<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:27:39 -0400 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:27:39 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[I-95 in Boca Re-Opens After Crash, Brush Fire]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:17:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/boca+crash.jpg


All lanes on Interstate-95 and Glades Road have reopened after authorities temporarily closed them Monday afternoon after a crash and brush fire.


The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened just south of Glades Road on the southbound lanes of I-95 after one car hit another, causing the second car to hit a power pole. The pole broke in half and the surrounding trees caught fire, officials said.

The driver of the second car was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, FHP said.

A third car may have been involved, according to officials.

Northbound I-95 remained closed between Glades Road and Palmetto Road for several hours due to downed high voltage lines from the crash, according to Boca Raton Police.

Southbound lanes reopened just after 5 p.m. Northbound lanes opened shortly afterwards.

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<![CDATA[Tri-Rail Train Hits and Kills Cyclist]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:05:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trirailaccident102014.jpg

One person died after a Tri-Rail train hit a bicyclist Monday afternoon near Dania Beach.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said the bicyclist rode itno the path of the Tri-Rail train which then hit him. The accident closed Stirling Road near the tracks and shut down an exit ramp from Interstate 95 onto Stirling Road.

Tri-Rail’s train was also stopped at Sterling Road as a result of the accident. It was the second problem Tri-Rail faced Monday.

The rail service was also suspended between Deerfield Beach Station and Boca Raton Station due to an accident on I-95.

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<![CDATA["Heartbroken": Families Mourn 7 Victims Tied to Suspected Serial Killer ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:07:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Afrika-Hardy.jpg

One of seven women whose bodies were discovered in Indiana over the weekend was remembered as a "fighter" Monday, as authorities continued to investigate a killing they now believe uncovered a string of slayings by a suspected serial killer.

 “She left this world fighting,” Lori Townsend said of her daughter, 19-year-old Afrika Hardy.

Officials said the bodies of seven women, including Hardy, were found in abandoned homes and in a motel in Northwest Indiana. Authorities believe they are the victims of a suspected serial killer, whose killings could go back as far as 20 years.

Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, was charged with one count of murder, as well as murder in the perpetration of a robbery and robbery resulting in serious bodily harm, all related to the death of Hardy. Police said Vann, a registered sex offender in Texas, gave authorities information that led them to the other bodies after he was taken into custody in connection with Hardy's death.

Hardy was strangled to death Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. She was found naked in a bathtub with what appeared to be a black piece of clothing covering her arms and around her neck, according to a probable cause affidavit.

“She didn’t bother nobody,” said Hardy’s grandmother Debra Allen. “Everyone loved her. She wasn’t a bad person and didn’t deserve this at all.”

Police said all seven women were sex workers, and Hardy is believed to be the youngest victim.

Hardy’s mother said she had no idea her daughter had fallen into prostitution.

“I’m not grasping this,” said Townsend. “It’s not real to me.”

Aside from Hardy, three of the victims were publicly identified by midday Monday: 35-year-old Anith Jones, 28-year-old Teairra Batey, and 36-year-old Christine Williams.

Batey’s boyfriend, Marvin Clinton, says she had been missing since January.

“She was a good person,” said Clinton. “She would give you her last.”

He said the two have a 2-year-old son together.

"Now I've got to sit here and figure out how to tell a 2-year-old that mommy's never coming home again," said Clinton.

Jones’ family reported her missing on Oct. 8. They say she left Chicago for Indiana about 10 years ago.

Family members of the victims said no matter what the women did to earn a living, they were still loved.

“My heart breaks for these girls and their families,” said Townsend. “Some of them were missing for months.”

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<![CDATA[Midtown Miami Walmart Loses Permit Decision]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:32:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/walmart+image.jpg

Opponents of a Walmart in Midtown Miami won a partial victory in court Monday over a permit, but the mega retailer still appears to be on track to build a store in the area.

Monday’s decision in the 11th Circuit in Miami-Dade County sends the city’s approval of the store back to the city for reconsideration on one issue. According to the court, the city zoning code would allow the store to have only three loading bays, not the five bays that were originally approved.

Even though the company will have to seek a new permit, Walmart said the court’s narrow ruling affirmed the other arguments for the store from the city and the retail giant.

“We are very pleased with today’s decision, which affirms nearly all of the arguments that Walmart and the City delivered to the court,” Walmart senior manager of communication Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. “We look forward to receiving an amended permit as soon as possible and will then move forward with constructing a store that provides access to affordable groceries and creates hundreds of new jobs.”

According to the Miami Herald, the proposed store will be roughly 200,000 square feet and will be located at the southern end of Midtown Miami.

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<![CDATA[CDC Unveils New Ebola Gear Guidelines]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP377346880200.jpg

Health officials have released long-awaited new guidelines for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients, calling for protective garb that covers their bodies entirely and for trained monitors to supervise them as they put on and remove it.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for new standards since two Dallas hospital nurses were diagnosed with the disease this month after treating an Ebola patient.

The guidelines call for face shields, hoods, boot covers and other garb that leave no part of the body exposed. They also call for a trained monitor to supervise the donning and doffing of protective wear. And they call for repeated training and practice.

The CDC guidance was expected as early as Saturday, but its release has been pushed back while it continues to go through review by experts and government officials.

Health workers had been pushing for the guidance since the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected. They had treated an Ebola-infected patient named Thomas Eric Duncan — the first person diagnosed with the virus in the U.S.

Exactly how the two nurses were infected is not clear, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden during a Monday night teleconference with reporters.

"We may never know exactly how that happened, but the bottom line is, the guidelines didn't work for that hospital," Frieden said.

The new guidelines include:

—Use of protective garments, hoods, face shields, double gloves, face masks or respirators and other protective equipment to cover every square inch of a health worker's body.

—A call for health workers who may be involved in an Ebola patient's care to practice repeatedly and demonstrate proficiency in donning and doffing gear before ever being allowed near a patient.

—Placement of a trained hospital employee to supervise all aspects of care in an Ebola patient's room and watch that all health workers put on and take off gear correctly.

Duncan's infection and subsequent death led to the monitoring of about 50 people who came in contact with him before he entered the hospital and dozens of health care workers who cared for him after his admission.

Some good news this week: The 50 in the initial contact group have passed a 21-day observation period and no longer are deemed at risk for coming down with the dreaded disease.

Youngor Jallah spent the past three weeks confined to her small apartment with her children and boyfriend, fearing they had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her mother's fiance.

