]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:07:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042615nepal.jpg

Marisa Eve Girawong, a physician's assistant from Edison, New Jersey, was among those killed in an avalanche at a Mount Everest base camp, according to a mountaineering company.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering's website described Girawong as an emergency room physician's assistant who was serving as the team's camp doctor. She was an avid rock climber and mountaineer who was pursuing an advanced degree in mountain medicine, the site said.

"She is loved by all of us in base camp and a great addition to our team and helped us tremendously," Garrett Madison said in a satellite phone dispatch from the mountain. "She will be missed greatly. We're very sorry for her loss."

East Orange General Hospital, where Girawong worked previously as a physician's assistant, issued a statement mourning her loss.

In New York City, members of the Nepali community were grieving for the thousands of people killed in their homeland.

Luna Ranjit, a staffer at the Adhikaar Nepali Center in Queens, said she felt somewhat at a loss.

"It's sort of a sense of helplessness to be so far away. I wish I could be there with my friends and family and do something about it," she said.

Ranjit said she hopes that even from so far away she can help connect people to resources and bring attention to the tragedy.

An estimated 40,000 Nepali immigrants live in the New York City area. Many were planning to gather for a prayer vigil Sunday.

<![CDATA[Newborn's Remains Found in Ca. Yard]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/150425-infant-remains-westmont.jpg

The remains of a newborn were found in a Westmont backyard Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

A homeowner in the 1500 block of West 104th Street, an unincorporated area east of Inglewood, reported finding the remains just after 10 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The 1- to 3-days-old baby was apparently dismembered, deputies said. "Significant portions" of the infant's body were missing.

Neighbors were asked to look in their yards and trash cans for "suspicious items that have been discarded," deputies said.

"Detectives would like to speak with any females who were recently pregnant, are no longer pregnant, and the baby is absent," deputies said.

Britany Placencia, 9, said she found a body part while playing with her dog in her backyard, then ran to tell her mother.

"The dog was sniffing the ball... so I was going to get the ball and I got it. I saw the leg," the girl said.

The girl's mother came out, saw the leg near a bicycle and called 911. Then she found a baby's head in her side yard.

"This was kind of shocking to me, when you hear anything about an infant," said neighbor Lawrence Alston.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Football Star Shot, Killed]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:01:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jameer-Bullard.jpg

Jesse Kato wore his son's varsity letter jacket as he asked the public to help find the person responsible for his death. 

"As a son he's a good person," Kato said. "Anybody, any help. If you know who did this to my son bring him to justice."

Kato's son, 18-year-old Ja'Meer Bullard, was a local high school football star who was shot and killed overnight in Camden, only a block away from his home. 

Bullard's family said he was walking to a nearby store with his younger cousin on Green and Mechanic streets shortly after midnight Saturday when a gunman suddenly opened fire. 

"I just opened the door for him," said Bullard's grandmother. "I opened the door for my grandson and I heard the gunshots."

Bullard was struck by the gunfire but managed to get his cousin to safety. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he died from his injuries at 1:11 a.m.

"He shouldn't have to die like that," his grandmother said. "He didn't do nothing to nobody. He always was a good kid. He was going places. They just took him out." 

Bullard was a Junior at Woodrow Wilson High School and a star running back and linebacker for the school's football team. He also received a recruitment offer from Temple University and was set to showcase his talent at a Nike invitational next week. 

"From the moment he touched the football, everyone knew he was going to be a special player some day," said Bullard's coach Preston Brown. 

Brown told NBC10 Bullard was excited to play college football and use his skills to get off the streets of Camden and start a new life. 

"Right now my heart is real heavy having lost Ja'Meer to senseless gun violence in the city of Camden," Brown said. 

No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Anthony Roccia at (856) 365-3122 or Camden County Police Detective Mark Lee at (856) 757-7420.

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<![CDATA[NY Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/42515cops.jpg

A 24-year-old robbery suspect was fatally shot Saturday during a "violent physical struggle" with two detectives in a Manhattan apartment building, police said.

Authorities withheld the name of the suspect pending notification of his family.

As two detectives approached the sixth-floor apartment in the East Village, where the suspect was believed to be, the suspect bolted out a window and down a fire escape, said New York City Police Department Chief Jim O'Neill. The detectives caught up with him in a hallway and a "violent physical struggle" ensued, the chief said during a news conference.

