<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:15:40 -0500 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:15:40 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Alleged University of Miami 'Fondler' Arrested]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+Richard+Sciandra.jpg

There has been a break in the case of a so-called "fondler" on the University of Miami campus.

Police have arrested 49-year-old Richard Sciandra for battery on a University of Miami co-ed near the Bank United Center.

Detectives believe Sciandra is the same man seen in surveillance pictures exposing himself, then grabbing a female student on the buttocks.

"It was disturbing, not only to the University, but to the police department. We have somebody preying on an innocent college student," said Kelly Denham with Coral Gables Police.

Police said it was a collective effort. A Miami Beach resident saw the alert and recognized Sciandra as the same man who assaulted her and her daughter in 2012.

"Contacted the detective in that case and went forward with identifying and locating where the subject lived," Denham explained.

Sciandra has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1996, from marijuana possession to indecent exposure, sexual battery, and lewd and lascivious behavior.

"You never know what the subject is going to escalate to. I believe because she fought back and confronted him, that this did not escalate," Denham said.

The feisty female was able to get away from Sciandra. He was able to get away from police, until officers busted him near his Cutler Bay home.

"On Thanksgiving Day, they were able to call us and say, 'Hey, we got your man. You need to come down and get him,'" Denham said.

<![CDATA[Man Charged With Attempted Murder of Miami Gardens Officer]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:02:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+tory+starr.jpg

A man accused of trying to kill an officer made an appearance in court Monday. Dozens of brothers in blue showed up to make sure justice was served.

"One count of attempted first degree murder on a law enforcement officer, two counts of felony possession of a firearm," the judge said during the hearing.

Tory Starr, a habitual felony offender, was in court again. Prosecutors said he shot at a Miami Gardens Police officer and is now charged with attempted first degree murder.

"We're here in support of one of our officers that was shot at a couple of weeks ago," said Capt. Ralph Suarez with Miami Gardens Police.

Prosecutors said Starr was outside the Strawberry Market on Northwest 191st Street when a police officer approached him. The arrest report says Starr was "extremely nervous and hesitant to provide his name" and instead ran away into the market.

The officer went after him and according to the report, Starr "fired at the officer" from behind a soda machine.

"The officer is doing really good and now it's just a matter of waiting for the trial to go ahead and go," Capt. Suarez said.

Starr will have another hearing in a couple of months and then he'll go on trial on Feb. 16. In the meantime, he remains in jail without bond.

<![CDATA[Accused Planned Parenthood Gunman Could Face Death]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dear-AP_615109635980.png

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday, where he was told that he could face the death penalty, NBC News reported.

If convicted of first degree murder in the shooting, which left three dead and nine wounded, Robert Lewis Dear would face a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of death, the judge said.

Dear, 57, allegedly held the Colorado Springs clinic under siege for five hours before surrendering Friday afternoon.

He said little as he spoke to the judge via closed circuit TV, answering the judge's yes-or-no questions in a raspy voice with his public defender at his side. Dear is due back in court Dec. 9.

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<![CDATA[Which Heat Player is Most Likely to Cry During Sad Movie?]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:26:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+miami+heat+criers.jpg

You wouldn't expect big, tough NBA players to admit they cry during sad movies, but apparently a few Heat players have a softer side.

Dwyane Wade said of all his teammates, Hassan Whiteside is most likely to cry at a sad movie, "He's a big teddy bear."

Whiteside was surprised by Wade's suggestion, but didn't put up much of a fight, "Me? Oh wow. I guess."

Head Coach Erik Spoelstra and Point Guard Goran Dragic both joked that Birdman is the most likely crybaby.

"No," Birdman swiftly replied. "Does it look like I would cry? I ain't got time to cry."

Amare Stoudemire suggested Udonis Haslem is an undercover movie-crier.

"He said that?" Haslem asked. "He just got here!"

"He looks mean and tough on the court," Stoudemire explained. "But you get him in a sad movie like the 'Titanic' or something, and tears start flowing out of his eyes, I guarantee you."

"Titanic?" Haslem paused at the suggestion. Then said, "Everybody would tear up!"

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<![CDATA[TERRA Offers Strong Science, Art Programs]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:48:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+terra+research+institute.jpg

The place is so green, the building, of course, is LEED certified. TERRA Environmental Research Institute is a mouthful to say and it has a tasty menu of academic choices, from the AP Capstone program to three distinct choice academies on its Kendall campus.

"What they get out of the programs, I believe, is a strong, rigorous curriculum and a strong education that is not only good for their high school years but also for the years to come," said Principal Carrie Montano.

When "terra" is in the name, you should reasonably expect the students to get dirt under their fingernails. They do, in the Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy. The kids are always conducting experiments with plants, including testing which vegetables might grow best on Mars.

"Environmental education is everything, it is in law, it is in architecture and engineering, so these kids get a view of the world that is a little bit different than anyone else because they're already thinking green," said Surey Rios, a teacher in the academy.

TERRA is an all-magnet, public high school which draws students from as far north as Davie and from as far south as Florida City.

The other academies are Biomedical Research and Robotics and Engineering. The engineering students learn hands-on by building all kinds of stuff, including electric cars, remote-controlled robots, even a catapult. You never know when you might need to storm the walls of a castle.

