<![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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:41:17 -0500 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:41:17 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oakland Park Gas Station Held Up: Reports]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:46:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/B_Kyjs-W4AAuXbw.jpg

A gas station clerk working the overnight shift in Oakland Park had some frightening moments early Tuesday as he was held up at gunpoint in an attempted robbery, according to deputies with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies tell NBC 6 South Florida that two men armed with a knife and handgun held up the clerk at a BP gas station located at 2091 West Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park.

The clerk refused to give money and the men shot at the door of the gas station shattering the glass before taking off, according to deputies.

The clerk was shaken up but thankfully was not injured, according to police.

Deputies are on the scene now and are investigating and searching for the gunmen.

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

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

<![CDATA[Mother, Daughter Found Dead in North Miami Home]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:42:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/northmiamibodies.jpg

Police in North Miami are investigating after a mother and daughter were found dead in their apartment home overnight.

The bodies of a 45-year-old woman and her 73-year-old mother were taken from the condo located at 2100 San Souci Boulevard in the overnight hours early Tuesday.

Neighbors say the mother and daughter had resided at that home for about 12 years and had a good relationship.

North Miami police have not released any further details on the deaths.

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Doc Who Treated Ebola in Quarantine]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:33:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030215+michael+drusano.jpg

A Miami Beach doctor who treated Ebola patients in west Africa remains under quarantine.

Dr. Michael Drusano volunteered to treat up to 30 Ebola patients a day in Sierra Leone.

"The days were long and physically demanding," he told NBC 6.

Drusano lives behind the door of his Miami Beach condo and was interviewed by Skype. He's still in the middle of his 21-day home quarantine.

"I can have visitors but they have to stay about four feet away from me at all times, no contact whatsoever has been allowed so that has also been somewhat difficult," Drusano said.

What was even more difficult, Drusano said, was treating the patients, especially the young children.

"They were proven to have Ebola in their blood tests but you took one look at them and you wouldn't guess in a million years that they had Ebola," he said.

Drusano volunteered through a group called Partners in Health. He left his job and friends behind to help an area in need of physicians and volunteered to help prevent the virus from spreading.

"There were a lot of patients that got care that otherwise wouldn't have care if I hadn't gone," he said.

Now, Drusano patiently waits to return to his day-to-day routine of educating and treating patients in South Florida.

"I'm perfectly healthy, the Health Department has been coming by twice a day to take my temperature. they've been very gracious and helpful," he said. "There's nothing we would do to endanger people back home."

Drusano is allowed to leave his apartment to do things alone but he has been asked to stay three feet away from people for the next few days.

<![CDATA[Not Guilty Verdict in Historic Marijuana Trial]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:34:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030215+jesse+teplicki.jpg

A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday.

Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars.

"This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said.

It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.

"A lot of suffering. I really felt here was somebody with a lot of issues, with a lot of suffering since he was nine years old," juror Mark Munzer said. "Everything was justified."

Teplicki suffers from a severe case of anorexia which suppresses his appetite and makes him nauseous. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him last year for the cultivation and possession of 46 marijuana plants.

Prosecutors had called into question the amount of pot plants for just one person, but jurors said it was a case about compassion.

"This was a groundbreaking case and we are very pleased that the jury acquitted Mr. Teplicki on all charges," said Michael Minardi, Teplicki's attorney. "The evidence showed he was using cannabis to help him manage a serious and painful medical condition which he has endured for years."

Teplicki is the first person in Florida to have a jury of his peers decide if he’s guilty or not of using marijuana as a medicine.

"I hope this invigorates the State of Florida and all people who are being charged with cannabis to fight," Teplicki said. "That's the only way you make change."

Teplicki said he will resume life as he knows it.

"I go home this evening, I have a meal with my wife and smoke a fat one before it and that's it," he said.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Weather: Sunny and Dry Tuesday]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:10:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017130995_1200x675_407318595865.jpg Plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 80's by early afternoon. Erika Delgado says temperatures will continue to warm up throughout the work week.]]> <![CDATA[Driver Crashes into Coral Springs Taco Bell: Police]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:10:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/coral+springs+taco+bell+022815.jpg

A Coral Springs Taco Bell has a drive-through window, but one driver plowed right into the restaurant instead.

