<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 18:26:12 -0500Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:26:12 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Broward Health Officials Face Charges Over Transparency]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:13:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121217+Broward+Health.png

A grand jury indicted four Broward Health commissioners and an attorney over alleged violations of open-meeting laws, the Broward County State Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

The two current and two former North Broward Hospital District board members indicted are accused of not notifying the public about meetings and action taken related to the termination of former CEO and President Pauline Grant.

The Florida Sunshine Law requires public boards to conduct business in the public eye with limited exceptions. Proper notification must also be given prior to public meetings if an action or vote will be held, such as a termination.

The indictment alleges the four Broward Health commissioners met privately through "conduits or intermediaries" to hold defacto meetings at a hotel, restaurant and by telephone to discuss kickback accusations against Grant.

Broward General Counsel Lynn Barrett is accused of hatching a scheme to investigate Grant's actions. She is also accused of urging the commissioners to violate the Florida Sunshine Law.

Because the former and current commissioners allegedly held the meetings in private and voted to terminate Grant without previously notifying the public, they were found to have broken the Florida Sunshine Law by the grand jury.

Broward Health Board Chairman Rocky Rodriguez, Commissioner Christopher Ure, former Commissioner Linda Robison, and Broward Health Interim CEO/President and former Commissioner Beverly Capasso were indicted on two counts of violations of the Florida Sunshine Law and one count of conspiracy to violate the open-meeting law.

Barrett was indicted on one count of solicitation to violate and conspiracy to violate the Florida Sunshine Law.

All charges in the indictment are second-degree misdemeanors and each count carries a maximum penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott typically suspends public officials who face criminal charges, the Sun Sentinel reports. If he suspends the current board members, just three seats out of seven would be filled.

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<![CDATA[New Bill Would Allow Florida Felons to Own Guns]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:31:45 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072517+gun+generic+handgun+hand+gun.jpg

A new bill filed earlier this month could make it easier for convicted felons to have their voting and gun rights restored.

The bill, HB 903, was filed on Dec. 6 by State Rep. Cord Byrd (R-Neptune Beach) would allow judges to restore the rights of felons after they've completed prison sentences and probation.

Florida currently prohibits convicted felons from owning firearms or voting.

"Currently, the average wait time for Restoration of Rights is over 9 years, with some as long as 11 years," Byrd wrote in a Facebook post. "Over 22,000 applications are pending, with only a few hundred being processed each year. Clearly the system is broken."

Under the bill, people convicted of felonies would have to petition a county judge to have the rights restored.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Inmates: Mom's Girlfriend Said She Killed Baby Lollipops]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:58:50 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121217+Baby+Lollipops+Trial.png

The "Baby Lollipops" trial concluded witness testimony on Tuesday when two former prison inmates testified the accused mother's ex-girlfriend said she killed the toddler.

Ana Maria Cardona, 56, faces life in prison if convicted in the 1990 death of her 3-year-old son Lazaro Figueroa.

The two ex-inmates, Odalys Hernandez and Margarita Valero, took the stand to tell the jury what they said they heard Olivia Gonzalez – Cardona's former girlfriend – say while imprisoned.

“'Yeah, yeah. I was the one who hit him with the bat, so, what, so what,'" Valero stated Gonzalez said.

“She didn’t care she was the one who hit the girl, the boy, with the bat," Valero added.

Cardona testified on Monday that her former girlfriend took the boy from her and eventually killed him.

Cardona's latest trial began last week. Two previous convictions and death sentences were tossed by the Florida Supreme Court. Prosecutors decided against seeking death a third time.

“Maritza called her a baby killer and Olivia said 'yes,'" Hernandez said.

“'If I hit the baby and the bat was the one killing him then I killed the baby and I’ll kill yours,'" Hernandez stated Gonzalez said.

The trial will resume on Wednesday at about 10 a.m. with closing arguments.

The death of Cardona's son was huge news after the boy's body, weighing 18 pounds and badly beaten, was discovered in the bushes of a Miami Beach home in November 1990. Police initially could not identify the boy and called him "Baby Lollipops" after a design on his T-shirt.

Cardona previously said the boy's death was an accident.

<![CDATA[Abused Kids Ran Away, Dad Arrested: Fort Lauderdale Police]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:58:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121217+branden+lee+bond+court.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale father is facing charges after police say his three children were beaten so badly they ran away from home to escape.

Branden Travis Lee, 32, was arrested Monday on two counts aggravated child abuse, three counts of child abuse without great bodily harm and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police arrest affidavit.

The affidavit says the kids' stepmom reported them missing on Nov. 28 after they ran away from home. They were eventually found at a relative's home in Opa-locka but the children had various marks and scars that were consistent with abuse, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, the children said Lee would punch and slap them in the face. One child said they were beaten because they "did not sweep the floor correctly" and another child said they were beaten for getting a bad grade at school and leaving classes, the affidavit said.

