<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 01:52:56 -0500Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:52:56 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ronald McDonald House Hosts Karaoke Night With Holiday Cheer]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:36:19 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121117+Ronald+House.png

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A bulk of the fines came from repeat offenses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Roundtree was a mother of three.

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No other details were immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As of Sunday, both teens remained hospitalized.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The statement from the FAA read, in part,:

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

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

Investigators have not released any information on the pilot. 

The FAA and the NTSB are now conducting an investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Officers have not yet released their names.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Duran Duran to Play in Miami Beach During Art Basel]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:49:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/photo-credit-stephanie-pistel-extralarge_1437164431181.jpg

Iconic British band Duran Duran is in South Florida where they will be performing a special invitation-only concert during Art Basel at the Faena Theatre in Miami Beach today Saturday December 9th at 9pm.

The band that ruled MTV during the 80s and 90s and that was heavily associated with pop and contemporary art due to their Nagel album covers and Andy Warhol collaborations will be performing for SiriusXM fans some of their signature songs including songs from their most recent Top 10 charting studio album “Paper Gods.”

“As long-time fans of SiriusXM, we are looking forward to performing this special show at such a beautiful and intimate venue in Miami Beach,” said John Taylor, Bass Guitarist and Duran Duran founder. “It’s going to be an up close and personal affair, a truly one-of-a-kind evening, and we look forward to getting to know everyone who attends.”

If you didn’t score tickets to this exclusive performance in Miami Beach with Duran Duran, you can listen to them live via satellite radio on SiriusXM channels 15 (The Pulse) and Channel 33 (1st Wave) and through the SiriusXM app on all smartphones and connected devices as well as online at www.siriusxm.com

Art Basel 2017 runs through Sunday December 10th at the Miami Beach Convention Center with special gallery exhibits throughout Miami Beach to Wynwood. 



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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Repatriates 15 Migrants to Cuba]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:44:55 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Coast+Guard+2.PNG

15 Cuban migrants were repatriated back to Cuba on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, they found the migrants Wednesday while on patrol about 65 miles southeast of the Dry Tortugas.

“Illegal migrant ventures at sea are both risky and dangerous,” said Commander Willie Carmichael, the deputy chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard’s 7th district.

The Coast Guard says about 31 Cuban migrants have tried to illegally migrate to the U.S. by water since the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year, which started October 1. That number is compared to 1,934 Cuban migrants during 2017’s fiscal year.

The migrants were repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas in Cuba.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Trade Stanton to Yankees: Report]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:39:12 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-812208432.jpg

The Miami Marlins have traded MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, according to a report by FanRag Sports.

The deal will still require Stanton to waive his no-trade clause, but reports have said this will not be an issue. The return going back to Miami is not known at this time, but it could be a mix of veterans and minor leaguers. It appears likely that the Marlins will inherit one or two of New York's contracts to partially off-set the cost of Stanton. The prospects may not be the Yankees' top talent, but could still represent a better haul than expected previously.

New York has one of the better minor league systems in all of baseball, but is very protective of top prospects. A name such as Gleyber Torres is unlikely to be involved in this trade and is ticketed for a future role in the Bronx. Miami could still pick up a couple of names for the future. Working in the Marlins' favor is a familiarity with the system. Front office executive Gary Denbo previously worked in New York and is one of Miami's main decision makers now.

The Yankees will now be able to pair Stanton with Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge. The outfielder who almost won the MVP himself, has been likened to Stanton in the past. This combination could give the Yankees a powerful offense on a daily basis.

For the Marlins, this will close the book on a storied career. Stanton finished off his time in Miami with 59 home runs. The slugger set franchise records and Major League records in 2017. Ultimately though, the $295 million owed to Stanton became too much for the Marlins to handle. CEO Derek Jeter worked tirelessly to move the contract since taking over.

After agreeing to trades with both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, Jeter saw Stanton veto those deals. The CEO moved quickly however to engage his former club and come to a deal less than 24 hours later. Jeter who served as New York's last captain is ticketed for the Hall of Fame, but is a rookie as a front office executive. This is Jeter's first big move and could be examined for years to come.

Miami is not done yet, it will still try to make more trades in the coming days and weeks. Marcell Ozuna is expected to stay, but an appealing offer could change things. Christian Yelich likewise figures to be in Miami in 2018, but is far from untouchable. With an eye towards the future and a poor minor league system, the Marlins will be receptive on all talks.

MLB's annual winter meetings will begin on Monday.