But with the household emerging symptom-free from the incubation period, Jallah's family members are now trying to resume their lives - replacing the personal belongings incinerated in a cleanup at her mother's home, and overcoming the stigma of the Ebola scare that has gripped Dallas.

On Monday, Jallah beamed as she sent her children back to school with clearance from the Dallas County health department tucked into their backpacks. Her mother emerged from her own confinement and started looking for a new place to live.

"We were sitting here traumatized," Jallah told The Associated Press on Monday. "We just thank God we never came down with the virus."

Jallah's mother's fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He died Oct. 8.

Health officials said Monday about 50 people have passed the incubation period safely. Others who are still being monitored include health care workers who treated Duncan as well as those who cared for two nurses who had treated Duncan and also became infected.

There are now about 120 people in Texas being monitored for symptoms, with their wait period ending Nov. 7, said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He said the number may fluctuate.

There are also about 140 people being monitored in Ohio because of contact or potential contact with nurse Amber Vinson, Ohio officials said. Vinson, who cared for Duncan in Texas, flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and flew back Oct. 13.

An Ebola patient who was being treated in Atlanta since early September was released from Emory University Hospital on Sunday after he was determined to be free of the virus and no threat to the public. Hospital and health officials never released his name, in keeping with his family's wish for privacy.

Health officials said they were relieved as the monitoring period ended for many, and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port in Texas and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.

After Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, Troh, her 13-year-old son, Duncan's nephew and a family friend were ordered by a Dallas court to stay inside the apartment among Duncan's used linens. Five days later they were evacuated to a four-bedroom home in an isolated corner of a 13-acre gated property owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, southwest of downtown.

Except for a few plastic bins filled with personal documents, photographs, trophies and a Bible, the apartment was stripped down to the carpeting and the contents were incinerated.

The city of Dallas announced Monday it is coordinating with a local church and donors to provide Jallah's mother, Louise Troh, with funds to pay for six months of housing. Once she chooses a location, nonprofits will assist the family with furniture, linens and other household items, the city said.

"We want to restore what's lost but more than that, we want to give her a running start on her new life," said Troh's pastor, George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.

While health workers cleared Jallah of having Ebola, the disease's stigma lingers — including among fellow Liberians, she said.

"If they see me at the store, they run away," she said.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Coral Springs Shooting]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:35:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/omarkhan102014.jpg

Coral Springs Police are trying to figure out what led to a Monday afternoon shooting that left 22-year-old Omar Khan dead.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of a Bank of America in Coral Springs. Police said they were called to the scene after people heard gunfire. Witnesses said the shots came from a white sport utility vehicle. The SUV was stopped and police detained the two people inside.

Police said after Khan was shot, he drove himself to a home not too far from the scene and called 911. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

“He’s such a good *expletive* guy man. He didn’t deserve that,” said Joey Williams, a friend of Khan’s. “Over what? *expletive* drugs!”

Police haven’t officially said what led to the shooting, but said the investigation will look into the possibility it had something to do with narcotics.

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<![CDATA[Police Detail NH Festival Chaos]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Keene+State+incident+1.jpg

Eighty-four people were arrested during riots at a New Hampshire community's annual pumpkin festival that spilled over to a nearby college over the weekend, and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying more rioters.

The violent parties in Keene led to the destruction of private and public property, resulting in the injuries of more than 30 people on Saturday.

Local police say they planned ahead, based off previous years riots, but say this year things were different when the rioters moved out onto public streets and neighborhoods.

"I think, unfortunately, we were caught by surprise when things started earlier than expected," said Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola. "We thought we had it well in hand, to be quite honest, but we fell a little short."

The incident happened around Keene State College during the city's Pumpkin Festival, which is when the community tries to set a world record for the most carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. Police responded to the violence with riot gear, tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to control the crowds.

The area was cleaned up by college students on Sunday.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said the Granite State's higher education institutions must "take swift action to hold students involved accountable."

Keene State College President Anne Huot was a witness to Saturday's riot.

"I'm gravely concerned" about the unruly behavior, she said.

According Mayor Kendall Lane, between 55,000-60,000 people were attending the festival and were safe during the violent parties, adding that the future of the festival is uncertain at this time.

According to Keene city officials, the riots seem to have begun in several places, including Wilcox Terrace and Winchester Court, around 1 p.m. Saturday with more than 1,000 people in each location, with some throwing rocks, bottles, cans, even billard balls, injuring some.

Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meoloa said his department communicated with Keene State College students before the festival, adding that it was "outside forces" that was part of the "riotous behavior."

As police tried to disperse the crowds, the crowds turned their attention to law enforcement, according to the city; police say they used pepper spray, tear gas and fired "sponge rounds" at some of the rioters. The crowd then moved through the neighborhood to Butler Court, where the riots continued, the city said; another crowd moved from Winchester Street to Blake Street, where a fire was set in the middle of the road.

Keene officials say the riots continued for the next eight hours as the crowd moved to Keene State College property. Crowds damaged college, city and private property, including an overturned car, officials said.

Chief Meola said there was also riotous behavior last year, adding that this year the rioters entered public domain, but last year was an "organized party."

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<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Mysterious Boat Explosion in Pompano]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:36:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+hillsboro+inlet+boat+fire+new.jpg

One person was hospitalized after a boat reportedly exploded in Pompano Beach early Monday.

The incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. at the Hillsboro Inlet when a live bait boat captain said he heard what sounded like an explosion.

"I heard a loud kaboom, sounded like an atom bomb went off," Joseph Semmbrino said.

Semmbrino drove his boat to the area and found a 36-foot boat on fire.

Firefighters found the boat fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Matthew Whitton said.

Authorities searched the area and could find no victims, Whitton said.

Authorities later learned that the victim showed up at North Broward General Hospital and was later transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital where their condition was unknown.

Officials haven't identified the victim but said the victim suffered severe burns.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and is being treated as a suspicious incident, officials said.

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

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<![CDATA[Early Voting Begins in South Florida]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050911+miami-dade+voting+generic.jpg

South Florida voters started casting their ballots at early voting sites Monday morning.

The Miami-Dade early voting sites opened at 7 a.m., while the Broward sites opened at 9 a.m. Voters don't have to go to their assigned precinct, they can vote at any of the early voting locations.

Early voting runs from Monday up until November 2nd, and candidates have already been out since the weekend encouraging voters to get a head start. Congressman Joe Garcia and Governor Rick Scott have kick-off events scheduled for Monday.

In both counties, voters can expect to see a two-page ballot that includes three proposed constitutional amendments as well as county questions. Election Day is Nov. 4.

