<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 28 Jun 2016 23:54:36 -0400Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:54:36 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Claims Entrapment in Arrest by BSO]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+Louis+Hilaire.jpg

A hearing was held Tuesday for a man who says he was a victim of entrapment by the Broward Sheriff's Office after his arrest during a sting operation.

Louis Hilaire, 25, was arrested a few months ago by BSO deputies for burglary, grand theft, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a weapon.

But according to his attorney he was set up by the BSO.

"They manufacture the entire scenario. It’s been illegal under Florida law since 1902 as we cited to the court to do what they did," attorney Kevin Kulik said.

According to court documents Hilaire, who had a previous record of attempted robbery, was recently contacted by an ex-girlfriend who was working as an informant for the sheriff’s office.

She asked him to participate in a scam at a local hotel stealing cash, jewelry and a safe with a loaded gun inside, the documents said. In court, Hilaire said he refused to participate in the crime when asked at least 10 times on separate occasions.

But according to court records his ex pleaded with him to please help her out and eventually he did. The court Records also explained what happened the day of the crime.

"The housekeeper then told Hilaire how to crack the safe, which contained a gun and handed him a key to the hotel room. Hilaire stole the goods and then the cops converged. The housekeeper, it turns out was a cop, and the entire ordeal was a sting," the documents read.

Hilaire’s attorney also claims race played a role in this and said that Hilaire’s arrest was part of many arrests done in the same fashion.

"Even according to the prosecutors 20 out of 21 were minorities," Kulik said.

A BSO detective who needs to remain anonymous testified Tuesday and adamantly argued that race played absolutely no factor in the arrest of Hilaire or any others. The prosecuting attorney also made sure to point out that no one ever made Hilaire walk into the hotel and steal the goods, that was a decision he made.

A decision in the case is expected to be made in August.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday in Style]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+mazie+ford.jpg

If you didn't notice the candles on the cake, you'd think Mazie Ford was elderly, but not 110 years old.

"I was born in Philadelphia," Ford told NBC 6. "1906."

Ford, who now calls South Florida home, is older than sliced bread, which was invented in 1928. She's still spry and she's still sharp.

"Five, four people here, three out of four always ask me 'what's your secret?' and you know what I tell them? If I knew I'd be a millionaire, I'd write a book and tell them my secret, sell the book, I don't know," she said.

Ford got married at age 16, she's had two husbands, two children, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. That's a lot of great in one person.

"I had a wonderful life, we had our little ups and downs, I had two wonderful children, thank God they never gave me trouble, police never came to my door," she said.

She took up a new hubby 10 years ago, when she was a youthful 100, knitting bags and infant caps to give away at Memorial Hospital.

As we celebrate her birthday, what's really remarkable is when you think about all the advancements human kind has made in her lifetime. Radio, television, antibiotics, computers, aviation, space exploration, the entire automobile industry.

Ford says she stopped driving at about age 102 or 105, and said her husband used to drive a Model-T.

But when asked what's the most incredible thing she's ever seen in her lifetime, she says it's her own kids.



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<![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Child Porn]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:25:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

Former "Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year. He must also register as a sex offender in New York. 

Alexander, 52, was arrested last summer in Westchester County after officials found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at his Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, authorities have said. 

Alexander pleaded guilty in January to one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

Alexander has directed nearly three dozen episodes of "Law and Order" since the mid-1990s. He is also known for his work on "Rescue Me" and "Carry Me Home." He and his wife have three children.



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<![CDATA[Passengers From Istanbul Learn of Attack on Way to Miami]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+turkish+airlines+miami+international+airport.jpg

Passengers aboard a Turkish Airways flight from Istanbul to Miami described the moments of shock once they realized the airport they departed from was the scene of yet another deadly attack Tuesday.

"We had live TV on the flight so I was able to watch CNN and BBC," Turkish traveler Corey Erman said. "So really the last three hours of the flight we were just watching to see what was going on. It's terrible."

At least three dozen people were killed in explosions at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, in what officials said appeared to be a coordinated terror attack.

