<![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 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:50:05 -0400 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:50:05 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[So. Fla. Man Says He Plans to Take on ISIS]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:34:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Suleiman+Yousef.jpg

ISIS is one of the deadliest terror groups and a South Florida man says he's ready to take them on.

Miami native Suleiman Yousef is a firearms expert, a security specialist and a mixed martial arts fighter.

He thinks ISIS is the worst and there's a burning desire inside of him to do something about what they are doing.

"If you are on that side and you are the one getting... your child got kidnapped or your husband got shot or your wife got beheaded I'm pretty sure you are going to want somebody to come and save you," Yousef said.

Yousef and about a dozen specialists from South Florida are training to go fight the terrorist group. His plan is to go from town to town in ISIS controlled areas.

"What they lack is leadership they don't have that leadership, so what we can provide is a good solid base and give them that backbone to stand up," he said.

Yousef was raised Muslim and Catholic but now he said he doesn't believe in religion.

He knows his look is intimidating. He has a beard and tattoos, especially the tattoo that's an invitation to cut his throat, a taunt he says, to anybody, including ISIS, interested in challenging his mission to help.

"You need to stand up for what you believe in and you need to stand up for people who can't do it themselves," he said. "And if I can be an example for the next person to stand up for themselves then I did my job."

Yousef's group consists of three teams, six members each. For safety and security reasons, he will not say exactly when or where they are going.

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<![CDATA[So. Fla. Law Enforcement on Alert This 4th of July]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4th-of-july-security.jpg

Although Fourth of July security advisories are fairly common, this year's concern is heightened with the growing concern over ISIS carrying out attacks around the world.

And law enforcement in South Florida is ready this holiday weekend. From crowded beaches to fireworks displays to people taking out their boats, any time people congregate in mass that means a security concern for law enforcement agencies across the board here in South Florida.

The U.S. Coast Guard, from the water and from the air, will have its hands full this weekend. In addition to the large number of boaters in the water, the Coast Guard has to keep a close eye on the the entrance ways to the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. They are two of the facilities that drive South Florida's economy and are vital infrastructure that law enforcement and the military are always concerned about.

"At this time we don't have any credible or specific threats to the boating public but we always encourage the public on a busy weekend like this to have a heightened sense of awareness while you are out there.. Take a close look for suspicious activity," said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss.

The threats made by the Islamic State against the United States have the Department of Homeland Security sharing more information with local police departments, especially on the weekend where tourist and locals combine to celebrate America's birthday in South Florida.

Miami International Airport receives a large number of international flights daily. Homeland Security has already enhanced airport screening and random searches of passengers and carry-on luggage on flights headed into the United States. The airport in Fort Lauderdale has also increased its international traffic, something that means keeping an extra eye on things.

South Florida's FBI office sent NBC 6 a statement saying: "This weekend, as always, the FBI will work around the clock as necessary with our local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention."

Law enforcement officers say they can't be everywhere and they are really relying on the public's help this weekend to be alert, and if you see anything that doesn't look right, alert a nearby officer or if necessary call 911.

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<![CDATA[2 Kids Die in SoCal Ravine Crash]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:35:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/192*120/07.04.15_Azusa-Ravine-Crash.JPG

Two children were killed and three other victims injured Saturday when their sport utility vehicle veered into a steep ravine off a Southern California mountain road.

Several people called the Azusa Police Department around 7:30 p.m. to report that they had seen a vehicle crash off the edge of Highway 39 near the U.S. Forestry information booth. The SUV landed on its roof, about 40 feet down from the road above the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa.

A 12-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were found dead inside the vehicle, according to police.

A 32-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and 13-year-old girl were found injured outside the vehicle. At least one victim suffered critical injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and police do not yet know if alcohol played a role. Coroner's officials are withholding the names of the children pending notification of family.

Anyone with information is asked to call Azusa police at 626-812-3200.

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<![CDATA[10 Hurt in Md. Boat Explosion]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ambulance_generic_ambulance_stock.jpg

Ten people were injured — three of them children — in a flash fire on a boat that was refueling at a marina on Solomons Island in Maryland.

The 38-foot cabin cruiser was fueling at Spring Cove Marina at around 6 p.m. Saturday when something ignited the vessel, according to a statement from Solomons Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Five victims were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Maryland, including one of the young victims. The other five were taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, including two other young people.

Police for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources tweeted that the victims sent to MedStar were being treated for burns.

None of the injuries was life-threatening, the fire department said.

The Maryland fire marshal and the Department of Natural Resources are investigating. 

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<![CDATA[Banner-Towing Plane Crashes]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:19:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/KAZ+CANNING+5.jpg

A single-engine Piper PA18 banner-towing plane has crashed into the beach in Carlsbad, officials said. 

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the 4600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard near Cannon Road when the plane experienced a loss of engine power, FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor and CHP officials said. 

The plane flipped over and was partially submerged, Gregor said. The 23-year-old pilot, the only person on board, was not injured. A 12-year-old boy was clipped by the plane or nearby debris, officials said, and was taken to Rady Children's Hospital. 