During the struggle, the suspect grabbed a hand-held radio from one detective and struck him in the head with it, O'Neill said. The fight continued for about five minutes before one detective drew his weapon and fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the torso, he said.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a woman on Thursday, died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, O'Neill said.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m. at a halfway house at 538 E. Sixth St.

The two detectives, who were not identified, were taken to a hospital, where one was treated for injuries to the head and shoulder.

The suspect was accused of confronting a 21-year-old woman on Thursday as she was giving a presentation at City College, according to the NYPD. The two then argued in a hallway and the suspect repeatedly punched the woman and stole her purse, which contained her keys, cash, credit cards and identification, investigators said. He fled the scene and eluded a police search.

<![CDATA[Google Exec Dies in Nepal]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:54:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP03050618355.jpg

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by a massive 7.8 earthquake in Nepal Saturday that claimed over 3,200 lives.

Fredinburg, 33, was a privacy director on the Google X team, and was involved in projects such as the driverless car. He was climbing Mt. Everest with three other Googlers during the avalanche when he received a major head injury and passed away, his sister Megan wrote in an Instagram post.

"We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us," his sister wrote. "All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us."

Fredinburg's boss, Google privacy director Lawrence You, wrote that the Google Crisis Response team has launched a "Person Finder" for Nepal, and is working to update satellite images to help with the recovery effort.

Google is also committing $1 million to the response effort and plans to have gift-matching efforts available for their employees soon. "Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time," You said. You added that the three other Googlers who were hiking Mt. Everest with Fredinburg are safe and Google is initiating efforts to bring them back to the U.S. safely.

Fredinburg's Instagram and Twitter page is filled with pictures and posts about his Everest trek. "I want everyone to think like Google [x] and have the heart of an adventurer," his Instagram page says. His last Twitter post is on April 24. "Day 22: Ice training with @michelebattelli means frequent stops for morning cappuccino," it says.

Actress Sophia Bush, who dated Fredinburg from 2013 to 2014, posted on instagram that the loss has left her with "no adequate words." "Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," Bush wrote. "Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny."

Bush described Fredinburg as a "a dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world." "His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so," she wrote.

Mike North, one of Friedenberg's closest friends, said that Friedenberg's passion was climate change. “He is the most incredible person I have ever met in my life,” North said. "His will to do anything is beyond anyone else’s I have ever seen."

North found out early Sunday that Fredinburg was killed in the avalanche triggered by the 7.8 earthquake. Fredinburg’s girlfriend broke the news. “It was pretty garbled but basically what I heard was that the avalanche had come to the camp," North said. "He seemed all right at first but then wasn’t and he ultimately passed away."

North said Fredinburg had "two Everests he had to climb on this trip." "The first Everest, which was the hardest, was getting Google to allow him to go climb Everest — the second, climbing Everest," he said.

Video footage shows Fredinburg zipping himself up in yellow North Face gear, as he gets ready for last year’s Mt. Everest trip. He can be heard saying: “This is how you get ready for Everest.” That trip was also a tragic one, because several of his sherpas died in the avalanche. “After that he went to an orphanage there — so this year he was planning to dedicate the climb to all the orphans," North said.

He also planned to plant a flag on top of Mount Everest with the word “NEAT” on it promoting his organization SaveTheIce.org, a goal he was not able to accomplish. "He was in his early 30s, so if you want to talk about lives affected, if he had been able to live a complete life, we could be talking about a billion lives that could be benefacted by this man,” North said.

Jagged Globe, the company that organized the Everest trek for Fredinburg and his team, issued a statement on the death of Fredinburg on their site.

The first of many private memorials for Fredinburg will be taking place Sunday.


Day 20: Saving ice on top of Kala Patthar. Everest Basecamp in the background is a climate change hotspot. #Savetheice

A photo posted by Dan Fredinburg (@danfredinburg) on

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<![CDATA[How to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Nepal-Earthquake-25-April-2015-2.jpg

Survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal and neighboring countries were still picking up the pieces Sunday after the disaster that left more than 2,200 people dead. Those living in the Kathmandu area were also hit with major aftershock that registered an initial 6.7 magnitude.