"They have a lot of fun, they're really enthusiastic about it, these are great kids," said robotics teacher Ivan Rico.

There's no question TERRA is science geek heaven. But the school also has a strong arts program with a full range of classes, from basic level to AP, and its students have produced art displayed at the airport and featured in the New York Times.

"So what we're producing here is a well-rounded student," Montano said.

TERRA has been recognized in several forums as one of the nation's top high schools, and it's just getting started.

"The great thing to say about that is we've only had three graduating classes, so within that short period of time we've become iconic," Montano said. 

They're reaping the benefits of what they've sown at TERRA.

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<![CDATA[Beckham Looking at New Options for Miami Stadium]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:04:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/113015+miami+mls+beckham+rendering.JPG

International soccer star David Beckham has given up on the approval process to build a Major League Soccer stadium near Marlins Park, but he's possibly looking elsewhere in Miami.

The Beckham stadium deal was taken off the city commission agenda for Tuesday. The proposed plan needed to be on the agenda in order to make the Dec. 10 deadline to get on the March ballot.

"Apparently it is because of the property owners there, the asking price, et cetera," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Mayor Gimenez is hoping soccer superstar David Beckham can figure something out.

"All I want is a stadium here. I will support them as much as I can, again with a caveat there's no public financing, no public funds to go to the stadium," Mayor Gimenez said.

Beckham had grandiose plans of building his stadium on the water. He liked the giant boat slip next to American Airlines Arena but that deal failed. He also liked a piece of property at Port Miami, but that went south as well.

Beckham's stadium would have squeezed up against Marlins Park. Lydia Gonzalez, who lives in the area, prefers Beckham not build there, "It does not bring us any benefits. We are going to have more traffic, we won't be able to afford the games."

An old boat yard near Miami International Airport was, and still may be, a location for Beckham's stadium. NBC 6 learned the area near Northwest 7th Street and 7th Avenue in Miami's Overtown neighborhood may also be a consideration.

Miami Beckham United released the following statement:

"While Miami Beckham United is still hopeful we can secure the necessary private properties adjacent to the Marlins Park site, we are faced with the fact that some owners are not interested in selling or are seeking completely unreasonable prices. Fortunately, we have been receiving interest from a number of private land owners with sites across Miami-Dade County and we are now in the process of evaluating those alternatives. David, Marcelo, Simon and Tim appreciate the strong support of our fans and we are doing everything in our power to make our dream of an MLS club in Miami a reality."

<![CDATA[Marlins Considering Barry Bonds for Coaching Staff: Report]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:29:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477647717.jpg

The Miami Marlins are thinking about adding Barry Bonds to their coaching staff, according to a report by MLB.com.

Bonds would serve as an assistant to incumbent hitting coach Frank Menechino. The assistant spot is currently held by Lenny Harris who is expected to remain on the staff. Harris also finished the year as third base coach and should return to that same role.

Adding Bonds to the staff is an interesting and possibly controversial move by Miami. The All-Time home run leader in Major League Baseball has mostly been out of the game since he last played in 2007. Bonds has never held a coaching position at any professional level and only briefly was a spring training instructor for the San Francisco Giants.

As a 14-time All-Star with a career average of .298 to go along with the aforementioned record 762 home runs, Bonds has a wealth of hitting knowledge. If not for a cloud of alleged performance enhancing drug use hovering over his head, the outfielder would surely be in the Hall of Fame at this point.

If Bonds should end up on Miami's staff, he could have his biggest impact on Giancarlo Stanton. Much like Bonds in his heyday, Stanton often finds himself being pitched around. Bonds excelled at making the most of those spots with exceptional patience. During his 22-year career, Bonds was walked 2,558 times. That is a MLB record as are his 688 intentional walks.

Stanton has at times been clearly frustrated by the lack of hittable pitches he is thrown. This has led to the slugger swinging at poor pitches and ending up with poor at-bats. Improving his patience and pitch selection could make Stanton even more of a force in Miami's lineup.

Manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff is expected to have veterans Perry Hill and Reid Cornelius on it as well as Juan Nieves who would serve as pitching coach.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot After Miramar Home Riddled With Bullets]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112915+miramar+home+shot+at.jpg

Bullets riddled a home in Miramar, hitting a man inside. There are bullet holes everywhere and the shooter is still at large.

Miramar Police said around 1 a.m. Sunday they received 911 calls about shots fired in the 7900 block of Pembroke Road. Authorities believe the home was targeted.

One neighbor said the gunshots woke him up. He heard more than 10 shots fired.

Another neighbor identifies the person injured as Oral Wilmot. Police said the man is in stable condition at the hospital.

If you know anything about this shooting, you're urged to call police or Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[December 1 Marks World AIDS Day]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:31:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_47454168032.jpg

December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) established the annual observance in 1988 as a way to offer communities the chance to unite to fight against the HIV/AIDS stigma, commemorate those who have lost the battle with AIDS, and also show support for those who are living with the disease.

Though new HIV infections have fallen by 35 percent and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 24 percent since 2000, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives a year, according to WHO.

This year's theme for World AIDS Day 2015 in the U.S., "The Time to Act is Now," demonstrates "the urgent need for action today," the White House announced last month.