The plane crashed near the warm water jetty, close to a power plant. 

The plane is registered to Air Ads Inc., based out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The owner of the plane told NBC7 the pilot had 700 hours of training and the plane had just been serviced and checked out okay.

Eyewitness accounts from scene say a person was struck by the plane but officials cannot confirm any injuries or if anyone has been transported yet. 

Witness Cory Vaughn said she first saw the plane’s banner drop about 50 feet from the air before it made a 180 degree turn and crash-landed on the beach.

There is no word yet on injuries. There is no further information on the crash.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

Photo Credit: Kaz Canning]]>
<![CDATA[Teens Injured by Explosive Device ]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:06:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mantecamap_USE.jpg

Six teenagers in northern California were hurt Friday night when an explosive device was tossed into a backyard party, according to Manteca police.

Officers arrived on the 300 block of Santiago Way at roughly 11:15 p.m. in response to reports of “numerous” injuries due to an explosion.

"Preliminarily, we're thinking that it's a modified firework that was thrown into the backyard," Manteca police Chief Nick Obligacion told NBC News.

A department statement said that roughly 60 “high-school aged kids” were at the house party when “an unknown subject intentionally threw an explosive device over a fence," which blasted close to the party-goers. 

Police said that two victims were seriously injured while one was airlifted to a Bay Area hospital for a "more severe facial injury that doesn't require surgery," Obligacion added. 

The victims were all juveniles, according to police. 

People with information about the incident can call the Manteca Police Department at (209) 456-8101.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in Wynwood: Police]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:12:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wynwood+shooting+flyer+070415.jpg

Police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man in the Wynwood area of Miami early Saturday morning.

Miami Police said 41-year-old Thomas Quass was walking to his car with his girlfriend in the area of 51 NW 26th Street around 1:15 a.m. when they were confronted by a man with a gun. Police said Quass exchanged words with the gunman and was then shot.

The gunmen fled by jumping into the passenger side of a grey 2013 to 2015 2-door Hyundai Veloster.

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Quass to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

Investigators urge anyone with information to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[9 Hurt as Fireworks Hit Crowd in Colo.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fireworks-Show-Avon-Colorado-3-July-2015.jpg

A set of fireworks malfunctioned at a Colorado fireworks show Friday night, sending fireworks into a crowd of people and injuring nine spectators, fire officials said.

About 17 minutes into the "Salute to the USA Fireworks Show" in Avon, a shell in the middle of a rack of fireworks exploded in its tube instead of shooting into the air, the town confirmed to NBC News.

The explosion then caused the rest of the shells to tip over, sending "two or three" fireworks over Nottingham Lake and toward the tightly-packed spectators.

"There was not a lot of room in between groups of people, so when it happened no one could really get up and run," a spectator, Jane Imber, told NBC News. "It was so scary."

The nine injured people suffered "minor abrasion burns" at the scene, and were quickly helped by police and medical teams who were at the event, the town said in a statement.

"This is Avon's 29th year of presenting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Colorado, and we have never had any failure in the production," said Deputy Chief Greg Daly, who oversaw the response. "It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor."

The town also said the "safety distance" between the crowds and the fireworks, as well as the firework crew's rapid shutdown of the show, likely prevented any further harm.

Photo Credit: YouTube / Jesus Ramirez
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<![CDATA[Police Search for Gunmen Involved in Fatal Shooting]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:25:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/coral+gables+shooting+070415.PNG

Police are on the hunt for two possible subjects who shot and killed a man in Coral Gables Saturday afternoon.

Coral Gables Police responded to a 911 call about a shooting on the 1000 block of Salzedo Street. Officers discovered a man in his mid-20s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics rushed the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

Police said two men were observed running westbound toward LeJeune Road. Miami-Dade Police Department's Homicide Bureau has established a perimeter to search for the subjects. The perimeter runs from SW 8 Street to SW 13th Street, and Santillane Avenue to LeJeune Road.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC 6 for updates.

<![CDATA[Key Lime Pie Eating Contest in the "Limelight"]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:27:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/185*120/Key+lime+pie+eating+contest+2015.jpg

New York City's hot dog eating contest was not the only American eating competition this Fourth of July.

Key lime pie was in the "limelight" in Key West as competitors with an appetite for the Florida Keys' signature dessert vied for top honors in the annual Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' contest.

Steve Carr of Key West won the wacky consumption competition, a highlight of the three-day Key Lime Festival, by devouring an entire whipped-cream-topped pie in just 1 minute and 18 seconds.

"My strategy was face-plant into that pie, get right down to the crust and tear it up," said Carr after the contest, his beard still covered in whipped cream.

The challenge drew 10 entrants, each tasked with consuming a 9-inch pie topped with mounds of whipped cream, faster than their rivals, but without using their hands.

"This is the southernmost city's answer to Nathan's hot dog eating contest," said competition organizer David Sloan. "They can have the main course and we're going to have dessert right down here in the Florida Keys."

Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Its primary ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of tiny yellow Key limes, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and crowned with whipped cream or meringue.

The concoction is so popular that few people visit the Florida Keys without sampling at least one slice.