One hotly contested race is for the governor's seat. During the second debate, Gov. Scott and Charlie Crist differed on almost every issue, including same-sex marriage.

Another hot button issue is Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative.  If enacted, this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions when recommended by a doctor.

NBC 6 will be hosting debate about Medical Marijuana on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It can be seen on NBC 6 and on NBC6.com.

For early voting locations and hours, click here.

For information from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, click here.

For information from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, click here.

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<![CDATA[MAST@FIU Giving Students a New Opportunity]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mastfiu.jpg

With only 185 students, MAST@FIU is small, but has the potential to make a huge impact.

"People are gonna be fighting over this in terms of trying to get into this school," said Dr. Matthew Welker, principal of the new school.

Welker said the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at FIU, the school’s full name, is the only university-based high school in Florida, giving its students unique opportunities.

"I wake up every morning, I have goose bumps because I have an opportunity to see my students interacting every day with their college professors, their teachers, it's an exceptional environment," Welker said.

MAST@FIU opened last year. It has room for 500 students when it eventually reaches full capacity. Unlike the School for Advanced Studies, or SAS, which has a similar concept but is limited to juniors and seniors, MAST@FIU is a full freshmen-through-senior experience.

"It's a different school. I will tell you it's not for everybody, but if you want to come here to succeed in life and have an opportunity in life; this is the school to come," said student Eli Sosa.

NBC 6’s Ari Odzer watched 10th graders from an environmental science class testing water in a man-made pond and a mangrove swamp right outside their classroom door on the FIU-Biscayne Bay Campus. They use the campus as their own outdoor classroom, and next year, they can begin to take college courses there as well.

"If you're willing to work hard and succeed, than I think this is a great school for you," said Christina Bordeaux, who wants to become a doctor one day.

The idea at MAST@FIU is to get a high school diploma and a two-year college degree at the same time.

"The good news is we paid for everything, we pay for the books, the tuition and any other essentials that they need to pursue their college work while they're here," said Welker.

So when they finish at the school; the students will be ready to hit the ground running at any four-year college. They can take a full array of AP high school classes in addition to college courses. There's also a plan to build a free-standing building for MAST@FIU on what is now a gravel parking lot on campus.

As a magnet school, MAST@FIU is open to any student in Miami-Dade County who qualifies and is selected for admission. What kind of kid would thrive there?

"If you've got a student who's advanced in math and science; who has a keen interest in one of the STEM fields, whether it's medicine, engineering, science or research; this is the best opportunity," said Welker, clearly enthused by the potential of his school to transform lives.

If you're interested in getting your child into MAST@FIU, make sure he or she takes Algebra 1 and Advanced Physical Science in 8th grade. Both are prerequisites for admission.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 22 Injured in Hayride Flip]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:42:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/pumpkinland+maine.jpg

A hayride flipped over at a Halloween attraction in Mechanic Falls, Maine, on Saturday, killing one teen and injuring 22 others.

The Maine Sate Fire Marshal's office confirms one person, a 17-year-old girl, died as a result of her injuries.

They say that two others, including the driver and a teenage boy, were seriously injured; however, they are expected to survive.

In addition, 15 people were taken to Central Maine Medical Center, seven were taken to St. Mary's in Lewiston, and one person was taken to Maine Medical Center, according to the State Fire Marshal. One child was later sent to a Boston hospital for treatment, according to WCSH.

Scott Lansley, a Harvest Hill spokesperson, says the two most serious injuries were sustained by employees. 

Authorities say a small jeep pulling a flatbed trailer missed a turn on a steep dirt road and jack-knifed. The jeep went off the road and the trailer hit a tree, sending riders tumbling to the ground. 

Investigators say a mechanical problem with the jeep may have caused the driver to lose control. State Police will inspect the vehicle.

The Maine State Fire Marshal is required to inspect and license mechanical amusement rides in the state, but hayrides do not require such licensing.

Lansley said Sunday morning that the operator is an experienced truck driver.

Harvest Hill Farms/Pumpkin Land posted the following message on its Facebook page around 10 p.m. Saturday night:

"Emergency crews are on-site now at our Gauntlet Night Ride as there was an accident with one of the wagons. We will keep you posted."

Around 11 p.m., the farm posted the following update:

"Emergency crews are on site and Life Flight was called in to transport those needing urgent care. The accident occurred at the Gauntlet Haunted Night ride, a separate venue from Pumpkin Land, our daytime Family Fall venue. However Pumpkin Land will be closed Sunday while authorities investigate the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured."

Several people who were at the Halloween attraction or had loved ones there on Saturday night posted messages as well. 

"My bestie and our lil girls were a few rides before this tractor. So sad," said Alexis Caron.

"My family was minutes away from this...a couple tractors ahead," said Patty Ann Keene. Thinking of everyone involved."

"My son and his pregnant girlfriend and a bunch of their friends were on that ride," said Penny Peare. "Thank God they are okay."

The Portland Fire Department posted the following message on Twitter on Saturday night:

"Thoughts and prayers with the victims, their families, and the emergency crews operating at a MCI in Mechanic Falls, ME"

Mechanic Falls is about 30 miles north of Portland. 

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Divers Rescue Driver from Submerged Truck]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:36:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/truckdriversaved.jpg

A 40-year-old truck driver is lucky to be alive after his quick thinking and an once-in-a-lifetime save by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The driver was in his semi when he had an accident and the cab ended up submerged in a canal 20 miles west of Krome Avenue. After the initial call came in, Fire-Rescue dive team member Brandy Paternoster used a 15 minute ride to the scene to get suited up. When she arrived, she dove into the dark waters.

“I tried to find the guy,” Paternoster said. “I searched the cab. I had to get the passenger door open.”

But Paternoster found nothing when she finally got the passenger door open. So she swam to the other side of the semi’s cab and tried to open the driver’s side door, but it was jammed. By then, more crews had arrived, including Salvador Hernandez, who had also suited up on the way and dove into the waters.

“Once we got inside, we noticed some boots,” said Hernandez.

The divers hadn’t found a body; instead they found the driver who had scrambled to the sleeper cab of his truck where he found an air pocket. At first, the driver tried to kick the two away saying he couldn’t swim.

Hernandez said he was able to calm the driver down and eventually convince him to use his respirator to breathe and escape the watery trap.

“I gave him my regulator,” Hernandez said. “I buddy-breathed off of hers; and together, we went out.”

The driver suffered no physical injuries in the accident and water rescue. Instead, he walked away from what firefighters said was the first recued they had made like this.

“It was dangerous, but this is what we train for,” said Paternoster. “This is what we want to do.”

