<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.com en-usTue, 16 Oct 2018 10:45:35 -0400Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:45:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Your Top Stories For October 16th]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:09:44 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+things+to+know+graphic+nbc+6+miami.PNG

It’s Tuesday, South Florida – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, a spotty shower will stay in the forecast but it will mostly be sunny with high temperatures near 90 degrees.

No. 1 – Miami Police say that a missing Wisconsin teen may be in the area. A tweet early Tuesday morning said 13-year-old Jayme Closs may have been seen yesterday in the city after both her parents were found dead inside their home thousands of miles away.

No. 2 – More than 100 firefighters knock down a fire at Delicias de España bakery on Bird Road and 57th Avenue. The bakery is a total loss and one firefighter was injured. An antique shop next door escaped fire damage and any loss. Bakery owners do plan on rebuilding.

No. 3 – Police arrested a man in connection with a violent hit and run in Brownsville. Detectives charged Leon Morton after they say he hit a woman near Northwest 32nd Avenue and 47th Street late last night, then just took off. That woman remains in the hospital in critical condition.

No. 4 – A Pompano Beach mother will be back in court today to determine who should have temporary custody of her son. 23-year-old Jocelyn Melendez's two other children were killed in a fire over the weekend while Melendez was at work.

No. 5 – Tomorrow will mark one week since Hurricane Michael made landfall in the panhandle, leaving destruction in its wake. 19 people have lost their lives because of the storm so far in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

NBC 6 and our sister station Telemundo 51 are partnering with the American Red Cross to host a phone bank this Wednesday to help victims from 10 AM to 11:30 PM

No. 6 – Today is your chance to become a mega-millionaire! $654 million is up for grabs in tonight's Mega Millions drawing, the second largest prize in the game's history!

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<![CDATA[How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Michael]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:21:58 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Organizations_Gather_Donations_for_Hurricane_Victims.jpg

Many residents in the Florida Panhandle are in need after Hurricane Michael ravaged through several cities.

There are a variety of ways you can help local residents:

Aventura Mall: Aventura Mall is collecting new generators, boxed chainsaws, flashlights, batteries, diapers, baby food, baby wipes, large boxes of sealed canned goods, new blankets, cots and sleeping bags, and large unopened bags or cans of pet food. Aventura Mall says they are not collecting clothing or used items at this time. Donations can be made between October 14th and 16th between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Feeding South Florida:  Feeding South Florida is taking 2,000 food boxes to Panama City to feed suffering families in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Click here for more information.

The American Kidney Fund: The American Kidney Fund is collecting donations to help dialysis patients threatened by Hurricane Michael. The money will go toward transportation costs, lost medications, renal diet foods, housing and more. Click here to donate. 

Airbnb: Displaced neighbors and relief workers deployed to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael can stay in selected Airbnbs for free from Oct. 8 to Oct. 29. Click here to view a map of the regions opening their homes for free. For information on hosting evacuees, click here.

The Florida Disaster Fund: The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to the Sunshine State’s communities in times of disaster. Click here to make a donation. 

Florida Urgent Rescue: Florida Urgent Rescue is working to evacuate dogs and cats impacted by Hurricane Michael. The Jacksonville-based organization also relocated several animals during Hurricane Irma and Florence. Click here for information on how you can donate.

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<![CDATA[Cops Trap Tiny Gator at Miami Gardens Gas Station]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:37:39 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101618+miami+gardens+gator+in+gas+station.jpg

Police in Miami Gardens had to wrangle a small gator that decided to make a pit stop at a local gas station.

Officials said they received a call in the middle of the night Tuesday that the gator was in the gas station, and two officers who are skilled wildlife handlers responded.

The officers were able to trap the gator and returned it to its normal habitat, as recommended by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, after taking some photos with the tiny gator.



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<![CDATA[2nd Case of Cat With Rabies Confirmed in North Miami Beach]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:45:53 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-732448261.jpg

Officials confirmed that a second cat has tested positive for rabies in the North Miami Beach area – adding to an alarming trend of animals in Miami-Dade County to be diagnosed with the virus this year.

The Florida Department of Health announced the animal tested positive, adding the stray cat had been unvaccinated and was later euthanized after being found by a Good Samaritan. That person is receiving treatment while a second person is being tested.

A 60 day rabies alert has been issued in the area where the animal was found – extending from NE 186th Street to Royal Glades Canal and from West Dixie Highway to NE 19th Avenue and running until December 14th. If another case is found, a new 60 day window will begin.

