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    The Miami Heat have signed forward Justise Winslow, the team announced Friday.

    Winslow helped Duke to the 2015 NCAA Championship and appeared in 39 games for the Blue Devils.

    Winslow averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.33 steals and 29.1 minutes while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from three-point range and 64.1 percent from the foul line.

    Winslow was the third highest-scoring freshman in the ACC and finished the season with the second most double-figure scoring efforts (31) and the second-highest rebound average by a freshman in the conference.

    Winslow was selected 10th overall in the first round by the Heat in the 2015 NBA Draft.

    Terms of his contract were not released.

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    The disappearance of baby flamingos at Hialeah Park is now being investigated as a crime.

    The weeks-old flamingos disappeared from the flock at the racetrack sometime between 7 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday, Hialeah Park officials said.  

    Federal wildlife investigators said they have evidence of a poaching theft and said the flamingos can fetch from $500 to $1,000 each on the black market. They said the criminal enterprise is thriving in South Florida.

    "Everything would indicate that a theft did occur," said Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "Now it's a matter of proving that it did occur, and how it occurred and who did it."

    "It's devastating to us. This is our history, our legacy out here. The birds have been here forever," said Hialeah Park Vice President Dennis Testa.

    The flamingos have called the racetrack home for the better part of this century.

    Wildlife officials said they have no doubt that the 45 to 50 flamingo chicks were stolen to be sold.

    "The exotic pet trade is a problem," said Pino. "It's a very profitable thing to be involved in if you're a thief."

    "I don't know how they would have done it or why they did it," said Testa.  

    Park officials said whoever took the birds trespassed on an unauthorized section of the park.

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    Police fear that there may be more victims of a voodoo priest from Sunrise who is accused of raping an underage girl and manipulating and threatening several other women with whom he had sexual relationships.

    Police said the rape, which involved an 11-year-old girl, happened about five years ago.

    According to authorities, Brogenet Cinor, 48, took the girl to a tiki hut-like structure in his back yard and raped her. At the time, the victim's mother confronted Cinor, but he said it was part of a cleansing and threatened to put a curse on her and her family if she spoke up, police said.

    Years later, the family finally stepped forward and told police what happened.

    "Coercion comes in many different forms, and I'm not familiar with any other cases like this one," said Cindi McCue of the Sunrise Police Department.

    The young girl met with Cinor at his Sunrise home in 2009, because he claimed she needed to be cleansed of evil spirits.

    According to an arrest affidavit, Cinor took the victim to the shed, told her to pull down her pants and then raped her.

    Police said the victim claimed that she told Cinor that it hurt while he was having sex with her, "but he restrained her arms and would not allow her to get up."

    "The family, the mother and this child fully well believe in the power of voodoo, and she believed that she could be harmed or die as a result of not going forth with the cleansing," said McCue.

    Local 10 News visited Cinor's home, but there was no answer at the door. Someone in the back yard threw a rock at the news crew, and a woman who emerged from the home said, "I know nothing."

    Cinor’s neighbor, Garfield Spence, said he heard what sounded like voodoo rituals going on in the back yard, but never thought much of it.

    "It was just chanting, like whatever chants they did, and I would hear popping things, like those little white things that you throw on the ground and pop. It sounded like that, but I let it go," Spence said.  

    Police said two women had similar experiences with Cinor, claiming he told them that they needed to have sex with him to be cleansed. Police are asking anyone who believes that they were victimized by Cinor to call authorities.

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    The Fourth of July faithful headed to beaches along South Florida's coast a day before the big celebrations were set to take place.

    Cars streamed onto South Beach as preparations were underway for a big party at Bayfront Park.

    The Jones family said they have 250 people flying in from all over the country for a family reunion and they picked South beach for their Fourth of July fun spot.

    "That's why we are here, because it is going to be off the chain baby," said Tanji Grant. "My son actually lives in Miami. We are from Michigan and he has been here two years and he loves it."

    Dania Beach Pier was also packed Friday, despite a large amount of seaweed in the water.

    "(I've been) wanting to go to the beach on my day off before the Fourth of July," Raymond Llamusa said. "Last year it didn't happen that way, so we are just enjoying life."

    Meanwhile, Bayfront Park is expected to host more than 70,000 people for its 29th annual American Birthday Bash.

    "We expect a large attendance mainly because it lands on a Saturday this year,” said Bayfront Park marketing director, Karina Mestre. "Since people are not typically working Sunday mornings, we expect people to show up in bigger crowds and hang out longer. So this year, we are actually extending the hours until midnight."