"On this Fourth of July, if you're in Key West and you're not eating Key lime pie, you're just not American," said Carr.

Other Key Lime Festival events included a Key lime pie-making championship, an offbeat talent show, the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll and distillery tours featuring samples of locally crafted rum flavored with the tangy lime.

Photo Credit: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Small Plane Crashes Off Star Island: MDFR]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/plane+crash+star+island+070415.PNG

A small plane went down in the area of Star Island in Miami Saturday afternoon.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the plane crashed into the waters off Star Island around 2:45 p.m. The pilot was able to escape before the plane sunk and was pulled onto a fire boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard is also investigating. It is not yet known what caused the plane to crash.

The pilot is reportedly in good condition and did not suffer any injuries.

"I'm good, safe," the pilot told NBC 6. "No one got hurt. That's the important part."

Several agencies are working to determine who will retrieve the plane.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC 6 for updates.

<![CDATA[2 of Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivors Reunite]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:31:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Pearl-Harbor-Reunion-KNSD-3.JPG

Two of Pearl Harbor's oldest known survivors, veterans Ray Chavez, 103, and Jim Downing, 102, share an unbreakable bond.

The two met for the first time Friday, sharing the same eyewitness moments and deep memories of the horrific, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago. Still, for Downing, “most of what happened is just as clear as if it were last week.”

Downing, who lives in Colorado Springs, believed he was the oldest survivor of the attack until he read a news article about Chavez, who lives in Poway and is 103 years old.

“Well, I’m not going to check your birth certificate, so I’ll take your word for it”, Downing joked after meeting with Chavez.

Downing was asked to speak during a Fourth of July celebration in San Diego and decided to take the opportunity to meet with Chavez. Each of the men have an incredible story of service and bravery.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, when the waters and skies surrounding Pearl Harbor were still quiet, Quartermaster First Class Chavez and his crew were out on the water.

“We were sweeping restricted water. Nobody was supposed to be there except us” Chavez remembers.

Somewhere near the harbor they spotted a Japanese submarine and immediately notified others. A short time later, another ship bombed and sank the sub and Chavez went back to his Navy housing nearby to sleep.

But it was just a couple of hours later that Chavez’s wife shook him out of a deep sleep. She told him the Japanese were invading and that the “whole harbor was on fire."

“The first thing was surprise. Then I was scared. I thought the next plane would get the right angle, then I was angry,” Downing says of the experience.

Downing was 28 years old at the time and served on the USS West Virginia, though the morning of the attack he wasn’t on board the ship. If he had been he says he wouldn’t be here today.

“The saddest thing I saw that morning was sailors being blown off the ship, come up out of the water, feel the oil on their bodies...and they just became human torches.”

He and the other survivors did their best to defend the harbor but he says the power quickly went out and “they couldn’t even get off one shot.”

“Once the Japanese had sunk our ship they didn't care so all we had to do was fight the fires and take care of the wounded,” Downing says.

But it's what Downing did after the initial attack that’s had more of a lasting impact.

He began memorizing the name tags of the dead and wrote letters to as many of their families as he could to let them know what had happened to their son.

He says it was so “gratifying” that he decided to go to where many of the wounded were being treated and offered to write their families letters also.

Downing and Chavez shared many memories from decades ago. But all of the stories make celebrating the birth of their country so much more meaningful.

The lesson Downing learned from Pearl Harbor is: “Weakness invites aggression...keep America strong.”

Photo Credit: Matt Rascon]]>
<![CDATA[AAA Offers Free Towing for 4th of July Weekend]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:28:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tow-Truck-generic.jpg

Drivers who drink during the long Independence Day weekend can get a free tow home, thanks to the American Automobile Association's "Tow to Go" program.

Any driver can use the service; AAA membership is not required. The company says the service, sometimes called "Tipsy Tow," should be used as a last resort, and free tows are based on truck availability. Drivers can request a tow until 6 a.m. on July 6th.

Drivers should call (855) 286-9246 to arrange for a tow. AAA says tow trucks can take up to two people home along with the vehicle.

The free tow offer is a partnership between AAA and Bug Light, and offers the free rides for various holidays throughout the year. AAA has transported more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers since the program began in 1998.

Free towing is offered in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. For more information, visit AAA's website.

<![CDATA[Green Bay Packers Player Arrested in Miami Beach]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:01:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/andrew+quarless+green+bay+packers+mug+070415.jpg

Miami Beach Police arrested an NFL player after they say he shot his gun into the air early Saturday morning.

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, 26, was charged with discharging a firearm in public around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

A parking attendant on the 500 block of Lenox Avenue told police he spotted a black Porsche Panamera with two men and two women inside. According to the arrest report, the two men got out of the Porsche and approached a white vehicle with several women inside.

The attendant said the discussion soon became hostile. That's when he told police he spotted Quarless walking up to the white car with a semi-automatic handgun. The witness then told police Quarless pointed the gun in the air and fired off two rounds before taking off in the Porsche.

Another witness told police Quarless "discharged his firearm in an apparent attempt to emphasize his dominance and manhood," according to the police report.

