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    Deputies say a man who was playing with his children drowned in a swimming pool at a Tampa apartment complex.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says a call came in about 11 a.m. Saturday regarding a possible drowning at Somerset Park Apartments.

    Paramedics pulled Kenson Gilles from the pool and took him to a hospital where he was declared dead a short time later.

    Officials say Gilles had been playing with his two young daughters in the shallow end of the pool. As he approached the deep end of the pool he lost his footing and went under.

    Authorities say Gilles didn't know how to swim.


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    A 13-year-old boy accused of carjacking a SUV with a 6-month-old baby inside is apologizing for the incident.

    The SUV was stolen Friday afternoon from 8450 Northeast Miami Court in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.

    An infant boy was in the back seat, police said.

    "I'd like to say sorry, I didn't mean to do it. Something just came to my head. I just did it," the teen said.

    "Everything was running in the car. The car was running, the door was open and you just thought, 'I'm going to take it?'" asked Local 10 News' Ben Kennedy.

    "Yeah," he said.

    Because he is a minor, Local 10 News is not identifying the teen. Local 10 News met with him and his family after a court hearing Saturday morning to ask for an explanation of his actions.

    "Why did you take the car in the first place?" Kennedy asked.

    "There was nobody, like, by the car. The car was open," the teen said.

    Police said the infant's mother had put her baby boy in the back seat of the car. She stepped just a few feet away to tend to her older children. That's when the teen, by his own admission, jumped in the car.

    "I see the car backing out and I run after it, trying to explain, 'My baby's in the car,' and they kept on going and my heart just sunk," the mother said.

    "The mother was behind me, like, she was crying and I didn't know like why she was crying for. I was on 84th Street. When I turned to 78th Street, I heard the sound and I looked and I see the baby," the teen said. "I parked the car and I see police came to the corner, and they told me to put my hands in the air and park the car."

    Officers caught the teen near Northeast Second Avenue and 78th Street. He surrendered without fighting. The baby was unhurt and later reunited with his mother, who said she is angered by the teen's reckless choice.

    "At his age, that's not what he should be thinking about in his life," the mother said.

    "Will you ever steal a car or do something like this again?" Kennedy asked.

    "No, never," the teen said.

    Follow Ben Kennedy on Twitter @BenKennedyTV

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    An event supporting summer breast cancer awareness will be held Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at South Florida Bloomindale's locations.


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    Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell stopped by Local 10 to talk Caribbean fashion and culture. Fennell caught the eyes of the world when she placed fifth in this year's Miss Universe pageant.

    Fennell is the event ambassador for this year's Caribbean Style Week 2015, from June 25-28, at Westfield Mall Broward and several other venues.

    The event features fashion by the top designers from regions including Trinidad, Bahamas and several other small and large islands. A VIP welcome reception will be hosted by Caribbean fashions elite. There will also be several special attendees such as Miss Universe Trinidad, Miss Universe Tobago 2014, Jevon King, Sandra Hordart, Kazz Forbes of St. George Fashion House and others.

    The week's events consists of designer showcases and subway shows, displaying the rich and beautiful Caribbean culture. There will also be three external signature events: Carnival Rocks the Runway, Epicurean By Design and Bikinis & Brunch.

    Click here for more information on Caribbean Style Week.


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    An 89-year-old Florida man has spent three decades finding lost treasures along the beach and reuniting them with their owners.

    Over the years, Don Neilan and his metal detector have returned 23 class rings to their owners. He's stumbled upon the remnants of a bank robbery with the loot colored red from a dye pack. Neilan, a Navy vet who served in WWII, also said he found debris from the space shuttle Challenger disaster washed ashore in Indialantic.

    He once helped a girl recover her lost driver's license. She sent him a handwritten thank you because it was her first license and. He also found a wallet with more than $300 in it. The owner sent him a ticket to get into SeaWorld as a thank-you.

    But it's not really about the buried treasures. Neilan told Florida Today it's important to him to let the owners know there are people out there who care about them.

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    Federal officials filed a complaint accusing the owners of a Florida zoo of failing to properly care for the animals, including euthanizing them by shooting and drowning them.