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<![CDATA[Dallas Nurses Speak Out on Ebola]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:13:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cole-edmonson-presby-crop.jpg

Top nurses at the Dallas hospital where two nurses fell ill treating the nation's first Ebola patient spoke out for the first time Monday, affirming their pride in their hospital amid scrutiny and vowing to reaffirm the public's trust.

"The reason we're here today is to make sure people know that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is still a great hospital, an excellent hospital," chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson said at a brief news conference in front of the hospital Monday afternoon, flanked by nurses he called part of a "proud family."

"We're proud to tell people that we work here," he added."We will reaffirm your trust in Presbyterian."

"We are experts in our field, and we don't want to be judged by this one incident," emergency department nurse Julie Boling said, overcome by emotion. "This could happen to any hospital."

The nurses gave their well-wishes to their two coworkers who remain hospitalized in isolation for Ebola, after they contracted the disease treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. He died Oct. 8.

Amber Vinson is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the same hospital where Fort Worth's Dr. Kent Brantly and American aid worker Nancy Writebol were successfully treated, and her coworker Nina Pham is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

On Monday, health officials' efforts to contain Ebola's spread cleared a key hurdle when four dozen people were being cleared from the watch list.

<![CDATA[Heat Add Larry Drew II to Roster]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/164358315.jpg

The Miami Heat signed Larry Drew II on Monday and now have 19 players on their roster with two preseason games to go.

Drew played at the University of North Carolina from 2008-2011 and UCLA from 2012-2013 before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. While a reason wasn't stated for his transfer, a decline in playing time at UNC may have contributed to the decision.

While in school, Drew was a part of the 2009 NCAA Champion Tar Heels and was also on the All-Pac-12 first team in 2013. Drew was also a McDonald's All-American in 2008 where he was the winner of the annual three-point contest.

Drew was in the Summer League as part of Miami's team in July. The 24-year-old also played in a preseason game for the Heat in 2013. After being waived by the Heat in October of 2013, Drew would go on to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce which is Miami's affiliate in the NBA's Development League.

Drew performed well with Sioux Falls as he averaged 11 points to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds. He also showed skills from the three-point line with a 41 percent shooting percentage. The Heat have had their share of struggles on threes in the preseason which adds some intrigue to this signing.

The odds of Drew making the team for the regular season would seem slim but it is possible he could head back to Sioux Falls if he fails to make the cut. Miami will need to reduce its roster to 15 players before the opener on Oct. 29.

The Heat will continue the preseason on Tuesday with a game against the Houston Rockets in Miami.

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<![CDATA[43 Removed From Ebola Watch List]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:45:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/judge-clay-jenkins.jpg

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said four dozen people being cleared off the Ebola watch list Monday should be treated with "dignity and respect" and welcomed back into the community.

“There’s zero risk than any of those people on the list have Ebola,” Jenkins said. “We have to believe in science. It’s what separates us from other mammals."

At midnight, 43 people showing no sign of the Ebola virus fell off the list and another five are expected to fall off sometime Monday. All of them either had direct contact with index patient Thomas Eric Duncan, or the ambulance that carried him to the hospital. The additional 75 health care workers who cared for Duncan will clear their 21-day monitoring period on Oct. 29.

Jenkins singled out five children who are returning to school after missing about three weeks, and requested help from Dallas-area parents to ensure they are treated with respect. He said that Duncan's fiancee, Louise Troh, was worried about how her middle-school aged son would be treated, and he agreed with the concerns.

“Middle schoolers are some of the most ferocious and scariest animals on the planet,” Jenkins said.

For 21 days, Troh, her 13-year-old son and her two nephews were isolated from the world. They were ordered into quarantine at a property in Oak Cliff as health officials watched for any signs of them having the Ebola virus.

“You can imagine what it’s like for anybody living under that threat and the tension of everyday,” said Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell.

Their temporary house at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center was a single story, four bedroom home that sits in a gated community owned by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

“They feel relieved and happy,” said Farrell. “But deep down they’re still worried.”

Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings personally asked Farrell if the church could help after the county had to move the family from The Ivy Apartments where Troh lived. The apartment contained many contaminated items from Duncan.

“Naturally, I had to think about the consequence of doing this,” said Farrell. “But it was in my heart all of the time that I was going to do something.”

It took the bishop 15 minutes to make a decision. The family was moved and remained out of sight from the world during their quarantine.

But now one challenge is over and another one begins.

“I would hope that the whole community would kind of understand and bring them back into the community and be kind and compassionate and accepting to these people who have suffered in this way,” said Farrell.

Troh lost most of her property at her apartment that had to be destroyed because they were contaminated. But over the next week she will be looking for a new home and will be able to purchase new belongings with the help of the City of Dallas and generous donations.

Jenkins added that the way people handle the reintegration process could show the city as a “beacon for how others can deal” with such adversity when “the next Ebola case happens to America.”

"The world is watching Dallas,” he said.

43 Removed from Ebola Contact List

The 43 people who were on the watch list after coming in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8, before he was put in isolation have shown no signs of contracting the virus.

“Continuous vigilance in confronting this threat and the cooperation of those affected is what has brought us to this point, and we look forward to the day when the remaining individuals can also be removed from active monitoring,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said.

The fight is not over, though. Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, two Dallas nurses who contracted the virus while caring for Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, remain hospitalized. Investigators said they don't know how or when they contracted the virus.

“They are blameless in this situation,” said Jenkins. “They are victims of Ebola. They are not at fault for contracting this disease in any way.”

All the other health care workers who cared for Duncan while in isolation are being monitored for 21 days. More than 70 of them will be closely watched until Oct. 29 as long as they continue to show no signs of having the virus.

“We cannot be relieved,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “We are still in a situation where we are cautious. We're cautiously optimistic, but we're still very cautious.”

Jenkins said with each day that passes, the chances of another health care worker contracting the virus from Duncan decreases. If no new cases of Ebola appear before Nov. 6, North Texas will no longer be monitored for the virus.

120 Possible Contacts Still Monitored

Around 120 possible contacts will remain on monitoring after the initial 48 are removed.

In addition to the health care workers, airline passengers have been notified of possible Ebola contact from nurse Amber Vinson before she was hospitalized while she traveled to and from Ohio.

A handful of people who sat within three feet of Vinson have been told to stay at home during the 21 day monitoring period.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[McGehee Named Comeback Player of the Year By Sporting News]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:48:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456220954.jpg

Casey McGehee was one of the best stories on the Miami Marlins in 2014 and was named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year on Monday.

