<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.com en-usMon, 22 Oct 2018 10:14:13 -0400Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:14:13 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Toilet Flushing System Burst Danger Prompts Massive Recall]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:42 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/flushmate-toilet-recall1.jpg

More than a million Flushmate pressure-assisted toilet flushing systems have been recalled because they can burst powerfully enough to cause the toilet to shatter, causing injuries and property damage.

Nearly 1,500 incidents have been reported in the United States in connection with the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system. At least 23 people have been hurt, one of whom needed foot surgery, and the incidents caused about $710,000 in damage, according to a recall notice posted Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When pressure causes the system to burst at or near a weld seam, it can lift the lid of the toilet tank or shatter it completely, the agency said. Another version of the Flushmate product, the Series 503 Flushmate III, was subject to three recalls since 2012.

The recall affects about 1.4 million units across the country along with nearly 17,500 in Canada. The units were sold widely for nearly two decades, including at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, and are identifiable by looking on the label for series number 501-B, a model number beginning in M and ending in F and a serial number that begins with date codes between 090396 and 120713, indicating the dates between Sept. 3, 1996, and Dec. 7, 2013.

Anyone with a recalled unit is advised to turn off its water and flush the toilet to release the pressure inside.

Flushmate will replace and install the recalled units for free. Contact the company at 844-621-7538 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET on weekdays or between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit this page.

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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Your Top Stories For Monday, October 22nd]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:22:01 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+things+to+know+graphic+nbc+6+miami.PNG

Monday is here, South Florida, and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, it'll be less humid with slightly cooler conditions Monday with highs in the low to mid 80s in South Florida.

No. 1: Four men from South Florida are among the victims of a rafting accident in Costa Rica. Officials there say the group was on a river about two hours south of the capital when the accident happened.

No. 2: Former congressman Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum went head-to-head in a debate Sunday night. The nationally televised event featured everything from taxes, to healthcare, to crime, and hurricane recovery.

No. 3: Two weeks of early voting kicks off Monday in Florida. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in most of South Florida. Don't forget you'll need a photo ID to cast your ballot.

No. 4: Six people are waking up in a Jacksonville hospital following a violent shooting Sunday, while three remain in critical condition. The suspect remains on the loose this morning.

No. 5: More than 7,000 Central American migrants have crossed from Guatemala into Mexico on their way to the United States. The group says they are running away from violence and poverty in their home countries.

No. 6: After last week's nail-biting victory, your Miami Dolphins are waking up disappointed Monday after losing their match-up against the Detroit Lions. The Phins are now 4-3 ahead of a big divisional meeting against the Patriots this weekend.

<![CDATA[Johnson's 158 Yards Rushing Help Lions Beat Dolphins 32-21]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:29:18 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1052152484.jpg

The Detroit Lions clustered on the bench under shade canopies Sunday, keeping their cool in the South Florida heat. And when they stepped onto the field and into the subtropical sunshine, they ran all over the Miami Dolphins.

Unfazed by the weather, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards and the Lions netted 248 on the ground, their highest total in 21 years, to win 32-21.

Matt Stafford was 18 for 22 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit had 457 total yards and mounted scoring drives covering 64, 85, 75, 65, 75, 63 and 44 yards.

"We're playing a team, not the weather," Stafford said. "Our guys up front dominated, and our backs were awesome. It was good to go out there and play at a high level against a good team."

The Lions (3-3) punted once and had no turnovers to win on the road for the first time. They've climbed back to .500 after being outscored 78-44 in their first two games.

Injury-ravaged Miami (4-3) lost at home for the first time this season — and lost another key player. Dynamic receiver Albert Wilson was sidelined in the first half with a leg injury.

Receiver Kenny Stills also limped to the locker room with a minute left.

The Lions, meanwhile, held up well in the 88-degree sunshine, even though it was 40 degrees warmer than in Detroit. That was in contrast to the Chicago Bears, who wilted at Miami in an overtime loss a week earlier.