"Seeing it and realizing we just left that airport eight hours ago, it was a little unnerving," Harry Rogge said.

Travelers say when they landed at Miami International Airport, security was tight before even stepping off of the aircraft.

"Just to get off the plane onto the ramp we had to show passports and they must of had about 8 or 10 officers, a bomb sniffing dog, they were checking everybody," Rogge said.

At the departures terminal, people waited in line hoping for an answer to make it safely to their final destination. Others, however, changed their travel plans altogether.

"We were meant to visit family members in Istanbul, but we have changed our plans. I have family in Hungary so we'll just head on over to Budapest," traveler Shari Little said.

"It does make me very nervous, very nervous," David Williams said. "I'm not sure if I want to travel today."

"I'm really speechless, I'm really worried, and I don't know why anything is happening and I don't know when it's all going to end," Ceylan Duru Can said.



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<![CDATA[Heat Working on Extension With Erik Spoelstra: Report]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509271648.jpg

The Miami Heat are closing in on a contract extension with head coach Erik Spoelstra, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

Spoelstra is currently set to enter the 2016-17 season in the final year of his contract. This would make Spoelstra a "lame duck" which is something most professional sports teams look to avoid.

Since taking over as head coach, Spoelstra has led Miami to a 399-241 record in his eight seasons. Spoelstra has dealt with adversity and with numerous roster changes along the way. Even with a star-studded roster, Spoelstra's decision making at times played a role in Miami's championships.

If Miami fails to extend Spoelstra, he would enter next year as a free-agent coach. With a high success rate and two titles under his belt, Spoelstra would likely generate tremendous interest in the market. The Heat apparently want to avoid this scenario and have Spoelstra locked in for years to come.

Spoelstra is 45 and the Heat has led Miami to the NBA finals four times. His time in Miami only trails Gregg Popovich for the longest active tenure as far as NBA coaches go. Like Popovich, Spoelstra has not only had great success but has also earned the respect of his front office.

The Heat should be active in the free-agent market which is mere days away from opening up. Spoelstra could see a number of new names on his bench next season, and a return to the NBA finals is a likely expectation.



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<![CDATA['Emaciated' Child Leads to Arrest of Parents]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:50:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-GettyImages-141810855.jpg

An Indiana couple was arrested Tuesday — two years after police removed their "extremely emaciated" 12-year-old from their home, NBC News Reported.

The child weighed just 23 pounds at the time and was disabled, said Sheriff Terry Risner of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

"This was their child," Risner told NBC News. "We're staying gender neutral for the sake of the victim. This is a small community."

Jay Rupert, 50, and his wife Tabitha, 41, were each charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent, Risner said.

The state Department of Children and Family Services removed the child in June 2014 from the couple's residence in Rensselaer, Indiana.

According to Risner the child was diagnosed with a non-curable brain disorder that requires constant care. The child also never received formal schooling by enrollment or home school, Risner said.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Miami Gardens]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:45:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/200*120/062816+miami+gardens+driveby+shooting.jpg

A drive by shooting overnight in Miami Gardens killed two men and sent another to the hospital while police continue to search for those involved in pulling the trigger.

Major Ralph Suarez from the Miami Gardens Police Department told NBC 6 that a call was placed shortly after midnight Tuesday of shots being fired near the area of NW 168th Street and 24th Court. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle with multiple bullet holes in it.

One passenger, 16-year-old Jemmelle Raymond, died at the scene. Another victim, 18-year-old Dre'quan Burnett, was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. A third victim is listed in stable condition at a local hospital. There has also been no description given of a suspected shooter or the vehicle used.

"It looks more like a gang retaliation shooting than anything else," said Maj. Suarez.

Those in the neighborhood are growing frustrated with the continuing violence.

"I'm so sick of these people you know killing up each other," said Inez Harris, who watched as her front yard became a crime scene. "It's stupid, it's really stupid. I don't know what's going on now."

Police said Jemelle Raymond's brother, 18-year-old Tremmelle Raymond Jr., was shot and killed in Liberty City on June 1.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-1454.

