<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usThu, 05 May 2016 21:50:00 -0400Thu, 05 May 2016 21:50:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Allegiant Flight Diverted to Fort Lauderdale for Turbulence]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 21:18:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+allegiant+generic.jpg

An Allegiant Air flight was diverted to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Thursday after severe turbulence injured multiple people.

Allegiant Flight 7001 from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Pittsburgh landed safely at the airport at 2:43 p.m., officials said.

Airline employees and passengers suffered injuries, airport officials said. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials said seven patients were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Allegiant officials said the crew reported the flight experienced severe turbulence while flying about 240 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, at an altitude of 36,000 feet.

There were 137 passengers and 6 crew on board, airline officials said.

The flight eventually departed Fort Lauderdale at 8:33 p.m. Thursday with an estimated arrival time of 10:29 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[Former FIU Dean Accused of Sexually Assaulting Student]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:40:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+Adam+Drisin.jpg

A former dean at Florida International University is accused of sexually assaulting a student during what was supposed to be a fun and educational study-abroad trip to Italy.

The incident allegedly happened during a night of drinking as the semester overseas was winding down.

Former Associate Dean Adam Drisin has an impressive resume. He graduated from Cornell, taught at Harvard and most recently at FIU.

"When parents send their kids to school, they send them for education, not to be exploited," said Attorney Omar Malone.

Malone is the attorney for a female graduate student who claims after a night of drinking in Italy, Drisin invited three students back to his room and served them Baileys.

After passing out, the alleged victim woke up "totally naked" and had "no recollection" of what took place, until another student told her what happened.

"A number of the students have given statements that are consistent with what we've alleged," Malone said.

He said the student reported what happened to a professor, who then reported it to the administration, where the case is still under review.

It happened back in December of 2014. Why did it take more than a year to file the lawsuit?

"Anytime allegations such as this are raised, there's an extensive investigation that needs to take place," Malone explained. He just filed the civil suit in federal court, looking for more than $75,000 in damages.

The dean has since left the university and is currently searching for a new job at colleges across the country.

After going to his home, calling and emailing, Drisin sent NBC 6 this text: "These allegations are totally false. This will all be proven to be a frivolous case. There is ample proof that will be presented to support a very different story."

An FIU spokesperson said the most important thing to the school is the health and safety of students. They won't comment specifically on this case, due to what they're calling "pending proceedings."

<![CDATA[Dolphins' Dion Jordan Working Towards Comeback]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 21:22:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453329757.jpg

Miami Dolphins defensive end could be nearing a return to the team following a suspension that cost him the 2015 season.

Jordan has already been suspended three times for drug policy violations in his three-year career. After being picked third overall for Miami, Jordan has started just one game for the team. Jordan has as many sacks as he does suspensions in his career.

The DE is considered one of the biggest draft busts in recent league history, but still has time to turn his career around. Jordan who came out of Oregon is only 26, and could be motivated to prove that his off-field issues are behind him.

While nothing has been officially announced, Jordan's agent stirred some comeback talk with a post on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

Adding fuel to the reinstatement fire was a trainer mentioned in Hendrickson's tweet. Tareq Azim is based in San Francisco and posted two pictures and a video on Instagram of Jordan working out.

Jordan is expected to be welcomed back by Miami if and when the league reinstates him. The Dolphins have made changes to their roster this off-season, but still are hunting for more talent. Jordan could end up being a surprise boost if he can stay out of trouble.

A decision on Jordan's playing status could come at any point, and it would be a surprise if the NFL did not reinstate the defensive end.

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<![CDATA[Panthers' Gallant Named as Finalist for Jack Adams Award]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 20:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457970030.jpg

Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award on Thursday.

The award is given each season to the coach who "contributed the most to his team's success." It is the National Hockey League's version of the Coach of the Year award, and is a highly coveted honor.

Gallant's competition for the award includes Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals. While Washington and Dallas both finished with more points than Florida, Gallant has a decent chance of winning the award. Florida outdid expectations more than the other two clubs, which often weighs heavily in these awards.

The Panthers had a franchise record 103 wins and 47 wins in the 2015-16 season. The players on the ice are a big reason for it, but Gallant's coaching can't simply be overlooked. The coach kept a consistent demeanor and was instrumental in helping his team achieve their goal of a return to the playoffs.

This was Gallant's second season as Florida's head coach and the team has been competitive in both of the campaigns. Gallant served as head coach of the Atlantic Division team in this year's All-Star Game as well.