The white vehicle left the scene and was not seen or heard from again, the report stated.

Police put out a "be on the lookout", or BOLO, alert for the Porsche. Officers spotted the vehicle parked on the 400 block of Washington Avenue with its lights on.

According to the report, Quarless was discovered nearby, "attempting to conceal himself and the black firearm in a nearby plant."

It is unclear whether Quarless has an attorney.

A spokesman for the Green Bay Packers issued a statement, saying, "We are aware of the matter involving Andrew Quarless and are in the process of gathering more information. We will withhold further comment."

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Lightning Over Disney's Magic Kingdom]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/allyson+conway+magic+kingdom+disney+lightning+070415.jpg

Each night, thousands gather at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando for fireworks. But Mother Nature decided to put on a show of her own Friday night over Cinderella's Castle.

Storms rolled through the Orlando area, bringing flashes of lightning to the skies over the "Happiest Place on Earth." Visitors gathered at the park captured stunning photos and shared them on social media.

Instagram user @ally_conway captured this photo outside the castle:



Check out other photos captured of the stunning display by visitors to the park:






 (H/T: WPTV)

Photo Credit: Allyson Conway]]>
<![CDATA[Serial Stowaway Arrested Again]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:37:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hartman-polizon-ohare.jpg

The "serial stowaway" was arrested twice at two different airports within 48 hours after being released from jail on Thursday, where she spent nearly two months behind bars for trying to board planes without a ticket.

Marilyn Hartman, 63, was first arrested at Midway International Airport on Friday and then again at O'Hare International Airport on Saturday.

Hartman was charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct for causing a "disturbance" inside the cabin of a Southwest Airlines plane leaving Midway around 5 p.m., according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Authorities did not say what kind of disturbance Hartman caused, but they say she did have a ticket to board the plane.

The Southwest Airlines plane was headed for LaGuardia Airport, officials said. 

She was caught again at O'Hare Saturday afternoon in Terminal One. Hartman was charged with criminal trespassing to state land and violation of bail bond, which she was given Friday after the disturbance at Midway, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. 

Hartman was nicknamed the "serial stowaway" after she made five attempts to get past security at O'Hare and Midway Airports in late April and early May. She was arrested twice at O'Hare, and a third time at Midway May 3. As she left the jail, she insisted her stowaway days are over.

During hearings Wednesday and Thursday, two different Cook County judges accepted Hartman's guilty pleas on separate charges, sentencing her to the two months she had already served.

It was not known if Hartman had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Boy Stands on Corner for Days, Asks Drivers to "Honk for USA"]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:58:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/boy+flag+sign.jpg

A 14-year-old New Jersey boy eager to express his patriotism has been standing on a street corner in front of his house with an American flag and a sign reading "Honk if you love the USA," and he says he'll continue to stand there until the fireworks go off on the Fourth of July. 

Shpejtim Zenelej has been standing on the corner of Harold Avenue and Franklin Street in Rahway all day every day since Sunday, inspired to show his love for America after he saw reports of flag burning last week. 

"It's the best country in the world," he said.

Zenelej was born in the U.S. but his parents are from Kosovo. He said he's been to the republic and knows how fortunate his life has been in America. 

In recognition of Zenelej's efforts Thursday, Rahway put on an impromptu parade of police and other first responders. It only lasted a couple minutes, but "it was the best day of my life," the teen said. 

The parade was organized by the mayor and some city employees during break and lunch times, with a hidden motive, according to Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman.

"There's people that are deplorably trying to hang onto the Confederate flag," he said. "He's reminding them there's only one flag in the U.S.A. It has the colors red, white and blue." 

The boy's parents say they're very proud of their son, whom they characterized as "14 going on 40." 

<![CDATA[Trump Blames Border for SF Shooting]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 04:14:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/DonaldTrump_Getty_07032015.jpg

Donald Trump on Friday blamed the United States' vulnerable southern border for this week's fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately," the Republican presidential hopeful said in a statement.

Steinle, 32, of Pleasanton, was gunned down Wednesday evening near the Embarcadero and Mission Street in the city's South Beach neighborhood. Police arrested Francisco Sanchez following what they believe is a random incident.

New details emerged about the suspect Friday when the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported that Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant with nearly a dozen aliases and a long criminal history. He has previously been deported to Mexico five times, according to authorities.


San Francisco County Sheriff's Legal Counsel Freya Horne told NBC Bay Area Friday that the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and they do not turn over undocumented people – if they don't have active warrants out for them – simply because immigration officials want them to.

For his part, Trump deemed the situation “absolutely disgraceful” and blasted his fellow candidates for lacking the “guts to even talk about it.”

“The American people deserve a wall to protect our jobs, economy and our safety,” he added. “I am the only candidate who would build it. I will make America great again!”

Trump’s candidacy announcement June 16 had a similar flavor.

"The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," he said. "And these aren't the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best...they're sending people that have lots of problems...they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

But several business organizations — including NBC, Univision, Macy’s and NASCAR — have disassociated themselves from Trump after his incendiary comments came to light.

