<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2016 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, 12 Feb 2016 17:47:53 -0500 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:47:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mother Arrested in Death of Baby Found in Homestead Freezer]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021116+Paola+Vargas-Ortiz.jpg

A mother has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in the death of a 4-month-old baby found deceased in a freezer in a Homestead home last month.

Paola Vargas-Ortiz, 37, was arrested Thursday for her involvement in the death of Hugo Alvarez-Vargas, Miami-Dade Police officials said Thursday.

Vargas-Ortiz was being held without bond after a court appearance Thursday morning. Her attorney and husband refused to comment to reporters after the hearing.

At the hearing, her attorney, Sam Rabin, argued with prosecutors over whether she's a flight risk. Rabin said that although Vargas-Ortiz is from Bolivia, she has lived in South Florida for 19 years and has strong ties to the area.

The baby's body was found on Jan. 17, after Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies made contact with a woman, Vargas-Ortiz, who was attempting to kill herself, Miami-Dade Police said.

Monroe officials said the woman was found in the parking area of the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. Authorities said Ortiz gave conflicting stories about the well-being of her child, including one in which she said she threw the baby over the bridge and into the water. The Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife crews conducted a search as a precaution.

Vargas-Ortiz then told officers her baby was in the freezer at her Homestead home. Investigators immediately responded to the Isles at Oasis in the 2400 block of Northeast 3rd Court and found the baby dead in the freezer.

Vargas-Ortiz was believed to be mentally unstable and was hospitalized, police said.

After she was taken to the hospital, Vargas-Ortiz told a deputy "I was bathing it, and it slipped out of my hands," according to an arrest warrant.

Police haven't given the cause of death for Alvarez-Vargas but warrant said the cause was a lack of oxygen.



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<![CDATA[Armed Thieves Steal BrandsMart Truck, Fire Gunshot: MDPD]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:35:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021116+brandsmart+truck+stolen+miami-dade.jpg

Police are looking for a pair of armed men who ambushed and robbed two BrandsMart truck drivers as they made a delivery in northwest Miami-Dade Thursday.

The drivers were making the delivery at a home in the 2100 block of Northwest 42nd Street around 12:30 p.m. when they were ambushed at the door by the masked men, Miami-Dade Police said.

The thieves forced their way into the home and ordered the delivery men and the four residents of the home to the ground and demanded their property. The suspects then took all of the victims' cellphones and money, police said.

One of the gunmen fired a shot in the direction of one of the victims but no one was hit, police said. The thieves fled in the delivery truck, which contained more merchandise.

Police said one of the suspects was dressed in light blue jeans, grey hoodie and had a red bandanna covering his face. The other was wearing a multi-colored jacket. Both were described as black males, between 20 and 30 years of age and about 5-feet 8-inches tall.

Police are searching for the suspects and the BrandsMart truck, which is a 1997 Isuzu FTR large truck with tag EABL97. It's white, has the BrandsMart logo and right quarter panel damage.

A BrandsMart USA representative said it is a police matter and wouldn't comment further.

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



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<![CDATA[Soldier Surprises Son at Fort Lauderdale School]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/021216+soldier+reunion+with+son.jpg

There was a special soldier surprise for an eighth grade student at Silver Trail Middle School in Broward County Friday.

It was an emotional and heartfelt classroom reunion as the boy's father came back early from serving overseas in the military.

"I was trying to hold in the tears," said Ethan Propes about his father's return.

"It feels good. I'm glad to be home. I'm glad to see him," said Master Sgt. Kevin Propes.

The unexpected surprise was all planned out and left the boy speechless. The two haven't seen each other since July 15.

"I was really excited to see him. It's been so long since I've seen him," Ethan said.

So what are their plans for Valentine's Day? 

"We'll probably go to the ball fields or go fishing," Sgt. Propes said.



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<![CDATA[Machete Attacker Acted on His Own, Police Say]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:23:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Machete-Wielding+Man.png

A machete-wielding man who slashed four people in an Ohio restaurant and was later killed by police apparently acted on his own, police said Friday.