The award that Gallant is going for is named after Jack Adams who is the only person to win a Stanley Cup as a player, coach and general manager. 

The Jack Adams Award will be presented as part of the NHL Awards on June 22.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Aides Interviewed in Email Investigation: Officials]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 20:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_894627747166.jpg

Sources familiar with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server told NBC News some of her top aides during her time as Secretary of State have been interviewed by the FBI “within the past few months.” 

Among them was Huma Abedin, who will be deposed in a separate Freedom of Information case against the State Department. 

Officials say the interviews were planned ahead of time and officials say the investigation is far from over. 

So far, no conclusions have been reached about whether any laws were violated in setting up or using the system, officials say. 

The Clinton campaign continues to say the Democratic front-runner “has offered to answer any questions that would help the Justice Department complete its review,” and that the campaign is “confident the review will conclude that nothing inappropriate took place.”

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<![CDATA[2nd Suspect Arrested in 2013 Pompano Beach Homicide]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 20:10:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Crime-Scene-Tape-Police-041516.jpg

Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives have arrested a second man wanted for his alleged involvement in the 2013 murder of a 22-year-old man in Pompano Beach.

Soon after the shooting death of Rodney Toussaint, investigators arrested James Toussaint, one of the alleged shooters.

At the time, they also issued an arrest warrant for Jubert Joseph but had not been able to locate him.

On Wednesday, members of the BSO Special Weapons and Tactics team went to serve a search warrant at a home in Pompano Beach. As detectives approached the front door, a man inside the home jumped out through a rear window in an attempt to avoid capture.

The man was quickly taken into custody and transported to the BSO Main Jail. The suspect told detectives his name was Evylen Alcime, but during the booking process his fingerprints revealed his real name was Jubert Joseph, 29.

The murder happened on Dec. 8, 2013. BSO said the victim, Rodney Toussaint, had gotten into a verbal altercation and physical fight with James Toussaint.

Rodney left after the fight but returned to the 300 block of Northwest 12th Court about an hour later. BSO said James and Joseph approached the victim and fired their weapons.

Deputies responded to the area and found Rodney lying dead on the pavement.

Joseph is being held on no bond. It's unknown whether he has an attorney.

<![CDATA[President Obama Commutes Sentences of 3 Miami Drug Offenders]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:37:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Obama0AP_16126015917293.jpg

Three Miami men were among 58 federal drug offenders who had their prison sentences commuted by President Obama Thursday.

Marion Clarence Cooper and Dwayne Berman Cooper had been sentenced to life in prison in 1996 but will now be released on Sept. 2. Alberto A. Rosales, Sr. is serving 70 years in prison from an amended sentence in 1992 but will also be released on Sept. 2.

All three men were convicted on various drug charges and are non-violent offenders.

In March, Obama commuted the sentences of five South Florida drug offenders, including two were were serving life sentences.

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<![CDATA[Pair Arrested in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme: MDPD]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:54:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+denys+sanchez-vazquez+elio+perez-garcia.jpg

Two men are facing charges after authorities say they used dozens of counterfeit credit cards to make purchases at stores throughout Miami-Dade.

Elio Perez-Garcia, 29, and Denys Sanchez-Vazquez, 30, are both facing charges including grand theft and organized fraud following their arrests Thursday, police said.

Both appeared in court Thursday where they were each given $285,500 bonds. It's unknown if they've hired attorneys.

According to arrest reports, Miami-Dade Police detectives watched Perez-Garcia and Sanchez-Vazquez enter different retail stores at Dadeland Mall where they used the counterfeit cards to make purchases.

Police said they searched one of the suspects' cars and found a total of 192 counterfeit credit cards.

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<![CDATA[GPS Helps Solve Dispute Over Trashed Turf]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:05:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+trashed+turf.jpg

A South Florida man says a Miami-Dade County garbage truck took more than his garbage when it went by his house last summer.

Ignazio Amato said he was inside his home just after noon when he was startled by the loud noise he heard.

"I looked through the window and I saw the garbage truck come front and down," Amato said.

He said a Miami-Dade County garbage truck damaged his lawn and yanked out garden lighting.

He called police and filed a report. Then he contacted the county and says he was told it would investigate and take care of the damages if they were at fault.

But four months later, he got a letter from the county denying his claim. The letter said the "trucks are equipped with a GPS system" and the "findings show that the truck in question could not have done the damages" he was claiming.