    The charges by the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the 50-acre Gulf Breeze Zoo wasn't properly supervised when a child was bitten by a camel. Rabbits weren't separated so their babies were eaten, injured or had to be euthanized. The tiger enclosure didn't have proper ventilation and other animal enclosures had rusted fences and exposed nails, according to the complaint.

    The charges also allege the zoo, which houses hundreds of animals and recently welcomed a baby giraffe, didn't use proper veterinary care and relied on expired medications and even shot an animal as a means of euthanasia. An opossum escaped from an improper enclosure and was found dead the next day. Lion and tiger food bins weren't cleaned and goats and sheep didn't have adequate shelter from sun and rain, according to the complaint.

    Owner Eric Mogensen and his daughter, Meghan, were charged with multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the Gulf Breeze facility, as well as two other facilities they own in Virginia — the Reston Zoo and the Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge. Complaints involving the Virginia facilities include euthanizing an animal by drowning, and mishandling of a spider monkey that resulted in its death due to hypothermia.

    Emails and a phone message left at the zoo were not immediately returned Sunday.

    The Humane Society of the United States said Meghan Mogensen pleaded guilty to animal cruelty while working at the Reston Zoo in Virginia, and was barred from making decisions about animal care and euthanasia. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports she later transferred to the Gulf Breeze Zoo.

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    Wildlife officials are asking residents and visitors in the Florida Keys to report their sightings of native reptiles and amphibians.

    Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say they need help evaluating the status of the Florida Keys mole skink, Key ringneck snake, rim rock crowned snake, brown snake, ribbon snake, red rat snake and the striped mud turtle.

    Photos of the animals along with the locations and dates of each animal sighting can be submitted online at www.MyFWC.com/Get-involved under the "Citizen Science" heading. State scientists also will evaluate photos of unknown reptile and amphibian species.

    Biologist Kevin Enge says researchers are conducting field surveys for the same species, but he suspects most of the data will come from people who see these animals in their yards.

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    Local 10 visits a Miami Gardens church holding a service to remember the nine people killed in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting.


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    A four-alarm fire destroyed multiple units Sunday morning in a northeast Miami-Dade County apartment complex.

    The fire was reported by a tenant who noticed thick smoke pouring out of building A.

    When crews arrived, they found flames shooting out of windows at 15255 NE 6 Avenue.

    "Our crews fought heavy flames and rescued several victims, including a pregnant woman," said Chief Luis Torres.

    "I heard the alarm and thought it was a drill," said Khalid Bryan.

    "I called my friend who lived downstairs, and he said it was real so I came down and saw the commotion."

    The American Red Cross is assisting 20 people, fire investigators confirmed.

    No one was seriously injured. The cause is still under investigation.

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    A mother and two of her children were killed Sunday morning in a house fire in the Florida Keys, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

    Robin Ferrer (pictured below), 46, died in the fire, along with her youngest children, Roman, 7, and Hazel, 5.

    Ferrer's two teenage children tried to save the family with help from neighbors, but the fire and smoke spread too quickly. Ferrer's daughter, Courtney Shores (pictured below), 19, escaped unharmed. Her brother, Jacob Shores, 18, was badly burned. He was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital. They are now dealing with the unimaginable loss.

    All day, family friends and neighbors were stopping by to see what happened to the home on Anguila Lane. They left flowers to pay respects to the family.

    "(It's) just scary," Tammy Sattley said. "I mean, it could've been me."

    Tammy Sattley and her husband, Don Sattley, came to see the damaged home. The couple had lived in the home less than two years ago.

    "(It's) so sad. It is so sad and it could've been preventable," Tammy Sattley said.

    Calls for help came around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, but the house was fully engulfed by the time help arrived. Neighbor Gay Hall said the bright flames caught her attention.

    "We just stood here and watched the fire burn and had to stay here because our houses are so close," Hall said. "It's an unspeakable thing to happen in a family."

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the Sattleys said the home's smoke detectors never worked when they lived there and fear the tragedy could have prevented.