This is the eighth case of rabies that has been reported in Miami-Dade this year, including six raccoons in the Kendall area and a domestic cat in North Miami Beach.

Rabies is a potentially fatal disease and officials advise all pet owners to keep their animals vaccinated for the virus and away from wild animals. Anyone who has a pet that is bitten by a wild animal should contact their vet or Miami-Dade Animal Services while people who are bitten should contact the DOH in Miami-Dade at 305-324-2400.



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<![CDATA[Driver Arrested, Woman Hospitalized in Brownsville Hit & Run]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:20:19 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/101618+leon+morton+brownsville+hit+and+run.jpg

Police say they have made an arrest after a woman was hospitalized Monday night when a truck driver struck her and then took off in Brownsville.

Nearby surveillance videos showed the crash that happened at around 7 p.m. in the area of NW 32nd Avenue and NW 47th Street, according to Miami-Dade police.

Shaun Renee Floson,, 53, who lives in the area, was crossing the street when she was hit by a red, late 90s-model Toyota Tundra. She was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

Early Tuesday morning, police arrested the alleged driver of the truck - identified as 72-year-old Leon Morton - and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury.

Morton was being held on $7,500 bond, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[Firefighter Hurt After Blaze Engulfs SW Miami-Dade Bakery]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:17:41 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/101618+sw+miami-dade+bakery+fire.PNG

An early morning fire ripped through a Southwest Miami-Dade bakery that had been a staple of the area for decades and sent one first responder to the hospital.

Fire crews arrived at the scene of the Delicias de Espana bakery at the corner of Southwest 57th Avenue and Bird Road just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, where they were able to eventually put out the fire and keep it from spreading to other businesses but not before causing heavy damage that included a partial roof collapse.

One of the over 100 firefighters who responded was injured and rushed to the hospital, but officials have not released their condition and the exact injury.

The owner of the bakery, which had been open for 21 years and recently purchased more space in an effort to expand, told NBC 6 their business is a total loss after the fire but said he does plan to rebuild.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Records Shine New Light of FDOT’s Role in Doomed FIU Bridge ]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:15:50 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/FIU+Bridge+2.png

Three months after a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) bridge engineer expressed concerns about the design of the doomed Florida International University pedestrian bridge, many of the issues he raised had still not been addressed by the designer and builder, according to newly released documents.

In March 2016, FDOT engineer Thomas Andres noted several concerns that the state agency expected would be addressed in the next phase of drawings, called the 90 percent plans.

But in June 2016, FDOT rejected the 90 percent plans, citing some of the same concerns Andres had raised in March, according to minutes of a June 30 meeting at FDOT headquarters in Tallahassee.

This as FDOT claimed within hours of the collapse that it had done only a ”routine preliminary review” of the project – a claim FIU officials rejected as “misstatements and misinformation,” “fake news” and “so not accurate,” according to emails obtained by the NBC 6 Investigators.

The newly released documents reveal new details about the extent of FDOT’s involvement in approving aspects of the project.

They show Andres was being asked to comment on design changes as late as September 2017.

And the concerns Andres raised in March 2016 about potential cracking and other design issues were not always accepted by the bridge designers.

In June 2016, an engineer for bridge designer FIGG downplayed Andres’ concerns that a drain pipe running along the bottom center of the span “will likely create a weak point which will be a crack initiation point.” In a document prepared for a meeting with Andres on June 30, FIGG took issue with Andres’ interpretation, saying, “cracking is not expected to initiate” from the area Andres was focusing on.

A professional engineer who reviewed the latest publicly available plans for the bridge design told NBC 6 Investigators that no changes were made to address Andres’ concern about the drain pipe area.

In another exchange, FIGG responded to Andres’ concern about forces concentrating at the north end of the main span by saying Andres’ scenario was not possible, based on FIGG’s reading of its design.

It turned out that was the same area where failure occurred on March 15, 2018, the result of excessive “shear,” engineers say – the very force Andres was concerned about in that area.

When the engineers for FDOT, FIGG and FIU met again in September 2016, one of Andres’ suggestions from six months earlier – involving the inclusion of sloping edges in place of 90-degree edges - had still not been incorporated in the plans as extensively as he had proposed. In handwritten notes sent to FIGG engineers the day after that meeting, Andres said those sloped edges – or “chamfers” – would address a potential for “shear.” Again, shear is the same force that engineers say triggered the collapse.