That's when Amato called the NBC 6 Investigators.

This timeline describes what happened:

  • June 15, 2015: Amato claims a Miami-Dade garbage truck damaged his landscaping.
  • November 9, 2015: Amato called NBC 6 Investigators. We made public records requests on Amato’s behalf.
  • December 7, 2015: Received 3-1-1 log confirming Amato made a complaint.
  • January 6, 2016: County sends its investigation report which included a signed letter from the garbage truck driver stating, "I never even traveled on the street that the customer alleges I turned from to cause the damages." The county also included a map with GPS coordinates to show that the truck passed by Amato's house at 10:26 a.m. not after noon when Amato said he saw the truck there. So, the NBC 6 Investigators request all GPS coordinates for the truck's route that day.
  • February 19, 2016: County sends all GPS coordinates for the truck's route. The NBC 6 Investigators discovered the data showed the truck went by Amato's house once at 10:26 a.m. and again at 12:48 p.m. When the county saw the discrepancy, a spokesperson said they agreed to reconsider the case.
  • April 14, 2016: Miami-Dade County sends a statement: "A subsequent review of our documentation revealed that there was a truck in the vicinity of Mr. Amato's residence later that afternoon. While the department (DSWM) cannot say conclusively that its truck created the damage, based on the above discrepancy, we would like to assist the homeowner…" "The department (DSWM) sincerely apologizes and regrets any inconvenience Mr. Amato has experienced."

Amato said he got a phone call from the county.

"Somebody from this office called me and they tell me, I'm sorry about this accident," he said.

On April 22, 2016, Amato went to the county building to pick up a $1,250 check reimbursing him for the cost he incurred fixing his property.

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<![CDATA[Experts Urge Password Changes After Massive Cyber Attack]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:36:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPG

Cybersecurity professionals are warning anyone with a personal email account to change their passwords after stolen user names and passwords were being offered up for sale on the Internet, NBC News reported. 

Some 272.3 million accounts were stolen - and involve some of the biggest email providers, including Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft, according to Alex Holden of Hold Security. 

"We know he's a young man in central Russia who collected this information from multiple sources," Holden told NBC News. "We don't know the way he did it or the reason why he did it."

The user names and passwords were all being sold on the so-called “dark web,” where hackers hock their goods. Hackers use the stolen information to lure users into giving away more information, including credit card numbers and bank account access.

Experts say people should change their passwords regularly. Use abstract combinations of letters, numbers and characters that a criminal's computer program couldn't easily guess.

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<![CDATA[Swimming Advisory Issued for Dog Beach on Key Biscayne]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:23:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+florida+department+of+health+miami-dade.jpg

A swimming advisory has been issued for Dog Beach on Key Biscayne after tests showed high levels of bacteria.

Officials with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade issued the advisory Thursday after beach water samples didn't meet the recreational water quality standard for enterococci.

The department advises against swimming at Dog Beach for now since water contact may pose an increased risk of illness.

<![CDATA[Proposed Rule May Allow Class-Action Suits Against Banks]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:14:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg

A rule proposed Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may ban mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from filing class-action lawsuits against their banks and credit card companies, NBC News reported. 

The proposed rule would prohibit financial services companies from including mandatory arbitration clauses that forbid class-action lawsuits. 

Supporters of the proposal say it will help keep companies honest, while opponents argue banks typically resolve disputes quickly and amicably. 

Arbitration clauses are generally embedded in the fine print of many financial institutions’ contracts, which many advocates say deny people the right to their day in court.

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<![CDATA[Blood Drives Being Held in Honor of South Dade Principal]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:42:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042816+javier+perez.jpg

Several blood drives are being held in honor of the South Dade High School principal who was struck by an SUV at his son's little league game.

Javier Perez was seriously injured while coaching his 5-year-old son's team at Tamiami Park last week when the driver lost control and rammed into him.

Perez remains at Kendall Regional Medical Center. He has undergone multiple surgeries to save his life.

The Perez family is asking people to donate blood in his honor with drives on Friday and Saturday. Here is the schedule and locations:


South Dade Senior High between 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Ronald Reagan Senior High between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Kendall Regional Medical Center between 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Perez and his family with medical expenses.

