<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 24 Jan 2018 00:59:35 -0500Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:59:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Charged in Miami Gardens Stray Bullet Killing of Mother]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:31:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+Young+Arrest+Miami.jpg

A 52-year-old man has turned himself for the December fatal shooting of Alicia Denise Roundtree, a mother struck by a stray bullet while driving in Miami Gardens.

The Miami Gardens Police Department said Donald Elex Young turned himself on Tuesday. He was booked at Miami-Dade's Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and faces one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted first-degree murder.

A MGPD report states that Roundtree, 43, was shot while traveling west on NW 183rd Street at 24th Avenue. After being struck, Roundtree's vehicle slammed into two others at a separate nearby intersection.

MGPD said the gunshot wound killed Roundtree. The stray bullet that killed her originated from a parking lot of the North Dade Regional Library located at 24555 NW 183rd Street.

Roundtree's death was the result of a separate, unrelated altercation, according to police. MGPD said someone shot Young's vehicle with a BB gun. That person fled, but Young later found the vehicle from which the person with the BB gun shot at his next to another vehicle at the library.

"Young pulled alongside the vehicles and pointed a firearm at seven of the occupants of the two vehicles. The two vehicles then fled through the parking lot," MGPD wrote in the report. "Mr. Young then shot at the vehicles in the direction of NW 183rd Street. One of those rounds struck Ms. Roundtree."

Roundtree was a mother of three. Her brother, Greg Roundtree, described the arrest as "relieving, more than anything."

"It's a process. It's a start for us. We got a long battle to see this through," he said.

<![CDATA[Home Alone Pembroke Pines Teen Hid From Burglars in Closet]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:31:42 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+pembroke+pines+home+invasion+suspects.jpg

A 13-year-old Pembroke Pines boy who was home alone hid in the closet and called police as two burglars who were caught on surveillance camera ransacked his home.

Police are searching for the two suspects, who broke into the home in the Cinnamon Place community near 88th Way and Southwest 14th Avenue around 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to Pembroke Pines Police, the suspects knocked on the door of the home but the boy didn't open the door after looking through the peep hole and not recognizing them.

The suspects then walked to the back of the home, where they smashed through a sliding glass door to get inside. The teen went upstairs, locked himself in a closet and called police.

Both suspects ransacked the home and broke into the bedroom where the teen was hiding.

The boy's mother saw the two suspects on her phone through the home's cameras but thinking they might be her son's friends, tried to contact him on his phone. At the same time, he was on the phone with police.

Officers arrived on scene within two minutes of being dispatched but the suspects had already fled the scene. The officers found the boy, who was unharmed.

Police described the suspects as black males, between 16 and 19 years old, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7 with thin builds and short dreads. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call police at 954-431-2225.

Photo Credit: Pembroke Pines Police]]>
<![CDATA[Man Hospitalized After Oakland Park Shooting]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:32:47 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+Oakland+Park+Shooting.png

A man was transported to the hospital after a shooting in Oakland Park involving a Lamborghini vehicle on Tuesday, which temporarily closed a major road.

The shooting occurred in the area of 4781 N Andrews Avenue, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Police were called at about 5:50 p.m. Andrews Avenue re-opened at about 10 p.m.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Please check back with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Man Claimed He Was Terrorist at Plantation Hospital: Police]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:10:41 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+plantation+police+westside+regional+medical+center+suspect+terrorist+bomb.jpg

Police in Plantation are looking for a man who claimed he was a terrorist and had a bomb at a hospital.

Officials said the man entered the emergency room at Westside Regional Medical Center on W. Broward Boulevard on Jan. 18 and passed the security at the entry door.

When the man was stopped by security he claimed to be a terrorist and said he had a bomb, police said. He then left the emergency room and couldn't be found.

Surveillance images showed the suspect walking through the hospital carrying a backpack and another bag with a shoulder strap. Police described the suspect as a white male, about 5-foot-9, 230 pounds between 30 and 40 years old.

On Monday, in a separate incident, the medical center received an anonymous call that there was a suspicious package at the hospital. Plantation Police investigated but nothing was found and the hospital wasn't evacuated or put on lockdown.