  

  

While FDOT claimed its involvement was only preliminary, the records reveal Andres was being asked in June 2017 to comment on plans that are labeled “release for construction” – far along in the process from the preliminary designs he commented on 15 months earlier.

In September 2017, Andres was raising issues with FIGG about how it would pour concrete to create the main span’s deck, asking that the design-build team of FIGG and MCM verify they were doing what FDOT was demanding.

The latest records were released by FIU in response to a public records request by NBC 6.

FDOT and Andres have not responded to detailed questions and records requests about Andres’ role in the bridge design for several weeks. FIGG and MCM say they cannot comment while the federal investigation into the collapse continues.


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<![CDATA[Curbelo Has Slight Edge Over Mucarsel-Powell: New Poll]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:05:46 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082818+debbie+mucarsel-powell+carlos+curbelo.jpg

Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo is facing a formidable challenge in his effort to be re-elected in South Florida's District 26, with Democratic rival Debbie Mucarsel-Powell slightly behind, according to a new survey released on Monday.

According to the Mason-Dixon survey conducted for Telemundo 51, Curbelo has a 46 to 45 percent edge over Mucarsel-Powell, with 9 percent of voters undecided.

The study was conducted from October 3 to 9 among 625 registered voters in District 26 and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

The Cuban-American representative was considered one of the vulnerable Republican congressmen in the Nov. 6 election because he represents a district with a more liberal composition than other areas of South Florida. The district supported Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections.

Although Curbelo is better known than the Democratic activist who is originally from Ecuador, the survey shows that he is at a disadvantage among all ethnic groups except Cuban-Americans.

Mucarsel-Powell is favored by white voters (51-34 percent), African-Americans (83-10 percent) and non-Cuban Hispanics (62-25 percent).

Curbelo, on the other hand, has broad support from the influential Cuban-American vote (74-22 percent), as well as a majority among men and people over 50 years of age.

District 26, which includes southwest Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County, was created in 2012 and had Democrat Joe Garcia as its first representative. Curbelo is seeking reelection for the second time after defeating Garcia in 2014 and 2016.



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<![CDATA[MDPD Investigating After Video Shows Cop Hitting Suspect]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:10:04 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101518+brayn+crespo+miami-dade+police+video.jpg

Miami-Dade Police have launched a criminal internal affairs investigation after one of their officers was caught on camera allegedly hitting a handcuffed suspect.

Officials with the department announced Monday that they are working with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office on the investigation surrounding Sgt. Manuel Regueiro's actions during the March arrest of Brayn Crespo, who was charged with conspiring to deal in stolen property.

According to a warrant and an arrest affidavit, Crespo, who was 18 at the time, was arrested at his Miami-Dade home for allegedly stealing airbags out of vehicles.

Surveillance footage from inside Crespo's home showed officers breaking through a door and taking him into custody. As an officer is leading Crespo out of the home with his hands behind his back, Regueiro is seen smacking Crespo in the face.

"The actions depicted in the video are extremely disturbing and in no way represent the core values of our agency," Miami-Dade Police Director said in a statement Monday. "We hold ourselves accountable and any officers that violate the public’s trust will face the consequences of their actions."

Crespo's attorney, Cam Cornish, said he's outraged by the incident and said it was a violation of his client's civil rights. He added that he was disturbed by the reaction of the other officers in the video.

"If you look closely, you see that none of them react, none of them kind of like jerk back, or nobody even says 'hey man, don't punch this 18-year-old kid in the face,'" he said. "This officer did that because he wanted to, he did it because he could, and he did it because he thought he was going to get away with it."

Regueiro, who has been with the department for 18 years, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.

Crespo remained behind bars Monday, jail records showed.

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<![CDATA[Venezuelan Student Succeeds Amid Challenges in South Florida]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:37:49 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/venezuelan+student+101518.PNG

When Yulianna Charris moved from Venezuela to South Florida, she didn't know English and didn't have any family or friends with her.

Just two years later, Charris has managed to learn English, land a prestigious internship in Silicon Valley and become one of her college's top volleyball champs -- all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

"At first it was challenging ..." Charris told NBC 6. "I was just looking for a new and better opportunity, but it hasn't been that difficult. I've had so many people that has helped me through the process. That helps me feel like home."

Charris is a junior on a full-ride scholarship at Florida Memorial University, a historically black college in Miami Gardens. 

"This school particularly gave me an opportunity of a full-ride scholarship," she said. "And honestly with the situation in my country, I couldn’t afford any other place. And I was really grateful for that."

