<![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 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:22:31 -0400 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:22:31 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Teen Arrested in Shooting Death of Friend: BSO]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:27:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+teen+dead.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 14-year-old boy was killed while he, his brother and a friend played with a handgun.

It happened around 3 p.m. Thursday at 10000 41st Street in Cooper City.

Deputies responded to a dispatch call of shots fired at a home. When they arrived, they discovered the body of the victim inside the garage and a handgun nearby.

"A tragedy, just an absolute tragedy," Sheriff Scott Israel said. "It's with a real heavy heart that we have this tragedy that a youngster lost his life."

SWAT cleared the house and SWAT medics confirmed the teen's death.

Homicide detectives spent hours talking to two other teens who were there at the time of the shooting; the victim's 14-year-old friend and his 16-year-old brother.

Detectives later arrested the 14-year-old for manslaughter with a firearm.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Man and Woman Killed in Plantation Crash]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:42:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+plantation+fire+rescue+crash+pine+island+road.jpg

A man and woman were killed in a violent overnight crash in Plantation, officials said.

Officials with Plantation Fire Rescue say a witness who was on his way into work around 3 a.m. Thursday spotted the accident scene at Pine Island Road and Peters Road and immediately called 911.

According to an initial investigation, officials say a man and a woman were headed north on Pine Island Road in a truck when they hit a pole and lost control of the truck. Both victims were ejected from the vehicle.

Plantation Fire believe a white vehicle also may have run over the man's body.

The woman died at the scene, while the man died as he was being transported to the hospital. It is not known which individual was driving at the time of the accident.

The victims were later identified as 31-year-old Patrick Michael Kallman and 37-year-old Jennifer Catherine Jacon. Friends said Kallman and Jacon were a couple, and Kallman was the son of a Broward Sheriff's Office sergeant.

"Our hearts are heavy as we extend our sincere condolences and prayers to Sgt. Michael Kallman, a 27-year veteran of our agency, whose son died today," the BSO said in a statement. "Patrick Michael Kallman was involved in a vehicle crash early Thursday morning that also took the life of his girlfriend, Jennifer Catherine Jacon."

It is not yet known whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Firefighters shut down Pine Island Road from Southwest Sixth Street to Peters Road. The intersection was closed for some time.

"It's a shock, it's very sad coming out here and seeing this," friend Rob Fenwick said.

Police are looking for a white vehicle possibly with driver-side damage and possible side-view mirror damages in connection with the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Island Scoured for MH370 Clues After Debris Washes Ashore]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482269752+%281%29.jpg

The discovery of a piece of aircraft wing on an island in the Indian Ocean sparked an air, land and sea search, with investigators hoping to connect the debris to the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, NBC News reported.

Beaches were being combed and boats were scouring the waters off Reunion Island as helicopters flew overhead the French territory, east of Madagascar off the southern tip of Africa.

Boeing investigators have looked at photos of the barnacle-covered plane piece found by a crew cleaning the coastline on Wednesday and say that they believe it is from one of their 777s, sources told NBC News. It appears to be a piece of a flap from a wing. There is only one such aircraft missing in the world right now — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Local media also reported Thursday that the remains of a suitcase had also been found in the same area where the debris was recovered. Officials did not immediately comment on the reports.

"This is obviously a very significant development," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told a news conference in Sydney early Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying 239 people when it disappeared about an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, on March 8 last year.

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<![CDATA[Taxi in Downtown Miami Fatal Hit and Run Found: Police]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:44:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+miami+taxi+hit+and+run.jpg

Police in Miami have found a taxi cab involved in a hit-and-run crash that left one person dead in downtown Miami early Thursday, officials said.

The cab was found at 11900 Biscayne Boulevard, police said. The attorney for the cab driver was at the scene and said the driver had no idea he hit anyone.

Police said the driver is being cooperative and will eventually be questioned. The next step is getting a warrant for inside the taxi.

"As the facts develop, you'll see he certainly did not intend to leave the scene in any way," the driver's attorney said.

The incident happened at 401 Biscayne Boulevard near Northeast Fourth Street just after 1:30 a.m., Miami Police said. This is a heavily traversed area by residents and tourists alike, and is just near the American Airlines Arena right across from Bayfront Park and Bayside.

Officers heard the collision and responded to the scene, where they found the victim's body in the middle of the street, officials said.

A witness told NBC 6 that he saw the Crown Victoria taxi cab hit the man as he crossed the street, and that the driver of that cab drove off. He immediately called 911.

"It's replaying in my mind over and over, I will say that. Watching the taxi cab speed away like he didn't care about the guy," witness Manuel Ibanez said.

Officers radioed for help and performed CPR on the victim, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video showing the cab moments before the crash was also released Thursday. It appears he's going faster than the 35 mile per hour speed limit.

The driver's attorney said although it's unfortunate his client kept going, he was not at fault, "He had the right-of-way. The unfortunate victim was crossing the street on a green light. And I'll tell you, when you cross the street rather than at the crosswalk and without the light in your favor, tragedies happen."