Columbus police called in the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to look into Thursday's attack, which ended with police fatally shooting 30-year-old Mohamed Barry after a five-mile car chase. Police are still seeking a motive in the attack.

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<![CDATA[4 Arrests Made in Broward Home Burglaries: BSO]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021216+bso+burglaries+arrests.jpg

Deputies have arrested four people in connection to a string of home break-ins throughout Broward County.

BSO said the burglars have been targeting homes during daylight hours, while the residents were at work. Various items were stolen from at least eight reported burglaries.

Deputies were able to catch the suspects when deputies pulled over a North Lauderdale man for not wearing a seatbelt. They found stolen items in the man's car, which later led investigators to the other culprits.

BSO seized a room full of stolen valuables including: Pearls, diamonds, watches, rifles and handguns.

"I felt violated," said Stacy Siegel, whose home was burglarized. "I came home, my room was totally trashed, and saw that they actually broke into my daughter's room."

This is a reminder to take pictures and write down the serial numbers of all of your valuables, detectives said. That way, if this happens to you, it'll be easier to get your stolen items back.

The suspects have been identified as Andres Sandoval, Kenley Durand, Irvens Joseph and Kervens Joseph. It's unknown whether they've hired attorneys.



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<![CDATA[Congress Approves Permanent Internet Tax Ban]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:51:23 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/InternetTaxBan-GettyImages-509586236.jpg

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.

The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.

"Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.

The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.

The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.
 



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<![CDATA[Heat: Chris Bosh to Miss All-Star Game]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:40:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-506987814.jpg

The Miami Heat lost one of their All-Star representatives when Chris Bosh was removed from the roster on Friday with a calf injury.

Bosh who was set to play in Sunday's game as well as the three-point contest on Saturday has a strained calf, and will now sit out the festivities. Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks has replaced Miami's forward on the roster.

Up until the announcement by the NBA on Friday afternoon, it appeared that Bosh was healthy and ready for action. The veteran was had been taking part in the All-Star experience in Toronto where the game is scheduled. This weekend represented a bit of a homecoming for Bosh, as he began his productive career as a member of the Raptors.

It is unknown when Bosh injured the calf and how severe the ailment is. With Miami on vacation until next Friday, there remains a high likelihood that Bosh will be ready to go. Getting the second half of the season started right is crucial for the Heat, and it would be that much tougher without one of their biggest weapons.

The timing of the injury could elicit memories of last season, when Bosh's season ended during the All-Star break. Bosh had a blood clot found while participating in last year's All-Star events, and was unable to play again until Opening Night of the 2015-16 season.

Miami will still have Dwyane Wade on the court on Sunday when the NBA's best take part in the All-Star Game. Wade was voted in by the fans, and should see a decent amount of playing time.

In an interesting twist considering Bosh's replacement, Miami's next game will come against Atlanta. That game on Feb. 19 will be important as the Heat will enter it only one game back of the Hawks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Dog Named Mayor of Reno for a Day ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:37:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/everett_DOG.jpg

There are no fat cats in this town.

Reno, Nevada appointed a four-legged mayor of the town on Thursday for the day. Mayor Everett, a Newfoundland- Lab mix, was adopted two years ago from Nevada’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelties to Animals (SPCA). According to the group, Everett’s owners attended their annual charity event, “An Affur to Remember," where they were the highest bidders for the mayoral prize.

Mayor Everett spent the day doing what any good statesman would do; he participated in many photo shoots around town with the escort of a limousine.

After his dutiful dog day, he received a retirement package of a dog bed, a bowl and 60-pounds of dog food from the Executive Director of the animal rights group.

It is unclear whether Everett will seek reelection.



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<![CDATA[Officers Killed by Gunfire Jumps Compared to Last Year]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:21:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jason+Moszer.jpg

Eight on-duty police officers have already been killed by gunfire this year, including five this week, NBC News reported.