"The global HIV epidemic requires a coordinated and united response," the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, Douglas M. Brooks, wrote in the White House blog. "In 2015, we know what it takes to prevent HIV infections and improve the lives of people living with HIV, and we are building on the success of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)."

PEPFAR has recently partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to launch a $10 million initiative that will contribute grants to organizations working to provide HIV-related needs to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including improving access to HIV services and helping to create "non-stigmatizing environments."

Organizations and groups around the world will hold events to celebrate World AIDS Day. Cities and famous landmarks will light up in red to honor those who have lost the battle with AIDS and to show support for those who continue to fight.

Here's some ways you can help:

Go (RED)

The red ribbon has become the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. Purchase or make your own red ribbon to show your support for World AIDS Day.

Keeping with the red theme, in 2006, Bono and Bobby Shriver founded (RED), a non profit organization that partners with the private sector to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa.

(RED) partners like Coca-Cola, beats by dr. dre, Apple, Starbucks, Le Creuset, among many others, donate 50 percent of the profits from (RED) products to the Global Fund HIV/AIDS. The organization provides life-saving antiretroviral medication (ARVs) that works to keep the virus from multiplying and can prevent an HIV positive pregnant woman from transmitting the virus to her child.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation have also partnered with (RED). Between November 9 and December 20, the ticket sales companies will display a (RED) button on their websites allowing customers to donate $10 during purchases.

On Tuesday night, Bono is hosting a Shopathon on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The the star-studded fundraising event will feature "once-in-a-lifetime-experiences" that can be won after donating at least $10 to (RED). Prizes include a bike ride with the U2 frontman or learning to pass a football with Tom Brady himself.

Uber rider's in more than 150 cities nationwide can help drive the effort towards an AIDS Free Generation. The ride-sharing company has partnered with (RED) and will enable drivers to donate $5 to the Global Fund at the end of their trip, Uber announced Monday. Uber cars around the world will turn red to raise awareness around the cause. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match all donations made on Dec. 1 to (RED) via the Uber app.


MAC cosmetics is donating 100 percent of the selling price of MAC VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipgloss to the MAC AIDS Fund. The company is featuring two new lip products named after the current VIVA GLAM spokeswoman Miley Cyrus: super-sexy bright orange and coordinating Lipglass gloss with pearl shimmer.

Join the Conversation:

The White House will host a live webcast of its World AIDS Day event highlighting President Obama's commitment to the sustainable development goals outlined by the United Nations. The livestream will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #WAD2015.

A #TreatmentForAll

The #TreatmentForAll initiative aims to stem the AIDS epidemic in Africa by treating 28 million people by 2020. United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Ray Chambers, Emmy Award-winning television host Ricki Lake and digital influencers Wesley Stromberg, Sammy Wilkinson, Megan Nicole and Melvin Gregg kicked-off the campaign Monday with the first documentary film officially launched on Facebook. The video ends with a string of social media stars sharing the hashtag, asking viewers to do the same.

Get Tested:

The HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator is a first-of-its-kind, location-based search tool that allows user to search for testing services, housing providers and HIV-related health centers near your current location.

Use and share the HIV testing sites and care services locator.

Find HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers

Enter your address, city and state, or ZIP Code:

For more information on this widget, please visit AIDS.gov.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins: Pouncey and Matthews Injury Updates]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:37:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453329473.jpg

The Miami Dolphins received injury updates on Monday for Mike Pouncey and Rishard Matthews who were both injured in Sunday's game.

Pouncey was carted off the field in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. At the time, the injury appeared serious and possibly season-ending. As of now, Pouncey's status is considered day-to-day which puts his playing status for the next game in some doubt.

Without another true center on the depth chart, Miami turned to Jamil Douglas on Sunday. The guard has very little experience at the center position but did was involved in 64 plays due to necessity in the loss. More should be known on Pouncey's status as the week progresses and Miami could turn to Douglas again if the Pro Bowler can't go. 

Matthews who left Sunday's action early due to chest and rib injuries will not play in the next game. Matthews was the victim of an errant throw by Tannehill which sent him into harm's way. The wide receiver took a hard hit and appeared to have some difficulty catching his breath following the contact. Matthews suffered multiple fractured ribs from the hit, according to NFL.com.

Without Matthews for the foreseeable future, it is likely that DeVante Parker will see an increase in his workload. The first-round pick came away with a touchdown on Sunday and will likely be one of Tannehill's main targets going forward.

The Dolphins sit at 4-7 this season and have endured sweeps at the hands of the Buffalo Bills and Jets. As its dismal 0-5 record in the division shows, Miami has had trouble all season long against its main rivals.

Miami will look to get back into the win column on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium.

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<![CDATA[2 Men Arrested for Fatal Nightclub Shooting]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:48:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+Awince+Lasseur.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office has arrested two men allegedly involved in the death of a Pompano Beach man outside BAM Nightclub near Fort Lauderdale.

27-year-old Awince Lasseur was located in Plantation and arrested without incident on Nov. 28. 32-year-old Peudritto Joseph was located and arrested in Jacksonville the next day.

Peudritto Joseph (BSO)

Both men face a charge of attempted second degree murder for their role in the events that led to the death of 27-year-old Joshua Rogers, according to BSO.

On Nov. 25, a deputy patrolling near Fort Lauderdale heard gunshots around 4:20 a.m. and quickly responded to the scene.