Police haven't released the name of the driver or the name of the victim.

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<![CDATA[Stephen Ross Has High Expectations for Dolphins]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:01:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460102896.jpg

The Miami Dolphins are entering the season with high expectations from many people including their owner, Stephen Ross.

Ross addressed his team on the first day of training camp on Thursday, and let it be known that he expects a lot from the group. The strong message from Ross is a sign of a potentially short leash for head coach Joe Philbin.

When Ross was asked about the prospect of missing the playoffs, he responded with a few words that spoke volumes.

"Obviously, I’d be disappointed," Ross responded.

That disappointment would likely lead to the end of Philbin's time in Miami. After three seasons of missing the playoffs, Philbin enters this year with an improved roster. Another year that ends before the postseason would seemingly be too much for Ross.

Ross referred to this year's team as the most talented Miami has had in "many, many years.”

In addition to addressing his team, Ross also met with the media and fielded a variety of questions. When the topic of season tickets came to light, Ross let it be known that the Dolphins' fan base is strong and growing.

"I think the Dolphins are a team that are capturing the imagination of the whole fan base here in South Florida,” said Ross.

In the end, wins are going to bring fans to Sun Life Stadium. Miami has not had a winning campaign since 2008 when it won 11 games. The last two years have ended with 8-8 records, but gave some hope to a dedicated fan base.

Miami will kick the preseason off on August 13th in Chicago against the Bears.

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<![CDATA[Heat Announces Preseason Schedule]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465923644.jpg

The Miami Heat announced their schedule for the preseason on Thursday which is set to begin on Oct. 4 at home.

Coming off a season that did not feature a playoff appearance, the Heat should be focused quickly in their first game action. The preseason is a good opportunity for head coach Erik Spoelstra to make some final tweaks and decisions before games start to count.

Miami will take on the Charlotte Bobcats in the aforementioned preseason opener. That game will be the first of three at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

Following the contest with the Bobcats, the Heat will take on the Orlando Magic on Oct. 7. This game will actually take place far away from Florida despite the fact both teams hail from the Sunshine State. The game is set to be played at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Oct. 12 will feature a return to the AmericanAirlines Arena when the Heat host the San Antonio Spurs. Even though this is a preseason tilt, it should be a much-anticipated game after a busy and productive off-season for the Spurs. These two franchises also have a recent rivalry after playing in back-to-back NBA finals.

Miami will play games on consecutive days twice in the preseason and the first comes on Oct. 13. The Heat will travel to Orlando for another game with the Magic which is set to tip off at 7 p.m.

Four days later, the Heat will once again begin a back-to-back set. First on Oct. 17, Miami will head to Houston for a game with the Rockets. The following day, Miami will stay on the road as it heads for Atlanta and a meeting with the Hawks.

As the preseason winds down, the Heat will host the Washington Wizards on Oct. 21 before a finale at New Orleans two days later.

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<![CDATA[Michael Hill Hopes Marlins Fans are 'Educated Enough']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:41:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-459240648.jpg

Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that he hopes Marlins fans are "educated enough" to understand the team's moves.

The quote from Hill came shortly after Miami finalized a salary slashing deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. In the trade, the Marlins received three obscure prospects in exchange for Mat Latos, Michael Morse and a highly sought after draft pick. 

The answer came in response to a question on how fans may interpret the trade. Historically, the Marlins franchise has made several deals where the motivation appeared to be salary reduction. This deal too appears to center around salary relief.

Fans took to Twitter quickly to react to the comments from Hill:

In dealing Latos and Morse, the Marlins were able to shed a significant part of this year's payroll as well as a piece of next year's. Morse had signed a lucrative two-year deal before the season while Latos is set to become a free-agent.

This deal follows a trade that sent Steve Cishek to St. Louis. In that deal, Miami was also able to slash money from the payroll. Much like Thursday's deal, the player that came back in the deal with St. Louis is unlikely to make much of an impact.

When a team includes significant cash in a trade, the return is usually greater in terms of talent. However if a team tries to shed as much payroll as possible, the returning package is unlikely to be productive in the future.

Miami has the third worst home attendance in baseball despite playing in one of the newest stadiums in the league. At an average of only 21,713 fans per game, the Marlins are only ahead of the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Marlins will continue their disappointing season on Friday against the San Diego Padres.

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<![CDATA[2 Police Officers Involved in Miami Collision: MDPD]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:41:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+police+ax.jpg

Two police vehicles were involved in a crash Thursday evening, according to Miami-Dade Police.

It happened around 7:40 p.m. near Southwest 137th Avenue and Southwest 152nd Street in Miami.

Photos from the scene show a Miami-Dade Police truck and a Biscayne Park Police car involved in the collision, along with several other vehicles.

According to investigators, the Miami-Dade officer was in his marked unit and traveling westbound on the eastbound lanes in emergency mode with lights and sirens.

The Biscayne officer, who was off-duty in his marked police car, was traveling westbound, attempting to turn into a shopping center.