Coral Springs Police said 23-year-old Nicole Petersen drove into the restaurant, located at 900 North University Drive, just after 1 a.m. Saturday. Petersen's car went all the way into the building, coming to a stop by the soda machine.

Petersen told police she had consumed two beers at a nearby restaurant, and decided to stop for tacos on the way home. She intended to go through the drive-through, but instead collided with the restaurant.

Police said Petersen had a .223 blood alcohol percentage, more than double the legal limit of .08. She was charged with driving under the influence and failure to use due care. It is unclear whether Petersen has an attorney.

No injuries were reported in the crash.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Body Found Inside Submerged Car Was Missing Woman]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:19:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021215+Lisa+Hayden-Gordon.jpg

Fort Lauderdale Police confirmed the body found inside of a submerged car was missing woman Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon.

Hayden-Gordon's blue 2003 Hyundai Elantra was pulled from the New River in the 400 block of SW 7th Avenue Friday afternoon, less than a mile from where she was last seen.

The 52-year-old woman had been missing since January 24th, when she was last seen in downtown Fort Lauderdale at Revolution Live. Police, along with family and friends, canvassed the downtown area in their search, but to no avail.

Police said this remains an active and on-going investigation.

Friends and relatives have organized a gathering at Colee Hammock Park in Fort Lauderdale from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Photo Credit: FindNoodles.com]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 6's Brag About Your School at Coral Glades High School]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:32:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030215+coral+glades+high+school.jpg

NBC 6's Brag About Your School crew went to Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs and found themselves enthralled by a Broadway show, a spunky student production of Pippin, staged in a rehearsal space.

“It's just a great experience seeing the kids, how energized they are, how focused they are, how talented they are," said John Luffred, the chairman of the school’s Fine Arts department.

He points out that at Coral Glades, a full quarter of the school’s population is involved in the fine arts, from drama to orchestra to chorus to visual arts like painting and sculpture.

“I think it keeps them interested in high school in general, it gives them something to look forward to everyday when they come to school,” Luffred explains.

The school has a cornucopia of programs, including culinary arts, business, health sciences, and a full plate of Advanced Placement and dual enrollment classes.

“When people say, what are you known for, I say it’s not one thing, it’s a lot of things, we are what I would call Broward’s best-kept secret when it comes to high schools,” brags principal Steven Carruth.

That feeling is echoed by the students, including those who wrote to NBC6 to brag about their school.

“We're very overlooked,” said junior Jessica Vasquez.

Classmate Omar Correa agreed, saying, “We are pretty much considered under the radar and I think we should be looked at more.”

“I feel like there’s a lot of extraordinary people at our school,” said junior Timea Banhegyesi.

Extraordinary teachers like Stacey Lehrman. Her AP history students say she’s insane about American history, but in a good way.

“My enthusiasm, sometimes they tell me I can’t drink anymore Diet Coke ‘cause I’m too wired, am totally wired about history!” said Lehrman.

The principal is wired about everything.

“What I really like to do is have something for every kind of student, whether you’re a fine arts student, business, or if you’re just a well-rounded student who wants to try a bit of everything,” Carruth explained.

Coral Glades appears to have everything a student could want in this competitive era of school choice. The Jaguars compete in all sports, even club hockey, with the school conveniently located down the street from the Florida Panthers’ practice facility. The one thing the school lacks, which is ironic considering the strength of the drama program, is an auditorium. The students can’t stage their productions on their own campus. It’s the only public high school in Broward County, possibly the state, that doesn’t have an auditorium.

“It looks like the School Board has chosen to basically ignore this school, unfortunately, and that’s just not acceptable,” said Luffred, who showed NBC 6 architectural plans for the auditorium that has never been funded.

The school is hoping that finally, after 10 years of promises, the School Board will follow through and build the performance and assembly space the students so richly deserve.

<![CDATA[Tsarnaev's 4th Venue Change Motion]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:13:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-tsarnaev-maraton-boston-2.JPG

The United States District Court denied the fourth change of venue motion filed Monday by lawyers for the surviving accused Boston Marathon bomber, just days before opening statements are slated to begin in the trial.