The children "told police that they ran away because they were 'tired of getting whoopings,'" the affidavit said. They said their father's beatings even caused them to bleed in one instance.

The kids also described drug use in their presence and said Lee smoked weed in their home, the affidavit said.

A nurse for a child protective team did a physical examination of the children and found "all three children were 'positive' for physical abuse, family violence, mental injury, and substance abuse," the affidavit said.

The affidavit said Lee denied the allegations of abuse. The children were placed in foster care earlier this month.

Lee appeared in court Tuesday where he was ordered held on $30,500 bond and told to stay away from the children. Records showed Lee is no stranger to the law, with previous arrests for neglecting a child as well as domestic violence charges stemming back to 2006.

<![CDATA[Avoiding Costly Fees While Flying]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:40:37 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Airplane-GettyImages-86146996.jpg

The cost of air travel can quickly add up, especially when you start considering those extra fees you may have to pay.

“The airlines make literally, billions with a b, with these fees,” said George Hobica, founder and president of the travel deal site Airfarewatchdog.com.

According to Hobica, there are fees for almost everything these days – for choosing your seats, boarding early and this year, some passengers may be surprised to find they’ll even have to pay to use the overhead bin if they booked one of the new basic economy fares being offered by several airlines.

“If you haven’t flown for a while, you may be surprised by these basic economy fares with which you cannot use the overhead bin on United or American,” said Hobica.

(You can read more about those fares here: United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines)

Hobica says baggage fees mean big bucks for airlines, but there are things you can do to try to avoid them.

Child car seats and strollers are checked for free. So before you zip them up in their travel bags, consider packing some items inside. If you don’t have a basic economy fare, take advantage of your carry on by packing your heaviest items inside. That way you can pack more in your checked bags without going over the 50 pound limit.

Also – consider wearing some of what you’re taking with you.

“There are clothing items that act like suitcases,” said Hobica. “They have 20 different pockets and people do stuff everything in these pockets.”

What you use to book your flights could help, too. Hobica says airline-branded credit cards could cover baggage fees for you and your family.

“Some of them also let you go to the head of the check-in line or the boarding line so that you have a crack at the overhead bin,” Hobica said. “They cost about $95 a year after the first year, but they’re really worthwhile.”

If you haven’t already booked your flight, consider flying a higher class. Once you consider what you pay in baggage fees, even flying first class might be the same price as flying coach. There are also airlines like Southwest that allow you to check in bags for free. And you could also consider shipping bulky, lightweight items to your destination a few days after your arrival to save some money.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Sought in Armed Home Invasion in North Lauderdale]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:55:36 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121217+north+lauderdale+home+invasion+suspect+sketch.jpg

Authorities are searching for a man behind an armed home invasion in North Lauderdale last week.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. on December 7 at the home on Avon Lane, when a woman heard a man knocking on her door repeatedly, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

The woman told him he had the wrong home but when he kept knocking, she opened the door and he put a gun to her head, officials said. The man forced her into her bedroom and made her lay on the ground while he searched for valuables. After several moments, the suspect fled with some of her belongings.

"Our victim was home alone when this happened so you can imagine how terrifying and how absolutely in fear for her life she was when this was going on," BSO spokesperson Gina Carter said.

Authorities on Tuesday released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a tall male with bumps on his face, with a dark complexion and a heavy Jamaican accent.

A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Miami Heat Distribute Toys For Holidays]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:04:34 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami_Heat_Distribute_Toys_For_Holidays.jpg

NBC 6's Darryl Forges takes us to one of several stops the team is making Tuesday to give back to kids in the area ahead of the holiday season.

<![CDATA[Teen Car Burglar Shot by Owner in Fort Lauderdale: Police]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:59:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121217+teen+burglar+shot+fort+lauderdale.jpg

A teen who was trying to burglarize a car in Fort Lauderdale was shot by the car's owner Tuesday morning, police said.

The burglary happened around 5:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Southwest 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale Police said.

Officials said the 16-year-old suspect was burglarizing the vehicle when he was confronted by the car's owner, who shot him. The teen suffered non-life threatening injuries.

No other information was immediately known.

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<![CDATA[Kids Hospitalized After Taking Pills at Miami Middle School]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:17 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121217+kinloch+park+middle+school+kids+take+pills.jpg

A group of students at Kinloch Park Middle School in Miami became ill Tuesday morning after they took some pills, officials said.

Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to the school at 4340 Northwest 3rd Street after the kids ingested some unknown pills, officials said.

Eleven students took the pills and eight of those were taken to local hospitals, officials said. The other three students were placed in the care of their parents.

The students were showing symptoms of tiredness and not feeling well, officials said.