Both vehicles collided, sending the Biscayne vehicle into three other vehicles that were stopped in traffic, and the Miami-Dade vehicle into a parked, unoccupied vehicle.

The officers were transported to area hospitals, where they are both listed in stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Kidnapper's Sister Files FBI Suit]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:46:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Hannah-Dimaggio-File-Pic.jpg

The sister of James DiMaggio, the man who kidnapped San Diego teen Hannah Anderson and killed her family, claims FBI agents used excessive and unjustified forcing in killing her brother after his actions spurred a large manhunt across six states.

Attorney C. Keith Greer filed an over $20 million wrongful death claim against the FBI Thursday on behalf of Lora DiMaggio Robinson, alleging that there was no “viable justification” for DiMaggio’s shooting death.

In the document, Greer said deadly force was not warranted given DiMaggio’s “history of nonviolence” and the number of agents there could have restrained him. According to the claim, DiMaggio had fired his gun in the air as a call for help, but he had not threatened Anderson with deadly force or “imminent harm.”

"There were just too many questions out there," Greer told NBC 7 Thursday. "Robinson knows that her brother was a very kind man, certainly not one to shoot at an FBI agent. So from the beginning she just felt like there was something that was being misportrayed about her brother."

As they investigated the case for a year, Greer said the evidence produced more questions than answers. According to the claim, FBI agent's deadly force was "unduly, excessive, prejudicial and unjustified." Read the full claim below. 

The court document also alleges that FBI and Department of Justice employees conspired to keep secret information and evidence that could prove agents were responsible for DiMaggio’s death.

However, in May 2014, federal and state prosecutors said FBI agents acted reasonably when they shot and killed DiMaggio in the Idaho wilderness and the agents who killed him would not face charges.

NBC 7 has reached out to the FBI for comment, but we have not heard back. The Anderson family said they have no comment at this time.

Greer said the first person they want to testify is Anderson to give her account of the harrowing events that began on Aug. 4, 2013.

That day, DiMaggio, a family friend, killed Anderson's mother and younger brother, Christina and Ethan Anderson, and set fire to his own home in Boulevard, Calif., before fleeing to Idaho with Anderson, prosecutors say.

The charred bodies of Christina and Ethan were discovered by sheriff’s deputies and fire officials at DiMaggio’s burned-out property.

According to search warrants, investigators believe DiMaggio “tortured and killed” Christina and Ethan on Aug. 4 before kidnapping her 16-year-old daughter. San Diego County Medical Examiner’s reports say Christina was bludgeoned to death, bound and gagged, while Ethan's remains were so badly charred they were practically beyond recognition.

Once Anderson’s disappearance was discovered, officials issued an Amber Alert that covered six states. The pair ended up in the rugged Idaho backcountry near Cascade and Morehead Lake, where they were spotted by a group of horseback riders on Aug. 7.

The group wasn’t aware of the Amber Alert when they crossed paths with the pair, but they learned about it immediately after their trip. The riders reported their sighting to authorities, leading more than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officials to the rural community in Idaho in search of Anderson and DiMaggio.

According to Robinson's claim, the pair was ultimately spotted by a U.S. Marshalls plane, and an FBI hostage rescue team was dropped in close to their location on Aug. 10. At that point, Anderson and DiMaggio were trying to find rescue by building a fire for smoke signals, according to her interview on NBC's "Today" show.

When it proved unsuccessful, Anderson suggested DiMaggio fire a round from his gun, which was about 20 feet away, to draw attention, Greer said. As soon as the gun went off, DiMaggio was shot six times by FBI agents.

"Why don't they say, 'Stop, freeze, put your hands in the air, you're under arrest' at that point in time?" Greer said. "Why do they let him wait to go to... till he picks up the gun and, once he has the gun in his hands, shoot him? It didn't seem like he was treated fairly, regardless of what the allegations are." 

Greer said Anderson holds the key to proving or disproving their claim, since she has a firsthand account. The attorney also hopes the FBI team was wearing body cameras so they could obtain recorded footage of the incident.

"What is definitely wrong is that he didn't have the opportunity to have his day in court," said Greer of DiMaggio.

If Anderson gives her deposition, it would not be the first time she has shared her story.

Days after her rescue, Anderson fielded questions about her kidnapping on social media and made brief appearances at local fundraisers in Lakeside.

In late August, Hannah spoke out about her ordeal in the media for the first time in a tearful interview on NBC's "Today" show. Later that month, Hannah and her family held an emotional memorial service for Christina and Ethan in San Diego's Santee community.

A short time after the service, the teen was reportedly back on social media, answering questions online about her life and the kidnapping.

In October 2013, Hannah appeared on “Today” once more to discuss her harrowing ordeal at the hands of DiMaggio. The teen said DiMaggio “drugged” her and said she passed out in his car during the road trip from San Diego to Idaho.

In March, Hannah’s grandmother told the media that her granddaughter continues to undergo therapy and will likely do so for “quite some time.”

