<![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, 04 Oct 2015 01:12:19 -0400 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:12:19 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Fights Back in Miami Home Invasion: Police]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1002+home+invasion+miami.jpg

Miami Police are investigating a home invasion and beating that occurred Friday evening in the 3100 block of Northwest 15th Street.

According to investigators, the victim was home alone with the front door open as she prepared for dinner. She was approached by an unknown man who entered her home and demanded money and jewelry.

Police said the woman, in fear, gave the burglar money from inside her purse, but as she turned away to give him the rest of her belongings, he kicked her dog. She armed herself with a knife and stabbed the burglar.

The suspect then struck her over the head and a struggled ensued. Police said the woman dropped to the ground and loss consciousness. The suspect fled the scene.

Police received the call once the victim regained consciousness. Detectives believe the call was received an hour after the incident occurred.

The victim was treated and released on the scene by Miami Fire Rescue for minor bumps and bruises.

The suspect is described as a possible Hispanic man.

If you have any information about this case, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Officials: Oregon College Shooter Died of Apparent Suicide]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:34:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_51415249853.jpg

The man armed with several guns who walked into a Thursday morning writing class at a rural Oregon community college and fatally shot nine people, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, speaking at a news conference Saturday, said the medical examiner's office has determined the cause of death as suicide.

Officials initially said the shooter, identified as 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer, was killed during a shoot out with officers responding to the Umpqua Community College campus. The worst mass shooting in Oregon history also injured nine people.

Hanlin also revealed an additional gun was found at the apartment Harper-Mercer shared with his mother, bringing the total number of weapons seized to 14. 

Harper-Mercer was armed with a 9mm Glock pistol and .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives incident report obtained by The Associated Press.

Mercer also had a .40-caliber Taurus pistol traced to someone in Portland and a .556-caliber Del-Ton.

ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Celine Nunez announced Friday at a news conference that six weapons were recovered at the college campus and an additional seven were found at the shooter's home.

Nunez said the firearms were purchased legally by the shooter or a family member in the last three years. Officials did not say whether the latest gun found at Harper-Mercer's home was purchased legally. 

Investigators also found a flak jacket next to a rifle at the school, which contained steel plates, Nunez said.

Officials conducting searches at the school, shooter's residence and vehicle have also seized documents and digital media, Hanlin said.

"The Oregon State Police Crime Lab as well as the ATF and FBI Laboratories are all engaged in the effort to move forward with processing this evidence," he added.

Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg said the Oregon State Police's investigation into the officer-involved shooting is "nearing conclusion."

"I expect to be presented with the case early next week. Once I receive the case, I will do a thorough review and make a determination on whether the use of force was justified," he said.

In a statement, Harper-Mercer's family expressed their grief and offered prayers to the families of the victims.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded on Thursday, October 1. Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured," the statement read.

Law enforcement officials told NBC News that Mercer left behind a multi-page document at the shooting scene espousing what one of them called "a philosophy of hate."

Two officials familiar with the contents say he wrote that he would be "welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil."

The officials said he lamented the fact that he had no girlfriend. "He said he had no life," another official said, adding, "He felt the world was against him."

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<![CDATA[Clinton Campaign Courts Latino Voters]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:48:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/HilaryClinton-HumanRightsFoundation.jpg

Capitalizing on her still positive polling numbers with Latinos, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making the most of Hispanic Heritage Month to bolster her backing in the community and overall nationally, NBC News reported.

The campaign said Thursday it is launching "Latinos for Hillary" with several events that it will roll out over the next several weeks.

Clinton, the frontrunner early in the 2016 election, has seen her positive ratings drop among all voters and the wide lead over closest rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, shrink or disappear in New Hampshire and Iowa.

The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released this week shows Clinton with a negative popularity rating, 39 percent to 47 percent (-8) favorable/unfavorable among all voters. 

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Missing and at Least 73 Dead in Guatemala Mudslide]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:01:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GuatemalaMudslide.jpg

Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 73 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble hoping to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing, NBC News reported.

Distraught relatives of the victims shoveled alongside diggers through the mounds of earth that destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City after the collapse of a hillside on Thursday night. 

Every fresh batch of earth turned up by the diggers held more personal belongings, from mattresses and books to toys and Christmas decorations, reminders of around 350 people who authorities said were still unaccounted for.

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<![CDATA[ER Nurse Treats Dying Brother]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:09:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/Andy+2.jpg

A suspect was arrested in the fatal hit-and-run crash of Cesar Andres Medina, authorities said Saturday. 

Andrew Christopher Michaels, 19, of Laguna Niguel was arrested in connection with the crash, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

An emergency room nurse, Jennifer Medina, was trying to cope with the heartbreak after she discovered that the patient she was treating while working the night shift at a Southern California hospital was her dying brother, Cesar.

Medina, known to friends as Andy, was transported to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Juan Capistrano Friday night.

His sister, Jennifer Medina, was working a busy shift at the hospital when her 23-year-old brother was brought in unresponsive and not breathing.