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<![CDATA[Inclusion Theater Project Allows Everyone to Take the Stage]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:25:26 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1208717+Inclusion+Theater.png

A South Florida theater company is breaking the mold by making acting accessible to everyone.

Ernest Rodriguez, 46, was born with spina bifida but he hasn't let that birth defect define him or prevent him from pursuing his passions.

"I love acting, I love plays," Rodriguez said. "Broadway plays – that's what I want to do for the rest of my life."

Rodriguez is a member of the Inclusion Theater Project at Area Stage Company in Coral Gables where he attends class twice a week.

Rodriguez dreams of playing President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a Broadway production of "Annie." To reach that goal, he has already had several lead roles on productions at Area Stage Company.

"There are actors who are born with some disabilities, but they are nonetheless actors ... and we're providing the opportunity for them to see their dreams realized," Area Stage Company representative Maria Banda-Rodaz said. "It's not focusing on what he can't do, it's focusing on what he can do. So I think, OK, if he can't move his legs because he's in a chair we can use his upper body – we can use his arms, he's going to use the exact same movement."

The Inclusion Theater Project features actors aged 5 and up with developmental disabilities. The Area Stage Company works on about 18 productions per year and South Florida residents are encouraged to enroll in the company or watch a production.

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<![CDATA[SWAG On 6: South Broward High's Stephanie Posadas]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:19:35 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120817+stephanie+posadas.jpg

Hour of Code week just ended in Broward County Public Schools. It’s a nationwide effort to emphasize the importance of teaching computer programming to kids of all ages, at all levels. Some students don’t need to be persuaded, they’re already cyber warriors.

Stephanie Posadas, a junior at South Broward High School, would be a general in the student coding army.

Stephanie tutors her friends as well as classmates she barely knows, bringing her passion for coding to everyone around her.

“I’m trying to help people because I know computers are the future,” Stephanie said.

Sometimes, she acts as a second teacher in Justin Feller’s AP Computer Science class.

“Quite frankly, I wish all my students were like Stephanie with one exception: possibly a little louder,” Feller said.

Stephanie is soft-spoken, but her words pack a punch of knowledge. She’s already designed and produced several apps, and she’s just getting started.

“By the end of this year she will have exhausted all of the computer science classes that we offer here, she will have led a number of Hour of Code events, she will have started a computer science club at a school that’s quite honestly been thirsting for one for about five years now and all the while she will tell you she’s not the best and everyone around her is,” Feller said, emphasizing his star pupil’s humble nature.

Stephanie’s next project, already in the works and set to debut in January, is to create the computer coding club her teacher spoke of. It has a name, Project DEV, which stands for Developing Electronic Visions, and it will allow her to take what she does individually, tutoring classmates, and transfer it to a bigger scale.

“Next year, I will be the president of the club, so I plan on leaving this onto someone, onto someone that I know will do a good job with it,” Stephanie said.

So Project DEV will be Stephanie’s legacy at South Broward High. She also is creating personal legacies with her friends.

“I think she's just a very nice person and she likes helping people,” said Miftahul Jannat, one of Stephanie’s closest friends.

Senior Miles Pophal has worked with Stephanie on Hour of Code productions and workshops, and could not be more impressed.

“She's gonna do great things, she's going places,” Miles said.

“I think it takes a strong person to do all that stuff, to create a club, then help a bunch of people, and then still do school, and still take their tests and still be on top of it,” said Rayan Aliche, a classmate who benefits from Stephanie’s tutoring help.

She’s right, it’s a heavy load, but Stephanie has figured out a way to do all of it while still earning impressive grades. You could say she’s cracked the code.



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<![CDATA[Driver Gets 4 Years in Key Biscayne Crash That Killed Girl]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:09:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092917+Daniela+Sanmiguel.jpg

The man who was behind the wheel of a car during a New Year's Day 2016 crash on Key Biscayne that killed a teen girl will be spending four years in prison and will never drive again.

Isaias Medina pleaded guilty Friday in the crash that killed 18-year-old Daniela Benavides Sanmiguel. He was sentenced to four years in state prison followed by one year of community control and 10 years of probation, and will have his driver's license suspended for life.

It was tense in court Friday as the families of Medina and Sanmiguel attended the hearing.

Medina had been charged with vehicular homicide, driving without a license and reckless driving in the crash. Medina, who was 17 when the crash happened, was initially charged as a juvenile but was later charged as an adult.

Investigators say Medina crashed a Porsche into a light pole along Crandon Boulevard and Harbor Drive on New Year's Day. Sanmiguel, a passenger in the car, was killed in the impact.