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<![CDATA[Home Invader Beaten With Own Weapon]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:57:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+noah+dasset+mug+shot.jpg

A home invasion suspect got quite the surprise when the homeowners turned the tables and beat him with his own weapon.

According to Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA, 33-year-old Noah Dassat, a native of California, broke into a home near North Port. After Dassat struck the man of the house with a baseball bat, that victim was able to put Dassat into a bear hug, which allowed the man’s wife to grab that bat and beat the suspect with it.

Dassat was able to get away, but was later arrested after a local hospital notified police a man with a head injury and using a fake name matched the description of the home invader.

Police said that three children were inside the home at the time of the attack, but none were hurt.

Dassat is being held in the Charlotte County jail without bond. It's not known if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Tigers Post Seven Runs in Fifth to Beat Marlins]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5387053121.jpg

The Detroit Tigers used one long inning on Tuesday to beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 at Comerica Park.

Leading 3-0 at the time, Miami allowed seven runs to Detroit in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Tigers hit three home runs during the productive inning that ended Adam Conley's day early.

Conley started the game with six strikeouts in two innings in what looked like it could be a historic appearance. The lefty ended up with nine strikeouts in all and only lasted 4.1 innings. Detroit posted five runs off Conley in the aforementioned fifth inning and made him work.

Despite the fact he didn't make it out of the fifth, Conley still threw 92 pitches. Conley's high pitch count was due to the career-high tying nine punch-outs as well as three walks. It was an inefficient outing and one that forced manager Don Mattingly to tax his bullpen.

Giancarlo Stanton had a great day with three hits including his 15th home run of the season. Stanton has rebounded from a long slump with a hot stretch as of late. The outfielder had three runs batted in and a run scored in the loss.

Ichiro Suzuki continued his pursuit of 3,000 career hits with a two-hit day. Suzuki is now only 14 hits away from the historic mark.

Tom Koehler will get the ball on Wednesday as Miami wraps up the quick two-game series in Detroit.



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<![CDATA[Cuban Migrant Accused of Swinging Machete at CBP Officer]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:33:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+cuban+migrants+dania+beach+hollywood+beach.jpg

One of the 11 Cuban migrants who came ashore at Hollywood Beach over the weekend has been arrested for swinging a machete at a federal officer during the encounter, court records showed.

Lazaro Mora Gutierrez is charged with assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon in the Saturday incident, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, Gutierrez and 10 other migrants were on a homemade vessel that was close to shore near the Dania Beach Pier Saturday evening. When agents with Customs and Border Protection got to the boat, they found the Cubans armed with knives, machetes and other weapons, the complaint said.

The migrants became agitated and made threatening gestures at the agents with the weapons, and one of them stabbed himself with a knife, the complaint said. One of them threw a machete at an officer, missing but hitting a CBP boat. That migrant was shot with a pepper ball launcher, the complaint said.

During the incident, Gutierrez began wrestling with another migrant while appearing to attempt to stab himself, the complaint said. At one point, he took multiple swings at an officer with a machete, the complaint said.

Once their vessel got near land, the migrants jumped off and ran toward the beach. When Gutierrez got off the boat holding a knife he was shot with bean bag rounds and taken into custody, the complaint said.

Five of the men, including Gutierrez, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

One of the migrants, Yoandy Alonoso Figueredo, told NBC 6 the trip lasted eight days and the group went without food and water for four.

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<![CDATA[Thief Who Stole Rifles, Handgun From Car Arrested: Miami PD]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:36:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061516+rifles+theft.jpg

Miami Police say they've arrested a man who stole two AR-15 rifles and a handgun during a burglary earlier this month.

Robert Patterson, 30, was charged with three counts of grand theft, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of armed burglary in the June 12 incident, police said.

Patterson remained behind bars Tuesday without bond, jail records showed. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Police said the suspect made his way into the staircase of a high-rise condominium located at 1050 Brickell Avenue, where he broke into and stole from the inside of a 2016 Black Mercedes Benz E 400 that was parked on the seventh floor of the building's parking garage.