<![CDATA[Humane Society of Broward County Adoptable Pets - July 30, 2015]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Boy+George+534292.jpg Check out some of the adorable pets up for adoption in Broward County.]]> <![CDATA[Doral Man Arrested on Multiple Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:36:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+matthew+dulian.jpg

A Doral man faced a judge Thursday following his arrest on multiple child pornography charges.

Matthew Dulian, 47, was arrested Wednesday on five counts of possession of sexual performance by a child, six counts of electronic transmission harmful to minors and two counts of computer services/certain uses prohibited.

Dulian appeared in bond court where he was ordered held on $150,000 bond in the Miami-Dade jail. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

He had been arrested on an arrest warrant, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Fire Chief Evaluating Training After Dispatcher Hung Up on Caller]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:21:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-450964700.jpg

The chief of the Albuquerque Fire Department said he is examining training procedures after a dispatcher hung up on a 911 caller seeking help for a 17-year-old who was dying after being shot last month.

Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey on Wednesday called the actions of dispatcher Matthew Sanchez on June 26 "unforgivable" and said Sanchez should not have hung up on the caller.

"We hung up on her. I was stunned," Downey told NBC station KOB. "People should be outraged, and they should hold us accountable," he said. 

<![CDATA[STEM Camp Helps Students Complete Science Projects]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:08:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+stem+camp.jpg

Once your kids get to middle school, public or private, chances are they will be required to complete a science fair project. For some students, this is a satisfying, exciting adventure into the world of research and experimentation. For others, it's a huge hassle and takes time away from homework during the school year.

Veteran science teacher Guillermo Garcia decided the best solution was to get kids to do their projects in the summer. So he founded STEM Camp.

“The whole idea for this thing is to give kids a very positive science experience, to show them that science investigation can be a lot of fun,” Garcia explained. “STEM Camp is different in that this camp produces a product, they’re going to walk out of here with a finished science fair project.”

In a one-week session, the 30 students, ranging from 5th to 9th graders, will complete their experiments and finish their boards and write-ups, ready for science fair.

“You get it over with so with school you don’t have to worry about doing it with all your other work, so it’s much better doing it now,” said Alex Vives, an 8th grader at Miami’s Carver Middle School.

Garcia holds the camp sessions wherever he can find space. We visited STEM Camp at Florida Christian School. He’s holding another session at the Miami’s Museum of Science the week of August 10th, and says he can barely keep up with the demand from parents.

“One of the girls’ moms came up to me and said my daughter is so excited about this project and she’s never liked science before and that’s the whole idea, to get them to own the project,” Garcia said.

The projects themselves cover a wide range of physics, chemistry, and biology.

“We have everything here from chemistry, a gas law analysis, to what design of boat holds the most weight to what hull design resists water the best,” boasts Garcia. “We even have blood spatter, forensic analysis going on, and one student is doing a psychological exam which messes with your left brain and right brain.”

Besides a finished project, the students leave camp with something else: confidence.

“They do get a good self-esteem boost when their project works out and they also learn to communicate with adults and others about their work, about their results,” said Garcia, explaining that one of the overlooked benefits of competing in science fair is learning communication skills.

If you’re interested in sending your child to STEM Camp’s last session, or to reserve a spot for next summer, send an email to STEMCamp@yahoo.com. The cost is $225 per session, and some limited scholarships are available.

<![CDATA[Plane Fragment Confirmed to Be From a Boeing 777]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:13:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_254955025470.jpg

The airplane fragment found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same as missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 — sources told NBC News on Thursday.

The barnacle-covered plane piece was found by a crew cleaning the coastline Wednesday. On it was a number — 657-BB — which sources said is attached to a Boeing 777.

MH370, which disappeared in March 2014, is the only 777 known to be missing anywhere in the world. 

<![CDATA[Climate Change Could Be Culprit in Rise of Legionnaires' Cases]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:10:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP11081819071.jpg

The number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise in the United States and researchers say the increase could be partly a result of climate change.

More than three times as many cases of legionellosis, of which Legionnaires’ disease is one form, were reported in 2009 than 2000 — 3,522 up from 1,110, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City, where an outbreak in Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx has killed two people and sickened 46 since July 10, has seen a similar rise. The incidence of cases increased 230 percent from 2002 to 2009, with the greatest number in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to an October study in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The recent outbreak in the Bronx, where residents already have high rates of asthma, is the second in the borough this year. Twelve cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in December and January and were traced to an apartment complex cooling tower. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that two rooftop cooling towers in the area had been found to be contaminated, including one at Lincoln Hospital. Both are now being disinfected, he and the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, said.

"We’re aggressively investigating and testing all possible sources," de Blasio said.

Legionnaires’ disease, identified after 34 deaths among American Legionnaires returning from a 1976 convention in Philadelphia, is a sometimes deadly pneumonia that is spread through the environment, rather than person to person, often in a mist of contaminated water from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers or faucets. It is not contagious.