In addition, the court denied the defense motion to dismiss Tsarnaev's indictment. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers argue in this motion and earlier motions have argued it isn't possible for their client to receive a fair trial in Boston. In this latest filing, they say that the voir dire of prospective jurors hasn't cured any presumptive prejudice in the case.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to planting two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shooting between authorities days later in nearby Watertown.

Opening statements are slated to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Art Lien]]>
<![CDATA[Battle Over Aventura Condo Leads to Sidewalk Spat]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:59:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030215+aventura+sidewalk+battle.jpg

A bitter battle over the construction of a new luxury condo in South Florida has turned into a sidewalk drama.

The feud that's been happening in Aventura is the true definition of luxury problems. A handful of homeowners are so upset about new construction that they got arrested for trying to stop it.

It's behavior unbecoming of a private island that boasts luxurious living, posh amenities and "international sophistication," but behind the secured gates to the exclusive property at Williams Island in Aventura, there's a high-end squabble taking place and it's all over a sidewalk.

A sidewalk under construction that some homeowners are accused of parking their car on. According to police one woman decided to sit on the sidewalk while the cement was still wet. Crews were forced to work around her and she didn't even move for the bulldozer.

But Dara Clarke and her husband David decided that wasn't enough. According to police, David Clark caused $3,000 in curb damage with his Porsche SUV.

The sidewalk dispute has been in the courts for a while. The Clarkes and other homeowners want to stop the developer Prive from building it.

Prive is an eight-acre private island only accessible by Williams Island. On Monday, a judge ruled the developer can legally build the sidewalk.

<![CDATA[Hail Blankets SoCal Beach Shoreline]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:46:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/HuntingtonBeach_sm.jpg

The white stuff blanketing Southern California’s Huntington Beach on Monday was not powdery sand.

It was hail.

People of all shapes and sizes flocked to the beach to snap images of the white stuff covering the Orange County shoreline.

But Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said despite the Twitter frenzy of photos, this is not all that unusual.

“Any time a thunderstorm moves over and there’s a little bit of ice,” this phenomenon happens, he said. “For once, we’re having a normal winter precipitation.” He also insisted that it was hail dotting the beach, not snow.

Other parts of California saw weird weather over the weekend as well. In the Bay Area, it hailed in San Jose on Sunday, and even snowed a bit on the hillsides.

Boldt said that weather conditions should warm up by Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Sam Archaga, @SamArchaga
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<![CDATA[Massive Blaze Rages at Pa. Plant]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:08:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/philly-fire-3.gif

Heavy flames and plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles Monday as firefighters battled a massive, explosive fire at a Montgomery County sheet metal plant.

The five-alarm fire began at Trico Metal Products, a sheet metal fabricator business on the 2300 block of Wyandotte Road in Upper Moreland around 5:20 p.m. Officials said there were reports of an explosion prior to the blaze.

A front wall and back wall of the facility collapsed as numerous explosions from overheated compressed gas cylinders inside the plant put responding firefighters at risk.

"There are no hazardous materials or anything that affected the community," said Willow Grove Fire Chief Brian Focht. "However, as a danger to firefighters there were multiple explosions and a building collapse."

The entire building as well as surrounding businesses and homes were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were finally able to bring the flames under control around 8 p.m. The business, which stood for more than 50 years providing sheet metal to manufacturers, was gutted after the fire consumed the roof and all of the first floor. 

The plant is located next to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and caused major backup as well as delays on I-276 in all directions between Exit 339 - PA 309 and Exit 343 - PA 611.

"The Turnpike eastbound is running very slowly between Welsh Road and 611," said NBC10 Photo Journalist Jim Friedman, who was at the scene of the fire. "When I got off the 611 Interchange there were just cars everywhere. There are detours set up all over the place." 

Friedman told NBC10 one of the hydrants was frozen during the fire, making it difficult for firefighters to fight the massive flames. Friedman also took photos of two aerial nozzles, one of which was not working.

Around 900 PECO customers in the area were without power due to the fire. Power was restored to all but 42 of the customers as of 8:45 p.m.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal is investigating but has not yet been able to access the building to determine a cause.