Officials said one student brought the pills and gave them to the other students. All of the students are between 10 and 14 years old. One student said he was told the pills were Xanax.

"This appears to be an isolated incident. I believe the student will learn from this incident," said Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "Again, several students had to be transported by a bad decision that was made. And again the importance of speaking to children about the importance of not ingesting a thing that you are not familiar with."

The school board said the 12-year-old female student who brought the pills will be disciplined.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Clues Sought in 2007 Murder of Mother, Daughter at Boca Mall]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:46:42 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Police_Seek_Answers_in_2007_Murder_at_Boca_Mall.jpg

A decade after a mother and daughter were found dead outside of a South Florida mall, police are still trying to piece together the murder mystery and they are hoping the public's renewed interest may help them find new leads.

On December 12, 2007, 47-year-old Nancy Bochicchio and her seven-year-old daughter Joey were killed outside the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. Police say they were abducted and taken to an ATM to withdraw money, where they were then bound and shot to death before a security guard found their bodies.

Investigators say Nancy’s phone and credit cards were found in Miami within hours of the carjacking. The zip ties and duct tape used to bind the duo were also bought there, police said.

Boca Raton Police posted a video to Facebook recently on the case, as lead investigators spoke about their hopes to solve a case that hits home for those in the department with families. Police said the murder is related to a case months before where a woman was carjacked and bound, but not killed.

After chasing more than 2,000 leads, police said they still haven't achieved their goal.

"To bring this guy to justice, because he didn't just steal money, he stole all those events and all those memories from the family and from Joey," Police Capt. Matthew Duggan said. "Joey's picture is up in my office with my kids and it'll stay there until we solve this."

Authorities are offering a $400,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

"You know if you have a piece of evidence or you have something you remember about this person, it may link us to this suspect," FBI Special Agent John McVeigh said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Miami, Hialeah Ranked Among Best Places to Spend New Year's]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:40:27 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-630748984.jpg

Even with Hanukkah beginning Tuesday night and Christmas just under two weeks away, some people have already begun planning where they will ring in 2018.

According to one survey, several Florida cities – including Miami – rank among the top places in the country to say goodbye to the current year.

The website WalletHub.com compiled a list of the 100 best places to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, with the Magic City coming in at number eight based on factors that included costs, entertainment options and safety.

However, Miami was not the top Sunshine State location as Orlando came in ranked number two nationally, just behind New York City. Tampa and Jacksonville also made the cut, while Hialeah snuck onto the list at No. 97.

No cities in Broward County made the cut.

<![CDATA[South Florida Bracing For Another Cold Front This Week]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:04 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-95688768.jpg

As parts of South Florida continue to thaw out from some of the coldest temperatures in over a year, another cold front in the forecast could keep temperatures below average through the weekend.

Tuesday morning, Miami woke up with a temperature below 50 degrees – the lowest that city has seen since the temps hit 46 degrees in January of 2016 - as cities from Kendall to Pembroke Pines saw temps in the 40s. Highs across the area are expected to only hit the low 70s by the afternoon, well below the average for this time of year.

While the lows Wednesday morning will be slightly higher and may reach the mid 50s, another cold front expected to come in later in the day will bring another round of cold temperatures by nightfall into Thursday morning – including lows projected to be in the high 40s for some areas.

Friday and Saturday will bring more mild temperatures, with a slight warmup through the weekend with Sunday seeing highs close to 80 degrees and temperatures returning to average or slightly above by Monday with highs in the low to mid 80s and lows in the 60s.

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot and Killed While Driving in Miami Gardens]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:36:54 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+Alicia+Roundtree.jpg

Police are investigating after a woman was shot and killed while driving in Miami Gardens over the weekend.

Alicia Roundtree, 43, was in the area of Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest 24th Avenue when she was shot around 7:50 p.m. Saturday, Miami Gardens Police said.

Police said her car crashed into other cars a couple blocks away. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

Police said they don't know if she was targeted or if it was a stray bullet, but officials said social media posts about a "sniper" in the area were untrue.

"At this time there is nothing that indicates that there is a sniper in the area of NW 183rd Street and 27th Avenue," Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said in a statement.

Roundtree was a mother of three.

Police are searching for clues in the shooting and are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Manatees Gather to Stay Warm During Cold Temps in Florida]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:58:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+manatees+tampa+electric.jpg

Manatees in Florida are doing whatever they can to stay warm with temperatures dipping throughout the Sunshine State Monday.

At Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, dozens of manatees gathered in the discharge canal.

Manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River were also hoping that keeping close would keep them warm.

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<![CDATA[Ronald McDonald House Hosts Karaoke Night With Holiday Cheer]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:36:19 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+Ronald+House.png

The Ronald McDonald House of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Monday summoned the joy of the holiday season during karaoke night.

Being sick during the holidays can extra tough not just for kids but also for their families.