Johnson, an Alabama native, said the heat didn't bother him at all.

"This is the same stuff I've been doing since I was a little boy," he said. "I've been up in Detroit freezing my tail off. To finally get to play in the sun and heat and humidity, I was loving it."

Johnson carried 19 times and needed barely a quarter to reach 100 yards. The rookie ran for 24 on Detroit's first play and found a gaping hole on a draw for a 71-yard gain, the Lions' longest running play since 2011, to set up a field goal.

"Basically they could do whatever they wanted on that side of the ball," Miami coach Adam Gase said.

Detroit averaged 7.1 yards per rush. Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, for one, was surprised how many yards rushing his team allowed.

"A lot has to go wrong for that to happen," he said.

Detroit's Michael Roberts, who had missed the past three games with a knee injury, caught touchdown passes of 15 and 4 yards.

"We're a very fine-tuned offense," Roberts said, "and it was nice to be able to show how fine-tuned we are."

Brock Osweiler threw for 239 yards for the Dolphins, and after falling behind 20-7, they tried to rally with Kenyan Drake's 54-yard touchdown run and Danny Amendola's 24-yard scoring reception.

But Prater's 50-yard field goal — his fourth — with 1:55 left sealed the victory.


A security guard hurt her shoulder when Stills blindsided her on a scoring play. Stills' momentum carried him into the guard after he caught a 5-yard pass in the corner of the end zone, and the woman tumbled to the ground.

A dazed Stills checked on her and gave her the ball as a souvenir. The Dolphins said the guard was taken to the hospital as a precaution with a sore shoulder.

Gase said he didn't consider the positioning of the guard near the end zone something that needed to be addressed.

"Every stadium is like that where that can happen," the coach said.


Miami: Wilson left the game in the second quarter after his foot appeared to buckle when he was tackled on a 25-yard reception. He limped to the locker room.

"It definitely hurts us," Osweiler said. "Albert is a tremendous player. He brings a spark. We definitely missed him."


Stills and Wilson kneeled during the anthem, as they have done before previous games, and Miami defensive end Robert Quinn again raised his right fist.


Dolphins: Miami plays Thursday night at the Houston Texans, who lead the series 7-1.

Lions: Detroit plays at home Sunday against Seattle. It's their first meeting since the Seahawks beat the Lions in an NFC wild-card game two seasons ago.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Cold Front Arrives, Modestly Dropping Local Temperatures]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:39:02 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102218+south+florida+temperatures.jpg

A weak cold front is pushing through South Florida and will stall out just to our south Monday morning.

Before the front’s passage, we broke a record in Miami on Sunday afternoon at 91 degrees and tied a record in Key West at 89 degrees. With the front pushing south, winds picked up out of the northeast and gusted to 25 mph Sunday night and Monday.

While this is not a huge front for South Florida like it was in northern parts of Florida, where the temperature dropped by twenty degrees, it is still going to take us from the lower 90s Sunday to the lower-to-mid-80s on Monday.

The biggest difference will be the humidity, which will drop all night leaving us with refreshing conditions for Monday.

In northern Florida, the front is so strong it’s bringing winter-like dew points in the 30s, which is incredibly dry air. Humidity levels slowly rise toward next Saturday as an even stronger cold front pushes through bringing gorgeous, fall-like weather by next Sunday.

There is a Small Craft Advisory for all boaters Monday and there is a high risk for rip currents at all Atlantic beaches Monday & Tuesday.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Hialeah Girl Needing Lung Transplant Faces Uphill Battle]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:41:54 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102118+Lung+Transplant+Child+FL.png

Kyara Rose was a normal 8-year-old girl when it was believed she had bronchitis. After her condition worsened, tests revealed she had a rare disease.

The disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, left Kyara in a coma for three months.

She has to keep away from bacteria, so she and others have to wear a mask when at her Hialeah home. A nurse is around more often than not.

The family needs to move near Gainesville and about $50,000 to receive a lung transplant with the help of the Children's Organ Transplant Association, or COTA.