The award is voted on by a group of 196 Major League Baseball players with a winner named in each league. the American League winner was Chris Young of the Seattle Mariners. Both McGehee and Young were not in MLB during the 2013 season and then excelled in 2014 upon returning.

McGehee spent 2013 in Japan where he was a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles who captured their championship. In his season with the Eagles, McGehee posted big numbers which opened eyes stateside. The Marlins were not the only team to seek McGehee's services but it was a perfect match with a gaping hole at third in Miami.

The third baseman signed a one-year contract worth $1.1 million and outdid his pay with a slash line of .287/.355/.357. McGehee hit only four home runs but he doubled 29 times and knocked in 76 runs. His first half was exceptional and McGehee almost was a member of the National League All-Star team. He would fall short on a Final Vote held by MLB.

McGehee's 177 hits were a team best and were also fourth most in the entire NL. The veteran was also in the Top 20 in both batting average and on-base percentage.

Entering the 2015 season, McGehee is eligible for salary arbitration. By all accounts, Miami intends on keeping its third baseman. His arbitration number should come in at a fair amount and allow the Marlins to upgrade other positions on the field. Despite a second half drop-off, McGehee is still seen as a big part of the middle of the lineup going into next season.

Sporting News has been issuing this award since 1965. It is not officially recognized by MLB however as they have their own Comeback Player of the Year award annually.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Shooting in North Miami Beach]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:28:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+north+miami+beach+shooting.jpg

Police are investigating after a man was shot in North Miami Beach Monday morning.

The shooting happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Northeast 159th Street.

Officials said the victim was shot in the abdomen, the buttocks and grazed in the head and airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Footage showed several officers at the scene and a man being taken into custody nearby.

According to police, one of the men was trying to park his car when a second car came down an alley with someone inside firing shots.

A shootout ensued and the second man was unharmed.

Police are investigating the shooting and are trying to determine a motive.

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

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<![CDATA[Cab Driver Robbed at Gunpoint in Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+armed+robbery+cab+driver+miami-dade.jpg


Police are searching for a man with a distinct tattoo who robbed a cab driver at gunpoint in Miami in an incident caught on camera.


The robbery happened in the early morning hours of Sept. 11 when the driver, 58-year-old Guerdy Rosalva, dropped off a passenger in the area of Northwest 140th Terrace and Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said Monday.

Once Rosalva arrived, he was approached by the armed suspect who demanded cash.

“Don’t move. Don’t move. I am going to get everything,” the thief said.

The suspect stole the cash and fled the scene. Surveillance video in the cab captured the robbery, but didn’t present a clear picture of the robber. But, police said the gun-wielding thief did have some identifying features.

According to police, the suspect's right hand has a tattoo of the word "DADE," and his left hand possibly says "COUNTY."

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

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Police]]>
<![CDATA[Store Clerk Charged With Shooting at 3 Teens Extradited]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100314+Omar+Ayyash.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale food mart clerk accused of shooting at three people inside the store lat month has been extradited to South Florida after being arrested in Cleveland.

Omar Ayyash, 26, arrived Friday at Broward County Jail where he is being held without bond.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ayyash saw brothers Drakaar and Zkhan Allen walk into the store at Northwest 13th Court and Northwest 27th Avenue with a 17-year-old girl on Sept. 25. While the brothers were in the store, Ayyash became upset with the group and a fight escalated quickly.

Investigators said Ayyash fired several shots at the trio as they ran away from the store. Ayyash, an ex-convict, fled the store after the shooting, the BSO said. The victims suffered minor injuries, but Allen's mother said he still has a bullet lodged in his foot.

Ayyash is charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and probation violation. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

The store clerk is well-known to law enforcement. He was arrested just two weeks before the shooting for violating his probation. He’s been arrested in the past year on charges of battery, resisting an officer with violence and drugs.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:58:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451542370.jpg

Monica Lewisnky joined Twitter on Monday, posting the hashtag: #HereWeGo under the Twitter handle @MonicaLewinsky.

Almost an hour later, the 41-year-old tweeted that she was “excited (and nervous)” to speak at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Monday.

Lewinsky's Twitter bio describes her as a social activist, public speaker, Vanity Fair contributor, and "knitter of things without sleeves."

Vanity Fair retweeted her and welcomed her to the social networking site.

This year, Lewinsky has been making a slow return to the public eye after a decade away from the spotlight. 

In May, Lewinsky penned an article for Vanity Fair reflecting on her affair as a White House intern with then President Bill Clinton, saying “it was time to "burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

Lewinsky also talked to "Today" in July about the day details about the affair were revealed by a report from prosecutor Kenneth Starr, saying, “I was the most humiliated woman in the world.”

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<![CDATA[Low Pressure Area Could Become Tropical Cyclone]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+tropical+disturbance+new.jpg

Forecasters are keeping an eye on an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico that has a medium-to-high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone.

The system was in the southwestern Bay of Campeche Monday as it headed slowly eastward to east-northeastward, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

It could affect weather in South Florida by the weekend.

Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance of forming over the next two days and a 60 percent chance of forming over the next five days.

Watch NBC 6 and visit the NBC6.com Hurricane Section for updates.

Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center]]>
<![CDATA[Zombie Bike Ride Invades Key West]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:48:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+zombie+bike+ride+key+west.jpg

Thousands of undead bicycle riders took to the streets of Key West Sunday for the city's annual Zombie Bike Ride.

About 7,000 cyclist took part in the event, which ended with the Zombie Fest Street Party on Duval Street.

It was the fourth annual bike ride. The event is part of the first weekend of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest that runs through Sunday, Oct. 26.

Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Warm and Mostly Dry Monday]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:31:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015162456_1200x675_345119299964.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- October 20, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Stolen Ambulance Sparks Pursuit]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/141019-stolen-lafd-ambulance.jpg

A patient stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night and led officers in a pursuit that ended in a crash a few miles away, police said.

Two paramedics were in the back of their ambulance about 7:40 p.m. treating the patient in the 200 block of N. San Pedro Street, LAFD officials said.  The patient refused medical attention and left the vehicle, but later came back charging at the paramedics, who took cover in the back of the ambulance and locked the doors, police said.

That's when the patient got into the cab of the ambulance and drove off with paramedics leaping out of the back, officials said.

A fire engine followed the ambulance until Los Angeles Police Department officers took over the pursuit, police said.

The short chase ended when the driver lost control of the ambulance and collided with a minivan at Beverly Boulevard and Union Avenue in the Westlake District, police said.