Photo Credit: NBC Philadelphia]]>
<![CDATA[Family Files Suit in Miami Gardens Police-Involved Shooting]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:26:04 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021615+lavall+hall.jpg

The family of a man shot and killed in a police-involved shooting in Miami Gardens has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and police department.

Lawyers for Lavall Hall's family filed the lawsuit Monday.

"In this case we have alleged damages of in excess of $20 million," attorney Bret Rosen said.

Last month, Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, called 911 for help with her son, who was schizophrenic. The mother said she warned police about his mental health issues but the encounter ended with an officer shooting 25-year-old Hall dead.

Police said the officer opened fire after Hall attacked two officers with a broomstick.

Also named in the lawsuit is Stephen Johnson, the former Miami Gardens Police Chief who was fired over the weekend after being caught in a Broward Sheriff's Office prostitution sting.

"What we believe happened is was there was a lack of institutional control," Rosen said. "Miami Gardens Police Department did not have any control over their officers and it stems from the top."

<![CDATA[Dolphins Release Cortland Finnegan]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:51:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_456276236.jpg

Cortland Finnegan joined the list of recent cuts when the Miami Dolphins released the cornerback on Monday.

In his lone season with the Dolphins, Finnegan took part in 12 games. In that time, the 31-year old tallied zero interceptions for the first time in his career as a CB. For the most part, Finnegan was a non-factor for Miami and the team ultimately decided his salary could be better allocated elsewhere.

By releasing Finnegan, who was on a two-year deal, Miami will save $5.48 million which it may put towards improvements going forward. The veteran had signed the contract last off-season during a series of signings by Miami.

This is the third release of a veteran in less than a week for the Dolphins. Last Friday, Miami sent veteran wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson packing in a pair of cuts. 

With these three recent releases, Miami now has nearly $18 million in cap space, according to the Miami Herald.

Prior to signing with the Dolphins, Finnegan played with the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams. Perhaps his best season came in 2008 while with the Titans. In that campaign, Finnegan was named to his one and only Pro Bowl. Finnegan was also First-team All-Pro in that same season.

The Dolphins are likely not done reshaping their roster as the team tries to end a playoff drought that dates back to 2008.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Man Delivers Baby on Road]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:57:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Eisenhower_Baby_Camila_3_2_15_B.jpg

A Chicago man rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital delivered their 8-pound, 1-ounce baby girl on the side of the road after Mom suddenly went into labor in the car en route Monday morning.

Javier Sanchez was headed to McNeil Hospital in Berwyn overnight after his wife started having contractions around 3 a.m. But on his way to the hospital, Sanchez said the family had to exit the Eisenhower Expressway at South Austin Boulevard when the contractions grew faster.

He pulled over in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard and delivered his baby girl.

"I'm on the highway, so I come out," Sanchez said. "I tried to make it to the hospital, but I can't. The baby's come out."

An ambulance met them and took the mother and baby girl to West Suburban Medical Center.

"The call was that mom delivered in the car, she was not finished with the afterbirth process," said Donald Reese, a doctor at West Suburban Medical Center.

Reese said his biggest concern was the newborn's possible exposure to cold during the frigid March morning.

"The baby was only a little cold," he said. "Mom did a wonderful job of keeping her warm."

Camila Sanchez weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Officials say she and her mother are both in good condition.

Photo Credit: West Suburban Medical Center and Westlake Hospital]]>
<![CDATA[Mom of Teen Hurt in Hit and Run Wants Driver to Come Forward]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:11:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030215+dereka+banks.jpg

A Miami teenager is fighting for her life after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend.

Dereka Banks, 18, remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital Monday as her family pleaded for the driver to turn themselves in.

"Why were you driving so fast and hit my daughter?" mother Veronica Banks said.

Banks said her daughter has a broken arm, broken leg, and more concerning swelling on the brain that doctors are trying to control.

"She was asleep, she can open her eyes but she has movements in her hand," Banks said.

The student was hit on Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m. when she was walking near Northwest 13th Avenue and 54th Street. The driver kept going.