Hispanic leaders have also pressed the rest of the GOP presidential candidates to condemn Trump. So far, most of the candidates have either stayed mum or quietly sidestepped his statements. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has even defended him, saying that "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration."

Only Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is Hispanic, denounced Trump's statements as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive."

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<![CDATA[Residents Raise Concern About Debris in Sand Ahead of Holiday]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:40:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070115+beach+debris.jpg

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the most popular times of the year for families to head to the beach. But its what's in the sand in some areas that has many residents concerned.

Residents in the normally quiet town of Surfside were making their voices heard on this holiday weekend. A group of protestors were calling change after the NBC 6 Investigators revealed potential dangers in the sand in Surfside and on Miami Beach.

The lawyer for the developer who put the sand on Miami Beach that had glass, nails, other construction items, tells NBC 6 that situation in the area of Collins Avenue between 57th and 52nd Street has been for the most part cleared up. And state records show progress has been made there. Its in Surfside where these protestors were sending out a warning to anyone thinking about spending the holiday at the beach.

Residents say at the height of the time they'd like to use the beach, they're staying away. They shared photos that they say show the danger: nails, rocks and debris from a construction site are ending up in the surf and sand.

"Its a hazard. I have not taken my toddler to this beach in over 400 days," said Surfside resident Larisa Alonso. "Why? I am afraid he will step on a nail and get tetanus. Why should a visitor come here, why should a world wide traveler come here to Surfside and visit us if they could potentially get tetanus and visit the emergency room?"

The town says the debris came from a condo development called the Surf Club on Collins.

"Right now they are not in compliance... because the debris that was shown to be in the area and the fact that the town itself has asked for removal of the sand and replacement of the sand." said Surfside City Manager Guillermo Olmedillo.

The Surf Club told NBC 6 it "has, and will continue to, diligently follow all of the State of Florida’s requirements regarding the excavation and transfer of compatible sand onto the beach, keeping the best interests of our beach, its inhabitants, and our shared community in mind."

"They've stalled and stalled and stalled, and now they're using two turtle nest as the reason to do nothing until November," said resident Jeff Platt.

The state's environmental rules to protect the turtle nests that are on the beach are strict so the developer told us their teams to fix the problem can't bring any heavy equipment onto the sand.
The developer and the state are coming up with a plan to put the beach in the condition its supposed to be, but it appears executing that plan is gong to take some time.

<![CDATA[BSO Deputies Rescue Victims From Fiery Crash]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:32:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fiery+crash.jpg

Two Broward Sheriff's deputies are being hailed as heroes after they risked their lives to save two people from a burning car.

The driver of the car passed away at Broward Health Medical Center Friday morning. His passenger remains in critical condition as we learn about the heroic actions of the deputies who risked their lives to save the men.

A Torched shell of a car was all that was left at the scene of the fiery early morning crash along the Two-thousand block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.

"It just started skidding, it flipped like two or three times, then slammed into the pole," said Bernardo Smith, who witnessed the crash.

Investigators say 40-year-old Kenny Allen of Lauderdale Lakes was driving eastbound at an excessive speed when he lost control of the car, striking a raised median and sliding across the eastbound lanes and finally smashing into a tree and utility pole.

"The car flipped. Then I just saw sparks and flames, so I just ran over and I saw the passenger get out of the car," Smith said.

That passenger, identified as 45-year-old Howard Randolph, shares a home with Allen. As he crawled from the crunched car, BSO Deputy Dustin Sisson arrived and discovered Allen still strapped into the driver’s seat. Sisson raced to cut through Allen’s seatbelt and pulled him from the car. Seconds later, the car exploded in flames.

"The seatbelt was kind of wrapped around him so the officer had to drag him out," Smith said.

A second deputy, Jonathan Zinglo, also helped pull Allen from the car and began CPR. Zinglo later suffered from heat exhaustion himself and rescuers rushed him to a different hospital.

Traffic homicide detectives are now working to uncover what caused Allen to veer off the road, as witnesses recount the quick actions of two brave deputies.

"He did it quick, because a second later, the whole car would be in flames," Smith said.

Deputy Zinglo was treated and released from the hospital. The investigation into the crash continues, while NBC 6 has learned Allen had a lengthy criminal history, including multiple drug and driving charges.

Photo Credit: nbc6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Deadly Bank Robbery Standoff Site Remains Crime Scene]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:37:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/standoff+site.jpg

The street on Miami Beach where a police standoff with a bank robber went down Thursday night may be open, but the apartment where it all ended is still considered an active crime scene.

A heavy round of gunfire brought a 12 hour standoff to a deadly end. Thirteen hours later the medical examiner removed the body from the apartment, located just blocks away from the Regions Bank that was allegedly robbed by the suspect.

"They seemed pretty calm, they seemed to do things in a methodical manner in a professional manner. I think the guy had an opportunity to change the results," said neighbor, Johnathon Folland.

Authorities still haven't released the name of the dead suspect, but neighbors said they recognized him.

"I've only seen him like twice in two years that I've lived there, but I have seen him., I know he lived there," a neighbor named Michael said.