The kids who live at the house are from outside South Florida but require treatment at the hospital – meaning that then distance they are from home can keep them at the hospital for treatment for a lengthy period of time.

Though karaoke night is a monthly occurrence at the Ronald McDonald House, which is hosted by the South Beach Charity Angels, the event on Monday had a special holiday treat.

"What we offer is an opportunity for them to remember how to be happy," Gustavo Briand of South Beach Charity Angels said. "A lot of people here – we have known them since May – it’s comforting that you are with people you know. It feels good.”

<![CDATA[Museum of Ice Cream Opening This Week in Miami Beach]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:52:50 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/icecreammuseum.jpg

The Museum of Ice Cream is set to open on Wednesday, bringing pools filled with sprinkles, gummy bears sculptures and frozen ice cream treats to the masses.

The Museum of Ice Cream will open in the Faena District at 3400 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

Described as an “Instagram playground,” the attraction doesn’t fit the traditional definition of “museum.” Rather than delving into the history of ice cream, the museum strives to “design environments that bring people together and provoke imagination,” according to the website.

Miami Beach is the museum’s fourth location. The exhibit opened its first location in New York last summer and expanded to Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2017.

A general admission ticket costs $38. Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket. Valet parking costs $25.

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Ozuna Drawing Interest From Multiple Teams: Report]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:39:08 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-855993424.jpg

Miami Marlins All-Star Marcell Ozuna is drawing interest from 6-8 teams, according to a report by MLB.com.

Ozuna is set to be given a modest raise in salary arbitration, but Miami could still retain his services. Ozuna is under club control for two more seasons and the Marlins have already cleared over $300 million in future payroll this off-season. Ozuna would likely net Miami at least one top prospect in any trade.

With Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton already traded this off-season, the Marlins are clearly in a rebuilding mode. Ozuna's value may never be higher than it is currently and the team will likely not compete in 2018. With those factors under consideration, it remains probable that Ozuna is eventually dealt in the coming days or weeks.

The San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are a few of the teams linked to Ozuna thus far. The Giants and Cardinals have already talked with Miami about Stanton this off-season, but Ozuna should command a better package. It is possible some of the same names involved in the Stanton talks will come in this new round of discussions.

The MLB winter meetings are already underway in Orlando and deals have been known to happen in the early morning hours. With many agents, general managers and owners in one building, deals can begin and end during the week. CEO Derek Jeter is not in attendance, but president of baseball operations Michael Hill is.

In addition to Ozuna, Miami could look to move other veterans such as Dan Straily, Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa.

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<![CDATA[New 'Smart' Bikes Causing Parking War in South Florida]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:58:33 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+south+florida+smart+bike+rental+bike.jpg

They’re hard to miss – bright green bikes popping up on street corners across South Florida. People are calling them the Uber of rental bikes.

You can use your smart phone to locate one, pay a dollar to ride it, and you can park the bicycle anywhere you want when you’re done. That’s causing a parking war in one local community.

In the past six months, the Village of Key Biscayne, North Bay Village and Miami Shores have contracted with the California-based company called LimeBike for the new bike sharing service.

Unlike typical rental bikes, the new rentals on wheels don’t have a lock or docking station.

When a rider is finished, they can park the bike where they went, shut off the app and go on their way.

The Village of Key Biscayne was the first to use the bicycles and now has more than 400 throughout the area.

"You get cars off the road and people out and about, it’s a win-win," said Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay. "It’s the next generation."

However, in communities across the country, the dockless bikes have been found "parked" in many bizarre places.

In Seattle, they’ve been tossed into the water. In North Carolina, one was found on the roof of a home. And in Key Biscayne, one was found in the bay.

They’re not only getting tossed into hard to reach places.

Some cyclists have chosen to ride them from the Village of Key Biscayne to Miami Beach, a city that has a contract with a different bike company.

"Some individuals thought it would be fun to drive over to Miami Beach, it was too much work to bring them back so they were left there and I don’t think they were too happy about it," said Mayor Pena Lindsay.

LimeBike is in charge of maintaining the bicycles and putting them back where they belong.

This summer the City Manager of Miami Beach sent a letter to commissioners calling the LimeBikes “rogue” and “illegal” and told commissioners the city would be issuing citations to the company.

The NBC 6 Investigators found they’ve fined the company more than 30,000 dollars in the past four months.

A bulk of the fines came from repeat offenses.

A 3rd time offender can receive a violation of $10,000 for what the city calls "right-of-way violations."

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for LimeBike said they’re fighting the citations.

'We do not believe we violated any laws and are challenging the citations," the spokesperson said.  "We are in discussions with the city attorney to determine whether we can resolve these issues, and are hopeful that a resolution can be achieved."

The spokesperson also said "… it is also great to see how the local communities have embraced LimeBike."