As doctors worked frantically to save Medina, Jennifer Medina and her coworker looked for his identification. "I recognized the wallet ... And she opened it up and it was my brother's face right there," said Jennifer Medina in tears. "Everything just collapsed I just couldn't hold it together."

The collision was reported around 10:10 p.m. on Del Obispo Street and Paseo Carolina, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Witness accounts and evidence shows Medina was struck in the crosswalk as he crossed from the south to the north side of Del Obispo, OCSD said. Witnesses also said Cesar Andres Medina had the right of way while crossing on a green light.

"Please I'm begging the guy that killed my nephew to go to the police," said Mary Floyd, the victim's aunt.

"I just knew I wanted to say my last goodbyes to Andy after they cleaned him up," said Jennifer Medina. "And tell him how much I love him."

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Cesar Andres Medina's memory.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators said deputies located a truck matching the description of the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run.

The Dodge Ram truck was parked int he driveway of a home.

Michaels contacted the sheriff's department and after authorities interviewed him, he was arrested on felony hit-and-run.

He was set to be booked in Orange County Jail.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or who witnessed this collision is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Traffic Bureau at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 425-1860.

<![CDATA[SF More Expensive During Gold Rush]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 18:43:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GoldPanningGeneric_0608.jpg

San Francisco’s tech boom may be the cause of rising rents in the city, but, apparently, it’s nothing compared to the cost of living in California during the Gold Rush.

In 1849, as men flocked to the San Francisco area in hopes of hitting gold, local retailers took advantage of the situation by charging exorbitant prices for commodities, The Smithsonian reports. Back then, a dozen eggs could cost the equivalent of $90 today.

The Smithsonian cites the writings of Bayard Taylor, a reporter who wrote about the Gold Rush for the now-defunct New York Tribune. According to Taylor’s articles, some individual hotel rooms cost upwards of $10,000 a month – the equivalent of about $300,000 today.

But that’s not all.

Coffee could cost the equivalent of $1,200 per pound while a pair of shoes would run about $3,000.

While researchers have made various estimates for commodity pricing during the Gold Rush – some have priced coffee at around $100 per pound -- most of them agree: it was a very expensive, if not the most expensive time to live in the city.

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<![CDATA[12 Doctors, 7 Patients Killed From U.S. Airstrike]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:10:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_698247290605.jpg

 Twelve Doctors Without Borders staff along with seven patients, including three children, were killed after an apparent U.S. airstrike hit the international charity's hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz.

Another 37 others were injured in the strike: 19 staff members, including five in critical condition, and 18 patients and caretakers, according to Jason Cone, the executive director for Doctors Without Borders in the U.S. The organization didn't comment on the identities of the victims, but said all international staffers were alive and accounted for.

Coalition spokesman Col. Brian Tribus confirmed that a U.S. airstrike conducted at around 2:15 a.m. local time on Saturday (5:45 p.m. ET Friday) "may have caused collateral damage to a nearby health facility." The incident was being investigated, he added.

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<![CDATA[Life Ring Belonging to Missing Cargo Ship Found]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:27:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490832632.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard has found a life ring from a cargo ship that went missing during Hurricane Joaquin, searchers announced Saturday.

The Coast Guard said in a tweet that they have confirmed the life ring is from the El Faro, a 790-foot container ship that went missing Thursday with 33 people aboard — 28 of them Americans. 

The El Faro was last heard from Thursday around 7:20 a.m. when it sent a distress call indicating it had lost power and was taking on water. It left for San Juan in Puerto Rico Tuesday from Jacksonville, Florida.

Joaquin was a topical storm when the ship departed, but the storm quickly grew in intensity and became a Category 4 hurricane when it lashed the Bahamas on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Priest Points Gun at 8-Year-Old Boy]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:24:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/priest+kevin+carter+arrested.jpg

A New Jersey church priest pointed a musket at an 8-year-old child inside his church and threatened him with it over an apparent sports rivalry, prosecutors say. 

The 54-year-old priest at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry was arrested Friday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said. 

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors. 

Once they were in the room, the priest allegedly had the boy stand against the wall, then retrieved a musket and pointed it at him, prosecutors said, citing several witnesses.

"As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, 'I'm going to shoot you,'" Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told NBC 4 New York Friday. 

The boy was not hurt, Molinelli said.

One of the parishioners who witnessed the incident contacted Newark Archdiocese officials on Sept. 25, and the Archdiocese in turn contacted the prosecutor's office on Sept. 28. 

The prosecutor's office began investigating along with Little Ferry police, and on Friday, interviewed the priest at the rectory. A search of the room turned up the weapon that was allegedly used -- a functioning Civil War-style musket -- as well as gunpowder, ammunition and other associated items for the gun, authorities said. 

Prosecutors said the priest, a Giants fan, was apparently unhappy because the boy planned to root for the Cowboys in a game against the Giants later that day. 

"The young boy was apparently a fan of a particular football team, the priest was not. So perhaps we have indication it started out as that," said Molinelli. 

"There's no such thing as joking around with a weapon when you're dealing with an 8-year-old kid," he added. 

The Giants lost to the Cowboys 26-27 on Sept. 13. 