The high-rise's surveillance equipment captured the burglar's face on camera.

Records showed Patterson has been arrested for grand theft and burglary in the past.



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<![CDATA[Man's Body Found in Fort Lauderdale Alleyway]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:46:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+fort+lauderdale+man+killed.jpg

Police are investigating after a man was found killed in Fort Lauderdale early Tuesday.

The man's body was found in an alleyway behind 701 West Broward Boulevard just after 6 a.m., Fort Lauderdale Police said.

Investigators are working to identify man. Police haven't said how the man died and added that the circumstances surrounding the incident are still being determined but said it's considered a homicide.

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



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<![CDATA[Miami Gardens Police Chief Arrests Fleeing Fraud Suspect]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:18:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+miami+gardens+police+chief+arrest.jpg

A man who allegedly tried to use a fraudulent credit card to make a pricey purchase at a Miami Gardens electronics store was busted by the city's top cop.

Police Chief Antonio Brooklen happened to be in the BrandsMart USA store on June 16 when the man, 26-year-old Alvaro Miranda Acosta, tried to use a card with someone else's name to buy an Apple computer, officials said.

Brooklen, who visits stores in the city as part of a community initiative, chased down and arrested Acosta, who took a swipe at him and tried to flee, officials said. Store surveillance video showed Brooklen tackling the suspect to the ground.

"I'm looking at him like 'I can't let him get away, I have a reputation, if I let him get away I'm never gonna hear the end of it,'" Brooklen said. "It was like trying to hold onto a wet fish, he was just slipping away."

Brooklen said he couldn't remember the last time he made an arrest but said he was happy to get his man this time.

"I'm sitting there saying 'how can I ask for help and do these things when I'm not willing to do it myself,' and that's why I was so eager to make sure I got this person into custody," he said.

The suspect faces charges including fraud and battery on a police officer.

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<![CDATA[Airport Attack Is Another Strike on a 'Soft Target']]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:10:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/turkGetty-543491412.jpg

It's the type of scenario security experts dread: attackers blending in with the crowd at public places to carry out acts of mass murder.

That scenario appears to have played out again Tuesday, this time at an Istanbul airport. 

The ability to defend "soft targets" — places where it's relatively easy for a small group of terrorists to cause widespread and deadly devastation — remains elusive.

In the U.S., security officials and experts have long worried that these types of places are extremely vulnerable.

"If you have a determined terrorist who is willing to give up their life … it's almost impossible to prevent that across the board," John Pistole, a former administrator with the Transportation Security Administration, told NBC News in March.



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<![CDATA[Panic After Explosions at Istanbul Airport: Witnesses]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:17:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/543492792-ataturk-airport-bombing.jpg

Hundreds of panicked people scrambled for safety Tuesday night as gunfire and at least two explosions echoed through one of Turkey's main airports, NBC News reported, citing witnesses.

A man who works for a contractor at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul told NBC News he saw three suicide bombers.

The man, who identified himself as Omar, said he heard an explosion and then saw police dive onto a man who then blew himself up.

People then tried to stop another person who appeared to be wearing explosives.



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<![CDATA[Competency Hearing for Mom Accused of Killing Kids in Miramar]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:10:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+sophia+hines.jpg

A mother accused of killing her two children in Miramar appeared in court Tuesday as attorneys argue whether she is competent to go to trial for murder.

Police say 40-year-old Sophia Hines smothered her two children with a bedsheet on June 8 inside a Miramar home. She faces two murder charges.

A psychologist told a judge Tuesday that Hines suffers from severe post-partum depression.

"It's a severe condition where she doesn't care about things people normally care about, she has very sad emotions, a loss of pleasure in things she used to enjoy," Dr. Michael G. Simonds said.

Hines was visiting Miramar from Philadelphia when her 3-year-old daughter Ariel and 8-month-old son St. Leo were found dead. Defense attorneys argued Hines is catatonic and has been on suicide watch since her arrest.

The state is countering these claims, saying Hines has been able to respond to interviews and questions whether she is faking her condition.