Raised in Venezuela's capital of Caracas, Charris sought more opportunities outside of her home country, amidst the political and economic turmoil that ails the nation.

As a finance major, Charris was invited to attend the Bloomberg Diversity Summit in New York City. A glass display case exhibiting her accomplishments sits in the college library -- a place where she spends more than an average amount of time.

"When I came here, it was really difficult for my parents to support me, and then I got this job at the library and it’s been great because it’s helped me so much," she said.

Aware of the struggles of her friends and family back home, Charris stands in solidarity with the African American community in this country — from whose experience she has learned a great deal during her time at Florida Memorial University. She hopes her country can begin to overcome some of its obstacles as well.

“Hopefully, it happens like this school. It’s still over here, you know, fighting. Still up. And like, right now it would be an example to keep fighting and hopefully, in some years, we’ll be out of that," she said. "We’ll overcome all those obstacles.”

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in finance, Charris plans to go on to obtain her MBA.

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<![CDATA[Miami Shores Motel Was 'Storefront for Narcotics': Police]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:40:47 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/miami+shores+motel+investigation+101519.PNG

Police are looking for two fugitives and have made 16 arrests from a long-term investigation into the now-closed Miami Shores Motel, which authorities have referred to as a "storefront for narcotics."

In late 2016, police say the Miami Shores Motel on Biscayne Boulevard became a hotspot for crime.

"It was becoming a very problematic spot with a lot of drug activity," Chief Kevin Lystad of the Miami Shores Police Department said in a news conference Monday.

The business closed as it was the focus of a long-term joint investigation between Miami Shores police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

"When we started to look at it, we saw a very well-organized operation trafficking and dealing in narcotics," Lystad said. "It almost became a storefront for narcotics as opposed to a motel."

Back in February of 2017, the motel was also the site of a murder after a police say a guest killed another person inside a room.

"It was identified as a blight on the community, and we ascertained that it was certainly a quality of life issue based on the fact that there were certain violent activities occurring as a nexus with the hotel," said Christopher A. Robinson of the ATF Miami Division.

The place has an order for demolition. Authorities are looking for Henry Box Jr. and Bryan J. King, who along with the 16 arrested, face state and federal charges.



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<![CDATA[McArthur High School Mustangs Are Herd of Innovation]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:57:54 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/McArthur+High+School.jpg

A pillar of the Hollywood community since the 1950’s, the McArthur High School Mustangs have added tons of horsepower over the years. Students have their choice of more than 90 clubs, activities, and sports.

“The neat thing about that is when you have that many clubs, you have created 90 leaders on your campus, so each one of those organizations has a leadership structure, so now you have leadership and pride both being developed on campus, it makes for a powerful combination and I think that’s what makes McArthur special,” said principal Todd LaPace.

When you hear the Herd of Sound, you know you’ve heard something special. That’s the school’s marching band, with more than 120 musicians blasting a wall of sound at football game crowds.

McArthur has a wonderful chorus and a dance team which has achieved state and national recognition. So there’s a commitment here to the arts, but the school also started a unique program to give high-performing but low-income kids a boost to the nation’s best colleges. It’s called SPIDER, an acronym for Success, Promise, Initiative, Determination, Experience and Resources.

SPIDER provides SAT tutoring these kids might otherwise not be able to afford. The students in the program go on college tours, they attend seminars on how to write application essays, and they’re required to do a project such as designing an app or starting a business or doing research.

“So whatever it is that these kids are passionate about, whether it’s helping other people or just making money, whatever it is we encourage the kids to do that and we give them the resources so we can do it, we’re their rich uncle,” explained the program’s founder, Peta-Gaye Bisset, who also teaches AP calculus.

And it looks good on a college application, right?

“Absolutely, because it shows that they’ve got that initiative and determination that colleges are looking for,” Bisset said.

“And now I’m proud to say we have kids going all over the country,” added LaPace. “We have ‘em going to Yale, we have ‘em going to Harvard, and the best thing is when we go out to those schools to visit them once a year we now have those students being walked around by our own students on the campuses.”

McArthur added a speech and debate program five years ago and the team is already gaining national recognition. When we visited students were discussing the Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. That’s one of the beauties of speech and debate, it gets kids thinking.

“For me as an educator I get to see these students care and really take an interest in what’s going on in today’s society,” said Sarah Beauchamp, the debate teacher.

Speaking of societal problems, the expansive horticulture and aquaculture program, which has more than 80 students involved, is showing how using fish to fertilize plants could alleviate world hunger.