While some communities are testing out the new “smart” bikes, the Mayor of the Village of Key Biscayne says the program has been so successful, that they’re going to use the bikes on a permanent basis.

She said there are no upfront costs to the Village, and the company handles all of the maintenance.

NBC 6 reached out to code enforcement officials in Miami Beach but they would not speak on camera. They did say they could consider testing out the bikes as part of a pilot program in the future.

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<![CDATA[Brag About Your School: Coral Way K-8]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:18:08 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+Coral+Brag.png

It was considered experimental in 1963 when the school, which is now Coral Way K-8 Center, became the nation’s first dual-language immersion public school. Fifty-four years later, it’s a confirmed success, with generations of kids having graduated, fluent in Spanish and English.

“Well, we know that language acquisition is best at an early age. That’s why we start them actually in Pre-K. In our Pre-K, we have Spanish instruction,” said the principal, Barbara Martin.

The school’s chorus performs songs in both languages, and that’s the just the start.

“All of our classes include bilingual education, whether they go to art, whether they’re in music, whether they’re in band,” said lead teacher Susana Cordova Martin.

We saw a 6th-grade math class being taught in Spanish, and every student understood the lesson. Likewise, a third-grade science class was being taught in English. The students here think nothing of switching from one language to the other.

“Our students leave our school fully bilingual and bi-literate, meaning they can read, write, and communicate in Spanish,” Cordova Martin said.

The value of having that skill in this increasingly global, increasingly connected society is incalculable.

The school also offers the international studies program, which entails staying after school for an hour, four days a week, as part of a curriculum approved by the Spanish government.

“So it’s not only an academic opportunity, it’s also an enrichment opportunity because students are exposed to Spanish culture,” principal Martin said.

Eighth-graders can even take AP Spanish, for which they receive college credit, in middle school. So from science to math to social studies to the arts, we can say: “elogia a tu escuela” – that’s "brag about your school" in Spanish.

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<![CDATA[Massage Therapist in Doral Banned From Having Female Clients]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:58:59 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+Ananda+Spa.png

Florida officials partly suspended a massage therapist's license over alleged sexual misconduct during a massage at the Ananda Spa in Doral.

The Florida Department of Health issued an emergency restriction order, or ERO, against Angel L. Torres Carballo on Nov. 13, the agency announced on Wednesday.

The ERO prohibits Carballo, an Allapattah resident, from massaging female clients.

Carballo is the only South Florida professional on the Florida DoH's monthly list of license restrictions and suspensions.

The Ananda Spa, described by the ERO as an "unlicensed massage establishment," is located at 3900 NW 79th Ave. in Doral.

The 25-year-old victim of the alleged incident said Carballo inappropriately removed a blanket that was covering her and toucher her breasts with his hands and mouth without her consent.

The alleged victim “immediately pushed Mr. Torres Carballo away, covered herself, and confronted Mr. Torres Carballo about his actions. Mr. Torres Carballo apologized to [her] and begged her not to say anything," the ERO reads.

"[She] wasn’t having it, rejecting that plea and Torres Carballo’s later plea in Spanish to keep quiet, 'Don’t do it for me, do it for the business,'" the Florida DoH said in a statement.

Ananda Spa's operator said the business does have a license, adding that it has not been operating illegally. The business suspended Carballo.

Victims from other South Florida areas such as Boca Raton, Coral Gables and Coral Springs have made similar accusations against massage establishments, such as Massage Envy. BuzzFeed reported in late November there have been more than 180 allegations of sexual assault or misconduct linked to Massage Envy.

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<![CDATA[Giancarlo Gone: Marlins and Yankees Finalize Stanton Trade]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:42:42 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866409230.jpg

The Miami Marlins and New York Yankees officially completed a trade involving Giancarlo Stanton on Monday.

The deal was pending until the completion of physicals, which have evidently now taken place. Stanton has some history with injuries and New York likely took extra time to fully look over his body. The deal was originally reported on Saturday morning.

"Thank you to the Marlins Organization & the amazing city of Miami! The city that adopted me at 17 with open arms. I’ve loved this place over the years and it will always be special to me," Stanton wrote on Facebook Monday. "I feel for u fans, you’ve stuck with me as we’ve shared some roller coaster years. I’ve always tried to be as professional as possible during the unprofessional, circus times there!"

Miami received infielder Starlin Castro, along with a pair of prospects from New York. Castro had a solid 2017 season and is signed for two more campaigns. Miami could look to move Castro, but it is possible the veteran remains in town. Castro could possibly bring the Marlins a couple of more minor league pieces and his services may seem unnecessary during a rebuild.

The prospects coming to the Marlins are Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. Guzman is considered the better prospect in the deal and could arguably now be Miami's best piece in the farm system. The pitcher has an electric arm, but has not moved past Low-A ball as of yet. At only 21, Guzman has plenty of time to improve and move up in Miami's system.

