<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2019 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-usSat, 19 Jan 2019 09:54:30 -0500Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:54:30 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[South Florida Holding Events Honoring MLK This Weekend]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:39:56 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-693534.jpg

This weekend, residents across South Florida will be honoring the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – while officials remind you to celebrate safely.

Here are some of the events taking place during the holiday weekend to honor King’s life.

Broward

The town of Davie will hold their annual celebration Sunday at Town Hall (6591 Orange Drive) starting at 1 p.m. with light refreshments, youth entertainment and activities along with guest speakers and a poetry contest.

Fort Lauderdale will be holding their annual parade and non-violent march starting at 9 a.m. on Monday at Lincoln Park before heading east on Sistrunk Boulevard to Northwest 7th Avenue, south to 2nd Street and ending at Esplanade Park.

Miami-Dade

The city of Miami will be holding their annual parade on Monday starting at 11 a.m. and ending around 4 p.m. Miami Police tweeted a list of road closures that will be in effect due to the parade

The YMCA of South Florida will be holding their MLK Day of Service in the Allapattah area for volunteers to work on numerous projects in the area. For more information, click on this link.



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<![CDATA[ICYMI: Abortion Bill Uproar; Banned for Jumping Off Cruise]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 08:58:16 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011919+ICYMI+FL.png

Here are some of the top stories for last week from the NBC 6 Weekend Digest:

New Bill Would Ban Abortions in Florida After Heartbeat Is Detected

A Florida lawmaker has filed a new bill that would ban abortions in the state if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill, HB-235, would make it a third-degree felony for a doctor to perform such abortions, and would also redefine an "unborn fetus" as an "unborn human being."

For more information, click here.

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Former NFL Player Beats Up Alleged Peeping Tom at Florida Home

A man accused of peeping into a teen girl's bedroom in South Florida apparently picked the wrong home after he was caught and beaten up by the girl's father, a former NFL player.

Geoffrey Cassidy, 48, was arrested on a lewd and lascivious behavior charge after the encounter with former Detroit Lion and Tennessee Titan.

For more information, click here.

Florida School Districts Struggle with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana has been legal in Florida for more than two years but many school districts haven’t set policies about administering the drug to students who need it.

NBC 6 Investigators spoke with a group of parents pushing school officials to follow state law and develop a policy.

For more information, click here.

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Man Banned From Royal Caribbean After Jumping Off Cruise Ship

A group of men have been banned from cruising with Royal Caribbean for life after one of them was filmed jumping from their 11th-floor balcony on the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in the Bahamas.

The man posted footage of the frightening jump into the ocean at Nassau on his Instagram account.

For more information, click here

Oakland Park Neighborhood on Alert After Continued Coyote Sightings

Residents in one Oakland Park neighborhood are asking for the county’s help after the latest sighting of coyotes near the development.

Neighbors snapped photos of the wild animals near the Oak Tree community, saying they have been spotting the animals as far back as one year ago.

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[MLK Weekend Activities: Art Deco, Block Party, Marlins Golf]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:24:28 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+Weekend+Roundup+FL.png

Check out some of the upcoming activities in South Florida with the NBC 6 Weekend Roundup:

MLK Events

This long holiday weekend, residents across South Florida will be honoring the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cities in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties will honor Dr. King with events including parades and non-violent marches. The YMCA of South Florida will also be holding their MLK Day of Service in the Allapattah for volunteers to work on numerous projects in the area. Click here for more details.

Art Deco Weekend

The longest-running free community cultural festival in Miami Beach is back! Running from January 18th through the 20th, Art Deco will have over 85 unique events for the entire family. The event will feature live music, art, food, and tons of street entertainment. The Classic Car show is also back, and of course, so is the Bark Deco Dog Show, which will be full of prizes and treats for your furry friends. Click here for more details.

Coconut Grove Block Party

Prism Creative Group has teamed up with Grove Bid to transform Main Highway from Commodore Plaza to Fuller into a block party that is sure to make you fall in love with the Grove even more. This Saturday for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests can enjoy Latin funk and reggae tunes by Locos Por Juana. Plus, some of your favorite eats from Jaguar Hospitality Group and the Spillover will pop out of their storefronts and into the streets. The event is free and open to the public. Bike riders, there will be free bike valet parking just for you. Click here for more details.

Playyyyy Ballllll

Just because it’s not baseball season doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at the ballpark. This weekend, you’ll be able to play golf at Marlins Park. The Miami Marlins have partnered with Stadium Links to transform Marlins Park into a one-of-a-kind nine-hole golf course for three days. Tee times will be offered early morning and ending in the evening. The ballpark lights will illuminate the entire course under the night sky, which could make this a perfect date idea. Click here for more details.

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<![CDATA[ATV, Dirt Bike Riders Hit Streets Ahead of MLK Rideout]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:38:20 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+mlk+rideout+new.jpg

Two people were arrested after a large group of ATV and dirt bike riders hit the streets of Miami-Dade Friday evening, days ahead of the so-called "Wheels Up, Guns Down" MLK Rideout that's usually held on the Monday holiday.

The group was seen driving in northwest Miami-Dade before stopping at a gas station in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and Northwest 54th Street. The group then headed to Downtown Miami.

Footage showed many in the group popping wheelies and driving on sidewalks. Most were riding in and out of traffic and going the wrong way down roads.

Two men were arrested as of Friday night involving the rideout. Miami-Dade police said 21-year-old Jonathan Spignolio and 28-year-old Raymond Gonzalez were arrested for weapons violations at the intersection of NW 119th Street and 24th Avenue.

ATV and motorcycle riders have been taking part in the massive South Florida rideout on Martin Luther King Day in recent years, but police and the Florida Highway Patrol say they are doing all they can to stop it this year.



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<![CDATA[Musician Mentor Has Unique Way of Seeing the World]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:25:09 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Daniel+Solomon.PNG

The advanced orchestra at Palmetto Senior High School in Pinecrest Village doesn’t usually accept freshmen, but the band director made an exception for the exceptional redheaded violin player, Daniel Solomon.

“I think of myself as an advocate for people with disabilities,” Daniel said.

