<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 31 Aug 2016 17:51:14 -0400Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:51:14 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thieves Target Miami Gardens Construction Site Multiple Times]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:48:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083116+miami+gardens+construction.jpg

Construction workers at a new Miami Gardens gas station say they've been the victims of repeated thefts of tools, machine and other equipment.

A RaceWay gas station is being built at the location at Northwest 137th Street and Northwest 37th Avenue. A job for anyone is of course a valuable commodity but especially in Miami Gardens where the city has been looking far and wide for employment for its residents.

Tyrone Jack, who lives not far away, is on the job in Miami Gardens. He's been employed much of the summer as the gas station and food market goes up. Trouble is some of what he needs to get the work done is gone.

"We came to work Monday morning and all the tools were gone out the trailer. It's been like the 5th break-in so far," Jack said.

"Well, this last time we lost a lot. We lost welding machines, generators, threading machines," Roger Marler said.

The workers say thieves broke the lock on the container where they keep their work tools and made off with them. They said there have been multiple burglaries at the site and they're slowing down the project.

"We have been here eight weeks and we've been hit six times so far. Vehicle damage, theft, vandalism," Marler said.

The contractor estimates more than $20,000 worth of items have been taken. The head of the team said it's frustrating because the project will ultimately bring employment and service to the neighborhood and the thefts are inhibiting that outcome.

"I realize once it's open it provides jobs for the community but in the process of building we feed hundreds of families in the process of building one of these jobs," Marler said. "I would like to see a little bit more community involvement. Obviously the last time we got hit Monday night it had to have created a lot of racket. It hat to have taken a pretty good amount of of time."

Miami Gardens police have been out to the location. They're doing what they can to try and find out who has been targeting the job site and they are trying to get more specifics about exactly what was taken in the last burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Steals Nearly $85,000 From Girl Scouts: Police]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/192*120/girlscoutworkersteals.jpg

A Sarasota woman is charged with stealing around $85,000 from the Girl Scouts. Detectives say the suspect, who worked for the organization for 10 years, admitted to stealing the money.

Deputies started investigating in May because the CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida discovered more than $75,000 missing from the organization’s account. Stephanie Person, member services coordinator, was “identified as a possible suspect since she handled troop funds and banking,” investigators said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Person, age 41, managed 500 different troops. She handled the money earned by the girls, including from cookie sales. Person’s job was to disperse that money to troops throughout the Tampa Bay area. The money was supposed to be used for field trips and community service projects.

Person instead transferred money to herself by using an inactive troop’s account, deputies said.

“Electronic evidence and surveillance photos from various banks throughout Sarasota County confirmed Person had withdrawn nearly $85,000 in troop funds,” deputies said.

Person allegedly told detectives she started taking the money because of financial hardships. She did so for eight months, detectives said.

“When she realized how easy it was, she just kept doing it. She described it as like an addiction, she just kept doing it and couldn't stop,” Lt. Joe Giasone with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said. “She said she used it for living expenses and she was buying scratch-off lottery tickets, wasn't buying anything tangible.”

The CEO OF Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida said the ordeal has blindsided her.

“I was extremely surprised at this. We had a 10-year, trusted former employee,” Sue Stewart said. “As Girl Scouts, we’re teaching our girls to be honest and fair, and it really is disappointing that we’re upholding a mission and that this could occur.”

Officials say there were safeguards in place, but Person was crafty. The organization hired new staff and implemented stricter controls to prevent this from happening again.

Stewart said individual troops were given back the money always meant to go to them. Meanwhile, Girl Scout employees are working with authorities to recover all the money that Person allegedly stole.

Person is charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused in Wilton Manors Anti-Gay Threats Arrested]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:45:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083116+craig+jungwirth.jpg

Authorities have arrested the Broward County man accused of making threats on social media targeting the LGBT community in Wilton Manors.

A Fort Lauderdale city commissioner confirmed to NBC 6 that Craig Jungwirth was taken into custody near Orlando. However, Wilton Manors Police have yet to confirm the report.

It's not known what charges Jungwirth faces.