The five were shot in Colorado, Maryland, North Dakota and Georgia. The most recent was Officer Greg Barney, who was shot Thursday at an apartment complex in Riverdale, Georgia. He was serving a “no-knock” warrant, when the suspect ran and opened fire, striking the 25-year veteran.

Only one officer was shot dead between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11 last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A total of 13 officers were killed in this time period last year; most of them traffic-related. That’s compared to 11 officers killed so far in 2016. 



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Threatens 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:46:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Ted-Cruz-Donald-Trump-GettyImages-505043546.jpg

Donald Trump has long questioned whether Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is eligible to be president. Now, Trump is threatening to sue Cruz over it.

Trump maintains Cruz may not be a natural born citizen, one of a few qualifications to be president     listed in the Constitution. Trump tweeted Friday he has standing to sue Cruz over the issue. 

Cruz has defended himself from the "birther" claim that he's disqualified from the office, including in a presidential debate in January. 

But Trump's latest remark, coming after a week of negative campaigning between the candidates, is the first time he's threatened to take action over it.

"If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen," Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

There was no immediate response on Ted Cruz's Twitter feed, and his campaign did not reply to a message requesting comment.

The president must be a "natural born citizen,"  35 years old and a 14-year resident of the nation, according to Article II of the Constitution. The 25th Amendment establishes the two-term limit.

Cruz was born a U.S. citizen because his mother was an American living in Canada. Some constitutional scholars – and Trump – have questioned whether the circumstances of Cruz's birth meet the "natural born citizen" requirement.

A veteran attorney in Houston, Cruz's hometown, has already challenged the senator's eligibility in a federal court, one of several suits that have already been brought against Cruz.

At the Jan. 17 debate, Trump suggested Cruz voluntarily submit the question to the court system, saying "there's a big question mark over your head." Trump said he wouldn't sue, but Democrats surely would if Cruz became the Republican nominee for president.

But Cruz countered that he was born a citizen, and that two Republicans born outside of the country had already run for president, including John McCain.

"I'm happy to consider naming you as vice president," Cruz quipped at the time. "And if you happen to be right you can get the top job at the end of the day." 

Harvard Law professor Einer R. Elhauge wrote in a January op-ed that Cruz is ineligible to run, based on a straight reading of the Constitution, but said a fixed rule should be implemented to clarify.

In an interview Friday, Elhauge said it's unlikey Trump would have standing to sue the Cruz campaign in federal court, because "federal standards are pretty narrow.

"A candidate would have to have a unique injury to them in order to sue," he said.

But the rules for standing in state courts are broader, he said, so "any candidate or voter can challenge" Cruz.

Now that the field of Republican contenders has narrowed to six, each candidate may constitute a threat to the others' vote totals, and therefore a "unique injury," according to Elhauge. Trump would probably need a state election official to speak up for his claim.

Professor Rick Hasen of the University of California at Irvine told NBC News that it would be unlikely that Trump would have standing in a direct case against Cruz, but that he could sue election officials for allowing Cruz on the ballot.

"And certainly if Cruz were excluded from the ballot by a registrar who said Cruz is ineligible, Cruz would have standing to sue over that," Cruz said.

Patrick Smith contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[NJ Escort May Have Been Strangled]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:03:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gilgo+beach+shannan+gilbert.jpg

The New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 11 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach may have been strangled, a newly released autopsy report found.

sets of human remains believed to be butchered by a serial killer, then dumped on a Long Island beach had signs of homicidal strangulation, a newly released autopsy report found.

The family of Shannan Gilbert announced that an autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how the 24-year-old escort died, but noted that she had been the victim of some violence.

"Michael Baden comes to disturbing conclusions," family attorney John Ray said.

Family members said the findings — which showed no evidence Gilbert died of natural causes, a drug overdose or by drowning — should spur authorities to open a murder investigation into Gilbert's death, which has never been ruled a homicide. 

"We're demanding they activate a homicide investigation for Shannan Gilbert," Ray said.