You have to look carefully to realize the boy with the thick glasses is legally blind. Daniel is the freshman class treasurer, always busy, always finding ways to navigate the challenges of high school.

“I always sit in the front, in the front seat and usually I still have trouble seeing the board,” Daniel explained.

So to compensate, he takes pictures of the board and his textbooks and puts them through a magnifying app on his phone. To play his violin, Daniel uses a tablet to enlarge his sheet music, which he color-codes in advance.

“And so when I’m playing it, I know, purple, that means this, yellow, that means I have to do this, so I’ve kind of made my own music language, I guess,” Daniel said.

His friends notice Daniel’s ingenuity and his relentless positivity and it inspires them.

“Yeah, I think it does because it shows that no matter what’s wrong with you, that nothing can stop you, you can still be like a normal child, have a normal childhood,” said classmate Arin Khanna.

“He even inspires me because he always is helping other people, even if he doesn’t have to,” added another of Daniel’s classmates, A.J. Amster.

In seventh and eighth grades at Palmetto Middle School, Daniel organized band concerts which raised over $5,000 for his school’s music program. He’s in the midst of organizing a bigger event this year, and he also started a mentoring program, persuading his orchestra peers to visit middle school musicians every week.

“Later on when the middle school students come to high school, they’ll have a friend here and they’ll have someone they can look up to for advice,” Daniel said. “It’s kind of a way of giving back for all the help that people have given me.”

One thing you’ll never from Daniel is any kind of moping about his condition, about the unfair hand life has dealt him. He has a unique way of seeing the world.

“I love puzzles, I love solving puzzles, I love Sudoku, and I really do think of this as a puzzle, I think of it as saying yes, I have a disability, and yes, now I get to do this differently,” he said.

His orchestra teacher says Daniel is a role model.

“My favorite thing is when kids complain about something they can’t do, I always tell them there are plenty of people in this world that do just fine, and I think he is very much a testament to that,” said Jorge Padron, the conductor.

It’s part of Daniel’s philosophy, another element of this young man’s personality that makes him wise beyond his years.

“It’s not about sitting there and moping about why you have this or why this happened to you, it’s about turning your disability into a 'diversability,'” Daniel said, perhaps coining a new word.

He may not perceive every detail, but Daniel clearly sees what’s important in life.



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<![CDATA[Tourist Says He Found Hidden Cameras in Miami Airbnb]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:45:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+hidden+cameras+miami+airbnb+max+vest.jpg

A tourist who planned to stay in an Airbnb in Miami says he found two hidden cameras disguised as phone chargers in his room.

Max Vest arrived at the two-bedroom apartment he was renting at the Camden Brickell building on Sunday and says he received a tour from the host. He says later on when he was alone in the room, he found the two devices plugged into outlets, one under a large mirror and another under an air freshener.

"It was shocking. I did not know what to think at first, I did not know if I was being watched live or if it was just being recorded, or what was going on there," Vest told NBC 6 on Friday.

Vest, who was visiting from Gainesville, said he left the apartment and found somewhere else to stay, but not before taking video on his cell phone of the apartment. He said police told him there were dozens of video files on each device, but Vest said he's confident he wasn't filmed.

"It was a shared Airbnb, it was a two bedroom, two bath, he lived in one bedroom and he rented out the other bedroom to guests. So he was there, he was there the whole time," Vest said.

Vest contacted Miami Police and officials said that they're investigating the incident and trying to identify possible victims. Police declined to give further details about the investigation to NBC 6.

"Our community’s privacy and safety is our priority. We are working to fully support Mr. Vest, including a refund for the reservation," Airbnb said in a statement. "We require hosts to clearly disclose any security cameras in writing on their listings and we have strict standards governing surveillance devices in listings. This host has been removed from our community."

A representative for Camden Brickell said tenants aren't allowed to participate in Airbnb programs because they are against company policy and a violation of the lease agreement.



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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Robbing SoFlo Bank During Nationwide Spree]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:53:33 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+fbi+multi+state+burglar.jpg

The FBI is searching for a man they say has robbed seven banks in six states over the last three weeks – starting his alleged crime spree in South Florida.

Officials released photos of the man dubbed the “Traveling Bandit”, who they say started with the Capital Bank in Aventura on December 28th before allegedly robbing banks in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois and Utah.

The agency says the subject approaches the counter with a note saying he has a weapon and demanding money before leaving in a white SUV, described as either a Ford Explorer or Expedition.

No one has been hurt in any of the incidents.

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



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Now Available on Roku]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:45:32 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120718+roku+nbc+6.jpg

NBC 6 is now available on Roku. Our new Roku app lets you browse current news videos, get the most up-to-date forecast from the NBC 6 Weather Team and watch our top stories on your TV whenever you want. 

The app refreshes with new videos throughout the day, giving you access to the latest local story highlights, breaking news, weather and consumer investigative reporting from our award-winning journalists.

You can download the NBC 6 app from the Roku Channel Store and stream on-demand content on your Roku TV or a Roku streaming player for free. 

Simply search for "NBC 6" in the Roku app using your remote and the on-screen keyboard.

We hope you enjoy our new app. Please rate it in the Channel Store and send us your feedback to WTVJdigitalfeedback@nbcuni.com.  Your comments will help us improve the app experience.

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<![CDATA[Food Donated to TSA Employees at MIA During Shutdown]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:09:12 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Food_Donated_to_TSA_Employees_at_MIA_During_Shutdown.jpg

NBC 6's Julia Bagg shows us how FarmShare is helping out those families who are missing out on paychecks during the battle.

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<![CDATA[Gov. DeSantis Suspends Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:45:48 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+ron+desantis+susan+bucher.jpg

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher following a series of controversies during the 2018 election.

DeSantis made the announcement at a Friday afternoon news conference in West Palm Beach.

Bucher came under fire when her office missed the deadline to recount ballots in the U.S. Senate race during the election in November. DeSantis said the office didn't complete the recount until 50 days after the election.