Donations for Kyara and her family can be made to their GoFundMe page. Without the transplant, Kyara is expected to live for about one more year.

<![CDATA[Man Kills Wife, Himself at Doral KFC-Taco Bell Restaurant]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:17:55 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102118+KFC+Taco+Bell+Shooting.png

The Miami-Dade Police Department said a man killed his wife and then took his own life at a KFC-Taco Bell combo restaurant location in Doral on Sunday.

The incident occurred shortly after the restaurant opened at 11 a.m. The woman worked at the restaurant located at NW 41st Street and 107th Avenue.

Police said the husband, described as a 53-year-old white Hispanic, asked for his wife in the lobby of the restaurant, got into an argument with the 51-year-old woman and proceeded to fatally shoot her.

The couple may have been going through a divorce, police said.

"The subject pulled out a firearm and began shooting at his wife. She was attempting to get away and she ran toward the back. He continued shooting her, striking her several times," Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.

At that point, he returned to the lobby and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man and woman had a child. The woman also had another child from a previous relationship.

Zabaleta urges anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to speak up.

“We see that there’s a lot of victims out there that are victims of domestic violence – that’s why they call it the silent crime," Zabaleta said. "They are afraid to come forward and speak and, unfortunately, if you don’t take care of these domestic issues they do escalate and it ends up in a tragedy like the one that we have today.”

<![CDATA[Saudi Official: Crown Prince Was Not Aware of Writer's Death]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:05:58 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mbs.jpg

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Istanbul “a rogue operation” and denied that the kingdom’s crown prince or intelligence service had any prior knowledge of the operation, NBC News reported.

“This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday. “This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had."

Jubeir said neither the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman nor “the senior leadership of our intelligence service” was aware of what had happened to Khashoggi.

“There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up,” he said, adding, “That is unacceptable in any government.”

Photo Credit: AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[2.4M Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella Concern]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:46:23 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1005726022.jpg

More than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat taquitos have been recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella and listeria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The recall includes meat and poultry taquitos produced between July 1 and Oct. 10, 2018, by Ruiz Food Products, according to a Friday press release from the FSIS. The affected products are 4.5-pound cases of Go-Go Taquitos in “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos," “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos" and “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla." The items were shipped nationwide.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness from customers eating the food. But the FSIS said people should not eat taquitos already purchased and to throw them away. The agency encouraged people to contact their healthcare providers if they are concerned.

Ruiz Food was notified on Oct. 16, 2018, that the diced onions used in the taquitos were being recalled by their supplier because of possible contamination.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Diagnosing the illness requires a blood or stool sample, as other illnesses cause similar symptoms.

Listeria can cause diarrhea, fever and other similar foodborne illness symptoms.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Coral Springs Officer Punching Subdued Teen]]> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 23:55:22 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101918+Coral+Springs+Punch.jpg

The Coral Springs Police Department has released a statement related to a video on social media that shows an officer punching a teenage girl who was subdued on the floor.

An Instagram user identified as Victoria Cedeno posted a video of Thursday's incident on the social media platform. It has since been deleted.

In the post, the Instagram user wrote that a Coral Springs police officer punched her 14-year-old cousin because she "back talked him" and because the teen and her friends were told to leave the Coral Square Mall.

According to the post, the teen was leaving the mall after a boy spit in her face when she was confronted by cops and "thrown to the grown and punched because she couldn't get her hands free from under her when they [were] trying to handcuff her."

The video shows a person lying face-down on the grass next to a sidewalk while two police officers are attempting to restrain her. A male officer, who is pinning the person down by placing his knee on the person's back, punches the person at least twice.

"Immediately watching the video, I could not believe what I was seeing," Meeghan Moldof, the girl's attorney, told NBC 6. "To me, it's very clear it's excessive force. There's no reason for him to hit her."

In a Facebook post, the Coral Springs Police Department said the video on social media "shows only the end of the story, not the incident in its entirety which led up to the arrest."