    "They were built into the wall and it was just an empty case hard-wired into the house," Tammy Sattley said. "I'm like, 'This is mandatory. You need to have this in the house,' and they were not there."

    "Was a tragedy, a terrible tragedy," Hall said.

    The cause of the fire is still unknown.

    A GoFund me page has been said up to help Courtney and Jacob Shores deal with the loss of their mother and siblings. Click here if you would like to donate to assist in funeral, medical and living expenses.

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    Police say the westbound lanes of the William Lehman Causeway are shut down in Aventura after a motorcyclist fatally crashed near Aventura Mall and U.S. 1.

    Details about the crash were not immediately released.

    Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10


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    Records show rodent droppings were found inside the kitchen of Little Tokyo, a restaurant that is located in the food court at the Pembroke lakes mall.

    Records show a roach issue was also found at SLS Hotel on South Beach.

    Below is a list of places ordered shut and some of their violations. All of the places listed were allowed to re-open following ordered clean up and re-inspections.

    ***SLS South Beach

    1701 Collins Ave.

    Miami Beach

    Ordered shut June 15

    6 violations found

    "Roach activity present as evidenced by 25+ live roaches found. Found on walls and floors. All prep room."

    "Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. Snapper."

    ***Little Tokyo

    Pembroke Lakes Mall

    11401 Pines Blvd.

    Pembroke Pines

    Ordered shut June 15

    20 violations found

    "Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Light shields have dead insects inside."

    "Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 40 fresh droppings in soda syrup storage area. 4 fresh droppings in mop sink."

    "Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. On prep table with rice cooker."

    "Build-up of grease on nonfood-contact surface."

    ***McConnell's Irish Pub & Grill

    900 Duval Street

    Key West

    Ordered shut June 1 based on complaint

    19 violations found

    (Also ordered shut March 10, 2015, Sept. 29, 2014)

    "Dead roaches on premises Observed 1 dead roach located in the kitchen, glass storage shelf that is attached to the reach in cooler. Observed 1 dead roach located in the reach in freezer gasket located in the prep kitchen.

    "Gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up. Reach in coolers around kitchen area. **Repeat Violation**"

    "Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris."

    "Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed Approximately 8 live roaches located in the kitchen and prep areas. Observed 4 live roaches in the glass rack located in the kitchen and attached to the back of the reach in cooler. Observed 1 live roach located on the floor in front of the oven on the Cook line. Observed 2live roaches located in the kitchen on the kitchen spice shelves. Observed 1 live roach located on top of the convection oven in the prep area."

     ***Las Reynas 2

    Swap Shop

    3291 W. Sunrise Blvd.

    Fort Lauderdale

    Ordered shut June 18 based on complaint

    3 violations found

    "Dead roaches on premises. Observed approximately 10-12 dead roaches on side of chest freezer in food preparation area."

    "High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 8-10 live roaches on side and behind chest freezer in food production area."

    ***Marassa Caribbean Take Out

    2566 N. State Road 7

    Lauderdale Lakes

    Ordered shut June 9

    15 violations found

    "Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 5 observed on wall by 3 compartment sink. 3 observed on top of convection oven by fryer."

    Follow Jeff Weinsier on Twitter @jweinsier

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    Detectives in Coral Springs are still on the lookout for a woman seen clearly in surveillance video swiping packages from front porches of houses in May. As the summer heats up, she might have company.

    Next to the Christmas holiday season, when thieves seem to come out of the woodwork to steal gifts, police said summer is prime time for crooks to steal deliveries.

    "The summertime is when most people are gone on vacations, and you have a limited amount of human activity outside because the weather is so hot," said Coral Springs Officer Glenn Roberts. "And if nobody appears to be home at the time, it's easy for them to walk up and actually just take the package and leave."

    The trend is for crooks to tail postal trucks and UPS vans and follow them into neighborhoods, Roberts said.

    A mail carrier told Local 10 he is now constantly watching his back.

    Police said there are easy things homeowners can do to keep their deliveries safe. One of the easiest: have the post office hold your mail if you know you'll be away.