"The elections office in Palm Beach County demonstrated on a national stage that they simply could not comply with the laws of the state and that Supervisor Bucher could not discharge the duties that she was supposed to discharge," DeSantis said. "They've truly been the Keystone Cops of elective administration."

DeSantis will be replacing her with Wendy Link, a Palm Beach County real estate lawyer. He said Link does not plan to run for reelection.

Bucher had earlier told the Sun-Sentinel she was unaware of the suspension.

"He's going to have to prove I did anything wrong," Bucher said. "They [the state] had [election] monitors here 24-7."

After the recount deadline miss, Bucher told reporters her office did everything it could, and blamed aging equipment for the delays in meeting the deadline for machine recount results. Bucher would be the second South Florida election official suspended in the wake of the 2018 election, after previous Gov. Rick Scott suspended Broward's Brenda Snipes before he left office.

In the aftermath of the election, Snipes said she would resign on Jan. 4, but Scott immediately suspended her. Snipes then attempted to rescind her resignation and challenged the governor's suspension as "malicious" and politically motivated, filing a suit against both Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida Senate.

At Friday's news conference, DeSantis said he would be accepting the resignation Snipes had tendered and was signing an executive order to end the litigation.

"We are going to move beyond this controversy," DeSantis said.

DeSantis has already suspended two other Florida officials in the less than two weeks since he's been governor, including Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and the superintendent of schools in Okaloosa County.



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<![CDATA[Taxi Driver Killed in Crash During Possible Robbery in Miami]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:37:31 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+taxi+crash+possible+robbery+miami.jpg

A taxi driver was killed after his car crashed into a tree during a possible robbery in Miami early Friday.

Miami Police said officers responded to the area of Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 48th Street around 6 a.m. and found the taxi next to a palm tree.

The driver of the taxi appeared to be critically injured and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He later died from his injuries, officials said.

A witness said he saw a man being dragged by the taxi just before it hit the tree. Police confirmed the man being dragged was actually the taxi driver.

The witness Robert Vanderborg, said he saw a man fleeing the scene.

"He was bald, shaved head, shiny, I don't remember 100 percent if he was clean-shaven," Vanderborg said.

Police haven't released the driver's name or any other information on the possible robbery.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Soldier Among Syria Suicide Bombing Victims]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:58:56 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011819+jonathan+farmer+soldier+killed+in+syria.jpg

A South Florida soldier has been identified as one of those killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria earlier this week.

The Department of Defense confirmed the identities of three people that were killed, including Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer. The 37-year-old Farmer was a Boynton Beach resident who had been assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Farmer joined the Army in 2005 and served overseas during six tours of duty, including twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

DOD officials also confirmed a Navy cryptologic technician and a civilian contractor were killed in Wednesday’s attack.

At least 16 people in total were killed in the explosion, which came just one month after President Trump announced U.S. forces would begin to be pulled out of the country and that ISIS had been defeated.

The terror group claimed responsibility for the attack but has not produced evidence to support that claim, according to NBC News.

The attack was the deadliest since U.S. forces entered the country in 2015.



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<![CDATA[Warmer Start, Cooler End to Holiday Weekend Across South FL]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:57:53 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-462357178.jpg

As many across South Florida prepare for a three day weekend due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, the forecast for the area will be all over the map thanks to the latest cold front arriving this weekend.

Friday, high temperatures will be pushing into the high 70s after several days of cooler weather ahead of a forecast Saturday that sees morning lows in the mid to upper 60s and high temps near 80 degrees with an isolated shower.

On Sunday, the front arrives and bumps rain chances up to 40 percent in the morning with lows in the upper 60s but high temperatures barely reaching the mid-70s across the area.

For the holiday on Monday, South Florida could be seeing some of the coolest temperatures of the winter season so far with morning lows in the upper 40s across most of the area and high temps struggling to reach 70 degrees.

Temperatures will go up slightly in the days that follow before another front that is scheduled to arrive next Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Loved Ones Hope for Miami Lakes Hit-and-Run Victim's Healing]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:54:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/miami+lakes+hit+run+vigil+011719.PNG

Former students and loved ones of a retired teacher are on a mission to track down the hit-and-run driver who left the Miami Lakes woman with critical injuries over the weekend.

Close to 100 people came together Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil at Shula's Athletic Club in support of 75-year-old Natalie Farber. She was struck by a car Saturday afternoon at the busy intersection of Bedlington Road and Fairway Drive. The driver fled the scene.

"It's sad because you would never think somebody would do something as horrible as leaving somebody on the side of the street," said Andrea Gil, a friend of Farber's.

The retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher and avid tennis player was described as loving, giving and spirited.

Despite her life-threatening injuries, Farber hasn't lost her competitive spirit.

"I've been seeing her daily in the hospital. She's fighting," Wendy Hammond, Farber's friend, said.

Detectives say solving this case is difficult because there were no witnesses, there’s no surveillance video, and no debris was left behind by the vehicle.

The Crime Stoppers reward climbed to $5,000 as loved ones beg for answers.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Miami-Dade police at 305-471-2425. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Tips that lead to an arrest can be eligible for the award.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in 2016 Double Murder at SW Miami-Dade Nightclub]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:44:16 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/goulds+double+murder+m011719.PNG

A man was charged in the murder of two men more than two years after they were shot and killed outside of a nightclub in southwest Miami-Dade.

Prosecutors say Miquell Simmons, 28, killed Von-Tavius Sands and Eddie Seymour on Sept. 10, 2016 outside of the M&M Too Sweet Lounge near SW 220th Street and 120th Avenue.

Miami-Dade police detectives have been searching for a suspect for two years. They say the victims were targeted by the shooter because of the gold chains they were wearing.

Detectives were able to track down the suspect because of fingerprints on a car window at the scene of the crime.

Simmons is facing two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed robbery and one count of armed carjacking. Attorney information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Broward Man Used Fortnite to Recruit Child Porn Victim: AG]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:25:31 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011719+Anthony+Gene+Thomas.jpg

A Broward County man used the popular game Fortnite to recruit an underage teen to engage in sexual activity and get pornographic photos and videos of the minor, and investigators believe there could be as many as 20 more victims, authorities said Thursday.