<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Stealing Police Equipment, Loaded Gun: BSO]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:29:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+car+burglar+bso.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying an alleged car burglar, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

In the early morning hours of April 24, BSO said a male suspect smashed his way into a Yellow Cab Toyota Prius that was parked outside the owner's Lauderdale Lakes apartment in the 2700 block of Somerset Drive. The community is gated and has security guards.

A rear-view camera captured the suspect's face as he rummaged for valuables. He left with nothing, according to the taxi driver.

BSO said the same man is suspected of breaking into two other vehicles in the complex that same morning including a marked police officer's Chevrolet Tahoe. He took a vest carrier that has "Police" patches and $143 worth of LED flares from the North Miami Police Department's SUV.

His third smash-and-grab from a Dodge Charger, netted him a Glock 26 gun with two magazines that hold 21 bullets.

"We're thinking it's an isolated incident, especially for that area. The officer's lived there for several years, something to this magnitude has not occurred before, especially with a marked police vehicle," an investigator explained.

BSO said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous since he has police equipment and a loaded 9mm gun.

"The danger with that is unimaginable with someone just posing as a police officer," the investigator said. "If anybody is being pulled over, especially by an unmarked car, go to a well-lit area."

Anyone with information about the suspect or these crimes is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck, Killed by SUV in Miami: Police]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050416+miami+fatal+auto+ped.jpg

A busy South Florida street was partially shutdown Wednesday evening, after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an SUV.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. on Southwest 8th Street near Southwest 74th Avenue in Miami.

Miami Police said a 63-year-old male was killed. His name has not been released.

The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and told police the victim "came out of nowhere."

The Florida Highway Patrol responded, along with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

There's no word on whether the driver will face charges.

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<![CDATA[Women Wearing Postal Uniforms Part of Theft Scheme]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050416+postal+uniform+scheme.jpg

They come wearing a uniform we all trust: the United States Postal Service. But the women making huge purchases, authorities say, are pulling an incredible ruse that's already damaged hundreds of lives across South Florida.

The hunt is on to find those still on the loose who are pulling off one of the most clever schemes yet to steal your identity. Just about everyone knows the postal service worker who comes to your home and it's that familiarity and faith that takes the scheme to new heights.

Federal Postal Inspectors say the good name of the U.S. Postal Service is being used to dupe employees at Home Depot into allowing the sale of items running into the thousands. Smiling women in postal uniforms buying just about everything: refrigerators, ovens, lamps, building supplies.

Police say there was another woman in her postal outfit having a fantastic shopping spree at Best Buy. She was seen chatting with three male clerks who loaded up her cart, and then off she went with thousands of electronics out the door. Turns out, none of these women have anything to do with the postal service.

"I would not have believed the things that they did, you could get away with the stuff they did to me," said Teresa Thompson, identity theft victim.

Authorities said it was Kateena Norman who spearheaded the team that grabbed Thompson's identity and came up with the clever scheme that few would really question anyone in a postal uniform. One of her American Express bills was $19,000.

"The best part of it, she even wrote checks that she ordered in my name to pay my credit card for a whole year," Thompson said.

Thompson is just one of hundreds of victims.

The shopping sprees were done by the postal impostors in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, Hialeah, Miami Beach and Kendall.

"People tend to drop their guard and not check ID or make a phone call. They figure, well, that’s a postal employee, it shouldn't be a problem," said Javier Dominguez, U.S. Postal Inspector.

Police said the woman seen at Best Buy, Monique Barthell, was confident enough in the fake ID's not to wear the uniform. At Victoria's Secret, she dumped a handful of items on the counter.

Authorities said a home in El Portal was the headquarters of the operation located in the normally quiet neighborhood about 10 miles north of Downtown Miami.

"We went inside and found the postal uniform in Kateena's closet and we found a treasure trove of identities," said Det. David Adlet with El Portal Police. "It still hasn't been closed down, the operation."

Adlet is out to find Tenika Nicole Oliver. He said she was at Miami International Airport using the fake IDs and credit cards; rental car agents just handed over the keys.

"Tenika Nicole Oliver, on two separate occasions, is at the Avis counter and in those two videos she poses as two separate victims," Adlet explained.

If you recognize her, you're urged to call your local police department or (877) 876-2455.

Federal and state prosecutors eventually got their hands on Norman and Barthell and put them away but this danger is still lurking as others are on the loose.

There's no final answer as to where they got the postal uniforms in the first place.

For more information on identity theft, click here.