Dr. David N. Fisman, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, said in an email that he doubted the increase was the result solely of improved testing. The rise is linear and across all regions of the United States, he said.

It is difficult to be certain that climate change is a factor but it seems plausible, he said. The bacteria is more infectious in warm temperatures and some studies, including one he and others did in 2005, have shown that wet, humid weather predicts an upsurge in the risk of contracting the disease over the following week or two. That finding was not replicated in Toronto, he said, but there the disease peaks later in October in that area.

“Give that we know climate change is going to make for hotter, stormier summers (and already is doing so) it doesn’t seem like a huge leap to suggest that the ongoing rise in legionellosis in the US could be at least partly due to climate change,” he wrote.

Why humidity would increase the risk of legionellosis is not known. Increased air conditioning use, with the bacteria potentially in the dripping water, could be a factor, or it might be that the true culprit is summertime rainfall, he said.

A commentary in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on March 27 argued for adding it to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's list of important climate-sensitive health issues.

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of Aug. 19, 2011, from Dr. Lauri Hicks and others, noted that the incidence rates increased nearly threefold from 2000 to 2009. The totals likely underestimate the actual cases, because the tracking system depended on health-care providers and laboratories to report cases. The rise underscores the need to test adults for Legionnaires' disease and to report cases, they wrote.

The New York study, which reviewed cases through 2011, also found disparities among race and ethnicity, with the highest incidents among non-Hispanic black residents, and greater risk among certain occupations, including janitors and cleaners. 

Legionnaires' disease usually appears two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' disease also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

Those at highest risk are the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics — which is why those who have symptoms should seek immediate medical care.

Dr. Ruth Berkelman, a professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, reported on the increased incidence of legionellosis from 1990 until 2005, particularly in the eastern United States and more recently on the need for national public health authorities to review prevention policies.

“Legionellosis deserves a higher public health priority for research and policy development,” she and her co-authors wrote in the Journal of Public Health Management Practices in September.

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<![CDATA[North Miami Hoarder Gets Helping Hand From Police]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:13:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+north+miami+hoarder.jpg

Police officers assisted a North Miami man in cleaning up his home Thursday in what officials say is one of the worst cases of hoarding they've ever seen.

Televisions hanging from trees, old tires and bicycles and ancient lawnmowers were just some of the items stacked up at the home.

The home belongs to a man named Jovo Skundric, who's lived there 30 years and managed to accumulate a lot of stuff.

"Everything he found, he collected it and brought it home and it got to the point where it was just too much," Officer Natalie Buissereth said. "The front yard, the backyard, there was only a walkway to get in and out. It was very dangerous for him, very dangerous for the community as a whole."

After years of trying to clean up, North Miami Police stepped in to finish the job Thursday.

"He did a great job but he got to a point, the last time we were here, he says I'm tired, I can't do anymore, I'm old," Buissereth said. "And that's when we decided you know what, we gotta help him out. And that's how we got involved."

Before cleaning crews started getting rid of the junk you could barely walk through the stacks of stuff.

"It was pretty bad because the backyard was completely full, the front yard was completely full," neighbor Kelly Shannon. "It just got out of control."

Skundric initially collected the items to make some money.

"Everything I pay for. I'm broke now. After 30 years American...but I'm pretty okay with people," he said.

"He wanted to buy it to sell it at the flea market. Right, he says he bought all this stuff thinking he could go to the flea markets on Saturdays and Sunday's and sell the stuff but unfortunately it kind of got out of control," Buissereth said. "He said it was difficult for him to be able to sell them and he just kept saving them because he said he paid good money for it."

The roof of the house was caving in so it was condemned. Skundric has been living elsewhere in the meantime.

"It's bittersweet as he said for himself, because he's attached to these things but you know, we're here to help him out. We want to help him out," Buissereth said.

The stuff being removed will be recycled for the most part.

"I'm so glad that this is happening because it's not like he's a bad person. He's a great man and he needs help," Shannon said.

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<![CDATA[Number of NYC Legionnaires' Cases Rises Amid Deadly Outbreak]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:20:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg

Nearly four dozen people have gotten sick amid what the Health Department has described as an "unusual" spike in Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, officials said Thursday, adding 15 cases to the total authorities gave a day earlier in announcing the deadly outbreak.

Forty-six cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said Thursday. Two of the 46 patients, a man and a woman in their 50s, have died from the illness; authorities say they had other lung problems as well as Legionnaires'. Their identities have not been released. 

The cases have been reported primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. 

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water. 

Since the cases are widely dispersed — as in they're not clustered in one or two buildings —authorities do not believe the outbreak is connected to any contaminated drinking water, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said at a news briefing Thursday.

"The water supply in the south Bronx remains entirely safe. We don't know the source of this outbreak, but in recent months we have seen outbreaks associated with cooling towers and that's why we're focusing on them," Bassett said. "We're testing every cooling tower we can find in the area." 

Twenty rooftop cooling towers, which are primarily on commercial buildings, have been tested so far; another 10 were tested Thursday, authorities said, and results were expected within a day.