The driver of the ambulance was taken into custody.

Two people who were in the minivan were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said. They were expected to be OK.

No one else was hurt.

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<![CDATA[Students Home Amid Ebola Concerns]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:11:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Howard-R-Yocum.jpg

Two students from Africa who were scheduled to start classes at a New Jersey school Monday will instead stay home past a 21-day waiting period due to Ebola concerns, despite the fact that they are symptom-free and are not from an area affected by the virus.

A nurse at the Howard Yocum School in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey sent a letter to staff members informing them that two new students from Rwanda, Africa would be arriving at the school on Monday.

“This is not an area identified as a country with an Ebola outbreak, however l am taking precautions as per the health guidelines of the Burlington County Health Department,” the nurse wrote.  “I will be taking the students' temperature three times a day for 21 days.”

In the letter, the nurse cites a Centers for Disease Control recommendation that all healthy people who arrive in the United States from an Ebola affected area be checked for fever daily for 21 days. She also acknowledges in the same letter however that Rwanda is not an area affected by Ebola.

The nurse informed the school staff she would check the students before they start school, at lunch time and at the end of the day.

“They may continue their usual activities during this time," the nurse wrote. "If they remain healthy during the 21 days, they are not at risk for Ebola. If they get sick the 21 days after returning from an Ebola affected area, they are not at risk for Ebola. This means that they are ill from another source. If there is a fever of 100 or greater, the student will be sent home.”

Bryan Huff, a custodian at Yocum Elementary, told NBC10 the letter caused a panic among parents of children at the school as well as staff.

"A lot of people were going to pull their kids out of school," Huff said. "A lot of people weren't going to go to work."

Gina Mulherin, a parent of a student at Howard Yocum, told NBC10 she sympathized with the parents of the new students but ultimately agreed with the school nurse's decision.

"It's a little unsettling to think that your child would be getting their temperature taken three times a day," she said. "But again, it's better to be safe than sorry."

Anxiety from parents turned to relief Saturday however when Maple Shade School District Superintendent Beth Nocia announced the parents of the new students chose to keep them home past the 21-day waiting period.

“The Maple Shade School District takes the health of all students and staff very seriously,” Nocia wrote. “As many of you are aware, we have students who have spent time in the eastern portion of Africa that were scheduled to start in our schools on Monday.  This area of Africa has been unaffected by the Ebola virus.  Despite the fact that the students are symptom-free and not from an affected area, the parents have elected to keep their children home past the 21-day waiting period. The family is looking forward to joining the Maple Shade Schools the following week.“

Nickiesha Samuels, another parent at the school, told NBC10 she's happy with the choice the parents made.

"Them taking an extra week beyond the 21 days before coming to school is more than appreciated," she said.

Huff also said he was relieved by their decision.

"Now we don't have to worry about anything," Huff said. "We actually know that they're going to be fine when they come to school. So we have no worries on our shoulders."

NBC10 reached out to the school nurse as well as Nocia. We have not yet heard from either of them.

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn’t, spread.

Ebola can only be spread by infected people who show symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested in SoCal Student's Death]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:19:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Abdullah+Abdullatif+Alkadi+blue+bg.jpg

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a Cal State Northridge student whose remains were found alongside a freeway in Riverside County one month after he went missing, police said Sunday.

No further information was released. The Los Angeles Police Department planned on holding a press conference Monday.

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, a 23-year-old international student from Saudi Arabia, was last seen on Sept. 17 at his home in Northridge. His remains were found about 11:50 p.m. Thursday alongside the 10 Freeway near the Cook Street overpass in Palm Desert, police said.

Alkadi sold his Audi to a man he met through Craigslist when we went missing, but police said they contacted the buyer and cleared that person from any involvement in the disappearance.

Cellphone records traced him to Beaumont, a city in which he has no contacts, shortly after he disappeared, Alkadi's cousin Allison Alomair told NBC4 last month.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story

Christina Cocca contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Nurse "In No Way Careless"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:39:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Amber-Vinson-1200x675.jpg

The family of Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson released a statement Sunday, indicating the Dallas nurse had not been careless in the days preceding her diagnosis.

The 29-year-old nurse had cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Dunan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in late September. According to previous reports, Vinson had worn protective gear while handling Duncan's bodily fluids before his death.

Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland Oct. 10, two days after Duncan died, to visit her mother and fiancé and to plan her upcoming wedding, a health official said.

According to her family, she had been in contact with Dallas County Health Department officials, who asked her to report her temperature twice a day after fellow nurse Nina Pham was diagnosed with Ebola. Vinson's family said she asked officials if she could fly back to Dallas a day early and place herself in a 21-day quarantine at the hospital.

"She was told that this was the first request of its kind, but that the agency would consider the option," her family said in a statement. "Once again, Amber was assured that she should not be alarmed and prompted to continue self-monitoring."

She flew back to Dallas Monday, Oct. 13, reported a 100.3 degree fever the following morning and checked herself into Presbyterian Hospital, according to the family. Vinson was flown to Atlanta's Emory Hospital to receive more specialized care following her Ebola diagnosis on Oct. 15.

"Suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful," the family statement reads. "Although the majority of the correspondences we have received since her diagnosis have been positive, we are troubled by some of the negative public comments and media coverage that mischaracterize Amber and her actions. To be clear, in no way was Amber careless before or after her exposure to Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan. She has not and would not knowingly expose herself or anyone else."

Vinson's family also said they have retained a lawyer from Washington, D.C., and have asked for privacy.

"The past several days have been the most trying our family has collectively ever faced," they wrote. "We remain intensely prayerful and optimistic about Amber’s condition and of the treatment she is currently receiving. Our prayers and thoughts also go out to Amber’s colleague, Nina Pham, and the Dallas and Ohio communities impacted by this tragedy."

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<![CDATA[Festival Head Takes Reporter's Mic]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NECN_101914_pumpkinfestcoordinator_1200x675_344942147824.jpg

While confrontations between police and crowds were taking place during the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire, a reporter and the festival's organizer had a tense moment captured on television.

Coordinator Ruth Sterling ripped a microphone from Cheshire TV reporter Jared Goodell during a liveshot.

"She's not letting me do my job and to report to you, she would not like me to tell you what's going on at Keene State College," Goodell said.

"This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we've ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren't even at the pumpkin festival," said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. "So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot."

Sterling posted the following statement on the Pumpkin Festival's website:

"Yesterday gave us many lessons; sorting them out and learning will take time. There is some thing each of us can to do help. And there is some comfort in remembering Mr. Rogers' wisdom, 'look for the helpers.' In the helpers, there is hope."