It’s clear that the McArthur Mustangs are a thundering herd of innovation.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Collection Donations for Michael Victims]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:47:45 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/South_Florida_Collection_Donations_for_Michael_Victims.jpg

NBC 6's Darryl Forges has more as those across the area are teaming with iHeart Media to give back to those devastated by the massive storm.

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<![CDATA[Investigation Continues After Fire Killed 2 Young Sisters]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:35:43 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101518+Sofia+Melendez+Abigail+Espinoza.jpg

Neighbors and investigators are still searching for answers following the deaths of two young girls in Pompano Beach over the weekend after a fire swept through their home.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials say 5-month-old Abigail Espinoza and 5-year-old Sofia Melendez were killed in Saturday's fire at the Banyan Club Apartments at 1830 Northeast 48th Street.

Loved ones gathered Monday night to pray and say their last goodbyes in a vigil at the apartment complex.

"They were adorable," said neighbor Steven Fortuna. "As everybody else I cried. You can’t do anything but cry. I can’t explain it. It’s a future loss. It’s a doctor, a teacher. We lost the future."

Neighbors also held a vigil Sunday night for the girls, whose bodies were found in their apartment after firefighters extinguished the early morning fire.

"Too hard, too sad," neighbor Leticia Lopez told NBC 6.

BSO officials said the girls' mother, 23-year-old Jocelyn Melendez, left her daughters and 2-year-old son in the care of her 15-year-old sister while she went to work. The teen left the girls alone, but had the 2-year-old with her.

Numerous residents who were at home when the fire broke out Saturday morning say the smoke alarms didn’t go off until it was too late. Neighbors also said another woman lived in the apartment with her child but they were not home.

Detectives have not released a cause of the fire but said it remains under investigation.

The property management company, CMC Management said they are in charge of the fire alarms and electrical connections. They say they passed a fire inspection in June, but that has not been verified by NBC 6. The company says they are releasing a statement later Monday.

The mother of the girls will see a judge Tuesday about custody of her 2-year-old son.



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<![CDATA[The Daily Mix: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Oct. 15]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:58:07 -0400 their wedding on Oct. 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. ]]> their wedding on Oct. 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. ]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10519541841.jpg

A new work week has started, South Florida – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, the pleasant conditions stick around with a small chance of afternoon storms and highs in the upper 80s.

No. 1 – Student in custody after posting alleged threats to two Davie schools

Davie Police said the threats were made toward Nova High School and Nova Middle School this weekend, announcing the person involved had been caught in an early Monday morning tweet.

Investigators discovered a 15-year-old female student at Nova Middle School was behind the threats, with the teen at first denying being the person who made them before telling investigators she meant it as a prank and was "put up" to posting the messages.

No. 2 – President Trump making visit to Florida areas devastated by Hurricane Michael

Millions continue to pick up the pieces after Michael as nearly half a million people are still without power and it could be weeks before their power is restored.

Do you want to help? Aventura Mall is collecting donations – from food to baby items, batteries and more. Our partners at iHeart Media will drive the donations up to the panhandle. NBC 6 reporter Jamie Guirola will be reporting live from there starting Monday afternoon.

No. 3 – Another royal baby as Prince Harry, Meghan Markle are expecting

The duke and duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby this spring. The new royal baby will be seventh in the line to the throne. The baby won't automatically receive the title of prince or princess unless the queen says so. Queen Elizabeth issued new letters of patent in 2012 declaring that all of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children will have the title.

No. 4 - #MeToo Movement marks one year anniversary

One tweet led to a nationwide movement and sparked a conversation about workplace sexual harassment. Actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet encouraged others to come forward if they've been sexually harassed.

Pew Research Center says the hashtag has been tweeted more than 19 million times since Milano’s original tweet.

No. 5 – Miami Dolphins come back for epic overtime win – and open up quarterback debate

With Brock Osweiler under center filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill, the Miami Dolphins moved to 4-2 on the season with a 31-28 victory over the Chicago Bears. The victory keeps the Fins on pace with the New England Patriots in the AFC East – and now has some wondering if Osweiler should get the starting job when Miami hosts the Detroit Lions next week.

No. 6 – 'SNL' opens with Kanye West White House visit

Rapper Kanye West's bizarre White House meeting with President Donald Trump and former NFL player Jim Brown was the subject of many parts of this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," including the cold open.