"Anybody who knows anything about this situation please come forward," Banks said. "This is a mother who is grieving for her daughter. This is her baby daughter and I shouldn't be going through this by myself. I shouldn't be going through this. I know someone out there has seen what happened to her."

Relatives said Dereka is a high school junior who has already received a college scholarship.

"My daughter is a good student. I don't know why this is going on, I don't know why this happened to her. This shouldn't happen to no one," Veronica Banks said. "My daughter is going to come out of this, I know she will but I just want the one who did this to come forward."

Miami Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Truck Pursuit in SoCal]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/224*120/budget+truck+stolen.jpg

A brazen thief led police on a 60-mile, slow-speed pursuit Monday in a stolen moving truck filled with old junk to be recycled before police spike strips punctured the tires and the driver surrendered peacefully.

The pursuit began on a report of a stolen Budget truck at Sheldon Street and San Fernando Road in Sun Valley, police said. It ended on a freeway transition road near Fontana.

The truck was rented Friday from Budget rentals.

Sharon Pereida said it was filled with used furniture and an old clothes dryer she got from an abandoned storage unit.

The truck was stolen when she had gone to Sun Valley Paper Stock to recycle a load of paper. When she went inside to get her money, the thief took off with the truck. An employee of the recycling company jumped into a car, tried to chase him and reported to police the truck's location.

"I come to the door and Marco, my son, goes running and says, 'They stole our truck,'" she said. "I said, 'No! Never, ever leave your keys, even for a half minute.'

"Luckily nobody lost their life and everything was replaceable."

Pereida said her assistant left her cellphone in the truck — and the thief called her from that cellphone twice but never spoke. Finally he threw the phone out the window.

When he finally made his way onto the northbound 15 near Fontana, the CHP used a spike strip to flatten the truck's tires. He surrendered when police approached the truck with guns drawn and a police dog on a leash.

Pereida said she doesn't care about the belongings inside the truck and is mostly unhappy her assistant lost her cellphone.

The thief, who has not been identified, is behind bars facing a felony evading charge.

Asher Klein contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Mechanic Dies in DFW Airport Mishap]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:52:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AA-OSTANG.jpg

A mechanic who had worked for American Airlines for 30 years died Monday after falling from a jet bridge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

NBC 5 has learned the mechanic was closing and locking the door on a Boeing 767 at about 10:30 a.m. when he somehow slipped and fell about 14 feet from the jet bridge to the ground below.

The plane, sources said, had just been moved from a maintenance hangar to Gate D30.

Emergency responders with the airport treated and transported the man to a hospital, airport officials said.

Transport Workers Union Local 591 identified the man as aircraft maintenance technician Dave Ostang and asked for thoughts and prayers for his family.

American Airlines has confirmed the employee's death, but did not confirm his name or specifics about the incident in a statement released to the media Monday.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to our co-worker's family and friends, and our hearts go out to our entire team of DFW airport and maintenance colleagues. Our focus is on taking care of his family and friends during this difficult time,” the airline said in a statement.

A jet bridge is the elevated gangway used by passengers to walk from the terminal to an airplane.

Ostang was remembered by friends Monday night at a Knights of Columbus meeting he likely would have attended.

“We all have this hole in our heart, this sadness of loss,” said Eric McKuzes, Grand Knight and friend.

Ostang, a father and veteran, was a member of the group for years.

“I just couldn't believe it. I didn't believe it when they told me,” said McKuzes. “As the day goes on, you find out the facts, it’s just sad he’s not here.”

The Knight of Columbus are known for supporting the church and families in need. Now, one of their own families is in need of support.

“That’s what we'll be doing, looking at ways so that we can help his family get through this,” said McKuzes.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda and Katy Blakey contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: www.local591.com]]>
<![CDATA[Dad Gets 4 Years in Prison in Son's Dog Mauling Death]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:50:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/javon+dade+sr+hearing.jpg

A Miami man facing a manslaughter charge in the dog mauling death of a young son will spend four years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal Monday.

Javon Dade Sr., 30, had been facing up to 30 years in prison in the death of 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr., who was mauled to death in his family's backyard in August 2014.

Dade Sr. and his attorney both cried as he accepted the plea deal, as did the child's mother Doreen Reyes.