    Also, add a signature confirmation to your incoming deliveries, so a parcel is only delivered if someone is home and can sign for it.

    Or, pay extra for specific delivery instructions. FedEx and UPS offer most of these services.

    Anyone with information on the woman seen stealing packages in Coral Springs, in a neighborhood off Northwest 104th Avenue, is asked to call police or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    For 15 days, undocumented migrants who wish to travel from the Dominican Republic to Haiti can get free transportation, Dominican authorities said Monday.

    The program also applies to Dominicans of Haitian descent who were unable to register before the June 17 deadline. Authorities claim they will be providing transportation to airports and ground transportation to the Haitian border. 

    "Legal sanctions will not be implemented on foreigners who benefit from this plan," an official statement by immigration authorities said in Spanish. "Meaning they can eventually return to the Dominican Republic, if they follow the established procedures."

    The "program of voluntary return" affecting mostly impoverished Haitians began Monday and is set to end July 6. The 2013 law prompting the program affects some Haitian U.S. migrants' relatives living in the Dominican Republic.

    Dominican Deputy Interior Minister Washington Gonzalez said the government is reviewing nearly 290,000 applications for legal residency. There were an estimated half-a-million affected by the law.

    Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, said she is outraged. She participated in a Friday protest with about 10 people, including Florida State University students, in front of Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. One of the signs read, "From Palestine to Baltimore, Black Lives Matter."

    Campbell also filed a resolution in the Florida House of Representatives May 28 in hope of sending a message to both U.S. and Dominican Republic officials.

    "President Barack Obama needs to act. This is about the human rights of poor, black Haitian workers and their children," Campbell said. "Anyone who cares about human rights needs to know this is happening."

    Campbell said she was part of a delegation visiting the Dominican Republic in April to meet with the U.S. and Haitian Ambassadors. During the trip, she learned that Haitians and their descendants are not allowed to graduate from high school, according to her notes on the "fact-finding" mission.

    Rosanna, 17, is one of the affected.  Her parents migrated from Haiti two decades ago and she was born in the Dominican Republic. She was forced to drop out of school and makes less than $3 a day selling fruits, Human Rights Watch reported. Rosanna has asked for help, so that she can go back to school.

    "I was told, 'If your mom doesn't have any documents, there is nothing we can do," Rosanna said in Spanish.

    Campbell has been exposed to political trickery long enough to link the deportations and the mistreatment of Haitians to politics. She believes the 2016 presidential elections in the Dominican Republic may be playing a role.

    "Elections are soon to be under way and if this law is not corrected prior, then the upcoming voting will have a large number of constituents unaccounted for," Campbell said in a May 5 letter she sent to Abel Martinez, Dominican Republic's president of the Chamber of Deputies.

    ADVOCATE'S BACKGROUND Some of the scandals Campbell has faced: Her husband was linked to fraud. Her son was convicted in to Medicare-fraud scheme. A secretary at her Miami Shores office was arrested for fraud. The government canceled a contract with Campbell's company of group homes for the disabled, after several died under their care. Most recently, her campaign finances were in question.

    Legislators in the Dominican Republic approved a measure to establish a special assembly that will debate whether to allow presidents to hold office for two consecutive terms.

    The proposal has divided the Caribbean country's ruling party and could allow President Danilo Medina to run for re-election next year.

    Party officials backed the measure after opinion polls indicated Medina had a stronger chance of winning the 2016 presidential election than his predecessor, Leonel Fernandez.

    Fernandez is expected to run next year in hopes of winning what would be his fourth term as president. Meanwhile, Campbell said she worries that Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian-descent were the victims of a political feud.

    Families were fleeing in trucks overloaded with furniture Monday. In the last week, Dominican authorities have dropped off at least 4,000 migrants at various border points with Haiti's Central Plateau, according to the Alter Presse in Haiti.

    Dominican authorities said the ground transportation for voluntary exits to Haiti will be available from el Centro Olimpico Juan Pablo Duarte in the Distrito Nacional, and from the government buildings of La Altagracia, San Pedro de Macoris, Santiago de los Caballeros, Valverde, San Juan de la Maguana and Barahona.