Police said Medina was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and was speeding. One neighbor told police the sports car raced by and then she heard a loud bang.



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<![CDATA[Hikers, Lost And Out of Water, Rescued From Big Cypress]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:48:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120817+Cypress+Rescue.png

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter crew rescued two hikers who were lost for several days and out of water from the Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday.

The hikers were rescued in a joint effort between MDFR, the National Park Service and the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

"The men became lost after several days of trying to navigate a waterlogged section of the Florida Trail," the CCSO said in a statement. "They were standing in shin-deep water and were low on food and out of water when first responders arrived."

The men were found four miles south of the 63 Mile Marker on Interstate 75.

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<![CDATA[Woman Dies After Car Slams Into Pollo Tropical]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:41:26 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120817+Pollo+Tropical+New.png

The woman who was pinned for up to 10 minutes underneath a car that slammed into a Pollo Tropical restaurant in Davie has died.

The woman was identified as 41-year-old Zamara Gonzalez. A man and a child sustained minor injuries.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. at the Pollo Tropical located at 5780 S. University Drive.

"Davie Police working a serious crash at Pollo Tropical," DPD said in a statement.

Police said the red car that crashed inside was involved in a minor collision with a black Mercedes-Benz at the restaurant's entrance, which caused driver of the red car – described as an elderly male – to lose control.

The incident is under investigation. Authorities believe it is possible the driver stepped on the gas pedal instead of the break. It is not yet clear if the driver will be charged or cited.

The car stopped in the area of the restaurant where people order food. At the time of the crash, there was a line of people waiting to order.

Police, customers and others attempted to help take the car off the woman who was pinned but they were unable to fully free her.

Firefighters freed her by using an apparatus to move the car and pull her out.

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<![CDATA[Tamarac Charter School Teacher Accused of Sex Act With Teen]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:18:00 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120817+Sheldon+McDonald.jpg

A former teacher at a Tamarac charter school is accused of performing a sexual act on a 15-year-old boy who he picked up while driving around Lauderhill, officials said.

Sheldon Shane McDonald, who was a math teacher for grades 6-8 at Everest Charter School, was arrested Thursday on a charge of promoting sexual activity of a victim under 16, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report.

According to the report, the boy told investigators he was walking down a street in Lauderhill back in October when the 34-year-old McDonald stopped and asked if he wanted a ride.

The boy accepted and got in the car, and the two drove around and talked, the report said. McDonald told the teen he just moved in the neighborhood and said he was gay, then asked the boy if he could perform a sex act on him in exchange for money, the report said.

They drove through Lauderhill to a parking lot in Tamarac where McDonald performed a sex act on the boy, the report said. McDonald gave the boy $20 and they drove to McDonald's apartment in Tamarac, the report said.

The teen told police that McDonald told him he could use his car, which the teen took, the report said. The boy was later pulled over by Fort Lauderdale Police while he was driving around with friends, the report said.

A detective told the teen the car had been reported stolen, and the teen told the detective how he came by the car, the report said.

When officers questioned McDonald, he admitted to picking up the teen and performing a sex act on him and taking him to his apartment, but said he thought he was 20 years old.

McDonald also said he had gone to the bathroom and when he came back, he saw the teen driving off in his car, the report said.

Everest Charter announced in a message to parents that McDonald had been fired.

"Due to alleged misconduct that took place outside of the school and his private life, effective immediately Mr. Sheldon McDonald is no longer an employee of Everest Charter School," the message read.

In court Friday, McDonald was ordered held on $5,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with minors in a private setting. His defense attorney, Magda Janicki, argued for no bond for McDonald, saying he has no priors and is a student at Florida Atlantic University working toward a master's and PHD.



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<![CDATA[Police: Crooks Are Stealing Airbags from Cars ]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:44:18 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071417+Stolen+Airbags.jpg

Miami Police want drivers to be on the lookout for crooks trying to steal airbags.

Just this week, three men were arrested for stealing several airbags from cars earlier this month.

According to police, thieves are targeting Acura and Honda models.

Police said they’re stealing the airbags between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 a.m.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau said airbag theft and fraud are growing crime trends.

A new airbag from a car dealer costs around $1,000, according to the NICB, but can be purchased for $50-$200 on the streets.

If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Stanton Has Four Teams on Wish List: Report]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:51:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821867734.jpg

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has four World Series contenders on his wish list, according to a report by MLB.com.