More witnesses will take the stand Wednesday. A decision in the competency hearing is expected later this week.



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<![CDATA[New Video Shows 2014 Shooting at Homestead Bar]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:18:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+grumpys+shooting+homestead.jpg

New video shows the frantic moments a suspect shot up a Homestead bar more than two years ago, as the man charged in the shooting prepares to head to trial in the attempted murder case.

Leon Hillman, 38, is facing three attempted murder charges in the June 2014 shooting at Grumpy's Bar on Southwest 152nd Avenue.

The video, released by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, shows the gunman run up to the bar with a rifle. The gun appears to jam as he shoots three people, scattering the bar's patrons. Three people were injured in the shooting.

But Hillman's attorney, Alex Michael, says police got the wrong man, and says the fact that Hillman was granted bond shows how weak the case against him is.

"No. the video does not put my client there. We disagree on that. I saw the video, I don't think it's my client. Looks like him, similar, but I don't think you see his face very clear," Michael said.

The trial is scheduled to begin next month.

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<![CDATA[No Bond for Man Charged in Corrections Officer Shooting]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:32:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+patrick+sullivan.jpg

A man accused of shooting an off-duty correctional officer outside his Miami-Dade home will remain behind bars ahead of his trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Patrick Sullivan, 22, is accused of shooting Juan Guellmes during the August 2014 robbery on Southwest 146th Street.

Prosecutors say Guellmes was working on his car on a warm summer evening two years ago when he was approached by Sullivan, who demanded his chain.

Sullivan claims he wasn't the one who robbed and shot the victim four times. His defense attorney says prosecutors don't have any physical evidence to prove Sullivan was the shooter.

"No shell casing were ever found even though Mr. Guellmes indicated that the firearm in question was a semi automatic," defense attorney Tony Moss said.

Prosecutors said that's because Sullivan came back to the crime scene and picked up the shell casings from the gun he had just fired. Sullivan's crime history dates back to his teens.

Sullivan has been in jail with no bond since his arrest and now he'll stay there until the trial starts. The criminal trial is set to start on July 25th.



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<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg

President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.

"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.

Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.

"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."

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<![CDATA[Body Found Off Palmetto Expressway: Miami Gardens Police]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:33:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+body+palmetto+expressway+miami+gardens.jpg

Police were investigating after a body was found in a wooded area off the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Gardens Tuesday.

The body was found off the Palmetto near Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami Gardens Police said. Police didn't give any other details.

Footage showed officers and detectives scouring the area earlier Tuesday. It's believed that public works department crews discovered the body but police haven't confirmed that detail.

The discovery and investigation impacted traffic in the area, with some of the eastbound lanes of the Palmetto closed down.



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<![CDATA[Gucci Employee Accused of Grand Theft: Police]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:20:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bernadine+francis.jpg

An employee at the Gucci store in Bal Harbor was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the store.

Bernadine Elthea Francis, 33, was was an employee at the Gucci Boutique located at 9700 Collins Avenue in the Bal Harbour Shops Mall. Francis allegedly processed 13 fraudulent refunds using false receipts, police say.

According to Bal Harbour Police, the total amount of cash stolen by Francis using false refund receipts from the store, totaled $4,591.01.

Francis is charged with six counts of grand theft, 13 counts of receipts fraudulently obtained, and seven counts of petit theft. Her bond has been set at $6,500.

The police report does not indicate if Francis has hired an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Orlando Club Massacre: 911 Logs Tell Story of Horror]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:59:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-539631606.jpg

Police released logs from the Orlando massacre on Tuesday, providing a narrative of the horror inside the Pulse nightclub on June 12.

The document includes the notes that 911 dispatchers took on what callers were telling them and what officers were saying over their radios over the course of three hours, NBC News reported. The timeline begins with "Shots fired" entry at 2:02 a.m.

Note after note laid bare the fear, panic and carnage that filled the club where 49 victims were killed before gunman Omar Mateen was shot dead by police. In the first few minutes, dispatchers could hear gunfire, cries for help, and heartbreaking silence. As clubgoers ran for their lives to various corners of the building, calls came in from restrooms, the kitchen, an office. 