    ALSO: Where to watch fireworks

    Over at the Miami Seaquarium Marina, pyro crews were busy rigging three barges for South Florida's biggest fireworks show at Bayfront Park.

    Park officials said more than $50,000 was spent on fireworks this year.

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    A woman has sued the Miami Marlins after the team's mascot allegedly injured her during a baseball game, according to a lawsuit filed by her attorney.

    The lawsuit, filed June 12, claims the incident happened June 29, 2013 at Marlins Park.

    Beth Fedornak was watching a baseball game at the baseball park three rows up from the field.

    During a break in the baseball game, a shark mascot approached Fedornak and pretended to "bite" her on the head as she was sitting her seat. The lawsuit claims Fedornak felt pain in her neck after the impact of the shark's head down on the top of her skull.

    Staff members at Marlins Park were notified after the incident.

    The lawsuit said Fedornak suffered injuries to her neck, back and extremities, and incurred medical expenses to treat the injuries.

    Fedornak and her attorney are suing the team on negligence and battery charges for $15,000.

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    The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 72-year-old woman accidentally drove her car into her own home in Pompano Beach.

    The crash was reported about 12:15 p.m. Friday at 725 NW 15th Court.

    According to BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter, Margaret Peterson was returning home from shopping when she accidentally crashed her car into her house.

    Neighbors said they heard a loud crash and came out to see what happened.

    "They're elderly," one neighbor told Local 10 News reporter Jenise Fernandez. "I think she thought she had it in park, but it was still in drive." 

    No injuries were reported, and Carter said Peterson will not face charges.

    The family is waiting for an inspector to determine the extent of the damage to the home.

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    A man who robbed a Regions Bank in Miami Beach Thursday before being fatally shot by a SWAT team had previous run-ins with law enforcement.

    Local 10 News has learned Julian Joseph, 40, has an arrest record dating back to 2005 in Miami-Dade County. Some of his charges include, burglary, possession of cannabis and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

    Investigators from the medical examiner's office hauled Joseph's body away Friday morning following the deadly standoff.

    "I tell my wife, 'You know we don't have to lock our apartment. This is a safe place,'" said Joshua DeBord, who lives in the area. "But you never know when somebody robs a bank just down the block and needs a place to hold up. You don't know whose door they may come to. Pretty scary."

    The robbery was reported Thursday afternoon at a Regions Bank on 41st Street.

    The FBI said surveillance cameras captured Joseph storm into the lobby and assault two employees before robbing a teller.

    Agents said the man also left a suspicious package behind. Witnesses initially believed there may have been a bomb inside the bag, but the bomb squad didn't find any explosives.

    Authorities said Joseph was found at his nearby apartment building on 40th Street.

    Negotiators spent roughly seven hours trying to convince the suspect to surrender. With no luck, Miami Beach SWAT team members fired nearly two dozen tear gas canisters in the apartment's windows, which shattered many of the windows. They waited a half hour. The place was completely gassed up. With no response and no movement inside, the SWAT team moved in.

    The SWAT team searched every room and every door, and when they came to a closet in one of the rooms and opened it, Joseph was on the floor and he pointed a gun at them, Local 10 News has learned.

    Local 10 News' sources said the SWAT team officers felt they had no choice but to shoot, killing Joseph instantly.

    Sources told Local 10 News that the gun Joseph had was a fake.

    Police said they did all they could to end the situation peacefully.

    The tear gas canisters shattered the windows of Joseph's second-floor apartment.

    The injured employees were taken to nearby hospitals. Authorities said they suffered serious head injuries.

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    Firefighters were called into work on their day off to battle three brushes in western Broward County, Florida Division of Forestry officials said.

    Authorities said a lightning storm sparked the fires Friday.

    One fire was reported just east of U.S. 27 at Stirling Road. Another was located northwest of that near Everglades Holiday Park.

    A third fire was reported near Krome Avenue by Mack's Fish Camp.

    Sky 10 was over the first blaze about 5 p.m. as heavy smoke filled the air.

    It's unclear how many acres burned.

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  • 07/04/15--23:00: On this day: July 5
  • History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.


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    A Key West man has won a Key lime pie-eating contest on the island where the tart, creamy dessert originated.

    Steve Carr devoured a 9-inch pie smothered in whipped cream in 1 minute, 18 seconds Saturday, immersing his bearded face in it and emerging messy but victorious.

    "My strategy was face-plant into that pie, get right down to the crust and tear it up," Carr told the Florida Keys News Bureau after the contest, his beard still covered in whipped cream.

    The Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest, highlighting the annual Key Lime Festival, required entrants to consume the pastry without using their hands.