Stanton's list includes the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. Missing from the list are the two clubs which have had the most reported interest in Stanton thus far, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

Stanton's interest in the Dodgers has been known for quite some time, but the team's willingness to take on his contract is not known. With a MLB-high payroll already on the books, the Dodgers could ask Miami to kick in significant cash in a trade. Sending a large amount of money with Stanton would likely be a non-starter for the Marlins.

If the Dodgers and Marlins do sit down for extended talks, it is possible that high-priced veterans could be discussed. Los Angeles has a number of players it could try and shed in a trade, including pitcher Brandon McCarthy and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Both players are set to earn big dollars in 2018, but are only signed for one more season. It remains to be seen if Miami would be able to work with this type of scenario.

Stanton is owed $295 million over the next ten years. Adding his contract to a team's payroll may have luxury tax implications. This is a concern for both the Dodgers and the Yankees. While the idea of pairing Stanton with Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge is appealing, the Yankees would also likely ask CEO Derek Jeter to send significant cash with Stanton.

In terms of prospects, the Yankees and Dodgers both have several intriguing names in the system. The money involved however will reduce Miami's return in any trade. The more money Jeter is willing to off-set, the better return he can expect talent wise. With a glaring need for a shortstop, Miami could eye Gleyber Torres in talks with New York. Torres is a 20-year old top prospect and it is unlikely the Yankees would entertain moving him, even if Stanton was coming to the Bronx.

If the Yankees and Marlins do get involved in extended talks, a player such as Greg Bird could be brought up. Bird has been linked to the Marlins in the past during trade rumors and could be a player that appeals to president of baseball operations, Michael Hill. Miami still has Justin Bour at first base, but could always trade him as well if needed. Bird has had some success during his brief run at 1B in the Bronx.

The Astros are coming off a World Series championship and have thus far been quiet in trade talks. Houston has been known to prioritize depth in the minor leagues and prying any prospects away would prove difficult. The Astros were hesitant to trade future talent at the trade deadline, even with a playoff appearance hanging in the balance. While the Astros are reportedly on Stanton's list, it is not likely he is on their list.

The Cubs are an intriguing option for the Marlins, but they also haven't been linked to the slugger so far. Chicago has shown a willingness to spend in the past and is also involved the talks for Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. If Ohtani decides to sign elsewhere, Chicago may become more interested in Stanton. It is possible the Cubs would try and send a large contract back to Miami such as Jason Heyward's. Albert Almora is a name that could be involved in a Stanton trade as well.

Stanton has not officially rejected the Giants or Cardinals yet and both teams had reportedly reached trade agreements with Miami. It still is possible that Stanton could opt to accept one of those deals, rather than await a rebuilding season in Miami. Dee Gordon was traded on Thursday and the Marlins could move another player or two during next week's Winter Meetings.

The MLB Winter Meetings will begin on Monday in Orlando.



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<![CDATA[Husband Charged in Murder of Wife Found Stabbed in Hialeah]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:13:56 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120817+Wendy+Bandera+Luis+Palacios-Madariaga.jpg

A man accused of stabbing his wife to death in Hialeah before turning the knife on himself is now facing murder charges, police said Friday.

Luis Palacios-Madariaga, 28, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the killing of 25-year-old Wendy Bandera, jail records showed.

Palacios-Madariaga remained hospitalized Friday following Wednesday's stabbing near Hialeah City Hall. The body of Bandera was found in a car parked along the street outside the building at 501 Palm Avenue.

According to an arrest report, officers found Palacios-Madariaga in the back of the car covered in blood.

"I do not want to live anymore," Palacios-Madariaga said in English, according to the report.

The officers pulled Palacios-Madariaga out of the car and used a stun gun on him after he ignored verbal commands to stay down.

Palacios-Madariaga had cuts around his wrists and a stab wound to his chest, and he was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, the report said.

Officers found a knife on the floor board of the car, the report said.

Police said they are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide attempt. Family members said the couple was in the middle of a divorce and that their relationship had deteriorated since they arrived in South Florida from Venezuela more than a year ago.



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<![CDATA[Body Camera, Surveillance Videos Show Fatal BSO Shooting]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:01:35 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120817+lauderdale+lakes+BSO+deputy+shooting+Jean+Pierre.jpg

A man who was killed by a deputy in Lauderdale Lakes is seen kicking and dragging another deputy moments before he's fatally shot in new body camera, cellphone and surveillance videos.