The law enforcement agency said officers were called by mall security over "unruly teens, who had been harassing patrons and causing a disturbance."

"Upon meeting with security, an officer was stopped by a mother, who indicated her 5-year old child was shoved to the ground by one of the teens," CSPD said. "In addition, mall security indicated one of the female teens (arrested) was seen striking another teen patron."

The officers issued a trespass warning after a request from mall security. Before leaving the mall, however, officers received a call that one of the teens who had been banned from the mall returned, CSPD said.

CSPD said a male teen was arrested without incident but that the female teen seen in the video "began cursing, attempting to incite the other teens."

CSPD said the teen also began to fight and resist arrest when officers attempted to take her into custody.

"Due to her stature and aggressive behavior, officers took her to the ground attempting to get her to release her fists," CSPD wrote. "As seen in the video she resisted arrest, and in order to have her to comply she was struck in the side to release her clenched fists – she was then handcuffed."

The teen "violently kicked" an officer after she was handcuffed, CSPD said. She was ultimately transported to Broward County's Juvenile Assessment Center.

"What you see on video is the officer delivering some distraction strikes to an area where she has her hand concealed underneath her," deputy chief Brad McKeone said. "The officer won’t know what she may have in her possession. That's a concern to an officer."

McKeone added the officer's actions were "100 percent within policy," were legal and were "not excessive."

The girl is facing charges of battery on an officer, trespassing and resisting arrest. Moldof said the girl's mother is speaking to a civil attorney to possibly file a lawsuit against the police department.

"At some point, that should have stopped," Moldof said. "It shouldn’t have gotten to the point of him punching her in her stomach."

<![CDATA['Chaos': 30 Injured After Floor Collapses During Party in SC]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 16:39:48 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/clemsonpartyfloor.jpg

A party turned to "chaos" early Sunday when the floor of a clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed and left 30 people injured, police said.

Authorities were called about 12:30 a.m. to The Woodlands Apartments clubhouse in South Carolina after the building's first story floor gave way during a private party with Clemson University students and others. Chief of Police Jimmy Dixon described the scene as "chaos."

Video posted to social media showed people dancing before the floor caved in and crashed to the next level of the structure, leaving a large hole in the middle of the room. Dozens of people fell through while many still standing looked on or recorded the incident with their phones. People could be heard shouting and screaming in the footage.

Thirty people sustained non-life threatening injuries including fractures, broken bones and lacerations. Those injured were taken to local hospitals by Clemson University emergency services. Police said there were no entrapments.

"We're just thankful that it was not any worse than it was," Dixon told reporters.

The investigation is ongoing, and Dixon said the building's codes and structure will be evaluated.

Clemson sophomore Larissa Stone told the Independent Mail of Anderson that the room was "packed" and a popular song was playing when the floor collapsed.

"So everyone was jumping. The beat was about to drop and literally the whole floor collapsed," she said. "It happened so quickly. I stood up, and everyone was trying to climb out. People are under other people. People are hurt. People are bleeding. I had blood on my sneakers. It was really bad."

A witness who attended the party said people were jumping when he heard a sudden "boom."

"All you seen was falling, everybody's hands up in the air," Franzie Pendergrass told WYFF News 4.

Leroy Pearson said he went to try to help injured people and saw what he thought looked like broken ankles and legs.

"It was crazy," Pearson said.

Property manager Tal Slann told The Associated Press that the condominium complex was built in 2004-2005. He said he could not comment on whether there was a limit on the number of people who were supposed to use the clubhouse at one time.

"I can tell you there was a party. I can tell you there was a floor collapse. There were injuries. They were not life-threatening. Nobody was trapped," he said.

Slann sent residents of The Woodlands an email saying the floor in front of the clubhouse fireplace had collapsed during a party.