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<![CDATA[Trump Reverses Stances on Taxes, Minimum Wage]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 17:11:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527324320-trump.jpg

Donald Trump has already indicated he may abandon his positions on two major policy issues: a minimum wage increase and tax cuts for the rich, NBC News reported.

Trump told CNBC on Thursday he backed away from his original tax plan and that he is “more into the middle class.” Trump put out a tax plan last year with major cuts to income, estate and business taxes for the ultra-wealthy, with far less generous cuts for the middle class. 

On Wednesday, Trump was asked on CNN whether the $7.25 minimum wage should be increased.

"I am open to doing something with it, because I don't like that," Trump told CNN on Wednesday after being asked if he thought the $7.25 minimum wage should be increased.

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<![CDATA[Panthers Re-Sign Jaromir Jagr for 2016-17 Season]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 16:49:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515700472.jpg

The Florida Panthers will be bringing back the team's leading scorer Jaromir Jagr for the 2016-17 season.

Jagr agreed to a new one-year deal on Thursday and will look to lead Florida to a second straight playoff run. Jagr compiled 66 points in 79 games this season and also was a leader on and off the ice.

The veteran will turn 45 next season, but showed no signs of slowing down in the 2015-16 campaign. Not only did Jagr have the aforementioned top points total on Florida, but he helped those around him. Most notably Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleskander Barkov showed improvements in their game playing alongside Jagr.

This season was Jagr's first full one with the Panthers after coming over in a trade during the 2014-15 run. While the Panthers missed the playoffs that season, they made a strong run to the end thanks in part to Jagr's contributions.

“Jaromir has had a tremendous influence on our younger players and has been a key offensive contributor on our team,” Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant said. “We are happy to have him back as we look to build off this year’s playoff appearance.”

“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” Florida's Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all-time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”

The Panthers are expected to try and find some missing pieces this off-season after a first-round exit in the playoffs. Florida made great strides this season, but has room to improve.

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<![CDATA[180,000 Pacifiers Recalled Over Choking Hazard]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 16:21:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/munchkin-pacifier-recall.jpg

Munchkin is recalling some 180,000 pacifiers sold with clip covers that can detach and pose a choking hazard, according to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

The pacifiers were sold from March 2014 through March 2016 at major retailers, including Babies R Us, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon. The Latch Lightweight Pacifier and Clip was available in five styles and several colors.

Munchkin Inc., based in California, has received 10 reports of the clip cover detaching from the pacifier clip, although no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC.

Anyone who has purchased a recalled pacifier should take the clip away from children and contact Munchkin at 877-242-3134 or online for a full refund or replacement.

More information about the recall is available on the CPSC website.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Stalking in Case Involving Lifeguards]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:04:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+James+Ernest+Malphurs.jpg

A Miami Beach attorney who police say has a history of incidents with lifeguards is facing stalking and other charges after authorities say he took keys from an ocean rescue vehicle.

James Ernest Malphurs, 41, is charged with stalking, petit theft, burglary and battery on an emergency medical care provider, according to a Miami Beach Police arrest report.

Malphurs was booked into jail early Thursday and later released on bond. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Malphurs spoke with NBC 6 off camera and denied the charges. He said the lifeguards have been verbally harassing him since last year, when he was told he couldn't walk on the beach with his dog.

He also said he has been the repeated victim of hate speech from the lifeguards and said they've thrown things at him as he jogs by and have assaulted him several times.

According to the report, Malphurs walked up to an ocean rescue vehicle near 64th Street and removed the keys from the ignition Wednesday evening. When he was asked to give the keys back, he refused and took off running, the report said.

The lifeguard gave chase and Malphurs tossed the keys in some bushes. The lifeguard detained Malphurs until officers arrived, the report said.

Malphurs called the story in the report a "complete fabrication" and said he was assaulted by the lifeguards who hit in in the back of the head and choked him for several minutes.

Wednesday's alleged incident is just the latest involving Malphurs and ocean rescue lifeguards. The report said last June, Malphurs put his dog on a beach patrol vehicle and tried to drive away. When he was stopped by a beach patrol lieutenant, he began sending his dog to attack the lieutenant, the report said.

Malphurs admitted he briefly had his dog on the beach but denied that he set it to attack the lieutenant.

In August, Malphurs wrote "Ocean Rescue Homophobes" on the outside of a life guard shack, the report said. And just over a month ago, in March, Malphurs grabbed a safety cone from a lifeguard stand and punched an ATV before he took off running, the report said.