For hours police tried to negotiate and use non-lethal methods to get him to come out of his apartment. The FBI said it all started after he robbed the Regions Bank at 780 Arthur Godfrey Road and assaulted a couple of people just blocks away. Surveillance photos from the robbery show the suspect sporting a smile and what appears to be a gun.

The intense police activity paralyzed the area.

"It felt like a million miles away," said a mother who said she couldn't get to her teenaged son for hours on Thursday. "I was just a wreck."

Other neighbors were not allowed back in their apartments overnight and had to find a place to sleep, but they said they believe police handled the situation well.

"For me, I think the cops a good job, I don't think the guy was as intelligent as a bank robber should be, to rob a bank a block away from your house," Michael said.

Also on Thursday, police worked a suspicious package that created a lot of traffic troubles for anybody trying to get to the beach using the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Everything was back open and residents allowed back in their homes in time for the holiday weekend.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burning in Northwest Miami-Dade]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:48:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nwmd+brush+fire.jpg

A brush fire was burning in Northwest Miami-Dade late Friday.

Flames were seen in the area of Krome Avenue and Okeechobee Road.

Forestry officials were on the scene. No word on how many acres have burned, but no structures were in danger.

A second brush fire was also burning in Pembroke Pines in the area of Pines Boulevard just west of US 27.

It's believed both fires may have been sparked by lightning strikes.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Slams into Seawall, Lands on Dock: Police]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070315+boynton+beach+seawall+crash+bill+hodges.jpg

Police are trying to determine how a woman crashed her car straight into a seawall and landed on a dock in Boynton Beach Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters had to cut and peel back the windshield in order to rescue the woman as her car dangled on the dock.

The woman was safely pulled from the car, but as crews tried to remove the vehicle from the dock, it went crashing down into the water below.

Police are working to determine what caused the bizarre incident.

Video courtesy of Bill Hodges

Photo Credit: Bill Hodges]]>
<![CDATA[2016 Hopefuls Flood NH for July 4 Weekend]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP136093298170.jpg

Presidential hopefuls are going on parade throughout the Granite State this July 4. 

At least seven 2016 candidates will spend Independence Day courting residents who will vote in the nation's first presidential primary contest next year, according to scheduled logged in necn's 2016 New Hampshire Primary Candidate Tracker, making a combined 14 stops.

While parades are by far the most popular stops during the holiday tour — at least 11 such appearances are expected — candidates' Saturday calendars also include breakfasts, cookouts and grassroots events. Revelers along the routes in Amherst and Merrimack will watch no fewer than three candidates strut by. The resort town of Wolfeboro, where 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney owns a home, will be greeted by at least two GOP hopefuls.

For some candidates, one parade just isn't enough. Republicans Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry, as well as Democrat Lincoln Chafee, are marching in two apiece. Perry, the former Texas governor, appears to have the busiest public schedule on Saturday so far, stopping by parades in Amherst and Merrimack before greeting crowds at the Windham GOP July Fourth Cookout later in the day.

The holiday hand-shaking isn't limited to July 4 itself. Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor, has been barnstorming the state since making his official entry into the race on Tuesday, including several events on Friday. Perry and Democrat Hillary Clinton are also getting their patriotic partying started early with Friday events, while former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both candidates for the GOP nomination, will join New Hampshire residents wishing America a belated birthday with Sunday celebrations.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Double-Decker Bus Strikes, Pins Man Walking in NYC]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:09:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bus+sightsee.jpg

A double-decker sightseeing bus struck a man walking in Greenwich Village Friday afternoon, dragging him several feet and pinning him beneath the vehicle, fire officials and witnesses said.

A witness told NBC 4 New York the bus was turning left onto West Fourth Street when it struck the man in the crosswalk near Sixth Avenue and dragged him several feet. The witness said the man was screaming as he was being dragged; photos showed blood streaking the pavement near the bus.

A woman who works nearby and ran to help said the man was conscious. She said she repeatedly asked his name, but he kept screaming "at the top of his lungs."

"He really couldn't say his name because it was so, so much excruciating pain," said Shante Service. "When I looked under the bus, his leg was dislocated. I could see flesh and bone." 

Another witness said emergency responders had to use blocks to lift the bus off the victim. Police said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with severe injuries to his leg.

Images on social media showed a crowd of bystanders around the scene as police cars and emergency vehicles swarmed the area.

The bus driver remained at the scene. He has not been charged, according to police. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the Twin America bus company said, "We are aware of this the accident this afternoon and deeply regret this very unfortunate incident. We are fully cooperating with the authorities while this accident is being investigated."

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Voodoo Priest Had Sex With Underage Girl: Sunrise Police]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:59:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070215+brogenet+cinor.jpg

A Sunrise man used his position as a Voodoo priest to have sex with multiple women and an underage girl, telling them they were cursed or had "bad spirits" and needed to be cleansed, police said.

Brogenet Cinor, 48, was arrested June 19 on a charge of sexual battery of a child under 12, according to a Sunrise Police arrest report obtained Thursday.

Cinor was later released on bond and it was unknown if he's hired an attorney. At his home Thursday, someone sprayed a hose at an NBC 6 reporter who was seeking comment.