As the deputy arrived, club goers were scattering, and Rogers was laying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The nightclub is located at 2829 West Broward Boulevard.

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<![CDATA[U.S.: Russian Jet Entered Turkish Airspace]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:24:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Russian-Plane-Body-AP_794858269462.jpg

The United States has independently confirmed Turkey's assertion that the Russian warplane it shot down last week violated Turkish airspace, a State Department official said Monday, NBC News reported.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau would not describe how the United States confirmed the Russian craft's flight path. Instead, she said that diplomatic efforts should focus on easing tensions between Russia and Turkey.

Turkish forces shot down the plane on Nov. 24, saying it entered its airspace from Syria, where Russia is conducting airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. One of the plane's pilots was killed, as well as a Russian Marine on the rescue team.

Russia has said it was flying over Syria airspace and was struck unprovoked.

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<![CDATA[Jury Selection in 1st Gray Case]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Officer+William+Porter+Stands+Before+Prospective+Jurors+Freddie+Gray+Case+113015.jpg

Seventy-five potential were questioned by a judge in Baltimore Circuit Court Monday as the first trial in the death of Freddie Gray got underway.

Jury selection for Officer William Porter's trial began Monday. When asked by Judge Barry Williams, every juror called said they knew about the Freddie Gray case, were aware of the curfew imposed following the protests and knew about the $6.4 million settlement between the city and Gray's family. 

Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the mistreatment by police of another young black man. On Monday, a handful of protesters gathered outside the courthouse and chanted, "All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray." 

In the weeks following the unrest, six police officers were indicted in Gray's death. Porter is being tried first in part because prosecutors want to use him as a witness in the trials of several other officers.

The group of potential jurors was asked a number of questions to gauge their ability to be impartial. 

A dozen potential jurors said they or their family members or significant others were employed by a law enforcement agency, while 26 said they had "strong feelings" about manslaughter or other misconduct by police. Almost 40 potential jurors said they or a family member had been either a victim of a crime or been investigated, arrested, charged or convicted of a crime.

Two dozen potential jurors said they could not serve for reasons including a planned trip or or a medical condition preventing them from sitting for more than an hour.

Judge Williams also read aloud more than 200 names of possible witnesses, including more than 100 Baltimore police officers, lawyers and prosecutors.

The judge then began meeting privately with 66 members of the pool, which continued until he dismissed court about 5:45 p.m. He told the pool to plan to return Wednesday, but some will be notified before then that they do not need to return, court spokeswoman Terri Charles said.

A new jury panel will report to court Tuesday.

A verdict will likely set the tone for the city: If Porter is acquitted there could be protests and possibly more unrest. A conviction could send shockwaves through the city's troubled police department.

"Everything is at stake. The future of the city is at stake,'' Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

Porter faces charges of assault, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is accused of checking on Gray during several stops the van made during its 45-minute trip from the Gilmor Homes in Sandtown-Winchester, where Gray was arrested, to the Western District station house, where officers found Gray unresponsive and he was taken to a hospital. He died a week later.

Gray was initially handcuffed. Later during his van ride, his legs were shackled and he was placed back in the van without a seatbelt, a violation of department policy, prosecutors have said.

Porter told police investigators arresting Gray "was always a big scene," according to a pretrial filing by defense attorneys. Porter indicated he knew of a previous arrest in which Gray allegedly tried to kick out the windows of a police vehicle.

"You know, so he was always, always, like, banging around," Porter said in the statement excerpted in the filing. "It was always a big scene whenever you attempted to arrest Freddie Gray."

Defense attorneys say that helps explain Porter's actions during Gray's arrest.

Judge Williams said a jury will be seated in a day or two.

The trial is expected to be complete by Dec. 17.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Has Hernia Procedure]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:40:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/184*120/TLMD-14-bernie-sanders-democrata-socialista.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is undergoing an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure on Monday, according to his U.S. Senate office.

The Vermont Senator is having the procedure done at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

He will resume his Senate duties on Tuesday, his office said.

Sanders is currently running second in most national polls, behind front-runner Hillary Clinton. He spoke at a New Hampshire Democratic Party event on Sunday in Manchester.

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<![CDATA[Accused Chicago Officer Posts Bond]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:09:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/e1dfaaf2-3b56-419d-b852-0aa4db8a66fb-large16x9_KillingsbyPoliceCh_DiMa.jpg

A Chicago police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting a black Chicago teenager 16 times posted bond and was released from jail Monday hours after a judge ordered his bail set at $1.5 million.

Officer Jason Van Dyke appeared in court, shackled at his waist and feet, flanked on either side by burly officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team. A spokesman said due to the high tensions of the event, the officers were there for Van Dyke’s protection.

“He’s prepared to defend himself,” said defense attorney Dan Herbert. “He’s very scared about the consequences he’s facing. He’s concerned for his wife and children.”

Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder last Tuesday, more than a year after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. That same day, officials released graphic dash-cam video of the shooting, prompting a series of protests throughout the city over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The "disturbing" dash-cam footage was played in courtroom 101 during Van Dyke's bond hearing at Chicago's Criminal Court Monday. 

Judge Donald Panarese watched the video, then instructed attorneys to show it again for Van Dyke, and any courtroom spectators who wanted to watch.