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

Photo Credit: Plantation Police]]>
<![CDATA[Crowd Beats DUI Suspect's Car After Miami Beach Crash: Video]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:09:34 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+Dwight+Silvera+Miami+Beach+crash+video.jpg

A wild new video shows a crowd of people beating and kicking a car after a man accused of driving under the influence was involved in a crash in South Beach over the weekend.

The video, posted Monday by South Beach Sludge Report, shows the moments after the crash, which happened around 5 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Espanola Way.

Several people surround the damaged black BMW sedan and two men appear to hit and kick at the driver's side door and window. Moments later a woman wearing no shoes runs up and repeatedly kicks the passenger side window until it breaks.

The woman continues yelling and screaming as the crowd continues to surround the car, with some people appearing to speak with the driver. The driver of the BMW remained in the car throughout the nearly 3-minute video.

Police identified the driver as 24-year-old Dwight Silvera, of Miami. Silvera was arrested on one count of DUI and one count of DUI causing damage to property or person.

According to an arrest report, Silvera was involved in a 3-car crash involving the BMW he was driving, a silver Chevy and a silver Cadillac. Silvera was treated at the scene by Miami Beach Fire Rescue for minor lacerations on the side of his face, the report said.

When officers arrived at the scene, Silvera was unsteady on his feet, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him, had bloodshot and watery eyes, and slurred speech, the report said.

Silvera, who admitted to drinking, failed field sobriety exercises, the report said. After he was taken to the police department, he took two breath tests that registered .139 and .141, well over Florida's legal limit of .08, the report said.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Mitch Novick, who runs the South Beach Sludge Report Facebook page, says there is a chronic problem of violence in the entertainment district.

"This city embraces this spring break-type of tourism and that needs to change as it did in Fort Lauderdale, Panama City Beach, even New York's Times Square," Novick said. "It is time to class this place up."

Photo Credit: South Beach Sludge Report, Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Leaving Girl, 1, Alone To Shop at Publix]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:16:14 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+sandy+hernandez.jpg

A Miami woman's 1-year-old daughter was found wandering the halls of their high-rise building after she left the child alone to go shopping at Publix, police said.

Sandy Hernandez, 26, was arrested Monday night on a charge of child neglect causing no great bodily harm, according to an arrest report.

According to the report, the little girl was found by two witnesses walking unaccompanied on the 32nd floor of the building in the 1700 block of N. Bayshore Drive around 8 p.m.

After officers arrived, Hernandez was found and admitted to leaving the girl home alone while she went to Publix, the report said. The girl had markings on her left leg and arm, but Hernandez said she didn't know where they came from, according to the report.

An officer "observed [Hernandez's] apartment in a disarray and in poor living conditions for a child," the report said.

"I don't hold messy houses against people, I do hold leaving children alone though, I find that a problem, it is a violation of the law," Judge Mindy Glazer said in court Tuesday.

Hernandez had her bond set at $3,000 during the hearing, but she remains behind bars on an immigration hold, records showed. The arrest report said she is a Colombian citizen.

Hernandez was also ordered to stay away from the girl. The Department of Children and Families said they have opened a child protective investigation into the case.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Three Suspects Face Judge After Allegedly Stealing Generator]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:20:33 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+Criminal+Miami+Minds.jpg

Three people faced a Miami-Dade bond court judge on Tuesday – accused of stealing generator at BB gunpoint in Homestead.

Fidel Quintana, Danorris Dingle and Joseph Pereira are charged in the theft that occurred at the Northern Tools store.

The gun used in the crime was a BB gun, which prosecutors argued is a deadly weapon.

“It’s the state’s position that a BB gun is a deadly weapon," prosecutor Nessa Eth said.

“The co-defendant yelled out to Mr. Pereira ‘Yo, get the gun we got to shoot these’ and he said bad words ... then defendant Pereira began to search for the firearm in the vehicle," Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer said during a court appearance.

However, Glazer did not conclude with the prosecutor's argument.

“There’s probable cause for armed robbery with a weapon, not a deadly weapon ... BB gun isn’t a deadly weapon," Glazer said.

<![CDATA[NYC Sues Big Pharma for $500M Over Opioid Crisis]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:03:22 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NYPD_Takes_On_Opioid_Crisis_on_Staten_Island.jpg

New York City filed a $500 million lawsuit Tuesday against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for their alleged part in the city's drug epidemic.