According to the report, the incident happened between 2009 and 2010, but wasn't reported until this past September.

The young girl had been brought to meet with Cinor, who took her to a man-made structure in his backyard, where he had sex with her, the report said. After having sex, he took out his wallet and gave her money, the report said.

When Cinor was confronted about the incident a couple weeks later by the girl's mother, he denied having sex with the girl but said she would be cursed and would die if she mentioned it to anyone else, the report said.

"He was using the girls beliefs in voodoo and curses and the fact that they believed up to death that they could die if they did not follow his intsructions,"  Officer Cindi McCue of Sunrise Police said in a press conference Friday.

It wasn't until the girl's father found out about the alleged incident in September that the family reported it to police.

Police said the girl's mother had gone to Cinor for a spiritual reading, and they prayed by candlelight and had two liquid potion treatments, the report said. Cinor told the woman her daughter had bad spirits inside of her and needed to be cleansed, the report said.

The mother strongly believes in Haitian Voodoo and is still in fear of what Cinor may do to her, the report said.

As detectives investigated the case, they found two adult women with similar stories of encounters with Cinor after they had gone to him for spiritual guidance.

One woman claimed Cinor said he needed to treat her "because she was being plagued by evil spirits," the report said. Cinor had sex with her in the backyard shed, then told her she would die if she didn't continue to see him romantically, the report said.

The woman had sex with Cinor on multiple occasions and she became pregnant, the report said. Cinor took her to a clinic in Tamarac where he paid to have her terminate the pregnancy, the report said.

The second woman who had sex with Cinor was also told she would die. She also became pregnant and Cinor paid to terminate the pregnancy, the report said. Her also told she would die if he told anyone of the relationship, according to the report.

"He used sex as his way of 'cleansing' the so called spirits," the report noted. "In addition Brogenet used threats of Voodoo to inhibit them from telling anyone of their relationships."

Sunrise Police are expected to give more information Friday and are hoping to identify possible additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[17 No-Bake Treats for the 4th of July]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018928555_1200x675_475888707670.jpg

The Fourth of July is upon us, and we’re all getting in full on party mode! But the question is: what are you going to make for your guests? With so much to do, like clean the house, buy food, and watch your child to make sure they don’t blow their hand off with a firecracker; you don’t have much time to get too creative. Thankfully with the help of Buzzfeed and other contributing websites, we’ve come up with 17 No-Bake Treats to make your holiday weekend a little bit sweeter. And to be quite honest, we’re all waiting for 5 p.m. to roll around so we can go home and make some of these for ourselves!

  1. No Bake Cheesecake Parfait
  2. Patriotic July Tie Dyed Fudge
  3. 4th of July No-Bake Cheesecake
  4. Red, White and Blue Finger Jello
  5. Red, White and Blue Watermelon Salad
  6. Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark
  7. Red, White and Blue Popsicles
  8. Coconut Berry Icebox Cake
  9. Chocolate Dipped Oreo American Flag
  10. Red, White and Blue Rice Krispie Bars
  11. Red, White and Blue Jello Candied Popcorn
  12. No-Bake Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes
  13. Star Spangled Gum Drops
  14. 4th of July Dessert Fruit Pops
  15. Patriotic Rice Krispie Treat Pops
  16. Red, White and Blueberry Sundae
  17. Vodka Soaked Cherry Bombs
So whichever you decide to make, remember one thing: invite us to your party. Oh, and have a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend!
(H/T Buzzfeed)

<![CDATA[Wade Agrees to 1-Year Deal With Heat]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:19:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/460860258.jpg

The Miami Heat will not have to experience life without Dwyane Wade as he has agreed to a one-year contract per NBA.com.

Wade had opted out of a contract that would have paid him over $16 million in the 2015-16 season, and became an unrestricted free agent. When Wade opted out, there was speculation that he was seeking a multi-year deal. This one year offer gives both Wade and the Heat flexibility for next off-season's salary cap jump.

“It has been an honor and privilege to play with the Miami HEAT the past twelve years. The HEAT family and I have shared incredible moments over the years and I look forward to continuing our journey. I am extremely proud of my personal contributions in helping to build the HEAT franchise and for bringing three NBA championship wins to our great city. For my entire NBA career, Miami has always been my city and my home. I’m overwhelmed with the love and support the Miami community have consistently shown me and my family throughout the years," Wade said in a statement.

In recent days, Miami reportedly came to terms with Goran Dragic on a new deal as well. With Luol Deng picking up his player option, the Heat have a formidable starting five and few questions left to answer. Hassan Whiteside and Chris Bosh are expected to join the aforementioned trio each night.

Wade's salary for next season will be worth a reported $20 million. This gives the Heat and president Pat Riley little wiggle room financially for next year. At this point, barring trades Miami will merely be able to fill in the bench with some low salary additions.

Riley could have something more up his sleeve however. There were reports earlier on Thursday that Miami planned to meet with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. In order to add a player such as Aldridge, the Heat would have to clear significant payroll room. It may not be a possibility without including a player such as Bosh or Wade in a trade.