"Thank you all for joining us today for this important discussion," Alec Baldwin's Trump said at the start. "It's in no way a publicity stunt. This is a serious, private conversation between three friends plus 50 reporters with pens."

 He then welcomed West, played by Chris Redd, with a series of nicknames: "Yeezus" and "Yandhi," among others.

 Click here to watch. 

No. 7 – Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson break up and call off engagement

It's over between Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson.

The 25-year-old singer and 24-year-old SNL star began a whirlwind romance this summer and quickly became a fan-favorite celebrity couple. In June, it was revealed that Grande and Davidson were engaged and she soon showcased a diamond ring. News of their breakup comes a month after her ex Mac Miller was found dead at age 26. The singer mourned the rapper's death publicly on Twitter and stepped away from the spotlight.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot at Lauderdale Lakes Gas Station: Police]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:36:25 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/101418+LAUDERDALE+LAKES+SHOOTING.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting at a gas station in Lauderdale Lakes that sent one man to the hospital.

The incident happened at a Citgo gas station on North State Road 7 and 44th Court early Sunday morning.

“It was like boom boom, two shots, and I woke up,” said a local resident who wanted to remain anonymous. “I heard people screaming and I got up to see if the doors are locked and I turned on the alarm.”

Her suspicions were confirmed by Broward Sheriff’s Office. Police said an altercation broke out between two groups at 5 a.m. Sunday. The argument escalated and one person came back with a gun and started shooting randomly into the crowd, leaving one person wounded. 

Broward Fire Rescue took the victim to Broward Health Medical Center for his injuries, where he later died.

The victim was identified as Cliff Ismael, 26, of North Lauderdale. 

The suspect was later arrested. His identity has not yet been released. It’s unclear what charges will be filed.

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

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Desolate Area of Lauderhill: Police]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:23:06 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/101418+lauderhill+investigation.png

Police are searching for clues in a death investigation that took place in Lauderhill.

According to investigators, a body was found by a passenger of a vehicle that drove by around 5 p.m. Sunday. The corpse had no bullet holes, knife wounds or obvious signs of trauma, officials said. They went on to say that the body was found in an unlikely place for pedestrians to be.

The victim is said to be a man in his mid to late 30s. He was found before 5 p.m. Sunday lying face down and shirtless on Rock Island Road near 44th Street.

"The police department arrived on scene to find a black male, in fact, lying on the side of the road and was not breathing or responsive," said Lt. Mike Santiago of the Lauderhill Police Department.

It’s a mystery to police how the man could have ended up in the area east of the Inverrary Country Club, which is cut off to pedestrian traffic.

"There’s nothing to indicate any abuse or any type of injury to the individual as of right now,” said Lt. Santiago. "Again, the person was found face down between the railing and the fence along Rock Island Road on the 4200 block, between the country club and the Turnpike, so where the body was actually found is somewhat of a desolate area."

Police say they need the public’s help. Anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious, such as a car stopped on the side of the road, are urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Son Found After Taken From Dad's Custody by Mom: Police]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 22:25:03 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101318+Missing+Juvenile+Hialeah.png

A 7-year-old boy who was taken by his mother from his father's South Florida home has been found, police said Monday.

The father was on his way to Georgia to reunite with his son, state authorities told the Hialeah Police Department. Additional information was not available.

Rickquita Wright, who lives in Georgia, visited her ex-husband Roy Stephens II's Hialeah home Saturday morning and took off with their 7-year-old son Roy Stephens III, who is asthmatic and under the father's custody, the Hialeah Police Department said.

"She was getting out of control, getting out of hand and stuff," said Stephens. "I knew right then I needed to call 911. As I proceeded to go into the house to get the phone, I come back out, she took off with him."

"Once Mr. Stephens was distracted, Wright put the child in her vehicle and fled the scene in a Silver Toyota Corolla, bearing Georgia tag CGZ9069," police said in a statement. "The vehicle was occupied by two unknown males and an unknown female."

Wright was last seen wearing a white Nike t-shirt along with black tights. The child was last seen wearing a white shirt with blue shorts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hialeah police at 305-687-2525 or contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

This story has been updated.



Photo Credit: Hialeah Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Florida Keys]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:44:34 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/220*120/101418+pumpkins.jpg

A creative group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys to carve pumpkins.

The event took place at the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest that took place Sunday near Key Largo.

Underwater artists of all ages used dive knives and carving tools to transform their orange gourds into sea creatures. Participants were also challenged to keep the hollow, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while the artists worked their magic.