The lawsuit aims to recover expenses the city will incur in combating the crisis. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died of an opioid overdose, according to official data — the highest number on record.

“More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than car crashes and homicides combined in recent years. 'Big Pharma' helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these dangerous drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. 

The lawsuit alleges the opioid epidemic was caused by manufacturers’ marketing and by distributors sending prescription painkillers into New York City. That in turn placed a burden on the city for increased substance use treatment services, ambulatory services, emergency department services, inpatient hospital services, medical examiner costs, criminal justice costs and law enforcement costs.

The lawsuit also claims that manufacturers created a false perception that using opioids to treat chronic pain was safe and that the drugs’ benefits outweighed the risks by using a coordinated, sophisticated and deceptive promotion and marketing campaign, which began in the late 1990s and became more aggressive around 2006.

Ann Marie Perrotto, a Staten Island woman who lost her 22-year-old son from a prescription opioid overdose in 2011, said it was time pharmaceutical companies were held accountable.

Over a dozen drug manufacturers and distributors are named in the multi-million dollar lawsuit, including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. 

"We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis and are dedicated to being part of the solution," Purdue Pharma spokesperson John Puskar said, adding "We vigorously deny these allegations and look forward to the opportunity to present our defense."

More than 200 lawsuits against drug companies have been brought by local communities across the country, including those in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The lawsuits have been consolidated into what is known as "multidistrict litigation," an approach taken when lawsuits of a similar nature are filed around the country.

It was not immediately clear whether New York's suit would be combined with others around the country. New Jersey filed its own lawsuit against the company last October. 

First Lady Chirlane McCray, who leads the city's mental health and substance abuse efforts, said that through the lawsuit, the city "demands transparency and accountability from the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributors who have profited from people’s pain."

<![CDATA[Child in Critical Condition After Fall at Homestead School]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:18:48 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+Colonial+Christian+School+Homestead+child+falls.jpg

A young child was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after falling at a school in Homestead, officials said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the child, who is under 10, fell on the grounds of Colonial Christian School at 17105 Southwest 296th Street.

The child was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition, officials said.

The child's exact age and the circumstances surrounding the fall were unknown. No other details were immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Huggies, Kleenex Maker to Cut Over 5,000 Jobs]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:55:52 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/huggies-panales.jpg

Americans are having fewer babies, and diaper makers are feeling the pinch.

Kimberly-Clark said Tuesday it will cut as many as 5,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to lower costs.

The job cuts come as the maker of Huggies and Kleenex -- like other consumer-products companies -- is seeing a decline in demand for some core products as U.S. birthrates fall.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the general fertility rate fell 11 percent between 2007 and 2016. Only provisional data is available for 2017, but it tells the same story: Women under 30 are having fewer children and aren't in the market for diapers, tissue and other products that new parents buy in bulk.

"You can't encourage moms to use more diapers in developed markets when the babies aren't being born in those markets," Kimberly-Clark CEO Tom Falk said in a conference call.

The Dallas-based company also said that it plans to close or sell about 10 manufacturing plants while expanding production elsewhere. It's also looking to exit or sell some low-margin businesses that make up about 1 percent of company sales.

The company did not say where the job cuts would take place.

Makers of consumer products are also getting squeezed between higher commodity prices and lower retail prices as shoppers scour the internet for the best deals. While competitor Procter & Gamble also reported earnings that met expectations, analysts showed some concern about the first quarterly price decline since 2011, as well poor diaper sales.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. anticipates pre-tax savings of $500 million to $550 million by the end of 2021 from the cost-cutting moves. It foresees total pre-tax restructuring charges in a range of $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion.

The company also reported mixed fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. Its adjusted profit of $1.57 per share was 3 cents better than what analysts polled by Zacks Investment Research forecast. But revenue of $4.58 billion was slightly below Wall Street's expectations.

Kimberly-Clark's annual sales declined for the three-year period between 2013 and 2016, according to FactSet. But annual sales rose slightly in 2017 from the prior-year period.

The company is looking to save more than $1.5 billion between 2018 and 2021 as part of its ongoing cost-savings program.