In a Facebook post, Jungwirth allegedly wrote,"It's time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers."

In response to the online threats, some bars in Wilton Manors, like Rumors Bar and Grill, stepped up security with armed guards.

In another post, the suspect allegedly wrote "If you losers thought the Pulse Nightclub shooting was bad, wait 'til you see what I'm planning for Labor Day."

Another post reads "I'm gonna be LOLing you f***** faster than cops kill n******. It's time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers."

Jungwirth has a lengthy criminal history which includes stalking charges.

Police are asking anyone else who has been threatened by Jungwirth to call them.

Facebook has since deleted his profile.

<![CDATA[Preseason Week Four Preview: Titans at Dolphins]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:53:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-493262994.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will close out their preseason schedule on Thursday with a game against the Tennessee Titans.

Miami is 2-1 thus far in the preseason and this will be the first time they take the field at the new-look Hard Rock Stadium. After playing a home game in Orlando last week, the Dolphins will be able to test out their renovated home field. Miami has installed all new grass along with a myriad of other changes.

With this being the final preseason game, many roster decisions have already been made. This is now a final tune-up for players, but not an extended look for expected starters. The Dolphins will use this as an opportunity to keep their reserves in game-ready form and get them prepared for the regular season.

The Dolphins have at least one decision to make and it is a spot that they likely did not expect to need to ponder about. Matt Moore is recovering from a concussion and Miami may need a new backup quarterback for the start of the season. This game could end that discussion with leading candidate Zac Dysert expected to see a good deal of work. Brandon Doughty should also see plenty of action.

Miami's offensive line did a great job of protecting Ryan Tannehill last week in his extended time on the field. The starters should once again see some playing time to stay focused, but could head off the field qucikly to avoid injury problems. With Moore already sidelined, it is imperative that the OL does a good job of protecting the passers again.

The Dolphins will keep a close eye on their defense as well. It has not been the strongest of preseasons for Miami's much-talked about defense. Even though the reserve players should see most of the plays, the Dolphins need to see some better play from the other side of the ball.

Thursday's preseason finale is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Senate Showdown: Murphy, Rubio in Pivotal Florida Race]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:49:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083116+patrick+murphy+marco+rubio.jpg

For the next nine weeks voters across Florida will get their fill of Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy.

The congressman from Jupiter sailed to a win in Tuesday night's Democratic primary. Rubio easily won the Republican contest too.

They both quickly tacked out of primary mode, looking toward November, wasting no time hammering each other during their respective victory speeches.

Rubio questioned Murphy's credentials.

"Now, he's tried to do that in the past by talking about how successful he's been in the private sector. The problem is it isn't true," Rubio said.

Murphy discussed Rubio's attendance record in the Senate.

"Marco Rubio is the worst of Washington because he puts himself first every time. He gave up on his job, he gave up on Florida," Murphy said.

Rubio heads into the fall race with a name brand known for being one of the last candidates standing against Donald Trump in the GOP presidential primary, while Murphy enjoys the backing of the President And Vice President.

The race is critically important in the Democrats' strategy to win control of the United States Senate.

"I am so humbled to be standing here in front of so many people that have been with me for so long to be the Democratic nominee to be the next senator from the State of Florida," Murphy said.

"He wants to be a U.S. Senator, he's going to have to earn it by beating the son of a bartender and a maid who came to this country in search of a better life," Rubio said.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Fire Helps Boy Bitten By Venomous Snake]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:50:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/1snakebite1.jpg

Miami-Dade Fire's Venom One Unit helped a 17-year old boy who was bitten by a water moccasin Wednesday.

The incident happened Tuesday night, but officials say the 17-year old boy did not tell his parents until Wednesday morning, when his right foot was too big to fit his shoe.  

The boy was taken to Memorial Hospital Miramar where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue used its Air Rescue North helicopter to deliver antivenin to the victim at the hospital.