"The Clubhouse and pool area is OFF LIMITS to all," said a copy of the email texted to the AP. "The clubhouse will be inspected by structural engineers as soon as possible. From there, the homeowner's association will determine how to rebuild the clubhouse to make it safe for all residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were injured and we apologize for any inconvenience."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Riccardo Arroyo]]>
<![CDATA[Trump May Have Lost His Bet on Saudi Prince MBS]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 03:07:25 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/DonaldBinSalmanBackfire.jpg

On Friday the Saudi government finally admitted that writer Jamal Khashoggi had died inside its Istanbul consulate, saying he had been killed in a fight.

From the outset of his presidency, Trump has offered a warm embrace to Saudi Arabia and its ambitious royal heir, Mohammed bin Salman, believing he could help the U.S. confront Iran in the Middle East.

But the gamble appears to have backfired badly, experts and former officials tell NBC News, with the young prince now implicated in the killing of Khashoggi, who dared to criticize the regime.

Photo Credit: AP/Evan Vucci, File]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Harasses Family for Speaking Spanish in Va. Restaurant]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:02:28 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Andys+Restaurant+Harassment.jpg

A Latina woman was with family visiting from Guatemala when she says they were verbally harassed by a white woman for conversing in Spanish at a Virginia restaurant.

The family was confronted inside Andy’s restaurant in Lovettsville.

"She asked for passports; she said that she knew everybody in Loudoun County to get us out of here, and she started saying that we were supposed to speak English, but I'm like 'we’re not talking to you,'" said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. "They're here visiting and they don’t know English, so how do you want them to speak English when they’re here just visiting?"

Part of the incident was caught on video.

“You don’t freeload in this f------ country,” the woman is heard saying on the video. “You get the f--- out, back to your f------ country.” 

Police were called but no charges were filed.

The owner of the restaurant said the woman who harassed the family is not welcome back.

The Spanish-speaking victim said her 7-year-old daughter was present during the profanity-laced attack. She told Telemundo 44 that she is sharing her story because of her daughter and hopes that other victims of bias-motivated harassment also speak out.  

"It's not fair that they do this to us, and even less acceptable if there are children present. It's not fair for any child to have to go through that. You just don't do that," the woman added.

<![CDATA[Florida State Pulls Away to Beat Wake Forest 38-17]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:59:16 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-1046729448.jpg

Cam Akers had two touchdown runs, including a 58-yarder, and Deondre Francois threw for a season-high 353 yards as Florida State bounced back from a sloppy start and scored 38 straight points in a 38-17 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Akers, who has struggled for much of his sophomore season, had a season-best 98 yards on 13 carries for Florida State (4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Seminoles set season highs for points scored and offensive yards (485).

"It's just a big weight off my shoulders just to break a long one," Akers said. "That's what I'm used to doing. So to be able to come out and break a long one for a touchdown, that's just a big weight off my shoulders."

Francois completed 29 of 40 passes and had two touchdown passes, including a 33-yard scoring toss to Nyqwan Murray on fourth down. Francois had his eighth career 300-yard game in 21 starts, while Murray caught eight passes for 131 yards.

Sam Hartman completed 22 of 46 passes for 227 yards, two TDs and an interception for Wake Forest (3-4, 0-3), which ran 104 plays — the most ever against Florida State. Hartman hooked up with Jack Freudenthal on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put Wake Forest ahead 10-0, but the Demon Deacons didn't score on their next 11 drives until a touchdown drive in the game's final six minutes.

"We're not where we want to be," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "This is not where I thought we'd be, but it is what it is and you have to make the best of it. All of these young kids getting reps are going to start getting better."

Brian Burns and Joshua Kaindoh had two of Florida State's five sacks. Burns has nine sacks on the season.

Florida State, which has one of the nation's top rush defenses, held Wake Forest to 96 yards on 50 carries.

The Seminoles started Derrick Kelly at left tackle, using the seventh different starting offensive line combination in seven games. Florida State's line didn't allow a sack but did give up three hurries.