    "This is the southernmost city's answer to Nathan's hot dog eating contest," said competition organizer David Sloan. "They can have the main course and we're going to have dessert right down here in the Florida Keys."

    Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of tiny yellow Key limes, typically with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream or meringue topping.

    "On this Fourth of July, if you're in Key West and you're not eating Key lime pie, you're just not American," Carr said.

    --Photos courtesy of Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau

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    The Fourth of July in Fort Lauderdale had a little bit of everything and everyone had their reason for making the trip.

    "Because it's a nice beach to swim and have fun and watch nice fireworks," one spectator said.

    The big show the spectator is referring to brought out all kinds of people as well -- the Captain Americas, the kids at heart and the groups who've made this event a tradition worth keeping.

    "It's our third Fourth of July together," another spectator said. "It's the best beach in the world. Honestly, it really is."

    Thousands of people packed the beach and the strip as hundreds more watched from the water on boats with security nearby.

    The folks Local 10 News spoke with said it was a night to be proud, to celebrate honor and sacrifice, and do it like only South Florida can.

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    Fireworks lit up the sky above Biscayne Bay as an estimated 70,000 people packed Bayfront Park on Independence Day.


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    Authorities say they've taken down a Confederate flag someone raised unauthorized on a pole outside Tallahassee City Hall.

    Police said in a report released Saturday that an anonymous caller alerted them to the flag found flying Friday afternoon outside City Hall. Police impounded it.

    City Hall was closed for the July Fourth weekend. Mayor Andrew Gillum condemned the flag-raising, vowing whoever put the flag up would be held responsible.

    "Today we proudly celebrate the founding of our Nation" under a single flag, he said. "While this reprehensible act may have been an attempt to divide us, I know that our community will instead choose to unite and focus on the values that bind us together."

    The city hall building is located near the Florida Capitol, where a confederate flag flew until 2001.


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    Police are investigating after a car was found in an Opa-locka canal, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.

    The search happened around 5 p.m. Saturday in a canal near the 2500 block of Northwest 141st Street.

    Rescue divers searched in the canal and the vehicle. Officials said no victims were found.

    It's unknown how the car ended up in the canal.

    --Photos courtesy of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

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    A single-engine plane landed Saturday afternoon in the water off Miami Beach, Miami Fire Rescue officials said.

    Miami Beach police, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami Fire Rescue arrived to the scene just off Star Island.

    Officials said one person was rescued from the water with minor injuries.

    No other people or structures were involved in the incident.

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    Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless is accused of firing two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage.

    A witness told Miami Beach police that Quarless and three others pulled up to a car full of women early Saturday. An arrest affidavit said the football player and another man approached the car. The conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.

    That's when Quarless pulled out a handgun and fired two shots in the air, police said.

    Quarless faces a charge of discharging a firearm in public.

    A call and emails to the Packers were not immediately returned Saturday.

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    A 17-year-old boy has been taken to the hospital after he was hurt when a boat crashed into a wall, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said.

    The crash happened Saturday two blocks north of Cypress Creek Road on the intercoastal.

    The teen was taken to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert in critical condition, Fire Rescue officials said.

    The boat suffered minor damage and the top of it was bent.

    A Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue boat and Ft. Lauderdale police nautical units arrived at the crash site.

    It's unknown what led up to the crash and how many people were on the boat.

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    A puppy that was found on the roof of an abandoned home has been rescued by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

    The rescue took place Saturday at a North Miami home in the 2500 block of Northeast 141st Street.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took the puppy, who they named "Roofy," to a no-kill shelter.

    It's unclear how or why the puppy was left on the roof.

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    PHOTOS: Puppy rescued from North Miami roof

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    The Miami Police Department is asking for the public's help after a man was killed in the Wynwood neighborhood of the city early Saturday morning. 

    Police said Thomas Quass, 41, was shot shortly before 2 a.m. on Northwest 26th Street.

    Officer Kenia Fallat said Quass and a girlfriend were walking to their car from a nearby nightclub when they were confronted by a gunman.

    Words were exchanged, and at some point Quass was shot, Fallat said.

    Quass was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

    Fallat said the gunman got away in a waiting gray 2013-2015 Hyundai Veloster (similar to vehicles pictured below).

    Anyone with information regarding Quass' death is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    Police are searching for two people wanted in connection to a fatal shooting in Coral Gables.

    It happened around 1 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Salzedo Street.

    Officers arrived to find a man in his mid-20s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The man was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

    Two people were seen running from the scene west toward LeJuene Road. They were described by police as male, black, and 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall. One of them was wearing a backpack.

    A perimeter was established and a search for the suspects continues, police said.

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