The snake that bit the teen  was a young water moccasin, also known as a cotton mouth. If it were a fully grown water moccasin, officials say, the consequences of a bite would be have been death or limb amputation.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
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<![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death in Miami]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:20:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083116+miami+man+shot.jpg

Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death in Miami Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Northwest 63rd Street in Liberty City shortly after 11 p.m. after Miami Fire Rescue workers were called to a report of a man down.

When officers arrived they were told the man was dead from a gunshot wound. He was later identified as 47-year-old Jose Anthony Garcia.

The death remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Tesla Needs More Money to Keep Model 3 On Track]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490597798.jpg

Automaker Tesla will need to raise additional capital in order to continue as planned with development of its new Model 3 sedan and its giant battery “gigafactory” in Reno, the company said Wednesday. 

The company has posted operating losses in the last 14 straight quarters, and it’s reported negative cash flow since early 2014, Reuters reported. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk admitted the company might need a “small equity capital raise” in 2017.

Still, Musk was tweeting Wednesday about an upcoming blog post on the recent developments related to Tesla’s self-driving technology.

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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:36:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Freya45.jpg Check out the pets available for adoption at the Broward Humane Society!]]> <![CDATA[Pennsylvania Flood Leaves House Teetering, Family Stuck on Roof]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_paflooding0829_1920x1080.jpg Homeowners spend hours on roof waiting for rescue after floodwaters wash away home's foundation in Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania. ]]> <![CDATA[Diamond of California Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:52:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/recall-nuts.jpg

Two macadamia nut products sold nationwide under the Diamond of California brand are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. 

Snyder's-Lance, Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling 4-ounce packages of Diamond of California Chopped Macadamia Nuts and 2.25-ounce packages of Diamond of California Macadamia Halves and Pieces. 

A laboratory contracted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected salmonella in a package of the 4-ounce chopped nuts during testing. 

There have been no reported illnesses so far. 

To locate the production code on the package, consumers should look on the front of the package. A list of the affected lots can be found here or seen below.


Consumers can apply for a full refund online here or by calling (503) 364-0399 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday to Friday.

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<![CDATA[Maine Gov. Says He Will Not Resign Over Voicemail Rant]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/LePage.png

Embattled Maine Gov. Paul LePage asked the people of the state for forgiveness on Tuesday, but said he has no intention of resigning despite the controversy swirling around some of his recent remarks.

LePage did say that he has apologized for leaving an obscene rant on state Rep. Drew Gattine’s voicemail last week.

“To the Maine people, today, I am asking for forgiveness,” he said in a statement. “Comments I have expressed recently are unacceptable and I apologize sincerely for using such disrespectful language as your Governor. Also, I would like to express an apology to the Gattine family. I understand how hurtful statements affect a family and regret that my words have adversely upset your lives. For this I am sorry."

LePage said he met with Gattine privately on Wednesday morning “in an effort to bring closure for all those involved.” The governor also said he and his family will be seeking “spiritual guidance” as they move forward in finding closure themselves.

Gattine confirmed Wednesday that LePage apologized to him, but said the governor continued repeating the same talking points about drugs and race.

LePage also met with a select group of reporters on Wednesday morning. Necn and several other news outlets were not allowed in.

According to necn affiliate WCSH-TV, he said during that session that he is not an alcoholic and does not have drug or mental health problems. He also said that he is not a very good politician, but he will continue to fight for the underdog.

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<![CDATA[#VeteransForKaepernick]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:09:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_460866180423-colin-kaepernick-anthem-controversy.jpg

Colin Kaepernick is receiving support for his decision to sit during the national anthem from a surprising source: military veterans.

The hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick began trending on Twitter late Tuesday night as military personnel from across the country and those stationed around the world tweeted photos in uniforms, standing in solidarity with the 49ers quarterback.

Kaepernick came under fire not standing during the national anthem before an NFL preseason game Friday in protest for what he called the oppression of black people and people of color in the United States. Many interpreted his stance as unpatriotic and a show of disrespect to those who serve our country.

He got further grief from area law enforcement agencies who did not agree with his post-practice comments later in the week on police training and use of force.

But Kaepernick has also received support, including the backing of NBA legend and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post and spoke in San Francisco about free speech rights.