Wake Forest: A letdown after Wake had the Seminoles on the ropes 10-0 in the first quarter. It was another frustrating performance by the Demon Deacons' injury-depleted defense, which had allowed 36.8 points per game coming into Saturday.

Florida State: The Seminoles keep their bowl hopes alive by knocking off Wake Forest for a seventh straight season. Florida State will face four ranked teams in its final five games — Clemson, Notre Dame, NC State and Florida.


Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will play at Louisville on Saturday.

Florida State: The Seminoles will play host to Clemson on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Man Asks Social Media for Help to Find Mystery Couple in Yosemite Photo]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:49:33 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/yosemite+photo.jpg

A Michigan photographer is asking for the collective power of the internet to help him find a couple of whom he took a stunning picture in what he believes was the moment they got engaged at Yosemite National Park. 

Matthew Dippel tweeted the photo, saying he took it at Taft Point at Yosemite on Oct. 6. "Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them," he wrote. 

The image is jaw-droppingly incredible, capturing the moment the man gets down on one knee and takes the woman's hand. They're standing on a cliff, nothing around them except the park's majestic mountains. 

The tweet has had more than 192,000 likes and 86,000 retweets since it was posted Wednesday afternoon. As of early Friday, Dippel still had not found the couple, according to an updated post below the photo. 

Dippel, who was on a road trip and hike adventure with his pal at the time he captured the moment, told NBC's Grand Rapids affiliate WOOD-TV that he posted similar messages on Facebook and Instagram to no avail. 

"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” he told WOOD-TV.

Photo Credit: Matthew Dippel
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<![CDATA[Marlins to Sign Top International Prospect: Report]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:26:18 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-653185152.jpg

The Miami Marlins will sign top international prospect Victor Victor Mesa, according to a report by ESPN.

Mesa is a 22-year old phenom from Cuba, who showed off his skills in front of all 30 clubs earlier this month. The Marlins will also be signing Mesa's brother, Victor Mesa Jr. and the two players are expected to attend a press conference on Monday. The Marlins have scheduled a conference for Monday morning at Marlins Park, with both CEO Derek Jeter and President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill set to attend.

Mesa Jr. is 16 years old and comes with plenty of talent of his own. While Victor Victor Mesa has starred on an international stage in the World Baseball Classic, Mesa Jr. opened eyes on Cuba's 18U national team. Mesa Jr. is considered several years away from big-league play, but he immediately improves Miami's organizational depth.

The elder Mesa is expected to receive a signing bonus worth over $4 million, while Mesa Jr. will get a number around $1 million. Miami was able to offer these contracts, due to a number of trades it has made in recent weeks. The Marlins traded away minor league and major league talent, in exchange for international bonus pool money.

The Marlins will apparently miss out on pitcher Sandy Gaston, who also worked out at Marlins Park with the Mesa brothers. Gaston is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays or Baltimore Orioles. Miami may have not had the necessary funds remaining to land Gaston, after coming to terms with the two Mesa brothers.

Miami has been attempting to rebuild the organization from the bottom to the top and these two signings should go a long way towards that. Victor Victor Mesa will likely begin his career in the minor leagues, but he could find his way to Miami quickly. The Marlins are not expected to contend in 2019, which gives the ability to possibly promote a prospect earlier than other teams may. It is unknown if this was a factor in Mesa's decision to sign.

The Marlins could have a busy off-season and the bulk of that work should begin at the conclusion of the 2018 World Series.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[After Shooting at Officer, Chase Suspect Shoots Himself: PD]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:41:30 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/102118+turnpike+chase.jpg

The Miami-Dade Police Department said the suspect involved in a cross-county chase who fled after shooting at an officer apparently shot himself.

The incident began in Florida City with a crash in which injuries occurred at SW 33th Street and U.S. 1.

The suspect fled from the scene but an MDPD officer witnessed the crash.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Sardinas, 29, who appears to be registered as a sex offender.