Shares in Kimberly-Clark ticked up less than 1 percent in afternoon trading.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Salesforce CEO: Regulate Social Media Companies Like Cigarettes]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:08:48 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/marc-benioff.jpg

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff suggested Tuesday that the government should step in to regulate Facebook and other social media companies the same way the government regulates tobacco companies.

"Here's a product: Cigarettes. They're addictive, they're not good for you," Benioff told CNBC while in Davos, Switzerland, after referencing Russian election interference. "I think that for sure, technology has addictive qualities that we have to address, and that product designers are working to make those products more addictive and we need to rein that back."

He said that there is a smoking age for cigarettes and regulations on how to promote them, but no such rules exist for social media.

"There is some regulation but there probably will have to be more," he said about the technology industry.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Manatee Returning to Open Waters After Months of Rehab]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:47:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012318+Commandyr+Manatee+Loading.jpeg

After being nursed back to health following a possible boat strike, one South Florida manatee is being released back into the open waters after getting a clean bill of health.

Officials from Miami Seaquarium and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission joined with the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership on Tuesday to released Commandyr back into the water after spending three months rehabilitating.

Officials say the sea cow was found in November 2017 in Key Largo thin and floating with boat strike marks on his back and a fractured rib. Medical treatment returned him back to form, weighing over 1,000 pounds and being able to swim at all levels of water.

Commandyr will be returned to the waters in the Upper Keys were he was found.

Photo Credit: Miami Seaquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Cops Search for Suspect After Man Shot in Wynwood Carjacking]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:11:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/012318+wynwood+car+jacking+shooting.PNG

A man was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday morning after he was shot during a reported carjacking in Wynwood.

Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 2nd Avenue and 23rd Street around 3:30 a.m., taking the victim to Ryder Trauma Center where he is listed in stable condition after being shot in the leg.

Witnesses say the victim and another person were walking toward their silver BMW when two men in masks approached them, shooting the man and taking off in the car. Miami Police say they are looking for two black men around 5'10" and weighing about 155 pounds.

Police later found the car in Opa-locka around 6:30 a.m., but so far have not said if they have any leads on any suspects.

Roads in the area were closed for about two hours as police conducted their investigation, re-opening shortly after 5:45 a.m. 

<![CDATA[Watch: School Bus With 20 Students Slides Down Icy Road]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:34:45 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000012156052.JPG

A Massachusetts town saw two separate crashes involving a school bus and a school van amid icy road conditions on Tuesday, with the school bus crash caught in a dramatic video.

Although no one was injured when the full-sized Sutton school bus slid down Peachtree Drive Tuesday morning, two adults and a child were taken to a hospital after the school van they were inside crashed on Dodge Road later that afternoon.

The child, whose age was not released, was conscious and alert when first responders arrived, and was taken for evaluation. The conditions of the adults inside the school van are unclear at this time.

In the crash on Peachtree Drive, officials said the bus was on the road after picking up students, and due to a flash freeze and slippery conditions, the bus slid back down the street, taking out three mailboxes before bumping into a car.

The bus was filled with 29 middle and high school students at the time, according to police.

Video of the bus sliding down the road was caught by a resident who was watching from a nearby window.

"We just kind of spin, we take out like five mailboxes and a trash can in the process," said student Connor Ruth, who was on the bus.

Sutton Superintendent Ted Friend told NBC10 Boston he feels awful about what happened, and that he was under the impression from highway officials that roads had been taken care of before sending school buses to pick up students.

He said Sutton highway workers had treated main roads but had not gotten to side roads when the crash happened.

"Being out on the edge of town it seems like we’re one of the last places to get the roads sanded and salted and plowed in the winter," said neighbor Terry Maloney.

Marlene Cronin said she narrowly avoided being involved in the crash.

"The guy whose car went off the road is going like this to the bus," she said, waving her arms. "'Stop, don't come down the hill, don't come down the hill,' but the bus had just started up just enough that it couldn't stop."

Shane Katz, whose wife Cheryl caught the dramatic video of the bus taking out mailboxes and eventually hitting a car, watched as the scene with the school bus unfolded - while their seventh-grade son waited at the bus stop below.