Anthony Gene Thomas, 41, is facing charges of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computers, traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity, possession with intention to promote sexual performance of a child, 22 counts of child pornography and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office announced.

Authorities said a co-conspirator of Thomas made contact with the victim through Fortnite and introduced the teen to Thomas. Thomas manipulated the victim with gifts, including credit cards and a cellphone, and eventually arranged to pick up the victim in Brevard County and take the victim to Broward in August 2018, authorities said.

Thomas engaged in sexual activity with the victim but police found the teen after the teen's parents called police to declare the teen missing, authorities said.

Investigators later served a search warrant on Thomas' phone and found pornographic images and videos of the victim, authorities said.

"This case is disturbing not only because it involves child pornography, but also because a popular online game was used to communicate with the victim," Moody said in a statement. "We have reason to believe there could be additional victims, and I am asking anyone with information about the recruiting of minors for child pornography, or any other type of sexual exploitation, to call law enforcement immediately."

Thomas remained behind bars in Broward County Thursday but will face the charges in Brevard. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[Woman Needed Her ‘Lifeline to the Outside World’ Fixed]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:52:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/011719+landline+repaired+for+woman.jpg

For Nancy Streno, the sound of her home phone ringing gives her peace of mind.

“It’s my lifeline to the outside world,” she said.

Streno’s landline offers her a way to stay connected with her family. So when her phone suddenly stopped working in October, she didn’t realize there was a problem until she got an unexpected visit from her kids.

“They came to the door to see if I was alive or lying on the floor,” she told NBC 6 Responds.

Streno called AT&T to report the problem and said several technicians came out to her home to check it out, the last one told her they had found the source of her silence.

“They said there was a line corroded,” she said. “It was underground and it had to be dug up and replaced.”

Days turned into weeks, she said, and her questions about when the repair would be made went unanswered.

“I was angry about it because I felt I was getting the brush off,” she said. “I was on the verge of breaking down and buying one of those iPhones, which I didn’t want to do, and I had seen one of your NBC 6 Responds on TV and I said I think I’ll give them a shot.”

Streno shared her story with NBC 6 Responds, along with details needed to help her get her house phones up and running again.

“They fixed it,” she said. “I mean, within 24 hours of hearing from you, which is what I found miraculous.”

In a statement, AT&T confirmed they had “…restored service to this customer and apologized for any inconvenience.”

Streno said she learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

“I’ve learned that if I have a similar problem, guess who I’m going to call,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Man Ran Statewide Fraud Scheme From Broward Jail: Sheriff]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:45:39 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011719+Bobby+Staley.jpg

Eight people are facing charges in a Florida fraud ring operated by a man who was already behind bars in Broward County, authorities said.

The intricate scheme involved using aliases and fake driver's licenses to buy more than 550 gift cards and ran up unlawful transactions that cost companies more than $104,000, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Thursday.

The alleged ringleader of the group, 42-year-old Bobby Staley, ran the operation from Broward, where he was behind bars on a probation violation, Judd said. Another Broward County inmate, 28-year-old Curtis Harris, is also charged in the scheme.

Judd said Staley made calls to banks from inside prison, telling call takers that he was the owner of the business. He established new mailing addresses in Jacksonville, where five of the suspects live, and new credit cards were then linked to the victims' accounts.

Staley bragged to witnesses about smuggling cell phones into prison to assist in the scheme, and recruited his daughter, 18-year-old Adriana Staley, to take part, Judd said. Adriana Staley and another suspect, 36-year-old Ken Theogene, remain at-large.

Four other suspects - Christopher Coaxum, Leonard Robinson, Nahshon Williams, and Katrina Cyrus - were taken into custody in Duval County Thursday morning.

Bobby Staley was sentenced to prison in 2013 for a similar scheme he committed in 2009, but was let out early for good behavior in October, Judd said.

"Bobby Staley has a shockingly long criminal career, he's an unrepentant thief and con man. He steals from others' hard work. He cannot be trusted outside of jail or prison and now we have clear evidence he can't be trusted in prison," Judd said.

Staley and the other suspects are facing a number of charges including racketeering and money laundering. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 & Telemundo 51 Announce $225,000 Project Innovation Grant Challenge ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:39:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/11719+project+innovation.jpg

NBC 6 and Telemundo 51, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation, launched the Project Innovation grant challenge, providing eligible nonprofit organizations the opportunity to compete for $225,000 in grants. Nonprofits with innovative programs that address community needs can apply to one of four grant categories beginning on January 11, 2019 through February 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  To learn more including how to apply, click here.

Grant categories:
 
• Next Generation Storytellers: Programs that empower the next generation of storytellers and utilize media to drive social impact.
 
• Culture of Inclusion: Programs that seek to build pathways for diverse and equitable communities.
 
• Youth Education: Programs that equip youth with the tools they need to succeed, including STEM/STEAM education.
 
• Community Engagement: Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.

Nonprofits are invited to join a webinar on Tuesday, January 22 at 4 PM ET to learn more about Project Innovation 2019. Register here to attend the webinar.

In 2018, NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 awarded $225,000 to four deserving South Florida organizations. Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County received $55,000 so they can use technology to increase volunteer participation and satisfaction. The Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale received $50,000 to leverage technology to support STEM and environmental education. The Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami received $40,000 so that Miami Youth and Sea Level Rise can train at-risk youth in filmmaking, then partner them with youth from local neighborhoods to document impacts of climate change on Miami’s underserved communities. The Miami Foundation received $80,000 to reach a variety of community leaders to work towards building a sustainable and resilient city.

Presented in 11 markets throughout the country, including Miami, Project Innovation is offered by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. This year, NBC and Telemundo owned stations will present nearly $2.5 million in Project Innovation grants to eligible non-profits that are physically located in the participating markets and service each market, have an annual operating budget of more than $100,000, and are using innovation to inspire community solutions in any of the following four grant categories including the Next Generation Story Tellers, Culture of Inclusion, Youth Education and Community Engagement.  
 