"It was just a tragic accident and I got very close to Mr. Dade. I very much believe in this matter and so that's what it was," attorney Adam Goodman said.

"I could have never even imagined this happening," Dade Sr. said.

The body of Javon Dade Jr. was found in overgrown grass in the family's back yard after he was reported missing. When Dade Sr. went to check on his son around 9:20 a.m., he wasn't in his bedroom, the report said. Police arrived and found the body in the yard.

In the medical examiner's report, exclusively obtained by NBC 6, it shows the child's face, neck and most of the scalp missing after the dog attack. One dog, Tank, was euthanized after the attack.

"There's no equity when the victim is a 4-year-old mauled in horrible circumstances by a pack of dogs," prosecutor Santiago Aroca said.

Police said Dade Sr. and his girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco, had spent the night and early morning smoking marijuana cigarettes laced with cocaine. Carrasco has also been charged with manslaughter and is awaiting her trial.

Dade Sr. was released Monday and will begin serving his sentence in two weeks.

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[LAPD Body Cam Shooting Video Probed]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/150301-downtown-la-ois-skid-row.jpg

A man shot dead by Los Angeles police had "forcibly" tried to grab for one officer's holstered weapon during the fatal Skid Row struggle captured on body cam video, Los Angeles' police chief said Monday.

A screengrab from one of several witness videos shows that the man, the subject of a 911 call to report a robbery, reached for an officer's waist where his holstered weapon was located Sunday during the altercation before officers shot and killed him, Chief Charlie Beck said at a Monday morning news conference.

The slide of the officer's gun was partly engaged, and its magazine was dislodged, indicating it was part of struggle, Beck said as he displayed pictures of the weapon.

He also said an officer in the video said "He has my gun" several times before three other officers opened fire in what the chief described as a tragedy.

"He forcibly grabbed one of the officers' holstered pistols," Beck said, adding that a round had been partially ejected from the gun's chamber. "This is indicative of a struggle over the weapon.

"This is an extreme tragedy. We feel great compassion in the LAPD for people who live in conditions of homelessness and, often, mental illness with no treatment. We prepare our officers to deal as best we can with them, but the reality is this much more than a problem that police along can solve."

Mayor Eric Garcetti was expected to discuss the case at a 1 p.m. meeting with staff members.

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in Sunday's altercation that led to the fatal shooting were wearing a body cameras, providing police with another video for review in the department investigation, Beck said Monday.

Video from the camera was being obtained Sunday night by the LAPD's special Force Investigative Division, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said Monday morning.

Several witness videos also show the midday shooting that occurred after the victim of the robbery report pointed officers to the man on Skid Row. Officers responding to the robbery report encountered the man in 500 block of South San Pedro Street, outside of the Union Rescue Mission.

The man can be seen on a bystander's video recording swinging his arms as officers approach. The man repeatedly refused to comply with officers' commands and a stun gun had "little effect," Beck said.

"While on the ground, the suspect and officers struggled over one of the officer's handguns and then an officer-involved shooting occurred," the LAPD said in a statement.

Officers first used a stun gun on the man, whose identity was not released early Monday. At least five rounds were fired, police said.

"They struggled with him, they tried to Tase him a couple of times," said Smith. "That was ineffective. Eventually, the struggle occurred where the officers were struggling with the individual over the officer's weapon."

The subject died at the scene. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Video from the Rescue Mission's security camera reveals the man was involved in an earlier altercation with another person some 40 minutes before police arrived.

However vagrants who live in the area believe the police are at least partially responsible for what transpired.

"You can't tell me five officers can't take down one man. What about police training?" One homeless man said,"I think they treated him like they normally treat homeless people on Skid Row, with disrespect, with harassment."

It was not immediately clear whether the body camera video would be released. In December, the city announced it would purchase 7,000 of the cameras, worn on the front of an officer's uniform. The announcement was an expansion to the existing pilot program that provided 600 body cameras through private donations.

Police also plan to interview witnesses and have asked others with video to come forward. LAPD also has contacted Union Rescue Mission to determine whether its camera system captured the shooting.