The video shows McDonald apparently walking away from police with a small knife in his hand during the October 2014 incident when he was fatally shot 16 times by Van Dyke.

Prosecutors said in court last week that the shooting happened within 15 seconds, but for 13 of those seconds McDonald was on the ground. They added the video "clearly does not show McDonald advancing toward [Van Dyke]."

Prosecutor Bill Delaney asked that Van Dyke remain held without bond, but the judge rejected that, saying everyone is presumed innocent and set Van Dyke’s bail at $1.5 million. Five hours later, Van Dyke posted bond and walked out of jail.

Once again Monday, Van Dyke's attorney defended his client’s actions.

“When you see the video alone, it does not seem like a justifiable shooting,” Herbert said, noting that he has information from his client which paints the shooting in a different light. “It’s a case that’s absolutely defensible, and I’m prepared to present a defense.”

Police have said the shooting was in self-defense and that McDonald lunged at the officer with a knife while authorities were investigating car break-ins in a trucking yard.

Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo also argued Monday that there is more to the shooting than the video reveals.

“You know,” he said, “we don’t get an officer Van Dyke view of that incident.”

An autopsy confirmed McDonald was shot a total of 16 times and had PCP in his system.

A GoFundMe page asking for donations for Van Dyke's bond last week was removed from the fundraising website after raising more than $10,000. The company cited a policy against campaigns for the defense of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity.

Shortly after the fundraiser was removed, a local branch of the Fraternal Order of Police created an account to raise bond money for Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is scheduled to return to court Dec. 18.

<![CDATA[Weather: Showers, Rain Midday Monday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:47:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021113206_1200x675_576390723560.jpg We're starting our first day back from the Thanksgiving holiday with showers and rain across South Florida. Erika Delgado says temperatures will reach the mid 80s.]]> <![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to Laquan McDonald on Shoes]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:21:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Dwyane+Wade.png

Laquan McDonald’s death has shaken the nation, and as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Chicago Friday to rally in his name NBA star Dwyane Wade paid tribute in a different way.

The Miami Heat guard posted a photo of his shoes on Instagram ahead of the team's game against the New York Knicks Friday night and showed he was standing with in solidarity with protestors, having written “#LaquanMcDonald,” “#Chicago” and “#Justice” on the pair.

Wade grew up in Chicago’s South Side and went to high school at Harold L. Richards in Oak Lawn, just miles where the 17-year-old was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Freed Cuban Artist 'El Sexto' Addresses Media]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:36:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+el+sexto+media.jpg

Cuban artist and human rights activist Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado told reporters in Miami Monday that he feels "more responsibility" after spending 10 months in a Havana jail.

Maldonado was among several thousand Cuban prisoners who were pardoned and released in October ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Cuba in September.

As reported by NBC News, Maldonado was awaiting trial on a charge of "disrespect" for painting "Fidel" and "Raul" on a pair of pigs in a satire of former President Fidel Castro and his brother, current President Raul Castro.

Maldonado was arrested before even making it to Havana's Parque Central, but was never formally charged.

Several international human rights organizations rallied for his release, many using the hashtag #FreeElSexto on Twitter.

President Barack Obama also reportedly brought up Maldonado's case during his historic meeting with Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in April.

His address to the media Monday morning marks Maldonado's first visit to Miami since his release from Valle Grande Prison last month.

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<![CDATA[Obama: Climate Talks an 'Act of Defiance' After Paris Attacks]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:49:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_476960059291.jpg

About 150 world leaders joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday to kick off a two-week climate summit near Paris.

Each leader will speak about what their country is doing to reduce emissions and slow climate change, according to NBC News.

President Barack Obama on Monday called the global talks an "act of defiance" against terrorism, saluting the people of Paris for "insisting this crucial conference go on" just two weeks after attacks that killed 130.

He urged leaders to "rise to this moment" and fight the enemy of cynicism — "the notion we can't do anything" about the warming of the planet."  

All members of the G-20 submitted their own plans for addressing global warming. Activists expect the plan that emerges from the Paris summit will address a decrease in fossil fuel emissions.

Efforts to agree on a climate deal have been delayed by a disagreement on whether developing nations share the same burden as industrialized nations that have polluted a lot more. The U.S. and other nations have said hat all countries chip in under the new agreement.

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<![CDATA[IMF Adds China's Yuan to Basket of Top Currencies ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:43:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_449848205882.jpg

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.

The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound as one of the currencies used for the global organization's Special Drawing Rights, which is used as the standard for dealing with its 188 member governments.

China is the world's second largest economy. Currency traders and economists say the move should encourage the government in Beijing to deliver on promises to make the yuan "freely tradable" and to open up its financial system.

The IMF's decision is set to take effect in October 2016. 

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<![CDATA[China Chokes on Smog as World Leaders Talk Climate Change]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:13:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg

As world leaders discussed climate change at the U.N. conference in Paris on Monday, millions in China were choking on the most severe air pollution of the year, NBC News reported. 

The air-quality index exceeded 700 — well above the hazardous level — in Baoding, which as classified as China's most polluted, with residents struggling to see through the thick haze of smog on Monday.

Poor conditions were also reported in other parts of northern China, including the capital.