Devers is only 18 and is an intriguing project. The infielder has time to fill out his frame and improve on his skill set. At this time, Devers is not considered a top prospect. In 2017, Devers played at the Rookie Ball level and slashed 245/.336/.342. It is likely that Miami will assign Devers to one of the lowest levels in the system to begin with.

The Marlins are sending $30 million to the Yankees as part of the deal. Stanton has an opt-out clause following the 2020 season however and that cash is contingent on it. If Stanton does not opt out, Miami will have to send the money to New York at that time. If the reigning Most Valuable Player utilizes that clause, the Marlins would be off the hook financially.

Major League Baseball's winter meetings could be the site of more moves for the Marlins. Those meetings began on Monday in Orlando.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead After Stabbing at SW Miami-Dade Home]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:10:49 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+coral+way+stabbing+sw+miami-dade.jpg

Police are investigating after two people are dead following a stabbing at a home in southwest Miami-Dade Monday morning.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. at a home in the 6100 block of Coral Way, Miami-Dade Police said.

Officials said one person was stabbed to death at the home. A second person was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they later died.

Police said the owner of the home and the person responsible died in the incident.

Footage showed a pool of blood near the home's front door. A neighbor said she heard a loud banging at the door just before the stabbing.

"I heard the sounds of the scuffle," Doreen Maylin said.

Maylin and other neighbors said a man stabbed another man then killed himself. She identified the homeowner as 66-year-old Carlos Pinto.

No other details were immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Couple Displaced for Holidays After Fire Destroys Miami Home]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:25:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nw+miami+house+fire.jpg

An elderly couple and their pets managed to escape a fire that engulfed their Northwest Miami home Monday morning, and while the couple is lucky to be alive, they are now displaced from their home during this holiday season.

Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to house fire near Northwest 13th Avenue and 52nd Street around 3 a.m.

When crews arrived, the elderly couple was found outside — making it out before the flames consumed the home. Crews worked to rescue the couple's cat and dog from inside the home.

"This could've had a very tragic end, but luckily they are alive," Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Miami Fire Rescue officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[Teen Arrested in North Lauderdale Shooting That Injured 2]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:58:59 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fernandinho+St+Lot.jpg

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection to a North Lauderdale shooting that sent two teenagers to the hospital — one of them in critical condition.

Fernandinho St Lot was arrested Sunday afternoon for his alleged involvement in a North Lauderdale shooting, according to Broward Sheriff's Office. Police said St Lot will face two charges of attempted murder of two juveniles.

Cell phone video taken Saturday near Southwest 76th Avenue and Southwest 10th Court appears to show two teens fighting. The video ends with the suspect, who is wearing a grey shirt, black sweatpants and flip flops, pulling out a firearm and opening fire.

"I couldn’t see exactly what was going on," Anirudh Singh told NBC 6. "I just saw a bunch of the kids run up. One fell on the ground and the others went to help him and I took my phone and call 911."

Witnesses said one of the teens was shot in the stomach and the other in the arm.

As of Sunday, both teens remained hospitalized.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Preview of The Week Ahead: 12/10 - 12/16]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:29:21 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/the+week+ahead.jpg

From a baseball legend lending a helping hand with hurricane relief, to another giving a very special speech, there’s plenty happening in South Florida over the next few days. Here’s a look at The Week Ahead:

Court Hearing for Woman Accused of Running Over Principal: Marilyn Aguilera, the woman accused of running over a popular South Florida school principal, will go back in front of a judge on Monday. Aguilera was expected to plead guilty to the drunk driving accident that left South Dade principal Javier Perez severely paralyzed, but the original plea deal was taken off the table after Aguilera tested positive for marijuana use.

Derek Jeter Sends Furniture to Puerto Rico: New Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter is teaming up with local real estate developers on Monday to send much needed furniture to storm battered Puerto Rico. Jeter, Jorge Posada and other developers are taking the furniture out of a soon to be demolished condo in Sunny Isles and shipping it to the island to fill the homes of those who lost just about everything in the recent hurricanes.

First Night of Hanukkah: Tuesday marks the first night of Hanukkah. The first of the eight candles will be lit at homes and ceremonies across the world. In South Florida, there will be numerous outdoor menorah events at most Jewish community centers and synagogues.

CAMACOL Holiday Basket Distribution: Hundreds of people waited in line last week to get their tickets and this Wednesday, they’ll make the CAMACOL lines once again to actually receive their basket of holiday food. It’s a South Florida tradition that helps some of our neediest communities get a little something extra for their holiday meals. Each basket of delicious and nutritious food contains enough food for an entire family.

Alex Rodriguez to Give Commencement Speech: Students at the University of Miami are in for a special treat at this year’s fall commencement ceremony on Thursday. 14-time Major League All-Star Alex Rodriguez will address more than 600 undergraduates and their families.