President Barack Obama announced late last year that he wants $263 million in federal funds to go toward training police officers and buying body cameras. The request came in the wake of protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old black man, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gadi Schwartz contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC/KVEA]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Teens Find Teacher Hanging]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:26:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/199*120/3-2-15-jillian+jacobson.jpg

Crisis counselors were called to an Orange County high school Monday morning after a group of students discovered their teacher hanged herself inside a locked classroom, officials said.

The students at El Dorado High School in Placentia found the photography teacher, 31-year-old Jillian Jacobson, about 8:30 a.m., Placentia police said.

The students arrived before school started to find the classroom door locked, Placentia Police Lt. Eric Point said. They got a teacher to unlock the door, when they then found the woman inside.

"She was just really involved in her students' lives," student Lacie Urquhart said. "She would ask everybody how their weekend was. If you were down, she would try to help you. She was just a very kind, loving person."

Jacobson worked at the high school since 2008, and she taught art camp during summer at Cal State Fullerton.

Parents of students at the school told NBC4 Jacobson, a wife who lived in Anaheim, had empathy for her students because her own father committed suicide.

The district sent crisis counselors to the school to comfort the students and staff and provide support, and they will remain available through the week.

Point said the students from her class were sent home for the day.

Photo Credit: El Dorado High School]]>
<![CDATA["Nothing Gloomy": Sen. Barbara Mikulski in Her Own Words]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:54:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/milkulski-AP120716033168.jpg

She is known as the dean of the Senate among her women colleagues. She is often described as feisty.

And after she became the chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, The New York Times reported that although her predecessors were loved and respected, she was feared.

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congress, announced that she would retire when her term ends in January 2017.

The Maryland Democrat became a senator in 1987 after 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, was the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee and was the first woman to head it.

Mikulski has long had a reputation for being blunt. Here are some of her memorable comments:

In January 2014, announcing a bipartisan appropriations bill, Mikulski said the process involved no "cute and funnies," according to U.S. News and World Report.

"This wasn’t kind of fun and Kumbaya," she said. "This was hard work."

Of women who are strong and persistent, she told the same publication: "Men fear us, but that is the way they talked about their mothers when they said 'clean up your room.' We said 'clean up your act, it is time we do something to help the American people.'"

In August 2013, The New York Times described a reporter calling out "Madame Chairwoman" as he tried to keep up with her in a hallway.

"That's right, 'Madame Chairwoman.' I like it," she said without stopping.

In July of that year, Mikulski halted a hearing when a BuzzFeed reporter, Rosie Gray, tweeted that she was trying to keep other senators from asking the director of the National Security Agency about the agency's data mining programs, The Times also reported.

"There is no attempt here to muzzle, stifle any senator from asking any line of question," she responded to the tweet.

"So, Rosie, it's an open hearing. Hi, look forward to keeping in touch."

"OMG WHAT IS GOING ON," Gray then tweeted.

"@SenatorBarb, call me!"

In 2013, Slate reported that when Republicans tried to encourage the rumor that Mikulski was gay, she denied it. She joked to Bob Shrum, who was working for her campaign: "There was no Ted Kennedy who ever asked me out."

Senate Republicans in 2013 blocked a bill she had sponsored aimed at tightening a law that made it illegal to pay women less than men for comparable jobs.

"When I hear all these phony reasons, some are mean and some are meaningless, I do get emotional," Mikulski said of arguments against the legislation. "I get angry. I get outraged. I get volcanic."

When she first ran for the U.S. Senate, she was told she did not look like a senator.

"A lot of Americans, black or white or female, are always told that they don’t look the part," she said, according to Time magazine. "It’s one of the oldest code words.”

In her comments about her retirement on Monday, she reassured listeners about her decision.

"I want the people of Maryland to know there is nothing gloomy about this announcement," she said. "There's no health problem; I'm not frustrated with the Senate. The Senate will always be what the Senate is."

Torey Van Oot contributed to this article.

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<![CDATA[Small Plane Crashes in Palm Beach County]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:57:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/planecrashpbc.jpg

Two people were killed when their small plane crashed in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County Monday, officials said.