The NBCUniversal Foundation works to advance initiatives at the cross-section of societal needs and Comcast NBCUniversal’s priorities. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

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<![CDATA[Porn Viewership in DC on the Rise Since Shutdown: Website]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:03:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/166323747-computer-generic.jpg

As furloughed federal workers across the nation’s capital find themselves with more time on their hands amid the government shutdown, one business seems to be booming: internet porn viewership.

According to the website Pornhub and their statistical team, viewership has risen nearly 6 percent according to their latest numbers when compared to viewership before the shutdown started on Dec. 22.

The site said its numbers show that the largest increases in visits occurred late night, between 10 p.m. and midnight, and during the afternoon around 1 p.m. — times when people are traditionally sleeping since they have work the next day or at work.

Visits to the site from women increased during the time period measured as well, Pornhub said.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in 2017 Kidnapping, Sex Battery of Girl in Coral Springs]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:45:27 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011719+Anthony+Mc+Bride.jpg

A man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and sexually battering her in an abandoned apartment in Coral Springs in 2017 has been arrested, officials said Thursday.

Anthony Duran Mc Bride, 25, was arrested Wednesday on kidnapping and sexual battery charges, Coral Springs Police said.

Police said the girl was riding a Broward County Transit bus home from high school the afternoon of Sept. 5, 2017, when she was forced off the bus by an unknown man, who made her get into a nearby car.

The man took her to an abandoned apartment in Coral Springs where he sexually battered her, police said. He later dropped her off in a nearby parking lot.

Police said the girl was later able to identify Mc Bride in a photo lineup, according to an arrest report.

According to the report, Mc Bride was investigated in 2015 in a sexual battery of a 15-year-old girl in Coral Springs, but police said the victim became uncooperative and the case didn't move forward.

In 2014, Mc Bride was investigated for an armed sexual battery of a 16-year-old girl in Fort Lauderdale, the report said.

Mc Bride was booked into jail, where he remained held without bond Thursday. Attorney information wasn't available.

Police are asking anyone with information on the 2017 case or any other potential victims to call them at 954-346-1789.



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<![CDATA[25 Treated After Pepper Spray Goes Off at High School in Miami]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:55:20 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011719+pepper+spray+Braddock+Senior+High+School.jpg

More than two dozen people were treated at a Miami high school Thursday after they were exposed to pepper spray, officials said.

The incident happened at Braddock Senior High School on Southwest 147th Avenue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.

Miami-Dade school board officials said a student had pepper spray in their backpack and it accidentally discharged in a classroom.

Officials said 25 people including students were exposed to the spray but none were taken to the hospital.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[FL Senator Wants No Pay For Congress During Shutdown]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:12:58 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FL_Senator_Wants_No_Pay_For_Congress_During_Shutdown.jpg

Sen. Rick Scott says that those in Washington D.C. should not cash a paycheck while also insisting President Trump should look at all options to ending it.

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<![CDATA[Police Surround North Miami Beach Home After Reports of Gunshots]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:58:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011719+north+miami+beach+police+response.jpg

Officers surrounded a home in North Miami Beach after shots were fired nearby Thursday morning, officials said.

The incident happened at a home in the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and 154th Street. Officials said there was a heavy police presence and the area was shut down following an altercation next to the home.

Police later cleared the house, and said no injuries were reported.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[Man Filmed Jumping Off Ship Banned by Cruise Line for Life]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:54:25 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/203*120/ROYAL+SALTO2.jpg

A group of men have been banned from cruising with Royal Caribbean for life after one of them was filmed jumping from their 11th floor balcony on the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in the Bahamas.

Nick Naydev posted footage of the frightening jump into the ocean at Nassau on his Instagram account on Friday. As of Thursday, it's been viewed more than 87,000 times and has more than 1,300 comments.

The footage filmed by a friend shows a smiling Naydev stand up on the balcony's railing and pause briefly before jumping into the blue waters below as someone laughs. The video doesn't capture him hitting the water.

WARNING: Instagram Video Contains Explicit Language:

Naydev, from Vancouver, Wash., answered several questions in the comments, estimated the drop at about 110-120 feet. He said he put his arms and legs in "at the last minute" but said it still hurt "very bad."

"My feet were actually fine. It was my neck and tailbone that hurt," he wrote. "Could barely walk for 3 days and could barely sleep from the pain. I'm good now."

Naydev said he was picked up by a small boat and had to gather his belongings from the ship and was kicked off. He said he took a $200 flight from Nassau to Miami.

"Ship was docked at Nassau and my plan was basically to swim to shore but when I got back to the dock they told me I need to get my stuff and leave the ship," Naydev wrote.

Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres confirmed that Naydev and his friends have been banned from the cruise line for life.

"This was stupid and reckless behavior and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again. We are exploring legal action," Torres said in a statement.

While some commenters called the jump legendary, others called it pure stupidity.

"Did you understand before you jumped that you could easily die doing that?" one user commented.

"Honestly didn't really think about it. How else would I have jumped lol," Naydev replied.


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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Your Top Stories For January 18]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:47:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+things+to+know+graphic+nbc+6+miami.PNG

It’s Friday, January 18th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories for you to know for your day.

Weather wise, a slightly warmer morning will continue a trend with high temperatures near 80 degrees today and tomorrow before the next cold front is scheduled to arrive overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning.

No. 1 - A Broward County man used the popular game Fortnite to recruit an underage teen to engage in sexual activity and get pornographic photos and videos of the minor, and investigators believe there could be as many as 20 more victims, authorities said Thursday.

Anthony Gene Thomas, 41, is facing charges that include soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computers, traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity and more.

No. 2 - A man was charged in the murder of two men more than two years after they were shot and killed outside of a nightclub in southwest Miami-Dade.

Prosecutors say Miquell Simmons, 28, killed Von-Tavius Sands and Eddie Seymour on Sept. 10, 2016 outside of the M&M Too Sweet Lounge near SW 220th Street and 120th Avenue.

No. 3 - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Legislature's implementation of a medical marijuana law and said Thursday that if they don't fix it quickly, he'll take matters into his own hands.

DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable medical marijuana and loosen limits on treatment center licenses, saying voters spoke clearly when they approved medical marijuana in 2016.