Photo Credit: Cheshire TV]]>
<![CDATA[Detours for Sunday and Monday SR 836 Construction Closures]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:19:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071312+detour+sign+generic.jpg

Eastbound SR 836 will be completely closed between NW 27th Avenue/Unity Boulevard and NW 12th Avenue for the installation of Open Road Tolling structures on Sunday, October 19th from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Monday, October 20 from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Drivers should follow posted detour signs.

Drivers on eastbound SR 836
• Exit at southbound NW 27th Avenue
• Turn left onto NW 7th Street
• Turn left onto NW 12th Avenue and take the entrance ramp to eastbound SR 836 on the right

Drivers on northbound NW 27th Avenue
• Turn right onto NW 7th Street
• Turn left onto NW 12th Avenue and take the entrance ramp to eastbound SR 836 on the right

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<![CDATA[Violent Motorcycle Crash Kills Federal Officer]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:02:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/00CAD009.jpg

A violent motorcycle accident killed a Miami International Airport federal officer Saturday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Marc Izquierdo of Hialeah was traveling northbound on the Palmetto Expressway at a high rate of speed when he lost control on the ramp to northbound I-75.

Izquierdo, 53, crashed into a guardrail and was thrown from the motorcycle. Both the driver and motorcycle landed 500 feet from the initial collision site.

FHP said Izquierdo suffered severe trauma from the impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

<![CDATA[Broward and Miami-Dade Early Voting Sites and Hours]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:24:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/florida_primary_vote.jpg

Early voting begins October 20th in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Here is information for early voting sites and hours for both counties.


Broward early voting locations:

• African-American Research Library
   2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

• Coral Ridge Mall (North or NW entrance)
   3200 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale

• Davie/Cooper City Branch Library
   4600 SW 82nd Ave, Davie

• Deerfield Beach Westside Park
   445 SW 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach

• E Pat Larkins Community Center/Supervisor of Elections
   520 Martin Luther King Blvd, Pompano Beach

• Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
   1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach

• Ft. Lauderdale Branch Library/Art Serve
   1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Room 130, Fort Lauderdale

• Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center
   410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach

• Hollywood Branch Library
   2600 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

• Lauderhill Mall/Supervisor of Elections
   1445 N State Rd 7, Lauderhill

• Miramar Library
   2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar

• North Regional Library/Broward College
   1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek

• Northwest Regional Library
   3151 University Drive, Coral Springs

• Parkland YMCA
   10559 Trails End, Parkland

• Southwest Regional Library
   16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

• Sunrise Senior Center
   10650 W Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise

• Tamarac Branch Library
   8701 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac

• Weston Branch Library
   4205 Bonaventure Blvd, Weston

• West Regional Library
   8601 W Broward Blvd, Plantation

• Wilton Manors City Hall
   2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Broward early voting location hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Miami-Dade early voting locations: 

• Aventura Government Center
19200 West Country Club Drive, Aventura

• Betty T. Ferguson Community Center
3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens

• City of Miami - City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami
Entrance is located at the northeast side of the building.
ADA entrance is through the front door of City Hall.

• Coral Gables Library
3443 Segovia Street, Coral Gables

• Coral Reef Library
9211 SW 152nd Street, Palmetto Bay

• Elections Department
2700 NW 87th Avenue, Doral

• Florida International University Stadium
11310 SW 17th Street, Miami

• Homestead Community Center
1601 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead

• John F. Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street, Hialeah

• Kendale Lakes Library
15205 SW 88th Street, Miami

• Kendall Branch Library
9101 SW 97th Avenue, Kendall

• Lemon City Library - Reading Room
430 NE 61st Street, Miami

• Miami Beach City Hall - MB City Center Training Room, 3rd Floor
1755 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

• Miami Lakes (Mary Collins) Community Center
15151 NW 82nd Avenue, Miami Lakes

• Model City Library at the Caleb Center
2211 NW 54th Street, Miami

• Naranja Branch Library
14850 SW 280th Street, Homestead

• North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd Street, Miami Gardens

• North Miami Public Library
835 NE 132nd Street, North Miami

• North Shore Branch Library
7501 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

• Shenandoah Library
2111 SW 19th Street, Miami

• South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street, Cutler Bay

• Stephen P. Clark Government Center - Lobby
111 NW 1st Street, Miami

• West Dade Regional Library
9445 SW 24th Street, Miami

• West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Boulevard, Kendall

• West Miami Community Center
901 SW 62nd Ave, Miami


Miami-Dade early voting location hours:

October 20th - 24th: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 25th - 26th: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 27th - 31st: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November 1st - 2nd: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Tannehill Leads Dolphins To Big Win in Chicago]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:53:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457495890.jpg

The Miami Dolphins rebounded from a tough ioss with a 27-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

With the win, Miami is now 3-3 on the season and very much alive in the playoff chase. With a weak division, the Dolphins sit in third but within striking distance of first. The New England Patriots are in the first place, however Miami currently holds the tiebreaker over them with a game left between the teams.

Ryan Tannehill had a big game for Miami with two touchdowns, and 277 yards in the air. The quarterback threw 25 of his 32 pass attempts successfully and had a 123.6 rating on the day. Most of the production for Tannehill came in the first half where he was 14-15 for 176 yards with both touchdowns.

Tannehill did not only post numbers in the air as he was also explosive on the ground, The QB ran for 50 yards on four carries. One of the runs was good for 30 yards itself and Tanenhill actually led Miami in rushing yards in the game.

With Knowshon Moreno gone for the year, Lamar Miller continued his role as the primary running back, MIller didn't have a great game however as he only tallied 61 yards on 18 carries. Miller did take one into the end zone for fourth TD of the year, all of which have come in the past three games.

On the receiving end, Charles Clay and Mike Wallace each caught a TD pass from Tannehill. It was the first of the season for Clay and the fifth for Wallace. Clay also led the way in terms of receving yards with his 58.

Reshad Jones picked up his first interception of the season in a game where Miami won the turnover battle 3-0. The Dolphis forced Bears QB Jay Cutler to fumble the ball twice and he lost one. Dante Rosario also lost the ball once for Chicago.

The kicking game was one poor note for Miami in this game. Caleb Sturgis missed two field goals including one that was blocked in the fourth quarter. At the time, Miami was at the Chicago 19-yard line and was looking to pad the lead. The earlier kick was a 50-yard attempt that Sturgis was wide right on. Sturgis did successfully kick two field goals and three extra points as well.