And on Tuesday night, military personnel from across the nation came to his defense, saying his decision not to stand during the playing of the national anthem is one of the very rights they've fought for.

#VeteransForKaepernick was the number one trending topic worldwide on Twitter Tuesday night. It came two days after the popular Mercury News sports columnist Marcus Thompson II addressed the Kaepernick debate in a powerful column about his sister, who served in Iraq, and is now helping veterans. He wrote that "too many Americans feel like honoring veterans happens during national anthems at sports events. Because our affection for soldiers and their sacrifice is mostly confined to a two-minute rendition of a song."

He said his sister fought for Kaepernick's freedom to express himself. And he called on those criticizing the football player to ask themselves: "What are you doing to help someone else?"

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<![CDATA[Miami Police Search For Man Who Tried To Lure Girl Into Car]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:53:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/082116+miami+attempted+luring+locator.jpg

Miami Police detectives are working with a 12-year-old girl to find out more about a man they say tried to lure her into his car on the way to school Wednesday.

The incident happened as the girl was walking in the area of 71st Street to the bus stop around 7:30 a.m. with her sisters, who attend Northwestern High School.

After her sisters went inside, the girl kept walking east toward Northwest 7th Avenue when she told police she noticed a black car following her.

The driver reportedly slowed down and asked her if she needed a ride. She ignored him and kept walking - but the driver circled back and then offered her cash to get in his car.

The teen grabbed her phone and called the cops as the man sped off.

At this point, police don’t have much information on the vehicle involved other than it was a black car with tinted windows. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS

<![CDATA[Mother Praises FSU Player Who Ate Lunch With Autistic Child]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/14117740_10109156721673181_5161857905091249167_n.jpg

When Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph sat down for lunch with a student at a Tallahassee area middle school during a recent visit, he had no idea a picture of the moment would take over the internet for the right reasons.

Tuesday, Rudolph and several teammates were at the school as part of a program between FSU and area schools to encourage kids to focus on their education. Once lunch came around, the West Palm Beach native sat down with a student who was eating alone.

Someone snapped a picture of the moment and sent it to the child’s mother, Leah Paske – who then posted a heartfelt message on Facebook explaining that her sixth grade son Bo, who is autistic, gets left out of activities with other children his age due to his diagnosis and thanked Rudolph for brightening his day.

Rudolph told a local TV station that he saw Paske sitting alone and just asked him if he could join the youngster, saying the two had a great conversation. He said that the mother’s message brought tears his eyes, adding Bo is a cool person he would hang out with again.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor Probes Trump Campaign CEO's Voter Record]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:19:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SteveBannon-AP_16233666241411.jpg

Florida prosecutors are investigating the voter registration of Donald Trump's campaign chief, though a local election official said there appeared nothing obvious in the record that suggested fraud, NBC News reported.

Miami-Dade County election officials confirmed that the local state attorney's office requested Stephen Bannon's voter records last week.

Rosy Pastrana, executive assistant to the county's election supervisor, told NBC News Bannon had not voted in Miami-Dade since registering there in April 2014.

"There is nothing here that I see that he did wrong," she said.

Bannon, who lived in California for many years, had no immediate comment.

A person registering to vote in Florida must swear that they are a legal resident in the county where they register. The Guardian newspaper reported last week Bannon was registered at a Miami home that he rented for his ex-wife.

Prominent Trump supporter A.J. Delgado told NBC News she visited Bannon there, but an owner of the home said it had been empty for months.

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<![CDATA[Bodies of Gators Without Heads Found in Palm Beach Complex]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022211+alligator+generic.jpg

Residents in one Palm Beach County neighborhood are growing concerned after multiple alligators were found with their head cut off.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials confirmed an investigation is ongoing after residents in the Loxahatchee Groves area reported the gruesome scenes.

Accoridng to WPTV-TV, two of the animals were lying on the edge of a canal, while the other was stuffed in a white container.

Residents don’t believe the killings are the work of hunters or poachers, despite the fact that hunting season is currently underway. FWC officials wouldn’t comment and said that it’s hard to know what caused the deaths as the bodies were too decomposed.