No. 4 - More than 68,000 pounds of Perdue Foods ready-to-eat chicken nugget products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The recalled products are 22-oz. packages of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets with the brand name “Perdue SimplySmart Organics.” They were shipped to stores nationwide.

No. 5 - This weekend, residents across South Florida will be honoring the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – while officials remind you to celebrate safely.

For a list of some of the events taking place during the holiday weekend to honor King’s life, click on this link.

No. 6 - A group of men have been banned from cruising with Royal Caribbean for life after one of them was filmed jumping from their 11th floor balcony on the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in the Bahamas.

Nick Naydev posted footage of the frightening jump into the ocean at Nassau on his Instagram account on Friday. As of Thursday, it's been viewed more than 87,000 times and has more than 1,300 comments.

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<![CDATA[SoFlo Neighborhood on Alert After Continued Coyote Sightings]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:41:07 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/011719+coyotes+oakland+park+neighborhood.PNG

Residents in one Oakland Park neighborhood are asking for the county’s help after the latest sighting of coyotes near the development.

Neighbors snapped photos of the wild animals near the Oak Tree community, saying they have been spotting the animals as far back as one year ago.

“We were…doing our walk in the morning and I thought he was a duck and so I kind of kept my dog from chasing it and then I realized it was a coyote,” said Linda Gratz, who snapped a photo of one coyote.

The neighborhood borders a nearby golf course, where some residents have seen the animals before.

“It’s kind of scary,” said Michael Desantis, another resident who has notified officials about the animals. “There’s a lot of young kids that play out on the field a lot of pets in the neighborhood a couple of cats have disappeared.”

Desantis said officials from both the city as well as Broward County Animal Control have said they can’t do anything unless a coyote attacks or hurts a human.

“I don’t know what should be done because they are nature and they’re great to have out there but they’re not great for dog walking and children, Gratz said. “I don’t know what’s right."

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<![CDATA[Miami Strip Club Shooting Leaves Security Guard Dead, Another Hurt]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:34:28 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011719+miami+booby+trap+shooting.jpg

A fight inside a Miami strip club ended in a shooting outside that left a security guard dead and another hospitalized early Thursday, authorities said.

Miami-Dade Police said the shooting took place outside of the Booby Trap located at 3615 Northwest South River Drive in Miami around 6:30 a.m.

According to police, there was a fight inside the club and security guards escorted those involved outside. A short time later, a car traveled west toward the club stopped, and several subjects opened fire and hit two security guards.

MDPD Det. Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed that one person was killed in the shooting. He was later identified as 31-year-old Jose D. Otero.

"It was brazen what they did, just to come out and open fire that way, having total disregard of who they may strike," Zabaleta said.

The second security guard responded to Jackson Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper extremity, police said.

Investigators have not released any details on who they may be looking for. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Police.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 on air and online for updates



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<![CDATA[18-Wheeler Removed After Being Wedged Underneath I-395]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:49:53 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20190116_223034_resized.jpg

Streets in Overtown were closed off Wednesday night after an 18-wheeler became stuck underneath an Interstate 395 overpass.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m., according to Miami police. The driver was traveling westbound on NW 14th Street when the 18-wheeler became wedged underneath the eastbound 395 overpass. He was not hurt.

NW 14th Street between 1st and 3rd Avenue was temporarily closed Wednesday night as officials worked to remove the truck.

City officials say they needed to shut down 395 to check for structural damage, but it was reopened overnight.

To check out current traffic conditions, visit nbc6.com/traffic.



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<![CDATA[Former NFL Player Beats Up Alleged Peeping Tom at Florida Home]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:42:42 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tony-Beckham-and-suspect.jpg

A man accused of peeping into a teen girl's bedroom in South Florida apparently picked the wrong home after he was caught and beaten up by the girl's father, a former NFL player.

Geoffrey Cassidy, 48, was arrested Monday on a lewd and lascivious behavior charge after the encounter with former Detroit Lion and Tennessee Titan Tony Beckham in Wellington, NBC station WESH in Orlando reported.

Beckham said he was leaving his home Monday morning when he spotted the man looking into his 15-year-old daughter's bedroom.

"I waited for a second and I looked again," Beckham said, according to WESH. "And I see a white male and he’s standing by my window and he’s trying to get a better position."

Beckham yelled at the man, who tried to run away. The retired professional athlete easily ran him down.

"I caught him at the apartment over there and we just had a good conversation," Beckham said.

That "good conversation" didn't go very well for Cassidy, who suffered multiple broken bones in his face and sports a black eye in his mug shot.

"I'm sorry that it happened to me. I'm sorry that it happened to him," Beckham said. "Because he's never going to do that again on this side of town."

Cassidy was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, where he remained held on $1,500 bond Wednesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

Beckham, a defensive back originally from Gainesville, spent parts of five seasons in the NFL, according to his NFL.com profile.



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<![CDATA[Fort Lauderdale Private School Employee Facing Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:58:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jesus+Mendez.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale private Christian academy employee is behind bars and facing charges related to child pornography.

Jesus Mendez, 35, worked at the IT help desk of Calvary Christian Academy and was arrested Wednesday morning, school officials told the school community in a letter. He also previously served at Calvary Kids.

The letter said Mendez was suspended immediately.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials said the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information in December that a computer at a home in Pembroke Pines had been sharing child pornography images.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the home and came in contact with Mendez, who admitted to downloading child pornography, officials said.

Mendez has worked at Calvary for seven years, the last two as an IT technician and the previous five as a volunteer coordinator in the Family and Children's Ministry, BSO officials said.

According to school officials, Mendez passed multiple background checks, and a preliminary investigation found no sign of inappropriate activity on school property. They did not specify how long he has been employed there.

In the letter, school officials also encouraged people to come forward with information that may help investigators.

Online inmate records say Mendez is facing seven charges of possession of material including sexual conduct by a child. A judge on Thursday ordered Mendez to be held on $52,500 bond, confiscated his passport, and prohibited from leaving Broward County if he bonds out. Mendez was also ordered to wear an ankle monitor and to stay away from children.