China is the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollutants. According to World Bank, China's emissions amounted to 11 billion tons in 2013, nearly twice as much as America's 5.8 billion tons. The two countries account for almost 40 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Embassy in Kabul Warns Americans of 'Imminent Attack']]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:57:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_392624796254.jpg

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned Americans in Afghanistan on Monday about "credible reports of an imminent attack" on the country's capital in the next 48 hours and urged that they "exercise extreme caution if moving around the city," NBC News reported. 

The embassy said in a statement entitled, "Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens," that it had "received credible reports of an imminent attack" but added there were "no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method."

However, a security source within the embassy said the attack "may involve multiple assailants and car bombs" and was "classified as credible."

The warning came two days after a suicide bomber unsuccessfully targeted a senior member of Afghanistan's election commission during the morning rush hour in Kabul, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Lights for the Animals]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:55:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Holiday+Lights+for+the+Animals+celebration.JPG

You’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas tree and the Menorah during the annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event. The walls of our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center will surely be decked and ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with all of our four-legged friends on Saturday, December 5th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

There will be plenty of entertainment and Yuletide fun for the whole family! Children will enjoy frolicking around our shelter to take part in exciting and festive activities, like a very merry scavenger hunt, which includes stopping by the kissing booth to get a kiss from one of our precious pooches under the mistletoe. The whole family will relish in holiday cheer as they delight in performances and savory treats, like delicious hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, holiday cookies, cupcakes and much more. You will not want to miss the arrival of Santa “Paws” on the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck from the 22nd station as the shelter becomes illuminated with twinkly holiday lights; the perfect ending to the jolliest holiday celebration of the season! 

WHO: Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:  4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals

WHEN: Saturday, December 05, 2015 4:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.

The 4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event is a celebratory event for our annual fundraising campaign for our Humane Society of Greater Miami. This year, the campaign will directly benefit our Second Chance Fund, a fund developed to pay for treatments and services that are above and beyond the standard preventive vaccines and medical care that every animal receives and for services that are not available through our own clinics. This commitment to the health of our animals is possible because of support from generous people like youWe hope you can make a donation to our Second Chance Fund to help the animals in need. You may use this opportunity to make a holiday gift in honor or memory of someone you love. A $20 donation will illuminate one light or candle. You can set a strand of lights aglow for $100; illuminate a wreath or menorah for $200; or light an entire tree for $500!


Please join us for the lighting of the trees and menorahs, refreshments, caroling, and the arrival of Santa “Paws” on December 5th while we celebrate the joy and companionship of animals!

<![CDATA[Dog on Plane Goes Missing in Texas, Turns Up in Hawaii ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:56:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bethany-thumb.jpg

A dog that went missing in North Texas during a trip from Seattle to Mississippi will be reunited with her owner after airline officials said they found her in Hawaii.

The dog, named Bethany, was headed back to D/FW International Airport on Monday and will be reunited with her owner on Tuesday, said American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

"We want her to be well-rested," Huguely said.

Bethany disappeared Saturday on her way from Seattle to Jackson, Mississippi. But her owner, Paul Chen, said she never made it to Mississippi.

Chen reported the Pembroke Welsh Corgi missing Sunday afternoon.

Airline officials quickly found her -- in Hawaii.

"She took a little bit of a vacation to Honolulu," Hugely joked. "She has been well taken care of the entire time."

Bethany has been under the care of a veterinarian, she said.

Chen said airline officials told him they found Bethany in Honolulu late Sunday.

"Don't know how or why she got there, but I am glad she is safe and sound," he said in an email.

Huguely said the airline will look into what happened with "the misconnect" but has been focused on returning Bethany to her owner.

Photo Credit: Paul Chen]]>
<![CDATA[Suspicious Boxes at Mount Sinai Deemed Safe: Cops]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:56:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/113015+mount+sinai+boxes.jpg

Miami Beach Police have determined three suspicious boxes left outside Mount Sinai Hospital are safe and only contained garbage.

According to Miami Beach Police, the three boxes were located by a temple on hospital property Monday morning. The boxes were moved into the hospital's security office.

Bomb squad and hazmat teams were called in as a precaution.

The hospital was not evacuated, and all traffic around the area has been reopened.

The hospital is located at 4300 Alton Road in Miami Beach.

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<![CDATA[Target Website Temporarily Crashes for Many on Cyber Monday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/221*120/Screen+Shot+2015-11-30+at+10.28.47+AM.png

Cyber Monday's digital door-busting sales broke more than purchasing forecasts, causing at least one of the country's biggest retailer's website to crash for many users.

Target's website went down at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, according to Catchpoint Systems, a web performance monitoring company. Around 10:40 a.m. ET the website began to come back "intermittently," but customers continued to encounter a "problem" message, Catchpoint spokesman Frank Cioff said, adding that "technically" the site was back up, but content wasn't available.

"Please hold tight. So Sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically and get things going ASAP (sic)," the message read on Target.com. A corporate spokeswoman said customers were put in a "queue" and asked to check back later. 

Many expressed their frustration on social media, chiding the company for not being better prepared to handle the traffic surge that was expected to come on one of the largest online shopping events of the year.