The priest, Kevin Carter, was jailed on $15,000 bail. He was still in custody at Little Ferry Police headquarters Friday night and could not be reached; it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

The Archdiocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The prosecutor's office says Carter was ordained in Newark in November 1986 and has since worked at various Roman Catholic churches across the Archdiocese. He has been at St. Margaret of Cortona since February 2013. 

<![CDATA[CT Dunkin Donuts Wouldn't Serve Cop]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 18:15:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/West+Hartford+Dunkin+Donuts+1200.jpg

A Dunkin' Donuts employee is apologizing after telling a police officer waiting to buy coffee that a Connecticut location doesn't serve cops, police said.

A West Hartford police officer was waiting at the back of the line in the Dunkin' Donuts at 1234 Farmington Ave. to buy a cup of coffee at the coffee franchise when one of the employees said loudly before a room of several customers, "He didn't get the message. We don't serve cops here," police said.

The officer immediately left without another word from any workers. On his way to his cruiser, the franchise manager brought the employee outside to apologize to the officer for the comment. The employee told the policeman the statement was a joke, according to the police report.

The officer told the employee to apologize to the customers who appeared offended instead of to him, so the employee went inside with him and did so. The worker offered the officer a free cup of coffee to make up for it, but he declined and said he would get one elsewhere, police reported.

The manager apologized for her employee's behavior and notified the regional manager, telling the officer she would handle the situation. Dunkin' Donuts corporate office was also notified.

"We are aware of the situation at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1234 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford," Michelle King, senior director of global public relations for Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. said in a statement released to NBC Connecticut. "The crew member exhibited poor judgment and apologized immediately to the police officer. The franchise owner, a long-time supporter of local police, has also reached out to apologize on behalf of the restaurant. Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all guests."

<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Charged in 15 Robberies]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:05:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Teen-Armed-Robbery-Suspect.jpg

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to 15 robberies near Drexel University in Philadelphia in August and September. 

During an incident on Sept. 29, a woman and another victim had just gotten into her car around 11:15 p.m on the 3900 block of Baring Street. The woman told police she tried several times to close her car door but believed it was stuck. She then heard the other victim repeatedly yell, “Mom,” police said. The woman told investigators she then looked up and saw the teen boy holding a gun. 

The boy then allegedly told her, “Get out of the car you f****** b****,” several times. The woman and second victim then fled into a nearby home while the boy entered their car, police said. After a few moments, the teen exited the car and fled in another direction.

While the boy didn’t take anything during that incident, during  other robberies the teen stole cellphones, cash, credit cards, house keys, and medication, police said. He also allegedly pistol whipped a victim during an incident on Sept. 18 on the 500 block of North 34th Street and punched a woman twice in the face during an incident on Sept. 30 on the 400 block of N. Preston Street.

On Sept. 30, detectives interviewed the victim of a robbery on the 400 block of N. Preston Street. Investigators told the woman, who is a student at Drexel, to log into her Discover Credit Card account to cancel her stolen card. While she was logging in the woman received an email stating that a suspicious transaction occurred at a business on the 700 block of N. 38th street around 7:24 a.m. that day, police said.

An investigator went to the business and recovered surveillance video of the teen suspect using the woman’s credit card at the ATM machine inside the store, according to police. Investigators then retrieved still images of the suspect.

On Friday police officers spotted the suspect riding a purple bicycle on 37th Street and Fairmount Avenue, investigators said. The officers noticed the teen looked like the suspect in the surveillance video and that he was riding a purple bicycle that was described in some of the previous robberies. The teen was taken in for questioning and officials obtained a search warrant for his home.

As they searched they found clothing he wore in previous robberies as well as other bicycles he used, police said.

The teen was arrested and charged with 15 counts of robbery and other related offenses. Police believe he used a BB gun during the robberies.

The robberies occurred at the following times at the following locations:

  • Sept. 30, 400 block of N. Preston Street
  • Sept. 29, 3900 block of Baring Street
  • Sept. 27, 400 block of N. 41st Street
  • Sept. 21, Preston Street and Powelton Avenue
  • Sept. 21, 4400 block of Sansom Street
  • Sept. 18, 32nd Street and Haverford Avenue
  • Sept. 18, 3100 block of Hamilton Street
  • Sept. 18, 500 block of N. 34th Street
  • Sept. 18, 600 block of N. 34th Street
  • Sept. 17, 600 block of N. 32nd Street
  • Sept. 10, 4000 block of Baring Street
  • Sept. 5, 4000 block of Spring Garden Street
  • Sept. 5, 34th Street and Mantua Avenue
  • Sept. 5, 3500 block of Hamilton Street
  • Aug. 30, 400 block of N. 35th Street

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<![CDATA[NY Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:25:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pots-n-watts1.jpg

A gas stove is the suspected source of an explosion Saturday that killed a woman, injured three passersby and devastated a three-story building in Brooklyn, New York. 

The 1 p.m. blast tore the facade from the front of a building on 42nd Street and 13th Avenue in Borough Park, fire officials said.

The explosion might have been sparked while a high-end stove was being disconnected from a gas line, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a news conference with Mayor de Blasio. Investigators believe the blast occurred on the second floor, he said.