Sebastian Gimeno, 16, and his brother Gabriel, from Weston, impressed the judges with their dolphin and half-moon cutout to win a dive trip.

Other pump-kin entries included sharks, a sea horse, an eel, sea turtle and a skeleton fish.



Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Tractor Trailer Falls Off Highway; Killing Driver]]> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 23:13:44 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/101318+tractor+trailer.jpg

An investigation is underway after a 53-foot tractor trailer fell off a South Florida interstate, leaving the driver dead.

The incident happened Saturday morning  on the southbound lane of the State Road 91 ramp to I-595.

Officials said Roliandis Oliveros, 29, was driving on the exit ramp to I-595, when the driver crashed with the concrete barrier wall. The trailer and truck fell off the ramp, causing it to land in a grassy area about 80-90 feet below on its roof.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Organizations & Volunteers Help Hurricane Michael Victims]]> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 18:52:40 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/101318+feeding+south+florida.jpg

In the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastation, local organizations like Feeding South Florida and volunteers are stepping up to help those in need.

2,000 boxes are leaving the Feeding South Florida food bank in Pembroke Park and heading to Panama City to feed suffering families in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

Over 100 employee-volunteers teamed up, assembly line style, to get food boxes ready and distributed as quickly as possible.

“It feels good,” said Jason of BBX Capital about giving back. “Living in South Florida, I understand hurricanes.”

The company started the group volunteer effort after Irma.

“It all started with one employee wanting to help,” said the president of BBX Capital.

The group reached their goal of packing 30,000 meals.

Feeding South Florida doesn’t just help people in natural disasters. They also help feed people in South Florida every day and are in constant need of donations. They accept pop top cans and shelf stable items. To donate to Feeding South Florida, click here.

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<![CDATA[Two Young Girls Die in Pompano Beach Apartment Fire]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:48:33 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101318+Pompano+Beach+Fire.png

Fire officials are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that killed two young girls in Pompano Beach Saturday.

The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. at the Banyan Club apartments at the 1800 block of Northeast 48th Street.

Neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke billowing from an apartment. Rescue crews arrived and put out the fire, where the found the remains of two young girls inside the home. The girls were five months and five years old.

A neighbor who tried to save the children from the fire told NBC 6 he and another resident went into the unit with a fire extinguisher calling out to victims, but the smoke was too thick and he said no one answered.

"I could only go into the living room," said Daniel Grache. "The kitchen was not on fire. The flames came from the room the children were in." 

The mother of the girls, Jocelyn Martinez, 23, had left the girls and her two-year-old son in the car of her 15-year-old sister while she went to work.

“The truth is that it impacted me when my wife called me and told me the apartment had caught fire,” said Carlos Castro-Posada, a friend of the victims’ family. “It’s such a sad event. One does not expect this.”

A neighbor said the sister went with the two-year-old boy to buy milk and left the apartment door open. An investigation is now underway.

"I feel sad... devastated," said Ruben Calderon, a neighbor. "The five-year-old girl played with my son." 

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Game Preview: Week Six vs. Bears]]> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 11:58:46 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631233528.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will try and half a two-game skid when they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

After starting the year at 3-0, Miami has dropped consecutive decisions. The Dolphins were dominated in New England, before they blew a large lead in Cincinnati. The Bears meanwhile are 3-1 and have won three straight games.

Ryan Tannehill is listed as questionable on Miami's injury report with a shoulder problem. Tannehill injured the shoulder during last week's loss and has been limited in practice. The quarterback may still play against Chicago, but Miami could opt to play it safe instead. If Tannehill is unable to go, the Dolphins will turn to Brock Osweiler at QB.

Chicago's defense has been stellar and Miami's offensive line is wounded. Miami's quarterback on Sunday could have a difficult day, no matter who it is. Led by Khalil Mack, the Bears have allowed the fewest points in the National Football League thus far. The Bears are good at stopping both the running game and the passing game, while Miami has struggled offensively as of late.

The Bears are also coming off a bye week, while the Dolphins are not. Chicago head coach Andy Reid has had a lot of success in games following a bye week during his career. That success points to his ability to prepare his team properly and keep things running smoothly. All signs point to a fourth straight win for the Bears in this game, but an upset is still possible.

Miami has not lost at home this season, though it has not hosted a team as talented as the Bears so far. The weather could help the Dolphins, as the forecast calls for temperatures approaching 90 degrees. Besides the location and temperature, Miami will have to put pressure on Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky early and often. The Bears lit up Tampa Bay for 48 points last week, but their offense is not considered elite. If Trubisky can find himself in some early trouble, the Dolphins may be able to come away with a big surprise victory.