    Undocumented Haitians in the Dominican Republic can request more information with immigration authorities at 809-508-2555.

    Follow Local10.com reporter Andrea Torres on Twitter @MiamiCrime


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    The FBI is searching for a man who robbed a Chase Bank Monday at 2209 SW 37th Avenue.

    Officials said the man entered the bank at about 4:10 p.m., implied he has a weapon and demanded money from a bank employee.

    The man got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

    No injuries were reported.

    Anyone with any information on the robbery is asked to contact the FBI at 754-703-2000.

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    Miami-Dade police are investigating a home invasion and robbery by two men who were impersonating police officers.

    According to Miami-Dade police Officer Alvaro Zabaleta, the men, who were driving a dark-colored vehicle with police lights on, pulled over a van on Southwest Eighth Street off 88th Avenue.

    Zabaleta said the men, described as a white-Hispanic male and a black male, both in their 30s, were wearing police shirts and had fake badges.

    "Once the demands were made to move from the driver's seat so they can take control, at that point is when he realized, 'I'm not dealing with police officers,'" Zabaleta said.

    Police said the victim, Carlos Hernandez, 73, was tied up, and the men drove the vehicle back to his home, where they tied up his girlfriend, Maria Borges, 60, with rope.

    Personal property, including a handgun, was taken from the home off Southwest 123rd Avenue and Sixth Street.

    Zabaleta said the victim was able to untie himself and his girlfriend once the men left and called 911.

    Police said the robbers fled in a silver Town & Country minivan.

    "If somebody's pulling you over and it's night time, we urge you to go to a good area, if it's in the daytime, go to an area where it's busy," Zabaleta said. "If you're driving down Krome (Avenue), where you're not able to pull over, call 911, let them know that there's a police officer behind you, or what appears to be police officers trying to pull you over, and then they can confirm that identity or send a marked police vehicle to your area to help you."

    Anyone with information about the identity of the robbers is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    Army Veteran Andy Rubenstein is a proud of his service to his country. So when he walked out of his neighborhood Publix grocery store and saw a uniformed man raising funds for the Veterans Support Organization he stopped to talk to him.

    "Immediately I realized he didn't know anything he was talking about," Rubenstein said. "He couldn't tell me where he served (and) his uniform was wrong."

    Rubenstein took out his phone and started filming his interaction with the man. The man, who is not identified on camera, tries to ignore him and his questions. Eventually a van pulls up and takes away the solicitor and his table, making Rubenstein even more suspicious.

    "If they were legitimate, why did they leave?" asked Rubenstein.

    Upon further investigation, Local 10 News found out that the Veterans Support Organization is a legitimate nonprofit. According to its tax records online, it raises millions of funds each year mainly from public donations. The organization has come under scrutiny in the past for how much of those millions actually trickle down to veterans.

    A representative for Publix told Local 10 News, "Publix does have a procedure in place to verify the nonprofit status of organizations requesting to solicit outside of our stores. This organization is a nonprofit and we are looking into the matter further."

    Calls to the Veterans Support Organization were not returned.

    Rubenstein said he is not convinced that they are who they say.

    "Why did they leave? Why didn't they just call the police and get rid of me?" Rubenstein said.

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    Miami Beach police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left a 48-year-old man dead.

    The fatal hit-and-run happened about 3 a.m. Saturday near Collins Avenue and 67th Street.

    Newly released surveillance video from a nearby hotel shows a speeding SUV hitting Alfredo Rodriguez, who then rolls over several times in the street. The SUV never slowed down as it continued north on Collins Avenue.

    Witnesses rushed to help Rodriguez until paramedics arrived.

    Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said Rodriguez, who is partially blind, had just gotten off a bus after working all night with his wife at a South Beach restaurant.

    video

    Investigators believe the SUV should have front-end damage.

    Rodriguez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. His wife told Local 10 News that he died Monday afternoon.

    Anyone with information about the identity of the driver is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    Broward, Miami-Dade hit-and-run crashes of 2015


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