The woman who died was found in a stairwell near the second floor, the commissioner said. Her identity wasn't disclosed. Firefighters believe she was the only person in the building.

A 33-year-old man and his 10-year-old son and a 27-year-old man were injured by bricks and other debris blown onto the sidewalk as they walked past the front of the building, Nigro said. They are expected to survive their injuries but were taken to area hospitals.

Approximately 200 firefighters responded to the fire, which was quickly brought under control. Five firefighters sustained minor injuries, Nigro said.

It appears that the building is home to housewares store and several apartments. The building was severely damaged and could collapse, fire officials said.

"We will be doing a full investigation," said de Blasio.

The incident prompted Gov. Cuomo to direct the state Department of Public Service to investigate the cause of the explosion.

"This explosion is the latest in a disturbing trend of incidents that occurred in Harlem and the East Village," he said. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by today's explosion, especially the friends and family of those lost or injured."

On March 26, a gas line exploded at a Sushi restaurant in the East Village. Two men were killed and 25 others were injured. Evidence indicated that someone had tampered with the gas lines or meters, investigators said at the time.

The East Village incident occurred one year after a similar blast killed eight people in an East Harlem building. Federal investigators released a a report a few months ago that blamed the explosion on poorly crafted pipe-joint and an old sewer line that cause a gas line to break.

<![CDATA[Vatican Fires Gay Priest on Eve of Synod]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:35:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_412561681413.jpg

The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.

The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came out in newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland saying he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and that he was in love with a man whom he identified as his boyfriend.

"The decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to undue media pressure," the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement.

As a result, Charamsa could no longer work at the Vatican or its pontifical universities, he said. Despite his dismissal, Charamsa remains a priest, although Lombardi hinted that his superiors could take further action.

Charamsa, 43, initially planned a press conference in front of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith's office, but moved it to central Rome after the Vatican action. He was joined by his companion, identified only as Eduard.

Charamsa told reporters that the timing of his disclosure was not related to the bishops meeting on the family, but said he hoped it might add "a Christian voice" to the synod that is expected to address how the Church can better minister to the homosexual faithful.

"I came out. This is a very personal, difficult and tough decision in the Catholic church's homophobic world," Charamsa said, and asked people to bear this in mind.

He said he has written a book in Italian and Polish to "lay bare" his experience "in front of all those who want to confront me."

Charamsa told the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza that he was motivated to make his sexual orientation public by hate mail that he received after publicly criticizing a right-wing Polish priest who is strongly anti-gay in the Catholic weekly Tygodnik Powszechny.

"I have to say who I am. I am a gay priest. I am a happy and proud gay priest," he told Gazeta Wyborcza.

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<![CDATA[Cuomo Creates Scholarship for Slain Aide]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:57:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_963912915416.jpg


Gov. Cuomo has created a scholarship and fellowship honoring former aide Carey Gabay, who was fatally shot after being caught in gang crossfire.


The scholarship will be awarded annually to five students at State University of New York schools and will cover the full cost of attendance.

The fellowship is open to attorneys interested in public service. Winners will spend two years in the office of the counsel to the governor focusing on issues relating to violence and poverty.

To be eligible for the programs applicants must come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Gabay was shot in the head during a predawn party celebrating the West Indian Day Parade Sept. 7. He died Sept. 15. No arrests have been made.

The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer served as first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corp.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Murder of Dallas Dentist]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:55:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/kendra+hatcher.JPG

Dallas police say they have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a Dallas dentist last month at her Uptown apartment parking garage.

Kristopher Love, 31, is charged with capital murder and is being held on a $2.5 million bond, Dallas Police Maj. Max Geron announced in a Friday evening press conference.

Love also faces a federal charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Geron said when Love was arrested, he was allegedly in possession of the weapon believed to have been used in the murder.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Love Friday.

Geron said an alleged accomplice, 33-year-old Brenda Delgado, is wanted on a capital murder charge and is considered a fugitive.

Murder in Uptown Parking Garage Sept. 2

Kendra Hatcher, 35, was fatally shot Sept. 2 in the parking garage of her Uptown apartment complex.

Geron said investigators believe the motive in the deadly shooting was murder-for-hire. Delgado is suspected of having a role in the planning of the murder, Geron said.

Police said Hatcher pulled into the garage at her residence, the Gables Park 17 apartments on Cedar Springs Road, and parked her vehicle at about 7:45 p.m.

Sometime before Hatcher arrived home, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee followed another driver into the garage and parked, according to Geron, with the Dallas Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Division.

While Hatcher parked, Geron said, someone got out of the Cherokee and appeared to approach Hatcher. Police said witnesses then described hearing a gunshot and the person who exited the Cherokee then returned to the vehicle and drove away.

Hatcher was found deceased next to her car.

Woman Arrested on Capital Murder Charge

Dallas police said 23-year-old Crystal Cortes admitted her involvement in the murder.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Cortes told detectives she was behind the wheel of the Jeep Cherokee spotted by a witness on the the night Hatcher was shot and killed.

Cortes told detectives she was paid $500 to drive a man to that parking garage for a robbery. She also said that man she drove is the shooter, according to the affidavit.