Malphurs admitted to scrawling the message but said it was done in chalk and could easily be removed. He also admitted to knocking over the cones as a non-violent protest to his treatment but denied stealing them.

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<![CDATA[Wal-Mart Welcomes Back Its Greeters]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:01:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4416Walmart.jpg

Wal-Mart is bringing back its store greeters this summer after eliminating the position from its 5,000-plus U.S. stores four years ago, NBC News reported.

The Arkansas-based retail giant said a pilot program that returned its goodwill ambassadors to the front door earned positive customer feedback. The company announced this week it will be stationing 9,000 people at its store entrances.

The company said two-thirds of the new positions will be the traditional greeters — often senior citizens. The remainder will be "customer hosts," specially trained younger employees, who will be responsible for checking receipts, processing returns, handling security, and protecting against theft. 

Wal-Mart's founder Sam Walton implemented "people greeters" in the 1980s after a store associate suggested a familiar face at the entrance would give shoppers the impression of a friendly, neighborhood business.

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<![CDATA[Anita Alvarez Seeks to Recuse Self]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:43:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Anita-Alvarez-AP_958161656519.jpg

The embattled state's attorney of Cook County, Illinois, has asked to recuse herself from the murder prosecution of Officer Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who shot a black teen 16 times.

Anita Alvarez requested that the court appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case. Van Dyke is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. He was charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty.

"My primary goal in bringing a charge of First Degree Murder in this case is and always has been about seeking justice for Laquan McDonald," Alvarez said in a written statement in court Thursday. "Today I believe that I am fulfilling this obligation by requesting that the court turn this case over to a special prosecutor."

Alvarez has faced mounting criticism over her handling of the case, with many questioning why it took more than a year to bring charges against the officer involved in McDonald's killing. 

Activists and civil rights attorneys previously asked Judge Vincent Gaughan to appoint a special prosecutor, alleging Alvarez was "disqualified from representing the people."

Alvarez has defended her handling of the case, but has since lost her campaign for re-election. 

"More than anything else, our role as prosecutors is to seek justice and do all that we can to promote confidence in our criminal justice system," Alvarez said Thursday. "It is my greatest hope that the citizens of Chicago who have been shocked and polarized by this crime and this tragedy will understand and welcome this decision and respectfully support the efforts of all elements of the criminal justice system as the prosecution of Jason Van Dyke moves forward.”

Gaughan said Thursday he plans to make a decision about the request for a special prosecutor June 2. 

Van Dyke is accused of shooting McDonald 16 times while the teen was walking away from police in October 2014. Dashcam footage showing the shooting was released to the public in November 2015, sparking protests and outrage nationwide.

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<![CDATA[Bush Presidents Won't Be Endorsing Trump]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 13:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/167503236.jpg

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will refrain from endorsing or commenting on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The senior Bush has enthusiastically endorsed the party's nominee in the past five election cycles. But the 91-year-old's spokesman confirmed to NBC News that President Bush will not endorse Trump and "is retired from politics."

George W. Bush is also staying out of politics this year and "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign," his personal aide, Freddy Ford, told The Texas Tribune.

Trump repeatedly attacked Bush 43's administration on the campaign trail, saying it failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks and lied to get the U.S. involved in the Iraq War.

Neither Bush attended the 2012 or 2008 Republican conventions.

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Arrested for Stealing Marked MDPD Car]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 17:55:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042616+stolen+miami-dade+police+car+in+lake.jpg

Two teens have been arrested for stealing a marked Miami-Dade Police cruiser that was found submerged in a lake last week.

The teens, both 16, are facing grand theft and dealing in stolen property charges, police said Thursday. NBC 6 is not identifying them because of their age.

The car was found in the lake in the area of Southwest 380th Street and 187th Avenue on April 26. Police said the car was stolen from an officer's home in the area of 169th Avenue and 274th Street the day before. The officer awoke to find it missing from her driveway.

No firearms were taken but a police vest and helmet were stolen, officials said.

According to arrest reports, one of the teens stole the car and gave the police vest to the other teen. The second teen confessed to storing the vest for the other teen in his bedroom, the report said.

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<![CDATA[Ariz. Teen Not Charged for Exposing Himself in Yearbook Photo]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 13:23:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/160503-hunter-osborn-jsw-1030a_d323e352d121399c9391e456abf99c10.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

An Arizona teenager who flashed his genitals for his high school team’s yearbook photo won’t be charged, NBC News reports.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday it would not pursue a felony charge.