It is legal in Florida to cut off a gator’s head, however you must have a permit and dispose of the body properly. Hunters are allowed only two gators per season and must tag and report any animals they kill.

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<![CDATA[Brock Turner Bill Awaits Signing]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:33:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/brock-turner-court.jpg

California state lawmakers have passed a bill inspired by the Brock Turner sexual assault case, and proponents hope, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it will close a loophole that allowed Turner to get a light sentence.

Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer, is set to be released from Santa Clara County’s main jail on Friday after spending just three months behind bars for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a fraternity party on the Stanford campus.

It's that sentence that inspired legislators to propose a new law.

After a jury convicted Turner, Judge Aaron Persky could have sent Turner to prison for 10 years. Instead, Persky sentenced him to six months in jail. Turner is being released early for good behavior, a standard reduction for all inmates.

On Monday, the state Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Bill 2888, which would make prison time mandatory for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a person who is unconscious or too intoxicated to give consent.

Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, co-authored the bill.

"We cant go back and change the ridiculously light sentence, but we can make sure that the next Brock Turner is sent away for a much longer time," Low said.

The YWCA Silicon Valley in San Jose runs a rape crisis center to assist victims of sexual assult. Leaders there hope the proposed legislation can make a difference.

"We hope it encourages more victims to come forward," said Tanis Crosby, CEO of YWCA Silicon Valley. "Survivors need to have confidence that there will be an equitable justice system."

The American Civil Liberties Union opposes the bill, saying that mandatory minimum sentences "have increased racial disparities in sentencing with more people of color going to prison for more time."

When Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen sponsored the bill in June, he questioned why, under the law, sexual assault of an unconscious woman would be any less terrible than assaulting a consicous woman.

Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the bill.

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<![CDATA[Man Threatens Orlando Style Massacre in Wilton Manors]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:59:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/1antigay.jpg

The Broward County LGBT community is on edge after a Facebook post that said, "It's time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers."

In response to the online threats, some bars in Wilton Manors, like Rumors Bar and Grill, are stepping up security with armed guards.

Police in Wilton Manors are looking into the case, taking the threats very seriously. The FBI is also possibly investigating.

"He wants to do bigger than the Orlando massacre and he wants to come down here and do it in Wilton manors," said Nick Berry, owner of Rumors Bar and Grill.

That's no exaggeration. In the Facebook threats, a man by the name of Craig Jungwirth is using someone else's photo to troll social media.

"He's talking about the gay community in a hateful way with slang terms I wouldn't even want to say on TV," Berry said.

In one of the posts, the man allegedly wrote "If you losers thought the Pulse Nightclub shooting was bad, wait 'til you see what I'm planning for Labor Day."

The threat comes on the same day new 911 calls were released from the Orlando massacre that claimed 49 lives on June 12th.

In another post, Jungwirth allegedly wrote "I'm gonna be LOLing you f***** faster than cops kill n******. It's time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers."

Berry said he has a pending criminal complaint against Jungwirth for allegedly vandalizing Rumors Bar.

Berry claimed he's dealt with Jungwirth in the past.

Surveillance video showed what appears to be the man spray painting the bar then taking a picture of it.

"I kind of know that this guy could have it in him to do this. I believe he has some mental issues," said Berry.

Jungwirth has a lengthy criminal history which includes stalking charges.

He has a handful of restraining orders against him.

"Mentally deranged. You have to to post something like that, you have to be mentally deranged," said Berry.

Police are asking anyone else who has been threatened by Jungwirth to call them.

Facebook has since deleted his profile.

<![CDATA[Marlins' Woes Continue in Loss to Mets]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:22:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-598000976.jpg

The Miami Marlins are slumping at the wrong time and fell to the New York Mets 7-4 on Tuesday.

Miami's playoff hopes are diminishing on a daily basis as other teams in the Wild Card race continue to win. The Marlins have now lost two games in a row to the Mets and trail several teams for the second Wild Card slot. The Mets had been one game behind the Marlins entering the series, and now instead have the one-game advantage themselves.