"I heard a crash, and a second crash, and I heard my wife say, 'Oh my God, Oh my God!'" he recalled, "and I'm rushing out to the front here and I just see the school bus just come through, take out the mailbox and just collide into that car."

"Thankfully it hit the car because honestly, I was really scared that with the sheer momentum that the bus was picking up, going downhill, I really thought the bus was going to roll over," said Cheryl Katz.

<![CDATA[Lockdown Lifted on SW Miami-Dade School After Police Search]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:49:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/012318+sw+miami+dade+search+for+suspect.PNG

A South Florida school is no longer on lockdown as police search for the person involved in a nearby robbery.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools placed Coral Park Elementary, located off SW 97th Avenue and 12th Street, under lockdown as the school is located inside a perimeter set up nearby in the search for that suspect.

The perimeter had been set up between 12th and 16th Streets, as K-9 units were also called to the scene to assist in the search. Miami-Dade Police have since broken it down, but say the suspect is still on the loose.

MDCPS officials tweeted that students and staff were safe before lifting the lockdown shortly after 10:30 a.m.

<![CDATA[Woman Removed From Fort Lauderdale Bus by Border Patrol]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:09:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/012218+immigration+officer+detains+woman.PNG

Family members of a woman hope to get more insight from federal authorities after cell phone video appears to show her being removed by immigration officers from a bus in South Florida.

Cell phone video shot by a fellow passenger, according to the Florida Immigration Coalition, showed the woman of Caribbean descent being told to leave her belongings before being taken off a Greyhound bus in Fort Lauderdale on Friday by U.S. Border Patrol officers.

According to witnesses, the bus driver said security was coming on to do a routine check. Shortly after, immigration officials boarded the bus and reportedly demanded everyone show proof of citizenship.

"We are required to comply with all local, state and federal laws and cooperate with the relevant enforcement agencies if they ask to board our buses or enter stations. Unfortunately, even routine transportation checks negatively impact our operations and some customers directly," Greyhound said in a statement Monday. "We encourage anyone with concerns about what happened to reach out directly to these agencies. Greyhound will also reach out to the agencies to see if there is anything we can do on our end to minimize any negative effect of this process."

Border Patrol officials released a statement saying that, while performing individual inspections, agents determined the woman was residing in the United States without the proper status.

"Incidents like these erode public trust in police and authority figures whose job is to serve and protect our communities," said FLIC membership director Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez. "Without an official judicial warrant, border patrol agents should not be permitted to board the private property of the Greyhound corporation to harass its customers and violate their civil liberties."

The woman was transported to the Border Patrol station in Dania Beach. Her family in Jamaica told the FLIC they haven't heard from her since the incident.

Under federal law, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents may search any vessel, aircraft or vehicle within 100 miles of any border for undocumented immigrants – a distance which includes the entire state of Florida.

"Border Patrol agents routinely conduct law enforcement activities at transportation hubs to prevent illegal aliens and drugs from traveling further into the United States," the statement read. "Enforcement operations at transportation hubs serve as a vital component of the U.S. Border Patrol’s security efforts."

Photo Credit: Florida Immigration Coalition ]]>
<![CDATA[Man Barricaded In SW Miami-Dade Home Turns Gun on Self: Cops]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:08:28 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012218+sw+miami-dade+standoff+barricaded+man.jpg

A man who had barricaded himself inside a southwest Miami-Dade home after gunshots were fired Monday morning shot and killed himself, police said.

Miami-Dade Police officers responded to the home near Southwest 133rd Avenue and 209th Street around 6 a.m. after receiving a 911 call of a domestic incident.

As officers arrived, gunshots were heard, officials said. Two women and a child were able to run out of the home and tell officers about the situation inside.

"Upon the first unit's arrival they heard what appeared to be gunshots coming from the inside the residence. At the the same time two females and one juvenile exited the residence," Miami-Dade Police Det. Lee Cowart said. "Upon their exit, the arriving officers were able to interview them. They were able to determine there was one female juvenile still inside the residence and one adult male."

A police SWAT team responded and negotiators tried to get the man out of the home, but officials said he shot and killed himself. He was identified as 45-year-old Alfred Alvarez.

The other girl was able to safely get out of the home.

No other information was immediately known.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 on air and online for updates

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