The entry at 5:15 a.m. ET, "Subj down" marks the end of the bloodshed.



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<![CDATA[The Healers: Afghan Hospital Labors Amid Civil War]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:38:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan_Hospital.jpg

A pregnant woman shot in the face by errant gunfire. An elderly man riddled with rifle rounds. Boys and girls ripped apart by rocket propelled grenades.

Afghanistan’s civilians are being injured and killed in greater numbers now than any time since the beginning of the U.S.-led war in late 2001. It's the result of fighting between the Taliban and government security forces, which has escalated since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. 

The Emergency Surgical Center in Kabul is where many of wounded come to heal, often from villages and towns across the provinces surrounding the capital. Their injuries are often similar: a bullet or shard of hot metal has torn through the bodies, piercing internal organs, breaking bones, destroying limbs.

For two months last fall, photographer Victor J. Blue documented the latest fighting season’s toll. Click through to see those images (WARNING: Some images are graphic).



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<![CDATA[Upside Down Sea Turtle Rescued, Released]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/sea+turtle+1.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Pat Summitt's Storied Coaching Career in Photos]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73800271.jpg

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<![CDATA[Broward County Encouraging Fireworks Safety During Holiday]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:46:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-fireworks-16.jpg

This weekend, South Florida residents will be celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday with parties, barbeques and fireworks.

One South Florida law enforcement agency is trying to make sure that people party safely, especially when it comes to when it comes to understanding the dangers of fireworks.

Broward Fire Rescue and the BSO Bomb Squad gave members of the media a chance Tuesday to see those dangers firsthand. Officials showed how the improper use of both illegal fireworks and legal sparklers can cause damage to the person lighting them or those around.

“If you want to see fireworks, it’s best left to the professionals,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “The last thing we want to see is a child burned by a sparkler, someone lose fingers, or worse, from fireworks.”

Every year, an average of 20,000 fires are started from firework accidents. Sparklers can reach a temperature of nearly 1,200 Fahrenheit, which can cause third degree burns and permanent disfigurement.

In the state of Florida, any item that flies or makes an explosion is considered illegal. Both state and local Fire Marshals are doing routine searches of roadside stands to make sure illegal fireworks aren’t sold.



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<![CDATA[NFL Coach Buddy Ryan Dies at 82]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:48:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Buddy+Ryan.png

Longtime NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died of cancer at the age of 82 Tuesday morning, according to NFL.com.

During his 35-year career, James David "Buddy" Ryan was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals and the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers.

After playing college football at Oklahoma A&M University, Ryan accepted his first coaching job at Gainesville High School in Texas. He also spent one year as athletic director at a high school in Marshall, Texas.

From 1961 to 1965, Ryan was a defensive line coach for the University of Buffalo before moving on to the New York Jets, where he won his first Super Bowl ring.

Ryan kept the same position for two years with the Minnesota Vikings, where his "Purple People Eaters" terrorized opposing quarterbacks.

The Chicago Bears named Ryan defensive coordinator in 1978. After a few years in Chicago, Ryan perfected the "46 Defense," which carried the Bears to a Super Bowl win following the 1985 season. That Bears defense is widely considered to be the greatest in NFL history.

Ryan's success with the Bears turned into a head coaching opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986. He was fired after going 43-38-1 in five seasons, including an 0-3 playoff record.

The Houston Oilers brought Ryan on as defensive coordinator in 1993. He only lasted one year there, though, and is most famous for punching his team's offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on the sideline during a game.

Ryan's final NFL job was to serve as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, where he amassed a 12-20 record in two seasons.

Ryan's twin sons Rex and Rob, the head coach and assistant head coach of the Buffalo Bills, respectively, also have spent decades coaching in the NFL.



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<![CDATA[Stocks Rise for 1st Time Since Brexit Vote]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:32:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wall-street1.jpg

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday following gains overseas, rebounding after a sharp two-day sell-off on the surprise U.K. "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded up about 140 points in the early afternoon after opening more than 200 points higher. 