Tom Koehler had a tough game and it was a problem right away. The Marlins handed Koehler a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Mets scored three runs and never looked back. Overall Koehler allowed five runs on ten hits in five innings. The right-hander also walked three and gave up two home runs.

With a new-look lineup, the Marlins started fast and then did little the rest of the way. Christian Yelich hit a two-run home run in the first inning. The 16th home run of the season for Yelich would account for all of Miami's runs until the ninth. Yelich was batting out of the cleanup spot with Marcell Ozuna moved to second in the order. J.T. Realmuto hit his seventh home run of the season in the final inning.

Miami had nine hits overall and five of them went for extra bases. In addition to Yelich and Realmuto's homers, Martin Prado (30) and Dee Gordon (6) each doubled. Jeff Francoeur added his first triple of the season in the ninth inning.

David Phelps will make the start on Wednesday for the Marlins.

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<![CDATA[Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Clears Hurdle in Re-election Bid]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:16:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Scott+Israel.jpg

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel easily beat his three democratic rivals to run for reelection in November.
Israel will likely win his second term as top cop in Broward County. 
It was a landslide primary victory Tuesday for the incumbent. 
Israel finished with 65 percent of the vote, while his closest opponent, Willie Jones, trailed with 18 percent, Jim Fondo with 12 percent and Edison Jules with about 5 percent.
Israel will now face Republican challenger Santiago C. Vazquez, Jr. in November.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel easily beat his three democratic rivals to run for re-election in November.

Israel will likely win his second term as top cop in Broward County.

It was a landslide primary victory Tuesday for the incumbent. Israel finished with 65 percent of the vote, while his closest opponent, Willie Jones, trailed with 18 percent, Jim Fondo with 12 percent and Edison Jules with about 5 percent.

Israel will now face Republican challenger Santiago C. Vazquez, Jr. in November.

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<![CDATA[CDC Almost Out of Zika Money, Director Says]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:45:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/cdc2.jpg

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is almost out of money to fight the Zika virus, the agency's director said Tuesday — just hours before Florida announced three fresh homegrown cases of the infection.

Zika has now infected 46 people locally in Florida, presumably in cases spread by mosquitoes. One case is part of an outbreak in Miami Beach and health officials say they're trying to trace the origins of two others.

And the CDC, which has been helping Florida track cases and fight mosquitoes, is almost broke, NBC News reported.

"Basically, we are out of money and we need Congress to act," Frieden told reporters.

Frieden said the CDC did repurpose tens of millions of dollars. Of the $222 million allocated for Zika, $200 million is "already out the door," Frieden said. "That money is already spoken for."

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<![CDATA[ISIS Says No. 2 Leader al-Adnani Is Dead]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:25:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/151208-abu-muhammad-al-adnani-isis-yh-0225p_1a08be2312d80c33d5a638bf3e1b3b98.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

ISIS' second-in-command, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, is dead, according to the media arm of the terrorist organization, NBC News reported.

The circumstances of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani's death in Aleppo, Syria, have not been confirmed. Officials in Washington — who had put out a $5 million reward for al-Adnani — had no immediate comment.

The 37-year-old Syrian, who was ISIS' director of external investigations and main spokesman, is best known for issuing an edict for lone wolves to kill Westerners in September 2014.

He was at the top of the U.S. government's kill list of ISIS leaders, senior American military and intelligence officials told NBC News in December. The U.S. wanted al-Adnani dead because he was considered the author of the strategy of wanton murder that has left more than 500 dead in attacks around the world since October 10 — and apparently helped inspire last year's massacre in San Bernardino.

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<![CDATA[Girl, 8, Dies Days After Drive-By Shooting in Miami-Dade]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:28:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+jada+page.jpg

Miami-Dade Police confirmed Tuesday that an 8-year-old girl died two days after being shot in the head during a drive-by shooting outside a northwest Miami-Dade home.

Jada Page's family took to Facebook to share the somber news.

Jada fell victim to the gun violence Sunday when police say two men pulled up in a black Ford sedan and started shooting.