In a statement, Senior Group Manager for Target communications Molly Snyder said, "We are seeing a tremendous response to today’s 15 percent off sitewide offer. The volume is already twice as high as our busiest day ever. We continue to receive and process thousands of orders from guests who are shopping the entire site and taking advantage of the discount coupled with free shipping. As we experience spikes in traffic, our systems place guests in a queue and prompt them to access the site later. We apologize to guests who experience any delays, we appreciate their patience, and encourage them to try again in a few minutes by refreshing their browser."

The company kicked off its "Cyber Week" of sales Monday, calling it Target's "biggest and boldest yet."

"Target.com's site-wide 15 percent discount is pretty aggressive and likely the best offer we've seen," Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insight at Profitero, an e-commerce analytics firm, told NBC News

In addition to the site wide savings of 15 percent off, a first for the company, clothing is discounted at 30 percent, home goods at 40 percent, 30 percent off hundreds of toys. Target is also offering gift cards with certain big-ticket purchases and gave early-bird consumers nearly 75 percent off "e-door-buster" deals. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy Target.com
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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured in Oakland Park Shooting: BSO]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/113015+oakland+park+shooting.jpg

Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that happened early Monday morning in Oakland Park.

Deputies responded to the shooting around 1:35 a.m. in the 2900 block of Northwest 29th Street. They found two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds.

Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported both men to Broward Health Medical Center.

One victim, who is not being identified, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The other, 45-year-old Eugene Randall of Fort Lauderdale, was transported in critical condition but was later pronounced dead.

BSO homicide and crime scene detectives searched the area for potential evidence and witnesses to the crime.

No arrests have been made.

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

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<![CDATA[San Francisco 'Hot Cop' Arrested for Hit-and-Run]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:51:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/steven+weller.jpg

The San Francisco police officer who social media dubbed the "Hot Cop of Castro" last summer was arrested Sunday for a hit-and-run that seriously injured two men whom a family friend said had just left a musical performance.

According to a San Francisco Police Department news release, officer Christopher Kohrs, 38, rammed his Dodge Charger into two men who were crossing near Broadway and Montgomery streets in the city's North Beach neighborhood. Kohrs was off duty at the time on medical leave, police said.

Authorities say Kohrs ditched the car and fled from the scene after the crash, which was reported at 2:20 a.m. Police, however, were able to identify Kohrs as the driver and later arranged for the officer to turn himself in. He was arrested on two counts of felony hit-and-run. On Monday, he had been released from San Francisco County Jail. Efforts to immediately reach him were unsuccessful. NBC Bay Area left a voicemail at the San Francisco Police Officers Association seeking a comment early Monday morning.

Trey Bellomy saw some of the aftermath: "I looked out my window and there was a black and orange Dodge Charger right there. It looked like someone had pulled up and parked it. I didn't see anybody get out."

Surveillance video obtained by NBC Bay Area on Monday shows one person running away from the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and. The identity of that person isn’t clear.

The two victims -- both men in their 40s -- were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive, according to police. On Monday, one of the victims was upgraded to "fair condition," according to the hospital.

Kevin Cochran, who works at a nearby club, saw the men hurt in the street and called 911.

"I heard the impact," he said. "From what I understand, they were crossing the crosswalk, and they ended up 20 yards away."

Americo Diaz, who said he is friends with one of the victims, said one of the men has a broken leg and jaw, and is suffering from severe bruising to his body and head.

"We all ask everyone to keep him in their prayers," he said.

The pair of men had just seen a musical performance, Diaz added.

Kohrs has been a popular officer whose "appreciation page" on Facebook had 52,371 likes as of Monday morning. His superiors said he has never even worked in the Castro, a traditionally gay neighborhood, but has always been assigned to the park district.

He became a local celebrity after amateur photographer Mark Abrabson snapped photos of him in the Castro neighborhood in July 2014, which later got posted them on social media, usually with the hashtag #HotCopofCastro.

Kohrs has since modeled in calendars and also performed the Ice Bucket Challenge shirtless for an Officer Down Memorial Fund.

NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang and Nanette Miranda contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Steven Kyle Weller via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Dolphins Fire Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100213+miami+dolphins+helmet+generic.jpg

The Miami Dolphins have fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor following Sunday's 38-20 loss to the New York Jets.

The team confirmed the news, first reported by Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, in a statement released Monday morning.

A team source told NBC 6 that Lazor was fired Monday morning, and that quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will take over, which was later confirmed in the release.

The Dolphins also announced that assistant wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan had been promoted to wide receivers coach.

The Dolphins are in last place in the AFC East with a record of 47-7. Former head coach Joe Philbin was fired earlier this year after the team first fell to the Jets. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was let go in October.

NBC Sports reports that interim head coach Dan Campbell held a different philosophy than Lazor, who has limited quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

The Dolphins needed a win and instead ended up with a lopsided loss when the Jets took Sunday's game 38-20.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Weather: Monday Morning Showers]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:42:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021106075_1200x675_576161859886.jpg We are dealing with some showers in Broward County this Monday morning. Erika Delgado says highs will reach into the mid to lower 80s with increasing moisture coming into the forecast later this week.]]> <![CDATA[SF Home Seller Demands Culture Vow]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:08:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mission+House+Zillow.jpg

A San Francisco woman fed up with the Mission District’s rapid gentrification sold her home for hundreds of thousands of dollars under market value – but with a caveat.