The video shot by a witness shows Wednesday's fatal encounter between Broward Sheriff's deputies and 42-year-old Jean Pedro Pierre at the Sunset Hills Condominium in the 3600 block of Northwest 21st Street.

Surveillance footage and body camera footage from the officers involved in the shooting released by BSO Friday also shows the incident from multiple angles.

"There's a guy fighting with two cops," a woman tells a dispatcher in 911 calls of the incident released Friday.

Officials said Deputy Sean Youngward responded to a disturbance at the scene and was confronted by Pierre, who attacked the deputy.

Youngward's body camera showed him knocking on an apartment door and the confrontation immediately begins.

"Back down man, what is wrong with you? Stand down!" Youngward yells at Pierre, who chases him through a hallway and out into a courtyard.

Youngward fires his Taser at Pierre, who keeps walking toward the deputy and knocks him to the ground.

"What is your problem, what is wrong?" Youngward yells. "Tell me what is wrong? Just tell me."

Youngward is seen trying to break away from Pierre by using his baton as Pierre has a hold of his leg.

"Let go of my leg, let go of my leg sir," Youngward says.

The videos show Pierre dragging Youngward on the ground, while a second deputy, Steven Briggs, arrives and points a gun at Pierre, trying to get him to stop.

"Get your hands off him now!" Briggs yells at Pierre.

"They're gonna shoot you man," a witness is heard telling Pierre in the cellphone video. "Let him go, you're gonna get yourself in bad trouble."

"Tase him, tase him, don't shoot him," another witness is heard saying to the deputy.

Pierre suddenly drops Youngward's leg and starts to run at Briggs, and that's when three shots were fired by Briggs. Officials said Pierre wasn't armed.

"Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked by Mr. Pierre. He was punched, he was kicked and he was knocked to the ground," Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Friday. "It was a violent encounter."

The footage then shows Pierre alive, laying on the ground, as officers approached him with guns drawn.

One of the officers then bends over to check Pierre’s condition. The officer put on gloves and approached the suspect, while another approached him with a gun. A few minutes later, an officer was seen administering CPR to the victim.

Broward Sheriff Rescue officials took Pierre to the hospital, where he later died.

Officials said Youngward used his Taser but it didn't stop Pierre from attacking him.

"He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation, he was overwhelmed by the superior size and strength of Mr. Pierre," Israel said.

Israel said Briggs also tried to diffuse the situation.

"He gave several clear concise, lawful and legal orders to Mr. Pierre. Mr. Pierre chose a path of non-compliance," Israel said.

Pierre’s friends and family said that’s not the man they know.

"He was a loving, caring person. Loved his family, loved his kids. This is devastating to all of us, it’s not making sense," said Nekita Dulcio, a friend of Pierre’s.

"It is sad to hear that there was a shooting in Dade County, then Coral Springs, then here in Broward County," said Israel. "We can do better as a society. It is just a dangerous world that we live in."

The shooting remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.



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<![CDATA[Ways to Stay Safe When Using a Ride Sharing App]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:11:52 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/How_to_Stay_Safe_When_in_an_Uber_Lyft.jpg

With the holiday season upon us, and Art Basel taking place this weekend, thousands of South Floridians will use ride sharing apps like Lyft and Uber to get around South Florida.

Farris Kaloti, 28, was taken to jail after police said he posed as an Uber driver and kidnapped women.

The alleged incidents happened at the University of South Carolina, but Kaloti was tracked down at a Whole Foods grocery store in Pinecrest.

Police said Kaloti has a lengthy criminal history, including violence and sexual offences.

There are precautions riders can take to avoid being taken advantage of by fake ride sharing drivers.

  • Verify the identity of the driver before you get in.
  • Wait inside of your home or office until your driver arrives.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family – Uber says you can share your status in its app, which will share your driver’s name, photo, license plate and location with a friend or family member.
  • Take note of the driver’s rating.

Police also want you to trust your gut. They say if something doesn’t feel right, get out. 

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<![CDATA[Teens Turns Himself in for Stealing Items From Cop Car]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:17:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120717+Cruiser+Stolen+Items.png

The Pembroke Pines Police Department said a 16-year-old has turned himself in over the theft of several items, including an assault rifle, from a police cruiser.

The teen "turned himself in to the Hallandale Beach Police Department after being urged to do so by family and friends after his image was circulated by the news media," the PPPD said in a statement.

The teen, who was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center, took the rifle, as well as a Taser and a police vest from the vehicle, police said.

The PPPD said it is working to recover stolen firearms and police gear. Anyone with information on where the stolen items could be is urged to call police.

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