Her family told NBC 6 Monday that she was brain dead and remained on life support.

Tuesday evening, it was confirmed the 8-year-old girl had succumbed to her injuries.

Jada's father, 32-year old James Page, was also shot multiple times. He remains in the hospital in stable condition.

No arrests have been made. Detectives are looking for the two men seen driving the getaway car.

Miami-Dade Police said they've increased the reward in the case to $25,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Dems Ask FBI to Probe Trump Campaign for Links to Hacks]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:02:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrump-AP_79158195778.jpg

Several Democrats in Congress are asking the FBI to investigate whether there is a link between Donald Trump's campaign and a cyber-attack on Democratic Party institutions suspected to have been carried out by Russia.

The ranking members of the House committees on oversight and government reform, judiciary, foreign affairs, and homeland security sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey Tuesday asking for the investigation.

"Serious questions have been raised about overt and covert actions by Trump campaign officials on behalf of Russian interests," they wrote.

The FBI has been investigating cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and a computer system used by Hillary Clinton's campaign, NBC News reported.

The letter asks the "that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests may have contributed to these attacks in order to interfere with the election."

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<![CDATA[Two Storm Systems Expected to Hit North Carolina Coast]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:14:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16243754532793-TD-NC.jpg

Two tropical depressions are moving toward the North Carolina coast, with one expected to hit late Tuesday and the other predicted to arrive there by Saturday, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday.

Tropical Depression 8 was located just southeast of Cape Hatteras as of Tuesday afternoon, and it's expected to hit the North Carolina coast with 45-mph winds and heavy rains sometime late Tuesday, NBC News reported.

But it's Tropical Depression 9, say NWS meteorologists, that may really hit the area hard on Saturday — during Labor Day weekend beach traffic. The TD 9 weather system is currently situated and gaining power in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's on track to grow into a tropical storm that could move across the middle of Florida and hit the Outer Banks area of North Carolina sometime Saturday. Meteorologists warn the storm could bring strong undertows, large swells and heavy rain, making it "very dangerous for beachgoers" this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Broward Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 100th Birthday]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100thbdayholocaustsurvivor.jpg

A Pembroke Pines man who escaped from the Nazis celebrated a milestone birthday Tuesday.

The lovable Steve Berkowicz turned 100 years old and his biggest fans threw him a huge party.

The Goodman Jewish Family Services in Plantation hosted a bash with pizza, cake and scores of friends.

The birthday boy has a century of stories to tell but the most incredible story is one of survival.

In 1946, Berkowicz and his family were forced from their home in Poland by the Germans.

His family was taken to a concentration camp and he was moved to a labor camp.

"The German hit me in the head and shoot me in my leg. I fall on the sidewalk. Three guys were still standing and the truck started moving and he killed them and they fall on me," said Berkowicz.

He would find a friend who helped him escape and hide.

"He was driving slow and give me a chance to jump. I jumped in the forest," said Berkowicz.

The survivor walked alone for three days through the forest.

He then found a lone house with a guard dog that stopped barking as Borewicz approached.

He would survive by sharing dog food.

Berkowicz then left and hid for three years until he was finally issued a VISA to the United States through a Jewish organization in Switzerland.

He worked at a metal factory in New York until retiring to Pembroke Pines.

Berkowicz says he didn't think he would live pass 75 years old. He's not quite sure what's behind his longevity.

"My secret. I don't know. I drink 2 glasses of milk every day," said Berkowicz.

A century of living, experiences and triumph rewarded with the greatest gift -- friends quick with a kiss.

"God give me extra because I was suffering too much in the war".

<![CDATA[Miami Mom & Son Plead Guilty in $16M Medicare Fraud Scheme]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:51:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/court-gavel-generic-law.jpg

A Miami mother and son pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a $16 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Niurka Fernandez, 54, and Roberto Alvarez, 29, both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Authorities say Fernandez, the owner of Calan Pharmacy & Discount Service and Best Pharmacy, both in Miami-Dade, organized the scheme which paid Medicare beneficiaries and patient recruiters for prescriptions that were medically unnecessary.