"Our hearts are broken by this news and we are grieved by this revelation. Child pornography is not a victimless crime," school officials said in a statement. "It grieves the heart of our Savior. Let’s take some time to pray for victims of child pornography and any victims of sexual exploitation of any kind."



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<![CDATA[Inside the World of High School Math Competitions]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:21:39 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mathletes2.jpg

It doesn’t seem funny enough to draw raucous laughter from a classroom of students at American Heritage School in Plantation, but you have to know the context. Junior Connor Gordon went to the board, and with a few quick strokes of the marker, said this:

“So this is 3 to 4 ratio, so ¾’s times 5/2’s equals 15/8’s.”

I don’t see the punchline, either. The giggles and guffaws came because two students had just spent five minutes working on the same problem, which apparently was solvable in about 15 seconds.

Welcome to the world of competitive math.

We watched the team at Cypress Bay High School in Weston doing intrasquad quizzing, with questions designed to be answered with minimal calculation.

“A class has 21 students, 13 females and 8 males. Suppose 6 are selected to attend a field trip. Find the probability that exactly 4 of the 6 will be female,” asked the student who was running the competition.

In less than 30 seconds, one of the competitors hit the beeper and announced the correct answer. If you’re curious, it’s .3689.

The kids at Cypress Bay, like their counterparts at American Heritage, are members of the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society.

“I think each problem is an opportunity to expand your mind and think about a way to solve a problem in an interesting way,” said Jeffrey Shim-Francis, a senior at Cypress Bay.

They’re all getting ready for a huge tournament at FAU this weekend, at which 1,300 mathletes from 45 South Florida high schools will be furiously calculating against each other in what they call a "nerd Super Bowl" and loving every left-brained minute.

“They’re honestly so much fun, you get to go on the weekends and it sounds really lame, like oh, I get to take a math test, but it’s so much more than that,” explained junior Marissa Farmer of Cypress Bay.

Senior Emily Namm of American Heritage agreed, saying, “It’s great to meet other kids who like and enjoy math and STEM fields as much as I do, to be able to talk about it without being judged and to enjoy it together.”

“It’s very much a collaborative effort, on the surface we’re competing against each other, but at the end of the day, all we really are about is helping ourselves and others get to be as good as possible,” Connor said.

The process of preparing for the math tournaments makes the students better mathematicians.

“I think these competitions push them to the limits of what they know,” said Ari Novick, the faculty advisor for Cypress Bay’s team.

“They go way beyond the math that’s taught in the normal classroom, the competitive level introduces subjects and topics that they never see normally in school,” said Richard Rovere, who coaches the math team at American Heritage.

The competition takes math to a higher level, and it all adds up to success. Competing in math tournaments looks great on college applications, especially when you’re on one of the top ten teams in the nation. Both Heritage and Cypress Bay can make that claim. Good luck to each of them at the tournament on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Tractor-Trailer Crash in SW Miami-Dade]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:32:33 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/krome+ax+011619.jpg

One person died and another is in critical condition after two tractor-trailers crashed Wednesday night in southwest Miami-Dade.

Krome Avenue was shut down between Kendall Drive and Okeechobee Road as authorities conducted an hourslong investigation.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said one tractor-trailer T-boned another. Units worked to extricate two people that were trapped inside one of the trucks.

Further details were not immediately available.

To check out current traffic conditions, visit nbc6.com/traffic.



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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Large Brush Fire in SW Miami-Dade]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:51:15 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011619+sw+miami-dade+brush+fire.jpg

Crews responded to a large brush fire in southwest Miami-Dade Wednesday.

The fire was reported in the area of the 12100 block of Southwest 177th Avenue.

No other details were immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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<![CDATA[Miami Hotel Dishwasher Forced to Work Sundays Awarded $21M]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:01:46 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011619+Marie+Jean+Pierre.jpg

A former dishwasher at a Miami hotel, fired after missing work on Sundays for religious reasons, was awarded a $21 million jury verdict.

Sixty-year-old Marie Jean Pierre was a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel for more than a decade until she was fired in March 2016.

Pierre, a devout Christian missionary born in Haiti, said she was fired by her boss at the hotel after she missed six Sundays from work to attend Bethel Baptist Church in Miami.

Pierre argued that she had informed her employer when she was hired that she could not work Sundays because of her religious beliefs and should not have been scheduled to work on the Sundays she missed.

"I love God. No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God," Pierre said Wednesday in an interview with NBC 6 Miami.

Her lawsuit argued that her former employer, which was managed by Hilton at the time, had violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects workers from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin.

A jury in federal court ruled in her favor on Monday, granting her $21 million in damages, plus $35,000 in back wages and $500,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish.

"They accommodated her for seven years, and they easily could have accommodated her, but instead of doing that, they set her up for absenteeism and threw her out," her attorney Marc Brumer said. "She's a soldier of Christ. She was doing this for all the other workers who are being discriminated against."

The company said it was disappointed by the jury's decision and that it intends to appeal.

"During Ms. Pierre’s ten years with the hotel, multiple concessions were made to accommodate her personal and religious commitments," Hilton said in a statement.

Federal law requires an employer to make reasonable considerations for religious practices. Brumer said he hopes the verdict sets a standard.

"This was not about money. This was about sending a message to other corporations whether big or small," he said. "Whatever size you are, if you’re going to take the blood and sweat of your workers, you better accommodate them or let them at least believe in their religious beliefs."

There is a cap on punitive damage awards in federal court, so Pierre can't receive the entire $21 million. But her attorney said he expects she will receive at least $500,000.

"I asked for $50 million, knowing that I was capped at $300,000," Brumer told NBC News on Wednesday. "I didn't do this for money. I did this to right the wrongs."



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<![CDATA[The Daily Mix: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Jan. 17]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:05:49 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sunscreen-woman-bikini.jpg

It’s Thursday, January 17th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for your day.

No. 1 – Hotel dishwasher awarded $21 million in religious discrimination lawsuit

Sixty-year-old Marie Jean Pierre was a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel for more than a decade until she was fired in March 2016.