According to an arrest affidavit, Love admitted to his role in the robbery which resulted in Hatcher's death.

Cortes was arrested Sept. 4 and also faces a capital murder charge.

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<![CDATA[Heroic Woman Kicks Down Doors to Save Family, Neighbors from Fire]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 18:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000020270497_1200x675_538061379819.jpg

A Lauderhill woman returned home from work Friday night to find her duplex home on fire. 

"I went to check inside, smoke was everwhere," said April, who gave only her first name. "My family. My son and his girlfriend and the whole house was on fire and I saved my nighbor on the back and the neighbor on the side.

When she saw the fire, April started banging and kicking down the doors in an effort to save her family and her neighbors.

"The door was shut and locked and she had to bust open the door," said Savannah German, who was rescued in the fire.

According to April's son, she "woke us up and basically she saved our lives. We had just gone to sleep two hours ago."

Thanks to the April's heroism, all 14 people, 12 adults and 2 children, inside the building were able to escape safely.

The Red Cross provided emergency assistance for 3 families displaced by the fire.

<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Surprises Fans at Marc Anthony Concert]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:32:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*121/100315+hillary+and+marc.PNG

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Marc Anthony concert Friday.

A video posted on Marc Anthony's Facebook page, shows Clinton on stage of the American Airlines Arena, greeting fans and hugging the singer. 

The English caption of the video read: "This election is important for the future of the Latino community, and our vote could make the difference. #LatinosUnite @HillaryClinton"

<![CDATA[Week Four Preview: Jets at Dolphins in London]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:44:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460871770.jpg

The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets will renew their rivalry in London at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

This could be a critical game for the Dolphins and head coach Joe Philbin. After beginning the year with lofty expectations, the Dolphins have sputtered to a 1-2 record. Their one win easily could have been a loss, and Philbin could be on the hot seat already.

In his three prior seasons with the Dolphins, Philbin has been unable to post a winning record. This year, Miami was a playoff pick by many analysts after a busy and productive off-season. In the three games played however, Miami has looked more like a basement dweller than a postseason contender.

The Jets had a makeover in the off-season as well with a new head coach and a new quarterback. Thus far, the new look Jets are 2-1 which puts them a game up on Miami in the division. A win in this game would give New York a two game advantage and a leg up on a potential tie-breaker.

The Dolphins need to see a better effort from their defense in this game. In three games so far, Miami's defense has been seen standing around with its hands on its hips all too often. Ndamukong Suh has yet to record a sack and only has a few tackles on the year. A lot of this is due to teams double or even triple-teaming Suh, while his teammates have failed to get the job done beside him.

Ryan Tannehill didn't throw an interception in the first two games and then tossed three picks last week. With a subpar running game and an inefficient defense, turning the ball over simply can not happen if Miami is going to succeed. Tannehill will need to be better in this game, and will need to look more like the QB that the Dolphins gave a big contract to this past off-season.

The Dolphins and Jets will kick things off at 9:30 a.m. local time on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Museum Opening Fossilized Poop Exhibit]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:34:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/poop-sign-txdot.jpg

The South Florida Museum in Bradenton will open a new exhibit, one that leaves many feeling slightly grossed-out.

The Bradenton Herald reports that on Saturday, the museum will launch ``The Amazing Coprolite Collection.''

Coprolite is fossilized poop.

The exhibit is George Frandsen's Guinness World Records-certified world's largest private collection of fossilized dung, 1,277 individual coprolites from 15 states and eight countries. 

In August, two paleontology specialists from the Florida Museum of Natural History inspected all the specimens in the collection to verify authenticity. More than 30 had to be ``flushed'' when they were determined to be fake poop.

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<![CDATA[Bush on School Shooting Reaction: 'Stuff Happens']]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_183581022528.jpg

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush drew a rebuke from the president for comments he made Friday about the university shooting that left nine people and a gunman dead in Oregon the day before.

Speaking at a campaign stop in South Carolina, Bush urged caution on the government's reaction to the Umpqua Community College shooting, using the phrase "stuff happens" in reference to crises.

"I resist the notion -- and I had this challenge as governor -- 'cause look, stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do," Bush said.

Bush called the shooting "heartbreaking," but was speaking about the larger issue of how to set rules in the face of tragedy. 

"We're taking people's rights away each time we do that and we're not necessarily focusing on the right challenge," he said.

He said "the best laws" are usually at the state level.

Bush's campaign addressed the outrage over his comments in statement:

“It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush’s comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political agenda in the wake of a tragedy. Taking shameless advantage of a horrific tragedy is wrong and only serves to prey on people's emotions.”

President Barack Obama was asked to respond to Bush’s comments at a news conference Friday afternoon.

"I don’t even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgment based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that 'stuff happening,'" Obama said.

Bush, pressed by a reporter in Greenville about the phrase "stuff happens," said the choice of wording was not a mistake but about tragedies in general. He cited as an example an "impulse" to pass a law about fencing after a child drowns in a pool. 