In addition to Tannehill's injury, Miami has also listed Bobby McCain, Charles Harris, T.J. McDonald, DeVante Parker, Laremy Tunsil, A.J. Derby and Jakeem Grant as questionable. Cameron Wake is listed as doubtful meanwhile and will likely not play in this game.

Sunday's game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[District 27 Candidates Square Off in Telemundo 51 Debate]]> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:57:12 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101319+Debate+JIF+T51NBC+6.gif

The candidates for Florida’s hotly-contested 27th Congressional U.S. Senate seat squared off in their first televised debate hosted by Telemundo 51, clashing on everything from immigration and the economy to South Florida's climate change and traffic congestion issues.

The exclusive debate will air at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spanish on Telemundo 51 and online on Telemundo51.com, and in English on NBC6.com. The one-hour debate was recorded at WSCV’s studios and moderated by Telemundo 51’s senior political reporter Marilys Llanos.

Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, broadcast journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, and immigration attorney Mayra Joli are running to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who announced her intention to retire after almost 30 years in Congress.

Throughout the debate, the Democrat Shala stressed the importance of her experience in Washington, while the Republican Salazar focused on her years of covering issues impacting the community. Joli, who is running as an independent, said she isn't beholden to any political party or special interests.

The first question the candidates were asked about was Obamacare, a key issue affecting District 27, which has the highest number of people enrolled in Obamacare in the nation. Salazar said she believes parts of Obamacare are good but it's still flawed, and argued that instead of a healthcare monopoly there should be competition to improve the service. Shalala said Obamacare is an excellent program that has helped working people afford comprehensive health care, but admitted that it needs some fixing. Joli said she'd like to eliminate Obamacare.

One of the more heated exchanges came when Salazar criticized Shalala's leadership at the University of Miami. Shalala said she built "a world-class university" that created jobs in the community.

All three candidates agreed that steps need to be taken to deal with environmental issues in South Florida, including sea level rise and water quality issues. They also agreed that steps must be taken to deal with local traffic issues, though they didn't necessarily agree with what exact steps should be taken.

Salazar and Shalala disagreed over the state of the economy and jobs. Salazar said the economy has been improving under Republican leadership and said South Florida needs to utilize federal programs to assist people with low incomes. Shalala disagreed about the economy, saying many people are working long hours and need more fair wages and benefits. Joli said Miami needs to bring back the aviation industry and factories, and needs to do a better job of promoting small businesses.

The most recent Mason-Dixon poll showed Salazar and Shalala nearly neck-and-neck in the district among 625 registered voters polled, with Salazar leading 44 to 42 percent. Joli had 1 percent and another 13 percent were undecided.

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<![CDATA[Man Sues After Nearly Losing Toe at Miami Dolphins Game]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 23:23:44 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/Man+Sues+Dolphins+101218.PNG

A man is suing the Miami Dolphins after he nearly lost his toe from a falling slab of marble while at a home game at Hard Rock Stadium.

Jean Michaud was at LIV -- a club inside the stadium -- two Sundays ago waiting for a drink when a large slab from underneath the bar fell on his foot.

"First thing I did was request assistance from security," Michaud said. "It was about 30 minutes before someone arrived."

It took another hour for medical assistance to arrive, Michaud alleged. 

"When they did remove the sock everyone's reaction was the same – they covered their face, and I didn't see it yet, but I knew it was bad," Michaud recalled.

The falling marble sliced his big toe. The injury was so bad, doctors initially thought they had to amputate it.

"They said they would try to save it," Michaud said. "Through the surgery, they were able to keep the toe attached with stitches, but they said I won't have a nail bed moving forward, so there's that frustration."

Michaud said the Dolphins sent him a fruit basket and to call them when he got better. 

His stitches were removed, but he still has to use a walker and visit the doctor regularly.

Now, he's suing the team for medical expenses and lifestyle interruption.

"(The injury) alters (my life), especially me not knowing when I will be able to walk again," Michaud said.

Michaud's lawyer said the issue is bigger than what happened to her client.

"We want the Dolphins to be told, if you are going to fill stadiums with thousands of people your construction needs to be up to code," Danielle Cohen said. "We need to feel safe."

The Miami Dolphins told NBC 6 the team is declining to comment on the case at this time.



Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>