Pierre, a devout Christian missionary born in Haiti, said she was fired by her boss at the hotel after she missed six Sundays from work to attend Bethel Baptist Church in Miami.

Hilton responded to the settlement saying “We were very disappointed by the jury’s verdict, and don’t believe that it is supported by the facts of this case or the law.”

No. 2 – Organizations helping those dealing with bills, obligations during government shutdown

You keep hearing about the government shutdown and the effect it's having on furloughed workers - want to do something to help? Feeding South Florida needs volunteers to help sort through donated food for those employees. Search "federal workers" on our app for more info.

No. 3 – Former ‘To Catch a Predator’ host arrested

Chris Hansen, who rose to national fame with the Dateline NBC series, was arrested in Connecticut for allegedly writing bad checks. Hansen ordered over $12,000 worth of promotional items from a marketing company. The 59-year-old turned himself in Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

No. 4 – Key West moves closer to ban on sunscreens with certain products

The city has plans to ban sunscreens that are harmful to their local coral reefs banning a sunblock that contains ingredients which are known to cause coral bleaching. Commissioners now have to review the proposed ban again before going for a final vote on February 5th.



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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Your Top Stories For January 17]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:59:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+things+to+know+graphic+nbc+6+miami.PNG

It’s Thursday, January 17th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for your day.

Weather wise, the cooler mornings continue with temperatures slightly warmer in the afternoon with high temperatures in the mid-70s.

No. 1 - A former dishwasher at a Miami hotel, fired after missing work on Sundays for religious reasons, was awarded a $21 million jury verdict.

Sixty-year-old Marie Jean Pierre was a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel for more than a decade until she was fired in March 2016.

Pierre, a devout Christian missionary born in Haiti, said she was fired by her boss at the hotel after she missed six Sundays from work to attend Bethel Baptist Church in Miami.

No. 2 - A U.S. federal narcotics agent based in Miami and known for his expensive tastes and high-profile drug seizures has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy that involved the very cartel criminals he was charged with fighting in Colombia.

Jose Irizarry is accused of conspiring with a longtime DEA informant to launder more than $7 million in illicit drug proceeds.

No. 3 - A horror movie called "Happy Death Day 2U" is getting a new release date following complaints its original release date coincided with the Parkland school shooting anniversary.

Universal Pictures released a statement Wednesday saying the film's North American release would be moved from Feb. 14 to Feb. 13 and the film will be kept from theaters in the area where 17 people were killed last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

No. 4 - Officials say a Florida deputy has been fired, and nine people he arrested on drug charges have been released from jail. Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder announced Deputy Steven O'Leary's termination during a news conference Tuesday.

Snyder said in three separate cases, O'Leary reported positive field tests for drugs, but those substances came back from laboratory testing lacking any narcotics.

No. 5 - A Georgia man accused of plotting to use an anti-tank rocket to storm into the White House was arrested in a sting Wednesday after he traded his car for guns and explosives, authorities said.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming was arrested Wednesday and is charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the United States using fire or an explosive.

No. 6 - Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC's prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network's sports division altogether.

NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. Costas, 66, served as the emcee for NBC's Olympics 11 times starting in 1992. In early 2017, he stepped aside for network newcomer Mike Tirico, formerly with ESPN.

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<![CDATA[Family of Fla. Woman Murdered in Costa Rica 'Worried' About Investigation]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:15:52 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/190*120/carlas.jpg

It has been a month and a half since Florida woman Carla Stefaniak was murdered in Costa Rica, and the family of the Venezuelan-American and her lawyers in San Jose are "concerned" about the investigation.

Stefaniak, 36, traveled at the end of November 2018 to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law and disappeared a day before her flight back to Fort Lauderdale. Her partially buried body was found in the woods near her Airbnb rental in the San Jose neighborhood of San Antonio de Escazú.

"We are a little worried. We have some doubts about what is happening (with the case)," said lawyer Joseph Rivera in a telephone conversation with Telemundo 51, referring to the fact that the prosecutor has been changed three times and they have not been allowed to visit the place of the murder.

This concern is shared by Carlos Caicedo, father of the victim.

"The Office of the Prosecutor has shown a strange behavior. How is it possible that they have changed the prosecutor three different times? What happens there?" Caicedo said to Costa Rican news outlet Repretel.com.

Rivera also said that they are aware there is "a person's DNA match" at the crime scene, but it is up to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) to see if it corresponds to Bismark Espinosa Martínez, the security guard who was arrested for his alleged responsibility in the crime.

Rivera, one of the attorneys who represents Carla Stefaniak's family in Costa Rica, said that at least five people participated in the "atrocious murder" and in the burial of the body in a wooded area near the apartment where she stayed in Costa Rica.

"The Office of the Prosecutor shares the thesis that there was more than one person involved in the crime," he added.

Telemundo 51 contacted the OIJ and they assured that the investigation is ongoing.

The family of Carla Stefaniak filed a lawsuit against Airbnb and the Villa le Mas apartment complex for a series of "negligences," such as not having carried out a background check of the security guard, who was "illegally" in Costa Rica.

The owners of the accommodation Le Mas de Provence denied having any employment relationship with the security guard who is being held as the only suspect in the murder of Stefaniak.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Student Accused of Exposing Himself to Teacher]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:43:17 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011619+Andre+Washington.jpg

A South Florida high school student was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself to a teacher and later grabbed her leg, police said.

Andre Maurice Washington, 18, was arrested Tuesday on charges of indecent exposure and battery for the incidents that happened at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, an arrest report said.

The report said the teacher was assisting Washington and two other students on how to complete college applications when she leaned over his computer and realized he was exposing himself.

The next day, the teacher was walking in a school hallway when Washington started walking alongside her and grabbed her leg without her permission, the report said.

"These actions caused fear to the victim due to the incident that occurred on the prior day," the report said.

Washington was booked into jail, where he remained held on $6,000 bond Wednesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[BSO Prepares for Annual MLK Day Ride Out Events]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:04:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BSO_Prepares_for_Annual_MLK_Day_Ride_Out_Events.jpg

NBC 6's Marissa Bagg has more on what officials are hoping to do to help keep everyone safe during the holiday event.

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