Fernandez admitted she billed Medicare for many prescription medications that they never even dispensed to the beneficiaries, authorities said.

Alvarez claimed to work at Best Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician but facilitated kickback payments to Medicare beneficiaries, and wrote checks to money launderers in order to obtain cash to pay the kickbacks to the Medicare beneficiaries, authorities said.

Medicare made more than $16 million in overpayments to Calan Pharmacy and Best Pharmacy as a result of the scheme, officials said.

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<![CDATA[McDonald Case: CPD Discipline]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:01:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Laquan+McDonald.png

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has filed termination charges for five Chicago police officers involved in the Laquan McDonald shooting following a report from the Inspector General’s office.

According to charging documents revealed Tuesday, officers Jason Van Dyke, Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon, Ricardo Viramontes and Stephen Franko face administrative charges as the case moves to the Chicago Police Board. 

Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald, has also been charged with first-degree murder by Cook County prosecutors. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is expected to commence next year.

Van Dyke shot 17-year-old McDonald 16 times in 2014. Dashcam footage of the shooting, which appears to contradict the police account of what happened, was made public late last year and sparked outrage and protests nationwide.

Five officers now face administrative charges, including making a false report. Four are accused of disobeying an order. It wasn't immediately clear if the Chicago police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, had a comment about the charges.

According to the documents, Van Dyke is accused of giving false official reports, including his allegation that McDonald raised a knife across his chest and pointed it at the officer, that McDonald attempted to kill him, and that Van Dyke was moving backwards when he fired the 16 fatal shots. Those contentions were contradicted by the dashcam video released by Chicago Police last fall, which showed McDonald apparently walking away from officers when he was fatally shot. 

The remaining four officers, Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, Ricardo Viramontes, and Sgt. Stephen Franko, face charges of making false reports about what they saw on the street that night. 

Among the charges:

  • Sebastian is accused of reporting that McDonald advanced on Officers Jason Van Dyke and Joseph Walsh while waving a knife despite orders to "drop the kinfe." The statement also said McDonald "continued to move after he fell to the ground, or words to that effect," documents show. 
  • The charges against Mondragon say she was either lying or gave misleading statements when she said she was looking down while putting her squad car in park, and did not witness the shooting.
  • Viramontes allegedly said McDonald turned toward Officers Van Dyke and Walsh and after he fell to the ground McDonald attempted to get back up with the knife still in his hand. 
  • Franko is accused of claiming McDonald's actions constituted an assault and said McDonald attempted to stab or cut Van Dyke and another officer. 
Several of the officers were also charged with mishandling the Department’s new recording equipment.

The charges follow a report from the Inspector General's office recommending 10 officers in the case that has made national headlines be fired. 

Of that 10, three have since retired and one resigned after Tuesday's charges were filed. The department is also disputing that one of the officers should be fired.

"CPD is committed to ensuring the highest levels of integrity, accountability and professional standards for all members of the Police Department. After considerable deliberation and a methodical review of the evidence presented by the Office of inspector General, we have filed termination charges against the affected officers for giving false statements during the investigation into the Laquan McDonald incident," the department said in a statement. "This matter will be now adjudicated before the Chicago Police Board and the Department continues to cooperate with the ongoing criminal investigations into this incident."

The names of the officers who had already retired by Tuesday have not been released, but two high-ranking officers retired earlier this month. Those officers include First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante, who accepted a position as the chief of police for Northeastern Illinois University, and Deputy Chief David McNaughton.

McNaughton is the Chicago police officer who signed off on the report that initially cleared Officer Jason Van Dyke in McDonald's shooting.

As for the one officer the department decided against firing, CPD said in a statement that "there is sufficient doubt" she made statements attributed to her in official CPD reports. 

"An analysis has shown that there is insufficient evidence to prove that she willfully made any false statement," the statement read. "Due to the ongoing criminal and administrative investigations, we cannot comment any further."

In addition to the Police Board matter, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is conducting a separate inquiry, and the United States Department of Justice is in the midst of a wide-ranging investigation of the entire Chicago Police Department.

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