NBC 6 Café in Miramar: On Friday, the NBC 6 Café will roll into Miramar. Join Sheli, Eric, Kelly and Adam at the Miramar Fire Station, as we team up to bring toys to children in our community with our Caravan of Joy drive. They will be there starting at 9:30 a.m. Stop by, drop off a gift, and get some coffee. 

For more information on all of these stories and much more, including up-to-the-minute breaking news, weather and traffic alerts, be sure to download the NBC 6 News and Weather App. You can download it by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[One Person Dead Following Plane Crash in SW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:23:53 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/121017+plane+crash+cell+phone.jpg

A pilot was killed after a small plane crashed near Miami Executive Airport Sunday.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to NBC 6 that the pilot took off Sunday afternoon at about 3 p.m. but we now know that the flight quickly turned deadly.

The aircraft took a nose dive into a remote crop field near SW 121st Street and 157th Ave. One local business owner saw the entire incident happen right before his eyes.

“I was setting up my food truck when I saw the small plane fly by to that side. After five or six minutes, I heard a loud explosion. When I turned around, I saw the plane on the ground,” said Carlos Diaz.

Diaz owns a food truck within eyesight of the deadly crash. He remembers the plane flying over. But says five to six minutes later, there was a loud explosion. When he looked over, it was too late. The pilot was the only person on board, and died at the scene.

Officials with the FAA released a statement explaining how the pilot behind the wheel of the Piper PA 60 departed from the airport, but had to return after declaring an emergency. The plane plummeted about a mile and a half west of the airport, just before 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The statement from the FAA read, in part,:

"A Piper PA 60 aircraft crashed approximately one and a half miles west of the Miami Executive Airport today at 2:50 p.m. The pilot departed from Miami Executive and was returning to the airport after declaring an emergency."

Crews were seen investigating the incident late Sunday evening, trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong.

Investigators have not released any information on the pilot. 

The FAA and the NTSB are now conducting an investigation.

<![CDATA[Dolphins Game Preview: Week 14 vs. Patriots]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:17:45 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-879613060.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will look for better results when they host the New England Patriots on Monday.

In Week 12, Miami visited New England and was beaten 35-17. The loss was Miami's fifth in a row and it likely put an end to any postseason hopes. The Dolphins halted their skid against the Broncos last week, but are large underdogs in this game.

New England enters with a 10-2 mark and is headed once again to the postseason. Miami is 5-7 and has dealt with a number of injuries this season. Tom Brady has been usual dominant self, while Jay Cutler has battled with inconsistency all season long. Cutler has never beaten New England in his career and that is unlikely to change on Monday.

The Dolphins have struggled in national games and the spotlight will be on them once again. Miami is 1-7 in the last eight games it has played on Monday Night Football. The opponents have been tough in many of those contests and the Dolphins have been unable to defend their home field in multiple opportunities. The Patriots meanwhile are one of the more successful teams in recent night games, regardless of the day of the week.

Even though injuries have been an issue for Miami this year, it has a relatively healthy roster heading into this game. The Dolphins will pretty much be at full strength, wth even Mike Pouncey expected to play. Pouncey tweaked his hamstring in last week's game and seemed to be a question mark at the time for this contest.

New England will be without the services of Rob Gronkowski. The tight-end was suspended by the league for his actions last week. While losing Gronkowski is noticeable, the Patriots have shown an ability to win without him in the past. Brady has a number of other options at his disposal and the Patriots have plenty to play for. New England is currently tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the #1 seed in the AFC.

Monday's game will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Buress Arrested in Miami for Disorderly Intoxication]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:36:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/HANNIBAL+BURESS+.jpg

A video appearing to show popular comedian Hannibal Buress handcuffed against a Miami police vehicle is circulating social media Sunday.

Buress was arrested Saturday at 10:30 p.m. for disorderly intoxication, according to Miami Police. He was arrested near NW 2nd Avenue and NW 20 Street.

The 34-year-old comedian was booked into Miami-Dade Jail around 2 a.m. and released just before 6 a.m., the Miami Herald reported.

"Am I under arrest? For what?" Buress appears to ask Miami Police officers in the video. "Explain what I'm detained for?"

Buress approached an officer with blood shot eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from his breath and asked him to call him an Uber, according to the arrest report. When the officer refused, Buress became angry and belligerent, the report said.

The officer followed Buress into a bar and asked him to leave because he was too drunk, the report continued. Once outside, Buress continued yelling profanities at the officer, causing a crowd to gather.

Buress was asked to leave five times before being arrested, according to the report.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Buress has a legal representative.

Photo Credit: Miami Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[FHP Trooper Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver in Hialeah]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:36:47 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Trooper+Daniel+Cruz.jpg

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is recovering in the hospital Sunday after being struck by a suspected drunk driver, police say.