World leaders and global charities offered emergency aid as hospitals in the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation were overflowing with injured people, NBC News reported. The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million to help the people of Nepal, The Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the estimated damage from the quake could cost between $100 million and $10 billion.

As the world continues to learn the scope of the disaster, here are ways you can donate:


The humanitarian aid group had staff on the ground when the earthquake hit. Members of the organization said survivors need food, water and shelter, spokeswoman Laura Blank told NBC News.

“Infrastructure is down all over the city,” World Vision’s operations director in Kathmandu Philip Ewert also said. “Power is out with limited internet access. Walls and water tanks are damaged. We are also getting reports that people are trapped in temples and other public buildings as there was a large festival here Saturday.”

To make a donation to the organization to address these needs, you can visit their Nepal page or text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10.


Volunteers and staff at the Nepal Red Cross Society are providing aid, but they have limited stocks of emergency relief items available in the country, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement.

"We are extremely concerned about the fate of communities in towns and villages in rural areas closer to the epicenter," said Jagan Chapagain, the IFRC's Director for Asia Pacific. “We anticipate that there will be considerable destruction and loss of life.”

For information on how to donate, visit the IFRC website.


The organization hopes to raise 1 million dollars and has created a Nepal-specific page outlining specific issues they hope to address with the funds.

“Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter,” the organization said on its page. “Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.”

GlobalGiving says it will provide updates about how the funds are being used. You can donate here.


An emergency team from the AmeriCares India office is preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. The organization stocks emergency medicine and relieft supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in time of crisis, and launches comprehensive recovery programs.

"Our emergency response team is en route to Nepal and we are prepared to help any way that we can," AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis said in a statement. "This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families suffereing."

To donate to AmeriCares International Disaster Relief Fund, you can click here.


UNICEF is currently on the ground in Nepal providing critical emergency aid to children and families.

"UNICEF expects children, an estimated 40 percent of Nepal's poplulation, to be among the worst affected by the earthquake. The first priorities are lifesaving interventions—getting essential medicines, nutrition, and safe water to children and families in immediate need," the organization's website said.

To support the UNICEF relief efforts in Nepal, you can donate here.


Mercy Corps' team is on the ground in Nepal working to get a better understanding of the conditions. The team is focused on delivering lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities. Mercy Corps will be helping communities immediately start to rebuild homes, schools, help people return to work and process the trauma.

To support Mercy Corps' earthquake response team, you can donate here.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Shooting That Killed 2, Injured 1]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:08:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/north+miami+lenton+mug+042515.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of killing two people and injuring another in North Miami.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 12th on the 12000 block of NW 8 Avenue. That's when North Miami Police said a gunman opened fire on three people.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Another victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Police said the surviving victim identified 23-year-old Aren Evans Lenton as the shooter. Authorities arrested Lenton on Friday, charging him with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

It is unclear whether Lenton has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Honey]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/205*120/potw+honey+042515.PNG

Our pet of the week is Honey, a 3-year-old Rat Terrier mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Honey is a friendly, gentle dog. She is calm and has a sweet personality. Honey loves kids and would make a great family dog.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Honey or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals page.

<![CDATA[Miami Metromover Closed This Weekend for Upgrades]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:33:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/metromover+MIA.jpg

The Metromover in Miami shut down Saturday, and will remain closed throughout the weekend for upgrades.

Miami-Dade Transit said the closure is necessary to continue system upgrades and perform needed work throughout the Metromover system.

Free bus shuttle service will be provided between Metromover stations, with buses arriving every 10 to 15 minutes.

To view a map of where shuttle buses will pick up and drop off riders, click here.

The Metromover will re-open for regular service at 5 a.m. Monday.

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<![CDATA[DJ Afrojack Brings EDM to Latin Billboard Awards]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/SproutingImage-139.jpg

Heating up the Latin Billboard Awards stage for the first time in its history is international EDM rock star DJ, Nick van de Wall, better known to electronic dance music fans as Afrojack.

The globetrotting 27-year-old DJ from the Netherlands joins a star-studded line up of Latin performers that includes Bachata King Romeo Santos, Carlos Santana and Jennifer Lopez.

The celebrity DJ wrote and produced Pitbull’s hit song “Give Me Everything” which reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2011. He will perform for a Latino audience, bringing his special blend of EDM and pop sounds from his album “Forget The World” that debuted at No. 2 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in 2014.