The Dolphins will head back to Florida for next Sunday's game when they take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville at 1:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA["You Can't Be Afraid": Dallas Takes Ebola in Stride]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:56:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP705583008842.jpg

Nearly three weeks after Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with Ebola, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was standing at the hospital’s entrance taping a promotion video for the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

"I want to tell you this – Dallas is open for business like never before," he assured would-be visitors. "Now look, you've got to make some decisions but make them based on fact." 

Dallas is safe, he said.

As the city of about 1.3 million people goes about its business, with thousands pouring into the Texas State Fair for its final weekend and fans looking forward to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday football game against the New York Giants, the mayor has his supporters. Ebola is a deadly disease, but the threat of infection for the majority of people is small, residents and visitors said. Still, fears emerge even as they're fast tamped down.

Edward Nash, 40, a cook serving Vietnamese specialties at the Nammi Food Truck parked in downtown Dallas, agreed that the city was ill-prepared for its first Ebola patient. But he thought that since the crisis has unfolded residents have been kept well-informed. Most people never really believed the disease would come to this city – despite the epidemic raging in West Africa, he said. If anywhere, he thought the first case would be recorded in New York City or Los Angeles, a larger metropolis along one of the coasts where more people are entering the country.

"You don’t expect it," he said. "When it happened, it was like, 'Oh, this is not a drill. This is happening for real.' And that's with anything you do, any line of work."

But now that the disease has arrived, he expects health officials to keep it well in hand. Too many things would have to go wrong for a widespread epidemic to take hold as it has in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, he said.

"To happen here in Dallas someone truly has to drop the ball," he said.

Duncan, a Liberian man who traveled to Dallas to see his fiancee, died on Oct. 8. He first went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 25 — and was sent home despite a fever — then returned in an ambulance three days later and was admitted with Ebola.

Two of the nurses treating him have also been diagnosed with the virus: Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson. Both have been transferred to one of the country’s centers specializing in treating contagious diseases, Pham to the National Institutes of Health Clincial Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Vinson to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Before Vinson was diagnosed, she flew to Cleveland, Ohio, to plan her wedding and back to Dallas.

A second hospital worker who may have handled Duncan’s fluid samples also traveled, boarding a cruise on Carnival ship.  Mexican authorities turned the ship away in Cozumel and the worker went into voluntary isolation. A helicopter was sent to get a blood sample from her on Saturday. Authorities have stressed she has shown no symptoms. 

Health officials have been monitoring 145 people for symptoms of Ebola as a result of direct or indirect contact with Duncan or the nurses. As of Saturday, 14 had completed their surveillance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nash was not surprised that the workers had left Dallas. He blames a lack of knowledge about Ebola.

"If they honestly thought that they were a carrier, that they weren’t safe, I believe they wouldn't have traveled," he said. "They wouldn't have put themselves around people. They would have quarantined themselves at the hospital."

Nearby, Faye Hooper was eating ice cream from another of the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park. The 57-year-old geometry teacher from Tennessee was visiting her daughter in Dallas and though Ebola had crossed her mind, she said she did not feel unsafe in Dallas. She had read up on the disease, partly to calm her ninth- and tenth-grade students, and knew that passengers not showing symptoms were not contagious, she said.

"I guess I was concerned about it enough to read about it a little bit," she said.

Dallas had the means to protect people properly, she said. More worrisome would be flying with passengers from West Africa, where countries have not been able to control the spread of the virus, she said.

“That would concern me, but no, not just coming to Dallas,” she said.

Even as other communities have closed schools and quarantined teachers, the Dallas schools have remained open. Five students who had contact with Duncan were quarantined quickly. Based on information from the Dallas County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district determined there was no need to close any schools, said Andre Riley, the director of news and information for the Dallas Independent School District.

The day after Duncan's diagnosis became public there was about a 10 percent drop-off at the schools the five students' schools, he said. Attendance was back to normal by the beginning of the following week.

"It's a great thing that folks are being monitored," he said. "It shows that there's a heightened level of awareness and our community is taking this seriously."

Two musicians in downtown Dallas, Adontis Barber, 25, and 24-year-old Che Sealy, said journalists were exaggerating the danger.

“They’re blowing it way out of proportion without dispensing the proper knowledge of it,” Barber said. “Why do you have to push it so hard, so fast, so quick all the time?”

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital will have to work hard to repair its reputation after turning Duncan away, he said. Now people are asking whether that occurred because he was a black man, he said.

“That’s the question that’s been itching on everyone’s ears,” he said.

The hospital has denied discriminating against Duncan because of his nationality or lack of health care, and it has undertaken a public relations campaign to restore the city's confidence in the care it provides. It has begun a social media effort using the hashtag #presbyproud, and as the weekend started, nurses and others held a brief rally in support of the hospital. Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the hospital's parent company, Texas Health Resources, has written an open letter to the community acknowledging mistakes and the hospital's lack of preparation an describing changes.

"We have acted aggressively to improve our response and protect the health and safety of our workers and community," the letter reads.

Nonetheless there are signs the city is on edge. Dr. Daniel Varga, the chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, acknowledged to The Dallas Morning News that some patients have cancelled appointments. Then on Saturday, a woman fell ill on a Dallas DART train and a station was closed for a time. 

At the State Fair, where cowboy burritos were on sale this year and steers and lambs and goats were on display, some among the throngs admitted to being worried. 

Alana Etheridge, a Dallas resident who works on health-care contracts, said she had given some thought to whether she should attend.

"Should we go, should we not go?" she said.

"Basically you can't be afraid," she said. "I think the best thing is just to be knowledgeable and educate yourself on how it's actually spread. But we have to go to work and we have to go to other public places."

Brenda Willis, there with her husband and two children, said she thought that Dallas had done its best.

"The best they can with what they have, yes," said Willis, 39, an Austin resident works in pharmaceutical research. "Are they equipped with what they need? No."

Few hospitals in the United States are outfitted to treat Ebola successfully, she said. 

Taking a break in the shade, Jacque and Kayla Talley, Arlington residents and mother and daughter who work with mental-health counselors, said they were not afraid. 

Kayla Talley, 19, said she did not think officials were handling the Ebola scare as well as they could. 

"People worry about it because now it's here," she said. "It's affecting us."

Her mother praised the nurses who took care of Duncan, even at their own risk. She refused to stay away from the State Fair, just as she hadn't stayed away after the September 11th terrorist attacks when people were warned against mingling in large crowds, she said.

"I wasn't going to let someone ruin our family tradition," she said. "So no, it doesn't scare me."

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