Mayor de Blasio said that thus far, two rooftop cooling towers in the area had been found to be contaminated, including one at Lincoln Hospital and one at a private housing facility. Both are now being disinfected; the decontamination will be completed by Friday afternoon, authorities said.

De Blasio and Bassett said there has been no evidence of contamination within Lincoln Hospital, and though the hospital has confirmed it is treating patients with the disease, Bassett said no one -- neither patients nor employees -- contracted it at the facility.

Both officials stressed there was no concern for alarm.

"People have to understand that this is a disease that can be treated -- and can be treated well if caught early," de Blasio said. "The exception can be with folks who are already unfortunately suffering from health challenges, particularly immune system challenges. But for the vast majority of New Yorkers, if they were even exposed, this can be addressed very well and very quickly so long as they seek medical treatment."  

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

"We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the south Bronx," Bassett said Wednesday. "We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases."

James Rouse, 42, died of Legionnaires' three months ago; he's not one of the two deaths linked to the more recent Bronx outbreak, but his family wonders if it's connected. He lived in Manhattan but taught music to children in the South Bronx. On April 30, he went to the hospital with a 104-degree fever, was diagnosed with Legionnaires' and then died 10 days later.

"If it turns out those two people died and it's related to my brother's death, and something could have been done about it — that kind of tragedy, I couldn't put into words," said brother John Rouse of Coram.

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Grieving Friend of Man Killed at Traffic Stop: 'Our Lives Matter']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_944772135737.jpg

A longtime friend of Samuel Dubose, the unarmed black man shot to death by a white University of Cincinnati police officer during a traffic stop, says he hopes the killing will show the world that "our lives matter."

Donte Fleming, who knew Dubose for 20 years, described his friend as a loving father and gentle man.

"He had a good spirit in him, so I can't understand why someone would shoot him," Fleming told NBC News on Thursday. "I watched the long version of the tape last night, and I still don't have any words for it."

Officer Ray Tensing was indicted for murder on Wednesday. He shot and killed Dubose after pulling him over for a missing front license plate. The officer was wearing a camera that proved crucial to prosecutors.

<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood Reports Second Website Attack]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:36:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Planned-Parenthood-NYC-Generic.jpg

Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week, Reuters reported.

Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said.

The group said on Tuesday it had notified the FBI that "extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood's mission and services" had launched an attack on its information systems.

The cyber attacks happen as the organization faces a controversy over covertly recorded videos released this month by an anti-abortion group, showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing procedures for obtaining tissue from aborted fetuses for research.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Tally Only Three Hits in Loss to Nats]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482383092.jpg

The Miami Marlins only managed three hits in their 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Marlins Park.

With the defeat, the Marlins lost the series to Washington and fell to 18 games under .500. With one of the worst records in baseball, Miami has been busy unloading players this week. Michael Morse and Mat Latos have continued to stay in headlines, as part of a rumored three-team trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.

Despite some reports of the trade being completed, Morse was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. The first baseman struck out in what was likely his last at-bat as a member of the Marlins.

Christian Yelich had two of Miami's three hits in the game and spent time in center field as well as left field. Yelich has been a bright spot for the Marlins in what has overall been an abysmal season in Miami. While Yelich hasn't produced quite as much as anticipated, he has also had to play as part of a depleted lineup.

Dan Haren took the loss despite picking up a quality start. Haren could be on the move before tomorrow's trade deadline, and did nothing to decrease his value. The veteran gave Miami six innings of one-run ball and now has a 3.42 E.R.A on the year. With his contract coming to an end after the season, the Marlins will likely try and send Haren to a contender.

Miami will welcome the San Diego Padres on Friday when it sends David Phelps to the mound in the series opener.

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<![CDATA[3 Rescued From Sinking Boat Near Haulover Beach]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+boat+rescue.jpg

Rescue crews responded to the scene of a rescue on the water Thursday afternoon.

Footage showed a boat mostly under water near Haulover Beach.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said three people were on board and were rescued by crews. No injuries were reported.

No further details were released on what caused the boat to go under.

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<![CDATA[Burglary Call Leads Cops to Florida City Grow House]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:00:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+florida+city+grow+house+pot+marijuana.jpg

Police investigating a burglary call at a Florida City home found a marijuana grow house Thursday, officials said.

Officers were called to the home in the 800 block of Northwest 3rd Street around 12:30 a.m. and found nothing, Florida City Police said.

But when they were called to the home a second time, they spotted the plants inside the home. Officers waited for a search warrant before going inside.

About 25 pot plants were found at the home, and some were found outside the home among some bushes, officials said.

The value of the plants was about $25,000, police said.

The homeowner said he is evicting the people who live in the home and said he hasn't seen them in months.

"It seems like it could've been somebody was trying to either burglarize the home or take the plants out themselves," Florida City Officer Ken Armenteros said.

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<![CDATA[Broken Pipe Causes Gas Leak in Davie]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/a0146-000130a.jpg

A strong smell of gas had roads in Davie shut down Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was shut down in the area of University Drive and Nova Drive, Davie Police said.