Known for its originality and innovation, the Latin Billboard Music Awards will highlight for the first time on Spanish-language television the growing musical wave of Electronic Dance Music.

The Latin Billboard Awards show is one of the longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world.

You can catch Afrojack and many more performances starting next Thursday, April 30th, live at 8 p.m. from the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

The Latin Billboards Awards show is being produced and broadcast by our sister station Telemundo.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Lose Power in Tex. Storms]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:49:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/CDZ79QAUMAABKza.jpg

Strong thunderstorms packing powerful winds carved a trail of damage across North Texas Friday evening, causing widespread power outages and downing numerous trees down in southern Tarrant County.

Wind gusts of 70 to 90 mph were reported in the storms, with the most wind damage reported in Comanche, Erath, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

Oncor reported more than 25,000 customers without electricity early Saturday morning, down from their initial report of 52,000. Power companies across Texas reported that over 48,00 people across the state were without power.

Travelers huddled in a storm shelter at Dallas Love Field as severe storms flights grounded. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport also reported hundreds of flights delayed or canceled by the storms.

No tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but straight-line winds toppled trees and power lines in several communities.

A large, mature tree was no match for the winds that hit Lipscomb Street in Fort Worth.

Haven Zametz said she was inside her house when the storm's winds began to howl, and she said her house began to shake as if it was in an earthquake.

She didn't realize it was because the tree fell on top of her home until her neighbor called.

"My neighbor called and said, 'Are you OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm fine.' And he said, 'No, a tree has fallen on your house!' So I walked out onto the porch and this is what I saw," said Zametz.

The tree smashed the roof of the front porch, but did not damage the home. No one was hurt.

Areas of flash flooding were also reported, with at least one water rescue from a vehicle in Irving.

The American Red Cross said the damage in the Metroplex appeared to be minor, and no shelters would be needed. Still, teams would remain on call to assist families in need.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts say Saturday will be sunny and warm, and a chance of thunderstorms returns to the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Family Shares Story of Transgender Child]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:03:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jake+Transgender.jpg

A South Florida family is sharing their story of dealing with and supporting their child as she transitions to a boy.

Being a parent can be difficult, but imagine having your young daughter come to you and say she's a boy.

A mother in sunrise is doing her best to help her son feel “comfortable in his own skin.”

She was born as Aleena Hope, a premature baby who quickly grew into a healthy, adventurous little girl.

"When I look at the pictures, I do get a little sad, because she was an amazing little girl," said Aleena's mother, Deanna.

Until last august, when Aleena couldn’t tell her mother the turmoil she was living with. The 11-year-old instead sent her a life changing text message.

"'It said mom, I need to tell you something, I’ve been holding this in for a very long time but I need to let you know that I’m transgender,'" Deanna recounted.

And with that message Deanna’s daughter Aleena became her son, Jake.

"Every thought you could think of just hits you at one time but my initial thought was to go into the room and console my child," she said.

The changes at first were overwhelming, "This has changed my life profoundly, the way I look at life... but these aren’t tears of sadness, they’re tears of joy."

At finally seeing happiness in her son’s eyes.

"I hadn’t seen Aleena smile like that for a very long time and it was beautiful to see that smile," she said.

Now, after seven months, Jake is adjusting well, "Cause I get to be myself pretty much,” he said.

This month he started taking puberty blocking medication which basically suppresses puberty so it’s going to suppress the estrogen that would create breasts and other characteristics.

His mother calls it hitting the “pause button,” allowing her son to take the time to decide what to do next.

"When I was 11, I didn’t know a lot of things but I knew I was a girl," Deanna said. "I never questioned my gender and it just click to me.”

From the age of three, Deanna knew her child was special. She captured all of the playful memories on video camera.

"I can’t tell you know many earrings we’ve had in Aleena’s ear that she would pull out and I decided OK, we are not going to do the earrings, OK, we are not going to do the bow,OK, now are not going to do the dress."

Now together, they’re looking forward to making new memories, "I see Jake having a life that would not be possible living as Aleena."

And learning from each other along the way.

"People are going to look anyways whether you’re tall, whether you’re skinny, whether you have curly hair, you know what I told Jake is ‘they’re already looking, you might as well be you' and I’m learning to be me vicariously through my son.”