Trooper Daniel A. Cruz, 29, was struck by a vehicle at around 1:04 a.m. while investigating a crash along Okeechobee Road near the Palmetto Expressway's South exit ramp.

While attempting to clear the vehicles involved in the crash from the roadway, Cruz was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Okeechobee Road.

Cruz was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center and will need to undergo reconstructive surgery. Cruz has a 4-month old son and is expected to be out of work for at least 6 months.

John Bencosme, 26, is charged with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury and charges of DUI with property damage.

Investigators say Bencosme was driving under the influence of alcohol and has been arrested.

<![CDATA[Teens Shot in North Lauderdale; Police Search for Suspect]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:08:21 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/North+Lauderdale+shooting+suspect.jpg

Two teenagers are in the hospital, one of them in critical condition, after being shot during a street fight in North Lauderdale Saturday afternoon.

Cell phone video taken at Southwest 76th Avenue and Southwest 10th Court appears to show two teens fighting. The video ends with the suspect, who is wearing a grey shirt, black sweatpants and flip flops, pulling out a firearm and opening fire.

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are working to identify a person of interest who was at a shooting.

"I couldn’t see exactly what was going on," Anirudh Singh told NBC 6. "I just saw a bunch of the kids run up. One fell on the ground and the others went to help him and I took my phone and call 911."

Witnesses said one of the teens was shot in the stomach and the other in the arm. Both boys were transported to the hospital, one in critical condition.

Officers have not yet released their names.

Anyone with information about the name or whereabouts of the person of interest is asked to contact BSO at 954-321-4200 or Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[4 Families Without a Home After Fire at Miami Apartment Building]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:29:47 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miami+apt+fire1.jpg

Four families are in need of home Saturday after a fire broke out inside their apartment building.

Just before 1:30 p.m., rescue crews rushed to fire at inside a three-story apartment building located at 1232 NW 1st Place, according to Miami Fire Captain Ignatius Carroll.

Initial reports suggested people were trapped inside the building, but fire crews conducted a thorough search and found no one inside or injured.

Carrol says the Red Cross is currently with the displacement of the four families.

The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes and the cause is under investigation.

Photo Credit: Miami Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA['I’m Happy to be Alive': MDPD Cop Released From Hospital]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:30:18 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120717+Manuel+Gonzalez+Walmart+shooting.jpg

The Miami-Dade Police officer who survived a shooting outside a Walmart is in good spirits Saturday after receiving some good news in time for the holidays.

It’s been a long couple days for officer Manuel Gonzalez, 31, following a scare in the line of duty. But on Saturday, he was finally released from the hospital.

“All the support I’ve had throughout my care, I feel like it’s overwhelming," Gonzalez said. "I feel great, I’m walking and I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be alive.”

Gonzalez was off-duty and working security at the Walmart near 32nd Avenue and Northwest 79th Street when he was involved in a exchange of gunfire with 54-year-old David Facen. In the exchange, Gonzalez returned fire, killing Facen but was struck multiple times himself.

Gonzalez was investigating a reported shoplifting when he encountered Facen in the parking lot, police said. Officials said surveillance video of the incident shows Facen opening fire on Gonzalez at close range.

Facen is described as a career criminal with prior arrests for attempted first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated battery, records showed. He had also spent about 20 years in prison.

Gonzalez, who has been with the department for nearly seven years and is married with two children, was working on his day off to make some extra cash for the holidays. His wife, a local teacher, received the terrifying news in her classroom.

“I thought it was a joke," Sherry Gonzalez said. "My heart immediately sunk.”

She’s been at his bedside all week and calls his recovery a miracle.

“All the support has been overwhelming and I appreciate it very much," she said.

Gonzalez still has to undergo therapy so there's no timetable about when he’ll be back to work, but he’s already eager to get back on the job.

 “The traumatic experience that we went through we’re just lucky that I’m here and I can’t wait to get back at there and work that beat,” he said.

Police said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues their independent investigation into the shooting.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Portraits of Trump & Clinton Prompt Suspicious Package Scare]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:31:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/12917+art+pieces.jpg

The Art Miami tent in Downtown Miami was shut down for a few hours after security dogs reacted to a “suspicious package” during a routine security sweep.

City of Miami Police said they were investigating the suspicious package shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday.

According to representatives of Art Miami, the police dogs notified officials of a suspicious crate. The owner of the crate was contacted immediately, and cooperated with police.

Once they opened the crate, they found portraits of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The portraits, which are named “Trump Pimp” and “Punk Hillary” are painted by artists Scott Scheidly, and were up for sale at the prominent art fair.

After further investigation, police officials deemed the crate safe and the art fair was able to open without delay at 11 a.m.

The paintings were crated as they were being shipped to buyers on Saturday, said representatives of Art Miami.