Prospective buyers went through an application process designed to weed out people who didn’t respect the neighborhood or its diverse culture.

Catherine Lee sold her two-bedroom, Edwardian condo with garage parking and a marble fireplace on 23rd and Alabama streets for a non-negotiable $650,000. That's a steal when you consider that a veritable shack sold for $408,000 in the Mission District just a month ago.

Comparable houses in the same area have sold for more than $1 million, according to real estate website Zillow. 

Lee, who is a filmmaking teacher living on a modest income, told San Francisco Magazine that she was flooded with potential buyers. None of them, however, seemed to understand that she was serious about the culture-centric application.

"I had a couple of real estate agents come by — you know, long, clicky nails and stiletto heels – who told me they had clients who would go way over asking price," she told the magazine. "I said, ‘OK, so what’s their cultural contribution?’ I never heard back."

That contribution, referred to as a "10-year cultural promissory note," asked prospective buyers to write about their ties to the city and enter a binding, decade-long commitment to provide something of cultural value to the community or to Lee herself.

The new owners also had to promise that they would abstain from griping about the the Mission District's Dia de los Muertos festival, the "Day of the Dead" holiday with roots in Mexico that celebrates the lives of friends and family members who have died. Out-of-area transplants had recently criticized the longstanding neighborhood event, much to Lee's dismay.

"The people showing up were maybe more professional," Lee told the magazine about her preference for the future owners. "I was really thinking, like, the doorman at Slim’s (music club)."

Still, solid offers poured in.

Applicants promised to create a local choir, donate to various foundations and give free legal help to immigrants.

One prospective buyer even met the cultural demands and offered an additional $100,000 on top of the asking price.

But no application seemed to beat that of writer Malena Watrous and her husband, composer Matt Shumaker, who eventually won the moneyless bidding war.

The couple offered free writing conferences, tickets to cultural events for Lee, and a generous donation to the Mission-based nonprofit La Cocina, among other culturally-sound gifts. It also didn’t hurt that the couple had strong ties to the neighborhood – both have lived in the city for a long time, and their son went to a nearby daycare.

"I knew then that they were a family who really lived in the Mission," Lee told the magazine.

Though her story has a happy ending, Lee admits that not everyone can afford to sell their house under market value. She told the magazine that the opportunity she had was one that ultimately worked well for her, and the unique goals she had for her former home.

As for the Shumaker-Wastrous clan, it appears the deal worked for them, too.

"That fear that we would be pushed out of the city was getting to us, even if we didn’t admit it," Wastrous told to the magazine. "Now we can’t wait to get home — and stay home."

Photo Credit: Zillow]]>
<![CDATA[West Palm Beach Mega Job Fair Tuesday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/85506265.jpg

A mega job fair coming to West Palm Beach may help you get hired just in time for the holidays!

Sponsored in part by NBC affiliate WPTV, the South Florida Mega Job Fair is taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Marriott West Palm Beach, located at 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

Positions range from $11 hourly to more than $100,000 per year. More than 30 companies will be participating in an effort to fill more than 500 jobs.

For those with broadcast media expertise, WPTV will be at the event interviewing for photojournalists, news producers, reporters, studio technicians and more!

Additional participating companies include:

  • Admirals Cove
  • Dunbar
  • Advanced Communications Group
  • Hilton West Palm Beach
  • Avis Budget Group
  • and many many more!

Before the fair, jobseekers should:

  • Pre-register online at jobnewsusa.com and print out your registration page. This will serve as your "fast pass" into the job fair at 10 a.m.
  • Dress your best
  • Update your resume and bring at least 15 copies with you
  • Research the participating companies
  • Make babysitter arrangements, as children will not be permitted into the job fair

Tips for what to do at the job fair:

  • Arrive with a positive attitude
  • Do not bring any food, drinks of gum into the job fair
  • Do not bring cell phones or large purses

Good luck!

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<![CDATA[Miami Woman Killed in Rollover Crash on Palmetto]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/112915+palmetto+rollover+fatal.jpg

A Miami woman was killed in a rollover crash on the Palmetto early Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened just after 3 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the Palmetto (SR 826) near Northwest 103rd Street.

FHP said 24-year-old Ochun Consuelo Gutierrez lost control of her vehicle, collided with a concrete wall and then overturned.

Gutierrez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.

A 25-year-old female passenger was airlifted to Jackson Trauma with serious injuries. She was wearing her seat belt.

FHP is investigating what caused Gutierrez to lose control. They said it's unknown whether alcohol was involved.

The crash scene on the Palmetto blocked traffic for many hours on Sunday morning, causing massive delays for drivers. The area has since reopened.

<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood Victim Tried to Save Others]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:02:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/StewartArmy-IMG_0259.jpg

The 29-year old Iraq War veteran killed in the Planned Parenthood attack ran back inside after being shot to warn others to take cover, his brother told NBC News.

Ke’Arre Stewart was hit after stepping outside the Colorado Springs clinic because he didn’t have cellphone service, brother Leyonte Chandler said.

Chandler said his brother tried to run back into the building and tell the others to take cover. Asked whether Stewart, a father of two, was a hero, Chandler said: “Definitely, definitely.”

Stewart was one of three people fatally shot by Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly opened fire at the clinic Friday.

Photo Credit: Tony Fisher]]>