The findings' release comes years after Suffolk County medical examiners said the autopsy was inconclusive. Police had suggested Gilbert possibly drowned or succumbed to the elements not long after she vanished in May 2010. 

Gilbert was on a call on Long Island and was last seen screaming and running from a home in the Oak Beach complex, where she met her client. Before she disappeared, she called 911 from a client's home and told an operator someone was trying to kill her.

It was during the massive search for Gilbert that authorities discovered 11 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer. The first of those remains was found by a K-9 unit in December 2010.

Nine sets of remains — eight women and a man — belonged to prostitutes, authorities said. Another set of remains belonged to a baby girl. Five of them, including the infant, have not been identified. 

Gilbert's remains were found 18 months later, in December 2011, in a marshy area near Gilgo Beach, on the island’s south central shore. The client she was with the night of her disappearance has been ruled out as a suspect in her death. 

Gilbert’s family is involved in a civil suit with a doctor who lives on Gilgo Beach. They believe he may know more about her disappearance. 

No one has been charged or named as a suspect in the killings. Police don’t believe Gilbert's death is connected to the deaths of the others. 

Last month, it was announced that two FBI agents would assist Suffolk County police in their 5-year-old investigation into the human remains found along Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Shooting Miami Gardens Cop Pleads Not Guilty]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012216+david+mejia+and+david+starling.jpg

A man accused of shooting a Miami Gardens Police officer pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges Friday.

David Mejia didn't attend Friday's arraignment and pleaded guilty through a public defender. He's facing charges of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest.

Several Miami Gardens Police officers attended the hearing for Mejia, who's accused of shooting Officer David Starling last month.

"We're a big family and we're always here supporting each other," Maj. Ralph Suarez said.

Prosecutors say Mejia shot at Officer Starling as he sat inside his patrol car filling out paperwork. Mejia was driving a black BMW SUV when he went past the officer and then backed up to shoot him, police said.

The bullets went through the metal door hitting the officer in the upper leg, but Starling called for back up and went after Mejia, police said. As other patrol cars approached Mejia they say he fired several more times at officers. No one else was hit.

Officer Starling is still out because of his injury.

"The officer is doing much better, he's able to walk now, he's doing much better," Maj. Suarez said.

Attorneys are getting ready for the criminal trial and will be back in court for a review of the case next month. Mejia could be facing life in prison if convicted of all the charges.

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<![CDATA[2nd Arrest Made in Shooting Outside Carol City High]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:39:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021216+NEW+ragin+and+admas.jpg

A second arrest has been made in connection with the shooting outside Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens this week.

Police said 19-year-old Stanley Ragin surrendered to authorities on Friday. They said he was shot in the forearm during the incident.

18-year-old Cedric Admas was also arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting. He is facing multiple charges and faced a judge Friday morning.

The shooting happened Wednesday around 3 p.m., about an hour after students were let out. No one was injured but a school office window was hit, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Admas is a member of the 2100 street gang in Opa-locka. Police said Ragin is also a known gang member.

Admas and other members of the gang had gotten out of a car and approached someone he believed to be from a rival gang when the shooting happened, according to the arrest report.

Police said at least eight shots were fired and the gunfire was aimed at someone walking in front of the school, not the school itself. The person who was targeted isn't a student and reportedly returned fire.

Police said more arrests could be made. There's no word on whether the two arrested suspects have hired attorneys.

The shooting left students and spiritual leaders praying for peace. Pastors from numerous churches along with city leaders united outside the school Friday with an important message: the violence has to end.

Within 72 hours, shots have rang out near two Miami-Dade schools. And shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, three Miami Gardens schools were put on lockdown after a drive-by shooting at a home in the 19000 block of Northwest 39th Court. No one was hurt.

"I get sick and tired of every time I turn on my TV, a child has lost their life. It's now time for that to stop," one neighbor said.

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<![CDATA['I Have Forgiven You': Columbine Survivor to Shooter's Mom]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:25:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ann-marie-hochhalter.jpg

Anne Marie Hochhalter's life was forever altered when Dylan Klebold and Ryan Harris opened fire at Columbine High School in 1999.