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<![CDATA[LBJ's Immigration Act 50 Years Later]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:34:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/LBJ-Immigration-1965.jpg

It was considered a symbolic move — President Lyndon Johnson going to the Statue of Liberty and signing an immigration bill that gave people from every country in the world an equal chance to come to America.

The president himself described the legislation as less than revolutionary. "It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives, or really add importantly to either our wealth or our power," he said during the ceremony on Oct. 3, 1965.

But, he noted, the new law also would "strengthen us in a hundred unseen ways."

Fifty years later, there's been dramatic change as a result of the Hart-Celler Act that Johnson signed. A country that was almost entirely native-born in 1965 has a significant foreign-born population; demographic diversity has spread to every region, expanding a black-and-white racial paradigm into a multicolored one. Americans have gleefully adopted musical genres and foods that have immigrant origins, while remaining conflicted and uneasy politically over who's here, legally and not.

Facts about Hart-Celler, also known as the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965:


Pushed by the American families of European immigrants who wanted to bring relatives over, Congress decided to replace the nation's tightly controlled, country-of-origin immigration system with a process that divided visas equally between all countries, giving preference to immigrants with advanced skills and education, or family ties to U.S. citizens.

For some in Congress, the thought was that virtually nothing would change. At that time, many figured immigrants from European countries would be the main beneficiaries.

"Historic patterns of immigration had always been from Europe," said Erika Lee, a professor of immigration history at the University of Minnesota. "They were thinking this builds on those patterns."

However, immigrants from places like Asia and Latin America came to the U.S. as well. Once they were in, they also made use of the family preferences to bring over their parents, children and siblings. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, 59 million people have come to the U.S. since 1965, just over half from Latin America and a quarter from Asia.


Immigration to the United States had been tightly controlled starting from the late 19th century, with outright bars on people from certain regions like Asia, and in 1924, an immigration law limiting the number of immigrants from a particular country at 2 percent of the population of that country already living in the United States in 1890. Restrictions loosened slightly over the middle 20th century, but it was still very difficult to enter from a non-favored nation.

As a result, America in the middle part of the 20th century was atypical compared to both the country's origins and where it is now, said Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Research Center.

In 1965, only 5 percent of people in the United States were foreign-born. He contrasted that to the period between 1860 and 1920, where it was between 13 and 15 percent and where we are now, at 14 percent.

"Today is more typical than 1970 in terms of the presence of immigrants in the population," he said.

The U.S. has gone from 84 percent white, 11 percent black, 4 percent Hispanic and 1 percent Asian in 1965, to 62 percent white, 11 percent black, 18 percent Hispanic and 6 percent Asian now, the Pew report said. By 2055, no one group is expected to have a majority.


The law also led to the contemporary issues of immigrants in the country without legal documentation, said Alan Kraut, history professor at American University.

Prior to 1965, countries in the Western Hemisphere didn't have quotas, so those in Mexico and Central America could come back and forth fairly regularly. Once the law was enacted, those countries had quotas as well, which were not high enough to meet the built-up demand.

The law was signed a year after the U.S. formally ended its bracero program, which had allowed temporary workers to come from Mexico for more than 20 years. "Both of these laws really shut the door to a generation of cross-border migration," Lee said.

Every country getting the same quota has also spurred huge backlogs for places like India, where demand is much higher than in other, less populous nations.


The larger U.S. culture has been greatly impacted by immigrants and the cultures they've brought with them, said Jeff Melnick, professor of American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. "You'd have to go really far to find an area of American life that's untouched by the realities of the '65 law," he said.

He pointed to hip-hop as a prime example, which has roots in the toasting, or chanting over beats, practiced by Jamaican and other Caribbean immigrants and brought with them to New York City.

Jim Bittner, president and general manager at Bittner-Singer Orchards north of Buffalo, New York, observed that, decades ago, the seasonal farmworkers were mostly Southern blacks who would leave an area when the work was done. Sometime in the 1980s that started to shift, with the workforce becoming increasingly immigrant, predominantly Hispanic.

But it hasn't been all smooth sailing. Issues of how well America is bringing together all the people who live here now abound in all spheres, from conversations about representation in media and entertainment, to heated political debates about fences and deportations.

"With one hand, the dominant culture of the U.S. is sort of taking their stuff and saying, 'This is delicious' or 'This is funky' or 'Wow, this is attractive,' while also saying, 'God, I wish those people wouldn't be taking our jobs,'" Melnick said.

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<![CDATA[Oregon Shooter's Note, 'Felt World Was Against Him': Police]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 06:57:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-oregon-atacante-chris-harper-mercer-2.jpg

The heavily armed gunman who slaughtered nine people at an Oregon college left a hate-filled note at the scene of his rampage and "felt the world was against him," law enforcement officials confirmed Friday.

Two officials familiar with the contents of the note say 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer, who was killed in after an exchange of gunfire with police Thursday at Umpqua Community College, wrote that he would be "welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil."

He wrote that he was "in a bad way," one official said. "He was depressed, sullen."

The officials said Mercer lamented the fact that he did not have a girlfriend. "He said he had no life," another official said, adding: "He felt the world was against him."