"As the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver fired several shots at the officer and continued fleeing northbound on the Florida Turnpike," MDPD said in a statement. "The vehicle came to a final stop at approximately mile marker 127. As the officers approached the vehicle, they discovered the subject suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."

MDPD aviation units participated in the chase that crossed from Miami-Dade into Broward, Palm Beach and Martin County jurisdictions.

The condition of the officer who was shot at is not yet known. Police did not confirm the suspect died from his injuries. However, footage from the scene shows a yellow tarp placed atop what appears to be a body.

<![CDATA[Kmart Manager Delivers Emotional Farewell During Store's Final Closing]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:46:48 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Josh+Englert+Kmart.jpg

For 18 years, the Kmart in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was like home for Joshua Englert.

He was 16 years old when he first started helping shoppers at the discount retailer's location near Pittsburgh. But last Sunday, the store's BlueLight went dark and the last sale was made.

To thank shoppers and the staff, Englert, now a store manager, dialed into the intercom one last time and delivered an emotional goodbye.

"I wanted to take this opportunity not to sell you 40-cent plaid skirts or 5-cent panties, but to instead thank you for supporting a lifetime of memories," Englert said as he choked up.

"I am the man I am today because of the people I have met here at Kmart," he added.

Englert recorded the message on his smartphone and posted the video to facebook. The reaction was huge with the video garnering more than 100,000 views and 1,000 reactions as of Saturday.

"I did not think I was going to be choked up like that," Englert told NBC News in an interview Saturday.

"I always use the intercom to announce specials and make sales announcement and I’m sort of known for adding some fun to them, so I thought on the last day the associates would appreciate me saying something sentimental. I didn’t know what I was going to say five minutes before I said it," Englert said.

Kmart has battled tectonic changes in the retail landscape over the past two decades. Once the second-largest discount retailer, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002 and merged with Sears in 2004. The tumult resulted in the shedding of stores like Englert's location.

A second bankruptcy filing this month means even more Kmart and Sears stores are being shuttered.

Englert said while the community is sad to see their local store close, they "understand the business of it all."

As for Englert, he's started looking for a new job, but the people he bonded with at Store #4770 will always have a special place in his heart.

"We were definitely a family," he said. "Those relationships, that’s all what keeps us together is each other."

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<![CDATA[Condemnation After 'Angry Mob' Confronts Pelosi in Florida]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 09:42:56 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_18234750402781-Nancy-Pelosi.jpg

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's spokesman has called on Republicans to condemn "reckless and dangerous rhetoric" after Pelosi was confronted by an "angry mob" of far-right protesters in South Florida.

Pelosi, D-Calif., made an appearance on Wednesday at a Coral Gables campaign event for Donna Shalala, the Democratic candidate who hopes to fill the District 27 U.S. House seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

As Pelosi and her team entered the building through a back walkway for the event, a group of protesters approached and began hurling insults at Pelosi – calling her everything from a "piece of s---" to a "f------ communist."

"Open up! It’s the Proud Boys in here," one of the protesters is heard saying in a video posted to YouTube.

The Proud Boys is a men-only, far-right organization founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Proud Boys as an extremist hate group.

A Proud Boys flag was waved during the demonstration in which some protesters were seen wearing Proud Boys gear.

In response on Friday, Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesman, blamed President Donald Trump and Republican congress members for stoking the "flames of incivility, intolerance and aggression."

"It is deeply sad but unsurprising that we now see that ugliness rearing its head. It is stunning that Republicans have the gall to call courageous survivors of sexual assault a ‘mob’, at the same time they incite and condone violent actions like this," Hammill said in a statement. "Republicans must condemn this vile and dangerous conduct, and stop the reckless and dangerous rhetoric that encourages it.”

The Washington Post reports that the protest appears to have been organized by Miami-Dade County Republican Party Chairman Nelson Diaz, citing emails posted online.

In a statement, Diaz apologized for letting his "emotions get the best of me" during the demonstration and distanced himself from other protesters who "came with a different agenda."