Jake will be on puberty blocking medications for about a year. From there, he can decide whether to do cross hormone therapy.

His mom says they’re taking it step by step, and deciding as a family what to do next.

<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Hit and Run in SW Miami-Dade]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:04:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Moshe+Moll+Hit+and+Run.jpg

A hit and run victim was in critical condition in the hospital Friday night, and police need your help to find the driver who put him there.

Moshe Moll was on his motorcycle Thursday night when he was hit by a stolen Chevy Tahoe in the area of Southwest 112th Ave. and 44th street in Miami-Dade.

The Tahoe crashed a few blocks away before the driver took off on foot.

If you can help police, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Inmate From Florida City Escapes Custody in Monroe Co.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:38:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sean+Michael+Stacey1.jpg

An inmate from the Plantation Key jail facility escaped from custody Friday while working as a trusty, which is a prisoner who is given special privileges or responsibilities in return for good behavior.

Sean Michael Stacey, 37, was working outside the jail facility as a maintenance trusty for Monroe County Public Works when he went missing.

He was last seen in the area of High Point Road on Plantation Key at 4 p.m. His orange jail jumpsuit was recovered nearby.

Stacey is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with blue eyes and short red hair. He has been in jail since September 2014 on charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Stacey is from the Florida City area and law enforcement in that area has been notified and is helping to look for him.

Anyone who sees Stacey or has any information which might help locate him should call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

<![CDATA[Statue of Liberty Reopens After Bomb Scare]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Suspicious-Package-Liberty-Island-Statue.jpg

The Statue of Liberty reopened Saturday after a security scare forced thousands of tourists off Liberty Island on Friday.

The island was deemed safe Friday afternoon, about 90 minutes after the attraction was evacuated over a phoned-in bomb threat and reports of a suspicious package, authorities said.

The popular tourist attraction remained closed the rest of Friday.

Tourists were ferried off of the island after parks police patrolling with dogs near a locker area picked up the scent of a suspicious package shortly before 1 p.m., sources say. Around that same time, sources say, someone phoned in a bomb threat to the statue. 

The NYPD's bomb squad was called to the scene and authorities conducted a security sweep of the area. An all-clear was issued at about 2:30 p.m.

The scare set off a massive evacuation effort, and Statue Cruises said it transported 2,700 people from the island. Some had to leave behind their belongings during the evacuation; Statue Cruises said it will work with the National Park Service to return them to their owners. 

Several passengers who were ferried to Battery Park told NBC 4 New York they weren't told why they had to leave. Others had to stay on ferries during the investigation.

"We were all sitting in the boat, no one would tell us anything," one passenger said.

Visitors tweeted photos of long lines at a pier on Liberty Island. Many said the evacuation from Liberty Island was orderly but nerve-racking.

"It was past frustration -- it was nerve-wracking because you never know," said one visitor. "Did somebody decide to do something to the Statue of Liberty?" 

Ferry ticket holders who were held back can contact Statue Cruises to rebook or receive a refund. 

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Shooting at McDonald's in Lauderhill]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:35:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/mcdonalds+lauderhill+shooting+042515.PNG

A shooting in a Lauderhill McDonald's restaurant left one person dead, as police search for a gunman still on the loose.

It happened in front of families and children around 7 p.m., right at dinner time. The victim, 21-year-old Javaris Domineck, was left lying on his stomach while customers scrambled for help.

Lauderhill Police said it started with an argument between two men at the restaurant on Northwest 55 Avenue, west of Oakland Park Blvd. It is unknown what started the argument.

A woman said Domineck was her god brother. She was with him earlier before his life took a sudden turn.

"I was just in the car with him two hours ago and I just got a call that he was shot and I came up here," she said. "I gotta go to the hospital."

Police sealed off the fast food restaurant and rushed the victim to the hospital in very serious condition. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Police said the suspect was last seen running from the area wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt and camouflage shorts.

Brent Upchurch, owner and operator of the McDonald's restaurant, said in a statement: "Our first priority is always the safety of our customers and employees. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family suffering from this senseless act of violence. As this is an active police investigation, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further except to say that we are cooperating fully with law enforcement and hope sincerely that the perpetrator of this crime is brought swiftly to justice."