“This contract is a win-win for both Dwyane and the HEAT. Not only does Dwyane get to extend his Hall of Fame-worthy career with the only franchise for whom he has ever played, but he will have the flexibility next summer to sign an additional deal. And the HEAT gets to keep their franchise cornerstone while having the ability to build a championship-contending roster," Wade's agent Henry Thomas added.

Next off-season, the NBA will dramatically increase its salary cap number. This has led to interesting contract negotiations thus far this off-season. Players and teams are coming to terms with next year in mind. Wade could potentially earn more as a free agent next year, and the Heat can possibly go after a top tier free agent.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: GoPro Captures "Twiggy" the Waterskiing Squirrel]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:59:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070315+twiggy+squirrel+gopro+waterskis+youtube.jpg

"Twiggy" the Squirrel is the real MVP.

Voted Most Valuable Pet at this year's X Games Austin, "Twiggy" took to the water to show off her sick waterskiing skills for the crowd.

The video was posted to GoPro's YouTube channel on Thursday and was shot "100 percent on the HERO4 camera from GoPro."

Since then, the video has been viewed more than 260,000 times.

Photo Credit: GoPro/YouTube]]>
<![CDATA[Last Chance Dogs & Cats at Broward Animal Care]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/ROXY+A1748251.jpg

Fifteen animals at Broward County Animal Care are considered "last call" and are in need of urgent adoption or rescue. The adoption fee for all of these dogs (and one cat) has been waived!

Roxy is an incredibly sweet and gentle American Staffordshire Terrier with lots of love to give! She is 3 years old and weighs 58 pounds. Roxy gets along great with both people and other dogs. She would love to find a new home, and would adapt well with any kind of family.

Tucker is a happy puppy with lots of energy! This 8-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier is 43 pounds of fun. Tucker loves to play, and gets along wonderfully with people and other dogs.

Sir Waggins earned his name at the shelter with good reason: he wags his happy tail all the time! He is a 1-year-old Pointer who is athletic and loves to play ball. Sir Waggins weighs 41 pounds and plays well with other dogs as well. This happy boy can't wait to show you just how excited he is to meet you!

Mali is a beautiful, sweet girl who would love to find a forever family. She is a 3-year-old, 45-pound American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is full of love. She really enjoys play time with shelter volunteers, and gets along great with the dogs in her play group as well!

Simba is a striking, gorgeous dog with one blue eye and one brown eye! This 2-year-old, 65-pound American Staffordshire Terrier mix is super sweet and loves to give hugs and kisses! He loves being around people and other dogs, and has a blast during playtime.

Flynn is a handsome 5-year-old Labrador mix. He is 67 pounds of love, and really enjoys being around people and other dogs. Flynn is a quiet, calm boy who can't wait to find a family of his very own.

Bishop is that loyal pet every dog lover would want. This handsome American Staffordshire Terrier is just 1 year old and weighs 56 pounds. Bishop has excellent doggie manners and a wonderful disposition. This good-natured boy would fit in with any kind of family.

Sweetie is a 2-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who stays true to her name! This gentle 53-pound girl truly loves everyone she meets. Sweetie plays and eats well with other dogs, and even walks well on a leash.

Fiona is 5-year-old Labrador mix who is eager to please! She weighs 50 pounds and loves to have fun during playtime with volunteers and other dogs. Fiona is very calm and gentle, and will be the perfect pet for any family.

Coby is a friendly dog who is just bursting with energy! He is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix who weighs 35 pounds. Coby would fit in perfectly with an active family who can give him daily exercise and stimulation. He gets along well with other dogs, and would make a great jogging partner!

Terry is a lovable 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier. Weighing 61 pounds, this gentle boy is a little shy at first. But once he warms up to you, his wonderful disposition shines through! Terry would love to find a forever family!

Waldo is a handsome puppy who needs some help! This 10-month-old, 37-pound Golden Retriever mix is sadly heartworm positive, but he'll be perfectly fine once he receives treatment. Waldo is a calm, mild-mannered boy who is a little timid with new people and new surroundings. But he is a sweet puppy who just needs a kind, patient family to help bring him out of his shell.

Black Beauty is a gorgeous, athletic Labrador Retriever mix. She is just 1 year old and weighs 40 pounds. Black Beauty doesn't just have good looks, she has a great personality to match! She is good-natured, calm and sweet. She gets along very well with other dogs as well.

Sam Smith is a handsome American Staffordshire Terrier who is full of personality! He is 1 year old and weighs 44 pounds. Sam is a friendly boy who gets along well with people and other dogs. He will be a fantastic pet for any family!

Joan is a beautiful 2-year-old Tabby who really needs a forever family! She has been at a Pet Supermarket location, but was constantly overlooked because of her shyness. Joan would hide in the hooded litter box during the day while customers were in the store, and would only come out to eat, drink and stretch at night. Sadly, this routine meant very few people got the chance to see how sweet Joan really is. She loves being petted and is very affectionate, and actually really likes being around people.

Broward Animal Care and Adoption is located at 1870 SW 39th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on adopting animals from Broward Animal Care, visit their website or call (954) 359-1313.