Officials said the gas leak was caused by a broken pipe that was later fixed.

No injuries were reported and the roads were opened back up.

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<![CDATA[$2,500 Reward in Plantation Dog Cruelty Case]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:15:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072715+plantation+dog+animal+cruelty+princess+muzzle.jpg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $2,500 reward to help solve a brutal case of animal cruelty in Plantation.

PETA is hoping the reward will help catch a suspect who left a dog wandering with severe injuries to its mouth after its muzzle was tied shut.

The dog, a pit bull mix named Princess, was found in the 7000 block of W. Sunrise Boulevard on July 18. The dog was muzzled so tightly that a thick rubber band had cut through the flesh around her mouth down to the bone, leaving her with severe injuries to her jowls and tongue.

Police said Princess had a collar with tags, and her owner was found in Lauderhill. The owner said Princess had run away from home on July 12 and that attempts to find her were unsuccessful, even after posting an ad on the internet on July 14.

The day before Princess was found, on July 17, a 911 caller reported seeing a man abandon a dog near the Florida's Turnpike overpass on W. Sunrise Boulevard, police said. The dog matched the description of Princess.

Police said it's estimated Princess' mouth was bound for between 4 and 14 days.

"Someone in the Plantation area was cruel enough to strap this dog's mouth shut and leave her for dead on the side of the road—and that person is dangerous," PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien said in a statement. "PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward now, before anyone else is hurt."

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Torso Found After Limbs Discovered]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:53:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Investigation+on+George+Street+New+Haven.jpg

Police have found a torso in a vacant building almost two weeks after finding two dismembered legs and two arms in New Haven, Connecticut. 

The torso was discovered in a vacant building that was a former Salvation Army thrift store on Crown Street while state police cadaver dogs scoured the area.

Police said the legs belonged to Ray Roberson, 54, a homeless man who was last seen alive May 20 and missed a court date June 17.

Roberson was not reported missing prior to his death.

His legs, severed near the knee, were found on July 15 in the area of State and Court streets in New Haven, near the State Street Railroad Station.

The arms found in a plastic bag blocks away from the legs are likely Roberson's, police said.

On Wednesday, police obtained information that Roberson might have spent time at the now-vacant Salvation Army building at 301 George Street, which led to a search there as well as at another building, 274 Crown Street, which shares the same parking lot.

Around 2 a.m. on Thursday, police found the torso inside 274 Crown Street, the former thrift store.

It is too early to know if the torso was from the same man. The office of the chief medical examiner and state forensic lab must complete their investigation to determine that.

Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide and have said they do not know where Roberson was killed or dismembered and they are hoping someone will come forward with information to help solve the case.

Authorities said earlier this week that the crime appears to have been personal rather than random.

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<![CDATA[Despite Lower Unemployment, Many Millennials Still Staying at Home]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:21:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/eneric+house.JPG

Employment among young people has bounced back from Great Recession lows, but you wouldn’t know it by their living arrangements, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

Young people are more likely to live at home now than they were in 2007, a trend that could have major implications for the nation's housing industry.

Overall, the job outlook for for Americans 18 to 34 is greater than it has been in the recent past. Unemployment fell from a high of 12.4 percent in 2010 to 7.7 percent this year.

But the number of young adults living independently has continued to decline, from 71 percent in 2007 to 67 percent in 2015. Twenty-six percent of young people lived in a parent's home in 2015. When the unemployment rate peaked in 2010, 24 percent did. 

A college education is correlated with greater personal independence, Pew found. Seventy-five percent of young Americans with only a high school education or less lived independently, compared with 86 percent of those with a degree. Still, young people of all educational backgrounds are more likely to live at home now than they were in 2007.

Ironically, the accomplishment that has made it easier for many young people to seek better employment and greater independence, a college education, has also held back many from moving out and buying homes. Young Americans’ burdensome student loan debt has discouraged many of them from leaving home. 

Although there are nearly three million more Americans aged 18 to 34 now than there were in 2007, the number of households run by young adults has stayed flat.

Young people taking longer to move out may have wider consequences on the nation’s housing market and related industries, the study found. That could mean everything from fewer furniture purchases to cable installations. 

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<![CDATA[Teen Accused of Killing California 8-Year-Old Appears in Court]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:24:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/T48+SANTA+CRUZ+GIRL+VO+SOTVO+-+20021121.jpg

The Santa Cruz 15-year-old charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and raping an 8-year-old girl made his first court appearance on Thursday in a brief hearing.

Adrian Jerry "AJ" Gonzalez was led into the courthouse by an attorney, looking down, and mostly sullen. He did not enter a plea and spoke only to answer questions from a judge, saying a simple "yes" when asked if he would waive his right to a speedy trial. He wore a green T-shirt and khaki pants issued to minors and his hands were bound in front of him in silver metal cuffs. A woman who appeared to be his mother was in the courtroom, too upset to speak. It did not appear as though the mother of Maddy Middleton - the girl who was killed on Sunday after she was riding around on her Razor scooter - or any other immediate family member of the little girl came to court.