Anyone with information is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).

<![CDATA[Seminole Police Arrest Casino Arson Suspect]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:28:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/seminole+arson.jpg

A man is under arrest accused of an arson attack that disrupted hundreds of people from having a good time at a South Florida casino.

Adenis Araujo, 43, is not allowed anywhere near the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek after allegedly gambling with the lives of a lot of people.

A small fire on April 17th forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from the casino.

Prosecutors say Araujo allegedly had beef with the casino for kicking him out the week before after getting in an argument.

According to police, Araujo came back anyway and he came back for pay-back.

He allegedly placed a gasoline-filled orange juice container inside a West entrance door and lit the container on fire, scorching a wall and carpet area.

A quick-thinking casino patron saw the fire and put it out with a nearby fire extinguisher.

All casino guests were briefly evacuated and allowed to return once the smoke cleared and the casino secured.

Araujo is charged with first degree arson.

<![CDATA[Woman Uses Dress to Rip Off Weston Radio Shack Store]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:09:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/radio+shack+dress+thief.jpg

A bizarre crime is caught on camera, as a dress thief strikes, ripping off hundreds of dollars of computer parts from a Weston Radio Shack store.

She may not have been dressed to impress, but she clearly used her clothing to pull off a high tech heist.

"clearly she's done this before," said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Dani Moschella. "She puts them in there quickly and she's gone."

Detectives with the Broward sheriff's Office said the couple, who were caught on surveillance video, orchestrated a brazen theft.

"Employees didn't even know it had happened until one of them noticed an empty shelf at the end of the day," Moschella said.

The crime took place at the Radio shack on Weston Road.

According to Radio Shack employees the female suspect was wondering around the store until she reached one particular aisle and found the more valuable items on the shelf.

"The man hands the woman a pretty sizable box containing a computer component," Moschella said.

On the surveillance video, the woman is seen placing not one, not two, not even three, but at least seven boxes inside her dress, with her male accomplice by her side.

"Detectives believe she must of had a bag or something set up," Moschella said.

At one moment in the video, the woman is seen adjusting her dress to make room for the loot.

Authorities say they were in and out in minutes. But, thanks to surveillance cameras, their run from the law may soon come to an end.

"The images are super clear. Anyone who knows this couple can see this video and you're gonna know who they are," Moschella said.

The thieves got away with almost $12,000 in merchandise. If you know anything about the crime, call Broward Crime Stoppers (954) 493-TIPS.

<![CDATA[FBI Looking for Raincoat-Wearing Bank Robber]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:25:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/raincoat+robber.jpg

The FBI Friday released photos of a bank robber who was apparently ready for a rainy day.

The suspect, seen wearing a bright yellow Publix Supermarket raincoat, is wanted for robbing the Desjardin Bank on 2741 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach.

The robbery happened at 11:02 a.m. Investigators said the robber displayed a weapon and demanded money from a bank employee.

NO one was hurt, but the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

If anyone has information as to the identity of this bank robber, they should call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or Crime Stoppers.

<![CDATA[No Charges to be Filed Against DJ Laz in Fatal Boating Accident]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PKGADAMDJLAZLEAVESPOWER96_5470377_722x406_2219270220.jpg

Miami-Dade prosecutors will not charge radio personality DJ Laz in connection with a deadly boating accident.

Last May, DJ Laz, whose real name is Lazaro Mendez, was behind the wheel of a boat that got stuck in a sandbar off Nixon Beach in Key Biscayne.

Ernesto Hernandez, 23, died when he was sliced by the propellers while trying to help push the boat off of the sandbar.

Prosecutors concluded there was no evidence that Mendez was under the influence, or acted with disregard for human life.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battling Small Brush Fire in SW Miami-Dade]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:46:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SW+Dade+Small+Brush+Fire.jpg

Firefighters are on the scene of a small brush fire burning in Southwest Miami-Dade in the area of SW 120th Avenue and 232nd Street.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is battling the flames from the ground and in the air.

They are dropping buckets of water to try to put that fire out.

So far, there are at least 20 acres burned, but no homes are in danger.

This comes after a massive brush fire that burned for days this earlier week, scorching more than 2,000 acres.

No cause of the fire has been released, but officials say it was likely sparked by lightning.