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<![CDATA[Multiple Bomb Blasts in Nigerian Capital Kill 15: Officials]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:33:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Nigeria-Bombings.jpg

Multiple bombs detonated in two locations of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killing at least 15 people, the National Emergency Management Agency said Saturday.

The explosions Friday night were in Nyanya and Kuje, both satellite towns of Abuja, agency spokesman Sani Datti said in a statement. He said 13 people died in the blast in Kuje and two in Nyanya. At least 41 people were wounded, Datti said.

No group has claimed responsibility but the attack has attributes of others by Boko Haram, the home-grown Islamic extremist group. Boko Haram extremists have largely been carrying out attacks in the country's northeast but occasionally have attacked other towns.

Violence from Boko Haram's six-year insurgency has killed nearly 20,000 people and displaced 1.4 million from their homes. At least 1,000 people have been killed since President Muhammadu Buhari took office earlier this year with the promise of wiping out the insurgents.

Four suicide bombers killed at least 10 people Thursday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the army said. No group claimed responsibility but Nigerian security forces blamed Boko Haram, which is based in the area.

At least 39 others were wounded in the attack in the Sareji neighborhood of Maiduguri, military spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said.

Nigeria's military on Thursday also accused Boko Haram of poisoning water sources in the northeastern Nigeria.

"Credible information ... indicates that though no human life was lost as a result of the barbaric act of the terrorists. However, some cattle were killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources," Usman said.

In a separate incident, residents say five people were killed earlier Thursday by suspected Boko Haram militants in Kirchinga, a village in Adamawa state, which borders the Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram hideout.

Ahmad Musa, who fled the attack on his village, said militants shot indiscriminately at residents, forcing many to flee into nearby bushes to escape the onslaught.

Buhari said Thursday his leadership has taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities.

"That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets ... is indicative of their cowardice and desperation," he said.

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<![CDATA[19 Dead After Hospital Hit by Apparent US Airstrike]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:18:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kunduz+hospital+Bombings+1.JPG

Twelve Doctors Without Borders staff along with seven patients, including three children, were killed and another 37 injured after an apparent U.S. airstrike hit the international charity's hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz.

Coalition spokesman Col. Brian Tribus confirmed that a U.S. airstrike conducted at around 2:15 a.m. local time on Saturday (5:45 p.m. ET Friday) "may have caused collateral damage to a nearby health facility." The incident was being investigated, he added.

Doctors Without Borders — which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres — said its site "was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged" in what it called an "aerial attack."

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called the event "tragic" and noted that U.S. forces were "operating nearby" in support of Afghan security forces battling the Taliban.

"While we are still trying to determine exactly what happened, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected," Carter said in a statement.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Saturday for a "swift, full and transparent investigation."

“This event is utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal,” Zeid said.

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<![CDATA[Infant, Pregnant Woman Shot ]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:55:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Yards-Vigil.png

Family and friends gathered Friday to remember two women gunned down in a shooting Monday night in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

A prayer circle set the stage of the vigil for Patricia Chew, 23, and Lolita Wells, 46, the women killed in the shooting. Chew's 11-month-old infant and two other men were also wounded in the shooting. 

The family was coming back from an outing when a barrage of bullets were shot in the 5300 block of South Aberdeen just after 7 p.m, police said. An 11-month-old suffered a gunshot wound in the shooting and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in stable condition.

"Her son asks about her I don't have anything to say," Persha Chew, Patricia Chew's sister and Lolita Wells' daughter, said at the vigil.

Funerals for the two will be held on Wednesday. Meanwhile, family and activists are begging for anyone with information to speak up and "annihilate the code of silence in the streets."

<![CDATA[Collins Reopens After Explosion in Sunny Isles Beach]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1002+building+explosion.jpg

Four people were injured  and more than 100 firefighters responded after an explosion on the top floor at a high-rise condo building in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, Friday.

The incident happened just before noon at the Chateau Beach Residences at 17475 Collins Avenue.

Multiple fire rescue units responded and several people were seen being treated for injuries outside the building.

One victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital from the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Another three people were injured, and two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Two other people were trapped in an elevator but weren't injured, fire rescue officials said.

"There was no life-threatening injury, we had one victim that was a burn victim and the rest had injuries that were not life-threatening," Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Bud Scholl said.

Footage showed parts of the top of the building badly damaged and debris scattered across the roof and in a rooftop swimming pool.

Officials with the City of Sunny Isles Beach told NBC 6 there was a natural gas explosion in a boiler room which sent glass and debris out of the building. The debris fell on patrons at a hotel next door as well as beachgoers.

The building was under construction at the time and the only people inside were about 20 workers, officials said.

One of the workers said he heard two explosions.

"As we were getting out material, we heard the first explosion, then when I got in front of the elevator that's when the second explosion hit and the elevator dropped," Cleo Fleming said. "What was I thinking? I'm gonna die, anything like that, but it didn't happen."

Witnesses said they were stunned by what they saw.

"All of a sudden I heard this big explosion and you see a piece of concrete just come yanking down from the air," Aldo Mottolese said.

"Basically the wall cracked and you heard the big boom and everything just fell down," Leidy Garafalo said.