The single-engine plane went down just before 1 p.m. in a marsh area near Lee Road and State Road 7 in Boynton Beach, and sheriff's officials responded, fire officials said.

The plane had taken off from Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport with two people on board, FAA officials said.

Two bodies were found at the crash scene, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue later confirmed in a tweet. The victims haven't been identified.

Footage showed firefighters at the scene spraying water on the wreckage. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials were also at the scene.

The FAA and NTSB have been notified, fire rescue officials said.

No further details were immediately available.

<![CDATA[Yahoo! Turns 20 With a Yodel]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:29:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/163*120/AP97030303425_YahooFilo.jpg

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, and the employees — and the Nasdaq bell in New York — are yodeling for joy.

"We're thrilled," CFO Ken Goldman said before the Nasdaq yodeled, not rang, before the opening bell, a first on the New York stock exchange floor, according to Yahoo.

He said the Silicon Valley company has come a long way since being house in a construction trailer on the campus of Stanford University, saying it's now a "global tech company" with more than 1 billion customers.

It was in 1994 that Jerry Yang and David Filo, two Stanford University electrical engineers debuted "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web," according to — where else? — but Yahoo News.

In its first iteration, the site was a directory other pages on the web, organized in a hierarchy.

The pair renamed it Yahoo, an acronym for, "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle," and on March 2, 1995, it was incorporated. The search engine is no long the leader in search engine capability or email. But it does have a growing news site, and it’s now headed by CEO Marissa Mayer.

To mark the #YodelOn festivites, a customized Yahoo Y20 animation took over the Nasdaq billboard in New York Times Square, and in San Francisco, City Hall will light up in the company's favorite color: purple.

At lunchtime, Yahoo employees will link up online to try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous yodel.

Click here to see what 20 Internet words didn't exist before Yahoo launched.

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<![CDATA[Low Cost Rabies Clinic in Oakland Park]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:16:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/95572844.jpg

This Saturday, Broward County's Animal Care and Adoption will host a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Easterlin Park in Oakland Park.

Pet owners may come to the park, located at 1000 Northwest 38th Street and have their dog or cat vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County Rabies Registration tag.

The price for the tag and a one-year rabies vaccination will be $25 for dogs and cats that are spayed/neutered and $35 for pets that are not.

Microchips will also be available for $15.

The event is open to Broward County residents only. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be kept in carriers. Debit/credit cards are preferred, but cash will also be accepted.

For more information, visit the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption website.

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<![CDATA[Last-Minute Tsarnaev Hearing]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:27:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP893081903628.jpg

With jury selection in the marathon bombing trial wrapping up and opening statements scheduled for Wednesday, the judge and attorneys tried to hash out some potentially important pending motions Monday.

In one of them, prosecutors argued the defense should not be allowed to present mitigating factors during the first phase, or the guilt phase, of the trial.

"If there’s a particular piece of evidence that the judge feels doesn’t go to that aspect of duress and is simply being offered to show what a nice guy he is, or what a good kid he was before this ever happened then the judge will exercise his discretion to exclude that piece of evidence," said necn legal editor Randy Chapman.

Chapman says Judge O’Toole likely reserved judgment on this so he could rule on it in a case-by-case manner.

The judge also didn’t rule on a defense motion to prevent the prosecution from cutting panels out the boat Tsarnaev allegedly hid in during the Watertown manhunt, showing writings he made that the prosecution alleges amount to a confession.

The defense says the boat should be kept intact and the jury can view the whole boat either outside court or in a warehouse somewhere, but to cut it up would be prejudicial.

"Simply because the boat happens to be extraordinarily large doesn’t mean that 1) the jury’s not able to see it, and 2) that it can’t be broken down into a format that will allow it to be introduced at least in part as to evidence," Chapman said.

The group of 70 provisionally qualified jurors will be back at court Tuesday, when attorneys will use peremptory challenges to whittle the group down to 12 jurors and six alternates. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Weather: Warm, Sunny Monday]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:33:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017112563_1200x675_406357059967.jpg Some early clouds are giving way to sunshine this Monday morning. Ryan Phillips says it's going to be a warm, pleasant day with temperatures in the low 80's.]]>