"We're still very much in reaction mode right now for U.S. equities," said Jeremy Klein, chief market strategist at FBN Securities.

U.S. crude oil futures held more than 1.5 percent higher, just above $47 a barrel.

In the last two trading days, global markets have lost a record $3.0 trillion, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices.



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<![CDATA[Formal Search Ended For Man Who Pointed Gun at Miami Cop]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:07:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/200*120/062816+miami+police+active+scene.jpg

Miami Police have ended their formal search and reopened a section in Little Havana after looking for a man they say pointed a gun at an officer early Tuesday morning.

The incident took place along SW 10th Avenue and 5th Street around 3 AM. Officials say two officers noticed a man looking suspicious as he was wearing no shirt but had a bulge under his arm.

After approaching the man, he dropped what was a handgun wrapped in a shirt.

While being pat down by officers, the man pushed away and pulled out another weapon and pointed it at the officers before running away.

The man in question is described as a White male, possibly Hispanic, in his early 40's. He was wearing no shirt and dark colored pants at the time. 

Residents in the area are asked to be on the lookout and anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Businessman Denies Strip Club Coming to Miami Beach]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062716+Akinyele+Adams.jpg

A man with ties to a popular south Florida strip club says he won't be bringing a second location to Miami Beach.

Akinyele Adams came to a meeting held by residents in Miami Beach Monday, but it was a guest-list only meeting.

The location in question is 1330 Ocean Drive. Last week, the city attorney informed commissioners and the mayor that he received notification of an individual that has acquired the naming rights for the King of Diamonds strip club, and intends on opening some type of business establishment at the location.

Adams, who was once a manager at the strip club, says the new business will be a soul food restaurant and calls any sort of backlash "a modern day lynching because it is a black-owned establishment."

"Residents were under the influence that we were going to do a strip club with nudity or something like that but we're not doing no type of nudity, we just want to be like every other restaurant out here that's gonna have beautiful people, beautiful food," he said.

Residents say they are concerned this new business could be a similar establishment to King of Diamonds, although the city manager told NBC 6 it is illegal to open an adult entertainment nightclub on Miami Beach.

"My gut tells me, and of course I could be wrong, that this place is going to open, they may be restricted on serving alcohol, or the women will have to wear pasties but if it is in fact a possibility, my experience is the place will open," resident Mitch Novick said.

Adams says he will do everything by the book.



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<![CDATA[Man Found Guilty in Killing of Former Rothstein Partner]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:41:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062716+tony+villegas.jpg

A South Florida man accused of killing a former law partner of notorious Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein was found guilty Monday.

Tony Villegas was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Lewis and was given a mandatory life sentence. It took jurors less than two hours to convict him.

Villegas, 52, was arrested in 2008 and charged with the death of Lewis, the best friend of Villegas’ now ex-wife Debra, who was the COO of the now defunct law firm.

Prosecutors and investigators do not believe that the murder had anything to do with the $1.6 billion scheme, but that Villegas blamed Lewis for the breakup of his marriage.

Villegas' attorney, Bruce Fleisher, said he thinks Rothstein may be connected.

"Mr. Rothstein was fraternal order of police counsel for the Plantation Police Department, he represented them personally and there are other shall we say Rothstein tentacles connected to this case that we were not permitted to go into," he said.

Lewis was found dead in a canal near Plantation after her SUV was found nearby. Investigators said a struggle took place inside her garage, using DNA and pings from her cell phone to allegedly connect Villegas to the crime.

Villegas was declared incompetent to stand trial in 2010 and avoided a trial until he was cleared by the state.

"I was extremely proud of her, the whole family was proud of her, she was going to be the next matriarch in the family and she was just taken away just like that," Lewis' mother, Lisa La Pointe, said after Monday's hearing.

Debra Villegas, who has been released following a federal prison term for her role in the Ponzi scheme, took the stand during the trial. She also spoke after the verdict.

"Instead of thinking about Melissa, thinking about this day, when is it going to come, it has come and gone now so now when we think about Melissa we can think about Melissa," she said.



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