She was paralyzed in the shooting and has had a long, difficult road to recovery. But her message now is one of forgiveness.

"I have forgiven you and wish you only the best," Hochhalter wrote in a Facebook post directed to Klebold's mother, Sue, who sent Hochhalter a letter while she was recovering in the hospital.

It comes the day before Sue Klebold's first television interview since the shooting and the release of her new book, "A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy." 



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<![CDATA[Assad Vows to Take Control, Warns Will Take Time]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:48:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BasharAssad-GettyImages-509763142.jpg

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports peace talks in his country and will not stop taking control from rebel forces, according to NBC News.

Speaking exclusively to news agency AFP, Assad promised to regain control of his country, and that he “fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis.” But he warned that peace will take “a long time and will incur a heavy price.”

He said he felt there was a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, both backers of the opposition, may decide to bring military forces to Syria.

Marathon discussions in Munich with Russia and a dozen other countries led to calls for a “cessation of hostilities in Syria,” which will start in a week.  



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<![CDATA[Teen Arrested for Stealing Car With Infant Inside: FLPD]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:02:38 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/020816+baby+in+stolen+car+fort+lauderdale.jpg

Police said they've arrested a 16-year-old boy for allegedly stealing a car with a 10-month-old baby inside in Fort Lauderdale.

The teen, a resident of Pompano Beach, was taken into custody Friday thanks to fingerprints left in the vehicle, Fort Lauderdale Police confirmed.

The incident happened Monday afternoon outside the Laundromax at 201 West Sunrise Boulevard, when authorities said the suspect exited the laundromat and drove off in a green Chevy Cruze with baby Yareli Velasco inside.

An Amber Alert was issued and the car was later found abandoned in the 900 block of West McNab Road in Pompano Beach with Velasco safe inside.

Police didn't say what exact charges the teen will face or whether he'll be charged as an adult.



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<![CDATA[Machete-Wielding Man Injures 4 at Ohio Restaurant]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Machete-Wielding+Man.png

Investigators are looking into whether the machete-wielding man who slashed four people in a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant attacked the eatery in the mistaken belief that the owner was Jewish, sources told NBC News on Friday.

The attacker — identified by several law enforcement sources as Mohamed Barry — had asked a worker at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli where owner Hany Baransi was from, investigators said. Baransi is an Arab Christian from Haifa, Israel.  

In a 911 call released by police, the dispatcher makes reference to "a male Muslim in a head scarf and blue shirt." It was not immediately clear if she was referring to the suspect.

Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner told NBC affiliate WCMH the suspect began swinging the machete at customers and employees with "no rhyme or reason" upon entering the restaurant, leading officials to believe this is "just a random attack."

Barry was shot dead by officers after leading police on a five-mile car chase through the city.
 



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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day Shipments at MIA]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:03:23 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000022178933_1200x675_621824579713.jpg It's estimated that 90-percent of the fresh flowers that are imported into the United States come through Miami International Airport. NBC 6's Michael Spears reports from the airport.]]> <![CDATA[Weather: Warming Up Into the Weekend]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:02:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000022178938_1200x675_621824579924.jpg Slightly warmer temperatures are returning to South Florida Friday and on into the weekend. Ryan Phillips says weekend temps will be mild in the mid to upper 80s with some rain chances coming by early next week.]]> <![CDATA[Busy Traffic Weekend in South Florida]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:59:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000022178970_1200x675_621826115957.jpg It is a busy weekend in South Florida with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami International Boat Show and Art Wynwood. NBC 6's Kelly Blanco has details on weekend road closures.]]> <![CDATA[Fire Sweeps Through Oakland Park Auto Body Shop]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:35:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/021216+oakland+park+fire.JPG

Crews responded to a large fire at an auto body shop in Oakland Park Friday afternoon.

It was reported around 12:45 p.m. at Factory Finish Collision Center at 875 Northeast 42nd Street in Oakland Park.