The teen's public defender, Larry Biggam, spoke briefly to reporters, but didn't offer any insight into the case.

"I think you in the media know more about this case than we do in the public defender's office," he said. "Our job is to review the evidence, conduct our own investigation and make sure that the minor, like every citizen accused, receives a fair trial.  At the end of the day, I'm confident this case will be handled professionally and thoroughly and fairly."

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Gonzalez is also being represented by Leila Sayer of Biggam, Christensen and Minsloff.

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timony Volkmann ordered Gonzalez to re-appear in court on Sept. 21.

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell on Wednesday formally charged the teen as an adult with murder, rape, and other sexual assault-related offenses. If found guilty of all counts, he faces a maximum of life in prison. Outside court, Rosell told reporters: "We filed charges that we feel are appropriate and are confident in our case."

Police said that Gonzalez lured Maddy into his apartment on Sunday afternoon, sexually assaulted her, killed her, and dumped her body in a recycling bin on the apartment complex property. The two knew each other from living at the same apartment complex, Tannery Arts Center, an artist's haven.

A motive in the case has never been offered.

"People do things things for all sorts of reasons," Rosell said. "Sometimes we understand them and sometimes we don't."

Some neighbors who know the boy, however, said that he is a good person who comes from a loving family. Even the boyfriend of Maddy's mother, Kirby Scudder, told NBC Bay Area that Gonzalez is a "great kid." Others noted he was just the teen who always threw a yo-yo around.

But since the arrest, a darker side of Gonzalez has been portrayed. An Instagram feed of his that was taken down shortly after he was charged with murder, showed his last post on the day Maddy died of a black-and-white video showing a piano playing the 1982 "Mad World" Tears for Fears song, "The Dreams in which I'm Dying are the Best I've ever had." The song was also part of the soundtrack of "Donnie Darko," a film about a troubled teenager plagued by visions of a large rabbit that convinces him to create a series of crimes.

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Katie Carole, a student at Santa Cruz High, came to court on Thursday because she said she was pretty close with the teen when they were in middle school together. And she noted that Gonzalez wasn't happy-go-lucky, even back then.

"He was definitely depressed," she said.

Still, the allegations against him are still quite surprising, she said.

"I would never think he would do something like this," she said. "He never seemed like the type of person who would hurt anyone else.  You wouldn’t ever expect him to go after someone else, even if he had self hatred."

Still, she said, she doesn't know what to make of the charges against her former friend.

"There’s not much empathy you can have for him," she said. "But I can feel empathy for the person I knew."

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KSBW's Phil Gomez contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Child Advocate Attends Cooper City Town Hall]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+cooper+city+optimist.jpg

A renowned child advocate and sexual abuse prevention educator spoke with parents at a town hall meeting in the wake of several sexual abuse charges against a Cooper City youth baseball coach.

Lauren Book, the Plantation-based CEO of the Lauren's Kids Foundation, discussed ways to spot and prevent abuse at Thursday night's town hall at Cooper City High School.

The event was open to the public.

The meeting came as David Solomon, a baseball coach for the Cooper City Optimist league, remains behind bars on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and sexual assault.

Authorities say two 11-year-old boys have accused the 47-year-old Solomon, their former baseball coach, of molesting them on multiple occasions.

Solomon's attorney said he's not guilty. The City of Cooper City and the Cooper City Optimists said Solomon passed comprehensive background checks, and added that he was removed from the volunteer coach roster.

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<![CDATA[Car Catches Fire in Crash on SR-112 in Miami-Dade]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:02:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+car+fire+112+miami+dade.jpg

A major accident involving a car that was on fire had traffic at a standstill in Miami-Dade midday Thursday.

The accident occurred at State Road 112 and Northwest 17th Avenue in Miami. Initial reports indicate that there may have been two separate accidents at this same location.

All lanes of traffic before 17th Avenue were shut down, and four lanes of traffic were shut down after 17th Avenue.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area and take 836 instead. The closures are expected to last for several hours.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Follow NBC 6 traffic reporter Kelly Blanco on Twitter for the latest traffic updates and information.

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<![CDATA[Family of Man Killed by Ohio Cop Calls For Peace]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:20:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Ray-Tensing-mug.jpg

The family of Samuel DuBose, the Cincinnati man shot and killed during a traffic stop, is calling for peace following the release of the body camera video that captured the moment when DuBose was killed. 

DuBose family attorney Mark O'Mara called for a "peaceful and nonaggressive" response from the community after University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted on murder charges.  

The white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot the unarmed black man during a traffic stop has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday, saying the cop "purposely" killed the motorist and "should never have been a police officer," according to NBC News.

In announcing the murder charge against officer Ray Tensing, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters lambasted the cop over the death of Dubose, 43, saying the fatal shooting was "the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make."

Dubose was pulled over July 19 for having a missing front license plate.

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