"I unequivocally denounce their actions. I denounce all hate," Diaz wrote. "I and the Miami-Dade GOP share no affiliation whatsoever with those individuals and believe there is no place in our society for hateful language, or violence against any person or group regardless of their views."

The Florida Democratic Party on Saturday called for Diaz to resign.

"The Proud Boys' hate has no place in our nation, and their violent tactics certainly have no place in our politics," FDP chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement. "It is appalling that the Miami Dade GOP Chairman, Nelson Diaz, would campaign alongside a known hate group and welcome its members within his party. He should resign immediately and take anyone who espouses the Proud Boys' ideas out the door with him."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also denounced the protesters' actions.

"You are not helping the cause of anti-communism if you behave like the repudiation mobs Castro has long used in Cuba. Not sure who was behind this behavior but you should have protested Pelosi campaign stop without borrowing the tactics of left wing mobs," Rubio wrote on Twitter.

Hammill replied to Rubio's Twitter post.

"These weren't anti-communism protestors. These were GOP operatives, including the Chairman of the Republican Party in Miami Dade County, working hand in hand with Proud Boys," Hammill wrote.

Proud Boys members have been arrested in connection to a New York City street brawl after a speech McInnes gave last weekend.

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<![CDATA[Sisters Killed in Pompano Beach Apartment Fire Laid to Rest]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:40:43 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/102018+apartment+fire+new.jpg

A funeral service was held Sunday for the two young sisters who were killed in a Pompano Beach apartment fire while their mother was away.

The mother of two young sisters who died when a fire swept through their Pompano Beach home over the weekend was arrested on manslaughter charges Friday, authorities said.

Jeny Yosselin Melendez-Ramirez, 22, is facing two counts of aggravated manslaughter of a child, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said. She was arrested during a traffic stop in the 1900 block of West McNab Road, officials said.

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

Melendez-Ramirez left her daughters and 2-year-old son in the care of her 16-year-old sister while she went to work, officials said. The teen left the girls alone after Melendez-Ramirez told her to take the 2-year-old with her to get some baby food at Walmart, officials said.

"Detectives say Melendez-Ramirez caused the death of her kids through culpable negligence," BSO said in a statement Friday.

Melendez-Ramirez was being booked into jail Friday evening. Attorney information wasn't available. She's being held in jail due to an immigration hold. 

<![CDATA[Dolphins Game Preview: Week Seven vs. Lions]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:06:41 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1052152484.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will put their perfect home record on the line when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Miami will be without Ryan Tannehill once again in this game, which will put Brock Osweiler back behind center. Osweiler played well in a win for the Dolphins last week and will now try to repeat that performance. The veteran quarterback's 102.0 passer rating last week, was significantly higher than his career average of 77.7. Osweiler completed three touchdown passes during the victory over Chicago and was intercepted twice.

Osweiler could benefit from a sub-par Detroit defense, with the Lions allowing 27.4 points per game thus far. That defense could also mean a big day on the ground for the Dolphins. Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake should both see a fair amount of carries, with Gore possibly having a little extra motivation. The Lions brought Gore in for a workout during the off-season, but ultimately decided to not sign the veteran.

Albert Wilson could be an important player to watch once again in this one. The wide receiver tallied big numbers in yards after catches last week. Wilson was a key player in Miami's comeback win over Miami and talked a little over the past week as well. Wilson referred to himself as the "best YAC receiver in the league" in an interview following last week's big game. 

Miami's 3-0 record at home has kept the team in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Dolphins are 1-2 on the road thus far and have looked like two completely different teams. The weather in Miami could be playing a role for the team and it should be a factor once again. The Lions play in a temperature-controlled dome at home, but will be facing temperatures approaching 90 on Sunday.

The Dolphins have listed A.J. Derby, Cameron Wake, T.J. McDonald, Bobby McCain and DeVante Parker as questionable for this game. In addition to Tannehill, Miami will be without Charles Harris and Jonathan Woodard.

Sunday's kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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