When crews arrived, the shop was fulled engulfed in flames and the adjacent buildings were evacuated.

Footage showed heavy smoke pouring out of the building. It took 45 minutes to contain the fire, officials said. There was a continued series of explosions of flammable compounds.

Multiple units responded to the scene, including Oakland Park Fire Rescue and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire was unknown.

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<![CDATA[Gunshots in Miami Gardens, Schools on Lockdown]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/shots+fired+mg.JPG

Several schools were placed on lockdown after reports of multiple shots fired in Miami Gardens Friday.

Carol City High School, Carol City Middle School and Barbara Hawkins Elementary School were all placed on lockdown after the shooting was reported in the 19000 block of Northwest 39th Court.

The shooting happened shortly after 11 a.m. and no injuries were reported, Miami Gardens Police said.

Initial reports were that a home in the area was sprayed with bullets. Police said several spent casings were found on the ground.

No further information was immediately available.

It's the second time this week that Carol City High School has been connected to gun violence, after a shooting was reported outside the school on Wednesday.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Boston Police Shooting]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:22:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dorchester+shooting+elysia.JPG

One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on Friday morning, authorities said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said a suspect who refused to drop a gun was shot and killed by police at Laredo and Stanwood streets around 10:30 a.m. Evans said it came after two other people were hurt in a shooting inside a house on Devon Street that injured two others.

"All of us were holding our breath, as we do all the time when we hear over police radio - 'Drop the gun, drop the gun, drop the gun,'" Evans said.

According to Evans, the initial call came in at 10:25 a.m. for an individual shot at 107 Devon Street. Boston police responded and spotted two individuals on Laredo Street, one carrying another who appeared to have been shot in the leg.

The first person had a gun and ignored police commands to drop it, at which point police shot and killed him, authorities said.

"The worst decision we ever make is taking a life," Evans said. "But if you're gonna shoot at an officer, unfortunately you're going to leave us no choice."

Authorities have not publicly identified the person killed, but Evans said he was well known to police, having several past firearms offenses. 

"Not too many people didn't know who he was," he said.

Boston EMS said four officers were taken to local hospitals. Evans said they were transported as a precaution due to the stress involved.

Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office are responding to the scene.



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<![CDATA[Burglar Tosses Cinderblock Through Drive-Thru Window]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:25:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021216+hollywood+las+vegas+burglar+cinderblock.jpg

Police are looking for a burglar who was caught on camera throwing a cinderblock through a Hollywood restaurant's drive-thru window to get inside.

The burglary happened the night of Jan. 2 at the Las Vegas restaurant at 2810 Stirling Road, Hollywood Police said Friday.

Police said the suspect threw the concrete cinderblock through the drive-thru window then got inside and stole an empty cash register, two bottles of wine and a small black bag.

The suspect was described as a Latin male, 5-foot-7 with a stocky build, who fled the scene in a dark blue four-door vehicle with a sun roof.

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



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<![CDATA[Blast at Fire Extinguisher Company]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:06:04 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fire-Extinguisher-GettyImages-200373116-001.jpg

Two men lost legs in an explosion at a fire extinguisher company in New York's Hudson Valley on Friday morning, state police said.

One man lost both legs and a second lost one leg in the blast on Brookline Avenue in Walkill, just outside the borders of Middletown, shortly after 9:30 a.m., authorities said. 

Both victims were taken to area hospitals by helicopter, according to the police.

Firefighters, medics and police all responded to the scene.

Authorities said the company fills fire extinguishers.

The cause of the blast is under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Icy Blast: 10 Cold Weather Safety Tips]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503474834.jpg

With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.

The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.

The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.

Such low temperatures can also cause unprotected pipes in homes to burst and deadly black ice on roadways.

Though taking preventive action is your best defense against extreme cold-weather conditions, knowing what to do in case of emergency is just as important.

Below are 10 cold weather safety tips to help protect you and your family this winter season:

Dress in Warm Layers: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven — preferably wind resistant — to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.