Collins Avenue was closed between 172nd Street and 178th Street as a result of the incident. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Fire rescue officials said the incident remains under investigation.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

<![CDATA[Train Hero Avoided Oregon Rampage Due to TV Show]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:25:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/10-2-15-Alek_Skarlatos.JPG

One of the heroes credited with taking down a terrorist on a French train would have been attending a class at a community college in Oregon when a gunman opened fire in a mass shooting if he hadn't been at a rehearsal for "Dancing With the Stars."

Alek Skarlatos, 22, who was one of three Americans credited with stopping a terrorist attack on a train in August, bolted from the "Dancing With the Stars" set when he heard about the massacre and headed straight to Roseburg, Oregon, a community he calls home.

"It takes a special kind of person to live here," he said. "It's kind of a tough place to make a living and it's a really resilient community and the people who are here are here for a reason. It's definitely a setback, but it's not going to crush this community at all."

Skarlatos said he was going to take some classes Umpqua Community College if it hadn't been for the unexpected opportunity to appear on the hit reality TV show.

Skarlatos said he would have tried to take down Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, 26, if he had been in the classroom when Harper-Mercer, an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shootings, opened fire, killing nine people before he was shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Skarlatos said he was with "Dancing" partner Lindsay Arnold when he received a text from a friend about the shooting. He said he then looked up the news on the Internet to confirm it.

"I just sat down for a second and then hid in the bathroom so the cameras couldn't see me," he said.

As far as he knows, none of his friends were among the victims.

"My heart really goes out to the people who can't say the same," he said.

Skarlatos and two friends, U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, 23, and Anthony Sadler, 23, received worldwide acclaim when they tackled the gunman aboard a train while vacationing in Europe. The heroics earned Skarlatos his stint on "Dancing With the Stars."

The next installment of the competition airs on Monday. If he misses that show he would be eliminated under the rules.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[5 Siblings Who Left Group Home Found Safe: MDPD]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:02:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100215+five+missing+juveniles+from+children%27s+home+society.jpg

Five siblings, ranging in age from 5 to 16, who were reported missing from the Children's Home Society were found Friday, Miami-Dade Police said.

The children, who range in age from 5 to 16, had been in the custody of CHS, located at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard in Miami, and were set to be processed for shelter placement when police say the children walked out of the building without the case manager's knowledge.

Police said the children were found on Northwest 6th Avenue in Florida City.

Officials said the children had been in the care of their grandmother since November 2014 but there had recently been a domestic incident at the home and the Department of Children and Families intervened.

At a court hearing Thursday, a judge ruled that the kids would be removed temporarily from the grandmother's home and would be placed in a temporary shelter.

As the kids were being processed earlier Friday they asked to go to the bathroom. After about five minutes, the case worker went to check on them and they had left, police said.

Grandmother Carolyn Laguer said the 16-year-old girl took her siblings with her.

"What was her main concern? She didn't want to be in foster care, they been there before, she don't want to go again and she didn't want to be separated from her sisters and brothers," Laguer said.

The family is due back in court on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Farmer Finds Mammoth Bones on Michigan Farm]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:22:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/196*120/washtenaw-county-mammoth-find-hints-at-role-of-early-humans-pit-orig-20151002.jpg

A farmer and a property owner in Michigan were installing drainage pipe in a wheat field when they discovered a 3-foot-long bone that were later identified as a part of a mammoth pelvis, the University of Michigan said in a press release.

University of Michigan paleontologists worked in Lima Township, located about 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, to recover the skeleton of the animal, according to the release. They were able to retrieve the skull and two tusks, numerous vertebrae and ribs, the pelvis and both shoulder blades.

The bones came from an adult male mammoth that lived 11,700 to 15,000 years ago, paleontologist Daniel Fisher said. However, the remains have yet to be dated.

"We think that humans were here and may have butchered and stashed the meat so that they could come back later for it," Fisher said, according to the release.

The team said they believe the animal was placed in a pond for storage, explaining that two boulders found near the skeleton may have been used to anchor the carcass, the release said.
"We didn't know what it was, but we knew it was certainly a lot bigger than a cow bone," property owner James Bristle said, according to the release.

Photo Credit: University of Michigan
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<![CDATA[Interactive Map Documents Mass Shootings in U.S.]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:15:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gun+generic+092115.jpg

This interactive map is based in data collected by Mother Jones documenting mass shootings where four people or more have been killed in the United States since the early 1980s.

A total of 572 people have been killed and 513 have been injured in mass shootings in the United State since 1982.

Click on the dots to see details of mass shootings where four or more people were killed.

Source: Mother Jones

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<![CDATA[Masked Gunman Robs Lighthouse Point Bank: FBI]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:33:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100215+lighthouse+point+wells+fargo+bank+robbery.jpg

The FBI is looking for an armed suspect who robbed a Lighthouse Point bank wearing a mask.

The robbery happened shortly after 11 a.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo bank at 3550 N. Federal Highway.

Officials said the suspect entered the bank, displayed a weapon and demanded money. No one was injured.

Money was taken but the amount wasn't released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000.

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