Hunter Osborn was arrested Saturday and was charged as an adult with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure — one count for every “victim” who appeared in the photo with him, police said.

Mesa police said no one in the photo wanted to press charges. Osborn pulled the prank on a dare, but later said he was “disgusted” by his actions, according to police.

School officials recalled the yearbook in order to alter the offending image.

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<![CDATA[Border Agents Report Spike in Chinese Detainees]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:50:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/US-Mexico-Border-AP_484258622204.jpg

U.S. Border Patrol agents are seeing a spike in non-Mexican immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border, particularly among Chinese immigrants, they told NBC 7 San Diego.

"Anytime we see an increase it's a concern to us. We want to make sure we apprehend people as they're coming across the border," Jose Hernandez with U.S. Border Patrol San Diego sector said Wednesday.

In 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees apprehended more than 2,000 immigrants not from Mexico crossing the border illegally. In just the first four months of 2016 there were more than 2,500 such immigrants apprehended. Hernandez says they've seen a 225 percent jump compared to this time last year.

"It takes a little longer to process someone who is other than Mexican simply because of the paper work that's involved in it, but that's part of the job," Hernandez said.

In April, a passerby spotted a group of young men walking along State Route 94 near Potrero. Agents responded and detained seven Chinese nationals.

Those seven are just a handful of more than 660 apprehended Chinese immigrants to cross the Tijuana-California border this year. It's a jump from fewer than 50 Chinese immigrants apprehended in 2015 and just five apprehended the year before.

"All the people we are apprehending are circumventing the port of entry," Hernandez said. "So they're coming across in the mountains or through the deserts."

Hernandez said agents have had to shift personnel and adjust the way they operate a bit in order to cover those areas where more non-Mexican immigrants are crossing the border.

"Pretty much everybody who comes across the border is assisted in some way, shape or form with the transnational criminal organizations along the border," Hernandez said.

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<![CDATA[BSO Deputy Injured in Crash in Plantation]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:16:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050516+bso+crash.jpg

A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy was hospitalized after he was involved in a crash Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened around noon in the area of Broward Boulevard and Flamingo Road and involved the deputy's car and an SUV.

BSO officials said Deputy Guillermo Valdes is from the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea District and was off-duty in his marked car when the crash happened.

Authorities said they had to extricate the SUV from Valdes' car to get him out.

Plantation Fire Department officials said the deputy was taken to Westside Regional with minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle involved, Farina Sikder, wasn't hurt.

Sikder told NBC 6 that her water bottle was falling and she was trying to catch it when she lost control and crashed into the deputy.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Convicted Killer Who Escaped NJ Prison]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 19:01:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Arthur-Buckel-New.jpg

Officials in New Jersey said that the inmate who busted out of a minimum security prison in New Jersey earlier this week has likely left the town where he was spotted Wednesday.

Barnegat police spent the day Thursday through Ocean County for 38-year-old Arthur Buckel, an inmate at Bayside State Prison who was missing when guards performed a prisoner count at a satellite unit at Ancora Hospital in Hammonton Tuesday morning. 

Buckel, who previously served time for the 1996 death of a 10-month-old girl before his latest stint behind bars, was spotted walking into a CVS in the town on Wednesday, prompting school lockdowns.

But late Thursday, officials in the town said that Corrections Department officials developed leads that Buckel had left the Ocean County town. It's not clear where he went.

Barnegat officials said there would still be additional police posted at schools to help abate fears about the escapee. 

"This is not normal for Barnegat," said Mayor John J. Novak. 

Buckel, whose last known address was in Clifton and had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault, was caught on surveillance cameras at the CVS Wednesday morning wearing construction boots, khakis, a T-shirt and yellow safety jacket.

Barnegat police said that when they responded to the pharmacy they found a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado stolen from Hammonton, about 40 miles from Barnegat. Authorities said that they think Buckel was getting around in the pickup truck.

Buckel was serving a sentence for crimes including aggravated assault, burglary and receiving stolen property. He was set to be eligible for parole on May 21.

A Corrections Department spokesman said Buckel could face an addition 3 to 5 years in prison for escaping once he's recaptured.

Buckel was also convicted of aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 10-month-old girl in 1996, according to NJ.com. Buckel, who was 18 at the time, admitted to slapping the girl, who died from skull fractures.