Know Signs of Hypothermia: Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion are all signs of hypothermia. If your body temperature is below 95 degrees, get medical attention immediately. The CDC advises to warm the center of the body first — chest, neck, head, and groin — using an electric blanket, if available. Or, use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets. Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give a victim of hyporthermia alcoholic beverages, the CDC warns.

Guard From Frostbite: The National Weather service says you should cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Place hands under your armpits and get indoors as quickly as possible. Once indoors, don't walk on a frostbitten feet as you could cause more damage. Get in a warm, not hot, bath and wrap your face and ears in a moist, warm, not hot, towel. Drink plenty of warn liquids.

Avoid Exertion: Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association says consult with your doctor about shoveling snow or performing other strenuous work in the cold. If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

Fire Safety: If you're using a space heater, place it on a level surface and keep it at least three feet from anything flammable, including furniture, draperies, rugs and papers.

Freezing and Bursting Pipes: Let faucets drip to prevent freezing water from causing pipes to burst. Leave cabinet doors open around pipes to ensure they receive warmth from the air flowing through your home. The Department of Homeland Security advised homeowners to learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. Keep your house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A temperature lower than 65 degrees might not keep the inside walls from freezing.

Fill 'Er Up: Keep your gas tank near full to prevent ice from forming in the fuel lines.

Black Ice: Black ice forms when the temperature is 32 degrees or colder outside and since cars can't gain traction on ice, AAA says it's even more dangerous than snow. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary and pack essentials listed on the CDC's car emergency checklist. on hand an emergency . If you must drive, travel during the day preferable with a passenger. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. Do not slam on the breaks. And never slam on the breaks. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Keep these devices at least outdoors, in a well ventilated area, at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, Ready.gov says.

Man's Best Friend: Bring pets inside. If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Exposure to winter's dry, cold air can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin. The ASPCA advices to massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going for a walk to help protect it from salt and other chemical agents. Thoroughly clean your pups paw and belly after the walk. Chemicals from ice-melting agents is a lethal poison for dogs and may be licked off of paw paws.
 



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<![CDATA[Syria Ceasefire Agreement Is Met With Skepticism ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:42:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/GettyImages-509644204munich.jpg

World powers began work Friday on the details of a temporary truce in war-ravaged Syria, but rebels and aid groups on the ground were skeptical that the "ambitious" deal could be implemented, NBC News reported.

The agreement, which followed talks between U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries, calls for a "cessation of hostilities" within one week and the immediate expansion of humanitarian supplies.

Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the results but noted "the real test is whether or not all the parties honor those commitments and implement them in reality."

Opposition groups welcomed the agreement with caution,  there must be a visible different on the ground before they could work towards a permanent peace deal in Geneva.

"We have no faith in words any longer, it's only concrete action that will make a difference to Syrians' lives at this dark time," Issam al-Reis, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army's southern front said.



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<![CDATA[Clinton Attacks Sanders as 'Single Issue Candidate' in Debate]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:04:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MILWAUK_GettyImages-509655360.jpg

During Thursday's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton appeared to try and douse the "Berning" passion of Bernie Sander' supporters with a cool dose of reality, according to NBC News. 

All the while, Clinton adopted a new more measured tone to reflect her message, and honed her rhetoric.

Instead of taking swings at her opponent as she has in previous debates, Clinton made it clear she agrees with Sanders' progressive principles. She let him throw the punches while she subtly undermined his competence and readiness to enact those principles.

Clinton began -- and ended -- the night by saying she wants to "knock down all the barriers that are holding Americans back," not just the economic ones Sanders emphasizes. And she ended the evening with a devastating new line: "I am not a single issue candidate and I do not believe we live in a single issue country."



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<![CDATA[Surfing Contest Kicks Off in Calif.]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:36:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SURF+GIF1_18227251.gif

The most popular and dangerous surfing contest in the world is named for a dog — specifically, for a white-haired German Shepherd named Maverick, whose personality must have embodied the unorthodox spirit of the fierce surfing competition.

Touted as "the greatest show on earth," the Titans of Mavericks contest kicks off Friday morning. The 24 surfers from around the globe will be judged for their maverick spirit and must "possess fearless character and endless passion," the organization says on its website.

The contest’s early beginnings stem back to the 1960s, when Alex Matienzo, Jim Thompson and Dick Notmeyer started paddling out just inside the rocks off of Pillar Point, 20 minutes south of San Francisco, according to the Titans website.

They were sometimes followed into the water by Matienzos' German Shepherd, named Maverick.

The dog would try to swim out to them. But they shooed him back to the shore, and eventually began tying him to the bumper of their car out of concern for his safety, said Cassandra Clark, whose 58-year-old husband, Jeff Clark started what is now known as the Mavericks contest and owns Mavericks Surf Company.

Since 1999, the annual competition has drawn surfers from around the world who drop everything they’re doing when the perfect wave conditions are called. They heed the call and must get to the Pacific Ocean in 48 hours.

In its 17-year-history, the contest has been cancelled only four times, including last year, because the waves have not been high enough.

Friday's forecast shows that ocean swells may reach up to 40 feet.

Surf fans are encouraged to watch on Red Bull TV.



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<![CDATA[Video: Heroin Antidote Saves Woman]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:03:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Narcan-Antidote-Video.jpg

A public overdose in South Jersey shows the raw reality of the heroin epidemic and the power of an antidote that's saving lives, even as people fail to take advantage of programs geared toward kicking the habit.

"It's a problem in every neighborhood... from Winslow to Camden, from Haddonfield to Cherry Hill," said Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.

Cellphone video shows a woman unconscious and in the depths of a heroin overdose — dying on the side of Crowne Point Road in West Deptford. Her face is blurred to protect her identity.

Bystanders rush to save her, with one woman performing chest compressions.

"Her lips are blue," a person can be heard saying in the video.

A woman says, "She needs Narcan."

Officers from the West Deptford police station — just down the street — flocked to the scene and administered a dose of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment during an opioid overdose.

"It's not the strength of what the doctors have or anything like that, but it's strong enough to reverse all the symptoms and bring you right back from death," said Chief Samuel DiSimone.

That's what happened in this case. The woman still had to be taken to the hospital, but she survived.

Cappelli co-chairs the Opiate and Heroin Addiction Awareness Task Force in Camden County. This year, the county initiated "Operation Sal," which provides intense counseling to patients who are given Narcan.

So far, no one has joined the program.

"Even after you're clinically dead — brought back to life by Narcan — folks aren't convinced that they should go get help," said Cappelli.

Last year alone, Narcan saved 450 people in just Camden County. It's the antidote for heroin overdoses but not the solution to the growing problem.

"The video is reality," said Cappelli. "That's what's out on the streets of all of our municipalities."

The woman who overdosed declined NBC10’s request for an on-camera interview. She said she is fine and her biggest concern was for her young daughter, who has seen the video and has read the comments.


Stay tuned: A Generation Addicted, an NBC10 digital exclusive report exploring the tragic world of heroin and opiate addiction in the Philadelphia area and beyond, is coming March 21.



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<![CDATA[Grenade Found in Shallow Water at Florida Beach]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:17:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_beachgrenade0211_1500x845.jpg A man with a metal detector found a grenade in the shallow water at Florida's Port Charlotte beach, prompting a response from law enforcement and Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad disposal personnel.]]> <![CDATA[Cruz Pulls Rubio Attack Ad Featuring Ex-Porn Actress]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:17:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-509690938.jpg

Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign has pulled an attack ad against Marco Rubio after it was revealed that it featured a former softcore porn actress, NBC News reported.

Cruz's campaign said in a statement Thursday that it was swapping the commercial with a new one after learning about actress Amy Lindsay's background. 

"The actress responded to an open casting call," the campaign said. "She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the casting company."

Lindsay has said she's a supporter of Cruz's conservative Christian values.



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