Corrections Department records show that he was in prison from 1996 to 2010 for the killing, NJ.com reports.

It's the second such escape from Bayside State Prison's Ancora unit in six months. In October, NBC10 in Philadelphia reported that Panagioti Souris busted out of the prison and traveled to Philadelphia.

He surrendered to authorities without a struggle in the Old City district and was returned to the prison. 

Anyone who sees Buckel is asked to call 911 and to avoid making direct contact with him.

Photo Credit: Barnegat Township Police/New Jersey Department of Corrections
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<![CDATA[Voters Could Pick London's First Muslim Mayor]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:41:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sadiq-khan.jpg

London could make history as the first major Western city to elect a Muslim mayor, with Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan on top of opinion polls, according to NBC News.

Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, became a human rights attorney before entering politics, and supports gay marriage. His opposition, Zac Goldsmith of the Conservative Party, is the son of a Jewish billionaire and was elected to the House of Commons in 2010.

Goldsmith has criticized Khan for appearances alongside radical Muslim speakers and Khan has accused Goldsmith of running a "nasty, dog-whistling campaign."

The tense election is being likened to the 2016 presidential election, which has drawn global attention for the fighting and inflammatory remarks among candidates, namely from presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. 

"The campaign has degenerated in a profoundly depressing way," London reporter and blogger for The Guardian, Dave Hill, told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[US Companies Vow to Hire 110K Vets by 2021]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470854480.jpg

On Thursday, 40 companies, including Amazon, Boeing, BAE Systems, AT&T and Tesla, pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years in support of the Joining Forces initiative, the White House announced.

Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces in 2011. The nationwide initiative calls all Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families by supporting them through education and employment opportunities.

At the time, the unemployment rate for veterans of the 9/11 generation was more than 12 percent, according to the White House Office of the First Lady.

Obama and Dr. Biden challenged the private sector in August 2011 to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses. Since then, more than 1.2 million veterans and spouses have been hired or trained by the private sector and the unemployment rate among veterans is now lower than the national average, the White House said.

In addition to creating employment opportunities, 15 companies and organizations have committed to lead training programs, sponsor scholarships and support certification courses for nearly 60,000 veterans and their spouses.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, Obama and Dr. Biden said the U.S. military has been "largely overlooked" by American companies looking to hire top technology talent.

"Whether they were establishing wireless networks in Baghdad, repairing communications equipment in the mountains of Afghanistan, or maintaining data-storage units on 100,000-ton aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, these military personnel have often done their jobs in conditions that most people can’t even begin to imagine," the op-ed said.

Obama and Biden noted these experiences demonstrate America's men and women in uniform "can handle whatever comes their way in an office building in Silicon Valley."

"Despite that remarkable achievement, there is plenty left to be done: 200,000 service members are returning to civilian life every year, and as far as we’re concerned, one unemployed veteran is one too many," Obama and Dr. Biden wrote.

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<![CDATA[Student Overcomes Critical Injury]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 11:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/rachel-hall-temple.jpg

While it may have been a preview of her ultimate goal, Wednesday marked a significant moment for Temple University student Rachel Hall.

The 23-year-old lacrosse player walked across the stage during her school’s athletics ceremony over a year after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash. Hall, who once had a 20 percent chance of survival, is now set to walk during her graduation ceremony Friday.

"It feels great to finally be with my friends for graduation and go through all the ceremony and all the excitement that I missed," Hall told NBC10. "So I’m really happy to be back."

Few people gave Hall a chance to ever walk again — let alone survive — in the days after the hit-and-run last year. The star lacrosse goalie was riding her bicycle near Temple’s campus on April 29, 2015 when she was struck by a 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant.

The driver, later identified as 19-year-old Rashan Roberts, fled the scene. He was arrested and sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to the hit-and-run. Police said he only had his learner’s permit at the time of the crash.

Hall suffered severe head trauma and a badly broken leg. Determined to overcome her injuries, she endured grueling rehab and therapy. She still attends therapy sessions five days a week, according to her mother.

"It’s a miracle that she’s where she is now," said Kathy Hall. "I never expected it. All of this is from her. It’s her work."

Rachel Hall, who dreams of becoming a police officer, said she always knew she’d achieve her goal of overcoming life-threatening injuries and walking again.

"I always had a very positive personality even before this," she said. "I knew there was no reason to be negative about it because it won’t help me at all."

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